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Emergency dragged on to gag people: AL PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 September 2008

Acting Awami League president Zillur Rahman has said the emergency rule is being dragged on to gag the people and facilitate a few, reports bdnews24.com

He asked authorities to immediately lift it.
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Fed in $85 Billion Rescue of Insurer Near Failure PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

NY Times

Fearing a financial crisis worldwide, the Federal Reserve reversed course on Tuesday and agreed to an $85 billion bailout that would give the government control of the troubled insurance giant American International Group.

The decision, only two weeks after the Treasury took over the federally chartered mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is the most radical intervention in private business in the central bank's history.
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Japan central bank keeps interest rates unchanged PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AP, TOKYO -- Japan's central bank kept a key interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent Wednesday, as widely expected, amid growing concerns about financial market turmoil on Wall Street, slowing domestic growth and rising inflation.

In its post-meeting statement, the bank stuck with its description of economic growth as ''sluggish against the backdrop of high energy and materials prices and weaker growth in exports.''
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ADB targets curbing inflation as major goal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Desk Report

Natural calamities retarded growth and pushed inflation up in Bangladesh as businesses crumbled amid uncertainly created by a messy anti-corruption drive, the ADB said Tuesday.

A key task would be to curb inflation, the bank said in its annual Asian Development Outlook for 2008.
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Asian markets mixed after US bails out insurer PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AP, HONG KONG -- Asian stocks turned in a mixed performance Wednesday, giving up early gains as a U.S. plan to rescue troubled insurer AIG failed to persuade many investors that recent financial turmoil would soon ease.

European shares were higher in early trade.

Asia's markets opened mostly higher as Wall Street's rise overnight lifted sentiment after Tuesday's huge sell-off. Japan's Nikkei 225 average added 1.2 percent to 11,749.79 after sinking nearly 5 percent the day before to its lowest finish in more than three years.
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Fresh EC move to make Khaleda voter PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Election Commission secretariat has taken a fresh initiative to enlist freed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as a voter, reports bdnews24.com.

Election Commissioner Muhammad Sohul Hossain told bdnews24.com Tuesday morning that the EC would take steps to enlist Khaleda
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US and UK failing to monitor flood of arms into Iraq, Amnesty warns PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Guardian Online

Iraq is being flooded with weapons despite human rights violations by all parties in the conflict there, and without any proper monitoring by the US and Britain over where the weapons end up, Amnesty International says today.

There is no clear accountable audit trail for some 360,000 small arms supplied to the Iraqi security forces, many by the US and UK, it says.

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Transparent ballot boxes arrive PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

The first batch of transparent ballot boxes intended for use in the upcoming national polls have arrived in Dhaka, with the Election Commission scheduled to receive them on Wednesday, an EC official said Tuesday.

"The first shipment containing 35,000 transparent ballot boxes reached Kamalapur Inland Container Terminal on Monday evening, and they will be released on Wednesday," EC Secretariat joint secretary Rafikul Islam told bdnews24.com.
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Israel ruling party elects Olmert successor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AFP, JERUSALEM - Members of Israel's governing Kadima party were voting for a new leader on Wednesday, with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni favoured by opinion polls to replace scandal-plagued Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Livni, who was expected to benefit if turnout proved high, urged Kadima members to come out and vote for a new party leader -- who could go on to become prime minister.
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Tainted milk sickens 6,000 babies in China PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AFP, BEIJING - China said Wednesday more than 6,000 babies had fallen ill and three died after drinking milk powder contaminated with a toxic chemical, as it vowed massive efforts to contain a widening food scandal.

In the latest debacle to tarnish the "Made in China" label, authorities admitted two of 22 companies found to have melamine in their milk powder were exporting abroad, and that tainted yogurt had been found in Hong Kong.
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'The future is not in the hands of Robert Mugabe' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Guardian Online

Zimbabwe's new prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, yesterday described Robert Mugabe as "giving up" and said that he would seek to govern by sidelining the beleaguered president whose own party is "moving on" without him.

