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Front Pagearrow JCD, Shibir men trade gunfire on RU campus
The armed cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed on Rajshahi University campus yesterday, leaving nearly 50 people including several JCD leaders injured.
 arrow 80 outlaws to surrender to Barisal police Friday
Controversy bubbles over a programme Barisal police scheduled for Friday to let about 80 underground operatives surrender without illegal firearms to get back to normal life after years of gangland violence.
 arrow Another dies, bigot link suspected
The death toll from Monday night's bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) rose to three after one of the 37 injured in the attack succumbed to his injuries early yesterday morning.
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 arrow Dr Kamal accuses govt of contempt of court
Noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday pleaded to the High Court to issue a contempt rule against the government for not complying with the highest court verdict issued four years ago on the separation
 arrow Ahmadiyya book ban wrong, unfortunate
US Congressman Joseph F Crowley yesterday condemned the government ban on Ahmadiyya publications saying it was "wrong, a bad precedent and unfortunate".
 arrow Bush unveils deeper space, nuke coop plan with India
Taking US-India ties to a new high, US President George W Bush has announced that the two countries would step up cooperation in non-military nuclear activities, civilian space programmes and high-technology
 arrow Don't make mid-term duty change
The Revenue Reform Commission (RRC) strongly opposes any mid-term duty change, typically practised by the government through issuance of SROs (statutory regulatory orders), and recommends widening the
 arrow PM breaks ground for Asian University for Women in Ctg
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation of all forces and individuals in maintaining the pace of development.
 arrow Hasina defends shift from no-hartal stance
Opposition leader and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday tried to defend her party's budging from the no-hartal stance while in power saying that she made the announcement to seek a similar
 arrow Ansars Naik shot dead in Bagerhat
Unidentified assailants gunned down an ansars and member of the joint forces at Ujalpur village at Fakirhat thana in Bagerhat Monday morning.
 arrow 20 DU students hurt in clash with DMCH staff
At least 20 students of Dhaka University (DU) and five others were injured in clashes between students and class four employees and canteen staff at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and police-beating
 arrow PM to visit Indonesia, Brunei this month
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will visit Brunei and Indonesia between January 23 and January 26, foreign ministry sources said.
 arrow Indo-Bangla joint tiger census starts today
Bangladesh and India jointly start a cross-border census of tigers today with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
 arrow Dazzles of the universe
A new window to the universe opened with yesterday's release of the first dazzling images from Nasa's newly named Spitzer Space Telescope, formerly known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility.
 arrow AL may boycott Kushtia-1 by-polls
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is pondering over boycotting the February 29 parliamentary by-elections in Kushtia-1 constituency keeping in mind alleged rigging by the BNP in the Netrokona-3 by-polls
 arrow Ex-KCCI chief held for 'link' with outlaws
Joint forces held a local Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and ex-president of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) at Royermahal in Khalishpur yesterday for his alleged link with
 arrow Huge arms, drugs seized from Kafrul
Investigators of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police, which seized huge quantity of arms, ammunition and contraband Phensidyl from a computer shop in the city Monday night, are quizzing
 arrow AL lawmaker charged with Rakshit killing
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal in Chittagong yesterday framed charges against ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury, a lawmaker from Raozan of the main opposition Awami League and 16 others over the killing
 arrow UN team winds up CHT visit
A three-member UN team led by top UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) official Sarah L Timpson concluded its six-day visit to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) yesterday to assess the conflictsituation
 arrow GMG gets nod for int'l flights
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) yesterday issued air transport operating licence to GMG Airlines, setting stage for the country's first private airliner to operate international flights.
