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Front Pagearrow JCD men run riot again
Pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists ran riot on Dhaka University (DU) campus again for the second day on trot, assaulting workers of all the opposition-backed student organisations after a bomb went off near the JCD rally, wounding at least 100 yesterday.
 arrow Rab's 'shootout' claim shrouded in questions
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) claimed that Jubo League leader Abul Kalam Azad Sumon was killed in a "shootout" in Rampura early yesterday but witnesses and other sources said he was killed in Rab custody
 arrow 3 killed in 'encounters' with Rab, police
A Jubo League leader and two alleged criminals, including a robber reportedly close to a minister, were killed in three incidents of shooting involving law enforcers in Dhaka and Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Tax evasion getting tough
The government is stepping up tax evasion curbing measures to boost revenue collection, so as to feed the bigger than usual budget it plans for the next fiscal year.
 arrow 15 hurt in fire at chemicals depot
At least 15 people including 10 firefighters were injured, two critically, in a fire that broke out in a chemicals depot at Dayaganj in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Decision on giving AL symbol to Asad today
Main opposition Awami League (AL) leaders will sit today to decide whether it will give party election symbol to its Narsingdi unit president advocate Asaduzzman for contesting in the Narsingdi-1 by-polls
 arrow OC closed for highway robbery link
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sitakunda Police Station in the district was closed on charge of involvement with highway robbery on Monday.
 arrow 11 killed in Pak riot
Six workers of the US fast food chain KFC died when a restaurant was torched by a mob protesting the suicide bombing of a mosque in the Pakistani city of Karachi that killed five others, police said yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan for better Indo-Bangla ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stressed the need for bilateral cooperation between India and Bangladesh to resolve all issues between them.
 arrow Transit, port use, gas export to benefit Dhaka
Bangladesh should take the advantage of its unique geographical location for reaping economic benefits through providing transits, allowing gas pipeline and access to ports for India, said visiting Indian
 arrow Opposition for pro-liberation force alliance
Top leaders of the mainstream opposition parties yesterday called for launching a grand alliance of all pro-liberation and progressive parties to rescue the country from the grip of black money holders
 arrow Bimstec meet today to review 6 areas
Senior foreign ministry officials of the seven-member Bimstec meet in Dhaka today to review cooperation in six priority areas and make recommendations as Bangladesh assumes the chair of the forum fornext
 arrow Iraq governor found dead after abduction
The kidnapped governor of Iraq's Anbar province has been found dead along with his suspected captors after a clash with US forces.
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 arrow Sardar Amjad may join AL today
Sardar Amjad Hossain, a former leader of the Jatiya Party (Ershad), is likely to join the Awami League (AL) with several hundred of his followers today.
 arrow 2-yr-old accused can't get bail as judge is on official tour
Bail petition for two-year-old Rasul could not be submitted yesterday as judge of the special tribunal went to Dhaka on official work.
 arrow Liberation War era arms, ammo found
Police yesterday recovered a rocket launcher and 26 hand grenades from beneath the ground inside a bordering police station of Chapainawabganj.
 arrow Villepin new French PM
French President Jacques Chirac named loyalist Dominique de Villepin, 51, his new prime minister on Tuesday. He replaced Jean-Pierre Raffarin who quit earlier yesterday.
 arrow Tk 41cr budget okayed for JS Secretariat
The Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat Commission yesterday approved a Tk 41.29 crore budget for the secretariat for the next fiscal year.
 arrow Protest and savagery at DU

 arrow Observer publishers sentenced to jail
The First Labour Court has sentenced Khaled Hamidul Huq and Nazma Ali, directors of the Associated Printers Limited, which publishes the Bangladesh Observer, to jail for one year.
Businessarrow EC announces fund for non-profit organisations
European Commission (EC) to Bangladesh yesterday announced a fund amounting to 1,500,000 euros for the first year for implementing its three-year Small Projects Facility (SPF) programme here in a bidto
 arrow AIMS mutual fund to be extended to Tk 140m
The country's first private mutual fund of AIMS will be extended from Tk 70 million to Tk 140 million.
 arrow Simplify tax payment procedure
Tax lawyers yesterday placed a 14-point demand to simplify the present tax payment procedure, which they term a 'complicated' one.
 arrow Ecnec okays 8 projects involving Tk 2,791cr
The Executive Council of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved over Tk 2,791 crore 8 projects, including RRAGS, which witnessed objections at a pre-Ecnec meeting for irregularities.
