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SCBA defers elections to April PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Staff Correpsondent

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has deferred its elections by one month to April 28-29, in the face of a government ban order, a candidate for the SCBA president's chair said.

Khandakar Mahbub Hossain told bdnews24.com: "The SCBA president Amirul Islam signed an MoU with law adviser AF Hassan Ariff and attorney general Fida M Kamal."

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‘Army personnel will be punished for polls offences’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Laws will be altered further to incorporate a provision for punishing Armed Forces members accused of committing electoral offences, said an election commissioner Monday.

"The agencies such as Armed Forces, Bangladesh Rifles and police deployed during the polls are being included in the electoral offence prosecution net by amending regulations," EC M Sakhawat Hossain told reporters in his office.

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Saudi Arabia resumes visa for Bangladeshi workers Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Agency

Saudi Arabia restarts issuing visas for Bangladeshi workers from Wednesday, after a short halt, said the Saudi ambassador in Dhaka Monday.

The Saudi embassy in Dhaka stopped issuing visas for Bangladeshi workers a couple of weeks ago for what ambassador Abdullah Al-Obaid Al Namla said was for "technical reasons".

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New Pakistan PM to Seek Judges' Release PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AP, ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's parliament has elected Benazir Bhutto loyalist Yousaf Raza Gilani as the nation's new prime minister.

Gilani was a longtime aide to Bhutto, the slain opposition leader whose party now dominates the legislature after last month's elections.

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US Dollar Mostly Up in European Trading PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AP, LONDON

The U.S. dollar was higher against most other major currencies in European trading Monday morning. European gold and silver markets were closed for a public holiday.

The euro was quoted at $1.5431, down from $1.5436 late Friday.

Other dollar rates compared with late Friday:

--99.92 Japanese yen, up from 99.45

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Oil Fluctuates As Dollar, Stocks Rise PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil futures traded in a narrow range Monday, pressured as the dollar gained strength against the euro but supported by prospects that JPMorgan Chase & Co. will boost its offer for Bear Stearns Cos.

Many investors view commodities such as oil as a hedge against inflation and a falling dollar. Also, a weaker dollar makes oil less expensive to overseas investors. The effect tends to reverse when the greenback strengthens, as it did Monday.

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ADB pledges help to resolve food crisis PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Asian Development Bank has promised help to resolve the ongoing food crisis in Bangladesh, an adviser said Monday.

The assurance came at a meeting of Kunio Senga, ADB director general for South Asia, with finance and planning adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam at the planning ministry Monday.

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Beijing Olympics flame lit PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AFP, ANCIENT OLYMPIA - The Beijing Olympics flame was lit in a tightly-guarded ceremony here on Monday at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics.

The ceremony launches the Olympic torch relay that marks the countdown for each Games, and the Beijing Games relay is the longest and most ambitious ever planned, lasting 130 days and covering 137,000 kilometres (85,000 miles) worldwide.

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US military death toll in Iraq hits 4,000 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AFP, BAGHDAD - The death toll of US soldiers in the five-year Iraq conflict has hit 4,000 in what the US military said Monday was a "tragic" loss of lives after four troops were killed in a Baghdad bombing.

The four soldiers died when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while on patrol late Sunday in southern Baghdad, bringing the overall toll to 4,000, according to an AFP tally based on independent website www.icasualties.org.

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Strauss and Bell bury New Zealand PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

New Zealand v England, 3rd Test, Napier, 3rd day

Cricinfo.com

Andrew Strauss guaranteed himself a place in England's Test side for the foreseeable future with a career-best 173 on the third day in Napier as McLean Park finally produced the volume of run-scoring that had been expected. Ian Bell contributed an expressive hundred of his own as England piled up a huge 501-run lead leaving New Zealand's brittle batting line-up with a two-day battle to save the match and share the series.

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Four BNP leaders shifted back to jail from hospital PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Four detained BNP leaders were returned to jail from hospital Monday morning, after prison authorities seized a number of banned items from the prison ward of BSMMU hospital, prison officials said.

