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Rafique blames selectors PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Sports Correspondent

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique lashed out at the Bangladesh Cricket Board officials on Thursday for forcing him to retire from international cricket.

‘The same people who did not allow me to play Test cricket for nearly three years are now back in the Board. So, I have decided to quit.

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Gilly backs Hayden PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Batting star Adam Gilchrist Thursday defended Matthew Hayden, at the centre of the latest spat between Australia and India, saying he does not care what others think about his fellow opener.

Hayden ignited yet another row between the sides when he called spinner Harbhajan Singh an ‘obnoxious weed’ on Australian radio on Tuesday.

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ĎAussies will not relaxí PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Australia’s Adam Gilchrist vowed his side will fight hard in tri-series match against Sri Lanka, despite already booking a place in the finals of the competition.

The big-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a blistering 149 in last year’s World Cup final between the same two sides but nothing hinges on the game at the MCG.

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ICL players face county bar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . London

Shane Bond’s contract to play for English county Hampshire this season has been called into question because of the player’s links with the ‘rebel’ Indian Cricket League after officials warned it would be taken into account when assessing his registration.

Former New Zealand quick Bond, 32, signed by Hampshire as early-season cover for Shane Warne, and Pakistan’s Rana Naved, due to play for Yorkshire, featured in November’s inaugural ICL.

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Soyabean price variable in different city markets PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Mutton sells @Tk 350 a kg, Govt instruction ignored

Swarup Battacharjee

The price of Soyabean oil varies at different city markets in Chittagong though the government and the traders fixed the selling rates of edible oil until March 9 to contain the overheating market.

Earlier the mill-gate price of soyabean oil was fixed at Tk 103.50 and palm oil at Tk 96.50 per kg while the maximum retail price of soya bean oil was capped at Tk 106 a kg and that of palm oil at Tk 99.

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Youth Dev Assoc observes Intíl Mother Language Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Jubo Samaj Unnoyan Parisad (Youth Development Organization) at 17 No Ward, West Bakalia in Chittagong observed “ International Mother Language Day” (Ekushey February) said a press release.

A colorful rally and a discussion were organized on the occasion.

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Protection of rights and dignity of disabled PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

We cannot but be concerned about the process of protecting rights and dignity of the disabled though Chief Adviser to military controlled interim government observes that the job is both a challenge and obligation for all. If past experiences are any indicators, such consultations could drag on for months, even years, before they lead to any concrete recommendations, let alone any substantive actions.

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EC says can't bar Islamic parties PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission has rejected calls by most political parties to ban groups using their Islamic identity to contest elections.

The demand came as parties held a second round of talks with the commission to discuss preparations for parliamentary polls the country's army-backed interim government pledged to hold around the end of this year.

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Theft, forgery rumours enrage Bangladeshi art lovers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agency

Frenzied art lovers have forced the government of Bangladesh to order a public display of ancient artefacts next week to dispel doubts the invaluable relics could have been counterfeited while in France recently for an exhibition.

A consignment of 42 artefacts arrived in Dhaka earlier this week from the Guimet Museum in Paris, which borrowed it from Bangladesh for an exhibition.

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ADB projects GDP growth below 6 pc for 2007-08 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

GDP growth is projected to fall this year compared to the previous fiscal year, head of Asian Development Bank's resident mission Hua Du said Thursday.

GDP growth is expected to be below 6 percent for FY 2008, compared with 6.5 percent the previous year, said the ABD's Dec 2007 Quarterly Economic Update for Bangladesh released Thursday.

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ICB buys Oriental PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Switzerland-incorporated ICB Financial Group Holdings has purchased the problem-ridden Oriental Bank, officials said Thursday.

ICB has bought a 50.10 percent stake in the bank for Tk 350.67 crore and renamed it ICB Islamic Bank Limited. ICB takes over management of the bank 15 days from now.

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Kader Siddiqui asks EC to bar war criminals PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui asked the Election Commission Thursday to directly disqualify acknowledged war criminals from elections instead of awaiting a court order.

"The Jamaat-e-Islami is recognised as a party formed by the anti liberation-war forces and war criminals. Why should they receive political recognition?"

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Bangladesh axe ex-captain Bashar for South Africa test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Sports Reporter

Bangladesh have axed veteran batsman and former captain Habibul Bashar from the 12-man squad selected for the second and final test against South Africa starting in Chittagong on Friday.

The 34-year-old Bashar has played in all but two of Bangladesh's 52 matches since they were promoted to a test-playing nation in 2000, hitting three centuries and 24 fifties.

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Barapukuria graft charge is a 'sorry affair': Hafiz PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Hafizuddin Ahmed, leader of a faction of the BNP, Thursday said a graft case tied to Barapukuria Coalmine was a "sorry affair".

"There's nothing wrong in discharging the responsibilities according to the government rules and regulations," Hafizuddin told reporters at his Banani home.

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4 city corpn polls schedule next month PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission will announce the schedule for four city corporation elections next month aiming to hold the polls at the end of April.

'We will announce the schedule next month for elections to four city corporations and hope that the government will create an environment enabling the people to go for electioneering,' chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said during the second round of dialogue with the Jatiya Party on Monday.

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ACC asked to report on progress by Mar 30 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Coalmine case

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Wednesday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission to submit by March 30 the report on the investigation into the Barapukuria coalmine scam case filed against the detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, 10 of her cabinet colleagues and five others.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate M Golam Rabbani passed the order after accepting the first information report sent to him by the Shahbagh police.

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Musharraf's rivals vow to banish army from politics PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Reuters, Islamabad

Pakistani opposition parties which inflicted a crushing defeat on president Pervez Musharraf's allies in last week's election vowed on Wednesday to banish the military from politics.

At a show of strength gathering attended by 171 National Assembly members-elect, they also called on president Pervez Musharraf to immediately summon

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5 killed in city, 1 dies from heroin overdose PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Three persons, including a minor girl, were killed and three others met unnatural deaths in different parts of the capital in a span of 18 hours on Wednesday.

In Pallabi, a six-year-old schoolgirl, who was missing since Tuesday afternoon, was found dead in a cattle shed near her residence at Pallabi in Mirpur on Wednesday.

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'Guaranteeing rights of disabled persons obligation for all' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has said despite resource constraints, Bangladesh is firmly committed to addressing the diverse needs of persons with disabilities within and outside the country.

He said it has become both a challenge and an obligation for all to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

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Envoy stresses peaceful nature of Iranian nuclear progm PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Iranian ambassador in Dhaka said that big nations should apologise and compensate for the damage they have caused by inflicting embargo on that Islamic nation for its 'peaceful nuclear programme', since the IAEA's recent report has proved that Iran does not want to make nuclear weapons.

'The recent report of the IAEA chief has proved the peacefulness of Iranian nuclear activities and shows that Iran's attitude to its nuclear activities is legal, transparent, responsible and foreseeable,' said Hasan Farazandeh, the Iranian ambassador, at a press briefing in his residence on Wednesday afternoon.

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197 Peace prize contenders this year: Nobel Institute PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Oslo

A total of 197 candidates are in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Wednesday, with the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ex-German chancellor Helmut Kohl and Esperanto known to be on the list.

'This is the second-highest number in the history of the Nobel' Peace Prize, Geir Lundestad, the head of the Nobel Institute, said, recalling there were 199 nominees in 2005.

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