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Wednesday, October 16, 2002

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2002



A ruling party MP along with some 30 people had a narrow escape from a grenade attack on his residence by suspected terrorists in Jhenidah yesterday. Police and witnesses said terrorists tossed in a powerful grenade through a window of a room while Alhaj Mashiur Rahman MP was holding a meeting inside at about 8:50 pm with the teachers of a local school and some visitors.

Bangladesh yesterday blasted claims by Time magazine that groups with links to al-Qaeda have taken root on Bangladeshi soil and that the South Asian country could pose a "dangerous new front in America's war on terror." Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury told AFP that the report is "totally malicious and a figment of wild imagination."

Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has asked the government to ensure the security of life and property of the people accusing the BNP-Jamaat regime of unleashing ‘state terrorism’.

At least 10 people were injured in a factional clash between local Awami League activists that held back the party chief’s public meeting on Chowgram High School ground in Singra upazila of Natore on Tuesday morning.

Former President Abdur Rah-man Biswas said partition of Bengal (Bangabhanga) in 1905 was the beginning of the process of the creation of Bangladesh. Today's independent Bangladesh is the outcome of the historic partition of Bengal during British regime.

Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Prof Golam Azam yesterday said that only a complete Islamic nationalism could protect independence and sovereignty of the country.

The five-day Durga Puja, the greatest religious festival of the Bangali Hindu community, ended on Tuesday with the ceremonial immersion of the idols of the Hindu gods and goddesses.

Two tremors jolted Chittagong and its adjoining areas within three hours yesterday, creating panic among the residents of the port city, met office sources said.

Country’s fabric manufacturers are facing uneven competition from the smuggled fabric and leakage from bonded warehouses. A huge quantity of fabric is stock-piled with different mills. This situation has been aggravated further due to reduction of cash assistance against textile exports from 25 per cent to 15 per cent.

The government has decided to import one lakh tonnes of salt immediately in order to avert a possible crisis in January-February next year and to contain the upward trend in price.

An upswing is noticed in the overall export of the country’s frozen food sector as it has already registered an average growth of 30 per cent above the export target, according to The News Today.

The low over the Northwest Bay and adjoining BangladeshWest Bengal coast rapidly concentrated into a well marked low, said a Met Office bulletin Tuesday. It is likely to intensify and move in a northeasterly direction. Under the influence of the well-marked low squally weather is likely over the North Bay. Maritime Ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Mongla have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number 3.

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Pakistan Government will receive soft loan to the tune of $ 550 million from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the uplift of agriculture sector during the next five years.

Eight people, seven militants and an Army personnel, were killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night, official sources said on Tuesday.

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Two would-be hijackers are in custody in Sudan after a failed attempt to commandeer a Saudi Airlines jetliner, Saudi authorities say.  The Airbus A300 was en route to the Saudi city of Jeddah from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, said Osman Ali ab-Bakar, a spokesman for the Saudi information ministry, reports CNN.

Officials in Indonesia are questioning two Indonesian nationals in connection with the deadly bomb attack in Bali as the difficult work of finding the missing and identifying the dead continues.

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Bangladesh National Cricket team won their first ever first class match defeating the hosts South African Country Districts XI by 100 runs in a four-dayer cricket match at Bedford in South Africa on Tuesday.

An all round performance by Marshall Ayub enabled Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Development Squad Under-15 team to beat West Bengal Under-15 side by 52 runs in their third one-day match at the BKSP ground in the city Tuesday.

Bangladesh youth football team, now in Doha to participate in the final round of the Asian Under-20 Football Championship, will start their campaign taking on India today (Wednesday) at Al Ahli Club ground.

Chinese athletes again walked away from the Asian Games with the bulk of the gold medals, except the one they prized the most. South Korea upset China's more fancied men's basketball team 102-100 Monday in the gold medal final.

Brazil survived a thrilling five set marathon to defeat Russia  and win the country's first-ever men's world volleyball championship at  Buenon Aires on Sunday.

World number ones Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt have agreed to play in the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament at Perth, Australia, in late December, tournament director Paul McNamee said on Tuesday

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