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Sunday, June 23, 2002

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

Sunday, June 23, 2002



Acting President Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar took charge of the office at Bangabhaban on Saturday morning.

Tareq Rahman, son of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and the late President Ziaur Rahman has been inducted as Joint Secretary General-1 of the BNP Central Committee.

Former President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, who made an unceremonious exit from Bangabhaban on Friday, has expressed shock at the decision taken by the BNP Parliamentary Party asking him to resign.

Jatiya Party (Naziur) and  Islami Oikya Jote, both  the partners of the BNP in the four-party alliance yesterday said they supported the line of action taken by the BNP in dealing with President Prof. Badruddoza Chowdhury.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina said yesterday that the way the BNP forced President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury to resign was unconstitutional and was a naked instance of politicisation of the office of the President.

Sheikh Hasina said she would raise the issues of this government's misrule and repression in Parliament when they join the session on Monday,

The High Court yesterday allowed two months’ time for submission of reply to the show cause notice issued upon the former Prime Minister and AL President Sheikh Hasina on charge of contempt of court.

Bangladesh as the leader of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) will formally ask the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to open the labour market for free movement of manpower between the developing and the industrialised nations.

Monsoon rains have flooded northern Bangladesh, trapping tens of thousands of people in their homes, drowning two children and damaging crops, roads and bridges.

Main index at Dhaka Stock Exchange closed higher yesterday with gainers outnumbering the losers. Trade Volume Weighted Index gained 0.04 points or 0.004 per cent to close at 819.52 points from 819.48 points on Thursday.

Another report adds: Price index at Chittagong Stock Exchange marked a rise yesterday with the gainers outnumbering the losers. Trade Volume Weighted index gained 0.06 points or 0.003 per cent to close at 1838.41 points from 1838.35 points on Thursday.

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A radical Hindu group demanded Saturday the Indian government hand over land near a razed mosque to build a controversial temple and issued a stern warning to the minority Muslim community not to interfere.

Pakistani troops will "teach India a lesson" if it invades Kashmir, President Pervez Musharraf said in a interview.

Pakistan’s former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Inamul Haq, yesterday took oath of the office of State Minister at Aiwan-e-Sadr in a simple but impressive ceremony. President General Pervez Musharraf administered the oath of the office from him.

The SAARC Secretary General QAMA Rahim arrives in Dhaka today from Kathmandu, the headquarters of the regional forum, on a four-day official visit. This will be his first official visit since the Bangladeshi diplomat assumed the office early this year.

Oman will recruit more Bangladeshi doctors, nurses and medical technicians. A three-member delegation from the Health Ministry of Oman expressed the interest when it called on State Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Major (Retd) M Kamrul Islam in the city yesterday.

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The death toll from a powerful earthquake which killed at least 500 people in northern Iran was set to rise on Sunday as rescuers scoured the remains of mountain villages reduced to rubble and dust.

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Last four times champions Mohammedan Sporting Club finished their Green Delta Premier Hockey League engagements on a happy note beating Usha Krira Chakra 5-3 in the last match on Saturday at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium. Mohammedans were leading the first half 4-2.

The Olympic Day Run organised by Bangladesh Olympic Association will be held today in the city. The run will start at 4.30 pm from Army Stadium, Banani, and finish at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Pakistan's players are cleared of any involvement in match-fixing during the 1999 World Cup by a new report.

South Korea has won its way through to the semi-finals of soccer's World Cup, beating Spain in dramatic fashion in a penalty shoot-out.

Substitute Ilhan Mansiz scored a golden goal four minutes into extra time against Senegal to send Turkey into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time.

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