August 31, 2002
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Saturday, August 31,
Awami League Chief and Leader of the
Opposition Sheikh Hasina's motorcade was attacked while on its way to
Kalaroa thana town in the south-western bordering district of Satkhira
when it came to a barricade put up
allegedly by ruling party activists near the house of BNP leader Habibul
Islam yesterday noon.
Awami League has given a call for dawn-to-dusk hartal throughout the
country on Sunday protesting the yesterday's attack on the motorcade of
Party Chief Sheikh Hasina during her visit to Satkhira.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday conveyed her heartiest greetings and
good-wishes to the members of the Hindu community of the country, on the
occasion of the Janmastami, the birth day of Lord Sri Krishna.
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon Awami
League to withdraw its hartal call on Sunday terming it an ill attempt to
create political disturbance on September 1 since BNP had earlier
a country-wide and elaborate programme to observe its 24th founding
anniversary on that day.
Addressing a Hindu religious function on Janmastami at the Dakeswari
national temple, BNP Secretary and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said
that Hindu community should not allow itself to be used as vote bank of
certain political party.
Gano Forum leader and noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded
immediate formation of independent commissions on corruption and human
rights to combat corruption and crime.
In an attempt to reduce air pollution in the city, about 15,000 two-stroke
three-wheelers will go off the city roads on Sunday.
In a total disregard to the Natural Water Bodies Protection Act 2000,
Dhaka City Corporation is filling up a part of the river Buriganga near
Martyred Intellectuals' memorial site of Royerbazar in the city.
Millions of ETV viewers across the country were crestfallen and shocked
at the closure of the private television channel while many supported
court action against irregularities in obtaining license and operating the
channel in a fraudulent manner.
The management of the now defunct ETV may file a writ petition against
the government for enforcing the court verdict on it. Amid a bid of
the interested quarters to politicise the issue, the highest authority of
the government is learnt to have decided not to spare any one either from
its party or the officials involved in irregularities in wheat
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Pakistan's former prime minister
Benazir Bhutto says she will challenge the decision to reject her bid to
stand in October's general elections.
The army in Indian-administered Kashmir says Indian troops have killed
nine Islamic militants trying to cross the Line of Control.
A court in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has ordered the
state authorities to help free a monkey that has been confined inside a
temple for the last month. The monkey has been kept within the temple's
inner-most chambers in the belief that it is the reincarnation of a much
loved Hindu monkey god - Hanuman.
Faced with mounting pressure from various quarters, who fear threat to
hostage H Nagappa's life, the Karnataka STF has suspended its operations
to track Veerappan, the notorious bandit who kept a former Minister
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A plane belonging to Brazil's Rico
Linhas Aereas airlines with 28 people aboard crashed on Friday shortly
after taking off from the airport in Rio Branco, in northwestern Acre
state, TV Globo reported. At least three people survived.
Despite global efforts to block al-Qaeda's money routes, the terrorist
network is still obtaining infusion of millions of dollars and is "fit and
well" to strike again, according to a draft UN report.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday it continues to believe al-Qaeda members
are hiding in Iran, even as Tehran denied US press reports it is harboring
two leading members of the militant network.
Deposing President Saddam Hussein from power will prove a more difficult
proposition than getting rid of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Iraq has
Earth Summit negotiators in Johannesburg worked to confound the sceptics
and settle disputes on Friday over trade, energy and sanitation before
world leaders arrive next week. But there was criticism of failure to
reach deals between rich and poor nations on a range of issues, which host
South Africa wants to help end what it calls "global apartheid."
Stockholm police on Friday accused a man of planning to hijack a plane
after a handgun was found in his carryon luggage as he prepared to board a
flight from Sweden to England. The suspect, a 29-year-old Swedish citizen,
was in a group of people headed to an Islamic conference in Birmingham,
England, US airlines are ordered to inspect more than 1,400 Boeing
jets for a potentially faulty fuel pump which could cause an explosion.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's human rights minister has been taken
hostage by members of an ethnic militia in the north-east of the country.
The minister, Ntumba Luaba-Lumu, was seized after he arrived on Thursday
in the town of Bunia to mediate an end to clashes between rival ethnic
groups in the area.
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The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF)
will organise a tournament beginning next Thursday for the Olympiad-bound
players. The 35th Olympiad will be held in Slovenia from October 25 to
Arambagh Krira Sangha kept their hopes alive for a berth in the Super Five
phase with an easy 3-1 win over Victoria Sporting Club in the National
Bank Premier Division Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium
Despite a few brief rain delays, play got under way at the U.S. Open
Friday. Justine Henin led the way into the fourth round, defeating
reigning NCAA champion Bea Bielik 7-5, 6-1. Top seed Serena Williams and
men's No. 3 seed Tommy Haas play later today.
Gustavo Kuerten is the first player in 31 years to go from being seeded
No. 1 at the U.S. Open one year to being unseeded the next. On Friday,
looked more like the former. Serving up the day's biggest upset, Kuerten
stunned No. 2-seeded Marat Safin 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the third round.
On the women's side, top-seeded Serena Williams and No. 4 Lindsay
Davenport both cruised.
Matthew Hayden hit a magnificent 146 and fast bowler Jason Gillespie
snared five wickets as Australia condemned Pakistan to its heaviest-ever
one-day defeat, by 224 runs, in the PSO tri-nations tournament at Nairobi
Gymkhana on Friday.
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