Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
July 07, 2003
Leader of the Opposition in parliament
and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to launch a
united movement to unseat the coalition government, saying that it has
betrayed people by fomenting anarchy and failing to control prices of
essentials. Addressing a public meeting at Chapainawabganj Government
College ground on the second leg of her three-day tour of three northern
districts, Hasina said public life is insecure under the rule of Prime
Minister Khaleda Zia, who she termed the "godmother of terrorists".
Ruling coalition leaders yesterday vowed to resist the Awami League
sponsored 'anarchy, violence, destruction and anti-state activities'. They
alleged that the main opposition was engaged in anti-state activities and
wants to come to power through the path of subversion.
The government introduced an amendment bill in the Jatiya Sangsad
yesterday to form a special force, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), to
improve law and order.
The Jatiya Sangsad last night passed the Code of Criminal Procedure
(Amendment) Bill, 2003 providing for deduction of the period an accused
serves in jail custody from the term of imprisonment given by the court.
The law also provides that if the total period of custody before
conviction is longer than the term of imprisonment, the accused will be
considered to have served out the punishment and will be released
The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in
a week why the formation of Gram Sarkar should not be declared
unconstitutional. The rule came upon a writ filed by the Bangladesh Legal
Aid and Services Trust in the form of public interest litigation
challenging two Sections of the Gram Sarkar Act, 2003.
With heavy onrush of water from the uplands, the flood situation in the
northern region of the country continues to aggravate.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at a meeting yesterday directed all ministries
concerned to closely monitor the situation of the rivers in the country.
Police and BDR forces recovered 975 more bullets from the Jogarpara in
Bogra yesterday. Bullets recovered so far from Bogra add up to 96,257.
Police said the search for more ammunition and explosives will continue.
An order issued by a court at Chapainawabganj for release of a car seized
by customs officials with alleged smuggled goods has been stayed by the
High Court, sources here said. The 'unclaimed' car was seized on August
29 last year after the anti-smuggling task force in Chapainawabganj
recovered 230 ounces of gold and Tk 7.50 lakh from the car.
Shaikh Jahan Ali, 34, chairman of Surkhali union, also general secretary
of the BNP Batiaghata thana unit, died instantly, as the gang sprayed
bullets at about 10:30pm Saturday at Gaoghara Bazaar in Batiaghata in
Khulna district. The fire left five others injured.
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Bilateral relations between Bangladesh
and Myanmar received a positive spurt with Dhaka's assurance to the
visiting Myanmar foreign minister, U Win Aung, that Dhaka will not allow
its territory for use by any power to harm Myanmar.
Three rockets were fired at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan
Sunday but missed their target, witnesses said, adding that nobody was
hurt in the attack. The first missile fell in a dry riverbed several
hundred metres (yards) from the airport, while two others landed in a
The RSS national executive on Sunday brought a fresh twist to the issue of
Indo-Pak peace talks by demanding the return of "every inch of
India has the most protected and least open economy in the world and its
trade barrier is the highest in South Asia, discloses a recent study of
the World Bank (WB). "India's trade barriers are the highest in the
region, the least transparent and the most complex," the WB report
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An assailant shot and killed a U.S.
soldier waiting to buy a soft drink at Baghdad University, firing once
from close range in the third such assault in nine days on Sunday. The
style was coldly similar to the killing of the young British freelance
cameraman, who was shot in the head outside a Baghdad museum on Saturday.
Another US soldier died of his injuries after being shot in Baghdad a day
after seven Iraqi police recruits were killed in a bombing, as a tide of
violence in Iraq showed no sign of receding.
Unknown assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at a US patrol in the
Iraqi town of Ramadi west of Baghdad, witnesses said.
U.S. troops on patrol in Baghdad and other areas have been attacked
several times a day, and Iraqi police and civilians perceived to be
working with the occupying forces also have been targeted.
Eleven Turkish soldiers arrested by US forces in northern Iraq were
released in Baghdad, the Turkish news agency Anatolia reported, after
renewed efforts by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end the crisis
between Ankara and Washington.
Nigeria's general strike is set to continue into a second week following
the rejection by labour unions of a compromise offer from the government.
Kuwaitis elected a parliament that further tightened the grip
fundamentalist Muslims and supporters of the royal-led cabinet already
held over the all-male legislature, while reducing the influence wielded
by Westernized liberals.
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Martina Navratilova was two years older
than the combined age of her opponents in Sunday's mixed doubles final at
Wimbledon: Anastassia Rodionova of Russia, 21, and Israel's Andy Ram, 23.
That did not stop her from partnering Leander Paes and beating Ram-Rodionova
An unbeaten 97-ball 111 by skipper Hemang Badani saw India 'A' beat
Leictershire by four wickets in a one-day match at Grace Road on Sunday
and continue their fine performance on the tour of England.
Roger Federer produced a tennis masterclass to claim his first Grand Slam
title with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of big-serving Mark Phili-ppoussis
in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.
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