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Tuesday, November 12, 2002


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday attended the Iftar party hosted in her honour by the members armed forces at Senakunja at Dhaka cantonment. A special prayer was offered seeking peace, progress and prosperity of the country and the epeople.

 The main opposition Awami League yesterday formally demanded mid-term polls in vie of what  it said failure  of BNP-led alliance government to run the state affairs and to contain terrorism and price hike of essential. A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of the party Central Working Committee, the highest policy making body, with party chief Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The cabinet yesterday approved the Speedy Trail Tribunal Bill 2002 for quick disposal of trial in six categories of cases by setting up tribunals at six divisional headquarters. An ordinance in this connection was promulgated by the president on November 24.

 Masked gunmen stormed into a Pubali Bank branch at busy Tejgaon  Satrasta crossing in the city in a broad day light yesterday and decamped with a cash of taka 13.28 lakh by a microbus

 The High Court Monday directed the authorities not to harass or arrest the Editor and Publisher of the daily Jugantar and the Chairman of Jamuna Group till hearing of the defamation suit filed by Housing and Works Minister Mira Abbas.

 An elderly farmer in Tangail died in jail custody yesterday. He was picked up by army and later handed over to police on November 2.

 With a large number of public representatives—particularly municipal ward commissioners and union parishad members—having gone into hiding amidst the army-led joint drive against crime and terrorism, many people of their constituencies have been facing trouble in obtaining services supposed to be delivered by the elected representatives.

 In the first three weeks of army-police joint drive against crime and terrorism, some 4,416 people including 2,400 political activists having links with different parties were detained by the authorities across the country, a report by a non-government organization (NGO) Monday said. Of the 2,400 people with political shades, some 1,100 belong to the four- party ruling alliance while around 1,300 are different opposition party leaders and workers – mainly from the major opposition Awami League, reports The News Today.

 The government was Monday requested for exempting the licensed arms of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina from surrender on the grounds of her personal security, reports UNB.
Her Private Secretary  Nazrul Islam sent an application to the Home Ministry stating that the opposition leader had got three licensed arms - point 12-bore shotgun, point 32-bore revolver and point 22-bore rifle for the security of her life.

 Two youths were sentenced to life term by a Special Court  in Rajshahi for raping a school girls and making video record of the rape scene in Paba Upazila of the district.

 The country is experiencing an inclement weather associated with rains under the influence of a depression  over the southwest Bay of Bengal and the adjoining west central Bay. It   moved Monday slightly northwards and  centred  about 1380 kilometers southwest of Chittagong Port and 1220 kilometers south-southwest of  Mongla port in the noon. The depression is likely intensify further and move north and northeasterly directions, according to met forecast.

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In an attempt to break the deadlock over a new civilian government, Pakistan's President Parvez Musharraf met for two hours on Monday with a senior leader of the six-party alliance of religious parties, Qazi Hussain Ahmed. The political uncertainty created by the deadlock on the formation of a coalition has eventually prompted President Musharraf to intervene, reports BBC.

Normal life in Nepal was severely disrupted on Monday on the first day of a three-day general strike called by the country's underground Maoist rebel movement. The Maoists have been fighting for the overthrow of Nepal's constitutional monarchy for nearly seven years.

 At least 17 Maoists have been gunned down in the past one-week in military operations against the terrorists in various parts Nepal including the capital Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Jhapa, Palpa, Dadeldhura, Kailali, Bardia, Kavrepalanchowk and Ramechhap

 Two men are killed in communal clashes as campaigning begins for next month's crucial vote in India's Gujarat state.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) have noted with satisfaction that Pakistan as a result of financial and structural reforms has achieved macro-economic stability which, the IMF, hopes would lead to higher economic growth and attract direct foreign investment and reduce poverty, reports The Dawn

 As China's Communist Party Congress shifts emphasis to finalizing the selection of new leaders, Beijing is ramping up the fight against what it sees as the two greatest scourges -- corruption and unemployment.

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Pakistan, barring an unexpected intervention from the weather, are practically certain to win the first Test match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, thanks to contrasting centuries by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Taufeeq Umer against inept Zimbabwean bowling. Zimbabwe, needing 420 to win, finished with 19 for one yesterday.


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