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New RPO passes into law PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

The government has published the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) Ordinance 2008 in a gazette, making registration of political parties compulsory and banning their front organizations, reports bdnews24.com.

Election Commission secretary Muhammad Humayun Kabir said he received a copy of the gazette on Thursday.
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Ships collision at port's outer anchorage calls for radio links PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Staff Reporter

Chittagong port authorities on Thursday cautioned ships in the port's outer anchorage zone to maintain radio links to prevent further tragedies after the sinking of Sri Lankan flag carrier 'Badula Valley' on Wednesday.

Zahur Ahmed, port radio control officer, told bdnews24.com that ship movement in the outer anchorage has been going on as normal after a 'marking buoy' was placed at the spot of the accident.
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Bangladeshis back to work in Kuwait PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Firms asked to pay

Staff Correspondent

Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait demonstrating over poor and irregular pay have returned to work after authorities asked the errant companies to clear the arrears, the foreign secretary said on Thursday.

"The workers have called off their strikes and all of them have returned to work," Md Touhid Hossain told bdnews24.com Thursday.
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'NBR expansion on the cards' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The National Board of Revenue chairman has said they have proposed to the government for expansion of the central tax administrator.

"We have submitted a draft proposal to the government and we hope it would be a reality soon,"
Md Abdul Mazid said at the NBR's Self-Motivated Taxpayer Awareness Programme Thursday..
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Four more get High Court bail PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Graft Case

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Thursday granted bail to former law minister Moudud Ahmed, former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain and former BNP lawmaker Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie in separate cases.

The same High Court bench, of Justice Sharif Uddin Chaklader and Justice Md Imdadul Haque Azad, awarded bail in all four cases.
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'Human trafficking a major migration issue' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Perpretrators easily lure jobless people

Staff Correspondent

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on Thursday said that human trafficking had become an alarming migration issue, with the perpetrators easily luring jobless people into being bought and sold.

"In a country where unemployment is pervasive and opportunities are limited, illegal human traffickers do not have to try too hard to mislead the millions of job seekers," the foreign adviser said.
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SC upholds bail of 10 VIPs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

The bail orders of 10 prominent figures were upheld by the Supreme Court Thursday, reports bdnews24.com.

A regular bench of the court's Appellate Division, comprising five judges led by chief justice MM Ruhul Amin, upheld High Court bails granted in separate cases to former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, former minister M Shamsul Islam, former minister engineer Mosharraf Hossain, former adviser for energy Mahmudur Rahman, former lawmaker MH Selim and industrialist MA Hashem.
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Govt won't sway parties to participate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

UZ polls

Says Adviser

Staff Correspondent

Local government adviser Anwarul Iqbal Thursday said the government would not try to make the political parties to take part in the upazila elections.

The adviser made the remarks when reporters asked him to comment on Awami League's proposal to hold discussion with the government on three issues including a planned boycott of the upazila polls.
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Pakistan suicide bombers strike arms factory PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

At least 50 have been killed in double attack outside main weapons factory

Agencies

At least 50 people have died after two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of Pakistan's main weapons complex as the coalition government looked in danger of unravelling.

Amid heightened political uncertainty following the resignation of the president, Pervez Musharraf, earlier this week, bombers struck the sprawling facility in Wah, a garrison city about 20 miles west of the capital Islamabad.
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Oil Rises above $119 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Oil prices jumped above $119 Thursday as rising antagonism with Russia underscored the possibility it could affect energy shipments from the world's second-largest oil producer, reports AP.

The weakening U.S. dollar, a fall in U.S. gasoline inventories and a possible output tightening by OPEC at its next meeting in September all helped push prices higher.
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Police stop BNP, allies PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Submitting memo to CA

Desk Report

The police Thursday stopped the BNP-led four-party alliance submitting a memorandum to the chief adviser at his office in the capital.

Contingents of police hemmed in the alliance leaders and workers gathered on the NAM flats premises from morning to 1:00pm by putting up barricades all around.
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Tarqur gets 3 years PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced Tariqur Rahman Prince, son-in-law of former caretaker government adviser Justice Fazlul Haque, to three years in prison for not submitting a wealth statement to the Anticorruption Commission.

Justice Khandakar Kamaluddin of Special Judge's Court-9 also fined the fugitive Tk 5 lakh or another three months behind bars on failure to pay.
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AL mute as Aug 21 anniversary marked PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Desk Report

The Awami League is observing the fourth anniversary of the 2004 grenade attack on a party rally in a limited way this year, under the ongoing state of emergency.

A number of organisations offered flower tributes in the morning hours at a temporary memorial erected in front of the party's head office on Bangabandhu Avenue.
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Nasreen Awal Mongolia's Bangladesh Consul PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

Mongolia has appointed Nasreen Fatema Awal as its Honorary Consul for Bangladesh, a foreign ministry official said.

Nasreen Fatma Awal is president of Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) and the only woman CIP (Commercially Important Person) in the country.
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AL asks for neutral probes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Aug 21 attacks

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League Thursday asked the caretaker government to launch a neutral enquiry into the grenade attack on a party rally on August 21, 2004.

Acting president Zillur Rahman said the BNP-led four-party coalition did not try the real perpetrators since, he alleged, they had been involved with the attack.
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ACC okays charges against Bulu, 15 others PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2008

Agency

The Anticorruption Commission on Thursday approved chargesheets against 16 people in six cases, most filed for concealing information and amassing illegal wealth, an official said.

Former commerce adviser Barkatullah Bulu and former ambassador to Abu Dhabi, Md Nazim Ullah Chowdhury, are among the people on the chargesheets, ACC director general colonel Hanif Iqbal told reporters at his office.
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2 get death, 6 get life PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Abul Hossain killing

A Dhaka court Tuesday handed down the death penalty to two men for the brutal murder of Liberation War commander Abul Hossain, while six others received life terms for their involvement, reports bdnews24.com.

A crowded courtroom heard Judge Md Masdar Hossain, of Dhaka No 1 Speedy Trial Tribunal, award death sentences to Ayub Ali Munshi and Kamrul Matubbar, though the latter remains on the run.
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Stocks Fall on Worries Over Financials and Rising Oil PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Stocks turned higher Wednesday as oil prices fell and financials pared their losses, allowing investors to focus on an upbeat profit report from Hewlett-Packard Co.

Worries about the well-being of mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac again dragged on the financial sector. Wall Street is nervous that the government-chartered companies will need a bailout from the Treasury Department, a move that could wipe out shareholders' equity.
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Americans think worst of 2008 oil spike over: poll PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- Most Americans think that the worst of the fuel price spike that pushed gasoline above $4 per gallon has passed, but they have little hope that the housing market will stage a swift recovery, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

The economy has jumped to the top of voters' concerns this election year, eclipsing the Iraq War, and that has put the housing bust and rising inflation squarely in the spotlight.
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BP says testing begins on BTC pipeline PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, LONDON -- British oil company BP PLC said that testing will begin Wednesday on the closed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which runs through conflict-stricken Georgia, ahead of a move to restart full operations as early as next week.

BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams said that the ''dynamic integrity testing'' would involve ''limited and intermediate flow'' of oil through the BTC line, which usually provides some 1 million barrels per day of Caspian Sea crude to international markets.
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China stocks jump on speculation over policy plans PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, SHANGHAI, China -- Chinese stocks surged Wednesday in their biggest gain in nearly four months on speculation Beijing plans new economic stimulus measures and other policies aimed at reviving the country's languishing markets.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index jumped 7.6 percent to 2,523.28. It was the biggest one-day advance for the index since it rose 9.3 percent on April 24 after the government cut the tax on share transactions.
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