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Monday, September 23, 2002

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

Monday, September 23, 2002


Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia said in city on Sunday that the government was considering to approve a National Water Management Plan to ensure proper utilisation of the country's water resources for the benefit of the

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina on Sunday advised the Government to run the country properly ensuring peace and security of the people instead of continuing repression on the opposition activists.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed on Sunday said Awami League wanted to keep alive the Bangabandhu-murder case to reap political dividends.

The cabinet sub-committee on NGO affairs yesterday finalised revised rules restricting political involvement of NGOs and politically motivated programmes under NGO banner.

The government yesterday decided to strictly enforce the existing rules that require approval from the Dhaka University authorities for any rally or demonstration at the Central Shaheed Minar.

The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), which was shut down indefinitely on September 8 amidst a volatile campus situation, might be reopened at the end of this month.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into a defamation case against the Editor of The Independent, its court reporter and the court reporter of daily Ittefaq.

Former Additional DIG of Police Prakriti Ranjan Chanda (PR Chanda), arrested in connection with the Janatar Mancha Case (sedition case), was placed on a two-day remand yesterday.

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The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, has arrived in the Maldives Sunday for a four-day official visit. Mr Vajpayee was greeted at the airport by the Maldivian President, Maumoom Abdul Gayoom. The two sides would discuss a range of regional and global issues of common interest and concern, and look at ways to develop the mutual benefits of  tourism.


Asserting that courts cannot decide on a matter of faith, Vishwa Hindu Parishad of  India yesterday favoured a decision on the Ayodhya dispute by Parliament. The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute cannot be decided by
court as the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya is a matter of faith for Hindus, VHP International President Ashok Singhal said.

Indian government yesterday finally settled for Mohammad Fazal for the post of Maharashtra governor, lying vacant ever since P C Alexander resigned in July. Mohammad Fazal is the governor of Goa at present. The Maharashtra government wanted a governor representing the minority community to maintain a balance in the state's politics, where Shiv Sena has a significant role to play, Times of India reports.


At least 19 people have been killed and as many as 20 injured during weekend violence by suspected Islamic militants in Kashmir.

Indian police arrest three government officials for issuing fake passport to the crime boss Abu Salem currently being held in Lisbon.

In a major setback to the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), the police on Sunday evening arrested a top leader Prabin Konwar alias Ramu Mech Chairman, east zone from a private nursing home in Dibrugarh district.

Fifteen people are killed and two others injured in an explosion in a van in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Nepal's Army says it has shot dead dozens of separatist guerrillas in a series of clashes in the mountains as the rebels threaten to disrupt elections, reports BBC.

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Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians as thousands of angry protestors defied a curfew in the West Bank early today, challenging the military's two-day siege of embattled Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's headquarters.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the Leader of the Opposition in parliament, Sheikh Hasina,  have strongly condemned the Israeli attack on the Palestinian Headquarters in Ramallah that threatened the life of President Yasser Arafat.

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Bangladesh will take on New Zealand in their final Pool 1 match of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo today.

Elite police units deployed to guard the teams taking part in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament in Colombo have come up with an unexpected foe -- prostitutes -- in addition to crooked players and bookies. Police said Sunday that they were battling to keep women away from the rooms of cricket players from the 10 Test playing nations as well as Holland and Kenya, but some of the cricketers were getting wise to police tactics.

The 14th Busan Asian Games torch was formally lighted in the city yesterday. This is the first time that the torch is being lighted in the participating countries on its way to the South Korean city, where the Games will begin on September 29.

Serena Williams came back from a set down to beat Kim Clijsters 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the final of the Toyota Princess Cup in Tokyo. It was the world number one's seventh WTA tour title of the year.

It was Guy Fawkes Night at the Premadasa Stadium as Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly thrashed England, taking India to a comfortable 8-wicket victory on Sunday.

Andy Roddick may act like he's the next John McEnroe, but he is off the mark when it comes to Davis Cup competition. Roddick lost both of his singles matches, including Sunday to Sebastien Grosjean, as defending champ
France returned to the final. It will face Russia, which beat Argentina.

Russia's Elena Bovina claimed the second title of her career by winning the WTA Bell Challenge on Sunday. The seventh seed beat Switzerland's Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 6-3 6-4 to pocket the top prize in Quebec.

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