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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

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Wednesday, June 12, 2002



Major General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, now serving as the Bangladesh Ambassador abroad, has been announced the new Chief of Army Staff three-year term with effect from on June 16.  He will   replace   Lt. Gen Harun-Ar Rashid now on a tour to China. Lt Gen Harun-Ar Rashid's  retirement  will be  effective  from June 16.

Awami League has announced a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal on June 15 to protest, what it calls, an anti-people budget.

After its Central Working Committee meeting last night, Awami League  gave a clear indication that it would join parliament session. But it did not say how and when it will join parliament session.

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan’s much talked about visit to India is expected to take place on June 14-15, diplomatic sources said yesterday, reports The Independent.

A damage suit of Tk 12,000 crore was filed with a district court here yesterday against the Far Eastern Economic Review by a Bangladeshi national for publishing his photograph along with a story titled ‘Beware of Bangladesh’

Students of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) yesterday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to press home their five-point demands.

Meanwhile, the government on an instruction of the prime minister yesterday formed a three-member inquiry committee to determine the 'administrative responsibility' for the killing of Sabequn Nahar Sony, a BUET student, in crossfire on Saturday.

Awami League yesterday removed seven central leaders and 14 others at various levels from their party posts and suspended  another 50 for various periods for their controversial role during the last general election.

A three-day conference on fighting malnutrition in South Asia has opened in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. In a country where starvation is no longer a threat, lack of nutrition means that many people are far more vulnerable to everyday illnesses, reports BBC.

Convinced by  proposed budgetary measures, the development partners Tueaday gave a broad hint that  thay would mobilise  susbtantial  funds  for poverty reduction.

The tax proposals on computers would not be changed and the restrictions on recondition cars would remain effective, Finance Minister told yesterday.

Telephone subscribers of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) are frustrated and surprised at its decision to introduce multi-metering system for local calls of digital telephones.

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Tensions appear to be easing in South Asia as U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives on the latest international peace mission to the region, but the crisis is far from over, reports CNN.

India began withdrawing warships from waters near Pakistan on Tuesday in a new conciliatory gesture aimed at easing tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who are under intense international pressure to step back from the brink of war.

Six persons, four of them from the same family, were killed and 12 others were injured in Indian shelling in Azad Jammu and Kashmir overnight Monday, officials said, adding that shelling resumed on Tuesday in many areas

Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh on Tuesday assured Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that India stood squarely behind his peace initiative at home with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Green and yellow pre-monsoon rains have lashed a village in the West Bengal for four days in a row, sparking fears among the villagers that the gods are angry, according to a government official.

India's opposition parties were in talks Tuesday to decide if Abdul Kalam, the architect of the country's ballistic missile program, was a suitable candidate for president after the ruling BJP-led coalition put up his name.

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The Catholic Church will turn its attention to Dallas Wednesday when about 300 bishops begin a conference to discuss the crisis relating to sexual abuse of children by priests.

Arabs are reacting angrily to a US program to increase surveillance of foreign visitors, accusing Washington of discrimination and "totalitarian practices" in its war against terrorism.

The Israeli army staged a new West Bank raid on Tuesday, placing a curfew on the town of Tulkarem while. maintaining a siege at Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's battered compound in Ramallah for a second day

Three Palestinian gunmen were shot dead by Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim just south of Gaza City, an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP today. "Three men approached the road which leads to Netzarim (settlement) and the army identified them as armed, so they open fired and killed them," the spokeswoman said. The army said the incident occured shortly before midnight. But a spokesman for the Palestinian security forces said he only had knowledge of one man killed by Israeli gunfire, and another who was injured

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Abahani Krira Chakra crossed a big hurdle in the Green Delta Premier Hockey League with a 2-1 win over powerful Usha Krira Chakra in a return leg clash yesterday.

Holders France were dramatically dumped out of the World Cup yesterday, making a humiliating early exit from the competition with the worst record of any defending champions in history. France are suffering the acute embarrassment of becoming the first defending champions to be knocked out of the World Cup in the first round for 36 years.  France made history on Tuesday after becoming the first reigning world champions to be ousted from the World Cup without having scored a single goal.
Denmark's 2-0 victory over world champions France suggests the Danes should go on to win the World Cup, if the omens are to be believed, reports Reuters.

Widely criticised for their on-field sledging in recent matches, Australia will aim to be on their best behaviour when they meet Pakistan on Wednesday in the first match of a three-game one-day series.

Three-time champions Germany eased into the second phase of the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Cameroon yesterday in a match, which produced an unwanted record number of bookings.

Debutants Senegal fought their way into the second phase of the World Cup Tuesday despite throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Uruguay in a thrilling final Group A pool match.

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