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Tuesday, August 26, 2003

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Tuesday, August 26, 2003


Local veteran politician and president of Khulna City Awami League Advocate Manjurul Imam, 64, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near his house on Shamsur Rahman Road in the city at about 10 in the morning yesterday.  The assailants also hurled a bomb on the rickshaw carrying the slain leader and his junior lawyer Bijon Behari Mandal, 42, towards Khulna Court. Both the lawyers were on their way to the court from Imam’s house

The Awami League has announced a three-day action programme including a 12- hour hartal from 6 am across the country on Thursday (August 28) protesting yesterday’s killing of party advisory council member and its Khulna City unit president, valiant freedom fighter Advocate Manjurul Imam.

Outraged by the latest killing of a leader of her party, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for unseating the "anti-people, killer" government through a united resistance.

The High court yesterday dismissed the petition of Zohra Tajuddin, AL Presidium member and wife of slain former Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed, seeking withdrawal of the Nov 3, 1975 jail killing case from the Sessions Court and prayer for trial of the case by the High Court. The trial will now resume in the Sessions Court.

Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday administered oath of office to Khadija Amin as a member of the Jatiya Sangsad.  A gazette notification issued yesterday declared the four-party alliance candidate, Khadija Amin, elected in the by-election to the Netrokona-3 seat.

The first round of FBCCI election was held amid much enthusiasm yesterday. A total of 1146 out of 1209 voters cast their votes of them 262 were from Chamber group and 884 were from the association group.

The Speedy Trial Tribunal of Dhaka yesterday awarded death sentence to one Hafizur Rahman alias Mintu for killing his wife and two sons in city’s Badda area last year.

Private commercial banks (PCBs) agreed in principle to extend their credit programme to the agricultural sector at lower interest rates, as desired by the government. The private banks would discuss among themselves and finalise the modalities for the farm lending.

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Maoists Monday afternoon attempted to murder former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in Amkhoiya jungle near Dhangadhi, a radio report said. Deuba is now at an army camp at Sukhad village.

Nepalese army killed round 10 Maoists in two-hour-long exchange of fire between the army and the rebels at Shera river area of Nauthar VDC in Lamjung Monday morning, security sources told Nepalnews.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has confirmed his visit to Pakistan in January 2004 to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad. Indian High Commissioner Shivshankar Menon said in a meeting with leaders of the ruling PML-Q that Prime Minister Vajpayee would visit Pakistan early next year to attend the SAARC moot.

Up to 50 Taliban fighters were killed in a big air and ground operation by U.S. and Afghan forces against hundreds of guerrillas on Monday in the province of Zabul, a spokesman for the governor told news agency.

A pair of car bombs ripped through lunchtime crowds in India's financial capital, Bombay, on Monday, killing 46 people and wreaking havoc at a crowded jewelry market and a popular historic landmark. More than 150 people were wounded.  Police Commissioner Ranjit Sharma blamed India's longtime rival, Pakistan, saying suspicion in the blast fell on Islamic militant groups "let loose by the enemy country."

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A statement posted on the Internet in the name of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network has claimed responsibility for an attack on the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad last week that killed 23 people, including the head of mission.

With the death yesterday of another U.S. soldier in Iraq ,  the number of U.S. troops who have died there since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations, rose to 138 -- the same number as perished during the six weeks of fighting that marked the fall of Baghdad and its immediate aftermath, according to Pentagon records.

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Embattled Bangladesh cricket captain Khaled Mahmud Sujan said Monday his team were defeated but not disgraced after their seven-wicket defeat in the first Test against Pakistan. Bangladesh lost to Pakistan in the southern port city Karachi on Sunday after five days of a Test that marked international cricket's return to the terror-hit country after a 15-month drought., AFP reports from Peshawar.

Mohammedan Sporting Club began their super league campaign with a solid 3-0 victory over Sonali Bank in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League on Monday at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has selected 33 Under-19 cricketers for a coaching camp to be conducted by Bob Woolmer, an International Cricket Council's high-profile South African coach who is due in Dhaka tomorrow.

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