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Probe into Barapukuria graft case against Khaleda begins PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commission begins Tuesday the investigation into the high-profile Barapukuria graft case filed against 16 people, including detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, 10 of her former cabinet colleagues and five others.

‘The investigating officer ACC deputy director, Monirul Haque, will begin the investigation into the Barapukuria graft case (today),’ a competent source told the agency on Monday.

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Justice Bazlur Rahman seeks treatment help PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Justice M Bazlur Rahman Talukder, who survived a massive cardiac arrest in 2000 and currently suffering from kidney and lung ailments coupled with diabetes, has appealed to the president, chief adviser and philanthropists to extend their helping hands for his treatment.

Bazlur Rahman, a confirmed bachelor, who served the Supreme Court as a judge from 1994 to 1997, said he could not afford to bear the expenses for financial constraints.

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Govt urges expat workers to abide by Saudi laws PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government has once again asked the Bangladeshis working in Saudi Arabia to abide by the laws of the kingdom.

‘We have appealed time and again to all members of the Bangladeshi community working in Saudi Arabia to abide by local laws’, said a spokesman for the ministry of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment when his attention was drawn to recent media reports in the kingdom on alleged forgery of visitors’ passes by Bangladeshis staying there.

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CA calls on BDR to be ready to assist in national polls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed called on the Bangladesh Rifles Monday to be ready to assist the nation in holding free, fair and neutral elections.

The chief adviser made his comments at the Rifles Week 2008 Darbar at the border security force's
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Artefacts back from France on display PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A seven-day display of 185 artefacts, including those returned from the Guimet Museum in France, began at the National Museum Monday.

Corrected The exhibition will be open to the public from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm everyday. Cultural affairs adviser Rasheda K Choudhury inaugurated the show.

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South Africa wrap up series win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Bangladesh v South Africa, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 4th day

Cricinfo.com

Given how Bangladesh were terrorised by the short ball in this Test, it was entirely appropriate that South Africa wrapped up the match and series with one.

And unlike the five-wicket defeat in Mirpur,

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Former AL chief whip Hasanat gets 13 yrs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Monday sentenced former Awami League chief whip Abul Hasanat Abdullah to a total of 13 years in jail for amassing wealth by illegal means.

Judge AKM Arifur Rahman of Special Judge's Court-10, set up on the premises of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, handed down the verdict in the absence of the accused.

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Political leaders meet Jalil PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League leaders and other politicians Monday met AL general secretary Abdul Jalil, now on one-month parole for medical treatment abroad.

Updates with details Jalil was quoted by one of the leaders who visited him at LabAid Cardiac Hospital as expressing "disappointment over allegations of corruption" against him.

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Myanmar, Bangladesh boat people perish off Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Colombo, Reuters-- Twenty boat people from Myanmar and Bangladesh have starved or dehydrated to death after their wooden trawler stalled at sea a fortnight ago, a group of 71 survivors found adrift off Sri Lanka on Monday told the navy.

Sri Lankan deep sea surveillance vessels intercepted the boat 150 nautical miles off the island's Tamil Tiger-held far north-east in the Bay of Bengal,

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Future looks bleak for waterways of world's largest delta PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The future of Bangladesh's famed rivers and waterways remains critically endangered as water management policies at home and abroad continue to pose a dire threat to the largest river delta in the world.

The result: rivers radically changing course in a matter of years, excessive siltation and an impossible scenario regarding flood control initiatives.

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Chopper with U.N. staff crashes, 10 dead PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Reuters, KATHMANDU - At least 10 people were killed when a helicopter carrying United Nations officials crashed in bad weather over hilly terrain near Nepal's capital on Monday, police and airport officials said.

It was not immediately clear if there were any survivors and the United Nations
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7 injured as dacoits fire on villagers in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Reporter

Seven people, including two women, sustained bullet wounds when a gang of robbers opened fire on villagers chasing them at Fatehpur under Hathazari upazila of the district early Sunday.

The police and locals said the robbers, numbering 30-35, entered the house of one Shahab Mia at Alaolpara neighbourhood of Fatehpur at around 2:00am.

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Clinic ransacked in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Reporter

A gang of criminals vandalised a private clinic in Chittagong city and beat up its staffers and patients on Sunday over a feud with the owners of the clinic building.

Local sources said a gang of over 50 people equipped with iron rods and sticks swooped on the Health Care Clinic at Panchlaish at around 2:00pm and vandalised 19 cabins and two operation theatres.

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Violence spirals as Pakistan awaits new government PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

ISLAMABAD, Reuters - A spate of suicide attacks by Islamist militants could spark a war of revenge among ethnic Pashtun tribesmen in Pakistan's northwest just as moderate, secular political parties appear poised for power, analysts say.

The region is already regarded as the main battleground in the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda, and the stakes are raised because of Pakistan's status as a nuclear-armed state.

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Bhuiyan made party to writ petitions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

EC dialogue

Staff Correspondent

The High Court Monday made former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan a party to twin writ petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and former Chhatra Dal leader Nasiruddin Ahmed on the Election Commission dialogue.

A two-member panel of justices Mirza Hossein Haider and Mamnun Rahman included Bhuiyan as the 14th respondent to the petitions.

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Bidisha gets bail in fraud case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bidisha, the estranged wife of former president HM Ershad, was granted bail Monday in a fraud case that involves the sale of a flat.

Metropolitan magistrate Shaheen Uddin Ahmed granted Bidisha bail on a Tk 50,000 bond after she appeared in court. AKM Mosharraf Hossain Sikder, a Mirpur businessman, filed the case against Bidisha with Gulshan Police Station on Feb 7.

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Inflation still over 11pc PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Inflation remained stubbornly high at a rate over 11 per cent in the first month of the calendar year with soaring prices continuing to empty the consumers’ wallets.

Point-to-point inflation was 11.43 per cent in January, slightly lower than the December figure of 11.59, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

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Draft to turn BTTB into a PLC okayed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The council of advisers on Sunday in principle approved a draft ordinance for turning the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board into a public limited company, nearly four years after the process was initiated.

‘The advisory council has approved the proposal to turn the BTTB into a public limited company,’ Syed Fahim Munaim, press secretary to the chief adviser, told reporters after the meeting at the Chief Adviser’s Office. The meeting was presided over by the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed.

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S Arabia likens Israeli offensive in Gaza to Nazi crimes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Reuters, Riyadh US ally Saudi Arabia compared Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip to Nazi war crimes on Sunday and called on the international community to stop what it called the ‘mass killings’ of Palestinians.

Israeli forces killed 61 people in Hamas-ruled Gaza on Saturday, the bloodiest day for Palestinians since an uprising against Israeli occupation began in 2000.

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Contempt ordinance approved in principle PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The council of advisers has in principle approved the draft of a contempt of court ordinance making provisions for no punishment for contempt that will not impede justice delivery.

‘The draft ordinance has been approved in principle. The council of advisers asked the law ministry to further scrutinise the draft,’ a government spokesman said on Sunday, after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chief Adviser’s Office.

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EC lauded for keeping voter registration on track PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Two major political parties — BNP and Awami League— were absent from a UNDP-sponsored programme Sunday evening that thanked the Election Commission for completing half of the voter registration process with 40 million people enrolled by February 28.

Jatiya Samajtrantrik Dal faction president Hasanul Haq Inu boycotted the evening party at the Hotel Radisson in Dhaka over the presence of Jamaat–e-Islami aamir Motiur Rahman Nizami and secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.
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