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Wednesday, June 19, 2002

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Wednesday, June 19, 2002




The newly appointed Chief Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhurywas administered oath   by  President Prof. A Q M Badruddoza Chowdhury at a simple ceremony at "Bangabhaban", the presidential house, yesterday.

The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning Leader of the Opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina for her 'vulgar, filthy, derogatory and unfortunate' remarks about late president Ziaur Rahman.

Charge sheet against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and two others were submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka, yesterday for engaging a lobbyist firm in the United States that caused financial loss to the country to the tune of US$ 362,236 or Tk 2,01,09,688, court sources said.

A pedestrian was killed and Awami League leader Begum Matia Chowdhury slightly injured in a road accident at Kodaldhar in Tarakanda thana in Mymenshing Yesterday.

Arab Bangladesh Bank would finance agro-based industrial projects. Abu Haniff Khan, President and Managing Director of the bank recently said this while he was visiting some branches of the bank in North Bengal.

A multi-storied parking lot will be constructed in the capital city to ease traffic congestion. A high-level meeting of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board at Nagar Bhaban decided Tuesday in principle to construct the parking lot in the city's Motijheel-Dilkusha area, reports The Financial Express.

An environment friendly budget can be prepared by strengthening local governments and involving them in the budget-making process. Pre-budget discussions should be organised in the 64 upazilas of the country so that people can also participate in the process, reports The daily Star.

With a measly share of the total budgetary allocation for the communication sector, Bangladesh’s shrinking waterways which carry sixty per cent of the country’s total passengers and seventy per cent of the cargo, desperately need a rescue package for survival, reports The Independent.

Speakers at a roundtable conference in the city yesterday welcomed the proposed restriction on the import of old and reconditioned cars which they said caused pollution by emitting particles into the air.

The government is expecting to receive a record 240 crore US dollars (Taka 14,000 crore) remittance from the expatriate Bangladeshis by the end of this month.

Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday with the losers outnumbered the gainers. Trade Volume Weighted Index gained 0.02 points or 0.002 per cent to close at 819.47 points from Monday's 819.45 points.

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New Delhi made it clear that there was no room for involvement of third party or regional organisations like SAARC in settling its bilateral issues with Pakistan. 'This was clearly and unambiguously conveyed' to visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Morshed Khan during his talks Monday with Indian leaders, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters.

Two Bangladeshi youths were killed in BSF firing at Darshana frontier Monday. The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel fired on the youths while they were reportedly trying to cross the border.

President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan's nuclear deterrent had stopped India mounting an all-out attack at the height of the recent tensions. The high-profile test-firing of nuclear-capable missiles when the threat of war was at its highest had given India second thoughts, he said

India on Tuesday accused Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf of "nuclear blackmail" after his comment that Islamabad's nuclear deterrent has made New Delhi stand down.

A civilian was killed and six others injured when Pakistani and Indian troops traded mortar and artillery fire but both sides said the intensity of exchanges was diminishing  yesterday.

Missile man" A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who is certain to become India's next president, filed his nomination papers Tuesday for next month's contest, the Press Trust of India said.

US. forces came under fire in two separate incidents while on patrol in southeastern Afghanistan, killing at least two people who fired on them but suffering no casualties themselves, the U.S. army said yesterday.

Nepal's ruling party on Tuesday overturned an order by its president to expel caretaker Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in the latest twist to a bitter row which threatens to further split the party.

Five Maoists were killed on Tuesday in separate encounters with security forces in Nepal, where the rebels killed three persons, inlcuding a Nepali Congress worker.

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to form a Joint Commission headed by the foreign ministers of the two countries to meet periodically for addressing the whole range of bilateral issues.

Nepal's central bank on Monday gave the green light to the free exchange of Chinese yuan in a move hoped to boost trade and tourism between neighbouring China and the Himalayan kingdom, state-run radio announced.

Heavy flooding and mudslides in India's northeastern region has cut off road links and marooned more than 25,000 people, officials said yesterday. A government spokesman in Assam said 35 villages in the eastern district of Dhemaji were submerged, leaving thousands homeless.

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A Palestinian blew himself up on a bus, killing 19 other people and threatening to unleash a fresh cycle of bloodshed as Washington readied a new strategy for Middle East peace.

Israel will seize and hold Palestinian lands until terror attacks against its civilians end, the government said early Wednesday, responding to a suicide bombing that killed 19 bus passengers and wounded 55 others.

China on Monday threw its weight behind the United States and other farm-producing countries demanding that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agree a deadline for ending agricultural export subsidies.

The death toll from severe flooding in China may have risen to more than 500, official sources have said, as China braces itself for more heavy rain.

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Abahani Krira Chakra took a major step towards regaining their status in the domestic hockey when they edged arch-rivals Mohammedan Sporting Club 3-2 in their Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League clash at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.

Massive celebrations swept Korea after the "golden goal" a nation was praying for came in the final minutes of extra time, giving the home team a 2-1 victory over the Italians and sealing the tournament co-host's path to the quarter finals.

Turkey ended the World Cup dreams of Japan with a disciplined 1-0 defeat of the co-hosts in Miyagi, Japan yesterday.

Openers Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan smashed 50 runs off five overs as England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in a compelling climax to the third and final Test at Old Trafford on Monday.

Sri Lanka, chastened by losing the Test series in England they had craved for so long, are eager to salvage some measure of pride in the one-day triangular tournament starting next week.

Indian cricketers left Tuesday for an arduous tour of England with thin bowling resources and hoping to avoid yet another overseas humiliation.  The tourists will play four Tests against England after a triangular one-day series, also involving Sri Lanka, on their 83-day tour.

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