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

Monday, August 19, 2002


The Ministry of Food after detected irregularities in procurement of wheat. The probe committee found most of the press reports on wheat procurement irregularities true.

 Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced a countrywide street agitation on August 24 to protest rising crimes, persecution of opposition activists, delay in execution of Bangabandhu's killers, price hike of essentials and "misrule" by the coalition government.

 The cabinet committee on separation of judiciary on Saturday set up a sub-committee to suggest how the administrative magistrates could be absorbed in the judicial service for an interim period of about ten years.

 The Biman Bangladesh Airlines opts for a switchover to new-generation aircraft Boeing 777, replacing all DC-10-30 airplanes. The overhauling plan came after the maintenance cost of the DC-10-30 airplanes increased due to non-availability of spare parts.

 At least 15 people were injured in a gunfight between two factions of BNP in Masdair area in the town yesterday afternoon. The clash was a sequel to an old rivalry between Shahidullah group of West Masdair and Irra group of Masdair Gudaraghat over drug trade in the area, sources said.

 A tense situation was prevailing at Kunipara in the city's Tejgaon area where a top criminal shot dead a police assistant sub-inspector, a businessman and another person on Saturday before he was beaten to death. Additional police forces have been deployed there and search operation continued  overnight.

 United Nations Industries Development Organisation (UNIDO) has agreed to extend all out co-operation to Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) for overall development of EPZs of Bangladesh. An agreement was signed in this regard in Dhaka on Saturday.

 Bangladesh will receive Tk 15.73 crore in grant aid from Japan under the Japanese Development Scholarship (JDS) programme for the next year. Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Jiro Kobayashi and ERD Secretary Anisul Huq Chowdhury signed exchange of notes in this regard in the city yesterday on behalf of their respective governments.

 The enterprises of Bangladesh Export Processing Zones exported goods worth US$1.077 billion during the last fiscal year, 2001-02, which was US$1.065 billion the year before.This is for the second consecutive year that BEPZA's export crossed the billion dollar mark, The Daily Star reports.

 Frozen food exporters, disgruntled with government's refusal to revise a lopsided cash-incentive offer for the sector, are planning to seek legal bar to execution of the scheme.

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 Foreign ministers of the SAARC countries meet for two days in the Nepalese capital from August 21 to review the regional forum's progress and chart out its future course of action. 

Countries across Asia are on storm alert as typhoons near parts of the region and heavy rains batter others, with forecasters saying there is little hope of the weather abating, CNN reports.

Nearly 250 people are now thought to have been killed in a week of torrential rain and flooding across a wide swathe of central and southern China, reports BBC

Flash floods killed at least 20 people in several provinces in northern Vietnam over the weekend, prompting reinforcement at dykes in preparation for a further rise in waters and a possible storm.

 American television  network CNN has obtained  videotapes from Afghanistan that shed new light on the inner workings of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terror organization.

 Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has arrived in Burma on a two-day visit billed as an effort to encourage dialogue between Rangoon's military government and the main opposition. Dr Mahathir is already reported to have met military leader General Than Shwe but has said he will not see the pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi on this visit.

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In a combing operation, Israeli soldiers rounded up more than 150 Palestinian from the streets of Hebron Saturday and hurled stun grenades into a crowded market to enforce a curfew.

 Whether pressuring Egypt on a human rights case, or handling post- September 11 questions about Saudi Arabia and terrorism, the United States (US) is treading in delicate territory with its top two Arab allies. These frictions have not done much to ease a climate already soured by disagreement between the US administration and Arab states over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the possibility of a US-led military assault on Iraq, US analysts said. 

As Germans fought to keep rivers of putrid water out of their homes and the Hungarian capital of Budapest braced for flooding, European leaders on Sunday promised a common effort to fund rebuilding and cleanup expected to take years and cost about $20 billion

 US Airport managers believe big travel problems could lie ahead come the Dec. 31 deadline to begin inspecting every piece of checked luggage for explosives. They also are raising questions about whether the bomb-screening equipment is sophisticated enough and in adequate supply, Associated Press reports

 Two months after America's Roman Catholic bishops adopted broad new policies to defuse a sexual abuse crisis, 31 bishops say they have moved swiftly to remove or suspend 114 priests, throwing dozens of parishes into turmoil, according to a survey of the nation's dioceses by The New York Times.

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Victoria Sporting Club earned two valuable points in the National Bank Premier Division Football League after defeating Dhanmondi Club in tie-breaker (4-2) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The match was locked 1-1 after 90 minutes.

 South Africa beat Pakistan by eight runs despite a brilliant 62 off 40 balls by Shahid Afridi in the Morocco Cup one-day international tournament Sunday, as Pakistan was all out for 188 in 48.3 overs.

 Seventh-seeded Amelie Mauresmo conquered Jennifer Capriati on Sunday, 6-4, 6-1, to capture the title at the Rogers AT&T Cup. It was the second win in a row over Capriati for Mauresmo, who had dropped their previous three meetings. 

Greg Rusedski recovered from a set down to beat Felix Mantilla and win the RCA Championships in Indianapolis on Sunday. The British number two, who had beaten world number one Lleyton Hewitt earlier in the tournament, overcame the Spaniard 6-7 6-4 6-4.

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