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 July 24, 2002

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

 July 24, 2002


The flood situation in Bangladesh has deteriorated especially in the districts of Sylhet, Sirajganj , Kurigram and Chittagong. The road link of Chittagong with Cox'sbaza, Khagrachhari and Bandarban has been disrrupted as water is flowing over these roads at several places. Flood Forecasting Centre has said that the flood situation in Kurigram and Sirajganj may worsen today.


Finance Minister Saifur Rahman has said that the government aims to start floating exchange rate from next mid-November.  The government has finalised the Industrial Policy for 2002 naming CNG as one of the thrust sectors, reports the Financial Express.


Bangladesh has been placed in the 72nd position among 88 developing countries in the Human Development Index published by UNDP. Its position is the lowest among SAARC countries. UNDP said that more than 77.8 per cent of
the Bangladesh population earned less than two dollars a day, reports Prothom Alo.


In the horrifying  case of sex criminals forcing  a little school girl, Trisha, to drown to death police in Gaibandha has submitted charge-sheet against three young men accusing them of murder. In  a bid to calm down angry public protest police moved swiftly, under the instruction of the Home Minister Altaf Hossain,  bringing formal charges of
murder against the three youths within a week of the incident. The three criminals are in custody. Police said that they have confessed to their crime. Trisha had jumped into a pond fearing sex attack by these three when they chased her on her way to home from school. People in Gaibandha had staged demonstrations and strikes demanding punishment of the killers.


There are serious complaints against the police and civil administration of Gaibandha that they did nothing against bad characters who used to harass girls on the streets. Journalists report from Gaibandha that the problem of girl teasing was raised several times at the meetings of the town law and order committee and also  the girl school authorities had written a letter to the D.C. about the problem.


The Election Commission has decided to deploy army troops in Sandwip for holding fresh municipal elections. No voter had cast his vote in the election for Sandwip municipality last July 20 making it a fiasco . BNP activists had allegedly warned voters not to vote. The Sandwip chapter of BNP had wanted a new election schedule for the elections so that five thousand voters of newly created wards could vote. They have apparently succeeded in their strategy, as the Election Commission would now have to announce new schedules for fresh elections.


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has instructed the Ministry of Food to take steps to bring down the prices of rice and other food items. She held a meeting with Food Minister Abdullah al Noman yesterday about the food price situation. Commerce Minister Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury visited Kawranbazar in the capital yesterday to investigate the price situation himself. Traders at the market have told him prices of rice, sugar, lentil,
cooking oil and vegetable have increased.


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will start talks soon with political parties, associations of professionals and teachers organisations about her proposal to ban student's politics. The daily Jugantor  says she held a two
and half-hours' long meeting with nine ministers about the problem and her moves.


Dhaka City Corporation has taken up an urgent programme to repair four major roads of Dhaka city. DCC Mayor Sadeq  Hossain Khoka said that these roads would be repaired within six days. These roads are Greed Road, Malibagh-Mowchak, Khilgaon-Sayedabad,  and the portion in front of Rajdhani market at Tikatuli. Huge traffic jams occur at these places because of the dilapidated condition of the roads at these spots. Meanwhile, DCC has prepared a plan for repairing the damaged roads all over Dhaka city which will cost Tk.165 crores.


Tuesday every week has been declared as no" meeting day" by the government to enable ministers and officials to attend to work at their own offices, reports UNB.


The Metropolitan Sessions Judge of Dhaka has fixed August 28for framing of charge against former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other accused persons in the corruption case relating to appointment of a lobbyist for Bangladesh in USA. Bureau of anti-corruption has said that the lobbyist was appointed in a manner that broke government rules.


The main opposition party Awami League has criticized the government of Begum Khaleda Zia for deciding not to observe officially a national mourning day on the occasion of the death anniversary of assassinated president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Acting president of Awami League Abdus Samad Azad has said that the government has taken the side of the killers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


Former military ruler of Bangladesh, Lt.Gen.Hussain Mohammed Ershad has said that government is trying to ban student politics instead of stamping out violent crimes.


World Bank's country director in Bangladesh, Frederick Temple, has said that corruption is increasing in the country because of lack of transparency in the government administration's work. 138 Bangladeshi army officers have requested  the government to ask Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharaf during his visit here to
return the asset which they wee forced to leave behind in Pakistan when they were repatriated after Bangladesh was liberated.


A cabinet committee headed by Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday decided that this year government will give old age allowance to five lakh persons. Family of every freedom fighter will be given an assistance of Taka 25000 after his demise, the committee decided.


Criminals gunned two persons in two separate incidents in Dhaka city yesterday.

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·Pakistan's military ruler President General Pervez Musharraf has decided not to use Indian air space while flying to Bangladesh from Islamabad on an official visit next July 29.


General Pervez Musharraf has relaxed a new law about politicians enabling non-graduates among them to be party leaders. He had earlier put the condition that every politician who wanted to be an elected legislator must be a graduate.


Pakistan's opposition leader Benazir Bhutto has said that her country does not have the capability to carry out a war against India.


A former president of Pakistan , Faruq Leghari, has opposed General Pervez's proposal that the country should have a strong security council which will have the power to sack an elected government.


The Home Minister of Pakistan, Moinuddin Haider, has said that someof the accused in the Wall Street reporter Pearl Muder case have confessed that some Arabs want to kill General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military


India's minister of state for home, Vidya Rao, said yesterday that India would not attack terrorist camps inside Pakistan. He said that India was interested in talks with Pakistan on Kashmir.


The Hindu fundamentalist organisation Vishya Hindu Parishad has announced three-day programme for building the Ram Mandir at the site of Babri mosque in Ayodhya. The programme will start next Nov 15 and 125000 Kar Sevaks are expected to take part. A similar move had sparked off the anti-Muslim riots in the Indian state Gujarat.


Share markets around the globe were sliding down in the wake of  the bankruptcy of the telecom giant WorldCom of USA. A court in USA has however allowed the company to continue its business with borrowed funds so
that it could return to normal business.


US President, George Bush, has claimed that the fundamentals of the American economy are sound in spite of corporate scandals.


The US Congress has voted funds to the government to increase television and radio broadcasts to Muslim countries in a bid to counter rising anti-American sentiments among Muslims.


Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, now on a visit to Malaysia, has blasted the USA for " steering the world towards war". " We live in a frightening situation today", Khatami said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.


Venezuela will resume oil supplies to Cuba, it has been announced by the two governments. Venezuelan oil supplies to Cuba had remained suspended for the last four months.

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Sri Lanka win by an innings and 196 runs. So as expected Sri Lanka win well within three days of a five day Test match Bangladesh 161 & 184 Sri Lanka 541/9 declared.  

Muralidharan of Sri Lanka touched the World Record of Richard Hadley related to taking 5 wickets for 36 times  in an innings. He  toutched this record in the first test match against Bangladesh.  

The National Bank Premier Division Football League resumes this afternoon at 5-30 pm with Mohammedan and Farashganj facing each other at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

IM Abdullah al Rakib of Bimaan topped the position after seventh round of Standard Chartered Bank Fide Rating Chess Tournament.

IM Rifat bin Sattar and Enamul Hossain Rajib won the fifth round match at the Z M D Open Chess in Germany.

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