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Wednesday, August 28, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said any decision on gas export would be based on national consensus. The assurance came when chairmen of two national committees on gas reserve and utilisation submitted their reports to the PM at her office.

A national committee finds that country's net recoverable gas reserves range between 12.04 trillion cubic feet (TCF) and 15.55 TCF in total 22 gas fields.

The utilisation committee concluded that only limited gas export could be possible after incremental discoveries by the international oil companies (IOCs). However, the committee members requested that a national debate be held on optimum utilisation of gas resource.

Visiting Commonwealth Secretary General Donald C McKinnon has said that opposition has a vital role to play in Parliament for achieving the desired result. "Without opposition the parliament cannot be an active or effective one," he said during a meeting with Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina in city on Tuesday.

BNPin a bid to revamp its party organisation holds the representative conference of  Chittagaong division  with Prime Minister and Party chief addressing the meeting at her Ganobhaban office today.

Rampal thana unit of BNP was dissolved to quell mass resentment against alleged torture of a Hindu women in the party office recently.

At least 12 students were injured as police baton-charged the activists of the Progressive Students' Unity (PSU), an alliance of eight left leaning student bodies, yesterday at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) campus.

 The secretarial committee to probe the wheat scam submitted its report yesterday stating that in many cases government silos bought foreign wheat instead of homegrown one at the fag end of the 135-day internal wheat procurement drive. The investigation revealed involvement of four BNP Mps and a syndicate of food officials in the scam.

 Barrister Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, counsel for ETV Chairman AS Mahmud, yesterday pleaded with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for a verdict with the direction to save the private television channel.

 Armed cadres belonging to JCD leader Zakir Khan went on the rampage in Narayanganj town yesterday and on Monday night protesting the arrest of Irin Khan, wife of JCD leader Zakir Khan. Earlier on Monday, police arrested Zakir Khan's wife Irin Khan and seven others in connection with Friday's incident at Char Syedpur where at least 25 people were injured in an armed clash over illegal toll collection.

 Five large garment manufacturers of Bangladesh would be participating under the banner "Bangladesh Pavilion," for the first time at the world's largest garments exhibition to be held in Paris from August 30 to September 20, reports Financial Express.

 JOBS, a USAID-funded project implemented by the IRIS centre at University of Maryland in the USA, and the Sustainable Development Networking Programme Bangladesh (SDNPB) funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently to promote the wider use of Information Technology (IT) in different government and semi-government institutions.

Scientists and Public Health professionals in their research findings have observed that the burden of malnutrition is especially high in South Asia with Bangladesh remaining the worst affected country in the region.

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New Delhi has issued a notification to provide duty-free access of 40 Bangladeshi products under 16 categories agreed by the Indian government during the three-day secretary level trade talks in Dhaka this April.

 Afghanistan says it will begin sending Pakistani prisoners home as the two countries pledge full cooperation in fighting terrorism.

Housing Minister, Durairaj,  in India's Tamil Nadu state has resigned after attending a ritual in which more than 100 children were taken to a temple and buried briefly in a mud pit.

 Police in Kashmir say a former leader of the pro-India Ikhwan militant group, Bashir Ahmad Khan, has been seriously injured following an attack near Bandipora town, north of Srinigar. Three of his bodyguards were also badly injured in the attack.

 The Bangalore postman is set to don a new role from December. Along with the mail bag, postmen will carry mobile phones with a metering facility for public call and get to pocket 25 per cent of revenues generated out of calls made from it. India's mobile telephone base was set to cross 80 lakh by August 31.

 A court in the central Indian city of Bhopal Tuesday began hearing a landmark case in which the Indian government is attempting to reduce the gravity of the charges stemming from one of the world's worst industrial disasters. At least 3,000 people died in Bhopal on December 3, 1984 after a toxic gas leak at a chemical factory owned by the now defunct US company, Union Carbide.

 Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi has asked Naxalites in the eastern Indian state to give up arms and join in the development process saying violence had no place in a civilised society.

India's most infamous and wanted bandit, Veerappan, threatens to behead his hostage -- H. Nagappa, a former minister of agriculture in the southern state of Karnataka. who was  nabbed on Sunday by a gang led by the elusive outlaw.

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Commonwealth Secretary General Donald C McKinnon yesterday called for increased foreign direct investment (FDI) and official development aid (ODA) from the developed economies of the Commonwealth to its weaker members.

 President Bush and Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan discussed the Middle East crisis, the war on terrorism and Iraq during a lunch at the president's ranch near here Tuesday, a spokesman said.

 All Arab states reject a US strike on Iraq, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said today. "I don't think there is one Arab state that wants a strike on Iraq, not Kuwait, not Saudi Arabia, not any other state," Mubarak told students at a meeting in the northern city of Alexandria, broadcast on television. "Saudi Arabia ... clearly said it will not allow the use of its bases to strike Iraq," he added, reports The Dawn

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Reigning champions Abahabi Limited will face star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad today (Wednesday) in a crucial match of National Bank Premier Division Soccer League at 5.00 PM at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

 The Indian cricketers on Tuesday offered to take part in next month’s Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, but said they won't sign the controversial ICC agreement.

  Serena Williams dazzled New York's hot dog-munching, cat-calling U.S. Open crowd, flooring fellow American Corina Morariu 6-2, 6-3 in a brutal floodlit first round display. Serena, in a short-legged, all-in-one, black leather-look, skin-tight outfit, was let loose and all eyes were on the court.

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