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Stocks close almost flat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

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Stocks ended nearly flat Tuesday with indices edging up amid the prime bourse's interventions to cool down the overheated market.

The DSE management halted Tuesday's trading of Delta Life Insurance, Global Insurance, Agrani Insurance, Asia Pacific Insurance, Eastern Insurance, Mercantile Insurance and BGIC for market inquiry, according to a web post.
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Security council is issue for elected govt: AL leader PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

The issues surrounding the creation of a national security council should be addressed at a later time by the next elected parliament, rather than by a caretaker government, so as not to disrupt the election roadmap, said a senior Awami League figure on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

"A national security council can be discussed in the next Sangsad, not now. We do not want that the election is disrupted by discussions on what may happen in five months or one year's time," said AL acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.
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4 more Huji activists get 20 yrs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

Possession of explosives

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A Magura court sentenced four Harkat-ul Jihad activists to 20 years rigorous imprisonment on Tuesday, under the explosives act.

Judge Md Nazir Ahmed, of Magura Special Judge's Court-2, also fined them Tk 20,000 each or another year behind bars in case of failure to pay the fine.
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Airport customs find Tk 1 crore worth of digital goods PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

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Customs officers recovered digital goods worth about Tk 1 crore from abandoned luggage at Zia International Airport on Tuesday, an official said.

Airport customs assistant commissioner Neamul Islam told bdnews24.com that the haul included about 1,000 mobile phone sets, 1,177 digital music players, 197 mobile phone batteries and 8,140 memory cards.
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SEC approves Summit Alliance Port IPO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission approved two initial public offerings Tuesday, said an SEC official, reports bdnews24.com

The capital market regulator has approved the Tk 10 crore IPO of off-dock service provider Summit Alliance Port, SEC executive director Farhad Ahmed told reporters.
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US dollar down in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mostly lower against other major currencies in European trading Tuesday morning. Gold fell.

The euro traded at $1.5506, up from $1.5489 late Monday in New York.
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In volatile markets, oil slips in early trading PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria -- Oil prices eased a day after hitting a trading record of nearly $140 a barrel as investors weighed increased production from Saudi Arabia against the ability to supply developing countries.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery shed $1.76 cents to $132.85 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by noon in Europe.
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Scores flee as battle looms in Afghan south PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Scores of families fled their homes in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday as foreign and Afghan forces prepare to drive out Taliban insurgents who have overrun several villages, officials and witnesses said.

About 600 Taliban insurgents took over several villages in Arghandab district in the south on Monday, days after they had freed hundreds of prisoners, including about 400 militants, after an attack on the main jail in Kandahar city.
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Lizards, kites hold up flights in New Delhi PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2008

NEW DELHI, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - 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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Floods ravage India's northeast, thousands homeless PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GUWAHATI, India, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - 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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Russia get Arshavin boost for Sweden decider PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

INNSBRUCK, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Russia can unlock the most dangerous weapon from their arsenal when playmaker Andrei Arshavin returns from suspension to face Sweden in their decisive Euro 2008 Group D match on Wednesday (1845 GMT).

Russia need to win at the Tivoli-Neu stadium in Innsbruck to book a quarter-final spot, while a draw would do for Sweden.

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Race for hybrid heavy machines heats up as oil rises PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

TOKYO, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - It's not just cars anymore.

Bulldozers, front-end loaders and excavators used in building and mining projects are going hybrid amid surging fuel costs, and Japan again seems to be in the lead.

Komatsu Ltd, the world's second-biggest maker of earth-moving machines, launched this month what it called the world's first hybrid hydraulic excavator, twinning a traditional diesel engine with a capacitor, a battery-like electronic device.
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Turkey `neutralizes' PKK group in northern Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

ANKARA, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Turkish military said on Tuesday it had opened fire on 21 Kurdish PKK fighters trying to enter Turkey from northern Iraq.

The General Staff, in a statement on its internet site, said its forces opened fire on the guerrillas late on Monday 3 km (2 miles) inside northern Iraq and most of them had been "neutralized".
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Spain to give subs a chance against Greece PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

INNSBRUCK, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Coach Luis Aragones will give Spain's reserves a chance to prove themselves when the Euro 2008 quarter-finalists face Greece in their final Group D game on Wednesday.

Spain, who will meet Group C's runners-up in the last eight on Sunday, take on a Greece side already eliminated after the Euro 2004 winners suffered two consecutive defeats.

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Strike cripples Darjeeling hills again PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Kolkata, India, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Protesters shut down the famous Darjeeling hills on Tuesday, threatening its tea and tourism industries, as the Gorkha community pressed its demand for autonomy with an indefinite strike.

Gorkhas, who are ethnic Nepalis, are demanding a separate state of "Gorkhaland" be carved out of West Bengal to protect their culture and heritage.

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Fall of Nepal monarchy leaves royal cows in limbo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

KATHMANDU,Tue Jun 17,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - After the king, it is now the turn of his cows to face removal from Nepal's royal palace, two days after it was turned into a museum, a government official said on Tuesday.

Gyanendra, the last king of Nepal, left the main palace last week after a special assembly voted in May to abolish the 239-year-old monarchy and turn the Himalayan nation into a republic.

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Japan makes robot girlfriend for lonely men PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

TOKYO, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters Life!) - She is big-busted, petite, very friendly, and she runs on batteries.

A Japanese firm has produced a 38 cm tall robotic girlfriend that kisses on command, to go on sale in September for around $175, with a target market of lonely adult men.

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Yahoo says mobile search service reaches 600 million PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SINGAPORE, Tue Jun 17, (Reuters) - Internet media firm Yahoo Inc said on Tuesday that its mobile search service will be offered by six more telecom companies in Asia.

It now has 60 such partnerships worldwide, including with Mahanagar Telephon Nigam (MTNL) in India, Hong CSL Limited, Smart Communications and Digital Mobile Phlis (Sun Cellular) in the Philippines and Vibo Telecom in Taiwan.
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Market full of oil, price trend `fake': Ahmadinejad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

ISFAHAN, Iran, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The market is full of oil and the rising price trend is `fake and imposed', Iran's president said on Tuesday, partly blaming a weak US dollar which he said was being pushed lower on purpose.

"At a time when the growth of consumption is lower than the growth of production and the market is full of oil, prices are rising and this trend is completely fake and imposed," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech.

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Silk Road city locked down ahead of torch relay PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

KASHGAR, China, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - China locked down the far-western former Silk Road city of Kashgar on Tuesday in preparation for the passage of the Olympic torch relay through the sensitive region populated by ethnic-minority Muslim Uighurs.

Shops lining Wednesday's torch route were shuttered and police stood guard on every street corner. Soldiers and firefighters patrolled the main square of a city seen as the heart of Islam in China's oil-rich border region of Xinjiang.

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Japan navy plans first visit to China since WW2 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

TOKYO, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A Japanese warship is set to arrive in China next week in the first such visit since World War Two, Japan's Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba said on Monday.

The trip is the latest in a series of events aimed at improving the relationship between the two Asian giants, long at odds over a range of issues, many relating to Japan's invasion and occupation of much of China in the early 20th century.

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