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Garment worker's death sparks violent protests in Savar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Angry garment workers barricaded highway at Hemayetpur in Savar Friday morning for two hours following a road accident in which a speeding bus crushed a garment worker to death at 7:40 am, police said.

The situation was brought under control as the local administration along with army, Rab and police personnel arrived at the place of occurrence and managed the crisis.

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SCBA seeks right to bail PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Supreme Court Bar Association has demanded an end to the emergency powers rules that revoke the High Court's jurisdiction to grant bail.

The demand came from an urgent meeting of the association Thursday. Lawyers at the meeting said every citizen of the country has the right to seek bail. Revoking the right would destroy the spirit of justice in society.

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Didar boli, Marma Singh joint champions PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Jobbarer Bolikhela

Staff Reporter

Didarul Alam Didar of Cox's Bazar and Mormon Singh Tripura became joint champions in the near century-old wrestling competition Jobbarer Boli Khela in the port city yesterday afternoon.

Jobbar Smriti Boli Khela O Baishakhi Mela Parisad organised the wrestling competition cum Mela in the city's Laldighi Maidan. It was the fifth overall title won by Didar, a trader from Omkhali under Ramu upazila in Cox's Bazar district.

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Arsenal are in my heart, insists Henry PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AFP, LONDON - Barcelona striker Thierry Henry insisted Friday that he has no regrets about his move to Spain but that his former club Arsenal hold a special place in his heart.

The 30-year-old striker has been linked with a move back to England after an unsuccessful first season in Spain. He told the BBC's Football Focus: "I'm happy - I don't regret leaving Arsenal.

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Zimbabwe police raid election monitors' office: source PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AFP, HARARE - Police on Friday raided the offices of Zimbabwe's main independent election observation group in the capital Harare, a source at the Zimbabwe Election Support Network said.

"Police are searching our offices, they are flipping through files and documents but they have not taken anything," said the source, who requested anonymity.

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Sri Lanka ex-rebel faction releases 28 child soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO - A Sri Lankan state-backed former Tamil Tiger rebel group, accused of abductions and killings, has freed 28 child soldiers, UNICEF said on Friday, welcoming the second major release in two weeks.

The TMVP, made up of fighters who defected from the mainstream Tamil Tigers in 2004 and helped the government evict their former comrades from the island's east, released 11 children in early April.

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Humans lived in tiny, separate bands for 100,000 years PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - Human beings for 100,000 years lived in tiny, separate groups, facing harsh conditions that brought them to the brink of extinction, before they reunited and populated the world, genetic researchers have said.

"Who would have thought that as recently as 70,000 years ago, extremes of climate had reduced our population to such small numbers that we were on the very edge of extinction," said paleontologist Meave Leakey, of Stony Brook University, New York.

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Car bomb kills at least three in NW Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

REUTERS, PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pro-Taliban militants exploded a car bomb outside a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least three people, police and a militant spokesman said.

"The car was parked outside the police station. It was packed with explosives and blew up, damaging the station and several nearby shops in the bazaar," senior officer Tahir Khan in the town of Mardan, where the attack took place, told Reuters.

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UN calls for an end to malaria deaths in Africa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AFP, PARIS - An ambitious global drive led by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to end malaria deaths in Africa "in the near future" was to be launched Friday on World Malaria Day, according to Britain's leading medical journal.

The multi-billion dollar (euro) initiative will start with the delivery of 250 million insecticide-treated bednets by the end of 2010 to those parts of the continent where the deadly disease is endemic, The Lancet reported.

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Nepal vote count ends, Maoists form largest party PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - Nepal's Maoist former rebels won 220 seats in the 601-member special assembly, making them the single largest party, the Election Commission said on Friday.

The election crowns a 2006 peace deal ending a 10-year-long Maoist insurgency that killed some 13,000 people in one of the world's poorest countries.

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3 Detectives Acquitted in Bell Shooting PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AP News

Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens.

