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PDP says govt prioritising the 2 parties responsible for pre-1/11 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Dhaka, Apr 24 (bdnews24.com) – The Progressive Democratic Party said the caretaker government was giving too much priority to two major political parties that were responsible for the pre-1/11 situation in the country.

It also said in a pre-dialogue meeting with the government Thursday that the state of emergency should be relaxed but not lifted prior to the national election.

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AL calls countrywide hunger strike for Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

The Awami League will observe a symbolic hunger strike across the country on April 29 to demand the immediate release of former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said a party leader Wednesday, reports agency.

The decision was taken at an evening meeting at acting AL president Zillur Rahman's Gulshan home. After the meeting, acting AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told reporters that the hunger strike would start at 10.00am and end at 4.00pm.

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Oil slips as dollar gains PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria -- Oil prices slipped Thursday on the back of a strengthening American dollar and a U.S. government report showing a build in crude supplies.

The dollar was higher in European trading, after taking back some ground against the euro Wednesday. A stronger dollar makes commodities such as oil less attractive as a hedge against inflation and makes oil more expensive to investors overseas.

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Euro lower against US dollar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AP, FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro slid against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after surveys said business confidence in France and Germany was dropping amid fears of slower growth.

In midmorning European trading, the 15-nation currency bought $1.5749 -- well below the high of $1.6018 it reached Tuesday and significantly short of the $1.5896 it bought in New York late Wednesday.

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US dollar up in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mostly higher against other major currencies in European trading Thursday morning. Gold rose.

The euro traded at $1.5746, down from $1.5896 late Wednesday in New York.

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Power outage plays havoc with electrical gadgets PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Electronic and electrical appliances are being damaged in large numbers due to frequent power outage and rapid voltage fluctuation, reports UNB.

According to electronic and electrical appliance traders, the rate of complaints about the damage of the goods has increased abnormally with the rise in load shedding across the country.

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Collapse of Gaza aid distribution just hours away: UN PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AFP, GAZA CITY - The United Nations warned that aid distribution would end in the Gaza Strip on Thursday unless Israel allows new fuel supplies, but Israel blamed Hamas for the shortages.

"We are hours away from shutting down our operation, said John Ging, who heads the UN Relief and Works Agency office in Gaza. "We didn't receive fuel," he told AFP.

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BNMS calls for immediate govt action on women's policy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

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Bangladesh Naree Mukti Sangsad (Bangladesh Women's Liberation Council) asked the government Thursday not to delay in implementing the proposed national women's policy.

BNMS convenor Hazera Sultana said: "The fundamentalist and communal fanatics in the country are whipping up tension and agitation and opposing the women's policy with a view to diverting the nation's attention from the issue of war crimes trials."

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Malaysia seeks assurances of rice supplies from Thailand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AP, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- Malaysia sought assurances from Thailand, the world's largest rice exporter, on Thursday that it will continue to supply the grain amid worries over shortages and sharply rising prices.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said rice supply was a key issue in a meeting between Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and his Malaysian counterpart, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

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Thai rice climbs to new record above $1,000 a tonne PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK - Benchmark Thai rice prices leapt more than 5 percent to a record high above $1,000 a tonne on Thursday, and traders in the world's top exporter warned of further gains if buyers Iran and Indonesia step into the market.

Prices have now nearly trebled since around $383 in early January, sparking food riots in African countries and Haiti and adding to growing fears that millions of the world's poor may soon struggle to feed themselves.

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Vote count nears close, Nepal politics stirs up PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - Counting of votes in Nepal's key election is expected to end on Thursday, a contest likely to cement the former Maoist rebels as the largest party and give them a chance to lead a minority government.

The election, the centrepiece of a 2006 peace pact which ended a decade-long insurgency, is for a special assembly that will write a new constitution, abolish Nepal's 240-year-old monarchy and make laws.

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Scientists say menstrual blood can repair hearts PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

AFP, TOKYO - The monthly discomfort many women see as a curse could pay off someday as Japanese researchers say menstrual blood can be used to repair heart damage.

Scientists obtained menstrual blood from nine women and cultivated it for about a month, focusing on a kind of cell that can act like stem cells.

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Militant commander orders ceasefire in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An al Qaeda-linked militant commander has ordered his followers to stop attacks in Pakistan after the new government began peace talks, a government official said on Thursday.

Pakistan's new government that emerged from a February general election has promised to pursue negotiations in a bid to end a tide of militant violence in which hundreds of people have been killed since the middle of last year.

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Sri Lanka jets bomb rebels a day after deadly battle PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO - Sri Lankan planes bombed rebel positions on Thursday, a day after dozens of Tamil Tiger fighters and government troops were killed in one of the bloodiest battles in 25 years of civil war.

The army said it killed over 100 rebels in fighting around the northern Jaffna Peninsula on Wednesday, but also admitted 43 government troops were killed and 33 missing in action.

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Afghan assembly wants tax lifted on food imports PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, KABUL - Faced with rising food prices that have seen protesters take to the streets, Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Thursday demanded the removal of all taxes on food imports.

In an special session, parliament said the government had not done enough to curb soaring prices or act against hoarding by some traders, the house said.

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China vows tough response to Tibet rumour-mongering PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING - Chinese authorities will harshly deal with anyone who spreads rumours which "excite popular feelings" or disturb social harmony in the already restive region of Tibet, the government said on Thursday.

The notice, coming just months before the Beijing Olympics, seems to be aimed at Tibetans who listen to foreign radio broadcasts about the recent demonstrations in their remote mountainous region, skirt China's firewall to access overseas websites or simply exchange news with friends.

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National Cricket Academy to produce world class cricketers, hopes Gen Moeen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

National Sports Council (NSC) chairman and Army Chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed Wednesday expressed the hope that the BCB National Cricket Academy would produce lot of world class cricketers to enrich country’s cricket in future, reports UNB.

He said: “Nowadays, cricket has become a very popular game in the country.

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Import of US cotton may remove opposition to duty-free RMG export PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

The US import duty is quite high for the Asian and the Middle Eastern countries and Bangladesh is one of those hard hit by it, said noted policy analyst Dr Edward Gresser, reports agency.

Director of the Washington-based Progressive Policy Institute Gresser is currently on a visit to Bangladesh and made the comment at a seminar at the conference room of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) at it’s Karwan Bazar headquarters.

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Japan, EU seek urgent action on food prices PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Leaders of Japan and the European Union called for urgent action to address rising food prices, which they warned could worsen poverty and hurt the global economy, reports AFP.

Japan, which imports more than half of its food, has said it will raise the issue of spiralling food prices when it hosts the summit of the Group of Eight rich nations in July.

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India posts record food grain production in 08 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

India is estimated to have produced a record 227.32 million tons of food grains, including 76.78 million tons of wheat during 2007-08 crop year, reports PTI.

The increase in output, which is 10 million tons (MT) more than what was produced last year, is due to factors such as even rainfall distribution and favourable temperature during Rabi season, Agriculture Secretary P.K.Mishra told reporters here Tuesday, while releasing the third advance crop estimate.

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Bangladesh urged to manufacture cancer medicines PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Bangladesh is likely to go for manufacturing cancer medicines for the poor countries, including SAARC nations, to provide cost-effective and affordable treatments to the patients, reports agency.

This was focused at a 4-day International Socio-Scientific Cancer Conference (ISSCC) for SAARC Region held in Dhaka recently under the joint auspices of the Oncology Club and the Federation of Anti-Cancer Activities of Bangladesh (FACAB).

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