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Tuesday, October 08, 2002

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Tuesday, October 08, 2002




The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for reintroduction of Gram Sarkar that aims to involve grassroots people in the development activities. The Gram Sarkar is meant to bridge the rural development with the mainstream development as an auxiliary body at the grassroots level.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday deplored a chaotic growth of the buildings while unveiling a number of projects for building plots and flats for distribution among people of different income groups.

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves for Saudi Arabia today on a three-day official visit with a wide agenda of talks with his counterpart Prince Saud Al Faisal. Morshed Khan will discuss "the entire gamut of bilateral relations" with the Saudi Foreign Minister during the visit, an official announcement said yesterday.

Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that BNP-led four party alliance government is playing with the lives of innocent people and making their lives miserable by repression and oppression The main opposition Awami League has drawn up a two-day programme including
a seminar to protest what it said one-year misrule of the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said country's people were searching for alternate force as the alliance government proved its incompetence within one year of assuming the power.With Durga puja only three days away and preparations for celebrating the occasion underway, miscreants damaged eight idols, including that of
goddess Durga, at Sri Sri Shiba Karunamoyee Laxmi Narayan Jeu Akhra at Nayamati under Fatullah thana of the district in the early hours of Monday.

Armed dacoits looted valuables from the passengers of a motor launch, MV Sagar King  after it left Barisal for Bhola with  80 passengers yesterday evening. About 25 passengers were injured, three of them critically, in the attack during the loot.

The revenue collection during the first quarter of the current fiscal surpassed the target by Tk 21.40 crore. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) collected Tk 4942.60 crore during the July-September period against the target of Tk 4921.56 crore, according to a Daily Star report.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has  imposed a three-year lock in on foreign sponsor-investors while investing  in any  shares issued by public limited companies. A one-year lock in has also been enforced on foreign
investors relating to private placement, reports The Financial Express.

In the wake of intensive monitoring by the Ministry of Shipping and the pressing demand from the port users and trade union organizations to raise the handling capacity of Chittagong port, the process of implementation of the New-mooring Container Terminal (NCT) project at the port has undergone its initial phase.

The petrol pump owners yesterday held up an indefinite strike for a month following talks with State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain. The state minister yesterday agreed to meet four out of the ten demands immediately.

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Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has fired another verbal broadside at Pakistan, saying Islamabad hasn't honored a pledge to end cross-border terrorism. Pakistan is planning to carry out a second surface-to-surface ballistic missile test Tuesday, two days ahead of the country's general elections, a leading Pakistani has reported.

Asia is at risk of facing the world's worst AIDS epidemic if urgent preventative measures are not taken, a U.N. official has warned.

Police arrest leading Indian film star Salman Khan for culpable homicide following a car accident in Bombay. Actor Salman Khan was remanded to police custody till October 10 by Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate S Y Shisode after he surrendered to the police at 3.30 pm on Monday.

Anguished at the unabated contamination of Ganga and its tributaries due to unchecked industrial and sewage discharge, the Indian Supreme Court has issued notices to eight states and their 122 municipalities, asking them to
explain why they have not erected oxidation ponds to treat the waste water.

Members of the United Committee of Manipur (UCM) on Monday sought the Centre's intervention in providing security on the national highways linking Manipur to the rest of the country.

They alleged that activists of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) had unleashed a reign of terror on the national highways.

The Indian Congress on Monday strongly condemned the ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government banning forced religious conversions. The Congress called it a "measure of desperate anxiety of Chief Minister Jayalalitha to endear herself to the Sangh  Parivar".

Normal life was disrupted in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley on Monday following a strike call given by several groups against the alleged blasphemous remark by a US right wing politician.

Nepal's main political parties said Monday they were not on a collision course with King Gyanendra after he dismissed the prime minister and assumed power last week.

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An operation by Israeli helicopters and dozens of tanks early Monday left 14 people dead, including a woman and child, and about 100 people wounded, the Palestine Red Crescent Society and hospital sources said.


Government troops in the Ivory Coast have attacked the rebel stronghold of Bouake following the collapse of ceasefire talks. The country's army penetrated Bouake on Monday after attacking from two sides with mortar and machinegun fire.


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Bangladesh regained the Asiad silver medal in kabaddi at the Busan 14th Asian Games on Monday when they brushed aside Sri Lanka 55-15 in their last match of the competition at Tongmyong University of Information Technology Court. India grabbed the gold medal, their fourth successive in the Games, while bronze went to Pakistan.


Australia won the first cricket Test against Pakistan by 41 runs in Colombo Monday. The remaining two Tests will be played in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with the second starting on Friday.

Sun Ruiping became the fourth Chinese weightlifter to set a world record at the Asian Games on Monday as the opening day of the athletics competition got under way in a near-empty main stadium in Pusan.

French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu of France came back from a one set deficit Sunday to upset seventh-seeded Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands and capture his first career title at the US$2.2 million Kremlin Cup tennis tournament.

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