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Thursday, October 03, 2002

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Thursday, October 03, 2002



Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for bringing about a revolution in agriculture to alleviate poverty. "There is no other shortcut alternative to alleviate poverty," she said inaugurating a 3-day Asia Regional Conference on Public-Private Sector Partnership for Promoting Rural Development.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused the government of hatching a ploy to arrest her party workers in the name of a drive against criminals. "I've information that a ploy is under way at the prime minister's office to list names of our active workers at ward level and nab them in the name of a joint army-BDR-police drive," she said.

Around 54 per cent respondents have said the present government, on completion of its one year, could not fulfil its main election pledges including the improvement of law and order situation in the country. This was revealed in an opinion survey conducted by the Bangladesh Unnayan Parisad (BUP) in eight constituencies of Dhaka during the third week of last month by interviewing 1214 voters.

Academic activities at the Dhaka University (DU) resume today after 67 days of unscheduled closure. The university authorities said necessary steps have been taken for resumption of classes and other activities in a peaceful atmosphere on the campus.

A gang of armed dacoits looted Taka 50 lakh of Sonali Bank and three rifles loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition from a dispatch-car on Dhaka-Barisal Highway near Kamladi Bridge in Rajoir Upazila of Madaripur district yesterday.Although only 188 AIDS cases have so far been detected in Bangladesh, a UNAIDS/WHO estimate shows some 13,000 people are living with HIV in the country.

The Bangladesh Government has finalised a draft law to constitute a regulatory commission for energy and power sector.Muslim League leader and former food and agriculture minister of the then East Pakistan Alhaj Kazi Abdul Kader died of old age ailment at his Gulshan residence on Wednesday morning. He was 88.Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj has called upon the member countries of Convention on Climate Change to set up a regional disaster management centre in Dhaka.

The 2nd International Conference on Bangladesh Environment, 2002 will be held in Dhaka December 19-21. The three-day conference will have scientific, plenary and general sessions as well as debate, cultural programme, rally, public meeting, and exhibition and competition of photography and art works.

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Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say at least six people have died in a second straight day of militant attacks in the disputed Himalayan state.

The authorities in the western Indian state of Gujarat have imposed a curfew after violence between Hindus and Muslims in the city of Bhavnagar. Police said at least six people were injured after members of the two communities pelted stones at each other in the Prabhudastalao district of the city. They said a crowd set fire to some houses and shops and police fired into the air to disperse them.

Police in Calcutta have raided the home and office of a prominent stockbroker,Dinesh Singhania wanted in connection with alleged fraud at the city's stock exchange. Dinesh along with five other stockbrokers were accused of buying and selling shares among themselves to boost their price artificially, and then selling them on.

Indian film actress Manisha Koirala was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on Wednesday for leg injuries after she fell from a horse-carriage during the shooting of a film in the city of Mumbai.

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Israel beefed up its forces near Palestinian President Yassir Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah Wednesday, three days after ending a ten-day siege of the compound, Palestinian witnesses reported. The troops were now effectively surrounding it from three sides, they said. Soldiers were back in the six-storey culture ministry, about 100 metres from the compound, known in Arabic as the al-Mukata.

In a personal request from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, Baghdad has requested Indonesia form a "companion team" to monitor U.N. weapons inspectors that may soon begin work in the country.

One U.S. Army Special Operations soldier was killed and another was wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast near a Philippine military base, Pentagon officials said.

Beijing has reiterated its pledge to stop the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which will be a major theme at the upcoming summit between Presidents Jiang Zemin and George W. Bush to be held at Crawford, Texas.

The US economy, already shrouded in uncertainty, took a fresh blow Tuesday as US manufacturers said activity shrank in September for the first time in eight months. News of the slump on the factory floor compounded worries about oil prices under the threat of war in Iraq, a halt to work in west coast ports and a slew of mixed economic figures.

World oil prices rose above 31 US dollars a barrel Wednesday as crude stocks in the United States dropped almost five per cent, the second-largest weekly fall in almost two decades.

With an extremely dangerous hurricane just hours away Wednesday evening, authorities were urging coastal residents from east Texas to the mouth of the Mississippi River to get out Hurricane Lili's way in the US land.Four people are dead after Tokyo was lashed with heavy rains and high winds from the fast-moving Typhoon Higos.

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Malaysia slammed four first-half goals in a 6-1 win over Bangladesh in Group B of the Asian Games men's hockey competition at the Gangseo Stadium yesterday. Captain K Shanmuganathan and Boon Huat Chua scored two goals
each, while Amin Rahim and Fairuz Ramli grabbed one apiece.

Bangladesh will meet Turkmenistan in their last preliminary round match of the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, today. The match kicks off at 4 pm (BST). Bangladesh have already bowed out of the 25-nation football tournament after losing their first two matches against India and China by an identical 3-0 margin. The team is expected to return home on Saturday.

Bangladesh boys continued their dismal show in the under-17 tri-nation cricket tournament suffering a 7-wicket defeat to hosts Sri Lanka at Dambulla Stadium on Wednesday.

Bangladesh suffer a setback ahead of the one-day series as they lose to South Africa's A team by 72 runs in Soweto.

Indian volleyball team lost its opening encounter 0-3 to hosts South Korea in a Group A match in the 14th Asian Games in Busan on Wednesday.

Australia return to Test action against Pakistan on Thursday after a seven-month break.

Top seed Marat Safin seems to have recovered from Davis Cup play and rebounded from a early round loss last week. With Wednesday's victory over Fernando Meligeni at the Kremlin Cup, Safin could be headed for his first title of the year.

Serena Williams is striding firmly at the front of a troupe of players heading into the richest event in women's sport.
The world number one leads a list of eight players who have qualified for the $3 million season-ending WTA Championships next month at the Los Angeles Staples Center, women's tennis organizers said on Wednesday.

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