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Gunmen took hostage up to 250 Pakistani schoolchildren PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
ISLAMABAD, Reuters -

Gunmen took hostage up to 250 Pakistani schoolchildren in the northwestern town of Bannu on Monday after taking refuge in the school following a clash with police, officials said. Violence has spread across Pakistan in recent months, seeping out of remote tribal regions that are sanctuaries for al Qaeda and Taliban militants and into cities and towns, raising fears about the stability of the nuclear-armed US ally.

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Fears for immediate fallout from Grameenphone VOIP case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agency Market analysts

Monday shrugged off fears for any immediate fallout from a case against the country's largest mobile operator Grameenphone, but warned of a long-term effect on investor confidence in the company. GP's business image was largely tainted by its alleged involvement in illegal VOIP ( Voice over Internet Protocol) operations that, according to BTRC, cost the state coffers millions in lost revenue.

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2 DU teachers would appeal to High Court against the verdict PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Two Dhaka University teachers who walked out of jail on presidential pardon said they would appeal to High Court against the verdict that convicted them of inciting August 2007 campus unrest. Professor Harun-or-Rashid Monday told bdnews24.com that they would appeal for justice.

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Court indicts Hasina in power plants corruption case Feb 3 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Monday fixed Feb 3 to indict former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and seven others in a power plants corruption case. The charges would be framed at Dhaka No. 1 Special Judge's Court. Dhaka metropolitan senior special judge Md Azizul Haq Monday set the date and sent the records to the court after completion of all legal process for trial.

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Political parties demanding complete withdrawal of ban on political activities PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff correspondent

Politicians want unconditional dialogues with the government to create an environment conducive to holding the national elections at the earliest. They said they wanted a complete withdrawal of ban on political activities and the state of emergency to resolve political and economic problems of the country.

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Govt. has launched a nationwide bird flu prevention campaign PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Nearly 1.5 lakh public and private poultry farms of the country will come under official surveillance as the government has launched a nationwide bird flu prevention campaign. ‘The government already has enforced a countrywide poultry farms inspection programme involving all field level livestock officials and Ansar and VDP,’ said Manik Lal Samaddar, special assistant to the chief adviser.

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High Court issued a rule on EC and govt for not holding polls in 90 days PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule on the Election Commission and the interim government, asking them to explain in four weeks why they would not be directed to hold the stalled parliamentary elections within the span of time mandated by the country’s constitution.

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Cold diseases attacking mostly children across the country PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Children across the country are the worst sufferers of the ongoing cold wave with public and private hospitals reporting high numbers of child patients treated for pneumonia, fever, runny nose, cough, breathing problems, and various skin diseases. The number of pneumonia cases among infants is most fatal and rising day by day, physicians say. In Khagrachari, six people, four of whom were children, died on Saturday and Sunday and pneumonia is taking the greatest toll in the eight upazilas of the district during the prevailing cold weather. Ali Ahmed Chowdhury, assistant professor of paediatrics at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital said that ‘Pneumonia is very common in this season. So, parents should careful with their infants.’ Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, which can be caused by a variety of microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other parasites.

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BNP unification moves gain pace: Hafiz ready to quit post PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff correspondent

Moves to unite the two factions of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have gained pace following chairperson Khaleda Zia’s instruction to the party leaders to work together. As part of the moves, some senior and mid-level leaders from two camps have contacted each other to work out ways to bridge the gap between the feuding factions.

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Mild cold wave is likely to sweep continue PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agency

Another spell of mild cold wave is likely to sweep over different parts of the country, Met office sources said. Temperatures may fall by two to five degrees Celsius over the Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Dhaka divisions. It may remain nearly unchanged elsewhere over the country.

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Power failure at Zia International Airport PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Zia International Airport remained without electricity for about an hour and a half from 9:35pm Sunday which disrupted flight landing and take-off. The Dhaka Electric Supply Company managing director, Saleh Ahmed, said that there was no load shedding in the area.