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, Abul Hashem, Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and Salahuddin Ahmed had been undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital.

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Asia stocks rise, led by Taiwan; oil falls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Asian shares rose in holiday-thinned trade on Monday, led by a 4 percent gain for Taiwan after an opposition win in the presidential election boosted expectations for better trade ties and less political tension with China, reports Reuters.

Oil fell back towards the $100 mark a barrel as top producer Saudi Arabia reassured consumers of its plans to boost supply and gold fell back, giving respite to the battered U.S. dollar and easing concerns about inflation.

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Dhaka stocks fall, led by Dutch Bangla PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Agency

Dhaka stocks slumped on Monday, influenced by the price adjustment of Dutch Bangla Bank and profit-taking by investors.

An official of brokerage house Latif Securities told bdnews24.com that investors had sold off scrips which gained Sunday, including under-performing Z category issues.

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Tibet govt-in-exile says about 130 confirmed dead in unrest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

AFP, DHARAMSHALA- Around 130 people have been confirmed killed in a Chinese crackdown on protests and unrest in Tibet, the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile told AFP on Monday.

"This figure is from our sources in Tibet. The verifiable number is about 130 in entire Tibet," Samdhong Rinpoche said in Dharamshala in northern India, the base of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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International school hikes entrance fee by 500 percent PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Agency

Parents of children joining the International Turkish Hope School's Uttara campus playgroup have complained of a huge hike in the monthly tuition fees.

Angry parents say the fees have shot up from Tk 3,000 to Tk 15,000 a month for new entrants to the school in one go.

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Peak hour traffic to be eased by halt of Tejgaon-Kamalpur trains PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Railway have agreed to suspend rail operations between Tejgaon and Kamalapur stations during the capital's peak travel hours in a bid to reduce the city's traffic jams.

The move follows a recent request from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to the railway authorities for assistance in mitigating the huge tailbacks that have become such a feature of life in the capital city.

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Gas shortage to hit new plants’ operation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

2000mw power shortage likely in summer

People''s plight for power outages may go from bad to worse when the summers comes with full heat and humidity as the country will then experience 1500-2000 megawatts of load shedding, reports UNB.

This outlook of the already worsening power situation emerges from a yawning gap between a fast-growing electricity demand and a slow increase in power generation.

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Army Chief calls on President PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed called on President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban Sunday, reports UNB. During the meeting Gen.

Moeen informed the President about various on going development programmes of Bangladesh Army as well as its relief and rehabilitation activities in cyclone Sidr-hit coastal districts.

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‘Produce Hasina before court on Mar 30 without fail’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

A special court trying high-society corruption suspects Sunday ordered the jail authorities to produce detained former PM Sheikh Hasina before it on March 30 without fail in connection with the barge-mounted power-plant-deal case, as she was not produced Sunday, reports UNB.

Judge M Firoz Alam of the special court set up at the high- security parliament bhaban passed the orders, after perusing the custody report along with a medical report on the present status of Hasina from the Square Hospital, as asked for.

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ACC scrutinises probe reports against Khaleda, Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Niko graft cases

The Anti-Corruption Commission is now scrutinising the investigation reports of the two separate Niko graft cases, filed against two former Prime Ministers and nine others, before taking a decision on submission of charge sheets, reports UNB.

The investigation report of the case against Khaleda and four others was submitted on March 13, reportedly recommending submission of charge sheet against a total of 15 persons, including those charged initially.

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Dhaka-Kolkata train service from first Baishakh PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Bangladesh and Indian authorities Sunday agreed that the much-awaited Dhaka-Kolkata passenger train service would whistle-start on Pahela Baishakh, a day when people at both ends will go on euphoric celebrations of the Bengali New Year, reports UNB.

The decision came from a bilateral meeting between Communications Advisor Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader and Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty at the Communications Ministry.

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