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Saturday, December 28, 2002

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

Saturday, December 28, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia returned home last night after a five day official visit to China that yielded four agreements on greater economic and defence cooperation. Dhaka and Kunming, capital of China's Yunnan province, yesterday agreed to build ties in all sectors, particularly in the fields of trade, economy, technology, infrastructure and culture, under the purview of a greater cooperation between Bangladesh and China.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for a greater unity of all democratic and pro-liberation forces to stand united against what she said the ongoing killing, repression and violation of human rights by the BNP-Jamaat government.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) is likely to fill the vacancies in its central working committee today. With AL President Sheikh Hasina in the chair, the new AL presidium discussed the issue yesterday at its first meeting, which was adjourned until 4.30 pm today.

The joint forces netted 112 people including 14 listed criminals from different areas of the country in the last 24 hours ending a 8.00 am yesterday.

Dhanmondi Paribesh Unnayan Jote (DPUJ), a citizens forum, at a rally yesterday urged the government to restore the peaceful residential atmosphere in Dhanmondi. The fourm's slogan was 'We want to get back our residential area.'

Bangladesh will soon open feeder shipping service between Chittagong and Bangkok, and between Chittagong and Yangon. In this connection preparatory meeting would be held at the Shipping Ministry on December 30.

The official move to limit the maximum rate of soyabean oil has failed to check its rising price in the markets. Soyabean oil was being sold at Tk. 50 per kg in the retail level while the maximum rates of soyabean oil were fixed at Tk. 48 per kg by the government.

Seven more people reportedly succumbed to a severe chill in Pabna and Rangpur districts in 24 hours until Friday morning as cold wave crippled life in different parts of the country.

A meeting between Bangladesh and India will be held in March at official levels to discuss various important issues.

A fire broke out Madarbari in Chittagong and devastated 41 baby taxis and 9 shops. The estimated loss was about Taka one crore.

Sirea Leon government has approved Bangla as its one of the official language.

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Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas on Thursday accused the military of trying to scuttle the peace process and rejected its demand to decommission weapons ahead of a final settlement.

Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves rose to $9.104 billion in the week ending December 21, up $35.0 million from the previous week's $9.069 billion.

A consortium of Indian state-run oil firms has signed an agreement with Iran to explore oil in the Gulf.

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A human baby was born Thursday through cloning, the first on record, French scientist and member of the Raelian cult Brigitte Boisselier said. The baby girl was born by caesarean section and the birth 'went very well,' Boisselier, president of the Human Cloning Society Clonaid, said.

A survey report reveals that president W Bush and former first Lady Hillary Clinton are the most popular persons in the USA.

At least 41 persons died and 60 were injured in a suicidal bomb blast at Grozni in Chechnia.

North Korea said Friday it would expel United Nations inspectors and reactivate a reprocessing plant for producing weapons-grade plutonium in a new escalation of the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

While Baghdad and Washington continued their war of words yesterday, the prospects of real fighting got the cold shoulder from Turkey, home to strategic US air bases, which said it wanted UN approval for war before any action.

Around one thousand French activists protested Thursday a possible a US strike on Iraq as the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman stopped in this Mediterranean port on its way to the Gulf.

Queen Elizabeth II has ordered her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles to give up hunting, which is opposed by a majority of British people and members of parliament, the Daily Mirror reported Friday.

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Pakistan faces a follow on as they scored 120 for 8 in reply to South Africa's 368 in the first innings. Sylhet defeated Chittagong by 8 wickets yesterday the Bangubandhu National Stadum in the one day match. Meanwhile, Rajshahi defeated Barisal by 7 wickets and Dhaka defeated Khulna by 7 wickets.

Chittagong, Mymensingh, Faridpur, Nilphamari and Magura won in respective groups in the CityCell National Youth Cricket Championship Tournament yesterday.

Bangladesh appeared as Champion in the 'B' group of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Football Tournament defeating Thimpu Eleven by 5-0 goals.

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