Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Sunday, July 20, 2003
Khaleda Zia has said politics in Bangladesh must be transformed to meet
the demands of present global system. "We should bring qualitative
change in politics as it is above everything in the modern state
mechanism," she said while inaugurating the 9th National Convention
of Bangladesh Political Science Association (BPSA) at Hotel Sonargaon
The main opposition Awami League (AL) recently decided to talk its
like-minded left-leaning parties into a common platform against the BNP-led
four-party alliance government.
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returns home from Italy at 9:30am
today (Sunday) after attending an international roundtable meeting in
The four-party alliance leader and Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has
nominated Begum Khadiza Amin, wife of late Nurul Amin Talukder MP, as the
alliance candidate for the by-election to Netrakona-3 seat of Parliament.
The seat fell vacant following the death of Nurul Amin last month.
The government has asked all the officers and employees of the republic to
ensure presence at their respective offices for the first 40 minutes of
office hours from 9 am. The Cabinet division issued a circular in this
regard on Saturday.
Direct train communication between Gazipur and the divisional headquarters
of Khulna and Rajshahi begins later this month.
The launch owners association has decided to operate launches on at least
four routes during the day starting next month. The routes are those
connecting Dhaka to the four district towns of Barisal, Patuakhali,
Pirojpur and Bhola.
A wedding reception party turned into a mayhem when unidentified gunmen
opened fire inside a community centre, killing a woman and wounding at
least 12 at Kazipara in Kafrul yesterday.
An over 11,000-strong joint force comprising police, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
and Ansar launched a special drive last night to flush out criminals and
underground activists in southwestern districts.
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India has made
impressive progress in increasing incomes and improving living standards
in the past decade but badly lags on several social fronts, a World Bank
study has said. India's record on curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS and
reducing rural unemployment was particularly dismal, the study said.
India's ruling party Saturday brandished its Hindu nationalist ideology
ahead of crucial general elections and said it supported passing a law to
build a temple in the northern city of Ayodhya, where an ancient Mosque
was demolished in 1992.
A rocket was fired at a US Special Forces base inside the former house of
Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar in Kandahar, without causing
Six people were killed and 20 others injured in separate explosions and
shoot-outs Saturday and overnight in Kashmir, a police spokesman said.
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With a number
of countries wary of sending troops to Iraq under the aegisof the
Anglo-American occupation forces, the US on Saturday said it was in
consultation with the UN in desperately seeking to bring around these
In his first major report on post-war Iraq, UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan said Friday that Iraqis did not want democracy imposed on them by
outsiders and rated lawlessness as their primary concern.
US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the United States
wasunprepared for the collapse of law and order in post-war Iraq and the
subsequent difficulties there.
Iraq's American-backed administration failed in its first week to choose a
president, abandoning that mission in favor of a weak, three-man rotating
leadership. The top U.S. official in Iraq who hand-picked the
Governing Council returned to Washington while an insurgency killed
Two days after he testified before Parliament, British arms expert - David
Kelly committed suicide, slitting his left wrist, authorities said
Saturday. His death has shaken Britain's government and raised questions
about whether Blair has "blood on his hands." That larger
world led the 59-year-old scientist into stressful, unpleasant
circumstances, caught in the battle between the media and the government
over the honesty of Prime Minister Tony
Blair's case for war.
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unbowed, the Bangladesh Tigers yesterday proved they deserve a place in
international Test cricket. Starting at 121-2, Bangladesh held Australia
to six hours and 118 overs before the declaration at 407-7 a feat which
was clearly unexpected by the Australians, with century-makers Steve Waugh
and Darren Lehmann singling out Bangladeshi fielding and bowling for
praise in Darwin, Australia.
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