Vol. 5 Num 339 Thu. May 12, 2005    
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Front Pagearrow Big plan for next ADP
The government plans a Tk 24,000 crore Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year, 10 percent higher from this fiscal year's, in view of the next national elections, sources said.
 arrow Foreign investment grows by 60pc
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) grew by a robust 60.40 percent in 2004.
According to a Board of Investment (BoI) survey, Bangladesh received FDI worth $431.

 arrow Sultry weather makes city life intolerable
The mercury yesterday rose to 39.4 degrees Celsius, the highest rise so far this season, sending people on the streets panting for water and cool air.
 arrow Govt to probe deaths in Rab crossfire
Amidst controversies over extra-judicial killings, the government yesterday decided to conduct executive enquiry into the deaths in "crossfire" with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow Mohiuddin seeks good ties with govt
Newly elected Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury has sought good relations with the government for overall development of Chittagong, the commercial capital of the country.
 arrow Free judiciary must for human security
Strengthening of democratic institutions and an independent judiciary are must for a sustainable human development and safeguarding of human rights, Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Hussain told a cityseminar
 arrow Rocca arrives in Dhaka
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day official visit to review the Dhaka-Washington bilateral relations.
 arrow Excavation work!!!

 arrow Reforms, CCC polls results to top agenda
Top leaders of the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) sit today in separate meetings to discuss some crucial issues including reforms of the caretaker government system and the ElectionCommission
 arrow Blackout in Ctg as 3 power units trip
Chittagong City plunged into darkness yesterday evening after three units at the Raozan and Kaptai power plants tripped almost simultaneously in the morning.
 arrow 4 suicide blasts kill 71 in Iraq
Four suicide bombs killed at least 71 people in Iraq yesterday, the latest attacks in an escalating campaign of guerrilla violence that has killed nearly 400 Iraqis since a new government was unveiled
 arrow UK varsities 190 for 5
British Universities recovered from five down for just 82 runs on the board to close second day's play at 190 without further hiccups in reply to Bangladesh's 381 all out in the three-day tour openerat
 arrow HSC exams begin today
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations 2005 begin today under seven general education boards of the country.
 arrow White House, Capitol briefly evacuated in plane scare
The US Capitol and White House were briefly evacuated yesterday after a small plane entered restricted airspace over the city.
 arrow HC extends stay on govt ban
The High Court (HC) yesterday extended the stay on the government ban on Ahmadiyya publications until the disposal of a writ petition filed to challenge the ban.
 arrow JS session starts today
Parliament goes into session today afternoon when obituary reference at the deaths of main Opposition Awami League (AL) lawmaker and veteran politician Abdus Samad Azad and ruling BNP lawmaker Shamsuddin
 arrow Mohiuddin thanks PM for fair polls
ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday congratulated Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on her government's holding a free, fair and impartial election to the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) on May 9.
 arrow Nasir greets Mohiuddin
Taking his poll defeat with good grace, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin has congratulated ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on his reelection as mayor of the Chittagong City
 arrow JCD activist killed in Rab 'crossfire'
A JCD activist was killed and two others were injured in a 'shootout' with Rab at Kararchar in Shibpur upazila yesterday, police said.
 arrow Four to die for rape, murder in Bagerhat
Four people were sentenced to death by a court at Bagerhat yesterday in the sensational Komorpur gang rape and murder case.
 arrow Whip's APS threatens to kill Khulna journalist
An assistant private secretary (APS) to a whip of parliament threatened Tuesday to kill a Khulna-based journalist of a Bangla-language daily.
 arrow Hunger strike today for justice
Leaders and workers of the 'Blue for Peace' programme initiated by Asma Kibria, wife of the slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, will observe a token hunger strike today at Chasarahat Central
 arrow Foreign ministry rejoinder, BDNEWS' reply
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday contradicted a news item published in The Daily Star on Tuesday and creed by BDNEWS.
 arrow Human chain for Faizee's removal
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will stage a sit-in and black flag demonstration at chief justice's entryway to the Supreme Court on Sunday if Additional High Court Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee sits
 arrow Grenade found at Bush rally
Georgia's security chief said yesterday that an inactive grenade was found near the site where President Bush made a speech in Tbilisi.
 arrow N Korea raises nuke stakes
North Korea sharply raised the stakes in its nuclear standoff with regional powers yesterday, announcing it had finished extracting nuclear fuel rods at its Yongbyon plant and taken steps to expand its
 arrow Tk 1.8 crore cellphone sets seized in Sylhet
Customs officials seized mobile phone sets, chargers and photo film worth about Tk 1.
 arrow Qaiyum's bail prayer rejected
The District and Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday rejected the bail prayer of AKM Abdul Qaiyum, the prime accused in the former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case.
 arrow Trial of four robber Rab men starts
Trial of four members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their two informants began yesterday on charges of their involvement in a robbery.
 arrow Robbers stab Dutch couple, loot NGO office
Robbers knifed a Dutch couple and looted cash and valuables said to be worth over Tk 50,000 from an NGO office in the town in the early hours Tuesday.
