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Monday, October 14, 2002

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Monday, October 14, 2002




The controvertial feminist writer, Taslima Nasreen, has been given a one-year prison sentence on a charge of writing derogatory comments about Islam in several of her books. She was tried in her absence by a magistrate court in Gopalganj.  This is the first sentence against the writer who fleed the country in 1994 after receiving death threats from Islamic groups.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia sought cooperation from all sections of people in eliminating terrorism from the country. She made the appeal when a group of her party MPs met the Prime Minister at her office yesterday afternoon to discuss various issues, law and order in particular, Durga Puja and local development.

Moved by the agonies of three seriously injured workers of her party under treatment at Pangu Hospital, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday that the ruling alliance  was  continuing terrorism on the opposition workers under a plan to eliminate Awami League.
Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) will join a long march from Dhaka towards Chittagong from October 24 "to protect the Chittagong Port" and force the government to stop its move to export gas to India.

Pilgrims intending to perform Hajj in the  holy city of Mecca  next year will have to  undergo  compulsory vaccination against meningitis, a very common disease in Africa. Apart from the compulsory vaccination,  Bangladeshi pilgrims will avail better accommodation and better management this time, according to Religious Affairs Ministry.

The Hindu community yesterday celebrated the Kumari Puja in a divine spirit and happiness sharing with the fellow community members.

Comrade Ila Mitra, a legendary leader of the historic Tebhaga Andolon, passed away yesterday in Kolkata. Ila Mitra played a valiant role in the movement for establishing the rights of peasants of Bengal during the British rule.

Government will provide Tk 10 crore for implementing a garment industrial zone  at Rpganj near the capital.  A memorandum of understanding would be signed between the Textiles Ministry and the BGMEA on October 18 in this regard, reports The Financial Express.

The World Bank (WB) has set a new condition for the disbursement of Tk 1200 crore for the "Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Project" undertaken by the Rural Electrification Board (REB). The WB condition, communicated to the Power Ministry recently, says that the entire distribution areas under eight Palli Biddyut Samitees (PBS), now controlled by the Power Development Board (PDB), be handed over to the REB.

Denmark will provide Bangladesh 168 million Danish Kroner (approximately Tk 126 crore) grant for supporting Human Rights and Good Governance programmes in Bangladesh.

The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) yesterday pressed charges against former DCC Mayor Mohammad Hanif and six others in a graft case. The accused in the case also include Hanif's wife Bibi Fatema Khatun, his son Sayeed Khokon, former RAJUK Chairman Humayun Khadem, former DCC Chief Engineer Shamsul Haq Bhuiyan and Bhuiyan's wife Anwara Begum.

The capital markets maintained its downward trend yesterday as the free fall of share prices continued at both the Dhaka and Chittagong bourses. The market witnessed a mixed trading of shares. At the DSE, it recorded a thinner transaction of shares at lower value, while it swelled at the CSE at a higher value.

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Hindus and Muslims clashed on Sunday in the western town of Solapur where nine people have died in two days of violence triggered by comments by US preacher Jerry Falwell who called the Prophet Mohammad a terrorist. Falwell apologised for his provocative comments on Saturday saying he meant no disrespect to "any sincere, law abiding Muslim".

India announces a review of its troop levels in Kashmir, voicing concern over election results in neighbouring Pakistan.

After three years of military rule Pakistanis are still being forced to wait to hear the final outcome of Thursday's elections for the national and provincial parliaments.

Pakistan Muslim League (N) has offered full cooperation to Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal for the formation of future government and other issues, MMA leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed told Dawn on Sunday.

The US and Pakistan will conduct joint military exercises on Pakistani soil this week, the first since Washington lifted sanctions against Islamabad late last year.

The impasse over government formation in J&K continued on Sunday with the Congress and the PDP failing to say who would be the next chief minister

One person was killed and 10 injured in a grenade explosion when  militants hurled a hand grenade at a puja pandap in lower Assam's Bongaigaon district on Sunday night, police said.

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Hundreds of people, most of them Australian tourists, are still missing after two bombs tore through a popular nightclub district in Bali, killing at least 187 and injuring more than 300.

Authorities impounded a shipment of women's panties imprinted with an image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus and plan to fine its owners for illegally selling goods with religious motifs, officials said.

Ivory Coast's rebels captured the key cocoa industry town of Daloa on Sunday in their most important advance since seizing much of the north in a failed coup more than three weeks ago.

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A 24-member Bangladesh national youth football team left Dhaka on Sunday for Doha, Qatar, without the team leader Abdur Rahim to participate in the AFC Under-20 Football Championships final round.

Bangladesh earned a substantial 89-run first innings lead against South Africa Country Districts on day two of their four-day match at Bedford yesterday. The home side, resuming the day on 8 for two in reply to the tourists first innings total of 260, were all out for 171.

Bangladesh Cricket Board formed an organising committee and 10 sub-committees to make the ensuing West Indies tour of Bangladesh a success. The West Indies team is expected to reach Dhaka on November 25.

Defending champions Iran won the Asian Games football gold medal for a record fourth time here on Sunday when they beat Japan 2-1 in the final.

Pakistan's top two cricket officials have resigned following their team's heavy Test defeat to Australia inside two days. Chishty Mujahid, the director of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), and his chairman General Tauqir Zia have fallen on thie swords.

Charles Taylor was the star for Ghana, netting a pair of goals Sunday, as the continent's top teams won their African Cup of Nations qualifiers over the weekend. Besides the Black Stars' 4-2 victory over Rwanda, teams from Morocco, South Africa, Liberia and Zimbabwe also won. Senegal, Nigeria and Tunisia were off this weekend.

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