August 12, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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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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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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
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.
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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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
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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