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Sunday, August 18, 2002

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

Sunday, August 18, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has instructed all concerned to check misuse of government funds and ensure accountability at all levels for the development of the country. Proper utilisation of resources and accountability at all levels are a must for development, she said and asked government officials and employees to work with honesty and sincerity, keeping this in view.

 The national Muslim Committee of Bangladesh has called a half-day hartal on August 22 in Dhaka in protest of the Malibagh killing. This was declared at a meeting held at the Baitul Mukarram mosque yesterday afternoon with the committee's chairman Muhammad Shahidul Islam in the chair.

 Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the government for setting the worst instance of barbarism by unleashing massive repression and killings and urged the people to "resist" this regime.

 Awami League will hold a public meeting at Paltan Maidan in the city at 3pm today demanding execution of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. AL President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will address the meeting organised as part of the national mourning day programme.

 The government plans to formulate laws that will refrain managing directors of commercial banks involved in irregularities from serving any other banks. Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman disclosed this while speaking at a reception organised to mark the tenth anniversary of Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) at a city hotel Friday night.

 Foreign Minister Morshed Khan and State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Goutam Chakrabarty yesterday visited the erosion of the rivers Karnaphuli and Halda in Chittagong.

 The government has appointed Syed Shah Mohammad Ali, currently the Consul General of Bangladesh in Los Angeles, USA, as the next ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal.

 Expressing deep concern over recent increase in power tariff, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has urged the government to review the re-fixation of the new tariffs.

 Movement of goods train through Bahadurabad-Bilashi Ferryghat resumed yesterday, railway sources said. The direct rail link between the eastern zone and the western zone of the Bangladesh Railway remained snapped since July 27 when the Bilashi Ferryghat was damaged and went under water following devastating flood.

 In a series of gun attack, a terror gang killed  three persons including a police officer, a businessman and a ruling party worker in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday.

At least three more people died of dengue fever and 93 more affected during the last 24 hours, health officials said here on Saturday.

About 800 workers including 500 females have become unemployed following closure of the mango processing plant of Pran Agro Ltd in Natore on Wednesday.

 The price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) closed mixed Saturday, the opening day of the week, although the gainers outplayed the losers.

The price indices on the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) ended fixed Saturday although the gaining issues surpassed the losing ones in number. The trade turnover, in terms of both volume and value, however, increased on the day.

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A four-member team from the BRAC left Dhaka on Saturday for Kabul to conclude discussions with Afghanistan's rural development ministry. The NGO will spend $84,000 in its first year in Afghanistan rebuilding.

Seven people drowned when a boat capsized in swirling floodwaters in eastern India, officials said Saturday, and a swollen river burst its banks and swamped dozens of villages in Bangladesh, reports CNN.

Two British soldiers serving in Afghanistan die of gunshot wounds sustained under "non-hostile" circumstances, reports BBC.

 The Indian army has denied an allegation made by the separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Assam, that Indian forces attacked one of its bases on the India-Bhutan border.

Indian army authorities in occupied
Kashmir have dismissed two soldiers after an inquiry committee found them guilty of molesting three women, an army spokesman said on Saturday, reports The Dawn.

 Pakistanís Election Commission on Saturday allotted election symbols to 17 political parties, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Awami National Party, which got their traditional symbols of Kite and Lantern, respectively. The elections are scheduled in October.

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Britain's Charity Commission has launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, UK and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) in London are linked to terrorist activities.

Russia and Iraq are preparing to sign a $40 billion economic co-operation plan, the Iraqi ambassador to Moscow said Saturday. The pact was likely to strain Moscow's relations with Washington as the United States considers a military attack against Baghdad.

 At least 90 people have lost their lives since the weekend as the worst floods in more than a century cascaded across central Europe, leaving a trail of chaos and disaster from the Black Sea to the Baltic. Officials have tallied up billions of dollars in damage, as surging, rain-swollen rivers hit some of the regionís historic, architectural jewels and threatened major chemical plants.

Flood levels along Germany's River Elbe reached a peak on Saturday in the historic city of Dresden, and threatened to send water pouring into a chemical plant in a nearby town. Local officials are primarily concerned with one chemical plant, which is at risk if the dam bursts. That could send hazardous chemicals pouring into the surrounding areas.

Strong winds and heavy rains began beating Japan's main island of Honshu Sunday, as a typhoon threatened to strike Tokyo and surrounding areas within a day, officials said.

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Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra came from behind to notch a 2-1 victory over Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in the National Bank Premier Football League at the Bangabandhu National yesterday.

 The Bangladesh A team were hammered on the opening day of their three-day tour match against Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) at the Aga Khan Sports ground yesterday. The home side piled up 452-6 at stumps, according to a message received here last night.

 Wari Club continued their winning run in the AB Bank Metropolis Table Tennis Super League beating Inter Sports 3-0 at the NSC Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday. Defending champions Bangladesh Biman also cruised over Armanitola JS in the day's other match at the same venue.

A superb 97 off 94 balls by Sanath Jayasuriya followed by some excellent bowling helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 39 runs in the fourth game of the Morocco Cup one-day international tournament on Saturday.

Jennifer Capriati reached the final of the Rogers AT&T Cup when semifinal opponent Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia quit with a knee injury while trailing in the second set Saturday. Capriati will face Amelie Mauresmo, who defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the other semifinal.

A thrilling last minute try by Werner Greeff gave South Africa a well-deserved 33-31 win Saturday over Australia in the final match of the Tri-Nations rugby tournament.

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