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Front Pagearrow 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
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 'Alternative dispute resolution to clear case backlog'
Legal experts yesterday said Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will help reduce huge backlog of cases.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
Businessarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
Sportsarrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Hockey: 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.
 arrow Football: Wonderful Wanderers
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
 arrow Chess: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Cricket: 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.
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt blazes thru'
Former world No.
 arrow Football: 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.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho stars
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.
 arrow Football: Bundesliga begins
Reigning champions Bayern Munich kick off the 41st Bundesliga title race on Friday against newly-promoted Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium.
Politicalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Metropolitanarrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow Cultural programme begins at JU tomorrow
The Jahangirnagar University Sangskritik Jote (JUSJ) organises a four-day 'cultural programme against fundamentalism and communalism' from tomorrow.
Foreign Relationsarrow 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.
 arrow Malaysia to recruit Bangladeshi workers
Malaysia has given the green signal to its human resources ministry to once again recruit Bangladeshi workers.
Culturearrow 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.
 arrow "Protisoron"
Natyakendro', a leading theatre group, presented the drama Protisoron (Refraction) at the Mahila Samity Moncho recently.
Generalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.

 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 1 gets life for killing sister
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his own sister.
 arrow Bhandaria robbery, six arrested
Police arrested six people in Bhandaria and neighbouring Matbaria uapzila on Wendesday in connection with Tuesday's robbery.
 arrow 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.
Internationalarrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Editorialarrow Editorial: 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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 Editorarrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow Why dictators
People in this country have been bombarded with some very intelligent TV programmes about all the big, ruthless dictators e.g. Hitler, Stalin, Saddam.
 arrow "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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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
 arrow Retirement age
Government's plan to raise the retirement age by three years, to me, will not be a good decision.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.
Focusarrow 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".
 arrow 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.
Worldarrow Bush popularity slips, but support for Iraq is up: poll
President George W.
 arrow '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.
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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
 arrow 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.
 arrow 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.

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 arrow 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.