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

Monday, September 02, 2002

National

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the attack on the Awami League (AL) president's motorcade at Kolaroa in Satkhira was a pretext for the party to call hartal on the founding anniversary day of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

 Addressing a founing anniversary rally, BNP Chairperson Begum Khlaeda Zia  yesterday asked the party leaders and workers to organise the party units at grassroots level  to foil any conspiracy hatched against the four-party alliance government.

 The government yesterday temporarily seized transmission equipment of the Ekushey Television (ETV) just in case the private TV channel opts for satellite transmission without permission.

 Amid tension over coincidence of the opposition-called dawn to dusk hartal and ruling BNP's founding anniversary celebrations, Sunday passed off by and large peacefully in the city but marked by clashes between pro -and anti-hartal activists in some districts.

 Awami League president Sheikh Hasina yesterday condemned the attack on journalists allegedly by ruling party activists on Friday during press coverage of her recent visit to Satkhira and expressed her solidarity with any programme of the Satkhira Press Club in this regard.

 Different socio-cultural and political organisations yesterday paid rich tributes to the memory of Bangabir Gen MAG Osmani, Commander-in-Chief of the country's War of Liberation, on the occasion of his 84th birth anniversary.

 Chief of the Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Fakhrul Azam returned home on Friday night after a week-long official visit to China. He led a three-member delegation of the Bangladesh Air Force to China.

 The Fifth Joint District Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday issued summons again upon the publisher, chief editor, senior writer and Bangladesh correspondent of the Hong Kong based weekly Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER) in a damage suit of 12,000 crore, says a press release.

At least 25 people were injured, two with bullet wounds, during a clash between two local factions of ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Daulatpur upazila headquarters under Manikganj district on Sunday.

A mild earthquake shook the port city of Chittagong yesterday morning. A press release of Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the quake measuring 3.53 on the Richter scale jolted the city at around 9.12 am (BST). It lasted 17 seconds. The epicetre of the quake was 152 km off the port city.

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Neighbours

Despite a commitment  by India for a zero killing along Bangladesh border in next three month, a Bangladeshi national was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force near pillar no 60 at Srinathpur frontier in Moheshpur upazila Saturday morning. The victim was identified as Saiful Islam, 25, of village Shyampur in the same upazila.

 Former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto has a third and final attempt to run in October elections rejected under sweeping new laws, sparking protests from supporters.

Sri Lankan President Kumaratunga opposes plans to lift a ban on Tamil Tiger rebels before landmark peace talks this month.

Three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit and two armymen were among nine killed and four injured as ultras triggered a blast outside a police camp in Jammu and Kashmir since last night, an official spokesman said on Sunday.

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International

Two Americans and an Indonesian were shot dead Saturday when unidentified gunmen ambushed two minibuses near the giant US-owned Freeport mine in Indonesia's Papua province.

 Iraq's deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, has flatly denied that his nation has weapons of mass destruction or that it is developing nuclear arms.

 British Prime Minister Tony Blair is reported to have told George W. Bush not to attack Iraq without international support.

 India last week conveyed to the US its “strong reservations” against an attack on Iraq and attempts to change the Saddam Hussain regime. The US indicated it did not agree with the views, reports Times of India.

 Fear that failure could deal a huge setback to the whole principle of global cooperation spurred negotiators at the Earth Summit to overcome stubborn differences on Sunday.

 State-owned Saudi Telecom slashed rates for international phone calls by up to 55 per cent to most countries from Sunday. The cuts range from 8.3 per cent to Germany and the Netherlands, to 55 per cent to Chile, the company said in a statement.

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 Sports

Pakistan cruised to their second win over Kenya in this warm-up tournament before the ICC Champions Trophy. But they had to weather a poor start to their run chase after their African hosts had reduced them to 13 for two and 54 for three.

The Indian cricket board Sunday advised the Indian team to accept an International Cricket Council commercial contact that has cast a shadow on this month's Champions Trophy limited-overs cricket tournament.

 India's failure to keep opposition at bay in the final moments cost them a vital point when they lost to Germany 2-3 in the six-nation Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in Cologne on Sunday.

As usual, nothing fazed Serena Williams on court. With a man who's tracked her around the globe for a year sitting in a jail cell less than 10 miles away, Williams waited out a long rain delay Sunday and then eased into the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Daja Bedanova.

Five-time winner Australia was held to a scoreless draw Saturday by the Netherlands in opening matches of the 10th Women's Champions Trophy in Macau.

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