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Floods ravage India's northeast, thousands homeless PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

REUTERS, GUWAHATI, India - Monsoon rains swept across India's remote northeast, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers from their flooded homes and killing at least 30 people, officials said on Tuesday.

The monsoon arrived at least two weeks early in northern India, bringing respite to its baking plains, but in Assam it swamped about 500 villages in waist-deep water, leaving about 300,000 people homeless.
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Lizards, kites hold up flights in New Delhi PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Around 100 flights were delayed in New Delhi after monitor lizards, jackals and birds strayed onto the runway, a day after the monsoon hit, The Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

A family of monitor lizards were first noticed by a pilot on the secondary runway on Monday morning, forcing authorities to delay flight operations for about an hour.
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Tight security as Olympic flame starts Xinjiang leg PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AFP, URUMQI - Police imposed a security lockdown as the Olympic torch Tuesday started its run through China's mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang, seen as one of the most sensitive legs on its nationwide journey.

The centre of the regional capital Urumqi was largely shut down and police checkpoints restricted movement throughout the normally bustling city.
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Global displaced number 67 million: UN refugee agency PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AFP, GENEVA - The global number of refugees and displaced people reached 67 million last year, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday, swelling those under its charge to an "unprecedented" number.

"After a five year decline in the number of refugees between 2001 and 2005, we have now seen two years of increases, and that's a concern," said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.
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Gore: I will do 'whatever I can' to help Obama PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Nobel laureate Al Gore came out in support of Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the run-up to US presidential elections. After remaining on the sidelines during the primaries, Gore pledged to "do whatever [he could]" to help Obama's campaign.

Former US Vice President and Nobel laureate Al Gore gave Barack Obama a resounding endorsement Monday, saying that the United States "simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four”, reports AFP.
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Thousands of Hindus begin trek to Amarnath PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

REUTERS, JAMMU, India - Thousands of Hindu pilgrims chanted hymns as they set off to Amarnath shrine deep in Kashmir on Tuesday, despite fears of a possible militant attack on them.

Hundreds of policemen and soldiers were deployed along the 350-km route which runs through forests and mountains before reaching the shrine.
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Sarkozy unveils major defence overhaul PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed on Tuesday to create a smaller, more mobile and better equipped army able to respond to modern day threats ranging from terrorism to computer attacks.

Launching a new defence policy document, Sarkozy said the military needed to direct more resources to help soldiers in the field and put new emphasis on security within France's borders.
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Chinese company develops 'UFO': report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AFP, BEIJING - A Chinese company has developed a prototype flying saucer that can hover in the air and be controlled remotely from afar, state press said Tuesday.

The aircraft is 1.2 metres (four feet) in diameter and is able to take off and land vertically and hover at an altitude of up to 1,000 metres (yards), Xinhua news agency said.
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California ushers in gay wedding era as marriages begin PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AFP, LOS ANGELES - Amid cheers and tears, gay and lesbian couples began tying the knot in California on Monday, as a historic court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in America's most populous state took effect.

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Ballack strike puts Germany into last eight PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Sky Sports

Michael Ballack's stunning free-kick sent Germany into the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 after a 1-0 win over co-hosts Austria in Vienna.

The Germany captain struck a tight game's only goal on 49 minutes when the midfielder hammered an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner of Jurgen Macho's net.

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France, Italy to battle it out for Euro 2008 survival PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AFP, ZURICH - France go into their do or die clash with Italy here Tuesday beset by doubt, reports of internal strife and player fatigue.

The backdrop to this latest instalment of the rivalry between the old foes could not be more different to their last meeting in a major finals.
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Kalou hails Scolari selection PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Chelsea forward backs new boss to triumph at Stamford Bridge

Sky Sports

Salomon Kalou has hailed the decision to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari as Chelsea manager, telling skysports.com that the Brazilian is the 'best' man for the role.

Last week, Chelsea announced Portugal boss Scolari will take over at the helm as Avram Grant's successor on 1st July.

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Newcastle chairman Mort moves on PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Chris Mort has stepped down as Newcastle United chairman, reports BBC.

He is returning to work for law firm Freshfields and deputy chairman Derek Llambias will replace him and have the new title of managing director.
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Wenger not keen on Kompany PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Gunners boss has no plans to strengthen defence this summer

Sky Sports

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has no plans to carry out a swoop for Hamburg defender Vincent Kompany this summer.

Wenger had been expected to strengthen his back-line as he looks to rework his side ahead of the 2008/09 term.

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Mirza Aziz defends budget deficit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Rejects adverse impact of credit inflow to private Sector

Staff Correspondent

Finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Tuesday the proposed budget deficit was much smaller than in India

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Monsoon depression crosses coast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The monsoon depression over the northern Bay of Bengal has moved west-northwestwards, the meteorological office said in a special bulletin Tuesday.

The depression crossed the Bangladesh-West Bengal coast near Khulna in the early hours of Tuesday. It now lies over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining southwestern Bangladesh as a land depression, the met office said.
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Acting CCC Mayor visits Dev work sites PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) acting mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday visited the excavation and dredging works of different canals and sewers at city’s Jalalabad, Panchlaish, West Sholashahar, Sulakbahar, North Pahartali, Saraipara, Pahartali, Lalkhan Bazar, Bagmoniram, Chawkbazar, Jamal Khan and Enayet Bazar Wards on Friday.

He inspected different points of water logging  in the areas and asked staffs of CCC cleaning and Engineering deptts to  clean up the materials causing water logging.

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Govt working for stability in politics: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman said Tuesday the caretaker government was working to bring stability to the country's politics.

"Our work should be viewed from a broader perspective," the adviser told reporters after the dialogue with Samyabadi Dal at the Chief Adviser's Office.
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Private sector must be at fore of country's development: Hua Du PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Asian Development Bank's outgoing country director, Hua Du said Tuesday the country's aspiration to become a middle income country by 2020 must be led by the private sector, reports bdnews24.com.

"Bangladesh's development challenges are critical and manifold," she said. To tackle these challenges
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Mirpur garment workers take to streets, clash with police PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Workers of at least two garment factories in Mirpur were involved in clashes with police Tuesday, a police official said, reports bdnews24.com

Police arrested 12 workers from the scene, Mirpur police chief Mohiuddin Ahmed told bdnews24.com.
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Two die as trawler capsizes on Padma PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

At least two passengers died after a trawler caught in an evening storm capsized on the river Padma off Rajbari town Monday, an official said.

The dead have been identified as Jahanara Begum, 27, and Bhanu Begum, 55.
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