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Thursday, December 19, 2002


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 Thursday, December 19, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia urged Asian historians Wednesday to contribute to setting common strategies and goals to ensure safety, stability and progress in the region. This is important against the backdrop of stiff competition in the context of globalisation, she said.


Bangladesh and Myanmar finalised agreements Wednesday to establish a Joint Trade Commission and introduce Accounts Trade and Coastal Shipping link to resolve all pending issues of bilateral trade. The agreements are expected to be signed next March, opening new vistas in trade between the two neighbouring countries, officials said.


The joint forces rounded up 104 people, including 14 listed criminals, and seized 16 firearms across the country during the 24 hours ending at 8:00 am yesterday. The latest arrests push the number of people arrested since Operation Clean Heart began on October 17 to 9,323. The joint forces have so far seized 1,672 firearms and 28,508 rounds of ammunition.


Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Showe left Dhaka for Yangon yesterday concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, which yielded broad agreements for boosting economic cooperation between the two countries.

The International Monetary Fund is working out a package of assistance for Bangladesh under the purview of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) just formulated by the government redesigning the country's development paradigm.

The High Court (HC) issued Wednesday an order of stay on the proceedings of a graft case against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pending with the Divisional Special Judges Court of Dhaka.

The High Court yesterday granted ad-interim bail to writer Shahriar Kabir, Columnist Prof. Muntasir Mamoon, Awami League leader Shafi Ahmed and NGO activist Pricilla Raj. The Court also issued rule upon the government to show cause why Shahriar Kabir and Pricilla Raj should not be granted regular bail. The Court further issued rule upon the government as to why the arrest of Muntasir Mamoon and Shafi Ahkmed under Section 54 of CrPC and subsequent police remand for interrogation should not be declared without lawful authority.

The High Court yesterday directed government authorities and the army camp-in-charge at Savar to refrain from arresting or harassing the family members of a person who reportedly died after arrest by army personnel. A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice Tafazzul Islam and Justice M Anwarul Huq issued a rule restraining the authorities from arresting without due legal process or harassing the widow or other members of the family of deceased Litu.

The task force on South Asian Citizens Social Charter under the South Asian Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) recently set the goal to build a pan-South Asian community of civil societies committed to the agenda for social change in the region.


Professor Kenneth J Arrow, Nobel laureate and one of the greatest economists of the modern time, said a 'compromised' strategy is the best one for a nation when it finds itself in the tricky situation to make the optimum use of its natural resources.

Striking of four deals mainly in economic area and signing of three contracts will figure prominently in Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's official visit to China from December 23. The contracts are relating to Khulna Power Plant, Pagla Water Treatment Plant and North Dhaka Sewerage Treatment Plant.

Al Baraka Bank Bangladesh Limited has been renamed the Oriental Bank Limited. The name was changed at the 7th Extraordinary General Meeting and the 15th Annual General Meeting of the bank held at BDR Darbar Hall at Pilkhana in city Wednesday.     Subscribers who have not yet got their telephone connections in spite of depositing the demand note of Tk 18,400 will soon get their connections.


Although the subscribers paid the fee the telephone connections could not be given in some areas of Dhaka and Chittagong cities in time due to shortage of cable network. The work on establishing the cable network has already started and it is likely to be finished in most of the areas (especially Dhaka Telecommunication Zone, Northern Area) by 5/6 weeks.


Eight foreign companies have dropped bids for the Mobile Phone Project of the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) for providing 2.5 lakh phones across the country. The companies are Germany's Siemens, Swedish Ericsson, American Motorola Inc, Canadian Netas-Nortel and Chinese ZTE Corporation, China Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMEC), Huawei Technoloty and China Putian.

Something has gone wrong with the weather as it has delayed the winter to set in fully, meteorologists said. Instead of setting down from the November end and taking the country under its grip from December, people are still not feeling the bite of cold as per the weather calendar, a senior meteorologist said. Akram Hossain, Director of Meteorological Department, said that instead of an expected mild cold wave in the late November or early December, the winter is yet to set in.


Three people were killed and another one injured seriously in a road accident at Chakshal in Sadar Upazila on Narsingdi-Ghorashal Road Wednesday.


he first Haj flight will leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on January 4 next year and the Haj pilgrims will start arriving at the Haj Camp from December 31. This was stated at an intern-ministerial meeting held at the Haj Camp at Ashkona in the city with State Minister for Religious Affairs Mosharaf Hossain Shahjahan in the chair, an official handout said Wednesday.


Prevalence of underweight, stunting and wasting in children and mothers in Bangladesh is still very high, serious and even critical, if WHO criteria are considered, recent findings made public at a conference yesterday showed. The findings of a 12-year study-Nutritional Surveillance Project (NSP)- presented at the ICDDR, B show that anemia is a serious problem in children and a moderate problem in non-pregnant mothers.


The District and Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday rejected the bail petition of Shafkat Hossain Piyal, husband of murdered model and actress Tania Mahbub Tinni. Judge (vacation) Mohammad Fazlul Karim passed the order upon an appeal submitted by defence lawyers.

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Pakistan will fully support any such initiative which can make the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Food Security Reserve Board further active and viable in achieving its set goal.


Indian court sentenced 3 persons and the only accused woman 5 years imprisonment for their involvement in attacking the Parliament building.


Nepal will not be able to meet its economic growth target for the fiscal year to mid-July 2003 because of political instability and a long-running Maoist revolt, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said yesterday.


At least 16 people were killed and another 17 injured when a fire swept through a shopping area in Sri Lanka capital, doctors and rescue workers said yesterday.

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Al-Qaeda has recently set up several new training camps in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, the head of a United Nations group monitoring the flow of money to the network said Tuesday.


President Bush ordered the military to begin deploying a national missile defence system with land-and sea-based interceptor rockets to be operational starting in 2004.


Seven men of North African origin were being questioned by anti-terrorist detectives after they were arrested in Edinburgh and London  Wednesday, police in Scotland's capital city said. Three men were detained in Edinburgh in an operation led by Lothian and Borders Police.

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Alok Kapali is fast developing a reputation as Bangladesh's most reliable batsman. The 18-year-old right-hander from Sylhet was initially picked in the Bangladesh team more for his leg spinning ability for the second Test against Sri Lanka at the SSC ground in Colombo early this year.


Bangladesh bowed out of the Under-15 Asia Cup Cricket Championship when they suffered a seven-wicket defeat against India in their last group league match at the Sheikh Jayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday.


Chittagong, Khulna and Sylhet took first innings leads on the second day of the four-day Ispahani Mirzapur Tea Fourth National Cricket League yesterday. At the Fatullah Stadium, Chittagong, who resumed their first innings on 105 after dismissing Barisal for 125, added a further 195 runs to their total before being all out in 99 over. It gave them a lead of 114 runs.


England's tour of Australia will get harder despite their breakthrough victory against Sri Lanka, captain Nasser Hussain has said. England's 43-run win in the one-day international in Brisbane  Tuesday was their first triumph since arriving in Australia two months ago.


Martina Navratilova will play doubles at next month's Australian Open, media reports said Wednesday, as the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion was confirmed in the Gold Coast tournament as alead-up event.

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