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Tuesday, September 17, 2002

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2002


Armed Sharbahara extremists attacked Randhunibari police camp in Belkuchi, on the bank of the river Jamuna yesterday afternoon and looted 12 rifles along with ammunition killing four policemen. Five policemen were also critically injured in the hour-long gunfight as about 50 outlaws came in country boats and attacked the outpost at about 4:30 pm during a weekly market day.

International donors say Bangladesh's deteriorating law and order situation could badly hurt its development programmes, reports BBC.

As a just-released party leader, Haji Selim, on Monday narrated to her his predicament in custody, Awami League Chief Sheikh Hasina blamed the present government for continuing inhuman torture on political detainees.

Eleven-year-old schoolboy Shaheb Ali who was abducted on his way back home from Narinda Govt. School Saturday afternoon was rescued from the Sayedabad Bus Terminal in the city yesterday.

The High Court on Monday summarily rejected the writ petitions filed by Ekushey Television Limited (ETV). The private television channel  was shut down on August 29 after the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions filed by ETV against High Court ruling. The government that was also a coaccused in the original complaint, however, did not  contest  the case in the Supreme Court.

Lawmakers of main opposition Awami League (AL) walked out of the Jatiya Sangsad at 1:45am today after AL lawmaker and former home minister Mohammad Nasim was denied the floor to give a personal explanation during a rowdy debate on the law and order.

Opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will start a three-day organisational tour to the Sylhet division on September 29. During her visit, Hasina will address a number of public meetings. She will also meet leaders and workers of her party's different tiers.

The Bangladesh Press Council has decided to introduce a code of conduct for journalists to check publication of those news which would go against the country's Constitution, independence, sovereignty and integrity and state

The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) yesterday filed a graft case against former Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and eight Rajuk officials on charges of illegal allocation of NAM Conference flats.

Country's trade deficit with India in the last fiscal stood at 972 million US dollars, the Commerce Minister told parliament Monday and apprised the lawmakers of fresh steps taken to reduce the gap

Orbis, a US based internationally reputed flying eye hospital, formally began its three-week treatment and Ophthalmic training programme operating some complicated eye patients in the port city Monday morning.

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Normal life in Nepal has been brought to a halt by a day's general strike called by the Maoist rebels to protest against November's general elections. Two people, including a policeman, were killed in separate incidents during the day. A spate of killings and explosions, allegedly caused by the rebels ahead of the strike, has deepened people's fears.

Voting has ended in the first of four days of elections in Indian-administered Kashmir amid reports of sporadic violence. India's independent Election Commission said nearly 44% of electors cast their votes. The Indian security forces say they have killed a number of people described as infiltrators from Pakistan-administered Kashmir who were trying to disrupt polling.

Tens of thousands of soldiers are expected to take part in joint anti-terrorist exercises due to be staged by China and Kyrgyzstan on October 1. The Chinese-run Hong Kong daily, Wen Wei Po, reported Monday the maneuvers would take place in spots along the two nation's 1,000-odd kilometer border.

Delegates from the government and the Tamil Tigers make positive comments on their first day of peace talks in Thailand.

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U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says Iraq has written him a letter agreeing to allow weapons inspectors to return 'immediately and without conditions.' Annan has handed the letter to the U.N. Security Council for consideration.

A key al Qaeda operative has provided information that leads U.S. officials to believe that southeast Asia now has the highest concentration of al Qaeda members outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has arrived in North Korea for a landmark visit with hopes for a breakthrough after more than five decades of tense relations.

The US government has announced its Diversity Visa-2004 lottery programme and fixed the entry dates between October 7 and November 6 this year. The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Programme is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and the Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

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Bangladesh cricket team suffered a 77-run defeat to England in their second warm-up match at the NCC ground in Colombo Monday. Chasing a formidable total of 265 runs, Bangladesh were bundled out for 188 in 49.3 overs.

Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a stunning 3-1 win over Arambagh Krira Sangha in their 'Super Five' clash of the National Bank Premier Division Soccer league at the flood-lit Bangabandhu National Stadium on Monday.

West Bengal's under-15 cricket team will arrive in the city on October 5 to play four one-day and two two-day matches against Bangladesh under-15 cricket team, reports UNB. The series between the two teams will begin on October 6 with a one-day match at the BKSP cricket ground.

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