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Sunday 25th  May, 2003


Courts in separate verdicts sentenced six persons to death yesterday.  Barisal Speedy Tribunal has sentenced two brothers to death and their parents to life term for their involvement in four murder case in Patuakhali. Comilla Additional District and Session Judge Court has sentenced three persons to death for their involvement in sensational Mamun murder case. Besides, Narasinghdi District and Session Judge Court sentenced one person to death for his involvement in Sohel murder case.

The Masder Hossain case for separation of judiciary will be placed before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court today.

The 104th Birth Day of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam was observed yesterday with due honour and enthusiasm.

A regular security force comprising of BDR, police and Ansar will be deployed soon to combat terrorism and extremist forces specially in the South Western areas of the country. The home ministry has already asked the BDR to be ready for the job, it is reported.

The government has ordered FBCCI to hold its election within three months. The commerce ministry issued the order yesterday.

An experimental train service will be opened between Rajshahi and Gazipur Via Jamuna Bridge on June 15. Four test tube children were born in the capital yesterday. It happened for the first time in the country.

Participation of the Awami League (AL)  in the upcoming budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad depeds on the ruling alliance’s attitude to the opposition. Deputy Leader of the Oppostion Abdul Hamid said this yesterday.

Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) will no longer supply jet fuel to Biman on credit as the national carrier owes the Corporation over Tk 421 crore in outstanding bills. A recent top-level meeting decided that from now on, Padma Oil Company, a subsidiary of BPC, would supply jet fuel to Biman Bangladesh Airlines only in cash, official sources said.

A magistrate in Satkhira yesterday filed a case against two lawyers, accusing them of swearing at him upon rejection of a bail prayer. Shah Alam, general secretary of the Satkhira District Bar Association, and Advocate Mostafa Lutfullah stand accused in the case filed by First Class Magistrate Shahjahan Ali with the local police station. The magistrate also alleged that the two vandalised his chamber’s door and windowpanes.

The Mayor and 16 newly elected and former ward commissioners of Sylhet City Corporation were granted ad-interim bail for three months in a graft case yesterday.

A leading Japanese business daily warned Sunday that long-term interest rates were falling to historically low levels in Japan, the United States and Europe, amid fears of a deepening global deflationary trend.

The Bangladesh Shrimp Foundation was formally launched at a function in the city recently. Syed Mahmudul Haque, chairman of the foundation, announced its formation.

Bangladesh’s exports and foreign investment may run into trouble if the government feels complacent in its efforts to prevent outbreak of SARS, a high official of German embassy said yesterday.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police took footprints for examination from the boundary wall of Humayun Khan Panni’s Dhanmondi residence yesterday.

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Hopes for peace in South Asia are high amid recent moves by India and Pakistan to restore normal ties, a regional meeting of journalists here was told yesterday.

Observing that it will approach the resumption of dialogue with India with utmost sincerity and an open mind, Pakistan has hoped that the planned future round of talks would prove “decisive” in settling all disputes, including Kashmir.

Military-ruled Myanmar is set to become the first country in Asia to introduce online visas for visitors arriving by air, according to a media report in Yangon.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s party was making its first major step towards toppling the government by forming an alliance with Marxists, party officials said Sunday. Kumaratunga’s People’s Alliance (PA), which is the main opposition in the 225-member legislature, will ratify a deal with the JVP, or People’s Liberation Front, on Tuesday, they said.

Nepal has quietly agreed to consider citizenship for some of the Bhutanese refugees living in the country for more than a decade, prompting criticism by rights activists and opponents of the government.

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The Bush administration has cut off contact with Iran, and Pentagon officials are pushing for action they believe could destabilise the government of the Islamic republic, the Washington post reported in its Sunday edition. The move follows intelligence reports suggesting al-Qaeda operatives in Iran played a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, according to the newspaper.

The Israeli government yesterday grudgingly approved the US-backed roadmap for peace, officially recognising the right to Palestinian statehood for the first time, in a move hailed by the White House. But the cabinet at the same time passed a resolution denying Palestinian refugees their right to return, dampening hopes of the blueprint aimed at putting an end to the 32-month-old cycle of violence was well on track.

The death toll from the killer earthquake that struck Algeria jumped over 2,000 Sunday, with chances diminishing of finding anyone else alive as fears rose over a looming epidemic. Grief has given way to anger among Algerians, who blame the government for a shoddy rescue effort and for the massive loss of life caused by corrupt building practices.

The Al-Qaeda terrorist network has been pursuing a sophisticated biological weapons research programme and is seeking chemical weapons, the Pentagon has told Congress. Other terrorist groups and dozens of countries are also pursuing chemical and biological weapons, which could be used in a regional conflict or terrorist attack, the military said in a report.

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The preliminary round of the third National Football League is likely to start from June under a new format. The primary squad for Bangladesh’s maiden Test tour of Australia next July would be announced in the afternoon on May 30.

In a 7 match Cricket series Australia has gone ahead beating West Indies by 4-0 match, and through this victory Australia credited itself for the non-stop victory in one-day match.

For Under-19 World Cup Cricket Competition to be held in February, Rajshahi Stadium has been finalized as its venue. The three of six matches of the group would be held there.

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