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

Saturday, August 16, 03


People from different strata yesterday paid tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in observance of the Mourning Day marking the 28th anniversary of his martyrdom.

The fourth day of the launch strike enforced by the private launch owners passed off yesterday amid mounting sufferings to the passengers. The regular rocket of BIWTC, some tugboats and four ferries were busy carrying passengers to and from Sadarghat to ease sufferings of the

The main opposition Awami League has given a call for countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today (Saturday) in protest against what it said the government’s dilly dallying in execution of High Court verdict in the Bangabandhu Murder Case and cancellation of the state-level observation
of the National Mourning Day and public holiday on August 15 since the alliance government assumed power in 2001.

The 25th founding anniversary of BNP or the silver jubilee of the party will be observed through out the country on September 1. A Silver Jubilee Observance Committee was formed yesterday with senior joint secretary general of the party Tareq Rahman as its convener. The elaborate programme of the Silver Jubilee will be finalised later.

Three persons were killed and three others were injured in a gas cylinder blast at Gasbaria under Chandanaish Upazila, about 30 km South off  Chittagong city, Saturday morning. Police claimed it an old gas cylinder.

Considering the price volatility, countries like Bangladesh should concentrate on gas preservation rather than exploration, said visiting Nobel Laureate Prof Joseph Stiglitz while talking to a group of newsmen in the city yesterday.

Bangladesh has enormous potentials to double the production of spices to meet the annual domestic demand of 7.5 lakh mts. This was disclosed yesterday when Agriculture Minister MK Anwar visited the Spices Research Centre (SRC) set up by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) at Shibganj upazila of Bogra.

Six policemen and a militant were injured as a fierce gunfight erupted between the armed militants of Jama’atul Mujahidin, an extremist organisation, and the police in village Uttar Naheshpur under Khetlal upazila of Joypurhat in the early hours of Saturday.

A team of the Criminal Investigation Department, police, yesterday rescued three women from Zia International Airport and arrested two alleged traffickers.

At least 30 people were wounded, including nine policemen, in a violent clash over the demarcation of Muhuri Project area in Feni Friday.

The abducted millionaire businessman and BNP leader Alhaj Jamal Uddin Ahamed Chowdhury is yet to be rescued after 22 days of his kidnapping. The joint rescue operation by the police and the BDR continued in different remote places of Fatikchhari and adjoining areas in vain.

About 2,000 terrorists have made more than one crore people of Chittagong district hostage. Most of the terrorists possess illegal arms and ammunitions. The law-enforcing agency could do nothing to bring the terrorists to their knees, reports The Independent.

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Fourteen members of Parliament from Pakistan will arrive in India on Thursday to take part in Independence Day  celebrations as part of a goodwill gesture to promote peace.

Nepal will come a step closer in exporting its surplus electricity to India when high level power authorities of the two countries meet in Kathmandu on Tuesday and discuss it, a published report said Saturday.

The army shot dead three Maoists at Khamlelung village in Taplejung district in an operation Friday morning, security sources told Nepalnews.

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Asia's most wanted man Hambali, the accused mastermind of the Bali bombings and a top Asian ally of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has been captured in Thailand, officials said Saturday.

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.

Five Russian soldiers were killed today in an explosion in Russia's breakaway republic of Chechnya, military officials in the North Caucasus region told the Interfax news agency.

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The Bangladesh cricket team will leave Dhaka tonight to play three Tests and five one-day internationals in their first full series in Pakistan. The expectation is high after the team's performance in Australia but coach Dav Whatmore's target remains the same: To improve individually.

A Pakistani court Friday cleared the national cricket board to host next week's Test match against Bangladesh in the southern port city of Karachi.

Ajax Sporting Club beat Sonali Bank 2-1 in the keenly contested match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at Moulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium on Friday.

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