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Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Police and BDR men seized 26,500 bullets and 48kg explosives in joint raids on four BNP workers' houses in Kahalu upazila in Bogra yesterday. Earlier on Friday, the biggest ever   consignment  of  62,100 bullets and 120kg explosives was recovered  from  the same area.

In connection with the Bogra ammunition haul, the BDR yesterday arrested two Indians and recovered two firearms and a wireless set from them at the Satchhari Forest Range in Chunarughat upazila, Habiganj.

Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday took a swipe at Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and said she harbours criminals. "The prime minister is trying to shift the blame for her misdeeds onto us (the opposition lawmakers) and to misguide the nation," Hasina, also the Awami League president, said in rebuttal to Khaleda's accusations against the opposition.  The prime minister at Monday's budget discussion in parliament mounted a scathing attack on the AL and labelled it as 'al-Qaeda, Taliban, terrorist and killer'.

Top police officials have interrogated some executives of private satellite channels Channel-i and ATN Bangla in connection with the airing of news on the sensational ammunition and explosives haul in Bogra.  Earlier on Sunday, Secretary General of Jamaat and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police Khandaker Golam Faruq filed two general diaries (GDs) with Ramna and Tejgaon police stations against Channel-i and ATN.

The parliamentary stalemate due to the main opposition Awami League's (AL) indefinite boycott of the House is unlikely to end soon with no sign of a change in the AL stance. The AL stayed out of parliament on June 12 when the national budget for the current fiscal was placed and also on June 30 when it was passed. Lawmakers of the party went to the House on nine working days and staged six walkouts.

Unidentified assailants gunned down, Muktar Hossain (33), a ward level Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader and injured his mother and a trader at Goalghat in Sutrapur yesterday.

The outgoing US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters yesterday categorically said her country "has no plan or desire to establish a military base in Bangladesh".

At a luncheon meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce yesterday, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Ann Peters said Bangladesh must reach a consensus on gas export and regional trade cooperation for its economic wellbeing.

In a social call, Awami League Presidium Member SAMS Kibria Monday visited Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and wished his early recovery.

Health inspectors found 67 per cent of dairy and oil products adulterated in a laboratory analysis on 137 samples at the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday penalised managing directors of two publicly traded companies for defaulting in dividend payment. Gachihata Aquaculture Farms Limited has been fined Tk 1.5 crore while Raspit Data Management and Telecommunications Limited Tk 55 lakh for failing to pay dividends to their shareholders on time. The weekly tea sale yesterday witnessed a stronger demand following increased interest of buyers from all sections of the market.

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About 10,000 private schools in Nepal have been closed down indefinitely in an attempt to end a dispute by students. Student union leaders are demanding changes in the way the private schools are funded and say education in government schools should be free.

Separatist rebels from India's north eastern state of Assam have started moving out of their bases in southern Bhutan after a deadline set by Bhutanese Government expired on Monday.

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In a live TV broadcast, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas addressed their peoples together for the first time from Jerusalem on Tuesday, delivering a commitment to peace from the city at the heart of the Middle East conflict.

Six US soldiers are injured in two attacks in Iraq, but President Bush says American forces will not be pulling out.  A group of visiting senators said there could be more attacks on U.S. troops after a fatal blast at a mosque fueled Muslim anger with the occupying forces.

Two months after President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq, the United States needs more troops on the ground and should accept any foreign help it can get to crush resistance and start real nation-building, military analysts said on Tuesday.

The United States Tuesday announced suspension of military aid to 35 countries, including Colombia and six nations seeking NATO membership, because they back the International Criminal Court and have not exempted Americans from possible prosecution. The international court was set up last year to try war crimes and acts of genocide.

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The Bangladesh Rifles maintained their supremacy winning the eighth Premier Division Kabadi League beating Bangladesh Army in the final at the outer stadium kabadi court yesterday.

Defending champion and top seed Serena Williams dropped her first set at Wimbledon on Tuesday, but recovered to reach the women's singles semifinals beating US eighth seed Jennifer Capriati 2-6, 6-2,6-3

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