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Front Pagearrow Judiciary not above criticism, says HC
A High Court (HC) bench yesterday rejected a petition seeking contempt rule against a Bangla daily, saying the judiciary is not above criticism and should not be too sensitive either.
 arrow Bird flu detected in Savar poultry farm
Avian Influenza virus has been detected in a poultry farm at Savar on the outskirts of the capital, advisers told a special meeting of the council of advisers yesterday.
 arrow Financial Intelligence Unit formed with US assistance
A Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has been formed with technical assistance from the US to combat financial crimes and retrieve assets and money kept overseas by graft suspects.
 arrow ACC to fix plan soon on confiscating assets
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will fix a work plan within two to three days for confiscating assets of corruption suspects.
 arrow Agencies may probe Tarique's alleged link with Daud Ibrahim
Intelligence agencies may investigate alleged links between arrested Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Tarique Rahman and Dubai-based Indian underworld don Daud Ibrahim.
 arrow 6 JMB militants walk gallows Apr 13-19
Six condemned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militants including its supremo Abdur Rahman and his second-in-command Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai will be executed between April 13 and 19.
 arrow CG to give autonomy to BTV, Betar
The interim government is going to award autonomy to state-run BTV and Bangladesh Betar to make them more competitive, educative and entertaining for the people at large, said information Adviser Barrister
 arrow Monju quits politics
Seasoned politician and Chairman of a faction of Jatiya Party (JP) Anwar Hossain Monju announced his retirement from politics yesterday.
 arrow Factory owners asked to set up waste treatment plant by six months
As apparel factories without waste-treatment plants pollute environs, Adviser CS Karim yesterday said the government won't allow supplying fashion garments to the western consumers at the cost of food
 arrow ACC files cases against Wadud Bhuiyan, Lotus Kamal, Pankaj
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed graft cases against former BNP lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, former Awami League lawmaker Mostafa Kamal alias Lotus Kamal and Awami SwechchhasebakLeague
 arrow 100-yr-old elephant dies in fight with another
A century-old elephant died after a rare fight with another elephant in a Zaliyapalong forest in the district on Thursday.
 arrow Dutch roll over Scots
Paceman Billy Stelling returned a career-best 3-12 and Ryan ten Doeshate hit a half-century to help the Netherlands race to an easy eight-wicket World Cup Group A win over Scotland in St Kitts on Thursday.
 arrow EC to talk with political parties next month
The Election Commission (EC) will have dialogues with political parties next month seeking their opinion on electoral reforms, said the secretary to the EC Secretariat yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Orion Group in a rejoinder differed with The Daily Star news headlined "Meteoric rise of Orion on Hawa clout" published on March 14.
 arrow Murder case filed against Dulu
A murder case was filed against former deputy minister for land and BNP leader Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu with a court at Natore yesterday.
 arrow US, EU, China, Japan, ROK to attend as observers
China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union will attend the 14th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Indian capital New Delhi on April 3-4
 arrow Pre-season shower...

 arrow Local journos to boycott Nilphamari DC's news
The journalists of Nilphamari district yesterday decided to boycott every positive news item of Deputy Commissioner Khandakar Mokhlesur Rahman in protest against arrest of The Daily Star correspondent
 arrow CA apprises president of CG steps
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed met President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday. During the meeting, the CA apprised the president about various steps taken by his caretaker government.
 arrow Outlaw, robber killed in 'shootouts'
An underground operative and a robber were killed during "shootouts" between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Pabna and Bhola districts on Wednesday night and early yesterday.
 arrow College girl murdered after abduction
A college student was allegedly murdered in the capital yesterday two days after she was abducted on her way home from her college.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Nasirul held
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested former lawmaker of BNP Khandaker Nasirul Islam at West Malibagh under Motijheel police station in the city yesterday.
 arrow 5 forest officials withdrawn
Five forest department officials were withdrawn from Modhupur yesterday in connection with the death of indigenous leader Cholesh Risil in the custody of the law enforcers on March 18.
 arrow Rocket misses UN chief in Baghdad
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was unharmed but ducked behind the podium after a rocket landed near Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office Thursday while the two men were speaking to reporters at a
 arrow 40 Taliban killed in Afghanistan clashes
About 40 Taliban fighters were killed in clashes with Afghan and Nato forces in southern Afghanistan yesterday, police said, as troops elsewhere captured eight suspected militants.
 arrow Somali govt names Qaeda leader as fighting rages
The Somali government said yesterday that al Qaeda had made a young militant Islamist commander its leader in Mogadishu as fighting raged for a second day in the coastal capital.
 arrow South Asian march against child trafficking arrives in New Delhi
A march against child trafficking along the border towns of India, Nepal and Bangladesh where the problem is rampant drew to a close in New Delhi on Thursday with a gathering of 2,000 children and their
 arrow Pakistan test fires N-capable missile
Pakistan successfully tested yesterday a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of 700 km (435 miles), the military said in a statement.
