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Sunday, October 27, 2002

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Sunday, October 27, 2002


Three more persons, a BNP leader of Pangsha in Rajbari district, a day labourer of Ramgati in Laxmipur and a manpower agent of Munshiganj died in custody on Friday night and yesterday after they were picked up in course of joint raids by the army and police.

A school teacher and a child were killed in separate incidents of crime in the city yesterday.

Crime related casualties have reduced markedly after the army and police began their operation all over the country, according to hospital reports. Road accidents have reduced by almost 50 per cent while bullet wounds, stab injuries and physical assaults by criminals have virtually become nil, The Independent reports.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government was able to curb the "state terrorism" that spread throughout the country having been sponsored by the past Awami League regime.

Presidium members of the Bangladesh Awami League yesterday expressed deep concern at the existing situation in the country."The situation is alarming. Awami League and democratic forces are being struck," said Abdus Samad Azad, Acting President of the Awami League while briefing newsmen at the end of a presidium meeting at the party’s Dhanmondi party office in the city yesterday morning.

 Lawmakers elected from different constituencies in Dhaka district have alleged that innocent peoples were being harassed by the law-enforcers due to lack of coordination between the army and the police, reports The News Today.

 The 8th parliament that completes  its first year today is likely to met in its  next session from November 14, reports Prothom Alo.

 The lawyers of the Supreme Court led by Barrister Amirul Islam, Vice President, Supreme Court Bar Council, boycotted the proceedings of the High Court Division yesterday in pursuance of their 6-point demands including separation of judiciary from the executive as per the verdict of the Supreme Court.

 A ruling party activist, Murad Ali, 40, was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash between activists of BNP and Jamaat at village Parkhirda under Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah on Friday. The clash originated concerning the Imam of a local mosque whom the BNP men wanted to be removed while the Jamaat men wanted him to continue leading  the prayer.

 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) have suggested appointing the central bank Governor, Deputy Governors and Directors through parliament, setting a mandatory criterion for such recruitments, reports The Financial Express.

 Bangladesh will resume issuing visas on arrival after six months of restrictions as there has been an 11 per cent decline in visits to Bangladesh by foreigners in 2002 from 2001, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin said yesterday.

 The seasonal crushing of sugarcane has started in 10 mills of northern districts with a target to produce over 1.48 lakh tons of sugar by crushing 18.80 lakh sugarcanes in the current financial year.

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The fortnight-long political drama over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir finally ended on Saturday evening with the Congress conceding the chief minister's post to the People's Democratic Party leader Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Times of India reports.

 West bengal Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said the Naxalites spreading their influence in the state would be dealt with stringently. “West Bengal is facing terrorism. KLO and Naxals are targeting our police. We will never let them succeed. “We will not allow People’s War or KLO to turn our state into Andhra Pradesh or Assam.”, he told a police conference.

 Fifteen Maoist rebels, fighting against Nepal's constitutional monarchy, were killed in a new push against guerrillas across the Himalayan kingdom, officials and reports said yesterday.   

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The death toll suffered in bringing an end to the three-day Moscow theatre siege has risen to 90 captives and 50 hostage-takers.

 Demonstrators gathered in Washington on Saturday to protest a possible U.S.-led war on Iraq with anti-war chants, placards and speakers chastising politicians. In addition, similar rallies were planned and held in San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois, and cities in Mexico, Japan, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Belgium and Australia,CNN reports.

In his summit with President Jiang Zemin in the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas, President George W. Bush characterized the two countries as "allies in the fight against global terror. China and the U.S. are set to resume military ties soon after the Friday summit between Presidents Jiang Zemin and George W. Bush.

Libya has closed its airports and severed phone links with the outside world in the latest demand for compensation from former colonial power, Italy, reports BBC.

The Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group - the SPLA - have signed a landmark agreement giving aid agencies unfettered access to hundreds of thousands of victims of countries civil war.

The European Union has agreed a deal with Mozambique allowing EU ships to catch tuna and shrimp off the African country's coast for the next three years.  Under the agreement the EU will pay Mozambique around $4m against a catch up to 1,000 tonnes of shrimp a year for three years.

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A spirited second half display put Muktijoddha Sangsad in driving seat of Group-C when the defending champions came from a goal down to beat Farashganj Sporting Club 3-1 Saturday's Muktijoddha Sangsad 18th Federation Cup match at the Sher-e Bangla Mirpur National Stadium.

 South Africa hope to wrap up a second Test victory over Bangladesh by declaring early on the third day in Potchefstroom. The hosts, who won the first Test by an innings and 107 runs, set up the prospect of a repeat as they took a first innings lead of 199 on day two.

 Pakistan have recalled batsmen Inzamam-ul Haq and Yousuf Youhana for the forthcoming tour of Zimbabwe after the pair recovered from injury. But the selectors have resisted recalling veterans Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar to the Test squad.

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