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 July 23, 2002

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

 July 23, 2002


Another spate of flood has hit three regions of Bangladesh as water rolled down from the upper reaches in India after heavy rainfall. Dharala at Kurigram, Ghaghat at Gaibandha and Someswari at Durgapur are flowing above danger level. Brahmaputra's water has increased. In the northeast Surma has crossed the danger level at Kanaighat and Sunamganj. In the southeast Muhuri river at Parshuram and Halda at Narayanganj have crossed
the danger level.


The alliance government has cancelled the public holiday on August 15 ordered by the previous Awami League regime to mark the death anniversary of assassinated president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  The cabinet in its weekly meeting decided to cancel other official  programs too, introduced by Sheikh Hasina's government, including lowering the national flag at half-mast.

Begun Khaleda Zia chaired the cabinet meeting. Political observers said that the BNP dominated government's decision to cancel all mourning programs on August 15th would increase the distance between BNP and Awami


US Assistant Secretary of State for south Asian Affairs, Christina Rocca, has told a committee of the American Congress about Bangladesh's political situation, " Deep and bitter political rivalries between the two main political parties as well as rampant corruption continue to threaten political stability and impede economic reform and growth."


The next President of Bangladesh will be elected in the first week of September, the daily Jugantar  has reported. While the BNP-led ruling alliance has not yet decided on its presidential candidate the main opposition Awami League has decided not to set up any candidate. Acting president of Awami League Mr.Abdus Samad azad told Daily Star , " We will not nominate anyone for the presidency just as we did not on the previous occasion." The post of President became vacant when Prof.Badruddoza Chowdhury resigned at the behest of BNP last June 21. Speaker Jamiruddin Sarkar is acting as President.


The High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court will  deliver verdict tomorrow (Wednesday) in the writ case on whether Deputy Leader of Opposition and former Speaker Abdul Hamid can remain a member of the present Jatiya Sangsad. The case against Hamid is that he did not take oath as a member of the new parliament. His lawyers have argued that at the time of transition as the incumbent Speaker Advocate Abdul Hamid was not required to take fresh oath. Besides this, the rules of procedure of the parliament provide that an incumbent speaker can administer oath to himself before giving oath to the newly elected members. Mr. Fazlur Rahman is the complainant inths case. Khan Saifur Rahman, a prominent anti-Awami League lawyer, is pleading the case against Abdul Hamid.


Robbers, who snatched Tk.5 lakh 71 thousand from him, in broad daylight yesterday (Monday) at Badda in the capital shot manager of a garment factory, Abdur Rahman, to death, Dhaka . Abdur Rahman was returning to his
factory by car after withdrawing the money. The robbers came on motor bikes. This is the second such killing and robbery on the main thoroughfares of the capital within a span of four days.


A gang of terrorist criminals has stabbed the judge of a land  revenue court at Mithapukur inside the court. They were angry with him because he refused to give verdict on a land record case according to their dictate. In Khulna district, an assistant sub-inspector of police has been stabbed by criminals at Srifaltala.


Foreign Oil company UNOCAL will not supply gas to Bangladesh government from Moulvibazar gas field, nor will it do any further development in it unless government accepts the company's preconditions, reports Ittefaq. One
of the pre-conditions is to have a new agreement ensuring payment of the price of gas. Other preconditions  are aimed at pressuring the government not to press for damages to Magurchar gas field and withdraw audit objections to accounts of spending given by UNOCAL.


The well-known Bangladeshi chef Tommy Miah has been bestowed a unique honour by Queen Elizabeth of Britain. Her Majesty has written the foreword of Tommy MIA's cook book "Favorite Recipes of the Raj". Miah has announced
that he will donate the proceeds of the book, hopefully 200,000 sterling pound, for cancer research in UK , the orphanage established at Gazipur by British Airways hostess Pat Kerr and for setting up a number of  school cum flood shelters in other parts of Bangladesh. Queen Elizabeth is the patron of both the Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Britain.


