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

Monday, August 11, 2003


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon local and foreign investors to come forward to set up gas-based power plants and industries in the country.

The ongoing process of the formation of the Gram Sarkar, the lowest tier of local government, has generated a wave of enthusiasm among the villagers throughout the country. More than 300 Gram Sarkar has been formed in the first week of  the 45-day programme. A total of 40,392 Gram Sarkar, one for each of the nine wards in a Union, will be formed throughout the country.

Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday called upon all democratic, progressive and pro-liberation forces to forge greater unity to wage an ‘oust-government movement’ for installing a national government of all the pro-independence parties.

The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday came up with a six-point proposal for forging a broad-based unity of the pro-independence political parties.

A court in Feni yesterday handed down life imprisonment to former Awami League (AL) lawmaker and alleged godfather of the crime-prone Feni district Joynal Abedin Hazari and his accomplice Farooq Hossain Mridha
in an arms case.

The Detective Branch (DB) of the Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) yesterday pressed charges against 17 persons including Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Raozan ABM Fazle Karim Chowdhury for the sensational murder of computer engineer Srikanta Rakshit.

Share prices fell further yesterday as the market remained bearish amid heavy selling spree. Majority issues fell at both the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses on lower demand from buyers.

Most issues opened down both at the DSE and the CSE. Sellers rushed to offload their stakes to meet cash demand but the buyers refused to inject funds, which left majority issues on losers' column.

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While Laloo Yadav and his fellow parliamentarians convey India’s message of love and peace to Islamabad, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafurullah Khan Jamali have sent five boxes of mangoes each for their Indian counterparts. The Chausa mangoes were delivered to the residences of President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister A B Vajpayee on Sunday.

The World Bank has approved a $54 million credit from the International Development ssociation to India to help improve the quality and safety of food and drugs in the country.

A mystery disease spreading through a central West Bengal district has killed at least 30 children in the past week, reports said Friday. Health officials in Murshidabad district refuted news of the deaths, but media reports quoted families of the victims as confirming the fatalities from an ailment that doctors had apparently failed to diagnose.

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Basra residents overwhelmed by the heat and angry about fuel shortages and electricity cuts bombarded British soldiers with rocks in a second day of protests Sunday. A demonstrator and a security guard were killed. Elsewhere in Iraq, Attacks on the occupation forces continued yesterday. Two American soldiers were injured in an attack in Tikrit. Two more American soldiers and an Arab journalist for al-Jazeera were also wounded in a grenade attack in Baghdad.

Britain's Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon is being lined up as the government's "fall guy" over the apparent suicide of David Kelly, the weapons expert at the centre of an uproar over the way Britain was led into the Iraq war, a British newspaper reported today. As a judicial inquiry into Kelly's death prepares to begin hearing testimonies Monday, the Sunday Express said Hoon would resign once presiding judge Lord Brian Hutton delivers his concluding report into the affair.

Israeli warplanes bombed an anti-aircraft battery on the edge of a south Lebanon village Sunday in retaliation for shelling by Lebanese guerrillas that killed an Israeli teenager, the army said. Israel called the air raids a "warning signal" after the 16-year-old Israeli was killed and four others were wounded when rockets fired by Hizbollah Shi'ite Muslim guerrillas hit a shopping center in the northern border town of Shlomi.

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A first half penalty corner goal from Ramiz helped Abahani Limited maintain their all win record in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League when they inflicted a solitary goal defeat on Dhaka Mariner Young Club on Sunday at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium. It was Abahani's seventh win in as many matches.

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