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6-day exhibit of returned artefacts starts Monday PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government will start a six-day exhibition at the National Museum Monday of the 188 artefacts that were meant for exhibition at France's Guimet Museum, a government official said.

"We have completed all preparations for the exhibition," cultural affairs secretary Sharful Alam told bdnews24.com Saturday.

The exhibition will include the 42 returned artefacts as well as the 146 relics whose shipment was cancelled to France,

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CA calls for faster ADP implementation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has called on his administration to increase the sluggish rate of this year's annual development programme implementation, a government official said Saturday.

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Buriganga tragedy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Law enforcement, monitoring failure to blame

Carrying more people and goods than it had the capacity for and with an inefficient master at the helm, the single-decker ML Sourav 1 had been destined for doom when the sand-laden MV Ibrahim Modi hit it from the back. The launch capsized at the impact and sank with more than 200 people.
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DCC pulls down 10 signs at Kuril Gulshan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka City Corporation pulled down at least 10 unauthorised outdoor advertisement signs in the capital Thursday night.

Of the 10 hoardings, eight were removed from the Gulshan Shooting Club area in Gulshan and the rest from Kuril Bishaw Road.

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105 SUST teachers yet to get UGC approval PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The University Grants Commission is yet to approve the appointment of 105 teachers inducted in different department of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Sylhet during 2005-06 and 2006-07 fiscal years.

The UGC said the appointments were given without their prior approval while the SUST has been paying their salaries from its own fund, causing acute fund crisis, sources in the university administration said.

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Dhakabasi holds kite festival PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dhakabasi organised a colourful kite festival at the Dhaka University playground on Friday in observance of the 400 years of the Dhaka city.

Cultural affairs adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury inaugurated the festival which was also attended by Canadian High Commissioner Barbara Richardson, Malaysian High Commissioner Abdul Malek Bin Abdul Aziz and pro-vice chancellor of the Dhaka University, AFM Yusuf Haider.

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‘Bangladeshis can obtain permanent residency in Australia’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Eminent Sydney lawyer Stewart Levitt on Friday said Bangladeshi people can take advantage of the unique opportunity to study in Australia and obtain permanent residency as Australia still suffers acute shortage of skilled manpower.

“There is no shortage of facilities to cater for their lifestyle in major cities where ‘Halal’ food is readily available and there are mosques in most areas in proximity to colleges and universities,” Levitt, proprietor of Levitt Robinson Solicitors and Attorneys, told a seminar in the city.

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An eventful SA day PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Azad Majumder . Chittagong

Records are made to be broken, but not everyday one gets a chance to rewrite the history of the game for a country like the way South African Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie did on Friday.

The pair presented the Bangladesh bowlers a nightmare on the opening day of the second Test to compile an unbroken 405-run partnership that erased many records from the history of their country.

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SL pull off consolation win PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Sri Lanka (221) beat Australia (208) by 13 runs Australia’s Adam Gilchrist smashed a blistering 83 in his farewell appearance at the MCG but his team-mates collapsed to hand Sri Lanka an unlikely 13-run win here on Friday.

The tourists, in their final match of the tri-series, made 221, and Australia looked well set when Gilchrist launched an extraordinary attack at the top of the order.

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BIWTA salvages sunken ferry, toll rises to 39 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The death toll from a Bangladesh ferry disaster rose to 39 after eight more bodies were recovered from the sunken vessel during a salvage operation on Friday, an officials said.

The ferry carrying more than 100 people sank

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Amu demands quick move for overseas treatment of Hasina, Jalil PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Senior Awami League leader Amir Hossain Amu Friday sought an immediate decision from the interim administration to send both Sheikh Hasina and Abdul Jalil abroad for treatment.

Hasina and Jalil, both detained, have been suffering from health complications, some of them are critical. The party has repeatedly demanded their treatment abroad over the past few weeks.

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Record opening stand lifts South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Bangladesh v SA, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day

Cricinfo.com

On the eve of this match Ashwell Prince called on his batting team-mates to step up and post at least 400 on the board, and his words clearly didn't fall on deaf ears.

But even he wouldn't have envisioned this: Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie doubled South Africa's first-innings 170 from Dhaka and then some, frustrating a lifeless Bangladesh on a placid track

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Khaleda, Hasina to sign up as voters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Detained former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina are expected to sign up for the electoral roll Friday in makeshift prisons on the parliament building premises, a prisons official said.

Deputy inspector general (prisons) major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui said that the Election Commission officials would register their names.

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Chavez for international mediation for Colombia PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Caracas, Reuters - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proposed on Thursday creating an international mediating group to negotiate the release of hostages held by Colombian rebels, a day after he brokered the freeing of four captives.

Chavez, who is in a diplomatic dispute with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe over his mediation with the rebels, said France and the leftist governments of Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador backed his idea to include more nations in the talks.

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Emergency must go before Polls: law adviser PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Law adviser AF Hassan Ariff said on Thursday that the state of emergency must be lifted before the general elections scheduled to be held by the end of 2008.

‘Total withdrawal of the state of emergency is a must before the general elections. Comprehensive discussions are going on so that the emergency is withdrawn…. there is no alternative to it’, he said at the weekly briefing at the secretariat.

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Splinter group hopes to ‘take’ Delwar to EC dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Staff correspondent

The splinter group in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have said they would ‘take’ Khandaker Delwar Hossain, to the dialogue with the Election Commission if the party secretary general, nominated by chairperson Khaleda Zia, agreed to accompany them.

‘We will go for the dialogue taking Khandaker Delwar with us after we receive a fresh invitation from the Election Commission’, the acting secretary general of the Saifur Rahman-led faction of the party, Hafizuddin Ahmed, told reporters on Thursday.

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Call for consensus among parties on basic issues PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Staff correspondent

Politicians from both sides of the partisan divide on Thursday stressed the need for holding dialogues among themselves before participating in the proposed talks with the military-backed interim government.

They said that politicians must reach a consensus on some basic issues including freeing politics, withdrawal of the state of emergency, implementation of the plan of the government and the Election Commission to hold the national polls by the end of 2008 and how the country would be run after the polls.

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Missile strike on Pak militant hideout kills 13 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Peshawar

A suspected US missile strike destroyed an al-Qaeda and Taliban hideout in a Pakistani tribal area Thursday, killing 13 alleged militants including several Arabs, security officials said.

Residents of Azam Warsak village in South Waziristan said a house was blown up by a missile fired from a pilotless drone and the loud blast was heard miles away in the rugged valley.

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Thaksin returns to Thailand amid cheers and tears PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Reuters, Bangkok

Ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra made an emotional return from exile on Thursday, swearing to stay out of politics despite a widespread belief he will run the country from behind the scenes.

Within minutes of arriving, the telecoms billionaire surrendered to the police on a corruption charge, then, with tears in his eyes, left the terminal to greet the land of his birth after 18 months of enforced separation since the 2006 coup.

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Nepal king has huge unpaid power bills: report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

Reuters/bdnews24.com . Kathmandu

Nepal’s King Gyanendra and his relatives owe about $880,000 to a state-run company in unpaid electricity bills, a newspaper report said on Thursday.

Bills for the power supplied to the king’s main sprawling palace in Kathmandu, other bungalows and homes of royal relatives have not been paid for nearly two years, Nepali daily Kantipur said, quoting an unnamed official of the state utility.

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‘Accused in Barapukuria graft case won’t be arrested immediately’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 March 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commi-ssion has said the accused individuals in the Barapukuria graft case who are not in jail will not be arrested immediately.

Of the 16 accused, former prime minister Khaleda Zia and three former ministers are already in jail on different other cases while the rest are either free or absconding.

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