December 24, 2002
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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