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Monday, May 19, 2003


Donors yesterday expressed concern over a nexus between some politicians, police and criminals that provides a protective umbrella for criminals. They also questioned indemnity to army for the deaths in custody during the Operation Clean Heart and said this proves limited access to justice.

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the construction of the speaker's and the deputy speaker's residences in the Sangsad Bhaban area.

The High Court yesterday served a notice on the government asking it to explain why delegating ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, chief whip and whips in charge of 62 districts would not be declared illegal.

A police constable was gunned down and some other law enforcers including a sub-inspector were injured during a shootout with criminals in front of Azad Cinema Hall in the old part of the city last night.

Khuku Moni, a student of class two at Narayanpur Government Primary School of Batiaghata Upazilla, was raped and stabbed to death on Saturday in Khulna District. Police recovered her body from a paddy field.

Development partners have endorsed the Interim-Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (IPRSP) and expressed interest to fund Bangladesh's uplift efforts, Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday. "The donors have endorsed our three year strategy paper, prepared to attain economic development and eradicate poverty," he said.

Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman leaves for New Delhi on a four-day official visit today. During his stay, he would discuss economic and trade issues with India.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has directed the officials of education ministry to use the performance of the public examinations as a yard-stick for allocating budget for educational institutions.

Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday told the development partners that separation of judiciary is a long and arduous process that will take at least six more years to complete.

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has called for freeing the people from what she said the misrule of the BNP-Jamaat government. She was addressing a gathering of Bangladeshi expatriates yesterday in Paris.

The government would enact law to make use of jute bags compulsory in cement factories. Once the law is formulated and comes into effect, at least 18 crore jute bags will be used in a year which would help enrich local jute industries,: Jute Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmed said.

Different associations related with film production and distribution continued their protest in the city yesterday against video and cable operators for illegal screening of just-released local films and vulgar satellite programmes, said a press release of Bangladesh Film Producers Distributors Association (BFPDA).

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The director general level meeting of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Immigration Headquarters of Myanmar begins today to discuss border issues at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Sunday reiterated that Pakistan must stop supporting militants who are fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. "Pakistan must end cross-border terrorism," he told reporters in the northern Himalayan resort of Manali at the end of a weeklong holiday, before he returned to the Indian capital New Delhi.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khursheed M Kasuri said his government would never give up its nuclear weapons unless India does, reports said on Saturday.

The Sri Lankan government has partially accepted a proposal to increase security to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, a senior government spokesman said yesterday.

The All Party Hurriyat Conference has urged a ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir to create  conducive atmosphere for talks between India and Pakistan.

Twenty Indian prisoners were released by the Pakistani authorities Sunday as part of efforts aimed at cooling tensions between the South Asian rivals, officials said.

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Israeli-Palestinian peace seemed remote as ever yesterday as a double suicide attack killed seven people plus the bombers in Jerusalem, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to put off a crucial trip to Washington. The blasts came hours after Sharon had his first talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas on implementing an international peace plan known as the Roadmap, which ended inconclusively.

Saudi authorities have arrested four members of the Al-Qaeda terror network in connection with the May 12 triple suicide bombings in Riyadh, Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said Sunday. The four are members of Al-Qaeda. All evidence points to this, he told a news conference.

Russia said Sunday it was seeking a compromise to a draft resolution that would lift UN sanctions on Iraq and allow the United States and its allies effectively to administer the country for at least a year.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce this week that there has been a significant drop in the number of asylum seekers reaching Britain, a London newspaper reported Sunday.

The majority of the SARS outbreaks around the world are coming to an end, the World Health Organisation said Saturday, as Singapore announced fears of a SARS outbreak at a mental hospital were unfounded, leaving it on track to declare its epidemic under control.

The finance ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) richest nations on Saturday declared confidence in the potential for stronger economic growth despite deepening signs of weakness and terrorism.

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Pakistan legend Wasim Akram announced on Sunday that he was retiring from international cricket with immediate effect. Wasim said he would not play for Pakistan again after a career spanning 19 years.

French fourth seed Amelie Mauresmo fought back from a set down to upset defending champion Serena Williams and clinch a place in the final of the Rome Masters.

Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan grabbed five wickets as Sri Lanka overcame a horror start to stun Pakistan by 12 runs in a triangular one-day series match here on Sunday.

Visiting Australia yesterday defeated West Indies by 2 run in the first of eight one-day series.

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