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Monday, June 16, 2003

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Monday, June 16, 2003


Bangladesh has agreed in principle to sign the trade and investment framework agreement with the United States. It would facilitate a duty-free access of Bangladesh goods to the US markets, reports The Financial Express.

Opposition Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for June 28 in protest against the proposed budget for the fiscal 2003-04 and deterioration in law and order. The decision came from a presidium meeting with party chief Sheikh Hasina in the chair at party's Dhanmondi office yesterday.

AL also agreed in principle to join the budget session at its presidium meeting and then took the final decision at the AL parliamentary party (ALPP) meeting. “If we don't protest the pro-rich, anti-poor budget, people would blame us for not representing them," she said at a press briefing in the afternoon.

Some political parties and student organisations yesterday protested the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell to Bangladesh. The Workers Party of Bangladesh in a statement said Powell is one of the persons in US administration responsible for Iraq occupation and deaths of many Iraqi civilians.

Armed miscreants chopped to death an official of Bangladesh railway, Salahuddin Ahmed, at his Ambagan Railway colony residence in Chittagong town on Saturday night.

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The Afghan government has set up a new commission to fight corruption, nepotism and red tape, President Hamid Karzai said Sunday.

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a Tamil politician opposed to them Sunday, fueling tensions a day after the murder of another politician and an ocean battle between government and rebels forces.

At least two soldiers of the Royal Nepal Army were killed and four others wounded in an encounter with anti-government guerrillas Saturday night in western Nepal

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U.S. forces fanned out across Iraq on Sunday to seize arms and put down potential foes in a campaign called Operation Desert Scorpion, a day after a deadline passed for Iraqis to hand in heavy weapons. Some Iraqi residents said the raid was conducted too harshly.

Saudi Arabia's war on terrorism spread to the holy Muslim city of Mecca at the weekend, leaving dead another seven people, including two members of the security forces, the interior ministry said.

Wild clashes between students seeking an end to Islamic rule and hard-line vigilantes subsided in Tehran Sunday, but sporadic violence was reported elsewhere in the country with one person being reported killed in a southern city.

South Korea's former president who engineered a historic summit with North Korea three years ago Sunday urged the communist country to learn "a lesson" from the Iraq war and give up its nuclear programs.

Myanmar is detaining pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi amid vague fears there are assassins on the prowl in the country but she will be freed when the time is ripe, Foreign Minister Win Aung said on Sunday.  Win Aung, who was in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for a meeting of
Asia-Pacific leaders, said he could not give an exact date when Suu Kyi might be released.

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The last phase of the Bangladesh cricket team's camp ahead of their tour of Australia begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium after a two-day break. Opener Javed Omar is set to join the camp after missing the first week of practice due to a high temperature. Earlier doctors suspected that Javed might have got Hepatitis B, but a report on his liver yesterday showed no existence of the virus.

Sri Lanka''s preparations for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies suffered a setback as run curtailed play in their warm-up cricket match here. Only 18 overs were possible on the opening day of Sri Lanka''s three-day fixture against the West Indies Board President''s team Saturday. Lanka reached 46-1 in their first innings after electing to bat.

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