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Sunday, November 10, 2002

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

Sunday, November 10, 2002


Awami League MPs will stage a sit-in in front of the Speaker's Office today to press for the immediate release of the arrested AL lawmakers.

During the one-hour sit-in in front of the parliament chamber of Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, the AL lawmakers will submit a memorandum to the speaker demanding immediate release of Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP and Talukder Abdul Khaleque MP

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday apprehended a "similar failure" by the army in curbing crime like the BNP government if "they resort to torture on Awami League workers" instead of arresting "real criminals".

 At least 10 activists of the Awami Shechchhashebak League were injured as police swooped on a rally of opposition Awami League's (AL) front organisation at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city yesterday afternoon.

 Abu Sufian (34), son of Abdul Hamid Bepari and nephew of Dhaka City Ward Commissioner Abu Sayeed Bepari, who was picked up by the joint forces during an operation in Mohammadpur on Friday night, died yesterday.

The Save Buriganga Movement (SBM) and Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) yesterday organised a demonstration at Amtola of Court area of the city protesting encroachment and pollution of natural streams and water bodies including the river Buriganga, through forged legal documents and registrations.

Most of the 4000 farmers queuing for long for Boro paddy seeds in front of BADC office at Phulpur under Mymensingh  yesterday returned home empty handed because of inadequate supply. Many of them were wounded as police resorted to baton-charge to discipline the unruly men and women thronged the BADC office for seeds.

Awami League agriculture secretary Begum Matia Chowdhury Saturday expressed grave concern over the crisis of high yielding boro seeds that may seriously affect winter cultivation of paddy.

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Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury Saturday described the latest anti-Bangladesh allegations made by Indian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani as “completely false, baseless and motivated,”

 Dhaka and Seoul yesterday signed two loan agreements, under which the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of South Korea will provide $58 million for further development of telecommunications. South Korea has also agreed to recruit 3,300 more Bangladeshi workers, increasing the existing quota 5,500 to 8,800.

 Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Saturday took exception to Dhaka's sharp reaction to his statement expressing concern over the growing activities of the al-Qaeda and ISI in Bangladesh, reports Times of India. Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh rejected Advani's charges and said it wanted warm ties with its neighbour.

 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Saturday resigned from the post of president of Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party, a party spokesman said adding  that Sayeed had appointed his close confidant and finance minister, Muzaffer Hussain Beig, as acting president of the PDP till party elections were held.

 Government of Pakistan yesterday called on the international community to address and reverse the dangerous patterns and practices of discrimination, intolerance and hatred on the basis of religion and culture. Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Mr Munir Akram said despite declarations by world leaders that the war against terrorism is not targeted against any religion or any religious or social group, the discrimination, mistreatment and hatred have proliferated.

 Pakistan’s military regime is trying to broker a coalition involving its major opposition party in a deal that could break a month-long impasse over a new government, political sources said Saturday,

 Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose to 8.543 billion US dollars in the week ending November 2, up 78 million dollars from the previous week's 8.465 billion dollars, the central bank said yesterday.

 A security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu has been shot dead by unidentified assailants in what police said appears to be a deliberate escalation of violence by Maoist rebels.Dipak Pokharel, a security supervisor, was shot dead at 3 p.m. today while he was sleeping in his house in Kathmandu's Buddhanagar suburb, police said.

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A controversial CIA-led missile strike which killed six suspected al-Qaeda members in Yemen was "legal and necessary" and may be emulated in Southeast Asia to crush terror groups, a top US counter-terrorism official said yesterday. "We will use whatever is necessary and legal to attack this (terrorist) threat, to interdict it and eliminate it," Francis Taylor, the US State Department co-ordinator for counter-terrorism, told a media briefing in Manila

 Members of the international community have urged Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to take seriously a new U.N. resolution which was passed unanimously by council members on Friday after months of negotiation, requiring Iraq's full compliance with U.N. weapons inspectors.

Taipei has given a lukewarm response to Chinese President Jiang Zemin's offer that "all issues" relating to Taiwan can be discussed under the premise of the one-China principle.

A Japanese parliamentarians' group met the Dalai Lama on Saturday in the highest level contact between the Japanese government and Tibet's exiled spiritual leader at his Narita Hotel , Kyodo news agency said. Saturday's meeting may anger Beijing which sees Tibet as part of China, and has demanded that the Dalai Lama abandon what it says is an independence movement.

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Bangladesh football team will play two friendly international matches against Myanmar at the leg of this month. The first match will be held on November 22 and the second on November 24, Myanmar Football Federation confirmed yesterday.

 Pakistan were 217 for four wickets at tea on the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe on Saturday in a match that swung in favour of one side or the other.

 Australia were on course to batting England out of the opening Ashes Test after dismissing the tourists for a 167-run innings lead at the Gabba here on Saturday. Steve Waugh's team took charge of the first of five Tests by restricting England to 325 in their first innings and then building on that in the day's final session.

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