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Kuwait sends back 201 Bangladeshis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Involvement in violence

Staff Correspondent

The Kuwait government sent another 123 Bangladeshi workers back Thursday morning, bringing the total to 201 since the Gulf kingdom announced Wednesday that it would deport Bangladeshis who were involved in violence during recent unrest over low pay.

ZIA immigration chief Mahfuza Begum told bdnews24.com: "A Kuwait and a Qatar Airways flight carried 123 Bangladeshis back home [Thursday] morning."

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Govt signs $50m credit deal with IDA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Desk Report

The government signed a $50 million credit agreement on Thursday with the International Development Association, World Bank's low-cost lending arm, to rehabilitate families affected by last year's Cyclone Sidr.

The funds will be disbursed under the Social Investment Program Project (SIPP), of the government's Social Development Foundation, to support rural infrastructure development and income generating activities for the poorest.
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Local polls to go political PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court Thursday lifted restrictions on political parties or their nominees taking part in local government polls.

Justice ABM Khairul Haque and Justice Md Abu Tarique passed the ruling on a writ petition filed by advocate Jasimuddin Sarker.
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BNP's Ashraf Hossain gets bail PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Agency

The High Court bench granted six months' bail to expelled BNP joint secretary general Ashraf Hossain in a case filed against him involving import of vehicles.

The same HC bench of justices Sharifuddin Chaklader and Imdadul Haque Azad on Thursday awarded a three-week bail extension to Dhaka City Corporation
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AL leader Obaidul Kader falls ill in court PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Bribery case

Desk Report

Awami League joint general secretary Obaidul Kader fell ill Thursday during a court hearing of a bribery case, his lawyer said.

The former state minister was taken to the Special Judge's Court-10 from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital around 10am, Kader's lawyer Kazi Mohammad Nazibullah Hiru told bdnews24.com.
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BNP's Shamsul Islam freed on bail PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

BNP leader M Shamsul Islam was freed on bail from Dhaka Central Jail Thursday in the Gatco graft case, a prison official said, reports bdnews4.com.

The BNP standing committee member was released around 12.20, prison official Towhid Hossain told bdnews24.com.
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NAM ministers stress global partnership PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The NAM ministerial conference in Tehran has called for a just and equitable world order, stressing global partnership for access to peace and justice, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

The 15th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement, comprising 118 member countries of the developing world, concluded Thursday in the Iranian capital.
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Rice, Livni, Qurei meet as peace expectations ebb PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Washington, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds a three-way meeting with the top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators on Wednesday amid dimming expectations that a comprehensive deal is possible this year.

Rice plans to meet separately with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and then sit down with her and former Palestinian Prime Minster Ahmed Qurei for an extended discussion.
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SAfrica tells ICC: 'Give peace a chance' in Darfur PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

United Nations, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - South Africa said on Tuesday that an increasing number of countries want the International Criminal Court, in the interest of peace in Darfur, to halt any genocide indictment of Sudan's president.

The U.N. Security Council is split on a South African and Libyan proposal that it call on the ICC's judges to refrain from taking any action on a request by their chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, for an arrest warrant against Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur.
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Isinbayeva breaks own pole vault record PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

MONACO, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Russian Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own women's world pole vault record on Tuesday when she cleared 5.04 meters at her third attempt at the Monaco grand prix.

Isinbayeva, who bettered her previous mark of 5.03 meters set at the Rome Golden League meeting on July 11, recorded her 13th outdoor world record and 23rd overall on a warm, still night in the principality.
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Oxygen bottle parts blew into Qantas 747 cabin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Canberra, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Investigators looking at whether an exploding oxygen bottle blew a large hole in the side of a Qantas 747 said on Wednesday part of a bottle burst into the plane's cabin and partly moved a door lock.

The Qantas 747-400 suffered a loss of cabin pressure during a flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne last Friday, forcing the plane to make an emergency descent from 29,000 feet to 10,000 feet before landing safely in Manila in the Philippines.
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Pakistanis urge tougher IAEA stance on India deal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Vienna, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Senior Pakistani figures have accused the Islamabad government of buckling to US pressure not to hold up a nuclear trade deal between Washington and Pakistan's arch-rival India.

The deal would give India access to the world market in nuclear fuel and technology for first time after a decades-long ban due to India having tested atom bombs and staying out of the international Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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Karadzic taken into UN custody PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

The Hahue, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - War crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic was taken into custody by the UN war crimes tribunal on Wednesday to face trial at The Hague on charges of genocide for his actions in the 1992-95 Bosnia war.

The former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, arrested in Serbia last week, was taken to the Scheveningen detention centre near The Hague shortly after landing at Rotterdam airport at dawn. A police helicopter landed but several other unmarked vehicles were also observed entering the facility.
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Security issues may cloud trade agenda at SAARC summit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Colombo, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Leaders of South Asia, home to a fifth of humanity, meet this weekend at a summit aiming to boost trade and reduce poverty but a wave of deadly bombings in India, its biggest member, means terrorism could dominate the agenda.

Formed more than 20 years ago to foster economic development in one of the world's poorest regions, old rivalries among members have blocked any meaningful progress for the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC.
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Marathon WTO talks fall over farm row PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Jonathan Lynn and Doug Palmer

GENEVA, July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Marathon talks on a new global trade pact collapsed on Tuesday as the United States and India refused to compromise over a proposal to help poor farmers deal with floods of imports.

Ministers from other countries expressed incredulity that the trade liberalization talks could have foundered in their ninth day over a technical measure to restrict imports.
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McCain skin biopsy negative for cancer: clinic PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

WASHINGTON,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A biopsy conducted on skin taken from the face of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain showed no skin cancer, medical authorities said on Tuesday.

McCain, who has suffered from skin cancer in the past, had a spot removed from his face during a routine checkup in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday and had it checked to ensure it was not cancerous.
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China quake school critic receives one-year sentence: group PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

BEIJING,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A teacher from China's earthquake-hit southwest was sentenced to one year of detention after photographing some of the schools that toppled, killing thousands of children, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Human Rights in China said Liu Shaokun was sentenced to "re-education through labor" on charges of "inciting a disturbance". labor re-education is a form of imprisonment that does not require a trial and is not open to usual court appeals.
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Siberian villages witness Russian healthcare revival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

MELNIKOVO, Russia,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Yevgeny Kalashnikov's hulking frame dominated the manager's office on the second floor of a hospital in Siberia. Looking up from his desk littered with papers, he said: "Things have got so much better."

It felt as if the only thing to change in Kalashnikov's office over the last few years was the flip-top calendar.

A grubby window gave the room a view over water pipes running across scrubland. Potted plants lined the windowsill. There was no computer.
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Cathay Pacific says damaged plane posed no danger PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

HONG KONG,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways said mid-air damage suffered by a Boeing 747-400 aircraft with 363 passengers on board involved an air-conditioning vent but there was no danger.

The plane was on a flight on Tuesday from New York to Hong Kong via the western Canadian city of Vancouver.
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Top Thai court hits Thaksin over Myanmar loans PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BANGKOK,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Thailand's Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would hear a case against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra relating to allegations he arranged soft loans to Myanmar while in office to benefit his family's telecoms business.

The court's decision is the latest blow to Thaksin's bid to clear his name after his removal in a 2006 military coup, in which he was accused of "rampant corruption".
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Zimbabwe talks still alive: Mbeki PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

PRETORIA,July 30 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki denied on Tuesday that talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC had hit deadlock and said they were "doing very well".

Mbeki said the negotiators would adjourn for a few days to return to Zimbabwe to consult with their leaders.
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