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Sunday, October 13, 2002

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

Sunday, October 13, 2002



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 country.

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, 18.

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 leaders.

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 Nepalese capital.

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.

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 this month.

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 innings.

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 track.

Australia are thinking of playing their Davis Cup tie with Great Britain in February on a clay court.

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