Businessarrow Economy continues facing medium-term risks
Bangladesh economy continues facing a number of medium-term risks including longer-term impact of the MFA phaseout on garment industry, a possible increase in hartal especially in the run-up to the next
 arrow US lawmakers assure Dhaka of full support
Five US lawmakers have assured Bangladesh of their full support in getting duty-free access of textiles and other products to American market as a bill seeking the facility is placed in Congress.
 arrow SEC sends back probe report to enforcement body to recheck
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday sent back the probe report on Premier Bank IPO scam to its enforcement committee to recheck the violations with the legal provisions in the Depository
 arrow Baira seeks changes to anti-money laundering law to boost remittance
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) yesterday urged the government to make some amendments to the anti-money laundering act to boost remittance through legal channels.
 arrow Pakistan mulls FTA with Sípore
Pakistan intends to broker a "comprehensive" free trade agreement (FTA) with Singapore as part of its drive for closer economic ties with Southeast Asia, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said here Wednesday.
 arrow Sonargaon hotel launches wireless internet service
Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel yesterday introduced high-speed broadband internet service with wireless access facility for its guests.
 arrow Bank Asia declares 25pc stock dividend
Bank Asia Limited has approved a 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Transcom Electronics launches promotional offer
Transcom Electronics Limited has launched a consumer promotional offer styled 'Ghasha Carde Thasha Upahar'.
 arrow Pepsi offer to meet Amitabh continues
Soft drink giant Pepsi's promotional campaign to provide its customers with the opportunity to meet Indian film icon Amitabh Bachhan is going on.
 arrow Oil prices fall
Oil prices sagged on Wednesday as the International Energy Agency said weakening economic growth and higher fuel costs slowed oil demand growth in the first quarter of this year.
 arrow Suvastu's 50-50 fair begins today
With an offer of handing over of shops with 50 percent payment, a weeklong "50-50" fair begins at Suvastu Nazar Valley in the capital's Progoti Sarani today.
 arrow Microsoft, Tata team up to deliver IT solutions
US computer software giant Microsoft Corp. and India's biggest software services exporter, Tata Consultancy Services, announced plans Tuesday to jointly deliver information technology solutions.
 arrow EU hopes to avoid safeguard steps in curbing Chinese textile exports
The European Union does want to impose safeguard measures to stem a rising tide of Chinese textile exports and instead hopes China will agree to voluntarily curb them, a senior EU diplomat said Wednesday.
 arrow No plan to adjust currency next week: China's central bank
China's central bank said Wednesday it has no plans to adjust its currency system next week after media reports added to intense speculation that it was readying to revalue or widen the yuan's trading
Sportsarrow Football: Mukti's home plight on
Muktijoddha Sangsad's poor home run continued as the local giants suffered a 1-0 defeat to East Bengal of Kolkata in an AFC Cup Group A tie at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers in control
Bangladesh's first choice pace attack of Mashrafee bin-Mortuza, Tapash Baisya and Kazi Shahadat Hossain combined to take four wickets while ace spinner Mohammad Rafique got one in his first over to put
 arrow Football: Abahani-Russel final today
Abahani will take on Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the final of the Independence Day football tournament here today.
The final between the two Dhaka outfits will kick off at 5.

 arrow Cricket: Pakistan off to Windies
Upbeat Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq said his team was confident of winning a series in the West Indies for the first time as they flew out to the Caribbean early on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Younis waiting for it
Younis Khan has said that he is ready for the challenge of leading Pakistan in the first Test against West Indies, which starts in Barbados on May 26.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup in February
Pakistan will host the Asia Cup one-day tournament in February next year and the home side will be pitted against their arch-rivals in the same group, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: SC stays HC's orders on BCB constitution
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the High Court orders that had restrained the government from acting under the revised constitution of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) relating to its election.
 arrow Table Tennis: Tumpa, Rinu lift doubles title
Tumpa and Rinu upset their Bangladesh Ansar teammates Soma and Saleha to lift the women's doubles title of the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Cham-pionships yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne hits maiden ton
Shane Warne finally scored the first century of his career on the opening day of Hampshire's county championship game against Kent on Wednesday at Canterbury.
