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Chinese governor resigns over mudslide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The governor of Shanxi resigned as the death toll from a mudslide triggered by the collapse of an illegal mining dump in the northern Chinese province rose to 254, official media have reported, reports The Guardian.

Meng Xuenong became governor only eight months ago - a rehabilitation that came five years after he was sacked as mayor of Beijing over the handling of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak.
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Obama raised record $66m in August PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Monthly total exceeds previous record of $55m in February

Agencies

The campaign of US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama today announced it had raised a record $66m in August with the help of more than half a million new donors.

Obama's total for August was almost $20 million more than the $47 million his Republican rival, John McCain, raised last month - giving the Democratic candidate a possible cash advantage in the race for the White House.
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Path to solution is polls PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Says Hasina

Staff Correspondent

Repeated military rule has played havoc with people's fate in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has said and called for elections right away to replace the incumbent administration.

"Election is the only way to overcome the
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Khaleda-Hasina meet aimed to restore political faith PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Commerce adviser says

Staff Reporter

The government wants to restore political faith and democratic norms by trying to get Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia to sit together, an adviser said on Monday.

"Making arrangements for the two leaders to sit across the table is not the government's only task. But it has a symbolic significance," commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman told reporters at Chittagong Circuit House after a review meeting on the development of the port city.
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NBR awards 300 taxpayers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

First Income Tax Day

Desk Report

Over 300 taxpayers were awarded Monday when the interim government observed the first National Income Tax Day in an effort to sensitise the public to tax issues.

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed who left for China on an urgent visit was scheduled to attend the day's main event organised by the National Board of Revenue at the China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference Center.
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Starting point for demarcation of sea borders not fixed on day one PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Dhaka-Delhi maritime talks

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh and India were unable to agree on fixing a starting point for demarcation of sea borders in the Bay of Bengal, after day one of the three-day maritime conference.
 
The maritime boundary talks resumed Monday after a hiatus of nearly three decades.
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GF sceptical of Hasina-Khaleda accord PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Gano Forum(GF) Monday rejected the government's recent moves toward an understanding between Awami League and BNP over the next parliamentary polls.

Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain also raised questions about the government's plans to sit the two former prime ministers and party chiefs together.
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Eid bus ticket buyers face traditional queues PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bus operators started selling advance tickets from Monday for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, though complaints were heard on the day of not getting tickets despite queuing for hours, reports bdnews24.com.

Ticket sellers, however, rejected complaints regarding non-availability. "We are selling many tickets," they said.
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CEC relates all poll dates to talks with BNP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The EC will announce the dates for general elections and Upazila and Dhaka City Corporation polls after capping its third-round dialogue by holding talks with BNP this week, chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said Monday.

However, he added, the election schedules will not be announced right away.
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Tk 20cr a day job-scheme rolled out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The first-phase of the 100-day job generation scheme began on Monday for an initial period of sixty days throughout the country, the food and disaster management adviser said.

"Tk 2,000 crore project has started in 480 upazilas of 64 districts," food and disaster adviser AMM Shawkat Ali said at a press conference at the Press Information Department.
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Fakhruddin on 4-day state visit in China PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Agency

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed arrived in Beijing Monday, beginning a four-day official visit to China, Xinhua reported.

Fakhruddin is scheduled to hold talks with president Hu Jintao, vice president Xi Jinping, and prime minister Wen Jiabao, foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said.
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$350m power deal with WB on Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Negotiations with the World Bank on a proposal for a $350 million credit for the power sector will be finalised on Tuesday, a top official said.

Power Division secretary M Fouzul Kabir Khan told bdnews24.com they would sit with the bank over the final details of the deal, but an understanding has already been reached over the size of the loan.
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'Plot to scuttle polls underway' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Desk Report

Awami League on Monday said a conspiracy was underway to scuttle the year-end general elections.

"Chaos is being created and a clear conspiracy is being executed so that national elections are not held," acting party president Zillur Rahman said at a discussion in the city.
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HC refuses to hear Mohiuddin's bail plea PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court has refused to hear the bail plea of Chittagong City Corporation mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in the Bijoy TV corruption case.

Dr Kamal Hossain, representing Mohiuddin, said the mayor was very sick and urged the High Court vacation bench of Justice Khondker Musa Khaled and Justice Farid Ahmed to hear the bail prayer on Sunday.
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Sheikh Selim, Babar, Mirza Abbas get bail PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court has granted former ministers Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Lutfozzaman Babar and Mirza Abbas bail for three months.

The vacation bench of justices Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamnun Rahman in the orders also asked the government to explain why the case proceedings against them should not be declared illegal.
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'Govt must file regular appeals against Hasina case stays' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Supreme Court refused to hear government appeals on Monday challenging High Court stay orders on two graft cases against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

The High Court, meanwhile, has deferred by a day the hearing on Hasina's bail petition in an extortion case filed by Azam J Chowdhury.
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Garment businessman gunned down PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

A readymade garment industry businessman was shot dead on Monday morning at the city's Kakrail crossing, a police official said.

The victim, Abdus Salam Babu was the director of Yonk Group located at Purana Paltan.
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India probes Delhi blasts, govt under fire PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian police planned to release sketches Monday of suspects behind New Delhi bombings that left more than 20 dead, as media flayed the government for lacking a coherent counter-terrorism policy.

Karnal Singh, a senior police official investigating the five bombs that ripped through crowded markets in the Indian capital on Saturday, said several people had been taken in for questioning but no arrests had been made.
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ACC case against Fazlul Huq stayed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Desk Report

The High Court Monday suspended proceedings for three months of an ACC case against former caretaker government adviser Justice Fazlul Huq, charged with earning illegal wealth.

The High Court bench of Justice Mirza Hossein Haider and Justice Mamnun Rahman gave the order on a writ petition submitted by Fazlul Huq challenging the validity of the case.
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Stocks skid for third day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Markets treaded in the negative territory for a third straight day Monday, pulled by a sharp decline in the blue chip shares.

Almost 60 percent of the traded shares on the Dhaka Stock Exchange closed lower Monday as sell-offs continued from the previous day.
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Oil plummets as energy output unharmed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices plunged to a seven-month low Monday as the Gulf Coast energy infrastructure appeared relatively unharmed after Hurricane Ike and traders bet that Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy could ignite a massive liquidation of commodities.

Light, sweet crude for November delivery fell $4.87, or 4.82 percent, to $96.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after earlier dropping to $94.41, the lowest level since Feb. 14. A close at that level would be oil's first settlement under $100 since March 4.
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