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Sunday, June 02, 2002

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

Sunday, June 02, 2002

National

 

The ruling BNP is planning to pre-empt any disruptive opposition move on the wake of the budget announcement. BNP apprehends opposition orchestrated trouble after the announcement of the budget on June 6.

Apprehending a war between India and Pakistan, adequate flexibility has been kept in the national budget for 2002-03, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said yesterday.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday released the highlights of its study report on the last parliamentary election, claiming that the BNP-led alliance snatched away at least 106 confirmed seats of the party through fraudulence of the century.

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked conscious citizens including journalists to find out ways to end "the misrule and torture" perpetrated by the coalition government.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday made it abundantly clear that the Awami League was in no mood to respond favourably to BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan’s request for a dialogue with the ruling party nor ready to join Parliament now.

Editors and directors of New York-based Bangla newspapers and Bangla TV channels paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at her New York hotel suite Friday. She is scheduled to return home Monday.

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan met his Canadian counterpart Bill Graham yesterday and discussed the whole gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest.

Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation (rivers vessel workers body) has threatened to enforce a non-stop work stoppage from June 8 if their demands are not met by June 7.

The main index at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers. Trade Volume Weighted Index rose by 0.01 points or 0.001 per cent to close at 819.39 points from Thursday's 819.38 points.

Another report adds: The main Index at Chittagong Stock Exchange remained nearly unchanged yesterday as the losers the gainers insignificantly. Trade Volume Weighted Index remained almost the same at 1838.27 points marking a slight change in percentage.
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Neighbour

 

Trade between Bangladesh and India will face problems as there is no possibility for renewing the trade agreement between the two countries in the near future. The Bangladesh-India Trade Agreement signed in 1972 renewable every after two years, expires tomorrow, reports The Independent.

The United Nations is to evacuate the families of its staff in Pakistan and India, UN sources said on Saturday, due to fears of war between the nuclear rivals which have prompted several nations to recall their diplomats.

An Indian High Commission staffer in Islamabad was on Sunday abducted suspectedly by ISI operatives and released after a four and half hours of torture and interrogation during which he sustained serious injuries.

Pakistan has threatened to launch missile attacks on Kandla port if the Indian Navy blocked the port of Karachi in the event of a war.

Between nine million and 12 million people would die in a "worst-case" nuclear war between India and Pakistan, a US defense official said Friday, citing a classified Pentagon assessment.

Authorities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir ordered a strict overnight black-out as the death toll from Indian shelling continued to grow.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chinese President Jiang Zemin are expected to meet for the first time on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Kazakhstan's capital Almaty, diplomatic sources said Friday.

Stepping up offensive against Maoists, Nepalese security forces shot dead four terrorists in separate encounters, even as the guerrillas looted a house belonging to the father of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's advisor, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

Thai troops traded cross- border artillery and mortar fire with a Myanmar ethnic minority drug militia on today , military sources said, in a possible prelude to larger- scale clashes along the frontier.

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International

 

The United States will strike pre-emptively against suspected terrorists if necessary to deter attacks on Americans, President Bush told West Point graduates Saturday. "The war on terror will not be won on the defensive," he said.

Touting the U.S. anti-terror agenda to Asian security officials, the deputy defense secretary warned Saturday the region is being targeted by Muslim terrorists who want to impose "a medieval, intolerant and tyrannical way of life."

A top secret report warned top officials of the F.B.I. in the months before Sept. 11 that the bureau faced significant terrorist threats from Middle Eastern groups like Al Qaeda but lacked enough resources to meet the threat, The New York Times reports.

Israeli soldiers hunted for suspected Palestinian militants in operations across the West Bank early Saturday, and had arrested eight people, an Israeli military spokesman said.

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Sports

 

Title aspirants Abahani Limited thrashed Ajax Sporting Club by five goals to one in a return-leg match of the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League on Saturday at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium.

Three-time winners Germany defied their critics by crushing Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening match to record their biggest ever victory in the World Cup finals here on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland showed there is life after Roy Keane as they earned a deserved draw with Cameroon in their opening group game.

Paraguay and South Africa meet for the first time on Sunday and the match could hinge on which of the two teams can rediscover the superb form that got them to the World Cup finals.

Former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje was killed in a plane, which crashed in the country's Western Cape province on Saturday, the country's sports ministry said.

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