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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka for Saudi Arabia today to perform Umrah there. She will also offer fateha at the Rouza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). The prime minister is expected to return home on December 4.

 Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina meets Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and External Affairs Minister Yaswant Sinha in New Delhi today (Tuesday) mainly to discuss bilateral issues between Dhaka and New Delhi.

State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources AKM Mosharraf Hossain told the Jatiya Sangsad  Monday said that the government had not yet taken any decision on the export of gas.

The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed three bills including one aiming to ensure smooth disbursement of retirement benefits to the teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions.

 The standoff over the union parishad election schedule took a new turn yesterday when Chief Election Commissioner MA Syed said the Election Commission (EC) wants to hold the polls according to its own schedule.

 A young man the army picked up in Joydevpur, Gazipur yesterday afternoon died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) last night, while another youth detained in Khulna on November 1 died at the Khulna District Jail last night.

 The body of model Tinni was exhumed from the Jurayn graveyard yesterday for another post-mortem at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue. Meanwhile, the CID officials in the early hours yesterday searched seized a private Toyota car of Golam Faruk Ovi, the prime suspect, from his sister's residence at Property Enclave in Eskaton area in the city.

A tense situation is prevailing on the Dhaka University campus following an alleged  physical harassment of a female student by a teacher of the Department of History.

Bangladesh will seek special trade facilities from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka under the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA). The first preparatory meeting for transforming South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA) into the SAFTA will be held at Kathmandu on November 29-30. A four-member Bangladesh delegation led by a joint secretary of the commerce ministry will attend the meeting.

 Four tribesmen were killed and 15 injured in two gunbattles between activists of rival Parbattya Chattagram Janashanghati Shamity (PCJSS) and United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) in Naniarchar on Sunday, police said.

 Two foreign journalists working for the British Channel 4 television network were arrested by the Immigration police at Benapole as they attempted to cross into India at the western Benapole border checkpoint.

 Denmark will provide 75 million Danish kroner (approximately Tk 56 crore) to Bangladesh for implementation of Private Sector Develop-ment (PSD) programme.

 A cyclone brewed in the Bay of Bengal for the second time in a fortnight and could hit the coastal areas by Tuesday afternoon. The storm in the west central bay, centred 940 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 870 kms southeast of Cox's Bazar and 840 kms south-southeast of Mongla port, is likely to move northwards.

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In continued attacks, naxals of the outlawed Peoples War Group blew up a railway station and three culverts and set afire a state-owned bus in Andhra Pradesh on Monday. The blast came as a bandh was called by the PWG in Guntur to protest the November 12 police encounter.

Tamil Tiger rebels reject a face-to-face U.S. appeal at a conference in Norway to renounce violence and said it was "totally unacceptable" for Washington to label them terrorists for fighting a 19-year separatist war in Sri Lanka.

Stepping up efforts to "track the footprints" of terrorists, Pakistani authorities say they have detained about a dozen people in connection with a recent audiotaped message from Osama bin Laden, reports CNN.

 Indian police have blamed a Pakistan-based militant group for trying to drive a wedge between Muslims and Hindus following a bloody temple siege in the dispute state of Kashmir. At least 13 people were killed, including two militants, following the raid at the Raghunath temple complex in the city of Jammu, the winter capital of India's Jammu and Kashmir state.

 Unknown gunmen fired nearly a dozen rockets at two U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, damaging two trucks but causing no casualties, the U.S. military said Monday. The rockets which, instead of exploding, spread an intense, burning chemical heat sparked several fires in the Lwara base, which were extinguished within minutes, reports The Dawn

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The US Government launches its biggest reorganisation in generations, with a new security department to guard against terror attacks. Citing "the dangers of a new era," President Bush signed into law legislation Monday creating a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.

 Secretary of State Colin Powell will meet next month with fellow ministers of the so-called Mideast "quartet" in Washington to advance a U.S.-sponsored road map for the creation of a Palestinian state. 

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo says "irresponsible journalism" about the Miss World contest sparked mass communal bloodshed.  The riots broke out last week after the newspaper ThisDay defended Miss World against its Muslim detractors and implied the Prophet Mohammed would have enjoyed the show.

OPEC is weighing strategy options ahead of a December meeting that could see the cartel simultaneously cut production while raising formal limits which, due to quota-busting, stand far below actual output, OPEC sources said Sunday.

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After a grand victory in India, the West Indies cricket team led by wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs arrives in Dhaka on Tuesday to play their first ever series against the new test-playing nation Bangladesh. During their month-long tour, the Calypso cricketers will play two-match Test and three-match one-day Coca-Cola series against hosts Bangladesh.

 Sri Lanka tuned up for the imminent five-match one-day series against South Africa with a 65-run loss to the country's A-team.

Rain came to put Zimbabwe out of their misery as high-scoring Pakistan raced to a 2-0 series lead in Bulawayo. Chasing an unlikely 345 for victory, Zimbabwe were struggling badly on 140 for six after 33 overs when the heavens opened to halt play for the day.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will not compromise on the safety of players at next year's World Cup, chief executive Malcolm Speed said before leaving for Zimbabwe at the head of an ICC security delegation. Zimbabwe is scheduled to host six matches at the World Cup, which starts in February, but concerns arising from violence over the country's controversial land reform program have led to calls for the matches to be moved to South Africa.

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