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

Thursday, October 31, 2002   


    Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday made a fervent appeal to the OIC member countries for more generous assistance and cooperation for the development of the Islamic University of Technology (IUT). Cooperation and efforts of all concerned would turn the IUT into a most modern educational institution, she hoped.
    Three More died, 158 were held, 26 firearms recovered yesterday during the anti-terrorism operations.

   A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader died allegedly during army interrogation at Panchagarh and a listed criminal succumbed to his injuries at Madaripur. Also, a college student whom army arrested on October 22 in Choumohoni, Noakhali died at the Chest Diseases Hospital in the capital Tuesday evening.

    Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina said there has been a resurgence of 'reactionary and anti-secular forces' in Bangladesh since last year's general election. The consequence  is inevitable increase in violence and unbridled violation of human rights throughout the country, she said in a lecture on "Democracy, Human Rights and Security Threats" at the Center for the Study of International Relations in Brussels Tuesday night.

    Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday assured journalists that steps would be taken to ensure speedy trial of the killers of journalists. She made the assurance when family members of journalists killed and the newsmen subjected to repression during the Awami League rule called on the prime minister at her office.

    Visiting Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Tadao Chino yesterday said Bangladesh will have to ensure 'appropriate and commercial use' of gas. But Bangladesh itself has to decide what is the best appropriate commercial use, Chino told reporters after talks with Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman at the latter's secretariat office. The ADB president arrived here yesterday on a five-day visit.

    Detective police yesterday arrested four persons in connection with the murder of Government Laboratory schoolteacher Swapan Goswami, who was gunned down in the city on Saturday last. The arrested were identified as Moshiur Rahman, senior assistant secretary of Land Survey Directorate, his son SM Sabbir Rahman Shantunu, Tanveer Sharif Apon and Rifat Akand, 18.

    The government yesterday brushed aside speculations that it is considering the formation of "national security council" as a mechanism for ensuring a secure polity. It is totally baseless and fabricated. The government has no plan to form anything like national security council, said Khandaker Monirul Alom, principal information officer (PIO) of the government.

    Speakers at a seminar in the city yesterday demanded expediting the process of separating the judiciary from the executive. They said in many cases proper justice could not be ensured due to non-separation of these two important organs of the government.

    The government has drawn up elaborate programmes to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 in a befitting manner. The programmes were finalised at a meeting held in the city yesterday with Home Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury in the chair. On the eve of the historic day, President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will give separate messages. National flags will be hoisted atop all the government and non-government buildings on the day, and roads and road islands will be decorated with national flags.

    The government has decided to bring fundamental changes in the country's judicial system by introducing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism to ensure justice.

    The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court Dhaka, yesterday fixed November 30 for hearing on charge-framing against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and three others, accused in a graft case. Judge Ahmed Jamil Mostafa passed the order after the case was placed before him.

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New Delhi's representative in Kashmir yesterday invited a coalition headed by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to form a government, ending weeks of political wrangling in the violence-torn state. Governor Girish Chandra Saxena said Sayeed, a former Indian home minister who has called for unconditional talks with Muslim militants, will be sworn in as Kashmir's chief minister Saturday.

    Pakistan Privatisation Minister said Tuesday plans were in place to privatise four major state enterprises by March next year and assured investors a new government would stick to the schedule.

    Tamil Tiger rebels arrived in Bangkok yesterday for a second round of peace talks with the Sri Lankan government which will focus on securing aid to help rebuild the shattered island nation. In a sign of the growing trust between the two sides, the rebel delegation travelled together for the first time through the Colombo airport which its suicide fighters bombed 15 months ago.

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   US consumer confidence plunged in October to the lowest level since November 1993, a closely watched index showed Tuesday, pulling securities markets lower in midday trade.

    The Bank of Japan eased monetary policy Wednesday for the first time since the end of February, in what analysts described as a symbolic gesture to support a government drive to tackle bad loans and deflation.

    Talks to save Israel's coalition government from collapse failed yesterday and the Labour party chief, Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, submitted his resignation, lawmakers said. The result cleared the way for a parliamentary vote on the 2003 budget that Labour said it would reject in a dispute over funding demanded by prime minister Ariel Sharon's right-wing Likud party for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    Thirty miners have died in a fire at a coal mine in south China, officials said yesterday, just a week after an explosion at another coal mine killed at least 36 people. The miners had been confirmed as dead after a fire broke out at the Ertang Coal Mine in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi region, said an official with the Nanning city Production Safety Bureau.

    Nearly 170 million children in the Third World countries are underweight and over three million of them die each year, according to the World Health Report 2002, which was released yesterday. The report said underweight remains a massive and pervasive problem in developing countries where poverty is a strong underlying determinant. Twenty-seven per cent children under five years of age are underweight.

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   The decision of the BFF (Bangladesh Football Federation) disciplinary committee  Tuesday to deduct points and impose fine on four teams for playing fixed matches in the ongoing 18th Federation Cup kicked up a row in the sports circle. Both the matches were played Monday.

   At the Army Stadium, Rahmatganj deliberately lost to Bangladesh Air Force 0-3 in a Group 'A' match, apparently to help Mohammedan Sporting Club qualify for the semifinals and Arambagh Krira Sangha, with an aim to top Group 'D' and reach the last four, beat Sheikh Russell KC 5-2.

    Abahani Krira Chakra completed the semifinal line up of the 18th Federation Cup when they came from behind to register a hard fought 3-2 win over Victoria Sporting Club in their final Group 'B' match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

    The Bangladesh cricket team returns home this morning after spending a month on tour in South Africa. Apart from playing two Tests, Khaled Mashud's men were involved in a three-match one-day international series against South Africans.

    Opener Sanjay Bangar top-scored with a patient 77 as India battled to 275 for six against West Indies on the opening day of the third and final Test at Eden Gardens Wednesday. Bangar, dropped on five, relied on his stubborn defence to play the anchor role and shore up the innings after the dismissal of their top four batsmen had left India in trouble at 165-4 at tea.

    Victoria Sporting Club, Bhratritta Sangha and Satirtha Sporting Club won their respective matches in the Bata Metropolis First Division Handball League at the court adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Victoria defeated Dhanmondi Club 25-23 after leading the first half by 11-9 in the day's first match.

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Light and drizzling rain is likely at one or two places over Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions and weather may remain mainly dry over the country with partly cloudy sky at places till 6pm tomorrow. Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged.   The sun sets at 5:20 pm today in the capital.

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