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Next budget may address govt pay hikes: Mirza Aziz PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The forthcoming budget may carry some announcements regarding pay hikes for government officials and employees, finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam told reporters Thursday.

After attending a meeting on salaries and allowances paid by different ministries, the adviser said: "There are discrepancies in the pay packages of different government officials and employees

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‘Study of economic history can aid development’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

Education adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman appealed to historians Thursday to make use of regional and economic history in furthering the country's development.

He also advised them to establish proper models and methodology in researching the nation's true history.

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Jacob visits Liberation War Museum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The visiting former Indian army officers, who had fought for Bangladesh's independence in 1971, and their wives visited the Liberation War Museum in Segun Bagicha Thursday.

Akku Chowdhury, trustee member of the Liberation War Museum, said that the Indian team had stayed there for 45 minutes.

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SC upholds Khaleda acquittals in 1996-97 cases PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's acquittals in two graft cases filed in 1996 and 1997, were upheld Thursday as the Appellate Division denied the government permission to appeal against the earlier High Court verdicts in the cases.

The six-member full Appellate Division bench headed by chief Justice Md Ruhul Amin turned down the government leaves to appeal filed against the verdicts which had dismissed the two graft cases filed against Khaleda Zia.

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Hasina must be treated in US, doctor writes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

Detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina must be sent abroad for better treatment, ophthalmologist Prof Syed Modasser Ali has recommended in a letter to the chief adviser.

The AL leader's personal physician, Prof Modasser told bdnews24.com Thursday that he had delivered the "semi-official letter" in person to the CA's office.

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BB underlines buffer food stocks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The central bank governor Thursday advised the government to build up its emergency food stocks to ensure unforeseen food shortfalls in the future do not catch it off guard.

"Some are saying that we're holding back our forex reserves (foreign exchange reserves), which is not true at all," the chief of Bangladesh Bank, Salehuddin Ahmed, told reporters after a meeting with the chief executives of private banks.

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BB presses banks to implement pledge for rate cuts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

The Bangladesh Bank is pressing private banks to quickly implement their pledge to lower the rate of interest on bank loans.

Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed expressed dissatisfaction, saying the quality of services of the banks was far from satisfactory.

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Giasuddin Al Mamun gets 10 years for graft PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced Tarique Rahman's close friend and business associate Giasuddin Al Mamun to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment, for illegally amassing Tk 111 crore.

Judge Md Sirajul Islam of Special Judge's Court-7, set up at the Jatiya Sangsad premises, further fined Mamun Tk 10 lakh or another year's imprisonment in case of failure to pay.

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Amla and Boucher lift SA to 540 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

India v South Africa, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day

Cricinfo

A chanceless 159 from Hashim Amla, buttressed by vital contributions from Mark Boucher and AB de Villiers, was the springboard for South Africa to dominate the first two sessions of the second day, but India's openers then inflicted some punishment of their own on a dozy pitch where the bowlers were seldom more than peripheral players.

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Muktijoddha Sangsad opens computer learning centre in Barisal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008
Agency

As part of its great Independence Day celebrations, Mehendiganj unit of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad inaugurated a computer learning centre on its office premises on Wednesday.

The thana nirbahi officer, Khan Nurul Amin, inaugurated the centre at a gathering of the freedom fighters amid much enthusiasm while unit commander Abdul Baten presided over.

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BSF shot dead Bangladeshi in C’nawabganj PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

UNB, Chapainawabganj

The Border Security Forces of India shot dead a Bangladeshi citizen on Sonamasjid frontier in Shibganj upazila on Wednesday.

The dead was Saidur Rahman, 25, of Unishdighi Ajmatpur in the same upazila.

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Culling of 84,000 fowls begins in Gazipur PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

UNB, Gazipur

The district administration began culling around 84,000 poultry birds and destroying over 1,000 eggs of a farm at Bagher Bazar in Gazipur Sadar upazila Wednesday morning following the detection of avian influenza.

Local livestock officials said the fowls and the eggs of APC Poultry Farm were destroyed in presence of magistrate Saiful Islam and law enforcers after H5N1 virus was detected in the samples collected from the farm Tuesday.

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Independence Day Celebrated PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

This year independence day was observed in a way that adds importance. This was characterized by lighting of candles. Such national resolve to uphold the principles of the War of Liberation surely augurs well for our future. We note here the rekindling of the old wartime spirit in recent weeks among the people of Bangladesh by such bodies as the Sector Commanders' Forum.

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Govt to increase gas supply to power plants PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

The caretaker government has decided to increase the gas supply to power plants in a bid to cope with rising electricity demand, the chief adviser's special assistant M Tamim said Thursday.

The power, energy and mineral resources ministry took the decision at a meeting which focused on the country's electricity needs during the SSC examinations and the high-consumption summer months.

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Bank loan seals air tankers deal for RAF PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

London, Reuters - Britain was poised on Thursday to announce the long-awaited renewal of its fleet of mid-air refuelling tankers in possibly the world's largest government outsourcing deal, worth an estimated $26 billion over 27 years.

The deal will equip the Royal Air Force with converted A330 Airbus jetliners and includes initial financing of $5 billion including $200 million to be injected by a consortium led by Airbus parent EADS, sources close to the talks said.

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Meeting on rice resumes Sunday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

The second round of talks between Bangladesh and India on fixing the prices and schedule of importing four lakh tonnes of rice from India was suspended Thursday without any decision.

The two sides will resume the meeting Sunday to reach a final decision.

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Oil near $106 on Iraq pipeline explosion PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

London, Reuters - Oil held near $106 a barrel on Thursday after saboteurs blew up a major pipeline in Iraq, sharply reducing exports from the south of the country.

The gain was limited by strength in the US dollar, which extended its rally after a final government report showed the US economy grew 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007, in line with expectations.

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Reuters shareholders back takeover by Thomson PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

LONDON, Reuters - News and financial data firm Reuters Group Plc said on Wednesday its shareholders had approved a 7.85 billion pound ($15.68 billion) takeover by Canadian electronic publisher Thomson Corp.

The result of the vote saw 92.6 percent of shareholders voting in favour of the cash and shares deal, representing 99.8 percent of votes cast.

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Indian minister blames US for soaring global food prices PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agence France-Presse . Singapore

Indian finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday criticised countries like the US for diverting farm products to produce biofuels, saying this had led to soaring global food prices.

While growing demand was one reason for skyrocketing food prices, the use of agricultural products to make biofuels was another cause, he told a public lecture organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School Public Policy in Singapore.

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Bangladesh single country trade fairs in Singapore, Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Agency

A 10-day Bangladesh single country trade fair will be held in Singapore from May 23 to 25 and another exhibition in Malaysia from May 30 to June 1 for exploring markets for Bangladeshi products and services.

In Singapore, the fair will be held on the premises of Mostafa Plaza and in Kuala Lumpur it will be organised at the Putra Convention Centre.

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Vote for Cox’s Bazar, Sundarban PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2008

Human chain formed

Staff Reporter

Samriddha Bangladesh, a non-government organisation, formed a human chain in the port city Wednesday seeking votes for Cox’s Bazar and the Sundarbans in a worldwide tourism promotion campaign.

More than 50 people, including academicians, freedom fighters, writers and media personalities, took part in the human chain, which was scattered over many parts of the port city,
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