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Students block road in Gopalganj PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Our Correspondent

The students of a local college blocked Gopalganj-Tekerhat Road after transport workers assaulted one of their fellows in Ulpur area under sadar upazila on Monday.

The police said the supervisor of a bus and his associates assaulted Uzzal, a first year student of MH Khan Degree College, following an altercation at about 9:30am.

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Security cage on border PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Army Chief's visit to India

The unelected government of Fakhruddin Ahmed has visibly swallowed the Indian proposal of constructing a 'security cage' on both sides of the border to resume direct passenger train service between Dhaka and Kolkata – a humiliating proposal that the previous government had refused to accept.
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Asharaful blames wicket for debacle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Sport Correspondent

For the adjudicators it was a difficult job to find the man-of-the-match in Bangladesh's first Test against South Africa, as there was no individual player, who single-handedly dominated the game.

Jacques Kallis won it finally for his five wickets in the second innings that effectively ended Bangladesh's hopes of giving a challenging target to the visitors.

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Pakistan dump Australia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur

Defending champions Pakistan stayed on course for a hat-trick of under-19 World Cup titles with a six-wicket win over Australia on Monday to enter the semi-finals.

Pakistan, who won the last two tournaments in 2004 and 2006, steamrolled Australia for 129 after electing to field and then surpassed the modest target in the 28th over at the Kinrara Oval.

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Bangladesh win 45 golds PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The second edition of Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games proved to be a smash hit with the hosts as they won 45 gold medals of the available 68 on the third and concluding day of the meet on Monday.

Bangladesh athletes added another 10 gold to their previous 35 on the day, five more than the targetted 40 the organisers had set on the eve of the game.

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Sales pick as book fair nears end PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Amar Ekushey

Staff Correspondent

With just four more days remaining for the curtains to drop on the month-long annual Amar Ekushey Book fair at the Bangla Academy premises, sales picked up on Monday.

Some 511 collections of poems followed by 441 novels are among the 2239 new arrivals at the stands of the fair in the last 25 days.

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Hospital employee found dead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A senior technician of pathology ward at Suhrawardy Hospital was found dead at his residence in the city's Agargaon area Monday morning.

The deceased was identified as Pallab Sen Gupta, 45, son of late Naresh Sen Gupta, of Ishwarganj in Mymensingh.

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Secy Gen of BJP appointed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Abu Naser Mohammad Rahmatullah, presidium member of the Bangladesh Jatiya Party's faction led by MA Matin, has been appointed the party's acting secretary general.

The party's chairman, MA Matin, on Monday appointed him according to the power given to him by the party's constitution.

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Amitav made IUB scholar-in-residence PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Amitav Ghosh, the most widely known Indian novelist writing in English, has been made the first scholar-in-residence at Independent University, Bangladesh in recognition of his eminence in modern English literature, particularly South Asian English literature, said a press release.

IUB, which has opened Bachelor's degree in English literature from Spring this year, will include his novel, The Shadow Lines, in its syllabus.

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Friendly ties with India will deepen: Moeen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agency

The army chief, General Moeen U Ahmed, now in New Delhi on a week-long visit, has received six horses as a friendly gesture from India.

Moeen's visit is meant to revive bilateral defence and political ties and boost security cooperation between the two countries.

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SC resumes hearing on Hasina verdict Today PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Security measures at the Supreme Court were beefed up Monday as it began hearing the government's leave to appeal against the High Court's dismissal of an extortion case against Sheikh Hasina.

A security circle was created at the court premises centring around the hearing.

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South Africa complete hard-fought win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Bangladesh v South Africa, 1st Test, Mirpur, 4th day

Cricinfo.com

More than seven years after they were granted Test status, and in their 44th match against non-Zimbabwean opposition, Bangladesh slipped up yet again, squandering the advantages gained on the second day to subside to a five-wicket defeat on the fourth morning.

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Rawalpindi blast kills top army medic, 7 others PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Islamabad, Reuters- A suicide bomber attacked a Pakistani military vehicle in the city of Rawalpindi on Monday, killing the army's top medical officer and two of his staff and five passers-by, officials said.

The blast happened a week after Pakistan held largely peaceful parliamentary elections and was the first bomb attack outside the violence-plagued northwest since the vote.

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Azizul rejects media reports on unemployment PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Finance adviser AB Mohammad Mirza Azizul Islam said Monday the unemployment rate did not increase as much as expected against the current economic backdrop.

"Employment is a major tool to cut poverty as we have a surplus manpower," the adviser told reporters after a seminar on employment, co-organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

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Govt fixes edible oil prices PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The caretaker government fixed the price of edible oil Monday after a discussion with dealers.

Commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman and edible oil dealers' representative Fazlur Rahman briefed reporters following a meeting at the commerce ministry.

A decision was made at the meeting to fix off-factory prices of a litre of soybean at Tk 103, and palm oil at Tk 96, after importation and purification, they said.

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Taliban issue ultimatum to Afghan mobile operators PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Reuters - Taliban insurgents on Monday gave Afghan mobile phone operators three days to shut down their networks at night or face attack, as the rebels said international forces used the cellphones to track them down.

The warning was issued after recent talks with representatives of the four mobile phone companies, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Reuters by mobile phone from an undisclosed location.

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Emergency has to go for Polls: CEC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on Sunday said the state of emergency should be lifted before the elections adding that he did not understand how polls could be held under emergency.

'I do not understand how the election can be held under a state of emergency, because the necessary scope for electioneering should be facilitated.

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AL, NAP doubt holding of polls as per EC roadmap PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League and the Mozaffar Ahmed-led faction of National Awami Party on Sunday expressed doubts about implementation of the election roadmap announced by the Election Commission to hold the 9th parliamentary polls by December 2008.

AL presidium member Tofail Ahmed, said after the meeting, 'We want election and lifting of the state of emergency before the polls.'

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CNG price may go up to Tk 15 by March PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government is likely to increase the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) to around Tk 15 per cubic metre from the existing price of Tk 8.5 by March, said sources in the Energy Division.

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has already given the nod to the Energy Division to complete the groundwork for increasing the price of CNG in consultation with the communications ministry, they said.

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Pakistan Taliban warn new govt to keep clear PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Reuters, Islamabad

Pakistan militants linked to al-Qaeda warned any incoming civilian government on Sunday that they would strike even more viciously if president Pervez Musharraf's war on terror was continued in tribal areas.

Following last week's inconclusive election, several political parties are in talks to form a coalition big enough for a ruling majority in the National Assembly.

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'Musharraf to exit in days, not months' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agency

The Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, is contemplating a swift exit from office rather than the ignominy of being forced out by the winning coalition, according to unnamed aides quoted in the British press (Watch), reports The Times of India.

A 'close confidante' of the embattled president is quoted in The Sunday Telegraph to say Musharraf now believed he had run out of options and was pondering an exit strategy.

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