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Thursday May 22, 2003

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Thursday 22nd  May, 2003


Three Pakistani women were arrested with about 14 kilograms of heroin stuffed into 176 toothpaste tubes in a bag at Zia International Airport (ZIA) in one of the largest drug busts yesterday. The trio, Noor Jahan Begum, Nazma Begum and Kohinoor Begum, who arrived from Karachi via Dubai by the Emirates Airline were nabbed and handed over to the airport police on charge of drug trafficking, an offence punishable by death.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman and his Indian counterpart Jashwant Singh yesterday discussed ways to step up bilateral economic cooperation as well as trade and investment. During their formal talks held at a Delhi hotel for over two hours, Saifur Rahman stressed the need to work collectively for poverty alleviation and common good in South Asia.

Twenty-one days after his abduction, Sitakunda Press Club President Atahar Siddique Khosru was freed yesterday. The kidnappers left Khosru at Chhoto Darogarhat in Sitakunda upazila of the district at around 5:00 am. His hands and legs were chained and locked and his body bore marks of torture.

The government is finally going to float fresh international tenders this month for import of one lakh tons of rice and an equal quantity of wheat. Official sources said the food reserve declined to only two lakh tons two months ago while the government-fixed ‘critical food security level’ is 8.5 lakh tons.

The High Court yesterday dismissed three writ petitions challenging the Speedy Trial Tribunal Act 2002. A division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Hamidul Haque and Justice Zinat Ara delivered the Judgement after hearing the petitions.

The Detective Branch of police (DB) has taken over the investigation of the Sultana Khan Panni murder case.  Oil-Gas-Mineral-Road-River Transport Workers-Employees Council yesterday postponed its two-day strike called for May 24 and 25. The Council leaders postponed the strike after a discussion with State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain, according to an official announcement.

Several hundreds cinema halls across Bangladesh went on strike yesterday to protest film piracy, a leading film star said. “Cinema halls across Bangladesh will not open their doors today (Wednesday) for two major shows to protest the unabated piracy of the movies we are making,” actor-director Ujjal said a rally in the city that was attended by several hundred people involved in the industry.

Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina, now on a tour of Europe and USA, reached Florida from London yesterday. The government has shelved the plan to wind up the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) after the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs objected to the move, saying the issue is sub judice. The High Court, in one of the cases, ordered to maintain status quo barring any further mandatory retirement under the winding-up move, TCB officials said.

M Salahuddin, director of MAM Automobiles Ltd, has been elected chairman of the BangladeshAutomobiles Distributors Association (BADA) recently, says a press release.

Bangladesh stands a chance of coming out of its least developed country (LDC) status provided it takes full advantage of duty-free access to Canada, a visiting Canadian trade delegation member said yesterday.

Government has introduced new system to appoint teachers in primary schools of the country. As per the new system, Deputy Commissioners will give appointment to the qualified teachers to the institutions on priority basis of the getting application from the heads of the institutions.

At least six people were killed and over a 100 injured during the nor’wester swept over the country on Tuesday night. Government has cancelled the allotment of 567 plots in Uttara Residential Project on the ground of irregularity.

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India and Pakistan have agreed to work in closer cooperation with Bangladesh for welfare of the people of the respective countries. Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri and Indian External Affairs Minister Yaswant Sinha expressed it to Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan in separate meetings with him in London.

Hostility between India and Pakistan has spawned a thriving trade between the two via third-party intermediaries worth at least five times the amount of official trade ever reached, Pakistani business leaders estimate.

Four bombs exploded in a Myanmar town on the border with Thailand Wednesday, killing four people, a Myanmar government spokesman said.

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World Health Organisation (WHO) has signed a convention on Anti-tobacco for the first time in the history. The convention will come into force after the signing of 40 countries. Mentionable tobacco caused death of 50 lakh people over the world every year.

The US government on Tuesday raised its terror alert status to the second-highest level, citing the renewed risk of attacks on American soil in light of suicide bombings in Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

The United States and Britain have agreed to bring more amendment in the draft resolution on withdrawing UN ban on Iraq. USA also proposed to shift the voting time on the resolution in the UN Security Council for another 24 hours today.

US troops shot dead four Afghan soldiers and wounded four others outside the US embassy in Kabul yesterday when they mistakenly thought they were about to come under attack, Afghan officials said.

Three Moroccans arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this week planned to hijack a civilian airliner and attack landmarks in the kingdom, a Saudi security source said yesterday.

President Bush spoke to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Tuesday to try to salvage his Middle East peace ‘road map’, stalled by Palestinian bombings.

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In a period of one month Bangladesh has reached 3 steps up at 144th place from its earlier position in FIFA Football ranking. Achievement of Championship in the SAF Football helped Bangladesh to improve its position.

One week after the closing of Premier League, Premier Division League Committee and CCDM has declared Mohammedan and City Club as the joint-champion.

A week-long training course on fast bowling begins today in the capital. A total of 24 young cricketers nominated by BCCB will be participating in the course. The training will be conducted by Indian coach TA Shekhar.

Shoaeb Akhtar would not be allowed to play in the final against New Zealand for Pakistan as he has been banned for two matches for ball tempering.

Narayanganj and Satkhira moved into the final round of the 26th National Cricket Championship after winning their respective zonal finals yesterday.

Six men and two women chess players from Bangladesh will participate in the 1st International Rating Chess Tournament, organised by Makhan Chess Sports Club of Nepal, which will be held over May 24-30 in Kathmandu.

England will go into the opening match of the two-test series with Zimbabwe today at Lord’s.  

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