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Saturday, November 16, 2002

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

Saturday, November 16, 2002


 Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina called upon madrassah teachers and other Islamic preachers to fight unitedly a "false propaganda by Jamaat-Shibir and a quarter" against Awami League. Exchanging views with the central executive committee of Madrassah Teachers' Association at her residence, the AL chief also called for protesting what she said anti-Islamic role of the present alliance government.

Jatiya Party (JP) chairman Hussain Mohammad Ershad said yesterday that there was no alternative to leading life in accordance with the ideals of Islam as erosion of morality was threatening the whole society.

Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said Awami League was trying to create indiscipline and anarchy in the country. "Awami League is trying to create an issue in the country by talking beyond the rules of procedure inside the Jatiya Sangsad," he said.

The Awami League (AL) is almost certain to expand its central working committee (ALCWC) inducting fresh and young faces into the party leadership, replacing many of the elderly leaders, according to a Daily Star report.

Rush of people at city thanas to deposit their licensed arms was significant on Friday, the deadline. But officials estimate that only about 20 pc of about 190000 licensed arms in the country were deposited.

The government is going to take steps against those who have failed to deposit their licensed firearms till the deadline yesterday, reports The Independent.

In the first 29 days of the country-wide operation against terrorism, the law enforcing agencies arrested some 5,772 people including 14466 listed criminals, recovered 850 firearms and 23,029 rounds of ammunition.

The joint operation against crime has driven out of market many smuggled items particularly Indian sarees and dresses amidst the on-going shopping spree across the country ahead of the coming Eid-ul-Fitr, The News Today reports.

At least 13 people were injured in a clash between the supporters of ruling BNP and opposition Awami League at Baroi Charmadhua village in Raipura upazila in Norshingdi yesterday.

 Production in the Bakhrabad gasfield has slid down to 35mmcfd from 240mmcfd due to damage of its geological structure. Besides the fall in gas pressure, sand and water started coming out along with gas -- interrupting the production, reports The daily Star.

 Progress in  mobilising funds has been insignificant delaying the implementation of a dozen of projects agreed by Bangladesh and China joint Economic Commission (JEC).

 Revenue earning through Chittagong port has showed an increasing trend in last three months leaving last years' shortfall of target. The declining trend of the past got a U-turn as the target started exceeding by four to fifteen per cent from August last, reports New Nation.

Bangladesh may face shortage of 1.2 million tones of  rice this year against the production target of  13.5 million tonnes in Aus and Aman  due to crop loss in an inclement weather, reports The Ittefaq.

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Over 175 security personnel and Maoist were killed in fierce gunbattle after hundreds of heavily armed rebels attacked government establishments including police and army posts in two districts of Nepal early on Friday, dealing a severe blow to prospects of peace talks to end six-year insurgency, Press trust of India reports.

 United States forces in eastern Afghanistan came under small-arms fire and a rocket attack Friday, forcing its base to call in air support. The pre-dawn attack was the first ground assault at the base in Gardez, frequently targeted by rockets in the past, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported.

The Sri Lankan president's party says it can no longer go along with the Norwegian-brokered peace process that it says is leading to the division of the country. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance also accused Norway of bias towards the Tamil Tiger rebels and slammed the United States and Britain for rewarding terrorism by backing the peace talks.

Pakistan's parliament is due to meet today for the first time since General Pervez Musharraf's military coup more than three years ago, during which he dissolved and later suspended the national assembly.

 President Pervez Musharraf yesterday revived the 1973 Constitution, which has been in abeyance since he seized power, a government statement said. However, a few articles pertaining to the provincial governments and the senate of Pakistan remained suspended.

 Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a hardline Hindu group in India has rejected a call by the country's Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, to respect a ban on religious marches in the western state of Gujarat.

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Vice President Hu Jintao has taken over the reins of China's ruling Communist Party -- replacing Jiang Zemin -- in the biggest leadership shuffle the country has seen in over a decade. 

Al Qaeda may be planning a "spectacular" terrorist attack intended to damage the U.S. economy and inflict large-scale casualties, the FBI warns.

Palestinian militants ambushed a group of Israeli Jews who were on their way home from prayer services Friday, killing at least 12, including the region's highest ranking military official, who was among soldiers who rushed to defend them, Israeli officials said.

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Narayanganj district emerged champions in the Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament trouncing hosts Tangail 4-1 in the final yesterday.

 Confident batting by skipper Aminul Islam Bulbul with unbeaten 94 runs guided Bangladesh "A" to 280 for 6 against Bangladesh national team at stumps on the first day of the four-day BCB Challenge Trophy match in the city Friday.

A gritty undefeated 82 by Hashan Tillakaratne on Friday led Sri Lanka to 263 for six wickets at the close on the first day of the second of two tests against South Africa. South Africa won the first test by an innings and 64 runs at the Wanderers.

India were 231 for five in 37.2 overs in the fourth one-day international against West Indies in Ahmedabad last night.

The Pakistan cricket squad arrived in the 'City of Kings' Thursday to begin preparations for the second and final Test of the series against Zimbabwe this weekend.

 The Spanish are pulling for Lleyton Hewitt at the Masters Cup in Shanghai. A day after Juan Carlos Ferrero's win over Andre Agassi confirmed Hewitt as the end-of-year No. 1, Carlos Moya beat compatriot Albert Costa to gift the Australian a place in the semifinals at the season-ending event.

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