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Tuesday, July 08, 2003

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

Monday, 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 immediately.

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 nearby cemetery.

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 Pakistan-occupied Kashmir".

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 observed.

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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 6-3 6-3.

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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