 arrow Bodies of 3 UPDF men recovered
Bodies of three United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) activists killed in Naniarchar shootout between the UPDF and a pro-Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord indigenous outfit on January 8 have beenrecovered.
 arrow B'baria bigots ask govt to declare Ahamadiyyas non-Muslims
Bigots held a rally at the Poura Mukta Mancha here yesterday to press home their demand for declaring the Ahamadiyya Community non-Muslims.
 arrow Dhaka, Seoul to sign defence agreement
Bangladesh and South Korea yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of logistics and defence industry between their armed forces.
 arrow Police quiz Shampa Reza
Police yesterday interrogated TV artiste Shampa Reza, sister of Azam Reza, at Gulshan Police Station to ascertain the actual relation between Azam and Afsana Mimi.
 arrow Workers call off indefinite strike at Mongla Port
The Mongla Port Dock Workers Union yesterday agreed to withdraw their indefinite strike following a successful discussion with the government.
 arrow Hasina slams shrine blast
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in a statement yesterday said the bomb blast incident at the shrine of saint Shahjalal on Monday night was a 'planned
Businessarrow Congressional Caucus to ensure Dhaka's inclusion in future trade legislation
Visiting US Congressman Joseph Crowley has assured local businesspeople that the Congressional Caucus on Bangladesh will see to it that Dhaka is not excluded from future legislation aimed to extend trade
 arrow Level playing field needed for faster telecoms growth
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, chief executive officer of Telenor ASA, has praised Bangladesh's investment climate and steady development in telecommunications sector.
 arrow Saifur asks micro credit lenders not to charge over 10pc interest
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday asked micro credit lenders not to charge over 10 percent interest to help the poor come out of extreme poverty.
Sportsarrow Football: BU alone atop
Brothers Union Club were firmly back in the title race as they es-tablished a two-point gap at the top of the Western Union Premier Division Premier Division Football League table with a 2-0 victory over
 arrow Cricket: Ctg, Khulna stunned
The lightweights of the Ispahani Mirazapore Tea Fifth National Cricket League Barisal and Rajshahi finally registered victories yesterday when they defeated Chittagong and holders Khulna respectivelyon
 arrow Cricket: BD A shame
The touring Bangladesh A team hit a new low yesterday when they were shot out for only 30 in their second innings to suffer a humiliating innings and 41-run defeat against Pakistan Customs at the Karachi
 arrow Cricket: Zim keep faith in top order
Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak said he was keeping faith in his batting top order for their next triangular one-day cricket series match against India at Bellerive Oval here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: WI's first 1st-class win
The West Indies finally recorded a first-class win on their South African tour after provincial team Easterns squandered a prime position at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pressure on Pakistan
For the first time in the series, New Zealand cricket captain Stephen Fleming sees Pakistan under pressure as they go into the fourth one-day match here Wednesday with the pendulum of favouritism swinging
 arrow Cricket: Tests before ODIS
Tests will be played before one-day matches on India's breakthrough tour of Pakistan in March.
 arrow Tennis: Int'l junior tennis
Thirty-nine matches were decided on the fourth day of International Junior Tennis Championship at Rajshahi Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan promises adequate security
Pakistan will ensure tight security measures when it hosts the eight-nation South Asian Federation (SAF) Games.
 arrow Australia over take India
South Korea defeated a lacklustre Spanish side 4-1 Tuesday to take their first win in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup field hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium here.
 arrow Chess: It's still Rani
IWM Rani Hamid of Bangladesh Biman maintained her solo lead in the points table with maximum points after the end of the ninth round of the final phase of the Igloo 25th National Women Chess Championship
 arrow Cricket: Windies name ODI team for South Africa
The West Indies selectors have named a 15-man squad for the one-day series against South Africa, which starts in Cape Town on January 25.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi cricket
United Sporting Club beat Mahuabagan Club by 35 runs in the Rajshahi First Division Cricket League at RMC hostel ground yesterday.

