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Saturday, October 12, 2002

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

Saturday, October 12, 2002



The Four-Party Alliance will hold a grand rally at Paltan Maidan in the city today marking the first anniversary of the alliance government. BNP Chairperson, Leader of the Four-Party Alliance and Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will attend the rally as the chief guest.

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the only success of the one-year rule of BNP-Jamaat coalition was pervasive spread of criminality and corruption and renaming projects left over by the past Awami League government.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Friday said the size of her present cabinet is not that big in overall considerations, but added that a reshuffle would be carried out at an appropriate time.The five-day Durga Puja, the largest festival of the Hindu Community, began yesterday in the city as elsewhere across the country with due religious fervour and amid festivities.

Three children of a family were killed on the spot and two others injured when an "abandoned" grenade exploded near their house at Manikchhari, a suburb of the town, yesterday morning.

The country's poor people got the benefit of only 25 per cent of the total foreign aid amounting to taka 1.8 lakh crore that Bangladesh received during the last thirty years. Country's political and economic criminals have misappropriated around 75 per cent of the  total foreign aid, according to a paper presented by Abul Barkat, general secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA), at a recent seminar.

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Early results from Thursday's elections in Pakistan are showing strong gains for an alliance of hard-line Islamic parties which analysts say could spell trouble for President Pervez Musharraf and his alliance with the U.S.-led war on terror.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto called for new elections in Pakistan and alleged fraud in vote counting, as a slow count showed a massive swing to Islamic parties, a huge lead by a pro-government party and less seats for her party than anticipated.

Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)  rejected the results of Pakistan's first general elections since he was deposed in the 1999 military coup, calling them a "farce." "This election result is a fraud with the people of Pakistan and should be condemned by the entire world community," Sharif said in a press release published in London.


Four civilians were injured when Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire over Kashmir, police said today. The armies fired on each other in eight places over several hours in the Karna sector Kupwara district, police said. Four civilians were injured as artillery shells fired across the de facto border landed in villages on the Indian side, they said.

The chief minister in Indian-administered Kashmir has resigned after his party's shock defeat in state elections. Farooq Abdullah said he formally handed in his resignation to the Jammu and Kashmir state governor, GC Saxena.

The stalemate over the formation of a government in J&K continued on Friday, with the Congress and the People's Democratic Party failing to agree on who should be the chief minister.

India and the European Union failed to agree on a common text about Kashmir at the summit between the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his Danish counterpart, Anders Fogh Rasmussen -- whose country currently holds the EU presidency.

A week after sacking an elected government he called incompetent, Nepal's King Gyanendra has appointed a new government with a nine-member council of ministers made up of seven full ministers and two junior ministers headed by former Prime Minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand.

Five people have been killed in India during a protest against remarks made by US preacher Jerry Falwell about the Prophet Mohammed. Two of those killed died in police gunfire during the violence in the western town of Solapur which degenerated into sectarian clashes between Muslims and Hindus.

At least 15 people were injured when an Indian Air Force fighter jet crashed in the eastern Indian state of Assam yesterday. The pilot of the aircraft, which was on a routine training flight, bailed out safely before it exploded.


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Former US president Jimmy Carter won the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for "his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development", the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

In a major victory for the White House, the Senate early Friday voted 77-23 to authorize President Bush to attack Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to give up weapons of mass destruction as required by U.N. resolutions.

The White House is developing a plan to install an American-led military government in Iraq if the United States topples Saddam Hussein, The New York Times reported yesterday, citing senior administration officials.

Iraq is ready to respond to any US attack "within the hour," Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said today, in the first official Iraqi reaction to a congressional green light for US President George W. Bush to use force against Baghdad.

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The Bangladesh hockey team finally managed to score a victory in the 14th Asian Games when they edged past Hong Kong 3-2 in their classification play-off match yesterday. The result placed them second from last in the eight-team event. Four years ago in Bangkok, Bangladesh secured ninth place.

Opener Mazharuddin slammed a superb century to propel the Bangladesh Cricket Board's Under-15 team to a convincing 71-run win over their Cricket Association 0f Bengal counterparts at the BKSP ground yesterday.

Australia earn a 132-run lead in the second Test as Pakistan are all out for just 59, their lowest ever score.

West Indies were struggling to save the first Test on day three against India after being forced to follow-on. At stumps the visitors were 91/1 in their second innings, still 209 runs adrift of India's first innings total of 457 by 9.

She no longer is just Martina Navratilova's doubles partner. Iroda Tulyaganova won an Asian Games tennis gold medal Friday, a day when most medals were decided in combat sports. Tulyaganova gave Uzbekistan its eighth gold of the games by upsetting top-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-1, 6-3, and said later that Navratilova had helped with her game.

Lee Lai-shan, who learned windsurfing in a Hong Kong fishing village, proved as reliable as China's divers in winning gold at the Asian Games on Wednesday. For Chinese table tennis players, the day marked a return to winning ways. They captured the men's and women's singles titles after losing in four of five earlier events in the sport they once dominated.


Japan's Koji Murofushi won the hammer throw at the Asian Games again Tuesday. If he does it three more times, he will catch up with his father.

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