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

Thursday, August 21, 2003

National

The much-talked 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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Neighbour

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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International

Israeli troops 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 said.

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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Sports

Bangladesh’s 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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