Winning toss, United made 123 in 32.2 overs.

 arrow Handball: Cute handball
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club beat Victoria Sporting Club 27-18 in the Cute Premier Division Handball League match at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Police attack condemned
Former players and sports organisers yesterday condemned the police attack on Abahani fans and officials on Monday after the Abahani-Muktijoddha match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: U-13 cricket
Kalabagan Cricket Academy defea-ted Ankur by 78 runs in the Helvetia fifth under-13 cricket tournament at the Kalabagan sports ground yesterday.

Batting first Kalabagan CA scored 167 for 5.

 arrow Tennis: Injury-hit Aussie Open
The Australian Open women's competition has been ravaged by injury before a ball is hit with the withdrawal of most of the leading contenders.
 arrow Football: Burglary at Veron's villa
Chelsea star Juan Sebastian Veron has brought in private security guards after an intruder threatened the Argentine player's children during a robbery at his house.
 arrow Football: Davids delighted
Edgar Davids was presented to the media by Barcelona Monday after the struggling Spanish giants agreed to take the Dutch international midfielder on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season.
 arrow Football: Zidane's no-show at dope trial
Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane failed to show up in court here on Monday where he had been called to testify at the Juventus doping trial.
Nationalarrow Token hunger strike for 'golden handshake' dues
Former workers and employees of Darwani Textile Mills at a token hunger strike on the mill premises on Monday alleged that the BTMC authorities "cheated" with them by not paying their dues under a 'golden
 arrow Fresh agitation for BRTC service in 3 Sylhet UZs
A fresh agitation programme has been announced at a rally at Jaintapur upazila headquarters for resumption of BRTC bus service three upazilas of Sylhet.
 arrow Hajj pilgrimage of 500 uncertain in Sylhet
Hajj pilgrimage of about 500 people in Sylhet region this year has become uncertain amid allegations and counter allegations of irresponsibility by Biman authorities and travel agents.
 arrow UNDP team passes hectic day in CHT
A three-member high level United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) team left for Bandarban on conclusion of their visit to Khagrachhari on Sunday afternoon.
 arrow 40 injured in Satkhira road accident
At least 40 persons were injured seriously in a road accident when a bus rammed a private car on Satkhira-Jessore road at Kazirhat Bazaar in Kalaroa upazila on Monday evening.
 arrow Pourasabha acting chairman sent to jail
Acting Chairman and four ward commissioners of Monirimpur Pourasava in Jessore district, accused in a corruption case, were sent to Jail on Sunday as a court rejected their bail prayers.
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of wealthy lady in Pabna
The death of a wealthy lady at Chatmohar Notun Bazar is shrouded in mystery.

Durga Rani Kundu,45, was found dead at her home on Sunday morning.

 arrow Unocal scholarships distributed
Unocal Bangladesh awarded scholarships to 20 meritorious students appeared from Sylhet education board at a function held in a Sylhet hotel recently, according to a press release.
 arrow Five killed in Netrakona bus mishap
Five persons were killed on the spot and 20 injured when a Netrakona-bound bus from Mohongonj fell into a roadside ditch at Kodomtoly in Barhatta upazila yesterday at about 11:30 am.
 arrow Manikganj AL protests attack on football star Munna
Awami League (AL) and its front organisations brought out a procession and held a rally in Manikganj town yesterday protesting the attack on central AL Youth and Sports Affairs Secretary and Abahani football
 arrow Manikchhari BCL confce not held
The Manikchhari Upazila Chhatra League (BCL) conference could not be held due to promulgation of Section 144 CRPC at the venue on Monday.
 arrow American Corner at Sylhet Int'l University
An American corner will be opened at Sylhet International University campus tomorrow.

American Centre of US Embassy has established the corner.

 arrow 5 JCD leaders hurt in attack by ICS-backed outsiders
At least five Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders were wounded in an attack by Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS)-supported outsiders for protesting illegal sell of admission forms on Sunday.
 arrow Two killed by husbands
Two housewives were killed by husbands at Mohabatpur and Chamura villages in Sonatola upazila on Sunday.

The victims were identified as Shagi Begum, 20, and Shabana,21.

