JCD attacks hurt 50 BCL activists at DU|
A series of attacks by activists of the ruling BNP's student front yesterday injured at least 50 students, mostly members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), who backed an indefinite strike at Dhaka University
Dhaka brushes aside Delhi plan for joint border patrol|
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has brushed aside an Indian proposal for joint patrolling of the border between the two countries.
"Such exercise is not feasible," he told The Daily Star yesterday.
Adel, sons, 2 others acquitted|
Former deputy mayor of Dhaka Jahangir Mohammad Adel and the four other accused of the murder of Awami League leader Mohammad Kamal Hossain, have been acquitted of charges.
Lack of 'party loyalty' leads to record OSD|
The number of officers on special duty (OSD) in the administration has reached a record high as the government suspects they are loyal to the opposition.
Secretaries must explain fund frauds to JS body|
The first meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the current Jatiya Sangsad yesterday made the presence of secretaries mandatory for its sittings.
2 Marines killed, 5 hurt in Iraq|
Two American soldiers were killed and five wounded yesterday in attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
No college entry test for GPA 1, Grade D achievers|
The government yesterday in a circular laid out the guidelines regarding the cancellation of test for admission into public and private colleges.
Star reporter comes under JCD wrath|
Cadres of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, attacked the Dhaka University (DU) correspondent of The Daily Star with iron rods and sticks in his room at Jahurul Haq Hall
DU orders probe into campus violence|
Dhaka University yesterday formed two committees to probe attacks on the activists of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and the campus correspondent of The Daily Star.
Tax staff continue work abstention|
Tax officials yesterday abstained from work for the second consecutive day, protesting the arrest of three customs officers on corruption charges.
Tk 176cr road work to link Begunbari to Rampura in January|
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will construct a link road from Begunbari on Tongi Diversion Road to Rampura Bridge on Pragati Sarani at a cost of Tk 176. 45 crore.
'Alternative dispute resolution to clear case backlog'|
Legal experts yesterday said Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will help reduce huge backlog of cases.
Comprehensive anti-disaster action on cards|
The government is launching a comprehensive scheme to tackle damage caused by disasters, a top government official told a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.
Two to die for killing 12-yr boy|
Two persons were sentenced to death and two others to life imprisonment for killing 12-year old, Minoy in March 1995.
Mother feels doubly denied|
A mother who lived all through the shock of losing her son felt doubly denied, as a court in Dhaka cleared five people of murder charges yesterday.
Abducted Ctg magnate not rescued yet|
The hunt continues for notorious criminal Gittu Nasir, the prime suspect in the abduction of business magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury.
Robbers loot Tk 8 lakh in city|
Robbers looted Tk 8 lakh in cash and gold ornaments in two incidents in the city's Sutrapur and Elephant Road areas yesterday.
3 alleged child lifters beaten to death in Mymensingh|
Three alleged child lifters were killed in mob beating at East Narail village in Haluaghat upazila yesterday.
They victims were identified as Billal, 27, Hanif, 45 and Ramzan, 35.
Hearing adjourned till Aug 3|
Hearing of the Shazneen case has been adjourned till August 3 as Kazi Rahamat Ullah, Judge of the Second Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression, Dhaka, was on leave yesterday.
NCBs handle major share of remittance in 2002-03|
Some 75 per cent of the total remittance during fiscal year 2002-03 were channeled through three nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) and a private commercial bank.
Delay in issuing circular worries exporters|
Even after three weeks of the amendment to the flag vessels act, the Ministry of Shipping still could not issue a circular to this effect, forcing the foreign vessel operators to take waiver certificates.
Raise product quality to enter Japanese market, says envoy|
Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh has stressed the need for qualitative improvement of Bangladeshi goods to enter Japanese market.
New showroom for Volvo cars opens|
A1 Motors Ltd, exclusive agent of Volvo cars in Bangladesh, yesterday formally opened its new showroom and service centre at Tejgaon in Dhaka.
