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Monday, September 09, 2002

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

Sunday, September 08, 2002


Bangladeshi Authorities yesterday shut down Bangladesh University of E ngineering  and Technology (BUET) university  for an indefinite period  after a week of violence by student protesters. Students were also forced to vacate their dormitories by 5pm yesterday.

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday called a half-day hartal in the Dhaka city from 6 am to 12 noon for tomorrow (Tuesday) protesting indefinite closure of the BUET. It also called for a countrywide student strike the same day. Awami League has supported the hartal.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) will press for immediate formation of parliamentary standing committees on different ministries in the autumn session of the Jatiya Sangsad beginning  from Thursday.. The eighth parliament has completed three sessions so far without forming the committees.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all concerned, irrespective of party affiliations, to work for rapid expansion of education to banish illiteracy from the country totally. There can be no differences of opinion on this national task, she said addressing a function marking the International Literacy Day and conclusion of the Adult Education Week 2002.

The ruling BNP, which earlier suspended activities of the central committee of its student front Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and had been in serious dilemma whether to ban student politics, has now decided to form a fresh committee of the JCD unit to face the growing student unrest on different campuses.

The scheduled hearing of the writ petitions filed by the ETV Ltd. did not take place yesterday. The deferred hearing will be on Wednesday next. The vacation bench of the High Court comprising Justice M A Matin and Justice S K Sinha deferred the hearing on a submission by Barrister Azmalul Hossain on behalf of the ETV Ltd.

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Fighting has erupted in Afghanistan as the country's president heads to New York on the first anniversary of the assassination of a legendary resistance leader.

Officials in Nepal say Maoist rebels have launched a new attack on a town in the west of the country less than 24 hours after the government reported an attack on a police post in which 49 policemen were killed.

Four suspected militants - two of them linked to a church massacre last year - are killed in a gun battle with police in Pakistan.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said the relations with India had reached a new low, accusing New Delhi of running a global smear campaign to depict Pakistan as a terrorist state.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s main task while in New York next week will be to tell US President Bush about Pakistan’s failure to fulfil its promise of ending cross-border terrorism, reports Times Of India.

A mass procession by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party sets off in the riot-torn state of Gujarat amid tight security.

A European Union delegation has arrived in the Burmese capital Rangoon for three days of talks with the government and the opposition.

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Palestinian sources say Israeli tanks have staged another large-scale raid in Gaza, as the Palestinian parliament prepares to meet.

Rioting has broken out in Indonesia's Moluccas islands following the reported killing of three muslim women in the religiously-divided region.  Mobs took to the streets in a predominantly-Muslim quarter of the regional capital, Ambon, and torched a van carrying Christians - one person was burnt to death, reports BBC.

Al Qaeda considered striking U.S. nuclear facilities in the September 11 attacks and hasn't ruled out nuclear attacks in the future, an Arab television reporter who interviewed two plotters of the terror attacks said Sunday.

France is drafting a two-stage plan that could lead to United Nations authorization of military force against Iraq, French President Jacques Chirac said in an interview in today's New York Times. Chirac told the newspaper that under the French plan, a Security Council resolution would give Iraq a three-week deadline for admitting United Nations weapons inspectors "without restrictions or preconditions". If Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein rejects their return or hampers their work, he said, a second resolution should be passed on whether to use military force. The French president said his country would work on drafting this second resolution. Chirac did not commit France to providing combat troops.

Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators Sunday after violence erupted during a march marking the 29th anniversary of the military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Japan's space agency plans to test an unmanned landing and take-off system next month that it hopes will one day be used in a reusable shuttle or other spacecraft, officials said Thursday.

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The Bangladesh cricket team left for Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy. The 17-day mini World Cup begins in Colombo on September 12. Wicketkeeper-batsman Khaled Mashud leads a 14-member squad on his second trip to the Emerald Island after the Test series nearly two months ago.

Leaders Abahani face Arambagh Krira Sangha in the opening match of the 'Super Five' phase of the National Bank Premier Football League that begins at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Top five teams -- Abahani, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra, Dhanmondi Club and Arambagh Krira Sangha -- of the 10-team first round, move into the final phase of the rain-hit league that started on July 15.

Defying the odds, age and fatigue Pete Sampras beat fellow tennis legend Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-4 to win the US Open final on Sunday and claim an unprecedented 14th career grand slam.

England have got off to a flier in their second innings, reaching 114 without loss by stumps on day four - an overall lead of 121 after India were bowled out for 508.

Yugoslavia win their fifth gold medal at the World Basketball Championships with an 84-77 win over Argentina.

Australia finally won a match at the 24th Champions Trophy on Sunday after five successive defeats. A convincing 3-0 victory over South Korea in the fifth place match means they maintain their ever-present record in the world's top six and consigned South Korea to relegation.

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