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Sunday,  July 07, 2002

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

Sunday, July 07, 2002



The current budget session of Parliament will resume this evening(Sunday). The session was adjourned after passage of national budget for 2002-2003 fiscal year by Parliament on June 29.

Appreciating the quality of many Bangladeshi products, the outgoing Canadian High Commissioner David Preston yesterday said that there is ample scope for expansion of trade and commerce between the two countries. Preston's observation came during his farewell call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

David Preston also paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday. The Foreign Minister expressed his satisfaction at the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, particularly in the economic and trade sector.

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina on Saturday cautioned the Prime Minister that conspiracy she (PM) is fearing about in different corners is in fact active in her own arena.

A meeting of the presidium of the Awami League on Saturday took the stock of current political developments in the country and decided to adopt tougher action programmes including hartal to build up anti-Government movement across the country over a number of issues.

A gunfight between Awami League and BNP activists at Dighirpar Bazaar in Tongibari upazila left one person dead and 15 others injured on Friday night. The dead was identified as Suruj Mia, son of Jalal Bepari of Beshanal village.

To finalise measures for writing off loans of about Tk 215 billion (Tk 21500 crore) lying unrealised as bad debt for long time, the central bank top officials finished their second meeting in the row with top officials of commercial banks on Saturday.

The High Court on Saturday issued Rule on the Government to show cause within the next six weeks as to why the promotion of one hundred and seventy Deputy Secretaries to the rank of Joint Secretary last month should not be declared illegal.

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The Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Monday) on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Gunmen firing assault rifles Saturday assassinated Afghan Vice President Abdul Qadir, a veteran Pashtun warlord and key figure in U.S.-backed efforts to bring stability to the war-fractured nation.

Authorities in Indian controlled Kashmir say at least two members of India's security forces and two militants have been killed in a fierce gun battle Saturday.

An Ulfa and an NDFB militant were killed in separate encounters with security forces in lower Assam, police said Saturday.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Saturday promulgated an order which provides that a person who at any time has held the office of the Prime Minister or that of a Chief Minister of a Province or a combination of such offices for two terms- irrespective of whether any of the two or both the terms of office were completed or not- "shall not be qualified to hold the office of the Prime Minister or that of Chief Minister".

Indians are forced out of their homes in the northern states of Assam and Bihar as rivers reach danger levels. More than two million people are now believed to be homeless because of the floods.

More than 100 people have died in landslides and floods in Bhutan and the neighbouring Indian states of Assam and West Bengal in the last two days.

The Karnataka cabinet on Saturday decided to apprise Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee of the state's inability to release water to Tamil Nadu, due to acute shortage in the Cauvery basin reservoirs.

The Times of India has claimed to be the world's largest circulated English broadsheet daily.


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Surging floods from nearly a week of heavy rain in Texas ripped houses from their foundations, destroying millions of dollars worth of property and forcing more than 4,000 people escape from their homes.

Alarmed by the terrorist attacks, the newly raised US government agency responsible for airline security decided to place armed law enforcement officers - uniformed and plainclothes - throughout the public areas of airports.

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Once again, just two best friends. Sisters. Serena captured her second straight Grand Slam event by beating two-time defending champion Venus 7-6 (4), 6-3 Saturday in a pulsating display that featured more stellar shots than their title matches at the U.S. Open and French Open combined.

India sent Sri Lanka crashing out of contention for the triangular one-day series by defeating its Asian neighbors by four wickets at at Edgbaston on Saturday.  After dismissing Sri Lanka for 187, India recovered from 59 for four to
make the victory target with 11 balls to spare.

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Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind are likely at many places over the country with moderately heavy falls at places in next 24 hours until 6:00 pm tomorrow (Sunday).

Day temperature is expected to remain unchanged over the country, the Met Office said. Country's highest temperature 33.5 degree Celsius was recorded Saturday at Khepupara and the lowest 23.2 degree Celsius at Rangamati.

The sun sets in the capital today at 6.50 pm and rises on Monday at 5:17 am.

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