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

Thursday, December 26, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia yesterday met Chinese President Jiang Zemin and other top leaders discussing ways of intensifying bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues of common concern. She called on the Chinese president in the morning.


Christmas Day, the biggest religious festival of the Christian community, was celebrate Wednesday with due religious fervour.

The triennial national council of Awami League begins this morning. All preparations to hold the council have been finished. The council will elect its new leadership for the next three years. Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the party's 17th national council at the Paltan Maidan in the city. Hasina will also preside over the inaugural session.


Shipping Minister Lt Col (Retd) Akbar Hossain said Wednesday a law is being formulated to prevent sailors from fleeing from ships on foreign lands. A bill in this regard is expected to be passed in the next session of Parliament, he said while addressing a function at Marine Academy in Chittagong on the occasion of its 40th founding anniversary.
Seven containers loaded with chemical substances fell into the Karnaphuli river from the ship QC Lark at the Chittagong Port Wednesday morning.

Mathematicians at a seminar Wednesday said the existing mathematics curriculums at the SSC and HSC levels have failed to fulfil the expectation in math education miserably.

Three sub-inspectors and two constables of Kotwali thana allegedly took money Monday from a housewife under the same thana by threatening her with arrest, it is reported.

Police seized about 15 tons of explosive materials from a house at Jagannath Saha Road in the city's Lalbagh area in the early hours of Tuesday.

A thick fog has blanketed the country, crippling the public transport system and stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters and essential goods.

An alleged member of a tribal gang of criminals was killed during a gun battle with security forces and three other members of the gang were arrested at Vasainnyadam in Longdu upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday, police said.

For the first time, the government is preparing a national plan to combat arsenic contamination of ground water in the country.

Unidentified assailants gunned down a police sub-inspector (SI) at village Kanayadaha under Harinakundu upazila in Jhenidah district Tuesday night.

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Navy personnel on Sunday seized a Sri Lankan trawler and arrested its four crews for illegal fishing in the Bay of Bengal.

Seven people were injured when men disguised as worshippers threw bombs at a midnight Christmas service yesterday in eastern India after robbing the priest.

With the first post-Godhra Gujarat elections over, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Tuesday invoked mythology to advise Chief minister Narendra Modi to follow Lord Shiva who had swallowed the poison which came out of the churning of the ocean.

Nepal's Maoist rebels fighting against the constitutional monarchy called for a nationwide general strike in February as part of a campaign for a one-party communist republic.

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Russia challenged a US contention Wednesday that Iraq was a terrorist threat, saying nobody had produced any such evidence, while Syria denied an Israeli claim that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were stationed on its soil.

North Korea could churn out enough plutonium to build up to 50 to 55 nuclear weapons a year if all three of its frozen nuclear reactors entered operation in coming years, a US government official said on Tuesday.

The FBI is asking US colleges and universities to provide personal information about foreign students and teachers so the government can determine whether they have ties to known or suspected members of terror groups, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

Rioting prisoners hacked 17 fellow inmates to death, decapitating and mutilating several of their bodies, during a bloody prison riot that also left more than 40 people injured, authorities said.

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Khulna Division scored a mammoth 310 run for 5 in the first innings against Dhaka Division on the third day of the four-day Ispahani Tea 4th National Cricket League at the BKSP ground Wednesday.

Bangladesh Biman clinch the title in First Division Chess League organised by Bangladesh Chess Federation in the city Wednesday.

Indian middle-distance runner Sunita Rani is expected to get back her two Asian Games medals after being stripped of them for a drugs offence, it is repoted.

The Indian cricket board decided Wednesday to back its players in an ongoing contracts row, taking the International Cricket Council (ICC) head on.

India scored 108 all out in the one day match against New Zealand at Auckland. New Zealand got 29 for three till the filing of the report.

Bangladesh defeated Shikim by 7-0 goals in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Football Tournament. Fourth match of the Assess series started today. Australia scored 214 for one as the latest information received.

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