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Sunday,  July 14, 2002

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

Sunday,  July 14, 2002



The Jatiya Sangsad is expected to discuss today the law and order situation in the country. The acting Speaker has accepted a notice by former home minister Mohammed Nasim in this regard. The Daily Sangbad reported today that parliament may be prorogued tomorrow.

*     Rise in the water level of major rivers at different points yesterday has worsened the flood situation in the country. According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna rose
at all points and the Padma at Goalanda. The Mohananda registered slight rise at Chapai Nawabganj.

*     Police yesterday arrested senior Awami League lawmaker Shawqat Ali in Shariatpur town in connection with a murder case filed against him during the last general election. Ali, a retired army colonelturned-MP, was arrested from a court in his constituency in Shariatpur district in the afternoon after a magistrate's court issued the warrant of arrest. Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina Saturday blasted the government for arresting her party's senior leader Col (Rtd) Shawkat Ali MP without permission of the Speaker as parliament is in session, reports agency.

*     The World Bank has advised the Government of Bangladesh to shun the old " culture of secrecy", reports the Ittefaque. World Bank, in an advisory to the government, has said that all information should be made open to the
public with a view to ensuring good governance. It noted that all levels of government try to keep things secret. It may be mentioned here that  the President, Prime Minister and other ministers take an oath of secrecy at the time they are sowrn into office. The oath is prescribed in the constitution. Meanwhil;e, journalists have been demanding the repeal of a law called the Official Secrets Act.

*     Bangladesh Railway has decided to introduce magnetically levitated trains initially to run between Dhaka and Chittagong. This will be the first modern and high-tech railway system in entire South Asia having per hour speed of 300 to 500 kilometres, a senior railway official told the news agency yesterday.

*     Grameen Bank has applied to the government to transform it into a scheduled commercial bank. According to Ittefaque, Grameen Bank wants to set up normal banking branches in the urban areas and also to do foreign
exchange transactions.

*     The National Committee on Utilisation of Gas will submit its report without prioritising the options as its members have become sharply divided over the export issue. The committee's chairman-former secretary Azimuddin Ahmed- is likely to place the report in the next meeting of the committee next Saturday for comments by the members. Meanwhile one member of the committee has proposed that the government itself should buy the share of Gas of the foreign oil companies,   said different News Papers.

*     The High Court directed Jamuna Builders Ltd Saturday to stop unlawful earth filling of the Ashulia flood flow zone immediately, reports BSS. A Division Bench of the High Court gave the direction upon a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).

*     No classes and examinations were held at the Dhaka University yesterday due to strike called by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) to demand immediate release of their leaders including president and general
secretary. The BCL also called a strike in all educational institutions across the country today demanding the release of their leaders.

*     A private company in Bangladesh, Mohona Holdings, has applied to Petro-Bangla for permission to lay a gas pipeline through Bangladesh linking Myanmar and India. The company has said that 300 million dollars
would be required to establish the 289-kilometer long pipeline. The pipe will have 30 to 48 inches diameter. Mohona Holdings has said that a consortium of US, Singapore and Indian investors will provide the finance.
The company has proposed to pay 100 million dollars as annual carriage fee and 24 million dollars as maintenance fee to government organisations, says Ittefaque.

*     Owners of Garment and Knitwear Industries will observe hunger strike today (Sunday) as part of their ongoing agitation for release of pipelined cash incentive and allowing yarn import through back-to-back L/Cs in land
ports. They will assemble in front of the BGMEA Building at Karwan Bazar to stage the hunger strike from 10 am until 5:0 pm.

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*     Political parties Saturday slammed President Pervez Musharraf's plan to give the army a domineering role in politics that would leave a government elected in October polls at the mercy of the military.

*     In Pakistan's North West Frontier Province 12 persons including seven Germans have been wounded in a grenade attack.      

*     Communal violence has erupted again in the Gujarat province of India. It has happened at Kheda, a small town. The number of casualties is not yet known. Police has arrested 85 persons.

*     Resolving a fierce dispute with the United States, the UN Security Council agreed unanimously to give American peacekeepers a year's exemption from prosecution by an new global war crimes court.

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*     Number seven batsman Mohammad Kaif produced the innings of his life as India came back from the dead to pull off the second highest run chase in one-day history to beat England by two wickets in their triangular
tournament final at Lord's yesterday. Set 326 to win on Saturday after centuries from Nasser Hussain and Marcus Trescothick, India looked doomed when Sachin Tendulkar was bowled cheaply to leave the touring side
tottering on 146 for five, with 180 still needed and all their big-name players back in the pavilion. But 20-year old Kaif, who ended on a career-best 87 not out, and 21-year old all-rounder Yuvraj Singh (69) then
put on 121 off 106 balls to turn the match on its head in front of a packed, sun-drenched Lord's as India won with three balls to spare.

*     Martina Hingis will miss this year's US Open as she continues to recover from left ankle surgery, the WTA Tour announced on Friday.

*     German prosecutors said on Saturday they had brought charges against three-times Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker for alleged tax evasion.

*     Grand Master Ziaur Rahman slipped down the table to second position after conceding his first defeat in the Paris International Chess Tournament on Friday.

*     Opener Hannan Sarker celebrated his first call-up in the national team with a solid half-century as Bangladesh posted a face-saving total on the second day of the threeday match against Sri Lanka A at the Tyronne
Fernando Stadium in Moratuwa yesterday.

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely at many places over Dhaka, Rajshahi, and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Chittagong, Khulna and Barisal divisions during
the next 12 hours till 6 pm today. Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country during the
period, Met Office said. Yesterday's highest temperature of 36.6 degree Celsius was recorded at Jessore and the lowest of 21.6 degree Celsius at Sylhet. The Sun sets in the capital at 6.46 pm today and rises at 5:20 am tomorrow.


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