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

Tuesday, August 20, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the family members of Peer Moslehuddin Ahmed Abu Bakar that his killers, whoever may be, would not be spared. Vice-President of Islamic Oikya Jote, a partner of the BNP-led coalition government, Peer Moslehuddin was stabbed to death near Shonir Akhra on August 6.

 Bangladesh will seek duty benefit for more than 100 items from each of the SAARC members at the final meeting of the fourth round of negotiation on the SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement (SAPTA), reports Daily Star.

 Against the backdrop of changed political scenario at home and abroad, Awami League have started  parleys within the party to bring about changes in the party organisation in the next biennial council scheduled to be held in December, reports The independent.

 The inter-ministerial meeting on food policy and food procurement yesterday  recommended  speedy trial and exemplary punishment for those involved in   irregularities while procuring wheat that put the government into much embarrassment.

 Inefficiencies of the country's banks and development financial institutions add US$666 million on to their product costs annually, affecting depositors, creditors and the taxpayers at large, a recent ADB study revealed.

 At least 12 people, including three policemen, were injured in a lash between Chhatra League and Chatra Dal activists on the Government Victoria College campus yesterday morning.

 Malaysia Airline has introduced "Super Deal Package" for its customer in Bangladesh. This package will focus on providing special air fare, accommodation, sight-seeing in different spots in Malaysia starting from USD350 only.

 Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left city Monday for Kathmandu to attend a three-day meeting of the Saarc Council of Ministers, comprising seven Foreign Ministers of the region, beginning today (Tuesday).

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India's Madhya Pradesh state cuts off all aid to the village where a woman illegally burned to death in her husband's funeral pyre two weeks ago. Tamoli village in the northern Panna district will receive no monetary aid for the next two years, reports BBC.

 Militants killed a senior Indian Army officer Monday in a gunbattle at Nowshera, in southern Kashmir, a defence spokesman said.

 Chinese President Jiang Zemin is trying to persuade several key Politburo members to agree to his retaining the post of Communist party general secretary for at least a few more years, reports CNN.

 U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson in her visit to China said on Monday China needed to rely on political reform rather than repression to deal with growing social unrest, reports Reuters.

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President Bush's case for ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is turning into a tough sell, drawing opposition from allies at home and abroad.

 A Russian transport helicopter jammed with troops crashed in Chechnya  on Monday, and Russian news agencies said as many as 85 servicemen were killed. Russian officials said they did not know how many were killed or if the aircraft was shot down by rebels.

A never-before-seen 1998 video obtained by CNN shows Osama bin Laden declaring war on the United States and the West. Bin Laden told key aides he had called a holy war that would result in "killing Americans and getting rid of them.".

American Airlines banned aggressive dogs from its planes after a pit bull escaped from its cage in the cargo hold of a Boeing 757, and chewed up electrical cables, reports CNN. The airline said the ban was a matter of safety and would apply to all pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers and any other dog that exhibits aggressive behavior. The American Kennel Club called the airline's move an overreaction.

Israel began handing over security patrols of Bethlehem to Palestinians late Monday as part of a confidence-building agreement between the two sides after months of violence.

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The Bangladesh A team fought back gallantly on the final day to draw their three-day match against the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) Eleven at the Aga Khan Sports ground in Nairobi yesterday.

 Bangladesh Biman and Wari Club recorded their third successive wins in the AB Bank Senior Division Metropolis Table Tennis Super League matches at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium in the city Monday.

 Badda Jagarani Sangsad earned a 3-2 goals victory over Farashganj SC in the tiebreaker in the NBL Metropolis Premier Division Football League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city Monday.

 A five-member committee was formed to probe into the alleged 'attempt at human trafficking' in the name Chittagong Abahani's 'goodwill visit' to London.

 Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took a solo lead in the Amrito Lal Dey International Rating Chess Tournament at the Barisal Public Library Auditorium yesterday.

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