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Front Pagearrow JCD let loose terror on DU campus
At least 50 students and journalists were injured, 13 seriously, as pro-government student activists ran amuck yesterday on Dhaka University (DU) campus after swooping on a united procession of opposition
 arrow Opposition march greets JS session start today
The Jatiya Sangsad braces for stormy debates amid volatile political scenarios when the post-budget session opens today to coincide with a march to parliament by the mainstream opposition parties demanding
 arrow Eight bullets put end to Ahmudya episode
At least eight bullets pierced the body of Ahmadul Haq Chowdhury alias Ahmudya, district's top terror, who reportedly died in a shootout with a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) team on Friday night, saida
 arrow FM's India remarks were aimed at 'creating awareness'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan's remarks on Tuesday were aimed at 'creating awareness' among the young journalists of Bangladesh and India about the issues that govern bilateral relations, the foreign
 arrow Gas crisis hobbles power generation
An acute gas crisis halted power generation in a number of plants in the last two days, causing more than 500 megawatts (mw) of shortfall and plunging many areas in darkness.
 arrow 8 jurnos hurt
Eight newspersons were hurt as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday attacked them to foil their attempt to photograph JCD men's assault on a rally of opposition student organisations onDhaka
 arrow Gujral, Asma Jahangir slate fanaticism in Bangladesh
A regional human rights watchdog expressed deep concern over religious fanatics taking law into their own hands in Bangladesh while the government remains a helpless spectator on the sidelines.
 arrow Saifur hopes Wallich would return soon
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman expressed the hope that World Bank (WB) Country Director Christine I Wallich, who has left Bangladesh reportedly out of scare, would return soon as "adequate
 arrow Cops to launch block raid to check terrorist activities
Police will launch block raid, if necessary, and Rab members will be called in to check terrorist activities in any area.
 arrow India hammer Kenya
India cruised to a 98-run win over Kenya in their opening ICC Champions Trophy match at the Rose Bowl yesterday.
 arrow Don't take tolerance as weakness: PM
Denouncing the opposition's present stance and campaign against the elected government, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday cautioned that no-one should mistake the government's tolerance for consolidating
 arrow Dr Kamal asks govt to explain grenade attack at JS session start
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded the government on the opening day of the 13th session of parliament offer an explanation for the August 21 grenade blasts at Awami League (AL)rally.
 arrow Bangladeshi workers rebel in Namibia
An enraged mob of some 400 Bangladeshi workers on Friday attacked two managers who came to inspect living conditions at a Malaysian-owned textile plant near the capital of Namibia.
 arrow WTC agency to sue Saudi Arabia
The agency that owned the World Trade Centre says it will file a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for damages it suffered on September 11, 2001, noting 84 of its employees were killed in the air attacks that
 arrow Shibir factions possess huge armoury
Notorious Shibir cadre Md Ramzan alias Bhagina Ramzan arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Fatikchhari on Friday yesterday divulged that cadres of three factions of Islami Chhatra Shibir operatives
 arrow India and Nepal agree to finalise extradition treaty
India and Nepal have agreed to finalise an extradition treaty and mutual legal assistance agreement on criminal matters.
 arrow BNP nominates Abu Abbas
A board of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party yesterday nominated Haji Mohammad Abu Abbas for the parliamentary by-election in the Netrakona-2 constituency.
 arrow 3 feared dead in boat capsize
Three persons including a father and his son are feared dead in a boat capsize in a haor of Derai upazila in Sunamganj on Friday afternoon.
 arrow Facelift plan!

 arrow HC cancels its bail order to 4 accused
The High Court (HC) yesterday recalled its own order granting bail to four accused in a five-murder case that had evoked controversies.
 arrow 'Extortionist' lynched in Khulna
Angry mob yesterday lynched an alleged extortionist Abdullah Al Mamun, 20, at Koilaghat in Khulna.
 arrow Khulna cops hunt for dead outlaws' arms cache
Khulna district police launched yesterday special combing operation at Dumuria, Batiaghat and Paikgacha upazilas to recover huge arms and ammunition including AK-47 left by slain Jubo League leader and
 arrow Saifur orders ministry to cut back on lavish water project
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman Thursday directed the water ministry and planning commission to recast a water management project rejected earlier for making extravagant financial demands for buyingvehicles,
 arrow Blast near RU hall panics students
A powerful bomb exploded near the canteen of Shaheed Suhrawardi Hall of Rajshahi University Friday night, creating panic on the campus and among other educational institutions in the city.
 arrow Indigenous people protest at quota violation
Hundreds of indigenous people of Bandarban district yesterday held a demonstration to protest against government's primary school teacher appointment in violation of existing quota for them.
 arrow Launch passengers lynch robber in Postogola
A mob of launch passengers beat a suspected robber dead and injured one of his co-gangsters near the Buriganga Bridge at Postogola last night, police and witnesses said.
 arrow US soldier jailed over Iraq abuses
The first American military intelligence soldier to be court martialed over the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal has been sentenced to eight months in jail, a reduction in rank and a bad-conduct discharge.
