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Saturday May 24, 2003

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

Saturday 24th  May, 2003


Bangladesh Bank today sits with the Chairmen and MDs of nationalised commercial banks to discussion on stopping disbursement of loan for the year of 2003.

Awami League has re-shifted the dates for holding conferences of its front organisations for the second time. The conference of Jatiya Sramik League has been re-fixed on July 30 from June 28. Date of other conferences, however, were not declared.

Transport strike in South-Western region has been called off yesterday on assurance of holding a meeting with the Prime Minister on 9-point demand. The three- day DBH-Housing Fair 2003 in Dhaka concludes today.

Jamaat-e-Islami, a component of the four-party alliance government, seemed unhappy with the change in portfolio of its Ameer, Matiur Rahman Nizami, in Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle. Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah said that the party workers were ‘extremely unhappy’ with the change in portfolio of Nizami, who had been holding the charge of the Ministry of Agriculture. Jatiya Party Secretary General Kazi Feroz Rashid , however, said that they were happy with the cabinet reshuffle, it is reported.

No significant development has taken place in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHt) since the peace pact was signed more than five years ago. Donors took some development initiatives following the signing of the agreement, but no project has been implemented so far. Different government agencies, including the CHT Development Board, are running some service-oriented organisations like schools and hospitals and helping refugees. But that could not change the overall standard of living in the region, it is reported.

The government is soon to withdraw the Dhaka-Khulna-Dhaka rocket service and launch a new route to Khulna, Shipping Minister Akbar Hussain said.

Customs officials seized contraband medicines worth about Tk 1 crore at Zia International Airport yesterday. The seizure of medicines took place three days after three Pakistani women were arrested with 14 kilograms of heroin at the airport in one of the largest drug busts.

Satkhira Chamber of Commerce and Industry will file a writ petition with the High Court challenging the government’s decision to close Bhomra land port. The decision was taken at a meeting o the Chamber on Tuesday with its president MA Jalil Din Ali in the chair. The Chamber gave an ultimatum to the government to withdraw its decision or to face movement.

Keshabpur and Manirampur upazilas in Jessore have been brought under special combing operation since Monday night after police nabbed two injured leaders of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) along with arms and ammunition following a two-hour gun battle.

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) forcibly pushed 13 Bangla-speaking Indian nationals, including four women and children, into Bangladesh territory at noon yesterday in Meherpur. BSF personnel of Shahpur camp on the Indian side pushed in the group of Indian nationals who later came to the district town and left by bus for undisclosed destination.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee today is likely to reshuffle his cabinet. In this change few new faces including Thrinomul Congress leader Mamota Benarjee are expected.

Pakistan is prepared to discuss formalisation of a moratorium on nuclear testing with India, the country’s foreign secretary was quoted as saying. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan said Riaz Khokar made the statement at a session of the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva  Thursday.

A visibly tired Sir Edmund Hillary, confined to a wheelchair, arrived in Nepal Friday to be the guest of honour on the 50th anniversary of his conquest with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa of Mount Everest.

Myanmar’s military government and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold long-awaited talks within the next few weeks, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said.

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The US authorities have launched some new steps to enforce strict immigration rules and restrictions on the non-immigrants travelling to USA from different countries. According to newly introduced USA Patriot Act all non-immigrants in the United States must register their names with the authorities concerned.

US led Iraqi administration has declared wrapped up of different offices including Military force and other security organisations, defense and information ministries and military and security courts.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, were yesterday feared trapped beneath the rubble of their homes, two days after an earthquake rocked northern Algeria claiming at least 1,600. Rescue teams backed by volunteers faced an enormous task amid the devastation wrought by Wednesday quake which measured up to 6.8 on the Richter Scale.

The United States has imposed sanctions on China and Iran for ballistic missile cooperation, which will deprive a large Chinese conglomerate of more than $ 100 million in annual exports to America over the next two years, according to US documents and officials.

US secretary of State Collin Powel in an interview with French television said the United States might stay in Iraq for one or two years.

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New Zealand has become champion in Bank Al-Falah Cup Tournament beating Pakistan. Pakistan scored 199 all out. New Zealand in its turn reached to its target in 45.3 over losing 6 wickets.

In National Youth Hockey Tournament BKSP earns the brakeless sixth Championship by beating Dhaka District Team by 5-3 in try-breaker efforts. Domestic Club Cup Hockey Tournament will start at Moulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on   June 15 next.

Bangladesh Under-23 cricket team will have a 5-weeks long tour to Sri Lanka in early July next. India are confident of breaking the Australia-England-Canada axis and winning the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2010, the country’s leading sports official said on Friday. The Indian capital of New Delhi and Hamilton, Canada will make their bid for the 2010 event at London on May 30 before the Commonwealth Games Federation makes its choice in Jamaica in November.

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