July 17, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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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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
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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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
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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