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

Thursday, October 24, 2002

National

The on-going anti-terrorism campaign, codenamed "operation Clean Heart", conducted jointly by the army and members of other law-enforcing agencies enters eighth day today. Yesterday's army drive led to the arrest of four ward commissioners, two from Dhaka city and two in Chittagong. One custodial death was reported from Gaibandha district on the day.

The Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) yesterday termed the arrest of Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim MP and Political Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Saber Hussain Chowdhury "illegal, unconstitutional and undemocratic" in a memorandum submitted to Speaker and seeking his immediate intervention for securing the release of the leaders.

The left-leaning 11-party alliance in a meeting yesterday expressed concern over the reports of "deaths and torture in custody, harassment of the innocent people and violation of human rights" during the army operation against terrorists.

A half-day hartal began in the city  this morning at the call of Dhaka City Awami League in protest against the arrests of its central leaders Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and Saber Hossain Chowdhury on Monday.

The motorcade of Speaker Zamiruddin Sircar came under bomb attack at 7:00 pm of Wednesday while crossing the Karwan Bazar area. Two young men were held by the police in this connection, according to the police control room.

Some 25 people were injured in a clash between Awami League and ruling BNP workers at Birgaon village in Raipura upazila today. Seriously wounded Jesimuddin (18), was sent to Dhaka.

The National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Power and Port begins a long march from Dhaka to Chittagong today to press home their eight-point demand. Workers of 11 Party alliance, four other left-leaning parties, intellectuals and prominent personalities will take part in the march.

Finance and Planning Minister M. Saifur Rahman yesterday said that the move to revive the Upazila system had been withheld to examine other alternatives as it (UZ system) was not the only way to enhance the local government structure of the country.

Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan has described Japan as a special friend of Bangladesh and said the friendship and cooperation between the two countries would be strengthened further. He was speaking at a function yesterday evening in Dhaka arranged to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Bangladesh.

The European Union (EU) will introduce a new licensing system from January 1 for making the process of exporting readymade garments to EU countries from Bangladesh easier and check forgery committed by other countries in exporting their products using its special facilities, says a BGMEA press release.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) slapped a huge amount of fine on 23 directors of nine listed companies Wednesday for flouting securities law. They faced the music for defaulting payment of dividends, failing to hold annual general meetings (AGMs), obstructing the conduct of special audit and non-submission of audited accounts to the SEC, reports The Financial Express.

The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved seven projects involving Taka 966.55 crore, including Taka 593.41 crore project assistance.

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Neighbours

Intelligence officials have detained a well-known Pakistani doctor allaged to have connections to Osama bin Laden and the former Taliban government in Afghanistan, police sources have said. Dr. Amir Aziz was taken into custody
in Lahore Monday by Pakistan's military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), as he left a hospital in the city.

An explosion ripped through a busy marketplace during the evening commuter rush hour in the Nepalese capital Wednesday, wounding at least eight bystanders, police said.

More than a third of children in Indian cities suffer from malnutrition, according to a report by the World Food Programme (WFP).

Climate change and its serious impact on economy and agriculture is at the centre of discussion at a 10-day UN conference in the Indian capital. The governments of 185 countries are represented at the conference which began in Delhi on Wednesday.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to a United Nations-backed deal to secure the voluntary return of an estimated 1.5 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan, reports The dawn.

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International

President Saddam Hussein is reviewing Iraq's preparations for war as the United States warns the United Nations that time is running out and it is ready to act alone against Baghdad, AFP reports from Baghdad.Gunmen identifying themselves as Chechens took more than 700 people hostage inside a Moscow theater Wednesday night, threatening to kill some of the hostages and telling police they had mined portions of the building.

Nigeria says it will refuse to hand over the disputed oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, as ordered by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Transport Minister Ojo Maduekwe read out Nigeria's first reaction to the 10 October ruling after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

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 Sports

After one decade, Bangladesh Rifles return to top flight of domestic football but the border security force of the country are not afraid. Despite Bangladesh Air Force's humiliation at the hand of Mohammedans, seeking a clean sweep by winning their third title this year, the BDR booters are hopeful to put on a better show when they make their Federation Cup debut today against a similar mighty opponent.

The Silver Line National Youth Volleyball Championships qualifying round begins today in nine zones across the country. In all 25 teams are taking part in the qualifiers of the tournament, organised by Bangladesh Volleyball Federation.

Mohammedan Sporting Club got off to a rousing start in the Muktijoddha Sangsad 18th Federation Cup on Wednesday when the Premier and National league champions brushed aside an understrength Bangladesh Air Force 8-1 on the opening day at the Sher-e Bangla Mirpur National Stadium.

Bangladesh Under-17 football team completed their dispirited mission in the AFC Under-20 Football Championships in Doha, Qatar with a 0-3 defeat to Japan in their last group match on Tuesday.

Shaun Pollock returns as captain for South Africa's final Test match against Bangladesh which starts in Potchefstroom on Friday. South Africa won the first Test match by an innings and 107 runs.

World number one Lleyton Hewitt slipped to a surprise straight sets defeat in the second round of the Stockholm Open. The Wimbledon champion and top seed was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Dutchman Raemon Sluiterin to join several other departed seeds. Lleyton Hewitt was given a free ride in the first round on Tuesday when his Swedish opponent Thomas Enqvist pulled out through injury.

Top seed Jennifer Capriati ended her recent barren run with a straight sets defeat of the unseeded Argentine Paola Suarez at the Linz Generali Ladies in Austria.

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