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ACC files charge sheet against Lalu PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

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The Anti-Corruption Commission filed a charge sheet with a Bogra court in a case against former BNP lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu and his wife Shamsunnahar Zaman, accused of owning wealth of about Tk.1.75 crore beyond known sources of income.

The commission’s deputy director Monirul Hoq, who is investigating the case, filed the charge sheet. An assistant director of the commission, Asish Kumar Kundu, filed the case on September 6, 2007.

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DU teachers, students iterate call PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka University teachers and students released from jail in January 22–23 at a reception on the campus on Monday iterated their demand for the withdrawal of all cases filed in connection with the August 2007 campus protests with any police stations and immediate release of the persons arrested.

Professor Anwar Hossain demanded immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency and announcement of schedules for the elections to the ninth parliament.

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Amu wants presence of prominent citizens in dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent
Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu on Monday demanded that representatives of different professional bodies should be present during the proposed dialogue between the government and political parties to ensure transparency of the talks.

He also demanded live broadcast of the dialogue and urged the government to announce the date for the dialogues immediately so that it can be completed within March.

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Road accident kills four at Savar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

UNB . Savar

Four people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Abdullahpur under Ashulia thana Monday afternoon.

The police said the Dhaka-bound bus of from Tangail fell into the ditch breaking the railings of Tongabari Bridge at about 1:00pm, killing four people.

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HC stays extortion case proceedings against Huda PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday stayed the proceedings of an extortion case against jailed former communications minister Nazmul Huda and his brother Quamrul Huda.

The High bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Shahidul Islam also asked the government to explain in four weeks why the order of framing charges in the case against Huda and Quamrul would not be declared illegal.

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India deny Gilchrist fairytale end PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Adelaide

The broad bat of Indian opener Virender Sehwag denied retiring Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist a fairytale finish to his Test career on Monday as the fourth Test ended in a tame draw.

After trailing by 37 on the first innings, India were 269 for seven, an overall lead of 232, when stumps were drawn early on the final day, the result handing Australia a 2-1 win in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

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Bidders refuse to raise initial offer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Cricket Board’s hopes of selling the sponsorship rights for the upcoming home series against South Africa at a higher price received a jolt when the aspiring bidders did not respond to their request to increase the initial offer.

AB Bank and Axiom Technologies had participated in the tender, which was scheduled to be finalised on Sunday, but BCB officials said none of them met their expectation. The BCB had asked them to come up with a renewed offer only to get a very poor response.

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Ansar-VDP lift women’s cricket title PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Ansar & VDP clinched the title of the Parachute Women’s Open Cricket Tournament defeating Ispahani Sporting Club by two wickets in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Batting first, Ispahani SC scored a moderate 114 for five in the stipulated 35 overs with opener Shuktara Rahman top-scoring with 28. Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun and Jahanara Alam all added an identical 17 runs.

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Breaking the barrier by the power of people PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

The United States is utterly perplexed at the freedom forced by Gaza people; is tirelessly trying to shut the breaches in the prison wall; pressing upon Egyptian ally to shut the road to freedom. Europe is habitually complicit though not entirely without making some hypocritical noise about human rights and humanitarian concerns. As to the United Nations, the less said the better; the UN stands stripped naked of all its pretences

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Education department plagued with anomalies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Reports are published almost daily on anomalies, corruption and incompetence of the departments and personnel bestowed with the responsibility of educating our future generation. They have failed in their duty miserably while the current military-controlled interim government seems unconcerned about making things right. 

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Bird flu: more attention should be paid to the prime sources of infection PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Bird flu menace is assuming catastrophic proportions in recent times. Going all out to prevent its spread on an emergency basis is the demand of the day. It may require multi-pronged action accompanied by popular awakening.

Unless the challenge is met with adequate response, not only will the poultry resource and poultry farmers face ruination and the economy will be hurt but portends of danger to public health will also be chilling. Visitation of the avian scourge is periodically reported and hens have to be culled by the thousand.