Cable TV operators have begun relaying the free to air channels Fr  yesterday but they are not transmitting the pay channels.


At least 10 persons were wounded at Singair in Manikganj yesterday when BNP activists attacked rivals after being defeated in the municipality polls. Some had gunshot wounds. Meanwhile strike has been observed  in Sherpur area of Bogra protesting the murder of Awami League activist and peasant leader S.M.Azam. General strike was also observed at Gaibandha in protest of the death by drowning of Trisha, a girl child. She jumped into a pond when some bad characters chased her on her way from school.


Former military ruler of Bangladesh General Ershad said yesterday that the declaration in the country's constitution that all powers belong to the people (Art 7) is wrong because all powers belong only to Allah. Ershad has also opposed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's proposal to ban students' politics.

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 Pakistan's High Commissioner in Bangladesh Iqbal Ahmed Khan said yesterday that his country's president, General Pervez Musharaf's visit to Bangladesh, starting July 29, would  be " a harbinger" of  improved trade
and economic relations.


Former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, has said, " It is important that the world community now supports democracy in Pakistan." She said that military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was going to institutionalize dictatorship in Pakistan. Drawing a parallel Bhutto said that the world made a big mistake in 1989 by not helping build democracy in Afghanistan, a failure that led to the rise of Taliban and al-Qaida.


In India opposition members held up proceedings of the country's parliament yesterday demanding that the central government sack the controversial chief minister of riot-torn state Guajarat, Narendra Modi,
and put the state under President's rule.


News agency IPS has reported that in Ahmedabad militant Hindus have set up a temple on a homestead land belonging to Muslim families so that the latter cannot return to their homes. Meanwhile, the election of rocket
and nuclear scientist A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, a Muslim by birth, as President of India have not had any beneficial result yet for the devastated Muslims of Gujarat.


In Afghanistan the government is opposing a proposal by the  country's businessmen to form a committee of their own. A businessman said that the ministers were afraid if the business community formed a committee then the formers interference in trading would come to a stop.

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American telecommunication giant WorldCom yesterday filed USA's largest bankruptcy suit. WorldCom has debts totaling $30 billion. But WorldCom has filed the petition under a law known as chapter 11, which will enable the company to keep itself open and run its business on a smaller scale. WorldCom's CEO John Sidgmore has said that if the court accepts his company's appeal then it may be possible for it to return to normal in the first quarter of next year. WorldCom crashed after it became known that the company has falsely shown a four million dollar income. Sidgmore now says, "Let investigators find and punish the bad guys." WorldCom runs the biggest international call service in USA.

Twenty eight persons have been killed in a fire at a disco in a wealthy district of Lima, capital of Peru last Sunday.

President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines has vowed to get tough on corruption and crime. She acknowledged that these two problems are the most serious concerns of investors.

Iran's President Mohammad Khatami has begun a state visit to Malaysia.

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Sri Lanka scored 509 runs for 9 wickets against Bangladesh in the 2nd day of the first test match. Arvind de Silva scored 206 and Jayasuria scored 145 runs. Today Sri Lanka will continue their batting.

Athar and Farque Ahmed of Bangladesh lost to Indian Blues team in the Double Wicket tournament in the USA. Meanwhile Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi of Pakistan and Hinds and Jacobs of West Indies reached into semifinal.

ICC umpire KT Francies of Sri Lanka will come to Bangladesh to conduct a refreshers course of the umpires of Bangladesh.

IM Rakib and Abdul Malek are in the top position after finishing the 7th round of Standard Chartered Bank FIDE rating chess tournament.  

Football Coach Scollery who led Brazil to win World Cup said, Play may be the best football player in the world but he does not know anything about football. The players of Brazil would be happy if they were not no receive the World cup trophy from his hand. He said this in an interview with a Chilean magazine Sunday last.

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