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Asian vultures disappearing faster than dodo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - Wild Asian vultures could become extinct in 10 years unless officials stop the use of a livestock drug that has caused the birds to decline faster than the dodo, British and Indian scientists said on Wednesday.

A new study shows the population of oriental white-backed vultures has plunged 99.9 percent since 1992 while the numbers of two species, the long-billed and slender-billed vultures, together have fallen by nearly 97 percent.

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Democrat Obama `outraged` by former pastor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, trying to quell a political firestorm that has roiled his presidential campaign, strongly denounced his former pastor on Tuesday and called his racially charged comments "appalling." , reports REUTERS.

The controversy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been a major stumbling block for the Illinois senator, who is leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the state-by-state contest for the party's nomination for the November election.

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New US carrier in Gulf a `reminder' to Iran: Gates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, MEXICO CITY- The US Navy has temporarily added a second aircraft carrier in the Gulf as a "reminder" to Iran, but this was not an escalation of American forces in the region, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters during a trip to Mexico, Gates flatly denied a suggestion that the presence of two US carriers in the Gulf could be a precursor to military action against Tehran.

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Sharif flies to Dubai for Pakistan coalition talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, Islamabad - Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Dubai on Tuesday for a crucial meeting to decide if his party should stay in a month-old coalition with the party of the late Benazir Bhutto.

Sharif is expected to meet Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto's widower and leader of her Pakistan People's Party (PPP), on Wednesday to try to break a deadlock over reinstating judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf late last year.

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UN and World Bank pledge to tackle food crisis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, Berne - UN agencies and the World Bank pledged on Tuesday to set up a task force to tackle an unprecedented rise in global food prices that is threatening to spread social unrest.

The international bodies called on countries not to restrict exports of food to secure supplies at home, warning that could make the problem worse.

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North Korea heading towards famine: report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, Seoul- Soaring global food prices and reluctant donors are pushing North Korea back towards famine, which could see the secretive government turn even more repressive to keep control, a paper released on Wednesday said.

"The country is in its most precarious situation since the end of the famine a decade ago," said the paper from the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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Microsoft eyes Yahoo retention plan: court papers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

Microsoft Corp has considered earmarking $1.5 billion to retain Yahoo Inc employees if it acquires the company, according to court documents in a shareholder suit filed against Yahoo, reports REUTERS.

The $1.5 billion figure was discussed in a communication between the general counsels of Microsoft and Yahoo, and came to light when a lawyer representing Yahoo mentioned the amount in a March 24 hearing in a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court.

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Why oil prices are at a record high PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

REUTERS, London- US crude oil hit an all-time high of $119.93 a barrel on Monday. Robust demand for crude and a weak dollar have fuelled the rally from a dip below $50 at the start of 2007.

Adjusted for inflation, oil is now above the $101.70 peak hit in April 1980, according to the International Energy Agency, a year after the Iranian revolution.

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SEC unearths shady website on equity consultancy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed that a shady website is offering stock-market consultancy to investors in violations of the securities law.

SEC executive director Farhad Ahmed told reporters Tuesday that the website contains information on which issues to rise at what pace in next-day trade and asks investors to buy the scrips to gain windfalls.

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Duty-free access of our goods to Canada PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 May 2008

No one still knows where a prospective entrepreneur will get a complete list of items he should produce to avail the benefits. One must know first what Canada or other countries extending duty-free access needs as imports from countries like Bangladesh. Sadly, the Export Promotion Bureau or any other related organisation has miserably failed to expose our businessmen to such markets. This should not cost us much.

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