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Saturday, November 09, 2002


One more person, Saiful Islam (22), a Jubo Dal activist of Feni, died in the Feni Sadar hospital yesterday afternoon, seven hours after he was picked up from his Chagalnaya residence by army personnel.

Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government not to interfere with the army operation and called for allowing them to operate independently to root out terror ism. She, however, also called upon the army not to violate human rights during anti-criminal operation.

Awami League MPs have submitted more than 200 notices under different rules of the Rules of Procedure of Jatiya Sangsad demanding discussions mostly on deaths in army custody and "harassment and arrest" of lawmakers, sources said. Awami League sources said that they would demand a general discussion on the issue on the first day of the fifth session scheduled to start from November 14, reports The Independent.

Already antagonised by the arrest of two of its lawmakers ahead of the parliament session, the AL plans to stage a sit-in in front of the Speaker's office tomorrow (Sunday) morning. AL sources hinted that the party would consider taking up agitation programmes right after the Ramadan if the government opts for a short session like the previous one (fourth session lasted four days only) and does not allow discussion on deployment of army in the ongoing anti-crime drive across the country, reports Daily Star.

Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma, Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council  and President of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), yesterday criticised the government for not taking any initiatives to implement the essential aspects of the CHT peace treaty.

 South Korean Prime Minister Kim Suk-Soo, accompanied by his wife Yoon Sung- Eum, was accorded a red-carpet welcome on arrival in the capital last night on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.

 An Ikebana contest was arranged yesterday at the Japanese Embassy as part of ongoing Japan Month, marking the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh.

Based on the growth of the labour force in the nineties, Bangladesh would need to find employment for around 25-30 million new workers by 2015, according to the Quarterly Economic Update released by the ADB recently.

Country’s export earnings increased 7.5 per cent (US$ 1606 million} in the first quarter of the current fiscal compared to same period of last year and 2 per cent over the target set for the three months, reports UNB.

The demand for dollar was high throughout the last week due to the increased demand for import. Short supply of the US currency resulted in high demand-supply gap and pushed the rate higher against BDT. The BDT ended the week at 59.50/60.75 against USD compared with 58.80/59.00 from previous week, according to a Standard Chartered Bank weekly currency roundup .

Sugar Traders Association yesterday urged the government to halt import of sugar in private sector and to assign Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) with sole authority of production and import of sugar.

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Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan today accused former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's party of betraying an agreement to unite against President Pervez Musharraf, amid claims of horse-trading, blackmailing and party defections.It is a very painful situation for us," said Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan, the head of the three-year old multi-party opposition Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD), reports The Dawn.  

 The provincial high court Lahore asked Pakistan Government not to extradite Dr. Amir Aziz who has been detained on suspicion of links with al Qaeda. The Court also asked the  government Friday to explain the detention since last month of doctor, Amir Aziz. Aziz has been detained for more than two weeks without charge. The authorities say he is being interrogated by the intelligence services but have given no reason without high court permission.

 In Kashmir, the Indian troops martyred three Kashmiri youth in Gulab Garh area of Udhampore, reports Kashmir Media Service. The military authorities described all the 3 martyrs as Mujahideen.

 Chinese President Jiang Zemin has warned a landmark meeting of the country's ruling Communist Party that it must take a tough line against corruption or risk its "self-destruction."

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The Republican wins in the Nov 5 polls can signal new headaches for India as several legislative panels get new heads, who can influence current US policies towards the South Asian Region, fears Times of India.

 The Security Council unanimously calls on Iraq to disarm, as President Bush warns of severe consequences if it does not comply. Iraq now has seven days to respond after the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed the resolution calling for the return of weapons inspectors.  

The United States says a crisis of confidence has beset its relations with Ukraine, because Kiev is not fully co-operating with an investigation into alleged arms sales to Iraq.

The head of Interpol -- the world's international police force -- has warned that al Qaeda operatives are preparing simultaneous attacks in several countries. Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble also said he thought al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was alive.

 Admitting Turkey to the EU would be the "end of Europe", says Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the man drafting a new EU constitution - but Turkey says it will not give up. The debate within the EU about Turkey has intensified following Sunday's victory of the AK Party, which has roots in the banned Islamist Virtue Party, reports BBC.

 The head of Turkey's powerful military, General Hilmi Ozkok, has said the army will protect the secular state from the dangers of radical Islam. His statement comes just days after the Justice and Development (AK) Party, which has Islamic roots but denies having an Islamist agenda, swept to power.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) under-17 side lost their opening one-day match against Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) by one wicket at the Rajdanga ground in Kolkata yesterday. Chasing BCB under-17's 214, the home side reached home in the last ball of the 50 overs contest.

Bangladesh men's team suffered a 1.5-2.5 points defeat at the hands of 35th seeded Lithuania in a 12th round game of the 35th Chess Olympiad on Thursday in Bled, Slovenia. Bangladesh women's team back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Slovenia C team, according to a message received in Dhaka.

England reach 243-3 at lunch in the first Ashes Test after Glenn McGrath picks up two early wickets for Australia.

South Africa are in the driving seat after dismissing Sri Lanka for 192 in the first Test at the Wanderers.

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