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Hasina Charge hearing deferred to Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
The hearing on framing of charges in the ‘extortion’ case against the detained former prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, was further deferred to Tuesday, as she again failed to appear in the court on Sunday due to illness.

As the trial court resumed in the morning in the makeshift courtroom on the Jatiya Sangsad complex, Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Azizul Haque, citing a report submitted by the jail authorities, said Hasina could not be brought to the court as she had an attack of vertigo and headache.

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Physicians for sending Hasina abroad PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
The acting Awami League president, Zillur Rahman, said Sunday that the detained party president, Sheikh Hasina, would not go abroad for treatment if the interim government tried to impose any condition.

But a four-member medical team has formally requested the chief adviser to make arrangement for Hasina’s treatment in the United States.

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India suspend Australia tour pending appeal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has suspended its team's tour of Australia pending the outcome of an appeal for banned spinner Harbhajan Singh.

Harbhajan was suspended on Sunday by the International Cricket Council for three tests after being found guilty of racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second test in Sydney.

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BDR gets green light to import more rice PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
The committee on economic affairs Monday allowed Bangladesh Rifles to import another one lakh tonnes of rice in the face of price hikes of food grains. The committee also exempted BDR from government restrictions to complete import of 90,000 tonnes of rice for which they were earlier given approval.

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Pakistan says won't let foreign troops on its soil PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Reuters, Islamabad
Pakistan will not allow any country to conduct military operations on its territory, officials said on Monday, rejecting a report that said the United States was considering authorising its forces to act in Pakistan.

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PSC members were responsible for question leaks: chairman PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
Public Service Commission chairman Saadat Hossain Sunday said some PSC members had been involved in BCS question leaks in the last 14 years, depriving "brilliant candidates" of government jobs.

In an interview with bdnews24.com, the PSC chairman said the situation was "very different" now. "Questions are no longer leaked. A number of changes were made to the process of reparing questions, holding exams and checking answer sheets.

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Govt finalises draft law to free EC secretariat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
The government has finalised the draft law on separation of the Election Commission secretariat, the law adviser said Monday.

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Russia warns Britain not to reopen British Council PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008
Russia said on Thursday it would consider provocative any attempt by Britain to reopen regional offices Russia warns Britain not to reopen British Council of the British Council, its cultural arm, in comments that showed no sign a diplomatic spat is easing.

Russia on December 12, 2007 ordered the British government's cultural arm to halt work from January 1 at all its regional offices, saying Britain had broken a host of international and domestic rules.
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PPP rejects 'meaningless' Scotland Yard probe PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008
Agence France-Presse; Islamabad

A Scotland Yard team that arrived in Pakistan on Friday to help investigate the assassination of PPP rejects 'meaningless' Scotland Yard probe opposition leader Benazir Bhutto will fail to shed any light on the murder, her party said.

'This Scotland Yard team... what will it do here? It will work under the patronage of the government. It is going to be a meaningless exercise,' said Farooq Naik, a lawyer and Benazir's top aide.
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Thai "stealth coup" threatens pro-Thaksin victory PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008

Fears of a post-election dirty tricks campaign by Thailand's old guard appear to be coming true. Having Thai "stealth coup" threatens pro-Thaksin victory  come within a whisker of an outright majority in December's poll, the party backing ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is facing an unusually high number of fraud complaints against its winning candidates, analysts said on! Friday.

The Supreme Court has also agreed to hear three cases that could lead to the pro-Thaksin People Power Party being disbanded, or some or all of the poll results being annulled. Of 83 candidates being investigated by the Election Commission, whose five members were appointed by the army after the September 2006 coup, 65 are from the PPP.

 

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Struggle for admission begins in Ctg public schools (DC) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008

Staff Reporter

Admission battle began on Saturday at nine government-run high schools in the Chittagong city amid tensions of admission seekers, more specifically their guardians.

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CMP seizes 500 auto-rickshaws(DC) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008

Staff Reporter

The Chittagong Metropolitan Police seized more than 500 CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the last four days on charge of plying without meter.

