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Tuesday May 20, 2003

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2003


The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday declared illegal the approval of and follow-up works for construction of two private terminals at Patenga and Narayanganj by the stevedoring Services of America (SSA). The government approved the projects in favour of the SSA ON April 25, 1998 amid debates, protests and support. The ports were leased out for 99 years, renewable for another 99 years.

Wife of former deputy speaker Humayun Khan Panni was strangled at her Dhanmondi residence in the early hours of yesterday by unknown killers. Sultana Panni, 70, was found lying on her face in the balcony of her bedroom. Her hands and legs were tied and mouth taped.

World Bank Vice-president for South Asia Mieko Nishimizu has said formation of an independent anti-corruption body is only one step towards fighting corruption and other necessary steps like faster reforms are now needed in critical areas like education, health and banking.

Various quarters in Chittagong hailed yesterday the Supreme Court verdict on construction of a private container terminal at the estuary of the Karnaphuli river by the Stevedoring Services of America (SSA). This histroic judgement once again put interests of the country above everything, they remarked.

Transport owners and workers have threatened a 48-hour strike in South-western zone from May 22 to realise their nine-point demand.

Agitating journalists yesterday observed a day-long token hunger strike at Chittagong Press Club demanding immediate rescue of abducted fellow media man Atahar Siddiqui Khosru.

The depression over east central Bay and adjoining northeast bay yesterday rapidly intensified into deep depression, and moved north-eastwards into northeast bay and adjoining east central bay. According to a Met Office special bulletin, the depression was centred at about 475 km southeast of Chittagong port, 385 km southeast of Cox’s Bazar port and 610 km east-southeast of Monglaport at 3 pm.

The World Bank (WB) Vice President for Sou7th Asia, Meiko Nishimizu, has underscored the need for practising good governance in all spheres of the administration to ensure development. She said the situation in Bangladesh has changed a lot in many areas and ‘a quiet revolution was on under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’.

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has made a strong plea for ensuring fairness and integrity of the election process in Bangladesh to accurately reflect the electorate’s will in future elections. She made the plea during an hour-long meeting with Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon at Marlborough House, London yesterday morning.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman reached Delhi yesterday morning on a goodwill visit to India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Jaswant Singh. During the visit, the finance minister will have talks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Opposition Leader Sonia Gandhi.

Five leaders and activists of pro-Awami League Chhatra League (BCL) were injured when BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked their procession at the Jahangirnagar University yesterday.

A joint EC-Bangladesh Specialised Sub-Group meeting on Social Development Cooperation under EC-Bangladesh Joint Commission will be held today at the conference room of the Planning Commission in city.

Police yesterday arrested an accused in the killing of police constable Noor Jahid in front of Azad Cinema Hall in the old part of the city Sunday night.

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A three-day border coordination conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Immigration Headquarters, Myanmar begins here today.

India has once again rejected third party mediation to resolve its long-standing bloody dispute with arch-rival Pakistan over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Sri-Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s party is set to clinch a long-awaited deal with a Marxist party in a bid to topple the cohabitation government as the country was locked in a constitutional crisis, officials said Monday.

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Indonesian attack planes on Monday fired rockets at a rebel base in Aceh province, signalling the start of a military offensive just hours after the breakdown of peace talks in Tokyo.

The Egyptian who guards the elusive Osama bin Laden has taken over as al-Qaeda’s military commander following capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of September 11, a terror expert said on Monday.

Two of Iraq’s main parties blasted the United States Sunday, accusing Washington of going back on what they said was a firm US commitment to give Iraqis a free hand in running the country.

In the wake of three suicide bombings which left nine people dead apart from the bombers, Israel was once again toying with the idea of exiling Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Thousands of Iraq’s majority Shiite Muslims marched to their main mosque in the capital Monday to mark the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Mohammed. They chanted ‘no’ to US occupation.

Four people were killed Monday when a suicide bombing ripped through the entrance of a shopping centre in the northern Israeli town of Afula, Israeli television reported.

Australian offcials will start their second round of free trade talks with their United States (US) counterparts in Hawaii today, hoping to hammer out an agreement that can be completed by year’s end.

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Bangladesh cricket captain Khaleda Mahmud has been fined for making critical comments against the umpires during the Second Test between Bangladesh and South Africa in Dhaka last month. The International Cricket Council (ICC) fined 50 percent of his match fee following a complaint by match referee Clive Lloyed.

Dhaka Education Board made a good start with a 4-1 victory over Comilla in the final round of the National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

 Sri Lanka crashed to 147 after spinners Sanath Jayasuria and Muttia Muralitharan had shared four wickets to restrict New Zealand in the fifth successive low-scoring match of the tournament.

Skipper Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten 57 as Australia coasted to an eight wicket win over West Indies on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series.

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