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Liberation War veterans of India to arrive Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Agencies

A visiting delegation of Liberation War veterans of India is set to arrive in Dhaka Tuesday, the Bangladesh army announced. The team of Indian veterans was invited by Bangladesh chief of army staff Gen Moeen U Ahmed.

The ten-member delegation, led by Lt Gen (retd) JFR Jacob of the Indian Army, will visit Bangladesh on the occasion of the 37th Independence Day from Mar 25-31, the Inter Services Public Relations Directorate said.

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Iftekhar calls for strong leadership to combat climate change PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Tuesday stressed the need for a strong leadership to face the challenges of world climate change, and combat natural disasters together keeping the issue above politics.

Speaking at the opening session of Bangladesh-UK Climate Change Conference at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, Iftekhar said Bangladesh was working for mitigating the fallout from natural disasters and for adaptation.

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Muktijoddha Gano Parishad honours martyred border guards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

March 25 should be the officially declared as 'Genocide Day', said participants of a programme Tuesday, in honour of the liberation role of East Pakistan Rifles, now Bangladesh Rifles.

The programme was organised by Muktijoddha Gano Parishad at the martyrs' altar of BDR headquarters. Freedom fighter Maj Gen (retd) Amin Ahmed Chowdhury recalled the night of March 25, 1971: "About 150 EPR members became martyrs on that night alone." "During the nine-month long liberation war, about 14,000 EPR members were killed. Their contribution in the liberation war is immense."

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Members of German parliament to visit Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Agency

A six-member delegation of Germany's parliament will arrive in Dhaka on March 26, to discuss development issues and the political situation ahead of the upcoming elections, the German embassy said in a statement Tuesday.

The Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, headed by lawmaker Thilo Hoppe, will spend four days in the country.

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Oil prices keep above 101 dollars per barrel PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

AFP, LONDON - World oil prices edged upwards on Tuesday, holding above 101 dollars a barrel on concerns over the outlook for demand in the United States, key energy consumer, dealers said.

New York's main oil contract, light sweet crude for delivery in May, won 20 cents to 101.06 dollars per barrel.

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US Dollar Down, Gold Up PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell Tuesday morning against other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices rose.

The euro rose to $1.5570 from $1.5418 late Monday in New York.

Other dollar rates compared with late rates Monday included: 100.47 Japanese yen, down from 101.01; 1.0118 Swiss francs, down from 1.0213, and 1.0161 Canadian dollars, down from 1.0184.

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Bangladeshi tourists flock to Singapore PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Agency

The island nation of Singapore has seen an explosion in the number of Bangladeshi tourists in recent years, said a visiting tourism official from the city state Tuesday.

With an 85 percent increase in tourists from Bangladesh from 2004 to 2007, the Singaporean government is keen to encourage the trend.

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Heavy buying drives stocks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Agency

Stocks closed upbeat Tuesday, driven by heavy buying by investors into different sectors, mainly banks, after a period of profit-taking.

Several brokerage houses told bdnews24.com that their clients, particularly the banks, had spent freely throughout the day.

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Market opens down slightly after home price data PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reuters, NEW YORK - US stocks edged lower at the opening on Tuesday after data showing US home prices slumped in January, adding to worries about housing sector weakness.

The Dow Jones industrial average dipped 18.40 points, or 0.15 percent, at 12,530.24.

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Muggers make off with Tk 3.5 lakh cash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Three muggers shot a businessman in Dhanmondi Tuesday and made off with Tk 3.5 lakh, police said. The injured scrap dealer, 35 year-old Md Yusuf, son of Abed Ali Mollah, is a resident of Mohammadpur.

Sub-inspector of Dhanmondi Police Station Mostafizur Rahman said police rescued the wounded Yusuf from the spot and rushed him to Samarita Hospital.

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Proceedings of MiG-29 case to resume Apr 9 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court will resume proceedings against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and five others on April 9 in a graft case involving the purchase of MiG-29 fighter planes.

