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Saturday, October 19, 2002

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

Saturday, October 19, 2002

National

 

Two ruling party men picked up by army soldiers during a massive anti-crime drive have died in Dhaka while being interrogated, reports BBC.

Army yesterday recovered arms and ammunition from the residence of former Awami League lawmaker Mockbul Hossain at Mohammadpur in the city.

Khulna district and city Awami League have jointly called a half-day hartal in the city today to protest arrests of former Whip Mostafa Rashid Shuja and other party activists by army personnel in a pre-dawn swoop on Thursday.

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the government for what she said repressoin on opposition leaders and workers by calling out army after failing to run the country.

Main opposition Awami League holds a public meeting at Paltan Maidan in the city today denouncing "failure and inefficiency" of the government in running the state and to protest deterioration of law and
order, price-hike of essentials, politicisation and nepotism.

Barrister Moudud Ahmed, Minister for Law and Justice and parliamentary Affairs disclosed yesterday that  tribunals for speedy trial would be set up in 19 former districts headquarters. They will be separate from the Judges courts. He also said the women-specially old and children-who are jail for one to ten years without trial would be released.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will finance construction of construct 1098 portable steel bridges in Bangladesh. The construction of these 58715-metre bridges, which will start from 2003-2004, would cost Tk 2286 crore.

Government has released Taka 50 crore as special allocation to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to carry out development activities in the current fiscal through the Ministry of CHT Affairs, officials said.

Rain came down on many parts of the country yesterday in seasonal transition to northeastern monsoon. Meteorologists said light to moderate rain, which may continue for a day or two, will have a beneficial effect on crops.

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Neighbours


The federal government has assumed direct rule over India's portion of Kashmir after state lawmakers failed to agree on a coalition following inconclusive elections.

Pakistan's president denies American reports that his country supplied equipment for North Korea's nuclear programme.

Pakistan's multi-party opposition alliance rejected Friday any deal to form government with parties supporting President Pervez Musharraf, reports AFP from Islamabad.

Benazir Bhutto has summoned top Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leaders to Dubai for talks amid growing doubt at their chances of sitting in government, party officials said.

India's right-wing Hindu leader, Bal Thackeray, who is being investigated over calls for Hindus to form suicide squads, has insisted his remarks were not aimed against Muslims, only against terrorists. Police in the western Indian city of Bombay are investigating claims of inciting hatred against Mr Thackeray, who heads the far-right Hindu political party, the Shiv Sena.

An angry Hindu mob has set fire to shops in a village in the Indian state of Gujarat. The incident took place 300 kilometres from the state's commercial capital Ahmedabad in the district of Kutch

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International

 

A U.S. official said U.S.-China talks about North Korea's nuclear program were "very useful and productive" Friday, but refused to comment on a report that Pakistan gave the Communist nation equipment
needed to rearm its nuclear arsenal.

A bomb exploded on a city bus packed with passengers Friday night on the northern outskirts of the capital, killing two people including the bomber and wounding at least 20 others -- the second attack in two days in the Philippines. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion, which took place shortly after 10 p.m.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made it clear yesterday that Britain and the United States would be prepared to take military action against Iraq, even without a new UN resolution, if President Saddam Hussein refuses to allow arms inspections.

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 Sports

 

Bangladesh will face powerful Saudi Arabia in their second Group B match of the AFC Under-20 Championship in Doha, Qatar today. The game kicks off at 10:30 pm Bangladesh time. Bangladesh are virtually out of contention having lost to India 6-0 on Wednesday. They face Japan in their last match on October 22.

The West Indies rallied with some determined bowling to remain in contention in the second cricket test after Indian opener Virender Sehwag blazed a half-century earlier on the second day. Bundled out for 167 in its first innings, the West Indies bounced back to reduce India to 190
for five after overnight showers washed out the morning session.

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