August 18, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
August 18, 2003
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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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
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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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).
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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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
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