Point-Counterpointarrow Politics and the third force
The conceptual basis and the historical antecedents of the term Civil Society are well recorded. A good number of international theorists have traced its origin and related it to the present day context.
 arrow Preventive and educative approaches for reducing corruption
There is no denying the fact that widespread and pervasive corruption in government and public administration is now the number one problem of the country.
 arrow Cautious optimism
War is not always a viable modus operandi for achieving one's national objectives and certainly no substitute for the gains one obtains by following the path of peace.
Culturearrow Faces behind the scene
Tsubaki Noruboru is one of the three artists from Japan who have stirred up the viewers of the 11th Asian Biennale. This begins tomorrow at Osmani Memorial Hall,Shilpakala Academy and the National Museum.
 arrow A calendar with a view
Every New Year is marked, not only with burst of crackers and balloons all around, but also the flurry of colourful calendars of all shapes and sizes.
 arrow Sitcom 'Frasier' to end 11-year NBC run in May
After 20 years as one of television's most beloved and enduring snobs, Kelsey Grammer will soon be leaving his "Frasier" persona behind for good.
 arrow Saudi shows new face to world
Saudi Arabia has launched an all-news satellite television channel, featuring the kingdom's first female news reader, to present a new image of the state, the station's director said Monday.
Generalarrow 70 pc people do not have access to electricity
About 70 percent people do not have access to electricity from the electrical grid while the city dwellers alone use up 40 percent of the total power generated in the country.
 arrow Studio owner murdered in Khulna
Khulna Modern Studio owner Mohammod Rafique Bepari was stabbed to death by an unidentified miscreant on Monday night in the bedroom of his residence at Gagan Babu Road under Khulna thana.
 arrow Multi-modal operation to solve transport problem
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for integration of the existing transport infrastructures for multi-modal operation to solve the problems in this sector.
 arrow Proposal to hand over management to Army Medical Corps
The Management and Development Advisory Committee of Pabna Mental Hospital, at a meeting on Monday, proposed to hand over its management to Army Medical Corps for its smooth functioning.
 arrow 37 chargesheeted in 2 policemen murder
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet in two policemen murder case against 37 people including outlawed PBCP (M-L) leader Abdur Rashid.

Twenty-nine of them are still at large.

 arrow 'Withdraw ban on Ahmadiyya publications'
Different organisations yesterday protested the government ban on all publications of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh.
 arrow Salana Ursekul
A three-day holy Salana Ursekul Majlish will begin on January 16 at 10am at Oliganj (opposite Sadarghat), Dhaka on the premises of Haqqani Mosque, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Pakistan calls for liberal visa regime with India
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri yesterday called for diplomatic staff levels to be increased at Indian and Pakistani embassies to free up stalled visa-processing procedures.
 arrow 'US war in Iraq strategic error'
A report published by the US Army War College has criticised the war against Iraq as a strategic error.

It also suggests that the Bush administration's global war on terror may be unsustainable.

