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Thursday, October 17, 2002

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Thursday, October 17, 2002



The government of Bangladesh has strongly denied a report in the American magazine Time which alleges that the country is a safe haven for Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters. Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury termed the Time magazine report on Bangladesh 'fictitious, baseless and imaginative'.

Against the backdrop of an alarming fall in groundwater level, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for the optimum use of surface water in irrigation for the country’s sustainable development.

Awami League (AL) President and leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina has accused the ruling alliance of harbouring and encouraging terrorists and asked it to immediately stop "persecution" of the leaders and activists of her party.

The cabinet failed to decide on rejuvenation of the upazila system after a lengthy and heated debate at a special meeting late last night. Local Government and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government was committed to strengthen local government institutions and it was working towards that direction.

Union Parishad election across the country will be held from January 11 to February 27 next year. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Election Commission yesterday with Chief Election Commissioner M A Sayeed in the chair.

Poor law and order continues to adversely affect development and investment climate in Bangladesh, according to the September 2002 Quarterly Economic Update (QEU) of Asian Development Bank released yesterday.

The ADB also noted that  Bangladesh's economy has stabilised in recent months. Revenue collection during the first quarter of current fiscal is encouraging, exports are picking up, growth in remittances shows no sign of abating, and reserves remain at healthy levels.

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Three letter bombs exploded in separate locations across the Pakistani port city of Karachi, injuring six people, including a police official.

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai is concerned that the campaign to hunt down al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters could be affected following the success of a six-party Islamist alliance in Pakistan.

The Indian government said Wednesday it will redeploy a half million Indian troops, pulling them back from India's border with Pakistan.

Pakistan has banned smoking in indoor public places as well as tobacco advertising. The governor of Indian-administered Kashmir has given the three major political parties until 5 pm on Monday to stake a claim to form the next government. The sale of tobacco products to anyone under 18 years-old or within 50 metres of educational establishments will also be banned.

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President Bush on Wednesday signed an Iraq war resolution overwhelmingly approved by Congress and told wary world leaders to "face up to our global responsibility" to confront Saddam Hussein, reports AP.

U.S. diplomatic and intelligence officials say they repeatedly told the Indonesian government of information suggesting terrorists were planning attacks against "Western tourist sites" in the two weeks before the Bali bombings.

North Korea has revealed to the United States that it has a secret and active nuclear weapons program, an acknowledgment made only after Pyongyang was confronted with evidence that it has enough plutonium for at least two nuclear weapons, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

Vicky Davidson, an owner of a fish hatchery in Florida , has been charged with killing 4,000 endangered or protected birds and an alligator, police said. DeSoto County Jail released Davidson Tuesday night after she posted $4,500 bail.

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The Federation Cup football tournament will begin at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from October 23 although the Bangladesh Football Federation were yet to name a sponsor.

Top-seeded Amal Roy began his campaign in the Bangladesh Open tennis tournament with a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victory against Mahmudul Haq on Wednesday, the opening day of the men's singles main-draw.

Spin bowling will again be the key to success for India as they take on West Indies in Madras with a 1-0 lead in the series.

Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia is to stay on as Pakistan Cricket Board chairman despite offering to resign last weekend. Zia and PCB director Chishty Mujahid said they would step down in the wake of the national team's humiliating defeat by Australia in the second Test in Sharjah.

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