 arrow Cricket: SA 222 for 1 in 40 overs
Opener Boeta Dippenaar brought up his second century as South Africa once again grabbed the early initiative in the third one-day international against West Indies in Barbados on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea party at Old Trafford
Chelsea re-wrote the Premiership record books with a 3-1 win away to Manchester United as goals from Tiago, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Joe Cole cancelled out Ruud van Nistelrooy's opener at Old Trafford onTuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Dubai will make ICC richer
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will make annual savings of around 2 million dollars when its headquarters move from Lord's to Dubai at the start of August.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova, Mauresmo reach last 16
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo crushed Australian Samantha Stosur to reach the last 16 of the Rome Masters on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Mallorca's stake
Real Mallorca have made a formal request for Real Madrid and Barcelona to play their league matches at the same time on Saturday so as not to prejudice 18th-placed Mallorca's chances of Primera Liga survival.
 arrow Football: Zagallo undergoes surgery
Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning coach Mario Zagallo has undergone a four-hour operation for an intestinal problem, hospital officials said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Figo Japan bound?
Portuguese veteran midfielder Luis Figo made headlines in the Japanese sports media Wednesday about his possible transfer from Real Madrid to a J-League side.
 arrow Football: Bhutia released from hospital
Soccer star Bhaichung Bhutia, suffering from thyroid and liver ailments, was on Wednesday released from a private hospital in the city with hopes that he would come back stronger next season.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket
North Zone-1 and South Zone-2 (B) won their respective matches in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School cricket tournament (Under-15) yesterday in the city.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble happy to be part of World XI
Spin ace Anil Kumble, named among the ICC World XI Test probables to take on world champions Australia in the Johnnie Walker Super Series in October, said one had to perform in the coming months for entry
Metropolitanarrow Mexico assures duty-free access of Bangladeshi apparels
Mexican Ambassador Rogelio Granguillhome Morfin assured of attracting investors from Mexico to explore potential areas of investment in Bangladesh and securing duty-free access of Bangladeshi apparels
 arrow Traffic jam, road digging, poor waste management main problems in city
The city dwellers have identified the traffic congestion, road digging round the year and poor waste management as their main problems, said a survey.
 arrow Strengthen EC to hold free, fair election
The Election Commission (EC) has to be strengthened by making it fully independent to hold a free and fair election, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Media role imperative in disaster management
The mass media has a fundamental role to play in making disaster risk reduction efforts successful through efficient dissemination of relevant information, said top government officials and experts.
 arrow Change negative attitudes towards country: Moudud
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed at a conference yesterday called upon people to change their negative attitudes towards the country.
 arrow Woman dies due to wrong treatment in Khulna
A woman died due to wrong treatment by a doctor in Khulna on Tuesday night.
The victim was identified as Shahina Islam alias Iti, 30, wife of Shafiqul Islam, a UD assistant of Dhaka University Library.

 arrow DU soil deptt teachers begin strike
Teachers of the soil, water and environment department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday began an indefinite strike demanding removal of its chairman.
 arrow British HC launches "Student Express" visa service
The British High Commission has launched a new fast track "Student Express" visa service for students wishing to study in the United Kingdom.
 arrow Daily Star-Mutual Bank Inter-School English Debate begins today
The Daily Star-Mutual Trust Bank 5th Inter-school English Debate Competition begins in the port city today.
 arrow N Korean envoy calls on Hasina
Newly appointed North Korean Ambassador Mun Song Mo yesterday made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence.
Nationalarrow Power outages threaten cold storage industry
The leaders of Nilphamari unit of Bangladesh Cold Storage Association (BCSA) said rising power cost, load shedding and voltage fluctuation are threatening their industry.
 arrow Protesters lay siege to offices of DC, RMP commissioner
Several hundred protesters paraded the city streets yesterday to register their concern over slow progress of investigation in the rape and murder of school girl Mili.
 arrow Waterlogging serious problem in SW zone
Speakers at a daylong workshop yesterday said, water logging has become the main and nagging problem in the southwestern zone of the country.
 arrow Illegal tree felling on in Naogaon
Some 10,000 timber and fruit bearing trees worth about Tk2 crore have been felled and stolen at Manda upazila in Naogaon district from roadsides and embankments, according to sources in the Manda upazila
 arrow 7 get life in Kushtia for murder
Seven people were sentenced to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court here on Tuesday in Sahin Sardar Murder Case.
 arrow Rab nabs 5 in Pabna, recovers firearms
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested five listed criminals and recovered firearms and ammunition from their possession at Bhabanipur of Sujanagar upazila in Pabna.
Point-Counterpointarrow Amartya Sen's famine philosophy
Amartya Sen, a 1998 Nobel laureate, is described by his colleagues as the "conscience of the profession.
 arrow A unique campaign for peace
Peace is a continuous ongoing process where women play a quiet but definitive role; because peace is not just about the abeyance of conflicts, it is, also, about day to day human security.
