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Saturday, 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 afternoon.

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 Financial Express.

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 Dawn reports.

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 kilometers away.

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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