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Govt seals $350m power deal with WB PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The government has closed an agreement with the World Bank on a $ 350 million credit to electrify the flagging power sector, a senior official said on Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

The deal will be tabled at a meeting of the World Bank in October for a final approval, Power Division secretary M Fouzul Karim Khan told bdnews24.com.
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Truth Commission 'not really getting anywhere' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Truth Commission is failing to attract politicians and business barons for whom it was all meant, chairman Habibur Rahman Khan said Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

"Since they are not coming, we are not progressing much," Khan told a press briefing.
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Attack on US embassy in Yemen leaves 16 dead PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AFP, SANAA - Islamist militants attacked the US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa with a car bomb and rockets on Wednesday, leaving 16 people dead, in the second strike on the high-security compound in six months.

The dead were six Yemeni soldiers, four civilians including an Indian and six attackers -- one wearing an explosives belt, the interior ministry said, while a US official said there were no American casualties.
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Govt asks BGMEA, BKMEA to table plan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Pay hike of RMG workers

Staff Correspondent

The government has asked garment exporters and knitwear manufacturers to table proposals on the pay hike of readymade garment workers in the next three to four days, an official said on Wednesday.

"After the announcement of 20 percent dearness allowance for the government employees, the issue of raising salaries of the garment workers was also discussed," commerce secretary Firoz Ahmed told reporters after a meeting on 'Social Complaint Forum for RMG' at the Secretariat.
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Rising prices tip another 75 million towards starvation: UN PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AFP, ROME- Global numbers afflicted by acute hunger rose from 850 million to 925 million by the start of 2008 because of rising prices, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.

The number of people suffering from malnutrition, before the worst effects of global price rises, "rose just in 2007 by 75 million," Jacques Diouf, director-general of the Rome-based agency, told an Italian parliament committee, according to ANSA news agency.
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Charge-framing deferred yet again PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Aug 21 murder case

Staff Correspondent

Apparently caught in a whirlwind of procrastination, charge framing in the August 21 grenade attack murder case has again been deferred to Sept 24.

Judge Md Mazdar Hossain of Dhaka's number 1 Speedy Trial Tribuna on Wednesday pushed back the date for the fifth time.
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HC judge embarrassed to hear MiG-29 case appeal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

A High Court judge on Wednesday felt embarrassed to hear the appeal filed by former prime minister Sheikh Hasina challenging the legality of the MiG-29 purchase graft case.

One of the judges in the bench of Justice Mirza Hossain Haider and Justice Mamnun Rahman
declined to hear the petition citing embarrassment as being the reason, Hasina's counsel barrister Shafique Ahmed said.
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Kuddus takes helm of Biman PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Desk Report

Zahed Kuddus took over as Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd managing director and chief executive officer on Wednesday, a day after his appointment, Biman's public relations department said.

Kuddus, a former Air Force officer and retired air commodore, went to the office around 9am.
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AL decries planned health policy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The Awami League has asked the caretakers not to rush a new national health policy, reports bdnews24.com.

"The elected government should rather do it," said Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, the party's health and population affairs spokesman.
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Khaleda to pay for Tarique treatment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Khaleda Zia and her family will pay for her son Tarique Rahman's medical expenses in the UK, an aide said Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

"Many people at home and abroad have shown interest in paying for his treatment. But the family will pay for it," said Maruf Kamal Khan Sohel, a senior official at the BNP chairperson's media cell.
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Hasina meets WB officials PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina had meetings on Tuesday with the World Bank top officials in Washington DC, an aide said.

"Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her son Sajib Wazed Joy met with the World Bank South Asian Affairs vice president Isabella Guerrero and former incumbent Praful C Patel and other senior officials there," her press secretary Abul Kalam Azad said to bdnews24.com Wednesday.
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Oil prices rebound PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices rebounded Wednesday as a government rescue of American International Group Inc. soothed skittish investors who feared the insurer's collapse could have triggered a wholesale exodus from commodities.

Light, sweet crude for October delivery rose $1.45 to $92.60 a barrel in early trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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BNP , allies press for talks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Top leaders of the four party alliance have urged the government and the Election Commission to hold dialogue not only with BNP, but also with the component parties of the alliance to hold a meaningful and proper election. BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain spoke to reporters after a

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BB rolls out 3-year revolving loans for farmers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bid to boost farm production

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Bank has introduced a three-year revolving crop credit limit to boost farm production, a senior central bank official said on Tuesday.

According to the new credit limit, if a farmer takes a crop loan from any bank he will receive the same loan over the next two years from the same bank, without having to reapply as long as he repays or adjusts the initial loan with the new one.
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Adviser rules out media reports of govt pressure on Hasina, Khaleda to sit for dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman Tuesday denied media reports that quoted him as saying in Chittagong on Monday that Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and BNP supreme Khaleda Zia would be pressured to sit for dialogue.

"The initiative to bring the two leaders to sit and talk is part of different initiatives to resolve the problem. This initiative has a symbolic significance. There is no scope for putting pressure from our part. There is no question of creating pressure."
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Petrobangla, PDB to review gas for power PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Petrobangla and the Power Development Board are to meet to review policy on gas supplies to power plants under process in different phases, reports bdnews24.com.

Petrobangla chairman Jalal Ahmed told bdnews24.com: "We have received proposals in this regard from the Power Development Board. We will sit to review them at a meeting soon."
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Biman seeks partner, gets new MD PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The government is looking for a strategic partner to run and manage state-owned airline Biman, special assistant for civil aviation said Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

"We have taken steps to run Biman by a foreign airline through a partnership," Mahbub Jamil told bdnews24.com, "and that airline can opt for a stake in Biman or just take responsibility for management."
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Bay low raises signal 3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Agency

A low over northwest Bay and adjoining areas moved west-northwestwards, the Meteorological Department on Tuesday said in a statement.

The low, intensifying into a monsoon depression, was lying over the northwest Bay and adjacent area off Orissa coast at 6am, about 590 kilometres west-southwest of Chittagong port, 570 kilometres west-southwest of Cox's Bazar port and 390 kilometres southwest of Mongla port.
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Hasina, Selim bailed in bribery case PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The High Court Tuesday granted former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her cousin cabinet colleague Fazlul Karim Selim bail for three months in an extortion case filed by a top businessman, reports bdnews24.com.

The vacation bench of judges Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamnun Rahman gave the order after hearing two separate bail appeals submitted by the two accused.

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AL to prepare for polls after Hasina returns PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League will begin its election preparations on Sheikh Hasina's return home, said AL acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam on Tuesday.

"The party workers are looking forward to electioneering activities soon after our president returns," Ashraful told reporters at the Gulshan residence of acting party president Zillur Rahman.
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Debapriya heads UNCTAD PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Desk Report

Debapriya Bhattacharya, permanent representative of Bangladesh in Geneva, took over as head of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board on Monday.
 
He was elected unanimously to the one-year post by the 193 UN member states, said a statement from Geneva.
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