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Sunday, September 14, 2003


Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the opposition party Awami League is killing their own men, and then calling hartals in a desperate bid to create issues for subverting the country's development

The Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) sits today at 5:00pm at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban to decide whether it will join the current session of parliament. The session, which began Thursday, resumes today at 5:00pm after a two-day interval. Deputy Leader of the Opposition Abdul Hamid said, "The possibility of joining this session is slim.”, reports The Daily Star.

Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council Santu Larma yesterday alleged that a vested quarter of the four-party alliance government was mainly responsible for the Mahalchari tragedy. He also said that the tense situation in the region would be prolonged if the CHT peace accord was not implemented, reports The Independent.

A ruling party MP, Elen Bhutto of Jhalakati-Nalchhity constituency, was roughed up by a group of party cadres at Jhalakati following a row over the formation of the district committee of the Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal (JMD) on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation, the apex body of water transport worker yesterday said that it would go for indefinite strike across the country from September 25 if their demands were not met by September 20.

A woman was killed and another 25 people sustained injuries in an attack by madrassah students at Jugia on the outskirts of Kushtia town yesterday morning.

As the rivers in the Ganges-Padma basin yesterday recorded further rise at all points, the flood situation in Chapainawabganj district may deteriorate further and more low-lying areas of Rajbari, Munshiganj and Narayanganj are likely to be inundated.

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In a move to derail the Indo-Pak peace talks, militants on Saturday gunned down ex-militant turned MLA Kukka Parray in Baramulla district.

Nepal’s  travel trade organizations asked Maoists Saturday to withdraw a nation-wide three-day continuous strike called from Thursday to protest a government decision to again bracket them as terrorists following the break-down of peace talks between government and rebels last month.

Four Indian soldiers are killed in an attack by separatist guerrillas in the disputed state of Kashmir, police say. US and Indian soldiers simulated mountain warfare on Saturday as part of three weeks of military exercises in the occupied Kashmir state

Bhutan King is making an official visit to India on Sunday (today), a news report from Bhutan said Saturday. The World Trade Organisation has agreed to admit Cambodia and Nepal as members.

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Angry mourners swarmed the central Iraqi city of Fallujah Saturday, firing into the air, attacking journalists and cursing the American occupation as they followed the flag-draped coffins of eight Iraqi police killed in a friendly fire incident involving U.S. troops.

The US military apologised on Saturday for a shooting incident in the city of Fallujah the previous day in which nine Iraqi security personnel and a Jordanian hospital guard were killed.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have failed to agree on practical steps to transfer political power to the people of Iraq.

China has said it will support proposals put forward by France, Germany and Russia to reduce the political role of the United States and Britain in Iraq. China has again aligned itself with the countries which led the opposition to a US attack on Iraq before the war in March.

A defiant Palestinian President Yasser Arafat on Saturday condemned an Israeli threat to exile him as a bid to block Palestinian independence, and appealed for international intervention.

A WTO draft trade text issued here on Saturday calls for an end to export subsidies on farm products of special interest to developing countries and the gradual elimination of export subsidies on other farm goods.  

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National goalkeeper Aminul Haq, who escaped from imprisonment after allegedly being kidnapped by Abahani Limited, was produced on Saturday before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court for hearing. Chief Magistrate Sujayet Ullah ordered Aminul to remain in Muktijoddha Sangsad's custody till September 20, the day the four-day football transfers of the season begins.

India B team thrashed Bangladesh Under-19 team 3-0 in the JRD Tata Cup Invitational Football Tournament on Saturday at the Tata Football Complex, Jamshedpur, India, according to a message received in Dhaka.

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