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Tuesday, October 15, 2002



Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday that her government had decided to decentralise the administration devolving more powers to localgovernment bodies for accelerating development of the country.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will in December undertake her first trip to China and neighbouring India since coming to power, a foreign ministry source said Monday, reports AFP. “No date has been set yet, but the visits will take place in December,” the source said, adding she would first visit China and then on to India.

Poor governance, law and order and corruption are the major hurdles in the way of achieving economic stability in Bangladesh, World Bank Country Director Frederick Temple told a seminar in the city & nbsp; yesterday.

Hafizuddin Ahmed MP and nine others were stabbed by highway robber in the early hours of yesterday while travelling in a Pirganj-bound night coach from Dhaka. The robbers looted cash and valuables worth about Tk 10 lakh from the passengers. Hafizuddin Ahmed MP of Jatiya Party (Ershad) from Thakurgaon-3 and nine others who tried to resist the robbers were stabbed near Mahasstangarh.

The Bureau of anti corruption (BAC) yesterday submitted charge sheet against former Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and three others in a corruption case relating the site preparation at Meghnaghat power plant.

Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will begin a three-day visit to three northern districts of Natore, Bogra and Rajshahi districts from today. Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) in collaboration with a private transport company has introduced Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka luxury bus service.

Bangladesh is likely to ask for complete duty free access of all its export items to India and will seek removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers to help reduce huge trade gap between the two countries.

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The J&K Congress Legislature Party on Monday elected state party chief Ghulam Nabi Azad as its leader, a move that could sour efforts to form an alliance with the PDP.

Indian troops shot dead five Mujahideen in Kashmir overnight, police said yesterday. Mujahideen were killed in two separate clashes in the Gandoh and Warwan areas of Doda.

Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Laloo Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that there was little to rejoice over the Vajpayee government completing three years in office as it had failed on all fronts, and demanded the Prime Minister's resignation. The only thing it had succesfully done was to spread communal tension across the country during its three-year governance, he said in Patna. On the economic front, the Centre had turned the country into a dumping ground of rejected products of multinationals, Yadav said.

 The death toll in the attacks on Durga Puja pandals by militants in lower Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Monday rose to five with one more person succumbing to injuries in the hospital. Nineteen people were injured, some of them seriously, as the extremists targeted two Puja pandals at Bongaigaon town and nearby Satipur and
exploded two grenades killing five, including a woman, reports Times of India.

Twelve persons were injured in a caste feud over animal sacrifice on the occasion of Durga Puja in the Indian State of Bihar. The police said the clash broke out when some Brahmins prohibited a section of people, belonging to backward caste, from performing animal sacrifice inside a temple in Ballia Vikrampur village on Sunday.

The economy of the West Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district, largely dependent upon tiger shrimp culture, could be in trouble. Exporters of seafood, mainly shrimp and prawn, have run into rough weather in the European Union with 27 consignments, exported out of Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai, being returned or destroyed as residues of antibiotics were found in them.

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There is a growing consensus that al Qaeda was behind the weekend nightclub explosions in Indonesia, and experts say the terror group is becoming more unpredictable and harder to stop.


Following the weekend bomb attacks in a night club in Indonesian tourist island of Bali, Britain's Foreign Office advised Britons not to travel to Bali and thousands of Europeans as well as Australians and Americans were expected to cancel their bookings, with many on the island leaving straight away.

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Bangladesh under-17 will take on their India counterparts in the opening match of the three-nation three-day tournament in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka today. Earlier, Bangladesh lost all of their four matches against India and Sri Lanka to finish third in the one-day tournament.

The Asian Games' flame went dark on Monday in South Korea, brining an end to the 16-day event that brought together nearly 7,000 athletes to compete for gold medals in 38 sports.

Pakistan is flying in all-rounder Shahid Afridi for its third and final test against Australia in Sharjah. Afridi will replace Abdur Razzaq, who fractured his left wrist during Pakistan's humiliating second test defeat on Saturday. Australia clinched the second test by an innings and 198 runs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.

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