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Asian, American leaders back free trade to ease crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

LIMA, Nov 23,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Leaders from Asia and the Americas promised on Saturday to push for a global free trade deal and reform international lenders in an effort to keep the world from sliding into a deep recession.

US President George W Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and other members of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, or APEC, said they would refrain from raising trade barriers over the next 12 months.

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Verdict on Ershad phone graft case Dec 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

Dhaka, Nov 23 (bdnews24.com) – A Dhaka court is set to deliver verdict on Dec. 1 in a graft case against former president HM Ershad on charges of setting up digital telephone lines in 89 Upazila.

After the hearings on Sunday, Dhaka divisional special judge M Golam Motuza Majumder announced the date for the verdict 16 years after the case had been filed.

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Remittance reduces poverty, widens east-west divide: WB PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

Dhaka, Nov 23 (bdnews24.com)—Bangladesh's rapid growth in remittance, while helping to reduce poverty, has reinforced regional inequalities, according to a World Bank poverty assessment report released Sunday.

The report said Bangladesh could halve the proportion of poor people in the next 6 years, having significantly reduced poverty levels over the past decade.

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Obama tells Karzai Afghan security will be priority PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

KABUL, Sun Nov 23,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President-elect Barack Obama told Afghan President Hamid Karzai he would make it a priority to fight terrorism and bring security to Afghanistan and the region, the Afghan presidential palace said Sunday.

Obama has pledged a new focus on Afghanistan when he becomes president in January, but while still a candidate he criticized Karzai for failing to tackle corruption, the booming drugs trade and for "not getting out of the bunker" to govern effectively.

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General election will be held on Dec 29 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2008

Dhaka, Nov 23 (bdnews24.com) – The general election will be held on Dec. 29 and Upazila Parishad polls on Jan. 22, the chief election commissioner announced on Sunday after a week of intense negotiations between the Election Commission, government and major parties.

"The changes have been carried out to ensure the participation of all parties in the election and we hope that these amendments will be acceptable to all," ATM Shamsul Huda said at a crowded press conference at the EC Secretariat.

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AL will go even if BNP doesn't: Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008

London, Nov 5 (bdnews24.com) – Sheikh Hasina has said Awami League will go to the election "if things are all right even if the BNP decides not to".

Hasina spoke to Bangla media reporters at a central London hotel on Tuesday before leaving London around 7pm BdST on Wednesday for Dhaka.
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AL will go even if BNP doesn't: Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008

London, Nov 5 (bdnews24.com) – Sheikh Hasina has said Awami League will go to the election "if things are all right even if the BNP decides not to".

Hasina spoke to Bangla media reporters at a central London hotel on Tuesday before leaving London around 7pm BdST on Wednesday for Dhaka.
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Obama rides wind of change to historic US victory PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2008

WASHINGTON, Wed Nov 5, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Barack Obama rode a wave of voter discontent to a historic White House victory, promising change as the first black US president but facing enormous challenges from a deep economic crisis and two lingering wars.

Obama led Democrats to a sweeping victory that expanded their majorities in both houses of Congress as Americans emphatically rejected President George W. Bush's eight years of leadership.

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Obama, McCain face judgment day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2008

John Whitesides

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain face the judgment of U.S. voters on Tuesday after a long and bitter struggle for the White House, with Obama holding a clear lead in national opinion polls.

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