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Thusday, June 06, 2002

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

Thursday, June 06, 2002

National

The new national budget for 2002-03 with an estimated outlay of about Tk 45,000 crore will be placed before Parliament t 3 pm. The main opposition Awami League is staying away from the session.

The Awami League chief advised "the quarters who are prescribing gas export to earn Taka 1000 crore, to concentrate on organic farming instead," the Awami League chief said.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed said yesterday that the Awami League had accepted the verdict of the October 1 general election as its MPs took oath after the polls.

Anwar Hossain Manju, MP, chief of his faction of Jatiya Party paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia at her office here yesterday.

At least 20,000 women die annually from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and another 9 million suffer from various complications, child health experts said in city on Wednesday.

Trading at Chittagong Stock Exchange finished higher yesterday as the gainers slightly outnumbered the losers reports UNB. Trade Volume Weighted Index remained almost static and closed at 1838.30 points from 1838.29 points on Tuesday.

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 Neighbour

The Commerce and Industries Minister of the Indian State of Tripura has said informal trade between Tripura and Bangladesh is 10 times higher than formal trade. This, he said, is harmful for both Bangladesh and India, reports The Independent.

India has proposed extension of its trade treaty with Bangladesh for four months as the agreement expired on Tuesday, reports PTI.

Britain and the US tell their nationals to leave India and Pakistan amid a continuing threat of war over Kashmir.

US President George Bush spoke over telephone on Wednesday to Pakistan's military leader General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a bid to ease tensions in the region.

Pakistan today rejected an Indian proposal for joint patrols along the disputed Kashmir border to stem the infiltration of militants, saying it was nothing new and "unlikely to work",

Even as defence minister George Fernandes ruled out joint patrolling of the border by Indian and Pakistani forces, defence experts feel such a mechanism is only feasible if Islamabad is actually ready to give up its policy of fuelling cross-border terrorism.

Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy fire on Wednesday, after their leaders failed at an Asian security summit to ease fears of war between the nuclear-armed rivals,

After the US and the UK, it is Japan who has joined the list of nations asking expatriates to leave India fearing war between India and Pakistan. Japanís travel advisory board has warned Japanese travellers to desist from visiting the country.

Two BSF jawans were killed in a bomb explosion on the borders of Thoubal and Chandel districts of Manipur in the early hours on Wednesday.

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 International

 The US Justice Department announced anti-terrorism changes Wednesday to require roughly 100,000 new visitors each year to provide fingerprints, photographs and details about their plans in the United States. The government said it would keep secret most its new criteria for identifying risky immigrants.

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reinstated a $79.5 million punitive damage award against Philip Morris in a lawsuit brought by relatives of a man who died after smoking Marlboros for four decades. The award had been reduced to $32 million by a trial judge on grounds that it was excessive. The 1999 jury award was, at the time, the largest liability verdict against Big Tobacco.

The United States has published a report revealing the massive scale of global human trafficking and blacklisting 19 countries for not doing enough to stamp out what it calls "a modern form of slavery". More than a quarter of the countries are in the Persian Gulf region: Bahrain, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

A Palestinian car bomb exploded next to a passenger bus packed with civilians and soldiers in northern Israel yesterday, killing at least 16 people and wounding dozens, security officials said.

Israeli tanks firing heavy machine guns rumbled into the West Bank city of Ramallah early on Thursday and opened fire on the headquarters of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (news - web sites), Palestinian security sources and witnesses said.

EU interior ministers have moved towards creating a new European border police force to curb illegal immigration.  At a meeting in Rome on Thursday, they gave the go-ahead to a scheme that could see the first Euro task force in place as early as this summer.

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 Sports

Mohammedan Sporting Club kept their winning spree in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League outplaying Ajax Sporting Club by 4-1 at Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

Ireland scored an injury time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Germany and keep their World Cup dream alive. Robbie Keane's strike cancelled out a first-half header from Miroslav Klose.

Russia made a solid start to their World Cup campaign when they cruised to a 2-0 victory over Tunisia and moved to the top of group H.

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