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Sunday, September 22, 2002

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

Sunday, September 22, 2002


The four-party alliance has decided to hold a public meeting at Paltan Maidan on October 10 marking the one-year completion of the BNP-led alliance government.

More than 4,000 doctors, medical teachers, technicians and paramedics will go to Saudi Arabia with jobs very soon, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday announcing various steps for the medical sector.

Opposition Awami League will meet donors' representatives here tomorrow to apprise them its concern over 'deterioration in law and order and fall in quality of governance' in the country. The party leaders will also discuss
different development issues, party sources said.

The parliamentary standing committee on public accounts has reviewed only 18 per cent of the reports prepared by the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) since independence.

The Central Shaheed Minar premises have been virtually sealed off by police and paramilitary BDR forces since September 9 without any explanation for this from the authorities. Various quarters are viewing this as a government move to prevent holding of any rally, demonstration and such other programmes at the venue.

At long last the 9-shooter man was arrested. Ziko Babul who used to move with a 9-shooter gun in the city streets on hartal days during the previous Awami League regime, was arrested by the police yesterday (Saturday) morning from Dhaka city.

Awami League general secretary Zillur Rahman on Saturday strongly condemned and protested the press report based on the findings of what he said the"so-called" judicial probe commission on bomb blast incidents.

Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday declared the Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), a US-based company, 'unwanted' in Chittagong and announced that a movement will be launched to resist its plan to build a private container terminal at Patenga.

Three armed cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were gunned down allegedly by their rivals in the outlawed party at Dumuria upazila of Khulna district yesterday.

Liaquat Shikdar and Nazrul Islam Babu, president and general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of main opposition Awami League, were released yesterday evening. They were freed nearly seven
months after being arrested without any specific charge.

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The on-going process for implementation of Dhaka-Islamabad agreement, allowing duty-free access for the Bangladeshi tea, jute and jute products in the Pakistani markets is now at the final stage.

At least two people were killed and 25 injured in a fresh bout of Hindu- Muslim clashes in the riot-torn west Indian state of Gujarat, the police said Saturday. The incident took place Friday when a Hindu religious procession clashed with Muslims spilling out of a Mosque in the Fatehpura area of Vadodara city.

Kashmir's only female minister, Sakina Itoo,  survives a second assassination bid within the past 24 hours by suspected Islamic militants -- the fourth attack overall on her life since election campaigning began in the Indian-controlled region.

Militants on Saturday carried out a fidayeen attack at a police housing colony at on the city's outskirts in Bemina killing one cop and seriously injuring four others.

Gunmen shot dead two members of biggest left party in Kashmir where tension has mounted ahead of the second stage of a state poll, a police spokesman said today. The spokesman said an activist of the Communist Party (Marxist) was also wounded in attack in Kulgam area

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With Israeli troops surrounding Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's compound poised for a possible assault, several hundred Palestinian protesters defied a curfew Saturday night and took to the streets of two West Bank cities to support Arafat.

The commander of U.S. forces based in the Gulf has said he is prepared for an attack on Iraq.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder wrote to United States (US) President George W Bush Friday to apologise for the offence caused by reports that his justice minister had compared Bush's methods to Hitler's. Justice Minister Herta Daeubler-Gmelin had earlier denied a report in a regional newspaper that she had told a pre-election gathering that, by threatening to attack Iraq, Bush wanted to distract from his domestic political problems, as Hitler had. Schroeder told Bush.

Loyalist troops in Ivory Coast barreled north Saturday to oust rebels from the two cities they still hold, as state television said about 270 people have been killed in this West African nation's bloodiest-yet military uprising.

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Bangladesh's second Test centurion Mohammad Ashraful got the chop when the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 15-man squad for the tour of South Africa yesterday.

Pakistan beat the Netherlands by nine wickets in their Champions Trophy pool four match in Colombo yesterday.

India take on England in a crucial clash on Sunday in the ICC Champions Trophy. With Zimbabwe losing both their matches, the Sunday's winner will take on S Africa in the semis.Since the start of the year, England and India have already faced each other on 10 occasions in one-day cricket. At the moment, the scoresheet reads 5-4 to India with one match abandoned due to rain.

Richard Pybus has been re-appointed Pakistan's cricket coach. The news comes on the same day Pakistan's selectors unveiled a 16-man squad for the Test series against Australia including newcomer Naved-ul-Hasan.

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