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

Sunday, 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 yesterday.

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 the party.

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, as claimed.

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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