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Thursday, August 29, 2002

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

Thursday, August 29, 2002


Prime Minister and Chairperson of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Begum Khaleda Zia asked her party men to sink narrow party interest and play due role in implementing the development-oriented programmes of the alliance government as desired by the people.

The Transparency International (TI) has once again rated Bangladesh as the most corrupt country in the world for the year 2001.

Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the people to resist government's new "conspiracy" to sell out country's gas resources to India.

The fate of ETV will be decided in the Supreme Court this morning. Chief Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury told both the parties on Wednesday that they would listen to arguments 2 hours Thursday "before disposing of the petition". Earlier, the High Court had declared illegal the licence to ETV.

Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) will complete handing over its 4,000 km distribution line to the Rural Electrification Board (REB) by next month, a precondition that will help release 190 million US dollars from the World Bank (WB) for power sector development in the country.

 Police unearthed a fake fertiliser and insecticide factory at in Pabna Tuesday and seized huge spurious agri-inputs. Acting on a tip-off, also seized empty packets, stickers and bottles of various companies used in marketing the adulterated fertilisers and pesticides.

 Bangladesh Apparel ands Textile Exposition (BATEXPO), the largest apparel fair in the country, will begin in the city October 19 to offer overseas buyers a scope for choosing their desired items under a single roof

 The price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) marked rises Wednesday as the gainers outplayed the losers. The trade turnover, in terms of volume, declined but in terms of value, it increased on the day.

 The price indices on the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) ended mixed Wednesday although the gainers defeated the losers.

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In what can be called the most severe attack on her former ally, the Congress, and its president Sonia Gandhi, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa said on Wednesday that the ‘‘AIADMK is committed to supporting an Indian for the Prime Minister’s post’’.  Jayalalithaa told a press conference  ‘‘It is a shame and the moral bankruptcy of the Congress that its leaders, who were at the forefront of the freedom struggle and fought against foreigners, should think of having a foreigner as the Prime Minister.

In a politically significant decision, the Congress and most of the Opposition parties have agreed to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unitedly in Gujarat, ensuring straight contests in the assembly elections.

 Nearly two decades after the Bhopal poison gas disaster, an Indian magistrate has ruled that charges against the former chairman of Union Carbide chemicals will not be reduced.

 A senior Indian leader rules out any negotiations with the notorious bandit Veerappan, who abducted a former minister on Sunday.

 The Nepalese Government will lift a nine-month-old state of emergency at midnight on Wednesday ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in November.

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Renewed belligerence over Iraq from U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has not only alarmed U.S. allies in the Middle East, it has raised tensions within the European Union, reports CNN.

U.S. intelligence sources say high-ranking al Qaeda figures could be among terrorists they believe are hiding in Iran. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has rejected the claim saying Iran does not allow terrorists to enter its territory and does not provide shelter for al Qaeda members.

Saudi Arabia underlines Arab opposition to military action against Iraq, amid growing signs that the US is preparing a campaign.

The Chinese Prime Minister, Zhu Rongi, has held talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Abderrahmane Youssoufi, on the second stop of a trip which will take him to four African countries.

In the latest blow to the Catholic Church's image in Australia, an order of nuns said it had paid tens of thousands of dollars to women who claimed they were sexually and physically abused in an orphanage.

 Tens of thousands of revellers are seeing red in Spain after being pelted with overripe fruit. They hurled handfuls of juicy tomatoes as part of the annual La Tomatina festival in the small town of Bunol, 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Madrid.

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Star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra beat reigning champions Abahani Limited by 5-4 in a nail-biting tie-breaker in the National Bank Premier Soccer at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.

 Cricket minnow Kenya will take on two of the sport's giants beginning Thursday as the East African nation hosts an international one-day series that was moved from Pakistan because of security concerns. For the Kenyans, who are gearing up for the ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka next month, it's a rare opportunity to test themselves against the best as they meet Pakistan and world champions Australia.

 European champion Netherlands and New Zealand played to a 2-2 tie Wednesday, while Olympic champion Australia outplayed England 2-0 for its second victory in the 10th Women's Hockey Champions Trophy.

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