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

Wednesday, October 30, 2002   


  President Iajuddin Ahmed has summoned the 5th session of the 8th parliament at 11 am on November 14. Awami League is likely to join the session.

    A police constable and a suspected criminal died yesterday in Chittagong and Sylhet respectively, pushing the number of death following army interrogation to 12 since the countrywide crackdown on criminals begun on October 17.

    Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday sought continued cooperation of all government and semi-government employees in implementing the development programmes undertaken for the welfare and prosperity of the people and the country.

    Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia Yesterday urged Kuwait to recruit more skilled and semi-skilled manpower from Bangladesh for the benefit of both the countries as the outgoing Ambassador of Kuwait  called on her.

    The Prime Minister unveiled Tuesday a Taka 150 million master plan to bring the entire country under the electrification network to improve the socio0economic condition of the people, reports agencies. Under the master plan, the whole country will be electrified by the year 2020, entailing construction of about 210,000 kilometres of electric lines and 540 distribution sub-stations.

    Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with a delegation of EU Parliament members in Brussels Tuesday discussing various matters, including prevailing situation at home, report agencies. She said, the Parliamentary Standing Committees are yet to be formed and the opposition members in the Parliament are not given adequate time to discuss problems of the people.

    The army yesterday raided the residences of Awami League lawmaker Rafiqul Anwar and former AL MP Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu in the port city of Chittagong. They seized two revolvers and one pistol from Anwar's residence. His family, however, claimed the firearms are licensed.
    Twenty-six police officials including a DIG and 25 superintendents of police (SPs) were transferred yesterday.

    Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan has said, global challenges have made it "imperative" for Bangladesh to "redefine and elaborate the economic focus" of its foreign policy. "It has been one of the most important objectives of the government to realise vital economic goals in the field of trade, investment and ICT (information, communications and technology)" the foreign minister told a seminar in the city yesterday.

    Water Resources Minister LK Siddiqui said the government would embark on large-scale canal digging and erosion prevention activities in December to control flooding, river erosion and resolve water-logging problems, reports agencies.

       A former army chief has General (Retd) Shafiullah said, confusion shrouds ultimate destination of the military drive following their present mode of activities, reports agencies. "Following their present activities, many doubt where they ultimately will go in future," country's first army chief told a roundtable meeting Tuesday.

               Principal Information Officer Khandaker Monirul Alam yesterday conducted the official press briefing on the ongoing army crackdown on criminals and said actions would be taken against any army personnel if found negligent to duty or involved in unlawful activities.

    Jatiya Party Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju yesterday said the government's failure to run the administration has prompted it to call out army to deal with the law and order. At a public rally at Paltan Maidan in the city, he said the administration failed because of its politicisation and naked interference in its functioning.

    The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, yesterday took the charge sheet of a graft case against former DCC mayor Mohammad Hanif and six others into cognizance for trial. Judge Ahmed Jamil Mostafa passed the order after scrutinising the case diary (CD) and relevant documents.

    Saber Hossain Chowdhury, former deputy minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's political secretary, was granted bail in two cases yesterday. The High Court Division of the Supreme Court granted him ad-interim bail in a case filed with the Savar-Police Station for an attack on the motorcade of the then opposition leader Khaleda Zia on June 17 last year.

    South Asian commerce leaders agreed at a meeting in Nepal to work toward a regional free trade agreement, officials said yesterday. The meeting  which closed Monday appointed a group of experts to prepare at list of products that would be exempted from tariffs, said Nepalese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Gyan Chand Acharya.

    The government has no plan to close down any more state-owned jute mill, Jute Minister Hafizuddin Ahmad said yesterday. He was addressing the officers of the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) on the occasion of the certificate giving ceremony of a two-year long jute technology training course.

    The implementation of the project for construction of residential flats for the slum-dwellers and lower income group people in the capital city is progressing fast.

    Digital telephone network will be expanded to upazila and village level to give a boost to information technology (IT) sector for creating employment opportunities as well as earning foreign exchanges through exporting softwar. The announcement came from Post and Telecommunications Minister Barrister M. Aminul Haq while he was speaking at a seminar of the ministry to mark the completion of one year of the present government at the seminar room of Engineers Institution here on Tuesday.

    Armed terrorists abducted at gunpoint Manager of a tea garden from Thandachhari area in Rangunia Upazilla Tuesday morning, reports agencies.

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    India approved Tuesday a five-year economic plan that targets eight per cent annual growth and the creation of 50 million jobs through ambitious liberal reforms and more foreign investment.

    Sri Lanka's peace talks were expected to be thorny and drawn out, but as both sides enter the second round in Thailand Thursday a beleaguered government was looking for quick results. The latest round was originally thought of as a punctuation mark in a protracted process, but Thursday's talks have assumed an added political dimension that could make or break a shaky administration at home.

    Pakistani President Parvez Musharraf arrived in Riyadh yesterday on a two-day visit during which he will discuss bilateral ties and regional issues with Saudi leaders.

       A healthy King Norodom Sihanouk was to celebrate his 80th birthday Thursday amid speculation and potential storm clouds over the future of Cambodia's revered monarchy.

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 Taiwan plans to buy four state-of-the-art Aegis-class destroyers from the United States in an arms deal sure to antagonize arch foe Beijing, a report said yesterday.

       Japan and North Korea yesterday resumed talks aimed at normalising their diplomatic ties amid growing global concerns over Pyongyang's covert nuclear weapons programme. The two-day rapprochment gbid in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur comes just days after the United States, Japan and South Korea issued a joint statement that demanded North Morea give up its quest for nuclear weapons.

       US spokesman yesterday claimed that there was progress in the UN Security Council in connection with its proposal on Iraq.

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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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