July 05, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Saturday, July 05, 2003
send 1,276 men of armed forces to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a
major contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation there.
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has demanded a judicial inquiry and
a parliamentary probe into the biggest ever ammunition and explosives haul
at Kahalu in Bogra.
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-Jamaat
government for destroying what she said "the three pillars of the state"
-- the judiciary, legislature and the executive. Hasina alleged
that the government is politicising the judiciary, not allowing the
opposition to speak in parliament and using the bureaucracy to serve its
Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung arrives in Dhaka tonight carrying a
letter of the Myanmar head of government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
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attack on a packed Shi'ite mosque in southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta
during Friday prayers killed at least 44 people and wounded 65 others,
sending enraged Shiite Muslims on a rampage. The attack came when about
2,000 people were saying weekly Jumma prayer in the mosque. The
government called in troops and imposed a curfew to try to quell the
Pakistani businessmen visiting Delhi amid a thaw in relations between the
nuclear arch rivals Friday urged India to ease transport bottlenecks in
the flow of goods across its borders.
Six people were killed and 30 others injured, including a senior
government minister, in separate attacks by Mujahideen in Kashmir on
Friday, officials said.
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claiming to be Saddam Hussein says he is in Iraq mobilising resistance
against the US-led coalition. The broadcast comes in an Al-Jazeera
television broadcast as the top US official in Iraq, Paul Bremer,
announced a $25m reward for information leading to the capture of Saddam
The Americans have been facing armed resistance in Iraq, with at least 19
US troops killed in attacks since 1 May. On Thursday, a sniper killed a US
soldier guarding the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. On Friday 18
soldiers were injured when mortar bombs were fired at one of the largest
US military bases in Iraq, also near Balad.
A United Nations committee says it has found no evidence of a connection
between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terror network. The UN terrorism committee
has released a draft report on al-Qaeda and
remnants of the Taleban from Afghanistan.
Japan's lower house of parliament approves the use of troops to help
Iraq's post-war reconstruction. The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell,
has said America should not get involved in Iran's internal politics. In a
radio interview, he said Washington should stay away from the "family
fight" between the country's reformists and conservatives.
Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian militant in the West Bank city
of Qalqilya. Earlier, Israeli forces closed the main road in the Gaza
Strip for several hours, after a rocket attack on an Israeli
settlement in which three people were wounded.
A leading American expert on infectious diseases says China and India -
the world's two most populous countries - are facing a potential Aids
disaster. The Aids situation there was akin to what Africa experienced a
decade ago, , the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, Julie Gerberding, told a conference in Singapore. China says
it has at least a million people with Aids, but the UN estimates this
could reach 10 million by the end of the decade.
Leaders from southern Africa are meeting in Lesotho to discuss ways of
fighting the HIV and Aids epidemic that is devastating the region. It is
the first time the regional forum, the Southern Africa Development
Community, has focused on the HIV crisis. One in three people in southern
Africa is now infected with the virus.
Smoking in public places has been banned in Tanzania under a new law that
came into effect on 1 July. It is also an offence to sell tobacco
products to persons under the age of 18. Tobacco is a major foreign
exchange earner and tobacco-growers have condemned the law.
Nigeria's fuel strike is continuing for a fifth day despite indications
that a deal between government and unions may be close. The streets of the
capital, Abuja and the biggest city, Lagos, remain quiet on Friday, while
shops and banks are closed.
Just over a month ago, the Cambodian authorities arrested three alleged
members of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the organisation believed to be behind
last year's bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali. The government also
closed down an Islamic school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, saying it
had links to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. The Cambodia's small
Muslim minority had suffered terribly at the hands of the fanatical Khmer
Rouge regime in the 1970s.
Australia is planning its biggest armed intervention in the South Pacific
since World War II. As many as 1,500 military personnel and police
officers are set to be deployed in a multinational force to restore order
to the Solomon Islands. The twisting archipelago, 2,500 km (1553 miles)
northeast of Sydney is in chaos. Law and order has crumbled in a country
once known as "The Happy Isles".
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and Jacques Rudolph's unbroken stand of 145 guided South Africa to a seven
wicket win over England in the triangular series day-night one-day
international at Old Trafford here Thursday.
Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer bludgeoned US fifth seed Andy Roddick 7-6
(8/6), 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 43min Friday to race into the final of the men's
singles at Wimbledon, setting up a meeting with Australia's Mark
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