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

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

National

The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) reopens on September 28. The BUET halls will open at 9:00am on September 27 for resident students who have been asked to show their identity cards on entry. The university remained closed since June 9 for 83 days, with a brief period for classes in between, after the death of Sabequn Nahar Sony, a student, on June 8 in crossfire on the campus.

Different political parties, socio-cultural organisations, studentbodies, writers, litterateurs and other conscious citizens will hold amass demonstration at the Central Shaheed Minar on October 1. Organiserssaid they would go on with the programme defying any government move toprevent it.

 State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Goutam Chakrabarty yesterday castigated the remarks of some leaders of Puja Udjapan Parishad at its recent national conference and urged the members of the Hindu community to be alert against any bid to disturb communal harmony ahead of the Durga Puja.

Teachers of all government and non-government educational institutions must stay on campus from 10:00am to 4:00pm on workdays, a latest government directive says.  The education  inistry in a recent notification said presence of teachers on campus and regular holding of classes are  ery important to enhance the standard of education. Sept 24: Police have issued a ‘red alert’ to all police stations, camps, outposts and arsenals in 16 northern districts including Natore following murders, toll collection, dacoity and looting of arms by the outlaws.

Khulna regional chapter of Pat, Suta and Bastrakal Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Khulna and Jessore on October 6 in protest against governments bid to privatise some of the state-owned jute mills and other enterprises in the two districts.

The central bank yesterday cancelled licences of 16 money changing firms as they have failed to comply with rules. However, some moneychangers themselves sought cancellation of their licences as they expressed their inability to comply with the 'stringent' rules.  Phuket Air, a private sector airline of
Thailand, is going to start passenger service between Chittagong and Bangkok by the end of this year.

 The airline has already got the permission from the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism to operate flights between the two cities.

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Neighbours

A Bangladeshi court has sentenced Indian separatist leader Anup Chetia to seven years in jail for the illegal possession of a satellitephone. Anup Chetia, whose real name is Golap Baruah, was already serving a jail sentence after his arrest in Dhaka in 1997.   

 At least 30 people were killed when militants stormed a Hindu temple in India's riot-torn Gujarat state and opened fire on devotees, the local superintendent of police said. Commandos have stormed the Hindu temple to try to flush out several gunmen.

 Voting ends in the crucial second phase of elections in Indian Kashmir, which was marred by violence and a boycott call by separatists.  Shashilal Nair, director of the controversial Hindi film Ek Chhoti Si Love Story has fled to an undisclosed foreign destination after he was threatened  ith dire consequences. 

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 75 million-dollar loan to improve public elementary education in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The project will include the improvement of classrooms and the widening of access to free textbooks, student teacher scholarships, teacher training and stipends, particularly for girls.

Twenty-one children were killed, most suffocated under a pile of bodies, and 47 injured when a guardrail gave way in a dark stairwell at a Chinese school during a power blackout, hospital officials said on Tuesday.

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International

With about 200 schoolchildren and staffers trapped in the crossfire of a military rebellion, U.S. Special Forces were headed to the Ivory Coast to help protect Americans there, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has warned that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme is & quot; active, detailed and growing & quot; Britain has alleged that Saddam Hussein is able and willing to deploy some of its deadliest weapons of mass destruction with the help of Indian companies.

The UN Security Council should resist US attempts to turn it into a & quot; War Council& quot; by refusing to issue a new resolution sanctioning a US war against Iraq, Baghdad’s official press said Tuesday. 

 The leader of a Colombian right-wing paramilitary group and two associates have been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Tuesday.

Trade barriers, mostly erected by rich countries, are eating up $650 billion that could otherwise be used to improve livelihoods around the world each year and limiting poor countries' sorely needed access to world markets, the IMF and World Bank said Monday.

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 Sports

Bangladesh hockey team is expected to leave Dhaka for Busan, South Korea, tomorrow to participate in the 14th Asian Games due to start on September 29. Bangladesh Under-17 team won their second practice match in Sri Lanka with a comfortable 59-run win over Kurunegala District team in Colombo yesterday.

FIFA enforced a major rule change on the football game on Tuesday when it announced that any player sent off must serve an immediate one-match suspension in the same competition with no right of appeal. FIFA will be contacting each of their 204 member associations immediately and the new rule is expected to come into effect next month, possibly as soon as October 1. It is a worldwide ruling with no exceptions.  

 Pakistan have sacked team manager Yawar Saeed ahead of next month's Test series against Australia.

Second seed Juan Carlos Ferrero looked on course for a comfortable victory before rain  nterrupted his first-round match at the Salem Open in Hong Kong. The Spaniard led Austria's Stefan Koubek 6-2 2-2 when play was suspended for the day, after winning the opening set in just   minutes.

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