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 Thursday,  June 27th, 2002

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

  Thursday, June 27, 2002


"Drug abuse and its illicit trafficking is a sort of guerrilla war, a secret chemical war against us. We will do whatever necessary for saving the younger generation from ruination," Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia said emphatically while speaking at a function organised on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The Awami League (AL) again walked out of the House yesterday over what appeared to be a misunderstanding of the time allocated to one of its lawmaker by the Chair. This is the second time the main opposition party staged a walkout since joining the House Monday.

Adamjee Jute Mills will be closed down Sunday (June 30) and payoff for the employees under a 'golden handshake' start immediately, said a government announcement Wednesday.

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to stick to restrictions on import of old and reconditioned vehicles and also take other measures to check air pollution in Dhaka.

At least 20 people were injured and 50 dwelling houses damaged as tornado lashed Narayanganj town yesterday morning. According to local people, the tornado hit Talla, Khanpur and Kutubpur areas of the town at about 5.25 am and lasted only two minutes.
The World Bank (WB) has announced the approval of a credit of US$ 191 million from International Development Association (IDA) for Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development Project in Bangladesh.
In a ceremony at the Liberation War Museum on June 26, Ambassador Mary Ann Peters presented a check amounting to Taka 496,000 ($8500) to Mr. Akku Chowdhury, the Museum Director.

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The treaty on SAFTA, likely to be finalised by December this year, is due to be submitted to next SAARC summit for endorsement, SAARC Secretary General QAMA Rahim said in Dhaka yesterday

Pakistan's military ruler unveils plans to change the constitution, weakening the office of prime minister and increasing his own power.

An Indian Air Force fighter jet has crashed in the northern Indian state of Punjab Wednesday but the pilot has escaped unhurt.

The authorities in the north-east Indian state of Assam say separatist rebels have killed two civilians in a grenade attack on a police patrol.

Flash floods in the Indian state of West Bengal have killed at least four people and left at least 10,000 others homeless.

Burmese and Thai officials set light to millions of dollars-worth of illegal drugs as the region overtakes Afghanistan for opium production.

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Warplanes from a US-British coalition attacked Iraqi air defense sites in northern Iraq Wednesday after coalition aircraft came under anti-aircraft artillery fire, the US military said

The world's most powerful leaders, meeting behind well-guarded gates at a Canadian mountain resort, named Russia a full member of their exclusive club on Wednesday and promised $20 billion to help stop terror groups getting their hands on nuclear bombs.

Stunning politicians on both the left and right, a US federal appeals court declared for the first time Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional because of the words "under God" inserted by Congress in 1954.

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Star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra will take on Chittagong Mohammedan in the opening match of the Shaheed Ziaur Rahman International Football Tournament that begins at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong from July 1 under the auspices of Chattagram Zela Krira Sangstha.

Ronaldo's sixth goal of the World Cup earned four-time champion Brazil a tense 1-0 win over outsider Turkey in their semifinal on Wednesday. Sunday's final against Germany promises to be an epic match between the two most successful nations in soccer history,
First Pete Sampras, then Andre Agassi. The two biggest American names in men's tennis lost in the second round at Wimbledon in stunning upsets Wednesday.

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