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Thursday,  July 11, 2002

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

Thursday, July 11, 2002



Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman came down on some private banks yesterday for making huge profits overnight by charging a high interest rate. He warned that he would tax them heavily to slice off the
extra profit if they did not reduce their interest rate by next year. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Wednesday spent a busy day in Bangladesh's commercial capital before leaving for home. On the last leg of
his three-day visit to Bangladesh, he visited various commercial establishments and other institutions, including the Chittagong Stock Exchange and Export Processing Zone, Golf Club and Zia Memorial Museum in

With the water levels of two major rivers rising further yesterday, fresh areas in three districts, Pabna, Manikganj and Rajbari went under water. Erosion by the mighty rivers Padma and Jamuna has already taken a serious
turn in the districts.

The resignation of President A.Q.M. Badruddoza Chowdhury again triggered off a debate in the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina reiterated her demand for a general discussion on the exit of
the President.

The Bureau of Anti-Corruption has filed four cases against the Chittagong City Mayor, ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, the chief engineer and a contractor of the City Corporation for alleged corruption and misuse of power.

Bangladesh Bank issues a new currency note of Tk 20 denomination with the signature of Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed.

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Pakistan's president sets 10 October as the date for elections to a new parliament to replace the one he abolished three years ago.

A Pakistani special court on Wednesday sentenced self-exiled former Prime minister Benazir Bhutto to three years in prison for failing to appear before it to face a corruption charge, the official APP news agency said.

The trial of four men accused of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl ends in Pakistan with a prosecution demand for the death penalty.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is considering an offer from international peacekeepers to provide special security troops as bodyguards.

Suspected separatist militants attack a newspaper editor near Srinagar - the second journalist to be targeted in recent weeks.

Newly-appointed Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha begins a visit to Sri Lanka at a key time for the island's peace process.

Chinese President Jiang Zemin condemns Nepal's Maoist rebels during talks with King Gyanendra in Beijing, but offers no concrete help.

Nepal's caretaker home minister on Wednesday softened conditions for holding talks with Maoist rebels, saying the government would negotiate with the guerrillas if they stopped demanding an assembly that would
redraft the constitution. Previously, the government had said it would talk to the Maoists only if the rebels surrendered their weapons.

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Jailed former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has launched a scathing attack against Malaysia's highest court after it refused to overturn his conviction.

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An 18-member Bangladesh national cricket team left Dhaka Wednesday to play a two-Test and three one-day international series in Sri  Lanka. Bangladesh Volleyball Federation has launched the Pepsi First Beach
Volleyball Tournament which begins on July 14 at Cox'sbazar Sea Beach.

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind are likely at many places over Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Khulna and Barisal division in the next
24 hours till 6:00 pm Thursday. Moderately heavy falls are also expected at places over Chittagong, Barisal and Sylhet divisions during the period, Met Office said and forecast slight fall in day temperature over the country.

Country's highest temperature 36.9 degrees Celsius was recorded Wednesday at Chuadanga and the lowest 24.0 degree Celsius at Teknaf, Cox's Bazar and Syedpur. The sun sets in the capital today at 6:49 pm and rises on Friday

at 5:19 am.

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