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Front Pagearrow 100 hurt as BCL, JCD jointly fight Shibir
At least 100 students and several policemen were injured when Shibir cadres clashed with the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and some left-leaning studentorganisations
 arrow Citizens' body wants CEC, commissioners to quit now
The Citizens' Committee 2006, a platform of civil society members, yesterday said immediate resignation of the chief election commissioner (CEC) and other commissioners can help remove uncertainty over
 arrow JCD man killed, 40 hurt in Sylhet BNP factional clash
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was shot dead and at least 40 people including a reporter of the daily Prothom Alo were injured in clashes between the supporters of Makbul Hossain MP and the Privatisation
 arrow Cabinet purchase body rejects proposal, asks for fresh tender
The cabinet purchase committee yesterday rejected a home ministry proposal seeking approval of a Tk 1,561 crore procurement of machine-readable passport (MRP), visa and national identity (NID) card and
 arrow Israel's no to int'l force for Lebanon
Israeli airstrikes killed 37 people in Lebanon yesterday and Israel dismissed as premature a proposal for an international military force to help end Hezbollah rocket attacks into the Jewish state.
 arrow Boundary talks with India end without results
The two-day deliberations by Bangladesh and India Joint Boundary Working Group (JBWG) in Dhaka ended yesterday without resolving the longstanding issues of border demarcation and exchange of enclavesand
 arrow SC stays case proceedings
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for three months all proceedings of former minister Shah AMS Kibria killing case now pending in the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal.
 arrow Viral fever spreads in city
Patients infected with viral fever flood the city hospitals as the doctors find it difficult to cope with sudden rush.
 arrow HC verdict stayed for 2 months
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) verdict on sensational Shazneen murder case for two months.
 arrow EC relaxes recruitment criteria
The Election Commission (EC) has relaxed its criteria for recruiting over one lakh manpower for updating the voter list and directed the field level officials tasked with recruiting the manpower to make
 arrow IO has to explain discrepancy in charge sheet
A Chittagong court yesterday issued a show cause notice to the investigation officer (IO) of the sensational Jamal Uddin abduction and murder case for discrepancy in the charge sheet he submitted on July
 arrow Petition filed for withdrawal of murder case against Abbas
A petition was submitted yesterday to the Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka to withdraw constable Abu Naser murder case filed against Housing and Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and three others
 arrow Sunny, others jailed for 3-17 years
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) military commander Ataur Rahman Sunny and five others to 3 to 17 years of Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) for possessing firearms, ammunition
 arrow 6 JMB men get life in Aug 17 blasts case
A special court here yesterday sentenced six members of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment for the August 17 bombings in the town.
 arrow RU authorities to allow murder suspect Salehi to sit for exam
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities are going to allow RU Islami Chhatra Shibir President Mahbub Alam Salehi, also a suspect in the Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case, to sit for his master's exams despite
 arrow Barisal criminal killed in Rab 'shootout'
A top criminal of the city was killed during a "shootout" between the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his cohorts at C & B road early morning.
 arrow Bus kills 4 in Keraniganj
A bus crashed into two rickshaws and two rickshaw vans on the southern side of the Second Buriganga Bridge in Keraniganj area yesterday, killing the rickshaw and van pullers on the spot.
 arrow Hotel staff gunned down in city
Unknown extortionists gunned down an employee of a residential hotel in the city's Maghbazar area yesterday. The victim was identified as Abul Hussain, 35.
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi national on Bamonpara border under Sapahar upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Tozammel Haq Kalu, 48, a cattle trader.
 arrow Yet another case filed against Bulu
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against MNH Bulu, a director of satellite TV station Boishakhi, after a businessman filed a case alleging that a cheque written by Bulu was bounced.
 arrow BTTB launches prepaid card for land phones
Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) yesterday launched prepaid cards of Tk 500 and Tk 200 for land phones.
 arrow Quake triggers tsunami in Indonesia again
At least 67 people were killed and scores injured after a tsunami smashed into the south of Indonesia's Java island following a strong undersea earthquake, a local legislator said yesterday.
