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7 fake examinees held during IU intake tests PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Seven fake examinees were held during the three days of admission tests of different units at Islamic University, Kushtia under 2007-08 academic session.

Two of them were held on the last day of the tests on Thursday. They were Afsar Uddin of Tarabaria and Toufiq Rahman of Jalalpur in Pabna.

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Private landline subscribers double in 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The private land-phone operators doubled their customer base in 2007 while the state-owned land-phone operator, the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board, lost around five thousand subscribers due to growing competition in the sector.

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission on Wednesday said the over-all number of land-phone subscribers increased by 11 per cent to 11.87 lakh at the end of 2007 from 10.18 lakh a year ago.

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Govt asked to start dialogues to make national polls credible PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff correspondent

Politicians on both sides of the partisan divide on Thursday suggested that the interim government start dialogues with the political parties to find ways to make the next parliamentary elections credible and fair.

‘We want the dialogues to determine how the next parliamentary elections can be held in a credible and fair manner,’ said Awami League presidium member Suranjit Sengupta at a seminar in Dhaka.

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North Bengal requires special attention for dev: Iftekhar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

UNB,  Dhaka

The foreign adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, on Thursday said government policy would be designed to accord special emphasis to North Bengal in the development activities because no region of the country should be left behind.

He made the observations about the government’s development outlook to the media on the eve of his two-day trip to the north. He will visit Bogra, Gaibandha and Sirajganj.

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ADB embarks on $220m disaster recovery project PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Asian Development Bank and its partners will arrange $190 million in loan and grant for a $220 million project aiming to help Bangladesh recover from the destruction wrought by floods and cyclone in 2007.

As the lead arranger of the fund, the ADB will extend a loan of $120 million to the ‘Emergency Disaster Damage Rehabilitation Project’, while Japan Bank for International Cooperation will lend $60 million.

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Haddin ready for his chance PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Sydney

New South Wales wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was all but anointed as Adam Gilchrist’s successor on Thursday when he was named in Australia’s 13-man squad for the upcoming one-day series against India and Sri Lanka.

The 30-year-old gloveman is odds-on to replace the retiring Gilchrist when the West Australian bows out after the one-day series and will be the veteran’s understudy in the tournament, a role he has played since 2001.

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Muktijoddha fire blank PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A total of 186 minutes of football between Victoria SC and Arambagh KS and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC and Wanderers Club in the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Football Tournament failed to produce any goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.

Giants Muktijoddha were unable to find the net as Kanchan and veteran Alafaz were toothless up front against Wanderers, well tuned-up after five matches in the senior division football league, who provided a strong resistance to them.

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Enhancing ADP implementation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 February 2008

As the anti-corruption crusade has eaten away into business confidence, investment levels have hit rock bottom, meaning that there has been little employment generation during the last one year. To make matters worse, the country was hit by a string of natural disasters that the current regime have not been able to cope with.

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Tarique taken to hospital PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP's detained senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital Thursday.

Tarique, son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, was taken from jail to the hospital in a prison van around 3pm.

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Trend of good work needs to be carried forward for development: Moeen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Our Correspondent

Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed Thursday said the country would see more development if the trend of good work they had been setting was carried forward.

"We won't stay for long.

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Munshi Anwarul jailed for 3 years PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A special court dealing with serious charges of corruption Thursday sentenced former chief forest conservator Munshi Anwarul Islam to three years in jail on charges of misuse of power.

Special court 3 judge Shahed Nuruddin also fined him Tk50,000, and if he fails to pay the amount he has to stay serve out another month. Anwarul was in the dock when the judge announced the verdict.

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BNP dissidents for unity to be forged in a respectable manner PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The dissidents in BNP now want to be ‘respectably’ inserted in the mainstream of the party.

The leaders of the reformist faction have been waiting for a court verdict, which, they believe, will settle who the real secretary-general of the party is.

