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North Korea set to destroy reactor cooling tower PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Seoul, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - North Korea is set to blow up the cooling tower at its nuclear plant on Friday, a symbolic move to show its commitment to a disarmament deal a day after it handed over a long-delayed account of its nuclear program.

Global powers still need to verify the claims Pyongyang made in its atomic inventory and experts say the dramatic event will leave unresolved questions about the North's declaration, such as accounting for its nuclear weaponry.
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Gunman kills senior Mexican policeman in restaurant PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Mexico City, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A Mexican police chief and his bodyguard were shot to death as they ate lunch in Mexico City on Thursday, the latest police slaying in a drug war that has killed more than 1,600 people this year.

A heavily armed gunman burst into a restaurant in the north of the capital and shot Igor Labastida, a regional director for trafficking and contraband in Mexico's federal police force, and three bodyguards, a police spokesman said.
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Congress passes new Iraq war funds approval PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Washington, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The US Senate on Thursday approved $161.8 billion in new funds to continue fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the next year, without timetables for withdrawing combat troops.

The House of Representatives passed an identical bill last week.

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US hopes for Pakistani crackdown on militants PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Washington, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The United States hopes a promise by Pakistan not to let militants use its territory to attack Afghanistan will lead to a crackdown on the fighters by Islamabad, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

"The Pakistani government now understands that it's a problem for the Pakistani government, it's not just a problem for us," Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.
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Americans have right to guns under landmark ruling PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Washington, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Individual Americans have a right to own guns, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday for the first time in the country's history, striking down a strict gun control law in the US capital.

The landmark 5-4 ruling marked the first time in nearly 70 years the high court has addressed the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. It rejected the argument the right to keep and bear arms was tied to service in a state militia.
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Nepal PM quits, clears way for Maoists to take power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Kathmandu, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala resigned on Thursday, clearing the way for former Maoist rebels to form a new government after their surprise election win two months ago.

Koirala's move came after criticism from the Maoists that the veteran politician was unwilling to hand power to them even after his party lost the elections for a constituent assembly held in April.
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Voting starts in Zimbabwe, Mugabe defiant PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Harare, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabweans began voting in a one-sided presidential run-off on Friday after President Robert Mugabe defied mounting world condemnation and calls to potspone an election which the opposition says is a farce.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who beat Mugabe in the first round of voting in March, withdrew from the run-off last Sunday over violence and intimidation of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters by the ruling ZANU-PF party.
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All eyes on Germany, Spain for final showdown PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Trevor Huggins

VIENNA, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Germany and Spain will be busy drawing up battle plans on Friday as they prepare for this weekend's meeting in the 2008 European Championship final.

Germany were the bookmakers' favorites before the tournament and coach Joachim Loew will be looking to vindicate that with a better performance than in Wednesday's tortuous 3-2 semi-final win over Turkey.
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CA defends local polls plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Staff Reporter

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed Saturday defended the Election Commission's schedule to hold local government polls ahead of the year-end national elections.

"People want the local poll before the national one," the CA said at the regional dialogue with local people in Chandanaish, 45 kilometres south
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Back from 'crossfire' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Blindfolded, the man was driven away by the elite RAB force in a microbus from Kaliganj on the other side of the Buriganga. After some time, the black cloth was taken off.

"I understood the place was Shayestaganj in Lalbagh. From there I was taken to a vacant place in Postogola area. They tried to tie me down. I tried to resist. The RAB men fired blank and shouted, 'The terrorist is fleeing. Catch him. Shoot him.'"
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KL airport wait over for 32 workers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Malaysian employers of 32 workers, stranded at Kuala Lumpur airport, have agreed to take them in, according to an official.

The employers began taking them in from Friday after they had been stranded for more than one week, Bangladesh ambassador to Malaysia M Khairuzzaman told bdnews24.com Saturday.
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CCC budget of Tk 622.7cr announced PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Staff Reporter

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) announced a Tk 622,06,76,000 budget for 2008-09 fiscal yesterday.

“ Special emphasis has been laid on five new projects worth over Tk 365 crore for massive infrastructure development of the port city having around 40 lakh population and one lakh 21 thousand holdings” the mayor said.

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Nasim isn't yet out of danger: hospital PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Former home minister Mohammad Nasim is still not out of danger, a LabAid Specialised Hospital official said Saturday, reports bdnews24.com

"Although his brain has stopped haemorrhaging, it can resume anytime," Dr AKM Mahbubul Hoque, head of medical services of LabAid, told reporters.
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Falling prices ruffle garment exporters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

The garment exporters have asked international buyers to hike prices of readymade garments, BKMEA president Fazlul Hoque said Saturday, reports bdnews24.com

Steering committee members of the Multi Fibre Bangladesh made the demand at the two-day conference of Multi Fibre Arrangement Forum at the Westin in Dhaka.
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Muzaffer raps NGOs on 'shady activities' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Transparency International Bangladesh chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad Saturday urged nongovernmental organisations not to take financial assistance from foreign donors to become self-reliant, reports bdnews24.com.

"In our country, NGOs run on foreign funds. Their projects pander to the wishes of donors. The NGOs have to become self-reliant," Ahmad told a convention on "Institutional Good Governance of NGOs" at the LGED auditorium in the city.
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Police officer charged with theft PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The police Friday received a complaint against a police officer of stealing a mobile phone set from a Thai citizen at Zia International Airport, Airport Police Station chief Ruhul Amin said.

The complainant is Piath Sarapak de Costa.
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AL, others mourn Manekshaw PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

The Awami League and some social organisations Saturday condoled the death of India's former army chief Sam Manekshaw, one of the war heroes who helped create Bangladesh in 1971, reports bdnews24.com

The AL leaders stood in solemn silence for one minute at a meeting of the central working committee to pay homage to Manekshaw, who died Friday at 94.
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Elect 1/11 backers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Quarishi to party workers

Bdnews24.com

Progressive Democratic Party chief Ferdous Ahmad Quarishi Saturday asked party workers to elect "honest people" from those who had supported the 1/11 changeover.

"Those who supported 1/11 will be the 'stars' of our party," Quarishi said at the party's first national convention at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh auditorium.
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Oil hits record near $143 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Oil prices rose to a record near $143 a barrel on Friday as a drop in global equities markets sent fresh investors into commodities, reports Reuters.

US crude settled 57 cents higher at $140.21 a barrel, as profit taking sent prices from the record $142.99 hit earlier. London Brent crude settled up 48 cents at $140.31 a barrel.
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Manekshaw: an extraordinary profile PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, Padma Vibhushan, Military Cross, was born on April 3, 1914. In his distinguished career, Field Marshal Manekshaw rose to the army chief in 1969 and under his command, Indian Forces concluded a spectacular victorious campaign during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was the first of only two Indian military officers to hold the highest rank of Field Marshal of the Indian Army.
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U.S. says Taliban attacks may rise this year PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - The Taliban has created a "resilient insurgency" in Afghanistan and will likely maintain or increase the pace of its attacks this year, the Pentagon said on Friday.

In a report to the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon also singled out the safe havens for insurgents in Pakistan's border areas as the biggest threat to security in Afghanistan.
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