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Thursday, November 07, 2002

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

Thursday, November 07, 2002

National

The Prime Minister instructed the officials concerned to complete the process of recruitment against the vacant posts of teachers in schools and colleges, doctors and nurses in hospitals and information technology (IT) professionals in relevant places. She also instructed to reduce the price of rice by Taka one and of wheat by Taka 0.50 per kilo under the open market sale (OMS) in the holy month of Ramzan.

With the sighting of Ramzan moon on Wednesday evening, Muslims across the country started month-long fasting (Siam) from today.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the Commonwealth Journalists Association's (CJA) conference to be held in Dhaka from February 17 to 19. The Prime Minister gave her consent when a three-member CJA delegation led by its Bangladesh Chapter president Hassan Shahriar, called on her yesterday afternoon.

 Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government to let the army work neutrally to curb crime. "The army should not fail in eliminating crime, they will have to flush out the real criminals. Only then it will be possible to root out crime," she said.

 A joint team of army, police and the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) raided the village home of the inspector general of police (IGP) at Shibpasha in Habiganj and picked up his brother in the early hours of yesterday. Habiganj police confirmed the raid and said the IGP's brother was picked up to get information on local criminals but was later sent back home.

 The government has ordered citizens with licensed firearms to surrender all weapons and ammunition by 15 November as part of an ongoing anti-crime drive.

 The home ministry yesterday formed a committed headed by a joint secretary to probe the mysterious death of Abdur Rashid alias Kala Faruq in police custody.

 Main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers will stage a sit-in in front of the office of the speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad at 11:00am on November 10 to protest the recent arrests and tortures on the MPs. An AL Parliamentary Party (ALPP) took the decision at a meeting yesterday. 

The National Revolution and Solidarity Day is being observed across the country today. On this day of November 7, 1975, soldiers and people unitedly foiled a conspiracy against the national independence and sovereignty and freed the then chief of army staff Ziaur Rahman from captivity in Dhaka Cantonment. 

The High Court yesterday directed the government to recruit fresh judges after constituting a separate Judicial Service Commission. The directive came upon a writ petition, which challenged the legality of the advertisement published in the national dailies on September 15 and 16 inviting applications for the appointment of 102 assistant judges as officers of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadre.

 Five teachers and 10 students of Dhaka University were injured Tuesday night when police clubbed them inside the Fazlul Haque (FH) Hall after a student was hurt in a traffic accident on the adjacent road.

Sajedul Islam Chowdhury alias Dipu Chowdhury, son of former state minister for shipping Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, and 22 others have been chargesheeted in the Tarajuddin murder case. Tarajuddin, president of a coop erative society at Narda in the city's Uttara area, was gunned down by an armed gang on February 8 last year.

Prices of fruits spiralled by Tk 10-20 a kilogram yesterday, with month-long Ramadan beginning today. However, prices of most other essentials remained almost stable thanks to their huge supplies, traders said.

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Neighbour

The Pakistani authorities have postponed the opening of parliament amid disagreement between the country's politicians about the shape of the next government. An announcement by state-run Pakistan TV said that the inaugural session of the National Assembly scheduled for Friday had been postponed for a week.

A human rights group in India says Delhi police should launch an enquiry into a shooting incident which left two alleged militants dead. The request from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was prompted by a petition seeking protection for an eyewitness who says the alleged militants were unarmed when they were shot dead in a busy shopping complex in Delhi on Sunday.

Security has been beefed up in the Pakistani city of Lahore particularly around important mosques with round the clock patrolling by wireless fitted jeeps laced with sophisticated weapons to fully ensure protection of the life and property of the citizens during the holy month of Ramazan and maintain law and order in the city.

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International

A twin-engined plane carrying 19 passengers and three crew crashed in fog near Luxembourg airport yesterday morning , killing 18 of the 22 people onboard.  The Luxair turboprop Fokker 50 was flying from Berlin.

France and Russia are still not ready to approve the latest US-drafted UN resolution on Iraq, despite American predictions of success.

 Republicans win control of the US Senate and retain their House majority, giving a major boost to President Bush's legislative agenda.

Australia is coming under increasing pressure from Asian nations over its handling of the investigation into the October 12 Bali bombings, but is showing little sign of backing down on its tough anti-terror stance.

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 Sports

Four cricketers in the Bangladesh national team are injured after their motorised rickshaw overturns in Dhaka yesterday.

Bangladesh men's team continued their impressive performance in the 35th Chess Olympiad with a 2.5-1.5 win over 25th seeded Switzerland in the tenth round at the Slovenian capital city of Beld on Tuesday.

 England paceman Simon Jones suffers a knee injury while fielding as Australia move into a strong position at Brisbane.

 Ramnaresh Sarwan gains praise for keeping his cool as West Indies down India in chaotic first one-day international. 

An ICC delegation to Zimbabwe will look at safety, not politics, to decide on the future of World Cup matches.

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