They think that the country is suffering from both ‘political vacuum’ and leadership crisis.
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Development spending slows to 4-year low PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Delay in procurement resulting from reluctance of contractors and officials in an atmosphere of fear and soaring prices of construction materials slowed the development spending to four years’ low in the first half of 2007-08 fiscal, an official report reveals.

During the July-December period of the current fiscal year, the government could spend Tk 5,493 crore, which was only 21 per cent of the Tk 26,500 crore annual development programme.

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Fresh drizzle disrupts life PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The cold wave, along with drizzle, on Wednesday almost paralyzed normal life and threatened the potato crop in many northern districts including Rangpur, Pabna and Sylhet.

Our correspondents said that the weather improved a little on Tuesday but worsened soon after the evening. About 11 persons, including nine children, died of cold-related diseases including pneumonia, asthma and respiratory problems, in Rangpur Medical College Hospital in the last 48 hours
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Pre-emergency offences canít be tried under emergency rules: Amici Curiae PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Offences committed before the declaration of the state of emergency cannot be tried under the Emergency Powers Rules, said six amici curiae on Wednesday during the hearing in a writ petition filed by Sheikh Hasina.

The detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, filed the writ petition challenging the legality of placing the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against her under the Emergency Powers Rules.

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PDB asked to clarify allegations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Shikalbaha plant tender

Staff Correspondent The Power Division has asked the Power Development Board to clarify the allegations of irregularities in the selection of a Chinese company, Sinohydro Corporation, for installation of the 150 MW Shikalbaha power plant.

One Mian Mohammad Tanjilur Rahman of 364/B, Laskar Manzil, Madhubagh (Maghbazar), has sent letters with a large volume of documents to several limbs of the administration — including the chief adviser’s office, Power Division, various intelligence agencies, the Anti-Corruption Commission — and the media, claiming that irregularities have taken place in the selection of Sinohydro Corporation.

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Nepal election rally bombed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu

At least 45 people were wounded in ethnically-tense southern Nepal Wednesday in a bomb attack against a political rally aimed at promoting the country’s peace process, the police said.

The country’s mainstream political parties and former Maoist rebels had organised the rally as part of a joint campaign to prepare for landmark elections planned for April 10.

‘The toll has risen to 45 injured.

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Govt to hold next cabinet meeting in Rangpur PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The interim government, for the first time, is set to hold its council of advisers’ meeting outside Dhaka, apparently to get closer to the cross-section of the people in the poverty-stricken northern districts and to determine the local development agenda on an urgent basis.

The next weekly meeting of the council of advisers, scheduled to be held on Saturday (February 2) morning at Rangpur Circuit House, is likely to discuss the local problems including poverty, supply of agricultural inputs, price-hike of food-grains and unemployment, according to sources in the Cabinet Division.

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3 BSP MPs disqualified for defection PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Agency

In an order that could have far-reaching implications, the Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, has disqualified three BSP members of the Lower House from Uttar Pradesh on grounds of defection to the Samajwadi Party, reports The Economic Times.

Those disqualified by the speaker are Bhalchandra Yadav, Ramakant Yadav and Mohammad Shahid Akhlaque and, their seats in the House have been declared vacant.

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Iftikhar slams detention by Musharraf PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Islamabad

Pakistan’s deposed chief justice attacked the president, Pervez Musharraf, in a smuggled statement Wednesday as an ‘extremist general’ for keeping him and his family in detention, sometimes without water.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said he, his wife and three children – one of whom has special needs – had been under ‘illegal’ house arrest and could not even enter their garden since Musharraf sacked him on November 3.

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Second South Asian Stock Markets Conference begins PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The South Asian Federation of Exchanges, a platform of south Asian stock markets, will launch within four-five months an index styled ‘SAFE Index’ comprising the companies from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, said Rajnikant Patel, chairman of the SAFE, on Wednesday.

‘We have signed an agreement with the Dow Jones to facilitate the process,’ said Rajnikant, also managing director of the Bombay Stock Exchange, at a press briefing at the Dhaka Stock Exchange in the capital.

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