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New delay for Emirates Airbus 380 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AFP, PARIS  - Delivery of a second Airbus A380 to Emirates, the airline of the United Arab Emirates, may suffer a further delay of several weeks, an Emirates spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.

"We are negotiating with Airbus the delivery date of a second A380. Airbus notified Emirates of a possible delay of a few weeks," the spokeswoman said, without clarifying when Emirates will receive the plane.
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Stocks Fall on Drop in Incomes and Spending PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- Wall Street tumbled Friday after the government said personal incomes fell last month by the largest amount in nearly three years while consumer spending slowed.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 170 points, while a disappointing profit report from computer maker Dell Inc. weighed on the technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index.
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Gas prices up as Gustav threatens Gulf refineries PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Retail gas prices swung higher Friday -- the first increase in 43 days -- as analysts warned that a direct hit on U.S. energy infrastructure by Hurricane Gustav could send pump prices hurtling toward $5 a gallon.

Meanwhile, oil prices ended the day slightly lower, falling for a second straight session. But prices fluctuated sharply as some traders feared supply disruptions and others bet the government will release supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if Gustav wreaks havoc in the Gulf of Mexico area -- home to a quarter of U.S. crude supplies and 40 percent of refining capacity.
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First online supermarket kicks off PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The country's first online supermarket www.chorka.com was launched Saturday, allowing people at home and abroad to browse and buy Bangladesh-made goods online.

Online shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of product lines by 24 Bangladeshi companies—including apparel, food, furniture, books, electronics and lifestyle accessories—and enjoy home delivery round the clock, said a statement of the new supermarket.
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India floods: 20 die as rescue boat capsizes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Official death toll in Bihar state climbs to 75 but aid agencies claim thousands are missing

Agencies

At least 20 people have died after an overcrowded rescue boat capsized in flood-ravaged parts of northern India.

Officials said the situation was worsening because of heavy rains and a greater discharge of water from neighboring Nepal.

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Thai PM consults king over escalating protests PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AFP, BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej consulted the king over escalating protests Saturday, after demonstrators forced Phuket's airport to close indefinitely in their drive to force the premier from office.

With his government offices besieged for a fifth day by a 15,000-strong protest rally, Samak left Bangkok vowing not to bow to the their demands.
 
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Obama's Speech Is a TV Hit, With Viewers and Commentators Alike PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

NY Times

At least 40 million Americans watched Senator Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, a record for convention viewership that exceeded even the expectations of his aides.

The historic speech by the first African-American presidential nominee of a major political party reached 38.4 million viewers on 10 broadcast and cable networks, Nielsen Media Research said Friday. PBS estimated that an additional 3.5 million had watched its prime-time coverage.
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Russia reaches out to EU as Georgia calls for sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AFP, MOSCOW  - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged the European Union to ignore calls to punish Moscow over the Georgia conflict as Tbilisi appealed Saturday for targeted punishment of the Russian leadership.

The former Kremlin leader also renewed accusations of US involvement in the fighting this month between Russian and Georgian forces over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
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Sharp rise in alcoholism among Swedish women: report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AFP, STOCKHOLM  - Alcoholism among women in Sweden rose by 50 percent between 2003 and 2007 as beer, wine and spirits have become more accessible in the country long known for its restrictive alcohol policy, a report on Saturday said.

"The number of female alcoholics has risen from 65,000 to about 100,000 and the number of male alcoholics has risen from about 135,000 to about 165,000.

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CA stresses regional and global cooperation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Symposium on climate change and food security

Staff Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed stressed regional and global cooperation in his closing address to an

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'AL comments an 'aspersion on the judiciary' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain has slammed Awami League's criticism over Tarique Rahman's getting bail an "aspersion on the judiciary".

Speaking at a press briefing Saturday, after a joint meeting of the party, Delwar said: "[Syed Ashraful Islam] accused Tarique of being the 'world champion' of corruption. But no truth in the cases filed against has been found."
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Ex-adviser 'paid millions to parry charges' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Agency

Detectives have arrested three men who they say were allegedly paid nearly Tk 25 lakh by Justice M Fazlul Huq's family to help drop graft charges against the former caretaker government adviser.

The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police will appeal to the court on Saturday to remand Amalendu Das (50), Golam Ambia (57) and Md Nuruzzaman Iqbal (35) in custody, police assistant commissioner Nasiruddin Khan told bdnews24.com on Friday.
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42-day SC vacation from Sunday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Agency

The Supreme Court goes into a 42-day annual vacation from Sunday.

Following the vacation, to embrace those for autumn, eid and Durga Puja, the apex court of the country will reopen October 12.

During the vacation, 12 benches will function in the High Court Division in phases. Justice Jainul Abedin has been given the charge of hearing the emergency cases in the Appellate Division.
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Crossborder crime tops agenda PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Dhaka-Delhi talks

Desk Report

Long-standing boundary issues and curbing cross-border crime were high on the agenda as home secretaries of Bangladesh and India began a meeting in Dhaka Saturday.

"We will look to hammer out security issues in the meeting," home secretary Abdul Karim told bdnews24.com Friday night.
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Body of drowned student recovered PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Our Correspondent

A search and rescue team recovered the body of a drowned Stamford University student Saturday, 22 hours after he went missing at Madhabkundu falls at Moulavi Bazar, a police official said.

The rescuers, who started their operation early in the morning, retrieved the body of 22 year-old Al Fateh Mohammad Shahi around 11am, Baralekha sub inspector of police Jahangir Hossain told bdnews24.com.
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AL sees Govt, EC as the main hurdles to polls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said on Friday the caretaker government and the Election Commission were the main obstacles to holding the general elections.

"They took power with the promise of holding a free, fair and peaceful election. But the promise is now about to be broken," Ashraful said at a meeting in memory of late party leader Ivy Rahman at the National Press Club.
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Shake-ups in admin continue PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

The government has made changes in the posts of eight deputy secretary- level officials and a senior assistant secretary, reports bdnews24.com.

The establishment ministry issued the transfer orders Saturday.  
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Antigraft drive meant to rescue BNP PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AL alleges

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League has alleged the government launched the anticorruption drive to pull the BNP-led four-party alliance from the abyss it had sunk into.
 
"It is now clear that the real parties of the government are BNP and [Jamaat-e-Islami]," acting Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told reporters after a two-hour meeting of the party's policymaking presidium at acting president Zillur Rahman's Gulshan home.
 
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Capital market could raise Padma Bridge funds PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government is considering raising a major portion of the cost for construction of the Padma Bridge through the capital market, finance and planning adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Saturday.

Speaking as chief guest at a seminar on the capital market, he stressed the importance of the proposed Padma Bridge for the development of the country.
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Tarique's release not before Monday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Says his lawyer

Desk Report

Prison authorities say the administrative procedure for Tarique Rahman's release will not be completed before Monday, while a lawyer for the BNP senior joint secretary general said copies of all bail documents will be sent to them by Sunday.

"We are scrutinising the documents we have received so far. Other papers are yet to reach us," deputy inspector general of prisons Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told bdnews24.com Saturday.
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Gold falls as doller gains ground PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- Gold prices fell slightly Friday as a stronger dollar prompted selling from investors seeking commodities as an inflation hedge.

The 15-nation euro bought $1.4671, down from $1.4702 late Thursday in New York. A stronger dollar typically encourages investors to shed hard assets like gold, which is viewed as a safe-haven investment used to hedge against inflation and weakness in the U.S. currency.
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