News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
June 30, 2002
Parliament yesterday passed
the national budget for 2002-03 with the Finance Minister Saifur
Rahman withdrawing the proposals for 7.5 per cent import duty on
computers, retaining the income tax limit at Taka 75,000.
The AL lawmakers abstained from attending the session as per
Parliament also unanimously passed Saturday the Finance Bill
2002 with some amendments.
The restrictions on import of reconditioned car was revised
granting permission under certain conditions. Four-year old
vehicles would be allowed for import from the country of
manufacturing only for next two years.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia informed the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday
they have foiled "many conspiracies aimed at toppling this
government" since it assumed office eight months ago.
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday brought
some changes to his tax proposals for the next fiscal while
winding up the discussion on the proposed budget in the Jatiya
Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiya Sangsad and AL President
Sheikh Hasina yesterday offered some specific pro-poor budgetary
measures, reiterating that opposition lawmakers were not allowed
enough time in the parliament to discuss the proposed national
budget for 2002-03.
BNP secretary general and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul
Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon all to forge a greater
unity and consensus on major national issues through discussion
to solve major problems facing the country.
The Adamjee Jute Mills, after running for 50 years and 201 days
will finally be closed down at 10 tomorrow night under a golden
Arab Bangladesh Bang in its Annual General meeting yesterday
declared 25 per cent cash dividend against its profit.
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Pakistan issued a "most wanted" list of
10 suspected Islamic militants on Saturday and offered big rewards for
their capture in connection with the killing of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl
and the bombing of Western targets.
Police posted in newspapers rewards totalling 20 million rupees ($330,000)
along with photographs of the 10 men.
Pakistani troops have narrowed the hunt for around 40 al-Qaeda fugitives
involved in a deadly encounter with Pakistan forces to a small pocket in
mountains along its western border, local tribal leaders said Saturday.
The leader of Sri Lanka's main Islamic party said Saturday Muslims feared
Tamil Tiger were trying to ethnically cleanse them after clashes in the
island's eastern province killed five people.
Indian troops shot dead five Islamic militants overnight as they were
trying to cross into the Indian zone of Kashmir from Pakistan-administered
Kashmir, a defence spokesman said Saturday.
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South Korea's military is on a
heightened state of alert after a gunbattle with North Korean patrol ships
killed at least four of its sailors and wounded 19 others.
The United States on Saturday condemned North Korea's "armed provocation"
against South Korea after a deadly naval clash that a senior U.S official
said could prompt a key U.S. visit to Pyongyang to be delayed.
Three Bangladeshis convicted to death sentence will be hanged in Kuwait.
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When Germany and Brazil's players shake
hands and wish each other luck before today's World Cup final, no-one
would be surprised if they all admitted to each other: "Well, fancy seeing
The World Cup final between Brazil and Germany pitted probably the most
talented offensive force in years Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho
against the top goalkeeper in the world, Oliver Kahn.
A brilliant run chase by India saw England crash to 6-wicket defeat at
Lordís on Saturday in the NatWest Trophy triangular series.
New Zealand were 373 all out in their first innings against the West
Indies on the second day of the second Test.
Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi has been condemned by his country's sports
officials for partnering an Israeli at Wimbledon.
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Light to moderate rain or
thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind are likely at many
places over Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at a few
places over Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions in the next 24 hours until 6:00
Moderately heavy falls at places over Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong
divisions may also occur, the Met office said predicting nearly unchanged
day temperature over the country.
The sun sets in the capital today at 6.50 pm and rises on Monday at 5:14
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