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Sunday, July 20, 2003


Prime Minister 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 yesterday.

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 Rome.

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 casualties.
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 nations.

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 another American.

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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Bloodied but 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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