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

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National

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, who is staying in Saudi Arabia for religious purpose, has asked her party leaders not to challenge the Election Commissionís decision on Union Parishad Election, reports The Independent.

 Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina returns home from New Delhi today (Saturday) concluding her nine-day tour of India and Thailand. Sheikh Hasinaís remarks during her stay in New Delhi  about the emergence of  Islamic fanaticism coinciding with Indian Foreign Ministerís accusation  about the presence of AlQaeda network  in Bangladesh, however, incited adverse criticism at home.

 Journalist Salim Samad was arrested yesterday in connection with his alleged involvement in anti-state activities. A detective police squad arrested him from one of his friendsí residence at Sector 3 in Uttara Model Town at around 3:30 am yesterday. He was produced before the metropolitan Magistrateís court in the afternoon and granted a five-dayt police remand.

 In the recent spate of closing down state-owned enterprises (SoEs), the Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation (BTMC) has shut down a number of its units and the days of at least three other enterprises are numbered.

Despite the vigilance of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), most of the transport companies are realising higher fares from the homebound passengers ahead of the holy Eid ul Fitr.

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Neighbour

In a sign of easing tensions over Kashmir, Pakistan says it has pulled troops back from some border areas after India made a similar move last month.

 Hardline Islamists opposed to the U.S. military presence in Pakistan have taken power in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) bordering Afghanistan and immediately called for a flaunted ban on music on public transport to be enforced.

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International

At least one high-ranking Indonesian official is connecting the Bali bombings to a detained Muslim cleric, and is warning that more al Qaeda attacks are possible in the region.

Suicide bombers blew up a hotel in Kenya on Thursday, killing 15 people, minutes after missiles narrowly missed an Israeli airliner taking off nearby, in apparently synchronised attacks on Israeli tourists. United States officials say a Somali-based Islamic group may have carried out Thursday's twin attacks on Israeli targets in Mombasa.

Floods caused by torrential rain and the swelling of the Congo river in recent weeks have left thousands of people without shelter in central and northern parts of Congo, a central African state.

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 Sports

The first one-day international between Bangladesh and West Indies was abandoned due to rain as Bangladesh scored 90-4 (17 overs) against  West Indies score of 275-7 (50 overs). An astonishing innings by Ricardo Powell was all in vain as the weather prevented a positive outcome at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.

Bangladesh Under-14 team trounced Gazipur district Under-16 team by six goals to nil in an exhibition match on Friday at Gazipur Stadium. The Bangladesh U-14 team which will take part in the AFC U-14 Football Festival in Kathmandu next month, being prepared under the supervision of coach Shafikul Islam Manik.

Bangladesh national team posted a convincing 5-3 win over Oil and Gas Company in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament at Shibaji Stadium on Friday in New Delhi.

Russia and France are tied at 1-1 after the first day of play in the Davis Cup final. Russia's Marat Safin defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu Friday, and then France's Sebastien Grosjean upset Yevgeny Kafelnikov to even things up.

 South Africa dominate their second one-day international against Sri Lanka winning by 177 runs.

Australia's three-pronged pace attack led by Brett Lee bowled out England for 185 on the first day of the third cricket test at the WACA on Friday. The England innings lasted just 64.2 overs after skipper Nasser Hussain decided to bat first on surface that lived up to tradition -- pacey and bouncy.

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