December 29, 2002
News Brief, Summary of
more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden
December 29, 2002
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
attends the Parade ceremony of Air Force this morning in Jessore. A
high-powered secretarial committee was formed Saturday to make urgent
recommendations for recruiting government officials in about one lakh
posts that are now lying vacant with the civil administration. The
secretary committee early this year recommended immediate appointment to
10,000 vacant posts.
Bangladesh and China have agreed to identify areas and step up cooperation
to scale down the existing trade gap, tilted toward China. Foreign
Minister M Morshed Khan told this in the city Saturday while he was
briefing newsmen on the outcome of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia's
5-day official visit to China.
Cold wave claimed 27 more lives in the country Friday, it was reported.
Meanwhile, about 300 people with pneumonia, diarrhoea and respiratory
complications have been admitted to Sadar Hospital in Thakurgaon and four
other upazila health complexes of the district.
The Awami League (AL) yesterday announced almost all the office bearers
and members of its new central working committee, excepting two.
Announcement of two more names, which is likely to be made today, would
complete the formation of the new 73-member AL General Working Committee (ALCWC),
Earlier, it announced 39 office bearers following the December 26
triennial council of the party.
The government has decided to form a taskforce to recover 'khas' land
occupied by grabbers through fake deeds. Information is being collected as
to how much land has been occupied by way of forged deeds. Additional
Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of the districts concerned will be the
convenor of the taskforce.
The joint forces led by the army arrested 66 people including 14 listed
criminals in different areas of the country in 24 hours till 8 am
The Association of Development Agencies in Bangladesh (ADAB) Saturday
accused the BRAC-led National NGO Coordinating Committee (NNCC) of
conspiring against the association to destroy it. In a statement Saturday,
it said only two non-government organisations (NGOs) submitted their
resignations until Saturday although 'the so-called NNCC' claimed that 20
NGOs resigned from the ADAB.
The use of children under 15 as jockeys in the popular sport of
camel-racing has been banned in the United Arab Emirates, a spokesman for
the UAE Embassy said in the Dhaka Saturday.
Chief Election Commissioner MA Syed yesterday gave strict orders to all
concerned including law-enforcers to hold Sandwip Pourasava elections in a
free, fair and impartial manner. The CEC gave his directives in a meeting
at the Election Commission (EC.).
Awami League included former home minister, Mohammad Nasim and former
state minister Abu Sayeed have been included in the Working Committee of
Army will be deployed to maintain law and order during Union Parisad
elections. Distribution of text books to primary level students will
begin on January 2.
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The Indian Central government would
soon start a dialogue with the elected representatives of Jammu and
Kashmir in its attempt to resolve the Kashmir problem, Deputy Prime
Minister LK Advani said on Friday. The dialogue would later be extended to
other sectors who did not take part in elections.
At least 24 people were killed and up to 60 injured Saturday in a crash
involving two buses and a truck in Pakistan's Punjab province. The
accident happened when the two buses, which had been trying to overtake
each other, collided with an oncoming truck near Rahim Yar Khan town,
about 680 km (425 miles) south of the capital, Islamabad.
Four people were injured in communal
clashes between Hindu and Muslims in Indian state of Gujarat.
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Iran has dropped the provision of
killing woman throwing stones for illicit sex. India's
negotiators were forced to confront some uncomfortable truths at the
summit to launch the Doha trade round November last year. The country,
which has long prided itself on its credentials to speak for the
developing world, was almost totally isolated in its opposition to a new
round. Only Zimbabwe and Cuba spoke in favour of New Delhi's stance.
The announcement by a controversial
sect that it has cloned the world's first baby will no doubt intensify the
international debate on whether to ban human cloning. Brigittee Boisselier,
president of the Clonaid company, which is funded by the Raelians, has not
given independent proof that the baby is an identical copy of its mother,
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfield has signed an order deploying
'significant' ground forces, combat aircraft and logistics support to the
Gulf, marking the beginning of a final buildup for a likely war against
Iraq, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
Iraq said Saturday it would battle any invading US troops "from street to
street" across the country and vowed to teach attackers unforgettable
lessons. Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh said Iraq had taken military
and economic measures and was preparing hospitals for the possibility of a
US-led war against Baghdad.
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Bangladesh juveniles finished their
league matches with a massive 13-0 goals victory over Bhutan in the AFC
Under-14 Festival of Football in Katmandu Saturday.
Australia were on course for a fourth-day victory after forcing battered
England to follow on in the fourth Ashes cricket Test at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground Saturday.
Pakistan slid towards defeat as they lost eight wickets, scoring 218 runs
in their follow-on innings on the third day of the first Test against
South Africa at Kingsmead in Durban Saturday.
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