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Govt dialogues with parties after EC talks with BNP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The much-talked-about dialogues between the political parties and the government would take place after the Election Commission completes its ongoing talks with the parties, including the BNP, for electoral law reforms.

‘Of course, the government is making preparations for the dialogue’, government spokesman Syed Fahim Munaim told reporters on Sunday after the weekly meeting of the council of adviser to the interim administration.

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‘Indo-Bangla ties founded in Battlefield’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The army chief, General Moeen U Ahmed, has said the relations between India and Bangladesh were founded in the battlefield.

He made the observation while presenting a replica of war medal of the Bangladesh Armed Forces to the Indian army chief in New Delhi during his just-concluded India tour, said an ISPR release on Sunday.

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Private banks to limit lending rate to 15pc PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Twenty-nine private commercial banks have agreed to reduce lending rates and service charges in line with the calls from the central bank to lower the cost of funds for borrowers.

The gap between lending and deposit rates would not exceed 5 per cent, and maximum lending rate has been proposed at 15 per cent, said a banker after a meeting of Bangladesh Association of Bankers on Sunday.

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DSE defers AGM date to May 15 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka Stock Exchange at a board meeting on Sunday deferred the date for holding its 46th annual general meeting to May 15, said officials.

‘The DSE has rescheduled the AGM date, which was earlier scheduled to be held on March 13,’ said a senior official of the DSE. On February 28, the DSE got permission of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms for deferral of the AGM.

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Thailand may fail to reach export goal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Asia News Network . Bangkok

Economic guru Virabongsa Ramangkura said Friday that Thailand may fail to reach its new target of 15-per-cent export growth this year, due mainly to the failure of the government’s financial policy to halt the upward spiralling of the baht.

Commenting after speaking to 60 Thai trade counsellors from overseas and 600 businessmen in Bangkok, Virabongsa said the baht would continue its appreciation this year.

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Body formed for re-fixing minimum wage of tea workers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Agency

The government Sunday formed a committee for re- fixing the minimum wages for the tea garden workers.

Headed by labour secretary, the committee will held discussion with the representatives of tea garden owners and workers and submit a report within a week.

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CA goes to New Delhi PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The commerce adviser, Hossain Zillur Rahman, left for India Sunday to attend the 3rd SAFTA Ministerial Council meeting beginning in New Delhi.

He will lead a seven-member delegation during the meeting.

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Nestlé Bangladesh gets New MD PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Laurent Therond, a Swiss national, has been appointed new managing director of the Nestlé Bangladesh Limited, said a press release on Sunday.

Therond joined Nestlé in 1993 in Vevey, Switzerland and has handled a variety of assignments in different locations including the Ivory Coast, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

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China fast becoming world’s shipyard PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Dalian, China

In a drydock at a shipyard in northeast China’s Dalian city, a 300,000-tonne oil tanker is ready for delivery to Maersk, its hull painted in the Danish shipping company’s trademark blue.

Nearby, an offshore drilling platform has been constructed according to precise specifications from US company Noble.

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WB announces $23,809 for new ideas of Nepal dev PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Xinhua . Kathmandu

As many as 25 innovative ideas and inventive partnerships from across Nepal will be awarded cash grants of up to 1.5 million Nepali rupees ($23,809) each to implement their ideas under the Nepal Development Marketplace 2008 programme, The Kathmandu Post reported on Sunday.

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Doha trade deal still doable: WTO chief PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Pretoria

The Doha round of world trade talks could be still concluded by year’s end, the head of the World Trade Organisation said Saturday, despite a European warning of a ‘high risk of failure.’

‘We are nearing the end game. Whether it’s a success of failure I can’t say, but it’s doable,’ WTO director general Pascal Lamy said after meeting South African President Thabo Mbeki.

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ECB to cut growth forecasts for euro zone PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Frankfurt

The European Central Bank will make a cut of sorts this week — but with eurozone inflation stubbornly high the cut will be to its growth forecasts, not interest rates.

‘The ECB council will cut on Thursday its forecasts for growth in the euro zone, but not its main interest rate,’ WestLB economist Holger Sandte said in predictions widely shared by other experts.

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Show cause for failing to produce the condemned PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Threat on Hasina’s life

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka Central Jail authorities have been asked to explain in person by March 6 their failure to produce two condemned prisoners— Farooq Rahman and Bazlul Huda — in court for the hearing of a case of attempt to murder Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1989. Judge of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4, Israil Hossain, issued the order.

He also asked the authorities to produce the two in the next hearing on March 6.

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CPB, WP for left alternative forces PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Communist Party and the Workers Party (WP) on Sunday urged the strengthening of left alternative political forces to save the country from the present crisis.

The leaders of the two parties at a meeting at the central Communist Party office made a unanimous decision on strengthening people’s movement and working out an independent political stand.

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2 wounded as Ansars open fire on fishermen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

UNB, Sunamganj

Two sustained bullet injuries when an Ansar team opened fire on fishermen in a haor of Dharmapal upazila in Sunamganj on Sunday.

The injured — Delwar 31, and shafiqul Islam, 28 — were admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital in a serious condition.

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Khaleda’s APS submits wealth statement PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s assistant private secretary Abdul Matin on Sunday submitted his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

The commission sources said Matin, a deputy secretary, and his wife submitted the statement saying that they own assets of about Tk 1 crore, including pieces of land in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Comilla, more than Tk 6 lakh in cash, some ornaments and a car.

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Biman automates revenue accounting system PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited on Sunday introduced fully-automated passenger revenue accounting system replacing the traditional paper-based revenue management.

‘With the commissioning of the computerised revenue accounting system, the airline will be able to streamline its financial performance,’ the state-owned carrier said in a statement.

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Williams sisters drawn in same half at Bangalore Open PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

BANGALORE, India , Reuters - The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, have been drawn in the same half of the WTA Bangalore Open which begins on Monday.

The multiple grand slam winners, who usually avoid playing in the same tournament outside the majors, have been given first round byes in their first tournament appearance in India.

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Shahriar takes it on the chin PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Sports Correspondent

Bangladesh ruled out any fear factor against the deadly bouncers of South African pacers despite seeing one of their batsmen being hospitalised and many others getting out cheaply in the second Test here on Sunday.

A four-pronged South African tested Bangladesh’s batsmen on a flat track with repeated short balls that forced them to use their bat more as a means of protection than anything else.

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Smith-McKenzie record leads to mixed feelings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . New Delhi

The highest opening stand in Test history between South Africans Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie has left the cricket-playing sons of the previous world-record holders with mixed feelings.

Skipper Smith and McKenzie pulverised Bangladesh, putting on 415 in the first innings of the second and final Test in Chittagong.

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56 English titles hit book fair PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Amar Ekushey

Staff Correspondent

Fifty-six English titles hit the month-long Amar Ekushey book fair that concluded at the Bangla Academy on Friday with research works dominating the tally.

The new arrivals included two collections of stories, a novel, three collections of essays, eight collections of poems, 12 research works, two books on War of Independence, three books on history, two books on politics and two memoirs.

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