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

Thursday, August 14, 2003


Visiting Nobel laureate Prof Joseph E Stiglitz yesterday said the economic fundamentals show a clear growth in Bangladesh. Prof Stiglitz made the observation during his courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office in the afternoon.

As the launch owners’ strike continued for the second consecutive day yesterday causing untold sufferings to the travelling public, the Shipping Ministry engaged government vessels on different routes to carry stranded passengers to their destinations.

Information Minister Tariqul Islam has been exonerated from the charge of his involvement in the bomb explosion at the Udichi function at Jessore in 1999. Ten people were killed and more than 50 were injured when two powerful bombs exploded at the cultural function of Udichi on
March 7, 1999.

Awami League and its front organisations as well as other political, social and cultural bodies have chalked out elaborate programmes on the National Mourning Day marking the 28th death anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Friday (August 15).

Speakers at the Bangabandhu Parishad  organised discussion meeting yesterday said that the nation could be freed from the ‘stigma’ by the execution of the High Court verdict of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case.

Police locked into tussle with the leaders and activists of Mahila Awami League, women’s front of Awami League, and used batons when the latter tried to push aside the barbed wire fencing placed near the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city yesterday afternoon

The main opposition Awami League (AL) has initiated the process of forging an alliance with the like-minded parties, the left-leaning ones in particular, to unite the forces opposed to the government.

Internet service providers (ISPs) plan to observe an hour-long token strike on August 20 to protest the government's delay in legalising internet telephony. "We have been waiting too long for legalisation of internet telephony and the hour-long strike is part of our efforts to deal with the situation," President of Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) Akhtaruzzaman Manju told The Daily Star yesterday.

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Dhaka yesterday handed New Delhi a protest note expressing concern at an Indian megaproject designed to divert waters from common major rivers to its drought-prone states.

Two people were killed and 48 others injured in two blasts in Kashmir, while five people died separately in an escalation of violence ahead of Indian Independence Day, police said yesterday.

A massive bomb on a minibus killed 17 people and injured three others in southern Afghanistan Wednesday, officials said. The bomb exploded in the minibus west of Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province southwest of Kabul, said Abdul Rahman Sabir, security commander of Helmand province.

As a pre-condition to enter the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United States has proposed Nepal to sign "UPOV" (Union for the Protection of New Plant Variety) agreement, a published report said Thursday.

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American Nobel Laureate economist Prof Joseph E. Stiglitz, now visiting Dhaka, yesterday stressed on a country’s liberty to choose its own economic policy. He lashed out at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies for 'breeding insecurity and crises in developing countries'.

US federal authorities on Tuesday arrested a Briton of Indian origin who was attempting to sell a surface-to-air missile to undercover FBI agents posing as terrorist sympathisers.

A South Korean military helicopter crashed into a rice paddy on Thursday in the country's southeast, killing all seven people aboard, police said.

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The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) ran into a hopeless situation about the final phase of the National Football League and sought the help of the sports minister to break the deadlock. The BFF will not get the Bangabandhu National Stadium for the super-six stage of the Nitol-Tata National Football League, it was confirmed last night by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Ali Asghar Lobi, MP.

Ajax Sporting Club and Sadharan Bima kept their hopes alive for playing the Super Five of the Green Delta Premier Hockey League following their victories on Wednesday at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium. Ajax brought their tally to 13 points from eight matches, while Railway collected eight points.

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