Wednesday, October 30, 2002
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
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,
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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
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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
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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