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'Hundreds protest RMG worker’s death PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

At least 10 garments workers were injured Friday morning as the police charged at them with truncheons when the workers rallied at Mirpur Section 1 in Dhaka demanding punishment for the people responsible for the death of a worker.

Mohammad Khokon, 22, a worker of the World Dresses Limited, who was beaten Wednesday night by the factory management on suspicion of being involved in stealing, died in Dhaka Medical College Thursday morning.

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Harbin reluctant about production over tax dispute PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Even though a Chinese company has completed installation of two 30MW units at three-unit 90MW Fenchuganj power plant, it is reluctant to commission the plant following a dispute with the government over tax issues.

The dispute began when Power Development Board decided to deduct $4.5 million as taxes for paying to National Board of Revenue from Harbin Power Engineering's bill of $83 million 'as per the agreement' and the company claimed the taxes were 'not payable'.

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Govt. to sign air service deals with key countries PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government has planned to sign air service agreement with some key countries and review the existing ones as local private airlines look for the expansion of their services abroad.

The government's move came as the country's four private airlines expressed their willingness to operate flights on international routes particularly in some Indian cities and Middle East countries to become financially viable.

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EC still unaware of secretariat ordn contents PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The election commissioners are still in the dark about the content of the Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance 2008 which will separate the secretariat from the Prime Minister's Office (now Chief Adviser's Office).

'We have asked the authorities concerned to provide us with the approved ordinance. After we receive it in a day or two and if we find that our proposals have not been reflected, we will hold a briefing on the issue,' the chief election commissioner, ATM Shamsul Huda, said on Friday.

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Bus bombing kills 20 as Sri Lanka prepares for freedom day PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

AFP, COLOMBO

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a bomb on a crowded bus in northern Sri Lanka on Saturday, killing at least 20 people two days ahead of celebrations marking independence day, officials said.

The parcel bomb ripped through the vehicle parked at a bus station in Dambulla, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Colombo. It had stopped off on its way to the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Anuradhapura, police said.

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Third undersea cable cut in Middle East PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Mumbai, Reuters

A third undersea cable was cut on Friday, just two days after two breaks near Egypt disrupted Web access in parts of the Middle East and Asia, Indian-owned cable network operator FLAG Telecom said.

Egypt lost more than half its Internet capacity because of Wednesday's breaks and intends to seek compensation, its ministry of communications said in a news release.

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National Poetry Festival begins PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The National Poetry Festival 2008 began at Dhaka University on Friday with the slogan - the message of poetry, the victory of democracy. Poet Syed Shamsul Huq inaugurated the 22nd festival organised by the National Poetry Council.

The council president, Habibullah Sirajee, chaired the opening of the festival, which concludes.

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Top al-Qaeda commander ‘killed’ by US strike in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Miranshah, Pakistan

A top al-Qaeda commander who led Osama bin Laden’s terror network in Afghanistan was believed to have been killed when a missile fired by a US drone hit his Pakistani hideout, officials said Friday.

Abu Laith al-Libi is said to be one of bin Laden’s top five lieutenants and allegedly masterminded a deadly bombing at a US military base in Afghanistan during a visit by US vice-president Dick Cheney last year.

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Female suicide bombers kill 64 in Baghdad PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Baghdad

Powerful blasts triggered by female suicide attackers ripped through two Baghdad pet markets on Friday, killing 64 people in the most lethal bombings in the Iraqi capital in six months, officials said.

The apparently coordinated attacks 20 minutes apart were orchestrated by al-Qaeda, the US military said.

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Iraq has million-woman social time-bomb PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Reuters, Baghdad

Every week, letters from Iraqi widows spill across Samira al-Moussawi's desk. One wrote to ask whether she should spend what scant money she gets on her infant or on school books for her older son.

The member of parliament and head of a parliamentary women's committee is at her wits' end as to how to answer the desperate pleas from what could be as many as one to two million women.

