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Floods displace 15,000 in Chile PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, SANTIAGO - Heavy rains and flooding that killed five people and displaced thousands in south-central Chile have collapsed road and rail bridges, closed the world's largest underground copper mine and left many in the capital without drinking water, the government said on Friday.

Many schools remained closed in Santiago and elsewhere after floodwaters churned up sediment at water treatment plants, while several rivers burst their banks farther south, deluging thousands of homes.

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China says found radiation sources after quake PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, CHENGDU, China,- China has found what it termed 50 "hazardous sources of radiation" due to last week's earthquake, a senior official said on Friday, although he insisted the situation was under control.

But Wu Xiaoqing, vice environment minister, said there had been no accidental releases of radiation.

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South Africa says apartheid-era foes fan violence PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, CAPE TOWN- South Africa's security chief accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government on Friday of fanning anti-foreigner violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre.  

At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs who have stabbed, clubbed and burnt migrants from other parts of Africa they accuse of taking jobs and fuelling crime.

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Work on longest link begins May 31 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

The government has taken up a new project to construct a road linking Airport Road with Rokeya Sarani in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the city, adviser Anwarul Iqbal said Saturday, reports bdnews24.com.

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed is expected to inaugurate the construction of the road through Tejgaon Airport on May 31, the adviser said at a press conference.
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Khaleda denies hand in Barapukuria scam: lawyer PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia Saturday denied any involvement in the Barapukuria coalmine scam, her lawyer said.

ACC deputy director Monirul Hoque, investigation officer of the case, interrogated
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Delwar warns party against 'plots' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Saturday a certain quarter was plotting against his party to keep it from contesting the national polls.

Speaking at a meeting with ex-student leaders at his NAM flat, the Khaleda-nominated secretary general of the troubled party asked BNP leaders and supporters to remain alert against any such conspiracy.
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Dialogue off to a 'bad' start: AL PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Awami League said Saturday the government's dialogue with political parties had got off to a "bad" start.

"Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed had been at the first meeting with the political parties for a short time. The seating arrangement for the talks was unpleasant and indecorous," acting AL general secretary Syed Asharful Islam told reporters after a presidium meeting.
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BB settles for independent directors to banks PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Bangladesh Bank has accepted a request by private commercial bank owners to choose independent directors to their boards instead of appointing directors from among their depositors.

"But the banks will have to comply with certain rules and regulations that the central bank will set to appoint independent directors," central bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com Saturday.
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EC to announce local govt polls schedule in early June: Sohul PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

The Election Commission is set to announce the schedule for elections to some local government bodies in early June, a senior election official said Saturday, reports bdnews24.com.

"Specific dates for the polls to the four city corporations and nine municipalities will be announced early June. Before that, we will formally ask the government to create an atmosphere congenial to campaigning and other election related activities, either by withdrawing the state of emergency or relaxing it," election commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain told bdnews24.com.
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Extra allowances planned for govt officials PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Additional allowances have been planned for government officials in the next budget, finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Friday.

The plan for so-called dearness allowances, meant to match the ever-increasing prices of commodities, will increase the size of the budget.
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Four killed in Manikganj bus crash PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Four people died when a bus drove off the road into a ditch in Muljan on the Dhaka- Aricha highway Saturday morning, police said, reports bdnews24.com.

Two of the accident victims were from the same family; around twenty others were hurt in the mishap.
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Airlines increase US round-trip fares by up to $60 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Reuters, New York - Three major US airlines have raised round-trip fares in the United States by up to $60 as they struggle with record oil prices, which have roughly doubled in the past year.

A spokeswoman for United Airlines, owned by UAL Corp,, said round-trip fares would rise between $10 and $60 to offset rising fuel costs.
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BCB announces ticket rates for tri-nation ODI tournament PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Saturday announced the ticket rates for the coming tri-nation One-Day International tournament involving India, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh.

The tournament is scheduled for June 6 to 15 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, which hosts four matches including the final.
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Inflation control must top govt agenda: ICCB PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Taking effective and long-term measures to contain inflation should top the government agenda, president of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh Mahbubur Rahman said Saturday.

Presenting a report of the executive board at the 13th ICC Bangladesh Annual Council 2007, at the MCCI Conference Hall, Rahman said a democratic government was a pre-requisite for any sustained development of a nation.
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Wall Street faces bleaker picture amid oil surge, hawkish Fed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

AFP, NEW YORK - As Americans kick off vacation season, Wall Street is bracing for a darker outlook with surging oil prices likely to crimp an economic recovery and the Federal Reserve sounding increasingly hawkish.

The stock market, which had been on a strong run in April and early May, now looks increasingly fragile, analysts say.
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Yahoo announces delay in general meeting over Icahn move PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - Yahoo is delaying a July 3 shareholders meeting in a move aimed at staving off a showdown with corporate raider Carl Icahn, who is out to overthrow the struggling Internet search pioneer's board of directors.

Icahn has reportedly bought a stake of more than four percent in the California firm and says he plans to oust board members he accuses of botching recent takeover talks with Microsoft.

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Tech execs plan for economic troubles PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK- Technology executives around the world are preparing for economic troubles to deepen.

Many hope that their products will prove indispensable for customers and see emerging economies as sure-growth markets.

But low- and middle-income U.S. consumers are struggling, and the relative strength of U.S. corporations may not last, executives said at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in Tokyo, Paris and New York this week.

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GM, Ford shares dive as investor worries mount PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

REUTERS, DETROIT- Shares of General Motors Corp hit a 26-year low and Ford Motor Co also tumbled on Friday as investors reacted to disclosures from the leading U.S. automakers about the toll from a slumping auto market and from recent strikes against GM and one of its key suppliers.

Shares of GM dropped almost 5 percent to their lowest level since 1982 after the No. 1 U.S. automaker detailed the drag on its earnings from just-ended strikes at two of its own plants and at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings.

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Fergie - We will keep Ronaldo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 May 2008

United boss warns Real over interest in Footballer of the Year

Sky Sports

Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Real Madrid that Manchester United will not be listening to any offers for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Fresh from helping United secure a Premier League and UEFA Champions League double,

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Delwar says he awaits green light to talks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Friday that his party would decide on whether to join dialogue with the government after it received the green light from party chief Khaleda Zia.

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Movement for Hasina freedom if necessary: Zillur PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Awami League will launch a movement to get party chief Sheikh Hasina freed, if necessary, acting president Zillur Rahman said Friday.

"Leaders and workers of the Awami League are united on the issue," Zillur said after prayers for the release and recovery of the former prime minister at the party headquarters.
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