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Saturday, July 20, 2002
Saturday, July 20, 2002
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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