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Thursday,  August  08, 2002

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

Thursday, August 08, 2002


  • Waterborne diseases and dengue are spreading fast.

  • Sheikh Hasina and four others sued in frigade case.

  • Millitants open fire on Manipur state Chief Minister

  • Explosion rocks Colombia's parliament and Presidential palace area as the
    new President was sorn in.

  • Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka in the series.



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia emphatically said on Wednesday that her government had adequate preparations including enough stock of food and other necessary materials to face the floods now raging in different parts of the country.

The water borne diseases including diarrhoea began to spread in the 20 flood hit districts as floodwaters started receding in the north and central and southwestern parts of the country, reports BSS.

The dengue infection is spreading fast creating panic among the citizens. Dengue claimed the life of a young physician, Dr Nabila yesterday when  43 dengue patients were admitted into  Dhaka medical College hospital.

At the height of  controversy about wheat procurement,  Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman categorically stated yesterday that there was no sub-standard wheat and poultry-feed in any of the ten godowns in  Muladuly, Iswardi as reported in a section of the newspaper.

Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Former Naval chief and three others were sued in a  q corruption case involving purchase of a frigate from North Korea.. The others coaccused are;  commodore (rtd) AKM Azad, commodore (rtd) Harunur Rashid and former FBCCI president Abdul Awal Mintoo.

 The Awami League has convened an emergency meeting of its presidium at 11 am today to discuss the party programmes on the 'national mourning day' on August 15 in view of the government's decision on hoisting of the national flag, party sources said.

Two assistant house tutors of the Shamsunnahar Hall said yesterday that both male and female police personnel attacked female students during the July 24 raid. Police broke open the main gate and stormed into the women's
hall of residence between 2:30am and 2:45am, Shamsunnahar Begum and Suniti Biswas told newsmen minutes before their deposition to the judicial commission.

A class III student of Armanitola Government School, Rubayet Ahmed Bappi(8), abducted from the old part of the city Monday, was killed and dumped into the Shitalakhya river the same evening. This was confessed yesterday by two of the arrested youngsters who were nabbed by the Kotwali Police while probing into the alleged abduction of Bappi.

A combined group of Bangladesh Armed Forces and the US Army Special Force yesterday conducted an amphibious beach landing manoeuvre in the sandy coasts of the Bay of Bengal under the ongoing "Balance Buffalo" exercise.

The tea market witnessed a strong demand for black, grainy good liquoring Fannings from both export and internal buyers. Pakistan and Afghanistan remained active in the market along with blenders, packeteers and loose tea
buyers. CIS was engaged in selective buying.

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The West Bengal Government of India has brought allegation of excesses being committed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in ten districts bordering Bangladesh according to BBC monitored in Dhaka on Wednesday.

 In North-East Militants opened fire at the private houses of Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Govindas Konthoujam in separate incidents late on Tuesday night, official sources said on Wednesday.

Indian state of Manipur, militants opened fire at the private houses of state Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Govindas Konthoujam in separate incidents late on Tuesday night,
official sources said on Wednesday.

Up to 5,000 firefighters are battling fierce blazes in China's northeastern forests, near the site of one of the country's worst fires 15 years ago, state media report.  The wildfires are devouring forests in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, which stretch for 1,200 km (730 miles) through the northern region of Inner Mongolia, the Xinhua news agency said.

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Huge explosions rocked the area around Colombia's parliament and presidential palace Wednesday as hard-liner Alvaro Uribe was sworn in as president of this troubled country. At least 14 people were killed.

The U.S. repeats its opposition to an independent Taiwan, further distancing itself from remarks made by Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian supporting a referendum on independence for the island

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Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 58 runs in the third and final limited-over international and swept the series 3-0 at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium Wednesday. With two of Sri Lanka's regular bowlers resting, a new look pace
attack set the momentum for the victory by striking early in the Bangladeshi innings.

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