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

Tuesday, August 12, 2003


Both the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League have launched their biggest ever polls campaign in the remote Netrokona-3 constituency in a desperate bid to win the August 21 parliamentary by-election. The seat fell vacant following the death of BNP lawmaker Nurul Amin Talukder, who was also elected to the immediate past parliament.

The Appellate Division yesterday stayed a High Court order which had directed FBCCI Election Board to maintain status quo on a statutory regulatory order (SRO) relating to FBCCI polls reform. Following the Appellate Division order, uncertainty over holding of the election on
schedule has been removed.

A DC-10 aircraft of Bangladesh Biman, reportedly with trouble in its nose wheel  on way to Dhaka from Newyork, landed at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in the early hours of yesterday safely and on time.

Two alleged extortionists were killed in a gunfight with police and a robber was lynched in Mirpur and Narinda in Dhaka yesterday, police and witnesses said. They said Bulbul, 28, allegedly boss of a gang of extortionists, and Kuddus, 28, one of his accomplices, died in the
shootout at Boxnagar on the Zoo Road in Mirpur in the morning.

The government enforced a ban on toll collection by leaseholders of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at three major inter-district bus terminals in the city from yesterday. The ban was imposed to restore discipline to the transport sector and stop extortion at Mohakhali, Gabtali and Sayedabad bus terminals.

The recently held preliminary test of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations will not be cancelled, Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Jinnatunessa Tahmida Begum said yesterday. She told the state-run news agency that the 'propaganda by a certain quarter' that the questions of the examination were leaked out proved false following investigations by the PSC and intelligence agencies.

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A three-day programme of the South Asian Court of Women on the Violence of Trafficking and HIV/AIDS began in Bangladesh capital Dhaka yesterday. On the first day of the programme, a roundtable discussion was held at the IDB Bhaban to understand and find ways to respond to the increasing violence and vulnerability associated with trafficking in women and children and to combat the deadly HIV/AIDS.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf called on Monday for a negotiated settlement with India, the latest step in what is likely to be a long road to peace talks between the two countries.

In one of the worst copter disasters in recent years, at least five persons were killed when an ONGC operated Mi-172 helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast on Monday.

At least five Maoist insurgents were killed in fighting with Nepalese security forces in western Nepal Tuesday, government sources said. The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control in Nepal has started sample testing of five major soft drinks, including Coca Cola and Pepsi, to investigate if they contained health hazardous ingredients, a news report said Tuesday.

The case of Nepali journalist Lokendra KC, who was arrested by security at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for attempting to carry Indian rupees 1.4 million to Simara, took a new turn  after police concluded that the bank notes are counterfeit.

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Charles Taylor, the warlord who brought 14 years of death and destruction to Liberia, yielded the presidency Monday under pressure from rebels, the United States and West African neighbors but not before vowing, "I will be back."

U.S. troops with Apache helicopters and Abrams tanks scoured a remote region north of Baghdad Monday to hunt Saddam Hussein loyalists, rounding up a dozen suspects and seizing five weapons caches.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair faces the most grueling test of his political career Monday as a judicial inquiry begins investigating the death of David Kelly, the scientist central to claims Blair's government exaggerated the case for war in Iraq, reports AFP.

Japan's already dwindling birth rate dropped to 1.32 children per woman last year, the lowest since the end of World War II , with women waiting longer to start families and divorces hitting an all-time high while the country mulls the problem of a graying population without enough youngsters to support it.

An Internet worm that takes advantage of a recently discovered, widespread security hole in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software emerged around the United States on Monday, crashing systems and spreading to vulnerable computers, security experts said.

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Off-spinner Naimur Rahman got a surprise call-up when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selected a 22-member preliminary squad for the upcoming Pakistan tour. Besides the former national skipper, middle-order batsman Rajin Saleh and right-arm pacer Alamgir Kabir were the other inclusions in the list.

Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar drove head-long into controversy Monday after he was exempted from paying duty on a luxury Ferrari car gifted to him by one of his sponsors. The 163,000-dollar Ferrari 360 Modena was gifted by Italian automobile group Fiat after Tendulkar surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman's tally of 29 Test centuries last year.

Bangladesh Under-19 football team will take part in the TATA Cup Football Tournament beginning on September 11 in India. Five teams including Bangladesh will compete in the 11-day tournament at Jamsedpur. The other teams are: TFA (India) XI, Uzbekistan, Iran and India B.

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