But, in an interview with the Guardian, Tsvangirai acknowledged that a climate of suspicion and mistrust between his own Movement for Democratic Change and Mugabe's Zanu-PF party would test his political skills as prime minister at the head of a coalition government of former opponents - some of whom are responsible for overseeing a vicious campaign of violence against other members of the new administration.
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University and college students could hold keys to power in the White House PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Guardian Online

It is voter registration day on the campus of Kutztown university in Pennsylvania and a small but dogged group of students are trying to persuade classmates to sign up for the November presidential election. Decades ago they might have done so through bribery or, failing that, the fist; but these days the preferred method is humour.

"Voting is sexy and easy - register now!" says a poster on the wall, alongside a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey panel which students play blindfolded.
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Dhaka, Delhi cap talks without accord PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Maritime border demarcation

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh and India wrapped up maritime border demarcation talks on Wednesday with no tangible agreement on the mid-flow of the Hariabhanga, a border river, officials say.

The mid-point of the Hariabhanga will be the borderline between the two neighbours.
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EC to announce all elections dates on Monday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The chief election commissioner has said the dates for elections to parliament, Dhaka City Corporation and Upazila Parishad will be announced on Monday.

"The Commission will disclose the dates for Jatiya Sangsad, Dhaka City Corporation and Upazila Parishad elections on Monday," ATM Shamsul Huda told reporters Wednesday at the Election Commission Secretariat.
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More BNP leaders get High Court bail PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Desk Report

The High Court on Wednesday granted three months' bail to a number of BNP leaders including Mir Nasiruddin, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, AKM Mosharraf Hossain, Zafrul Islam Chowdhury, Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Daud Saluddin, Manjurul Ahsan Munshi and Ariful Haque Chowdhury.

The vacation bench of justices Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamnun Rahman in the orders also halted the sentences of former state ministers Mir Nasiruddin, Amanullah Aman, Tuku, Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbbas for the same period.
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Govt to send experts to China PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Rooppur N-plant

Staff Correspondent

The government will send a team of scientists and technical experts to China to put the Rooppur nuclear power plant on stream with Chinese assistance, an adviser said on Wednesday.

The Chinese leaders pledged in talks with chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, now visiting China, to help Dhaka to implement the nuclear power plant for producing electricity, foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told bdnews24.com from Beijing by telephone.
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Hasina 'positive' about meeting Khaleda PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Sheikh Hasina has shown positive attitude towards a proposed meeting with her political rival Khaleda Zia, barrister Rafiqul Huq, who stood for both in the higher courts, said Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

"But a final decision will come later … once she is back in the country," Huq, now in Singapore, told bdnews24.com senior political correspondent Sumon Mahbub by phone.
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More changes in civil service PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Changes have been brought to nine deputy secretary-level posts in the administration, according to an establishment ministry circular Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Of the officials shuffled, two, Manik Lal Banik and Delwar Hossain, have been attached with the food and disaster management ministry to oversee the government's 100-day work scheme.
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Govt threatens to close jute mills if workers press on with demos PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Desk Report

The government will close down the jute mills still in operation and lease them out to private management if the workers pressed on with their demonstrations, the local government adviser has warned.

The government has set aside Tk 12.5 crore to pay off the arrears of the agitating Khulna jute mills workers in a couple of days, M Anwarul Iqbal said on Wednesday.
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EC dialogue with BNP, Jamaat, IOJ Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said on Wednesday that the commission would hold dialogue on Saturday with the BNP and its allies Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Oikyo Jote in the four-party .

He had earlier said the talks would be held Thursday.

But after talking with the BNP leaders, the commission pushed the meeting to Saturday, he said.
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CA may address the nation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Informs adviser

Staff Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhrudin Ahmed is likely to address the nation on various issues including the elections schedule after he returns home from China, an adviser said on Wednesday.

However, the Election Commission will announce the final date and schedule of the elections, the local government adviser M Anwarul Iqbal said.
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