July 30, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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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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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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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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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