Tk 20cr Italian investment in fruit processing plant|
FENCO SpA, an Italian company, will invest Tk 20 crore in setting up a tomato and fruit processing plant in Bangladesh.
PM asks BEPZA to attract more foreign investment|
Exports from the country's export processing zones (EPZs) in the recently concluded financial year (2002-2003) stood at 1.2 billion US dollars against the target of 1.
Minister slams micro-credit lenders for high interest rate|
Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan came down heavily on the high interest rate in micro-credit system yesterday saying the providers have been charging more than 30 per cent interest rate in
Dollar continues to gain against taka following buying-spree|
The US dollar continued to gain against the Bangladesh taka yesterday following buying-spree by importers and investors ahead of weekend holiday Friday with holidays on Saturday and Sunday in the international
EU, US join hands to salvage trade talks|
In an effort to salvage troubled world trade talks, the United States and European Union on Wednesday pledged to try to develop a common position on divisive agricultural issues by mid-August.
BD's winning warm-up|
Khaled Mashud smashed an unbeaten 37 off just 43 balls to steer Bangladesh to a four-wicket win over the Queensland Academy of Sport in a one-day match on Thursday.
Bima hold Usha|
Usha Krira Chakra dropped another valuable point when they were held 2-2 against promotees Sadharan Bima in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
Impressive Moul-vibazar Wanderers Club romped into the Super-Six stage of the Nitol-Tata National Football League in grand style as they thrashed Arambagh Krira Sangha 4-1 in the last match of the penultimate
Zia suffers setback|
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman Biman suffered another setback when he drew with fellow GM Peter Wells of England in the ninth round of the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
Khulna getting ready to stage football fiesta|
All preparations are being done to make the Khulna Stadium ready to host the last leg of the Nitol-Tata National Football League. The final stage before the 'Super Sixes' kicks off on August 4.
Dolaipar in last four|
Dolaipar High School moved into the semifinals of the Dhaka Metropolis inter-school football competition with 2-0 victory over Khilgaon High School at the outer stadium yesterday.
McGrath out of ODI series|
Australian paceman Glenn McGrath pulled out of the three-match one-day cricket series against Bangladesh on Thursday with an ankle injury.
Vaughan's men collapse|
England, under new captain Michael Vaughan, collapsed to 94 for five against South Africa after the opening morning of the second Test on Thursday.
No mercy for New Zealand|
Prolific off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Thursday warned New Zealand to expect a gruelling experience on their tour of India later this year, saying the hosts were thirsting for revenge.
Hewitt blazes thru'|
Former world No.
Ronaldo takes on press|
World Footballer of the Year Ronaldo says sex isn't everything and he's got no complaints about abstaining for two weeks while on a tour of Asia.
Brazilian international striker Ronaldinho scored one goal and made a crucial pass to set up another, leading FC Barcelona past AC Milan 2-0 here Wednesday in an international football friendly.
Reigning champions Bayern Munich kick off the 41st Bundesliga title race on Friday against newly-promoted Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium.
AL calls hartal on August 16|
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for August 16 in support of its demand for the execution of the Bangabandhu murder case verdict.
Govt spreading propaganda to cover up failures, misdeeds: Hasina|
The government is spreading propaganda against the Awami League to cover up its 'misdeeds and failures', Leader of the Opposition and AL President Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
Ban on 2-stroke in Ctg soon|
State Minister for Environment and Forest, Jafrul Islam Chowdhury said the government will impose ban on the movement of two-stroke three wheelers in the port city of Chittagong soon to protect it from
Directive to complete WDB projects timely|
The government yesterday directed the engineers and officers of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) to complete the ongoing projects within he schedule time.
JU Hons classes from Aug 14|
The first year honours classes under 2002-03 academic session of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin on August 14.
Cultural programme begins at JU tomorrow|
The Jahangirnagar University Sangskritik Jote (JUSJ) organises a four-day 'cultural programme against fundamentalism and communalism' from tomorrow.