 arrow Alcatel finishes its work for landing station
French telecommunications equipment manufacturer Alcatel has completed its work for the Submarine Cable Landing Station at southeastern Cox's Bazar to connect the country to the information superhighway.
 arrow EU, US face off at WTO in aircraft spat
Washington and Brussels squared off at the World Trade Organisation on Tuesday, raising the stakes in the transatlantic dispute over state aid for aircraft giants Boeing and Airbus.
 arrow EU team visits Khulna region today
A two-member European Union (EU) team visits the country's southwestern region today to inspect the overall sanitary measures in shrimp cultivation.
 arrow Eastern Bank co-sponsor of HomeShow-2005
Eastern Bank Ltd has become a co-sponsor of the upcoming HomeShow-2005 that begins from June 9.
 arrow StanChart regional general manager arrives today
Jaspal Singh Bindra, general manger for Standard Chartered South Asia Region, arrives in Dhaka today on a short visit.
 arrow Unilever, GP sign deal on music talent hunt
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd and GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd have signed an agreement in Dhaka on Monday regarding SMS voting services for Close Up1, a programme to hunt music talents in Bangladesh.
 arrow Union Capital chairman re-elected
M Faizur Rahman has been re-elected chairman of Union Capital Ltd.
The Board of Directors of the company re-elected him at a meeting in Dhaka on Saturday, says a press release.

 arrow EU trade chief confident on China textile talks
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson said on Tuesday that he was confident about talks with Beijing, amid efforts to halt an escalating trade war over surging Chinese textile imports.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines reports lower profit
Flag carrier Malaysia Airlines on Tuesday said net profit fell by 29 percent to 326.
Sportsarrow Football: Mohammedan's revenge
Mohammedan Sporting Club gave their fans something to cheer about after a wretched start to the season when the local giants recorded the biggest victory of the first round in the Premier Bank Premier
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova shocked
Justine Henin-Hardenne ignored the aches and pains that are her constant companions to move past Maria Sharapova into the French Open semifinals on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Million dollar question
For years the International Cricket Council (ICC) was widely derided as an organisation that would do almost anything rather than make a decision.
 arrow Cricket: CA backs Tigers
Australia supports the principle of keeping easybeats Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in Test cricket but wants to better manage its future contests with team, Cricket Australia (CA) said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: England unchanged
England named a 12-man squad Tuesday for the second and final Test against Bangladesh starting at the Riverside on Friday after thrashing the Asian minnows by an innings and 261 runs at Lord's last week.
 arrow Cricket: BCB Green hit back
BCB Green thrived on three handsome half-centuries against BCB Red on the second day of the three-day trial match at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Double delight for Roy, Baishakhi
Amol Roy and Shefat Nusrat Baishakhi captured double crowns in the Scandex Bangladesh Open Tennis Championship at the Ramna National Tennis Complex in the city yesterday.
 arrow Football: WC stadium inaugurated
Munich's new 66,000-seater Allianz Arena stadium which will host the opening match of the 2006 World Cup opened its gates for an inaugural ceremonial fixture here on Monday.
 arrow Basketball: Shabab Memorial basketball held
The first annual Shabab Memorial Basketball Tournament was held at the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) on May 28.
 arrow Cricket: Cash reward for Australia
Cricket Australia on Tuesday received a 500,000 US dollar cheque from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in recognition of the country's position at the top of the ICC Championship tables up to April
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Nadal set for showdown
Spanish fourth seed Rafael Nadal set up a potentially classic French Open semifinal showdown against top seed Roger Federer on Tuesday when he beat compatriot David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 in his last eight
 arrow Cricket: Pak greats find out the reason
Former Pakistan greats Imran Khan and Wasim Akram Tuesday blamed selectors for the first Test defeat against West Indies saying that a lack of good bowlers lost them the chance of a series win.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo released from duty
Brazil have agreed to release striker Ronaldo from next month's World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Argentina as well as the Confederations Cup in Germany later in June.
 arrow Football: Figo's Real uncertainty
Luis Figo, happy to be back with Portugal's national squad after a nine-month break from international football, admits he is unsure of his future at Real Madrid.
"I don't know what is going to happen.

