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Sloan as tourist can't address press: govt PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The government didn't allow international human rights lawyer William Sloan to hold press conference in Dhaka on February 22 as he came to Bangladesh on tourist visa to see some paintings, not on business he was doing here, it was officially stated on Sunday.

A news release issued by home ministry said Sloan had told the immigration officials during his arrival at Zia International Airport on February 16 that he was very interested to see different paintings.

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Cuba selects Fidel Castro successor PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Havana

Cuba's National Assembly met Sunday to pick a successor to Fidel Castro after almost 50 years in power, with his brother Raul well placed to take the helm in a historic power shift and keep Cuba locked on the communist path.

The assembly began meeting in its landmark session at 1500 GMT, with Raul Castro looking on.

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Frozen vault to keep seeds safe for the future PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agency

Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic 'doomsday vault' filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated in Norway today, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the Nobel peace prize-winning environmentalist Wangari Matai will be among those present at the inauguration of the vault, which has been carved into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, 1000 kilometres from the North Pole.

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Suicide bomber kills 40 pilgrims in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Hilla, Iraq

A suicide bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of Shia pilgrims south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 40 people, the police and medical officials said.

At least 60 people were also wounded in the blast in the town of Iskandiriyah, said Karim Al-Tamimi, a police lieutenant from the province of Babil.

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Iftekhar off to Tokyo to sign $60m loan deal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Disaster Rehab

Staff Correspondent

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, who left for Tokyo Sunday on a four-day official visit to Japan, said that there was much the two countries could do by working together. Before leaving the capital he also hoped that the visit would further expand Dhaka-Tokyo ties.

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Warrants issued for arrest of Omar, family PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Sunday issued warrants for arrest of former state minister for law Shahjahan Omar, his wife Mehjabin Farhana Omar and son Adnan Omar in connection with a corruption case.

Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge M Azizul Haque also issued a warrant for arrest of former Awami League lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder's wife Sahida Kamal in connection with another corruption case.

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Nepal rules out autonomy to south before polls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Reuters, Kathmandu

Nepal ruled out on Sunday granting autonomy to the Madhesh plains in the south until this year's key elections, despite deadly protests that threaten to jeopardise chances of long term peace in the country.

At least 45 people have died in the violence over the past year, two of them in the recent cycle of protests by ethnic Madhesi groups shutting down shops, factories and schools in the region, which borders India.

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HC rules on govt over list of criminals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule on the government to explain in four weeks why its notification that placed Moshiur Rahman Kochi among the 23 most wanted criminals should not be declared illegal.

The High Bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Shahidul Islam passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Moshiur Rahman, six years after the announcement of the list.

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4 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi Arabia accident PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Within a span of 22 days, another road crash left four Bangladeshi workers dead and two others injured in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

A government handout Sunday said the workers were going to Jijan from Riyadh when the accident occurred at Abha on their way.

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Call to shun PRSP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Politicians and civil society members at a seminar on Sunday called on economic policymakers to revert to the five-year plan for development and suspend the process of formulating the second version of the lender-driven poverty reduction strategy because of its failure.

They stressed that stakeholders should be consulted in formulating development strategies and that the political parties must mention their development programmes in their election manifestoes before the next parliamentary polls.

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BTTB plans 33pc tariff cut PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Call to mobile network

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board has proposed slashing the call tariff by 33 per cent for making call to mobile operator's network in a bid to withstand stiff competition from its rival operators.

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Police raid houses of jute mill labourers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Protests continue

Our Correspondent

The police raided the colonies of the mill workers at Khalishpur in Khulna looking for the daily-basis labourers who took part in the protests held on Saturday, the labourers alleged.

The daily-basis labourers of the six state-owned jute mills in the Khulna-Jessore region, meanwhile, continued with their indefinite work abstention for the second day on Sunday to push for their six-point demands.

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Bangladesh faces critical health hazards for 'unsafe water' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Bangladesh faces a critical health hazards for lack of 'safe drinking water' that forces the country to spend a whopping Tk 50 billion every year for the treatment of water-borne diseases.

Even though Bangladesh is known from ancient times for its abundance of water from various sources, one of the major problems that the country has been suffering for decades is the acute scarcity of 'safe drinking water'.

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Bangla translation of A Golden Age launched PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Sonajhara Din, the Bangla version of Tahmima Anam's novel 'A Golden Age,' was launched at a function at the German Cultural Centre in Dhaka on Sunday.

Lisa Gazi translated the novel which was edited by Mofidul Haque, Shibabrato Barman and Mashiul Alam and published by Shahitya Prakash.

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JMB operative held in Tangail PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

UNB, Tangail

The district operative of the outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, Habibur Rahman Habib, was arrested from a village in Tangail Saturday night.

Accused in two cases of explosives filed in Dhaka and Tangail, Habib remained absconding for long.

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Govt urged to recognise Kosovo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

A group of Dhaka University students under the banner of Students' Movement against Repression on Sunday brought out a procession demanding that Bangladesh should recognise Kosovo as an independent state.

They paraded the campus after a brief rally at Aparajeya Bangla where they demanded recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.

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HC rules over EC letter to Khelafat Majlish PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule on the Election Commission to explain in four weeks why its decision to withdraw its invitation letter to Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish for dialogue should not be declared illegal.

The bench of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Farid Ahmad passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by the party.

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Ashraful regrets missed chances PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Sport Correspondent

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful rued the missed opportunities to put South Africa on the back foot in the first Warid Test in Mirpur that has now turned the visitors' way completely.

South Africa need only 27 runs to complete victory with six wickets in hand, though they struggled at certain stages of the game especially after conceding a first inning lead.

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SA maul Junior Tigers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Agency

Bangladesh's hopes of reaching the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-finals were dashed on Sunday after conceding a humiliating 201-run defeat to South Africa at the Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur.

The Junior Tigers folded at 41 all out after only 11.5 overs, well short of their opponents' 242 for eight in 50 overs.

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10 grabbers identified PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Encroaching Shitalakhya 

Staff Correspondent

A team of Bangladesh Coast Guard, BIWTA, Department of Shipping and joint forces on Sunday identified 10 sand and stone traders doing business encroaching on the banks of the River Shitalakhya in Narayanganj.

The team identified five of the encroachers near Kanchpur Bridge and five at Rupshi during a drive, led by district magistrate Anwarul Islam, Lieutenant Commander Mahbubur Rahman of Coast Guard said.

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46 research works so far PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Ekushey book fair

Staff Correspondent

Forty-six new titles on research works hit the Amar Ekushey book fair on the Bangla Academy premises till the 24th day of the month-long event on Sunday with visitors now busy with last-moment collection of their favourite books.

Sabuj of publishing house Mowla Brothers said, 'Most people are now collecting books of their choice as the fair nears end. We are happy with the sales.'

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