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

Saturday, December 21, 2002



Members of the joint forces seized a huge quantity of 'explosives` and firecrackers from a number of ware-houses in Narsingdi town yesterday. They claimed that acting on a tip off, the members of the joint forces raided the houses of some illegal explosive traders and recovered a truckload of explosives from three warehouses. But the local people said the inmates of the raided houses were manufacturers of fireworks.

The Youth Development Directorate has undertaken a pilot project to provide training and financial assistance to educated unemployed youths to build up their career. Under the project educated youths, particularly the newly passed-out doctors and engineers, will be provided with loan and necessary training to start their career under the 'Entrepreneur Development Programme,".

Mystery shrouded the death of an under-trial prisoner inside the district jail in Khulna Thursday. Police said Kalam (32), who hailed from Botiaghata Upazila, fell sick on the day and he was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital where he died in the afternoon. But hospital sources said Kalam died before admission to hospital.

Jatiya Party (Manju) protested a news item that erroneously reported that the Election Commission (EC) had permitted the Ershad-led Jatiya Party to be registered with the EC as the 'main" Jatiya Party. In a statement Friday, Party's additional secretary general Sadeq Siddiqui said the EC Thursday, in fact, permitted the party led by Anwar Hossain Manju as "Jatiya Party  (JP)" and the Ershad-led party as "Jatiya Party" for registering with the EC.

Classes and examinations of Chittagong University resume today after a month-long vacation. The university has remained closed since November 21 for Ramadan, Eid-ul Fitr, Intellectualls Day and Victory Day.

Inclusion of some new regulations by the Saudi authorities is likely to increase the facilities of the pilgrims during Hajj this year, said sources. But this has enhanced cost of performing Hajj to the tune of around Tk 15,000 to Tk 20,000 more per pilgrim compared to that of the previous year, the added. The Saudi authorities made 'comfortable' accommodation arrangements with proper bedding facilities mandatory for all pilgrims this year, which was optional earlier.

The World Bank has sharply cut its outlook for the world economy and warned that jittery financial markets could cut Latin America off from the rising tide of global prosperity.

Chief Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury yesterday urged the lawyers to give due emphasis on the language as well as correct use of words in their professional practice. "It is the art of advocacy, which is very important in an advocate's life, he said.

The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will launch a country-wide 'mass awareness campaign' from tomorrow to build up resistance against the continued killing and repression, infringement of human and democratic rights, and conspiracy to capture the country's oil and gas resources.

Mystery shrouded the death of an under-trial prisoner inside the district jail in Khulna Thursday. Police said Kalam (32), who hailed from Botiaghata Upazila, fell sick on the day and he was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital where he died in the afternoon. But hospital sources said Kalam died before admission to hospital.

At least 30 people were injured in a scramble as an express train derailed at Ekrampur rail-bridge in Kishoreganj yesterday following suspected disruptive acts.

Both road and river communications have become risky due to dense fog on the Barisal-Dhaka route. Fifty-year-old Paresh was run over by a vehicle under a blanket of fog on the Barisal-Dhaka Highway near Madaripur late Thursday night.

Bangladesh will set up a trade promotion centre in West Bengal shortly, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmood Chowdhury said. Talks on the issue with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya has been "very fruitful", he told newsmen at the office of Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata.

Forest guards and Indian pirates traded gunfire for over two hours Wednesday evening at Harindanga canal of the Sundarbans. After the gunfight, forest guards captured five Indian pirates including their ringleader Kanai Mondol (42), with two firearms.

A battalion commander-level flag meeting between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday agree to work jointly for a peaceful border. The meeting was held near Harudanga BSF camp under Raninagar thana in Murshidabad district, BDR sources said.


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The arrest of nine alleged al-Qadeda backers in a US-backed raid and the likely death of a suspect in the Daniel Pearl murder reinforce Pakistan's fears that the battle against terrorism will be a long haul, analysts said Friday.

At least 18 policemen were killed and 21 injured in an ambush by Maoist rebels in a dense jungle on the borders of the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand and Orissa.

Pakistan's new civilian government, seeking foreign investment in its energy sector, said yesterday it would continue to deregulate the industry, but not to the point of immediately raising limits on retailing profits.

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Baghdad urged the United Nations Friday to stand up to US and British "deceit" after Washington declared Iraq in "material breach" of its UN weapons obligations, bringing closer the prospect of war.

Americans are divided on whether the United States should invade Iraq if the Bush administration provides proof that Baghdad is producing weapons of mass destruction, according to a Time/CNN poll released Thursday. According to the survey, 54 percent of Americans would approve such action even if the UN inspectors do not find evidence of such production.

Chief UN weapon inspector Hans Bliz said Friday that the United States and Britain were not giving him enough intelligence for his weapons search in Iraq. The most important thing that governments like the UK or the US could give us would be to tell us of sites where they are convinced that they keep some weapons of mass destruction. This is what we want to have, he said.

Britain will seek the UN's explicit approval for war on Iraq in a second resolution at the end of January if arms inspections show President Saddam Hussein is in breach of United Nations demands, the Times reported Friday.

A Palestinian militant and a Jewish settler were killed Friday as violence continued in the Gaza Strip, while in Washington top world diplomats were to meet to discuss a peace 'roadmap' which the United States has already delayed until after Israeli polls next month.

South Korean opposition leader Lee Hoi-Chang quits politics today in a tearful farewell after his narrow defeat in presidential polls. 'Now I am leaving politics," an emotional Lee, 67, said the morning after his defeat to ruling party candidate Roh Moo-Hyun.

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Dhaka and Khulna moved atop the Ispahani Mirzapur Tea Fourth National Cricket League one-day table after winning their second successive matches at different venues yesterday.

Bangladesh lost 2-1 to India in their first match of the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Under-14 Football Festival at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu yesterday.

New Zealand bowler Daryl Tuffey ripped through India's batting lineup with a four-wicket haul to send the tourists reeling in the second and final Test Friday.

Bangladesh Army got off to a flying start in the Nitol Indica Victory Day International Basketball Championship with a 95-66 points win over Pokhara Basketball Club of Nepal at the Dhanmondi Basketball gymnasium yesterday.

England crushed Sri Lanka by 95 runs Friday night to romp to the top of the ladder in the tri-nation limited-overs competition. It was England's second win over Sri Lanka in three days, giving Nasser Hussain's men new heart after their humiliation by Australia in the Ashes series, in which Australia are leading 3-0.

Kenya organisers of the two cricket World Cup games in Nairobi early next year moved fast Friday to assure the Sri Lanka and New Zealand teams of maximum security during their visit.

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