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255 healthcare establishments brought under program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Medical waste management

A total of 255 out of 1,000 healthcare establishments in Dhaka City have so far been brought under hazardous medical waste management programme and rest 705 hospitals will come under it by 2012 to drastically cutback public health risks, reports agency.

Marie Stopes, a reproductive healthcare provider and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in cooperation with Projects in Agriculture, Rural Industry, Science and Medicine (PRISM) took the initiative under a programme styled ‘Hospital Waste Management Project (HWMP).

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Tarique, Babar to be charged PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Bribery case

The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to charge-sheet eight persons, including BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman, ex-minister Lutfozzaman Babar, Basundhara chairman Shah Alam and his two sons in a Tk-21 crore bribery case, reports UNB.

The huge money was reportedly transacted in bribe for not implicating one of Shah Alam''s sons in a sensational murder case filed in 2006.

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BBF places 100 recommendations for boosting trade, investment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Bangladesh Better Business Forum (BBF), a high-profile government-businesspeople platform, Wednesday elaborately discussed over 100 recommendations for improving business and investment atmosphere to attain desired economic growth, reports UNB.

The recently formed Forum in its third meeting with its chairperson Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed in the chair at the CA''s office discussed the recommendations placed by five thematic working groups of the BBBF after working out those in 23 meetings.

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‘Developed countries must compensate Bangladesh’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Developed countries must fund Bangladesh with grants to enable it to bear expenditures of mitigation and adaptation works in facing the future natural calamities as consequences of global climate change, speakers at a discussion said Wednesday, reports UNB.

They said Bangladesh would not compromise to realizing the fund from the developed world as global warming is increasing alarmingly due to uncontrolled industrialization in those countries.

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Polls to 4 city corpns may be delayed: CEC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

Elections to Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet City Corporations and eight municipalities are likely to be delayed till July next, as the proposed law to regulate the local bodies could not yet be finalised, reports UNB.

"We were supposed to hold the elections (four city corporations and eight municipalities) by May 27… But we can''t declare the schedules since the new law could not be finalised yet," Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda Wednesday told a Gono Forum delegation led by party chairman Dr Kamal Hossain.

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FBCCI seeks changes in tariff, tax provisions PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) will submit a 592-point recommendation at a pre-budget meeting Thursday, seeking substantial changes in import tariff, income tax and VAT provisions, reports UNB.

The recommendations in three separate sets will be placed before the government for consideration while preparing the next budget for the fiscal 2008-09.

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NID holders to get service-oriented facilities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

The Council of Advisers of the caretaker government Wednesday approved a proposal for forming Southern Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd under the Power Development Board for distribution of electricity in Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Noakhali and Comilla districts, reports UNB.

It also gave final approval to the National Identity Registration Authority Ordinance 2008 with few amendments for ensuring some service-oriented facilities to national ID card-holders, such as during applying for new passport and its renewal, TIN and opening bank account.

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New aircrafts to Biman’s fleet PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2008

But question remains

Bangladesh Biman launched in 1972 with some obsolete DC-3 aircraft left behind by PIA, becomes a national shame today.. By 2006, Biman was reduced to an almost derelict airline suffering from aircraft shortage, frequent breakdown in schedules and a fast diminishing network. Political influence resulted in the airline owing Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation more than Tk 1,000 crores.
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ACC sues Coco, Sheikh Selim PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Agency

The Anticorruption Commission Wednesday filed a case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Coco on charges of amassing illegal wealth.

The ACC filed another case against Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim for submitting a skewed wealth statement to the corruption watchdog.

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‘Bangladeshis will decide their own fate’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, said Wednesday that Bangladeshis will decide for themselves how to protect their human rights and

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Dhaka evacuates stranded workers from Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Bangladesh has begun evacuating thousands of stranded workers who were trafficked into war-ravaged Iraq by illegal manpower traders, officials said on Wednesday, reports agency.

An Emirates Airlines flight carrying 42 Bangladeshis arrived in Dhaka on Thursday as part of the evacuation process under the initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Top court blocks bail for politicians PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

REUTERS, DHAKA - Bangladesh's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that no one facing charges under emergency powers would be eligible for bail, effectively blocking the release of detained politicians until their trials are over.

The South Asian nation has been under a state of emergency since an army-backed interim government headed by former Central Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed took over in January 2007, following deadly political violence.

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Hundreds protest over water shortage in Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Hundreds of people staged protests in the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday against a shortage of drinking water, witnesses said, defying a ban on such demonstrations.

A falling water table and lack of power to run water pumps has led to a serious shortfall of drinking water in Dhaka, a city of 11 million, officials said.

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SC rules no court can grant bail in EPR cases PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Supreme Court has ruled against granting bail to detainees held in EPR cases that are under investigation.

An full Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Md Ruhul Amin, gave the ruling Wednesday in favour of the government appeal challenging a High Court verdict that had granted bail in a case file under emergency powers rules last year.

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Advisers defer BNP pre-dialogue meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The advisers' pre-dialogue meeting with BNP's pro-Delwar faction was deferred Wednesday because of an unscheduled meeting of the advisory council, an adviser said.

Commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman told reporters, after a meeting with communications adviser Ghulam Quadir and local government adviser Anwarul Iqbal, that another meeting scheduled with LDP also had to be postponed because of the cabinet meeting.

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Govt open to suggestions on diesel subsidy: CS Karim PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

The government will consider valid suggestions from any quarter on the diesel subsidy programme for small farmers that began Apr 14, adviser CS Karim said Wednesday, reports agency.

The agriculture adviser, at a seminar on the effects of diesel subsidy, said that the government had asked the authorities concerned to make lists of farmers receiving subsidies to be affixed in front of Union Parishad offices.

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Delwar demands exit of CEC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP factional leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain, disgruntled by the Election Commission's invitation to his rival faction, Wednesday demanded the resignation of the chief election commissioner.

Delwar told reporters on his NAM flat in the Sangsad Bhaban area that his faction would not take part in elections unless former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina were freed.

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Stocks end downbeat on profit taking PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Agency

Dhaka stocks ended downbeat Wednesday as investors locked in profits, while the country's twin bourses witnessed declines in trading volume and turnover.

"We dealt with selling orders of oil companies and major issues in banks, pharmaceuticals, cement and leather," an official with brokerage house Anchor Securities told bdnews24.com.

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High tariff hinders RMG exports to US market: trade analyst PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Agency

Bangladeshi garments face challenges entering the US market as high tariff is imposed on textile products from Asian and Middle Eastern countries, said a US trade policy analyst Wednesday.

Bangladesh recorded $3.4 billion in readymade garments exports last year, which could increase substantially if the US tariff structure was reviewed, said Edward Gresser, one of the directors of Progressive Policy Institute, a US-based nongovernmental organisation.

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Oil prices recede after surging close to $120 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

AFP, LONDON - Record-breaking oil prices fell on Wednesday after spiking near 120 dollars per barrel, as international concern mounted over soaring energy costs and the world's top producer appealed for calm.

Traders were also on tenterhooks ahead of the weekly US energy inventories report, which has the potential to push prices beyond the psychological barrier of 120 dollars.

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Dhaka can grab major share of global ship building market PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Staff Reporter

Banglar Shourav, a fuel- carrying mother tanker of the state-owned Bangladesh Shipping Corporation (BSC) and which was once abandoned as a scrap ship, has been made fully operational again in less than two years by a local private ship-building firm, reports agency.

The local firm, Karnaphuli Ship Builders Ltd (KSBL), has done the job under a Taka 23.25 crore repair agreement with the BSC on a “no cure no pay” basis, employing the local technology and manpower.

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