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NRBs see more investment openings PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Scholars Bangladesh report reveals

Desk Report

NRBs are now keener than ever before to come and invest in Bangladesh, an NRB group claimed Wednesday.

Scholars Bangladesh, which organised a conference of non-resident Bangladeshis in December last year, made the claim at the launch of a report on their progress so far.
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OMS of rice resume countrywide PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Open Market Sales of rice resumed Wednesday, with a target of serving 14 lakh people a day.

Mollah Waheduzzaman, secretary to the ministry of food and disaster management inaugurated the OMS programme at Palashi market.
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Nasim leaves for Singapore PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

Former home minister Mohammad Nasim, recently released on bail, flew out of Dhaka Tuesday night to seek medical treatment in Singapore.

"Mohammad Nasim left on a Singapore Airlines flight at 11.55pm," said Zia International Airport immigration duty officer-in-charge Asma Siddiqua Milli.
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AL for talks with CG, EC first week of Sept PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Awami League wants to hold talks with the caretaker government and the Election Commission in the first week of September, a party leader said Wednesday, reports agency.

AL sent two separate letters to the chief adviser and the chief election commissioner on Tuesday seeking a date and time for a fresh round of dialogue on issues related to timing of parliamentary and upazila polls.
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Whites sweep DU dean polls PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

Dhaka University teachers backed by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami of the White Panel swept the dean elections Tuesday, running away with eight of 10 posts up for grabs.

A notable casualty was the incumbent dean of the biological sciences faculty, microbiology professor Dr Anwar Hossain of the Blue-Pink alliance supported by the Awami League and its Left allies.
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EC replies to AL letter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Fresh talks

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission has replied to Awami League's letter for fresh talks, asking the party to clarify what issues it wants to address, the chief election commissioner said.

Awami League sent letters to the chief adviser and the EC Tuesday seeking a date and time for another round of dialogue on issues related to timing of parliamentary and upazila polls.
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Ex-whip Ashraf gets bail PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP leader and former parliamentary whip Syed Ashraf Hossain was released on bail Wednesday night from Dhaka Central Jail, an official said.

Jailer Faruque Ahmed told bdnews24.com that "Ashraf Hossain was released in line with a High Court order."
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Faisal gets 10 years for graft PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Wednesday sentenced M Faisal Morshed, son of former foreign minister M Morshed Khan, to a total of 10 years in prison on charges of amassing wealth beyond known sources of income.

Judge AKM Arifur Rahman, of Special Court-10 set up in the Sangsad Bhaban premises, also fined Faisal Tk 10 lakh or another year's jail term in case of failure to pay.
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Plane overshoots runway in Madrid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

Up to eight killed in incident at Barajas airport

Desk Report

Up to eight people have been killed and at least another 20 injured after a plane overshot the runway at Madrid's Barajas airport, according to Spanish media reports.

The website of the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported that eight people were killed when the airliner swerved off the runway. Another newspaper website, El Pais, said seven people died.
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US dollar, gold rise PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was higher Wednesday morning against other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices rose.

The 15-nation euro fell to $1.4701 from $1.4768 late Tuesday in New York.
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Oil pares gains PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- The price of oil pared its gains Wednesday after the government reported a massive increase in crude supplies, but lingering concerns about Tropical Storm Fay kept prices higher for the day.

The Energy Information Administration, an arm of the U.S. Energy Department, said the nation's crude inventories rose by a hefty 9.4 million barrels in the week ended Aug. 15.
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People from 'Red Level' hillslide zones to be evacuated PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Zillur tells reporters

Staff Reporter

Commerce and education adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman Tuesday visited the site of Monday

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Oil jumps above $115 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices rebounded Tuesday, jumping back above $115 barrel after the dollar weakened against the euro and a rally in heating oil attracted new buyers into energy markets.

Light, sweet crude for September delivery rose $2.73 to $115.60 in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after alternating between positive and negative territory earlier in the day. The September contract expires Wednesday, adding to the volatility.
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Musharraf's exit strengthens democracy against autocracy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Observe Bangladesh politicians

Desk Report

Politicians in Bangladesh saw the resignation on Monday of Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf as a victory of the people over 'autocracy' and expressed the hope that democracy will now be strengthened in the country.

BNP joint secretary general Goyeshwar Chandra Roy said, "No powerful autocrat can cling to power against the will of the people. The rise of the democratic values of the people of Pakistan proves that."
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Dhaka mulls ratifying migrant workers' treaty: Iftekhar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Monday that Bangladesh was thinking of ratifying the international convention on protection of migrant worker rights.

Speaking as chief guest at a regional workshop, being held in Dhaka, Iftekhar said he hoped that SAARC would provide South Asia, one of the largest labour- exporting regions in the world, a common platform to protect the rights of South Asian migrant workers.
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Doctor for sending Tarique abroad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Senior BNP joint secretary general Tarique Rahman must be sent abroad for treatment, or he might be rendered permanently disabled, a specialist said Tuesday.

Surgeon and joint replacement specialist Kazi Mazharul Islam Dolon, of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, told reporters: "Tarique is partially disabled already, as he wasn't given proper treatment in time."
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Musharraf opponents meet to discuss presidency PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Coalition government hold talks as 23 people die in suspected suicide attack in north-western Pakistan(3C pic1)s
Leaders of Pakistan's coalition government are meeting today to discuss who will succeed their common enemy, Pervez Musharraf, who resigned yesterday after nine years in power, reports AP.

The talks came as 23 people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb blast in in north-western Pakistan, highlighting the precarious security situation in the country .
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French soldiers killed in Taliban gun battle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Ambush leaves 21 injured

AP, News

Ten French soldiers have been killed and 21 wounded following a Taliban ambush 40 miles east of Kabul. According to Afghan officials, four of them were executed after being captured or "kidnapped" during a two-day running battle with more than 100 insurgents.

The casualties were mainly from the 8th Parachute Regiment, recently arrived in the country as part of a controversial reinforcement of the French presence in Afghanistan ordered by Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this year.
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BNP's Annie surrenders PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Sent to jail later

Staff Correspondent    

A Dhaka court sent former BNP lawmaker Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie to jail on Tuesday after he surrendered in a bribery case in line with a High Court order.

The former MP from Luxmipur-3 constituency is charged with extorting Tk 25 lakh from a contracting firm.
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Taliban suicide bomber kills 9 Afghan civilians PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Khost, Afghanistan - A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the gate of the main US military base in southeastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing nine civilians and wounding 13, Afghan and US officials said.

The bombing comes at a time of heightened security as military and diplomatic officials issued warnings that intelligence reports indicate the al Qaeda-backed Taliban is planning a large attack to coincide with Independence Day celebrations on Monday.
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UN envoy in Myanmar amid waning hopes for reform PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Yangon - United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari arrived in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday for five days of talks to try to kick-start negotiations between the junta and the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

With little to show from his previous five missions to the former Burma, hopes of a breakthrough on Gambari's sixth visit are low.
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