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Biman incurs Tk 1 cr loss a month PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited is incurring a loss of more than Tk once crore per month for an unfair deal with Pegasus in taking a DC-10 aircraft on ten-year lease in 1997.

A wide bodied DC-10 aircraft was taken on lease of US$ 1.5 lakh per month on condition that it would be returned in re-delivery condition, with overhauling of the engine, on expiry of the lease period in June 2007.

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U.N. says poverty eradication slows in Asia-Pacific PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI  - The rate at which poverty is falling across the Asia-Pacific region is slowing despite a burst of largely urban wealth creation, a United Nations report said on Thursday, blaming the

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Lanka end Caribbean drought PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Chaminda Vaas played a starring role with the ball, as Sri Lanka created a bit of history, when they completed a 121-run victory over West Indies in the opening Test on Wednesday, reports AFP.

Vaas captured five wickets for 61 runs from 22.2 overs and Muttiah Muralitharan took three for 112 from 45 overs, as West Indies, chasing a highly improbable, if impossible 437 for victory, were dismissed for 315 in their second innings about 15 minutes before the scheduled close.

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IPL chief targets England stars PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

England’s top players will feature in the lucrative Indian Twenty20 series in the future, the chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) believes, reports BBC.

Lalit Modi told BBC Sport he would be happy to move his season forward to accommodate England’s big names, who would all be attractive to IPL teams.

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King wins all-American matchup PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

After a tough 2007 season, Vania King got herself back even with fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy, report agencies.

A qualifier, King captured her match with Shaughnessy, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the $3.45 million Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday.

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Wildlife Trust becomes IUCN member PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) at its 69th council meeting held in Gland, Switzerland from March 10-12, approved the admission of Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) as a member in its national non-governmental category, reports UNB.

“This means the beginning of a mutually beneficial collaboration

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Functioning democracy demand of the hour PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Independence Day observed

The thirty-seventh Independence Day was observed this year with usual ceremony.
In view of our political culture, we badly feel the need for a functioning democracy to sustain the hopes and aspirations of our people. The Chief Adviser said on Tuesday that the present Caretaker Government and the Election Commission are giving much importance to bringing about a qualitative change in the country’s political culture ahead of the next general election.
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India pushes for minimum wage for workers in Gulf PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Oil-rich Gulf nations, already facing strong labor protests, are getting new pressure from India, which wants them to pay minimum wages for unskilled workers, report agencies.

The move by India which has 5.00 million workers in the Gulf, making it the largest source of migrants is the strongest push yet by workers’ home countries to win better conditions for their citizens.

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China ready to join tri-nation gas project PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

China has told Pakistan it is ready to join a gas pipeline project to import Iranian gas if India decides not to be part of the multi-billion dollar venture, reports PTI.

Pakistan and Iran have finalised a gas purchase agreement while India is yet to complete modalities for joining the project mainly due to differences with Pakistan over the transit fee to be paid for the gas transported through Pakistani territory.

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US new-home sales slowest in 13 yr, durables unloved PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Sales of new U.S. single- family homes fell to the slowest pace in 13 years while orders for durable goods tumbled unexpectedly last month, according to government data that added to signs the economy has stalled, reports Reuters New orders for long-lasting U.S.-made manufactured goods like refrigerators unexpectedly fell 1.7 percent during February and a key gauge of companies’ appetite for investment also shrank.

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Tata acquires Jaguar, Land Rover for $2.3b PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

India’s Tata Motors said yesterday it was buying British luxury icons Jaguar and Land Rover from ailing US carmaker Ford for 2.3 billion dollars as it vaulted into the premium global car market, reports AFP.

The cash purchase, part of plans by India’s top vehicle maker to expand its reach beyond Asia, capped months of talks with Ford Motor Co., which is selling the prestige brands to focus on turning around its North American operations after losing 15.3 billion dollars over the past two years.

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Bush defends Iraq, accuses Congress of hectoring PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Dayton, Ohio, Reuters - US President George W. Bush defended the pace of political and economic reform in Iraq on Thursday and accused members of the US Congress of "hectoring" Baghdad and threatening its leaders.

Bush also praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for launching a "tough battle against militia fighters and criminals"

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2000 tonnes of Indian rice unloaded PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

About 2,000 tonnes of rice imported from India were unloaded at Benapole and Hilli land ports, reports UNB.

The port authorities kept open operation on holidays for quick delivery and transport of rice to different parts of the country.

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Pakistani PM chooses senior ministers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's new prime minister has chosen senior ministers who should be welcomed by businessmen and calm some U.S. nerves over cooperation on counterterrorism, a source close to the incoming government said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will announce 22 members of his cabinet on Saturday when he seeks a vote of confidence in the National Assembly, a spokeswoman for his party said.

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Heathrow suffers more T5 `teething` problems PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

London, Reuters - British Airways cancelled three dozen flights out of its new $8.6 billion terminal at Heathrow on Friday -- a fifth of scheduled departures -- as the chaos from its shambolic opening spilled into a second day.

The airline said it was cancelling the short-haul flights to "create more capacity" as it tried to get back on top of the mess left behind from Thursday's fated opening when nearly 70 flights were cancelled, leaving passengers distraught.

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North Korea raises tensions with missile launch PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2008

Seoul, Reuters - North Korea test-fired a battery of short-range missiles on Friday in what analysts saw as a show of the reclusive state's anger at Washington and the new conservative government in Seoul.

The launch comes a day after the North expelled South Korean officials from a joint industrial complex north of the border, after Seoul told its destitute neighbour to clean up its human rights and stop dragging its feet in nuclear disarmament talks if it wants to receive aid to keep its economy afloat.

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4 Shibir activists sentenced to death PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Eight Murder in Ctg

Staff Reporter

A Chittagong court Thursday sentenced four Islami Chhatra Shibir activists to death and three others to life imprisonment in a case involving the killing of eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League.

Chittagong second additional and sessions judge Enamul Huq Chowdhury handed down the death penalty to Sajjad Hossain Khan chiefly known as Sajjad, Alamgir Kabir known as Baitta Alamgir, Md Azam and Solaiman.

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117 students, 3 teachers expelled as SSC exams start PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

As many as 117 students and three teachers were expelled across the country for adopting unfair means on the first day of the SSC, Dakhil and SSC vocation examinations Thursday.

Of the total students expelled, 70 were in the Technical Education Board, 14 in Dhaka board, eight in Rajshahi board, three in Jessore board, five in Barisal board, four in Comilla board, two in Chittagong board and 11 in Madrasah

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EC seeks to remove MPs from jobs if guilty of supplying wrong info PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission will ask the speaker to remove members of parliament from their posts if they provide inaccurate information on their nominations, election commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said Thursday.

"Providing eight pieces of information, including an income and expenditure statement, an account of election spending and educational qualifications are now mandatory," Sakhawat told reporters in his office.

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Intercity train Teesta derails PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

Three compartments of the intercity train Teesta were derailed Thursday, in the Begunbari area of Mymensingh.

There was no immediate report of casualties.

Witnesses said the train departed for Dhaka from Dewanganj in Jamalpur at 3.30 pm.

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CA announces mobile connectivity for CHT PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Our Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed Thursday announced a government decision to introduce mobile connectivity to municipal areas of the three CHT districts.

"Establishing mobile networks in the hill areas is a

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