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Wednesday, November 06, 2002

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

Wednesday, November 06, 2002


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia today said people across the country are happy and feeling a sense of relief at the anti-terrorism drive, but a certain party is unhappy. “A party is unhappy because its men are being caught and going into hiding,” she said indicating at Awami League without naming.

 Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina Tuesday termed the government “clinically dead” and demanded immediate midterm polls. “The government lost confidence in the police and administration. The country is now virtually under a covert martial law; we demand immediate election,” she told journalists who work for foreign media at Hotel Sonargaon.

 PCJSS leader Santu Larma Tuesday called upon the tribal to continue struggle for upholding their separate Jhum identity. He said the tribal people of the hill tracts would go for tough course of action for full implementation of the December 2, 1997 peace accord. 

The holy month of Ramadan will commence on November 7 as the moon was not sighted anywhere in the country Tuesday. Depending on the beginning of the Ramadan, the holy Lailatul Qadr will be held on December 2, the moon sighting committee said following a meeting at the Islamic Foundation today.

 The government has issued an order asking the holders of licensed arms to deposit their arms and ammunition by November 15 with the authorities concerned. 

Nazrul Islam Koreshi, production director of Impress Telefilm Limited (Channel-i), arrested on charge of smuggling foreign currency, was placed on five days' remand yesterday.

 The Miss Bangladesh competition 2003 will be held in New York on January 20. This is the first time Bangladeshi contestants across the globe will be participating in a beauty contest in the United States of America (USA). 

Kala Faruk, an alleged terrorist, arrested Monday morning by police at Zia International Airport, died around midnight of Tuesday of bullet wounds sustained during an excape bid. One of the top terrors Kala Faruq was arrested at the airport with an employee of the Channel-I Nazrul Koreshi. Police offloaded him from the flight minutes before he was to fly to Sweden under a false identity as a member of a cultural troupe.

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An Indian Air Force fighter jet has crashed into two houses in a city neighborhood in Haryana province, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) northwest of New Delhi, killing at least two people and injuring nine others, including four who were in serious condition, officials say.

 Pro-democracy parties in Pakistan say they have struck a deal with a six-party Islamic alliance to form a new civilian coalition government, reports BBC.

 Ex-premier Benazir Bhutto's party Tuesday was holding up a joint opposition deal to back MMA as Pakistan's future prime mister, demanding an agreement with fundamentalist Islamic parties before entering what many regard as an unholy alliance.

 JAMMU and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Tuesday favoured a "unilateral" Ramzan ceasefire with militants in the state and holding "unconditional dialogue" with them.

 At least two people were killed and 14 injured when Maoist rebels firebombed a bus in southeastern Nepal, police said today.

 Four people were injured in a clash between Hindus and Muslims Tuesday in the Indian troubled state of Gujarat. The clash took place in the Gomtipur after an argument broke out between Hindus and Muslims, a police spokesman said. 

 At least three people were killed and 27 injured when two express trains collided in eastern India today morning. Three died when the Gwalior-Barauni Express train rammed into the rear coach of the stationary Janseva Express near the Technivas station in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the United News of India (UNI) reported.

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Polling stations start to close in the US mid-term elections as Republicans and Democrats go neck-and-neck in the race to control Congress.

 President Bush sent the Ramadan message greeting the Muslims throughout the United States and around the world on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, says a USIS press release.

 Osama bin Laden is alive and his al-Qaeda network is planning a big attack, possibly in Germany, the head of the German intelligence service has told ZDF public television.

Australia is launching a push for greater co-operation between Australian and South East Asian police forces in the wake of the October 12 Bali bombings.

 French intelligence agents have arrested eight suspects in connection with a Tunisian synagogue attack in which 21 tourists died, CNN reports.

 Three men -two Pakistanis  and one US citizen with Indian origin- have been arrested in Hong Kong over an alleged attempt to buy four Stinger anti-aircraft missiles for al Qaeda from undercover FBI agents, the Hong Kong government said Tuesday.

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It was a mixed day for Bangladesh players at the 35th Chess Olympiad on Monday as the men's team prevailed over Costa Rica by 3.5-.5 points while the women's lost 1-2 to a strong Israeli side in the Slovenian city of Beld.

Smashing an unbeaten ton opener Ehsanul Haq Seezan saved Bangladesh "A" from an early damage that helped the second string team score 231 for 6 at stumps on the second day of the four-day BCB Challenge Trophy match on Tuesday.

Pakistan continue to gain some valuable match practice as they take control of the match against Zimbabwe A in Harare.

India intends to carry its winning limited-over cricket form into the seven-match home series against West Indies, which opens Wednesday. Captain Sourav Ganguly said Tuesday that another one-day series victory would provide a big boost to India ahead of next year's World Cup.

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