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Hannan says he holds BNP steering now PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

BNP leader Brig (rtd) Hannan Shah said he is holding the steering of the party and assured the party activists of securing early release of chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, reports UNB.

He had a meeting at Gazni Abokash Kendra of Jhenigati, which was attended by leaders and activists from two upazilas. Shah avoided newsmen saying it is personal visit.

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UAE to set up nuclear agency PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The United Arab Emirates will set up an agency to assess and develop a civilian nuclear energy programme for the oil-rich Gulf state, local newspapers reported on Saturday, reports AFP.

The Emirati cabinet authorised the creation of the Nuclear Energy Authority which will have “the mandate to evaluate and develop a peaceful nuclear energy programme in line with the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” Gulf News quoted the official WAM news agency as saying.

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Farmer killed in BSF firing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Kurigram, Mar 24: A Bangladeshi farmer was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Fulbari border in the district Monday morning, reports UNB.

The dead was identified as Hydul Islam, 30.

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‘FTA with India needs more study’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman Monday said Bangladesh would study the outcomes of Sri Lanka and Nepal’s bilateral trade deals with India signed undercover of free trade agreements (FTA), reports UNB.

“We believe, we’re not each other’s competitors in regional trade, but we need more discussions and study...We should see first how the Nepal and Sri Lanka’s agreements with India work and benefit them,” he told a regional seminar on regional trade at Brac INN auditorium in the city.

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Iran behind green zone attack, claims US PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The most senior US general in Iraq has said he has evidence that Iran was behind Sunday''s bombardment of Baghdad''s heavily fortified Green Zone, reports BBC.

Gen David Petraeus told the BBC he thought Tehran had trained, equipped and funded insurgents who fired the barrage of mortars and rockets. He said Iran was adding what he described as "lethal accelerants" to a very combustible mix.

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Tourism Act by Oct PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The government will enact a modern tourism act by October next and privatise the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) , reports agency.

Two committees comprising representatives from the government and the BPC have already been formed in this regard, new- appointed Chairman of the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) Shafiqul Alam Mehdi said this Monday while briefing the journalists at the BPC office in the city.

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World TB Day observed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

World Tuberculosis Day was observed in the country Monday as elsewhere across the globe with a call for all to join the fight against the contagious disease, reports UNB.

The theme of this year’s World TB Day 2008 is: ‘I am stopping TB’, meaning tuberculosis is a concern for all and all can help stop it.

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‘Dhaka can be beacon to tackle climate change’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury Monday said climate change has become a very prominent feature of the UK’s engagement with Bangladesh, reports UNB.

“We are committed to putting developing countries at the heart of the world’s response to climate change,” he said, adding, “We see the compelling case for action in Bangladesh.

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IOs urged to disseminate info about dev activities properly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Secretary of the Information Ministry Jamil Osman Monday urged the information officials to develop their professional skills for disseminating information about government policies and development activities among people in a coordinated manner, reports agency.

“The job and responsibility of the information officials are immense,” Jamil said while addressing an inaugural function of a two-week training programme for the information officials at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) in the city.

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Ctg District Admn progm on Shaheed Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The Chittagong District Administration has chalked out elaborate programs to observe Shaheed Day or Independence Day today, says a press release.

The programmes include gun salutes for twenty one times at 12.01 hours (night )of March 25 ’08 and placing of wreaths at central Shaheed Minar.

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On strict observance of traffic rules PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The incidents of road accidents have of late been on rise. These claim some 1.2 million people annually across the world. It is much more shocking that as high as 85 percent of the accidents occur in developing countries like Bangladesh. Road mishap is a very dangerous peril of our country. Newspapers and TV channels almost daily cover incidents of road mishaps killing and injuring many people. Many of the survivors become permanently disable.

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Govt to privatise tourism sector PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The government has decided to turn Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation into National Tourism Authority by December next for better exploitation of the potentials of the country’s tourism sector, reports UNB.

The National Tourism Authority will be set up through the enactment of Tourism Act by the end of the year as the government now looks for complete privatisation of the prospective sector.

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Iran inflation keeps pressure on Ahmadinejad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Ali Daryani is embarrassed at the inflationary pain he is passing on to his customers, reports Reuters. “Sometimes we have to change the price stickers three times a day because of inflation,” the 42-year-old Tehran grocer said.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad survived this month’s parliamentary election without a big blow to his prestige, even if his core support base among a broad conservative camp shrank.

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China to help Pakistan build hydro-electric project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Pakistan is expected to conclude soon reinsurance deals with a Chinese consortium for the strategically important Neelam-Jhelum hydro-electric project being built by it at a cost of USD 1.5 billion in Pakistan- Occupied Kashmir (POK), over which India has voiced concerns, reports PTI.

“The talks are in very advanced stages and close of the deal is expected by April end or early May,” a senior executive of Adamjee Insurance Company, Pakistan-based insurer, who is tying up the deals, told PTI.

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India woos Africa for resources PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

India is wooing oil and mineral- rich Africa, seeking to match the clout enjoyed by China, as it seeks to fuel its energy-hungry economy and boost its global profile, analysts say, reports AFP.

India’s overtures to the continent include a business meeting in New Delhi last week where Indian businessmen mingled with delegates from 33 African nations to discuss potential deals worth 10 billion dollars.

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Green cars boost Thai auto industry PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Incentives from the Thai government to encourage automakers to produce fuel-efficient “eco-cars” have yielded a raft of major investments and started to change how Thais drive, experts say, reports AFP.

Tax breaks for automakers and car buyers were unveiled last year, as the government worried that Thailand’s position as the world’s biggest maker of light pickups might not be enough to guarantee the future of its auto industry.
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Cross-strait flows to gather pace after Taiwan poll PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The flow of tourists, trade and capital between Taiwan and China is set to shift into higher gear after the opposition’s presidential win yesterday, with a slew of cross-strait investment and travel curbs expected to ease, reports Reuters.

Taiwan president-elect Ma Ying-jeou of the more China- friendly Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), has pledged to boost business ties with rival China to jumpstart the economy of the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own.

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Malaysian minister says price controls a joke PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Malaysia’s price-control system which is designed to suppress the cost of essential goods is “a joke”, the new domestic trade minister said according to a report, reports AFP.

Anger over rising prices of food and fuel were a key issue in general elections earlier this month, and one of the factors credited with the ruling coalition’s worst performance in its half-century history.

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Govt should not act like businessmen: Akbar Ali PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Agency

The government should act as the custodian of the people, rather than acting like "businessmen", Regulatory Reforms Commission chairman Akbar Ali Khan said Monday.

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Politics heats up ahead of independence anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Reuters, DHAKA - Political parties largely silenced by a state of emergency are now sounding a chorus of demands for release of detained leaders as Bangladesh prepares to mark its independence anniversary this week.

At least one party threatens demonstrations

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200,000 fowl killed to stop bird flu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Reuters, Dhaka

Authorities in Bangladesh said on Monday they have culled more than 200,000 chickens at different farms over the last two weeks over suspected bird flu outbreaks, although the disease had begun subsiding across the country.

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