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

Tuesday, July 15, 2003


Parliament yesterday passed four identical bills upgrading four BITs (Bangladesh Institute of Technology) to full-fledged engineering and technology universities.

The results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations of 2003 will be published today, a government handout said. The results of SSC Vocational under Bangladesh Technical Education Board and those of Madrassah Education Board will also be published simultaneously. The examinations were held between March 27 and April 12 this year.

Construction of a seven-kilometre-long flyover from Jatrabari to Gulistan at a cost of Tk 500 crore is likely to begin this November and scheduled to be complete in three years.

Monsoon rains and onrush of swirling inflow of water from upstream have worsened the spell of floods and waterborne diseases have spread among hundreds of people.

After a six-day operation, t he search operators traced the sunken vessel MV Nasrin-1 about  120 feet deep in water in the Meghna river yesterday.

Freshly posted officials and employees of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) at Sadarghat yesterday were given one week's time to put the prime launch terminal in order.   

The lawyers of the Supreme Court yesterday boycotted the Appellate Division, protesting the appointment of Justice MM Ruhul Amin to the Division who superseded his senior colleague of the High Court Division.

The editor-publisher of The Daily Star, Mahfuz Anam, through his lawyer, Dr Kamal Hossain, has served a legal notice on Salauddin Quader Chowdhury MP for defamatory statements in an article under his signature published in The Daily Inqilab on July 2, 2003. A similar notice was also served on AMM Bahauddin and ASM Bakibillah, the editor and the publisher of The Daily Inqilab for publishing the article.

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The Indian government Monday announced it will not send troops to Iraq to join a stabilisation force, ending months of dithering on the politically-explosive issue. The decision came after two hours of
deliberations within the security cabinet headed by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee

Dhaka and New Delhi yesterday agreed to talk free trade agreement (FTA) in October as top-level officials of two sides met on the first day of the Joint Economic Council meet. The meeting, sixth in the roll and being held after six years, also discussed the framework of transit.& nbsp, The sentiment of the discussion was echoed by Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, who arrived Dhaka on a special aircraft in the evening.

A Pakistani delegation from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party is to make a private visit to India aimed at promoting a peace dialogue between the two countries, a JUI spokesman said Monday. "Four JUI leaders have applied for visas to the Indian embassy in Islamabad,& uot; Riaz Durrani told AFP.

Five Mujahideen, three Indian security force personnel and two civilians were killed in a fresh spate of separatist-violence in occupied Kashmir, officials said Monday.

Nepal's Government has issued a formal request to Maoist rebels to resume stalled peace talks. The government has signalled it is willing to yield on some of the demands made by the Maoists. 

Nepalís  Crown Prince Paras Sunday launched two television channels coinciding with the 57th birthday celebrations of the King. The Prince launched the regular transmission of Kantipur Television Network which will telecast seven hours of news and entertainment programmes every day,
the Network said. The channel obtained a license last year for a terrestrial channel. The Crown Prince also launched countryís first metro channel, Image Metro.

Two former Bihar chief ministers - Laloo Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra - accused in the fodder scam cases received relief on Monday when the Supreme Court granted them regular bail. So far they were getting interim bail for a limited period and had to approach the court for its extension.

In the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, floods, landslides and lightning have killed 67 persons in 30 out of the kingdom's 75 districts since June 15, the Home Ministry said Monday.

The monsoon rain has flooded large areas in the north Indian state of Assam and flashed major connecting hill tracks of the north West Bengal districts. Heavy rains in Gujarat have killed 19 people so far with five deaths being reported in the last two days. Three of the 19 died of electrocution, said officials.

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The Bush Administration is disappointed at India's call not to send troops to Iraq but says the decision will not affect the bilateral relations between the two countries.

President Bush considers sending US personnel to help restore peace in African country of Liberia, after meeting UN leader Kofi Annan.

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally found a sponsor for the national cricket  team. Grameen Phone, a leading cellular phone operator, will play patron to the Tigers for the next two years. The sponsorship deal is believed to be in the region of Taka one crore.

Bangladesh claimed their second win in three matches on their tour of Australia with victory over the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI in Darwin. The tourists began the fourth and final day on 90 for four and reached their target of 187 just after lunch.

Nepal beat Maldives by 344 runs in the first fixture of the U-19 Youth Asia Cup in Karachi Monday, report from the Pakistani port city said.

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