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Saturdays,  August  10, 2002

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News Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden

Saturday, August 10, 2002

 Highlights:

  • Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina returned home this morning

  • Six-member of a family found  dead  in Brahmmanbaria.

  • Powerful blast kills 25 in Jalalabad, Afganistan.

  • Grenade attack in a Pakistani missionary hospital kills four.

  • Australia postponed cricket tour to Pakistan.


National

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returned home this morning ending a 25-day private tour to the UK and the US. Senior party leaders received her at the Zia International Airport.

 Bangladesh's main opposition party said Friday  it will lower the national flag to half-mast next week to commemorate the 1975 assassination of the nation's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in defiance of government orders.

 

 Awami League (AL) has held the government fully responsible for the wheat procurement scam causing plunder of public funds and demanded punishment of all those involved in it.

 

The Bogra district administration yesterday sealed off seven local supply depots (LSDs) amid widespread allegations of procuring and stockpiling Indian wheat instead of the homegrown variety in public silos, reports The Daily Star.

 

Six members of a family, who are close relatives of a top Islamic Oikya Jote leader Moulana Fazlul Haq Amini, were found dead in sleep at their house at Aminpur near Brahmmanbaria town yesterday morning. Police was uncertain about the cause of the death.

 

Eighty-three more patients were admitted to different hospitals and private clinics in the city with dengue fever yesterday. The incidence of dengue infection is quite high among patients coming to hospitals and diagnostic centres with fever, hospital sources said.

 

One person was killed and 40 others injured in a clash between the AL and BNP activists over capture of a beel (waterbody) at Alampur under sadar upazila yesterday. According to villagers, the clash began at noon when a group of BNP workers led by one Bashir went to the beel to take control of it at about 7.30 am.

 

The national fisheries fortnight-2002 begins across the country on Saturday to create mass awareness about the benefit of fish cultivation and boost fish production. Over two thousand Bangladeshis, victims of unscrupulous recruiting agents are passing their days in different jails or detention camps abroad, according to a New Nation report.

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Neighbours

 

A powerful blast rocked a building belonging to a construction company Friday, killing at least 26 people and wounding as many as 80, according to the military commander in the city.

 

Four people have been killed in a grenade attack on a missionary hospital near Islamabad, the second assault on a Christian institution in Pakistan in less than a week.

 

Myanmar's junta freed 14 political prisoners Friday, but the move was far short of the release of all prisoners of conscience that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has demanded as a precondition for national reconciliation.

 

Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has picked troubled Gujarat for his first visit since becoming President and will review rehabilitation measures undertaken by the Modi government.

 

The Indian leadership is all set for an America yatra. Prime Minister Vajpayee, Deputy PM Advani and three Cabinet ministers will travel separately to the US over the next six weeks.

 

The Indian government should establish special economic zones (SEZs) like those in China to attract more foreign investors, business leaders said Thursday at a conference.

 

Journalists across Nepal have taken to the streets to protest against government-imposed restrictions on the media. They say press freedoms have come under attack since a state of emergency was imposed in the Himalayan kingdom last year.

 

Inspired by the publicity generated from a special shipment of fruit to Bangladesh, the Thai Commerce Ministry is planning to launch a promotion campaign for Thai fruit in foreign countries.

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International

 

British ministers and government officials have strongly advised the United States (US) against attacking Iraq, warning that such action would intensify conflicts in the region, The Independent newspaper reported yesterday

 

The United States and Britain are deliberately trying to choke off Iraqi oil sales under the UN oil-for-food deal by overpricing the crude, a senior Iraqi oil official said Thursday.

 

A joint European-U.S. investigation has broken an international pedophile ring that included parents who sexually abused their own children and distributed images of children as young as 2 years old over the Internet, the U.S. Customs Service announced Friday.

 

Former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka tendered her resignation from Parliament Friday, in a surprise announcement two weeks after she gave testimony over allegations of misuse of public money.

 

The death toll from the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in U.S. history climbed to seven Friday as Louisiana health officials said two more people had died of the mosquito-borne disease. The governor of Mississippi declared a state of emergency as the number of cases there increased.

 

Emirates SkyCargo will start cargo flights on September 15 between Dubai and Shanghai, mainland China's leading commercial centre, using a Boeing 747-400 freighter with its 120-tonne capacity.

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 Sports

 

Cynthia Club, Ajax Sporting, Angels Club, Mariner Youngs and Khwaja Printing all recorded straight sets victories in the AB Bank First Division Table Tennis League at the wooden-floor gymnasium on Friday.

 

Australian Cricket Board has canceled its team's upcoming three-test series in Pakistan amid fears for player safety.

India are eight wickets down, with Matthew Hoggard claiming three of them as England seek to wrap up the Indian innings.

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