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Drug peddler nabbed in Chittagong PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff reporter

A drug peddler has been arrested in the city along with Phensidyle. He was nabbed from Sitakund Shariapur National Cotton Mill area in Sunday night.

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Night guard becomes victim of Aggyan Party PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

A night guard who fell ill becoming the victim of the Aggyan Party was hospitalized.

His name is Amir Hossain. The incident was occurred in Sunday night at the city's Madarbari area.

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Stay order of Mir Nasirs tax dozing and ABM Mahiuddins Bijoy TV case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Reporter

The court has increased the stay order of the tax evasion case against Mir Nasir and and his son for one more year. Earlier, the High Court issued a stay order for a period of three months.

As a result, hearing of these two cases was not made yesterday at the Divisional Special Court. Mir Nasir and his son Mir Helal were produced before the court yesterday and the court has fixed the date of next hearing on Feb18.

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"Bangladesh-Pakistan need free trade agreement" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Reporter

The speakers at a seminar organized by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Bangladesh and the Chittagong Chamber held at the Chittagong Chamber auditorium yesterday stressed the need for inking a bilateral free trade agreement and formation of joint trade facilitation committee, formation of special fund aiming at increasing contacts among the exporters and cooperation of tourism and agri-sectors to increase volume of trade between Bangladesh and Pakistan.

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Argentina discovered biggest oil deposit in decades PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse .

Buenos Aires Joint Argentina-British Pan American Energy company has discovered a crude oil field in the southern province of Chubut yielding an estimated 120 million barrels per year, local authorities said Saturday.

 ‘It’s the biggest oil deposit (found in Argentina) in decades,’ Chubut Governor Mario das Neves told reporters in provincial capital Rawson, 1,450 kilometers south of Buenos Aires.

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US mortgage crisis turns nightmare for African-Americans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Cleveland, Ohio

They had small means and big hopes of owning a house. But African-Americans snared in the US mortgage crisis have seen the American dream turn into a nightmare many call ‘financial apartheid.’ The storm triggered by risky ‘subprime’ loans has left many in ruins, forced out of their modest homes and furious at falling victim to financial dealings that have taken a particular toll on minority families.

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IMF chief asks for global solution to serious US slowdown PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse .Davos

The director general of the IMF called Saturday for a ‘serious’ response to the risk of a US recession and encouraged fiscal stimulus programmes in some countries. Speaking in Davos, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said: ‘Whatever the answer is on a recession, what is clear is there will be a serious US slowdown and it needs a serious response.’

The head of the IMF, which usually encourages reductions in public spending, indicated that there was room for fiscal loosening in some big countries and interest rate cuts. ‘We cannot rely only on monetary policy,’ he said during a public debate about the world economy.

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Mortgage crisis creates empty US town streets PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse; Cleveland, Ohio

The streets are empty. Trash rustles down the road past rusted barbecues, abandoned furniture, sagging homes and gardens turned to weed. This is Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland and a town ravaged by the subprime mortgage crisis roiling the United States.

Faded ‘for sale’ signs sit in front of deserted houses. The residents are gone, either in search of new jobs after the factories shut down, or in shame after being evicted for missing their mortgage payments.

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Davos 2008 ended with pursuing upcoming tough year PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse .

Davos Global powerbrokers left their annual gathering in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Sunday, pursued by grim warnings of a tough year ahead for the world economy. Compared to the upbeat mood of previous years, Davos 2008 was a distinctly gloomy affair dominated by talk of a US recession and a wider economic slowdown.

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India’s central bank may lower lending rate following US interest rate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse .

Mumbai India’s central bank may lower its key lending rate this week following the substantial cut in US interest rates and end a monetary tightening cycle that began in 2004, economists say. Analysts had expected the central bank — wary about the impact of sharp rises in global oil and commodity prices — to keep rates on hold in 2008.

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