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Tuesday,  August  06, 2002

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

         Tuesday, August 06, 2002

  • Experts feared epidemic outbreak of Dengue

  •  Government assures measures for flood rehabilitation. 

  • Awami League announces agitation programme.

  •  Gunmen open fire in a Christain School in Pakistan.



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia told the flood victims in Sirajganj on Monday that her government would undertake pragmatic measures to reduce severity of flood and rehabilitate the flood victims.


Floods in the country may intensify further in the third week of this month with a revival of monsoon activity in several regions of India in the upstream, according to flood  experts.


Awami League central working committee on Monday finalized the next course of agitation programme, including countrywide demonstrations on August 10, against price rises and deterioration of law and order.


Despite domestic limitations and economic showdown across the world in the last 10 months, the alliance government in the country has done well in many respects, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Chairman Naziur Rahman Manzur told the party founding anniversary gathering.


Eight police officials, who testified before the judicial commission yesterday, claimed no constables had entered the Shamsunnahar Hall during the July 24 raid on the women's hall of residence. Four male officers were, however, inside the compound during the police action with a woman sub-inspector, they said after their deposition before the judicial commission.


Contrary to the news published in the newspaper,  the Asian Development Bank in a news release yesterday categorically said the mission did not at all discuss with the government the issue of linking ADB's assistance programme with gas export.


Two BNP leaders of Barisal district unit were killed and eight others injured in a deadly accident as a bus rammed into their microbus on the Dhaka-Barisal highway on Monday on their way to the local airport.

People of the country's northwestern border districts are at risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS as they are using smuggled Indian unscreened and infected blood for treatment, according to a study conducted by an NGO, Centre for Development Service (CDS).


The country's current cost of malnutrition is estimated at one billion US dollars (approximately Taka 5,700 crore) annually, a World Bank study available in Dhaka said on Monday.


Dengue fever may break out in an epidemic form, experts fear. As the monsoons draw to a close, the disease has taken a serious turn in the city. Since mid-July, there has been a rush of dengue patients in different city hospitals and clinics leaving 15 patients dead , according to lead report in The Independent.


Detective police on Sunday arrested four listed terrorists from Uttara thana area in the city and recovered a US-made M-16 rifle with ammunition from their possession.


The capital market witnessed a mixed trading yesterday signaling a poor recovery. The market remained dull on cautious trading amid lower demand for shares, reports BSS. At both the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses, although many of the issues rebounded, majority of the issues, especially the blue chips incurred losses resulting to rise in overall price index but fall in blue chip price index.

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Six people are dead and at least three wounded after several gunmen attacked a Christian school in a popular mountain resort, Muree in Pakistan.


Eight people were killed and 27 wounded in an attack by militants early on Tuesday on a camp along the route of the Amarnath pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir, the Times of India reports.


The fanatic Viswa Hindu Parishad in India  on Monday threatened to launch a massive country-wide agitation if any attempt was made to remove the idol of Ram Lalla installed at the disputed site in Ayodhya and carry out excavation over which Allahabad High Court had sought views recently.


India and Bhutan have agreed to remain in close touch about the militants using Bhutan’s soil for operation against India.


China's State Council has blasted Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian's weekend comments which called for an independence referendum and implied that Taiwan is a country.


In a shocking dampener, India on Monday faced the danger of slipping from its third position in the Commonwealth medals tally with yet another weightlifter failing the dope test.

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Israel launched a missile strike on Gaza City but wound down a four-day incursion into a West Bank town as Palestinian officials met Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer for eagerly awaited talks on a new security policy.


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Sri Lanka raced to a comfortable eight- wicket victory in the second one-day international to clinch the series after dismissing Bangladesh for their lowest total of 76 here Monday.

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