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