August 21, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Thursday, August 21, 2003
about Netrokona-3 byelection is being held today amid tight security. The
seat that fell vacant following the death of BNP lawmaker Nurul Amin
Talukder on June 4 last comprises 20 unions, a municipality and two
Upazilas namely, Kendua and Atpara. Both the major parties, the BNP and
the AL, contesting the poll accuse each other of hatching a conspiracy to
create disorder during the election.
At least 35 students were injured as the activists of Jatiyatabadi
Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing BNP and Islami Chhatra Shibir,
student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh locked in a clash on the
Parshuram Govt. College campus, in Feni yesterday.
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) leader Fazlul Huq Amini yesterday resigned as
chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on jute ministry. The IOJ,
a minor four-party alliance government partner, wants a share in the
cabinet which the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is yet to concede.
The joint operation of BDR and police in the hilly area of Fatikchhari in
Chittagong and Ramgarh in Khagrachhari has failed to rescue the abducted
millionaire businessman and BNP leader Alhaj Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury
after 27 days of his kidnapping.
The High Court on Wednesday in a verdict directed the Bangladesh
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to dispose of the
application filed by Ekusey Television (ETV) Limited on May 8, 2003 for
license and frequency through satellite channel within 30 days.
Transport leaders yesterday called off the countrywide 48-hour strike
scheduled from Saturday after a negotiation with the government. G M
Siraj, a lawmaker and member of the special committee, said that the
leaders of transport owners and workers called off the strike after the
government accepted most of their demands.
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A third round
of peace talks between the government and Maoist rebels in Nepal has ended
without agreement. Negotiations had been suspended for a few days, the
government said, but had not broken down.
Nepali and Indian officials Wednesday commenced talks on exporting Nepal's
electricity to India, a report said Thursday.
Nepal and China Tuesday signed a new aviation agreement in Beijing,
allowing Royal Nepal Airlines, the national flag carrier, to cover more
Chinese destinations, Nepal Television reported Wednesday.
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and tanks moved into the West Bank towns of Nablus and Jenin early
Thursday, searching for Palestinian militants in the wake of a devastating
suicide bombing earlier in the week, police and Palestinian officials
The powerful truck bomb that ripped through the United Nations'
headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing the top U.N. official in Iraq
and at least 19 others, was the most brazen act of terrorism in the
country since the U.S. invasion in March, The USA Today observed.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are putting their work
on hold after the devastating bomb which ripped apart the United Nations'
headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday. Both international financial
institutions had staff injured in the blast, and one Iraq employee of the
World Bank is still missing.
The United Nations holds emergency talks after the bombing of its
headquarters in Baghdad, in which 20 died.
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most successful batsman Habibul Bashar Sumon led a much improved
performance by the Test minnows on the first day of an opening Test
against Pakistan in Karachi on Wednesday. Sumon made a brilliant 71, and
despite struggling in the middle of their innings, the tourists finished
at 278-9 after bad light forced an early end with seven overs remaining.
Arch-rivals Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club drew 2-2 of the
Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at moulana Bhasani Hockey
Stadium on Wednesday to end the first round of the league.
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