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

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

 National

The cabinet yesterday approved three bills for amendment of existing arms, explosives and drugs control laws. The bills - the Arms (Amendment) Act, 2002, the Narcotics Control (Amendment) Act, 2002 and the Explosive Substances (Amendment) Act, 2002 - provides for completion of inquiry into relevant offences in 30 days

 The main opposition Awami League yesterday accused the government of setting up 'summary martial law courts' in the name of speedy trial tribunals to harass its political opponents.

 Awami League lawmakers led by the leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday staged a walkout protesting introduction of the speedy trial tribunal bill before the house.

The army-led joint forces arrested a journalist from the court premises in Satkhira yesterday when  the troops unearthed an arms manufacturing factory at a two-storied building at crime-prone Rangunia upazila in Chittagong.

The country's proven gas reserve is about 6.2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) and projected reserve around 5.8tcf. With this amount it is possible to meet domestic demand only till 2014, according to a Citizens’ Commitee report disclosed yesterday.

 The government committee on default loan has recommended writing off all the five-year-old bad debts with the banks, estimated to be around 190 billion, to clean their loan portfolio, official sources said.

 To promote interest of the newspaper industry, Owners of different newspapers in the country have formed an association, named the Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB), with  The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam as the  president of the organisation.

 A father was killed by five teen-aged eve-teasers as he protested their menace. The tragic incident took place on Sunday night at Khondakia village in Chikindondi union under Hathazari thana of Chittagong.

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Neighbour

 A two-day meeting of SAARC Technical Committee on Energy concluded in Dhaka yesterday recommending a regional power grid connecting Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. In this regard, the SAARC energy experts recommended identifying commercially viable electricity flows from generating stations to load centres.

India has decided to raise the price of wheat and rice sold to exporters ranging from Rs 250 ($5.19) to Rs 600 a tonne in response to firmer global grain prices, traders said on Sunday, according to a Times of India report.

A land mine has exploded under a public bus packed with passengers in southern India, killing approximately 30 people and wounding another 15. Police suspect the Maoist Karela Army -- a leftist guerrilla group -- carried out the attack Monday night in retaliation for the police killing Saturday of five of its members.

Declaring that the government wanted free, fair and peaceful elections in Gujarat, Indian  Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that India can never become a Hindu state.

Police in the Indian state of Gujarat have arrested more than 70 Right Wing Hindus and broke up an outlawed rally in the State's commercial capital Ahmadabad, BBC reports. It adds those arrested include the leader of the Radical World Hindu Council, Parveen Pagadia who was addressing the rally.

West Bengal police has arrested four persons including a woman from Murshidabad district on Saturday night claiming busting of an alleged 

espionage ring, backed by Pakistan’s ISI. The modus operandi of the gang was to infiltrate the defence forces and supply information to a  “Dhaka-based ISI agent”, reports Times of India.

 Stressed-out Singaporeans are neglecting their sex lives because they are too tired to make love, a study has found. Singaporeans have sex just six times a month, compared with three times a week in many other countries, reports BBC.

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International

U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has described the atmosphere in Baghdad as "tense" as he arrived with a team of assistants to seek any weapons of mass destruction.

 There is a "real and serious" danger of further al-Qaeda terrorist attacks, British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Monday, following the arrest of three people suspected of plotting to release poison gas into the London underground railway system

A small pipe bomb exploded early Tuesday morning outside a U.S. Army post near Tokyo, The bomb went off in an empty park about 250 meters (800 feet) away from Camp Zama, the headquarters of the U.S. Army in Japan. The blast was described as two loud noises.  No injuries were reported and no one claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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 Sports

Alistair Campbell and Grant Flower showed impressive composure at the crease for Zimbabwe, but Pakistan made steady progress on the third day of the second test in Bulawayo on Monday. Zimbabwe began their second innings with a deficit of 225, and they were 171 for five at stumps -- still 54 runs short of making Pakistan bat again.

Rain brought play to a premature close Monday, with Sri Lanka on 180 for three wickets, a lead of 55 runs in its second innings in the second of two tests against South Africa.  In its first innings,  South Africa was dismissed for 448 in reply to Sri Lanka's 323 at Supersport Park  and already leads the series 1-0 after winning the first test by an innings and 64 runs at the Wanderers.

Chris Gayle's century sees West Indies take a 3-2 lead over India with a five-wicket win in Baroda.

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