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Kenyans pray for peace as refugees wait for aid PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyans across the political divide prayed for peace on Sunday while aid workers sought to bring relief to an estimated 250,000 refugees from post-election violence that has also killed hundreds.
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AIDS patients still face social stigma PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

AIDS patients still face social stigmaStigmatisation and exclusion of HIV/AIDS patients from the community are key factors that prevent them from seeking testing, counseling and treatment at different parts of the country, said development activists and sufferers.

Many of the sufferers say disclosure of their status have rendered them isolated in their families and some of the patients even criticised the role of....

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Bangladesh will import diesel from India PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh will import 120,000 tonnes of diesel from Assam to help farmers irrigate their land as part of efforts to boost food production, a senior energy official said on Sunday.

"This will, hopefully, help produce a bumper production of boro," the official said, referring to a rice variety that accounts for nearly 50 percent of Bangladesh's annual 27 million tonnes of food production and is grown between January and May.
The country faces a shortfall of up to 2.0 million tonnes of rice in the fiscal year to next June after a series of floods and a cyclone.

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B'desh rice traders want relaxation in import rule PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Bangladesh rice traders said on Sunday they want a relaxation in government procurement rules to allow more imports to meet domestic demand.

A serious shortage has doubled the domestic price of rice to 40 taka ($0.60) a kg since January last year. Many other commodities have seen similar increases.

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Australia clinch thriller to beat India PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

Australia 463 (Symonds 162*, Hogg 79, Lee 59, Ponting 55, Kumble 4-106) and 7 for 401 dec (Hussey 145*, Hayden 123, Symonds 61, Kumble 4-148) beat India 532 (Tendulkar 154*, Laxman 109, Ganguly 67, Dravid 53, Lee 5-119) and 210 (Ganguly 51, Clarke 3-5, Symonds 3-51) by 122 runs

Ricky Ponting's Australia emulated Steve Waugh's run of 16 consecutive Test wins as they took a 2-0 lead in the series against India in a thriller of a game that went right down to the wire at the SCG. With only six minutes to spare as the shadows lengthened Michael Clarke picked up the last three wickets from only five balls as Australia sneaked home. India will be gutted, not merely because they had resisted stoutly but because once again they were at the receiving end of some umpiring decisions that will be talked about for some time to come.

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Seamers and Vettori set up big win PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

New Zealand 357 (Oram 117, Bell 107, Mortaza 4-74) and 39 for 1 beat Bangladesh (Tamim 53, Martin 4-64) and 254 (Tamim 84, Siddique 74, Vettori 4-70) by nine wickets

New Zealand stormed back from an indifferent second day to dismiss a submissive Bangladesh for 254 and wrapped up a nine-wicket win before tea on day three at Dunedin's University Oval. A four-pronged seam attack turned the Test quickly in the first session, grabbing the opposition by the scruff of the neck after a 161-run opening stand, before Daniel Vettori mopped up the tail quickly after lunch.

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Rice price comes down: Steps taken to import 10-lakh MT of Rice PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

The government has already taken steps to import 10 lakh tonnes of rice from different rice exporting countries, including India, Thailand and Vietnam to reduce the price hike.

Disclosing this, Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said of the 10-lakh tones of rice that would be imported, contract was already signed for four- lakh tones and soon agreement would be signed for the rest six-lakh tones.

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Price of Gold hits record high PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

Price of gold in local market is feared to increase by next week, coping up with the international market price hike. The precious metal was traded at all time high rates of US$868 per ounce round the globe yesterday.

According to the USGOLD.COM, market price of the yellow metal further increased by US$26 per ounce in international market within two month (Nov-Dec) as it was recorded US$ 840 per ounce in November 2007. The gold index started the year 2007 with US$625 per ounce rate, reported the US gold market expert
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Summit Power to build four power plants as scheduled PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

Summit Power Ltd. (SPL), the only private sector power company listed on the bourse, has said one of its directors who was a loan defaulter has resigned from its board, paving the way for issuance of “Right Shares” by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In a statement issued today (Thursday), Summit Power said that the defaulting director, Syed Fazlul Haque, has resigned from the directorship and therefore the company has no defaulting person on its board.

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