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

Monday, June 23, 2003


Justice KM Hasan was made the 13th chief justice of Bangladesh  yesterday in an appointment that superseded two judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. He is, however, the senior most Judge in the Appellate Division and had earlier been superseded twice in the High court by his juniors. He will retire on January next year.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said yesterday her government had given a lot of concessions to the opposition during its past tenure and warned that this time the government would be tough on criminals and anarchists.

Main opposition Awami League (AL) observes its 54th founding anniversary today. Party chief Sheikh Hasina addresses a meeting at the Institution of Engineers  this afternoon as part of the  observance of
the day.

The High Court Sunday issued rule upon the government to show cause why denial of licence to ETV through satellite channel should not be declared to have made without lawful authority, The rule came upon a writ by ETV Ltd challenging the order of refusal on June 7 by Banglaesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). The rule is returnable in seven days. Following the Supreme Court order declaring the licence illegal ETV suspended its operation in August last year.

Bangladesh will recycle 2,754 tonnes of toxic fertiliser, the remaining portion of a 1991 import by state-run Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC), State Minister for Agriculture Mirza
Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.

The Rangamati district administration has sought government help to protect people in hilly areas from frequent attacks by wild elephants that left five persons killed and 20 injured in last one month.

The central bank yesterday  delisted  Uttara Bank Limited (UBL) from  the “problem bank status” following significant improvement in its financial position.

The interbank call money rate closed lower Sunday as the liquidity position improved. The market experienced an insignificant pressure on liquidity despite government borrowing through treasury bills.

Three days of heavy rains, triggered by a low in the Bay submerged the low lying areas in the southern region  and  gushing water drowned  at least a woman and a child in Cox’s Bazar  Missing of over 1oo fishermen in boat capzise were also reported from the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazaar and Patuakhali. Meanwhile, a sharp upstream rise of water in several rivers again caused flash floods in northern districts yesterday. Weathermen blamed the water cascading down the hilly region and incessant rains over the last 24 hours for the rising river water level.  

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Atal Behari Vajpayee holds talks in Beijing in an attempt to foster ties between two traditional Asian rivals.India on Sunday successfully test-fired the short-range surface-to-air Trishul missile from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur, 15 km from Orissa's Balasore district.Three persons, including two children, were killed and 25 injured when three bogies of Karwar-Mumbai special train derailed in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra on Sunday night.

Three naxalites, including a woman, were killed in an encounter with police in Andhra Pradesh, police said on Sunday. Six militants were killed and a huge stock of arms and explosives was seized from a militant hideout in Kashmir valley since Saturday evening, an official spokesman said on Sunday

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Iraq re-entered the world oil market Sunday with its first shipment of crude since the war, but sabotage and looting along its largest pipeline delayed the flow of freshly pumped oil — the key to the reconstruction of an economy devastated by sanctions and war.

Sabotage has been blamed for an explosion at a pipeline which supplies oil to the Iraqi capital. Flames were seen shooting into the sky after the blast late on Saturday near the town of Hit nearly 140 ilometres
north-west of Baghdad.

One US soldier was killed and another wounded Sunday in a grenade attack on a military convoy in Khan Azaz, around 20 kilometres south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the US military said in a statement.

A previously unknown group calling itself the National Front of Fedayeen, has pledged to attack US soldiers in Iraq until they leave the country.Four Palestinian militants died late Sunday, apparently when a bomb they were planting went off in northern Gaza. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel could still build Jewish settlements in defiance of a U.S.-backed peace plan.

The latest round of trade talks at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh has broken up with the stalemate between rich and poor on agriculture unbroken - but with a slim hope that progress could be made on making vital drugs cheaper for developing countries.

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England beat Pakistan by four wickets in the third and final ODI to win the three match series 2-1.Bangladesh  national cricket team left Dhaka yesterday to embark on their maiden tour of Australia.

The West Indies kept spin magician Muttiah Muralitharan at bay to reach 161-2 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka's 354 on the second day of the opening Test here on Saturday.

Premier Division champions Abahani Krira Chakra and Usha Krira Chakra completed the Club Cup semifinal lineup after winning their last group matches at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday.

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