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Sunday, October 06, 2002

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

Sunday, October 06, 2002



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 previous day.

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 case.

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 demand.

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 of skills.

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 report.

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 yesterday.

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 abuse.

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 tournament.

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