 arrow Dozens killed in Iraqi market attack
Dozens of people were killed in an attack around a crowded market in a violent town just outside Baghdad yesterday, one of the bloodiest incidents in Iraq this year, police and Interior Ministry officials
Businessarrow DSE transaction volume declines 53.91pc, value 49.5pc in Jan-Jun
The country's premier bourse witnessed a significant decline of transaction both in terms of volume and value in the first-half of the calendar year 2006 compared to the preceding year.
 arrow UCBL's failure to hold AGMs for 8 yrs frustrates investors
Despite repeated filing of writ petitions to hold annual general meetings (AGMs) of United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) under neutral chairmanship, the bank's board of directors is continuing to show reluctance
 arrow Early implementation of Benarashi Palli project demanded
Benarashi Sari weavers yesterday threatened strike and demonstration if their demand for allotment of the proposed plots in the 'Benarashi Palli' to them is not met within 15 days.
 arrow WB-funded fisheries project achieves considerable success
The Fourth Fisheries Project of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the World Bank has achieved considerable success in increasing fish and shrimp production for domestic consumption and exports.
 arrow Workshop on Basel II held
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) and Prime Bank Ltd jointly organised a daylong workshop on Basel II for banking sector on Saturday in Dhaka.
 arrow Oil prices fall in volatile trading
Crude oil prices see-sawed Monday, plunging more than $1 a barrel on a report that Iran had accepted incentives to resolve a dispute over its nuclear program, then quickly retraced some lost ground as
 arrow Wheat price may go up
A syndicate of some unscrupulous businessmen is trying to increase price of wheat by creating an artificial crisis in the market.
 arrow Citigroup posts record Q2 earnings
Citigroup, the owning company of Citibank, NA, reported revenue of US$ 22.18 billion and a net after tax income of $ 5.
 arrow New executive director of BB
Md Yasin Ali has been promoted as executive director of Bangladesh Bank. He took over the charge in the principal office of the bank yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Airbus to unveil wider plane
European plane maker Airbus prepared to unveil on Monday revised plans for its troubled long-haul A350 passenger jet.
 arrow Key WTO players to try keeping up G8 momentum
Six World Trade Organisation heavyweights were gearing up Monday for another effort to salvage the floundering Doha Round negotiations on tearing down barriers to commerce.
 arrow Sonargaon Textiles approves 10pc cash dividend
Sonargaon Textiles Ltd has approved a 10 per cent cash dividend for the year 2005.
 arrow Singapore's key exports up 16.9pc in June
Singapore's key non-oil domestic exports (NODX) grew 16.9 percent in June compared with a year earlier, boosted by bigger shipments of integrated circuits and chemical products, the government said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Academy to bridge the gap
It had been told over and over again that Bangladesh cricket has a lack of back-up players for the national side.
 arrow Cricket: Strauss makes history
Andrew Strauss's love-affair with Lord's continued here Sunday when he marked his first Test as England captain with a century that left Pakistan already needing a ground record-equalling 342 to win the
 arrow Cricket: Razzak for African trip
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was finally included in the Africa-bound squad as its sixteenth member.
 arrow Football: Colman gone, how long for Cruciani?
The national football team's last leg preparation for next month's SA Games will be without a specialised physical trainer after Argentine trainer Ariel Colman saw his one-year contract with the Bangladesh
 arrow Hockey: BHF names 24 for SA Games
The Bangladesh Hockey Federa-tion (BHF) yesterday shortlisted its 32-member preliminary squad to 24 players for next month's SA Games in Colombo.
 arrow Cricket: New Delhi may stage the final
New Delhi has emerged as the strongest contender to host the cricket World Cup final in 2011, an Indian official said on Monday.
 arrow Hockey: Germany lift Champs Trophy
Germany won their first women's field hockey Champions Trophy here Sunday when captain Fanny Rinne flicked home a penalty corner conversion nine seconds from the final hooter for a 3-2 win over China.
 arrow Cricket: India adopts Twenty20
India has bowed to pressure from the international cricket community and agreed to play the popular Twenty20 version of the game after initially scoffing at it.
 arrow Cricket: Younis boost for Pakistan
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is expected to re-take his place in the middle order after a knee injury.
