Monday, October 14,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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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