Sunday, October 06,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Days ahead of completion of one year
in power, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia started consultation with her party
MPs for stocktaking of overall situation, particularly the development
activities, in their respective areas. The next talks with MPs would be
held on October 9. Denouncing Friday's incident at Barisal Circuit House
where Deputy Leader of the Opposition was kept under siege allegedly by
BNP men, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on the
people to resist this "fascist and killer" government.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Advocate Abdul Hamid and
his motorcade yesterday allegedly came under attack by the activists of
the BNP-led ruling alliance of four parties in the southern island
district of Bhola. He also faced violence in Barisal on the
The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday accepted the
'final report' and acquitted Tareq Rahman and Arafat Rahman -- sons of
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia -- and four others of charges in a graft
Khulna Zonal Unit of Jute Mills Action Committee has called a
dawn-to-dusk hartal in the city today to press home their seven-point
Two young men allegedly engaged in extortion and wanted in a number of
criminal cases, were gunned down inside an abandoned house at
Segunbagicha in the city yesterday. An inter-ministerial meeting
yesterday strongly favoured the necessity of a permanent prosecution
service for the development of criminal judicial system and enhancement
Bangladesh may receive a substantial amount of foreign assistance
following the approval of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) by
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in July next year, Finance and
Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman told newsmen at the ZIA International
Airport on his arrival yesterday.
Bangladesh has agreed to extend its trade agreement with India by four
months following request from New Delhi. Acting Foreign Secretary
Anwarul Alam at a press briefing yesterday said the agreement that
expired on October 3 would be given extension with retrospective effect.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka was summoned yesterday by
the Foreign Office to convey Bangladesh's concern over a media report
broadcast by an Indian TV channel and published both in Indian and
Bangladeshi newspapers regarding intrusion of a Bangladeshi aircraft
into Indian airspace. Yesterday's newspapers carried the news item.
The Foreign Office described as
"false and baseless" reports emanating from India alleging
that an unidentified aircraft coming from Bangladesh dropped "various
packets into a pond" in north-west
West Bengal intruding the Indian airspace.
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Nepal is facing a protracted
political crisis following a decision by King Gyanendra to take control
of government in the Himalyan kingdom after firing Prime Minister Sher
Bahadur Deuba and disbanding the Cabinet.
Indian security forces say they have arrested seven "top"
members of a Kashmiri rebel group involved in a series of attacks during
the state assembly election.
The southern Indian state of Karnataka decides to defy a Supreme Court
order to release 0.8bn cubic feet of water from the Cauvery River to
neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Civil rights group and BJP party activists have begun picketing
Maharashtra theatres that are screening Salman Khan films. The police
have arrested protestors demonstrating against actor Salman Khanin in
Nasik, Nagpur and Kolhapur towns. Khan allegedly rammed his Toyota Land
Cruiser into a cluster of shops in the Bandra suburbs in Mumbai on
September 28 crushing one man and injuring three others sleeping outside
a shop, reports Times of India.
Bombay High Court on Saturday directed police to submit Salman’s case
papers on October 7 and ordered the actor to remain present on that day.
The state police probing the hit and run case involving Salman Khan on
Friday told the cine star to surrender his passport and warned Salman
not to leave the country for film shooting or any other purpose until
the probe is concluded.
Pakistan President Musharraf said yesterday that he would no longer be
running the Government after elections as the responsibility would stand
transferred fully to the elected Prime Minister, according The Dawn
Three Indian soliders died and two were injured in an explosion in
Kashmir Saturday. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast in
the Lolab area of the Kupwara district. The three who died were members
of the Border Security Force, the sources said.
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In an effort to speed the return of
weapons inspectors to Iraq, the Bush administration has softened its
position on a compromise approach involving two U.N. Security Council
resolutions, State Department officials told CNN on Friday.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly has described this week's
talks with North Korea as & quot; frank & quot; and & quot; useful &
quot; but said there were no plans for any further meetings at this
stage. Leftist candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva, known by his fellow
Brazilians simply as Lula, appears poised to win the presidency on his
fourth try as up to 115 million people in Latin America's largest
country go to the polls Sunday.
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Bangladesh football team returned home
yesterday but both the coach and the players refused to own the blame for
the disappointing performance in the 14th Asian Games at Busan.
Bangladesh will be desperately looking to end their batting blues when
they take on South Africa in the second one-day match at Willowmoore Park
in Benoni today. The match will start at 2pm BST. Bangladesh Television
will telecast the 50-over contest live.
Raktim Sangha defeated Cantonian Club 3-1 in the Green Delta Insurance
Second Division Hockey League at Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar tore the heart out of Australia's batting lineup
Saturday, removing three batsmen in one over to help Pakistan dismiss them
for 127 runs in the second innings in the first cricket test at Colombo's
Sarvanamuttu Stadium before rain and bad light brought a premature end to
the day's play.
European football is planning a fresh campaign to tackle racism after the
latest episode in which a black player was allegedly subjected to crowd
Cho Wang-bung and Han Dong-ki showed off their muscles and collected Asian
Games gold medals Saturday, helping South Korea overtake Japan for second
place behind runaway leader China.
French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu upset top-seeded Safin of Russia 7-6
(3), 6-4 Saturday in the semifinals of the $2.2 million Kremlin Cup
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