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Sunday, November 17, 2002

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

Sunday, November 17, 2002


The government yesterday extended the deadline for depositing licensed firearms by five more days and warned of stern actions against anyone for failing to surrender weapons by November 21. Firearm licences of those who will fail to deposit their weapons by the new deadline will be cancelled.

 The 26th anniversary of death of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, the leader of the downtrodden, will be observed today. President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina in separate messages on the occasion paid rich tributes to the great leader.

 Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hosted Iftar in honour of leaders of political parties. The Awami League (AL)  boycotted the iftar party hosted by the Prime Minister at the Prodhan-montri Bhaban in the city yesterday. However, a number of opposition leaders, including Rawshan Ershad (JP), Anwar Hossain Manju (JP), Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, Dr Kamal Hossain (Gono Forum), ASM Abdur Rab (JSD), Nur-e-Alam Ziku, Hasanul Huq Inu (JSD), Saifuddin Ahmed Manik (GF) and Zamir Ali (ML), were present.

 A petition was submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court Dhaka yesterday seeking restriction on former prime minister Sheikh Hasina's tour abroad till investigation of a murder case against her. After hearing, Magistrate Emdadul Haq directed the OC of Ramna thana to "take legal action against Hasina in this regard".

 The High Court yesterday granted ad -interim bail to Awami League leaders Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP, Saber Hossain Chowdhury and Bahauddin Nasim.

 Over one thousand lawyers of Bangladesh Supreme Court and Dhaka Bar Association yesterday demanded state security for Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina.

 The army yesterday picked up 11 activists of ruling BNP's youth and student fronts from an Iftar party at the house of party leader and former minister Brig (Rtd) Hannan Shah in Shafaisri village under Kapasia thana in Gazipur district yesterday.

Finance and Planning Minister M. Saifur Rahman in a surprise visit to Bangladesh bank yesterday expressed his utter dissatisfaction and resentment over mismanagement in some departments and negligence of duties of some officers of the Central Bank.

More than 300 tribesmen in Khagrachari hil district  have been attacked with diarrhoea after taking poisonous food served at the Kathin Chibor Dan festival at Kamukesra Buddhist temple at Dighinala on Friday.

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The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Border Security Forces (BSF) of India traded heavy fire at two border outposts in Satkhira district Friday night and Saturday morning. However, no casualty was reported.

Pakistan's first elected parliament in three years has been sworn in hours after the country's military leader himself took the oath for a new five-year term in office.

Lawyers and politicians in Pakistan demonstrated in front of the parliament house yesterday as new legislators arrived for the first session in three years. "We will continue our fight for democracy in this country and we will fight for the supremacy of parliament and parliamentarians," said Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, leader of the Islamist alliance Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA).

The Godhra administration in the Indian State of Gujrat on Saturday dismantled the stage erected by the VHP, banned the entry of its leaders and set up check-posts at all entry points.

 Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Acharya Dharmendra on Saturday asserted that Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee had lost the confidence of the majority community by giving his seal of approval to the chief election commissioner's decision to ban the parishad's yatra.

 Three Maoist rebels were killed today in southern Nepal, in a resumption of violence after a massive guerrilla offensive left more than 150 people dead the day before, officials said.

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Israeli security forces Saturday arrested 41 Palestinians in Hebron for questioning regarding Friday's deadly attack on Israelis in the divided West Bank city, the Israeli army said.

 Pro-Western moderate Abdullah Gul has been appointed Turkey's new prime minister with a pledge to restore the country's economy and secure EU membership.

 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.

 U.S. and British warplanes bombed an air defense communications center in southern Iraq on Friday night after Iraqi forces fired artillery and missiles at the jets patrolling a "no-fly" zone in the south, the U.S. military said.

 Ukranian President Leonid Kuchma sacked the entire government of Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh and offered Kinakh's job to a loyalist regional governor, Kuchma's spokeswoman Olena Gromnytska said. "Following the sacking of the prime minister, the president decided to sack the whole government," she said.

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The Bangladesh Under-17 team scored a commanding 257 for seven on the opening day of the three-day match against CAB at the Kanchanjangha ground in Shiliguri yesterday. Sent into bat, the visitors who are playing their last tour match on their successful tour, thrived on half-centuries from opener Naeem and Tanveer to post a big total.

 The Bangladesh A team threw down the gauntlet to the national team to overhaul their imposing first innings 366 on the second day of the four-day Challenge Trophy final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

 Lleyton Hewitt already has the end-of-year world No. 1 ranking. Now he has the chance to finish the season in China with another title. The Australian beat Swiss Roger Federer in their Masters Cup semi and faces Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, who beat compatriot Carlos Moya, in Sunday's final.

South Africa battled its way to 183 for two wickets Saturday, trailing Sri Lanka by 140 runs on the first innings by the close on the second day of the second of two tests between the two countries. Sri Lanka scored 323 in its first innings and South Africa reached 87 for two wickets at tea, having won the first test by an innings and 64 runs at the Wanderers.

Saqlain Mushtaq claimed the second-best figures of his Test career as Zimbabwe were bowled out in less than 72 overs despite winning the toss. The home side collapsed from the good position of 94 for two shortly after lunch as the Pakistani off-spinner finished with seven for 66 in 25.5 overs.

India levelled the series at 2-2 as Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Bangar steered them to a magnificent victory at the Motera Stadium. West Indies were clear favourites after a brilliant innings of 140 by opener Chris Gayle, who hit five sixes and 12 fours.

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