Dhaka sends 44-product list to Yangon|
Dhaka has sent a list of 44 products to Yangon to start account trade and is awaiting a response.
Malaysia to recruit Bangladeshi workers|
Malaysia has given the green signal to its human resources ministry to once again recruit Bangladeshi workers.
A meeting of minds|
A steaming bowl of rice and gravy made from Mourola fish, (a small boney fish variety) is what the people of our country still dream about", said the eminent cultural personality Mustafa Zaman Abbasi.
Natyakendro', a leading theatre group, presented the drama Protisoron (Refraction) at the Mahila Samity Moncho recently.
Beetle lovers vow to drive on|
Beetle owners in Bangladesh yesterday vowed to continue driving their beloved cars despite production of the model coming to an end.
Toxic fumes from brick kilns a threat to health|
Emission of huge quantity of toxic elements from brick kilns is causing serious health hazards, experts at a seminar said yesterday.
Tk 50 lakh fabrics gutted at Lalbagh|
A devastating fire in a fabric warehouse at Lalbagh gutted cloths said to be worth around Tk 50 lakh.
'Reform laws to ensure rights of the disabled'|
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for reformation of laws to ensure basic human rights and social securities of the disabled.
'Cancel illegal lease of Singha Bari'|
Speakers at a rally in the city yesterday reiterated their demand to cancel the 'illegal' lease of the historic Singha Bari.
No criminal caught, no booty found yet|
Police could not arrest anyone or recover the booty looted from a pharmaceutical company employee's microbus until yesterday, three days after the incident.
"We're on a hunt to arrest some suspects.
268 children oppressed in July|
Two hundred and sixty eight children were oppressed and 123 women and children were raped in July, according to a report published by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
Close calls at Dhanmondi Police Station|
A sub inspector (SI) and two others sustained burn injuries when some cocktails went off inside the Dhanmondi Police Station yesterday.
1 gets life for killing sister|
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his own sister.
Bhandaria robbery, six arrested|
Police arrested six people in Bhandaria and neighbouring Matbaria uapzila on Wendesday in connection with Tuesday's robbery.
RAT nabs criminal during attempted murder|
The Rapid Action Team (RAT) of police nabbed a criminal before he took a second attempt at life of a young man within seven hours yesterday.
Talks on to bury Saddam sons|
The US-led authority in Iraq said yesterday it was working on burial arrangements for Saddam Hussein's two sons more than a week after they were killed by US troops in the northern city of Mosul.
War crimes court gives Bosnian Serb life|
The UN war crimes tribunal sentenced a prominent Bosnian Serb politician to life imprisonment yesterday for exterminating and persecuting Bosnian Muslims, but acquitted him of genocide.
DU drifts into avoidable trouble|
Students of science and biological science faculties of Dhaka University went on indefinite strike from yesterday pressing a four-point list of demands arising out of the introduction of a four-yearhonours
Lacunae in law enforcement|
Violence and criminal behaviour, being aggravated by the dynamics of the contemporary society, have registered a manifest increase and the maintenance of law and order has become very difficult.
Why does evil happen?|
If God is on good's side, why does evil happen? Why do corrupt men go to power and the greedy ones make money? Why are the children molested, the innocent persecuted and the chaste dishonoured? Why do
Defence spending and development: Is there a correlation?|
Studies on defence spending and its impact on development show that defence spending has a positive effect on national development.
|Letters to Editor||
The city sinking|
I am horrified, to say the least, at the reported attempt of the government to swallow the last piece of wet land in the capital city, thereby choking Dhaka (already a dying city) effectively of any outlet
Kudos to OC Keraniganj PS|
Once again the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Keraniganj PS and his under-command have done an admirable job by arresting a notorious local criminal called Badsha, who was given a life sentence for committing
People in this country have been bombarded with some very intelligent TV programmes about all the big, ruthless dictators e.g. Hitler, Stalin, Saddam.
