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

Saturday, August 24, 2002


The main opposition Awami League (AL) stages a demonstration at the city's Paltan Maidan today, beginning its anti-government agitation. AL President Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to address a brief rally at 3.00pm before she leads a procession.

 Deputy Leader of the Opposition Md Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday announced his decision not to attend the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference scheduled for Sept 2-14 in Namibia as opposition MPs are not being included in the delegation.

 At least 20 people were injured, eight with bullets, in a clash between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists and transport workers at Charsyedpur on Dhaka-Munshiganj road here yesterday.

 A football match turned into a tragic incident when a tin-shed roof of a school collapsed killing four persons and injuring  50 others, all football fans who climbed on the roof to enjoy the game at a Bogra High School ground yesterday, reports Ittefaq.

 A full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court is likely to pronounce final decision on Ekushey Television (ETV) this morning after hearing two review petitions submitted on Wednesday to reconsider its verdict given earlier.

 At least two more persons died of Dengue Friday raising the death toll  to 36 due to the deadly viral fever.

 Bangladesh like many developing countries has been an absorbent of under-grade adulterated and toxic fertiliser imported from abroad, reports The Financial Express.

 The booming ship-breaking industry in Chittagong is now posing a serious environmental threat to a vast locality along the costal belt and the offshore in the bay of Bengal reports The Independent.

 Two foreign ships loaded with 19,213 tonnes of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) fertilizer have been detained at Mongla port following allegation that the fertiliser is poisonous. The allegation was made by fertiliser dealers, customs sources said.

 Construction of a foreign-aided  30kv power project at Muradpur in Chittagong  has been stalled following  a dispute over  the project land, reports UNB.

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Indian Minister for External Affairs Yashwant Sinha arrives Dhaka today on a two-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh. He is coming on a bilateral visit, the first by an India foreign minister after the BNP-led coalition government took over. Earlier Brajesh Mishra, national security adviser to the Indian prime minister visited Bangladesh.

Pakistan has accused Indian military forces of launching "an unprovoked attack" on a Pakistani army post in the disputed region of Kashmir. India firmly denies any such incident took place, saying the Pakistani report was "baseless, false, malicious and seditious propaganda."

Nearly six months after Gujarat began to burn, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani has said sorry that it happened at all, describing it as "indefensible" and "a blot on my government".

Nearly one million volunteers and soldiers in China's Hunan Province are racing against time to stop what could become the biggest flood in decades as water levels at Lake Dongting reach a critical point. The swollen Yangtze River is putting pressure on the hundreds of kilometers of shoreline along the lake in central China where water levels are rising by a centimetre an hour, flood officials told CNN Friday.

The government and Tamil rebels set 16 September for landmark talks aimed at ending years of civil war, Norwegian mediators say.

 Asian rice prices are likely to rise next week due to overseas demand, traders said Thursday, adding that Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar had been relatively unaffected by heavy rain that has caused flooding in China.

 Russia hopes to supply greatly increased amounts of oil and gas to its energy-hungry neighbour China, the country's Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said in Shanghai on Thursday.

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A US federal judge has reportedly frozen some accounts controlled by Enron's former chief financial officer, Andrew Fastow, and some of his family.

 Baghdad’s ruling Bath Party accused Washington Friday of seeking to “terrorise” the world by threatening to attack Iraq under “false pretext that it was  developing  weapos of mass destruction.

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Luck-favoured Abahani Limited won 2-1 against Arambagh KS in an unplayable ground at Bangabandhu National Stadium to continue their winning run in the NBL Premier Division Football League in the city Friday.

Bangladesh A team will take on Kenyan Cricket Association (KCA) in the second limited-over match at the Rauraka Sports Club ground in Nairobi today. The tourists lost the first one-day at the same venue by 92-runs on August 21.

Centuries from three Indian batsmen made it a miserable day for England in the third Test at Headingley. Sachin Tendulkar ended the day on 185 not out.

Lindsay Davenport beats giant-killer Anastasia Myskina in the semi-finals of the Pilot Pen tennis event in Connecticut.

 Anastasia Myskina follows up her defeat of Justine Henin by beating Martina Hingis in the Pilot Pen event in New Haven.

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