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Monday, June 10, 2002

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

Monday, June 10, 2002

Bangladesh

President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday asked the members of Lions Club to join hands with others in containing violence, a major obstacle to social development. "The society will be destroyed unless we can't stop violence and terrorism right now," President Chowdhury said at the opening of 15th annual convention of Lions Multiple District 315. The function was held at the Bangladesh-China Conference Centre.

The killing of a female student on Saturday Mounting led to mounting tension among students and teachers forcing the authorities to close the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) until July 3. Resident students were asked to vacate their halls by 6:00pm yesterday.

Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday accused opposition leader Sheikh Hasina of plotting to topple the government through extra-constitutional means. He warned that the AL would be held responsible if democracy or the parliament ceases to function because of its conspiracy.

As JAGPA and PNP merged with Jatiya Party (E) yesterday, former president and JP chairman HM Ershad called upon all Islamic and democratic forces to join the platform of Jatiya Party to build up a third political force.

Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on Sunday had an exclusive meeting with at least 12 retired high-ranking army officers. Of them seven were retired army generals, including three former army chiefs.

The Power Development Board (PDB), Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (DESA) and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) together accounted for 86 per cent of the total losses incurred by all state-owned enterpises (SOEs) in fiscal 2000-2001. World Bank (WB) Country Director Frederic T Temple said this at a seminar on 'Energy Subsidies in Bangladesh: Magnitude and Beneficiaries', held at the auditorium of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday.

Finance Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday said a high-powered committee would be formed soon to find means of mitigating the nagging problem of default loans, for which he blamed some bankers. Saifur Rahman asked Bangladesh Bank officials to ensure payback before lending out public money, according to sources close to the meeting.

Real estate and housing companies are hoping for a healthy environment in the sector in coming days due to withdrawal of VAT and reduction of registration fee for apartments in the proposed budget. But the construction cost would go up by at least 10 per cent because of tax increase on building materials, they said.

Discussion on the supplementary budget for fiscal 2001-2002 began in the parliament when its budget session resumed yesterday after a tow-day recess. The House witnessed a quorum crisis once again, causing a 20-minute delayed start of the fourth sitting of the budget session. It was scheduled to start at 7pm. Leader of the House Prime Minister Khaleda Zia entered the House at 7.45pm.

The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka yesterday fixed August 28 for hearing on acceptance of the charge sheet in connection with a graft case against former home minister Mohammad Nasim and three others. Judge Ahmed Jamil Mostafa passed the order after the case file was placed before the court for its acceptance.

Leader of Islami Okiya Jote Mufti Moulana Fazlul Huq Aminee MP yesterday called on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia at her office yesterday. Moulana Aminee expressed his satisfaction and gratitude to the Almighty Allah for early recovery of the Prime Minister and wished her a long life and good health.

A businessman was shot by an armed extortionist at South Kamalapur in the city's Motijheel area yesterday. The extortionist went to Vital International Furniture shop at 152/5 South Kamalapur at 12:15 pm yesterday and demanded money from Kamal Hossain Sunny, 38, owner of the shop.

Mohammad Reazuddin Ahmed, a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Vice President of the City Awami League, died of cardiac arrest at Suhrawardy hospital at 9:30 am yesterday at the age of 65. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of chest pain at 4 in the morning.

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 Neighbour

Nuclear-armed enemies India and Pakistan toned down their hostile rhetoric ahead of a visit this week by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld intended to pull them back from the brink of war.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said that the India-Pakistan crisis would not derail a general election planned for October, according to a report Sunday.

SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: Former Hurriyat chairman and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and sent to Central Jail, Ranchi, on Sunday.

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 International

Israeli troops moved into the West Bank town of Ramallah early Monday, hours after Yasser Arafat named a new, streamlined Cabinet and hours before Israel's prime minister was to meet President Bush in Washington.

President Bush on Saturday sidestepped Arab pleas to impose a deadline for Palestinian statehood while Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak defended Yasser Arafat and urged, "Give this man a chance."

Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have agreed to continue their joint efforts for defusing the Indo-Pak tension.

At least nine people have been killed in the Indonesian province of Aceh where soldiers are hunting separatist rebels, the military and residents said Sunday.

A top White House official on Sunday dismissed the Kyoto Protocol, the first coordinated world response to tackling global warming by requiring industrialized countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

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 Sports

Mexico made hard work of beating lowly Ecuador 2-1 in their World Cup Group G match on Sunday, a result which leaves the race for the two qualifying places wide open.

Junichi Inamoto is the hero of Japan, scoring the winner as the co-hosts beat Russia 1-0 yesterday after a storming second half to record their first ever victory in a World Cup finals.

Brazilian superstar Ronaldo was besieged by fans at Seogwipo airport Sunday as his star shines steadily brighter in Korean eyes.

Mike Tyson learned the hard way that he bit off a little more than he could chew when he sank his teeth into Lennox Lewis. Lewis flattened Tyson with a powerful right hand after two minutes and 25 seconds of the eighth round here Saturday to retain his world heavyweight boxing crown. The British champion had defeated every other major foe of his era.

Albert Costa beat fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to win the French Open men's singles title here yesterday for his first Grand Slam title.

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