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Monday, December 02, 2002

National

More than 40 people died and 50 others were injured seriously in a stampede when a huge crowd gathered to collect Zakat clothes in Paschimpara area of the northern district town of Gaibandha Sunday morning.

 Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to step down for its “incompetence” to run the country and demanded immediate general election. She addressed a gathering at her home constituency Gopalganj yesterday.

The students of Dhaka University belonging to Hindu, Christian and Buddha communities brought out a procession yesterday on the campus and held a rally at the DUCSU Bhaban condemning the anti-Bangladesh campaign by the Leader of the Opposition.

Lawyers for the two British Channel-4 Television crew and their two local associates filed writs with the High Court on Sunday seeking their release and declaring their detention illegal. The four were arrested recently on sedition charges and they are now being interrogated by police.

UNDP Bangladesh has decided to launch a large-scale micro-credit programme in three hill districts and has already submitted the project concept paper to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to sources.

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Neighbour

Bangladesh and India begins a two-day parley in New Delhi today (Monday) to resolve longstanding trade disputes between the two next-door neighbours having a widely unbalanced bilateral trade.

Weapons of mass destruction in Pakistan could fall into the hands of "bandits and terrorists," Russian President Vladimir Putin said today in an interview with an Indian newspaper. Putin, who arrives for a three-day official visit to India on Tuesday, told The Hindu newspaper that the international community needed "to have a clear picture of where those weapons are, in what status, in what condition they are and what will happen to them in future.", reports The Dawn.

 Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee yesterday warned he would not attend a regional South Asian summit in Pakistan next month unless cross-border militancy stops in Kashmir. "I can consider going to the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit early next year provided infiltration and cross-border terrorism stops completely in Kashmir," Vajpayee told a news conference in this northern Indian city of Shimla.

 Nine people including an Army Major R A S Thaba were killed and almost an equal number seriously injured on Sunday in clashes and firing between troops of newly arrived Assam regiment and residents of the north eastern Indian village of Deharkuria.

 Fresh fighting erupted between troops belonging to two rival commanders near an air base in western Afghanistan, an official said yesterday. The fighting began late on Saturday when commander Amanullah Khan launched an attack on positions held by the powerful governor of the province of Herat, Ismail Khan, in the Zeer Koh area 10 km (six miles) from Shindand air base.

 A mammoth B-52 bomber was called into combat for the first time in five months Sunday to protect U.S. special forces battling armed Afghans outside an American base.

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International

Australia's prime minister has said he is ready to launch pre-emptive action against terrorists in neighbouring Asian countries. John Howard's remarks caused outrage among governments in Asian countries

 A fire at a Caracas nightclub left 47 people dead and about 20 hospitalized Sunday, witnesses and authorities said.

 Russian President Vladmir Putin is expected to cement his country's partnership with China during meetings with President Jiang Zemin and other top cadres in Beijing on Monday.

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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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