Businessarrow DITF to see delayed start on security grounds
The Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), the country's largest annual trade exposition, this year will see a delayed start due to what officials say security reasons.
 arrow Four-day furniture fair from Sept 22 in Dhaka
In the face of competition from foreign furniture, local manufacturers of the furnishings are going to showcase their products at a four-day exhibition beginning in Dhaka on September 22.
 arrow India's industrial output surges, inflation soars
India's industrial output continued its steady run in July prompting analysts to say that solid domestic demand was intact and would continue to power growth in the months ahead.
 arrow Oil prices fall sharply on hurricane forecast shift
Crude oil futures fell sharply on world markets Friday as fears about Hurricane Ivan hitting petroleum-producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico receded.
 arrow US visa policy hurting trade with Arab world
Restrictive US visa policies are putting a dent in trade and investment flows between the United States and the Arab World, according to a study released Friday by a business group.
 arrow Mideast oil to Asia cheaper
Middle East crude sold to Asia is currently cheaper than volumes flowing to western buyers, reversing the so-called Asian premium paid by refiners, industry sources said.
 arrow US to take pre-emptive action on China textiles
The United States will take pre-emptive action to restrict Chinese textile imports if it finds American companies are threatened by the removal of global textile quotas in January, a US official saidFriday.
 arrow Myanmar to boost gas exports to Thailand
Military-ruled Myanmar plans to boost natural gas exports to neighboring Thailand to 11 million cubic meters per day after discovering new reserves in the Andaman Sea, state-run media reported Saturday.
 arrow 3-day intíl food fair starts Friday
Export Promotion Bureau will hold a three-day International Food Fair 2004 at Sheraton Hotel from [eptember 17 to Sextember 19.
 arrow India holds back soymeal sales to reap bet|er prices
India, eyeing a good soybean crop, has begun contracting soymeal exports but sales have been slow with traders cautiously taking on commitments, industry officials said Friday.
 arrow Agora offers special discount on fish
Agora, a chain superstore operated by Rahimafrooz Group in Dhaka, started an eleven-day fish festival on Thursday.
 arrow SkyCargo launches electronic house air waybill system
Emirates SkyCargo has launched e-HAWB (electronic house air waybill) module at its web-based logistics system SkyChain.
 arrow China to relax investment controls on HK
China has decided to relax controls on mainland investment in Hong Kong, the latest in a series of measures by Beijing to help beef up Hong Kong's economic recovery, the official China Daily said Saturday.
 arrow Enron gets go ahead to sell pipes
Failed US energy giant Enron has been given permission to sell its most prized remaining asset - its natural gas pipeline arm CrossCountry Energy.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers bank on young guns
When Bangladesh and South Africa launch their ICC Champions Trophy campaign at Edgbaston today both teams will be keen to bury their recent poor run of form.
 arrow Cricket: Trophy Threats
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar ruled out any uncertainty over next month's New Zealand tour of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Hosts toy with Zimbabwe
Paul Collingwood hit an unbeaten 80 before impressing in the field as England cruised to a 152-run win over Zimbabwe in their ICC Cham-pions Trophy match at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: A Russian revolution
They came, they saw, they conquered.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo plots Aussie reverse
Stephen Fleming insists his New Zealand side can put world champions Australia on the rack when the two sides clash in the ICC Champions Trophy.
 arrow Football: Villa hold Chelsea
Chelsea dropped their first points of the season when they were held to a goalless draw by a combative Aston Villa side at Villa Park on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gibbs targets Bangladesh
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs sounded an ominous warning to Bangladesh that he was targeting them in his bid to end his run drought when the two sides meet at Edgbaston today.
 arrow Athletics: Double for Eva and Abdullah
Abu Abdullah retained his tag as the fastest man of the country when the Bangladesh Army runner won the 100m sprint in the Ninth Summer Athletics Championship at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium inMirpur
 arrow Cricket: Miandad irate at ICC over experiments
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has criticised the scheduling of the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
 arrow Cricket: Morgan remains ECB chairman
The England and Wales Cricket Board have endorsed the First Class Forum's nomination of David Morgan as chairman for a second term of office.
 arrow Football: Brazil release Kaka, Cafu
Brazil have ended a brief ban on captain Cafu, midfielder Kaka and three other players for missing last month's friendly in Haiti, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Makelele calls time
France midfielder Claude Makelele has announced his retirement from international soccer to concentrate on his club career with Chelsea.
 arrow Basketball: School b'ball
South Breeze earned a comfortable 45-17 victory over Kurmitola BAF Shaheen School in a boys' group match of the Aktel school basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi basketball gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim 'racism'hearing at month end
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the hearing into the allegations of racism in Zimbabwe cricket would take place in Harare from September 29 to October 1.
