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Telecoms poised for next revolution: BTRC chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Agency
The telecommunications sector is poised to further revolutionise lives over the next two to three years, BTRC chairman Manzurul Alam said Monday, looking back over his year in office.

In an exclusive interview with bdnews24.com, he described the regulator's steps towards a more transparent and disciplined telecommunications sector.
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Ex-BNP minister Shajahan gets 13 yrs for graft PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Staff Correspondent
A Dhaka court Tuesday sentenced former jute and textiles minister Shajahan Siraj to 13 years' rigorous imprisonment for amassing illegal wealth and concealing wealth-related information from the Anticorruption Commission.

Justice Khandaker Kamaluzzaman of Special Judge's Court-9 handed down the verdict, including a Tk 10 lakh fine or another year in jail on failure to pay.
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Adviser offers no concrete comment on formal dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Staff Correspondent
Specifics on the 'forthcoming' formal dialogue between the government and political parties have yet to be pinned down, as a government adviser Tuesday made no clear statement about its fate following a meeting with the chief adviser.

"We are unable to say (on our part) when the main dialogue will take place," communications adviser Ghulam Quader told reporters at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
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CEC has no mandate to talk about BNP unity PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Staff Correspondent

BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Tuesday the Chief Election Commissioner has no mandate to talk about unification of his party.

In a news briefing at his NAM flat residence, Delwar said: "Who is he to talk about the unification? The party is run by its constitution. It will not see rules imposed from outside. The people will not accept that."
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Govt staff still wasteful of electricity in own offices PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Government officials are not complying with a government order to conserve power, especially when they are not in their offices, an official vigilance team found, report agency.

Cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder has asked senior government employees to stop wasteful practices in order to save electricity, as the country is grinding under power shortages amid the seasonal heat wave.
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EC to invite Hafizuddin Ahmed to dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission is set to invite BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed to dialogue for April 27, the chief election commissioner said Tuesday.

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CHT Land Commission to be active before CG term ends PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
CHT Land Commission to be active before CG term endsAgency
The caretaker government has taken it upon itself to reactivate the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Commission, after a long seven-year lull, Raja Devasish Roy told bdnews24.com Monday.
Devasish, the chief adviser's special assistant in charge of CHT affairs, said: "The caretaker government has decided to take urgent steps to render the commission effective and functional before it transfers power to an elected government."
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Train journey to London to come true PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka Maitree Express has given rise to great enthusiasm for train travel, even up to London. The twenty-three day sojourn from Dhaka to London is quite on the cards within this year.

A Sunday London Times feature column gives a possible London-Dhaka itinerary. The whole exercise will be facilitated under a proposed scheme sponsored by the United Nations, where Pakistan and Iran will link up their railway lines in the coming months to join the Indian subcontinent’s railway route to that of Europe for the first time.
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Energy producers in driving seat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Consumer countries and international oil firms keen to gain greater access to the world’s energy resources are likely to walk away empty-handed from talks with producer nations in Rome, report agencies.

Record high oil, which struck $117 a barrel on Friday, has helped to drive up the profits of oil majors, but it has also increased the spending power of national oil companies and made them ever more reluctant to grant access to their resources.
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Indian textile sector may grow 4 fold by 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Consumer countries and international oil firms keen to gain greater access to the world’s energy resources are likely to walk away empty-handed from talks with producer nations in Rome, report agencies.

Record high oil, which struck $117 a barrel on Friday, has helped to drive up the profits of oil majors, but it has also increased the spending power of national oil companies and made them ever more reluctant to grant access to their resources.
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Indian textile sector may grow 4 fold by 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
India’s technical textile market could grow four fold to become a 37-billion dollars industry by 2020, provided issues such as lack of investment and absence of research and development are addressed, a report by industry body Ficci said, reports AFP.
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Chinese textile firms struggle to survive in 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Textile firms, once an export engine of China, are fighting for their survival this year with rising costs and dismal overseas market hit by the subprime crisis, reports Xinhua.

Those firms wooing foreign buyers at the 103rd China Import and Export Fair, the largest trade fair in the country also called the Canton Fair, felt the pinch. Few buyers visited their exhibitionstall, and fewer still signed contracts.
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Move to ease yarn import thru Benapole land port PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
The government is likely to simplify the yarn import procedure through Benapole land port in the next budget or before the budget, reports UNB.

After a series of meetings with the stakeholders, National Board of Revenue (NBR) made a summary in this regard and will send the same to the Finance Adviser for approval.
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Samsung chairman to step down after indictment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
AFP, SEOUL  - South Korea's most powerful businessman said Tuesday he is stepping down after 20 years at the helm of the Samsung group, following his indictment for tax evasion and breach of trust.

A sombre Lee Kun-Hee made the shock announcement at a press conference called to announce reforms to the scandal-tainted group, which employs 200,000 people and last year accounted for more than 20 percent of the nation's exports.
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Thai environmentalists try to turn shoppers away from plastic bags PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
AFP, BANGKOK - Environmentalists in Thailand have waged a long, uphill battle against plastic bags, trying to convince skeptical consumers to give up a convenience that many regard as a symbol of modern life.

Now their campaign is finally gaining momentum, as businesses find profit in selling reusable, fabric shopping bags that have become a hot new trend embraced by celebrities and major retailers.
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Pennsylvania to vote in must-win for Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Pennsylvania to vote in must-win for ClintonAFP, PHILADELPHIA  - Hillary Clinton must win Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary, but she needs to do more than simply scrape past rival Barack Obama to rescue her trailing White House bid.

The New York senator is tipped for victory in late opinion polls, but many observers think it will take a double-digit triumph to stave off more calls for her to quit the epic Democratic nomination race.
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London summit to tackle rising food prices PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
AFP, LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was on Tuesday to host a summit of policymakers and experts, including the head of the UN food agency, to develop a plan to tackle rising global food prices .

"At the moment we're hearing a lot about the world financial crisis," Brown wrote in an article to be published on the Downing Street website.
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Maldives wants emissions cuts but not from tourism PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Maldives wants emissions cuts but not from tourismREUTERS, SINGAPORE - The Maldives, worried about rising seas from climate change, wants steeper cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions but is unwilling to curb its tourism industry, which is reliant on polluting international flights.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in Singapore promoting his book "Paradise Drowning" at an environmental business summit, said cutting back on tourism was not the answer even though the country's survival was more important than development.
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Maoists lead as Nepal heads for hung assembly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Maoists lead as Nepal heads for hung assemblyREUTERS, KATHMANDU - Nepal's former Maoist rebels have won half the directly elected seats in a crucial election meant to cement a shaky peace deal, but are only likely to head a minority government at the end of a complex election.

The Maoists bagged 120 of 240 seats contested in a first-past-the-post constituency system, official results showed on Tuesday.
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2 staff of U.S. security firm missing in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
REUTERS, HERAT, Afghanistan - Two employees of a U.S. security company have gone missing in Afghanistan's western province of Herat, a company official said on Tuesday.

The Indian and Nepalese workers were travelling in a rented taxi when they went missing in Adraskan district on Monday evening, the official said, adding the driver had also disappeared, but the car was abandoned.
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Bird flu resurfaces in Tripura PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Bird flu resurfaces in TripuraREUTERS, GUWAHATI, India - Authorities in Tripura prepared to cull thousands of chickens after a fresh outbreak of bird flu in poultry was detected on Tuesday, officials said.

More than 25,000 chickens and ducks have already been slaughtered in the state this month after eight villages were hit by the H5N1 strain.
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