"Dowry: A social crime"|
I could not agree more with Rubab Abdullah that 'highly educated persons from respectable families' use pressure on career women as a form of dowry-hunting.
Hajj 2004 and some suggestions|
I would invite the kind attention of the Prime Minister for alleviating the sufferings of the Hajjis during their month long stay in the holy cities of Makkah Mukarrama and Madinatul Monwara.
DU library and some facts|
Thanks to Mr. Hasan Zahid Tusher for his reporting on the negligence of microfilms in DU central library and also thanks to Mr. Azizul Russel for his letter on that report (July 25). Mr.
'A rare and exceptional poem'|
The article in the issue of July 24, 2003, 'A rare and exceptional poem' by Omar Khasru, was a delight. The poem he quoted was indeed 'rare and exceptional.
Education system: infested by corruption|
The corruption and illegal transactions in our education system will come to light if we go to the concerned offices for necessary help and guideline.
Guaranteed Express Post|
Guaranteed Express Post (GEP) was introduced by the postal department a few years ago with the assurance to get one's letter delivered to the addressee of a district town within twenty four hours.
A better copyright office|
Copyright offices in the developed countries have been operating for a long time, establishing a tradition of protecting various types of intellectual properties and upholding the values of the respective
Public opinion polls|
I wonder if the Daily Star, perhaps in conjunction with other leading news entities or private research firms, could create something like a scorecard to measure the performance of Bangladesh's illustrious
Government's plan to raise the retirement age by three years, to me, will not be a good decision.
Slow and steady|
Bangladesh, the newest Test babe, has been recently playing against Australia. Though we lost the first test, our bowlers' performance were promising.
Railway issues: Need serious thoughts|
It has been decided by the government, as reported in the media, that the inland container depot [ICD] at Kamalapur railway station will be shifted to Tongi.
Containing land degradation and desertification|
Land (or soil) degradation has been defined by the FAO as "a process which lowers the current and/or the potential capability of land (soil) to produce (quantitatively and/or qualitatively) goods or services".
Economic, social and heath benefits of breast-feeding|
Breast-feeding is gaining more and more popularity around the world and is being viewed as the best investment into a child's health and intellectual upbringing.
Bush popularity slips, but support for Iraq is up: poll|
President George W.
'al-Qaeda helped in Bali attack'|
A suspected Muslim radical testified Thursday that the al-Qaeda terror group financed Southeast Asian militant attacks in Indonesia, possibly including the Oct. 12 Bali blasts that killed 202 people.
Mideast talks fail over 'towns'|
Israel and the Palestinians failed on Thursday to agree terms for handing control of two West Bank cities back to the Palestinians, further stalling efforts to implement a US-backed peace plan.
US troops inaugurate regional council in strife-torn province|
US troops inaugurated Thursday a 44-member regional council for Al-Anbar province, home to the flashpoint towns of Ramadi and Fallujah, as it seeks to calm one of the main battlefields in its war with
US lambastes North Korea|
Top US arms negotiator John Bolton described North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on Thursday as a tyrannical dictator who lived like royalty while jailing thousands and keeping many hungry in a "hellish nightmare.
Indian fencing along LoC backed by US|
The US has backed India for erecting fences along the the Indo-Pak border and Line of Control to stop infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir and said Pakistan must end cross-border terrorism and dismantleterrorist
Maoists strike again|
Maoist rebels ambushed a Nepalese army patrol under a new policy of attacking troops deployed far from their barracks as the kingdom's peace process further unraveled, army and guerrilla sources saidThursday.
3 Afghan insurgents killed by US troops|
US forces killed at least three suspected insurgents spotted near an American base in volatile eastern Afghanistan, a US military spokesman said Thursday.
Japan asked to hand over Fujimori|
Peru has formally asked Japan to extradite its former President, Alberto Fujimori, to face charges dating back to the early 1990s.