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Response to reforms lukewarm: Adviser PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agency

The Regulatory Reforms Commission chairman, Akbar Ali Khan, on Saturday said he would make public the recommendations on reforms if the government failed to implement them.

He said people's responses to the need for reforms of the country's ancient rules and regulations are far from adequate. 'Responses are lukewarm,' Akbar said while inaugurating a new office of the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services at Karwan Bazar in Dhaka.

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Hasan says fate held him back PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Former chief justice KM Hasan has said that he was 'neutrally' prepared to head the caretaker administration in 2006, but his fate put him aside.

'I was neutrally prepared for taking over as chief adviser, but fate did not allow me to do so,' he told reporters on Saturday after a national advocacy meeting to stop acid attack and rape.

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'Draft laws for EC, SC secretariats at final stage' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agency

The interim government would set up separate secretariats for the Election Commission and the Supreme Court before general elections, law, justice and parliamentary affairs adviser AF Hassan Ariff said on Saturday.

'Work on drafting related laws is at the final stage. The draft will be finalised in 15 days from now and will be presented before the cabinet for approval,' he told reporters at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

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Pakistan says security tightened around nuclear facilities PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Rawalpindi

Pakistan said Saturday it had tightened security around all its nuclear facilities amid a surge in militant attacks in the country, but no specific threat had been made against the sites.

In a rare briefing to foreign media, retired Lieutenant General Khalid Kidwai rejected international fears Pakistan's weapons could fall into the wrong hands and warned against any foreign intervention over the issue.

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Iran advises UN restraint over nuclear sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Davos, Switzerland

Iran called Saturday on the UN Security Council to 'exercise restraint' when reviewing a package of marginally tougher sanctions next week over Tehran's contested nuclear programme.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran could 'not understand' why the new measures were being proposed before the UN's nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, makes its report on Tehran's nuclear activities in March.

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Protests greet Musharraf in Britain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . London

Some 40 protesters gathered outside prime minister Gordon Brown's Downing Street residence Saturday to condemn alleged human rights abuses by the Pakistani president, Pervez Musharraf, who is visiting Britain.

The demonstration, organised by human rights group Amnesty International, came ahead of a meeting between the two leaders at Downing Street Monday as part of the British leg of Musharraf's European tour.

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CA returns home PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, returned home Saturday evening after attending the World Economic Forum's annual meeting at Davos in Switzerland.

An Emirates Airlines flight, carrying the chief adviser and his entourage, landed at the Zia International Airport at 7:25pm.

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State of emergency to be eased gradually:CA PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

UNB, Davos, Switzerland

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, has said the state of emergency will be eased gradually, but political parties have certain responsibilities and they need to establish accountability through reforms.

'State of emergency will be relaxed gradually, but you know why time is needed for that.

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Investigation into Hajj mismanagement begins PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Biman Bangladesh Airlines, responsible for carrying Hajj pilgrims, concluded its Hajj flight on Friday. The last Hajj flight landed at Zia International Airport on Friday morning with 540 hajis from Jeddah.

There have been allegations that many Hajj pilgrims had to suffer a lot in Saudi Arabia because of mismanagement and irregularities by private operators and the Bangladesh authorities concerned.

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Govt's de-politicisation attempts deplored PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Politicians and academics at a dialogue on Saturday slated the government's de-politicisation attempts and said any election keeping the two top leaders behind bars would not be acceptable to people.

Citing the statement of the plaintiff of extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, most of the panellists at the Bangladesh Sanglap organised by the BBC Bangla service said it exposed the real face of the government.

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BJMC ' yes to workers' demands PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation has agreed to clear the layoff benefits of workers and pledged to arrange fund for reopening a jute mill shut down in September last year.

The assurances came Saturday at a meeting among BJMC officials, local administration, law enforcers, project heads and collective bargaining agent leaders of all the seven mills of the Khulna-Jessore region.

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Devotees left in trouble while returning from Ijtema PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

United News of Bangladesh . Gazipur

Thousands of devotees faced a lot of trouble in returning home due to inclement weather and lack of transports following sudden conclusion of Biswa Ijtema at Tongi on Friday.

About 50,000 devotees remained stranded at Ijtema ground till Saturday evening.

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Indonesia's Suharto dead PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

JAKARTA, Reuters- Former president Suharto, hailed as the father of development by some Indonesians during his 32 years in power and accused of corruption and rights abuses by others, died on Sunday after suffering multiple organ failure.

He was 86. He died in hospital after lapsing into a coma.

"On behalf of the nation, the people and the government, and in my personal capacity, I extend condolences," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a statement.

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DCC starts anti-mosquito crash programme PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka City Corporation has started a 16-day crash programme to relieve the city dwellers of mosquito menace, which has intensified over the last one month.

The chief entomologist of the corporation, Nasim-us Seraj, said they had started the crash programme on January 22 and it would continue till February 6.

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Inoperative generators in Barisal hospitals worsen patients' woes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Our Correspondents

Generators in Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, Sadar Hospital and all the upazila health complexes in Barisal have been remaining either out of order or unutilised for a long time adding to the woes of the patients.

Non-allocation of budget for fuel is leaving the generators unutilised while the same reason prompts the authorities not to repair the out of order ones, sources in the hospital said.

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Trial of war criminals demanded PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Our Correspondent

Freedom fighters of Barisal division on Saturday demanded trial of war criminals.

At an exchange of views with journalists at the Barisal Reporters Unity, they also condemned the political governments for their inaction in this regard.

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Cases of cheating Army HQ alerts all to be aware PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A few cases of cheating in the name of senior army officials have come to the knowledge of the Army Headquarters, an ISPR press release said on Saturday.

An organised group of cheats have been engaged in extracting financial and other benefits illegally over telephone identifying themselves as army officials or their family members, it said.

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Razzak says people confused about next polls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League presidium member Abdur Razzak on Saturday said that the people of the country were confused about the holding and credibility of next general elections.

He urged the government to keep its pledge to hold the polls as per the announced roadmap before the people lose their patience. 'People have confusion over holding of the next election.

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Human chain on World Social Movement Day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh chapter of World March of Women, an international feminist action forum, formed a human chain on the Manik Mia Avenue in Dhaka on Saturday to mark World Social Movement Day.

The theme of this year's campaign was to stop further violence against women.

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Sharapova wins Australian Open PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Russian fifth seed Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open final against fourth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-3 Saturday, claiming her third Grand Slam title. Sharapova, a losing finalist here last year, adds the Australian title to the Wimbledon crown she won in 2004 and her 2006 US Open.

Ivanovic battled gamely but Sharapova's powerful serve ultimately proved the difference in a 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) cauldron at the Rod Laver Arena, winning in one hour 31 minutes.

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BCB increases grants for clubs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

In a bid to boost the Dhaka cricket the Bangladesh Cricket Board declared an enhanced grant and prize money for the Dhaka-based cricket clubs on Saturday.

Considering the fact that the Dhaka league is the lifeblood of the majority of cricketers of the country, the Board increased the grant for each club over three-fold than the last year's amount.

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