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

Sunday, December 15, 2002



  The three-day long Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the holy Hajj, concludes today with offering Akheri Munjat. The President, Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are expected to take part in the Akheri Munajat.


       The government has selected initially nine mass graves from a large number of such places across the country for development and building monuments over those, Ministry of Liberation War Affairs sources said Saturday.

       Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia returned home last night finishing her three-day state visit to Bangkok.
       Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina appealed to international forums, including the Commonwealth, for looking into why the government here 'obstructs' the opposition from speaking in parliament or carrying out political activities on the street.


       The single-member judicial inquiry commission of Justice Sultan Hossain Khan began his work yesterday to probe the serial blast incidents in four movie houses of Mymensingh town. Justice Khan first visited Aloka Cinema Hall and then the three other halls-Chhayabani, Ajanta and Purabi where the powerful bombs went off on December 7 killing at least 18 people.

       The Martyred Intellectuals Day was observed Saturday in commemoration of the martyrdom of the members of the intelligentsia who were assassinated at the fag end of Bangladesh liberation war.

       Barun Bhowmik Nayan, a reporter of the Daily Al Amin, was held by the joint team of anti-terrorist operation from his Savar residence in the early hours Saturday. Confirming the arrest the police said that Barun was involved in spying, hundi trade and patronisation of terrorist groups.

       The government will formulate new laws to evict all the illegal encroachers who have kept riverbank lands in the country occupied for years together.

       Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed said the government has been working to form an independent human rights commission with a view to ensuring human rights in its true sense for all.


       The joint forces have arrested Selim Osman, former president of Narayanganj Chamber and elder brother of Awami League leader Shamim Osman, from his garments factory Saturday. A pistol was recovered from the factory.

       High Court issued Saturday rule upon the government to show cause in 7 days as to why the detention of Saber Hossain Chowdhury, an Awami League leader, and Shuvra Dev, an artiste, should not be declared illegal, it is reported.

       The High Court stayed Saturday screening of the film 'Hason Raja' scheduled to be released to movies across the country on December 27. The order came upon a writ petition filed by Sadia Chowdhury Porag, daughter of late national professor Dewan Mohammad Azraf and a descendant of Hason Raja.

       Editors of national dailies, news agencies and electronic media observed Saturday that an international news agency has miserably failed to perform its professional duties in reporting Mymensingh bomb blasts.

       The election of Narayanganj Pourasava will be held on January 16, an election commission press release said yesterday. According to the schedule announced by the election commission, the date for submission of nomination papers is December 23, scrutiny of nomination papers is December 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is December 31.

       Police arrested 15 workers of the Awami League from its central party office at the Bangabandhu Avenue in the city yesterday evening. Witnesses said police cordoned off the Awami League office soon after AL chief Sheikh Hasina left the party office at about 5:15 pm. She was presiding over a discussion meeting to mark the Martyred Intellectuals day.

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 At least 40 Afghan children died due to cold in refugee camps in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas.
       Pakistani authorities Saturday freed the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad, one of the most militant movements fighting Indian rule in Kashmir which New Delhi has accused of carrying out a string of deadly attacks.

       Police early yesterday gunned down two suspected armed Pakistani militants at a roadblock on the outskirts of the Indian capital, while a third escaped. The two rebels were killed in a shootout with Delhi police in the Tughlakabad area, near the homes of some officers of the Indian Air Force and the paramilitary Border Security Force.

       A suspected gangster wanted by Indian police for a series of deadly bomb blasts in 1993 and arrested in Dubai has been deported to Pakistan, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Khaleej Times quoted Emirati security sources as saying that Anees Ibrahim, younger brother of Indian Muslim underworld boss Dawood Ibrahim, had been sent back to Pakistan.
       Muslims in India's riot-scarred western Gujarat state were Saturday gearing to move to safer areas, fearing fresh violence once results of assembly elections were declared. Results of Thursday's vote, in which 61.7 percent of 33 million registered voters cast ballots, were to be announced Sunday.

       US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca has assured US government's continued support to strengthen democracy in Nepal and its fight against Maoist insurgency. Rocca, who arrived on Friday on a three-day visit, had talks with King Gyanendra, Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Foreign Minister Narendra Bikram Shan and Chief of Army Staff Pyargjung Thapa.

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 Thousands of people took parts in agitation against the USA in Seoul and others cities in South Korea yesterday protesting incident of killing two Korean children by American solders.

       The United Nations pressed Iraq for a list of scientists linked to arms programs declared by Baghdad in a dossier that US officials say is deeply flawed. Un experts, testing Iraq's assertion that it no longer has any banned weapons, pounced on 11 chemical, biological, nuclear and missile sites Saturday.

       The European Union has thrown open its doors to 10 mostly former communist East European countries, ending years of tortuous negotiations and redefining the continent's boundaries.

       US President George W Bush and South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung ramped up pressure on North Korea Friday to reverse its decision to revive a nuclear program but stressed the escalating dispute must end peacefully.

       British troops will begin deploying to the Gulf next month as Britain, unconvinced by President Saddam Hussein's 12,00-page dossier on weapons of mass destruction, readies for war in Iraq, a British daily said Saturday.

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 Defending champion Dhaka cruised to a five-wicket win over Barisal in their opening limited-over match of the Ispahani Tea 4th National League at the BKSP ground in Savar yesterday. Set to score 191, Dhaka rattled up 192 for 5 in 40.1 over with opener Rashedul Huq scoring a 55 off 51 balls.

       Both the Bangladesh and West Indies cricket teams arrived in the port city yesterday to play in the second and final Test of the Coca-Cola Series, which begins tomorrow at the MA Aziz Stadium. After landing at the Shah Amanat International Airport in the morning, Khaled Mashud's men went to the Hotel Agrabad. In the afternoon, it was the turn of the 15-member West Indies squad led by Ridley Jacobs, to fly in from the capital.

       Bangladesh take on Kuwait in their opening match of the Under-15 Asia Cup today at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. They will meet Nepal on Monday while face India on Wednesday in two other group matches.

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