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Tuesday, October 01, 2002

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

Tuesday, October 01, 2002



The ruling four-party alliance and the major opposition Awami League will observe October 1 today from different perspectives to mark the first anniversary of the parliamentary election that brought the alliance to power with a two-thirds majority.

Grassroots level Awami League leaders of the four districts of Sylhet division yesterday blamed intra-party feuds as the major reason behind the party's poor performance in last year's national polls. The observation came at the evening session of the workers conference of Sylhet Division of the party with party chief Sheikh Hasina attending as chief guest.

Acting in record time, a Bangladesh court sentences three men to death for chasing a school girl into a pond where she drowned. District and sessions judge of Gaibandha on Monday awarded capital punishment ordering them to be hanged till death for killing of Sadia Sultana Trisha, 10, a class four student of Madhyapara Free Primary School.

Security in the entire southwestern region of the country has been stepped up with bomb scare gripping people in the wake of Saturday's explosions at Satkhira wounding about 125 people.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked her party men to prepare the list of "terrorists and persecutors" torturing the opposition workers.

A BCL leader of Chittagong University was beaten up by Shibir activists on the campus yesterday. Islami Chhatra Shibir activists picked up BCL Joint General Secretary Saifuddin Mahmud Sohag from Katapahar area at about
1pm.They took him to a nearby jungle and beat him mercilessly.

Two black bears killed a zookeeper of the National Zoo at Mirpur in the city yesterday. The bears attacked Ismail Hossain Howladar, when the 45-year old went inside the cage to give them food. He was dragged to the water tank and mauled to death.

Japan will hold a 45-day programme beginning tomorrow to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic relations with Bangladesh. Many colourful events will mark the programme titled, "Japan Month".

The government is spending about Taka 12.5 thousand crore in the current fiscal to reduce poverty through implementing various poverty reduction programmes, reports news agency BSS.

Turkey yesterday offered his country's help to Bangladesh in getting access of its goods to the European market.

New varieties of tea is likely to hit the local markets soon as 20 enterprises were engaged in creating gardens in Panchagarh district with a hope of producing new flavoured brands.

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The third phase of Kashmir's elections begins today amid fears of increased violence as the polling booths open in the militant heartland of the troubled region.

A high-powered committee set up to review the functioning of Muslim religious schools called madrassas in the Indian state of West Bengal has recommended several steps to improve their curriculum.

President Musharraf said on a visit to Azad Kashmir Monday that his government would respond to Indian aggression with its own. He was reacting to comments by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, who said earlier that Pakistan should be held accountable "for its continued sponsorship of terrorism in India.


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Around 100 Indonesian soldiers attacked a police post on Sumatra using rifles and grenades, killing at least four police officers in a raid police described as "horrific."The attack  was sparked by the police arresting a soldier for suspected drug offences.

A slump in grain donations has forced the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) to halt food aid in North Korea, placing millions of people at risk of starvation.

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board has selected 26 under-15 cricketers to form a  squad for next week's home series against their Cricket Association of  Bengal (CAB) counterparts. The series will include as many as four  one-dayers and two two-day matches.

Bangladesh play their final warm-up cricket match against South Africa A in  Soweto today. Earlier Khaled Mashud's men defeated NFO Eleven on Friday and Country Districts Eleven by 20 runs the next day.

Bangladesh crashed out of the football competition of the 14th Asian Games after conceding a 3-0 defeat to China in Masan yesterday.

India and Sri Lanka shared the glory and cricket's largest-ever prize money of US$300,000 Monday, when rain halted play in the final of the 12-nation ICC Champions Trophy in Colombo yesterday.

Former world number one Martina Hingis loses to local challenger Nadia Petrova in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Monday.

Japan race to four gold medals in swimming and win two in judo on the Asian Games' first full day of competition.

Seven-time champions Pakistan, hosts South Korea and defending champions India scored comfortable victories on the opening day of the Asian Games men's field hockey competition in Bushan on Monday.

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