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

Monday, June 30, 2003


With Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina giving her views on the proposed 2003-04 national budget through a news conference on Sunday, it is now almost certain that the major opposition party would not return to the ongoing budget session of Parliament. Hasina, however, ruled out resignation of her party lawmakers saying that it is too early to take a decision on this.

A speedy trial tribunal yesterday sentenced three persons to death and five to life imprisonment for killing Sabequn Nahar Sony, a student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Police yesterday arrested three persons, reportedly belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami of Bangladesh (JIB) and the Jatiya Party (JP), in connection with the Bogra ammunition and explosives haul.

Channel i introduces breakfast news from today (Monday) to provide its viewers with the latest information of home and abroad in every morning. The satellite TV broadcasting agency will present 10-15
minutes news bulletin twice -at 7.30am and at 9am everyday. Hossain, the younger of the Siamese twins, separated through a surgical operation on June 24, died at Paediatric and Neonatal Hospital Saturday night at the age of two months and 15 days.

Outgoing Country Director of World Bank Frederick T Temple has said Bangladesh has enough prospects and potentials for economic uplift, reports UNB. Temple said this during his farewell call on with Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia at her office Sunday afternoon.

Bangladesh's garment sector can increase its earnings by 30 per cent if port functions efficiently, said ADB Country Director Toru Shibuichi at FICCI luncheon meet yesterday.

The Awami League (AL) will demonstrate across Bangladesh on July 4 to protest the government move to make the Jatiya Sangsad ineffective and send a parliamentary delegation to probe Bogra ammunition seizure.

The proposed budget for fiscal 2003-2004 will be passed in the Jatiya Sangsad today. Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman placed the around Tk 52,000 crore budget in parliament on June 12.

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US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, now in Islamabad,  said that the Bush administration regards the Indo-Pak relationship as "a critical issue for the US," and promises to stay engaged in the region. Gay men, many wearing earrings and bright lipstick, marched in Kolkatra early on Sunday in a rare rally to promote rights for sexual minorities in conservative India. Around 35 men braved curious stares from puzzled onlookers to walk through the heart of the crowded city in a rally they called "Walk on the Rainbow".

Some held up a large rainbow-coloured flag, a symbol used by international homosexual movements, while others threw flower petals at bemused bystanders.Seven militants and an Army Major were killed in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. At least four militants were killed in an encounter at Abhama village in Pulwama district in Kashmir late on Sunday evening.

A joint team of law enforcement agencies in Karachi arrested the Secretary General of MQM (Haqiqi) Amir Khan from Clifton Town area yesterday. Amir is wanted in a number of cases of alleged crime of heinous nature including murder, snatching of weapons from police, arson and rioting.

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Three major Palestinian groups declared a temporary cease-fire Sunday  after 33 months of violence, and Israel pulled out of part of the Gaza Strip breakthroughs in the U.S.-backed bid for peace.

Israeli forces pulled out of northern Gaza after leading Palestinian militant groups announced a three-month cessation of attacks on Israelis in breakthroughs for a U.S.-backed peace plan.

U.S. forces kicked off a massive sweep Sunday, raiding more than 20 towns across a wide swath of Iraq and netting at least 60 suspects in a show of air and infantry power designed to crush resistance and stem a wave of deadly attacks on American troops. After riding into Iraq on a wave of popular euphoria, American and British forces are unexpectedly finding themselves the brunt of criticism for everything that goes wrong these days.

The war on terrorism has lured America back to the Horn of Africa. Not since the ill-fated effort in Somalia 10 years ago has the United States established a base in this region. Now Djibouti, a poor Muslim state few Americans have heard of or can pronounce (it's ji-BOO-tee), is the door to a vast and often hostile seven-nation territory that U.S. officials say harbors terrorists who fled Afghanistan and incubates threats against the West.

Actress Katharine Hepburn, who won an unequaled four best actress Oscars in a career that spanned five decades, has died at her home in Connecticut at the age of 96.  Hepburn, who had been in declining health in recent years, died of old age and was surrounded by family, news agency reports. South Korean rail workers strike for a second day yesterday after police detained hundreds in the capital Seoul.

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