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

Thursday, September 26, 2002  


Awami League president Sheikh Hasina today said the BNP-Jamaat regime   has kept the Central Shaheed Minar besieged to prevent the people from expressing their grievances against the  isrule and torture of the ruling alliance.

The government has planned massive reforms to make union parishad, the oldest local government structure in the subcontinent, a more effective, dynamic and stable body and further empower it as a democratic institution. The government has taken a unique move to introduce indigenous treatment system in public  ospitals alongside modern healthcare facilities.

Besides trying to bring a substantial improvement in the country's modern healthcare facilities, the present government, during the first year of its tenure, introduced `Unani' treatment system in 15 district hospitals, `Ayurvedic' system in 15 hospitals and homeopathic system in 15 hospitals.

The National NGO Co-ordination Committee has urged the government to sit with the representatives of the NGO community before finalising the proposed guideline for regulating the NGO sector.

Polythene traders at Chawkbazar in the city yesterday chased a police team, damaged several and beat up a Bangladesh Television (BTV) crew when the law enforcers raided a shop to seize banned polythene items.

 Managing Director of the now-closed Ekushey Television (ETV) Simon Dring has been asked to leave the country in seven days. Dring was summoned to the immigration and passport office at Agargaon and issued with the government order   sterday.

Although a valid visa holder, Dring was asked to leave the country upon expiry of his work permit issued by the Board of Investment. Seven Arab nationals who were arrested from different parts of Uttara model town on Monday night were placed on a five-day remand on Tuesday. They are suspected to have link with an international terrorist organisation.

Cash incentive or reduced bank rates will not be much helpful for exporters unless the overnment takes measures to stop illegal toll collection and improve the law and order situation. The experts and entrepreneurs in the light engineering sector made the observation yesterday at a seminar where the commerce minister was present as chief guest.

The three-day Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition 2002 (BATEXPO'02) will kick off in the city on October 19. The exhibition is the largest of its kind organised by Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).   

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Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) kidnapped at least 27 Bangladeshi fishermen from the river Padma at Sonaikandi on the outskirts of Rajshahi city Tuesday morning.  In the latest incident of anti-Christian violence in Pakistan, gunmen have killed seven workers at a Christian charity office in Karachi, binding the hands and mouths of some before shooting them at close range.

Three rebels in a Hindu temple shot dead by members of a crack commando unit, police said yesterday. "Three bodies have been recovered, but the operation is not yet over," police superintendent R. P. Brahmbahtt told reporters. "We want to search the temple complex to see if there any more terrorists”.

Calling for an end to religious violence, India's prime minister has promised to punish those behind a deadly militant raid on a Hindu temple that left at least 32 people dead. Reinforcements are sent to Gujarat after a militant Hindu group calls for a nationwide strike in the wake of an attack on a temple Troops kill at least 24 Maoists in a key western stronghold in Nepal, raising rebel losses to 150 since last week, the authorities say.

A protest march over water rights in the southern Indian city of Bangalore has been marred by violence. India has become a significantly less attractive place for foreign companies to invest in, a global survey says.  As the VHP-sponsored Bharat bandh began on Thursday, the Narendra Modi
government in Ahmedabad is taking no chances with the law and order situation in the state.

Scaling down India's growth rate to 5 per cent from its earlier projection of 5.5 per cent, the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday wanted New Delhi to step up reforms as there was still a large unfinished agenda. 

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U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters Wednesday that U.S. intelligence has  termined there is a link between Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network, but he refused to elaborate.

Thawing relations between North Korea and the U.S. will soon be put to the test following a  hite House decision to send a high level envoy to
Pyongyang to discuss the North's missile and weapons programs.

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today without any hope for a gold in the 14th Asian Games, starting in Busan on September 29. Bangladesh will take part in nine disciplines at the 41-nation Games.  India pulled off a nail-biting 10-run victory over South Africa to storm into the Champions  rophy final Wednesday fter centurion Herschelle Gibbs's retirement turned the semifinal on its head.


The match looked in South Africa's grasp as opener Gibbs hit 116 from 119 balls and shared a 178-run second wicket  artnership with Jacques Kallis (97)

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