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

Sunday, August 25, 2002


The Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina addressing a pre-procession rally at the city's Paltan Maidan yesterday afternoon said that the government has no right to stay in power after its failure to ensure safety and security for the people.

 Finance Minister Saifur Rahman on Saturday accused both private sector people and government officials of creating an abnormal situation in the public infrastructure projects, leaving a cumulative burden on the economy.

Commonwealth Secretary General Donald C McKinnon arrives Dhaka today on a three-day official visit. During his visit, he will call on Acting President Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan.

 Former general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Awami League (AL) leader Ashim Kumar Ukil was arrested by the Detective Branch (DB) of Police in the city yesterday. Police had been hunting for Ukil, a member of publicity sub-committee of Awami League, as his name came up in the confessional statement of a young man arrested with M-16 rifle on August 4 from the city's Uttara area.

The Cabinet Committee on Local Government meets today to finalise its recommendations on whether upazila system should be reintroduced or abolished, sources said.

The High Court yesterday asked Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina to submit affidavit in opposition before the court by November 5 regarding a contempt of court case.

The government has ordered deployment of army medical units to assist civil authorities in containing the dengue menace and ensuring cleanliness of the capital as the viral fever created a public health crisis.

A full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday adjourned the hearing of review petitions on Ekushey Television (ETV) till this morning after listening the arguments of one lawyer.

The one-member Secretary level probe body investigating the alleged wheat scam is likely to submit its report to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia this week.

One-member judicial commission formed by the government to probe the July 24 police atrocities on students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University has been given another two days' time to submit its report.

Three BNP activists arrested for alleged torture on Chhabi Rani Mondal in Rampal, Bagerhat were sent to jail hajot after they were produced before the court on Saturday.

 Without waiting for the full sample-test report to reach them, customs authorities yesterday ordered unloading of  controversial consignment of  Tripple Super phosphate (TSP) frtiliser carried by two foreign ships to Mongla port, reports The Independent.

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Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and India in a meeting in Dhaka  yesterday discussed all outstanding problems between the two next-door neighbours and decided to step up efforts to resolve those to give a fresh momentum to the existing ties.

Sri Lanka's Government and Tamil Tiger rebels have fixed a date for direct peace talks aimed at ending nearly 20 years of civil war. The two parties will meet for their first formal face-to-face talks in Thailand from 16-18 September, Norwegian mediators announced on Friday.

 The Indian government has stopped food aid to the southern state of Andhra Pradesh following allegations of corruption in the supply of rice intended for poor farmers and agricultural labourers.

 Pakistan launches its second Agosta class submarine saying it will be a deterrent to "adventurism" by India.

At least 16 US troops were reportedly killed on Friday in two different incidents in Khost and Gardez of Afghanistan, according to the Pakistani newspaper The News yesterday.

As U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrives in South Asia to discuss cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, suspected Islamic militants gun down 12 people in the disputed Himalayan province.

India offered Friday additional assistance to Nepal to effectively deal with the problem of Maoist insurgency as the two countries agreed to work out a fresh Extradition Treaty

Chinese President Jiang Zemin has celebrated an improvement in relations with Russia during a meeting in Beijing with visiting Premier Mikhail Kasyanov.  The official Xinhua news agency quoted Jiang as saying on Friday that Sino-Russian ties had entered a "very sound phase."

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Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hugo Chavez marched through Caracas on Saturday to show faith in their leader despite an economic recession and revived opposition attempts to oust him.

For nearly two weeks, starting Monday, 65,000 delegates will convene in venues throughout sprawling Johannesburg. It's like the Olympics of world politics. But as leaders of more than 100 nations prepare to gather  in Johannesburg delegates admit that little, if any, headway has been made to prevent global warming species extinctions and other environmental problems..

Last-minute negotiations to resolve key disagreements ahead of the landmark United Nations (UN) Earth Summit on sustainable development started behind closed doors in Johannesburg Saturday,

Israel insisted Saturday that there would be no new pullbacks from the West Bank or Gaza Strip until the Palestinian leadership cracked down more effectively on militant groups. Israeli commanders communicated the ultimatum to the Palestinians at security talks late Friday, prompting Palestinian officials to accuse them of reneging on a new security deal reached last weekend.

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Muktijoddha Sangsad and Mohameda CLub ended in a goal-less draw in the National Bank Premier Football League in Dhaka yesterday.

 The touring Bangladesh A team suffered a humiliating defeat against kenya Cricket Association in their second limited over match  on Saturday at the Puaraka  Sports Club  ground in Kenya.

 Venus Williams overcame a sluggish first set to defeat Lindsay Davenport 7-5, 6-0 to win the Pilot Pen title for the fourth time. The tournament served as a warm-up to the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. Williams, seeded No. 2, and Davenport seeded No. 4, could meet again in that final.

 English football champion Arsenal needed a last-gasp strike from French forward Sylvain Wiltord to salvage a 2-2 draw at London rival West Ham while Senegalese star El Hadji Diouf scored twice on his home debut as Liverpool topped the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Southampton.

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