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

Source : News Garden

Sunday, May 04, 2003


Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to step down, paving its way for mid-term election to 'save the nation from a disaster' under the alliance rule. "People have lost confidence in the government. So it has no right to cling to power," she told a big rally at Rangpur Zilla School ground in the afternoon.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khondoker Mosharraf Hossain said all the passengers arriving from abroad at the Zia International Airport would have to declare their personal health status with to view to preventing spread of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Antique and modern coins, reflecting a wide variety of coinages around the globe including the subcontinent, of a period of 2,600 years, were displayed in a day-long exhibition here yesterday.

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said current initiatives for dialogue between India and Pakistan without third party mediation came as an encouraging development for South Asia and is a sign of maturity of South Asian leadership. Talking to reporters at his office, he termed Indian Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's remarks in Kashmir "constructive" while Pakistan's reaction to that "matured and logical."

Seven people have been killed in fresh clashes in the Indian state of West Bengal. Four of the victims, said to be Congress supporters, died in attacks by Marxists at the town of Chopra. On Wednesday, Congress supporters murdered a Marxist district committee leader, Akbar Ali, by hanging him in the town.

At least 15 people were wounded in Kashmir Saturday when a grenade thrown by Mujahideen at a police patrol exploded on a road near a crowded marketplace, officials said.   

India is working on an ambitious project to develop six land customs stations along the border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar to further promote trade with the three neighboring countries. Of the six stations, four are along the border of Bangladesh. These are Petrapole in West Bengal, Dawki in Meghalaya, Sutarkhandi in Assam and Agartala in Tripura, official sources said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared India free of the killer Sars virus, just a day after the country reported it had 20 cases.

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US President George W. Bush proclaimed victory in Iraq yesterday but said the war on terror was far from over and vowed to hunt down America's enemies before they could strike.

President Bush said Saturday it is a matter of when not if weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq while suggesting that task is getting little help from Saddam Hussein's captured confederates The US secretary of state calls on Syria and Lebanon to co-operate with a "new strategic situation" and end support for Hezbollah.

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged members of the security council to set aside past differences and focus on helping Iraqis run their country. In a speech to the council, Mr Annan said that over the coming weeks, members would have to reach important decisions regarding UN sanctions, the oil-for-food programme and weapons inspections.

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South Africa were only two wickets away from wrapping up the GrameenPhone Test series after a dramatic third day that saw Bangladesh lose 18 wickets at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. At stumps on Saturday, Bangladesh limped to 204-8 in their second innings, needing another 24 runs to avoid their 13th innings defeat in 19 Test appearances. The visitors won the first Test last week in Chittagong by an innings and 60 runs.

Mohammedan Sporting Club's desperate attempt to stay in contention for the Premier Division Cricket League title got a lifeline yesterday. After rain washed out the first day, Mohammedan came out to bat on the second to score a fighting 294 for 7 before declaring the innings after 57 overs in their crucial Super League match against Brothers Union at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. Brothers were 24 for no loss at close.

Top seed Venus Williams stared defeat in the face before staging a stunning fightback to claim a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over feisty Italian Francesca Schiavone in the quarter-finals of the 700,000 dollar WTA event in Warsaw on Friday.

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