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Sunday, July 06, 2003


Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she believes the government had a hand in the Bogra munitions affair.

Former army chief General (retd) Mustafizur Rahman, who visited Bogra with Awami Leageu MPs, has said the munitions recovered in Bogra were made for use in insurgency or unconventional warfare.    

The government has decided to bring about major changes in Bangladesh missions in a number of countries to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with them, a Daily Star report indicates.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has agreed to meet leaders of the Fazlul Haq Amini-led Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), a partner of the ruling alliance, at her office on Tuesday to listen to their grievances. Amini earlier
threatened to quit the Jatiya Sangsad.

The ruling BNP-led four-party alliance will hold rallies and bring out processions across the country today to drum up support against the 'anarchy, violence and other destructive activities by the

The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1, Dhaka, yesterday sentenced two persons to death and two others to life imprisonment killing a baby, Ratna, at south Manda under Sabujbagh thana on August 8, 2002.

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested two persons with an M-16 rifle and 73 rounds of ammunition from Baishari under Naikhongchhori in the hill district of Bandarban on  Friday.

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Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung arrived Dhaka Friday night, carrying a letter of the head of his government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

Pakistani police have arrested Allah Wasaya, a prominent Islamic militant belonging to a group which has been blamed for many sectarian killings and has been linked to the murder of U.S. reporter Daniel
Pearl, officials said today. He was detained in Lahore.

Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday claimed in the Special Court that Union Ministers L K Advani and M M Joshi had instigated" the kar sevaks to "demolish" the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

Suspense and confusion over the date for resumption of the Indo-Pak bus link ended on Saturday with Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) announcing the relaunch of the Delhi-Lahore service from July 11. The servicewas snapped on December 31, 2001 following a terrorist attack on Indian Parliament building.

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Two women strapped with explosives blew themselves up at a crowded outdoor rock festival Saturday, killing at least 16 people, officials and media said. The attack revived fears that rebels are intent on
bringing the Chechen war to the Russian capital.

A windblown wildfire that already has destroyed more than 300 mountaintop homes pushed into a previously untouched subdivision, burning five cabins and threatening 60 others, a fire official said

A remote-controlled blast killed seven Iraqi police recruits at their graduation ceremony west of Baghdad Saturday in a new attack blamed on die-hard Saddam Hussein loyalists seeking to derail U.S. plans for Iraq. A British man thought to be a journalist has been shot dead outside the Iraqi National Museum, Baghdad.

The recent spate of attacks on American troops in Iraq has had a profound effect on the morale of the US troops stationed here. Even though they are an army of occupation, many soldiers are surprised at
the upsurge in violence against them although they were told that the people of this country would greet them as liberators.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that NATO ally the United States had seized Turkish special forces in Iraq in what he called an "ugly incident," and demanded their immediate release. The arrests threaten to exacerbate tensions between the two NATO allies, a relationship already strained after Ankara's refusal to allow U.S. troops to stage attacks on Iraq from Turkish soil during the U.S.-led war.

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Bangladesh produced an encouraging display with bat and ball to give themselves a chance of a confidence-boosting win in the tour match with Australian Cricket Academy at Brisbane.

South Africa all but booked their place in the NatWest Series final with a bloodless nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Cardiff. Serena Williams beats sister Venus in three sets to retain her
Wimbledon title.

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