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Saturday, June 08, 2002

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

Saturday, June 08, 2002


A training aircraft of Air Parabat, a private flying academy, crashed on a play ground at Uttara Model Town in the city yesterday noon killing the trainee pilot, M Mokhlesur Rahman Sakib (32).

Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman  addressing the post-budget press conference yesterday defended his approach of expanding the tax net saying it was a belt-tightening measure aimed at  mobilising  domestic resources in a recession-hit world economy where the scope of getting foreign aid is bleak.

Awami League chief  Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on the government for producing a tax-laden budget that she apprehends would cripple the poor, and low and middle-income groups while make the rich richer.

Left leaning 11-party on Friday said the proposed budget for 2002-2003 fiscal placed in the parliament on Thursday would fail to play any effective role in overall human resources development, decrease of unemployment, removal of disparity and elimination of poverty.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan left Dhaka last evening for Islamabad to hold dialogue with Pakistani  leaders in an effort to defuse tension between India and Pakistan.

Workers in the river transport sector went on an indefinite strike from midnight yesterday.

Workers and employees of oil and gas sector will observe 24-hour strike across the country from this morning  demanding cancellation of the government decision to privatise six profitable ventures of the petroleum sector.

Car traders decided to stop the selling of motorcars, protesting the finance minister's budget proposal for a ban on the import of old reconditioned cars.

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A Pakistani military jet late Friday gunned down an unmanned Indian spy plane over Pakistani airspace, at a place about 25 miles south of   Lahore.

India has ruled out patrolling by a US-UK monitoring force along the Line of Control, saying it was not practical.  A bilateral mechanism was the only way to a solution, the ministry of external affairs said on Friday.

Presidential elections. in India will be held on  July 15 as the 5-year tenure of  President K R Narayanan expires on the midnight July 24.

Sri Lanka's government said Friday it had begun legal moves to lift a ban on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ahead of crucial peace talks in Thailand.

Maldives Health Minister Ahmed Abdullah arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit. Abdullah, who is the president of health ministers' forum in South East Asia region of the World Health Organisation (WHO), will hold talks with Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain Saturday.

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The leaders of Russia, China and four Central Asian countries met in Saint Petersburg Friday to discuss regional security, with their minds focused on the Kashmir feud between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan.

Palestinian gunmen infiltrated a Jewish settlement in the West Bank and killed three Israelis early Saturday, officials said, hours after armored units moved into Jenin, enforcing a curfew on the 30,000 residents of the Palestinian town.

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China, disappointed after losing their debut game in the finals 2-0 to Costa Rica, are likely to face the four times champions Brazil Saturday without two of their top players, Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai.

Serena Williams wants to win her second Grand Slam title and not even love for her older sister Venus will stand in her way on the Philippe Chatrier Centre Court on Saturday. The Americans are set for the first all-sister clash in Roland Garros history following their fight for the US Open title
last year.

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