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

Sunday, July 27, 2003


The government move to raise the retirement age and stop contractual appointment of civil ervants made headway yesterday when a vital parliamentary body gave nod to a bill seeking to address the causes.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has asked ruling party lawmakers from Khulna to work in coordination for ensuring law and order as well as socio-economic development of the region.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) is planning to field a candidate on the basis of understanding with like-minded parties for the Netrokona-3 by-election scheduled for August 21.

A month-long programme including mourning rallies, processions, discussion meetings and musical functions would be arranged by the Awami League in observance of the 'National Mourning Day' marking the 28th anniversary of martyrdom of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman starting from August 1.

Jatiya Party Chairman H M Ershad yesterday underlined the need for initiating reforms in the country's political system for the sake of democracy. He also said," we have to overcome the persisting political crisis in the country".

Addressing a discussion meeting organised by Nirmul Committee in the city, the leaders of different political parties and members of civil society yesterday vowed afresh to work together against the anti-liberation forces.

 Bangladesh Bank (BB) has asked non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs) to slash their interest rates and to develop alternative markets so that pressure on deposits could come down. The  central bank has also asked the leasing and finance companies to enlist into the bourses  immediately to help revamp the countryıs almost moribund capital market.

The countryıs 51 commercial banks are expected to submit their reports to the Bangladesh Bank (BB) by this afternoon detailing whether any account or funds of 55 Iraqis "most wanted" including their fallen President Saddam Hussein and his two dead sons, remains with the financial institutions.
The election of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), has once again become uncertain as the changes in the electoral system have been challenged in the High Court.

Bangladesh is like to have a better production of tea this year, thanks to reasonable amount of rainfall in the main tea producing region, experts hoped.

The price index at Dhaka Stock Exchange remained unchanged with gainers dominating the losers while trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange ended mixed yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers.

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FBangladesh has urged Pakistan to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for Bangladeshi goods like jute products and pharmaceutical items to help narrow the existing trade gap between the two  countries.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri on Saturday suggestedresumption of talks with India at the foreign secretary level followed by political negotiations.

The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has called for a concerted national effort against HIV/Aids, as new figures show a sharp rise in the number of Indians infected with the virus. More than 4.5 million Indians were infected with HIV/Aids by the end of 2002, India's National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) reported on Friday.

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Three US soldiers have been killed while guarding a children's hospital near Baghdad in the latest in a wave of attacks that have not been stopped by the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons. More than 246 people were injured in northeastern Japan Saturday as a strong earthquake measuring 6.

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An unbeaten century from Darren Lehmann put Australia in firm control of the second Test against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Bangladesh failed to build on early success as Steve Waugh and Co took control of the second and the final Test on the second day yesterday. Australia, who lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning by one innings and 132 runs in Darwin, looked set to make it 2-0 when they reached 351 for three at stumps in reply to the visitors' 295 all out.Darren Lehmann was batting on 156 and the Australian skipper on 74 at close of play.

Bangladesh Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took a solo lead in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship with 4.5 points at the end of the fifth round in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday.

Barisal is all set to stage a major football event after quarter of a century when the third leg of the Nitol-Tata National Football League begins there today.

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