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Wednesday, December 18, 2002


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

Wednesday, December 18, 2002




 Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to establish a direct road link between them to promote business and increase people-to-people contact. The two next-door neighbours also agreed to work in building closer co-operation for expanding trade and commerce and exchanging cultural teams. They also agreed to set up a joint business Council.The agreement came from official talks between Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and visiting Myanmar Prime Minister Than Showe.


Awami League (AL) Chief and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed ythe government for the recent Mymensingh blast and demanded that probe into the blast start from Haowa Bhaban. She referred to strings of bomb blasts that rocked the country during her regime and held the then opposition parties accountable for the incidents. "It's not unlikely that they (the ruling coalition) might have carried out these recent acts."


Six people, who were picked up by the joint forces in the capital, Chittagong and Comilla, died after interrogation in the last two days ending at 2:00 am yesterday.


Reuters stringer Enamul Haque Chowdhury was shown arrested in the Mymensingh bomb blasts case yesterday, as per a submission of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka. The CID sought seven days remand for Enamul. The CMM Court referred this petition to the Mymensingh Magistrate's Court-where the bomb blasts case was filed on December 7. Enamul Hoque gave confessional statement to the magistrate and said that he prepared the Reuters report instigated by Awami League leader Saber Hossain Choudhury.


The police department is the most corrupt public institution in the country, followed by the lower judiciary, according to a household survey report released by the Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday. The survey conducted among 3,030 Bangladeshis between November 2001 and May 2002 found the respondents having to bribe the police Tk. 2,066 crore during the survey period. Also, the respondents had to pay Tk. 1,135 crore in bribes to lower court employees.


A lower court yesterday directed the officer-in-charge of the Savar police station to take lawful action upon proper investigations into the murder case filed against an army officer and troops in his command. Selina Akhter of the First Class Magistrate's Court, Dhaka issued the order scrutinising the statements of the complainant and other documents related to the murder of Abul Hossain Litu, a poultry farm owner at Savar.


A High Court bench yesterday confirmed the verdict of a trial court that awarded death sentence to Ershad Shikder, a notorious criminal of Khulna. The bench comprising Justice AK Badrul Huq and Justice Abdul Hai yesterday endorsed the verdict of the lower court.


Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday confrontational politics cannot bring any good for the country. The minister asked all to put national interest above everything else and move towards the politics of understanding, cooperation and tolerance.


Ignoring a directive from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for construction of parallel roads along rail tracks in the city as per an earlier Rajuk plan, the Bangladesh Railway is constructing a perimeter wall on both sides of the tracks, which are set to block road links. The PMO identified the 1990 Rajuk plan to construct 18-feet parallel roads on both sides of the tracks from Kamlapur to Abdullahpur as a 'priority project".


The government is taking initiative to build faster communications network up to China passing through ASEAN countries following recent breakthroughs in diplomatic and economic relations. Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda said this while speaking at a seminar on "Possibility of Development of Bangladesh Railway", jointly organised by the International Transport Workers Federation and Bangladesh Railway Employees League in the city yesterday.


The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) has linked implementation of child rights to overall development of a nation. "It is increasingly evident that if children's rights and wellbeing are not addressed by governments, national agencies and their various international partners, development goals will never be met," Unicef's State of the World Children 2003 release said.

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Violence erupted overnight in the troubled Indian state of Gujarat after the Hindu nationalist BJP party's crushing victory in state elections. Police was forced to send in reinforcements to the districts of Nagarwada and Fatehpura in the town of Baroda after shops were attacked amid outbreaks of arson.


Despite India ruling out resumption of talks with Pakistan till it completely stopped cross border terrorism, the US on Monday asserted it would remain engaged in bringing the two countries together for dialogue. US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, who held wide ranging talks with senior Pakistani officials, including Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri, also said that Washington was focussed on building a long-term and broad-based relationship with Islamabad.


A local leader of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and three others were shot dead Tuesday in Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.


Pakistan has withdrawn most of its fighter aircraft from forward bases as part of the de-escalation of tension with India, the head of the country's air force said on Tuesday.

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The United States will deliver its final verdict later this week on Iraq's weapons declaration after warning there were problems with the dossier and that Baghdad would not get a second chance. The United States and its ally Britain have signaled they are ready for war if Iraq breaches a tough UN Security Council resolution aimed at ensuring it has no weapons of mass destruction.


Delegates to talks on the future of Democratic Republic of Congo signed an agreement early Tuesday to end four years of brutal warfare and set up a government of national unity.


Senior officials from 33 Asia-Pacific countries began talks Tuesday in bomb-battered Bali on ways to starve terrorists of the money they need to commit atrocities.


The European Union Monday proposed to transform poor nations access to its farming markets in the latest round of WTO talks, and called on the rest of the rich world to follow suit.

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Bangladesh scored 130 for 5 in the second innings of the second test against West Indies in Chittagongtill the filing of the report.


The Bangladesh Football Federation(BFF) signed agreements with FIFA and its consulting and construction firms on Monday for the construction of a BFF Bhaban in the city. BFF president SA Sultan, deputy development officer of FIFA's 'goal project' Ananda Raja from Sri Lanka signed the documents for their respective sides.


A 23-member Bangladesh juvenile football team leaves for Nepal today to participate in the AFC Under-14 Festival Football championship. Six South Asian teams-India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and hosts Nepal-will compete in the AFC junior soccer festival to be held in Kathmandu from December 20-28.


Bangladeshi football team is leaving for Nepal to take part in AFC Football Festival Tournament below 14. Bangladesh will face India on 20th December, Srilanka on 22th December, Nepal on 24th December, Maldives on 26th December and Bhutan on 28th December in group A.


England has won by 43 runs against Sri Lanka in VB series at Brisbon. Batting first England scored 292, in reply Sri Lanka scored 249.


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