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Thursday, April 24, 2003


The visiting former Indian Prime Minister I K Gujral called on the Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence last night and discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual concern.

 The Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the current fiscal (2002-03) has been downsized to Taka 17100 crore from its original size of Taka 19200 crore. The revised ADP was approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday in a meeting with Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia in the chair.

 Bangladesh Bank has asked the commercial banks to reorganise their boards in line with new requirements to bring in professionally sound persons in the banks' policy making bodies to protect depositors' interests. The number of directors in a bank board will not exceed 13, but the banks having more than 13 directors in their boards can continue with them until their current tenure ends, the central bank said in a circular yesterday. The circular bars more than one from a same family from becoming directors of same board.

 Ten newly appointed additional judges of the High Court Division of the Supreme Court (SC) would take oath today amid boycott of the ceremony by the SC Bar Association and also a sit-in demonstration by its members.

 Launch owners yesterday called off their wildcat strike as the government revoked its earlier restriction on plying of launches between 3pm and 8pm. The decision was taken at a meeting between the leaders of the Launch Owners Association of Bangladesh and the Minister for Shipping, Akbar Hossain.

 Chairman of Jamuna Group Nurul Islam Babul was released from the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday after he was granted bail in all cases filed against him. The Detective Branch of police arrested Babul at his Gulshan residence in the early hours of Friday. The arrest of the industrialist came two days after he allegedly issued a death threat to the executive chairman of the Board of Investment.

 A group of unidentified miscreants looted two Chinese Rifles, a shot gun and 60 rounds of bullet from three patrol police of Uttara thana at Sector 8 Uttara model town in the city on Friday night.

 Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party has claimed responsibility for looting rifles and 600 bullets from Storeroom of Daulatpur Jute Mill on Thursday night.  Meanwhile, there is no headway in the investigation of arms looting case in which 27 out of 80 people have been shown arrested yesterday.

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The issue of illegal migration with India can be resolved by ending cross-border smuggling, said Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at function in the city yesterday.  Condemning terrorists of all races and creeds, he also urged India as well as all political parties to refrain from doing politics with terrorism and to unite on handling the issue.

 President Pervez Musharraf has declared Pakistan's willingness for full dialogue with India on all issues, including Kashmir, state media reported Wednesday. "We are prepared to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with India on Kashmir and all other outstanding issues," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press of Pakistan, at a banquet for visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

 In reply, Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that a dialogue could commence with Pakistan on all issues once it stops sponsoring cross-border infiltration and destroys terrorist infrastructure on its soil.

A thunderstorm swept through North East Indian State of  Assam on Tuesday, killing at least 34 people and injuring 300 others, police said on Wednesday.

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World trade is set to grow slightly in 2003 but could be hampered by the fall-out of the Iraqi war, the spread of SARS and the continued sluggish global economy, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Wednesday. WTO experts have projected, in their latest World Trade Figures report, two-to-three per cent growth for global trade in 2003.

 US President George W Bush said on Tuesday he has no current plan for another war and played down Shi'ite demands for an Islamic state in Iraq, according to excerpts of an interview. Increased US pressure on Syria since the toppling of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein by US-led forces had fuelled speculation that Damascus could be the next target in Bush's campaign against nations he accuses of aiding terrorism.

 American forces claimed thay  captured four top officials of Saddam Hussein's former government Wednesday, including the air defense force commander and the former head of military intelligence in Iraq.

Oil from Iraq's southern fields began flowing through pipelines Wednesday for the first time since the war, and power at last was restored to parts of Baghdad. In the holy city of Karbala, thousands of Shiite Muslims demonstrated against the United States.

 US Secretary of State Colin Powell is warning France it faces consequences for trying to block the U.S.-led war with Iraq, and Bush administration officials are exploring ways to exclude France from some NATO meetings.

 US Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Tuesday the United States would not be intimidated by a North Korea with nuclear weapons and could "do whatever might be required" to face such a threat. Powell made the remark in a television interview as US officials prepared to sit down with North Korean and Chinese officials in Beijing for talks on addressing North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

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Abahani Krira Chakra's hopes of regaining the title were laid to rest when the popular Dhanmondi outfit suffered a sensational collapse on the fourth and final day of their GrameenPhone Premier Super League clash against City Club at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. Needing 63 runs to topple a modest City Club first innings total of 170, Abahani could add only 35 runs to their overnight score of 108-4 before being shot out in 38.1 overs.

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