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

Sunday, September 07, 2003


Dhaka judge’s court premises turned into a battle-field yesterday as lawyers, party activists clashed before and after the arrival of the Prime Minister there to lay the foundation stone of a new multi-storey building.

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina alleged yesterday that the BNP-Jamaat alliance government was hatching a conspiracy to cling to power by rigging the polls to protect their ‘looted public money’.

A week-long International Film Festival will begin in the city on September 18 with a slogan ‘Film for the people’. A leader of the city Awami League (AL) was gunned down and 13 others were injured in a powerful bomb explosion near their party office on the Shankha Market premises in Khulna town on Saturday night.

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A disillusioned Mahmoud Abbas resigned as prime minister  of Palestine Saturday after a four-month power struggle with Yasser Arafat, leaving Israel and the United States without a negotiating partner and prompting calls by some top Israeli officials to expel Arafat.

Pressure mounted on Sunday for British Prime Minister Tony Blair to quit over his part in the suicide of a weapons expert at the heart of a furious row over the government's case for going to war in Iraq. A poll in the Mail on Sunday newspaper showed 43 percent of people believed Blair should resign over the affair, 42 percent believed he should stay in office and 15 percent were undecided.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld lashed out at Iraqi critics of the U.S.-led occupation Saturday, demanding that they give American forces more information about saboteurs and terrorists. Many Iraqis, as well as some members of Congress, have said they are frustrated that security remains a problem in Iraq four months after President Bush declared that major combat had ended.

Iraqi assailants destroyed a car with a rocket-propelled grenade and fired mortars late on Saturday in what appeared to be an unusual assault on residents in Awja, the birthplace of deposed leader Saddam Hussein, military officials said. Soldiers believed they were aimed at Iraqis who cooperate with U.S. forces based in the village just outside Saddam's hometown of Tikrit,

The US defence secretary is due to arrive in Afghanistan amid increased violence in the country, reports BBC .A mobile phone company in the United Arab Emirates is giving Muslims the option of receiving the call to prayer (Azan) on their handsets. An image and a sound will appear on the phone at prayer time.

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Saturday was a shocking day for all in Bangladesh. People irrespective of their age, who spent sleepless night like Bangladesh skipper Khaled Mahmud Sujan, tried to attend to their respective duties after 1.30 pm when the television viewers watched a pull shot by veteran Pakistan batsman Inzamamul Haq cross the boundary line, taking Pakistan total to 262 for nine.

Bangladesh were kept waiting for their first Test win by Inzamamul Haq who produced a brilliant innings of 138 to steer Pakistan to a one-wicket win on the fourth day of the third and final Test in Multan on Saturday.

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