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Thursday, September 04, 2003

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

Thursday, Sept- 04, 03


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the BTV authorities to preserve as national heritage the documents contained in the celluloid depicting Bangladesh history and tradition.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has expressed her dissatisfaction over the perpetual upward trend of the country’s import trade resulting in a huge trade deficit. She has also given directives to the Cabinet Committee on Exports to discourage unnecessary imports to check the rising imbalance in the external trade

The four-day silver jubilee celebrations of the ruling BNP concluded yesterday. On the concluding day a cultural function was held at the Paltan maidan. BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan inaugurated the function yesterday evening

Awami League central leader and former state minister for information Prof Abu Sayeed yesterday protested the Jamaat leader Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami’s claims at a press conference that Jamaat had no links with any Islamic militant groups saying that the facts belied his

A move is underway to amend the Bangladesh Telecommunication Act 2001, allowing intelligence agencies to breach privacy of individuals by tapping telephone calls and busting e-mails, . reports The Daily Star.

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has finalised draft guidelines for utility service providers to check haphazard road digging and add speed to repairs of ruptured roads. The guidelines prepared by Rajuk and discussed at yesterday's meeting of DCC One-Stop Service Cell banned road digging in June, July and August because of monsoon rain and made the use of modern equipment in digging mandatory.

Non-government Primary school teachers of the country began a 24-hour hunger strike from 3pm yesterday at the Muktangon in the city to press home their one-point demand—the nationalisation of the non-government primary schools

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President Pervez Musharraf today rejected any freeze in the country's nuclear programme and hinted at upgrading technology to strengthen national security.

Police in the Pakistani city of Karachi say seven people were killed and at least five others wounded on Tuesday in two related incidents.  Six of the dead belonged to the Muttehada Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Police in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta say they have seized more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition used in AK-47 rifles. It was the city's biggest weapons haul in recent history. Calcutta police chief Sujoy Chakraborty said the ammunition was probably intended for Kashmir militants.

At least 13 people have been killed in three separate incidents in Indian-administered Kashmir in an upsurge in violence. Thirty people have also been injured in a landmine explosion along a key highway linking the state's summer and winter capitals.

A key report by Indian archaeologists on the disputed Ayodhya religious site has split not only Hindus and Muslims but experts too, reports BBC.

A latest-model fighter aircraft Super-7 (JF-17) a joint venture of Pakistan and China was successfully tested, said Chinese sources today. "We have developed an advanced, multipurpose light fighter plane to meet the needs of overseas customers, the sources in Beijing  told APP news agency.

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Unknown assailants fired shots at the British embassy in Tehran Wednesday and Britain temporarily closed the building for business, British officials said.

Shifting tactics and reaching out for help, the Bush administration offered on Wednesday to share with the United Nations the long-dominant U.S. role in Iraq's postwar reconstruction. Secretary of State Colin Powell described the effort as "essentially putting the Security Council in the game," and European governments reacted favorably to the revised U.S. approach.

Mortar bombs were fired at the U.S. military base in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit on Wednesday and U.S. troops surged out in Humvees and armored vehicles to repel the attackers, Reuters witnesses said.

A "brutally honest" report prepared for the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff blames post-war unrest in Iraq on hurried, inadequate planning before the invasion, defense officials said on Wednesday. The classified report on lessons learned in the war says US commanders were so busy preparing to defeat Iraq's military and directing the fight that they were given too little time to properly prepare for "Phase IV" peace, reports Reuters.

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One-drop batsman Habibul Bashar Sumon hammered a magnificent 72 as Bangladesh scored 248-6 on the first day of their third and final Test against Pakistan in Multan on Wednesday.

Abahani Limited retained the Green Delta Premier Hockey League title when they brushed aside archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club 5-1 in the league finale on Wednesday.

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