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Monday, October 07, 2002

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

Monday, October 07, 2002



Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina on Sunday condemned " armed attack" on her deputy in Bhola, alleging that for " Prime Minister's provocation" terrorists knocked down law and order across the country.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will start a threadbare review on the country's financial sector today to assess its strength, weakness and vulnerability to external shock. The three-week scrutiny will also evaluate the compatibility of the sector with international standards on financial regulations, supervision and transparency.

Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) began investigation into the much-talked about allegations of irregularities and corruption by deputy minister for CHT Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan.

A lady doctor was raped in the capital's Sabujbag area by a house-owner when she went to rent a flat on Sunday morning, police said.  Violence against women was on the increase and there was a wide gap between the number of actual incidents and the number reported to the police, speakers told a seminar in the city yesterday.

Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) yesterday expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating law and order situation. The Chamber, in a statement also voiced concern over the incidents of attacks on industries and business houses.

A high-powered trade delegation from Thailand will meet the members of board of directors of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry today. Both the sides will discuss the opportunities of investment on the health, tourism, see food, agro-based industry, communication and  tele-communication fronts of both the countries.

Japanese private sector entrepreneurs are keen to come in a big way to make investment in different sectors in Bangladesh to the mutual economic benefit of the two peoples. This was conveyed to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia by the Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Jiro Kobayashi when he called on her at the PMO.

Installation of around 17,000 more telephone lines in Chittagong will begin by the end of the month and connections are likely to be given in January.

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The government in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu has brought an ordinance - or decree - barring religions conversions either by ‘‘force, allurement or fraudulent means’’. Anyone found guilty will be punished with imprisonment and a hefty fine, according to Times of India.

A majority of people in the Hindi heartland and Gujarat do not consider VHP as sole protector of Hindus' interest but regard Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the true representative of Hindutva, as opinion poll conducted for a yet-to-be-released Hindi magazine says.

Pakistani troops have fired artillery shells and mortar rounds across the border into the Drass area of the Kargil district of Kashmir, damaging several houses, a news report said today. Officials said Indian troops retaliated following the " unprovoked" firing but the damage suffered by the Pakistani side was not known, reports The Dawn

Warning that East Asia remains vulnerable to another financial crisis, Malaysia's deputy prime minister has urged nations in the region to form closer ties and fight the & quot; dark side & quot; of globalization.

Fifteen people were killed when a landslide roared through their mountain village in southwestern China's Yunnan province, a local official said Sunday.

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Partial results from Brazil's presidential election put leftist candidate Luiz Inacio da Silva, known by his fellow Brazilians as " Lula," far ahead of his nearest challenger.

Osama Bin Laden, head of the al- Qaeda terror network, has issued a new threat to strike US economic interests, the Arab satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera reported late Sunday.

Mystery surrounds the cause of an explosion on a French oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden. Officials are backing away from initial reports that the blast was caused by a terrorist attack until an investigation is completed. A more immediate problem is preventing the stricken vessel from running aground.

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Bangladesh's silver hopes in the kabadi competition of the 14th Asian Games suffered a big blow on Sunday when they went down to a lowly Japan at the Tongymyong University of Information Techno-logy Court yesterday.

South Africa predictably won the one-day series against Bangladesh crushing the tourists by 10 wickets in the second match at Willow more Park in Benoni on Sunday.

West Indies visit Bangladesh later next month for the first ever Test series between the two nations, it was announced on Sunday. Carl Hooper's side will arrive in Dhaka on 26 November to play two tests and three one-day internationals. Their current tour of India concludes on 24 November.

Opener Taufeeq Umar hit a half century to set Pakistan off to a great start chasing 316 for victory against Australia before rain washed out the final session for the second day in a row.

Magdalena Maleeva is back in the world's top-20, but she's just happy to finally have another trophy for the mantel. Maleeva earned her first win of the year by beating second-seeded Lindsay Davenport 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 in the Kremlin Cup women's final on Sunday. Maleeva also won this event in 1994 and 1995.

Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark and Jill Craybas of the United States came away with singles titles at the Japan Open on Sunday.

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