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Four-party alliance protests local polls plan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

A BNP faction led by Khandaker Delwar Hossain and three allies have set a rally for June 30 to protest the government's plan to hold local government polls ahead of national elections.

The announcement came from an indoor rally, organised by the four-party alliance at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium to press holding the national polls first.
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'BNP will not go to polls unless demands are met' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

A senior BNP figure said Thursday the party would not go to polls unless certain demands were met, as around 140 former BNP lawmakers demanded the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia and asked that her two sons be sent abroad for better medical treatment.

BNP vice president Sarwari Rahman, on behalf of the ex-lawmakers, pressed the demands at a press conference at Khandaker Delwar Hossain's NAM flat.
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Hasina seeks exemption from more court appearances PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Lawyers for former prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked a Dhaka court Thursday to exempt their client from personally appearing in hearings of an extortion case filed by businessman Azam J Chowdhury, reports bdnews24.com

Advocate Sahara Khatun, on behalf of the Awami League president, sought permission from special sessions judge Md Ashraf Hossain, who set July 2 to give his decision on the matter.
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Court defers hearing to June 26 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

MiG-29 Case

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka Court on Thursday deferred charge framing proceedings against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the MiG-29 case to June 26.

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Stocks end down on market jitters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Stocks ended down on the closing day of the week, as jittery investors were engaged in sell-offs to lock in profits, according to market observers.

"We dealt with huge selling orders; buying was very low today," said an official of brokerage house Anwar Securities.
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Court defers bribery hearing as Tarique pleads ill PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

A Dhaka court on Thursday pushed back charge framing proceedings to June 25 in a bribery case linked to the murder of Bashundhara Group chairman Humayun Kabir Sabbir, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge Shahed Nuruddin adjourned proceedings following a request by lawyers of Khaleda Zia's detained elder son Tarique Rahman, who they said could not be present in court because of poor health.
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Oil drops as China says it will raise fuel prices PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices dropped Thursday after China said it will raise fuel prices, a move that could dampen the booming Asian nation's oil consumption. Retail gas prices slid overnight.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery fell $2.82 to $133.86 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but dipped more than $3 at times.
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Non-MPO teachers won't get 20% dearness allowance: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Agency

Only teachers of educational institutions with the government's monthly pay order will get a 20 percent dearness allowance announced in the new budget, an adviser said Wednesday.

Teachers of schools, colleges and madrasas without MPO will not get the 20 percent allowance.
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US dollar mixed in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Thursday morning. Gold rose.

The euro traded at $1.5488, down from $1.5530 late Wednesday in New York.

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Real waiting for Ronaldo signal PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Real Madrid have confirmed they are waiting for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo to reveal his intentions over where his future lies, reports BBC.

The Premier League champions want to keep the Portugal captain, whose contract at Old Trafford runs to 2012.
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UEFA to decide on enlarging Euro before end of year PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

AFP, VIENNA - European football's governing body UEFA will make a decision on whether to enlarge their flagship tournament the European championships by the end of the year announced their general secretary David Taylor on Thursday.

"We're going to consult our 53 associations in the next couple of months," said Taylor.
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AC Milan make Adebayor approach PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

AC Milan have revealed they have made Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor their sole transfer target and are trying to negotiate a deal with the London club, reports BBC Sport.

As well as Adebayor, 24, who signed a long-term deal in 2007, AC Milan have been linked with Spurs forward Dimitar Berbatov and Chelsea's Didier Drogba.
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Croatia possibly without Rakitic PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 June 2008

SW, VIENNA - Croatia might have to do without the influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic during the side's quarter final clash with Turkey tomorrow.

Rakitic is struggling with a painful knee and will undergo a fitness test just ahead of Friday's match.
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Gulf inflation pushing foreign workers home PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008

Lured by tax-free jobs and cheap living, foreign workers have long gravitated to wealthy Gulf Arab states to earn a better living, but rising costs are now forcing many to go home, reports Reuters.

Inflation has soared to record or near-record levels across the Gulf Arab region, where migrants ranging from high-paid Western executives to low-wage Asian labourers have formed the backbone of oil-fuelled development since the 1970s.
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Nepal fuel price protesters stone cars PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - Hundreds of Nepali student activists, demanding a roll back of fuel prices and transport fares, stoned or set fire to several vehicles in the capital Kathmandu on Thursday, police said.

State-run Nepal Oil Corporation increased petrol and diesel prices by about 25 percent last week saying the move was needed to cut losses due to a global oil price rise and to meet a domestic fuel shortage.
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Inflation to soften by end 2008: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008

The outlook for inflation in India is uncertain in the June and September quarters, but there should be a clear downtrend in the December quarter, the chief economic adviser of the finance ministry said on Thursday, reports Reuters..

"There is a lot of uncertainty over the inflation rate in India over the next few months," Arvind Virmani said in a speech on the economic outlook in Mumbai.
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Armed militants force Shell to shut Nigerian offshore oilfield PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008

Royal Dutch Shell shut down production at its biggest offshore facility in Nigeria today, following an attack by armed militants, reports AP.

Shell’s Bonga oilfield, which produces 200,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas per day, is located 75 miles offshore. It represents one of the world’s largest floating production storage and offloading vessels and deep water subsea infrastructure.

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British bank HBOS on course for 'resilient' 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 June 2008

AFP, LONDON - British bank HBOS forecast on Thursday that it would deliver a "resilient" performance this year, despite the ongoing impact of the global credit crunch and slowing economic growth.

"Trading continues to be satisfactory and remains in line with the group's expectations," said HBOS, which owns Halifax, Britain's biggest provider of home loans.
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Court postpones further testimony in Hasina case to July 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

A special court on Wednesday deferred remaining witness testimony in the barge mounted power plant case, against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, to July 1, reports bdnews24.com.

Six witnesses have testified in the case so far, but judge Feroz Alam postponed further recording of depositions following a request by defence counsels.
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Khaleda in court for Niko hearing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Agency

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia was produced in court Wednesday to face charge framing proceedings in the Niko graft case.

The detained BNP chairperson was taken
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Thousands trafficked into India for kidney sale: roundtable PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Organ-trafficking rackets smuggle thousands of poor men from Bangladesh and other South Asian countries into India every year to remove their kidneys for sale, speakers at a roundtable alleged Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com

But a narrow definition of trafficking in a relevant SAARC convention prevents rescue and rehabilitation of the trafficked people.
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