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

Saturday, July 19, 2003


The main opposition Awami League (AL) will lodge protest with the speaker gainst what it calls formation of parliamentary standing committees in violation of the constitution and the Rules of Procedure.

Opposition Awami League will stage demonstration across the country tomorrow protesting the attack on party presidium member Tofail Ahmed in Bhola

A minor coalition party led by Fazlul Haq Amini yesterday backed down on the Netrokona-3 by-election issue that had opened an apparent discord in the ruling alliance.

The joint forces of police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and ansars began a crackdown on criminals, especially members of underground political parties, in southwestern districts Thursday  night.

In an effort to detect loopholes and irregularities in the recruitment process in all public universities during the tenure of previous government, the education ministry has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to halt all appointments, upgradation and promotion in 17 public universities for the next two months Floodwaters swamped fresh lowlands in the central districts including Dhaka and its environs, but marked recession in the northern districts except for Sirajganj and Pabna yesterday.

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Eight Afghan government soldiers were killed today in an attack by suspected members of the ousted Taliban regime in the southeastern province of Khost. The soldiers were travelling in a four-wheel-drive vehicle near a market about 25 km  east of Khost town when they came under attack, Commander Sattar, the deputy head of the provincial border force, told Reuters.

Pakistan's Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami leader Fazlur Rehman on Friday night accused the Indian media of trying to undermine the purpose of his visit. The JUH has invited Rehman and three of his colleagues to India as part of efforts to promote peace between India and Pakistan.

Nepal's Finance Minister Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani Friday announced a budget of 102.4 billion rupees (US$ 1.32 billion) promulgated through a royal ordinance in the absence of a sitting parliament.

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British defense ministry biologist David Kelly,  found dead in woods near his home was caught in the crossfire in a deadly war of words between Britain's public broadcaster and the government over the Iraq conflict.

 Inevitably Kelly's death revived voter mistrust and ensured that the long-running row over whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction showed no signs of fading.US President

George W Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday emphatically defended their campaign to oust Saddam Hussein and the controversial "intelligence" reports over Iraq's suspected nuke programme. The Uniting Church in Australia has become the country's first mainstream denomination to accept homosexual priests.

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Australia bundled Bangladesh out for 97 but unexpectedly met resistance in attempting to ram home the advantage on the opening day of the first-ever Test between the two disparate cricket powers hereon. A tragic batting display in the face of the most ruthless bowling attack in the world left Bangladesh reeling yesterday as the Tigers fell for 97 runs with Australia replying with121-2 at stumps.

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