Businessarrow DSE seeks tax on profits foreign firms repatriate
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) yesterday urged the government to impose 10 percent or more supplementary tax on repatriation of profit or dividend by the shareholders of non-listed foreign companies.
 arrow New cut-off time for arrival of crane-less vessels from Sunday
A new cut-off time for arrival of crane-less vessels anchoring at the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) will come into effect from Sunday.
 arrow Korean economy at a crossroads: Sink or swim
The South Korean economy is at a critical juncture, and events now will determine whether the Asian country will complete its leap to join the ranks of advanced economies, or remain in the second tier,
 arrow Kuwait firm to invest $7m in aviation sector
Kuwait-based Aviation Company, Al Aqeeq Aviation and Holdings will initially invest US$7 million in the aviation sector of Bangladesh.
 arrow MedExpo-2006 begins
Although Bangladesh has made commendable progress in some areas in the field of healthcare, it has a long way to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), observed Brigadier General (rtd) Abdul Malik,
 arrow Oracle keen to offer help in making nat'l ID cards
Oracle, the global software giant, yesterday announced its interest to offer technological assistance in preparing national identity cards, voter list and machine readable passports in Bangladesh.
 arrow Mobil Jamuna starts exporting lubricants to Nepal
As Mobil Jamuna Lubricants Ltd has started exporting Mobil and Esso brand lubricants to Nepalese market, the company yesterday hosted a reception to celebrate its success.
 arrow Four-day Nepal trade fair begins
A four-day Nepal trade fair began in Dhaka yesterday as Nepalese eye to boost trade relations with Bangladesh.
 arrow US vies to reel in fishing subsidies in WTO talks
The US government unveiled Wednesday WTO proposals to scale back fishing subsidies in a bid to rebuild threatened stocks and protect the marine environment.
 arrow AKTEL quiz winners get handsets
AKTEL, a leading cellphone operator, yesterday awarded the winners of an SMS-based quiz.
 arrow KSA plans to issue temporary work visa
Saudi Arabia plans to issue temporary work visas for six months and seasonal work visas for four months.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Lions tame Tigers
Sri Lanka virtually guaranteed themselves a place in the World Cup Super Eights with a 198-run thrashing of Bangladesh in their second Group B game at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Do-or-die for India
India are determined to ward off the spectre of an early exit and its repercussions as they gear up for their do-or-die clash with Sri Lanka in the World Cup here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Nothing went right: Bashar
Bangladesh skipper Ha-bibul Bashar was extremely disappointed with his team's showing on Wed-nesday in the crucial World Cup Group B match against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela very pleased
Sri Lanka were in ebullient mood after handing Bangladesh a 198-run thrashing at the Queen's Park Oval here on Wednesday, a win that virtually guaranteed them a spot in the World Cup Super Eights.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer strangled?
Pakistan's World Cup coach Bob Woolmer may have been strangled to death, two Jamaican newspapers reported on Thursday quoting unnamed police sources.
 arrow Football: Brothers eye top spot
Brothers Union will resume their B. League campaign today when they take on touring Khulna Abahani at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in a bid to regain their position atop the 11-team table.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka A go ahead
Inspired by their senior team's massive victory against Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup, Sri Lanka A handed a thumping 283-run defeat on their Bangladesh A on the final day of the four-day match in
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon win opener
Sonargaon Cricketers got off to a bright start in the Independence Cup cricket tournament when they thrashed Mohammedan Sporting Club by 52 runs in yesterday's opening match.
 arrow Cricket: O'Brien awaits Lara rematch
Ireland's historic place in the World Cup second round is assured, but Niall O'Brien can't wait to pit his wits against West Indies skipper Brian Lara in Friday's final match in Group D.
 arrow Cricket: Gill doesn't rule out killing
Gill Woolmer, wife of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer who died in Jamaica on Sunday, said on Thursday she had not ruled out the possibility that her husband had been murdered.
 arrow Cricket: Symonds still unsure
Australia's explosive all-rounder Andrew Symonds is still not certain to play in his team's vital clash against South Africa on Saturday, according to physio Alex Kountouris.
 arrow Cricket: Oval looks to spin battle
Whenever Sri Lanka play India, cricket becomes more than just a batsmen's game as Muttiah Muralidaran, Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble prove there is a room for ace spinners.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy's toughest day
Pakistan captain Inza-mamul Haq admits that his final one-day international was one of the most difficult in which he has played.
