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

Thursday, July 17, 2003


Opposition AwamiLeague yesterday decided to participate in the upcoming parliamentary by-election in Netrokona-3seat. The party in a resolution after an emergency meeting of its Presidium, said AL would contest the elections as a part of its long tradition of movement.

Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami said Wednesday the government has been trying to curb terrorism. He, however, observed that the government needed time to achieve complete success in curbing the acts of terrorism as the it inherited terrorism as a
legacy of the past government.

AwamiLeague yesterday demanded that the government immediately stop the alleged politicisation, nepotism and irregularities in purchasing 'unnecessary'books written by partisan and obscure writers for the schools, colleges government libraries and training institutes.

Awami League Presidium member Tofail Ahmed was assaulted and 25 others were injured, 5 of them critically, when BNP activists allegedly attacked them in Lalmohon upazila sadar Wednesday. Tofail Ahmed went to Lalmohon sadar to attend a condolence meeting and milad mahfil arranged to pray for the salvation of the victims of the recent launch disaster.

The Ministry of Shipping yesterday suspended the chief engineer of the Department of Shipping for negligence of duty in implementing government orders regarding operation of motor launches.

Four members of a family, including two minor girls, were roasted alive and five others suffered critical burn injuries in a devastating fire at a slum in Keraniganj on the outskirt of the capital, yesterday. The fire originated from a mosquito coil in house and engulfed the slum.

A defamation suit was filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and the Prothom Alo Editor Motiur Rahman in a Joypurhat court Tuesday.  Advocate ATM Moksedur Rahmam, member of Joypurhat Lawyers' Association, filed the case.

Fortnightly entertainment magazine Anandabhubanin cooperation with Concord Entertainment Company will hold an "open air" Fantasy Kingdom-AnandabhubanBeauty Contest 2003 at Ashulia, Friday.

The flood situation in the districts of Tangail, Natore and Munshiganj deteriorated further yesterday as the rivers flowing through the districts continued to swell, according to correspondents.

A relentless spell of floods in 23 districts has prompted the inter-ministerial Disaster Management Coordination Committee to hold a meeting today to discuss the overall situation and preparedness for the worse.

Frozen food exporters yesterday urged the government to set up a central auction market or markets for shrimps making processed products readily available to buyers at home and abroad.

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The Bangladesh-India Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting ended in Dhaka yesterday without much headway in duty-free access of products to India and transit -- two main demands by Dhaka and New Delhi. However an agreed minutes was signed by Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan and his Indian counterpart Yashwant Sinha. Both sides decision to start Dhaka-Agartala bus service in August next.

Bangladesh and Vietnam will enhance economic cooperation through increasing volume of bilateral trade and investment. The two countries reached this agreement when Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien held talks with his Bangladesh counterpart M Morshed Khan yesterday afternoon at his office.

At least 10 people were killed and many others injured in rain-related accidents in different parts of the city today, police and Edhi source said. Substantial damage to public and private property was also reported in different parts of the city as a result of a dust-storm that preceded the rain.

An Indian army soldier was killed and another injured in an exchange of artillery and mortars with the Pakistani army over the de facto Kashmir border, while eight people died in Mujahideen violence, police said today.

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In a marked escalation in attacks, suspected insurgents on Wednesday tried to shoot down a US transport plane with a surface-to-air missile, killed an American soldier in a convoy and gunned down the pro-American mayor of a city in the restive 'Sunni Triangle'. The violence came on the eve of a
banned holiday when maintenance Hussein loyalists were expected to demonstrate their power.

U.S. troops are facing a classic guerrilla war in Iraq, spearheaded by Saddam Hussein loyalists, and American forces need to adapt their tactics to crush this increasingly organized resistance, the head of U.S. Central Command said on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats insisted Wednesday that the White House was clearly responsible for including false information about Iraq's weapons program in President Bush's State of the Union speech.

Legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz, the flamboyant and charismatic entertainer known as the "Queen of Salsa," died on Wednesday at her home in New Jersey

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The enthusiasm centering cricket is high in Darwin. The Bangladesh-Australia Test starting on Friday being the maiden on the soil of Australia's Northern Territory made it the talk of the town. Australia are expected to tone down its sledging when it takes on Test cricket fledgling Bangladesh this week.

A football training camp for women organised by Bangladesh Women Sports Federation will commence from July 21 at the Dhanmondi Women Sports Complex. Interested female players who are willing to join the camp, have been asked to submit their names to Quamrun Nahar Dana, general secretary of BWSF immediately.

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