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

Friday, October 25, 2002 

National

Amnesty International calls on Bangladesh to investigate the deaths of suspects rounded up by troops in a huge crackdown on crime.

Five nine-shooter guns along with 370 rounds of ammunition were recovered from Panna Textile Mills, owned by Hazi Mockbul Hossain, an Awami League leader. Nine persons were also taken into custody as Army raided the mills at Savar Thursday evening.

The half-day hartal called by main opposition Awami League in protest against arrest of its two leaders – former minister and Chairman of Awami Jubo League Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim and political secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina Saber Hossain Chowdhury – was observed in the capital peacefully Thursday.

 Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka termed the arrest of the ward commissioners as a disregarded for the elected representatives. “The ward commissioners, if necessary, should be called up with due honour since they are the peoples’ representatives”, Khoka said.

 Army Chief Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury on Thursday visited Barisal and Bhola reviewing the ongoing countrywide antiterrorism drive, code-named 'Operation Clean Heart'.

Popular band artiste Faruque Mahfuz Anam James and his newly-married second wife Benazir were arrested by police when the couple landed at the Zia International Airport Thursday. Both of them were returning from the USA.

 Bangladesh yesterday proposed to set up a regional climate centre of the United Nations Convention of Climate Change (UNCCC) in Dhaka to scale up the capacities of the developing countries. The proposal was put forward by the leader of the Bangladesh delegation at the on-going UN conference on climate change in New Delhi.

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said outright that it would not finance the proposed Western Region Gas Pipeline Project unless Bangladesh ensures gas export of 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) in minimum.

 The central bank is likely to review and assess the performances of the chief executives and advisers of all banks and financial institutions from the first week of next month and detect their involvement in similar organisations specially those punished for corruption or for default loans.

 Hong Kong will invest US$ 2 million in the Mongla Export Processing Zone. An agreement to this effect was signed between Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and Millennium Spinning and Knitting Factory in the city on Wednesday.

 The private GMG Airlines will resume its flights to Cox's Bazar tomorrow. The flights are scheduled on every Thursday and Saturday leaving Dhaka at 0915 hours and reaching Cox's Bazar via Chittagong at 1040 hours. From Cox's Bazar the departure is at 1100 hours and arrival in Dhaka 1230 hours via Chittagong.

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Neighbours

India says its has begun to pull back its troops from its border with Pakistan, a move that will end the country's biggest and longest peacetime deployment in history. Pakistan has also announced that it will withdraw its forces in response to the Indian decision, Reuters news agency reported.

Two weeks after the general elections in Pakistan, the main political parties still cannot agree on the shape of a coalition government. The alliance of religious parties, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, which won an unexpectedly high number of seats, has said it will hold a final round of negotiations and expects a decision within a few days, reports BBC.

Hundreds of protesters in Lahore have demanded the immediate release of Dr Aamir Aziz, one of Pakistan's leading orthopaedic surgeons, who was taken into custody on Monday, apparently on suspicion that he had links with the Taleban.

 Christian schools in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have closed in protest at an order banning forced religious conversions. The move was also supported by Muslims and low-caste Hindus, who observed a protest fast in parts of the state, reports BBC

 Thirty-two Maoist rebels were shot dead by Nepal's army yesterday in clashes across the kingdom, officials said. 

Traders from across the region are expected to flock to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu today for the fourth South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) trade fair.

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International

Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's government has decided to withdraw from the Arab League, the government news agency announced on Thursday. The report, citing a statement by the ministry of African affairs, gave no reason for the decision.

Chechen gunmen who have been holding 700 hostages in a Moscow theater for more than 24 hours fire bazookas at two women who escaped. One hostage has already been killed.

British anti-terror units had swooped on a house in south London and arrested Abu Qatada, a radical Muslim cleric who disappeared last December after British officials seized his passport and froze his assets. Qatada is wanted in Jordan on terror-related charges, and was described by a Spanish judge as the spiritual leader of Osama bin Laden's militant network in Europe.

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 Sports

Despite taking five for 46 in ripping through the Bangladesh batting line-up in East London, South Africa seam bowler David Terbrugge could miss out on the second Test that begins in Potchefstroom on Friday.

 The AFC Under-14 football festival will be held in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu over December 20-28. Six South Asian nations -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka -- will compete in a league-basis tournament to mark the occasion.

 A 79-run ninth-wicket partnership helped England to 221 as Western Australia took the early initiative in a two-day cricket tour match Friday at the WACA ground in Perth.

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