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Thursday, October 10, 2002

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

Thursday, October 10, 2002



The BNP-led four-party alliance government completes its first year in office today with the alliance partners celebrating the anniversary amid much enthusiasm and fanfare.

As the ruling four-party alliance is set to celebrate its one year in office, the Awami League has drawn up its own programme to bring into public focus the failure of the government with a view to enlisting public support.

Jatiya Party Chairman and former president HM Ershad yesterday said the government could not achieve success in any field during its one year rule. In a statement yesterday, Ershad said people had lots of expectations from the government which came to power after a massive victory in the last parliamentary election but the government had failed to fulfil those.

The visiting British parliamentarians yesterday expressed deep concern over the discord between the treasury and the opposition benches on major issues including law and order and urged all to work together for the cause of democracy.

The special court in Rajshahi yesterday sentenced to death all the four accused in kidnapping and raping a girls who subsequently committed suicide in disgrace. The convicts belonged to student wings of ruling 
BNP and Jamaat.

Criminalisation of politics and economy has supplemented each other in creating a huge black economy, observed speakers at a seminar. They also said there has to be positive changes in the political system in order to bring a change in the overall economic scenario of the country. The seminar was organised by Bangladesh Unyan Parishad in the city yesterday. Dr Abul Barkat, General Secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association presented the key-note paper.
Police and detectives of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carried out 'block raids' in last midnight and arrested 1,421 people on various charges. Two sawn-off rifles and two revolvers were recovered during the nightlong drive.

Sixty students of Madar Bux Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) fell sick due to food poisoning after taking food at the dining hall yesterday. Twelve of the students were admitted to the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) while the rest were admitted to the university medical centre. Another 150 students suffered diarrhoea yesterday after drinking water. They were undergoing treatment in the hall.

In the face of price hike, the government yesterday decided to import around one lakh ton salt through Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) by November this year to keep the market stable. Salt price in the wholesale market went up over the past few days as a section of traders stockpiled salt, apprehending a crisis and price hike.

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Bangladesh believes in ‘One China’ policy and there is no scope of misunderstanding in this regard. Acting Foreign Secretary Anwarul Alam said this yesterday when his attention was drawn to the statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Dhaka on Taiwan Trade Delegation’s recent visit to Bangladesh.

As Pakistan goes to the polls today, President Pervez Musharraf assures voters that the election will not be tainted by corruption. In a televised address on the eve of the vote, General Musharraf said he is prepared to hand over power to the elected prime minister.
A letter said to have been written by Osama bin Laden called Thursday for the overthrow of President Pervez Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the Afghan military campaign. The letter, distributed in some Afghan refugee camps in the northwestern city of Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, also appealed to Pakistan's Islamic clerics to lead their people into "jihad (holy struggle) against crusaders and their allies", The Dawn reports.

Whichever party or coalition forms the next government in Jammu and Kashmir, the first obstacle it will have to overcome is that of public cynicism, at least in those urban areas where a large majority stayed away from the polls, Times of India reports.

The EU has asked India to jettison the narrow "prism of Pakistan", develop a wider "world view like that of China" and create a powerful partnership of ethnically diverse democracies.

China presents a huge opportunity for the rest of East Asia, not a threat, but only if the region's economies push ahead with crucial economic and financial reforms, the World Bank said Wednesday.

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Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz is warning Arab nations that a U.S. attack on Baghdad would be an attack on all the Arab states. "No Arab country is free of the threat, even if it takes part alongside America in the aggression against Iraq," Aziz told reporters in Damascus at a conference of Arab intellectuals and politicians rallying against a U.S. strike.

For the second time in two days Wednesday armed civilians outside Kuwait City confronted U.S. troops who responded with gunfire, according to military sources. The civilians overtook a military Humvee and pointed a weapon at two service members, who then fired into the civilian vehicle, according to CNN.  Pentagon officials said they did not know if the leadership of al Qaeda ordered the attack or if it was the work of an independent al Qaeda cell.

The Al-Qaeda network is preparing fresh strikes against the United States and its allies, especially France and Germany, Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri warned on the Arab satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera. The threat came in a broadcast recording which the Qatar-based television identified as the voice of Zawahiri, a militant wanted along with Osama bin Laden. U.S. officials told CNN Wednesday they believe the taped voice of a person claiming to be Osama bin Laden's No. 2 man is indeed Ayman al-Zawahiri, a primary al Qaeda strategist and one of the "most wanted" terrorists in the world.

Iraq strongly condemned the latest speech by George W. Bush in which he reiterated his desire to disarm Baghdad by force if necessary, saying Thursday that the US president was telling "lies" to justify an attack to topple Saddam Hussein's regime.

The European Commission has recommended in an historic move that 10 mostly poor ex-communist countries join the European Union in two years' time.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) under-15 development squad recorded a victory by virtue of taking a first innings lead over touring Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-15 team in a two-day match at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) yesterday.

Bangladesh hockey team lost to Japan 1-6 in a classification match at the 14th Asian Games at the Gangseo Stadium yesterday. Japan led the first half 4-0. Bangladesh play their next match against Hong Kong on October 11.

Habibul Bashar's half century proved in vain as South Africa completed a 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh in the third one-day international on Wednesday. South Africa replied to Bangladesh's total of 151 with 152 for three in 25.4 overs to win by seven wickets. The home side won the first game in the three match series by 168 runs, and the second by 10 wickets.

India's latest batting sensation Virender  Sehwag turned on the style as the home side made a perfect start in the first test against the West Indies in Bombay. The 23-year-old scored a test-best 147 and shared an opening stand worth 201 with Sanjay Bangar to help India to 278-2 at the close.

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