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 Saturday,  July 20, 2002

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

 Saturday,  July 20, 2002

National

Voting is taking place today at Eight Municipalities of the country to elect the chairmen and members of those. The municipalities are Singair, Sripur, Patgram, Bhanga, Sarishabari, Kamalganj, Luxmipur and Sandwip. There are already complaints of threats ad violence at Sandwip.

Bangladesh government has rejected Indian allegations that anti-Indian terrorists have bases in Bangladesh. A spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, " Bangladesh is consistently following the policy of peace
with neighbours". The junior minister of the Indian foreign ministry had named Bangladesh with a number of other countries as being infiltrated by anti-Indian terrorist organisations.

 

Awami League president and former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has  complained to a British minister in London that the  alliance government in Bangladesh is continuing to torture and harass opposition political
activists even nine months after the last parliament elections.  Sheikh Hasina said this to Mike O'Brian, minister in charge for south Asia and far East in the british Foreign Office. She met him at the House of Commons yesterday, reports Jugantar.

The two largest political parties of the country, ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the main opposition party Bangladesh Awami League, have begun to reorganise themselves. IN BNP, Tarique Rahman, elder son of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, is leading the efforts at resetting the various disputed or non-functional committees as the  Joint Secretary General (1) of the party. Awami League wants to reconstruct its countrywide organisation by the time its next council session is held in next December.
 

An underground  organisation, Purbo Bangla Communist Party,  has accepted responsibility of killing a police sub-inspector, Altaf Hossain, at Chulkathi in Bagerhar district two days ago. Police has arrested twelve
suspects.
 

Cable TV operators in Bangladesh have continued their strike for the third today. They are demanding reduction of taxes on them. Prisma, a cable operator at Gulshan in the capital has however is transmitting various TV channels.Meanwhile, Abul Khair Litu, owner of channel TV  distributor company Nationwide Communications Ltd, has said that the demands of the cable operatos are unreasonable, reports the daily Prothom Alo.
 

The proctorial Committee of the Shahjalal University of Technology has ordered that any film or play which may be shown in the campus will have to be censored by it. Just now this committee wants to censor three films of famous director Satyajit Roy and one of Buddhadev Dasgupta proposed to be shown by a film society of the university. This committee has become controversial by frequently interfering with artistic activities, especially with anti-fundamentalist work.
     

Government has sent Army troops to the Adamjee Jute Mills to beef up security there. Officials said that the soldiers have been deployed to protect the property of the mills. A large number of BDR, police and Ansar personnel are already there.

 

The flood situation has again become bad in Noakhali after two days of rain. Intestinal diseases are spreading the district. Erosion by river continues in Sirjaganj district.  A violent criminal, said to be a member of the notorious gangster Subrata Bain, was killed in a gun battle with rivals. Meanwhile, four leaders of the student wing of BNP have been arrested from the Fazlul Huq Hall of Dhaka University under Sec 54 Cr.P.C. , that is on suspicion that
they were planning to commit some crimes.

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Neighbours

USA has advised Pakistan's military rulers politely to hand over power to an elected civilian government after polls proposed by General Pervez Mosharraf to be held on next Oct 10. The State Department said in a letter to members of the foreign affairs sub-committee of the US Congress that  for the sake of politcal stability power should be returned to elected civilians.  
           

Pakistan,s Newspaper Society has decided to start a protest movement against proposed harsh press laws.

General Pervez Musharraf, miliray president of Pakistan, has said that he will not allow former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Newaz Sharif to return to the country.

 

In India, the highly controversial Chief Minister of Gujarat state BJP leader Narendra Modi has resigned. He has been persistently accused of fuelig anti-Muslim riots in that state which has tarnished India's image.  Modi now wants early elections in the state. Some observers say that his resigned is a tactic to return BJP to power again.

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International

President George Bush , in a bid to placate Arab fears, has said that both Isreal and Palestinians have a responsibility to end violence. So long Bush was accusing President Yasser Aafat and his followers.
 

In Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to meet MPs even outside the sessions of House of Commons in order to answer to their questions on important national members. Blair was being accused of increasingly acting unilaterally without consulting MPs.

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 Sports

Sri Lankan seamers Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa will play no part in the two-test series against Bangladesh, which starts in Colombo on Sunday.

Arambagh Krira Sangha kicked off their National Bank Premier Division football league campaign with a 1-0 win over Brothers Union in the only match at the Bangabandhu National stadium yesterday.

Jacques Santini has been named France coach, succeeding Roger Lemerre who was sacked after the World Cup defending champions first round exit last month.

Australian cricket institutions Steve and Mark Waugh are almost certain to miss playing in next year's cricket World Cup after selectors left them out of two national teams on Friday.

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