Metropolitanarrow Farce on in name of probe: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said a "farce" is being staged in the name of investigation into the August 21 grenade attack on her rally that
 arrow PM to visit food aid programmes
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is likely to visit some districts to see the food assistance programme for flood-hit poor under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) scheme.
 arrow Govt to enact law on acid soon
The government will soon enact laws relating to import, production, storage, transportation, sale and use of acid.
 arrow Weavers' ultimatum to govt
Bangladesh Sanjukta Tanti Samity, a joint platform of weavers' associations, yesterday placed a 17-point demand, including rehabilitation of the flood-affected weavers, revitalisation of handloom industry
 arrow Bomb scare at Khulna school
Panic gripped South Herald School, an English medium institution, at Sonadanga yesterday after a bomb-like device was found on the windowsill at the office of its principal yesterday.
 arrow Memo submitted to Babar
Two organisations yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to those who raped a garment worker at Savar recently.
 arrow Patterson arrives today
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Torkel L Patterson arrives in the city today on a four-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Sports organiser Tarek dead
Kazi Anwarul Haq Tarek, a renowned sports organiser and director of Abahani Limited, died of a cardiac arrest at his Dhanmondi house yesterday morning at the age of 53, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Nation builders ignored
Rangpur: Unbelievable though, about 12,000 garments units in a Gaibandha upazila having export potential are now limping due to lack of government attention.
 arrow Artificial urea crisis looms in Rajshahi
Fertiliser crisis at farmer's level looms large in Rajshahi due to alleged black marketing by a section of dealers taking the chance of lax monitoring by officials concerned, according to informationgathered
 arrow Diarrhoea spreads in Nilphamari
The diarrhoea situation deteriorated in Syedpur with 30 more patients admitted to the upazila health complex on Friday. The disease is spreading in other upazilas of the district.
 arrow 'Outlaw' among 4 killed in a day
Four persons were killed in separate incidents in Kushtia, Chuadanga and Jhenidah districts on Friday.

Two of them were killed in Kushtia and one each in Chuadanga and Jhendah.

 arrow Piracy on rise on Brahmaputra
Piracy on the Brahmaputra in the district has increased, creating a panic among people, particularly traders using river routes.
 arrow 3 cops suspended, 5 'closed' for beating man, boy
Three policemen were suspended and five others 'closed' in Gopalganj on Wednesday for beating a transport workers leader and a minor boy.
 arrow Mini Iztema concludes
A three-day 'Mini Bishaw Iztema', organsied by Tablig Jamaat, concluded at Gaibandha stadium with a grand prayer yesterday.
 arrow Art gallery opens in Jessore
An art gallary was inaugurated at Jessore Charupith on Friday. Paintings of noted artists will be on display there from 10 am to 8 pm till September 19.
 arrow 70 km roads damaged in Patuakhali town
Most of the roads in Patuakhali town and adjoining areas, badly damaged by the recent flood and recurring high tide, are now unfit for use.
Point-Counterpointarrow For friendship Bangladesh should look East
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mr. M.
 arrow English: Looking for the lost language
The worldwide importance of English is broadly acclaimed and is visibly manifested in various ways.
Culturearrow The world of Hamiduzzaman Khan
Hamiduzzaman Khan, head of the Sculpture Department, Fine Arts, DU, chatting in his salon, spoke about the state of sculpture in Bangladesh, himself and his work.
 arrow Keeping alive Tagore's music
The Tagore legacy lives on in Suratirtha, a Tagore music school in Dhaka. Imbued with the philosophy and music of the Great Bard, the school began its journey around 10 years ago.
 arrow Oscar body receives Hepburn's personal memorabilia
Movie legend Katharine Hepburn's estate has donated a huge collection of her memorabilia, including photographs, personal letters and scrapbooks, to the organisers of the Oscars.
 arrow A rich and varied programme
Orchestra, an event management company, arranged an evening with noted singer Shaheen Samad. Titled Ridoy Chahe Ridoy, the function was held at the All Community Club in Gulshan 2.
