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

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

National

 

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Monday said the army had to be called out in aid of civil administration to curb crimes and would be withdrawn as soon as possible. "The country will run according to the Constitution and existing laws of the land," she assured while talking to senior journalists.


As the countrywide crackdown on criminals, conducted jointly by the army and members of other law-enforcing agencies, continued for the fifth consecutive day yesterday, over 215 persons were rounded up from different areas during the last 48 hours till 8 am.


The opposition Awami League reacted angrily to a big anti-crime drive after two of its senior leaders were arrested and the houses of others raided. Awami League called a half-day hartal on Thursday as the party chief Sheikh Hasina asked the Prime Minister to refrain from influencing the armed forces politically by unleashing torture and repression on opposition parties.


Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London last night on a two-week long private tour of the UK, Belgium and the United States.


Two Awami League leaders- Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political Secretary to Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina and former Minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP and were arrested by army in the city on Monday.


Jatiya Party chief and former President HM Ershad was stopped from leaving for Singapore Monday night. Immigration police at the ZIA International Airport (ZIA) impounded his passport, which was later returned, and also arrested his personal security staff Badsha Mia.


Later, army personnel came to the ZIA and picked up Badsha Mia Two more persons died in the last two days allegedly during army interrogation, as the crackdown on criminals across the country entered its sixth day. A 22-year-old man Afzal Hossain who was picked up by the army from Savar on Monday noon died in custody the same day. It another case, according to UNB, Amirul Islam Chowhdury alias Rocket, 35, died in custody in Bhola yesterday.


The Ward Commissioners of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have demanded prior approval of the Mayor for arresting or conducting raids at the residence of any commissioner wanted under specific charge.

 

City dwellers on Monday welcomed the on-going countrywide joint drive by Army and law enforcing agencies against violence extortion and other crimes. People representing different classes and professions told BSS separately that this drive was "a positive and timely step" of the government to improve the overall law and order throughout the
country.


Different organisations have hailed the army drive against terrorism as a timely action while some organisations have expressed concern at the reported violation of human rights during the drive.

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Neighbours


At least nine people have been killed in India's Jammu-Kashmir state as Islamic militants battled security forces and Indian and Pakistani troops shelled each other across the frontier separating the countries.

Indian film actor Salman Khan has been formally charged with culpable homicide. He allegedly hit five homeless people with his car late at night on 28 September, killing one of them.

US troops hunting al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan were targeted in a single rocket attack on an outpost in southeastern Khost province, a US military spokesman said today.

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International

 

An al Qaeda operative now in U.S. custody has told the FBI about plans to attack popular bars and nightclubs in Southeast Asia, according to classified documents obtained by CNN.

A defiant North Korea, facing heavy pressure to scrap a secret nuclear weapons programme, warned the United States on Tuesday it would take unspecified "tougher counter-action" if Washington did not agree to talks on the issue.

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 Sports

 

The rain interrupted three-day cricket match between Bangladesh Under-17 and hosts Sri Lanka Under-17 ended in a draw at the Dembulle ground in Sri Lanka on Monday.


Bangladesh Chess team leaves here for Slovenia tonight to take part in the 35th Chess Olympiad, the biggest chess festival, beginning on October 26.


Australia completed a 3-0 series win over Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday when it won the third test by an innings and 20 runs with more than a day to spare.

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