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Monday, July 29, 2002
Monday, July 29, 2002
Left-leaning students' organisations
called a six-hour general strike from 6 a.m. today (Monday) in the
capital, Dhaka, to protest the police raid inside Shamsunnahar Hall, a
girls' hostel, of Dhaka University last Wednesday and harassment of
girls by male policemen. Student supporters of one faction of JSD
have also supported today's
Students of Dhaka University staged demonstrations in the campus throughout the day, even amidst heavy rain. A group of teachers staged a silent procession protesting the police action and demanding removal of vice-chancellor Prof.Anowarullah Chowdhury. The university was heavily guarded by police. Most of the students, however, left the university on orders of the VC. He has also declared the university closed for an indefinite period.
Minister for Local Government and
Secretary General of the ruling BNP regretted the police action at the
Dhaka University and said that the government was very worried about it.
He, however, appealed to all not to try to make political profit from
these incidents. Minister of State for Education, Ehsanul Huq Milon, has
also regretted the incidents.
Controversial vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof.Anowarullah Chowdhury has said that he will resign if proved guilty, reports Jugantar.
The new ambassador of the European Commission to Bangladesh, Esko Kentraschynkyj, who met Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday, told her that EC would give 560 million Euro to Bangladesh as aid duing the period 2002-6. He also gave the assurance that EC would allow Bangladesh to export goods quota-free and duty-free after 2004 when WTO regulations come into operation.
The government has taken up a plan to
build 250,000 apartments for middle and low income group of citizens,
Minister of State for Housing and Works Alamgir Kabir has said. He said
that World Bank, European Union and
Water level of the major rivers
Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma, Kushiara and their tributaries have gone up
yesterday worsening the overall flood situation in the country. A big
portion (250 feet) of the groyen of the Sirajganj Town Protection
Embankment collpased yesterday due to scouring below the surface of the
Minister of State for Commerce,
Barkatullah Bulu, yesterday inaugurated a café and hotel named Samrat
which is owned by the second wife of infamous criminal Sweden Aslam. Asked
by the newspaper Prothom Alo , the
Awami League and the alliance of 11
left parties are holding negotiations to come closer and to launch a
united or simultaneous movement against the government.
An accused in a murder case and his gang-members beat up two journalists of Rupganj and through them in the river. They smashed parts of their body by hitting them with hammers. The journalists are Anowar Hossain and Birol Ahmed. The jounalists had reported the arrest of the alleged murderer. This incident occurred after the accused came out of jail on bail. Boatmen rescued the two journalists from the river.
The Gurkha National Front has decided to begin agitations again to press their demand for a separate Gurkha state with the Himalaya mountain district Darjeeling.
Jamiat-ul-Mujahedin, a militant organisation for liberation of Indian-held Kashmir has threatened to kill anyone who takes part in the elections in the state. This terrorist organisation has accepted responsbility for the killing of three members of Kashmir's ruling National Conference.
Pakistan's former prime minister
Benazir Bhutto has been re-elected te president of her Pakistan People's
President Bush of USA and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain have agreed on the terms of attack on Iraq, accoding the Guardian newspaper of London. The two countries plan to attack Iraq if that country does not allow UN inspectors to investigate nuclear facilities. Guardian said that the Bush-Blair plan is to use 30,000 troops, an armoured division and assaults from air and sea.
Arabs at the grass-roots level have begun to boycott some US products including Coca-Cola to punish that country for its support to Israel against Palestinians, reports the American news agency A.P
Bangladesh stopped Sri Lanka at 301 for 8 wickets on the first day of the second test at Colombo. Sri Lanka begins the day today with batteing.
The National Bank
Primier Division Football League is postponed for the third time. The
league may again start on July 31. Menwhile, BRTC defeated Mirpur
Chalantika by 3-1 goals in the First Division Football League
The Orient Bread cup Handball tournament began yesterday at the Handball Ground. Victoria defeated Jamalpur by 23-21 goals in the opening match.
AB Bank Metropolitan Table Tennis opening game started yesterday with Jagarani TT club, Shamibag, Khelakhar and Orka club as the competitors.
India scordad 232 for 6 wickets in the second innings of the first test at Lords in England. India will have to secure 336 runs with 4 wickets in hand to win the match.
Brazillean football star Rivaldo has joined Italian club AC Milan learing spairs Bercelona.
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