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‘EC won’t announce polls date before Sept’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agency

The Election Commission will not announce the date for the national elections until the ongoing voter registration is finished, the top polls official said on Sunday.

From March, people will have to wait until September to get the election schedule, the first tangible step for holding general elections, he added.

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Nepal peace threatened by past rights abuses: UN PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu

Nepal's fragile peace process could be at risk if serious human rights abuses committed during a decade-long civil war are not addressed, a senior United Nations human rights official said Sunday.

'Impunity remains unchecked in Nepal and not one perpetrator of past or ongoing human rights violations has been convicted as a result of a criminal investigation,' said UN deputy high commissioner for human rights Kyung-wha Kang.

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Election commissioners call on chief adviser PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

All the three election commissioners will call on the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, to discuss whether their proposals have been reflected in the Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance 2008.

The council of advisers on January 29 approved the ordinance which will separate the secretariat from the Prime Minister's Office (now Chief Adviser's Office).

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BTRC for stakeholders’ opinion on call centre policy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission has sought the stakeholders’ and public’s opinion on a draft policy for setting up local and international call centres in the county to take advantage of the booming business that is dominated by India in the South Asian region.

The draft policy was posted on the BTRC’s website on Sunday, and the stakeholders as well as the general people were requested to send their opinions to it by February 16.

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34 killed in Africa quake PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kigali

At least 34 people died Sunday in western Rwanda after a strong earthquake shook several countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region, a Rwandan government minister told AFP.

‘According to the figures I have at the moment, 34 people are dead,’ said Rwandan local government minister Protais Musoni.

Several central African countries were shaken by Sunday’s earthquake, which measured 6.0 on the open-ended Richter scale, with five people reported dead in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Headscarf opponents divide nation: Turkish PM PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Reuters, Ankara

The Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, has accused opponents of the Islamic-style headscarf for women of seeking to sow division in secular but predominantly Muslim on Turkey.

Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government has come under pressure from secular opponents for its plans to lift a decades-old ban on women students wearing the headscarf at university.

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Iran summons French envoy as relations chill PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Tehran

Iran summoned the French ambassador on Sunday in a tit-for-tat protest at a similar move by Paris over a new anti-Israeli tirade by the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a further sign of strained relations.

Tensions have been mounting over France’s tougher line on the controversial Iranian nuclear drive, and Tehran has also lashed out at plans by Paris for a military base in the Gulf.

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IFC to prop energy efficiency market PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The International Finance Corporation will support banks to promote energy efficiency as a new business and investment product in Bangladesh, an executive said in Dhaka.

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm has been in talks with a number of private commercial banks to sell the idea of developing energy efficiency as a viable market for the private sector as well as lenders. ‘We would like to help banks understand the energy efficiency market.

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Share trading of UCBL suspended PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended the share trading of the United Commercial Bank over the bank’s annual general meeting related issues, said a senior official of the stock market regulatory body.

‘We have asked the bourses on Thursday to keep suspended the trading of shares of the bank until further communication,’ said Anwarul Kabir Bhuiyan, executive director of the SEC.

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China expects 500m tonnes of grains output in ‘08 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Xinhua . Beijing

China’s grains output will remain stable at around 500 million tonnes this year if there are no major natural disasters, the State Grain Administration said on Saturday.

The ongoing snow, the worst in the country in five decades, has rendered limited effects on grains production, Chen Xiwen, head of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Rural Work, told the media.

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Aziz asks RAKUB to support N-region dev PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agencies

The finance and planning adviser, AB Mirza Azizul Islam, Sunday asked the Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank to play special role in making the government’s northern region development programme successful.

‘The government has undertaken various development programmes to remove income disparity of people of the northern region,’ he told RAKUB managers’ conference at the Ziaur Rahman Medical College Auditorium in Bogra.

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OPEC to maintain output at next meeting PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Vienna

Oil cartel OPEC, which this week maintained its production target amid uncertainty over the US economy, could well sit tight again when it meets in the Austrian capital in early March, analysts said. On Friday at an extraordinary meeting in Vienna, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries left its official daily output ceiling at 29.67 million barrels of oil, insisting the market was adequately supplied.

The cartel, which produces 40 per cent of world oil, snubbed US demands for an increase and focused instead on supporting prices that have fallen 10 per cent since the start of the year.

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ECB expected to stand firm on rates PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Frankfurt

Faced with record inflation, the European Central Bank is expected to resist pressure for an interest rate cut when its governing council meets this week, in the wake of moves by the US Federal Reserve.

Despite a spectacular decrease in US lending rates and growing concern over the 15-nation eurozone economy, analysts say the ECB will keep its main rate at 4.0 per cent, where it has been since June, at Thursday’s meeting.

 

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AL for polls date, trial of political killings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League on Sunday demanded that the government should announce the date for the upcoming general elections and withdraw the state of emergency immediately to create a congenial political atmosphere for campaigning before the polls.

It also demanded immediate trial of all the political murder cases, including the murder case of former finance minister and AL leader SAMS Kibria, to uproot the politics of assassination from the country for ever.

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EC asked to explain why info on voters’ religion not in electoral roll PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule on the Election Commission to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to include information of an individual’s religion in the voters’ list, national ID cards and birth registration certificate.

The EC, however, claimed that it had not included any column for obtaining information on religion as per the directives contained in Article 121 of the Constitution, which said that the voters’ lists must not be based on differences of religion, caste and sex.

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13 hurt as wild buffalo runs amok through city PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

A wild buffalo ran amok through crowds in the capital city on Sunday and left at least 13 people seriously injured, before having been captured for feast.

The injured included two women and one child named Rubel. ‘In the brutal attack, the intestines of the 9-year-old boy came out from his belly,’ says as a spot account of the buffalo’s gambol.

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Fakhruddin thanks philanthropist for $130m donation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has extended thanks to the anonymous philanthropist for donating $130 million for rehabilitation works in the cyclone Sidr-hit coastal belt.

He also gave thanks to the president of the Islamic Development Bank for taking the responsibility of managing the funds. The unnamed donor wants to use the funds through the IDB.

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Bangladeshi shot dead by BSF PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

UNB, Thakurgaon

The Border Security Force of India on Sunday shot dead a Bangladeshi national on Dabdaha border under Haripura upazila in Thakurgaon gross violation of opening fire across the border during day time.

The BSF of Makarhat outpost fired three bullets targeting Azad Ali, 48, in the morning near the border. He died on the spot and the BSF men dragged away the body, said relatives of the victim.

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KHI takes up post-flood rehab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Helen Keller International(KHI), Bangladesh has taken up a post-flood rehabilitation programme starting with distribution of 60,000 fruit saplings among 10,000 households in char areas of the north.

As part of the programme, the organisation distributed vegetable seeds and seedlings among hundreds of Homestead Food Production Programme beneficiaries at Hatsherpur of Sariakandi in Bogra.

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ACC issues notice on whip Jamal for wealth info PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

Our Correspondent . Barisal

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday issued a notice on former BNP whip Shahidul Huq Jamal to submit his wealth statement.

The commission staff in Barisal on Sunday returned from Labansara at Banaripara in Barisal, the village home of Jamal, without finding anybody in the house to receive the notice.

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Experience gives Sri Lanka the edge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2008
Cricinfo.com

India v Sri Lanka, CB Series, 2nd ODI, Brisbane 

There is nothing much to separate India and Sri Lanka as they prepare to meet in their first league encounter in the CB series at the Gabba on Tuesday. Sri Lanka are the World Cup runners-up while India are the world Twenty20 champions.

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