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Monday, October 28, 2002


Eight people have been killed and 50 others injured in a train collision in the early hours of  unday at Azampur railway station, three kilometres off Akhaura junction in Brahmanbaria.

Haris Chowdhury, political secretary of the Prime Minister, yesterday denied that the government ordered release of any BNP activist arrested during the anti-terrorist operation. Refuting the charge of Awami League he said the allegation was baseless.

The government is preparing for the national Security Committee meeting after amending the terms and references of the committee as  formulated by the previous Awami league government, reports Prothom Alo.

Opposition Awami League has demanded immediate revocation of the 'Special Tribunal for Speedy Trial Ordinance', terming it a 'black' law violating the Constitution. Its provisions are also contrary to the spirit of democracy and rule of law, AL leaders said at a press conference here yesterday.

 Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim was sent on a one-month detention in the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday. Selim was an accused in a case filed with the Keraniganj Police Station in connection with the attack on the motorcade of the then opposition leader Khaleda Zia on June 17 last year.

Bangladesh Awami Jubo League will stage demonstration across the country on November 1 in protest of the arrest of its Chairman and former Health and Family welfare minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, MP, and Political Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and former Deputy Minister of LGRD Saber Hossain Chowdhury.

Eight opposition lawmakers belonging to Jatiya Party (Ershad) called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday and appreciated government's achievements in different fields I the last one year. They also extended support to the ongoing countrywide joint drive by the army, police and BDR to nab the criminals and recover illegal arms.

 Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has welcomed the deployment of army in aid of police and BDR in arresting terrorists, recovering illegal firearms and ensuring peace and security of the people.

The government, semi-government, autonomous and semi-autonomous organizations will function from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. from Saturdays to Wednesdays with a break for Namaz from 1.15 PM to 1.30 PM during the Holy Ramdan.

A Director General level five-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of India will begin in the Indian capital of New Delhi tomorrow. A 19-member Bangladesh delegation led by Director General of BDR Major General Rezakul Haider left for New Delhi Sunday to attend the conference.

In the backdrop of  a long march proceeding towards Chittagong from the capital  protesting government bid to export gas to India, James R Stone,  President of  Unocal South Asia Energy Ltd said that Bangladesh  needed a positive decision right now to capitalise the  market opportunities abroad and reap a huge benefit for the country, reports The financial Express.

A special tribunal in Rangpur awarded death sentence to three people and life term to another for murdering a school girl two years ago.

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At least 23 people have been killed as the suspected Bodo militants wearing army fatigues, burst into homes and  opened fire early on Sunday in the village of Dadgiri in Kokrajhar district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

 A loud bomb blast shook a U.S. special forces base in Kandahar early yesterday, but there appeared to be no casualties and little damage, residents said. The blast was triggered by explosives placed in a tea jug in the yard of a huge compound that once belonged to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader of the Taliban regime toppled from power last year, reports The Dawn.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in cities across Europe, the United States and beyond for a show of opposition to U.S. President George W. Bush's policy toward Baghdad, reports CNN. In the U.S. capital, tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the White House after the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other speakers denounced the Bush administration's Iraq policies and demanded a revolt at the ballot box to promote peace. 

Some 2,000 people turned out in Frankfurt, and hundreds in Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Bremen, according to police, while another 1,500 rain-soaked demonstrators gathered under umbrellas outside the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark and more than 1,000 hit the streets in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 21 members of the Asian Pacific economic summit have agreed to a series of counter-terrorism measures aimed at protecting transport, finance and information systems.

Former union boss Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was poised to win Brazil's presidential election Sunday, marking a historic shift to the left for Latin America's largest country. The head of Silva's Workers Party declared victory for their candidate, but government-backed candidate Jose Serra had not conceded defeat.  With 85 percent of the vote counted, Silva -- a former shoeshine boy who rose to become the head of a labor union -- had 61 percent and government-backed candidate Jose Serra had 39 percent, the government electoral commission announced.

The 115 hostages killed in the raid that ended a three-day Moscow theatre standoff died of health problems stemming from the gas used, the city's chief doctor has said. The mystery gas was pumped into the building through the air ventilation system to "neutralise" the Chechen rebels captors before special Alpha anti-terrorist forces stormed the building on Saturday.

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Abahani registered their second win in the 18th Federation Cup football tournament with a 2-0 result over Dhaka Wanderers Club in a Group B clash at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

 The Bangladesh women's team drew with fancied Hungary in the first round of the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia on Saturday. International Women Master Rani Hamid began with a stunning victory over WGM Vajda Szidoni and then Syeda Shabana Parveen Nipa drew with another Grand Master Dembo Yelena from the eastern European country ranked 13th in the meet.

Sri Lanka face a challenging run-chase on the final day of their tour match in Kimberley after South Africa A set them 349 to win. The hosts made the third declaration of the match at stumps on Sunday, on 138 for five in their second innings.

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