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CA hopes for good outcome in dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has expressed his optimism that the upcoming formal talks with the political parties will be successful if everyone pulls together.

"The dialogue will bring a good result for all. It will be successful if everyone works together," Fakhruddin told reporters Wednesday at his office while exchanging greetings with leaders of the Buddhist community, marking the festival of Buddha Purnima.
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Ex-CPA member Rashid Uddin sent to jail PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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A Dhaka court sent former Chittagong Port Authority member AK Rashid Uddin Ahmed to jail Wednesday after he surrendered as an accused in the GATCO graft case.

Lawyer ASM Abdul Wadud told bdnews24.com that his client had turned himself in to the court in the morning. Senior special judge Md Azizul Haque ordered authorities to award him division in jail.
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Govt sends medical team, aid to Myanmar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

The government sent a team of doctors and a consignment of medicine to Myanmar Wednesday in aid of the country's cyclone victims, a senior army officer said,

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Proceedings against Hasina transferred to special court PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Niko graft case

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Security concerns caused a Dhaka court to send proceedings of the Niko graft case filed against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina to a special court Wednesday.

Senior special judge Md Azizul Haque ordered transfer of the case proceedings to the Special Judge's Court-2 set up in the specially secured area of the Sangsad Bhaban complex.
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Democracy is threatened, says Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Detained Awami League president Sheikh Hasina has said that any 'ill forces' against democracy would exacerbate the country's current situation and asked people to be prepared to take action against such forces, reports bdnews24.com.

She expressed her apprehension to her lawyer Kamrul Islam in the court following the day's proceedings in the barge-mounted power plant trial.

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Matin sees better law and order PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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Home adviser MA Matin Wednesday claimed that law and order improved to a great deal, helped by better security measures.

"Law and order in the country is now much better. Related people have been asked to work to improve it further," the adviser told reporters after a meeting of the advisory committee on law and order.
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Elected govt must take reform forward: Moriarty PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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US ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty said on Tuesday that a new elected government must carry forward the reforms undertaken by the caretaker government.

"As Bangladesh returns to an elected government, it is vital that recent reforms under the caretaker government are respected by the new leadership," said US envoy in his speech to the monthly luncheon meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
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BTRC gets new vice-chairman PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hasan Mahmud Delwar, a retired additional secretary, has been appointed vice-chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the government said in a statement Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Delwar will work for the telecoms regulator on a contractual basis for three years, according to the establishment ministry.

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US wants strong partner in Bangladesh: official PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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US deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labour Erica Barks-Ruggles said Wednesday that Washington wanted a strong democratic government in Bangladesh so it could play its role more effectively in the region.

The senior State Department official said her country was waiting to see a democratically elected government assume office by the end of December and the military go back to the barracks.
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FBCCI chief seeks scope for businessmen to legalise money PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

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The chief of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Wednesday sought one last chance for businessmen to legalise undeclared money to boost investment.

Speaking at a seminar on "Budget of the Fiscal 2008-09: Reality and Expectations," at Dhaka Reporters Unity, FBCCI president Annisul Huq said: "We want a chance to legalise only legally-earned money to boost investment."
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HC rule on petition for timely polls today PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

The High Court is expected to give a verdict Thursday on a writ petition seeking an order to hold national elections within a "reasonable time frame", reports bdnews24.com.

A High Court bench of justices MA Rashid and Ashfakul Islam concluded its hearing on May 7 on the public interest writ petition filed by barrister Masud Reza Sobhan on Jan 24.

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JSD urges AL to join in dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal urged Awami League Wednesday to participate in the forthcoming dialogue with the government and help in electing a democratic government in December to save the nation from its present uncertainties, reports bdnews24.com.

"We are sceptical about the outcome of the dialogue, and we don't quite trust everybody there, but we're going to attend the talks," said JSD president Hasanul Huq Inu after a meeting at the residence of acting AL president Zillur Rahman.

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Oil soars to life-time high of $130 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, London - Oil climbed to a life-time high above $130 a barrel on Wednesday, driven higher by a combination of long-term production worries and a near-term focus on tight fuel stocks.

A US government report later on Wednesday was expected to show crude inventories rose for a fifth straight week.

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Titas official gets 3 years for bribery PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

A special Dhaka court Wednesday sentenced an official of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company to three years in jail for taking Tk 5,000 in bribe, reports agency.

Convicted Md Shahid Mia will have to serve one more year in jail in failure to pay a fine of Tk 1 lakh, according to a sentencing by the Special Judge's Court-7, sited in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.

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Obama moves closer to presidential nomination PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Washington - Barack Obama passed a major milestone to move within reach of the US Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, but rival Hillary Clinton refused to surrender.

The pair split two nominating contests, with Obama handily winning Oregon and Clinton crushing the front-runner in Kentucky, to give Obama a majority of pledged delegates won during their

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India suggests 'Guantanamo Bay-type camp for illegal Bangladeshis' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, New Delhi—The right-wing Hindu government in the tourist state of Rajasthan has accused India's central government of suggesting that "illegal Bangladeshi migrants" should be put in a "transit camp like Guantanamo Bay".

With this, the issue of Bangladeshi migrants in the north Indian state has snowballed into a major controversy.

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Pranab Mukherjee meets Musharraf PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Islamabad - India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday as the nuclear-armed rivals resumed peace efforts after a lull caused by political turmoil in Pakistan.

Mukherjee arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday to review a four-year-old peace process that has improved ties after the neighbours nearly went to war in 2002 but has failed to make progress on their main dispute over the Kashmir region.

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US warns Pakistan against deal with militants PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Washington - The United States on Tuesday warned Pakistan against negotiating an agreement with militants along its border with Afghanistan, saying a deal might allow them to plot attacks in Pakistan and abroad.

The Bush administration is worried such an agreement, if pursued by Pakistan's newly elected government, would give the militants a free hand in Pakistan's tribal areas, which have long operated outside the central government's full control.

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UN`s Ban heads for Asia on Myanmar aid mission PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Yangon - UN chief Ban Ki-moon headed to southeast Asia on Wednesday on a mission to secure more help for cyclone victims in Myanmar, whose military rulers have finally granted an aid agency the use of helicopters to deliver supplies.

Before leaving New York, Ban said he hoped to meet reclusive junta supremo Than Shwe, who emerged from his bunker-like new capital 250 miles north of Yangon to see the destruction for himself and meet victims -- two weeks after the disaster.

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Olympics torch relay to resume after quake mourning PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

BEIJING, May 21 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Beijing Olympic torch relay will resume on Thursday in the coastal city of Ningbo after three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, Xinhua news agency said.

Ningbo, on the southern tip of the Yangtze River Delta, was originally scheduled to host the flame on Monday before the relay was suspended.

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Olmert proposes naval blockade on Iran: report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Jerusalem- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proposed in talks with a US Congressional leader that a naval blockade be imposed on Iran to try to curb its nuclear program, an Israeli newspaper said on Wednesday.

The Haaretz daily quoted Olmert as telling Nancy Pelosi that "the present economic sanctions have exhausted themselves" and the international community needed to take more drastic steps to stop Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.

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