 arrow Kashmiri rebels get formal invite for talks from Delhi
The moderate faction of Kashmir's main separatist alliance has been formally invited for talks on January 22 on the future of the disputed state by Indian Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, aseparatist
 arrow US Treasury seeks probe into O'Neill interview
The US Treasury, acting less than 24 hours after ousted Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill sharply criticised President Bush in a television interview, sought a probe Monday into how a document marked "secret"
 arrow ROK-US set to finalise troops relocation
The future presence of the US military in central Seoul will be on the table when American and South Korean officials sit down later this week to discuss troop repositioning and other issues.
 arrow US SC allows secrecy for Sept 11 detainees
The US Supreme Court Monday allowed the Bush administration to keep secret the names and other basic details about hundreds of foreigners detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
 arrow WHO warns of Sars 'false alarms'
The World Health Organisation has warned that fear of the deadly Sars virus is causing false alarms in China.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Deaths at shrine
The bomb that went off at the holy shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal on Monday, killing two people and injuring at least 40 others, has sent shock waves across the country.
 arrow Editorial: Public parks to private hands
The prime minister has positively responded to a request by the business community that they be allowed to run some public parks in the capital to mark the MCCI's centenary celebrations.
 arrow Winds of change in South Asia
Of late the people of South Asia are feeling euphoric. And there is a good reason for them to feel that way.
 arrow Mumbai World Social Forum
Would you like to meet this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, the new face of liberated Iranian womanhood? Or does last year's Economics Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz catch your fancy because
 arrow It's the policies, bhaiya
Mr Mahfuzur Rahman touched upon an interesting subject: 'Khoda Hafez' vs. 'Allah Hafez' (DS 18-11-2003). I have been intrigued as much as he has been by this inconsequential tug-of-war.
Letters to Editorarrow SAFTA and environment
With the signing of the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) Framework Treaty on January 7, 2004 in Islamabad, Pakistan, a milestone in the regional cooperation, a big market in the SAARC region would be
 arrow For Salma!
The commemoration of our beloved Salma, at the Shahid Minar on Friday, was a great time of emotion where the sorrow and pain of her departure were sublimated by the hope of seeing so many people fromevery
 arrow Ahmadiyyas--Muslims or non-Muslims?
Much has been said for and against the Ahmadiyyas in the circumstances obtaining in Bangladesh. Many Muslims, both at home and abroad, appealed for religious tolerance on this issue.
 arrow HIV/AIDS and poverty
HIV/AIDS and poverty are closely related to each other. The number of poverty stricken people are increasing in South Africa, Uganda, etc.
 arrow Betrayed
I don't know what are the words to describe what I am feeling today, as I read The Daily Star lead news regarding the ban on Ahmadiyya books.
 arrow Our footbridges
On the one hand, the DCC has built many footbridges and, on the other, it has demolished and dismantled several of them. It has also abandoned some under-construction footbridges.
 arrow Lahore Resolution
I could not agree more with Mr. S. M. Khalid Choudhury's letter (DS, Jan.05) in which he condemns the disrespect shown by Pakistan Television to Sher-e-Bangla A.K.
 arrow Life in Canada
People from Bangladesh who want to migrate to Canada for good should be more informed before making their final decision. Things are far different here than are imagined.
 arrow Main khiladi tu anaari!
There are many important issues in Bangladesh that need immediate attention. However, for Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, the following conversation is more important than anything else.
StarTecharrow NCC: Localising global skills
Information technology (IT) as a subject has become increasingly important to the students of Bangladesh. Today, Bangladeshi students look forward to achieving greater goals.
 arrow The final curtain@CityIT 2003
THE CityiT fair 2003 was crowded with enthusiastic visitors and customers during the last week.
 arrow Strong global demand for Oracle HRMS
On January 12, Oracle Corporation announced that companies across the world, such as 7-Eleven, Inc.
 arrow HP lets its customers travel the world
TRAVEL the world with HP Grand Lucky Draw 2003' was a much-appreciated theme for HP's 2003 promotional activity.
 arrow Mosaic of 10,000 galaxies
THE newest camera on the Hubble Space Telescope has created an unprecedented image of a huge hunk of the sky, including at least 10,000 galaxies, which could help determine how our own Milky Way evolved,
Star Chittagongarrow Sawmills need no licence!
Most of the sawmills in Chittagong have no licences but are still doing businesses without any problem, thanks to the indifference of authorities concerned.
 arrow Developers with a vision
Chittagong has suddenly been caught up with a stirring spate of activities by the developers, who have, after exhausting Dhaka, turned their eyes to the second city of the country.
Star Cityarrow Unconcerned, unmoved
The government has almost completed the construction of the speaker and deputy speaker's houses, ignoring renowned US architect Louis I Kahn's master plan of the parliament complex in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
 arrow Banned polybags creep back
Banned polythene shopping bags have made a comeback changing their types and shapes.
 arrow Mugging drama on mobile phone
His cellphone rang at odd intervals at work around 8pm Sunday evening. As he picked it up, he could hear a few people talking in a CNG (compressed natural gas) autorickshaw.
 arrow No to traffic help centres for fear of 'misuse'
The plan of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to construct traffic help centers (THC) in the city's eighteen different points may not see light because of fear of misuse, says officials of the Dhaka City
 arrow Volvos in vogue
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) lacks funds to purchase 95 double-deckers to add to the 350-bus project, passed by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec), for city commuters.
 arrow Quest for new social order
Around 1000 delegates from about 200 organisations in Bangladesh are expected to join the six-day Fourth World Social Forum (WSF) in Mumbai, India scheduled to begin Friday.