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Wednesday, July 09, 2003

National

The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Dhaka yesterday convicted  five persons to die for killing Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader Mizanur Rahman alias Mizan at Rampura in the city on May 29 last year.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed last night suggested action against Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina under the House Privilege Committee for her comments against Members of Parliament.

The Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) decided yesterday not to quit  the Jatiya Sangsad following a meeting with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia who assured it of representation to the government. "We had a lengthy and very fruitful discussion with the prime minister...We are quite happy with her words and now we have no anguish," said Fazlul Haq Amini MP, chairman of an IOJ faction.  "So, I have withdrawn my decision to resign from parliament and will join session from Thursday," he said.

Heavy rains and rushing upstream water caused serious erosion in Sirajganj district, but the flood situation in the central part of the country remained by and large static yesterday. Elsewhere, the situation was improving, but people ran short of food, medicine and drinking water, while many abandoned their houses in the face of erosion.

Saudi Arabia yesterday threw its weight behind Bangladesh's candidature for the post of secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz extended the support when Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's special envoy and Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Kandaker Mosharraf Hossain called on him at Al Salam Palace in  Jeddah yesterday afternoon.

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Neighbour

Iran plunged into shock and grief Tuesday after conjoined Iranian twins died during high-risk surgery aimed at giving them a chance to lead separate lives. The suffering and bravery of the sisters captivated Iran.

Pakistan closed its embassy in Kabul Tuesday after rowdy demonstrators protesting alleged border incursions attacked and ransacked the mission building.  However,  President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan telephoned Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf and apologised for attack on Pakistan's embassy in Kabul.

Nearly 20 people have been killed by landslides that have followed torrential rain in India and Pakistan. Assam's government expects "more devastation" this week. The floods have also affected life in Nepal and Bangladesh.

One of the greatest poets of the Bengali language, Subhas Mukhopadhyay, has died in Calcutta at the age of 84. A left-wing activist in his youth, he wrote mostly about the life of the industrial labourer and the peasant. He spent his last days battling severe kidney and heart ailments.

Separatist rebels in the northwestern Indian state of Assam killed a manager of the Lengrijan tea estate in the district of Karbi Anglong. The police suspected members of the Dima Halong Daoga rebel group, which demands a separate homeland for the Dimasa tribe, of carrying out the attack. Earlier, the rebel group demanded about $10,000 from the tea plantation but manager Surendra Sharma refused to pay.

Heavy floods in eastern China have killed 13 people and left more than a million stranded, China's official Xinhua news agency has reported. It said the three provinces along the rain-swollen Huai River - Anhui, Jiangsu and Henan - were the most affected.

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International

A passenger plane has crashed in Sudan shortly after take-off, killing 115 people on board. Only one passenger, a small child, survived the crash. The dead include 105 passengers and 10 crew members.

Two Middle Eastern television channels on Tuesday broadcast what they said was a new audio tape by ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. "I appeal to you, O Iraqis, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, Shia or Sunni, Christians or Sunnis, it is your duty to expel the aggressor invaders from our country," the tape said, according to a transmission by Lebanon's Al Hayat-LBC channel.

Three American soldiers have been killed in attacks in Baghdad in a 24-hour period. Four other US soldiers were wounded in a grenade attack on their convoy in the restive town of Ramadi west of Baghdad Tuesday.

The Pentagon on Tuesday raised its count of Americans killed by hostile fire in Iraq  since the war began in March to 143, a figure that approaches the 147 killed in the 1991 Gulf War.  When President Bush declared major combat operations had ended on May 1, the number killed in action stood at 114. Since then, guerrilla-style attacks have taken another 29 American lives, and Bush as well as U.S. military commanders have said the war is not yet over.

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved $369 billion in defense funds for the next fiscal year and a Senate panel advanced a similar measure as the Republican-led U.S. Congress moved to give President Bush largely what he wanted for the Pentagon.

US military experts started a mission to assess humanitarian and security needs in Liberia as President George W. Bush pledged to take part in peace efforts in the West African nation without specifically offering to send troops.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has warned US President George W. Bush not to interfere in his country's affairs during a visit to Africa next week. Mr Mugabe told supporters that if Mr Bush told African countries how to run their affairs, he would be spurned.

Heavy floods in eastern China have killed 13 people and left more than a million stranded, China's official Xinhua news agency has reported. It said the three provinces along the rain-swollen Huai River - Anhui, Jiangsu and Henan - were the most affected.

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