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

Sunday 25th  May, 2003

National

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will hold a meeting with the top leaders of the four-party alliance soon to erase the dissatisfaction stemming from the cabinet reshuffle  Thursday and non-accommodation of some coalition partners in the cabinet. The decision came when two frontline leaders of Jammaat-e-Islami called on her  yesterday to air their grievances against the change in the portfolio of Matiur Rahman Nizami, their party chief, it is reported.

Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said, all products from Bangladesh should get free entry into Indian market for at least six months as a trial of free trade.

The three day long meeting of the trade ministers of least developed countries will begin in Dhaka on May 31. The meeting will finalise the common stand of the LDCs in the next ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation.

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday summoned the budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad at 7 pm on June 10. The national budget for fiscal 2003-2004 is likely to be placed on June 12.

The country celebrates the 104th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam today. Different organisations are holding special programmes to celebrate the occasion. A three-day national programme begins today at Darirampur, Trishal of Mymensingh. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the programme.

China has agreed to provide duty and quota-free access to 59 items. Beijing recently made the offer following the first meeting of the third-round of negotiations under the Bangkok Agreement for preferential trade in March, it is reported.

Four persons arrested in connection with the murder of Sultana Khan Panni were again remanded yesterday for four days. The Detective Branch (DB) took over the investigation Wednesday. They will interrogate the four from  today.

Three criminals were arrested after a shootout with police at Mohammadpur  Friday evening. A team of Mohammadpur police was checking vehicles at Razia Sultana Road  at 7:25 pm and when they intercepted a CNG three-wheeler, three criminals riding it opened fire, police said.

A goods train derailed at Pubail station Friday night, disrupted rail communication on Dhaka-Chittagong route for about 12 hours.

A seven-year-old girl who escaped a kidnap attempt Wednesday helped police rescue three other girls yesterday at Shantinagar. Police arrested Marjina Begum nicknamed Haramon, who introduced herself as a teacher of Motijheel Model High School, on charge of kidnapping the girls. She admitted of taking the girls to her residence because she enjoys their company. Marjina does not have any children.

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Neighbour

BSF pushed-in 62 Indian Muslims through different borders of Atoari upazila on Friday night. BDR pushed back four of them.

Indian Prime Minister has reshuffled his cabinet raising the number of ministers to 81 from 79. Nine persons have taken oath yesterday as new ministers, while others were dropped.

Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha proposed a “joint mechanism’ with arch-rival Pakistan to share intelligence to fight Islamic militants, a report said Saturday.

Pakistan’s prime minister has called on the opposition to stop pressuring President Pervez Musharraf to relinquish his position as head of the armed forces, saying the general should be allowed to decide the timing of such a move.

The People’s Alliance (PA) the main opposition party in Sri Lanka led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga vehemently opposes the LTTE demand for a “Internal administration outside the constitutional framework of Sri Lanka,” as a prerequisite for their participation in the ‘donor conference’ at Tokyo in June to break the impasse in the peace talks.

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International

US President George W, Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed Friday that they “will not tolerate” nuclear weapons in North Korea, advancing US efforts to forge a united front in the region.

The chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said  Friday that he suspected that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. He added that “in this respect” the war might not have been justified.

Venezuela’s government and opposition, seeking to end months of feuding, have agreed a political pact to hold a referendum on Hugo Chavez’s presidency after August 19, officials said Friday.

Western nations, Russia and Japan pledged new joint action to fight Al-Qaeda Friday as Britain erected concrete barriers round parliament and the United States issued precautions against a possible truck bombing.

Israel’s prime minister has said he is ready to back a US-backed ‘road map’ peace plan and seek his cabinet’s approval, opening the way for a possible Middle East peace summit with President Bush.

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Sports

The final phase of the 26th National Cricket Competition will begin today  simultaneously at Chittagong and Comilla. Bangladesh will host the fifth tournament of Under-19 World Cup Cricket final in February-March next. England has beaten Zimbabwe in Lords Test by one innings and 92 runs.

Former Yorkshire and England batsman Geoff Boycott is considering a return to the commentary box following a lengthy battle against throat cancer.

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