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Tuesday,  July 16, 2002

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

Tuesday,  July 16, 2002



The Jatiya Sangsad was prorogued last night ( Monday) bringing to an end parliament's budget session.  Its sittings took place on 24 working days. The main opposition party Awami League was present only on five days. Awami
League boycotted the last day's session protesting the arrest of its MP retired Colonel Shawkat Ali in a muder case.

 Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia in a 50-minute speech in parliament on the last day of the budget session  appealed for national unity in order to create a self-reliant Bangladesh and to prepare the country to meet the
challenges of the 21st century.


Begum Zia suggested that teacher and student politics should be abolished to restore proper academic atmosphere at the educational institutions of the country. She said that she would hold discussions on this with the opposition even outside Jatiya Sangsad. The Prime Minister strongly defended the closure of the Adamjee Jute mills. She said that new industries would be set up on the land of the closed jute mills and new jobs will be created. Begum Zia said that the law and order situation now was better than before and that the present government did not give state's backing to criminals like the previous one.


Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina yesterday launched a scathing attack on the government and specially on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia. She said at a press conference held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhavan that the ruling BNP was moving towards establishing presidential form of government in Bangladesh. She said that Begum Zia was trying to set up her dynastic rule. Sheikh Hasina said that the government was trying to eliminate the Awami League so that Begum Zia and BNP succeeded in their scheme. She said that false cases have been filed against four and a half lakh Awami League activists since the present government came to power. Sheikh Hasina however called for a national dialogue with a view to reaching a consensus on national issues like independence struggle, war of liberation, dignity of the President, administration and police.

World Bank has recommended the formation of an independent accountability commission in Bangladesh with members of the civil society in it, reports BSS.


Water level of the main rivers at the flooded areas of Bangladesh went down a bit yesterday (Monday) but erosion of the river banks increased threatening with extinction large areas in Sirjaganj, Gaibandha, Tangail and Kurigram districts. Petrol pumps all over the contry go on strike from tomorrow for an indefinite period to press their 6-point demand. Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami and Minister for Social Welfare Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid said yesterday that Awami League is continuing its conspiracies although the people had put it out of government for undemocratic activities and injustices.


Awami Lague has permanently expelled from the party a former member of parliament from Sunamganj, Syed Rafiqul Huq , former general secretary of Sunamganj Awami League Amir hossain Reza and another local leader for working against the party during the last parliament election. The government has decided to fill up on priority basis 121 thousand vacant posts (1.21 lakh). This decision was taken at the cabinet meeting yesterday. Meanwhile, the chairman of the Public Service Commission, A.Z.N.Tahmida Khanam, has said the commission will soon invite applications for 6162 posts.  


Police has arrested the Chairman of an organisation called Islamic Trade & Commerce Ltd. (ICTL), Ismail Hossain Siraji, on charge of defrauding thousands of people. There had been persistent allegations of cheating against this organisation which took money from people all over the country in the name of profitable investment.  In Dhaka city five persons were murdered yesterday including an imam of a mosque at Hazaribagh. Authorities of the Adamajee Jute Mills began paying "golden handshake" money to its workers from yesterday but daily Prothom Alo reports that the workers were actually being paid "lay off" allowance which was much less than the sums due under goilden handshake. The paper reported that many workers broke down in tears in utter shock when they were offered lay off allowance.

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Voting for the election of President in India took place yesterday. Result will be announced on Thursday, July 18th. Nuculear and missile scientist APJ Abdul Kalam is the candidate of the ruling coalition. In the sensational case of murder of Wall Street Journal's reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced
to death British born Muslim militant leader Sheikh Omar. The court ordered life imprisonment for three of his alleged accomplices.

At least 150 people are feared dead in a massive landslide in Nepal 190 kilometers east of capital Kathmandu.

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The young man who tried to kill French President Jacques Chirac on Sunday is a neoNazi militant. The man, Maxime Brunerie, attempted to commit suicide when he failed to assassinate Chirac, French police has said.
Western Observers have begun to express doubts about the future of US President George Bush  after scandals of corruption exploded around him and his top aides. Opposition Democrats have begun to make big issues of these
scandals in their campaigns for the mid-term elections of the American Congress.

Former Turkish President Tnasu Ciller has offered to lead the country to bring it out of  a political crisis created by divisions in the present three-party coalition government.

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Unexpectedly champion Abahoni lost to New comer Badda Jagoroni Sansad by 4-2 goals after a tie-breaker. The match was drawn by 1-1 goals in scheduled time. Bangladesh National Cricket team is playing a 3 day match against Sri Lanka development squad at NCC ground today.

Former dutch football star Rud Gulit is interested to be the coach of Nigerian football team.

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