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Tuesday, October 29, 2002

National

Awami League members on Monday staged a walkout from Parliamentary House Committee meeting to protest BNP lawmakers' refusal to record a protest on Army action against MPs.

An alleged listed criminal, Liton, reportedly a member of the Seven Star group died when he jumped from the rooftop of a building to escape arrest by army at Dendabor, Nabinagar of Savar yesterday. 

Army personnel yesterday allegedly beat up the wife and mother-in-law of a police sub-inspector (SI) after taking them to an army camp at Mugda in the city's Sabujbagh area. Shahatunnesa, 85, mother-in-law of Kabirul Islam Molla, SI of the Dhanmondi Police Station, was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in a critical condition while his wife Minara Begum was released after first aid.

 Awami League members of Parliamentary House Committee yesterday staged a walkout from a meeting of the committee to protest BNP lawmakers' refusal to record a protest against army action against MPs.

 The government has constituted a high-powered committee with cabinet secretary as convenor to make recommendation for filling vacancies in government offices on an "emergency basis". An official announcement said yesterday's cabinet meeting took the urgent recruitment decision "for infusing dynamism into the field-level administration".

 Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the Iranian entrepreneurs to come up to invest in Bangladesh by availing themselves of the country's liberal investment policy and its immense scope.

 Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said the biggest challenge facing Bangladesh is to improve its image abroad. Morshed Khan said Bangladesh is not properly depicted in other countries. "The actual scenario in the country is hundred times better."

 The two-day AIDS Conference 2002 organised by the National STD/AIDS Network concluded in the city yesterday with a call for building broad-based functional partnership among the government, NGOs and professional bodies in implementing programmes related to HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh.

 The National University has detected a forgery that resulted in a “degree” for 98 “students” through changing the scripts outside  the examination hall, reports The ittefaq.

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Neighbours

Indian authorities detained a passenger from a flight from Bangladesh to the Indian capital on Monday after receiving a tip-off he may be dangerous. The  passenger, carrying a Bangladesh Pasport was unarmed when he was taken from the Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight after it landed in New Delhi at 10.45 am. The man, who was due to fly on to Frankfurt, is being questioned by intelligence agents. No further details were available, reports Times of India.

 Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), the Islamic party alliance that won the general election  in Pakistan have abandoned the hard-line demands of their election campaign, pledging instead flexibility on US troop presence, constitutional changes and Islamic laws.

 Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar are alive and hiding out in a remote area of southern Afghanistan, Kandahar governor Gol Agha said Monday, according to a report published in The Dawn.

The US special envoy to Afghanistan has urged all regional leaders to co-operate with the central government of Hamid Karzai. The  Special envoy Dr Khalilzad has returned to the Afghan capital after meeting northern power brokers General Abdul Rashid Dostam and his rival, Ustad Atta Mohammed.

A Maoist-called general strike has brought much of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, to a standstill. Hours before it began, 32 rebels and an army officer died in a clash in the eastern hill district of Okhaldhunga, officials said.

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International

For a second time this month, U.S. aircraft dropped leaflets over Iraq, trying to persuade Iraqi troops not to fire on coalition aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone.

 A U.S. diplomat,  Laurence Foley, was shot dead Monday by an unknown assailant near his home in Amman as he was leaving for the U.S. Embassy.

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 Sports

From national captain Aminul Islam cracked an unbeaten half-century to lead Bangladesh A to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over BCB Development Squad in the inaugural Challenge Trophy match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.

 Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek came from behind to stun three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) Monday in the first round of the Paris Masters.

Sri Lanka ended their opening tour match on a positive note, batting out a draw with South Africa A at Kimberley. Set a near-impossible 432 to win with just 70 overs available, the tourists were 239 for four when bad light brought an early end to the final day.

Pakistan players are to be fined in future if they perform badly or prove to be unfit. The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) comes after the side were whitewashed 3-0 by Australia in a Test series at neutral venues earlier this month. Under the plan, players will lose 20% of their match fees for every match lost but receive a bonus of the same amount when they win.

 England enjoyed the best day of their Ashes tour so far as they bowled Western Australia out for 213 and then set off in hot pursuit in Perth.

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