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WEAB honours seven women entrepreneurs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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Hasina Akter from Araihazar in Narayanganj is a victim of a gruesome acid attack. She was attacked with acid in 2004 for her refusal to enter an affair she did not want to.

"Society blamed me."

Hasina, 25, was speaking at a ceremony titled "Fund Rising for Acid Victims and Award for SME Entrepreneurs" at Gulshan Club.

"Acid Survivors Foundation helped me retain my courage following the dastardly attack that burnt my entire face," she says.

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ACC fails to pile charges against RHD engineers’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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The Anticorruption Commission has approved a final report to submit for eight Roads and Highways engineers, as the bribe-taking charges could not be proved against them, an official said.

ACC director general (administration) colonel Hanif Iqbal revealed the news of approval to reporters Thursday, without disclosing further details.
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Police retrieve dead boy from RAB camp PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Police retrieved the body of a nine-year-old boy from the RAB-10 camp in Lalbagh Thursday, reports bdnews24.com.

Habibullah who used to work in a mess for the Rapid Action Battalion camp on Shaysta Khan Road, was found dead, the police said Friday.
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3 alleged robbers lynched PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

A mob beat three alleged robbers to death on the bank of the Nandipara river in Khilgaon in a predawn lynching Friday, police said, reports bdnews24.com.

A fourth, Salauddin, was wounded in the attack.
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2 constables wounded in gang attack PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Unnamed attackers stabbed two constables and seized a shotgun from the police team on patrol in Gazipur early Friday, reports bdnews24.com.

A gang of up to 30 attacked the policemen on Dhaka-Tangail Highway past Konabari in the district, police said.

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Use of ATMs grows—only in major cities PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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Abdullah Al Asad, an employee of a mobile operator, says it is easier for him to draw money from his bank with an ATM card, but there is no ATM booth of the bank in Pabna.

Though the automated teller machine has turned out to be a popular means of banking, the advantage is virtually limited to the capital city and some major towns.
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Govt to enact new law to protect forestland PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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The government is set to formulate a national forest policy and update forest law for extension and conservation of forestland, Raja Devasish Roy, special assistant to the chief adviser on forest and environment issues, said Friday.

"The government will formulate a national forest policy and modify and amend the existing forest law, as necessitated by the changing times," said Devasish at a press conference held at the secretariat ahead of the Plantation and Tree Fair 2008.
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BRAC's Fazle Hasan honored PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

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Columbia University in the US has awarded BRAC founder and chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, the world's largest nongovernmental organisation said in a statement Friday.

Abed was awarded for his "comprehensive approach to fighting poverty, the powerful model of social change he introduced and his commitment to serving the poorest", the statement said.
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Oil rallies, weaker dollar helps PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- Oil rallied towards $133 a barrel on Friday, on a weaker dollar and as nagging concerns about stagnating production in Russia and other countries outside the OPEC group continued.

Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Thursday after hitting a record high above $135 a barrel.

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Higher food prices to plague world in next decade PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Paris - High food prices will continue for at least a decade even if they drop from the levels that sparked street protests or riots in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in recent months, government-backed international agencies say.

High prices, caused primarily by demand from fast-developing countries such as China but also by rising investor interest in food commodity futures markets, will hurt the world's poorest countries most, and also the poor in rich countries.
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McCain and Obama battle over military service PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, UNION CITY, California - Republican John McCain took aim at presidential rival Barack Obama's lack of military service on Thursday, drawing a rebuke from the Democratic front-runner for his "endless diatribes and schoolyard taunts."

McCain's opposition to Senate legislation that would expand educational benefits for military veterans ignited a heated
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UN chief says world watching Myanmar aid effort PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

AFP, YANGON - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday the eyes of the world were now on Myanmar after pushing the secretive military regime to accept foreign aid workers to cope with the cyclone disaster.

After more than two hours of talks with junta leader Than Shwe, Ban said he had convinced the regime to agree to a full-scale international relief effort -- three weeks after the storm left at least 133,000 people dead or missing.

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UN chief to visit quake ravaged China, death toll passes 55,000 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

UN chief Ban Ki-moon will on Saturday visit China's earthquake zone, the government said, as it warned rebuilding the area where more than than 55,000 died would take years, reports AFP.

Ban will visit a small village in the remote mountains of Sichuan province, which was at the epicentre of the May 12 quake and was almost completely flattened, the Chinese foreign ministry said Friday.

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China, Russia denounce US missile plans in Medvedev debut PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

AFP, BEIJING - Russia and China on Friday denounced US plans for a global missile defence shield and signed a billion-dollar nuclear contract as Russia's new President Dmitry Medvedev made his diplomatic debut.

Medvedev was in Beijing on his first visit outside the former Soviet Union since he took over on May 7 from Vladimir Putin, a destination seen as highly symbolic at a time of tension between Moscow and the West.

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Pak journalist killed near Afghan border PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, KHAR, Pakistan - Gunmen shot dead a Pakistani journalist on Thursday in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border where al Qaeda linked militants have been known to operate, his company and residents said.

Mohammad Ibrahim, a reporter with the Express News private television channel, was attacked when returning from an interview with a spokesman for Pakistani Taliban militants, they said.

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Rice warns of more US sanctions on Iran PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, PALO ALTO, California - The United States will aggressively impose more sanctions on Iran as long as it refuses to give up sensitive nuclear work and uses the world's financial system for "terrorism," US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.

On a joint trip to California with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Rice told reporters the Bush administration assessed "practically every day" whether to slap more sanctions on Iran.

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SL rebels say army bomb kills 17 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO - Tamil Tiger rebels said a Sri Lankan military roadside bomb killed 17 civilians on Friday in an ambush in rebel-held territory in the far north.

The military denied involvement in the blast, which comes amid heavy fighting in the north of the island, where Sri Lankan forces have vowed to defeat the Tigers by the end of the year.

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S.African anti-immigrant violence spreads to Cape Town PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

AFP, JOHANNESBURG - A wave of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa spread to Cape Town on Friday as troops and police appeared to have quelled unrest in the hotspot of Johannesburg.

Police reported attacks against immigrants and foreign-owned shops in a slum area of picturesque Cape Town. The southern coastal city is a major draw for tourists and had thus far been spared the mob violence seen in Johannesburg.

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Spanish climber dies in the Himalayas PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, MADRID - A Spanish mountaineer has been killed in an attempt to climb the Himalayan peak of Annapurna, Spanish media quoted his friends as saying on Friday.

The climber, Inaki Ochoa de Olza, died on the south wall of Annapurna, in Nepal, after suffering unspecified brain damage complicated by a pulmonary edema. He received medical treatment from fellow climbers, aided remotely by doctors at the Hospital of Navarre in Pamplona, but died at 0645 GMT on Friday.

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McCain to release 400 pages of medical records PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Phonix - Republican John McCain will release 400 pages of medical records on Friday to try to put to rest lingering questions about his health and ability to handle the rigors of the presidency.

McCain will be 72 in August and the oldest American ever elected to a first presidential term if he wins the November election.

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Israeli army kills five militants in Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Gaza- Israeli troops killed five Palestinian militants on Friday during raids into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, medical workers and a militant group said.

The violence comes as Egypt tries to mediate a truce between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

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