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Bird flu spreads another Bangladesh district PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 January 2008

DHAKA - Bird flu has spread to another district in Bangladesh, forcing health and veterinary workers to cull around 1,500 birds, officials said on Friday.

The latest H5N1 infection was reported in Kurigram, 380 km (240 miles) north from the capital, said Salehuddin Khan, director of the government's livestock department.

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Young guns show the way PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2008

A day before the Dunedin Test, Mohammad Ashraful was asked what he felt about Bangladesh's prospects in a short two-Test series after being whitewashed in the preceding one-day contest. His answer was simple: "We just need a couple of good sessions early on and the confidence will be back."

Over 48 hours later, a day that started with Bangladesh firmly on the back foot ended with the visitors staring New Zealand in the face, thanks to a record opening stand between two Test debutants after an inspired new-ball burst.

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Bhutto's husband calls for UN investigation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto on Saturday accused elements within Pakistan's government of responsibility for her murder and urged Britain and the United States to support a U.N. investigation into the killing.

"An investigation conducted by the government of Pakistan will have no credibility, in my country or anywhere else," Asif Ali Zardari said in an commentary published in The Washington Post.

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Govt starts sale of rice at Tk 22 per kg in 29 unions PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2008

Low and middle-income group of people have been taken off their feet by the sudden jump in prices of essentials including edible oil and wheat in the local markets.

The joint forces yesterday started selling rice through dealers at Tk 22 per kg in areas surrounding Dhaka to stem the spiralling price of the staple. The sale began in 29 unions in Keraniganj, Dohar and Nawabganj with three selling centres in each union. Excessive price of essentials and a fear of further price-hike also gave rise to panic buying among some middle and higher income groups.

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Upward swing of rice price halted PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 January 2008

After showing an upward trend for the last several days, the prices of rice in the city's wholesale and retail markets came to a halt yesterday.

The prices of rice have also come down by Tk 25 to Tk 30 in the wholesale markets....

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High-fat, high-carb meals causing harm to obese PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating a high-fat, high-carb fast food meal produces damaging cellular changes that are greater and longer-lasting in obese people than in normal-weight people, a new study shows.

Dr. Paresh Dandona and colleagues from Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York looked at inflammation and oxidative stress, which occurs when levels of normal byproducts of metabolism known as free radicals exceed the body's ability to neutralize them.

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Musharraf Says Bhutto ignored government warnings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has said assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto ignored government warnings -- and defended himself against accusations that he had a role in her slaying.

He also admitted Thursday he is not satisfied with the investigation into her death, making his comments to reporters in a rare news conference held in English.

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Govt restarts OMS of rice Jan 9 and continue VGF programme PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008

The government decided to restart open market sale (OMS) of rice from January 9 in urban and municipal areas and continue VGF programme across the country.

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Jamuna enters capital market jan 9, Meghna jan 14 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008

Shares in state-owned enterprises Jamuna Oil Company Ltd and Meghna Petroleum Ltd will make the debut on Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges on January 9 and 14 respectively.

The announcement came at a press conference on Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) premises yesterday

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Tigers go in with three debutants PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008
DUNEDIN: Left-handed openers Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddique will make their first Test appearances while rookie paceman Sajedul Islam will also debut when Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series at the University Oval tomorrow (Friday)
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2007 in review: Bangladesh Cricket PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008
Bangladesh were playing their first Test in almost a year when they took India on in Chittagong in May. To the first ball, from Mashrafe Mortaza, Wasim Jaffer shouldered arms and lost his off stump. Mortaza had the index finger of his left hand pointed towards captain Mohammad Ashraful as he went on a celebratory run. Apparently Mortaza had told Ashraful beforehand that Jaffer had a tendency of premeditating his leaves, and that, with a reputation as a predominantly outswing bowler, he was sure he would get Jaffer first up with one that came in.
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2007: An average year for urban theatre PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008
IN terms of Dhaka-centric urban theatre activities, 2007 was an average year. Except the National Theatre Festival in last March, not much remarkable theatre events have happened last year. At the 23-day-long National Theatre Festival, 46 troupes staged their production (one each) at two venues of Shilpakala Academy.
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Rice prices: Govt finally wakes up PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008

Prices of rice continued to increase yesterday and the government decided to introduce open market sale (OMS) outlets across the country and ask donors to provide food grains as aid instead of money.

Coarse rice was sold at Tk 32-33 yesterday, increased by Tk 1-2 per kilogram, at retail shops in the capital.

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) also increased the prices of coarse rice from Tk 20 to Tk 25 per kilogram at its fair price outlets where rice and other commodities are sold at minimum prices.

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Scotland Yard to help in Bhutto assassination PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that he had requested a team of investigators from Britain's Scotland Yard to assist in the investigation into the killing of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

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Bangladesh In search of Test inspiration PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 January 2008

DUNEDIN: Each of the five destinations the Bangladesh team have traveled to on this tour so far have been different in character. In the penultimate leg of their journey the Tigers find themselves in New Zealand’s heritage city.

When the team arrived here yesterday after a 5-hour hop on bus across more fascinating landscapes it was the eerily quiet streets, closed shops and restaurants and a gloomy cloud cover that first met the eyes. This was quite a contrast to Queenstown where holidaying revelers had kept the town abuzz with energy
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Pakistan Elections will be delayed by 1 month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Elections will be delayed by one month following the turmoil sparked by Benazir Bhutto's assassination, despite opposition threats of street protests unless the crucial vote is held Jan. 8 as originally planned, a top official said Tuesday.

A senior Election Commission official told The Associated Press that the commission has agreed on a new date. He indicated it would not be before the second week of February, but refused to disclose the exact schedule before the formal announcement on Wednesday.

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Government sought cheaper rice from India PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008

Dhaka,Facing a major crisis in soaring prices of essentials, Bangladesh's interim government has sought cheaper rice from India to tackle the problem as it nears the completion of one year in office.

"We are negotiating with the Indian authorities to import rice at their domestic rates, which would have a very positive impact here and help ensure our food security," Food Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said yesterday.

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Lack of deep sleep may up diabetes risk PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008
WASHINGTON - When Shakespeare called sleep the "chief nourisher of life's feast," he may have been well ahead of his time, medically at least. Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center report that disrupting sleep damages the body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels, potentially raising the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
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Victory Day celebration in the Land of the Midnight Sun PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008
The Liberation War of Bangladesh is a proud heritage of every Bangladeshi. Celebration of the Victory Day becomes a part of Bengali life everywhere in the world. Every Year, the expatriate Bangladeshi communities across the globe celebrates the day with much enthusiasm and fervour. The Bangladesh Association in Oslo, Norway observed the Victory Day of Bangladesh recently, says a press release.
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Bangladesh received record $617.39M remittances in November PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008

Remittances hit a record $5.98 billion in the 2006/07 financial year that ended in June, 24.52 percent higher than the previous fiscal year.

The Bangladesh Bank expects the inflow of remittance to touch an annual $10 billion over the next two years, boosting a key source of foreign exchange for the impoverished majority-Muslim country
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Prices of oil, rice going out of control PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 January 2008

Consumers in lower and middle income brackets have been hit by the skyrocketing prices of oil and rice over the last week with traders fearing a further jump due to price hikes on the global market.

The minimum price for coarse rice was Tk 32 a kg yesterday, up from Tk 25 a week ago. Prices of medium-quality rice varieties, consumed mostly by the middle class, ranged between Tk 38 and 45, compared to Tk 32-38 last week.

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