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Plea to increase food production PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser for ministries of Social Welfare and Post and Telecommunications Brig Gen (retd) MA Malek stressed the need for taking steps to encourage farmers in boosting production of foodgrains, reports agency.

The special assistant said, “The global scenario now demands increased domestic production of foodgrains to meet the requirements.”

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Body formed to probe price hike of MS rod PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

A seven-member probe committee headed by the secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works has been formed to investigate the causes of abnormal price hike of the MS rod, reports agency.

The committee was asked to submit its report by April 30 next after finding out the causes of the price hike, identifying problems and making recommendations, an official handout said in the city on Tuesday.

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Tamim for establishing ICT-based tourism PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Professor Dr M Tamim underlined the need for establishing ICT and internet-based tourism to flourish the sector, reports agency.

It is possible to make the tourism sector more attractive, cost-effective and profitable by providing services and information through ICT and internet, he said while inaugurating an international seminar at Islamic University of Technology (IUT) at Gazipur, an official handout said here.

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‘Ban on rice, wheat futures trading should continue’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Despite acknowledging the fact that there is little evidence to link the price rise to futures trading, Avijit Sen panel has taken the safe route on the politically sensitive issue, and maintanied that freeze on futures trading of rice, wheat, urad and tur should continue, report agencies.

The draft recommendation of the panel shows its sensitivity to the perception among the political class that futures in food articles have been a major factor behind the current price spiral.

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Pakistan largest ADB borrower in 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Pakistan was the largest borrower of Asian Development Bank in 2007 with $2 billion, or 20 per cent of the total loans the bank extended last year, says ADB’s annual report for 2007 released on Monday, reports agencies.

Lending to Pakistan targeted greater inclusivensss and access to financial services, policy reforms for capital market development and improved government efficiency.

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Pakistan FDI dips 21pc, inflation up to 9.5 pc PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Foreign investment fell by 21 per cent in the last nine months, but the most important factor was the dominance of services sector which remained over 60 per cent of the total foreign direct investment (FDI), State Bank data showed on Monday, report agencies.

Analysts said that domination of services sector in foreign inflows means less-productive activities and higher outflows. Despite a troubled year, the country received Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the tune of $2.905 billion (without privatisation proceeds) during July-March 2008, which was 21 per cent less than the corresponding year of last year. The services sector contribution was about $1.743 billion.

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ECB has room to cut lending rates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

The European Central Bank has room to cut its main lending rate later this year, a director of the International Monetary Fund said Monday, reports AFP.

“We don’t say cut now,” tempered Michael Deppler during a press conference at the ECB’s headquarters that coincided with the release of a report on the consequences of the financial crisis in Europe.

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Biodiversity loss will lead to sick world: experts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

AFP, SINGAPORE - The world risks wiping out a new generation of antibiotics and cures for diseases if it fails to reverse the extinction of thousands of plant and animal species, experts warned Wednesday.

Biodiversity loss has reached alarming levels, and disappearing with it are the secrets to finding treatments for pain,

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Chelsea's hopes boosted after last-minute goal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

AFP, LIVERPOOL - Avram Grant believes Chelsea are in pole position to reach their first Champions League final after his side escaped with a fortunate 1-1 draw in the semi-final first leg against Liverpool.

Grant has made an art-form out of hiding his emotions since succeeding Jose Mourinho in September,

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Stalemated Democratic race enters final stretch PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - Democrats braced for weeks more of bitter fighting Wednesday after Hillary Clinton scored a solid win over Barack Obama in Pennsylvania's presidential primary, keeping her fragile White House hopes alive.

The former first lady claimed a groundswell of new support, with three million dollars in fresh campaign cash

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Call for unity govt in Zimbabwe as Mugabe wins first recount PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

AFP, HARARE - A unity government led by President Robert Mugabe may be the best way to break Zimbabwe's post-election deadlock, state media said Wednesday, as the first result from a recount of votes was declared.

