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