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Sudan summons US envoy over Darfur comments PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Reuters,Khartoum

Sudan summoned the top US diplomat in Khartoum saying he had interfered in the internal affairs of the country and rejected US criticism of the appointment of Musa Hilal to a central government post. The US charge d’affaires, Alberto Fernandez, told Reuters in an interview last week that Khartoum’s lack of implementation of internal peace accords and international agreements had created an environment of distrust which would hinder peace talks in Sudan’s remote Darfur region.

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Musharraf challenge for new militant: analysts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse .

Islamabad With Islamic militants now massing at the gates of Pakistan’s main north-western city, the president, Pervez Musharraf, faces a new challenge on his return from a foreign tour, analysts and officials said. After a week-long charm offensive in Europe aimed at convincing Western allies he can tackle al-Qaeda, Musharraf will fly home this week to find rebels clashing with security forces just outside bustling Peshawar.

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Priority to the fertilizer plants, instead of the power plants: asked to Petrobangla PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Energy and Mineral Resources Division on Sunday asked Petrobangla to give priority to the fertilizer plants, instead of the power plants, in supplying gas in the ongoing Boro season. An inter-ministry meeting, chaired by special assistant to the chief adviser M Tamim, decided that the Shikalbaha power plant would suspend generation, if needed, so that more gas can be fed to the Raujan power plant and gas supply to Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited and Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company can be ensured for smooth production.

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Obama charged Hillary for racial issue in South Carolina PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Associated Press .

Columbia, South Carolina Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a February 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

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IMF calls for ‘serious’ response to US recession risk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Davos, Switzerland

The director general of the IMF called on Saturday for a ‘serious’ response to the risk of a US recession and encouraged fiscal stimulus programmes in some countries. Speaking in Davos, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said, ‘Whatever the answer is on a recession, what is clear is there will be a serious (US) slowdown and it needs a serious response.’ The head of the IMF, which usually encourages reductions in public spending, indicated that there was room for fiscal loosening in some big countries and interest rate cuts.

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Bush delivers final Union speech PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Bush delivers final Union speechAgence France-Presse . Washington

The US president, George W Bush, delivers his final State of the Union speech Monday, its agenda-setting powers diluted by pressing, unfinished business abroad and the fight to succeed him at home. With not quite 12 months left in his term, the deeply unpopular president is slated to revive a few bold ideas — like his May 2007 call to double US funding to battle AIDS — and argue that US-led forces are winning in Iraq.

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No case found against Geeteara’s relatives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Agency

A Dhaka court has quashed the case against businessman and former lawmaker Nazim Kamran Choudhury, husband of former industries adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury, and eight others on charges of forcible occupation of their landlords’ property. The court quashed the case on January 13 on the basis of the report of the investigation officer as the allegations were not proved.

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Maruf Nizam, 2 others sued for illegal wealth PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday filed two cases against Maruf Nizam, a government official and his wife for hiding information on their wealth in the statements to the commission and for owning illegal wealth.

The commission’s deputy director Abul Kalam Azad filed a case accusing Maruf, younger brother of former BNP lawmaker Sarwar Jamal Nizam and accused in the case of the abduction and killing of businessman Jamaluddin Chowdhury, of hiding information on wealth of Tk 8,29,518 in the statement submitted to the commission.

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PBCP leader killed in Pabna PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Our Correspondent

A leader of a Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML–Janajudhdha) faction was killed in an ‘encounter’ between the Rapid Action Battalion and his associates at Ataikula in Pabna early Sunday.

The deceased, Mohammad Ali, 28, resident of Goaishbari Natunpara at Ataikula, was the second-in-command of the faction. The battalion said he was accused in cases filed in connection with murder, robbery, extortion and other crimes.

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Sales race heats up for Toyota, GM PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Asia News Network . Tokyo

The Toyota Motor Corp and the General Motors Corp of the United States are neck and neck in the race for the title of world's biggest automaker by sales, with GM just barely holding onto top spot in 2007.

The key for Toyota in attempting to overtake GM seems to lie in the company's efforts to bolster sales at home and in emerging markets such as China and India that are showing rapid growth.

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