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

Wednesday, August 18, 2003


The Awami League yesterday alleged that  the  activists of the  BNP-led alliance responsible for the bomb blast on Thursday nigh in front of party central office that look the life of innocent pedestrian Abdur Razzak.

With armed forces already deployed on the streets of Kendua and Atpara yesterday, the momentum of campaigning for the August 21 by-elections to Netrokona-3 constituency is reaching its peak.  Officials in Kendua, Atpara and Netrokona claimed that "all loopholes" have been sealed to ensure a free and fair by-election to the seat which fell vacant at the death of BNP stalwart Nurul Amin Talukdar three months ago.

Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated by the Hindu community amid religious festivity and devotion today. In Hindu mythology, the birth of Krishna is in itself a transcendental phenomenon that generates awe among the Hindus and overwhelms one and all with its supra-mundane happenings.

At least seven persons were beaten to death and eight others injured in separate incidents at Chandanaish and Anowara in Chittagong district Launch Owners Association yesterday (Monday) withdrew their indefinite launch strike following a fruitful discussion with the government, ending a six-day deadlock The old part of Dhaka city has probably got the highest population density in the world, where 80,000 people are living in one square kilometer area, according to the expert.

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Pakistan yesterday said more than 55 terrorist camps in India were engaged in subversive and anti-Pakistan activities and asked New Delhi to dismantle them if it was really serious in its pursuit of peace in South Asia.

Pakistan may grant the Most Favoured Nation status to India before the South Asia Free Trade Area Treaty talks in Kathmandu in October in order to clinch the Treaty.

An Indian businesswoman Seema Sethy was arrested with IC 500 currency notes valued at Rs 100,000 IC from Nepalís Tribhuvan International Airport Sunday, a report said Tuesday.

Altogether 17 Maoists were killed in Doramba village of Ramechhap Sunday afternoon in two different clashes, when the army retaliated to an ambush by the rebels, security sources told Nepalnews Monday.

In occupied Kashmir, the Indian troops in their fresh acts of violence martyred 6 Kashmiri youth, at separate incidents, reports Kashmir Media Service. Of those martyred, two each were gunned down at Kote Behrote and Lah village, in Rajouri district.

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Al Qaeda leader said in a purported audio tape yesterday that Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar were well and urged Muslims to fight American troops in Iraq. Al Qaeda spokesman in Afghanistan Abdel Rahman al-Najdi in a purported audio tape aired on Dubai-based Al Arabiya television. also urged Muslims to fight U.S. troops in Iraq, saying: "The Americans are begging the world to stand by their side in Iraq."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's right-hand man will be quizzed on Tuesday about the case for war to oust Saddam Hussein at a potentially explosive inquiry into the suicide of weapons expert David Kelly. Alastair Campbell, Blair's media chief, launched a furious attack on the BBC over a report that he "sexed up" a dossier on Iraq to say Saddam could launch weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes' notice.

A fresh wave of sabotage and violence took its toll on Iraq on Sunday as a second blaze hit a crucial oil export pipeline, a water pipeline was blown up and six Iraqis were killed in a mortar attack on a Baghdad prison. Iraq's crucial oil export pipeline to Turkey, which saboteurs attacked two days ago, was ablaze again on Sunday following another blast. A Danish soldier was also killed as he tried to stop looting on Saturday night.

Taliban killed three Afghan government soldiers and kidnapped four others in a raid in Paktika, a day after killing six soldiers in the same area, police said today. Paktika police chief Dawlat Khan told Reuters the soldiers were killed when about 200 Taliban fighters attacked a remote district headquarters at Terwah.

A planned withdrawal of Israeli troops from two West Bank cities was postponed late Sunday as talks between Israeli and Palestinian security officials over the transfer of security responsibility broke

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World number ones Andre Agassi and Kim Clijsters were named top seeds on Monday for next week's US Open. Agassi, runner-up to Pete Sampras in 2002, will be hoping to live up to his top billing when the year's final grand slam gets underway in New York next Monday.

Dhaka Railway finished their Green Delta Premier Hockey League campaign on winning note outplaying Wari Club 4-1 on Monday at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium.

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