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 Monday,  July 22, 2002

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

 Monday,  July 22, 2002


Flood situation in Bangladesh, which was improving during three days before yesterday, may worsen in the Sylhet region as the water of the Surma is going up again. Meanwhile, torrential rain has caused deterioration of the condition of the already flood-hit regions.The daily Jugantar  has reported that flood has spread to new areas in the districts of Sylhet, Chittagong, Sirajganj, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Sherpur, Noakhali and Luxmipur.

In the capital, Dhaka, many parts of the city went under water due to continuous rain. Important roads have been badly damaged by the water. Numerous streets have broken down making their use hazardous.

Tension between border forces of Bangladesh and India prevail at Jaintapur area of Sylhet over cultivation of land in the no-man's land. Indians want to plant paddy there. Some inhabitants of the border area are reported to have shifted to safe area as both  sides have increased their strength and weapons on the two sides of the border.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia held a meeting yesterday (Sunday) with LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Law Minister Moudud Ahmed, Industries Minister M.K.Anwar, Minister for Land Shamsul Islam and  IT
Minister Moin Khan. One of the issues she discussed with these senior cabinet members is the progress of the process for separation of judiciary from the executive. Some other topics were also discussed which may be
followed up at today's weekly cabinet meeting.

 Country's chamber leaders and top businessmen will meet Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia today. The Financial Express  said that the business leaders would request the Prime Minister to announce a national policy for
facing the challenges of export beyond 2004.


Finance Minister Saifur Rahman, who claims that the condition of the economy of Bangladesh is now good, says that although prices of some essental goods have increased the cost of living index has not risen. He is reported to have said that some prices have increased in cities but there is no change of price in the rural areas.


Former Home Minister and the Orgainsing Secretary of the main opposition party Awami League has said that the present alliance government has failed to keep prices of essential commodities in clouding good within the purchasing capacity of the common man. He said that an uncontrolled price spiral had put the people in great misery.


The government yesterday evicted 2000 huts in slums on two sides of Mirpur-Kalsi Road in Dhaka city's suburb. Police said that these slums were set by illegally occupying land. The slum dwellers said that they were not given notice of eviction. The District Judge of Shariatpur has refused bail to Awami League leader Retired Col. Shawkat Ali now held in a murder case. A magistrate in Shariatpur had earlier refused him bail and sent to detention. Wife of Col. Ali has said that now they will apply to the Supreme Court for bail. Ali is now detained at the prison hospital at Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Five Bangladeshis have been sentenced to jail in London for drug dealing. The Jugantar  correspondent in London reports that they have been sentenced to 21 years' imprisonment. ( It was not clear from the report whether each of them have been given this long sentence or it is cumulative).


Cable TV opeartors held a meeting yesterday with Information Minister Tariqul Islam but their strike continues. The minister told them that the government would look into their genuine problems and urged them to withdraw the strike.  Students of the Viaqrunnisa Noon School returned to their classes yesterday under tight police security after being on strike for three days protesting the retirement of the school's previous principal Hamida Ali.

Classes at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) will resume on August 3, university authorities have announced. Classes were suspended after a girl student was killed by gunfire during a battle
between two groups of Chhatradal, ruling BNP's students' wing on June 8. The Prothom Alo   newspaper reported that while general students welcomed the ban on political activities by students at the BUET campus students
organisations which are linked with political parties were resenting it.


Eighty-four teachers of the Dhaka University, who support the opposition Awami League, have issued a joint statement opposing Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's proposal to ban teacher and student politics. The prime minister had said in parliament that a national debate should be heldon the issue. The 84 pro-AL teachers said that the ruling party was conspiring to ban teachers' and students' politics with the aim of establishing its total control over educational istiututions. Meanwhile, former speaker and at present Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad has said that the nation would not accept banning of teacher and student politics.

Protests continue against wayward youths at Gaibandha who had chased a 12-year girl student of a school until she jumped into a pond was drowned. The inhabitants of Gaibandha will observe a half-day strike today. Crimes
against children and women have increased recently across the country.


A group of criminals attempted to strangle to death the Civil Surgeon of Rajshahi district because a contractor did not get a supply order. The criminals were identified as Chhatradal activists, says Prothom Alo  . Two criminals were caught by the employees of the Civil Surgeon's office.

More than 200 persons have been attacked Dengue fever in the capital, reports Prothom Alo. The paper printed a photo of rush of people to a blood bank. Dengue fever is reported to have spread to Chittagong and Rajshahi as


A fresh date will be announced for taking votes for the election of Snadwip municipality. Voting could not take place there due to terrorist activities of some candidates day before yesterday.

The Home Ministry has asked the newspaper Janakantha to supply supporting material for its two reports. One is that senior police officials were taking crores of Taka as bribe for posting and transfer of junior officers, and the second was government was taking a move to transfer some army officers to the police. The Jugantar  reported that the Home Ministry has threatened to take legal action against the Janakantha if it faled to supply such evidence. Janakantha had once earlier rejected a similar demand from the Home Ministry saying that it was the ministry's duty to investigate and uncover corruption.

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 The new President of India, famous rocket and nuclear scientist A.P.J.Abul Kalam has said that his aim is development of India. He has said that India has to become a developed nation from a developing nation within
the next 20 years.


Syed Shahabuddin, Indian Muslim leader and head of the Coordinating Committee on Babri Masjid, has written in an article that the fact is President Kalam was only born in a Muslim family and after that he has not associated himself in any way with the Muslims of India. So, BJP chose Kalam to be President of India as a decoy to commit more Guajarat-like massacres of Muslims. Shahabuddin said that Kalam's ideas of politics anddevelopment were simplistic and it was doubtful whether he understood the nuances of the Indian constituion, especially about minorities and secularism.


British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw left Islamabad for Delhi after a half-day visit to Pakistan empty-handed. Observers said till now he could get nothing from India or Pakistan to ease the tension between the two countries. This was Jack Straw's third visit to the South-Asian subcontinent this year.


Thousand of people flocked to see Myanmar's  opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she continued her political trip through southeastern state Mon yesterday. This was her second trip outside Yangon after release from 19
months of house arrest.  Thirteen people have been killed in a mie explosion in Afghanistan.

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A bomb exploded on a train in Israel yesterday wounding its driver. So long Palestinian rebels have been making suicide attacks on motor transports and shopping centres.


Isreali foreign minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian representative Saib Ereket held talks yesterday but Peres said, " It was made clear to them  and they are starting to understand --- that terrorism is hurting them as well as us."

President George Bush of USA is getting more and more ensnared in fnancial scandals. The Washington Post  newspaper has reported quoting a federal investigation into questionable business deals that George Bush had
off-lodaded his shares of the oil company Harcane Energy Corporation when  he came to know the company was sinking. He sold his shares without letting the buyers know that he had been informed by the company's managers that it would not make any profit.


It has been revealed in London that the British Government had postponed  three times its decision to confer  a knighthood on the great film-maker and comedian Charlie Chaplin because of fears that US government might be
angered by this. At that time  Chaplin was looked at as being a Communist sympathiser by the US establishment. Chaplin got the knighthood 20 years later.

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Bangladesh National Cricket team finished their first innings scoring 161 runs Sunday in Colombo. Sri Lanka scored 32 runs without loss at the end of the day. The game will resume today.

NBL premier division and first division football league has been postponed upto Wednesday due to heavy rain.

Arab emirates bagged the ACC trophy for the second time in the row defeating Nepal by 6 wickets.

Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman , IM Rifat bin Satter and Enamul Hoque Rajib won respective matches in the third round of Dresden Chess Festival in Germany.

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