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Sunday, June 16, 2002

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

Sunday, June 16, 2002



The country reels under a 12-hour shutdown today as the main opposition Awami League (AL) is set to enforce a hartal to protest fresh taxes in the proposed budget for 2002-03 fiscal, 'political persecution' by the government and rising crimes.

With a call to all irrespective of age and gender to plant trees massively, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the national tree plantation movement saying planting a sapling means an investment, a saving and an insurance.

Government has stepped up security at foreign diplomatic missions in Dhaka following the bomb attack outside the US Consulate in Karachi on Friday. Condemning the heinous terrorist acts, a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry yesterday expressed deep shock at the loss of the innocent lives and damage to property.

Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mabin Chowdhury, Bir Bikram goes on a two-day visit to Myanmar today to discuss bilateral relations and regional issues of mutual interest. The visit is considered significant for both neighbours to maximise cooperation in several sectors.

The journalist community today observe Black Day marking the closure of country's all newspapers excepting four on this day in 1975 by the then Awami League government.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Service (BASIS) on Saturday urged the government to withdraw 7.5 per cent duty on computer import proposed in the budget for the sake of the rapid development of the country's IT sector.

After proposed duty structure for new cars comes into effect, users will be able to buy brand new cars in much cheaper prices, distributors said.

Bangladesh Bank has cancelled license of 14 moneychangers either for violating rules or on their own request,Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) has introduced time-based multi-metering system and slashed the local call charge to Tk 1.50 from the previous Tk.1.70. This new rate will be effective  from July 1.

Members of different exportersí associations in the countryís textile sector, specially knitwear and terry towel manufacturers and exporters, will march to the Prime Ministerís office tomorrow (Monday) as a mark of protest against non-disbursement of outstanding cash incentives.

A Supreme Court lawyer and three others were arrested yesterday after a High Court bench discovered that they got three accused of a smuggling case released on a counterfeit bail order.

The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court, Dhaka, on Thursday granted ad-interim bail to former Information Minister  Taheruddin Thakur, an accused in Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni murder case.

The country's import during the first ten months of the current fiscal July 2001 to April 2002  has marked a major decline against corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed mixed yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers. Trade Volume Weighted Index changed by 0.001 per cent to close at 819.45 points from Thursday's 819.44 points
Another report adds: Trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers.

There may be "moderate" flooding in the country this year, according to experts at the Meteorological Department here. They however said everything will depend on the rainfall in the country and its upper catchment areas in India.

Onrush of water from hills and heavy rainfall flooded low-lying areas of the district. The river Surma swelled further and was flowing on 3.9cm below the danger level at 9.00 am Friday.

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Political and economic relations between New Delhi and Dhaka will be high on the agenda when Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan holds talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi  Monday.

FBI Saturday began investigating a devastating bomb attack on the US consulate in Karachi. "We are working on some leads in the blast, which I cannot share with you at this stage, but no one has been arrested in connection with this yet," Sindh province police chief Syed Kamal Shah told AFP

Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes said Saturday that troops along the border with Pakistan would remain in position till they were required, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

Jammu & Kashmir  Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Saturday escaped a bid on his life when militants fired two rifle grenades at the newly constructed state board of school education building.

The government in India's northeastern state of Nagaland Saturday accused a tribal separatist group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN of jeopardising ongoing peace talks by violating a five-year-old ceasefire.

The president of Nepal's ruling party, the Nepali Congress (NC), has told caretaker prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba he must reinstate parliament if he wants his expulsion from the party to be withdrawn, party sources said Saturday.

Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha said Saturday the government was set to introduce new banking legislation in parliament which will help banks recover millions of dollars in loan defaults.

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Israeli forces entered two Palestinian cities in the northern West Bank, carrying out searches for Palestinian militants, the army and Palestinian witnesses said Saturday

A jury on Saturday convicted Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, dealing the battered accounting firm a potentially fatal blow and giving a first victory to prosecutors investigating the sudden collapse of energy-trader Enron.

American bishops concluded their  landmark meeting Saturday with a clerical sex abuse policy that gives rank-and-file Roman Catholics an unprecedented role in policing the church.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board will be holding its first Level-1 coaching course in the capital from June 20-23. The course intended initially for school coaches, is the first in a series under its new development programme.

Pakistan beat Australia by two wickets in the second one-day international at the Docklands Stadium Saturday. Australia was all out for 167 in the second one-day international against Pakistan at the Docklands Stadium

Sweden and Senegal are wary that new-found reputations will count for nothing when they meet in their World Cup second round clash on Sunday.

A Spanish side playing with increasing swagger and with enviable strength in depth should have everything in their favour when they play Ireland in the World Cup second round on Sunday.

Ronaldo said Brazil have nothing to fear from second round opponents Belgium when the two teams clash for a quarter-final berth on Monday.

England defeated Scotland 1-0 at Manchester on Saturday to set up a final-day clash against India in the women's four nations field hockey event.

A goal two minutes from time from Oliver Neuville thrust Germany into the World Cup quarter-finals here yesterday as they ground out a hard fought 1-0 win over minnows Paraguay.

England's young lions made donkeys out of Denmark here yesterday to power into the last eight of the World Cup. A header from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen's first goal of the tournament and Emile Heskey's strike a minute before half-time ruthlessly exposed the deficiencies of a Danish side that had dumped reigning world and European champions France out of the tournament.

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