Justice Arthur J. Cooperman, who delivered the verdict, said many of the prosecution’s witnesses, including Mr. Bell’s friends and the two wounded victims, were simply not believable.

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Slowdown, rising yuan put Chinese exporters in tough spot PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

It’s a tough choice this year for exporters at the trade fair here: fewer orders or paper- thin profits, reports Xinhua. The yuan is stronger and the world market is weaker, the result of the unfolding credit crisis.

And that’s had an impact on the number of buyers and orders for exporters who are attending the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong Province.
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Pak rice exports to reach $4b if ban not imposed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

As the government faces huge twin deficits, rice exporters hope that they can fetch over $4 billion in exports, provided the government does not ban rice exports, according to Internet.

In a meeting with the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday night, representatives of rice exporters assured the government that their association would come up with a new mechanism, which would avert any future crisis by ensuring the availability of rice in the local market, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Chairman Haji Muhammad Azhar Akhtar said while talking to The News.

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Britain invites India to be part of new global deal PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Inviting India to be part of a “new global deal” to help eradicate poverty and disease, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said both the countries should join hands to rebuild key international institutions like the United Nations and G-8, reports PTI.

“We need a new global deal between rich and poor countries that can release millions of people from poverty, ensure every child goes to school and eradicate preventable and avoidable diseases from the world,” he said.

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India, China private biz owners upbeat on M&As PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

The current turbulence in world financial markets notwithstanding, there exists a positive attitude among private business owners in emerging economies, particularly in India and China, toward mergers and acquisitions, says a global survey, reports PTI.

“Privately Held Businesses (PHBs) in the fast growing economies such as mainland China and India see international M&A as one means of progressing up the value chain through acquisition of brands and distribution channels in North America and Europe,” Grant Thornton India M&A partner Pankaj Karna said.

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IEF concerned at high oil prices PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Ministers from 74 countries attending the International Energy Forum here expressed “concern” yesterday at high oil prices, which topped a record 119 dollars, reports AFP.

“Ministers expressed concerns over the current level of oil prices,” the IEF said in a final statement issued after three days of talks. “Oil prices should be at levels that are acceptable to producers and consumers to ensure global economic growth, particularly in developing countries,” it said.

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Manila vows to control budget deficit amid rice crisis PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Despite a boost in government spending to harness ongoing rice crisis, the Philippine government says it is optimistic about achieving its goal of wiping out budget deficit at the end of the year, a national newspaper reported, reports Xinhua.

Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said the cost of intervention to ensure rice supply and smooth soaring import prices “has long been factored” in the budget for this year and the additional expenditure can be financed outside the budget.

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Send Hasina to USA for treatment: Cherie PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Cherie Blair QC Thursday expressed concern over the health condition of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and requested the government to send her to USA for treatment, reports UNB.

Cherie, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, had 23-minute one-to-one consultations with Hasina in the court room.

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Food, oil prices main challenge for govt: IMF PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees tackling the frenetic food and oil prices as the main challenge for the government in the next fiscal, as the interim regime gets down to the budgeting task, reports UNB.

International Monetary Fund Asia and the Pacific Department Adviser Thomas Rumbaugh made the remark after a meeting with Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam at his Planning Ministry office.

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Move to better business atmosphere PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Implementation of BBF recommendations needed

Chief Adviser, Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed, has recently directed all ministries, departments, and organizations concerned to implement the recommendations of the Better Business Forum on priority basis. The BBF, a platform of high-profile government-businesspeople, on Wednesday elaborately discussed over 100 recommendations for improving business and investment atmosphere in the country.
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India blames Bangladesh as bird flu spreads PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, GUWAHATI, India - Authorities battling an outbreak of bird flu in poultry in Tripura blamed Bangladesh for the spread on Thursday, but many experts said India was not doing enough to contain the virus.

More than 25,000 chickens and ducks have already

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