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Sunday, September 15, 2002

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

Sunday, September 15, 2002


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Saturday reiterated Bangladesh's pledge of all out support to the United Nations in its millennium goal for a durable and lasting world peace.The Jatiya Sangsad will take up the country's law and order for a review today, when it resumes sitting after a two-day recess.

Classes of Dhaka University will be resumed on October 3 and the halls will be opened for the students from 10 am on September 29 according to a decision taken by the university yesterday. Syndicate. Dhaka University was closed sine die on July 27 following student outburst over police atrocities on female students at Samsunnahar Hall.

The decision was taken by the DU at an emergency meeting yesterday with Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. AFM Yusuf Haider in the chair.

Under a plan for consolidating the party through holding central council, opposition Awami League is going to hold workers conferences in different divisional headquarters starting off at this month-end. The drive gets off to a formal start from the holy city of Sylhet with the southeastern division's AL meet on September 30.

Lawyers march towards the Jatiya Sangsad today to press home a six-point demand. The march begins from the Supreme Court premises at 2:30pm, says a joint statement of the Lawyers' Six-point Demand Implementation Parishad issued yesterday.

The cabinet committee on the upazila parishad yesterday agreed on reintroduction of the local body to decentralise the administration with the MP of the locality to function as an advisot to Upazila Parishad.

Ministry of Liberation War Affairs has taken up a project for preserving the killing fields used by Pakistani army in 1971 and constructing tombstones there. Under the scheme, nine killing fields from across the country will be selected for preservation and upliftment this year.

With the growing demand of London Examinations' 'A' Levels and 'O' Levels in Bangladesh, Edexcel International, one of the three largest examination-awarding bodies in the United Kingdom, has taken measures with the strong support of British Council in Dhaka to offer quality and high standard examinations to the students in Bangladesh.

Education Minister Dr Osman Farruk said in the city Saturday that efforts would be taken to introduce a Private University Law based on the report of education commission to ensure the quality of education in the private universities, reports BSS.

Piracy, looting of goods aboard foreign vessels and smuggling have increased alarmingly in the coastal areas in Chittagong and at the outer berths in the Bay of Bengal recently, reports The Financial Express.

In a daring bank robbery at Kapasia, taka 22 lakh was looted from the local branch of Agrani Bank  by breaking open the  brick wall and  the iron safe on Friday night  when the  armed guard was out of duty.

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Singapore Government, responding to a request from Bangladesh Government, has relaxed the formalities for Bangladeshis seeking its visa, reports BSS news agency.

India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) announced yesterday plans to drill for petroleum products in the Indian part of the vast Sundarbans. "ONGC will begin drilling next month in a 400-square kilometre area in the Sundarbans and in the East Midnapore district after a survey indicated the presence of oil and natural gas in the areas," company chairman Subir Raha said, AFP reports from New Delhi.

It is not quite dancing cheek to cheek, but the Sri Lankan government and the country's Tamil Tiger rebels are gearing up to do the "Thai Tango." The nickname has been given to the face-to-face talks -- the first in more than seven years -- to start on Monday in Thailand between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).The number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka more than doubles as the government prepares for peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.

In the countryside, especially in impoverished southern provinces dominated by ethnic Pashtuns, the new Afghanistan has been one of disillusionment. In some areas, the old ways are returning, reports AP from Qalat.

 Two people have died after an earthquake hit the Andaman island chain in the Indian Ocean.

A high-profile delegation of US-based non-resident Indians (NRIs) met President Kalam to urge legal action against all those accused of orchestrating the communal violence which broke out in Gujarat on February 27 this year. However, BJP president Venkaiah Naidu came out strongly in support of the mastermind  of Gujarat violence, chief minister Narendra Modi, saying he would hold the same office if the party was returned to power.

Terming the Simla Pact as "suicidal for India", Kashmir Committee coordinator Ram Jethmalani said the forthcoming assembly election in Jammu and Kasmir was the last chance for an amicable solution.

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Two days after President Bush called on the United Nations to ensure Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction, a group of Arab leaders has appealed to Iraq to allow U.N. weapons inspectors to return.

President Bush's speech to the United Nations General Assembly showed he is "a vicious person who wants to destroy Iraq as he destroyed Afghanistan," Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said.

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Victoria Sporting Club earned two valuable points in their bid to stay in the top flight when they recorded a 5-3 tiebreak win against Badda Jagarani Sangsad in a Relegation League match of the National Bank Premier League at
the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

The crisis in Greek soccer deepened on Saturday as fans lit fires and ripped up seats after the Athens derby between AEK and Panathinaikos on Saturday. The game, which had been in doubt until Friday due to a league shutdown, ended with supporters starting fires in the stands and ripping up thousands of plastic seats.

Andy Flower hits the highest one-day score ever by a Zimbabwean but it is not enough to prevent a 14-run loss to India. India beat Zimbabwe by 14 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy despite a battling 145 by Andy Flower.

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