Thursday, October 03,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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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