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Tuesday, August 27, 2002


The judicial probe commission has concluded that both male and female police personnel stormed into the Shamsunnahar Hall, beat up and hurled abuses at students and arrested some of them during the  night hours on early July 24 raid, sources said.

 Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited some injured workers at Pangu Hospital and a city clinic. She went to BDM Hospital at Muhammadpur to see Arifur Rahman Masud, an Awami League leader of Natore, who was critically injured in an attack by the BNP cadres.

 The private GMG Airlines denied any incident of shooting from the ground on its aircraft immediately after its take off  from Barisal airport at 12:35 pm  on Sunday. The aircraft safely landed at Zia International Airport at 1:15pm. It was a loose screw that hit a window damaging its exterior part and frightening the passengers with a sharp sound, reports The Independent.

 National gas committees submit reports to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today, with the conclusion that limited gas can be exported only after new discoveries and supply saturation.

 Counsel for the foreign investors of Ekushey Television (ETV) Dr. Kamal Hossain yesterday urged the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to make a judgement protecting the interest of all the parties and give direction for correcting the irregularities of the ETV license rather than closing it down.

 The World Food Programme will continue its expanded food assistance (EFA) in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) irrespective of the law and order situation in the region, WFP representative and its operation chief in Bangladesh Douglas Coutts said in Rangamati yesterday.

 Tension swept the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday as two factions of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling party, were locked in a series of scuffles, leaving one activist from each side injured. Police arrested six leaders and activists of a faction led by Arman, general secretary of JCD JU unit, from the campus to bring the situation under control.

The Sylhet district committee of Jatityatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has been dissolved following the gunfights among its three factions on Saturday night and Sunday in the city. The clashes, a sequel to long-drawn rivalry for establishing supremacy in certain city areas, left at least 30 people injured, 10 of them bullet-hit.

 Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) yesterday served a legal notice upon concerned authorities demanding immediate shifting of tanneries from the city's Hazaribagh residential area to a suitable place for industrial operation and also for ensuring adopting appropriate pollution fighting devices by the tanneries.

 The government has banned a novel by Taslima Nasrin - Utol Hawa- an official handout said yesterday. It was the second part of Taslima's earlier banned novel Amar Meyebela. It contained propaganda against Islamic values and this could create hatred among different communities in the country, the Home Ministry said.

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The main opposition parties in India have supported the Election Commission's decision to delay voting in the troubled state of Gujarat. Supreme Court on Monday said the situation was too unstable for the polls to be held there. Religious rioting racked the state earlier this year leaving about 1,000 people dead, according to official estimates, reports BBC.

India's most notorious fugitive, Veerappan, wants inmates released from two southern jails in exchange for a politician, former minister H Nagappa, who was seized on Sunday night from his home in the southern district of Chamarajanagar.

 The People’s War (PW) naxalites on Monday released three police constables and a home guard they abducted from the Anakapalli police station in  the Indiasn port town of Visakhapatnam on Friday night. One constable, Chittibabu, has not been released, reports Times of India.

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide assistance worth $ 2.4 billion to Pakistan during the next three years (2003-05) at an average $ 800 million per year under its Country Strategy and Programme (2002-06).

Chinese officials are keeping close tabs on the swollen Dongting Lake as levees and dikes groan against the weight of the water and light rain continues to fall in flood-ravaged Hunan province.

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Commonwealth Secretary General Donald C McKinnon visiting Bangladesh yesterday called for continuing efforts to globalise democracy, saying democratic values, good governance and the true rule of law offered the best environment for development.

 Israel sent tanks and helicopters into Jenin city and refugee camp in West Bank today, Palestinian security officials said. A curfew was slapped on the city and the refugee camp, considered a hotbed of radical Palestinian militancy. Israeli military sources confirmed an operation was underway but did not reveal any details

The World Summit officially kicked off in Johannesburg on Monday with healthcare topping the agenda. South African President Thabo Mbeki, speaking at the opening session, followed up an earlier plea to end "global apartheid" between a rich minority and a mass of suffering poor.

A Spanish judge shut down a Basque political party on Monday on grounds it supports the armed separatist group ETA, and Spain's Parliament took the first step toward outlawing the Batasuna party altogether.

US Homeland Defence chief Tom Ridge tells the BBC that Osama bin Laden's network is still operating in the US.

Palestinian and Islamic groups say they have made progress on finding a united approach to the conflict with Israel, but there has been no final agreement.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri is in Beijing at the start of a three-day visit to China. There are no details of his itinerary, but correspondents say meetings with Chinese officials are almost certain to include discussions about US President George W Bush's threat to use force to oust the current Iraqi leadership.

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Bangladesh A play the Kenya Cricket Association in their final tour match today. The three-day game begins at that the Ruaraka Sports Club ground in Nairobi. The national second string team, which started their African safari with a drawn three-day game, however lost all three limited-overs matches.

Bangladesh Rifles retained their Cute Premier Division Handball title with an all-win record when they defeated Bangladesh Police 30-20 at the court next to Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. The winners dominated the first half by 15-7 in the league last match.

A crucial NBL Premier Division Football League match between holders Abahani Limited and Muktijoddha Sangsad takes place at Bangabandhu National Stadium at 5pm today (Tuesday),

India have squared the Test series against England winning the Third Test at Headingley by an innings and 46 runs. They comprehensively won on a pitch that was never expected to suit their bowling attack. England was bundled out for 309.

 Lindsey Davenport's first Grand Slam match of the year took only 43 minutes, as she rolled over Eva Dyrberg 6-2, 6-1 Monday at start of the U.S. Open. Eighth-seeded Justine Henin had a similar result, beating Samantha Reeves 6-1, 6-2 -- but SI's Jon Wertheim says it'll be Venus Williams who comes out on top.

 Australia's Craig Parry has moved up 73 places to number 45 on the world rankings after his maiden U.S. PGA Tour victory at the WGC-NEC Invitational on Sunday.

 Revaz Chomakhidze scored the game-winning goal with just a few seconds remaining and Dmitriy Stvatan added three more as Russia beat defending Olympic champion Hungary 10-9 Sunday to win the FINA water polo World Cup in the  Yugoslavian capital of Belgrade.

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