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Monday, August 26, 2002

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

Monday, August 26, 2002


Acting President Jamiruddin Sircar and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia voiced their concerns at the growing incidence of killing of Bangladeshi nationals by Indian border security force. The concerns were conveyed separately when Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha met them Sunday

At least 30 people were injured, ten with bullets, in a series of clashes between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in Sylhet city on Saturday night. Two JCD factions -- one led by Khaled and Mashuque and the other by Sadequr and Najib -- clashed over establishing supremacy in the city.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court will dispose of the Ekushey Television (ETV) review petition on its earlier decision refusing to grant leave to appeal against the High Court Division's verdict by August 28.

The Bangladesh Bank (BB), probing into the financial scam of three Marwari businessmen, unearthed dubious transactions through different bank accounts that point to link with illegal hundi, sources said.

The government on Sunday decided to take departmental actions against the acting Deputy Commissioner (DC) and police superintendent (SP) of Bagerhat district due to negligence of duties in respect to the assault on a Hindu woman in Rampal.

The European Union (EU) has issued a cautionary signal for Bangladeshi shrimp exporters for strict adherence to its health standard saying it (EU) received complaints that several bacteria infected or "forbidden" preservatives used shrimp consignments landed to European importers.

The price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) closed mixed Sunday although the gainers surpassed the losers in number. The trade turnover, in terms of both volume and value, decreased on the day.

The price indices on the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) finished mixed Sunday although the losing issues outnumbered the gaining ones. The trade turnover, in terms of volume, fell but in terms of value, it increased on the day.

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Dhaka and New Delhi yesterday agreed to put greater emphasis on economic cooperation, which would be the "bedrock for future relations between neighbours". Accents were also put on increased people-to-people contact and exploration of surface-communication links as the visiting Indian Foreign Minister called on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia .

Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city yesterday. During the 40-minute meeting, they discussed matters of bilateral interests of the two countries.

Visiting Sri Lankan Tourism Minister Gamini Lokuge yesterday called on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan during which they discussed matters of bilateral relations and mutual interests.

Osama bin Laden urges Afghans to rise up in Jihad, or holy war, and predicts the fall of the United States in a hand-written "letter" posted on an Islamist website Sunday. IslamOnline.net carried the four-page letter saying it had been received from an Afghan source who asked to remain anonymous, reports The Dawn.

U.S. warplanes were sent into action in eastern Afghanistan early today after U.S. ground positions came under rocket attack, a military spokesman said. Colonel Roger King told Reuters by telephone from Bagram Air Base, just north of Kabul, that three rockets were fired from high ground, with one landing within 100 metres (yards) of a forward U.S. position.

Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has signed the electoral reforms ordinance after the Union Cabinet on Saturday refused to make any change and sent it back to him for his assent.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appealed to the people of Gujarat to vote out the Narendra Modi government in the coming assembly elections as  ‘‘It was today spewing communal poison...Its political rulers were trying to divide the people along religious lines.’’, reports The Times of India.

 A minor reshuffle of the Union council of ministers in India is likely to take place on Monday. The reshuffle has been necessitated by the resignation of Shiv Sena nominee and power minister Suresh Prabhu.

The World Bank has threatened to withdraw all its loans and stop future funding to Uttar Pradesh in India if no checks were put on the frequent administrative reshuffling in the state.

Indian sandalwood smuggler Veerappan appears to have struck again. A gang of people claiming to be Veerappan's henchmen kidnapped former minister H Nagappa from his house in Kamagere village of Kollegal taluk, 90 km from Mysore, at 8 pm on Sunday.

Fresh rains in the Chinese province of Hunan Monday morning threaten to put renewed pressure on the swollen Dongting Lake and dispel cautious optimism that the flood crisis in the central China province has peaked.

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Slovak President Rudolf Schuster was taken to hospital with a high fever and his spokesman said the president's family believed someone might have tried to poison him.

Israeli troops raided the Palestinian town of Salfit in the West Bank early today, arresting suspected militants after talks to ease Israel's military grip on the West Bank and Gaza bogged down in discord.

Eight Iraqis were killed and nine others wounded in U.S. and British airstrikes on civilian installations in southern Iraq, an Iraqi military spokesman said Sunday. The U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the jets fired in self-defense after being targeted by Iraqi forces, and that damage is being assessed.

Japanese researchers have discovered a new drug, which does not appear to cause any side effects, to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients, a Japanese newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Victoria Sporting Club earned their first straight win defeating Brothers Union (BU) 3-1 in the National Bank Premier Division Soccer League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.

Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society recorded a 3-1 tiebreak win against Badda Jagarani Sangsad in one of the two National Bank Premier League matches played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday announced a 16-member final squad for the forthcoming Asian Games Hockey Competition to be held in South Korea.

After two heavy defeats Bangladesh A went down fighting in a high-scoring thriller against the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) in their third and final limited-overs match at the Ruaraka Sports Club ground in Nairobi yesterday. Chasing a massive KCA total of 303-6, the visitors fought gallantly before finishing 12 runs short of the target.

 India were on brink of squaring their series with England at one apiece here at Headingley on Sunday, the hosts stuttering to 166 for four in their second innings at tea on the fourth day of the third Test.

 The men's tennis circus moves to Flushing Meadows for the final Grand Slam of the year starting on Monday, and a host of big names will slug it out for the most open major in years.

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