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Monday, August 25, 2003

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

Sunday, August 24, 2003


On her return from abroad,  Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her party's stand that the Netrokona-3 by-election was rigged.

Tareque Rahman, senior joint secretary general of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), will act as acting secretary general during party Secretary General and Local Government, Rural Development (LGRD) and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's weeklong visit to Jakarta till August 30.

Unidentified persons demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh for Ibrahim Mia Simon, 17, son of a wealthy businessman, who along with a friend has been missing from Double Mooring area in Chittagong since Wednesday evening.

Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the home ministry there was nothing to be worried about the activities of so-called Islamic militants.

Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court in Coxís Bazar yesterday awarded death sentence to nine people for killing a man over land dispute in Moheshkhali 13 years ago.

The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) order on the Ekushey Television (ETV) case regarding its licence and return of equipment until Wednesday.

The countryís Ďamaní output in the current season might face setbacks due to delays in plantation triggered by the recent floods across the country, sources said. "Plantation of ''''aman'''' crops has been delayed because of the recent floods, which might eventually retard the countryís major foodgrain production," reports The Financial Express.

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President General Pervez Musharraf told the visiting US lawmakers on Saturday that Pakistan would not allow use of its soil for terrorist activity across its borders

Eight Mujahideen and three Indian security force personnel were killed in separate incidents of violence in occupied Kashmir overnight and on Saturday, The Dawn reports.

Hundreds of people thronged and queued up in four outlets of Nepal Telecom Corporation (NTC) in Kathmandu on Saturday, the first day of the launching of the pre-paid mobile service in Nepal.

Alarmed by  reports in India, Nepalise authorities conduced lab tests on sample products of some soft drinks, including Coca-cola and Pepsi but  found no clue that they contain any kind of hazardous ingredients or pesticides, a report said Friday.

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Turkey will send 10,000 troops to Iraq if the government decides to help the US-led coalition to restore stability there, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said in an interview published on Saturday.

The death toll among coalition forces rose Saturday when three British soldiers were killed in a guerrilla attack in southern Iraq . Also, U.S. troops killed two Iraqi Turkomen who opened fire when soldiers arrived to quell a bloody ethnic clash in the north.

Former employees of Enron Corp have won the company's support in their quest to recover $53 million paid to a select group of executives a month before the energy giant filed for bankruptcy.

Former US priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, died Saturday after being attacked in prison.

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Top seed and defending champion Chen Hong of China proved more than a match for local challenger Ronald Susilo in the menís singles quarter final Friday of the 170,000-dollar Singapore Open badminton tournament.

India overcame a 3-2 deficit at half time to defeat archrivalís Pakistan 7-4 in a drama-packed tie at the menísChampions Trophy field hockey tournament in Amsterdam Friday. "This is one of the best victories of my career since 1990 and to win with the largest score against Pakistan in my memory is wonderful," said India captain Dhanraj Pillay.

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