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

Sunday, July 13, 2003


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said quality and competitive prices will determine the entry of Bangladeshi products into the international market.

The International Monetary Fund on Friday praised Bangladesh's prudence on managing the recovery of its economy but said challenges lay ahead to further boost growth and reduce poverty.

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has said under pressure from donors, the government is going to form a 'subservient' anti-corruption commission to protect the 'corrupt' ruling coalition men.

Local unit of Awami League has called for half-day hartal in the western bordering town of Chapainawabganj on July 20 to protest arrest and case filed against the party workers.

The government yesterday decided to act tough against the officials and employees responsible for allowing passenger launches with faulty designs to operate and failing to maintain discipline at Sadarghat river terminal.

Twenty-five bodies of the victims of Tuesday's Chandpur launch disaster were recovered from the downstream of the river Meghna Saturday, raising the total recovery to 118.  The 24 bodies were found in the rivers of Meghna, Tentulia,Maskata,AndarManikand Ilisha in Barisal.

Flood situation in 10 districts further deteriorated yesterday with the onrush of waters in the country's major rivers, particularly in the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. The raging Sitalakhya river threatened to submerge houses of about one million people when it overflowed the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) Dam yesterday.

Renowned lawyer and two-time adviser of the caretaker government Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed died of old-age complications at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. He was 72.

The trouble-ridden Shahbazpur gas field development project yesterday got over yet another fright when operators finally managed to free its stuck-up drilling string after over 45 days.

The government yesterday appointed Justice MM Ruhul Amin  to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court by superseding a senior judge of the High Court Division.

In the  biggest ever haul of  mobile cellular telephone sets, the Customs officials at ZiaInternational Airport (ZIA)yesterday seized 1,481 pieces of sets of different brands worth about Tk1.25 crore from four homebound passengers of a Gulf Airways flight from Abu Dhabi.

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In a press meet Friday, Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Hussain Khokhar said in Kathmandu that Pakistan supports China's inclusion in SAARC as it would obviously benefit South Asia. Meanwhile, Nepal's Foreign Ministry, in a press statement Friday, said, Nepal and Pakistan held talks and discussed
bilateral cooperation, regional and international issues.

Some 200 fuming students Friday set ablaze the Central Department of Education, Kirtipur under the Tribhuvan University, for "utter negligence in copy checking and providing poor marks".

Five opposition parties in Nepal yesterday announced the sixth phase of their weekly protest against the King for perceived 'regressive actions' Saturday, opposition parties said. A movement committee finalized the protest Friday. The parties decided to stage sit-ins in front of government offices and obstruct tax payments. For the first time, the opposition will launch a signature campaign demanding the convening a session of the dissolved parliament and a meeting of the district assemblies

China has launched what is believed to be the first website aimed at giving young Chinese people advice on sexual health. Leading experts on infectious diseases say China and India - the world's two most populous countries - are facing a potential Aids disaster.

Under the combined pressure of the VHP and the RSS, the Indian ruling party BJP agreed late on Saturday to consider the possibility of enacting a law for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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The first post-Saddam Hussein governing body of Iraqis will hold its inaugural meeting today, a watershed event on the nation's path to democracy, said the top U.S. administrator, promising the council will have "real political power."

US President George W. Bush ended a five-nation tour of Africa in the continent's oil giant Nigeria, pledging support for peace-making efforts and the war on HIV/AIDS.

The second African Union (AU) summit in Maputo was drawing to a close after two days of deliberation where heads of state elected new leaders responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation. Former Malian president Alpha Oumar Konare will head the commission and Patrick
Mazimhaka, Rwanda's minister for the Great Lakes region, is his deputy. He will step down from his ministerial post.

In the South Pacific  nation of Solomon Islands,  about 200 rebels surrounded the prime minister's office on Friday, demanding money so they could return to their home island. They were dispersed by armed police officers.

Australian pop singer and actress Delta Goodrem is suffering from cancer. Goodrem, 18, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a treatable form of lymphatic cancer.

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Bangladesh clinched third spot in the qualifying round of the Asian Men's Basketball Championship beating Sri Lanka 70-61 on Saturday at the Talkotra Indoor Stadium in New Delhi. It was Bangladesh's first ever win against Sri Lanka in international basketball.

Argentine fifth seed Mariano Zabaleta reached the Swedish Open final with a surprise 2-6 6-3 6-4 win over Spanish top seed and defending champion Carlos Moya on Saturday.

A tremendous effort in the field and a solid batting start marred only by two late dismissals positioned Bangladesh for a real chance to win their four-day match against the Chief Minister's XI in Darwin.

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