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Wednesday, October 09, 2002

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

Wednesday, October 09, 2002



As the BNP-led alliance government completes one year in office on October 10, senior leaders of ruling parties and ministers claim "spectacular success" in governance and brace for observing the day amid fanfare. Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the people of the country were oppressed with bad governance since the ascendancy of the four-party alliance government as it presented the nation with terrorism, murder, extortion, corruption and hooliganism during its one year rule.

Leaders of the left-leaning political parties, have made no secret of their dislike for both the immediate past AL government and the present alliance rule but likened the situation to "jumping from frying pan to fire", reports The Independent.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has asked the Ministers and Whips in charge of districts to go to their respective areas and address public meetings on Thursday, as part of the countrywide celebrations marking the first anniversary of the four-party alliance government.  A three-day programme has been chalked out to celebrate the occasion.

Jatiya Party (M) president Anwar Hossain Manju observed that people got frustrated as their expectations were not fulfilled but said any change in state power should take place through constitutional way.

Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating law and order, economists and businessmen yesterday said it is taking a heavy toll on the country's investment. They said the law and order has deteriorated to such an extent that the businessmen as well as the commoners are suffering from 'a sense of insecurity'.

Security has been beefed up with deployment of additional police force and para military BDR ahead of Durga Puja, the biggest festival of the Hindu community, which begins in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Friday. All preparations have been made to celebrate the festival smoothly.


In Dhaka city, a total of 136 puja mandops have been erected this year. Puja is being held at the Ramna Kali Mandir for the first time after the liberation. The government has decided to set up an International Foreign Trade Institute (IFTI) with a view to formulating comprehensive strategy on foreign trade by establishing effective linkage between the public and private sectors.

NGO representatives attending a conference in the city yesterday  strongly criticized  the political role actively pursued by Proshika chairperson Dr Quazi Faruque Ahmed. NGO representatives said the role of the Proshika chief has substantially tarnished the image of dedicated NGOs among the country's people.

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A US State Department report strongly criticises the failure of several South Asian countries to protect the rights of minorities.

Pakistan yesterday successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile called Hatf-IV (Shaheen-1), its second missile test within five days, the official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Pakistani authorities have arrested a group of men accused working with rival India and plotting to sabotage Thursday's parliamentary elections. Kashmir's final day of voting has ended as it started, with bloodshed, as voters fled after suspected Islamic militants disguised as police stormed a polling station southeast of Srinagar.

Two policemen and a civilian were killed in an attack by rebels on a polling station soon after voting began early today in Doda district of Kashmir, police said. The entire area was swamped with security personnel within minutes of the attack, with troops using sniffer dogs to hunt down the rebels.

Indian cinema's biggest icon, Amitabh Bachchan, will spend a day at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh before going to Mumbai on Friday to celebrate his 60th birthday, Times of India reports.

A New Delhi court yesterday  granted 14 days judicial custody to a senior IPS Officer R K Sharma, the prime accused in the journalist Shivani Bhatnagar murder case. Ravi Kant Sharma told the court that the police tortured him and used third degree methods to make him sign the confessional statement and never recorded the statements in which he named prominent politicians involved in the crime.

Indian police on Tuesday arrested Avdesh, the prime accused in the south Delhi gangrape case. A 20-year-old woman was allegedly abducted and raped in an Alaknanda flat by six men on Sunday night.

In an effort to save the river Yamuna from getting  polluted further, Indian Pollution Control Board has proposed that Durga Puja organisers be persuaded not to immerse their idols of the goddess in the Yamuna. The Pollution Control Board is responsible for monitoring pollution levels in the river.

Australia has become the biggest foreign investor in Nepal after signing a deal to build a $860m (549m) hydro-electric plant.

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President George W. Bush warned that if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein does not abandon any chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, the United States "will lead a coalition to disarm him." "The time for denying, deceiving, delaying has come to an end. Saddam Hussein must disarm himself or, for the sake of peace, we will lead a coalition to disarm him," Bush said.

An American charged with conspiring to assist al Qaeda and the Taliban in waging war against the United States has been arrested in Malaysia and faces deportation within days.

Hours after four Israelis were wounded in a roadside ambush, Israeli armored personnel carriers rolled into the West Bank city of Hebron Tuesday.

The nomadic Saiga antelope of central Asia could soon be taking its last leap, China's wild Bactrian camel its last drink and the Ethiopian water mouse its last dip. All are on the brink of extinction, say conservationists.

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Bangladesh will take on South Africa in the third and final match of the one-day series today in Kimberley. The match at the diamond city of South Africa will have no effect on the series as the home side have already taken a 2-0 lead, winning the first one-day by 168 runs in Potchefst room before crushing the visitors by 10 wickets in Benoni in the second match. Bangladesh Ansar lifted the championship trophy in the Japan Cup Karate Do Tournament, which concluded on Tuesday at Mirpur Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium.

China's overpowering Asia men's basketball champions had their first less-than-spectacular half of the Asian Games and still led the Philippines by 17 points at half-time.

Martina Hingis returned Tuesday to the place where an ankle injury cost her the No. 1 ranking, sweeping Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in straight sets to reach the second round at the Porsche Grand Prix. Hingis, seeded seventh, needed 63 minutes to beat the Spanish veteran, 6-4, 6-2 at the US$625,000 event, which has drawn seven of the Top 10 players.

Top seed Marat Safin beats French teenager Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6 to reach the second round of the Lyon Grand Prix - plus a full round-up.

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