 arrow Cricket: Some solace for Pakistan
Imran Nazir plundered his second one-day international hundred to set up a 93-run victory for Pakistan under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the rain-ruined World Cup Group D match on Wednesday at Sabina
 arrow Cricket: Media come down hard on restless Indian fans
Two leading Indian newspapers on Thursday lashed out at violence-prone fans as their cricket team prepared for a last-ditch effort to remain in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: They won it for Woolmer
Inzamamul Haq broke down in tears on Wednesday as he dedicated his last match as Pakistan captain to Bob Woolmer, the team coach who died on Sunday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Shakil Haider smashed his second hundred in the Kai-Altech First Division League in as many matches as Surjo Torun crushed Jatrabari by eight wickets at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Country's longest walkathon starts today
The longest walkathon ever in the country, a 100-kilometre walk across the stretch of beach from Teknaf to Cox's Bazar, starts from the Teknaf beach point today.
 arrow Cricket: Pak president's condolence for Woolmer
President Pervez Musharraf sent his condolences to the wife of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Thursday, saying he and the country were immensely saddened and shocked by his death in Jamaica onSunday.
 arrow Football: Ex-coach slams Totti
Enzo Bearzot, who was Italy's coach in their triumphant 1982 World Cup campaign, has slammed Francesco Totti for snubbing the national team.
 arrow Football: Carra keeping perspective
A defender who has proved he can keep Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o on a tight leash -- as Jamie Carragher did in Liverpool's Champions League win over Barcelona -- would expect to walk into any team in
 arrow Football: Keane lashes at Ireland
Former Republic of Ireland captain and now Sunderland manager Roy Keane launched a second broadside at his former team-mates on Wednesday just days ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifier with Wales.
 arrow Football: England look to Hargreaves
It is indicative of how far Owen Hargreaves's international stock has risen over the last year that he knows he will walk straight back into the England side for their Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel
 arrow Football: Klasnic set for second transplant
Werder Bremen striker Ivan Klasnic spoke of his relief on Wednesday having been told he is set for a second kidney transplant after a new donor was discovered.
 arrow Football: Gerrard honoured by Queen
England and Liverpool football star Steven Gerrard added an honour from Queen Elizabeth II to his collection of sporting medals on Wednesday when he picked up an award at Buckingham Palace in London.
 arrow Football: Romario still on 998
Former Brazil striker Romario failed to add to his career tally of 998 goals as Vasco da Gama were held 2-2 at second division Gama in a Copa Brasil tie on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Brazil call up teenage goalie
Brazil have called up uncapped 19-year-old goalkeeper Cassio for their friendlies against Chile and Ghana in Sweden, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Probe corruption in PSC, bring culprits to book
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the caretaker government to bring reforms to the Public Service Commission (PSC) immediately through appointment of honest and competent officials as its chairman
 arrow UN bodies stress replication of Bangladesh model in Asian cities
Officials of UNDP and UNESCAP yesterday suggested replication of a Bangladesh model of waste management in Asian and African cities to protect environment, create employment and expedite development.
 arrow EU to celebrate 50th yr of Rome Treaty Mar 25
The European Union (EU) will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the groundbreaking treaty that paved the way for today's European Union, on March 25.
 arrow Check pollution to protect river water
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday laid emphasis on protecting renewable sources of water particularly the rivers through checking pollution with a view to coping with water scarcity.
 arrow N'ganj chemical co gas line disconnected
A mobile court of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Co. Ltd.
 arrow Adopt modern management strategies to ensure safe water
Water experts, development partners and other stakeholders yesterday underlined the need for evolving modern water management strategies and developing new techniques to ensure adequate supply of pure
 arrow ADB keen to help build Patenga container terminal
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is keen to provide financial and technical assistance in implementing big projects like setting up Patenga Container Terminal at Chittagong port.
 arrow 'Train ultra-poor people to make self-reliant'
Training rather than doling out money is more effective to make ultra-poor people of the country self-reliant, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Alleged arms dealer killed in 'crossfire'
An alleged arms dealer was killed in 'crossfire' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices in Joynagar area at Daulatkhan in Bhola district early morning yesterday.
 arrow Int'l Education Exhibition 2007 begins today
A two-day International Education Exhibition-2007 organised by SSBCL begins at the Ball Room of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
 arrow Robbery in Sylhet
A gang of robbers looted money and valuables totalling Tk 5 lakh from a house at village Moijpur in Biswanath upazila in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Two murdered in Gazipur
Police recovered two bodies, including one of a woman, at Gazipur yesterday. Locals recovered the strangled body of one Shabana of Arichpur of Tongi at her residence yesterday morning.
