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Saturday, December 14, 2002

 

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

Saturday, December 14, 2002

       

National

 

The Martyred Intellectuals Day is being observed today (Saturday) paying glowing tributes to the members of intelligentsia assassinated in the run-up to the victory in the Liberation War.


       The Thai government has agreed to allow duty-free export of 128 items under six categories from Bangladesh to Thailand on non-reciprocal basis, giving a major boost to relations between the two countries.


       A Metropolitan Magistrate's Court Friday sent Enamul Haq Chowdhury, a stringer of Reuters Dhaka Bureau, on three-day police remand for his alleged involvement in a sensitive news story quoting home minister on recent Mymensingh bomb blasts.


       The three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the holy Hajj, began on the bank of river Turag in Tongi yesterday with delivering sermons by the noted Islamic thinkers.


       The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) sealed off all the border points with the northern district of Rajshahi in the early hours yesterday. Senior officials of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Rajshahi quoted their Indian counterparts as having said that the border was sealed to check illegal entry of people to Indian Territory, it is reported.


       Justice Sultan Hossain Khan, chairman of the one-member judicial probe body formed in connection with Saturday's bomb blast incidents in four cinema halls in Mymensingh, reached Mymensingh at 6.30 pm yesterday.


       Eminent lawyer Dr. Kamal Hossain has called it 'an erosion of the rule of law' the way the government has recently detained some people without showing any objective basis. 'The pattern of recent arrests reflects arbitrariness of the government and can be perceived as political victimisation,' he said pointing to the arrest of some Awami League leaders and critics of the government, it is repoted.


       Speakers on the second day of the three-day conference on Access to Justice and Penal Reform in the capital city yesterday suggested improvement of the existing prison conditions.


       Three people were killed and 21 others injured in two separate road accidents on Dhaka-Mymensingh and Mymensingh-Haluaghat Highways yesterday.


       Three and a half years after filing of petitions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against a High Court judgement, the Appellate Division begins today hearing of the sensational 1996 share scam cases.

       The strain developed in several areas of bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India did not affect the preparatory meeting held on December 2-3 in New Delhi for the secretary-level meeting on trade, it is repoted.

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Neighbour

At least 15 people were killed and 60 injured when a bus carrying Nepalese workers fell into a roadside ditch in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal yesterday.


       The last of the Pakistani and Indian troops who were sent a year ago to their common borders will be pulled back within four months, Pakistani Defence Secretary Hamid Nawaz said Friday.


       Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan said yesterday they had finalised an agreement to repatriate at least 1.2 million Afghan refugees over the next three years from camps along their common border.
 

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International

 

  The Australian government said Friday it will slash tariffs on imported cars and auto components to five per cent in 2010, giving a 2.4 billion US dollar handout to manufacturers to soften the blow.

       European leaders approved Thursday a multi-billion dollar funding package for the EU's expansion to take in 10 new members in 2004, the EU's Danish presidency said. The deal, which is worth a total of 40.5 billion euros (dollars) over three years or about 25 euros for every citizen of the current 15-member bloc, must still be approved by the candidates themselves.


       France and Germany plan to jointly expel illegal immigrants from their territories and are negotiating a new bilateral immigration accord, their interior ministers announced Thursday after meeting in Paris.


       Iran Friday brushed off US concern that it may be developing a secret nuclear weapons program and said international inspectors were welcome to visit any facilities they suspected.


       Britain on Thursday unveiled a controversial plan allowing schools to fine parents of persistent truants in a bid to reduce pupil absenteeism. Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said it was 'absolutely right' to focus on the issue of truancy in Britain's schools.

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 Sports

 

Bangladesh and West Indies cricket teams leave for Chittagong today to play the second and final Test match. The five-day contest starts at the MA Aziz Stadium on December 16.


       Hasanuzzaman hit a magnificent double century for Khulna division to force Chittagong for a draw on the concluding day of the four-day match of Ispahani Mirzapur Tea 4th National Cricket League at Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium in the city Friday.


       The national cricket team of war-ravaged Afghanistan will play in the 16th Frontier Gold Cup in neighbouring Pakistan next week. The tournament is not on the international calendar but is a local fixture in Peshawar.


       Australia cruised to a seven-wicket victory over England with five over to spare at the Sydney Cricket Ground Friday.


       New Zealand opener Mark Richardson extended his impressive run with the bat as he slammed an unbeaten 83, but he failed to stop India from bouncing back into the opening Test Friday.

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