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BDR, BSF find way to stop gunfight PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh and Indian border guards have ironed out ways to curb border shootings between their forces, a senior BDR officer said on Friday.

"We have found effective ways to stop shootings on the border," said Col Md Anisuzzaman, director at BDR headquarters (Operations), at the end of the second day of a border conference between Bangladesh Rifles and India's Border Security Force (BSF).
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DU to mark 'Black Day' on Aug 23 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

The teachers, students and staff of Dhaka University will sport black badges on Saturday as a mark of protest in line with a decision of the Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) to observe August 23 as 'Black Day'', reports bdnews24.com

The gesture highlights the mass arrests of students and teachers of the premier university in the aftermath of a campus unrest in the second half of August 2007, the DUTA said in a press statement on Friday.
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Social barriers to cultural progress assume militant dimensions PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Udichi meet told

The societal impediments resisting cultural development in Bangladesh have assumed militant dimensions, educationist professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury has said, reports bdnews24.com.

"We have come to realise today how a set of moderate societal impediments can be honed to pose militant threats as regards expansion of positive cultural trends," he said at the inaugural of Udichi's two-day seventh metropolitan conference on Friday.
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Abdullah Al Mamun laid to rest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Playwright, actor and filmmaker Abdullah Al Mamun was buried at 3:30pm on Friday at Banani graveyard.

He was laid to rest in the grave of his wife Farida Mamun who died in 1984. His children, relatives, friends and colleagues were present during the burial.
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Militant 'kingpin' killed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Pabna 'crossfire'

Our Correspondent

RAB early Friday killed an alleged militant leader in a 'shootout' at Ataikula in Pabna, an official said.

Jahurul Islam Mithhu, 32, son of Abdur Razzak of Swarogram under Ataikula Police Station, is the third militant chieftain to be liquidated in the last couple of months in the area gradually heating up with the militants flexing muscles afresh.
 
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Oil back down below $120 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

A strengthening dollar helped push down oil below $120 a barrel Friday after a nearly $6 spike the day before, reports AP.

Heightened fears of an extended and bloody fight between Russia and neighboring Georgia, however, provided continued support to oil prices.
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US dollar mostly up, gold down PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, LONDON  -- The U.S. dollar was mostly higher against other major currencies in European trading Friday morning. Gold fell.

The euro traded at $1.4843, down from $1.4877 late Thursday in New York.
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Brahmanbaria plunges into darkness PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Power plant blast

Our Correspondent

An explosion on Friday night at Ashuganj thermal power plant knocked off power supplies to Brahmanbaria, an official said.

"Seven units have become unable to generate power after a tube of the steam turbine unit exploded around 8pm," said Abdul Khaleque, managing director of the power plant.
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Barisal divisional commissioner, 2 DCs transferred PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

The government has appointed Mejbah Ul Alam, joint secretary at the civil aviation and tourism ministry, Barisal divisional commissioner and transferred two deputy commissioners, reports bdnews24.com

Alam's predecessor Harun Chowdhury has been posted at the establishment ministry, according to government orders issued on Friday.
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Air strike kills 30 militants in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

REUTERS, HERAT, Afghanistan, - US-led coalition forces killed 30 militants, including a Taliban commander, in an air strike in west Afghanistan, the US military said on Friday, but Afghan officials said there were also civilian casualties.

The air strike was called in after Afghan and coalition soldiers were ambushed by insurgents while on a patrol targeting a known Taliban commander in the western province of Herat, the US military said in a statement.
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Big Dreams for North Korean Industrial Park PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

AFP, KAESONG, North Korea — The Kaesong Industrial Park is worlds away from the North Korean city on whose outskirts it sits. While the South Korean-run industrial park has modern factories and motorists in sport utility vehicles, the city of Kaesong is straight out of the cold war.

Long stretches of joyless gray apartment blocks loom above empty boulevards, and loud red signs proclaim the victory of the workers' party.

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Stocks Fall on Financial Sector Worries PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Stocks fell in early trading Thursday as oil prices rose again and investors grew more anxious about the financial sector, particularly mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

Oil prices advanced as investors grew nervous that rising tensions with Russia could disrupt energy shipments from the world's second-largest oil producer.

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Again PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week for a second week in a row, the government said on Thursday, though they continued at levels that showed a weakening labor market.

The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment insurance benefits dipped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 432,000 in the week ended August 16 after falling a revised 12,000 a week earlier.
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U.S. Equity Fund Acquires Troubled German Bank PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

AP, FRANKFURT, Germany — The German lender IKB Deutsche Industriebank, which has been badly hit by the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States, will be sold to the private equity firm Lone Star Funds, the German company's biggest shareholder said Thursday.

The largest shareholder, Germany's state-owned KfW development bank, did not give the terms of its deal to sell 90.8 percent of IKB to Lone Star.
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Gap closes as McCain and Obama raise stakes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

US Election

Barack Obama and John McCain yesterday rode out intense speculation about their choice of running mates and took their campaigns to key battleground states, each candidate hoping to gain an edge in a tightening presidential contest, reports The Guardian.

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'The plane came to a sharp stop, I heard a horrible noise' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Madrid crash

Survivors of the Madrid plane crash, in which 153 people lost their lives, tell how they escaped death

The Guardian Online

From his hospital bed, Alfredo Jesús Acosta Mendiola was calling out for his parents.

The eight-year-old was one of the youngest of the 19 survivors of yesterday's plane crash at Madrid's Barajas airport, in which 153 passengers and crew lost their lives.
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Troops will leave Georgia in their own time PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Russian spokesman says

A senior Russian government spokesman said today the withdrawal of the country's forces from Georgia would take "a couple of weeks". Russian forces would leave in their own time, the spokesman said, and even after the main bulk of the Russian army had gone, that Russian peacekeepers would continue to occupy Georgia, reports The Guardian.

"The withdrawal of long military columns will start in a few days. We came here in a hurry to help civilians and Russian citizens and it will take as long as it takes," he said.
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US and Iraq 'close to agreement' over troop withdrawal date PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Meet to discuss 'aspirational timetables'

Agencies

The US and Iraq have agreed on the need for timetables for a withdrawal of American troops, Condoleezza Rice said today although the two have yet to finalise a deal that has been the subject of protracted negotiations.

The US secretary of state, who was making an unannounced trip to Baghdad, told a press conference that she had held fruitful talks with the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and that a final agreement was near that would "solidify the significant gains" in security in Iraq over the last year.
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Japan to launch carbon footprint labelling scheme PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Govt approved labels to appear on food and drink, Major cos sign up voluntarily

Japan is to carry carbon footprint labels on food packaging and other products in an ambitious scheme to persuade companies and consumers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Guardian.

The labels, to appear on dozens of items including food and drink, detergents and electrical appliances from next spring, will go further than similar labels already in use elsewhere.
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Saudi mosques open 24 hours for Ramadan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Religion

Mosques across Saudi Arabia will open 24 hours a day under new plans to allow Muslims to pray at their convenience during Ramadan, the month of fasting which begins in September, reports The Guardian.

Under the proposals, unveiled yesterday by the Islamic affairs ministry, extra imams are to be drafted in to accommodate the annual increase in worshippers who spend longer hours at their local mosque.

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34 districts get new DCs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government has appointed new deputy commissioners (DCs) to 34 districts and transferred four others in a reshuffle in the local administration ahead of the national polls.

The establishment ministry said in a statement it issued orders on the grassroots administrative overhaul on Thursday.
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