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

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

National

The main opposition Awami League yesterday called off the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on December 12 in view of the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation for Muslims across the world.

 The riot police went on the rampage forcing the main opposition Awami League (AL) to wrap up a scheduled rally in a hurry yesterday that urged the prime minister to consult the opposition leader in running the state.

 The elections of Barisal and Sylhet city corporations will be held on March 20 next, an Election Commission (EC) press release said Tuesday.

 Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday ruled out transit and transhipment to India, saying the country's "entire road transport system will collapse within three months if the facilities are provided". 

Revenue collection in the first five months of the current fiscal year has exceeded the target and also showed a 23.47 per cent growth over the previous year, reports UNB.

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Neighbour

 Dhaka has regretted the postponement of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, which was scheduled for next month in Islamabad.

 Two Chinese-made F-7 fighter aircraft belonging to the Pakistan air force crashed near Quetta  in Baluchistan province Tuesday after a mid-air collision Air force officials said there was no civilian casualty  and the cause of the collision was known immediately. 

Some 5,000 people have been detained in the riot-ravaged western Indian state of Gujarat ahead of legislative assembly polls on Thursday. Security has also been tightened dramatically with the deployment of 170,000 security personnel, police said.

 For a nation still recovering from a drought which sapped the economy, the worse is still to come for India. An agricultural expert has warned that 2003 may well be a 'water emergency year' for India.

 Protesting  human rights violations in the state, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Forum Mohammad Ahsan Untoo on Tuesday made an abortive bid to set himself ablaze. The policemen posted at the venue doused the flames engulfing Untoo as he sprinkled kerosene and set himself afire.

 Amnesty International and some of the Naxalite groups were deliberately tarnishing the image of West Bengal regarding violation of human rights, claimed chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya on Tuesday while inaugurating a programme on International Human Rights Day in Kolkata.

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International

The United States yesterday said it could not say whether the al-Qaeda terror network was active in Bangladesh, following a string of weekend bomb blasts that killed 17 people. India's foreign minister Yashwant Sinha last month triggered a diplomatic row with Dhaka by claiming that "some al-Qaeda elements" had taken shelter in Bangladesh, reports AFP. 

Iraqi officials Tuesday accused the United States of "unprecedented blackmail" for obtaining an unedited copy of Iraq's dossier on its weapons of mass destruction.  White House officials called the statement "ludicrous."

Former US president Jimmy Carter in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo has warned of the potentially "catastrophic consequences" of a pre-emptive US war on Iraq.

 One dozen Scud missiles were found aboard a ship stopped in the Indian Ocean by a Spanish frigate that had to fire warning shots to keep the unflagged vessel from fleeing, U.S. and Spanish authorities said Tuesday.  Although the ship did not have a flag, the Spanish official said the 21 crew members were North Korean.

 A preliminary inquiry into last week's riots in East Timor has found that some of the people behind the violence fled afterwards to neighboring Indonesia, the tiny new nation's U.N. ambassador says. The report indicated   Indonesian-backed militias as the architects of that violence.

 Winters in North Korea are always tough, but this year's promises to be particularly gruelling. The temperature in the capital, Pyongyang, can dip to -10 C, but the rising political temperature will make it feel even colder, reports BBC.

 Organisers of the controversial Miss World beauty contest have decided to hold next year's pageant in China. The tropical shores of the island of Hainan in the South China sea have been chosen as a suitable location for the contest.

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 Sports

Bangladesh suffered their heaviest defeat since joining the ranks of the Test-playing nations two years ago as the West Indies seam attack bowled them to victory with three days to spare. West Indies (536) beat Bangladesh (139 & 87) by an innings and 310 runs in Dhaka. It was Bangladesh's 15th defeat in 16 Tests.

Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions made good start in the Ispahani fourth National Cricket League that began at three different venues yesterday. At the BKSP ground, Dhaka scored 95 for two at stumps on the first day of the four-day match in reply to Barisal's 196 in the first innings.

England slumped to yet another defeat as the Australian Prime Minister's XI eased to a four-wicket victory in just 31.4 overs in Canberra.

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