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Thursday, September 19, 2002

National

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday ordered immediate inquiry into attack on Radhunibari police post as security around Jamuna Bridge was tightened and hunt for the miscreants was intensified.


Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina is skeptical about present parliament's efficacy in addressing people's problems and finding solutions because of what she said government's hostile attitude and lack of transparency.A total of 1,45,818 candidates including 60049 female students out of 5,38,295 came out successful in this year's nationwide Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examinations.The percentage of successful students was 26.26.Former State Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir was set free on Wednesday as he was granted bail in all the 7 cases filed against him. He had been arrested in March when he returned home after a long stay abroad.


The World Bank (WB) would provide nearly 200 million US dollars for a project for improvement of rural transport systems expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.Bangladesh Bank yesterday suspended four officials and  issued show cause notice to four commercial banks for lending controversial loans to  a  marwari businessman Omprakash Agarwal.


Bangladesh economy during January-July 2002 has achieved a higher monetary stability as reflected in lower-than-expected inflation, a stronger exchange rate and higher-than- projected economic growth, reports The Daily Star.
The Trustee Board of Hindu Welfare Trust under the Religious Affairs Ministry at a meeting yesterday announced a Tk 2.18 crore budget of the Trust for the 2002-2003 fiscal.



Bangladesh has called upon the international community to take urgent actions to stop Israeli aggression and bring an end to repeated occupation of Palestinian territories. Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan made Bangladesh's position clear in this regard in a statement delivered at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Tuesday.
 

An Israeli policeman was killed and two other Israelis were wounded Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop near the town of Umm el-Fahm, CNN reports.

Intelligence gathered by Southeast Asian security officials has revealed the presence of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in the region, a top Thai defence official said Wednesday. "We have co-operated with other countries in intelligence sharing. We have some proof of that," Admiral Narong Yuthavong, supreme commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, according to a latest report published in The Dawn.

Millions of people in 45 coffee-growing countries are facing economic ruin - and many are going hungry - due to collapsing world prices. Oxfam Wednesday launched a global campaign to tackle the coffee crisis and force the corporate giants who dominate the $60 billion industry to pay farmers a decent price.

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Neighbours

 

Hindu-Muslim violence broke out Tuesday in India's Gujarat for the first time in more than a month, leaving one dead and at least 13 injured in mob violence, police said. Police fired rifle and tear-gas rounds to disperse an angry crowd  and curfew was imposed in the town of Bosad.

After traversing through Saurashtra, the BJP-sponsored Gujarat Gaurav Yatra's third phase will commence from Unnai, a religious place of tribals near Vansda, from Saturday. State BJP general secretary and yatra convenor Jayantibhai Barot said that the yatra would start after Chief Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the temple on September 21.

The Gaurav Yatra, about to commence in the city next week, is most likely to face the ire of thousands of powerloom unit owners in the textile city and around following a decision by the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA), in a meeting held near Bhathena to boycott the coming Assembly polls, reports The Times of India.

India's minorities commission demands to hear tapes of a speech in which the Gujarat chief minister is allegedly offensive to Muslims.

In a significant political decision, the Uttar Pradesh  government in India said on Tuesday that there was no need to issue fresh notification in the Babri Mosque demolition case in which L K Advani and M M Joshi are among the accused.

Health officials in the southern Indian state of Kerala say that a disease spread by rats has resulted in the deaths of nearly 60 people in the last three months. Doctors say the disease, which is called Leptospirosis, spreads from the urine of rats leading to high fever and convulsion.

Negligence, infrastructural shortcomings, mismanagement by hospital authorities, led to the death of 10 children at BC Roy hospital, according to a health department probe report on recent child deaths in a Kolkata Hospital.

Pakistan and Azerbaijan Tuesday signed an agreement to enhance defence co-operation. The agreement was signed between the visiting Azeri Defence Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev and Pakistan Defence Secretary Hamid Nawaz Khan in Karachi, reports The Dawn.

 Significant progress was made Tuesday in the first round of peace talks aimed at ending one of the world's longest-running civil wars, and more meetings are planned between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, sources told CNN.

There was heavy exchange of fire between suspected militants and security personnel, including the police and the CRPF, near Bhutan border at Changmari forest under Alipurduar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Tuesday morning. Earlier, shootat-sight orders had been issued along the state's border with Bhutan  following   the steps taken to restrict the movement of insurgents.

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International

 

Bangladesh has called upon the international community to take urgent actions to stop Israeli aggression and bring an end to repeated occupation of Palestinian territories. Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan made Bangladesh's position clear in this regard in a statement delivered at the Annual Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Tuesday.
 

An Israeli policeman was killed and two other Israelis were wounded Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop near the town of Umm el-Fahm, CNN reports.

Intelligence gathered by Southeast Asian security officials has revealed the presence of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network in the region, a top Thai defence official said Wednesday. "We have co-operated with other countries in intelligence sharing. We have some proof of that," Admiral Narong Yuthavong, supreme commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, according to a latest report published in The Dawn.

Millions of people in 45 coffee-growing countries are facing economic ruin - and many are going hungry - due to collapsing world prices. Oxfam Wednesday launched a global campaign to tackle the coffee crisis and force the corporate giants who dominate the $60 billion industry to pay farmers a decent price.

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 Sports

 

Bangladesh will meet in an uneven battle with the world champions Australia in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (Thursday).

Arambagh KS finished fourth in the NBL Metropolis Premier Division Football League beating Dhanmondi Club by a solitary goal in their last super five engagement at the Floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city Wednesday.

Two old foes Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club meet today (Thursday) in the last super- league match of the NBL Premier Division Football to decide the prestigious title.

Marcus Trescothick's impressive run with the bat continued as he slammed a strokeful 119 to set up England's 108-run victory over Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in Colombo on Wednesday.

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