 arrow BSMMU staffs, drug store owners clash
Three people sustained injuries and five vehicles were vandalised following a clash between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) staffs and drug store owners of Shahbagh Medicine Market
 arrow President, CA greet Pak counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed greeted President and Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of the national day of that country to be observed today.
 arrow Australia donates 1000 spectacles to Lions Club
"Blindness of many poor people can be prevented or saved with a little help of others.
 arrow Seminar on biochemistry
A seminar titled ''The role of biochemistry in pharmaceutical industries' will be held at Kamaluddin Ahmad gallery of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Dhaka University on March24
 arrow Boy missing
Md Naimul Islam Biplob, an 11-year-old boy living in the city's Kuril area, has been missing since March 18, says a press release.
 arrow Memorial meet on Waheedul Haque today
A daylong meeting in memory of journalist and Tagore song specialist Waheedul Haque will be held on Ati Bhawal High School premises under Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka today.
Culturearrow Familiarising a generation with songs of Liberation War
Shaheen Samad is noted not only for her skilful rendition of Nazrul songs, she is also renowned for her active participation in our Liberation War.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
As done in indigenous theatre forms, Jalpori begins with bandana (conveying respect to the audience). Subsequently an actor starts narrating a tragic love-story.
 arrow Flowers of joy
"As I walk in a foggy forest, wild flowers suddenly take over my senses. I find myself standing there, motionless, and feel as if I'm becoming one with nature.
 arrow 'Binodini' staged
In Binodini Shimul Yousuff performs in the role of Binodini Dasi, legendary actress of 19th century Bengal who made a remarkable contribution in shaping up theatre influenced by Western traditions.
 arrow Poetry evening at Goethe Institut
Goethe Institut Bangladesh organised a poetry evening celebrating Henrik Ibsen's 179th birth anniversary at its auditorium on March 21. Young poets and translators read from poems in the programme.
Generalarrow 12 get life in Khulna
A Khulna court yesterday sentenced 12 people to life imprisonment in the sensational Karunamoyee Sarder murder case.
 arrow Road crash kills one in B'baria
One unidentified person aged about 32 was killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Brahmanbaria highway at Kamaura village under Ashuganj upazila in the district yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Don McKinnon's remarks
Don McKinnon's remarks on Bangladesh's political situation ought to be observed against the background of the position the Commonwealth has traditionally taken regarding democracy in its member-states.
 arrow Editorial: DS correspondent's arrest
In what appears to be a blatant show of power the district administration of Nilphamari arrested the local correspondent of The Daily Star EAM Asaduzzaman Tipu on Wednesday following the publication of
 arrow On the ropes
The high drama of the arrest of Tarique Rahman and the simultaneous raid on Sheikh Hasina's residence in Dhanmondi in the midnight hours of March 7 obscured another very interesting but little commented
 arrow Life cycle of revolution
Revolutions are a lot like guests in the house. They come as assuredly as they go, although some arrive early and some leave soon.
 arrow Why a bumper boro production is the need of the hour
March is the most important month for boro crop. In this month, the plants of boro rice crop become mature, and the ears of corn come out. So, boro crop requires maximum care during the month of March.
Letters to Editorarrow Stop domestic violence
Gender inequality is deeply embedded in the structure of the patriarchal society of Bangladesh. Male dominance and female subordination are the basic tenets of our social structure.
 arrow Spurious Medicines
The whole system, as it is observed with much awe, is adulterated by the unscrupulous businessmen.
 arrow Police force
The government is trying to bring transparency to all the sectors.
 arrow Great win against India
It was undoubtedly a brilliant performance on the part of Bangladeshi cricketers at the Queen's Park Oval against the Indians. We enjoyed the night with great enthusiasm.
 arrow Indians lose
The poor performance of star cricketers of India in their first World Cup match against Bangladesh raises a big question mark on the wisdom of various state governments having showered hard-earned public-money,
 arrow Congratulations!
