News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
November 02, 2002
The crowd at rulingparty’s
central office and at the residences of Ministers have shrunk in
the face of country-wide army operation against terrorists. The
Ministers and the MPs are also restrained their visits to their
respective constituencies to avoid embarrassment, reports Bangla
daily Prothom Alo.
Mizanur Rahman alias Bhusa, 40, an activist of the youth front
of ruling BNP who was picked up by the army from his house in
Chuadanga town on Tuesday, died in Khulna Medical College
Hospital (KMCH) yesterday morning raising the total number of
deaths in custody to 15.
Amnesty International has urged the Bangladesh government to
investigate the deaths of people in army custody since the
operation clean heart was launched on October 16. "The
investigation needs to be prompt, fair and carried out by an
independent body," the human-rights organisation said.
Khulna city Awami League has given a call for half-day hartal on
Sunday (November 3) in the metropolitan areato protest against
the arrest of Awami League lawmaker Talukder Abdul Khaleque who
was picked up by the army from his residence in Khulna Friday
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition in
Parliament Sheikh Hasina returned home this morning after a
12-day tour of Europe and USA.
Bangladesh Landport Authority (BLPA) will hand over the Teknaf
land port, the second biggest in the country, to the private
sector by this month as a private company has already been
selected for the job. This would be the first time in country’s
history that a landport is being leased out to a private company
on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, reports The
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel, stationed in Joypurhat, have
seized smuggled Indian goods worth over Taka 220 million (22
crore) during the last nine months of the year.
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Delegates are reporting a breakthrough at the second round
of Sri Lanka peace talks being held in Thailand, boosting hopes
for an end of a conflict that has cost more than 64,000 lives.
More than 7,000 people have been killed during six years of
Maoist rebellion in Nepal, the authorities say. Figures released
on Thursday said more than 5,000 of those killed were guerrillas
themselves, some 4,050 of whom lost their lives following the
introduction of troops in the conflict a year ago.
The latest and the largest gas find in India’s Krishna-Godavari
basin off the Visakhapatnam coast together with the gas find
reported earlier by the UK-based Cairns and hydrocarbons find by
state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in the region could
turn US major Unocal's plan to sell piped Bangladesh gas to
India into a pipedream, reports The Times of India.
Domestically, the new gas finds, about 8 million cubic metres of
gas per day from 2005, will be good enough to feed the eastern
and southern parts of India.
The PML-QA that won most seats in the general election announced
its candidate for the prime minister's post Saturday as rival
parties haggled over their shares of a possible coalition. The
Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-QA) nominated Mir
Zafarullah Khan Jamali, 58, a veteran politician from the
southwestern province of Baluchistan bordering Afghanistan, The
Rockets were fired at U.S. Army bases in eastern Afghanistan
early Saturday, but no injuries were reported, said a military
spokesman. Two 107 mm rockets exploded at about 4 a.m. within
500 meters of Camp Salerno, a U.S. base near the city of Khost.
Another exploded 10 minutes later near Chapman Airfield, a few
India rejected a request of other member countries of SAARC for
immediate implementation of South Asian Preferential Trade
Arrangement (SAPTA). It advised them to ensure trade facilities
through bilateral negotiations, reports The Financial Express.
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The United States renewed its warning
to US citizens against any travel to Iraq as a UN agreement appeared
near on a new Secrity Council resolution demanding Baghdad disarm or
face serious consequences. In issuing the renewed warning, the State
Department made no mention of possible impending military action against
Iraq, but rather said there was an increase in the risk that foreigners
might be kidnapped there.
Candidates from Sunni and Shiite Islamist parties have secured 19 of the
40 seats in Bahrain's legislative assembly, following the first
parliamentary elections in the small Gulf State since 1973, according to
official results released early Saturday.
The Italian village of San Giuliano di Puglia resembled a medieval ghost
town as dusk descended Friday over the area a day after an earthquake
leveled a school and killed 26 children.
Commonwealth foreign ministers have decided to maintain Pakistan's
suspension from the organisation's meetings - despite the recent
elections to restore civilian rule. Pakistan was suspended after the
coup in 1999 which brought General Pervez Musharraf to power, but polls
were held in October.
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The second semifinal match
between Abahani Limited and the defending champions Muktijoddha
Sangsad Krira Chakra was postponed as the players on the both
sides engaged in striking each other in stead of the ball after
fifty minutes of the play.
Mohammedan Sporting Club reached the final of the Muktijoddha
Sangsad 18th Federation Cup Football Tournament after a hard
fought win against Dhanmndi Club riding on a Kanchan's fag-end
goal at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on yesterday
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has invited four foreign
football clubs to participate in the upcoming Shaheed Zia
International (Under-20) football tournament to be organised by
Chittagong Jila Krira Parisad.
Dead and buried in the series, the West Indies are at least
putting up a fight in the final test against India in Calcutta.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his first century outside the
Caribbean to help his side reach 446-5 at the close of day three
in reply to the home side's first innings 358.
Temperamental second seed Andre Agassi slumped out to Spain's
Carlos Moya at the Paris Masters Friday to hand Lleyton Hewitt a
boost in the Aussie's quest to end the season number one.
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