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Thursday,  July 25, 2002

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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 canceled.

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 personnel
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 Bangladeshis
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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