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Monday, September 08, 2003



Awami League president Sheikh Hasina has said after forming the government with the defeated forces of 1971 like the Jamaat-e-Islami as its partner, the BNP government has been engaged in erasing the country’s glorious history of the Liberation War and the contributions of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Khulna district and city units of the Awami League (AL) are jointly enforcing a daylong hartal in the southern divisional headquarters  today to protest the murder of a party leader on Saturday night.

BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan who is also chairman of the cabinet committee on Law and Order, has said BNP does not believe in the politics of killing although incidents of killing are taking place in the country. Not only Awami League leaders and workers, but the BNP men are also being killed in different parts of the country, he said in a BBC interview.

A parliamentary standing committee asked the land ministry yesterday to take tough measures, including deploying army if need be, to recover government land from grabbers.

The outgoing board of directors of FBCCI expressed serious concern over deteriorating law and order situation of the country. At their last meeting yesterday, the FBCCI board for 2000-02 said extortion and terrorist activities across the country, especially abduction of businessmen one after another in Chittagong, worried the business community.

Dhaka University dormitories have of late become safe haven for notorious criminals of the capital and extremists of the Khulna region. The general students of the dormitories of the university are passing their days in anxiety fearing violent incidents on the campus involving the gangsters, reports The Independent.

Kotwali Police on Saturday night registered two cases against 100 pro-Awami League lawyers for their alleged involvement in attacking a procession of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and creating obstruction to holding the foundation stone laying ceremony of a new building of the Dhaka Judge’s Court by the Prime Minister.

A police constable shot dead a colleague before turning the gun on himself in the police lines here in the early hours today. Sarod Bindu Chakma (28), who was on duty at the armoury, killed Nirupom Chakma (30) in his sleep at about 1-30am. After killing the fellow policeman upstairs Sarod came down quickly and shot himself with his rifle.

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In the first ever visit by a top Israeli leader, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrives  New Delhi on Monday to open a new chapter in relations between New Delhi and Tel Aviv.

In the biggest operations after the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, Nepal’s security personnel killed more than 50 Maoists in a two-day drive in Rolpa, Achham and Parbat districts Saturday and Sunday, a security source told Nepalnews Sunday evening.

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Israeli helicopters launched a missile attack at the home of Hamas militant Abdel Salam Abu Musa in the Gaza Strip wounding at least 11 people. The army said the target was a Hamas weapons warehouse inside the building, in the Khan Younis refugee camp. Sunday's attack came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said all Hamas militants were "marked for death."

Restrictions imposed by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have had a disastrous impact on the lives of Palestinians and crippled their economy, a report by Amnesty International said. "Unemployment and poverty has spiralled, malnutrition has emerged, anaemia and other health problems have increased and education has been negatively affected," the report by the London-based rights group Said.

The Arab League accused Israel of trying to plunge the region into a new cycle of violence by trying to kill Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin.

US president vows to do whatever necessary to bring security to Iraq, which he says is the "central front" of the war on terror.

 A US military plane taking off from Baghdad airport came under attack from two surface-to-air missiles, it has emerged. The incident, in the early hours of Saturday, came just hours before American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld left the airport at the end of a three-day visit to Iraq.

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Pakistani captain Rashid Latif was banned for five one-day internationals on Sunday for claiming a dropped catch during this week's narrow Test victory over Bangladesh in Multan. Pakistan won the third and final Test, which ended Saturday, by just one wicket, depriving Bangladesh of their first Test victory in 24 attempts.

Experienced batsman Inzamamul Haq has replaced banned Rashid Latif as Pakistan captain for the five-match one-day series against Bangladesh starting next week, Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Sunday.

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