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Monday, November 11, 2002

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

Monday, November 11, 2002


The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM's) Court, Dhaka yesterday directed the officer-in-charge (OC) of Ramna police station to update the court on investigation into a murder case against former prime minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and two others.

Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday staged a two-hour sit-in in front of the Speaker's chamber inside the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban demanding release of the MPs arrested during the ongoing anti-crime clampdown before the parliament goes into session on November 14.

 The army hauled up 248 people and recovered 25 firearms across the country during the last 24 hours ending 8:00am Sunday. Among the arrested are 22 listed criminals. The seizure list includes six pistols, three revolvers, eight shotguns and four pipe guns.

 Housing and Works Minister Mirza Abbas Sunday filed a defamation suit against editor, publisher and owner of the daily Jugantar for publication of a report on Nov 6 that linked him with Kala faruk’s abortive bid to flee abroad.

 A high-powered committee will be formed today to probe alleged irregularities in tender schedule collection by contractors for over Tk 93 crore road development work of the Dhaka City Corporation, the city Mayor announced yesterday.

 Phuket Air, a private sector Thai airline, starts its direct flights between Chittagong and Bangkok from November 24.

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 Bangladesh and 48 other least developed countries (LDC will enjoy duty- and quota-free access of goods to Australia, according to an announcement made by the  Australian government.

 The Bangladesh government has strongly protested against recent remarks of the Indian Deputy Prime Minister, LK Advani about the presence of al Qaeda. Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury summoned the Indian High Commissioner Monilal Tripathi on Sunday and handed over the protest note that described the Indian allegations as baseless and incorrect.

 India has given Bangladesh a list of militant training camps it wants closed and asked Dhaka to hand over any rebels caught using the bases to target India, the Dawn reported Sunday quoting Press Trust of India. According to PTI, the list of 99 training camps passed to Dhaka includes their locations, and also contains the names of 77 rebels, among them some alleged to be backed by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Bangladesh has denied the existence of any militant camps on its soil.

 Indian patrol boats have been sent to an area of the Bay of Bengal where fishermen reported coming under fire from Thai trawlers. The fishermen say they were shot at by crew members on a number of Thai vessels to try to frighten them away from waters about 150 kilometres south of Calcutta.

 The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to lift fishing restrictions off the country's northern coast.

 The recent communal riots in the Indian State of Gujarat are expected to change the security definitions during the Assembly polls. The EC has already identified 8,000 locations as "sensitive", reports Times of India.

 China's top economic planner said Sunday policies that have pushed the economy to about eight per cent growth in 2002 will remain unchanged as a new group of leaders takes over. 

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A Laoag Air flight with 29 passengers and five crew aboard crashed into Manila Bay shortly after takeoff Monday morning. Three female survivors have been rescued.

 Saddam Hussein orders an emergency session of Iraq's National Assembly as Arab leaders welcome a U.N. resolution demanding that Baghdad disarm.

In Cairo, diplomats at an Arab League meeting issued an eight-point joint statement on Sunday welcoming the U.N. resolution on Iraq but warning that any strike against Baghdad would be considered a threat to all Arabs' national security.

Peace activists in Italy pledged on Sunday to stage protests across Europe against any war in Iraq, fired by the success of a weekend rally that brought half a million protesters onto the streets of Florence. "This war, when it comes, will be one of the most unpopular in history and we have to do something to try to stop it," said Alain Krivine, a far-left French member of the European parliament who took part in Saturday's protest.

 Amid warnings that an attack by al-Qaeda is imminent, Britain has tightened security measures and put a rapid reaction force of Army and a squadron of fighter jets on permanent stand-by, reports said on Sunday.

Seeking to repair an international image hit by boycott threats, Nigeria insisted Saturday it will block Islamic courts from carrying out stonings of women sentenced to death for sex outside marriage.

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Enamul Hossain Rajib missed out a defining moment in his career when he lost his final round match against Mario Nelson of the Philippines in the 35th Chess Olympiad at Bled, Slovenia yesterday. The 22-year-old International Master went into the final game, needing a win to become only the third Grand Master of the country after Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman.

 Bangladesh Under-17 team need 104 more runs to win the three-day match against the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on the second day of their three-day match at the FD Block ground in Salt Lake, Kolkata yesterday.

 The national team scored a commanding first-innings total on the second day of their four-day Challenge Trophy match against the BCB Development Squad at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

 South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 64 runs Sunday, wrapping up the visitors' second innings for 130 before tea on the third day of the first of two tests between the two countries.

 Australia wrap up a 384-run victory in the opening Ashes Test after bowling out England for 79 in their second innings.

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