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Wednesday,  July 17, 2002

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

Wednesday,  July 17, 2002

National

 

The proposed countrywide strike by petrol filling stations has been postponed for two months after iscussions between the government and representatives of fuel dealers and filling stations owners. As a resulttraffic remained normal. Earlier,  filling station owners had threatened to start their strike from today.

 

All health services at the Chittagong Medical College was disrupted Tuesday by unruly Chhatradal activists after four of them were arrested,tried and sent to jail on charge of extortion at a nearby shop. The shutdown continued for 17 hours till police broke the locks which the Chhatradal members had put on  the doors of various departments of the hospital. Chhatradal leaders said that the four arrested students had gone to the shop to seek advertisement for a souvenir and this was not illegal activity. Hospital authorities termed the actions at the hospital by Chhatradal activists as enforcement of the law of the jungle.

·Awami League Chief Sheikh has rejected the call for dialogue by Prime Minister Begum Khakleda Zia. Sheikh hasina made her remark before leaving for London on a three-week private tour of UK. She said that Begum Zia's appeal for dialogue lacked sincerity. The Prime Minister had said in the Jatiya Sangsad last Monday that there should be a national dialogue for doing away with teacher and student politics.
 

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has asked the Air Force Chief to sell the eight Mig-29 fighter aircraft bought from Russia by the last Awami League government at a price of Tk.719 crore. Two of the aircraft have already become non-operational. Maintenance cost of the fighter planes have risen to Tk.100 crore a year. It may be mentioned here the present government has brought corruption charges against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina for purchasing these planes.
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Comptroller and Auditor General Muhammad Ahsan Ali Sarkar yesterday submitted to acting President Jamiruddin Sircar 32 audit reports. These reports contain 771 observations relating to embezzlement, wastage,
non-deduction of VAT and income tax, and non-compliance to rules in spending Tk.663 crore.

BADC has finalised retrenchment of 4 thousand 8 hundred of its workers. They will  be given the golden handshake, reports Jugantar. This decision was finalised at a meeting between Finance Minister Saifur Rahman and Minister of State for Agriculture Mirza Fakhrul Islam. ·   The overall flood situation in the upstream of major rivers has improved. All four major rivers are flowing below the danger level. Erosion of river banks at the flood-hit areas however still continues.
 

Two persons, including a businessman, were murdered in Dhaka city yesterday. A Chhatradal activist was stabbed to death in Rajshahi. ·       The main auditorium of the Bangladesh National Museum ( Jatiya Jadughar) has been named " Shaheed Zia Auditorium", a press release issued by the museum authorities said. The naming has been done in memory of the  contribution of the late the museum.·    

Hamida Ali, principal of Viqarunnisa School and College for girls, stepped down yesterday after being told by the managing committee that it was not possible to retain her service after government refused to extend her  tenure which would require bending of rules. A section of students hadbeen blocking traffic on Bailey Road in front of the school demanding that Hamida Ali should be the head of the school.

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Neighbours

Tough-line Hindu fundamentalist  Deputy Prime Minister of India, L.K.Advani, has said that militant rebels of Kashmir will not be allowed to win victory. They will be crushed. Advani was commenting on the latest killings which occurred last Saturday.

Pakistan's military ruler General pervez Musharraf has said that changes proposed by him in his country's constitution were open to discussion and debate. " We are open and flexible. I would be guided by the wisdom and counsel of all sections of the society," he said.

The lawyer for British-born Muslim militant, Sheikh Omar, sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on charge of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, has said that he will battle for appeal and the process may gon for a year. Meanwhile, it has been revealed in Britain that ten years ago Sheikh Omar received a bravery award from the British government for saving a teenager from in front of a running train .
Omar's family strongly believes that he is innocent.

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International

Tough-line Hindu fundamentalist  Deputy Prime Minister of India, L.K.Advani, has said that militant rebels of Kashmir will not be allowed to win victory. They will be crushed. Advani was commenting on the latest killings which occurred last Saturday.

Pakistan's military ruler General pervez Musharraf has said that changes proposed by him in his country's constitution were open to discussion and debate. " We are open and flexible. I would be guided by the wisdom and counsel of all sections of the society," he said.

The lawyer for British-born Muslim militant, Sheikh Omar, sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on charge of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, has said that he will battle for appeal and the process may gon for a year. Meanwhile, it has been revealed in Britain that ten years ago Sheikh Omar received a bravery award from the British government for saving a teenager from in front of a running train . Omar's family strongly believes that he is innocent.

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 Sports

Mohamedan striker Nakib scored the first Hatrick in the National Bank Premier division football league. With his score, Mohamedan beat Victoria Club by 4-0. At Bangabandhu National stadium Rahmatgonj will face Farashgonj at 5 pm today.

Bangladesh National Cricket team is all out for 195 runs in the first day of 3 day match against Sri-Lanka Academy eleven. In reply Sri-Lanka is 86 for none.

Wanderas club and East and Club won their first match in the first division football league at Sher-E-Bangla stadium, Mirpur.  · Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia entered into Indian test
Squad; due to their marvelous performance in the Nat-West triangular trophy.

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