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Monday, July 22, 2002
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
· 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
that India has to become a developed nation from a developing nation
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
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
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
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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