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Obama to turn campaign focus back to economy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, CHICAGO- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will convene an all-star panel of advisers on Monday as he shifts his campaign focus from world affairs to the top issue for American voters -- the faltering US economy.

Hitting the campaign trail again after a weeklong foreign trip, Obama travels to Washington to meet with a star-studded panel that includes billionaire investor Warren Buffett, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and Google chairman Eric Schmidt.
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HC grants bail to Mannan, Shamsul, Mosharraf, Pintu, Simon PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court Monday granted bail to the former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, BNP standing committee member M Shamsul Islam, Awami League leader engineer
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Hold natíl and local polls simultaneously or local polls later PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Amu urges govt

Desk Report

Awami League presidium member Amir Hossain Amu Monday urged the government to hold national and local government elections simultaneously or the local polls a few days after the national elections.

"People will not accept local elections ahead of the national polls," Amu said speaking as special guest at the seventh founding anniversary of Textile Engineers Association at the Diploma Engineers Institute auditorium.
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Efforts on to defuse labour tension in Kuwait PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Demand for higher wages, better working conditions

Staff Correspondent

Foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Monday called the Kuwaiti ambassador in Dhaka to the foreign ministry and sought his government's support in resolving the problems of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait.

The adviser and Kuwaiti ambassador Abdullatif Ali Al-Mawash held talks, as thousands of Bangladeshi workers went on strike in Kuwait demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
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Dengue attacked 84 in July: DCC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Some 84 people have been afflicted with the dengue virus in the first 27 days of July, Dhaka City Corporation chief executive officer Md Alauddin said Monday, reports bdnews24.com

Of them, 54 got admitted to hospital. The number of the affected people reached 106 this year. "There have not been fatalities this year," Alauddin said at a discussion on dengue and public awareness, held at the DCC auditorium.
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Kapoor pays homage to Armed Forces martyrs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Desk Report

Indian army chief Deepak Kapoor Monday laid wreaths at Shikha Anirban to pay tributes to the Armed Forces members martyred during the Liberation War, the Inter-service Public Relations Directorate said in a statement.

General Kapoor went to Senakunja where a smart army contingent offered him a guard of honour. He also planted a sapling there.
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Adviser sees 'early' talks with BNP PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Communications adviser Ghulam Quader who is involved in the dialogue process has expressed hoped about former minister Khaleda Zia's release and an early dialogue with the BNP, reports bdnews24.com.

The adviser, however, could not say anything about a specific timeframe for solving the two issues.
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WARPO gets new DG PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Agency

Jalaluddin Md Abdul Hye has joined the Water Resources Planning Organisation as new director general, WARPO said in a statement Monday.

Hye replaces M Inamul Haque who has been transferred to the Water Development Board as additional director general (planning).
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ACC to serve notice on Goyeshwar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Wealth statement

Desk Report

The Anticorruption Commission will ask BNP joint secretary general Goyeshwar Chandra Roy to submit a wealth statement to the graft watchdog, an official said Monday.

"After completion of all procedure, the ACC will send a notice to Goyeshwar in a day or two," said ACC director general (administration) Col Hanif Iqbal in a news briefing.
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Stocks finish lower on sell-offs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bdnews24.com

Stocks closed down Monday as investors were engaged in sell-offs for profit-taking.

A selling spree led indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange to finish lower after gaining for the last three trading days.
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Banana row boosts progress PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

WTO talks

Desk Report

Talks to rescue a global trade deal got another boost on Sunday with progress towards settling a row over bananas and other long-standing disputes, but concerns grew about China's openness to imports.

"There is very substantial progress on bananas" said Peter Power, a spokesman for EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson after a seventh day of painstaking negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
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SL troops kill 30 Tamil Tiger rebels PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO- Sri Lankan troops killed 30 Tamil Tiger rebels in renewed fighting in the north of the island, officials said on Monday, as security was tightened in the capital ahead of a regional summit.

The government has dismissed a declaration by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of a unilateral ceasefire from July 26 to August 4 as a goodwill gesture for a summit of South Asian countries.
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Suicide bombers kill 50 in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Nearly 250 wounded

REUTERS, BAGHDAD- Three female suicide bombers killed 28 people and wounded 92 when they blew themselves up among Shi'ites walking through the streets of Baghdad on a religious pilgrimage on Monday, Iraqi police said.

In the northern oil city of Kirkuk a suicide bomber killed 22 people and wounded 150 at a protest against a disputed local elections law, Iraqi health and security officials said.
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Dollar lower against the euro PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

AP, BERLIN  -- The dollar fell against the 15-nation euro Monday despite a report showing consumer confidence falling to a more-than five-year low in Germany, Europe's largest economy.

The euro bought $1.5709 in early European trading, up from $1.5678 late in Europe on Friday. The British pound was static at $1.9876 compared to $1.9875 on Friday, while the dollar fell to purchase 107.72 Japanese yen from 107.83 yen at the end of last week.
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Rifles, Police win in office handball PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Police won their respective matches in the Design Zone 2nd Office Handball League at the Handball ground adjacent to Bangabandhu National Stadium Monday, reports agency.

Bangladesh Rifles recorded a convincing 39-16 win over Bangladesh Jail after leading the first half 18-5. Selim and Rabiul scored 11 and eight goals for the winners while Habib netted four for the losers.
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India detains 30 in bombings that killed 45 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

AP, AHMADABAD, India - Authorities scoured a western Indian city Sunday for those behind a series of bombings that killed at least 45 people, reportedly rounding up more than two dozen residents. It was the second series of blasts in India in two days.

A little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Sir Alex praises South Africa PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Soccerway

Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to praise South Africa and its people after Manchester United’s successful tour of the country.

Speaking shortly before their departure for Nigeria where are due to play Portsmouth in a friendly there, he gave South Africa his blessing for the World Cup in 2010.
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Keegan makes Barton pledge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Second chance for imprisoned midfielder

Sky Sports

Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan has reiterated his support for Joey Barton as the midfielder prepares to leave prison.

Reports suggest the 25-year-old could be released from jail on 13th August after serving a six-month sentence for assault and affray.
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United boss unconcerned by Beckham comparisons PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Sky Sports

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists Cristiano Ronaldo can handle his new-found high-profile lifestyle.

The Portuguese wing ace has been at the centre of this summer's biggest transfer saga as Real Madrid attempt to lure him away from Old Trafford.
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Aston Villa 1-0 Odense PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Aston Villa booked a spot in the final Uefa Cup qualifying round with a win over Odense but the match was marred by a serious injury to Wilfred Bouma, reports BBC.

The Dutch defender suffered a dislocated ankle early in a match that Villa won thanks to a second-half strike from Ashley Young.
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We cannot force teams to play in Champions Trophy : ICC PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, KARACHI- The International Cricket Council (ICC) cannot force teams to play in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September, chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Friday.

"All we can do is make them (the players) confident about the measures taken in regard to safety and security and on that basis hope they participate," Lorgat said in a statement.
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