Thursday, July 25, 2002
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Thursday, July 25, 2002
Dhaka University campus again dipped in
tensions today following police raids on female students Tuesday night and
clashes of the police with the students protesting the police actions. The
incident started Tuesday morning with the rumour of removing the provost
of Shamsunnahar Hall provost Prof. Sultana Shafi. Students of the hall
started demonstrations protesting the removal. As agitation's intensified
Tuesday late right, police raided the shamsunnahar hall at around 3 am and
arrested 18 female students.
The news agitated general students and
started demonstrating on the campus on front of the vice-chancellor
residence. At one stage police charged students with batons and lobbed
teargas. About 200 students were injured. Different versions were bloated
about the incident. One version is that Jatiyatabadi students were
threatened inside the women's dormitory.
Another version says, the agitating
students demanded ouster of Jatiyatabadi student leaders alleging that
they were ex-students. The vice-chancellor clamed the proctor for the
incident. Four assistant proctors who were present at the sport throughout
the period of occurrence also comply with the opinion of the VC. The
police said, they had to enter
into the hall as they heard sound of cries at around 12-15 AM and only
Female police stepped into the hall. The students were arrested responding
to a case filed by a student making the provost as the no-1accussed.
A 7-member inquiry committee has been
formed to investigate into the incident and submit report within 5 days.
The arrested students were later released on bail from the Ramna thana
custody. Chatra League blamed the Chatradal
activist and the Chatradal activities on the other hand, blamed Chatra
League for the incident. Students' strikes have been called on the
University campus. All examinations scheduled for today have been
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF)
traded fire for about half an hour yesterday near the Benapole border over
the killing of Mohammad yusuf, 40, a Bangladeshi farmer. He was shot dead
inside the Bangladesh territory. The Bangladesh government last night
officially condemned the killing. An AFP report from Kulkata quoting
Rmnesh Singh, additional Inspector General of BSF, admitted that their
opened fire, Some bullets, however hit a person killing him instantly.
Overall flood situation of the country may further deteriorate today
(Thursday) with continuous rise of water levels of major rivers, reports
UNB. More low-lying areas of Sirajganj district may be inundated and the
flood situation in Sylhet and Sunnamganj districts may worsen in next 24
hours until 6:00am today.
At least 25 people including three policemen were injured when policemen
tried to disperse a procession during a dawn to dusk hartal called by the
local businessmen in the city`s Kotwali area yesterday. The businessmen of
Kotwali areas clamped on a strike in the area to protest the attack and
extortion by an organised gang and drug abuse in the old part of the city.
Bangladesh was ranked 145th, as it was last year, in the Human Development
Index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that placed
all other South Asian nations ahead of Dhaka. The country, which crawls
behind Nepal getting 142nd position, was placed in the low human
development (LHD) category, the lowest of the three categories in the
Human Development report (HDR), released Wednesday in Bangladesh and
elsewhere in the world simultaneously. Maldives and India have improved
their positions in the HDI by two to 84 and 124 respectively and Bhutan by
one, while the position of Sri Lanka deteriorated to 89 from 87. The
position of Pakistan
and Nepal remained unchanged at 138 and 142 respectively.
The High Court upheld Wednesday the membership in Parliament of Advocate
Abdul Hamid, deputy leader of the opposition. Fazlur Rahman, a lawyer,
filed a writ challenging the membership of the former Speaker who returned
from Mymensingh and took oath from himself.
Two entrepreneurs of UK-based firms called on Foreign Minister M Morshed
Khan at his office Wednesday and discussed setting up of a "Pulping
Technology and Process using jute as a raw material." They were Chief
Executive Officer of UK-based Commodities Group Inc David F Termohlen.
They briefed the Foreign Minister of their patented break through
invention of cost-effective, environment-friendly pulping technology.
Main opposition Awami League (AL) announced Wednesday a country wide
half-day hartal for August 15 protesting cancellation of the official
recognition of the day as the national mourning day.
Government authorities asked Wednesday the Home Ministry to speedily form
"Counterintelligence Unit" for monitoring police activities to ensure a
disciplined policing. The Cabinet Committee on Law and Order also ordered
the Home Ministry for initiating necessary amendment to the police law
commensurate with the needs of present times.
The government of Singapore would not retrench any expatriate Bangladeshi
workers. Instead, it is going to ease the visa system from its Dhaka
office soon, reports The Financial Express. At present, some 50,000
work in Singapore. The amount of foreign exchange remittance from the
country also increased steadily in recent times.
The government will not approve any more independent power project (IPP)
until the distribution system is improved in the country, said State
Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmud yesterday.
Only ten percent of government ministries and agencies of the country have
web sites and most of the sites contain obsolete information, said BRAC
University Vice Chancellor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury at a seminar in the city
The weekly tea sale held here Tuesday witnessed a declining trend due to
poor participation and less support by some major foreign buyers continued
in the auction. Sources said Afghan buyers lent fairly good support to
black well-made Brokens while Pakistan buyers showed some interest in
clean well-made Fanning and also some medium varieties. Buyers from CIS
countries were virtually out of the market.
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The move of democracy building that
swept the world in the last two decades has stalled, with some countries
slipping into authoritarian rule and political conflict, according to a
report titled "Deepening democracy in a fragmented world" released by UNDP
yesterday from New York.
Two major US banking groups arranged Enron-style transactions for a number
of companies that were in essence loans disguised as commodity trades, a
congressional investigator said Tuesday. Robert Roach, chief investigator
for the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations, told a hearing
into Enron finances that Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase have worked out
similar deals with firms other than Enron.
Hong Kong action film hero Jackie Chan is to star in a Hollywood remake of
the classic globe-trotting adventure Around The World in Eighty Days, the
studio said Tuesday. Martial arts stunt star Chan, 48-who made his name in
Tinseltown on such pictures as "Rush Hour" with Chris Tucker and "Shanghai
Noon" with Owen Wilson, says he is looking forward to becoming Jules
Verne's classic hero.
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Bangladesh plunged into deep crisis in
Sri Lanka with a shift of power in the team management, thanks to an
unusual decision of the BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) president. Board
president Ali Asghar on Tuesday evening
gave absolute authority to his director and tour manager Mahmud Ul Haq
Manu, raising fear of drastic changing and chopping in the team, whose
morale was already at a very low with a heavy defeat in the first Test.
Asghar's decision came soon after Bangladesh's defeat by an innings and
186 runs against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club returned to action after nearly a week's rest
with a 3-1 win over Farashganj Sporting Club in the National Bank Premier
Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar continued his impressive run in the
ZMD Open of the Dresden Chess Festival in Germany. Reefat won his sixth
round game against German Fide Mster Hans Joac Vatter on Tuesday to share
the third position with nine playersall with five points.
Few men have so willingly carried out as many roles for England as Alec
Stewart. So it is appropriate that the sometime opening batsman, captain,
middle-order stroke player who is still his country's wicket keeper will
become England's most capped Test player of all time against India at
Lord's today. But the road to 119 Test appearances has not always run
smoothly for the 39-year-old Surrey stalwart.
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