Judge Golam Mortuza Mojumder, of the Special Divisional Judges' Court, on Tuesday ordered the accused to appear before the court that day.

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Sri Lanka gain 196-run lead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Guyana, 4th day

Cricinfo

West Indies' last wicket-pair of Jerome Taylor and Daren Powell played out 35 balls on day four to avert the follow-on but Sri Lanka still claimed a 196-run lead.

Having bowled the hosts out for 280, Sri Lanka's batsmen have a short break before approaching the task of effectively shutting out the opposition once and for all.

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Judge upholds Spears conservatorship PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

LOS ANGELES - A state appeals court has dismissed a lawyer's challenge to the order that gives Britney Spears' father control over much of her life.

Attorney Jon Eardley, who claimed to represent the 26-year-old pop star, filed an appeal March 11 challenging a court decision that made James Spears a co-conservator of his daughter's estate.

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Appeal hearing on HC verdict referred to CJ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

5th amendment

A three-member appellate bench of the Supreme Court on Monday referred to the Chief Justice for ordering the crucial hearing in a bigger bench on government appeal against the High Court judgment proscribing the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, reports UNB.

When the long-pending government appeal came up for hearing, the bench, headed by Justice M Fazlul Karim, suo moto passed the order of referral of the appeal hearing that involves important constitutional interpretations, as the Fifth Amendment had ratified regimes since the August 15, 1975 changeover till April 9, 1979.

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HC sets Apr 10 for judgment on the case PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

BNP leadership

The High Court set April 10 for pronouncing its judgment on the much-debated writ of detained BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging validity of the Election Commission invitation to her party''s reformist faction for dialogue on electoral reforms, reports UNB.

A division bench comprising Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Mamnoon Rahman passed the order Monday fixing the date for the verdict, following hearings on extensive submissions from both sides.

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New FBCCI chief vows to boost business PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Lack of confidence among the businesspeople is still there although the situation has slightly improved following various steps of the government, said newly elected FBCCI president Annisul Huq, reports UNB.

"Lack of confidence still there among the businessmen, although the situation has improved a little bit as the government has taken various steps in this regard," he said.

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Import more, make less profit: BDR DG PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

BDR Director General Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed Monday urged the business leaders to import more and make profit less as a measure to help contain the spiraling prices, reports UNB.

"Though the food prices are high on the international market, but the prices in Bangladesh much higher compared to that. It cannot be allowed to go. But we don''t want to interfere, you should take immediate steps in this regard," he told the business leaders.

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Saifur vows to free party from hostage of individual PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Reformist faction leader of BNP Saifur Rahman pledged to free the party from the bondage of any individual to make it democratic, reports UNB.

"We are in a process of making the party absolutely democratic where no individual can keep it hostage," Saifur told a discussion meeting without naming anyone.

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Chargesheet against Tarique soon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Wealth statement

The Anti-Corruption Commission is finally going to submit charge sheet in the case against detained BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman very soon for concealing his wealth information and amassing wealth that do not match his known sources of income, reports UNB.

"The process of submission of charge sheet in the case against Tarique Rahman is at the final stage. We can assume that the charge sheet will be submitted very soon," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal told a Commission''s regular briefing Monday. Replying to a question, he said, "The charge sheet can be submitted any time, any day."

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NEC approves revised ADP of Tk 22,500cr PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The National Economic Council Monday revised down the Annual Development Programme (ADP) by Tk 4,000 crore to Tk 22,500 crore for the fiscal year 2007-08, giving a focus on five important sectors with 72 percent allocations, reports UNB.

Earlier, a meeting of the ECNEC also approved eight development projects involving Tk 2,873 crore, including Tk 706 crore in project aid.

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Investigation against Khaleda, 16 others on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Barapukuria graft case

The Anti-Corruption Commission Monday said investigation into the Barapukuria graft case, filed against detained former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and 16 others on February 26, is going on, reports UNB.

"The investigation into the case is on. The IO is examining the related files and documents and trying to gather evidences in favour of the allegations," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal said in the Commission''s regular briefing.

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