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Thursday, November 14, 2002

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Thursday, November 14, 2002


The eighth Jatiya Sangsad goes into its fifth session today with the major opposition Awami League signalling that it might be a stormy one by staging a walkout from the Business Advisory Committee meeting protesting non-acceptance of any of its demands yesterday.

Awami League yesterday strongly condemned the governmentís decision to make the fifth session of the eighth parliament a short one. A meeting of the party Secretariat alleged that the government was conspiring to make the parliament inactive by curtailing the fifth session of Parliament.

Opposition Awami League yesterday alleged that the government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has put the life of AL chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at risk by rejecting Hasina's petition for exempting her from surrendering her licensed arms.

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has termed indecent and un-Islamic the withdrawal of invitation to Iftar party to him by Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday.

Indian High Commissioner M L Tripathy yesterday called on Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi house. During the meeting they discussed bilateral matters as well as Hasinaís planned visit to New Delhi later this month.

The cyclonic storm that hit the southern parts of the country on Tuesday has left a trail of devastation along the coastal districts stretching from Tekhnaf to Sundarban. According to latest reports, at least three people were killed and more than 70 fishing trawlers with about 300 fishermen were missing. About 40 per cent of standing Aman paddy was damaged.

A permanent cell on climatic change will be opened at the department of environment (DOE) within the next three months to raise awareness among the people about national adaptation policy on the issue, the DOE chief Hedayetul Islam Chowdhury told the press yesterday.

An army patrol and a gang of terrorists yesterday traded gunfire near Gabtoli bridge on the outskirts of the city leaving at least three injured, two of them critically.

A squad of the army yesterday  raided the office of the daily Prabartan in Khulna looking for its editor Mostafa Sarwar who was not present in the office. Later, the troops searched his house and his sisterís residence.

The navy contingent deployed at Moheshkhali in Cox's Bazar was withdrawn yesterday along with its commander Mostaq Ahmed in connection with Tuesday's incident of assault on a police officer and a physician. The authorities concerned have also started an investigation into the incident.

Physician Pranab Kumar Chowdhury, allegedly tortured by some Navy men at Maheshkhali offshore island, left Chittagong Medical College Hospital yesterday for an unknown destination fearing further trouble.

About 13 lakh garments workers out of 18 lakh would lose their jobs following implementation of the new laws and regulations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2005, fear the Bangladesh Garment Workers Protection Alliance (BGWPA).

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Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has summoned parliament to meet on Saturday for the first time since he seized power in a military coup three years ago.

 Pakistani citizen Mir Aimal Kasi, who is to be executed in the United States on Thursday for the 1993 murder of two CIA employees, was in high spirits and had no regrets as he was mentally prepared to become a martyr for the islam, his brother said in his hometown Quetta.

 Indian troops shot dead eight Mujahideen and lost one soldier in overnight fighting in Kashmir, The Dawn reports.

 Indian officials say at least 36 fishermen have died and more than 400 are missing after a cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. Over 40 trawlers sank in the storm, which has since weakened and moved along the coast towards Burma.

 Describing CEC J M Lyngdoh as 'anti-Hindu', the VHP on Wednesday announced that its activists would defy the ban on its proposed yatra in Gujarat and court arrest, reports Times of India.

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The United States and Britain express skepticism after Baghdad accepts a U.N. resolution demanding that Iraq allow inspectors to resume their search for weapons of mass destruction.

As part of the war on terrorism, the U.S. Treasury and State departments are expected to announce Wednesday a $5 million reward program for information leading to the disruption of any terrorism-financing operation.

Syria, which voted for a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Baghdad disarm, said today it would not join any U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

Thousands of anti-globalization protesters gathered in the streets of downtown Sydney after Australian police backed down from threats to block World Trade Organization (WTO) protests.

 The Israeli army makes an overnight incursion into Gaza City, including the area which is home to Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

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The Bangladesh Under-17 team registered a nine-wicket victory over hosts Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) in their second limited-overs match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata yesterday.

 Bangladesh national hockey team will leave Dhaka for Kolkata on November 24 en route to New Delhi to participate in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tournament beginning in the Indian capital on November 27.

West Indies stormed out of the ground after a plastic bottle thrown from the bleachers struck fielder Vasbert Drakes, who was stationed on the mid-wicket fence.

India was declared winner by 81 runs under the ICC's Duckworth-Lewis calculation formula as West Indies stormed out of the ground after a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd struck  a  mid-wicket fielder  in western Indian city of Rajkot  and the  match could not resume. Rowdy spectators also interrupted the first two games in Jamshedpur and Nagpur last week. Police had to move in to curb violent fans before the matches could resume.

Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Marat Safin -- ranked one, two and three in the world -- all were upset Wednesday at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. Spain's Carlos Moya pulled off the final surprise, knocking off Hewitt 6-4, 7-5 to become the first player to clinch a spot in the semifinals of this year-ending tournament. Hewitt's defeat came after Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic upset Agassi 7-5, 6-1 and Albert Costa knocked off Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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