June 19, 2003
Compiled by SDNP
Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
Thursday, June 19, 2003
US Secretary of
State Colin Powell arrives in Dhaka today (Thursday) on a brief but
eventful five-hour visit to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relation
and international issues with Bangladesh leaders. During his stay in
Dhaka, Powell will hold official talks with Foreign Minister M. Morshed
Khan and meet Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
Parliament witnessed a heated unscheduled debate on the question using
mobile cellular telephone inside the house and AL members staged walkout
twice in quick succession complaining of denial of adequate opportunity
to defend themselves.
Local Government Minister and BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuyian
accused the opposition of coming to the House prepared to stage a walkout
on any plea just to give foreign dignitaries an impression that Bangladesh
is having an unstable political situation.
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked party workers to
get ready to resist 'government oppression'. "We don't want to see any
more bodies of our men," she said, asking her partymen to go for
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of the main opposition
Awami League, has called for a countrywide half-day hartal today to
protest the killing of its city unit leader Shaiful Rashid Palash
popularly known as S R Palash.
Three passenger buses including two of state-run BRTC were set ablaze at
different parts of the city during the last 24 hours till 8:30 pm
Wednesday ahead of the Chatra League announced hartal. Chittagong District
Special Branch (DSB) inspector T P Auong was suspended today for his
involvement in the abduction of millionaire businessman Abul Hussein
Sawdagor and his son Abul Kashem. Seven other accused policemen were also
closed for their involvement in the incident.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad criticised the government for imposing an
additional tax of Tk 5,000 crore in the proposed budget for 2003-04
fiscal. This budget would add to the sufferings of people instead of
making any positive impact, the former president said at a press
conference in the city on Tuesday.
An inter-ministerial meeting on price situation Wednesday urged traders to
keep prices of essential commodities within the capacity of common people,
otherwise the meeting warned that the government would be compelled to
take painful measures.
The Ministry of Commerce convened the meeting to review the price
situation, especially after the announcement of the new budget, and find
out ways and means how to keep the price situation within the purchasing
capacity of common people.
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), a leading trade
association, has suggested that the government initiate a dialogue with
India on a free trade agreement (FTA). The chamber stressed inclusion of
fair terms and conditions in the possible FTA to enable Bangladeshi items
to reap benefits.
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Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia said yesterday that he country wants to
be a Dialogue Partner of the ASEAN and a full member of the ASEAN Regional
Forum. "Our unique geographical location markes Bangladesh a natural
bridge etween South and South East Asia," she
said at a dinner hosted by her in honour of visiting Indonesian President
Megawati Soekarnoputri at Bangladesh-China Conference Centre in the city.
Business leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia decided to form a Joint
Business Council (JBC) to expedite trade and investment between the two
nations. A emorandum of understanding (MoU), paving the way for formation
of the JBC, is expected to be signed today (Thursday).
Indian industry is planning to use Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's
visit to China next week to launch a push to lift bilateral trade beyond
the current level of five billion dollars. Industry officials said trade
between the giant neighbours was far "below potential", given they were
two of the world's largest markets and their economies were among the
fastest growing in the region.
Pakistan has secured another $123 million from the International Monetary
Fund as part of a three-year $1.47 billion soft loan after IMF experts
completed their fifth review of the country's economy. With this, the
total disbursements to Pakistan under the Poverty Reduction and Growth
Facility (PRGF) arrangement has gone up to $738 million. PRGF is a soft
loan facility carrying an annual interest rate of 0.5 per cent.
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Two US troops
and two Iraqi demonstrators were killed Wednesday in separate incidents in
Baghdad. US security concerns have clashed with Iraq's traditional culture
in a potentially volatile flap over American men frisking Iraqi women. The
practice is not widespread, and the Americans say they use it only as a
last resort. But tales of such incidents - and television footage of a
male American soldier patting down a chador-clad Iraqi woman - have
sparked outrage in Iraq. U.S. forces have captured Saddam Hussein's top
aide and presidential secretary, a man who American officials believe
knows the fate of the deposed Iraqi leader and has information about
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cricket team left Dhaka for Sri Lanka on Wednesday on a friendly tour.
During the 24-day tour, Bangladesh will play three limited-over matches
and five two-day matches.
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