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Moriarty wants radiation detectors for Ctg port PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Staff Reporter

The US has asked Chittagong Port Authority to install container scanners and radiation detectors immediately to ensure safe transportation of goods through the port, an official said Monday.

US ambassador James F Moriarty also promised that his country would supply and help install the radiation detection equipment at the port, CPA chairman Commodore Muhammed Farooque said.
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16 missions abroad fail to meet export targets PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Export Promotion Bureau has asked the commercial wings of 16 Bangladesh missions abroad to clarify why they failed to meet the export targets, an official said Monday.

The EPB will send the "clarification letters" to the commerce ministry that will fix new targets for four to five exportable items on a priority basis for all commercial wings for the next fiscal year.
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Divisional commissioners oppose simultaneous upazila and national polls: CEC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

All the six divisional commissioners have opposed the idea of holding upazila and national elections simultaneously, said chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda Monday.

The CEC briefed reporters after holding a three-hour election-preparatory meeting with the divisional commissioners at the Election Commission.
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LDP demands freedom for political detainees without charges PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Liberal Democratic Party Monday demanded the immediate release of political detainees without specific charges against them.

LDP rolled out a 30-point charter of demands from a meeting with cabinet members at the Chief Adviser's Office.
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AL will make right decision, trusts Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Detained Awami League president Sheikh Hasina said she had faith in the decision of leaders and activists of her party on whether AL would go to dialogue with the government.

"They will take the right decision in the extended meeting (Monday)," the former prime minister told her lawyers in court during charge framing proceedings in the Niko graft case.
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Khulna mayor gets 10 yrs in 2nd graft case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A court sentenced Khulna mayor Tayebur Rahman to 10 years in prison Monday in a second case of extortion and fraud.
Another Khulna court sentenced Tayeb to seven years in jail in a separate extortion case the previous day.

Judge Md Nazrul Islam, of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court for Khulna, also sentenced Khulna city corporation public relations officer Sarder Abu Taher to 10 years in jail.
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HC rejects Mojaheed bail plea PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court rejected a bail plea Monday of Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case.

The HC bench of justices Nazrul Islam Chowdhury and Ataur Rahman Khan returned the anticiaptory bail petition by the Jamaat leader.
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UNHCR chief arrives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The head of the UN's refugee agency António Guterres arrived in Dhaka Monday on a two-day visit to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, an official of UNHCR in Dhaka said.

Nirupoma Nahar told bdnews24.com that Guterres reached Bangladesh as scheduled in the morning.
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Lift all bans on political activity, CPB asks in dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The Communist Party of Bangladesh Monday placed a 26-point proposal on the table in its dialogue with the government Monday, including withdrawal of all bans on political activity under the current state of emergency, reports bdnews24.com.

CPB president Manzurul Ahsan Khan said the government should withdraw all conditions imposed on politics and lift the state of emergency. The party also stressed the lifting of bans on trade union activities.

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Rehabilitation of Sidr survivors PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Two projects approved

Bdnews24.com

The government has taken up two big rehabilitation programmes worth Tk 7,595 crore to make up for cyclone Sidr losses.

The two projects are: a Tk 7,493 crore second primary education development project (PEDP-2) and a Tk 102 crore project for house construction for the landless Sidr-affected families.
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Outgoing chief justice welcomes the new PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Outgoing chief justice Md Ruhul Amin welcomed his successor's appointment Monday, while urging all judges to discharge their judicial responsibilities in the light of the law.

He addressed the judges at the unveiling of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (Appellate Division) Rules, 1988 Amendment, at the Supreme Court Judge's Lounge.
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SMA Faiz to stay in office till new VC appointed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Agency

Professor SMA Faiz, Dhaka University's incumbent Vice Chancellor, will continue in office until a new VC is appointed, an education ministry circular said Sunday.

"The President and Chancellor has conferred upon the incumbent Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Professor SMA Faiz the responsibilities of continuing in the same capacity till a new VC is appointed from a panel of three candidates elected by the DU senate," the ministry said.

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Govt. staging 'mock trials': Delwar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The caretaker government is staging 'mock trials' in the name of justice with a view to barring leading politicians including Khaleda Zia from contesting the forthcoming national polls, said BNP leader Khandakar Delwar Hossain Monday.

Speaking to reporters at his NAM flat Monday, after prison authorities failed to produce Khaleda Zia in court for the Niko case hearing, Delwar said: "The prosecution didn't produce any paper or document in the court explaining why Khaleda Zia wasn't produced in the court."
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AL launches into extended meeting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

An extended meeting of Awami League began Monday, in which party leaders have said they will discuss whether to participate in the ongoing political dialogue with the government among other issues.

The meeting began shortly after 10 am at the Engineers' Institute with a pledge to keep the party united under Sheikh Hasina's leadership at any cost.
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New wage scales for journalists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Agency

The government has published the gazette of the Seventh Wage Board Award 2008 for journalists, press workers and employees of newspapers and news agencies.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Press Information Department said the gazette notification was published on May 22 with the award coming into effect at the same time.
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Seven killed in Sri Lanka train bombing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO - At least seven people were killed and more than 60 injured when a bomb exploded on a train during rush hour in the Sri Lankan capital on Monday, military officials said.

The military blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for planting the bomb, which detonated in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala.
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Mancini and Hiddink rule out Chelsea job PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - Chelsea received a double blow in their search for a successor to Avram Grant on Monday as Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini and Russia coach Guus Hiddink both denied they want the Stamford Bridge job.

Mancini, who has just led Inter to a third successive Serie A title, has been heavily linked with the Premier League club for several months and that speculation increased after Grant's sacking on Saturday.
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Benitez plays down Liverpool title bid PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, LIVERPOOL - Rafa Benitez admits he cannot guarantee Liverpool will challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Benitez's side finished 11 points behind champions Manchester United and never threatened to mount a serious bid for the English crown.
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Symonds sets up exciting final day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

REUTERS, KINGSTON--Andrew Symonds subdued his normal attacking instincts with a patient 79 to help Australia reach 167 all out in their second innings on the fourth day of the first test against West Indies on Sunday.

At the close West Indies, set 287 to win, were 46 for one after Brenton Parchment was caught behind by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Stuart Clark for 15.
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Fresh faces, activist cinema capture Cannes gold PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, CANNES - The Cannes film festival has awarded its top prize to a French classroom drama with a cast of amateurs in a banner year for movies with a conscience.

In a popular choice, the jury led by US actor-director Sean Penn gave the festival's coveted Palme d'Or to
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Monsoon to arrive in 3-4 days officials PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - India's June-September monsoon rains, vital for the farm economy and overall growth, are expected to reach Kerala in the next 3-4 days, weather officials said in a statement on Monday.

With the strengthening of westerly winds, the southwest monsoon has advanced into more southern and central parts of the Bay of Bengal, the statement said.

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