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Wednesday,  July 03, 2002

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

Wednesday, July 03, 2002



Prime Minister Khaleda Zia directed all ministries concerned to immediately take steps for recruitment to vacant posts of different categories including teachers, physicians, nurses, law-enforcing personnel, technicians and computer professionals in specialized institutions.

The Prime Minister held a meeting with three senior Ministers and her Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday afternoon to evaluate the performance of different matters ahead of the major cabinet shake up expected tomorrow.

The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday granted bail to Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina in a graft case.

The Dhaka City Awami League has called a half-day hartal in the capital tomorrow protesting, what it said, the anti-people budget and illegal arrest of Awami League leaders, including Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Bahauddin Nasim, Mohammad Selim, Mohammad Syed Khokon and BCL leaders Liaquat Shikdar and Nazrul Islam Babu.

BNP Secretary General and Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said that the Awami League was good when in the opposition, but not when in the government.

Awami League lawmakers will return to Parliament session which resumes on July 7 after a week's recess, party sources said. The 58 MPs belonging to the Awami League joined the 3rd session of the 8th Parliament on June 24 ending their long boycott, but left the House again only after three days on June 26.

The results of SSC examinations, 2002 under the seven education boards will be announced this afternoon. The results of SSC vocational examination under the Technical Education Board and Dakhil examination under the Madrasha Education Board will also be announced simultaneously.

Five years after the Magurchhara blowout, Petrobangla finally claimed US$ 685 million from US oil company Unocal for damaging the gas structure of the well, reports Daily Star.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court yesterday rejected the Ekushey Television's (ETV) leave to appeal petition, upholding the High Court Division verdict that the ETV's licence was illegal but stayed the  execution of the verdict for five weeks.

Canada has offered Bangladesh duty and quota free access of its apparels, textiles and agricultural products from January next year. Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmood Chowdhury disclosed it at a press briefing at the ministry's conference room yesterday.

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Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is due to arrive here on a three-day official visit on July 29, sources said. He will hold official talks with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on bilateral, regional and international issues.

In an unprecedented statement, the Afghan government demanded Tuesday that the United States take "all necessary measures" to avoid civilian casualties following an air attack in which scores of villagers died.

Fears of fresh religious violence prompt the Indian state of Gujarat to postpone a mass chariot procession.

Southeast Asian economic ministers will gather in Malaysia this weekend to push forward plans to create the world's largest free trade zone, Malaysian Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said in remarks published Tuesday.

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German, Russian and U.S. investigators were en route Tuesday to the scene of Monday night's midair plane collision that killed 71 people, many of them of Russian teen-agers.

With infection rates running higher than expected, the next 20 years of the AIDS epidemic will be far worse unless there is a marked increase in prevention and treatment, according to a new report from the United Nations.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Ali Afghar has been named new president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for a two-year term, sports officials said Monday.

Sri Lanka scored 240 for seven in their triangular series one-day international here at Headingley on Tuesday. In a match reduced to 32 overs per side because of rain captain Sanath Jayasuriya top-scored with 112.

New Zealand ground out a slow reply to the West Indies' first innings total of 470 on Monday, reaching 74 for none at tea in their second innings, 23 runs behind.

An inspection will take place at 1200 GMT after rain delayed the start of the triangular tournament one-day international between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley on Tuesday.

India beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the NatWest one-day triangular series at the Oval on Sunday. Chasing a modest 202 posted by Sri Lanka, India cruised home in the 46th over with Kaif undefeated on 38 (44 balls) and Agarkar playing on 7 (10 balls).

Pakistan has hired three Australian coaches -- Trevor Chappell, Daryl Foster and Dennis Waight -- to boost its national team and improve the standard of cricket in the country.

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Moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind no likely to occur at most places over the country with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places in the next 24 hours till 6:00 pm Wednesday.

Day temperature may remain unchanged during the period, the Met Office said.  The sun sets in the capital today at 6:50 pm and rises on Thursday at 5:16 am.

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