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Wednesday, August 14, 2002

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2002


Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said police implicated five AL leaders in an arms possession case upon an instruction by the ruling party high-ups. "It's part of a conspiracy by the four-party
alliance against the opposition," Hasina said in a statement. 

Awami League leaders filed a general diary (GD) with Dhanmondi police yesterday protesting withdrawal of 'security protection force' from Sheikh Hasina, leader of the opposition in Parliament.  On his return from Saudi Arabia, Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday expressed his deep concern over the deteriorating of the law and order situation across the country and said that the government has failed to control it. "It is not the appropriate time to launch a movement against the 9-month old government," he said adding that the time was not ripe now.
Country's overall flood situation may aggravate as major rivers in Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna basins recorded rise in their respective points. according to the Flood Warning Centre.

A teacher of Dhaka University (DU) Tuesday filed a petition case in the CMM court accusing seven police officials of their alleged involvement in assaulting some teachers and students of the university in front of Rokeya Hall on July 29.

A clash involving the supporters of Islami Chhatra Shibir and Chhatra league left ten students injured on Chittagong University campus yesterday.

Students activists at BUET threatened to enforce strike on Saturday if the authorities failed to withdraw the expulsion order against some students for their involvement in violence and agitation on the campus.

Following uproar on controversial bank loan, the central bank is going to frame rules to make it mandatory for syndication of banks in case of sanctioning large loans. Besides, setting up of a separate authority responsible for rescheduling the large loans is also under consideration, reports The Daily Star.

Bangladesh is yet to adequately receive from India enhanced market access facility and special preferential treatment it has extended to other smaller and least developed countries on a non-reciprocal basis in the spirit of WTO.

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Militants, suspected to be members of either National Democratic Front of Bodoland or ULFA, on Tuesday morning stuck and killed twelve traders and laborers when they fired at a  truck going to Raksham Giri in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya under Phulbari police station, Times Of India reports.

Security has been stepped up ahead of 15 August, Indian Independence Day as a grenade attack killed one civilian and injured another 21 people in Indian-administered Kashmir, reports BBC.

Violence broke out in Indian state of Gujarat hours after Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited victims of recent Hindu-Muslim clashes. At least three people were injured when groups of Hindus and Muslims threw stones at each other and set fire, forcing the police fire tear gas in Ahmedabad yesterday.

In yet another bid to forge Opposition unity in India, the CPI-M is planning to organise a meeting of the parties later this month to work out a strategy against the Vajpayee government.

Also the Congress and Puducherry Makkal Congress (PMC) have put up big cutouts of Congress President Sonia Gandhi at vantage points welcoming her for Wednesday's Congress-PMC merger function in PONDICHERRY.

In Pakistan, the Election Commission has accepted the documents of 71 political parties and declared them eligible to contest forthcoming general elections being held on October 10. The Election Commission also rejected the documents of 58 other parties and returned their documents being not in conformity with the provision of Political Parties Order 2002, reports The Dawn.

Political uncertainty and slow economic growth in the six years before President Pervez Musharraf seized power pushed Pakistan's poverty rate up to 32 per cent, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released Monday.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami visiting Kabul Tuesday assured Afghan leader Hamid Karzai that Tehran would not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs and called on other countries to do the same. A landslide ploughed through a mountain village in southwest China, killing seven people and leaving more than 30 others missing, local officials and state media said on Tuesday.


At total of 422 people have been killed and another 173 are still missing after weeks of floods and landslides in Nepal, according to the Red Cross.

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Tens of thousands of Czechs fled their historic capital for higher ground Tuesday as torrential rains turned the Vltava River into a menacing cascade and unleashed more flooding that has now killed at least 88 people across

The world's biggest air carrier American Airlines said on Tuesday it plans to axe 7,000 jobs and reduce its fleet as part of a radical overhaul due to a sluggish economy and changes in customer behaviour, an apparent reference
to the September 11 terrorist attacks that prompted millions of frightened travellers to spurn air travel, reports AFP news agency.

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The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday came under fire from different Dhaka-based clubs for allowing their registered players to go to England with Chittagong Abahani for playing some exhbition matches.

A 15-member Bangladesh "A" team led by Sanwar Hossain leaves for Nariobi today (Wednesday) to play two three-day and three limited-over matches in their two-week Kenya tour.

The NBL Premier Division Football League match between Mohammedan SC and Arambagh KS was postponed today (Tuesday) due to unplayable ground condition following heavy rain.

In the Morocco Cup Cricket, here was no match yesterday. Pakistan meets Sri Lanka today in a must-win-match. Pakistan lost to top seed South Africa by 54 runs in the opening encounter on Monday at Tangiers.

Australia Test captain Steve Waugh has said his team will play Pakistan anywhere as officials from both countries search for a suitable neutral venue.

Andre Agassi cruised into the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Noam Okun on Tuesday night

Top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew from the Rogers AT&T Cup Tuesday, citing acute tendinitis in her left knee.

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