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Saturday, September 21, 2002

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

Saturday, September 21, 2002


President Iajuddin Ahmed in his first public function outside Bangabhaban yesterday urged all irrespective of party affiliation and faith to work together for the country's socio-economic uplift so that Bangladesh is not left out in the fast-moving world.Serious financial irregularities involving more than Tk 88 lakh were detected in the country's 23 missions abroad during 1999-2000. The audit report submitted in the just ended autumn session of parliament said it found 99 grave financial anomalies under the heads of house rent, and telephone, travel, medical and education allowances in 23 out of the 60 foreign missions.

Former Chief Justice Barrister Mostafa Kamal yesterday suggested that a strict law should be enacted by parliament to eliminate terrorism from the society. The law should provide power to court to ban a political party or its wings which are involved in any terror acts, he observed.


The Leader of the Opposition and former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and some prominent members of her cabinet including former Home Minister Nasim, Tofail Ahmed, her political secretary Dr. SA Malek, former MP Sheikh Helal and Nirmul Committee leader Syed Hasan Imam were involved in seven devastating bomb blasts that occurred at different parts of the country including Jessore, Paltan, Ramna Batamul, Narayanganj and Khulna, according to a judicial committee report published in The New Nation.

Three extremists and two persons were killed and 7 persons were critically injured in separate incidents and two foreign-made cut shotguns, 5 live cartridges were recovered in Khulna Friday morning.Police picked up 241 people in raids on different areas of Sirajganj, Tangail and Pabna in the last two days in connection with the armed attack
on the Randhunibari police outpost under Belkuchi Upazila in Sirajganj on Monday.

The government plans to control the much-talked-about private tuition by arranging authorised coaching by teachers in educational institutions. A specific portion of teachers' income from such coaching will go to the school funds under the new plan that will prohibit unauthorised private tuition, which is widely blamed for an alarming decline in the standard of education, reports UNB.

The private GMG Airlines signed agreements with seven major world airlines including  Czech Airlines, Dragon Air and Egypt Air for both passenger and cargo services. GMG singed agreement with Indian Airlines, Air France and United Airlines for passenger and with Lufthansa cargo services.

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A political activist for Kashmir's ruling National Conference party was shot and killed by suspected militants in Srinagar in the latest of a string of attacks in the disputed Himalayan region.A U.S. Special Operations base in eastern Afghanistan came under attack by rockets and small arms fire, prompting the U.S. forces to respond, according to military spokesman Col.


Roger King. No U.S. forces were injured in Friday's attack.Bomby crime boss Abu Salem, wanted for crimes including murder, and Bollywood actress Monica Bedi were arrested in  Portugal on Friday, according to Indian authorities.

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Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed the need for sustained efforts to address the crises in the Middle East, South Asia and other parts of the world. They also called for continued UN involvement in the task of prevention and resolution of the conflicts. The agreement came when M Morshed Khan called on Kofi Annan at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.

Government troops fought renegade soldiers in Ivory Coast's second city Bouake on Friday as Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan said a coup attempt in the west African nation launched a day earlier had failed.

Fresh explosions and heavy machine gun fire erupted at Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound late Friday as Israelis continued to besiege the area. A Palestinian official inside Arafat's main office building said that building was among those under fire.

The Bush administration released a report Friday outlining an aggressive national security policy that says the United States must adapt its forces and planning toward favoring pre-emptive action against terrorist groups US President Bush appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to support a new United Nations Security Council resolution that demands Iraq honor its commitments to the United Nations.

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Twenty-member Bangladesh team left the capital for Bangkok yesterday to take part in the 14th Asian Games without a single day's training. The Games start in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 and run up to October 14.

South African opener Herschelle Gibbs flayed a mediocre Kenyan attack with a stroke-filled 116 in the Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament in Colombo on Friday.

Lleyton Hewitt shrugged off Harsh Mankad to give Australia its expected 1-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup World Group tennis qualifier at Memorial Drive here on Friday.

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