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

Tuesdays, December 31, 2002



Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia lauded the role of Bangladesh Defence Services Command and Staff College in improving professional standard and expertise of military officers. "This unique institution for imparting integrated training to the three services of armed forces has built up a firm bond among inter-services officers," she told a function marking DSCSC silver jubilee at Mirpur Cantonment Monday evening.

The cabinet yesterday decided on speedy recruitment of freshers to fill up 25 per cent of vacant posts in health and education cadres by-passing the Public Service Commission (PSC). The new recruits will be appointed on a five-year contract. The ministries and departments concerned will arrange a 500-mark 'special examination' to fill- up the 25 per cent vacant posts, it is reported.

The degree (pass) and subsidiary examinations under the National University begin today countrywide amid tight security. Some 340,000 examinees sit for their exams at 611 centres under six divisions over the next two months.

The Bangladesh Army will put on a new look with the commissioning of 20 women cadets after today's passing-out ceremony at the Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA).

Tenure of executive bodies of the three Hill District Councils (HDCs), the highest local bodies of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), will expire today unless there is further extension.

Security has been beefed up countrywide to avert any untoward incident in the capital and elsewhere during New Year celebrations. This time around, the army will be on duty along with the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles, the police and different intelligence agencies.

Two-stroke auto-rickshaws and auto-tempos go off the city roads tomorrow, as the government ban on the polluters take effect. The Traffic Department of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) will deploy 64 mobile and stationary units of police-men to ensure none of the 6,575 two-stroke three wheelers, exempted from the September 1 ban, takes to the streets.

The High Court yesterday declared the detention order of Awami League leader AFM Bahauddin Nasim illegal and asked the government to release him if not wanted in any other case. The vacation bench of Justice Hamidul Huq and Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury delivered the verdict after hearing both sides.

Over two percent of about 130 million total population suffer from diabetic in the country and the number of such registered cases has increased by eight-fold in last two decades since 1980, a health researcher claimed Monday.

Twenty more special double deckers were introduced on different city routes Monday to facilitate the movement of the commuters.

Army will be deployed during the January 25 to March 16 UP elections for aiding the civil administration to ensure peaceful voting. Army will also be deployed during the Narayanganj pourashava polls scheduled for January 16 and navy and coastguards during Sandwip pourashava voting on January 7.

A businessman was beaten to death by his younger brothers Monday at city's Kamrangirchar area. In another incident the police recovered the decomposed body of a houswife who was allegedly killed by her husband on December 12 at Shyampur area in the city.

The election to the Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) will be held today (Tuesday). The polling will start at 10 am and continue till 2.00 pm at the Teachers Club of the university without any break.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has reduced the tariff of different segments of the internet service providers (ISPs). The move is aimed at allowing more access to Internet and foster the growth of the information communication technology (ICT).

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Pakistan's conservative North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has banned 'unethical' New Year celebrations and vowed to crack down on un-Islamic behaviour during the holiday.

Pakistan's new Prime Minister, Zafarullah Jamali, won a confidence vote Monday in the National Assembly, a result viewed as the first test of his ability to run the first civilian government in three years.

Women in the violence-torn southern district of Indian Kashmir are stocking up on burqas after shadowy threats in the name of an Islamic group demanding they cover up. The scare in Rajouri district, about 170 km west of the winter capital Jammu, has intensified after three teenage girls were killed December 19, two of them beheaded.

Indian security forces Monday accused a frontline tribal separatist group of jeopardising peace talks by violating a cease-fire in the northeastern state of Nagaland.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf revealed Monday he warned Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee earlier this year that Pakistan could step beyond conventional warfare if it had to defend its territory. Musharraf, addressing an army corps reunion, did not mention the threat of nuclear weapons, but said he was prepared to take severe measures at the height of crisis between the nuclear-armed archrivals.

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A senior Saudi official denied reports of a secret promise by Riyadh to make its airspace and bases available for use by the United States in the event of war against Iraq, in remarks published Monday. "This report is untrue. The kingdom's position on this issue has been very clear from the start," Deputy Defence Minister Prince Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz told a daily.

Iraq wants effective support and concrete action from Arab and Muslim nations to help resist US threats to invade, a leading newspaper said Monday. "What Iraq asks (of Arab and Muslim countries) is concrete action and an effective stance and not calls" to solve the crisis, said Babel, a tabloid run by President Saddam Hussein's elder son Uday.

In front of one million people, opposition leader Mwai Kibaki was sworn yesterday as Kenya's president and vowed not to unleash a witch-hunt on his political enemies as the east African country heralded the dawn of a new era.

A Yemeni shot dead three American doctors and wounded a fourth US national at a missionary hospital in the south of the country, a Yemeni official said Monday. Sources at the US embassy in Sanaa confirmed the victims were US citizens and said they were working at the Jibla Baptist Hospital in Ebb province, some 170 km (105 miles) south of the capital.

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Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has joined Tony Blair's call for a cricket World Cup boycott of Zimbabwe as the row over its co-hosting of the event intensified. Zimbabwe chief government spokesman Jonathan Moyo responded by saying Britain and Australia wanted to keep 'cricket white' by pulling out of matches there.

Azam Iqbal scored a superb hundred  leading Chittagong to recover from a shaky start to pile up a commanding total on the opening day of their four-day Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 4th National League game against Rajshahi at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.

Bangladesh stored unto the final of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial football tournament in Bhutan with a 4-2 semifinal win over Oil India in Phuentsholing, Bhutan, yesterday. The match was locked 2-2 during the break.

Cox's Bazar defeated Borguna 3-1 in the first-ever Tribal football tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Wo Lie Aung broke the deadlock scoring three minutes after the break for the winners while Aung Ila King doubled the lead in the 54th minute.

Locals Murad Hssai, Akhter Hossain and Shahnewaz Ahmed got off to a good start in the BKSP (Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan) International Junior Tennis Championships qualifying round winning their respective second round matches at BKSP in Savar yesterday.

Four players jointly finished top after the completion of the third round matches of the Prime Bank 5th International Rating Chess tournament yesterday. Grand Master Ziaur Rahman, Saifuddin Lavlu, Arman Monir and International Women Master Rani Hamid earned full three points to lead the table jointly.

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