While Mugabe's ZANU-PF party triumphed in the first of 23 constituencies holding a recount from the March 29 polls, the state-run Herald newspaper said it was clear no side would win a majority in the presidential election and the best way forward therefore was to form a government of national unity.

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President orders to uphold country’s interest PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Meeting on Demarcation of maritime boundary

A high-level meeting on demarcation of the country''s maritime boundary was held Tuesday at Bangabhaban in the presence of President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, underlining the urgency of resolving the outstanding issues with the neighbors, reports UNB.

The meeting discussed different issues of demarcation of the country''s territorial waters with the neighboring countries under the UN Clause-III 1982.

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UN accepts Dhaka’s proposal to form task force on food crisis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban ki Moon has accepted Bangladesh proposal for forming a Task Force to address the current global food crisis, particularly as rice shortages triggered a stir, reports UNB.

The proposal, placed by Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury during the current UNCTAD XII session in the Ghanaian capital, was enthusiastically received by the attending delegations.

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Trial process must be transparent PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 April 2008

The allegation of executive’s interference in the judicial process of Sheikh Hasina is unfortunate. Before the judge of the special court now trying the former PM Barrister Shafique Ahmed, a former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, alleged that lawyers of Hasina were allegedly summoned and were asked not to make their court submissions lengthy or talk to the media. I may have to face the same music some day, he said.

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Sao Paulo flee dressing-room after spray scare PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Brazilian champions Sao Paulo were forced to flee their dressing-room at halftime after it filled with an unidentified spray during their match away to Palmeiras on Sunday, reports Reuters.

A 15-minute blackout at the Parque Antartica stadium also marred the Paulista championship semi-final second leg match, which Palmeiras won 2-0.
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River suffer first defeat, Estudiantes draw level PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
River Plate slumped to their first defeat of this year’s Clausura championship when they were beaten 2-1 by midtable Rosario Central on Sunday, reports Reuters.

Estudiantes took advantage of River’s slip to pull level on points at the top of the standings by drawing 1-1 away at Tigre.
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GP-BCB Academy suffers big defeat to Pak Academy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Two unbeaten centuries from top order Ahmed Shezad and Khalid Latif enabled Pakistan Academy team to thrash GP-BCB Academy team by eight wickets in the last return league match of the GrameePhone Academy Cup at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Ruhul Amin Stadium in Chittagong Monday, reports UNB.
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Bangladesh cricket team return home PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
After a disappointing performance in the five-match ODI series and also in the twenty20 International, Bangladesh national cricket team returned home on Monday afternoon from Karachi, reports UNB.

During the Pakistan tour, the Bengal tigers had a scope to bury the recent memory of their wretched performances against the world’s top-ranked teams.
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Usha playing 3-3 goals draw with Abahani PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Coming from 3-0 down, Usha KC forced Abahani Limited to a 3-3 draw to reach the semi-final of the BRAC Bank Club Cup Hockey tournament with unbeaten run at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium on Monday, reports UNB.

With the day’s draw, both teams secured 10 points, but the old Dhaka outfit, Usha KC, emerged group champions by virtue of better goal difference.
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Liverpool wary of Chelsea Champions League backlash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Liverpool wary of Chelsea Champions League backlashAFP, LONDON - Liverpool's Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea will be desperate for revenge when battle commences at Anfield on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-finals.

The two English Premier League sides clash at the last four stage for the third time in four years, Liverpool having triumphed on both previous occasions in extremely close and controversial encounters.
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Number of Gibbons now stands at 300 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Bangladesh has lost ninety percent of its Hoolock Gibbons reserve in last 20 years, reducing the estimated total only to an endangered mere 300 from a big stock of 3,000 in lush green forests of greater Sylhet, Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts, reports agency.

“The loss of the wildlife was caused mainly from deforestation and habitat losses,” Professor Mohammad Anwarul Islam, chief executive of Bangladesh Wildlife Trust, told BSS in an interview Monday.
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