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Saturday, June 22, 2002

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

Saturday, June 22, 2002




Speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday took over as acting president following the resignation of President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. The speaker will continue to discharge the functions of the office of president till the Jatiya Sangsad elects a new president in the next 90 days.

President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury made an unceremonious exit from the presidential palace yesterday bowing to the demand of the BNP’s Parliamentary Party to step down for his failure to pay respects at the mazar of the party’s founder Ziaur Rahman on the anniversary of his death.

Professor AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will no more partake in party politics but continue to serve the people in a different capacity.
The main opposition Awami League has said the ruling BNP's 'forcing' the president to quit has created a 'national crisis' which might 'jeopardise' parliamentary democracy in the country.

Opposition political parties denounced the BNP move compelling President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury to quit office, saying it is a 'dishonor' to highest office of the country and a 'bad precedent' for democracy.

Several media men were injured as they were assaulted by police and SSF men at the entrance of Bangabhaban while they were covering the departure of outgoing president AQM Badruddoza from there yesterday evening.

A meeting of the Awami League Parliamentary Party (ALPP) will be held at Sangsad Bhaban at 10am today. Awami League chief and Opposition Leader in Parliament Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Mani Lal Tripathy called on Awami League chief and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Sudhasadan residence in the city yesterday. Tripathy had discussions with the leader of the opposition for over 40 minutes, AL sources said.

Thousands of BNP leaders and workers in Dhaka as elsewhere across the country yesterday participated in rallies organised to protest against Sheikh Hasina’s outrageous and insane remarks which claimed that the body of Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman was not in the mazar at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar here,

Three construction workers were killed and seven others injured when the roof of a two-storied building in the city's Maghbazar area collapsed while they were demolishing it yesterday.

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India test fires two heat-seeking anti-tank missiles but denied the timing was connected to the tensions with neighboring Pakistan.

Nepal's King Gyanendra will pay his first state visit since ascending the throne a year ago to regional power India, with his kingdom in turmoil as Maoist rebels stage almost daily attacks and the main political party disintegrates

The Malaysian Government has said an amnesty for illegal immigrants will run out at the end of July, and on 1 August a new immigration law will come into force.

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Fanned by blowtorch winds, two explosive wildfires took double-barreled aim at Arizona mountain towns Friday as firefighters desperately cleared brush and doused homes with flame-retardant foam.

Three car bombs have exploded on Spain's Costa Del Sol, injuring seven people, as EU leaders hold a summit in Seville.

At the end of a week in which Palestinians killed 31 Israelis in terror attacks, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat told a newspaper he was ready to accept a proposal first made by U.S. President Bill Clinton as a framework for a Mideast peace settlement.

Israeli armour rumbled into the West Bank city of Nablus before dawn yesterday, just hours after Palestinian gunmen killed six Israelis in an attack on a house filled with children in a nearby Jewish settlement.

In a fresh sign of warming ties between Gulf War enemies Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the two nations have agreed to reopen a border crossing to allow goods to flow into Iraq under the UN oil-for- food programme.

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Abahani Krira Chakra put to rest their hockey ghost by lifting the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League title after ten years at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday. The popular Dhanmondi outfit won their last return-leg match against Mariner Young's Club 3-2 to reclaim the coveted trophy since they last won it way back in 1992-93 season.

Pakistan's cricket authorities have barred Shoaib Akhtar from taking part in a world's fastest bowler competition.

India want to change the schedules for series against West Indies and New Zealand to give them more practice before the World Cup.

Brazil took a big step towards their fifth World Cup after coming from behind to beat England 2-1 in the quarterfinal -- playing most of the second half with 10 men.

It was samba soccer for breakfast in Brazil on Friday after the country's national team came up trumps to reach the World Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win over England.

Michael Ballack headed Germany to their 10th World Cup semifinal with a 1-0 win over a spirited USA side.

Senegal will make football history if they end Turkey's run in Saturday's quarter- final here to become the first African side ever to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Cricket's governing body Friday approved the Moroccan city of Tangier as the sport's newest international venue, bringing north Africa onto the world stage of cricket for the first time. Tangier will host South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for its inaugural limited-overs tournament from August 12 to 21, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced.

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