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

Saturday, July 27, 2002


In the capital, Dhaka, criminals stabbed to death a police sub-inspector of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Nazrul Islam. The criminals knifed him after robbing his service pistol and money while he was returning home after duty by a baby taxi. The murder took place near Asad Gate of Mohammedpur. Police has arrested three suspects.

Agitation and demonstrations by students continued on the Dhaka University campus yesterday (Friday), which was a weekly holiday, demanding the removal of its vice-chancellor, Prof.Anowarullah Chowdhury, and action against police personnel at the Shamsunnahar Hall in the dead of night. Women students have said that male policemen entered the hall and dragged them out of their rooms in a most indecent and cruel manner. Police has
issued a statement saying only women policemen went inside the hall. Three committees, one of those a judicial committee set up by the government, have begun inquiries. Students have accused the ruling BNP's students' wing
Chhatradal for holding out threats to non-partisan students in a bid to break their anti-VC movement.  BNP has lost much prestige due to this incident. Demand for vice-chancellor Chowdhury's removal is getting strong.


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the Syedabad Water treatment Plant today . This source of drinkable water will increase the capital's water supply by more than 200 million litres and greatly reduce the water shortage in the city. Dhaka WASA officials have said that Dhaka needed 16 million litres of water for human use but its supply capability, before commissioning of SWTP, was 12.8 million crores.


An explosion at a medicine-manufacturing factory at Mirpur borught down its roof wounding three workers yesterday. Much of the equipment of the factory were destroyed. The explosion has raised questions how a drug
factory could be set up in an apartment-building in a residential area.


Protests against addictive substance sales and prostitution at many hotels in the old part of Dhaka City have continued. Residents and businesses who had observed a  general strike earlier in the area have threatened enforce general strike for an indefinite period from Tuesday if government does not take strong measures against those crimes. A strike in the area can seriously affect much of the wholesale trade in housing material, electrical goods, glass, paper, plastic products and grocery.


Flood situation in northern Bangladesh continues to be bad. Two children drowned in flood water in Kazipur upazilla od Sirajganj district. Five million people have become marooned. Train links between Dhaka and
northern regions have snapped at two points. Bangladesh Railways has announced suspension of train movement until further notice between Bhadurabad Ghat and Balsai as the ferry ghat for transhipment has gone under water. Mr.L.K.Siddiqui, Water Resources Minister, visited flood and erosion-hit of Sirajganj district yesterday.


The government will start a dialogue with various political organisation for next month about banning students' politics, the daily Ittefaq  reported. The paper said that the government will send formal invitation letters.

A large number of NGOs have set up a coordination, with BRAC chairman Fazle Hossain Abed as its chairperson, after a day-long meeting at Gonoshasthya Kendra at Savar yesterday. Kazi Faruk Ahmed, head of Proshika,
wgose pro-Awami League activities have made him controversial, said that the convention of NGOs was illegal and it was called only to break NGO association ADAB.

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Benazir Bhutto, twice deposed prime minister of Pakistan plans to return to her country from self-exile in England on next August 14th, report news agencies AFP,  Sinhua and PTI. The agencies said that she wished to lead her party, PPP, in general elections on next October 10th.


Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has said that he is reconsidering some of the proposals made by him for changing his country's constitution. There are reports that some members of his own cabinet have expressed reservation about a number of proposals.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged Friday to bring the country's warlords under control through negotiations rather than by force. He said he would resolve regional disputes.


World Bank is confident of raising a significant level of funds to aid war-battered Sri Lanka's reconstruction. Sri Lanka government and the rebel Hindu separatist Tamil Tigers  are now discussing a peace process.


A Pakistani analyst, Khalid Mahmood, has said that Pak President Gen..Pervez Musharraf's tour of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka might heighten tension between Islamabad and New Delhi.


US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives New Delhi today in a bid to cool Indo-Pak tension. He will also travel to Pakistan.

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Israel  continued its military operations in Gaza strip. Israel said it was there to   destroy Palestinian rocket factories. Isreal has contiuned to wreak destruction and death in Palestinian areas through last two weeks.


Russia and China moved a step closer yesterday to building a 1.7 billion dollars pipeline to supply gas from Siberia to North China when China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC)  agreed to provide a loan amounting to half the cost of the pipeline.


The Enron and WorldCom scandals will cost the American economy 42 billion dollars, a study by Brookings Institution said.

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National Bank premier Division Football League begins today after  remaining postponed for 2 days. Rahmatgang and Dhanmondi will face each other at 5 pm.

National Cricket Team  management has invited 3 players from Dhaka to take part in one-day match with Sri-Lanka. The name of the selected cricket players could not be known. Meanwhile, the second test match between Bangladesh and Sri-Lanka begins tomorrow. Orient Bread cup Handball Tournament starts Sunday.  8 teams are taking part in the tournament.

England scored 487 runs in the first innings of its first test match with visiting India. Captain Nasser Hussain secured his attractive 155 runs. India scored 130 for a 3 at the end of yesterday.

Grand master Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh stands at 3rd position after 8th round securing 6 points in the Dresden Chess Festival in Germany.

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