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Saturday, October 26, 2002

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

Saturday, October 26, 2002


Independent member of parliament Hemayetullah Auranga, a BNP leader and two leaders of its student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were arrested in the city early yesterday. A nine-shooter gun along with some ammunition was recovered from Auranga's Hatirpool residence when he was arrested during an army raid at about 5 am.

Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, has been shown arrested in a case filed with Keraniganj Police Station in connection with an attack on the motorcade of the then leader of the opposition in parliament Khaleda Zia on June 17 last year.

At least 50 people including women and children were injured when army personnel resorted to baton charge on people passing their leisure at the South Plaza of the Sangsad Bhaban yesterday evening.

Opposition Awami League has sharply reacted to promulgation of the new ordinance for speedy trial of criminal offences, saying this has been done to persecute political opponents at will.

Two army men were killed and six injured in a road accident on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Jangail in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj district, when they were going on an anti-crime drive in the early hours of yesterday.

At least eight persons including six members of Battalion Ansar were injured during a gun fight between police and dacoits at a wedding function at Banskhala village under Banskhali upazila in Chittagong district Thursday night.
Porous border with India provided a fast passage for the listed and other criminals to safe haven in neighbouring India, according to Bangladeshi visitors, who returned home from a visit to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state of India, reports The new Nation.

The rebels in the northeastern states of India are collecting foreign currencies  through  the good-fathers operating in kerb market in Dhaka, reports The ittefaq.

The government has decided to introduce 'Shaheed Zia ITC Scholarship' with a view to expanding information technology and communication education in the country. Poor and meritorious students of computer science at school, college and madrassah levels, and BITs, polytechnic institutes, BUET and science and technology universities will be awarded the scholarship, said an official handout.

The Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) yesterday demanded of the government to stop harassment of passengers and reduce fare of buses, tempos, auto-rickshaws and taxi-cabs in the city immediately.

The inflow of tourists has declined by more than 11 per cent during the first six months of this year mainly due to the tough attitude of the immigration authorities in issuing on-arrival tourist visa. The government toughened on-arrival visa rule following September 11 terrorist attacks in the US last year, Financial Express report.

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Pakistan doctors have stepped up protests over the arrest of a leading surgeon, Dr Amir Aziz. Rallies were held in the three major cities of Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. Dr Aziz, one of Pakistan's most respected orthopaedic surgeons, was taken into custody on Monday, apparently on suspicion that he had links with the Taleban.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee accused Pakistan of being a terrorist state as his Hindu nationalist-led coalition marked three years in power with a huge political rally in New Delhi yesterday. "Our neighbour is assuming the role of a terrorist state," Vajpayee told the rally attended by a parade of politicians from his National Democratic Alliance coalition.

Eight independent MLAs led by Raja Bhaiyya decided to withdraw their support to the Mayawati government in Lucknow on Friday. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by some BJP rebels, The Times of India reports.

Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose to $8.444 billion in the week ending October 19, up $168 million from the previous week's $8.276 billion, the central bank said Thursday. The State Bank of Pakistan gave no reason for the rise, but bankers attribute recent increase in reserves to higher inflows from Pakistanis working abroad.

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The secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, is to fly to Libya to try to prevent it pulling out of the pan-Arab body. Libyan officials are being reported as saying that the Arab League's inefficiency in dealing with the crises over Iraq and the Palestinians is behind their desire to leave.

Chechen rebels freed four people Friday night, hours after they threatened to kill hundreds of hostages in a Moscow theater complex if the Russian government does not meet their demand to end the war in Chechnya, reports CNN

The Thai holiday island of Phuket is at risk of a terrorist attack according to information obtained by Australia, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Friday.

President Bush and Chinese President Jiang Zemin agreed Friday that North Korea should scrap its nuclear weapons program and pledged to resolve the standoff peacefully. But the leaders did not say how they will sway Pyongyang, which accused Bush anew of warmongering.

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Mohammedan Sporting Club's hopes of reaching the 18th Federation Cup semifinals suffered a major setback when Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society came back from behind to score a 4-3 win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Bangladesh slumped from a healthy position at lunch to a poor one at stumps as bad technique from their middle-order batsmen undermined their earlier efforts. The lunch-time situation of 124-1 became 179-6 at tea and ultimately 215 all out at Potchefstroom.
A far from impressive England are outplayed by Western Australia as their second tour match ends in a draw. Western Australia 313-6 drew with England 221.

Jennifer Capriati's downward spiral continues. Ranked third in the world, Capriati fell for the fourth time in five matches -- 6-1, 6-1 to Alexandra Stevenson at the Generali Open. Stevenson will face Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals.

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