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Thursday,  July 04, 2002

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Thursday, July 04, 2002



The Dhaka city unit of the Awami League is observing a half-day hartal in the capital today. The hartal is scheduled to continue till 12 noon.

Three people were killed and six others severely injured in a fierce gun battle between activists of BNP and Awami League at about 11 am yesterday at Gourambha union under Rampal thana of Bagerhat district.

The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations, held under the seven education Boards of the country, were published on Wednesday with an average 40.66 per cent student passed in all subjects.

A superintendent of police (SP) allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his official pistol at an apartment complex in the city's Moghbazar area on Wednesday.

Canadian High Commissioner David Preston and British High Commissioner Dr David Carter made the remarks after a long meeting with Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence.

Heavy rains are expected during July, which may trigger flooding in the Ganges-Padma, Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Meghna river basins, said the meteorology department in a long range forecast.

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The UNAIDS advisor in India, David Miller, says India has the second highest number of people with HIV and AIDS in the world, reports BBC.

The authorities in Pakistan say four armed men have been killed in an encounter with police near the city of Lahore.

Ten people were injured when an explosion occurred in a train compartment in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh last evening.

Indian police Wednesday detained Javed Mir, the vice chairman of the pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), at a rally protesting calls by right-wing Hindus for the state to be divided along religious lines. Police barricaded the rally and when Mir insisted on moving on, he and several of his supporters were pulled into waiting police cars and driven to a police station.

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The US Embassy in Bangladesh announced the implementation of a new arrangement with American Express Bank Ltd. Bangladesh to offer non-immigrant visa applicants a more convenient way.

Fighter jets will patrol the skies and plainclothes FBI agents will walk Fourth of July parade routes in an all-hands response to vague but increasing talk detected by U.S. intelligence of possible terrorist attacks.

Around-the-world balloonist Steve Fossett landed safely in Australia Thursday ending his epic 14-day flight to become the first person to solo circumnavigate the globe in a balloon.

People across China were warned Tuesday to prepare for imminent flooding even worse than that thought to have killed almost 800 people last month, as the full force of the rainy season looms.

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Bangladesh Hockey Federation has selected 28 players for a residential training camp to select the national hockey team, which will take part in the upcoming 14th Asian Games.

Bangladesh Kho Kho Federation has launched the Campus Ballpen Dhaka Metropolis Kho Kho League at the Outer Stadium which begins today (Thursday) and runs through till July 14.

Amelie Mauresmo, coping better with a series of rain delays, outplayed Jennifer Capriati 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. In a match delayed for three hours and interrupted twice by showers, the ninth-seeded.  England beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in a NatWest one-dayer despite a century by Sanath Jayasuriya.

The Indians look unstoppable as they take on England for the second time in the NatWest Triangular series today.

South Korea reclaimed their place as Asia's top team in the Fifa rankings on Wednesday after their World Cup success and coach Guus Hiddink said that he wanted to take the best young players to Europe when he left.

Pakistan's Ehsan Mani, a London-based chartered accountant, is to be the next International Cricket Council president. He will take over from Malcolm Gray of Australia next June and will serve a two-year term. In the run-up to the presidency, Mani will serve as ICC's vice president for one year, during which the World Cup will be held in South Africa from February to March, 2003.

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind are likely to occur at many places over the country with moderately heavy to heavy rainfalls at places until 6:00 pm today (Thursday). Day temperature may remain nearly unchanged during the period, the Met Office said.

The country's highest temperature Wednesday was 32.2 degrees Celsius recorded at Syedpur and the lowest 24.7 degrees Celsius at Feni.

The sun sets in the capital today at 6.50 pm and rises tomorrow at 5:16 am. The highest temperature in Dhaka Wednesday was 31 degrees Celsius.

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