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Tuesday, August 13, 2002

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2002


The BNP-led alliance government is planning extensive programmes to celebrate the first anniversary of its comeback to power on October 10. As part of the programme, the government will launch a massive campaign at home and abroad to highlight its success and achievements during the one-year period.

 Moved to tears by the wails of the parents of Bappi and Ratna, the two children brutally killed in a span of five days, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people to stand united to end the government "misrule" as she said it failed to provide public security. Sheikh Hasina will make a two-day visit to her village home Tungipara in Gopalganj on August 16.

 Two persons arrested with American made M-16 rifle confessed before the magistrate yesterday that the modern fire arm was brought to Dhaka from Chittagong by some Awami League leaders to carry out subversive actions in the capital, reports vernacular daily The Ittefaq.

 Further to the wheat scam, stock of substandard and rotten wheat was detected in two LSd’s in Barisal. Meanwhile the inquiry committee headed by Civil Aviation Secretary yesterday went to Bogra to conduct his investigation about the allegations relating to procurement of substandard wheat by the food department.

 A group of student activists formed human chain at the BUET campus yesterday demanding withdrawal of the code of conduct that restricted political activities and agitation on the campus.

 The Chittagong metropolitan sessions judge court Monday awarded life-term imprisonment to five people for the murder of an Indian citizen Jibran Tayyabi in 1999. The court, however, acquitted three of the accused including the prime suspect Yeasin Rahman Titu as the prosecution failed to establish the charge under section 302/34 of penal code against them.

 A leading businessman and Chairman of Nitol Group Abdul Matlub Ahmad has announced his candidature for the post of President of  the business apex body Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).

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The United Nations called today on India and Pakistan to ensure the safety of its military observers in Kashmir, saying the press there had made potentially inflammatory accusations against them. In a statement, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan noted that the 45 observers monitoring the 1971 ceasefire in Kashmir reported only to UN military command and "do not provide information to any third party."

 Indian police are investigating allegations that Devdas - the most expensive Indian film made - was funded by gangsters. Producer Bharat Shah is alleged to have received Mafia funds to make the film and dragging the picture into the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indian film industry's links with the underworld.

 At least 14 Maoist rebels have been killed by security forces in separate incidents in western and central Nepal, the defence ministry said on Monday.

 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.

A dense blanket of pollution, dubbed the "Asian Brown Cloud," is hovering over South Asia, with scientists warning it could kill millions of people in the region, and pose a global threat.

At least 28 people have died in landslides triggered by torrential rains in a remote mountainous area in northern Indian state of  Uttaranchal over the weekend and there are fears the toll could rise, reports BBC.

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North and South Korea indicate significant progress is being made in high-level talks aimed at reviving the stalled reconciliation process on their divided peninsula.

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Holders Abahani Krira Chakra cruised to their fourth National Bank Premier Division Football League victory with a 4-1 drubbing of Brothers Union Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

 Despite a mini-collapse straddling the tea interval, India held on to draw against England in the Trent Bridge Test thanks to some defiant batting on the final day.

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