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Former power secretary jailed for 10 years PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A special court dealing with graft suspects Wednesday sentenced former power secretary ANH Akhter Hossain to 10 years in jail on charges of accumulating and concealing information about wealth.

Judge Amar Kumar Roy of the Special Judges' Court-2 also fined him Tk 1 lakh. ANH Akhter will have to serve another three months in prison in failure to pay the fine.

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Govt frees EC secretariat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The council of advisers on Tuesday approved the Election Commission Secretariat Ordinance 2008, which will separate the secretariat of the constitutional body from the Prime Minister's Office, which is now the Chief Adviser's Office.

The meeting, presided over by the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, in his office, also approved the Supreme Judicial Commission Ordinance aimed at appointing 'competent judges to the Supreme Court in a transparent process' on the commission's recommendation.

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Power Div asks shops to close down by 8 pm PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Power Division on Tuesday asked all shops across the country, except those selling food items, medicine and emergency supplies, to follow a government rule to close down their daily business by 8:00pm so that additional electricity could be supplied for irrigation.

'We have decided to enforce the existing government rule on the closure of shops by 8:00pm from today to save electricity, so that we can supply it for irrigation during the ongoing Boro season,' M Tamim, special adviser to the chief adviser, told reporters on Tuesday after a meeting with leaders of shop owners' associations.

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Bush to seek $70b in partial 2009 war funding PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Reuters, Washington

The Bush administration will ask the US Congress next week for $70 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and related operations for part of the 2009 fiscal year, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the administration probably will not submit another war funding request before it leaves office next January.

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Islamabad to be asked to replace rotten rice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Reporter

Bangladesh will urge Pakistan to replace the rotten rice received as post-cyclone aid at Chittagong port, said officials.

'The food department's officials detected the damaged rice in the consignment of food aid for Sidr victims received at Chittagong Port from Pakistan.

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CA wants WB to come with bigger package for infrastructure dev PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

UNB . Dhaka

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, on Tuesday hoped that the World Bank would come up with bigger package for long-term permanent infrastructure development in Bangladesh, including rebuilding the cyclone Sidr-hit areas.

The chief adviser expressed the optimism when the visiting World Bank vice-president, Praful C Patel, called on him at the Chief Adviser's Office and discussed various socio-economic issues.

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BDR, BSF trade fires along Dinajpur frontier PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The border guards of Bangladesh and India on Tuesday traded gunfire at Hatipara of Phulbari in Dinajpur. Three Bangladeshis, including a Bangladesh Rifles member, were injured.

The Bangladesh Rifles officials in Dhaka said the gunfight began at about 9:30am after a patrol team of India's Border Security Force had fired shots.

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Indian firm offers to sell 5 lakh tonnes of rice PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

UNB . Dhaka

An Indian firm has proposed to export 500,000 tonnes of rice to Bangladesh with each tonne priced below $500, a government official said on Tuesday.

State-run West Bengal Essential Commodities Supply Corporation submitted a bid on Thursday to the ministry of food and disaster management to make the staple available.

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'EC hasn't violated constitution by not holding polls in 90 days PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Two election commissioners on Tuesday claimed the Election Commission had not violated the country's constitution by not holding the general elections within 90 days after the dissolution of the parliament.

'We have not failed and there is no question of violating the constitution in the case of not holding the election within 90 days.

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69 killed as Sri Lanka troops attack Tamil Tigers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Colombo

Sri Lanka's government said Tuesday its soldiers had advanced into territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the island, with the death toll from two days of fighting at 69.

The rebels meanwhile accused the army of setting off a roadside bomb in the north that killed 11 children, six adults and wounded 17 others who were travelling on a school bus.

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Democrats blast Bush's 'failed policies,' 'empty rhetoric' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Washington

Democrats blasted president George W Bush's State of the Union speech Monday, with presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton dismissing his 'empty rhetoric' and 'failed policies.'

'Tonight, for the seventh long year, the American people heard a State of the Union that didn't reflect the America we see, and didn't address the challenges we face,' senator Obama said of Bush's annual keynote policy speech to Congress.

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Kolkata Book Fair banned PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

Less than 24 hours before its inauguration, Calcutta High Court has banned the 33rd Kolkata Book Fair from being held on the Park Circus maidan on environmental grounds.

The fair was to be held from January 29 to February 10, reports The Times of India.

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CC indicts former PWD chief engineer, wife PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday submitted the charge sheet against former Public Works Department chief engineer AFM Manjurul Islam and his wife Akhter Jahan Ruby in a case filed on charge of concealing information and acquiring wealth beyond their known sources of income.

The commission's deputy director Syed Iqbal Hossain, also the investigation officer, filed the charge sheet with the chief metropolitan magistrate's court.

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HC rules on safety of construction workers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule on the government to explain in four weeks why it had not formed 'Code Enforcement Authority' to ensure security of construction workers as per the National Building Construction Rules 2006.

The bench of Justice Mirza Hossein Haider and Justice Mamnun Rahman also asked the government to submit a report about the initiatives it had taken so far for safety of construction workers.

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Task force investigates wealth of 3 Titas gas contractors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The anti-corruption task force has started investigation into illegal wealth of about Tk 100 crore earned by three Titas gas contractors from illegal gas connections and meter tampering at industries such as dyeing and lime industries in Narayanganj, sources said.

The gas contractors are Rimi Constructions owner Emran Hossain Dewan, Sumi Enterprise owner Ibrahim Mamun, and Mobarak Enterprise owner Mokhter Ahmed of Narayanganj.

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Cold forces Delhi primary schools closure PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

Thousands of tiny tots in Delhi, facing a tough time leaving for schools amid chill in the morning, will have some respite as the government-run primary schools will remain closed for three days from Wednesday (today), reports Hindustan Times.

'It is too cold and we have asked government primary schools to announce holiday for three days,' the Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, said on the sideline of a function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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Dolphin beaten to death PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

An endangered river dolphin was beaten to death by fishermen at Kainmari canal under Mongla upazila in Bagerhat on Monday morning.

The fishermen netted the dolphin near the Sunderban mangrove forest and beat it to death as they had not seen this kind of creature before.

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5 RAB men punished PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Rapid Action Battalion has taken disciplinary action against five of its members between September 2007 and January 27 on charge of anti-organisational activities, official sources said.

The accused battalion members are army sergeant Abdus Salam, havildar Abdul Khalek, Bangladesh Rifles nayek Naba Kumar Biwas, police havildar Fazlur Rahman and police nayek Abdur Rahim.

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Resist MNCs, global lenders to create a new world order: Muzaffer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The people of Bangladesh should be united against multinational companies and multilateral lending organisations in order to create a new world order, said eminent economist Muzaffer Ahmad on Tuesday.

The people should make the utmost effort to make the society free of hunger and spread education to all its members, he said at the inaugural ceremony of the association called Unite for Global Economic Justice at Rabindra Sarobar.

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Two-thirds of people still excluded from safe sanitation services PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff correspondent

Local and international experts on Tuesday emphasised the need to take appropriate measures to ensure the mass people's access to hygienic sanitation services, regardless of cost, in Bangladesh and its South Asian neighbours.

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Foreign policy must be based on people's consensus: Iftekhar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on Tuesday opined that country's foreign policy should be formulated on the basis of the people's consensus and the next foreign minister must have the confidence of all the political parties.

Iftekhar came up with the observation when the newly elected office-bearers of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangaldesh (DCAB), led by its president Masud Karim, met him at the foreign ministry. 'We are temporary.

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