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Not possible under EPR to register by EC deadline: AL PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu said on Monday it was not possible for the party to meet the conditions for registering by Oct 15, the deadline announced earlier in the day by the Election Commission.

"Meeting all the conditions for registration requires a council of the party, which is not possible to arrange amid the state of emergency," Amu told reporters at the National Press Club.
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Thousands protest W Bengal land seizure for Nano car PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, KOLKATA, India- Thousands of protesters surrounded a factory building what is billed as the world's cheapest car, the Nano, in the biggest demonstration yet against seizure of farmland for industry in West Bengal.

Enthusiasm for the Tata Motor's $2,380 snub-nosed "people's car" has been dampened by months of protests by farmers refusing to give their land for the project, now hobbled by cost overruns. The car's planned October launch is also threatened.
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Long journey for Ball ends in glory PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING- The tattoo on Lloy Ball's arm says "Anger is a gift", but on Sunday the 36-year-old U.S. volleyball veteran was feeling pure joy when he ended his fourth Olympic Games with a gold medal.

"It's always one thing to be called an Olympian. You're an Olympian for life. To be called a gold medallist is—I don't know what goes on top of a cherry on a banana split but it's on top of that," Ball said after beating Brazil 3-1 in the final.
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VP choice Biden unpopular in Iraq for autonomy plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, BAGHDAD- Senator Joe Biden may be one of the only US politicians that can get Iraq's feuding Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurdish politicians to agree. But not in a good way.

Across racial and religious boundaries, Iraqi politicians on Saturday bemoaned Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama's choice of running mate, known in Iraq as the author of a 2006 plan to divide the country into ethnic and sectarian enclaves.
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SL ruling party wins provincial polls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO- Sri Lanka's ruling party won weekend provincial polls and said the victory was an electoral endorsement of its eight-month campaign to militarily crush Tamil Tiger separatists.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won 56.3 percent of council seats in North Central province and 55.3 percent in Sabaragamuwa province, two of nine on the Indian Ocean island that has been fighting a civil war since 1983.
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Pakistan euphoria over Musharraf's exit begins to ebb PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Jubilation quickly gives way to anxiety over the sinking economy and growing militancy, and the bickering govt.

La Times

"How can I feed my family? How can I give my children a future?" he said, falling into step with other worshipers heading to afternoon prayers at a run-down neighborhood mosque in the capital. "That's what I am asking God every day. Every single day."

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NATO-chartered helicopter crashes in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, KABUL- A NATO-chartered helicopter crashed on Sunday in Afghanistan's eastern province of Kunar near the border with Pakistan, causing one death, a spokesman for the alliance said.

The civilian helicopter crashed soon after taking off from a military base in an area of the rugged province, the spokesman said, ruling out any hostile action.
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US navy arrives in Georgia, Russian troops stay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, BATUMI, Georgia- A US navy warship arrived in a Georgia's main Black Sea port of Batumi on Sunday with humanitarian aid as Russia ignored Western demands to remove its remaining troops from Georgia's heartland.

Russia says the residual troops are peacekeepers needed to avert further bloodshed and to protect the people of Georgia's separatist, pro-Moscow provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia two days after Moscow said it had wrapped up its withdrawal.
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'Suicide bomber kills five in Kirkuk' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, KIRKUK- A suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded eight more on Saturday in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, police said.

The bomber detonated a suicide vest in a car market in southern Kirkuk, said Major-General Torhan Abdul-Rahman, a senior police official in the city.
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Georgian fuel train 'blown up by mine' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

A fuel train exploded today on Georgia's main east-west rail line and police said it appeared to have hit a landmine, reports Times Online.

Officials said that the train was on the main track of the line linking eastern and western Georgia, a vital trade route for oil exports from Azerbaijan to European markets.
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Swiss flight diverted to Geneva PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Bomb threat

REUTERS, ZURICH- Swiss International Air Lines said on Saturday that flight LX2114 from Zurich to Malaga in Spain was diverted to Geneva following a bomb threat.

