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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

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

Wednesday, December 04, 2002


A Dhaka court has refused to grant bail to two Western journalists accused of seeking to portray the country as a hotbed of Islamic fundamentalism. The pair were moved from police custody to a jail, officials said. Briton Zaiba Malik, 35, and Italian Bruno Sorrentino, 40, were detained by immigration officials at Bangladesh's western Benapole border last week and handed over to police. Both work for British television's Channel 4.

 The ongoing anti-crime Operation Clean Heart, led by the army, will continue during forthcoming Union Parishad (UP) elections.
It will, however, be relaxed in certain areas in the interest of smooth polling and to enable the candidates to carry on their election campaigns freely and without any fear or obstruction from any quarters, reports The News Today.

 The government yesterday said there is no activity in Bangladesh of the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF), a non-governmental organisation marked out for United Nations sanctions. The BIF is one of the three new entities included in the upgraded UN list of those subject to sanctions against al-Qaida and Taliban operatives.

 Bangladesh Communist Party (CPB) yesterday protested the "anti-Bangladesh campaign" launched by Indian media. It also expressed concern at the recent deterioration in the bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

 In a bid to attract foreign direct investment in the country, the Board of Investment (BOI) is going to set up three investment centres in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Frankfurt soon, reports The daily Star.

 The Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has received nod of the prime minister to acquire the Bangladesh Railway (BR) land for the construction of World Trade Centre in the port city.

 The United States on Tuesday lifted its embargo on shipment from Bangladesh of some categories of readymade garments (RMG), which invited the ban following over-export in September next.

 With only two days left for Eid celebrations, the shopping spree in the city markets has reached its peak. The crowd, visiting markets to buy garments, shoes, perfume, caps, kurtas, pyjamas, salwars and sarees appear to be overflowing shops at any time during day and night.

 Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returns home today (Wednesday) morning after performing the holy Umrah in Saudi Arabia. During her eight-day stay in the holy land, Khaleda offered Ziarat at the Rauza Mubarak of prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) and visited historic places of Islamic heritage at Madina Monwara.

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi national near Mahisakundi BOP under Daulatpur upazila of the district on Sunday night. The dead was identified as Ukil Mondol, 35, son of Samsul Mondol of village Daulatpur.

 India has stepped up its security on rivers on its borders to stop Islamic militants and other rebels from using the  waterways  to slip  into India, the Reuters reports from the North-eastern Indian town of Guwahati quoting a senior  BSF official.

 Dhaka has protested New Delhi's obstruction to an embankment project along the Kalindi-Ishamati rivers in Satkhira district. The construction of the embankment to halt river erosion has been suspended since November 28 due to obstruction by the Border Security Forces (BSF).

 The leader of the Pakistani province of Quetta has ordered authorities to release all prisoners being held for membership in radical religious groups banned by President Pervez Musharraf.

 Launching the  party campaign  in the tribal belt of north Gujarat on Tuesday, Indian Congress chief Sonia Gandhi promised to return Gujarat's gaurav (pride) if her party was elected to power.

 Unknown men threw two grenades into the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the city of Gardez in southeastern Afghanistan, damaging the office, The Dawn reports Tuesday.

 India said in its mid-year review of the economy today that its gross domestic product is expected to grow at 5.0 to 5.5 per cent in the current year to March 2003.

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The US State Department strongly urged the government of Bangladesh to provide two foreign journalists under detention full access to lawyers and consular services, report agencies.
The two journalists an Italian and a Briton were arrested on November 25 on suspicion of conspiring to spread anti-Bangladesh propaganda.

 Shanghai will host the 2010 World Exposition after bidding fiercely to organize an event expected to fuel millions of dollars of investment, Expo officials have announced.

 Low interest rates, reviving banks and demand from an ascendant China are enabling Asia to shrug aside dire predictions of a sharp drop in economic growth, reports Reuters.

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The West Indies beat Bangladesh by 86 runs on Tuesday in the third and final limited-overs match of their series, winning it 2-0.  Chasing a formidable West Indies total of 281 runs, Bangladesh scored 195 for nine wickets in 50 overs in the day-night match at Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams, the No. 1 players in the world, were named 2002 ITF world champions on Tuesday. Australia's Hewitt earned the accolade for the second year running, while American Williams was honored for the first time. Both players enjoyed outstanding seasons, with the 21-year-old Hewitt winning the men's singles at Wimbledon for the first time and Williams dominating the women's tour by taking three of the four grand slam titles.

Sri Lanka go into the penultimate match of their tour with renewed optimism following victory at Benoni. Marvan Atapattu's unbeaten 123 saw them to a seven-wicket win, their first success since arriving in South Africa in October.

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