August 31, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
August 31, 2003
Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought cooperation of the tribal chiefs and
locals in maintaining peace in the CHT, which is an imperative for doing
massive development works undertaken in the region.
As the Rajas
and a representative met with the Prime Minister at her office in Dhaka in
the afternoon, they assured her of extending "all-out cooperation" in
order to give peace and development a chance in the Chittagong Hill
The CHT once again gripped with tensions in the wake of series of clashes
between hill people and Bangla-speaking settlers from the floodplains. The
killings, extortion and abductions further strengthened the ongoing
fratricidal, reports Bangladesh Observer.
The four-day programme of BNP silver jubilee celebrations begins today
with the inauguration of a photograph and poster exhibition at the
National Museum at 5 pm today. BNP Secretary General and LGRD and
Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan will open the exhibition.
The former Prime Minister and the Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina,
was granted bail yesterday when she appeared before the Metropolitan
Sessions Judge Court of Dhaka in connection with the frigate procurement
case. The court also exempted her from personal appearance in the court.
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon her party’s
student workers to take a fresh vow to free the nation from the "grips of
misrule" of the coalition regime.
The day long hartal called by Khulna district unit of Awami League in
protest against the killing of Khulna city AL president Advocate Manjurul
Imam passed off without any untoward incident on Saturday.
Bangladesh Public Service Commission will soon initiate the process of
recruiting 328 election officials at the upazila level.
The government announced a support package for the PCBs ensuring their
participation in the state deposits and access to low-cost funds from the
central bank to facilitate lending at lower rates especially to the
agricultural sector. Besides, like the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs),
the private commercial banks (PCBs) will also be allowed to collect all
kinds of utility bills like electricity, WASA, gas and telephone aimed at
helping the banks to generate short-term funds, reports The Financial
Responding to the instruction of the Finance and Planning Minister M
Saifur Rahman, country's private commercial banks (PCBs) agreed to
initiate credit programme to the agriculture sector at lower rates of
The Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) has decided to procure three
fully containerised vessels to keep pace with the ever-increasing
container trade in the world. Moreover, Feeder Trade in the
Bangladesh-Singapore route has remarkably increased.
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is going to have a new Chief Executive Officer
(CEO) today, 16 months after the previous chief of the bourse was fired.
Salahuddin Ahmed Khan, a teacher of the Finance and Banking Department of
Dhaka University is expected to be appointed the new CEO of DSE, reports
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh
formally announced the launch of ‘Day and Night Banking’ at a press
briefing held at Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
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bus service between Dhaka and Agartala in Tripura state of India will
begin from the middle of SeptemberBangladesh Foreign Ministry sources said
A group of independent archaelogists and historians is to challenge a
report by the archaeological survey of India that a Hindu temple existed
at the holy city of Ayodhya beneath the ruins of a mosque destroyed in
1992. At a news conference in New Delhi, the group said it would file its
objections in court. "It is all a figment of the imagination," said
historian Irfan Habib, who claimed that the government
archaeologists had "monkeyed" with the structure they excavated to
establish that they had uncovered a Hindu shrine. The United Nations
refugee body UNHCR and World Food Program (WFP) have warned Nepal and
Bhutan governments of slashing foreign aid should they fail to include the
UNHCR as the mediator in the refugee crisis, a report said Sunday.
Nepalese government has decided to provide special security to
ex-ministers and political leaders and further boost up security for
ex-Prime Ministers. This decision came in the wake of frequent Maoist
attacks in recent days.
Delhi Police gunned down two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants in Indraprastha
Millennium Park near Nizamuddin bridge in southeast Delhi around 11.30 on
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Israeli army helicopter fired several missiles at a car in the Gaza Strip
today, killing two Hamas militants in the latest violence battering a
U.S.-backed peace initiative.
A Russian nuclear-powered submarine sank in stormy Arctic seas early
Saturday, killing nine servicemen, as it was being towed into port for
scrapping, defense officials said
Police have arrested 19 men — many of them foreigners and all with
admitted links to al-Qaida — in the car bombing of the Imam Ali shrine in
the holy Shiite city of Najaf, a senior Iraqi investigator told The
Associated Press on Saturday
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Express pacer Shoaib Akhtar wrecked Bangladesh with his maiden 10 wicket
haul to help Pakistan win the second Test by nine wickets and wrap up
their first home series win in five years here on Saturday. The third and
final Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh will be held in Multan next
will meet Tata Football Academy XI of India in the opening match of the
JRD Tata Cup Football Under-19 Tournament to be held in
on September 11.
national junior table tennis team left
Saturday morning to take part in the Asian Junior (Under-18) Table Tennis
Championships. The junior table tennis team will take part in the boys'
singles, doubles and team events.
Defending champions Abahani Limited got back to winning ways in the Green
Delta Premir Hockey League when they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win
against Ajax Sporting Club in Saturday's super-five match at the Maulana
Bhashani National Hockey Stadium.
The National Sports Council announced a budget of Tk 442,510,000 to foot
the bill for the country's sporting activities in the current fiscal year.
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