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Sunday, August 11, 2002

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

Sunday, August 11, 2002

 Highlights:

  • President election will be held on September 16

  • BUET Reopens today after two months.

  • US has no immediate plan to attack Iraq.

  • 15-member cricket team leaves for Nirobi on August 14.

  • South Africa sold arms to India and Pakistan


National

The presidential election will take place on September 16, according to a schedule of the Election Commission Secretariat released yesterday. The acting president yesterday summoned the eighth Jatiya Sangsad at 5:30pm on September 12. The parliament will elect the 17th president of the republic in its fourth session.

 

Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina on arrival at the airport after 25-day visit abroad said yesterdayrday that the opposition had nothing to do with the election of the new President of the country.

 

A committee of the food ministry to probe the wheat scam visited the Local Supply Depot (LSD) in Sadar upazila of Bogra yesterday and found unpalatable, insect-infested, low quality Indian wheat at two of the 12 warehouses in the LSD.

 

The disappearance of Marwari businessman Om Prakash Agarwal with crores of bank money through fictitious accounts has whipped up storm at the highest level of the administration. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday gave instruction to probe the scam on an emergency basis.

 

The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) reopens today after two months. The BUET was closed following the June 8 killing of Sabequn Nahar Sony, a student of the university, in a gunfight between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the ruling BNP's student wing.

 

Bangladesh will receive 40 million US dollars from International Development Agency (IDA), a World Bank Group member, for arsenic mitigation under a public health project to be undertaken next year.

 

Piracies are on the rise in the jetties and other anchorage of Chittagong seaport creating concern among the foreign ship companies. Meanwhile, different ship companies have threatened to postpone their schedules of sending ships due to lack of security in the seaport area, reports Financial Express.

 

National Credit and Commerce Bank Ltd earned operating profit of Tk 251.4 million (Tk 25.14 crore) during the first half of this year. This was disclosed at the half-yearly conference of the bank's branch managers in the city Saturday.

 

The average price of leaf grade Assam CTC tea fell almost six per cent this week, the fourth straight week it has fallen at the Kolkata auction, traders said Friday. The average price of the heavily-traded Assam CTC leaf grade tea fell to 73.71 rupees per kg this week from 78.35 rupees last week.

 

Except for three, rivers of the four major basins have recorded further fall at all points leading to more improvement in the overall flood situation of the country.

 

The price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) closed lower Saturday, the first trading day of the week, although the gainers outnumbered the losers. The trade turnover, in terms of volume, fell but in terms of value, it increased on the day.

 

The price index on the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), however, gained with the selective index closing at 1257.29 Saturday against 1252.41 points of Thursday.

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Neighbours

 

Bangladesh will ask India to review the 30-year Ganges water treaty as signed by the past government of Awami League,  according to the vernacular daily The Ittefaq.

 

A four-day conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India ended at Shiliguri on Thursday with an agreement to take effective steps against smuggling of arms and ammunitions, trafficking of drugs and cross border terrorist activities.

 

Seven foreign nationals including two Bangladeshi citizens have been caned and jailed for illegally staying in Malaysia under a new law that came into force in that country from August 1.

 

Heavy rains continue to cause havoc across many parts of Asia, with floods and landslides killing hundreds. Forecasters predict little respite in store for southern China and the Koreas from the latest drenching rains, reports CNN.

 

Indian Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Ram Naik had offered to resign after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee decided last Monday to scrap allocations of petrol pump, gas and kerosene dealerships, Times Of India reports.

 

A US based news Agency NewsMax.Com has reported that India's implicit support for terrorist activity is consistent with its internal behavior and it has a record of repressing minorities particularly Muslims.

 

South Africa has sold arms to India, Pakistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe in the past two years, according to a report released by the  South African government which has prompted warnings that it is breaking its own rules on arms sales and putting peace initiatives at risk.

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International

 

US Military investigators Friday recovered two laptop computers taken from the headquarters of the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, and were holding a suspect who confessed to removing them, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations said.

 

President Bush said Saturday the United States has no "imminent war plan" for Iraq so it is too early to consider whether Americans are prepared for potential U.S. casualties.

 

Palestinian Interior Minister Abdel Razzak al-Yahya met with CIA Director George Tenet on Saturday to discuss plans to reform Palestinian security forces in a push for progress toward Middle East peace, a source close to the Palestinian delegation said.

 

At least 85 people have been killed in fierce fighting between rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) town of Bunia, leaving the local governor in hiding and a rebel faction in control, reports AFP

 

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 Sports

 

A 15-member Bangladesh "A" team led by right-handed middle order batsman Sanwar Hossain will leave for Nairobi on August 14 in a crucial tour to play some longer version and limited over matches, reports UNB.

 

Swamibagh TTS, Khelaghar SKS, Arka, Mariner Youngs Club, Cynthia SC and Ajax SC moved into the super league of the AB Bank Metropolis First Division Table Tennis League yesterday.

 

Title-aspirants Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra battered Badda Jagarani Sangsad for their third successive victory in a National Bank Premier Division Football League match yesterday.

 

Bangladesh cricketer Syed Ashraful Huq has been made the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on Friday. Ashraful, an influential director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), becomes the regional body's first chief executive as part of the ACC's step towards having a setup likened to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

 

The International Cricket Council has stepped in to preserve the fragile peace of world cricket after Pakistan threatened to lobby for a boycott of Australia by Asian countries.

 

World number one Serena Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA Los Angeles Open here on Thursday, defeating Nathalie Dechy of France 6-2, 6-1.

 

England scored at a healthy run rate and begin the fourth day just 16 runs behind India's first innings total of 357 at Trent Bridge Test on Saturday.

 

India’s rich haul at the Commonwealth Games promises to be the beginning of bountiful times in Indian sports. Corporate houses have already begun to view Indian sports as the next big thing to back up.

 

Star Sri Lankan sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe won the 100 metres dash in style on the second day of the Asian athletic championships here on Saturday. Jayasinghe was a clear winner at 11.29 seconds, just one-hundredths of a second off the meet record held by Cui Danfeng of China since 1995.

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