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Thursday, June 13, 2002

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Thursday, June 13, 2002



The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday approved a supplementary budget of Tk 689.57 crore for the outgoing 2001-02 fiscal. The additional money was spent on 49 heads under different ministries and divisions during the rules of the last caretaker government and  first few months of  incumbent BNP-led coalition government.

Concerned about the deteriorating law and order, the four-party alliance leaders strongly feel that mobilisation of political and social forces in support of the law enforcing agencies is a must to improve the situation, reports The Independent.

Blaming the previous government for the economic downturn, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said GDP growth, foreign exchange reserve and overseas remittances all declined towards the fag-end of the Awami League regime.

Prime minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated her government's determination to restore disciplines ensure security and a corruption free environment in public examinations.

The World Bank  termed the  Bangladesh's  proposed  budgets  as   a laudable  step  towards fiscal  sustainability but  observed structural and governance constraints.

The Awami League (AL) yesterday said the finance minister deceived the nation and the international community as well by what it said providing wrong statistics on food import in his budget speech .

Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday said the economy must have a "belt tightening" effort to increase its tax-GDP ratio and reduce dependence on foreign assistance. "It's not that we don't need others' support at this moment, but we have to give some own resource support to attain self-reliance," he told a post-budget discussion at National Press Club, refuting criticism on income tax measures.

Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain has said the proposed budget would not meet people's expectations so long as the parliament fails to function as an effective forum.  "Absence of the opposition from the parliament prevents meaningful debates which could identify serious obstacles to economic development," Dr Kamal said in his budget reaction.

Finance Minister yesterday announced withdrawal  of proposed 7.5 per cent duty  on soyabean  oil.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed for eight weeks the High Court verdict on contempt of court case regarding an alleged telephonic conversation of former president H.M.Ershad with a High Court judge.

Elections to nine more pourasavas will be held on July 20, according to an Election Commission (EC) announcement yesterday.

The June 15 dawn-to-dusk hartal called by Awami League has been deferred by a day. It will be now on  June 16.

Retired army officers who took part in the last general election on Awami League (AL) ticket met AL chief Sheikh Hasina for the second time in a week yesterday and discussed the party's ongoing overhauling programmes. In the first meeting on June 8, the AL chief had sought a proposal on how the party could be made more dynamic.

The Superior Selection Board of the government yesterday recommended promotion of 200 senior officials to the rank of Deputy Secretary to Joint Secretary, reports Prothom Alo.

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and importers Association and the Jiban Bima Corporation signed an agreement to introduce group insurance for garments workers.

Environment and Forest Minister Shajahan Siraj has been elected one of the vice presidents of the Bureau of Environment Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).
He was elected at the first working session of the First Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, which began in Jeddah on June 10.

Magurchhara Day Observation Cell has demanded compensation from the international oil company Unocal for the destruction in the Magurchhara gas field.

Haji Selim, a former Awami League lawmaker from Lalbagh constituency, was arrested from Motijheel area last night.

One of the 23 most wanted criminals in the city, Khandaker Naim Ahmed alias Titon, was arrested by detectives in the Dhaka Cantonment area yesterday morning. Thirteen plainclothes policemen of the Detective Branch (DB) team No. 4 went to the Cantonment Police Station on a microbus through the Zia Colony Gate in a bid to arrest Titon.

Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed lower yesterday with the losers outnumbering the gainers

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Two separate trade and protocol agreements on inland water transit between Bangladesh and India have been extended for another two months for the third consecutive term.

President Pervez Musharraf left Madina Munawwara after completing his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. Earlier talking to leading Saudi intellectuals and opinion makers

A U.S. military transport plane carrying 10 people crashed on takeoff in Afghanistan Wednesday, killing three Americans. The seven others escaped with minor injuries.

As part of the United States' diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in South Asia, the US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived Islamabad on Wednesday evening on the last leg of his visit to the region.

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Sweden ousted pre-tournament favourites Argentina from the World Cup's 'Group of Death' here yesterday after the pair drew 1-1 in a dramatic encounter.

A two-goal strike by Spain's stand-in skipper Raul helped send South Africa crashing out of the World Cup in a 3-2 defeat here yesterday.

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