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

Saturday, August 31, 2002


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 announced
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 procurement.

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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 hostage.

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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 warned Washington.

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 November 11.

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 yesterday.

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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