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Wednesday, September 18, 2002

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2002


Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at a press conference at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Tuesday termed existing socio-economic condition of the country as grave saying that the
people as well as the donor agencies had already expressed their concern over the alarming situation now prevailing in the country.


The Awami League lawmakers staged a walkout as the Speaker switched off the mike after allowing leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina to deliver her widing up speech for 65 minutes. They staged a walkout at 10-25 PM when Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar gave floor to Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan to deliver winding up speech on behalf of the Leader of the House Begum Khaleda Zia who was then absent due to her illness.


BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has said the opposition Awami League (AL) is trying all the ill ways to make the Jatiya Sangsad ineffective just as it had done while in power.Awami League leader  and a former MP Abdul Latif Biswas was confined at his Belkuchi home in connection with the  attack on  Radhunibari police camp on Monday afternoon, when four police constables of the camp were killed in the encounter and nine others injured.  The armed  gangsters decamped with eleven 303 rifles and more than 200 ammunition. The attack on the police camp came on the heels of scheduled meeting of donors' representatives with the Finance Minister and ahead of the debate on law and order in Parliament.

Four persons including a minor boy were burnt alive in a devastating fire and five others injured in the city's Bottola area of Kazla under Demra Thana at 4.30 AM yesterday. The blaze originated from a mosquito coil at a shop and soon after it engulfed nearby eight other shops.The immigration department of  the country has sought permission for the cancellation of visa earlier sanction  to Simon Dring, the Managin Director of Ekushey Television. The private television channel  was forced to close down its transmission after it lost legal battle in the highest court of the country.

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Hindu-Muslim violence broke out Tuesday in India's Gujarat for the first time in more than a month, leaving one dead and at least 13 injured in mob violence, police said. Police fired rifle and tear-gas rounds to disperse an angry crowd  and curfew was imposed in the town of Bosad.

After traversing through Saurashtra, the BJP-sponsored Gujarat Gaurav Yatra's third phase will commence from Unnai, a religious place of tribals near Vansda, from Saturday. State BJP general secretary and yatra convenor Jayantibhai Barot said that the yatra would start after Chief Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the temple on September 21.

The Gaurav Yatra, about to commence in the city next week, is most likely to face the ire of thousands of powerloom unit owners in the textile city and around following a decision by the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association (FOGWA), in a meeting held near Bhathena to boycott the coming Assembly polls, reports The Times of India.

India's minorities commission demands to hear tapes of a speech in which the Gujarat chief minister is allegedly offensive to Muslims.

In a significant political decision, the Uttar Pradesh  government in India said on Tuesday that there was no need to issue fresh notification in the Babri Mosque demolition case in which L K Advani and M M Joshi are among the accused.

Health officials in the southern Indian state of Kerala say that a disease spread by rats has resulted in the deaths of nearly 60 people in the last three months. Doctors say the disease, which is called Leptospirosis, spreads from the urine of rats leading to high fever and convulsion.

Negligence, infrastructural shortcomings, mismanagement by hospital authorities, led to the death of 10 children at BC Roy hospital, according to a health department probe report on recent child deaths in a Kolkata Hospital.

Pakistan and Azerbaijan Tuesday signed an agreement to enhance defence co-operation. The agreement was signed between the visiting Azeri Defence Minister Colonel General Safar Abiyev and Pakistan Defence Secretary Hamid Nawaz Khan in Karachi, reports The Dawn.

 Significant progress was made Tuesday in the first round of peace talks aimed at ending one of the world's longest-running civil wars, and more meetings are planned between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, sources told CNN.

There was heavy exchange of fire between suspected militants and security personnel, including the police and the CRPF, near Bhutan border at Changmari forest under Alipurduar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal on Tuesday morning. Earlier, shootat-sight orders had been issued along the state's border with Bhutan  following   the steps taken to restrict the movement of insurgents.

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Tens of Israeli tanks, backed by helicopters, moved several kilometers into a town in Gaza Strip and destroyed the houses of two Palestinian militants, Palestinian security sources said yesterday.The head of the U.N. weapons inspection team met with an Iraqi delegation Tuesday in what a Baghdad official called "useful and fruitful" discussions on the return of weapons inspectors, reports CNN. Both sides agreed to meet again in 10 days in Vienna, Austria, to "finalize the practical arrangement," Iraqi ambassador Saeed Hasan said.

Officials from the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union on Tuesday outlined a plan aimed at bringing about Mideast peace that combines Palestinian elections and political reforms with the prospect of statehood in three years.

In a startling admission, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has ended years of denials by confirming North Korean spies kidnapped Japanese citizens decades ago and that some are still alive.

South Korean soccer chief Chung Mong-joon announced on Tuesday he would run for the country's presidency and form a new party to campaign for political reform in the December election.

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Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra bowed out of the title race when they went down 4-5 in the shootout against holders Abahani Krira Chakra in their National Bank Premier Division Football League match at the Bangabandhu
National Stadium.

Afghanistan is set to return to soccer competition at the Asian Games in South Korea later this month after a 48-year absence.

Pakistan cricket coach Mudassar Nazar has been sacked after a string of poor performances by the team. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told Reuters today that South Africa-based coach Richard Pybus would be visiting Pakistan later this week and was a possible replacement.

The West Indies felt more pain than joy in their 29-run victory over Kenya in the Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament Tuesday. Their batting star, Brian Lara, became doubtful for next month's tour of India due to "suspected hepatitis" after scoring a robust 111 in his team's total of 261-6 at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo.

World number one Serena Williams teamed up with the legendary Martina Navratilova to win a first round doubles match at the Princess Cup tennis tournament Tuesday. The American pair, wild card entrants in Tokyo, eliminated the third-seeded Spanish-Australian duo of Conchita Martinez and Nicole Pratt 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

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