My heartiest felicitation to all the players who made it possible. Credit goes to the young cricketers and the way they dismantled India. From bowling to fielding to batting they were ahead of India.
 arrow Biman's swan song
I am shocked by Biman's using the near-fatal accident in Dubai to argue for the purchase of four new aircraft. As your editorial pointed out, Biman's problems are far worse than just the aging aircraft.
 arrow BCB
Cricket is a buzz word in our daily life now. We love cricket because it is not only a game but a symbol of our unity.
 arrow Make Bangla an official UN language
The UN has its eight official languages, but not Bangla. The UNESCO, UNO declared February 21 as the International Mother Language Day in recognition of the Language Movement in 1952 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Foreign diplomats
I agree wholeheartedly with all but one of the points made by Dr. S. I. Zaman ( The Daily Star, 6 March 2007).
 arrow A good answer
I remember those who criticised the Test status of Bangladesh cricket team. The win of Bangladesh cricket team against India in the World Cup 2007 has given the answer to their question.
 arrow Let politicians learn
Perhaps time has come for our politicians to learn from cricket. Our cricketers delivered results unlike the politicians. Our cricketers now can teach techniques of how to be fast learners.
 arrow New Bangladesh
Apart from the anti-corruption drive, some other things should be put forward as suggestions to the CTG :

 arrow Drive against corruption
From glitzy Hummer to spotted deer, from posh suburban villa to sheets of corrugated iron, from occupied public land to exotic peacocks--the variety and magnitude of the accumulations of the erstwhile
 arrow Private college teachers
The caretaker government is doing a tremendous job. The head of the CTG has recently called upon the people to build a just and knowledge-based society.
 arrow Plaques and names
Through your daily I would suggest that the present government remove plaques from all places.
 arrow Police Act 1861
Can't believe that our much maligned police fore is being governed by the old Colonial Police Act of 1861 ( "Straight Line" in DS 24/2/07).
 arrow The government's job
I was very happy when I saw the reform work that the caretaker government was performing when it came to power. But lately I have a feeling that it's trying to do more than it can handle.
 arrow Violation of human rights
The present drive of the government against the corrupt people has been acclaimed not only by the majority people in Bangladesh but also by the people abroad.
Forumarrow Modhupur
Here goes an open invitation: come and see the game, visit one of the most attractive zoos in Bangladesh, spread over 478 square kilometers of land that is home to the largest sal forest in the world.
 arrow From non-cooperation to People's Raj
There are few precedents for what is going on in Bangla Desh today. In a matter of one week a de facto transfer of power from the Islamabad government to the people's representatives has been effected.
 arrow May we have a pro-poor government?
Two examples have become permanent examples of the complete lack of concern towards the poor and the vulnerable when implementing reforms becomes the sole priority not what happens as a result of such
 arrow Pictorial traditions in Bangladesh: Urban, folk and urban-folk
When the partition of India took place in 1947, Dhaka, the capital of the eastern province of Pakistan, had no "educated" or "western" art tradition -- only craftsmen, artisans, and occasional portrait
 arrow Is this a sea change?
One cannot say "never" but do you ever see Tarique Rahman as prime minister? I do not.
More importantly, if you do not, then that's it for the BNP.

 arrow Tingling spines
Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe was a massively overweight, short tempered, agoraphobic and sedentary gourmet who virtually never left his Manhattan brownstone, which housed his huge orchid garden on the roofand
Environmentarrow Drying up of a riverine delta
World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year in both rich and poor countries but with little exuberance these days rather with a sense of alarm and so we along with many others observed it yesterday.
 arrow Improving output, reducing impact on environment
Bangladesh has a huge population in a small area of land. Day by day the population is increasing but farmland is decreasing due to urbanisation, natural disaster, human settlement etc.
Worldarrow Nepal towns under fresh curfew after clashes
Hundreds of riot police patrolled two border towns in southeast Nepal yesterday to enforce curfews after bloody clashes between Maoists and an ethnic group left at least 29 people dead, police said.
 arrow Pak Taliban commanders talk truce with tribesmen
Taliban commanders tried yesterday to negotiate an end to four days of battles between Pakistani tribesmen and foreign al-Qaeda militants that have left at least 135 dead, officials said.
 arrow N Korean nuke talks break up in disarray
Six-nation talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programme broke up yesterday following four days of deadlock, throwing efforts to implement a disarmament accord into disarray.
 arrow UNSC debates Iran sanctions draft
Sponsors of a UN Security Council draft resolution to tighten sanctions on Iran were set to meet yesterday to debate amendments after Tehran warned it would defend its right to nuclear power.
 arrow US does not see judicial crisis toppling Musharraf
Despite huge protests in Pakistan over the suspension of its top judge, Washington does not think its ally President Pervez Musharraf will be toppled because of the case, a senior US official said onWednesday.
 arrow Iraq nearing anti-Qaeda deal with insurgents
A senior Iraqi official said yesterday the government was holding talks with some major insurgent groups that might be nearing a point where a number would join a fight to drive al-Qaeda out of Iraq.
 arrow Lanka troops in clearing operations after fighting
Sri Lankan troops were engaged in clearing operations yesterday, the day after simultaneous Tamil Tiger guerrilla attacks left at least 20 people dead and dozens more wounded, officials said.
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