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Tuesday, December 24, 2002

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia will hold official talks today (Tuesday) with her Chinese counterpart Zhu Rong ji covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. The two Prime ministers will hold official talks today in the East Hall of the Great Hall after the ceremony, covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations in a new perspective, report agencies.

More than 100 intern doctors at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) went on an indefinite strike yesterday, protesting arrest of a fellow doctor and demanding withdrawal of the 'false' case against the vice-president (VP) of the now disbanded DMC students union.

The government has taken massive preparation to tighten security across the country, particularly in the capital, on the eve of Christmas and the New Year's night. A highly placed source at the home ministry said police have been ordered to deploy extra forces at all churches in the wake of recent bomb attacks in cinema halls.

With the triennial council only two days away, the Awami League central office on the Bangabandhu Avenue in the city is now abuzz with overt and covert campaign for key party posts.

The government Monday fixed the maximum retail price of Soyabean oil at Tk 48 and palm oil Tk 37 per litre while some other steps were taken to contain an unrelenting upswing of prices of the essential cooking item, report agencies.

Sixty six persons including 24 listed criminals were arrested by the joint forces across the country in 24 hours till 8 am yesterday. Army, BDR and police also recovered 24 firearms including 12 shotguns, three pistols and two revolvers with 34 bullets during the period.


The government has decided to prohibit advertisement for cigarettes on private television before 10 pm as an interim measure before slapping a total ban, report agencies. Information Minister Tariquls Islam Monday directed the concerned authorities to take steps so that "no cigarette advertisement is telecast on private television before 10 pm", pending a final embargo.

The government approved Monday a proposal to allow production of polythene bags of over 100 micron thickness only for export purposes. The approval came at a meeting at the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) attended by representatives from the industries and commerce ministries, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) and entrepreneurs of the polythene industry, MOEF Minister Shahahan Siraj presided.

A four-day housing fair on "environment friendly dream housing" sponsored by the Real Estate and Housing Associations of Bangladesh (REHAB) begins today (Tuesday) at city's Sheraton hotel.

The High Court Division yesterday granted a three-month ad interim bail to Saleem Samad. Saleem was arrested on November 29 on charges of helping two foreign journalists make a report, allegedly to negatively portray Bangladesh.

The GDP growth rate in Bangladesh might rise to 5.4 per cent this fiscal from 4.2 per cent in FY-02 due to a measured recovery both in external and domestic demands, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said.

Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury Monday cautioned of the risk of AIDS despite the number of HIV/AIDS-affected people in Bangladesh's armed forces being very negligible compared to the armed forces of other countries, report agencies.

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India has completed the withdrawal of troops from its border with Pakistan, a defence ministry spokesman said on Sunday, ending a face-off that nearly triggered a war between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Sri Lanka's warring parties have agreed to take up the contentious issues of power-sharing and human rights when they meet next month in peace talks, a top government negotiator said Monday.

Parts of Delhi and several other northern Indian cities went without power early on Monday following tripping of transmission lines in the northern grid. The power failure also affected operations of trains, many of whom were running late by hours.

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Palestinian leaders said on Sunday they were postponing elections scheduled for January because of Israeli military occupation of West Bank cities, and a new international call for a truce seemed doomed.

Iraq has labeled as lies US and British claims it has weapons of mass destruction and was prepared yesterday to open its doors to the CIA to prove the point in a bid to halt massive US war preparations. Baghdad's latest barb, delivered by a top aide to President Saddam Hussein, came as Saudi Arabia warned Washington against going it alone, while also hinting it might cooperate in a UN sanctioned war. But US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a noted hawk, insisted Washington has not decided on war and is still looking for a peaceful solution.

The United States has slowly and quietly begun building momentum for an international military coalition to challenge Iraq's Saddam Hussein as wavering allies have gotten on board in recent weeks.

The United States is holding dozens of prisoners at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who have no "meaningful connection' to al Qaeda or the Taliban, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

The United States said it would neither bargain nor negotiate under duress with North Korea as a leading US lawmaker described the reclusive communist state's nuclear program as a greater threat than Iraq.

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The Bangladesh football team will take on Indian side George Telegraph in their opening second round match of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Gold Cup at the Phuentsholing Stadium in Bhutan today.

Real Sociedad extended their lead to seven points at the top of the Spanish First Division on Sunday, after Valencia lost 1-0 at home to Deportivo La Coruna, but the Basques had to work hard for their 3-1 victory at Recreativo Huelva.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has defended its decision to hold World Cup matches in Zimbabwe as planned early next year, despite widespread calls for the maverick southern African country to be boycotted.

Nazimuddin struck a startling century and former national captain Akram Khan put behind the disappointment of his World Cup exclusion with an equally impressive knock as Chittagong took control on their four-day match of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National League match against Sylhet yesterday.

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