 arrow Football: MU might sell Ferdinand
England defender Rio Ferdinand could become the first big name to leave Malcolm Glazer's Manchester United if he refuses a final 100,000 pounds-a-week contract offer.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmood laid to rest
Thousands of mourners turned up showing their love and respect to former Pakistan cricket captain and legendary fast bowler Fazal Mahmood who was buried in Lahore on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Badda hold Rahmatganj
Badda Jagarani put an end to Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society's winning run in the First Division Football League when the two sides drew 1-1 in yesterday's lone match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa
 arrow Cricket: Windies bring back Best
The West Indies selectors on Monday made one change to their squad for the second Test against Pakistan which runs from June 3-7 at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
 arrow Schumacher not ready to retire
Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher is having a great time racing despite not winning a grand prix this season.
 arrow Cricket: West Ham back in Premiership
West Ham United claimed the third and final promotion place to the English Premiership this season after they beat Preston North End 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at the Millennium Stadium here
Metropolitanarrow Tobacco-related diseases kill 40m a year in world
About 40 million people across the world die due to tobacco related diseases every year, said National Professor Dr Nurul Islam.
 arrow ADB to help boost urban health
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help improve the health status of Bangladesh's urban population, especially the poor, by providing a package of high-impact health services, through a US$40 million
 arrow 'ADR soon to settle criminal dispute'
The government is going to bring comprehensive reforms in the criminal procedure code to expedite the criminal dispute resolution and make it up to date, said the Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Increase budget to promote culture
Cultural activists, at a roundtable yesterday, demanded of the government to increase budgetary allocation for the promotion of cultural activities in the country.
 arrow 27 killed in 'crossfire' last month
Twenty-seven people were killed in 'crossfire' with the Rapid Action Battalion and police last month, according to a report of Bangladesh Bar Council.
 arrow 'Bridge financing gap between the rich and disadvantaged'
Speakers at an international workshop yesterday called for bridging the financing gap in the health system between the disadvantaged people and the rich.
 arrow Court records statement of mentally disturbed man
A Dhaka court yesterday recorded judicial statement of a mentally disturbed man arrested for disclosing techniques to hijacking an aircraft.
 arrow JCD attack on students condemned
More organisations yesterday condemned the attack of BNP-backed JCD cadres on the general students of Dhaka University who were protesting the death of Shammee Akhter Happy by a speeding bus at Shahbagh.
 arrow 50 injured in N'ganj clash
At least 50 workers were injured and 18 taxicabs damaged in a clash between taxi drivers and garment workers at Chashara Baluramath yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt teachers demand higher allocation in budget
National Teachers Employees Front (NTEF), a forum of non-government teachers, yesterday submitted a nine-point charter of demands to Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman.
 arrow Morphine worth Tk 2 cr seized
Morphine worth Tk 2 crore was seized from a hotel in the capital in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow 30 rights organisations reject HC verdict
Samajik Protirodh Committee (Committee for Social Resistance), an alliance of 30 rights organisations, yesterday rejected the High Court verdict on direct election to reserved seats for women in the Jatiya
 arrow NZ envoy meets Hasina
New Zealand High Commissioner Graeme Waters made a courtesy call on opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence and discussed matters of bilateral interest.
 arrow JICA submits final report
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday submitted its final feasibility study report on construction of the much-expected 6.
 arrow Hasina protests JCD attack on students
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday protested the attack on seven student organisations, including Chhatra League, allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Murder of Comilla editor condemned
Leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina and a human rights organisation condemned the murder of Golam Mahfuz, editor of Comilla-based the daily Comilla Muktakantha.
 arrow 64,000-line Teletalk network in Ctg
Telephone and Telegraph (T&T) Board of Chittagong has set up a 64,000 -line network for its Teletalk mobile subscribers.
Nationalarrow Dozens eye Sunamganj-3, prepare to enter fray
A large number of aspirant candidates from different parties are in the race for party tickets to contest the by-election to Sunamganj-3 seat of the Jatiya Sangsad that fell vacant following the death
 arrow Blasts kill 700, injure 10,000 in 3 decades
About 700 workers were killed and 10,000 others injured in explosions in ship-breaking yards at Bhatiary and Sitakunda in last three decades, and 1,000 of the injured became disabled, speakers said at
 arrow 4 kg explosives recovered in Satkhira: 4 held
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) arrested four persons from Kuchpukur village in the Sadar upazil Monday night and recovered one shutter gun, four cartridges and four kilograms of bomb-making explosives from
 arrow 7 robbers held in Ctg
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-7) arrested seven highway robbers with two trucks loaded with 140 mounds of garments cotton and six tonnes of scrap in Sitakunda upazila in the early hours of Monday.
 arrow A family made victim to land acquisition?
The government is going to acquire more lands of Shatani family for expansion of a road from Altafunnasa football ground to Sherpur Road.
 arrow Rab operation to continue in Moulvibazar
Operation by Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) will continue in different areas of Moulvibazar, according to Rab official Gulzar Uddin Ahmed.
