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Business leaders want emergency lifted, democracy restored PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The businesses in pre-dialogue talks with the government Monday asked for an end to the state of emergency and democracy to be restored.

"We want to go back to an effective democracy. The advisers have agreed on the issue," president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Annisul Huq told reporters after the meeting.

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ACC seeks exemption for Motia from graft charges PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Anticorruption Commission Monday appealed to a Dhaka court seeking to exempt former food minister Motia Chowdhury and eight others from corruption charges in a 2002 case.

ACC assistant director Moniruzzaman Khan submitted a final report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court for Dhaka and sought exemption for them.

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HC freezes Judicial Commission activities PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court has ordered a three-month stay on the activities of the Supreme Judicial Commission formed to recommend judges' appointments to the higher courts.

It has also ordered the secretary to the law ministry and the registrar of the Supreme Court to explain why the ordinance for formation of the judicial commission should not be declared unconstitutional and cancelled.

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BNP Delwar faction set to sit with govt PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman has invited the pro-Khaleda faction of BNP to an informal pre-dialogue talk scheduled to be held Monday, a party spokesperson said, reports agency.

Monday's meeting, meant to be preparatory to political dialogue between the government and parties slated for May, is expected to start at 5pm at the state guest house Meghna.

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Depression concentrates into cyclone 'Nargis' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Agency

The deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining southeast Bay moved slightly northwards, concentrated into a cyclonic storm "Nargis", a special weather bulletin issued early afternoon Monday said.

The depression was centred at 12 noon Monday about 1245 kms south west of Chittagong port, 1175 kms south west of Cox's Bazar port and 1130 kms south-southwest of Mongla Port.

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UK won't support military rule: envoy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Outgoing British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury Monday said his country would not support military rule in Bangladesh, reports agency.

"Our view is that we will never

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Seventy dead in China train crash: state media PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, ZIBO - Seventy people were killed and 420 injured early Monday when a passenger train from Beijing careered off the rails and slammed into another train in eastern China, state media reported.

Ruling out terrorism, the official Xinhua news agency said preliminary investigations found human error was to blame, without elaborating.The first train was travelling to Qingdao -- the coastal city that will host the Olympic sailing

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Fierce clashes kill 38 in Baghdad's Sadr City PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, BAGHDAD - Fierce clashes between Shiite militiamen and US and Iraqi forces in east Baghdad killed at least 38 people, the American military said on Monday, amid new political efforts to end the bloodletting.

Sunday's heaviest fighting in weeks came on a day when militiamen blasted Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone with rockets and mortars, taking advantage of a blinding dust storm that grounded US attack helicopters.

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Oil nears $120 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria -- Oil prices hit an all-time high near $120 a barrel Monday after a weekend refinery strike closed a pipeline system that delivers a third of Britain's North Sea oil to refineries in the U.K.

The shutdown comes amid supply outages in Nigeria that have helped to support oil against a strengthening dollar. ''We've got a confluence of a number of events that have really disrupted crude oil supply,'' said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz in Singapore.

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US dollar lower in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

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

The euro traded at $1.5686, up from $1.5635 late Friday in New York.

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Iranian president forges gas ties with South Asia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - Iran and Pakistan agreed they had settled all issues relating to plans for a $7.6 billion gas pipeline during a visit to Islamabad on Monday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistan's foreign minister said.

The project to pipe gas to India and Pakistan was discussed when Ahmadinejad stopped briefly to meet Pakistani leaders before flying on for an official visit to Sri Lanka.

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Bashundhara Group official sent to jail PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Monday ordered former Bashundhara Group director Abu Sufian into jail. Magistrate Md Golam Rabbani of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court-3 for Dhaka rejected the appeal for bail and put him behind bars.

The court, however, ordered authorities to make arrangements for his good treatment. The Anticorruption Commission (ACC) arrested the former Bashundhara director Sunday for attempting to hush up the murder of Bashundhara Telecom director Humayun Kabir Sabbir.

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Exports to Canada jump on GSP: Iftekhar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday Bangladesh exports to Canada had quadrupled in the past five years, paced by the GSP facility.

"During the five years, Bangladeshi exports to Canada had quadrupled, growing from $163 million in 2001-2002 to $542 million in 2006-2007," Iftekhar told a meeting in Dhaka.

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NBR eyes labour-intensive industry in budget PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The National Board of Revenue chief said Monday the new budget would put an underscore on labour-intensive industries. "Local industries, at the same time, will be given assistance to cut import dependence," said NBR chairman Mohammad Abdul Mazid.

"A country cannot thrive, depending on a few industries. We will have to build labour-intensive industries, which can create employments for a huge number of people," he said, speaking at a pre-budget discussion, organised by Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Hotel Orchard Plaza in Naya Paltan.

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Stocks finish lower on sell-offs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Bdnews24.com

Stocks finished down Monday, influenced by sell-offs for profit-taking. Turnover on the country's twin bourses and the trading volume recorded a fall from the previous day.

Investors throughout the day found themselves in massive selling to lock in profit, said brokerage house officials. "We mostly dealt with selling orders from our clients," an official with brokerage house Latif Securities told bdnews24.com.

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SCBA ends first day of vote PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

The first day of Supreme Court Bar Association election ended Monday with 539 out of the 1,780 voters casting ballots, reports bdnews24.com.

The two-day polling began at 10.00am and continued until 5.00pm with a one-hour break from 1.00pm. After the first day's voting, Nizamul Haque Nasim, convener of a sub-committee on election, said: "Everything was all right.

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Former BNP MP Lalu gets 10 years over illegal assets PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

A Bogra court Monday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu to 10 years in jail on charges of suppressing wealth information and accumulating illegal wealth, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge Anwar Hossain of the Special Judges' Court for Bogra also fined Lalu Tk 10 lakh and he will have to stay another one and a half years in jail in failure to pay the fine.

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India spinner Harbhajan banned for 11 matches in slapping row PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, NEW DELHI - India spinner Harbhajan Singh was handed an 11-match ban from a domestic Twenty20 tournament on Monday after being found guilty of slapping national team-mate Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.

The bowler could also face further punishment from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),

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Pakistani Taliban chief pulls out of peace talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani Taliban commander pulled out of a peace deal with the government after it refused to withdraw the army from tribal lands on the Afghan border, the militant's spokesman said on Monday.

Tribal elders in Pakistan's South Waziristan region have been trying to broker a peace deal between the government and Baitullah Mehsud, an al Qaeda ally who leads the Taliban in Pakistan.

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Father confesses in Austrian abuse case PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, AMSTETTEN - An elderly Austrian, portrayed by media as a "monster", confessed Monday to imprisoning his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children, prosecutors said.

Josef Fritzl, 73, "has admitted building the dungeon and to holding his daughter and three children there," prosecution spokesman Gerhard Sedlacek told AFP.

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Gene therapy shows success in restoring some vision: study PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - An experimental gene therapy has helped restore partial vision to people with congenital retinal disease, according to breakthrough studies which provides hope for treating various eye illnesses.

Clinical trials showed success on three young adults at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who suffered from a rare and as yet incurable form of congenital blindness, according to studies published Sunday.

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