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

Thursday, August 28, 03


Bangladesh Awami League is observing a dawn-to-dusk hartal today (Thursday) from 6 am to 6 pm across the country protesting the killing of the President of Khulna City Awami League Advocate Manjurul Imam and a Dhaka city ward party leader Sharif Mozammel Huq and attempt on the lives of other leaders and workers.

Khulna city was paralysed yesterday on the first day of a 48-hour hartal enforced to protest the killing of Awami League leader Monzurul Imam by unknown assailants

Accusing Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia of committing murder one after another to perpetuate her political vendetta, Awami League Chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina has asked her party leaders and workers to get ready to take revenge

The Ministry of Establishment yesterday ordered promotion of 146 senior officials to the rank of Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary. Of them, 97 officers were made Additional Secretaries and 49 Joint Secretaries.

Abdul Awal Mintoo, a business leader representing the Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB), was elected president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex chamber of the country, in its final round of elections yesterday. Mintoo, a former president of FBCCI, bagged 36 out of 38 votes which were cast through raising hands by the respective voters.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman is due to visit four OIC countries- Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - from September 16 to 18 as a special envoy of Prime Minister to drum up support in favour of Bangladesh’s candidature for the post of the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) .

Justice Tafazzal Islam yesterday took oath as Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court while Advocate Miftauddin Chowdhury, Advocate AKM Assaduzzaman, Advocate Zubaide Rahman Chowdhury, Ashiqul Islam, and Fazle Kabir took oath as Additional Judges of the High Court.

In the second round of an anticrime operation, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday busted another terrorist den in the thick forest of Naikhongchhari in the hill district of Bandarban and seized one shotgun, one .303 rifle, 74 bullets and several sets of army uniforms.

A mild earthquake measuring 4.22 in the Richter Scale was occurred 163 km off the Chittagong Seismic Observatory yesterday. The tremor that occurred at 07 hours 45 minutes 18 second in the morning has lasted for 18 seconds,

Italy will recruit 300 Bangladeshi workers this year and a decision in this regard has been approved by the Italian Parliament recently an official spokesman told at a press briefing yesterday at the Italian Embassy in Dhaka.

Expatriate Bangladeshis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are facing difficulty in sending money back home as several money-transferring agencies in the kingdom are being watched closely by the United States on suspected terror links.

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Dhaka yesterday protested sweeping remarks of some Indian leaders that militants are carrying out anti-Indian activities from camps located in Bangladesh, with funds and arms supplies coming from Pakistani intelligence outfit ISI.

In one of the worst tragedies at a religious congregation in recent times, 41 pilgrims were killed and 150 others injured in a stampede and drowning on Wednesday as lakhs of devotees thronged the banks of the Godavari for a holy bath during the ongoing Kumbh Mela near the town of Nasik, north-east of Bombay in the state of Maharashtra.

The 12-hour drama in the Indian summer capital Srinagar came to an end on Thursday morning after the hotel in which a militant was holed-up caught fire during an assault on suspected militants by paramilitary police.  Three bodies were taken from the building, but they have not yet been identified BBC reports from Srinagar. A spokesman for the Indian security forces said the paramilitaries stormed the building on Thursday morning and the fire broke out when a grenade lobbed by the militants ignited a gas cylinder. Earlier, the paramilitaries fired mortars and rockets at the building.  Several paramilitaries, including a senior officer, were injured in the fighting.

Soon after Prime Minister Vajpayee's inaugural speech at the eighth Inter-State Council on the banks of Dal lake in Srinagar, militants attacked the Central Telegraph Office complex at Red Cross road and threw hand grenades on a BSF post at Batamallo in the heart of Srinagar, reports Times of India.

Nepal's Maoist rebels say the country's peace process and ceasefire are over. Peace talks between the government and the rebels ended in deadlock last week after disagreement over the monarchy's place in the constitution.

Nepal’s Maoists have expressed "regret" over the attack on former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, stating that it was an error, as the rebels mistook the Deuba convoy for a group of security forces, a published report said Wednesday quoting a Maoist statement.

Pakistan's nuclear proliferation has once again come into focus following investigations by a UN body that implicates Islamabad in the supply of nuclear materials to Iran.

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Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq Wednesday in two separate attacks, one in Baghdad and the other in the restive town of Falluja, the Army said.  An Iraqi was also killed and a US soldier and another Iraqi wounded in a mine explosion today near Baqubah, north of Baghdad, reports The dawn.

Three Russian soldiers were killed and two more were wounded in the Chechen capital Grozny  on Wednesday when a grenade launcher was fired at their car from a nearby building, a Russian officer told AFP.

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Abahani Limited tasted win in their first match of the final phase of the Nitol-Tata National Football League defeating Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club 1-0 at Mirpur Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.

Khulna College emerged champions in the Europa First College Basketball Championship defeating Mastermind College 66-62 in the final on Wednesday at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium. Khulna College led the first half 36-31 in this closely contested battle.

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