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Monday November 25, 2002

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

Monday, November 25, 2002


The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a law for speedy trial of major offences such as murder, rape and possession of firearms or explosives or narcotics, amidst strong protest from the opposition. The main opposition Awami League, which saw its proposed amendments to the new law rejected outright, staged a walkout minutes before the House approved the Speedy Trial Tribunal Act, 2002.

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday reacted somewhat angrily to the government’s sudden move to defer the Union Parishad (UP) polls, originally scheduled for January-February, 2003, by two months and it seemed that

The army deployed would be withdrawn in phases from those districts where the law and order improves substantially. A BBC report broadcast yesterday evening quoting Haris Chowdhury, Political Secretary to the Prime Minister said that the process of withdrawal would begin after the Eid-ul-fitr.

The High Court yesterday declared the detention of Awami Jubo League Chairman Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP illegal. A division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Ali Asgar and Justice Mohammad Iman Ali gave the verdict after hearing both sides. Sheikh Selim was arrested on October 21 under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

A roundtable yesterday strongly opposed the idea of gas export and suggested that the government concentrate on strengthening the capabilities of Petrobangla and BAPEX instead for better returns from gas resources. The speakers at the roundtable apprehended that gas export would seriously weaken the country's energy security.

The clinical and diagnostic facilities under private initiative have expanded substantially in Bangladesh in recent years providing better health care and preventing the drainage of a huge amount of foreign currency on account of medical services, according to Bangladesh Private Clinic and Diagnostic Owners’ Association.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished 30 illegal structures at Kamrangichar along the foreshore of the river Buriganga. The team knocked down more than 100 thatched houses. Thousands of local people and onlookers standing on the bank of the river during the drive applauded the BIWTA move to free the river of encroachment

Chittagong Customs authority has decided to examine and monitor physically the 'Zero Tariff category imported goods besides taxable ones before its delivery to check the increasing trend of tax evasion by the importers under the cover of 'Zero Tariff facility.

Japan will provide around Tk 138.68 crore as grant assistance to Bangladesh for procuring necessary commodities and equipment from abroad. Japan offers such grant aid for least developed countries to help repay debts instead of reducing their liabilities directly, a press release of the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka said yesterday.

Meteorologists yesterday warned of another cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal. The meteorological department said the cyclone was some 700 kilometres off the coast of Madras and warned the depression was likely to intensify.

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Veteran Marxist Jyoti Basu on Saturday said terrorist activities were on the rise in West Bengal due to the growing presence of fundamentalist elements in Bangladesh, even as Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sought additional Federal forces to combat the menace, reports PTI.

Pakistan's former Prime Minister and Pakistan Peoples Party chief Benazir Bhutto yesterday (Sunday) met Bangladesh's opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite in Bangkok. They discussed matters of mutual interests and political situation obtaining in their respective countries.

Pakistan denies a report that it has helped North Korea develop its nuclear weapons programme in return for missile technology.

Indian security forces killed a third militant on Monday at Jummu's Shiva temple close to Raghunath temple that was attacked overnight by militants in a bloody encounter leaving 12 people dead another 50 devotees injured. On Saturday, 17 other people were killed in a number of incidents, including one in which eight Indian soldiers and four civilians were killed when Islamic militants detonated a landmine beneath a passing convoy.

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Over 75 countries, including the United States, Russia and Libya, will sign an international code of conduct on preventing the proliferation of ballistic missiles today. The code is not an international treaty but will be "politically binding" and will provide the international community with an additional means of increasing security for all.

Rinderpest, a cattle disease, which can sweep through herds of cattle, buffalo and yak, has been contained in just one area - Somalia - after years of effort to eradicate it from the rest of the world. But the FAO now fears that new exports of cattle to Indonesia and Malaysia may spread the fatal disease to south-east Asia.

More than 200 people are now known to have died in violence between Christians and Muslims in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, relief and civil rights workers say.

Three million people will soon die of smoking-related diseases in China each year, experts predict.

The Taiwanese Government accepts the resignation of two senior ministers, a day after a huge farmers' protest against proposed reforms.

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A 16-member Bangladesh hockey team finally left the capital last night for Kolkata to take part in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hockey Tourna-ment in New Delhi. The participation in the tournament, starting from November 27, however became uncertain because of the delay in obtaining government order..

High-scoring Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 104 runs to take a 2-0 series lead in a rain-affected one-dayer in Bulawayo.

The law of averages finally caught up with the team batting second as India went down to West Indies by 135 runs in the seventh and final one-dayer at Vijayawada on Sunday. Chasing a mammoth 316 to win, India ran out of steam in the 37th over, dismissed for 180.

Australia dodged the rain on the fourth day in Adelaide to complete an innings victory over England.  Needing 210 to make Australia bat again, the tourists began the day on 36 for three, hoping to last at least as long as tea, when heavy rain was forecast.

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