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Wednesday,  August  07, 2002

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

Wednesday, August 07, 2002


  • Flood water is receding  spreading diarrhoeal disease in 14 affected districts.

  • More scam detected in  wheat procurement programme.

  • India ruled out talks with Pakistan during SAARC meeting in Kathmandu.

  • Separated twins in post-operative intensive care in Los Angeles.

  • Bangladesh plays third ODI in Colombo today.



The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday urged people to join a united protest against a steep rise of prices of essentials, which it fears may lead to a famine in the country.


Awami League President and  the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will return home from the USA on August 10. The Awami League chief left for the UK and the USA on July 16.


With the situation turning congenial, the central library of Dhaka University (DU) reopened Tuesday after nine days of closure due to student unrest over police excess inside a female dormitory.


As the water level of major rivers started receding, diarrhoeal diseases have been spreading all over the country. According to official report, 1359 persons were attacked by diarrhoea in 24 hours until noon yesterday in 14 districts affected by flood, according to The Indepedent.


After the suspension of two food officials for scam in  food procurement, an expert committee formed by the regional controller (RC) of food, Khulna, has confirmed purchase of imported wheat instead of homegrown one in Satkhira district during the four and a half month-long wheat procurement drive by the government, reports The Daily Star.


The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will provide one million US dollars to Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) unit of the Directorate of Family Planning to strengthen its activities for three years (2003-2005).

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Suspected Islamic militants killed nine Hindus and wounded 31 as they slept in tents along a pilgrimage trail in Indian Kashmir, in a dawn raid on Tuesday that New Delhi blamed on a Pakistan-based group.


India says the deadly attacks in Kashmir on Tuesday prove there can be no hope for peace until Pakistan takes more steps to prevent militant activity in the region. Pakistan has condemned the attacks which killed 14 people.


India Tuesday ruled out talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Kathmandu later this month but said the upcoming polls in Indian Kashmir would be "the litmus test" of Islamabad's commitment to rein in Islamic militants in the disputed Himalyan region.

A tropical storm which swept through southern China killed 13 people, left 20 missing and destroyed two hydropower dams, state media said on Wednesday.


Taiwan faces a growing possibility of military action by the mainland if "radical pro-independence moves" continue on the island, the Chinese government warned Wednesday through its state-run media.

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Israeli troops killed the suspected mastermind of a Tel Aviv suicide bombing on Tuesday, while U.S. diplomats said the United States was considering moving consular offices out of traditionally Arab east Jerusalem due to security concerns.


Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought Iraq's acceptance Tuesday of a Security Council roadmap for the return of U.N. weapons inspectors, rejecting Baghdad's latest proposal for overcoming the impasse over Saddam Hussein 's weapons program.


The twin girls joined on their heads were separated in a dramatic 22-hour surgery and were resting apart for the first time in 377 days of their lives Tuesday evening, sleeping in the intensive care unit of the Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.


In the worst outbreak in U.S. history, West Nile virus has claimed life of a fifth person in Louisiana where 71 cases have been confirmed.


Three major airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), have shifted many of their international flight stopovers from Bangkok to Singapore, aviation officials said Tuesday, jeopardising Thailand's status as a regional transport hub.

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Bangladesh team management has brought some change for the third and last one-day match against Sri Lanka to be held at Colombo today. Bangladesh suffered five wickets defeat in the first one-day match while scored their ever-lowest total of 76 in the second one-day to swallow eight wickets defeat.


England did not appear a good bet to win the first Test against India and, by the same criteria, look even less likely to win the second. Missing their top two fast bowlers and their leading batsman at Lord's, the patched-up home team contrived to win that initial contest by a thumping 170 runs.

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