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Sunday, September 29, 2002

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

Sunday, September 29, 2002



Two separate bomb blasts have killed at least three people and injured more than 100 in the town of Satkhira in southwest Bangladesh Saturday evening. 


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said campus unrest is being  triggered in a planned manner to close down the educational institutions that provide opportunity of higher education for poor and talented students.

Classes at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) resumed yesterday after a 20-day closure since September 8. Presence of students on the campus was normal.

All residential halls of Dhaka University (DU) will reopen today and classes will resume from October 3 after two months of unscheduled closure since July 28. The DU authorities have completed all preparations for reopening of the 14 halls at 10:00 am today in presence of hall provosts and house tutors.

The ruling BNP-led alliance has started massive preparations to celebrate completion of one year in power on October 10 through organising various programmes to highlight its successes. Alliance leaders at a meeting here
yesterday chalked out a three-day countrywide programme for the celebrations.

Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student front of the main opposition Awami League, was the first to hold a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar at about 10-30 am yesterday following withdrawal of the police cordon Thursday. Former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh, Prof Golam Azam, yesterday asked the world community to raise voices against the United States for its conspiracy to initiate the third world war.


President Iajuddin Ahmed hosted a tea party for the diplomats of the West Asia and African countries at Bangabhaban yesterday. Ambassadors of Iran, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia; High Commissioner of  Nigeria and Charges D' Affaires of Iraq and Libya attended the tea party.

BNP Secretary general and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said China and Bangladesh followed similar policy in many international issues.


A police official and four others have been sentenced to one-year imprisonment and another accused has been acquitted in the Simi suicide case. Simi Banu, 21, a final year student of Narayanganj Institute of Fine Arts, committed suicide on December 23 last year at their Khilgoan residence of the city after being harassed by some local hoodlums.


Judicial officers and lawyers of Narayanganj held separate meetings on the District Judges Court premises yesterday protesting an attack on District and Sessions Judge, Narayanganj Md Abul Mansur. Lawyers also abstained from attending courts protesting the attack. by the transport workers at Muktarpur ferry ghat on Friday.
The transport owners and employees body has called a 72 -hour transport strike on 174 routes on Chittagong and Sylhet divisions from 6am today to press home their demands.

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked all banks and customs offices to stop transactions with 49 readymade garment (RMG) and accessories factories for their alleged involvement in tax evasion, bond license forgery, fake export and selling of imported fabrics in the open market, reports Financial Express. Shortage of potential buyers, legal disputes and lack of regulations have slowed down the process of privatisation of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The Privatisation Commission is now trying to attract buyers from abroad by offering 40 per cent rebate in the prices of the SOEs quoted by the government, reports The Independent.

GMG Holidays, a subsidiary of GMG Airlines which is Bangladesh's only private domestic airline, has introduced an economical and attractive package to India's city of Joy - Kolkata. Attractively priced at US dollars 165 per person sharing a twin room, the package offers three nights and four days stay in Kolkata's 1st 5-star Hotel Hindustan International with complimentary buffet breakfast.

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At least 16 people are now confirmed to have been killed in a crush in  Lucknow, the capital of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. At least 12 others were injured in stampede as a huge crowd rushed to catch trains home on Saturday evening after attending a political rally addressed by India's Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and the state's Chief Minister Ms Mayawati.

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say four people have been killed after militants made an attempt on the life of a Nationalist Congress Party candidate Khalida Mushtaq who was  seriously injured in the attack.

Police charged popular Indian movie star Salman Khan with rash and negligent driving Saturday after his car allegedly jumped onto a sidewalk, killing one person and injuring three others who were sleeping there. He was later released on bail, Times of India reports.

At least 82 Maoist rebels have been killed in clashes with security forces in Nepal, sources and officials said on Wednesday. Most of the deaths took place since Tuesday night in the Maoist stronghold area of Rolpa, 380 km from Kathmandu,.

A new law in Nepal that decriminalises abortion and broadens women's property rights has come into effect, officials say. The new law overturns the total ban on abortion and allows pregnancies to be terminated up to three months after conception, or longer if rape or incest were involved. 

China has called upon the international community to adopt an "evenhanded approach" towards Pakistan and India for resolving the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, reports The Dawn

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Rescue ships swarmed the waters off the Gambian coast early Saturday trying to find survivors a day after a Senegalese ferry sank in a storm with nearly 800 people onboard. Central and southern parts of Thailand are bracing for severe flooding as rivers surged beyond critical levels after heavy rainfall in most parts of the country.

Turkish paramilitary police have seized more than 15 kg (33 lbs) of weapons-grade uranium. Acting on a tip-off,  officers in the southern province of which borders Syria and is about 250 km (155 miles) from the Iraqi border, also detained two persons. U.S. officials are in touch with authorities to get information about the seizure.

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Bangladesh national cricket team will play their second limited-over practice match against a county district team of South Africa today (Sunday), reports UNB. In their first practice match in South Africa Friday, the touring Bangladesh side beat local Nikki Francis Openhimer (NFO) Eleven by 6 wickets.

First round of the Cute Handball League began yesterday at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday. Four matches were held on the opening day. In the men's group, Gobindaganj Physical College defeated Fulchari Pilot High School 16-6 and A N Smrity Sangsad 14-8.

Sri Lanka will meet India in the Champions Trophy final today after  thrashing Australia by seven wickets

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