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Saturday,  August  3, 2002


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  • Pakistan's civil society organizations sought public apology for the atrocities committed against the people of Bangladesh in 1971.

  • NDI will extend assistance to develop and mordernise Awami League. 

  • ADB has asked Bangladesh to export gas to India.

  • Flood situation worsened in the central part of Bangladesh

  • India announced four-stage election in Kashmir from September 16.

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

Saturday,  August  3, 2002



Fifty-one civil society organizations of Pakistan, including the Human Rights Commission, and other groups in a joint statement issued yesterday made a public apology to the "sisters and brothers" of Bangladesh for all the excesses and atrocities committed upon civilians in 1971.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) asked Bangladesh government to take a positive decision to go for gas export to India from the existing reserves to qualify for further investment and funding in energy sector. An ADB mission concluded a visit to Bangladesh yesterday asking the government to realize that future grants and loans depend on gas export.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), an international organization dedicated to strengthening and expanding democracy, have agreed to work closely with Bangladesh Awami League (AL)
under the 'Political Party Development Program' designed to strengthen and modernize the party.  AL President and Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad, Sheikh Hasina, and the NDI President, Kenneth Wollack, announced this agreement in Washington on Thursday, an AL press release e-mailed from the US capital
said yesterday.

The brewing crisis in the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) came to the fore yesterday splitting the party as two groups held separate meetings and took distinctly irreconcilable stand on core policy issues centring on the 10-point proposal announced by party leader ASM Abdur Rob on August 1.

Addressing a citizen's rally in Mymenshing yesterday, Ganoforum leader DR Kamal Hossain stressed for greater national unity at this time of political crisis, reports The Sangbad.

The flood situation worsened in the central part of the country yesterday and the flood warning centre forecast inundation of more low-lying areas on the capital with the rivers Buriganga, Turag and the Tongi Khal continued
to rise further. However, the situation in Pabna, Tangail, Mymensingh, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Rajbari, Faridpur, Madaripur and Shariatpur is likely to start improving with recession of floodwaters in the rivers Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Ganges.

Meanwhile, diahorreal diseases have broken out in 16 districts where the water purifying tablets and dehydration saline showed a short supply, reports The Ittefaq.

Prices of essentials, including vegetables and rice, rose in the city markets in the past week because of short supply. Production of vegetables has been badly hampered by heavy rainfall and flood in different parts of the country, The Independent reports.
The production of Aman, the main paddy crop in the country may face a setback this year due to wreak havoc on the cropland, reports The Financial Express.

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The US has cleared the supply of military equipment worth nearly $175 million to Pakistan. US Lawmakers have been told that the sale will not affect the subcontinent's military balance.

Pakistan's military ruler Pervez Musharraf has tightened the noose around his chief rivals, exiled former premiers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, by banning convicted absconders and loan defaulters from October elections.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf met Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Beijing on Friday in what political analysts said was a bid to shore up support from an old ally at a time of tension with India, reports Reuters.

Indian political parties yesterday agreed to enact a law to clean up politics by preventing convicted criminals from contesting elections but said anyone who has been charged but not convicted should not be disqualified from contesting.

India announced Friday those elections in Kashmir would be held in four stages from September 16 but the threat of boycotts and violence immediately loomed large. Separatists in the disputed Himalayan State again rejected the vote and Islamic rebels lobbed a grenade to make their displeasure known.

Security forces attacked a Maoist rebel camp and killed at least 12 guerrillas; the defence ministry said Friday. Ministry spokesman Bhupendra Poudel said the rebels were killed Thursday night after security forces identified a camp where they were hiding. There were no casualties on the government side, he said, refusing to give other details.

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Association of Southeast Asian Nation ( ASEAN) Thursday signed a joint declaration with the United States to combat international terrorism, opening a new chapter in the relationship between the regional grouping and
the world's sole superpower.

The U.S. Justice Department must release in 15 days all the names of those it has arrested and detained in its investigation of the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks, a federal judge ruled on Friday.

An outbreak of West Nile virus in the United States has infected 58 Louisiana residents and killed four, prompting the governor to declare an emergency Friday and ask for federal aid for more mosquito spraying across this hot, humid and swampy state.

The Israeli army blew up two buildings with explosives labs and arrested at least 50 Palestinians in house to house searches Friday as troops took control of Nablus, a city Israel called "the main factory of suicide bombings."

Flash flooding in northern Vietnam has left five people dead and one missing, a relief official said Friday. Raging waters Wednesday swept two people away to Lao Cai province, two in Bac Can province and killed one in Tuyen Quang province.

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In the AB Bank Senior Division Table Tennis League, Bangladesh Biman launched their campaign with a 3-0 set victory over Shamibagh Boys club at the NSC wooden floor gymnasium yesterday. The national flag-carrier secured
a comfortable victory after Goutam beat Babu 21-12, 21-13, Hamlet defeated Aminul 21-12, 21-15 and Mahbub beat Jewel 21-11, 21-17.

Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra recorded their second win in the National Bank Premier Division Football League beating Farashganj Sporting Club 2-1at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Hosts England stunned world champions Australia 2-1 on Thursday to enter the women's hockey final of the Commonwealth Games where they face equally surprise aspirant's India.

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