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Sunday,  July 28, 2002

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

Sunday, July 28, 2002


Dhaka University's vice-chancellor Prof. Anowarullah Chowdhury yesterday evening closed the university sine die and ordered the students to vacate the halls but students launched another round of protest at night defying his dictate. Police lobbed tear gas sells at the Arts faculty at  night to disperse students. The order of closure came apparently after the VC failed to quell massive protests by students demanding his removal because of the police action against girls at the Shamsunnahar Hall. Earlier in the day, thousands of students gathered at the Arts faculty
compound to protest police brutality and the VC's resignation. This demonstration was huge but peaceful. Dhaka University teachers have also decided not to work today as a mark of their protest. Prof.Anowarullah  Chowdhury said he would not resign under pressure.


The government of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is apparently worried at the groundswell of protests by non-partisan students at the Dhaka University and sharp reaction of the public at the behaviour of police, pro-BNP non-students and the VC of the Dhaka University. Senior  ministers held meetings with the Prime Minister yesterday about this problem. Daily Star reports that majority of the ministers gave the opinion that Prof. Anowarullah Chowdhury must quit the post of VC.


The Syedabad Water Treatment Plant, which has been built at a cost of Tk584 crores, was commissioned by Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday. The work of the water treatment plant was started in 1991 when Begum Zia was prime minister for her first term. The plant will supply 225 million litres of treated water a day from the river Sitalakhya. Begum Zia announced that government would set up another treated water supply plant at Pagla with a capacity of 450 million litres.


More areas in Jamalpur, Serajganj, Bogra, Manikganj, Rajbari, Munshiganj, Kishoreganj, Narsingdi and Brahmanbaria have gone under flood water. BSS news agency reports that experts have predicted a flood of
medium intensity before mid-August.


Seven persons were killed and 60 others injured when two buses collided at Savar on the Dhaka-Aicha highway. Two other motor vehicles crashed into these two buses seconds after the first collission. 58 persons have died of malaria in 27 days in the greater Chittagong area, reports Prothom Alo.


The High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court summarily  rejected a writ petition seeking an order for issuing a fresh license to  Ekushey Television to continue its broadcasts. The petition was filed among  others by former Chief Justice Kemaluddin Hossain and writer Humayun Ahmed. The High Court Division and the Appellate Division had earlier given the decision that the license granted to Ekushey TV by the previous Awami  League government was illegal and thee was corruption involved in it. At  present, ETV is continuing broadcasts under a temporary permission granted by the Appellate Division to enable it to file a review petition to the court.


The government came under severe criticism yesterday at a seminar organised by the Bangladesh Federation of Chamber of Industries for failing to establish law and order. Members termed the present poor law and order
situation as a major obstruction to economic activities. Law Minister Moudud Ahmed said at the seminar that the government was determined to solve this problem.Home Minister Altaf Hossain said that the country's trade, commerce and other economic activities were being badly hampered by the law and order situation but added that it happened over the past years.


The High Court Division of the Supreme Court has stayed all promotions to the post of deputy secretaries for three months on a petition filed by three assistant secretaries.

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The Vice-President of India, Krishnakant, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 75. Mr.Kishnakant's term was due to be over next month. Three days of mourning has been announced in India on his death. The acting President of Bangladesh Jamiruddin Sircar and Pime Minister Begum  Khaleda Zia have condoled Mr.Krishnakant's death.


65 persons were drowned in the Indian state of Kerala in a boat disaster. The ferry was overloaded. US Secretary of State Colin Powell will press Pakistan and India to resume dialogue to defuse tension. He is now an tour of the two countries.


The Times of India newspaper, published from nine centres in India, have now become the world's largest circulated English broadsheet newspaper. Its circulation has touched 21,40,000 copies, which is 24000 copies more than the front-runner USA Today.

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At least 66 people were injured and more than 50 wounded when Russian-made fighter plane crashed at an air-show in western Ukraine yesterday. The dead are viewers on the ground. The two plots of the plane were able to eject. The plane crashed on the runway after going into a  tailspin. This is the worst disaster at an air show.


The Labour Party has won New Zealand's general election. Prime Minister Helen Clark will be the first woman of that country to be Prime Minister for two successive terms. She will be heading a coalition government.


American rescue workers have dug an emergency shaft up to 350 metres below ground to bring out nine miners trapped in a mine in Pensylvania. The men had been trapped for three days in freezing temperature and cold water, The first of the tapped miners was brought to  the surface at 11 a.m. Bangladesh time.


Famine-hit countries in the Southern African region have refused to accept genetically modified food. This has touched off a big ethical controversy.

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The second test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka begins today at the SSC  Ground in Colombo. Sharp off spinner Murallidharan is not included in the Sri Lankan team. Md. Ashraful will play in the Bangladesh team. Akram Khan
and Aminul Islam Bulbul are out of one day matches. Meanwhile, Naimur Rahman Durjoy, Khaled Mahmud Sujon and Md. Rafique are leaving Dhaka on July 30 to Join the  Bangladesh team.

Dhanmondi club defeated Rahmatganj by 5-4 goals yesterday in tie breaker in the Senior Division Football League. Mukti Jodda and Brothers Union will face each other at 5 pm today.

Enamul Hossain Rajib won but Ziaur Rahman lost the game in the ZMD Open Dresden Chess Festival in Germany. Rajib defeated Gicscn of Germany but Zia lost against Roger Moor of Switzerland. Rifat bin Sattar drew with another
German. All 3 Bangladeshi players secured 6 points each.

Bangladesh shooters ended with fourth place in the Men`s 10 meter Air Rifle pairs at the 17th commonwealth Games yesterday.

England scored 184 runs for 3 wickets on the third day in the second innings of the first test against India at Lord's. India earlier collected to 221 all out in reply to England's first innings of 487.

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