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China nationalises power firm in $1.2b deal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Reuters . Shanghai

The Chinese government has taken back control of Luneng Group, a large domestic power firm, from two privately-owned companies by paying about 8.3 billion yuan ($1.16b), Luneng's listed units said on Saturday.

State-owned Shandong Electric Power Corp and two other state entities have reached an agreement to buy a combined 95.47 per cent stake in Luneng Group from the Beijing-based private firms, including Beijing Guoyuan United Co Ltd, they said.

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Climate change threatens world fishing grounds: UN study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Monaco

Depleted by over-harvesting and pollution, the world's major fishing grounds are now severely threatened by climate change as well, according to a UN report released Friday.

Warmer water and acidification caused by the seas' absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide are disrupting fragile natural cycles and threaten a dramatic collapse of fish stocks, the report said.

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Mashrafee step aside, Shahadat's the new spearhead PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Sports Correspondent

For a long time Mashrafee bin Murtaza occupied the mantle of Bangladesh's leading fast bowler, but what he could never do in Test cricket his partner Shahadat Hossain has done twice.

While Mashrafee has career best figures of 4-60, Shahadat claimed 6-27 in the first Test against South Africa on Saturday to become the first Bangladeshi quick bowler to scalp five or more wickets in a Test innings more than once.

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Kiwis clinch ODI series PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Christchurch

New Zealand (213/6) beat England (242/7) by 34 runs in D/L method An explosive Brendon McCullum wrecked the best bowling England could offer as New Zealand overcame a mid-innings crisis to win the one-day cricket decider by 34 runs here Saturday.

The overwhelming win gave New Zealand the five-match series 3-1, with one game tied, and importantly gave them a psychological boost going into the three Tests next month.

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Ponting determined to turn form around PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes time at the crease is the only cure for his current slump in form.

The normally prolific Ponting failed again in the rain-shortened tri-series win over Sri Lanka on Friday, run out for 11. It took his tally for the series to just 64 runs at 10.66, and follows a relatively unproductive Test series, where his only score of note was a dour century on a flat Adelaide pitch in the final Test.

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Seventeen golds in Bangladesh's bag PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Sport Correspondent

Bangladesh ruled the opening day of the Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games winning 17 gold medals with the swimmers scooping seven at the Mirpur Swimming Complex on Saturday.

West Bengal won 10 golds. However, the disheartening news is that Shamsuddin, the fastest man of Bangladesh and the reigning 100 metre king, has been dethroned by West Bengal's rising star Rahmatullah, who recorded 10.60 seconds to wipe out the old mark of 10.80 set by the Bangladesh sprinter at the Kolkata meet last year. Shamsuddin clocked 10.70sec, an improvement of .10, yet he finished second.

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Consumer rights act, demand of the hour PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

While the present and past governments looked out for the commercial interests of the corporations and business quarters, there had been little effort to safeguard the rights and interests of the common consumer. Successive governments have shelved enactment of a consumer rights act. Although the current government agreed in principle to such a law — it also incorporates elements of hoarding, stockpiling, cartel, competition, adulteration among others — a few months back, the law has not seen any meaningful progress since.

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Publishers happy with sales PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Ekushey Book Fair

Staff Correspondent

Publishers are happy with the sales at the Amar Ekushey book fair as large crowds continue to throng the month-long annual event on the Bangla Academy premises in Dhaka.

Eighty-one titles hit the fair on Saturday, the 23rd day of the fair, with novels dominating the list.

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Hawkers want allocation of shops PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Kaptan Bazar Market 

Staff Correspondent

Hawkers on Saturday demanded immediate allocation of 642 shops at Kaptan Bazar Market among them as per the agreement between the Dhaka City Corporation and them.

The hawkers, under the banner of Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy Hawkers Market Association, at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity also alleged that the corporation authorities had been making unnecessary delay in allotting the shops among them violating the agreement signed in 1999.

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FFs reiterate call for trial of war criminals PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Our Correspondent

Freedom fighters in Sylhet called upon the government on Saturday to begin trial of war criminals for upholding the spirit of the War of Independence.