The Airbus A320 landed safely in Geneva, the Deutsche Lufthansa unit said in a statement.

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Iran plans to launch telecoms satellite: president PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, TEHRAN- Iran plans to launch a telecommunications satellite, the president said on Saturday, using missile technology the West fears is being developed to fire nuclear warheads.

Iran said last Sunday it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on a domestically made rocket for the first time, although U.S. officials said the attempted launch was a failure.
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Another shake to grassroots administration PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Desk Report

The government has changed another additional divisional commissioner, three deputy commissioners (DCs), five additional deputy commissioners (ADCs) and 10 upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs).

The establishment ministry issued the transfer orders Sunday as part of the ongoing shake-up in the grassroots administration ahead of the general elections slated for December.
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BB sees Tk 9,500 cr farm loan this year PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Bangladesh Bank has sets its sight on distributing nearly Tk 9,500 crore loans in the ongoing fiscal year— some 13 percent higher than the target of last year—through the banks to lift farm production, an official said, reports bdnews24.com.

"Keeping the present world food crisis in consideration this year the target of distributing agricultural loan has been fixed at Tk 9,379 crore. It is about 13 percent higher than last year's target," Bangladesh Bank deputy governor Nazrul Huda said Sunday.
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Govt urged to scrap case against 7 students PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Torching of army vehicle

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka University syndicate has asked the caretaker government to scrap a case against seven of its students over campus unrest in August 2007.

A DU statement issued Saturday said a syndicate meeting, chaired by DU vice chancellor Prof SMA Faiz, urged the government to quash the case against the students.
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Ivy Rahman's death anniversary observed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League on Sunday was observing the fourth death anniversary of the party's former women affairs secretary Ivy Rahman, who died of injuries sustained in the Aug 21, 2004, grenade attack on an AL rally in the capital.

Family members and former colleagues offered flowers and prayers at her grave in Banani.
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Workers vandalize garment factories in Gazipur, Savar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Desk Report

Garment workers vandalised machinery and reportedly attacked factory officials in Gazipur Thursday, after employers handed notices to two fellow workers, forcing the factory to shut its doors.

Another factory in Savar was forced to close after property was damaged, and several people sustained injuries, in an apparently unmotivated attack by 'outsiders'.
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4-party urge govt to scrape RPO, free Khaleda PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The BNP and its allies Sunday asked the interim government to repeal the new electoral laws, free Khaleda Zia and stage parliamentary polls first.

At the end of 90-minute meeting of the secretaries general of the four-party alliance at his NAM flats residence, BNP secretary general Khandakar Delwar Hossain told reporters the Representation of the People Order, (Amendment) Ordinance-2008' was an 'unconstitutional, undemocratic and purposely move'.
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Pakistani coalition wrangles over president, judges PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD- Pakistan's ruling coalition parties wrangled over the presidency and deposed judges on Sunday, continuing infighting critics say keeps them from tackling rising militant violence and a sagging economy.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the leading coalition partner, said on Saturday the widower of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari, would be its candidate in the presidential election set for Sept. 6.
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Dhaka, Yangoon to resume talks on contract farming PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Desk Report

Myanmar is expected to send a top-level delegation to Dhaka in October, headed by the junta's second in-command General Maung Aye, to resume talks on contract farming with Bangladesh among other bilateral issues, the foreign secretary said.

General Aye's visit was originally scheduled for August last year, but was delayed due to mass protests against the military regime in Myanmar.
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Plane that flies on solar power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg promote their prototype at the Beijing Olympics

BEIJING -- It has the wingspan of a commercial airliner, the weight of an automobile and solar panels to provide enough electricity to light a very large Christmas tree, reports La Times.

If this strange contraption actually flies, for some it will be as great a feat as anything achieved at the 2008 Olympics.
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