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Indo-Bangla Games logo to be unveiled on Jan 29 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The logo of the upcoming second Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games will be unveiled at the National Sports Council on January 29.

The beautiful logo depicts the flags of the two neighboring countries circled together upon the head of a sprinter and the slogan of the games is 'Sports for Friendship'.

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Curbing democratic rights of ethnic minority PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

CG's recent move to curb the democratic rights of indigenous communities comes as yet another distressing sign of the heavy handed and chauvinistic attitude that this government espouses in relation to rights of ethnic minorities. The home ministry, in a recent instruction, has decided to discourage intellectuals and eminent personalities from attending functions organised by ethnic minority groups, which they fear draws attention to the routine oppression and negligence.

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Patriarchal mindset responsible for women's vulnerability PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Terming the insensitivity to gender discrimination a national malady, former Chief Justice KM Hasan said the country's patriarchal society has to change its mindset to bring to an end to injustice, discrimination and atrocities against women.

'To me it appears that to overcome this malaise we need to educate and sensitize the police force, the judiciary, the medical practitioners and the general mass to the ill-effects of gender discrimination,' said Hasan while addressing a national advocacy meeting on 'Putting an end to acid attacks and rape' at the Spectra Convention Hall on Saturday.

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Sector commanders demand immediate trial of war criminals PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The sector commanders, freedom fighters, socio-cultural and human rights activists at a discussion in Rajshahi on Saturday demanded trial of the war criminals of 1971 by forming special tribunals immediately.

They made the demand at a discussion meeting arranged by the 'Sector's Commander Forum' at Rajshahi Zila Parishad auditorium.

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MTFA demands living wage for RMG workers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Make Trade Fair Alliance(MTFA), a coalition of national and international non-governmental organisations, has demanded that garment workers' be paid living wages.

To that end the alliance demanded an immediate upward revision of the current minimum wages and effective trade unions at every factory to ensure better industrial relations and sustainability of the sector.

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'EC's job is not to see who participate in polls' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

UNB, Savar

The election commissioner, Sakhawat Hossain, on Saturday said it was none of their business to see who would participate in elections and who did not.

'We will hold elections on time according to the roadmap. I hope all political parties will participate in the election. It is not possible to come out of the existing situation without an elected government,' said the election commissioner.

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English dept alumni reunion of DU Feb 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The annual alumni reunion of Dhaka University English department of will be held on February 1.

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LabAid man points finger at foreign forces PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A group of agents engaged to lure affluent patients in Bangladesh to seek medical treatment abroad are trying to destroy the image of a private hospital that provides world class treatment.

The claim was made by AM Shamim, managing director of LabAid Group in response to controversy over the mismanagement and maltreatment of LabAid.

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2 robbers held in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2008

Staff Reporter

Rapid Action Battalion members arrested two robbers along with firearms from Alangker crossing in the Chittagong city early Saturday.

The arrested are Mohammad Jasimuddin and Dalim Ahmed.

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Coarse rice down, edible oil, flour shoot up PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Prices of edible oil and chicken increased in the past week in city markets, traders said, because of supply shortage on the wholesale markets. Edible oil prices increased sharply after the millers, negotiating with the market monitoring authorities in the early week, had fixed rates higher than the prevailing rates.

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Gold output halted amid South African energy crisis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. Johannerburg

Gold production ground to a halt in South Africa on Friday as the industry became the latest victim of a spiralling electricity crisis which the government labelled a national emergency. The three main companies operating in a country with a long record as the world's biggest gold producer announced they had suspended production because of unreliable energy supplies.

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First Japanese bank to tie up with Indian bank PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. Tokyo

Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd said Friday it has become the first Japanese lender to tie up with an Indian counterpart amid expectations of more Japanese investment in the fast-growing economy. The bank, part of Mizuho Financial Group Inc, said it signed an alliance agreement with the government-run State Bank of India, the country's largest lender with 14,000 branches across the country.

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Indian inflation edges up, but central bank seen less hawkish PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. New Delhi

India's inflation edged upward, official data on Friday showed, but analysts said this week's US interest rate cut made it more likely the Indian central bank could follow suit. Annual inflation quickened to 3.83 per cent for the week ended January 12 from 3.79 percent a week earlier, according to the wholesale price index, India's main cost-of-living monitor.

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Hillary Clinton slams Bush on economy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Greenville, South Carolina

Democratic White House hopeful Hillary Clinton Thursday savaged President George W Bush over the economy, saying his 'bankrupt' ideas sparked a downturn felt around the world. New York Senator Clinton sharpened her rhetoric two-days before the South Carolina primary, the next leg of the 2008 nominating marathon, which polls say her top party rival Barack Obama is poised to win.

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Ford plans more cost cuts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. Chicago

Struggling Ford Motor Co has managed to substantially trim its losses but will have to make more cuts in the face of a slowing US economy, the automaker said Thursday. 'Although our automotive operations are improving on a year-over-year basis, the US economy is slowing and the outlook for the auto industry remains challenging,' said Alan Mulally, the company's president and chief executive officer.

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Housing shortage threat to Canada economy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Vancouver

Homelessness and a housing shortage pose major threats to Canada's economy, a national coalition of cities said Wednesday, setting out a 10-year plan to provide affordable homes. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities issued a national action plan urging federal and provincial governments to adopt policies to support middle-class housing and finance houses for the poor and homeless.

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BoJ chief dismisses call for rate cut PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. Tokyo

Japan's central bank chief on Friday dismissed a call for an interest rate cut in coordination with the US Federal Reserve, saying that current policies were enough to keep the economy firm. Central banks' job is to 'select appropriate policies by analysing outlooks of each country's economy and prices even when there is a growing sense of crisis,' Bank of Japan governor Toshihiko Fukui said in parliament. He made the remark in reply to a question by a ruling party lawmaker who argued that Japan's central bank should immediately follow this week's emergency US rate cut.

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Latin America can ride out US recession PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse. Sao Paulo

Latin America is in a better position than in the past to weather the global impact of a US recession, analysts say, though they warned that some sectors would fare worse than others. After muscular intervention from the US Federal Reserve to slash its rates to dampen a worldwide stock market plunge, and a proposal from US president George W Bush to implement a 145 billion dollars stimulus package, analysts said they were optimistic the region would cope with a global economic slowdown.

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Ugandan tourism hit hard by Kenyan unrest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Nairobi

Tourist arrivals in Uganda have dropped by up to 30 per cent since post-election violence in neighbouring Kenya rocked the region, tourism officials said Friday. 'Our numbers of tourists have gone down by 20, 30 per cent,' Edwin Muzahura, spokesman for the Uganda Tourist Board, told AFP.

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Morgan Stanley to cut 1,000 jobs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Reuters. New York

Morgan Stanley will slash more than 1,000 jobs in the coming week, trimming costs ahead of what it expects will be a tougher business environment, a person briefed on the moves said on Thursday.

The investment bank, which posted $9.4 billion of fourth-quarter losses from mortgage trading and other assets, is cutting jobs mainly in wealth management and investment management, back-office operations and technology staff, the person said.

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Djokovic ends Federer reign PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 January 2008

Image - Djokovic ends Federer reignSerbian young gun Novak Djokovic ended defending champion Roger Federer's record run of 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals to power into the Australian Open decider on Friday. Third-seeded Djokovic confirmed his status as Federer's heir apparent with a tense 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win in two hours 28 minutes to set up an intriguing final on Sunday against unseeded French sensation Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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