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

Monday, August 12, 2002

National

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted some private banks and said that while they sanction large loans to borrowers like Om Prakash Agarwal without any project evaluation, small and genuine clients are deprived of funds.

 A Division Bench of the High Court yesterday issued  a rule upon the Bangladesh Cricket Board throwing the  present executive committee of the board into turmoil.

 The Government plans to withdraw its restriction on issuing urgent and very urgent passports from August 16 following arrival of one-lakh new passport books printed in Singapore.

 Ruling BNP has planned to reactivate the party activities by the end of this month with the launching of a series of organisational programmes including the divisional conferences of the party, reports Daily Star.

 A faction of  Islami Oikya Jote led Mufti Fazlul Huq Ameeni, MP, holds  its majlise sura meeting today to decide breaking of ties with ruling four-party alliance for differences over the governance , reports vernacular daily Jugantar.

Direct train services between Dhaka and northern region may resume within 4-5 days on completion of the rehabilitation work on railroads damaged by flood.

A two-day first annual meeting of the South Asia Business Forum (SABF) begins in New Delhi today. An 11-member business delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (BFCCI) led by its President Yusuf Abdullah Harun left Dhaka for New Delhi yesterday to attend the meeting.

 The price index on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) posted gain Sunday as the gainers outplayed the losers. The trade turnover, in terms of both volume and value, decreased on the day.

 In Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE), the price index went up Sunday but the  trade turnover, in terms of both volume and value, moved down on the day. The CSE Selective Index increased by 1.78 points to close at 1259.07 from 1257.29 points of Saturday.

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Neighbours

A 65-year-old woman burned herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre in central India, following an ancient custom outlawed for more than a century.

 Indian computer scientists say they have solved a mathematical problem that has eluded researchers for 2,200 years -- and could be crucial in modern times in improving computer configurations.

Massive flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rain have killed scores in India, China and the Korean peninsula as the monsoon combines with an el Nino weather pattern to cause havoc in the region.

At least 14 people - 11 women and three men - were killed and more than 36 people seriously injured in a cloudburst in three villages in Tehri district late on Saturday night, reports Times of India. However, according to PTI, at least 33 people have been feared killed.

Seven persons, including six CRPF Jawans, were killed when Naxalites exploded landmines at a culvert near Guthalpadar village in Orissa’s tribal-dominated Rayagada district on Sunday.

Ten people have been killed in weekend clashes in the Kashmir region as violence intensifies ahead of state elections in the troubled region.

 New Delhi has outrightly rejected National Conference Government's proposal for discussion on reverting to the pre-1953 status of Jammu and Kashmir, but expressed willingness to consider the requirement for additional powers to fight terrorism and provide better governance.

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International

The weather phenomenon El Nino is being blamed by scientists for the freak weather conditions which have caused chaos and many deaths around the world.

Torrential rain continues to sweep across Europe causing havoc and the loss of lives. Property and crops have been destroyed, residents have been made homeless and tourists have been left stranded in usually sun-drenched tourist resorts. The overall death toll across Europe is 65.

West Nile virus is an "emerging, infectious disease epidemic" that could be spread all the way to the Pacific Coast by birds and mosquitoes, the director of the Centers for Disease Control said Sunday.

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 Sports

Farashganj Sporting Club and Victoria Sporting Club got their first points in the National Bank Premier Division Football League when they shared a 1-1 draw at the Bangaban-dhu National Stadium yesterday.

 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club overcame their respective matches in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at city handball court Sunday.

 Australia's Karrie Webb won her third Women's British Open tennis competition at Turnberry on Sunday, firing a superb closing round of six-under-par 66 to clinch the sixth major title of her career.

World number one Lleyton Hewitt and Carlos Moya were frustrated by the weather on Sunday when rain, thunder and lightning forced them off court during the Cincinnati Masters final tennis  competition.

Pakistan, deprived of home cricket due to security fears of visiting teams, begin a gruelling seven-month overseas schedule this week which culminates at the World Cup in South Africa on March 23 next year.

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