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Monday, November 18, 2002

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

Monday, November 18, 2002


The 26th death anniversary of the leader of the downtrodden Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed in Dhaka as elsewhere in the country paying homage to him.

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that all Bangladesh missions abroad had been asked to remain alert against the propaganda campaign launched by some ‘top politicians and intellectuals of the country’ to tarnish the image of Bangladesh through spreading false and fabricated stories.

 Former advisor to the caretaker government and eminent lawyer Barrister Ishtiaque Ahmed was admitted to the Bangkok Bumrungrad Hospital yesterday for better treatment. The seventy-year old veteran lawyer fell seriously ill on Friday.  

A division bench of the High Court yesterday dismissed a petition by Barrister Moinul Hossain seeking an injunction preventing his younger borther Anwar Hossain Monju from using the  identity as the editor of the daily Ittefaq.

 With a commitment for continued assistance to poverty reduction programme in Bangladesh, Germany pledged  Tk 156 crore as grants in fresh aid for this sector at the conclusion of government's negotiations with the donor country in Dhaka yesterday.

 Despite global economic slowdown and subsequent decrease in exports in the year 2001, bilateral trade volume increased by nine per cent between Bangladesh and the Netherlands. The trade balance between the two countries is strongly in favour of the country.

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India has agreed to stop construction of a jetty in the common frontier river of Kalindi along Bangladesh border until the Joint River Commission (JRC) submits its report within the next 30 days. The decision came at sector commander level meeting of the BDR and the Indian BSF Saturday after an exchange of fire between the two forces early Saturday over the construction of the jetty.

Indian  government on Sunday foiled attempts by VHP to take out the Padshahi yatra in Godhra, Ahmedabad. VHP leaders including Praveen Togadia, who were detained, were released later in the day.

A civilian parliament was restored in Pakistan on Saturday, heralding the start of President Pervez Musharraf's transfer of partial power. The 334 legislators elected on October 10 were sworn in by former parliamentary speaker Elahi Bux Soomro on Saturday, breathing life back into the House which was set empty at the edge of the capital for the past three years, reports The Dawn.

In occupied Kashmir, the Indian troops in their brutal violence, martyred 8 more Kashmiris, five of them in Kupwara and three others in Poonch districts. Reporting this, Kashmir Media Service says, of those martyred, 3 youth were shot dead in fake encounter at Nowshera Naar, in Kupwara district, reports APP.

Pakistan and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to institutionalize annual 'Defenceand Security Talks' between two armed forces. According to a release of Inter Services Public Relations, both sides pledged to work for further promoting the time tested and all weather friendship.

South Asians are 50% more likely to die from heart disease than people living anywhere else in the world. Doctors say a genetic predisposition is to blame for the high rates. But they also believe that environmental factors, such as obesity and a lack of exercise, are also taking their toll, reports BBC.

Muhammad Ali arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday for a three-day visit to focus world attention on rebuilding one of the most devastated countries on earth. Ali, a devout 60-year-old Muslim and now a "U.N. Messenger of Peace," met President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace, and was greeted as a hero.

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Security guards overpowered an Israeli Arab as he attempted to hijack an El Al flight en route from Tel Aviv to Istanbul Sunday, reports CNN.

 Israeli forces attack a Palestinian security compound in Gaza City, as Ariel Sharon proposes placing more of Hebron under Israeli control

 Kuwaiti authorities have arrested the top al-Qaeda leader for the Gulf, foiling a plot by the terror group to blow up a hotel in Yemen used by Americans, a senior security source told AFP.

 An appeal court in Italy sentences seven-times prime minister Giulio Andreotti to 24 years in prison over the 1979 murder of a journalist.
For the first time, North Korea has said it has developed nuclear weapons, according to a State radio broadcast. Meanwhile, the United States warned that up to one third of North Korea is at risk from starvation amid rising political tensions on the Korean peninsula and cuts to international food donations.

 The Venezuelan army has used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a march in the capital, Caracas, by demonstrators protesting against the takeover of the city's police force on the orders of President Hugo Chavez.

 Health authorities in Argentina say six children have died of malnutrition in the least seven days in the northern province of Tucuman.  According to official statistics, one in five of all children in Argentina show signs of malnutrition.

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The national cricket league, country's only ICC-recognised first class cricket competition will begin on November 28. The fourth version of the national meet will be played on a single league basis this season instead of home and away basis held last year.

Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team stayed on course to win their second and last three-day match in the tour of West Bengal when the visitors forced the CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) Under-17 side to follow-on in their second innings on Sunday.

The tickets for the first one-day and the second Test match between Bangladesh and visiting West Indies to be held here at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong  will go on sale from the stadium counter from November 27. The Test match starts on December 16.

 Yousuf Youhana hit a century as Pakistan took charge of the second Test against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club. The middle-order batsman cracked 15 boundaries in his undefeated 116 and put on 127 for the fourth wicket with Younis Khan, who scored 52. Pakistan ended the day on 295-5, a healthy first innings lead of 117, reports BBC.

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan felt he could have had five or six wickets rather than the two he had to settle for on the third day of the second Test against South Africa.

 Lleyton Hewitt's fighting spirit left Juan Carlos Ferrero a smoldering wreck on Sunday, the Australian fighting like a tiger to retain his Tennis Masters Cup in a four-hour, five-set battle. Once again Hewitt refused to yield as his opponent found him as immovable as the Great Wall.

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