News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Armed Sharbahara extremists attacked
Randhunibari police camp in Belkuchi, on the bank of the river Jamuna
yesterday afternoon and looted 12 rifles along with ammunition killing
four policemen. Five policemen were also critically injured in the
hour-long gunfight as about 50 outlaws came in country boats and attacked
the outpost at about 4:30 pm during a weekly market day.
International donors say Bangladesh's deteriorating law and order
situation could badly hurt its development programmes, reports BBC.
As a just-released party leader, Haji Selim, on Monday narrated to her his
predicament in custody, Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina blamed the
present government for continuing inhuman torture on political detainees.
Eleven-year-old schoolboy Shaheb Ali who was abducted on his way back home
from Narinda Govt. School Saturday afternoon was rescued from the
Sayedabad Bus Terminal in the city yesterday.
The High Court on Monday summarily rejected the writ petitions filed by
Ekushey Television Limited (ETV). The private television channel was shut
down on August 29 after the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court
dismissed review petitions filed by ETV against High Court ruling. The
government that was also a coaccused in the original complaint, however,
did not contest the case in the Supreme Court.
Lawmakers of main opposition Awami League (AL) walked out of the Jatiya
Sangsad at 1:45am today after AL lawmaker and former home minister
Mohammad Nasim was denied the floor to give a personal explanation during
a rowdy debate on the law and order.
Opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will start a
three-day organisational tour to the Sylhet division on September 29.
During her visit, Hasina will address a number of public meetings. She
will also meet leaders and workers of her party's different tiers.
The Bangladesh Press Council has decided to introduce a code of conduct
for journalists to check publication of those news which would go against
the country's Constitution, independence, sovereignty and integrity and
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed a graft case against
former Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and
eight Rajuk officials on charges of illegal allocation of NAM Conference
Country's trade deficit with India in the last fiscal stood at 972 million
US dollars, the Commerce Minister told parliament Monday and apprised the
lawmakers of fresh steps taken to reduce the gap
Orbis, a US based internationally reputed flying eye hospital, formally
began its three-week treatment and Ophthalmic training programme operating
some complicated eye patients in the port city Monday morning.
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Normal life in Nepal has been brought
to a halt by a day's general strike called by the Maoist rebels to protest
against November's general elections. Two people, including a policeman,
were killed in separate incidents during the day. A spate of killings and
explosions, allegedly caused by the rebels ahead of the strike, has
deepened people's fears.
Voting has ended in the first of four days of elections in
Indian-administered Kashmir amid reports of sporadic violence. India's
independent Election Commission said nearly 44% of electors cast their
votes. The Indian security forces say they have killed a number of people
described as infiltrators from Pakistan-administered Kashmir who were
trying to disrupt polling.
Tens of thousands of soldiers are expected to take part in joint
anti-terrorist exercises due to be staged by China and Kyrgyzstan on
October 1. The Chinese-run Hong Kong daily, Wen Wei Po, reported Monday
the maneuvers would take place in spots along the two nation's 1,000-odd
Delegates from the government and the Tamil Tigers make positive comments
on their first day of peace talks in Thailand.
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U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says
Iraq has written him a letter agreeing to allow weapons inspectors to
return 'immediately and without conditions.' Annan has handed the letter
to the U.N. Security Council for consideration.
A key al Qaeda operative has provided information that leads U.S.
officials to believe that southeast Asia now has the highest concentration
of al Qaeda members outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has arrived in North Korea for a
landmark visit with hopes for a breakthrough after more than five decades
of tense relations.
The US government has announced its Diversity Visa-2004 lottery programme
and fixed the entry dates between October 7 and November 6 this year. The
congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Programme is
administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and the Act
makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from
countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.
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Bangladesh cricket team suffered a
77-run defeat to England in their second warm-up match at the NCC ground
in Colombo Monday. Chasing a formidable total of 265 runs, Bangladesh were
bundled out for 188 in 49.3 overs.
Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a stunning 3-1 win over Arambagh Krira
Sangha in their 'Super Five' clash of the National Bank Premier Division
Soccer league at the flood-lit Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.
West Bengal's under-15 cricket team will arrive in the city on October 5
to play four one-day and two two-day matches against Bangladesh under-15
cricket team, reports UNB. The series between the two teams will begin on
October 6 with a one-day match at the BKSP cricket ground.
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