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Monday, September 16, 2002

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

Monday, September 16, 2002


The cabinet committee on human rights yesterday finalised a draft proposal for the much-talked-about independent human rights commission. The proposed five-member commission will have a three-year tenure and be made of a retired Supreme Court judge, a woman and three others who have major contributions to human rights activism.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has termed Bangladesh  criminal laws dealing with human security as "hostile to the poor and the disadvantaged sections of the society".

Ruling BNP has initiated steps to revamp its student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) by thoroughly recasting its units in districts, thanas and important educational institutions in next three months.

With a view to providing entrepreneurs with more facilities, the government is contemplating to set up 18 more industrial estates under the management of Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) in different parts of the country, the Prime Minister announced in a city function yesterday.

Bangladesh plans to construct a new  sea port at Teknaf, a small business hub  on the  country's  southeast  frontier close to Myanmar border to facilitate  trade with  the Southeast Asian  neighbours.

The Government has taken an initiative to create infrastructure facilities in the country for building and repairing sea-going vessels by utilizing local technology and manpower.

Over 3,000 doctors and 350 dental surgeons would shortly be recruited to replenish vacancies in government hospitals with strict orders for the physicians to ensure improved public health services, the Health Minister told the newsmen yesterday.As many as 106,396 posts under different ministries have been lying vacant for quite some time, parliament was told on Sunday.

The donors sit with the government today with a critical view on the law and order and governance in a joint-appraisal of what has been done so far in different sectors in line with the commitments made by the government at the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) in Paris.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman has once again slammed the non-government organisations(NGOs), accusing them of trading in people's misery.

Dr Aftab Hossain, an Assistant Director of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital and a former General Secretary of the Sylhet unit of  Bangladesh Medical Association was strangulated to death at  Ghoshgaon area under Golapganj  Sunday night.

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Soaring rice prices in Myanmar have put the staple out of reach of millions of poor citizens, posing a major problem for the ruling junta which is trying to stop the situation spiralling out of control.

Violence has escalated in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of state polls which open today. Opposition groups are urging a boycott of the Indian-run elections.Eight Mujahideen, three civilians and a police officer were killed in fighting in Kashmir Sunday, a day before the start of provincial elections, authorities said.

The Chinese government has ordered a thorough investigation into an outbreak of mass food poisoning in the city of Nanjing that has killed several people and sickened hundreds more. According to state media the cause of the outbreak is believed to originate at a small fast food restaurant serving fried dough sticks, sesame cakes and glutinous rice -- all traditional breakfast items.

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Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that U.N. weapons inspectors must be allowed to go "anywhere, anytime" if they returned to Iraq -- rejecting that country's conditional offer to allow inspections to resume.

Sweden's ruling Social Democratic party has won Sunday's general election, preliminary results show, allowing it to remain in power for another four years.

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A 15-member Bangladesh under-17 cricket team left for Colombo yesterday to play in a triangular series that also involves India and Sri Lanka. The tri-series, one-day and three-day, starts from October 1 and runs up to 21.

Bangladesh play their second warm-up match against England at the NCC Ground in Colombo today. This is the second meeting of Bangladesh against a full strength England team since their first official one-day match in the second ICC Knockout tournament in Nairobi two years ago.

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday announced a primary list of 23 players for the Asian Youth (Under-20) Football Championship finals, beginning in Qatar on October 15. National football coach George Kottan picked the selected booters following their performance in the Dhaka Leagues.

New Zealand slumped to its heaviest one-day international defeat by Australia when it was crushed by 164 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

David Ferrer caused a major surprise by beating Jose Acasuso in the final of the Romania Open Tennis in Bucharest on Sunday. The 20-year-old unseeded Spaniard beat the Argentine fifth seed in just 65 minutes to claim his first ATP Tour title.

Home fans went wild Sunday as Ferrari dominated the Italian Grand Prix. Rubens Barrichello won his third race of the season, while teammate Michael Schumacher crossed the finish stripe in second.

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