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

Monday, August 18, 2003


Launch Owners Association decided to resume operation of passenger lunches from today following a negotiation meeting with the Secretary of Shipping Ministry at the ministry’s conference room yesterday afternoon.

Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), students’ wing of the main opposition Awami League, have said they would resist any move to export the natural gas.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said a political, not military, solution to the Chittagong Hill Tracts problem was required and added that the issue should be seen from the national perspective.

The newly-appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K. Thomas Jr., has said his government wants to see Bangladesh export certain amount of its natural gas. "It is a decision for the Bangladesh government and the people to make", he said responding to a question on gas export at a press conference held at the American Centre in the city yesterday. "However, we would like to see certain amount of natural gas to be exported, in an honest and transparent manner", he said.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has finally turned down promotion of around 180 officials to the posts of joint and additional secretaries following raging resentment over the selection. "The prime minister refused to approve the summary of a proposal for the promotion as it failed to ensure justice and select brilliant officials despite clear instruction from her," said a high official at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The aggrieved examinees of the 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test staged a symbolic crucifixion programme at the foot of the Aparajeyo Bangla on the Dhaka University campus in protest at the leak of the questions of the BCS ahead of the test. A BCS examinee demonstrated a mock self-crucifixion as a mark of protest against the questions leak.

Refusal of the Public Service Commission to cancel the recently held written test of BCS examination was challenged in the High Court yesterday. A writ petition filed by Aliza Zaman Supti and nine other examinees challenged the PSC’s refusal despite leak of questions of the preliminary test held on August 8.

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) inquiry committee has identified ‘weakness of the system’ as the main reason for the entry of the fake currency notes into the central bank vault. It also said that the wad of the fake notes was brought in the vault from outside.

Two more suspects were arrested and property of three leaders of the Islamist militant outfit, the Jama'atul Mujahidin, was attached yesterday in Joypurhat where interrogators say the outfit was gathering to prepare to wage jihad (Islamic revolution).

The Planning Commission has asked the Power Division of the Energy Ministry to drop unnecessary projects from the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the current fiscal. The commission yesterday asked the organisations under the Power Division to scrutinise their projects once again in the greater interest of the country, sources said.

A new chapter unfolds in the rail communication in the South-Western region of the country when the inter-city Sundarban Express started its maiden 503 km journey Sunday night from Khulna railway station towards Joydebpur over the Jamuna multipurpose bridge.

Road transport owners and workers will go on indefinite strike from Thursday (August 21) in the northern and south-western region of the country to press home the implementation of their demands including cancellation of the leasing system of BRTC buses to the private parties.

Survival of countries like Bangladesh is at stake because of' continuing neo-liberal policies denying government's responsibility to citizens and shifting state power from parliament to the global institutions like World Bank and World Trade Organisations, observed SAARC Peoples Forum (SPF) in its memorandum submitted to the government yesterday.

Share prices fell at both the Dhaka and the Chittagong bourses yesterday on lower demand for the scripts. The market showed lackluster trading on thinner transactions of shares. The turnover in value at both the DSE, and the CSE went down.

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The tension created for the last seven to eight days at Ramgarh and North Fatikchhari border area over the illegal construction of a pump house on Feni river by India has eased. The inhabitants of Jatirchar area who fled away following exchange of fire between BDR and Indian BSF on Thursday started returning to their home.

Nepal will come a step closer in exporting its surplus electricity to India when high level power authorities of the two countries meet here on Tuesday to discuss on commercial matters regarding electricity export to India

More than two months after coming to power, the Thapa government in Nepal  initiated  the third round of peace talks with the Maoists in a bid to end the insurgency in the Himalyan Kingdom.

In Nepal, one policeman was killed and three others were seriously injured in a pressure cooker bomb attack at Sailung at Dolakha district Sunday, security sources said.

Using rockets, grenades and heavy machine guns, Taliban and supporters of Gulbaddin Hekmatyar briefly seized a district police headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan , prompting a gunbattle that killed 15 fighters and seven Afghan policemen on Sunday.

Pakistan will openly oppose granting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) membership to any non-Muslim state, including Russia, a senior Foreign Ministry official told Dawn on Sunday.

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The Saudi government has expressed its full support to the nomination of Bangladesh candidate Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to the post of Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

The Saudi decision was officially conveyed in a letter handed over by the Charge de Affairs of Saudi Embassy in Dhaka when he called on Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamsher M. Chowdhury at his office yesterday.

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Bangladeshi coach Dav Whatmore conceded Sunday that Pakistan is clear favorite to win the three-Test series that starts here this week, but remained upbeat that the minnows of world cricket can raise their game and compete at the top level. Bangladesh has lost all but one of its 21 Test matches since it got Test status in 2000. Rain saved it from defeat in one match against Zimbabwe.

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