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Monday, November 04, 2002

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

Monday, November 04, 2002


Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded immediate resignation of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for her 'failure' to run the country even after winning two-thirds majority.

 One person picked up by army in Habiganj died yesterday. The army arrested 150 alleged criminals including 27 'listed' ones from different areas of the country and recovered a cache of firearms including a 'modified' light machine gun (LMG) from Sadarghat area in the city and another AK47 rifle from Fatikchhari in Chittagong.

 The half-day hartal called in Khulna city by Awami League to protest arrest of party leader and former state minister Talukdar Abdul Khaleque MP passed off partially yesterday.

 In a challenge to ongoing army crack-down against crime, Armed robbers murdered a businessman in Khulna city before looting the victim's house in broad daylight yesterday. The victim was identified as Shaikh Rafique Ahmed, 60, a prominent businessman of the area.

 US oil company Unocal has said Bangladesh has a recoverable gas deposit of 60.9 TCF. The country can get 12.8 TCF additional gas from field growth to add to existing reserves of 16.1 TCF using new technology, chief geologist of Unocal Bangladesh Dr A H M Shamsuddin said in a presentation to a group of journalists at a city hotel yesterday. 

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B) yesterday sought financial support from the government and development partners to fulfil its missions of developing and promoting realistic solutions to major health, population and nutrition problems.

 Farmers are facing crisis of quality seeds to grow seedling for the winter paddy crop, Boro. since the government agency BADC failed to cope with the farmers’ demand.

 A Biman aircraft with 215 passengers flew in Sylhet on Sunday to a ceremonial welcome opening direct air traffic on the Kuwait-Abudhabi-Sylhet route.

 The prices of essentials have started rising as the fasting month of Ramadan is approaching, a usual phenomenon seen in the previous years also, accord -ing to Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB).

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Talks between India and Bangladesh on customs related issues that began in Dhaka yesterday overlooked such crucial issues as non-tariff barriers and harassment by the Indian customs officials on Bangladeshi exporters.

Indian police  last night. killed two suspected terrorists who they say were planning to attack a  New Delhi shopping mall crowded with shoppers on the eve of a major Hindu festival, Dewali

A moderate earthquake jolted northern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 10 people and injuring 30, many of them critically, state-run media reported.

A nationwide investigation into corruption and abuse of power has resulted in the firing of 15 to 20 Afghan officials, ranging from customs officials to security commanders, a presidential spokesman said Sunday.

 A month after King Gyanendra suspended Nepal's 12-year-old democracy and appointed a largely apolitical government, the country remains in a stalemate while its main political players continue to jostle for elbow room. Six of Nepal's main political parties have dismissed the new cabinet as "unconstitutional".

 Sri Lanka’s warring parties clinched three crucial agreements on political, military and economic matters Sunday, marking a breakthrough in Norwegian-brokered peace talks. 

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 The Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey with its Islamic ties began celebrating its landslide victory in Sunday -- a win that would allow it to rule without a coalition and amend the constitution with enough majority in parliament. The vote had been set for April 2004 but was moved ahead after Ecevit's ruling coalition collapsed in a bitter row over his ill health as well as controversial reforms needed for Turkey's struggling EU membership bid. 

Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit has conceded defeat, after early results showed none of the three ruling coalition parties managed to cross the 10% threshold.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister in an interview with CNN pledged his country's allegiance with the United States in its fight against the al Qaeda terrorist group, but said Saudi Arabia would not allow its bases and airspace to be used in any U.S.-led military strike against Iraq.

 Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, whose kingdom claims it is being targeted by a misleading campaign by some Western media, argued Saturday that it was also victimising all Muslims. "Known parties are behind the (Western) press campaign targeting Saudi Arabia, Islam and Muslims," the de facto Saudi ruler told an international Islamic conference in Riyadh.

The heads of the central banks of eight Muslim countries have launched a new body to regulate Islamic financial institutions in accordance with Muslim beliefs. Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, Bahrain and Kuwait are all represented at the Islamic Financial Services Board.

The youngest wife of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been arrested after a gun battle at her father's compound in Yemen, The Sunday Times reported on yesterday.Cliquez ici ! Amal al-Saddah, Bin Laden's fifth and favourite wife, who is in her early twenties, has been placed under house arrest and questioned by Yemeni authorities.

 Iranian security forces have detained one of Osama bin Laden's sons among several hundred people suspected of links to the Al-Qaeda terror network,. Citing an unidentified Iranian official, the Financial Times newspaper said on its website, Iran had handed bin Laden's son over to authorities in either Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.

 At least 39 Indians visiting Israel have suddenly "disappeared" and the Israeli immigration police have launched a hunt for them, according to officials here. The Indians, who arrived Israel a week ago on a 10-day visa were found "missing" from their hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on Monday, sending alarm bells among immigration authorities.

Russian troops have launched large-scale operations against separatist rebels throughout Chechnya, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has announced.

 Experts say governments across Europe need to plan for a virulent flu outbreak that could claim hundreds of thousands of lives this winter.

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A controversial penalty helped Mohammedan Sporting Club lift 18th Federation Cup with a lone goal win over Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra yesterday.

Bangladesh enjoyed better fortunes on Saturday in the 35th Chess Olympiad when both the men and women won in Bled, Slovenia. The men who stunned the hosts' C selection 2.5-1.5, have 17 points while the ladies dumped the IPCA 3-0.

 The national football team's camp for the forthcoming third South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship will start from November 10. The SAFF tournament is scheduled to kick-off in Dhaka from January 10.

 Daniela Hantuchova and Janette Husarova clinch the Fed Cup for Slovakia against Spain.

Vangipurappu Laxman struck an unbeaten 154 after Sachin Tendulkar's classy 176 as India secured a draw in the third and final Test against West Indies to win the series 2-0.

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