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

Wednesday, August 21, 2002


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Tuesday said the criminals who had killed schoolboy Rubayet Ahmed Bappi would not be spared. Consoling Bappi's parents, the Prime Minister asserted that those responsible for his killing must face exemplary punishment as per law. She also said that her government had taken steps for speedy trial of all such cases.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will lead a mass procession from Paltan Maidan on August 24 to protest terrorism, price hike, wheat scandal, political persecution and government "failure" in tackling Dengue and post-flood situation in the country.

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will hold a public rally at Paltan Maidan in the city at 4 pm today in protest against deteriorating law and order in the country, price hike of essentials, repression and terrorism, and closing down Adamjee Jute Mills.

A young man, Khalid Bin Hedayet, has been sentenced to 12 years in the prison for his attack on the car of the leader of opposition, Sheikh Hasina, at Naogaon on  March 4 this year.  After the verdict Khalid was taken to the Naogaon prison amidst strict security.

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked all commercial banks to freeze accounts of Marwari businessman Om Prakash Agarwal, who fleed away with a huge amount of bank loan. The tax authorities wrote the managing directors of 37 commercial banks to identify accounts of Agarwal and freeze them, reports the daily Star.

 The government has decided to disband a number of municipalities formed towards the end of the Awami League rule for 'infrastructural inadequacy'.

With dengue spreading fast in the city, the authorities have decided to open a 100-bed ward, exclusively for dengue patients, at Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital with effect from today (Wednesday).

In a series of outrageous infanticides in recent times, a fourth child Rubel Ahmed Don has been strangulated to death allegedly by his brother-in-law in Dhalpur under the Demra police station Monday night.

Tension escalated at Benapole border in Jessore after Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on a Bangladesh national without any provocation near international check post yesterday noon.

A garmet worker was killed and 50 others were injured in as police confronted the mob during a workers’ demonstration at Gazipur yesterday evening. The unruly mob also damaged vehicles and obstructed the traffic movement for several hours, reports vernacular daily Prothom Alo.

Former Law Minister Abdul Matin Khasru accused Tuesday the government of delaying the trial process of Bangabandhu Murder Case and protecting the killers of the Father of the Nation.

The government has taken initiatives to increase gas tariffs for different sectors. The new rates will be made effective from September 1. Gas price was increased in January  last time.

The Government is grappling with the problem of what to do with Taka 120 crore paid in advance to contractors by the Awami League government for setting two fertilizer factories without studying in depth their viabilities, reports the New Nation.

Four out of 15 government-owned sugar mills will be privatised while the manpower engaged in 11 others slashed by 10 per cent to make the sugar industry profitable, reports The Independent.

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The extradition of extremists and criminals between India and Bangladesh is likely to dominate the talks during the upcoming visit of External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha in Dhaka this week.

 Security was tight in Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Tuesday as foreign ministers from South Asia arrived for a regional conference of the seven-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

 Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha said on Tuesday he had no plans to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart on the margins of Saarc conference in Nepal.

Military officials in India say 20 soldiers have been killed and 4 injured in an ambush by rebels in the northeastern state of Tripura. The soldiers from the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) were patrolling a road outside of the state capital, Agartala, when the attack occurred Tuesday morning local time.

The special full bench of the high court in Lucknow, hearing title suits relating to Ram janambhoomi-Babri masjid, has issued contempt notice to Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt of the court for his utterances published in newspapers and directed him to appear in court on September 9 next with his reply.

Indian Agricultural scientist have developed a new variety of drought tolerant stable yield rice genotypes NDR86003, through physiological and molecular marker assisted selection. which gave a good yield despite a month’s late sowing. It would be released next year Times of India reports

Pakistan election commission gives the go-ahead to 38 parties to contest national election under the  military regime of General Pervez Mosharraf.

 The election commission gives the go-ahead to 38 parties to contest Pakistan's first national election since a coup three years ago.

Intel Corp., the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, will announce next week its speediest Pentium 4 processor yet, according to industry sources, as the company looks to reap the benefits from increased production efficiencies.

Chinese authorities are warning that the nation faces possibly its worst flooding crisis in years with China's second biggest lake, the Dongting, threatening to burst its banks and placing around 10 million people at severe risk.

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German tactical police stormed the Iraqi Embassy Tuesday, ending a five-hour siege and rescuing hostages taken by an obscure group opposed to the regime of President Saddam Hussein.

 Japan's biggest automaker Toyota Motor Corp. topped Japan's list of profit makers in the year to March for the third straight year, a research firm said Tuesday. On a parent company basis, Toyota reported declared taxable income of 937.2 billion yen (7.9 billion dollars) over the period, up 38.0 per cent from a year earlier.

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The Dhaka Mahanagari Football League Committee (DMFLC) yesterday suspended the National Bank Premier Division Football League again for three days in a bid to let the muddy ground condition at the Bangabandhu National Stadium improve.

The national cricket camp for upcoming cricket tours in Sri Lanka, South Africa and home series against West Indies will begin today at the BKSP with only seven cricketers who left Dhaka Tuesday night for Savar.

The National Tennis Circuit First Leg and Junior Tennis Championship will be held at the Ramna Tennis Complex from September 5 to 12.

Top-seeded Venus Williams maintained her perfect record in the Pilot Pen with a 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over Meghann Shaughnessy on Tuesday night.

Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams have been named as the top seeds for next week's US Open, in line with the world rankings.

Hewitt, the defending champion, is followed by Marat Safin, Tommy Haas and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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