Two platoons comprising 50 members are in Srimangal since Sunday.

 arrow Municipal office ransacked for salary in Jessore
Workers ransacked and damaged a room of Jessore Pourasava yesterday following an altercation among them and the municipality employees.
 arrow Indian held with pistol
An Indian national was arrested from a village near Benapole and arms and ammunition were seized from him yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow If I could be the chairman of Anti-corruption Commission
The following is an abridged version of Prof Yunus' address at the roundtable on "Corruption, Nature, Causes and Remedies" organised by ACC on May 29. The translation is our own.
 arrow Bangladesh and north-eastern Indian states
In Bangladesh foreign policy, "India factor" looms large, simply because Bangladesh is surrounded on three sides by India.
Culturearrow Post World War II German Literature
Goethe Gesellschaft Bangladesh Branch and Swarabritta arranged a cultural event titled "German Literature after the Second World War" at Natmandal at Dhaka University on March 30.
 arrow The uncrowned Qawwali Queen
Pakistani singer Abida Parveen's truly amazing voice has earned her the status as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
 arrow Chayanika's new ventures
Promising director of television plays, Chayanika Chowdhury is working on two new plays. Tagore's Dui Bon will be telecast on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's death anniversary.
 arrow Miss Canada crowned Miss Universe 2005
Miss Canada Natalie Glebova was crowned Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok yesterday.
Generalarrow 20pc increase in Ctg truck fare from today
Truck owners will charge 20 per cent extra fare to the clients for carrying one additional ton of goods in each trip from today.
 arrow Two listed criminals arrested in Ctg
Police arrested two listed criminals in the city in the last two days.

Tipped off, Kotowali police arrested a top criminal, Shahjahan, 28, an accused in 14 cases, from an ice factory on Monday afternoon.

 arrow NUS presents drama to raise awareness about Aids
Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS) presented a street drama titled 'Lily Banur Sangsar' at the Central Shaheed Minar in Chittagong yesterday to raise awareness about HIV/Aids among the people, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Chirac names loyalist Villepin as PM
French President Jacques Chirac named loyalist Dominique de Villepin as his new prime minister on Tuesday in a shake-up of the government following his crushing defeat over the European Union constitution.
 arrow Iraqi PM vows to beef up security
Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari on Tuesday unveiled his new government's programme, telling parliament his priorities were to end violence, cut the time foreign forces were needed, and build a federal
 arrow Khodorkovsky found guilty of fraud
Yukos oil founder Mikhail Khodo-rkovsky was found guilty Tuesday of fraud and tax evasion and sentenced to nine years in prison after a politically charged trial seen by critics as a Kremlin-driven vendetta
 arrow Pak not to press case against Advani
Pakistani police will not press a 57-year-old case against Leader of the Opposition LK Advani over an alleged plot to kill the country's first President, officials said.
 arrow India tells Pak to curb militants
India called on Pakistan to live up to its pledge to dismantle militant camps in Pakistan-held Kashmir following a spate of attacks, warning that guerrilla violence could badly hurt the peace drive by
 arrow Senior army official shot dead in Sri Lanka
Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas Tuesday shot dead the commanding officer of a Sri Lankan army intelligence unit as he drove to his office in Colombo, the military said.
 arrow Koizumi fed up with questions on war shrine visits
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated Tuesday he was annoyed with persistent questions on whether he will keep visiting a war shrine which neighboring nations call a symbol of militarism.
 arrow Hariri sweeps first round of election in Lebanon
The son of murdered former premier Rafiq Hariri scored a clean sweep in the Beirut round of Lebanon's elections, the first in three decades held free of the grip of neighbouring Syria, officials saidMonday.
 arrow Sharon not happy with Abbas-Bush summit
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is disappointed with US President George W. Bush's refusal to put pressure on Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to crush armed groups, aides said Tuesday.
 arrow 'Zarqawi' claims wounds 'minor'
A man claiming to be Iraq's most wanted militant, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said he had been wounded - but only lightly - in an audio message on the internet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Containing inflation
There is an apprehension that the increased outlay for annual development programme (ADP) for fiscal 2005-06 and the projected government spending for the new pay scales could push the inflation rateup.
 arrow Editorial: MP hostel for whom?
