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Tuesday, June 04, 2002

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

Tuesday, June 04, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia was given a rousing reception when she returned home on Monday after attending the special session of the UN General Assembly on children and undergoing treatment in New York.

The Jatiya Sangsad sits today (Tuesday) to examine and endorse new national budget for the new fiscal of 2002-03 as the current fiscal year is drawing to a conclusion.

Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina on Monday renewed her observations that absence of a congenial climate in and outside the House holds back her party from joining parliament.

Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami and Agriculture Minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday urged the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina to join the upcoming parliament session.

Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad yesterday urged the party MPs to be vocal in the Jatiya Sangsad against the continuous deterioration in law and order across the country.

Brushing aside Awami League’s claim in its Sunday’s polls report, Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the ‘motivated’ report published after eight months of general election was an expression of AL’s disregard for democracy

Asian Development Bank, which agreed to continue assistance in power sector, suggests that Bangladesh should export gas for the interest of replenishing the country's emaciated foreign currency reserves.

The World Bank has suggested formation of an independent national accountability and anti-corruption  commission where stakeholders could  meet  and review  efforts for  transparency and the rule of law in the country.

On the plea from the private commercial banks to extend  the limit for sanctioning  big loans, the central bank yesterday sought  unified  written suggestions from them  by July 3.

Trading at Dhaka Stock Exchange remained unchanged yesterday with the gainers dominating the losers. Trade Volume Weighted Index remained unchanged at 819.39 points.

Another report adds: Trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange finished lower on Monday as the losers slightly outnumbered the gainers. Trade Volume Weighted Index remained almost static and closed at 1838.26 points from 1838.28 points on Sunday.

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan  said Monday he hopes the leaders of India and Pakistan will use this week's meeting in Kazakhstan to pull back from the brink of war.

Two men were shot and wounded Monday night in the fourth consecutive night of violence in east Belfast where as many as 1,000 people at one point fought hand to hand near the Catholic Short Strand enclave in a mostly Protestant area of the Irish city.

Israeli troops raided a West Bank refugee camp Monday and rounded up about 400 Palestinians, as CIA chief George Tenet was en route to the West Bank for talks on restructuring the Palestinian security services

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A second round of Indo-Bangladesh trade talk looks uncertain and the agreed duty-free access of 40 export items to Indian market slowed following New Delhi's perceived unhappiness over Dhaka's diplomatic move about India-Pakistan standoff.

China has lauded the role of Bangladesh Army in the UN peace keeping operation and assured continued support and cooperation to its development. The assurance came when Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff (CAS) Lt. Gen. M Harun-Ar-Rashid called on Chinese Defense Minister General Chi Hao Tian at the Headquarters of the Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) Sunday afternoon.

Virtually ruling out any intervention on Kashmir issue, the US has said that it was a "bilateral issue" involving India and Pakistan and could only be solved as per the Shimla Agreement.
US Defenc Secretary Donald Rumsfeld leaves on Tuesday on a trip that will include stops in India and Pakistan aimed at cooling tensions between the nuclear rivals, and visits to Europe and the Gulf, US Defence officials said on Monday.
India and Pakistan exchanged intense artillery and machine-gun fire along their frontier Monday, as fighting spread for the first time this year to a key area of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. At least eight civilians died and 23 were injured in the shelling along the frontier of the disputed Himalayan region.

Intense international diplomatic efforts were underway in Almaty on Monday to bring Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to the negotiating table during a regional summit in the Kazakh economic capital.

President Pervez Musharraf said on Monday he is prepared "unconditionally" to hold talks on the Kashmir crisis with India's leader during a regional summit on security in the Kazakh economic capital Almaty.

However, India's Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, yesterday ruled out holding talks with Pakistan's President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, at the 16-nation Asian conference which opens in Kazakhstan tomorrow.
Indian oil companies on Monday raised petroleum and diesel prices to

reduce  losses at state-run  oil refineries after the government  allowed them  to offset increases in international  rates following  a two month moratorium.

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Mohammedan Sporting Club maintained their solo lead outplaying Farashganj SC by eight goals to nil in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Moulana Bhasani Stadium on Monday.

The seven-nation JVC Bangladesh Asian Satellite Badminton Championship formally inaugurated yesterday (Monday) at the Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.

Ronaldo announced his return to the international stage with a goal as Brazil came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Turkey, who finished the game with nine players. But Brazil needed a fortunate penalty three minutes before the end to seal the victory.

Striker Christian Vieri scored twice as Italy coasted to a 2-0 victory over World Cup newcomers Ecuador in Sapporo.

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