December 23, 2002
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
December 23, 2002
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
leaves for China on a five-day official visit. An umbrella agreement on
defence cooperation between Dhaka and Beijing is likely to be signed,
besides several other deals, during her visit. Foreign Secretary Shamser
Mobin Chowdhury told newsmen Sunday that some agreements, MOU and
exchange of letters would be signed between Bangladesh and China during
the PM's tour.
Labour and Employment Ministry has prepared a draft child labour policy
to eliminate the worst forms of child labour within shortest possible
Dhaka Medical College Students Union was dissolved Sunday amid turmoil
on the campus as the unionists went on rampage to press the authorities
for increasing admission-form fees. The decision was taken in a meeting
of the DMC academic council at noon with Principal Prof Tofayel Ahmed in
the chair. Meanwhile students continued their agitations demanding
resignation of the principal.
The syndicate of Dhaka University (DU) Sunday decided to serve a
show-cause notice to teacher Mesbah Kamal for slapping a female student
in his room. According to the show-cause notice, Mesbah will reply as to
why he will not be expelled from his job or why any action will not be
taken against him.
The government is investigating the stockpiling of huge bomb-making
explosives seized from a warehouse in Narsingdi. The government
yesterday admitted that departmental action has been taken against about
20 army personnel for various offences during the ongoing Operation
Clean Heart. However, the punitive actions have no relation with the
'so-called custodial deaths', Principal Information Officer Khandkar
Manirul Alam said at a press briefing. The actions have been taken for
wrongdoing, overdoing and negligence of duty. This is a routine affair
in the defense forces, the PIO said.
Opposition leader and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina again termed
the Mymensingh cinema bombings a 'stage-managed' ploy to hook
government's political opponents and blamed the Prime Minister for the
The main opposition Awami League is all set to hold its triennial
central council on Thursday amid party men's strong hopes that it would
give birth to a new leadership combining old and youth. The council is
also expected to adopt a number of proposals to amend the party
constitution and change its manifesto.
The government has decided to reduce renewal fees for different
categories of passport by around 50 per cent. According to sources, a
statutory regulatory order in this regard will be issued soon. The
Ministry of Finance has already approved a revised renewal fee
At least 16 people were killed and 71 others injured in road accidents
in Faridpur, Sylhet, Noakhali and Feni districts yesterday. Of them, six
were killed in Faridpur, four in Sylhet and three in Noakhali and Feni
The Election Commission (EC) has imposed restriction on the use of
children in electioneering activities including meetings and processions
during the upcoming Union Parishad elections across the country. The
decision was taken at a meeting of the commission held yesterday with
Chief Election Commissioner MA Syed in the chair.
Some 4613 admission seekers are vying for 810 seats at the Bangladesh
University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) this year (2002-03
session). The admission test will be held on January 9.
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Pakistan's new Prime Minister Mir
Zafarullah Khan Jamali has said he is keen for peace talks with India
and is committed to stop cross-border infiltration of terrorists, a key
Indian condition to resume dialogue. But New Delhi was behaving like a
child crying for no reason, Jamali said in an interview to the weekly
magazine Outlook which hit the stands on Sunday.
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has threatened to use its military might
to remove Indian separatist rebels from bases within its borders, a
report said Sunday. We will hold talks with the militants who have
established camps inside Bhutan." Bhutan's King Jigme Singhye Wangchuk
was quoted saying in the government-run newspaper Kuensel.
Sri Lanka is set to mark a full year without major ethnic bloodshed as
government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels notch up their longest
cease-fire in the decades-old separatist war.
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Russia yesterday stood up firmly for
Iraq by declaring that a military campaign there ran counter to Moscow's
national interests and urging Washington to strictly abide by the United
Nations resolutions on the conflict. "The most important thing is making
sure that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction". Foreign Minister
Ivanov said in an interview with Channel One, broadcast first in
Russia's far-eastern regions, and picked up by news agencies.
OPEC will activate a mechanism to keep oil prices within the cartel's 22
to 28 dollars a barrel target band if prices remain higher on world
markets, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi pledged Saturday.
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Sunday he was
confident his nation's free trade agreement with the United States would
be signed on schedule in about 18 months.
North Korea, defying world opinion, said Sunday it had begun removing UN
monitoring equipment from a nuclear reactor at the center of the
communist state's suspected put-suit of nuclear weapons.
Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party frontrunner for the 2004
presidential elections following Al Gore's decision not to seek
presidential nomination, according to a poll released Saturday.
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A day of tension ended with New
Zealand easing to a four-wicket victory over visiting India on the forth
day of the second Test, giving the home team the series 2-0. New Zealand
were set 160 to win, a sizeable target in the context of an historic
low-scoring Test. They lost wickets regularly and the Indians grew more
tenacious as the day went on.
The touring West Indies cricket team left Dhaka yesterday afternoon
after dense fog delayed their flight for more than 24 hours. Caribbeans
were originally scheduled to fly to London by a British Airways flight
on Saturday morning at 8:30 am on completion of their 23-day tour of
Bangladesh national football team struggled past the visiting Sporting
Bengal United of the United Kingdom 2-1 in an exhibition match at the
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday afternoon. All the
three goals came in the first half of the match treated as a warm-up
game by the national team.
World one-day cricket champions Australia steamrollered to their third
successive win in the tri-nations limited-over contest Sunday when they
crushed Sri Lanka by 142 runs at the WACA Ground.
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