Whatever the perks and privileges our members of parliament enjoy, these are perhaps more than a poor nation like ours can afford.
 arrow Impact of France's No to EU Constitution
The French, through their referendum on the draft EU Constitutional Treaty have demonstrated that they are more French than European. All of a sudden, the European dream has assumed difficult prospects.
 arrow Dissolving the Bihar Assembly
Was it an anti-democracy coup, or a move to prevent horse-trading which mocks at democracy? It's not easy to take black-and-white positions on the Bihar Assembly's dissolution.
 arrow Should income tax on agriculture be increased?
While watching BTV news at 10pm a few days ago, I saw Khairuzzaman Chowdhury, Chairman, National Board of Revenue, expressing the government's desire to increase income tax on agriculture.
Letters to Editorarrow Death traps
The launch disasters cannot be minimised, unless drastic and immediate action is taken in two main areas: (a) design and trial approvals; and, (b) improvement in human service (regulatory daily exercises,
The Savar tragedy is one of the worst in the country's history.

It's the first time that a nine storied building collapsed and many people were buried alive.

 arrow Dishonouring the holy book
By a singular statement of the Newsweek Magazine the whole world came to know about the desecration of the Holy Koran by the American troops. A large number of people protested this disgraceful act.
 arrow Acid throwing
In our patriarchy and man dominated society women are very helpless, they are continually tortured-- physically, mentally, sexually-- and various types of violence take place against them.
 arrow AL politics
Our politics is not a positive one so it could be argued that the loser of the polls would not take defeat without demur.
 arrow Justice delayed
Quite a long time has passed since the brutal murder of Shah SMS Kibria, former finance minister.
 arrow Look East
Finally, we realised that our best bet is to look east. I wrote once in The Daily Star in the early nineties why we should look East rather than West.
 arrow Role of Bangla
We have taken English for our offices and education and Hindi for entertainment and culture. Bangla has no place.
 arrow HSC exams
You could say I have taken up the pen out of sheer frustration. I've never written a letter to a daily before. But I have great confidence on you and the Star family.
 arrow Arsenic density
While browsing through a local Bangladesh Atlas (2003 edn), I came across a full-page map of Bangladesh showing the density of arsenic throughout the country.
 arrow Female political activists
It is a cheap ploy by political parties to use female political activists to lead street processions (as seen in Dhaka), using them as a frontal buffer against police lathi charge.
 arrow Saarc minus India
Since its inception more than two decades ago Saarc has done nothing worth mentioning for the welfare of the peoples of Saarc countries.
 arrow BSF activities
In recent days, a number of Bangladeshi nationals have been killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). Even some dead bodies are yet to be handed over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
 arrow Sun coverage
The Sun, a British tabloid, has recently published some photographs of the erstwhile Iraqi President. Saddam Hossein is seen naked except for his underwear that brings disgrace to the global people.
 arrow Manpower export
Some Bangladeshi youths died in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Sahara. They were going abroad in search of jobs. But they were the victims of unscrupulous manpower traders.
 arrow Definition of democracy
Abraham Lincoln defined democracy as "By the people, for the people, of the people". We may redefine it as something "By Bush, for Bush, of Bush" or "By the arms, for the oil, of the puppet government".
Star Chittagongarrow Alarming decline in fish fry production
Collection of fertilised eggs and production of fries have declined at an alarming rate following the illegal netting of broad fishes (mother fishes) and conventional hatching of spawn in the river Halda,
 arrow Cry for water goes unheeded
The Goalpara residents in the port city seem to be the most unfortunate as far as supply of drinking water from Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is concerned.
 arrow Stop pollution at Foy's Lake
Janoudyog and Save Chittagong staged a demonstration on the Chittagong Press Club premises on Monday demanding that the authorities stop the pollution of Foy's Lake and take measurers against those responsible
Star Cityarrow City transport sector in grip of bribery
Transport owners in the city pay as much as Tk 50 lakh a month in bribes to the traffic police, sources in the transport sector alleged.
 arrow Amligola Panchayet, an example to all
Residents of old Dhaka still resort to the 'Panchayet' (local assemblies) when faced with family squabbles, fights between friends, disputes over land and other problems thus holding on to a tradition
 arrow Dhaka Zoo's unknown attraction
The mysterious work of nature often sees animals born with strange physical features. These animals however do not survive in most cases.
 arrow Waste management at hospitals, clinics to start soon
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in association with a private organisation named Prism Bangladesh has taken an initiative for the waste management of government and non-government hospitals, privateclinics
 arrow BRTC's tourism service delayed
The state-owned Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC)' s planned launching of minibus service for tourism in collaboration with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has been put back as the BRTC
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