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Thursday, November 28, 2002

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

Thursday, November 28, 2002


The opposition Awami League will go for an all-out movement after the Eid to oust the coalition government 'as it has lost its moral right to stay in power'. Addressing a demonstration in the city, Awami League leaders yesterday asked the government to resign immediately and announce a mid-term election.

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan on Wednesday charged Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina with launching anti-Bangladesh campaign abroad. Whenever and wherever she goes abroad, she spreads canard against the country, he told the legislature in his winding-up speech before the ten-day fifth session of the Parliament was prorogued on the day.

The Jatiya Sangsad had a short-lived but business-crammed session, enacting or amending as many as 13 laws, before it was prorogued yesterday.

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rejected a government request for deferment of the union parishad (UP) elections, sticking to its previous schedule. An EC meeting yesterday, chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed, announced the schedule for elections to the union parishads, to be held between January 4 and February 27.

 LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday hoped that the Election Commission would review its decision about holding the Union Parishad (UP) elections between January 4 and February 27.

 The Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) interrogated the two foreign journalists and their local guide, arrested and now on remand, for nearly the whole day yesterday to ascertain the 'actual motive' of their (journalists) visit to Bangladesh.

The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police last night sealed the Pallabi flat of Salim Samad, a local journalist accused in the sedition case along with two foreign journalists.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police continued hunt for former lawmaker-cum-businessman Golam Faruk Ovi, the main suspect in the killing of model and actress Tania Mahbub Tinni. Aminul Islam, brother-in-law of Ovi was taken to the CID office on Tuesday night and released later after questioning.

Seven non-government organisations (NGOs), some of them working in the field of communication media, are learnt to have invited two foreign journalists to visit Bangladesh with the objective of preparing adequate documents to present Bangladesh as a haven of fundamentalists and Talibans, according to informed sources.

Barisal Police yesterday confiscated movable property of former chief whip Abul Hasnat Abdullah and his three sons on a court order to force them to surrender. Speedy trial tribunal, Barisal, issued arrest warrant against Abul Hasnat Abdullah and his three sons -- Salek, Ashik and Moin -- on Monday for possessing illegal arms and ammunition which were recovered by army personnel from the house.

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Indian government yesterday alleged that  Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka was the 'nerve centre' of ISI activities in promoting terrorism and insurgency in India.

 Bangladesh opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now visiting India, claimed on Wednesday that she had never allowed Bangladeshi soil to be used by the ISI or the Al-Qaeda when she was in power.

 National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra has said it will be difficult for the Indian Prime Minister to attend the Saarc summit in Pakistan in the absence of any 'substance' to the summit. Mishra also asserted that Pakistan has done "absolutely nothing" to end cross-border terrorism.

The Israeli army cracked down on suspected Palestinian militants in the West Bank in a day that left four of them dead, but it denied any involvement in the deaths of two men killed in what the Palestinians said was a missile attack.

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Australia has closed its embassy in the Philippines and put 24-hour security patrols on the Sydney Harbor Bridge amid fears of fresh terrorist actions.

An Italian man claiming to be a member of al Qaeda is being held by French police in Lyon after he tried to hijack an Alitalia flight from Bologna to Paris.

 US Airways announced Tuesday it would axe about 2,500 jobs, or seven per cent of its workforce, as it struggles to emerge from bankruptcy and compete with budget carriers.

 Up to 30 Ethiopians and Somalis are believed to have died off the coast of Djibouti as they tried to emigrate to Yemen.

 The human rights group Amnesty International has demanded China release all those it has jailed for expressing views or sharing information online.

 North Korea is in possession of nuclear bombs made with help from Pakistani engineers, a spy who has defected from the communist country has disclosed.

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The visiting West Indies cricket team faced rainy weather in the port city where they are scheduled to play in the first of the three-match one-day series. However, the low in the Bay of Bengal dies down gradually to promise a perfect launching of West Indies' maiden series against Bangladesh.

 Touring Bangladesh national hockey team take on Central Reserved Police of India in their first match of Lal Bahadur Shastri tournament at the Shibajee Stadium in New Delhi today.

Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana underlined his remarkable form against Zimbabwe when he hit an unbeaten century to steer his side to a series win in the third one-day international Wednesday. Youhana reached his 100 with a six off the last ball of the innings as Pakistan made 323 for five before restricting Zimbabwe to 275 for seven to win by 48 runs and claim the five-match series.

The International Cricket Council began an investigation Tuesday into whether Zimbabwe, currently in the midst of political and economic turmoil, can safely host World Cup cricket matches early next year.

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