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Thursday, September 12, 2002

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

Thursday, September 12, 2002

National

Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday warned her party  leaders and workers of dreadful consequences if they engage in crimes and abuse political power. "We have come to politics to serve the country and
its people because we love the country and the people. The BNP is a  patriotic party and it is responsible to the people, not to any leader or  worker," she said at the Dhaka Divisional party representatives conference.

The eighth Jatiya Sangsad goes into its fourth session today. The session  is slated for a 5:00pm start. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the  parliament, headed by Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, is scheduled to meet an  hour before the session begins. The committee is expected to decide on the  duration and business of the upcoming session.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) has once again articulated its fear  that its lawmakers would not be allowed to speak in the Jatiya Sangsad. "We  will join the session and try to raise issues affecting public life.
However, we doubt whether we will be allowed to speak," Leader of the  Opposition in Parliament and AL President Sheikh Hasina told a news  conference outside the Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.

The union parishad (UP) election in the country will be held from the  second week of January to the first week of February 2003. The decision was  taken at a meeting of the Election Commission yesterday with Chief Election Commissioner MA Syed in the chair.

The government declared Wednesday al the services of the nine state-owned  gas transmission and distribution companies, gas field companies and gas  exploration and production companies including the Titas as essential for
the next six month.

Around 1,000 law enforcers deployed on the Dhaka University campus  yesterday foiled a scheduled 'mass gathering' of students at the TSC for re-opening of the university. The 'mass gathering' was scheduled for
4:00pm, as announced on September 4 by the 'Dhaka University Students Against Atrocities' (DUSAA), a forum of apolitical students.

The much-talked-about case filed against 17 female students and the former Provost of Shamsunnahar Hall of the Dhaka University was withdrawn yesterday. Hearing on the admissibility of two writ petitions by the Ekushey
Television Limited was suspended yesterday as one of the two judges on the vacation bench of the High Court Division expressed embarrassment to continue.

A five-day Bangladesh trade fair began at Crystal Field Market in East London Monday. Over 50 Bangladeshi business firms set up their stalls with  handicrafts, vegetables, saree and other women clothing, leather products, ceramic, jewelry.

Major General Anwar Hossain Bir Pratik, Ambassador of Bangladesh to  Morocco, has been assigned to serve currently as High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sierra Leone.

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday blasted non-governmental organisations for collecting foreign funds in the name of  arsenic mitigation and misappropriated  the same for  enriching their  own pockets.

Businessmen yesterday observed a mass hunger strike and wore black badges protesting the order of the Ministry of Commerce regarding reforms in the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).
Expatriate Bangladeshis  sent over Taka 70.2 million in dollar and pound  through  5,847 foreign money orders in the month of August, according to Bangladesh Post Office.

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Neighbours

 

Jammu and Kashmir Law Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Lone was among 21 persons killed in a sudden upsurge of violence in the state, ahead of the first phase of polls in the state next Monday.

Nepal is considering  reimposing  a state of emergency after more than 100 security perosnnel were killed in a wave of  Maoist violence at the weekend.

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International

 

With military jets flying overhead, President George W Bush yesterday vowed to win the war on terrorism as he and other US leaders paid tribute to victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.

The Pentagon is to move US Central Command  the headquarters of US military operations from the Horn of Africa to central Asia  from Florida to an airbase in Qatar, Fox television news reported on Wednesday.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will tell Iraq on Thursday to stop defying the United Nations and allow the return of weapons inspectors "for the sake of its own people and for the sake of world order."

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will warn the United States from the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly today about the dangers of acting alone against Iraq. "When states decide to use force to deal with
broader threats to international peace and security, there is no substitute  for the unique legitimacy provided by the United Nations."

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 Sports

Hira Lal as expected earlier will meet Amal Roy in the men's singles final  of the Sheltech National Circuit First Leg and Junior Tennis Tournament.  The final will take place today at 3 pm at the National Tennis Complex. A friendly Arambagh defence let Muktijoddha Sangsad run away with a  solitary goal win in the NBL Premier Football super league on Wednesday at  the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Sadharan Bima bettered their position in the NBL first division relegation league table with a 2-1 victory against East End Club on Wednesday at the Sher-e Bangla Mirpur National Stadium.  The 12-nation Champions Trophy limited-over cricket tournament beginning Thursday will provide top performers a big psychological boost just five months before the World Cup.

The cricket extravaganza in Sri Lanka will be closely contested as there is no clear favorite to win the title, said Ricky Ponting, captain of  Australia, the current world champion of one-day cricket, according to AP news agency.

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