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Postal deptt suffers losses of Tk 150 crore PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Out of 16,879 posts in the Postal Department 2,787 posts are lying vacant for a long time having its ramifications on the services of this department, reports agency.

The department has suffered losses of Taka 150 crore last year, authoritative sources said Monday.
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Climate change, food security twin concerns of dev world PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told the Ministers of the Group of 77 and China Sunday that climate change and food security were the twin concerns that confront the developing world today in crisis proportions, reports agency.

He was addressing a Ministerial Meeting of G-77 taking place in Accra during the UNCTAD XII Conference, according to a message received in Dhaka from Accra (Ghana).
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BMDA implements Barind integrated area dev project PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has been executing a project to improve the socio-economic condition of people living in the vast of tract of Barind area, reports agency.

Official sources said the five-year “Barind Integrated Area Development Project (phase-3)” is being implemented in all the 25 upazilas under Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts that began in July 2007.
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Change of office timing suggested to save power PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Discussants at a roundtable on ‘power crisis in business and industries during the peak summer’ emphasized the need for changing the office timetable to 8 am to 2 pm to save more electricity for using during the evening peak hours, reports agency.

“ We can save 350 MW at Dhaka and Chittagong daily to put it to households or industry during peak hours,” said Engineer BD Rahmatullah of Rural Electrification Board taking part in the discussion.
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Tongi peaking power plant shut down PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
The 80-MW Tongi peaking power plant was shut down (Monday) following a sharp rise in gas booster temperature, worsening the power supply situation in an around the city, reports UNB.

Sources said the power plant was shut down at about 6pm.
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Citizen charter of police published PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Bangladesh police has published a citizen charter to reach and ensure its services to the people, reports UNB.

The citizen charter of police gave details covering a total of 21 areas that include services provided by police, time of services, and complaint against police and its settlement.
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2 killed in gas cylinder blast in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Staff Reporter
Two workers of a ship breaking firm were killed in gas cylinder explosion while breaking ship at Shitalpur in Sitakundu upazila here Sunday night.

Police said gas cylinder of a foreign ship exploded when the workers of Namrin Ship Breaking yard were breaking it about 10pm on Sunday leaving Abdul Zahed and Abdur Razzak, 27, dead on the spot.
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Energy deal on agenda for Ahmadinejad India visit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Iran''s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will stop in New Delhi next week on a brief "working visit" to be topped by talks on two multi-billion dollar energy deals, an official said Monday, reports AFP.

Ahmadinejad will arrive here on April 29 after a two-day state visit to India''s southern neighbour Sri Lanka, and leave later that day, the foreign ministry official said.
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Nepal's king won''t go into exile PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Nepal''s King Gyanendra on Monday angrily denied speculation he will be heading into exile following a victory by former Maoist rebels in landmark elections, reports AFP.

A statement from the royal palace rejected what it said were "malicious reports appearing in sections of the national and international media in recent days against the royal palace."
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Top UN nuclear official in Iran for talks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
A top UN nuclear official was greeted by a furious personal attack from a hardline Iranian daily as he arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks about claims Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, reports AFP.

Olli Heinonen, the International Atomic Energy Agency''s (IAEA) deputy director general, is to hold talks over allegations Iran may have been studying how to make a nuclear weapon, the Vienna-based watchdog has said.
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3.2cr tonnes of rice needed for food security in next FY PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Experts at a dialogue here Monday said Bangladesh needs to set a target to produce some 3.2 crore tons of rice for fiscal 2008-09 to ensure its food security, reports UNB.

Addressing the dialogue, Food Adviser AMM Shawkat Ali and Agriculture Adviser Dr CS Karim said it is possible to achieve
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Chargesheets against Khaleda, Hasina in Niko case soon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
The Anti-Corruption Commission is going to submit charge sheets very soon in the two Niko graft cases filed against detained former Prime Ministers Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Hasina and others, reports UNB.

"Charge sheets in the Niko cases are at the final stage. The charge sheets will be submitted very soon," ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal told journalists at the Commission''s regular briefing.
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Gas import from Myanmar, Qatar to be too costly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Chief Adviser''s Special Assistant for Power and Energy Ministry Dr M Tamim Monday said there should be a quick decision on coal sector development for the sake of the country''s future energy security, reports UNB.

"We can''t wait...whatever the decision is it has to be taken very fast in a transparent and accountable manner," he said at a seminar, ''Mining and Community Livelihood in Bangladesh'', organised by Petrobangla at its auditorium.
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Police find early lead to the killing of writer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Agency
The police Monday cited demand for money as an early lead to the killing of writer Momena Ahmed, the widow of a Dhaka University teacher.

The 65-year-old writer, the wife of the late chairman of Dhaka University's Applied Physics Department Sultan Ahmed, was knifed to death at her Dhanmondi home Monday.
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Asia food export curbs an over-reaction: ADB PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Reuters, Singapore- Asian governments are over-reacting to surging food prices by resorting to market-distorting export curbs and they should use fiscal measures instead to help the poor, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

World rice prices have surged, not only because stocks have hit their lowest level in decades, but also because of growing disposable incomes, high fuel prices driving production costs, erratic weather and stagnant yields, said Rajat Nag, ADB's managing director general.
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US dollar mixed in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

AP, LONDON --

The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Tuesday morning. Gold rose.

The euro traded at $1.5948, up from $1.5916 late Monday in New York.
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Biman signs purchase deal with Boeing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Biman signs purchase deal with BoeingStaff Correspondent
Biman Bangladesh Airlines signed a $1.26 billion deal Tuesday with Boeing on the purchase of eight aircraft. Corrected

A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the company for a long-term lease of two Boeing 737s, as it will take time for the eight aircraft to join the Biman fleet, Mahbub Jamil, special assistant to the chief adviser in charge of civil aviation, told bdnews24.com.
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Purchase committee suspends wheat imports PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Staff Correspondent
The government has decided against further wheat imports for the time being, finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said on Tuesday after a meeting of the cabinet committee on public purchase.

The finance adviser told reporters that the decision was taken when the purchase committee rejected a proposal for import of 43,000 metric tonnes of wheat.
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Oil hits record near $118 on supply worries PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Reuters, New York-

Oil hit a record high near $118 a barrel on Monday as rebel attacks cut Nigerian supplies and a Scottish refinery strike threatened North Sea crude
production.

Further support came as OPEC officials said the market had enough oil and that the producer group would not ramp up output to help bring down prices despite calls for more oil from some consumer nations.
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Bumper crop in sight, jitters far from over PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Bumper crop in sight, jitters far from overOur Correspondent
Farmers are on edge as the harvesting of bumper boro crop is nearing, but Abul Khair Mondal of Birampur in Dinajpur is all smiles. Khair, 48, made a direct phone call to agriculture adviser CS Karim, now touring the north, to say he had received power for irrigation and fertiliser in time to grow crops.
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Turnover slips on twin bourses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Agency
Turnover on the country's twin bourses went down Tuesday, influenced by sell-offs of oil company shares.

"We dealt with huge selling orders of oil companies and major issues that witnessed a price hike the previous day," an official with brokerage house Latif Securities told bdnews24.com.
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