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

Saturday, August 30, 2003


The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate the silver jubilee of its founding day September 1. The party was launched on September 1, 1977 by Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is due to lead the Bangladesh delegation to the next summit of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur on October 16-18, Foreign Ministry
sources said yesterday.

A wave of political killings, claims the main opposition Awami League (AL), has pushed it to take a tough stand against the government, but the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) thinks there is still room to discuss all issues in parliament.

Khulna city unit of the Awami League is enforcing a dawn to dusk hartal in the southern divisional headquarters protesting the killing of its city unit president advocate Manjurul Imam.

Over-flow of the river Dhaleshwari during the monsoon and solid waste from the nearby Hazaribag tanneries are gradually destroying the Royer Bazar Killing Ground Martyr Dome, the mausoleum of martyred intellectuals.

A moderate tremor rocked Chittagong zone again last night. The local geo-physical department said a moderate tremor hit Chittagong zone at 3.55. 28 am and it lasted for 10 seconds. The intensity of the quake in the Richter scale was 3. 13. The epicenter of the tremor was 79 km away from Chittagong. A total of 42 tremors jolted Chittagong last year and 16 in the current year.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to add three new aircraft to its fleet on domestic routes, replacing 'risky' advanced turbo props (ATPs) and 'ageing' F-28s, reports The daily Star.

Jute is being smuggled out to India at random due to poor price of jute in various local markets. Lack of jute purchasing centre and absence of genuine jute trader have attributed to the situation, according to a
daily Star report.

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Nepalís  Maoists shot Debendra Raj Kandel, former minister of state for home, at his own residence at Ekantakuna, Lalitpur at around 7 p.m. Friday, Physicians involved in Kandel's treatment declared him out of danger  late Friday evening.

At least three Afghan government soldiers were killed and a commander kidnapped overnight when suspected Taliban guerrillas attacked checkpoints close to the Pakistan border, an official said.

In occupied Kashmir, the Indian troops in their fresh acts of violence martyred 8 more Kashmiris at various places during military crackdowns. Extensive crackdown was carried out in rural areas of Handwara during which over 24 children within the age group of 9 to 12 years were arrested.

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A massive car bomb exploded at the Imam Ali mosque during Friday prayers in this holy city of Najaf, killing 82 people, including one of Iraq's most important Shiite clerics

In a bombshell for Britain's embattled administration, Tony Blair's spinmeister and the chief director of communications Alastair Campbell has controversially announced his resignation. Campbell's announced departure comes almost exactly 24 hours after Blair took the witness stand in the death inquiry of  Dr Kelly, the British defence expert.

The United Nations will drastically reduce its remaining international staff in Iraq because of security concerns following the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and continuing violence, U.N. officials said Friday.

Authorities in America have charged an 18-year-old youth with spreading the crippling MSBlast internet virus.  Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minnesota, is accused of "intentionally causing and attempting to cause damage to a protected computer".

The World Trade Organisation's executive has delayed final approval of a deal to give some of the world's poorest countries access to cheap drugs.

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Leg-spinner Alok Kapali recorded Bangladesh's first hattrick in Test cricket in an exciting third dayís play against Pakistan in the second Test at Peshawar's Arbab Niaz stadium on Friday. Kapali wrapped up Pakistan's innings for 295 with three wickets off successive balls to give Bangladesh an important lead of 66 runs.

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Muktijoddha Sangsad both booked semifinal berths of the Nitol-Tata National Football League after the defending champions crushed Arambagh Krira Sangha 3-0 on Friday.

National sub-junior champion Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar was sharing the lead with four other players in the Telegraph School Chess Tournament now being played in Kolkata.

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