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Tuesday April 22,2003


A double-decked launch caught up in a storm capsized in the Buriganga off Pagla Navy Ghat yesterday evening, leaving at least 78 people dead, many of them children. The MV Mitali-3 was heading for Paiserhat in Barisal from Sadarghat with over 400 passengers aboard.

 At least 9 people were killed and more than 130 others injured as nor’wester lashed the capital city, Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi, Sherpur, Jamalpur and Kishoreganj districts yesterday afternoon.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate work on a 250-megawatt coal-fired thermal electricity plant being set up at Barapukuria in Dinajpur tomorrow (Wednesday). She will also inaugurate commercial lifting of coal from the Barapukuria coal mine.

The committee for implementing recommendations of the cabinet division on Buriganga river at a meeting yesterday fixed its priority agenda to save the river from pollution and encroachment on its banks.  However, the meeting did not set any timeframe for the implementation.

 Sundar Chakma, 28, a leader of the United People's Democratic Front(UPDF), was gunned down and two of its activists were kidnapped by their rivals at Chouchalabil in Rangmati hill district on Sunday.

 An armed gang gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and injured two others at Pallabi in the city yesterday. Mohammad Sharif Hossain, JCD general Secretary of Ward-5, was rushed to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where doctors declared him dead.

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 Gunmen fired on the main U.S. base in Afghanistan on two occasions over the weekend and one U.S. soldier was wounded in a separate incident, an army spokesman said Monday.

 Peace talks between Maoist rebels and the Nepal Government scheduled to begin on Monday have been postponed. A rebel negotiator, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, said the two sides had failed to agree an agenda for the meeting in the capital, Kathmandu.

 Separatist Kashmiri politicians have rejected the possibility of talks with an Indian negotiator who arrived in Indian-controlled Kashmir this week to try and resolve a festering dispute over the fate of the Himalayan region.

 The police chief in occupied Kashmir has claimed that Indian troops have shot dead three Mujahideen involved in the massacre of 24 Hindus in the region last month. He identified them as Abu Rafeh, Abu Waseem and Abu Bilal, and claimed all three were Pakistaniss

An Indian bride in Pune was taken to a hospital straight from her wedding ceremony Monday after she and some family members were confirmed as SARS patients, and doctors quarantined the groom, the wedding guests and the priest.

China registers another jump in cases of the Sars virus while the number of deaths in Hong Kong rises by six to 94.

At least 25 people died and five others were reported missing in recent floods due to the torrential spring rains in south Afghanistan's Helmand province, a report reaching here said on Sunday. Many cultivated lands and residence houses at villages in the province have been affected by the flooding, the report said.

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 Thousands of Shia Muslims stage an anti-US protest as the new US administrator considers how to rebuild Baghdad. Jay Garner, the retired US general overseeing Iraq's reconstruction, arrived in Baghdad yesterday to see for himself the devastation suffered by the capital.

 Malaysia's foreign minister on Monday urged the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq and drop plans to lead an interim administration.

 Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa warned against the United States maintaining a permanent military presence in Iraq and joined Jordan in calling for the speedy withdrawal of US troops.  "Dangerous developments are taking place but we cannot back or accept" the presence of permanent military bases in Iraq, Mussa said in response to a question.

 However, US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that the  Pentagon  has no interest in keeping U.S. military forces in Iraq longer than it takes to stabilize the country. Rumsfeld denied a news report that the United States was planning a long-term military relationship with Iraq that would grant American access to air bases in Baghdad and elsewhere in the country.

 Iran said Monday it will not support a U.S.-installed government in Iraq. It also said some Iraqi opposition groups will not accept an American-led administration but could support one set up "under United Nations  auspices."

 Bush administration officials will meet with a North Korean delegation in Beijing starting Wednesday to express their concern about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the State Department announced Monday.

 Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo swept close to declaring victory on Monday in a presidential election in Africa's most populous country, but the main opposition alleged serious vote-rigging. "The figures so far suggest victory and we are winning," Tony Anenih, Obasanjo's deputy campaign director, said in Abuja, capital of the world's eighth biggest oil exporter. With more than half the votes counted, Obasanjo, a born-again Christian from the south, was far ahead with 13.6 million votes or 66 percent.

 British scientists claimed to have made a significant breakthrough in finding a permanent treatment for malaria. They said they had identified the element in the make-up of the parasite responsible for the disease which enables it to become quickly resistant to new treatments.

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India and South Africa were declared joint winners of the TVS Cup triangular series after a rain played spoilsport for the second time, forcing the organisers to abandon the final in Dhaka yesterday evening.

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