Saturday, October 12,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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