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Saturday, September 13, 2003


Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to join a mass procession on September 15 and a nationwide shutdown on September 25 to symbolise a vote of no-confidence in the coalition

At least 1200 "trained" members of Hizbut Towhid, an Islamic militant organisation, are active in Kushtia, Meherpur, Chuadanga and Jhenidah districts, reports The Daily Star.

Anti-globalisation groups and left-leaning parties in Bangladesh continued demonstrations and processions yesterday against the on-going key ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that opened on Wednesday at the Mexican resort of Cancun. In a protest rally, a coalition of four left-leaning parties termed the Cancun meeting a gathering of looters.

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri and Bangladesh Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina discussed bilateral and regional cooperation when the former called on her at her residence Sudha Sadan yesterday morning.

India will not send troops to Iraq even if the United Nations mandates multinational peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country, the Indian media reported yesterday. However, the real reason, the reports said, was that national elections are due in India by October 2004 and the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes it would be politically disastrous if any Indian soldier died in Iraq.

India's Supreme Court has launched a scathing attack on the authorities in the state of Gujarat over their handling of a riot last year in which 12 Muslims were burned to death in a bakery by a Hindu mob.

India is to privatise the country's two main international airports in Delhi and Bombay (Mumbai). It is hoped the move will attract money to upgrade the airports to world standards. Under the plan, approved by the Indian cabinet, private firms will be able to buy a stake of up to 74%.

Two persons, including the prime suspect in the August 25 twin blasts at the city's Zaveri Bazaar and the Gateway of India, were shot dead in an encounter by the Bombay crime branch of police on Friday.

Maoists in Nepal ambushed  and killed two soldiers at Shivapuri, north of the Kathmandu valley around 12.30 in the afternoon yesterday.

Two rockets exploded near camps of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Afghan capital Kabul, but caused no casualties, a military statement said yesterday

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US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Friday rejected as "totally unrealistic" a French timetable for the full transfer of authority in Iraq to local control, starting with the establishment of a provisional government next month.

American troops have killed at least eight Iraqi police officers at a checkpoint in Falluja, west of Baghdad, witnesses say. The  coalition sources  mentioned it as  “mistaken” friendly firing.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat remained defiant yesterday after Israel decided to expel him, with militants warning all Israelis of a "volcano of anger" if the threat is carried out.

The United Nations Security Council has voted to lift more than a decade of sanctions against Libya. The move clears the way for the payment of compensation to families of the victims of the bombing of a Pan Am jet above the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

Change bed sheets once a week, store pots near the stove, and never, ever wash whites with darks.  That is just some of the advice found on a popular new Internet portal aimed at helping recently divorced Portuguese men tackle the domestic chores which they used to leave up to their wives.

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Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs in the second one-day international match at Iqbal stadium Friday. The footballers' transfer of the Dhaka Metropolis Senior Division Football league will be held from September 20-23 at the Metropolis League Committee office of the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

BJMC clinched the title of the 16th Pepsi National Women Handball Championship outplaying Bangladesh Ansar by 22-13 goals in the final on Friday at Shamsul Huda Stadium, Jessore.

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