The war criminals must be punished and the government should begin their trial now, they said, adding that criminal activities in society would decrease if the war criminals were punished.

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SCC drive to reclaim 18 canals Mar 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Our Correspondent

The Sylhet City Corporation will launch a 15-day drive on March 1 to reclaim 18 canals.

The corporation authorities took the decision at a February 12 meeting that approved a proposal involving Tk 1 crore for the demolition of illegal structures, re-excavation of 18 canals and construction of a number of culverts and guard-walls in the city, corporation sources said.

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Int'l seminar on theatre ends PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agency

A two-day intentional seminar on 'Sandhikkhane Natak' concluded at the CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday.

Two sessions were held on the concluding day of the seminar organised by the Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute, said a press release.

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Rising toll of suspensions at RHD for graft PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agency

The government has suspended five engineers of the Roads and Highways Department in early February on charges of corruption linked to the Dhaka bypass construction project, a senior official said recently.

Thirty-seven employees of the department have so far been suspended on charges of corruption since March 2007, he said.

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Dr Kamal for dialogues with civil society PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Gana Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain said on Saturday there should be dialogues with the civil society and all the non-communal parties and professional groups apart from the major political parties to bring about qualitative changes in the country through a credible election.

'Dialogues should also be held with the civil society to deal with problems like the price hike of essentials,' he told a discussion, titled 'National unity in the context of mahan Ekushey' organised by Gana Forum at its Motijheel central office.

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Initiate process to try war criminals: Speakers at BBC Sanglap PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Our Correspondent

The interim government should initiate the process to try war criminals even by promulgating an ordinance, if necessary, speakers said at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap held in Sirajganj on Saturday.

'War criminals must be brought to justice. The interim government can start the process so that the next government can complete it,' said M Hafizuddin Khan, former adviser to the caretaker government.

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'Police taking time over Aug 21 probe to avoid dispute' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agency

The inspector general of police, Noor Mohammad, said Saturday that the police was taking time to complete the investigation into August 21 grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina in order to avoid further controversy.

'There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the investigation into the August 21 grenade attack,' Noor told reporters following a sports prize giving ceremony at the Shaheed Police Memorial School and College in the city.

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WB sees avian flu a major challenge for Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Agency

The World Bank has said the avian influenza is a major challenge to the poultry industry of Bangladesh and it has already hurt the sector as 41 out of the 64 districts have so far been affected.

In a recent report presented at a seminar in the past week, the World Bank said the occurrence of avian influenza

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Chance to hold polls before December slim: Sohul PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Chances of holding the general elections before December are now slim, election commissioner M Sohul Hussain said Saturday, citing the uncertainty over their dialogue with BNP as a drawback.

'Elections will be held according to our roadmap, that is, national elections by December 2008. I think elections can't be held earlier, as we often said we'd hold the elections earlier if possible,' Sohul said.

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Cardiologists suggest quitting smoking, regular exercise PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Cardiologists on Saturday called for quitting smoking and doing physical exercise regularly to prevent heart diseases and lead a healthy life.

They were addressing a symposium on 'complex angioplasty and chronic occlusion' held at the National Heart Foundation in the Dhaka city.

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RAB nabs two with touchstone statue PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested two suspected international archaeological artefacts smugglers along with a touchstone Krishna statue at North Jatrabari in the Dhaka city on Friday.

The arrested were identified as Haji Tuhin alias Khan, 29, of Shefali under sadar upazila in Habiganj and Biswajit Banik Billu, 26, of Satbargo under sadar upazila in Brahamanbaria.

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17,000 fowls culled in Savar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2008

UNB, Savar

Around 17,000 more chickens of 10 poultry farms here were culled Saturday following the detection of bird flu virus in the farms. With these, about 31,000 chickens were culled in Savar in the last two days, livestock officials said.

After the detection of bird flu in 'Sheela Poultry Farm' at Rajashan in the municipality area, livestock officials decided to cull all the chickens of the 14 poultry farms located within the 1-km radius of the farm.

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