Sunday, October 13,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
yesterday warned that the four-party alliance government would suppress
with heavy hands any attempt to jeopardise peace and progress in the
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday clobbered Prime Minister
Khaleda Zia for accusing Awami League of the current spate of violence,
saying that those who are being "victimised and repressed by the
BNP-Jamaat cadres" could understand what is happening on the ground and
who are doing what.
The government will initiate a massive financial sector reform to
cushion it from external shocks after a visiting IMF-World Bank mission
makes its recommendations. An IMF-WB joint team is now in the city to
make a stock-taking of the financial sector. The team will draw up an
aide memoire and place it before the IMF board for possible assistance,
reports The Daily Star.
Two persons were killed in a gunfight between activists of the United
People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and the Parbatya Chattagram Jano
Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Khagrachari hill district on Wednesday. The
dead were identified as Monu Chakma, 42 and his son Ton Chaingya Chakma,
A Chhatra Shibir leader Mostafa Ahmad (25), of Santhia upazila unit
under Pabna district was shot dead and some 21 Jamaat-Shibir activists
were wounded in an attacked by armed outlawed party men last night on
Friday, police and witnesses said.
A 16-member cultural troupe and two chefs arrived in the city for the
Malaysian Food and Cultural Festival which begins today (Sunday). This
is the third time that Malaysia Airlines and Tourism Malaysia have
jointly organised this festival in Bangladesh.
The Home Ministry is planning to raise a special commando unit of police
to nab the notorious criminals. The special unit of the police will be
assigned only to arrest the criminals. They will not handle any case,
reports News Today.
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Bangladesh will provide port services to the landlocked Nepal at a
discount rate to boost economic co-operation between the two countries.
According to a shipping ministry decision, the Mongla Port, the
country's second seaport, would handle goods shipped to and from Nepal
at 50 per cent discounted rates. This offer would remain effective for
one year, but it might be extended in future.
Pakistani President Musharraf yesterday greeted the newly elected
Parliamentarians and hoped that with all their abilities, they would
work for the progress, prosperity, integrity and solidarity of Pakistan.
The United States said yesterday that Pakistan's landmark election was
relatively free and orderly, despite claims of vote fraud by opposition
A day after a nine-member government was sworn in Nepal, an explosion
near a crowded Kathmandu vegetable market early Saturday killed one
person and injured nine others, police said. The blast, thought to be
the handiwork of Maoist guerrillas, took place on the outskirts of the
Nepal's new prime minister is seeking dialogue with Maoist rebels in a
bid to end a bloody six-year revolt that has left thousands dead and
badly damaged the Himalayan nation's ailing economy.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee hold talks with Tony Blair at
British prime minister's country residence.
India was of the view that the results of the Pakistan elections were
pre-determined and the election itself was flawed, Foreign Minister
Yashwant Sinha said in London on Saturday.
West Bengal Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has expressed concern
over the increasing price of iodised salt due to the stiff increase in
railway freight. In a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Bhattacharjee sought his intervention in the matter, reports Times of
India has asked the authorities in 10 border districts in West Bengal
state to step up vigil along the international borders with Nepal,
Bhutan and Bangladesh. Six vulnerable districts Cooch Behar,
Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore have been
placed on high alert.
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Two explosions erupted in the
Indonesian tourist island of Bali late Saturday, killing as many as 118
people and wounding more than 100, sources said. Explosions and fire
destroyed two nightclubs. One explosion tore through the Sari Club, a
popular discotheque in the heart of the island's nightlife district.
The Kuwaiti interior minister has said that there is no clear evidence
linking the killers of a United States marine to Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
The Iraqi government sent a letter Saturday to officials overseeing the
U.N. weapons inspection programs, reiterating an earlier pledge to allow
inspectors to operate in the country on the United Nations' terms, a
U.N. spokesman told CNN Saturday. W. Bush to use force against Baghdad.
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A 20-member Bangladesh under-20
football team leaves the capital for Doha, Qatar, today to take part in
the final round of the inaugural AFC Under-20 Championship. Twelve
countries, split into three groups, will participate
in the tournament that starts from October 15 and runs up to the 31st of
Uttara Club National Open Tennis Competition begins in the city today
(Monday). Apart from clubs in Dhaka, competitors from Narayanganj,
Munshiganj, BKSP, Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon, Narsingdi, Banderban,
Chittagong, Rajbari, Bogra, Rangpur and Meherpur will take part in the
five categories of the meet.
Pakistan crashed to defeat by an innings and 198 runs at the hands of
Australia after breaking their record lowest total in successive
Harbhajan Singh exposed the West Indies batting limitations against spin
with seven wickets to help India win the opening cricket Test by an
innings and 112 runs in Bombay on Saturday. The 22-year-old off-spinner
plotted a sensational West Indian collapse, taking 7-48, on a turning
Australia are thinking of playing their Davis Cup tie with Great Britain
in February on a clay court.
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