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Friday, June 14, 2002

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

Friday, June 14, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the National Plantation Drive and Tree Fair-2002 and distribute National Plantation Prizes at National Parade Square on Saturday.

The Awami League MPs may not turn up in Parliament before the passage of the national budget on June 30, opposition sources told UNB

Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday questioned if the government at all wants to see the opposition back in Parliament as she alleged fresh repressive steps were being taken against the Awami League leaders and workers,

Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman on Thursday appeared firm on the proposed budgetary measures for lowering the income tax limit from Tk 100,000 to Tk 75,000.

JP leader Begum Roushan Ershad, MP, yesterday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia at her office.

Four senior officers and a mid-ranking officer of the Bangladesh Navy were sent into compulsory retirement yesterday, sources said. The four are of the rank of Commodore (equivalent to brigadier-general in army) and the other is a Commander (equivalent to Lt. Colonel).

Showing respect to the religious feelings and cultural values of the people, the government has decided to stop production and marketing of liquor in all the factories of Jamuna Group in the country.

The ADB mission expressed satisfaction at the measures already taken by the government in a short span of time towards reducing the budget deficit, and welcomed the emphasis placed by the government on domestic revenue mobilisation and on reducing the fiscal deficit to 4 per cent of GDP in FY2003.

Donors have suggested resumption of development assistance for the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). The level of safety and security is satisfactory to recommend resumption of aid, Michael Heyn, leader of a government-UNDP risk assessment team told newsmen here yesterday after a nine-day visit to the CHT

Japan will provide grant assistance amounting to 4,481,376,000 yen equivalent to Tk 203.31 crore to Bangladesh to facilitate debt relief.

Some leading NGOs yesterday urged the government to help form a separate neutral body that would efficiently and impartially coordinate the activities of more than 10,000 non-government organisations across the country.

Widespread incessant shower since early morning paralysed life in the city yesterday. Office-going people remained stranded at different points as the movement of public transports was few and far between.

The Lake Protection Committee of Gulshan-Baridhara-Banani Societies, a civil rights group, yesterday called upon the RAJUK to stop illegal construction works and remove the earth already filled in the Gulshan lake as per the court order

Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday as the gainers outnumbered the losers

Another report adds: Trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers.

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Leading intellectuals of Bangladesh in a statement yesterday strongly favoured a referendum to decide the fate of Kashmir. Kashmir should no longer be a bone of contention between India and Pakistan, the statement said adding that a democratic and permanent solution should be sought for the people of the Kashmir.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka Sunday for New Delhi to hold talks with the Indian leaders on bilateral and regional issues.

The opposition Congress party yesterday threw its weight behind presidential candidate Abdul Kalam, the architect of the country's ballistic missile programme, ensuring he will become India's next president.

American Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has brushed aside Pakistan's suggestion that US do more to normalise Indo-Pak relations
The Enforcement Directorate has issued show-cause notices to Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda, Aishwarya Rai and a few others regarding alleged foreign exchange violations.

About 500 Maoist rebels attacked a remote security post overnight in Nepal and fighting was still going on but there was no word on casualties, a government official said on Thursday.

Hamid Karzai, U.S.-backed scion of a royalist family, was elected president of Afghanistan on Thursday and faces the tough task of healing a country torn by 23 years of war

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Israeli forces pulled out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, lifting their latest blockade on Yasser Arafat's office, as Secretary of State Colin Powell raised the idea of a provisional Palestinian state.

Billions of dollars are needed to rebuild war-wrecked Sierra Leone, officials estimated Thursday, as Islamic countries met in Malaysia to discuss establishing an international fund to pay for reconstruction.

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Reigning champions Moham-medan Sporting Club faltered for the second time in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League.

The four-day inter-club players transfer of the Dhaka Metropolis Senior Division Football League of 2002 will begin today at Metropolis Football League Committee office at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Under-strength Brazil cemented their status as tournament favorites with a pulsating 5-2 victory over Costa Rica as they completed a clean sweep of Group C here yesterday.

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