 arrow Cycling: Lance in hostile land
Former Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was assured of a red-hot welcome in the Alps when he was to join up with his Discovery Channel team here Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Belgium, Italy in Fed Cup final
American tennis slumped to another low point on Sunday when their woefully under-powered team were beaten by Belgium in the Fed Cup semifinals.
 arrow McLaren confident about Alonso move
McLaren insisted on Monday that world champion Fernando Alonso will remain committed to the contract that he signed with the team for 2007.
 arrow Basketball: B'ball refs' clinic on
The FIBA-Asia Basketball referees' clinic began at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday under auspices of the Bangladesh Basketball Federation.
 arrow Football: Cannavaro set for Real switch
Italy's World Cup winning skipper Fabio Cannavaro is set to leave scandal-hit Juventus to sign for Real Madrid, it was reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Maradona humiliated
Football legend Diego Maradona felt humiliated when a German hotel piano player treated him to a rendition of "Don't cry for me Argentina" after the South Americans lost to the hosts at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Ghana coach quits
Ratomir Dujkovic, who coached Ghana to the World Cup second round, resigned on Sunday despite having five months to run on his contract, the Ghana football federation (GFA) announced.
 arrow Football: 'All of us guilty'
Brazilian defender Juan admitted on Sunday that the whole team feels guilty for their World Cup flop in Germany.
 arrow Football: Clemente new Serbia coach
Former Spain coach Javier Clemente will take charge of Serbia charged with rebuilding the team's fortunes after their humiliating World Cup first round exit, press reports said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Panesar strikes shake Pakistan
Monty Panesar struck twice, including capturing the prize wicket of Mohammad Yousuf, as England gave themselves hope of victory on the final day of the first Test against Pakistan at Lord's here Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer, Nadal still at top
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and his closest rival Rafael Nadal are still comfortably the world's top two players after the latest ATP world rankings were released on Monday.
 arrow Football: Gigi wants Milan move
Gianluigi Buffon is hoping to continue his career in Italy despite the relegation of his club Juventus for influencing referees in Serie A matches.
 arrow Football: 'Italian scandal one-off'
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted on Sunday that English football would never be hit by a repeat of the Serie A match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Torres future in doubt
The future of Spain striker Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid remains uncertain, the club's coach Javier Aguirre said.
 arrow Football: Six-star dreams for Houllier
Lyon coach Gerard Houllier believes the French champions are capable of winning a sixth successive league title.
 arrow Football: Wenger rules out Saviola switch
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Monday insisted he would not be signing Argentina striker Javier Saviola.
 arrow Football: Abbondanzieri set for Getafe
Getafe aim to complete the signing of Argentine international goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri from Boca Juniors on Tuesday, the Primera Liga side's president Angel Torres said.
 arrow Football: Duff set for Spurs
Tottenham fans should not lack for sweeping movements down the wings this season in the light of reports of Damien Duff's imminent move across London for about 10-million-pound to link up with Aaron Lennon,
 arrow Football: Rebrov Ukrainian player of the year
Dynamo Kiev striker Serhiy Rebrov, a member of Ukraine's World Cup side, has been named the Ukrainian Premier League's player of the season for 2005-2006, the club said on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow GM foods pose threat to health, environment
A group of environmentalists and NGO activists yesterday expressed concern over gradual introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) foods in the country, saying that such foods are harmful to human health
 arrow Call to include reproductive health issue in textbooks
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for inclusion of reproductive health issue in textbooks to make youth aware of their reproductive health.
 arrow Stop payment of bills from Aug 1
Khulna Citizens' Forum (KCF) has called upon people to stop payment of electricity bills from next month if loadshedding problem is not resolved by July 31.
 arrow Resignation of CEC demanded
Leaders of Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad yesterday demanded immediate resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two other election commissioners with a view to holding a free, fair and impartial
 arrow Non-govt teachers, employees vow to continue agitation
Teachers and employees of non-government high schools, colleges, madrasas vowed to continue demonstrations until their demands were met.
 arrow Health workers submit memo to PM
Bangladesh Health Sector Field Level Employees Association, an association of 26 thousand field level health workers, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister (PM) and Director General of
 arrow Concern over condition of agitating employees
Bangladesh Society for Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) yesterday expressed concern over the health condition of 722 employees of the Department of Women Affairs who are observing fast-unto-death programme
 arrow 3 Monipur schoolboys get new lease of life
Three students of Monipur Cadet School and college, who were critically wounded after being stabbed by one of their classmates last month, have recovered fully.
