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Sunday, November 03, 2002

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

Sunday, November 03, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked army commanders to perform their duties neutrally in arresting criminals and recovering illegal arms during the ongoing crackdown on violent crimes. Presiding over a meeting of the Army Formation Commanders at the Army Headquarters, the prime minister, who is also in charge of the Defence Ministry, urged them to be careful so that innocent people are not subjected to harassment.

 Bangladesh Awami Leaue chief and the leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina on her return from abroad said on Saturday the army was violating human rights on the pretext of a crime crackdown, and warned the government would pay dearly if troops persecuted its rivals.

 The Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday urged the government to set up a probe committee headed by a Supreme Court judge to investigate the recent deaths in the custody of the law enforcers including the army. It also said the report of the probe committee should be made public and actions taken against the people responsible for the deaths.

 Khulna city Awami League is enforcing a half-day hartal today protesting the arrest of former state minister Talukder Abdul Khaleque MP. He was arrested by army from his Munshipara residence in the city Friday afternoon and was sent to district jail on Saturday.

 The Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court order that granted ad interim bail to AL leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the case of attack on motorcade of Khaleda Zia at Savar in June last year.

 The license holders are depositing their firearms to police fearing trouble in the country-wide army drive against crime, reports Bangla daily Prothom Alo.

 President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Tadao Chino yesterday denied the ADB setting any deadline for deciding on gas export and said it is a decision that entirely rests with the Bangladesh government.

 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)-Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman yesterday said drastic reforms in law enforcing agencies have to be carried out to ensure security of both foreign and local investments.

Bangladesh Bank has yesterday allowed commercial banks to disburse 75 percent of the cash incentive claims in export-oriented sectors even before completion of audits.

In a challenge to the ongoing army drive, a highway dacoity was committed in a passenger coach at Silimpur point on the Bogra-Dhaka highway Friday night. The dacoits boarded the night coach in disguise of passengers, took control of the bus at gun point, looted the valuables worth Taka 0.18 million including cash Taka 30,000 and safely decamped with the booty.

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister Morshed Khan in a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha in London Friday expressed concern at the killing of Bangladeshis near the border by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

 India and Bangladesh have agreed to share list of active trans-border criminals and also information regarding trafficking of women and children across the common border. The agreement signed at the end of the three-day DG level talks held in New Delhi between director general of Bangladesh Rifle (BDR) Major General Rezaqul Halder and DG Border Security Force (BSF) Ajai Raj Sharma, intends to provide a system to tackle thorny issues troubling the two countries on the border.

 Bangladesh and India have agreed to introduce a container freight service for carrying goods by train, according to a report published in the Bangla daily Jugantar.

 Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on Saturday summoned a newly elected National Assembly to meet next week, even though rival parties still appear unable to finalise a coalition government.

 PDP president Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was on Saturday sworn in as chief minister of Jummu  and Kashmir along with eight others amid militants strikes at several places in the state.

 Hours after the installation of the new J&K government, terrorists shot dead Saturday a local leader of the Congress party, Mohammad Sikander Khan  and his two guards in the heart of Srinagar, Times of India reports.

 Indian security forces Saturday intercepted suspected militants, killing at least 12, trying to cross from Pakistani-controlled Kashmir into the Indian-controlled side of the Line of Control, army sources told CNN.

 The number of people who were infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Nepal will exceed 60,000 by the end of 2002, according to a study conducted by the country''s research centre, reports Xinhua from Kathmandu.

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Emergency crews in Indonesia are treating at least 35 people injured after a massive earthquake struck the island of Sumatra. The quake rocked the island early Saturday -- causing people to panic and run into the streets.

 Iranian security forces have detained one of Osama bin Laden's sons among several hundred people suspected of links to the al-Qaida terror network, the Financial Times reported on its Web site Saturday.

 Five people, reportedly from Romania and Albania, are arrested in connection with a conspiracy to kidnap British pop star Victoria Beckham.

 FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Friday he believes that the al Qaida network has been disrupted, but is still capable of carrying out coordinated multiple mass casualty attacks, reports Reuters.

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Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday declared Mukti-joddha Sangsad Krira Chakra winners (2-0) against Abahani in a semifinal of the 18th Federation Cup. The match was postponed on Friday night after 5 minutes into the second half when Abahani refused to resume play over referee's decision not to flash red card to Muktijoddha defender Sujon.

 Pakistan have arrived in Zimbabwe for their two-Test tour seeking a rapid reversal in fortunes. Captained by fast bowler Waqar Younis, Pakistan will also play five one-day internationals before travelling to neighbouring South Africa for a Test and one-day series.

Sachin Tendulkar stands between West Indies and a potential victory after cruising to his 31st Test century. He was unbeaten on 114 when bad light ended play 18 overs early after hammering 17 boundaries in a magnificent exhibition in the third test in Kolkata.

Sri Lanka's preparations for the forthcoming Test series were hampered by rain despite good batting by Hashan Tillekeratne and Hasantha Fernando. They shared an unbroken stand of 74 in the 26 overs of play possible on day two at the Lenasia Stadium, with the game now certain to end in a draw barring some enterprising captaincy.

Lleyton Hewitt will take on Marat Safin in Sunday's Paris Masters final after the pair come through tough semi-finals.

Next week's world doubles championships has been abandoned after sponsorship problems and a lack of big-name players.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to a Sydney stadium Saturday night for the opening ceremony of the sixth Gay Games, a week of competition in events ranging from athletics to ballroom dancing. Some 12,000 competitors from 80 nations are in Sydney for the games, the largest sporting event the city has hosted since the 2000 Olympics.

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