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 Thursday,  July 18, 2002

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

 Thursday,  July 18, 2002



The  Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge of Dhaka, Hossain Shahid Ahmad,  yesterday sentenced four persons to death in the sensational murder of school student Shihab. Two of them are absconding Two other
persons were acquitted. Shihab, a grade seven student, was abducted and killed for ransom. The murderers had cut his body into 12 pieces and buried those in a club room. The murder took place on last February 7th.  This is one of the few instances of quick investigation and trial in Bangladesh where cases remain pending for years. Police had submitted charge-sheet in this case 65 days after the murder and the court delivered its verdict within five and a half months. Home Minister Altaf Hossain and Law Minister Moudud Ahmed expressed satisfaction at the quick conclusion of the case.


A police officer was shot dead just outside a police outpost in Bagerhat district yesterday. Criminals killed  Sub-Inspector of Police Altaf Hossain 200 yards away from Chulkathi outpost yesterday afternoon when he went to a
tea-stall to take tea.

The flood situation took a bad turn yesterday in Maulvibazar and Habiganj districts because the water level of the rivers Manu and Khowai have again begun to flow above the danger level. The situation improved at other river basins.

Cable TV operators in Bangladesh have announced that they are going on strike for an indefinite period. They said that would stop relaying TV broadcasts from this noon to press their demand for reduction of taxes on their services.

The government yesterday approved the $220 million Barapukuria coal-fired  project. It will be implemented with the help of a Chinese suppliers' credit. The decision on the Barapukuria coal-based power project was taken
by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. The committee however rejected proposals for setting up two fertiliser projects with suppliers' credit from China and Japan. Finance Minister Saifur Rahman said that the
fertiliser plants' proposal could create a disastrous situation similar to Kafco.

The Daily Star newspaper said that government has taken u-turn on its supplier's credit policy.  It a meeting of the Board of Investment yesterday it was decided that the government would set up a number of Bangladesh Trade Centres abroad. Two of these will be in Frankfurt and Shanghai. Prinme Minister Khaleda Zia presided at the meeting.

Prepaid service of CitcyCell Digital, which has been named Aalap, was launched yesterday. An exclusive feature of the prepaid mobile phoneservice Aalap is that it can receive incoming calls from T&T's phones.  Faisal Morshed Khan, Managing Director of Bangladesh Pacific Telecom Ltd,which owns CityCell, said at a press conference yesterday that his company would bring  all districts of Bangladesh within its mobile phone network inthe next three years and planned to invest 70 million dollars for this.

 The next session of the Jatiya Sangsad may take place in August, earlier than expected, says Daily Star. The paper said that this may happen because many members of parliament wish to attend the Commonwealth Conference in
Namibia in September.

The 100 MW power plant at Baghabari is at present out of operation due to mechanical problems. It had started production only eight months ago. Ittefaq reports that it may take two months to set right the power plant.

Police yesterday rescued two young men from the Shahidullah Hall of Dhaka University and have arrested five kidnappers from a room meant forresident students. The two victims were kidnapped on last July 14. Kidnappers had demanded Taka one lakh as ransom.

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In India, the police killed four gunmen in Bombay when they were allegedly going to heart-throb heroine Monisha Koirala's house in a bid to kidnap her. Police said that they had prior information about the kidnap attempt and had laid an ambush for the criminals. They said that when the asked the gangsters to stop the car, a blue Maruti, by which they were driving the latter opened fire on the police. All four gunmen were killed in the encounter. The criminals are suspected to belong to Abu Salem's gang. This gang had demanded money from Monisha Koirala. Salem is suspected to be hiding in Dubai.

The Indian government stated in that country's parliament yesterdaythat anti-Indian terrorist groups have established new bases in Bangladesh and four other countries, namely, Britain, Netherlands, Myanmar and Bhutan. Pakistan continues to host anti-Indian terrorists, India's junior minister in the Foreign Affairs Ministry Digvijay Singh said.   Two human rights groups have accused Myanmar's military junta of " systematic rape" to terrorise ethnic minorities, reports the Financial Times of London. USA has demanded that these allegations be investigated.

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The United States is at odds with the United Nations, Europe and Russia on Palestinians leader Yasser Arafat's future. USA wants to have Arafat removed but the others are backing Arafat.


Afhanistan has appealed for international assistance to cover its budget deficit of $257.2 million .The giant telephone company WorldCom, which is facing  charges of 3.85 million dollar accountancy fraud, has managed to line up two billion dollars in loans to keep itself operating if present lenders force it towards bankruptcy.

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Rahmatganj got off to a flying start in the National Bank premier football league. They beat Farashgonj by 3-0 at the Bangabandhu national stadium.

Sheikh Russel Sriti Sangsad beat Wari Club by 3-2 goals in the National Bank first division football league at Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium.

Sri Lanka Academy is in driving seat in 3 day match against Bangladesh national cricket team. The Academy side posted a massive 342 in reply of Bangladesh`s first innings total of 195. At the end of the day Bangladesh
is 31 without loss.

Senegal's french coach Bruno Metsu left for good after signing a 10 month contract with UAE club al-ain.

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