 arrow RMG factory ransacked in city
Workers of a garment factory in the city yesterday ransacked some of the office rooms following an attack on four of their colleagues by some former staffs on Sunday night.
 arrow 2 killed in road mishaps
At least two people were killed and 24 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Steel mill found stealing gas worth Tk 50 lakh a yr
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) magistracy in a drive against illegal consumption of gas here yesterday unearthed an incident of stealing gas worth around Tk 50 lakh a year by a steel re-rolling mill
 arrow Elect honest candidates to bring about positive change
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called for electing the honest and competent candidates in the upcoming general election to bring about a positive change in the country.
 arrow Nine suspected militants sent to Jhalakati jail
Jhalakati Sadar upazila magistrate court sent nine suspected Islamic militants, including two Pakistanis, to jail after completion of their three-day remand for the third time yesterday.
 arrow Roundtable on nursing held
A roundtable conference on 'Standardisation of nursing profession in Bangladesh at par with global context' was held yesterday at American Hospital Consortium (AHC) School of Nursing in American Super
 arrow Rajshahi div teachers’ grand rally July 23
A grand rally of teachers and employees of schools, colleges and madrasas of Rajshahi Division will be held in Dhaka on July 23.
 arrow Train service disrupted for 11 hours
Train communication from Dhaka and Chittagong to North Bengal through Mymensingh was disrupted for 11 hours due to derailment of two compartments of a goods train at Putiali between Bigonebari and Bidyaganj
 arrow 'Save Manikganj from river erosion'
Karmajibi Nari (KM) urged the government to take effective measures immediately to save Manikganj from erosion by Kaliganga river.
 arrow Ruling party trying to avoid electoral reforms
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the BNP-led ruling alliance is preparing for a 'blueprint' election without bringing reforms to the caretaker government
 arrow Stolen car recovered using AVLS
Just after two weeks of official launching of the BDCOM Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS), it has achieved the first success in stolen vehicle recovery, says a press release.
 arrow 1,481 more held
Police arrested some 1,481 people from across the country on various charges in the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Striking teachers refuse to do the job till demands met
Updating the voter list in Nilphamari district may be hindered as election officials are yet to appoint 'assisting officers' for enumeration while only three days are left to complete their lists.
 arrow Feud in Kishoreganj BNP intensifies
Intra-party fend in Kishoreganj BNP has intensified with former party lawmaker Maj (Retd) Akhter Uzzaman Ranjan terming the two-member district committee "illegal" and threatening to form a new full-fledged
 arrow Feasting on forests, govt lands
The Chittagong Coastal Forest Department yesterday submitted a list of 15 'land grabbers' to Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner, seeking administration's help to recover government lands and forests including
 arrow Pneumonia kills five
At least five children died of pneumonia and several hundreds have been attacked with the disease in the district.
 arrow Pirates abduct 3 fishermen
Three fishermen along with a fishing trawler were abducted allegedly by Indian pirates from the Sundarbans in the last two days.
 arrow Rally in Rangpur for pipeline gas
Several hundred people held a rally here yesterday to press six-point demand for development of the northern districts including Rangpur.
 arrow Husband kills wife, takes life
An expatriate husband committed suicide after strangling his wife at Bamangari village at Mirpur upazila in the district yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Must Lebanon and Gaza be destroyed for three kidnapped Israeli soldiers?
At a time the world should be commiserating with India for the Mumbai massacre of over two hundred innocent civilians, Israel hogs the world's limelight with a two-pronged attack on Gaza and Lebanon,for
 arrow Middle East in flames
THE Middle East is once again the theatre of bloodshed and destruction on a large scale.
 arrow What should we do about oil prices?
OIL prices hit record highs above us $78 per barrel in the Asian market.
 arrow Radicals push for war
AFTER Hizbullah guerrillas captured Israeli soldiers Wednesday, a furious Dan Halutz, Israel's military chief of staff, warned that the Israeli Army would "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years.
