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 Sunday,  June 30 th, 2002

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

 Sunday, 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 earlier decision.

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 Sangsad.

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 handshake programme.

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 you here."

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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Now Weather

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 pm Sunday.
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 am.

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