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Monday,  July 15, 2002

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

Monday,  July 15, 2002



Flood situation aggravated in the Brahmaputra basin in Bangladesh yesterday. The level of water in the Brahmaputra went up yesterday at  four measuring points out of five. According to the Flood Forecasting
Centre of the Water Development Board, water  increased at 24 places in the country and receded at 19 points yesterday. The Sangbad said more areas have been flooded in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Pabna,
Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Faridpur districts.

The main opposition party Awami League did not join the parliament session  yesterday because Col (Rtd) Shawkat Ali, a prominent member of the party and MP, was not released from jail. Col. Shawkat Ali was sent
to jail by a magistrate on Saturday at Shariatpur when he surrendered in his court in connection with a murder case. He was refused bail by the court yesterday.

A general discussion on the law and order situation in the country was not discussed in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday as the Awami League continued its boycott centering  Shawkat Ali's arrest. Former law minister and Awami League leader Mohammed Nasim had given a notice for discussing the issue.

Acting Speaker, Abdul Hamid Siddiky, told parliament yesterday that the issue of Col. Shawkat Ali was a subjudice  matter and so it could not be discussed in the House.

Leaders of the ruling party BNP refused to negotiate on the demand for Col.Shawkat Ali's release saying that they did not wish to interfere with the court. Secretary General of BNP and Minister for Local Government Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said that under the rules of parliament police had to take permission of the Speaker before arresting a member only if the latter was inside the Jatiya Sangsad premises. If such a member was arrested outside the parliament then police needed only to inform the


Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina said yesterday at a meeting that freedom of speech had been taken away by the government and the whole country had been turned into a prison.

Staff Reporter of  the daily Prothom Alo Arifur Rahman has filed a complaint with police saying he has been threatened with dire consequences on phone by a person calling himself as Paban, the son of the Chief Whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain. Meanwhile, another reporter of the paper at Chakaria was threatened by a Jubodal leader after which he has taken refuge at Cox's Bazar. Physical attacks on journalists have become quite frequent in Bangladesh in recent weeks.

Chief Justice Mr.Mainur Reza Chowdhury said at a reception given to him by the Supreme Court Bar Association that during the next 11 months before his retirement he would try to accelerate  the process of separation of judiciary from the administration and also speed up hearing of pending cases.

The Law Commission has recommended that if a person is arrested under Sec 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code then a specific case against him must be filed within 72 hours or he will have to be released. Police can arrest any person under Sec 54 of Cr.P.C on the suspicion that he or she was planning to commit a crime. The Law Commission has said that in case of such arrest police will have to furnish logical reasons.  

Finance Minister Saifur Rahman advised tax officials yesterday that in order to stop income tax avoidance they should inquire about the expenses incurred by tax-payers on foreign travel, purchase of house and cars and
schooling of children.

The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) in a report released yesterday said that in the last one year prices of essential commodities have gone up by 7 per cent. These included rice and other food items.

Adamajee Jute Mills authorities yesterday disbursed Tk.23.16 crores among 3778 workers as dues on retirement. But temporary workers staged a demonstration yesterday as 'they were not going to get compensation'.
Police baton charged their procession.

The government has decided to retrench excess sugar mill workers in a bid to make the state-owned sugar mills profitable, Industries Minister M.K.Anwar has said.

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Presidential election is taking place in India today. The ruling  alliance, led by Hindu fundamentalist party BJP, has
nominated famous nuclear and missile scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam while the opposition has nominated a veteran woman freedom-fighter Capt. Lakshi Saigal. Observers say that Kalam is assured of victory. Members of
parliament and state legislatures elect the Indian president.

The head of German foreign intelligence, August Hanning, has said in a newspaper interview that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, to catch whom USA and allies bombed Afghanistan, is still alive and he is probably
somewhere in the Pak-Afghan border.

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An attempt to kill French President Chirac has failed. News agencies reported that a young man had fired a shot at the French President during the celebrations of the Bastille Day but missed. The assailant has been arrested.

IN USA the head of President George Bush's task force on corporate corruption, Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, is now himself being accused of serving as a director of a credit card company, Providian Financial Corporation, which had indulged in unfair and deceptive business practices. But officials said that he was not aware of the problem when he was there.

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Bangladesh National Cricket team have drawn with Sri Lanka "A" at Moratuwa in their first three-day match. Ehsanul Huq of Bangladesh scored unbeaten 100 runs in the second innings. Final scores; Sril Lanka "A" 382 for 9 wickets and 168 for 7 declared and Bangladesh 228 all out and 201 for 5 wickets.

In Dhaka, Premier Division Football League begins from this afternoon (Monday) at the Bangbandhu National Stadium. In the first match champion Abahoni will face newcomer Badda Jagoroni.

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind are likely at mny places over Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Khulna and Barisal divisions with moderately heavy rain falls at places until 6:00 pm today (Monday).

The sun sets in the capital today at 6:49 pm and rises tomorrow at 5:21 am.

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