Culturearrow Songs of rain at Bengal Shilpalaya
On the first eve of Srabon, the second month of Bangla rainy season Borsha, singers rendered Tagore songs on the monsoon.
 arrow Paintings by children from around the globe
The paintings and drawings at the 4th Children's Art Biennale 2006 at the Shishu Academy reflected skill, imagination and devotion.
 arrow Razzle dazzle and glamour
Glamour and glitz were much in evidence at the final round of the 'Goalini Binodon Bichitra Miss Photogenic 2005' contest on July 16.
 arrow Aesthetic balance with Ikebana
A day-long solo Ikebana exhibition by Rina Rahman, a student of Dhaka Japanese Ikebana School was organised by the National Association of Unesco Clubs in Bangladesh at BNCU Conference Hall on July 17.
Internationalarrow World powers start work for 'stabilisation' force
World leaders got down to work yesterday on sending an international force into Lebanon to help quell the raging violence there as the Middle East crisis dominated the closing day of a G8 summit.
 arrow Indo-US leaders talk nuclear deal at G8
US President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday discussed last week's train bombings in India as well as efforts to ratify their controversial nuclear deal.
 arrow Foreigners flee Israel's Lebanon onslaught with fears & tears
Wiping away tears and hugging loved ones left behind, hundreds of foreigners were fleeing Lebanon yesterday, under the thumps of missiles as Israel intensified its military onslaught on the country.
 arrow Bush, Blair's chat caught on open microphone
A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying yesterday Syria should press Hezbollah to "stop doing this sh--" and that his secretary of state may go to the Middle East soon.
 arrow Palestinian foreign ministry ruined
Israel bombed the Palestinian foreign ministry in Gaza yesterday for the second time in a week, demolishing the building and tightening the noose on the Hamas-led government three weeks after the capture
 arrow Coalition forces kill 4 'al-Qaeda fighters'
The US-led coalition in Afghanistan said it killed four suspected al-Qaeda fighters in a raid yesterday while a suicide attack in the troubled south destroyed a justice headquarters and killed three people.
 arrow Maoists kill 26 in India
Suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 26 villagers in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, authorities say.
 arrow Discovery lands safely after 13-day ISS mission
Space Shuttle Discovery made a smooth landing in Florida Monday, completing a 13-day mission considered critical for the US space program's recovery from the 2003 Columbia disaster.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Justice delayed is justice denied
It is worrying news that the number of criminal cases awaiting disposal at the courts shoots up by a staggering 31,000 every year.
 arrow Editorial: Spiraling price line
Cost of all major items of food have been on the rise continually for the last several months.
 arrow Politicians call the shots
The dull consistency of confrontational, polarised and bankrupt politics is gradually giving way to what looks like a jamboree of ingenuity and engagement, bordering on creativity.
 arrow Nuclear power for Bangladesh?
In the first week of July while inaugurating the golden jubilee celebration of BCSIR, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia emphasized the importance of using nuclear power to meet the growing demand for electricity
 arrow A response to MJ Akbar
I am writing with reference to Byline: "Terror and Sensexocrats," by MJ Akbar (July 17). MJ Akbar has written a highly convoluted article which misses the entire point.
Letters to Editorarrow Islam vs. fanaticism
Islam is the religion of peace, tolerance and justice. However, due to terrible distortion of real Islam it turns into a tyrannical religion.
 arrow Israel issue
Finally, we have found one Bangladeshi Jew sympathiser. It is my question to this Jew sympathiser, how would he feel if his home was forcibly taken away from him ?
 arrow Nihilism
A few days ago, in a story published in the Rising Star supplement of your daily, a nihilist was shown as a ruthless killer.
 arrow Dream and resolve of a village girl
I received the following email letter from a regular reader of my column. I thought her email would be inspiring to numerous other readers of The Daily Star.
 arrow Quality education?
It is absurd nowadays to think about studying in private universities. A big chunk of money has to be put at a time to get admitted in a private university.
 arrow Proposed ministry of NRB
I read Professor A. S. Islam's article in Point-Counterpoint, recently published in the DS, with great interest and appreciation. I endorse every word he says.
 arrow Teachers' salary
I suggest the government raise the salaries of the teachers without any further delay.
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