Culturearrow "We need to weed out obscene films"--Ujjal
Moviegoers of the 70s still remember the young man in the comedy Ieye Korey Biye, who played the role of a house help in order to marry the girl of his dreams.
 arrow Gautam's second Indo-Bangla joint production sets sail
After Padma Nadir Majhi in the mid-1990s, internationally acclaimed film director Gautam Ghosh's plan of making his second Indo-Bangladesh joint production is firmly on course.
 arrow Evocative images on canvas
Tasadduk Hossain Dulu, who works through symbolism, presents it via the apparently trivial elements of life around us.
 arrow Begum Akhtar: The Queen of Ghazals
Akhtaribai Faizabadi, or Begum Akhtar, as she was more popularly known, earned the epithet of Mallika-e-Ghazal.
Generalarrow 'Make new literate's edn meaningful'
Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Barrister Md Aminul Haque said there should be more reading materials for the new literate.
 arrow 'No alternative to trade unions'
Speakers at a workshop said there is no alternative to united trade unions for the survival of the workers and to ensure their rights as well as safety.
 arrow 2 shot in city
A security guard and a garment worker were shot when local criminals stormed a garment factory at Rampura in the city yesterday.
 arrow HSBC donates Tk 3.50 lakh to ABC
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) donated Tk 3.
Internationalarrow Violent protest against Koran 'desecration'
Four people were killed and dozens were injured Wednesday in a violent protest in Afghanistan sparked by reports US soldiers were desecrating the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, a doctor said.
 arrow Presses king on human rights
A top US official held talks with Nepal's King Gyanendra yesterday to press the monarch to respect human rights and restore civil liberties suspended when he seized power three months ago.
 arrow Massive blasts in Srinagar, 6 killed
Two powerful land mines exploded in a crowded residential area in Indian administered Kashmir on Wednesday, killing six people and wounding 40 others, a paramilitary officer said.
 arrow Japan still in dark over Iraq hostage
Japan was no closer to learning the fate of a Japanese security employee whom Islamic militants said they captured after an ambush in Iraq that reinforced the dangers of the country.
 arrow Iran dismisses UNSC threat over nuke plans
Iran has dismissed as "propaganda" the threat of being hauled before the United Nations Security Council, insisting it has every right to resume sensitive nuclear activities, state media said Wednesday.
 arrow Bush gets $82b for war operations
When Congress agreed to give President Bush billions of dollars more for the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, it also boosted the death benefit for soldiers killed in combat, budgeted nearly $600 million
 arrow India-Pak agree to start another bus link
India and Pakistan on Wednesday agreed in principle to start a bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib in Lahore.
 arrow Bus crash in Philippines kills 27
A bus overturned in a mountainous area of the northern Philippines on Wednesday, killing 27 people and injuring 17, police said.
 arrow Australia warns of terrorist attack in East Timor
Australia warned of a possible attack or bombing of government buildings in neighboring East Timor on Wednesday, but did not say who was behind the threat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Making the most of Rocca trip
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca arrived in Dhaka yesterday for a two-day official visit, the first high level tour from the US since the re-election of President Bush in
 arrow Editorial: Consolidate and move forward
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is going to launch the second phase of its drive to clear the city canals of encroachments with a view to ensuring their normal flow.
 arrow PRSP side-steps issue of governance
Bangladesh is a poor country with a substantial number of people living below the poverty line.
 arrow Boycotting parliament
The British parliamentary system that we follow describes the opposition as Her Majesty's opposition. It is considered part of the overall ruling apparatus, notwithstanding the party in power.
Letters to Editorarrow Hats off to Rab!
I refer to the press conference organised by the outgoing D.G. of Rab in Dhaka on April 21, 2005, which was covered extensively both in the electronic and print media on 21/04/05 and 22/04/05 respectively.
 arrow Tigers back in action
Bangladesh will be busy again as they face England in England in a few days.
 arrow Tax dodging
These things only can happen in Bangladesh. Alleged tax dodgers had their Mercedes Benz and Toyota bulldozed at a railway container terminal in Dhaka.
 arrow Storming of embassy
Good to see the news that finally, ah, finally, some Bangladeshi people living in Kuwait had the courage to storm the pleasure palace that the embassies of Bangladesh have become in many countries!
 arrow Poor idea
We came to know that the government has taken a step to involve the local lawmakers in the tax administration.
 arrow Chuadanga-Kushtia Road
The Chuadanga-Kushtia Road remains busy round the clock. It is linked with various parts of the country including Dhaka. Hundreds of light to heavy vehicles ply this road.
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