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EPR to be relaxed in poll areas from July 14 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government on Friday announced a relaxation of the ban on outdoor politics in four city corporations and nine municipalities ahead of local elections in those areas, to be held on August 4.

A government circular, issued on the heels of the Election Commission's announcement of the poll date, said the government had relaxed the ban on political processions, rallies and meetings for the convenience of the local government elections.
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Polls announcement impulsive, unconstitutional: Delwar PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain has termed the Election Commission's announcement of a local government election schedule "impulsive" and "unconstitutional", reports bdnews24.com.

Following the EC's announcement of the schedule, the party's acting office secretary Rizvi Ahmed told bdnews24.com: "The secretary general on behalf of the four-party alliance has rejected the announcement of the schedule."
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AL demands 'withdrawal' of local polls schedule PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Awami League has demanded the withdrawal of the schedule for elections to four city corporations and nine municipalities, announced by the Election Commission Friday.

Awami League acting president Zillur Rahman, speaking reporters at his residence after the EC's announcement, called the schedule a "farce".
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Train runs over cub reporter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

A goods train ran over a fourth year honours student of Dhaka University in Tejgaon on Friday, severing both his legs, reports bdnews24.com.

Saiful Islam, a student of mass communication and journalism, was immediately rushed to Dhaka Orthopaedic Hospital.
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CPB, WP react cautiously to EC polls schedule PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Communist Party of Bangladesh and Workers Party have reacted cautiously to the Election Commission's announced schedule for elections to four city corporations and nine municipalities.

The two leftist parties said they would decide on participation in the local polls after discussions.
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UK minister Shahid Malik leaves Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

The UK's junior minister for International Development Shahid Malik left Dhaka on Friday for Kathmandu, reports bdnews24.com.

The minister left for Nepal via New Delhi in the morning on a Jet Airways flight, William Arnall-Culliford, head of press and public affairs for the British High Commission in Dhaka, told bdnews24.com.
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3 giants complete footballer registrations PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Sports Correspondent

Three giants – Mohammedan Sporting Club, Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad – turned up Friday the closing day of the footballer transfers of the B. League, to complete formalities.

It was reported that Mohammedan and Brothers were going to form strong sides for the title race of the second edition professional football league and they proved it Friday, but it was all but uncertain for Muktijoddha to form a team this time.
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Oil prices rebound PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

AFP, LONDON - Oil prices rose on Friday as top officials prepared for a weekend meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah to discuss rocketing fuel costs which are contributing to slower economic growth globally.

Prices had fallen sharply Thursday after Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest producer, announced a production hike of 200,000 barrels per day.
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EPR relaxation a good sign: Bikalpadhara PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bikalpadhara Bangladesh president Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury has termed the relaxation of emergency powers rules in the four city corporation and nine municipality areas for a period leading up to local elections "a good sign", reports bdnews24.com

However, he added, it would be better if the state of emergency were completely withdrawn.
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OPEC hike unlikely at Jeddah emergency oil talks PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

REUTERS, JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Eight-cylinder luxury cars will rumble along Jeddah's highways guzzling cheap Saudi gasoline as energy powers hold emergency talks in the Red Sea port this weekend to brake the free-wheeling rise in oil prices.

Top exporter Saudi Arabia appears unlikely to orchestrate a hike in supplies from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), but the kingdom may formalize plans to raise its output to the fastest rate in decades.
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Inflation races higher, more steps to come PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Inflation shot above 11 percent in early June to a 13-year high following a rise in state-set fuel prices, rattling markets and prompting the finance minister to warn of stronger anti-inflation measures ahead.

Government bond yields jumped to their highest in nearly seven years after Friday's data and the finance minister's warning, while shares fell to their lowest in 2008 on concern that interest rates will move up.
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Food shortages worsen amid Argentine farm strike PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

REUTERS, BUENOS AIRES- Food shortages at Buenos Aires grocery stores deepened on Thursday as farmers kept up a protest over soy export taxes that has sparked a political crisis for President Cristina Fernandez.

Truckers and some farmers manning roadblocks have virtually paralyzed cargo traffic in key areas across the country for nearly a week, leaving trucks carrying food, milk and other goods stalled on highways.
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China asks for understanding on impact of growth PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK - Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan called on the United States on Thursday to resist protectionism and to understand that the challenges China faces in developing its economy will require time to sort out.

In a wide-ranging dinner speech to US financial executives, Wang underlined that China faces many contradictory problems that it is trying in earnest to work through, and called on other countries to cooperate and discuss issues of contention rather than resorting to adversarial tactics.
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Spy bill to shield phone companies from lawsuits PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - US telephone companies that took part in President George W Bush's warrantless domestic spying program could be shielded from billions of dollars in lawsuits under a electronic spy bill finalized on Thursday by congressional and White House negotiators.

Under the measure, federal courts would determine if the evidence supports protection of companies from civil liability.
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Harassment of a student leader alleged PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Staff Reporter

A student leader of Patiya is allegedly being threatened by opposition political men for his identity of a different party, according to sources.

Md. Kashem, son of Abdus Sabur of Kolagaon village under Patiya Sub-division is a talented student leader of Awami League in the area who participated on many occasions in different social activities including development of roads, organizing health and eye camps in the area and distribution of relief materials during disasters.

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UK minister says polls boycotters will suffer PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

UK's junior minister for international development Shahid Malik said Thursday BNP and the Awami League would suffer if they boycotted the upcoming general elections in December.

Malik said staying away from the democratic process was not the solution, and the political parties would be part of the problem if they did not take part in the election.
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Bangladesh looks to end offshore gas dispute with India, Myanmar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Bangladesh will ask India and Myanmar to hold rapid tripartite talks to end a dispute over offshore exploration of gas and oil in the Bay of Bengal.

Petrobangla has drafted and forwarded a letter to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry for review, before sending it to India and Myanmar via the foreign ministry.
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Govt finalises EPR 'amendment' for local polls PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government has finalised its 'amendment' of emergency powers rules to allow campaigning ahead of the local elections, an adviser said Thursday.

Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman told reporters: "Campaigning will be allowed in the applicable local poll areas from the day of announcement of the schedule to the day of voting."
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Govt-AL dialogue set for July 3 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

The government has set dialogue with the Awami League for July 3, a party leader said Thursday, reports bdnews24.com

Kazi Md Aminul Islam, secretary to the Chief Adviser's Office, has confirmed the schedule by phone to the party, acting AL general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam told reporters after a presidium meeting.
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OMS of rice resumes in September: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The open market sales of rice at subsidised prices will resume in September after procurement from the domestic market, finance and planning adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Thursday.

"Procurement and open-market sales cannot go simultaneously," Mirza Aziz told reporters after a meeting with six Asian Development Bank officials at the planning ministry.
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HC orders govt to act on water deal with India PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court Thursday ordered the government to explain why the concerned authorities were not being directed to take steps to ensure procurement of water from the Ganges in line with an agreement with India.

The court also ordered the government to take initiatives to reconsider the Ganges water sharing treaty through international forums, including the United Nations, according to international law and conventions.
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