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GP officer stabbed to death at Kalyanpur PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

An official of Grameen Phone was stabbed to death allegedly by a gang of muggers at Kalyanpur in the city early Friday.

The muggers intercepted Belal Hossain, 27, a customer care service manager of the company’s Rajshahi office, when he was on way to his residence at Paikpara Government Colony at about 4:30am, the police said.

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Improper dumping of clinical waste on PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Our Correspondent

Clinical waste management in Barisal is going on without proper management posing risks of environmental and health hazards.

Waste of different hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres are removed properly although an NGO, Prodipon, has been doing the works since 2000, Kaiser Ahmed, deputy director in-charge of the divisional office of the Directorate of Environment, said. ‘It will cause long-term health and environmental hazards.’

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WP faction wants financial autonomy of Election Commission PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Workers Party faction on Friday expressed its dissatisfaction at the government’s decision of separating the Election Commission secretariat from the Prime Minister’s Office (now Chief Adviser’s Office) retaining the control over the appointment of commissioners.

The council of advisers on Tuesday approved the Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance 2008 to separate the commission secretariat.

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Organ Donor's Club formed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A group of volunteer kidney donors has formed a humanitarian organisation ‘Organ Donors’ Club’ in Dhanmondi Residential Area in Dhaka.

Kindey donors — Supreme Court lawyer KMS Hasan and Popy — have been made convener and member secretary of the club respectively at a meeting recently.

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BTRC withdraws liability risk of certifying officers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

CELLPHONE RE-REGISTRATION

Staff Correspondent Bangladesh Telecommunica-tions Regulatory Commission has decided to withdraw the liability risk of certifying officers aiming to expedite the re-registration work of mobile phones bought before February, 2006.

BTRC sources said the commission in a recent meeting with the representatives of mobile phone operators and officials of National Monitoring Centre also took the decision to simplify the re-registration form aiming to facilitate the re-registration of more than 10 million mobile phone subscribers.

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Atiq want multi-dimensional plan to face challenges of climate change PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Agency

Noted environmentalist and the recipient of UNEP Champion of the Earth 2008 award Dr Atiq A Rahman on Friday urged the government to integrate the climate change with the activities of all ministries instead of leaving the task on a single ministry or department.

The government immediately should take long term multi-dimensional plan to face the impending challenges of the climate change and set up a proficient institutional body to deal with the matter.

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Court postpones Sylhet football assoc polls PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Our Correspondent

A Sylhet court on Thursday halted the election to the District Football Association.

The senior assistant judge’s court in Sylhet ordered the association to suspend the election, scheduled for February 5, till the disposal of a case filed in this connection.

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‘Poultry industry needs to be declared emergency sector’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The poultry industry needs to be declared an emergency sector immediately to save the country’s huge poultry farmers from an impending disaster, experts said on Friday.

They voiced the concern as the booming poultry industry has been struck by avian influenza that reportedly infiltrated into the country from neighbouring West Bengal.

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The men who changed cricket PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Reuters, London

Adam Gilchrist, who retired from Test cricket this week, revolutionised the role of wicketkeeper-batsman with his uninhibited stroke player at number seven.

In 96 Tests Gilchrist averaged 47.60 with an astonishing strike rate of 81.95. As an opener in one-day cricket the rate was 96.90.

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Siddons banks on local condition PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh cricket coach Jamie Siddons is looking to the players to capitalise on home conditions when they take on South Africa later this month.

‘I don’t expect a lot of seam movement and bounce here. So, we can expect them to play better in these conditions,’ Siddons said on Friday while watching a warm-up match between two selection squads.

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Australia destroy hapless India PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Australia (75/1) beat India (74) by 9 wickets Australia crushed a lamentable India by nine wickets in front of a huge crowd in the Twenty20 international here on Friday.

After winning the toss and batting, the Indians managed just 74, their lowest score in Twenty20 cricket and just one higher than the lowest ever in an international.

 

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