Thursday, June 13,
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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
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
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
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
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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