Internationalarrow Iraqi clerics call US-led strikes 'genocide'
US-led assaults on insurgents in Tall Afar and Fallujah killed at least 57 people, prompting top Muslim clerics (Imams) to accuse the US-led coalition of "genocide" in Iraq.
 arrow Time for Syria to leave Lebanon: US official
It is time for Syria to leave Lebanon, a senior State Department official said after talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday.
 arrow Tigers issue new warning over fragile truce
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have complained to Scandinavian truce monitors that government troops attacked them and have warned that a fragile peace process could collapse.
 arrow Victim families mark moment of Sept 11 attack
Family members clutching roses and bearing photos of the relatives they lost on Sept. 11 fell silent early yesterday to mark the third anniversary of the World Trade Center attack.
 arrow US slaps sanctions on Myanmar, Cuba, DPRK
President George W. Bush announced Friday that he would withhold some US financial aid from Myanmar, Cuba and North Korea, on grounds those countries had failed to do enough to battle human trafficking.
 arrow 'Second cell poised for Indonesia attack'
Militants behind the deadly bombing of Australia's Jakarta embassy have a second group poised for attack, Australia's top policeman warned as Canberra said yesterday all its diplomatic missions wouldbe
 arrow Maldives hits back at EU criticism
The Maldives has rejected European Union statements that its envoys were denied access to pro-dem-ocracy activists jailed after rare anti-government protests in South Asia's most expensive tourist locale.
 arrow Hurricane Ivan slams into Jamaica
Powerful Hurricane Ivan roared into Jamaica with huge waves, drenching rains and deadly winds Friday and sporadic shooting erupted in the near-deserted streets of the capital as looters went on the prowl.
 arrow Laden still issuing orders, says US General
Three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden and his deputy are still issuing orders for attacks by al-Qaeda, a top American commander told The Associated Press yesterday.

Maj. Gen.

Editorialarrow Editorial: 13th JS session
Parliament resumes today, and, once again, our plea to both the government and the opposition is to have the maturity and forbearance to permit the parliament to run in the manner in which the Constitution
 arrow Editorial: Remembering 9/11
The sad memories of 9/11 still haunt, and will continue to haunt, people around the world, the US in particular, in the years to come.
 arrow United Nations and peacekeeping
The term peacekeeping does not exist in the UN Charter.
 arrow Blame game is on
I did not write on the bid to kill Bangladesh opposition leader Sheikh Hasina earlier because I wanted to first talk to her and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
Letters to Editorarrow BRAC does it
Article 77 of the Constitution of Bangladesh provides that parliament may by law establish the office of Ombudsman.
 arrow A closer look at the civil service
Our civil service (in Dhaka) is facing basic problems in the day to day working environment, which is polluted in various ways (not difficult to decipher).
 arrow Is democracy thin ?
Thick Democracy or thin democracy? Spread Democracy thin, and it dilutes the morals also, specially in the emerging nations, as we notice in Dhaka, and other new capitals.
 arrow Chandrima or ZIA Udyan?
On September 1, The Daily Star published a news report on BNP's founding anniversary. Under this title there was a statement-- wreaths will be placed at Zia's grave at Chandrima Udyan. But here's a question.
Star Healtharrow Bringing back hope and dignity
Most children born with deformed split lip and split palate known as cleft lip and palate are socially isolated due to stigma.
 arrow Sex during pregnancy!
Sex and pregnancy are intimately related. One often leads to the other. What is perhaps less well understood, however, is the role of sex during pregnancy.
Star Cityarrow Doctors call for trauma centres to tackle crisis
Doctors, treating the victims of the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, demand emergency trauma centres in big cities soon, as numerous victims of natural disasters and accidents waitin
 arrow Female students suffer in tattered dormitory
Scarcity of space not only affects the newcomers but the seniors as well. Low quality of food, unclean toilets and lack of proper security make it even worse for them.
 arrow Women commissioners urge govt to uphold HC verdict
Thirty women commissioners elected on reserved seats are urging the government not to appeal against the High Court verdict on non-discrimination between them and their male counterparts.
 arrow Panthapath businessmen take on extortionists
Localresidents and businesspeople of both sides of Panthapath Road have decided to take their own security measures to protect themselves from extortionists and criminals after reportedly becoming frustrated
 arrow Toilet construction stalled as controversy sparks
The construction work of a public toilet in the English Road Shishu Park has come to a halt reportedly because of a bitter ongoing dispute between two local ward commissioners and the contractor.