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Tuesday, June 18, 2002

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2002


After prolonged deliberations and brain-storming sessions Awami League strategists have come to the conclusion that it would be prudent to join Parliament but are undecided on when. They have left it open for now.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited two seriously injured party workers at Pangu Hospital and said retaliation is the only solution to stop attacks and atrocities by the ruling party cadres.

Sheikh Hasina yesterday also questioned the utility of a Tk. 100 crore project undertaken at Zia's mazar where she claimed the slain President was not interred anyway.

Tareq Rahman, the elder son of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and the late President Ziaur Rahman, once again made a statement yesterday about the status of Hawa Bhaban, the Banani office of the BNP Chairperson.

Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury will take oath as chief justice today. President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury would administer the oath.

Thirteen policemen including Assistant Commissioner Akram Hossain, were sentenced to life imprisonment in the sensational Shameem Reza Rubel murder case yesterday by the Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge.

The Bureau of Anti-Corruption (BAC) yesterday filed seven graft cases against former industries minister Tofail Ahmed and one against former agricultural minister Motia Chowdhury, both leaders of Awami League.

Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has taken punitive measures against 12 employees posted at Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Kamalapur in Dhaka for their involvement in pilfering imported goods showing fake documents.

Three members of the Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) were abducted on gunpoint allegedly by rival UPDF's armed gang from Tarabunia area under Kawkhali thana of the district on Sunday night, police said.

The multi-metering billing system for the BTTB telephone users will be implemented from July 1, but the Internet users in the country will be exempted from the new billing system, according to the officials in the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).

In a bid to clear a portion of long pending cash incentive for the readymade garment exporters the Bangladesh Bank has asked all banks dealing foreign currencies to pay up to 50 per cent of the 'claimed and the payable amounts' without audit.

The share prices at both the bourses have improved further today amid thinner trading. The market remained buoyant for the second consecutive day, as the investors were keen in buying shares on higher demand.

Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange finished higher both in term of volume and value yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers.

The shares at the Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) have also gained on higher demand. The transactions in terms of both the volume and the value have increased in line with rise in blue chip CSE Selective Index.

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A six-member Bhutanese delegation arrives Dhaka tomorrow (Wednesday) to explore possibilities of boosting bilateral trade between the two countries.

India is considering duty-free access of another 40 Bangladeshi items to its market, its High Commissioner ML Tripathi.  "Only duty-free access will not solve the problem of trade imbalance. You have to expend your export basket by adding goods and services that can find a place in the Indian market on their own in a competitive manner. Gas and transit/transshipment come to mind in this context", Tripathi said in Dhaka.

India Monday agreed with Bangladesh that the latter has legitimate concerns on regional issues. This theme emerged when the visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan called on Indian External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in the afternoon at South Block. Morshed Khan conveyed Dhaka's official position that there needs to be "effective dialogue between India and Pakistan" towards the escalation of the dangerous situation prevailing in the sub-continent, reports The Independent.

Kashmir borders were relatively calm overnight, with Indian and Pakistani soldiers trading mainly small arms fire although shelling continued in some areas, Pakistan  will "reciprocate" a withdrawal of Indian forces from border areas, foreign ministry spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan said Monday.

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European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to negotiate closer trade and political ties with Iran, a country the United States brands as part of a global "axis of evil."

Five people were feared dead after a Greek rescue helicopter crashed on an island in the Aegean Sea Monday,

French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin handed in his resignation to President Jacques Chirac, who quickly renamed him to his post and asked him to form a new government, Chirac's office said. The move comes one day after Chirac's center-right supporters scored a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, retaking a majority in the National Assembly after five years of Socialist control.

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Dhaka Mariner Young Club posted a big 6-2 win over Usha Krira Chakra in a Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League on Monday at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium. Mariners were leading the first half 2-1.

A day long Juvenile Football Tournament will be held on June 19 at Bangabandhu National Stadium to celebrate the World Football Day for Children.

A moment of genius, a touch of luck and one very curious refereeing decision sent Brazil into the World Cup's last eight in Kobe, Japan yesterday and an eagerly-anticipated quarter-final clash against England.

The United States celebrated the greatest day in their footballing history by beating Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup here yesterday.

The West Indies clinched a dramatic four-wicket last ball thriller victory against New Zealand on Sunday, but Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming blasted "incompetent" match officials for robbing his team of victory.

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