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Jamaat sets campaign for Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

The Jamaat-e-Islami has put forward a five-point charter of demands over the arrests of party chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and former prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, a party leader said Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

The demands included unconditional release of the three party chiefs, withdrawal of all false cases, including GATCO and Barapukuria graft cases, which Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed said were meant for political harassment.

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HC bench 'embarassed' to hear Khaleda appeal PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A High Court bench has declined to hear an appeal filed by former prime minister Khaleda Zia to cancel the Nico graft case.

Khaleda's lawyers took back the appeal Tuesday after the High Court bench of justices Sharif Uddin Chaklader and Md Imdadul Haque Azad expressed 'embarrassment' in hearing the appeal filed by the BNP chairperson on May 18.
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Mannan, Nizami share same jailroom PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Authorities at Dhaka Central Jail have kept detained former ministers Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Motiur Rahman Nizami in the same jailroom, reports bdnews24.com.

Bhuiyan's wife visited her husband Tuesday while Nizami's wife visited her husband the previous day.

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Former army chief faces arrest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

MiG-29 case

Bdnews24.com

A Dhaka court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday against former army chief Mostafizur Rahman, an accused in the MiG-29 case, after revoking his bail.

Dhaka divisional judge Golam Mortuza Mojumder also deferred the case proceedings to May 28 as Mostafiz could not attend the court for illness.
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Barrister Aminul Haque gets 10 years for graft PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

A Dhaka court Tuesday sentenced former minister barrister Aminul Haque to 10 years on charges of accumulating illegal wealth and concealing wealth information from the Anticorruption Commission, reports bdnews24.com

Judge Tanzina Ismail of Special Judge's Court-6, set up on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex, also fined him Tk 1 lakh, or another three months behind bars if he fails to pay, and ordered authorities to confiscate his illegal wealth.

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Govt okays deeper cuts in BTTB call charges PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The caretaker government has decided to cut BTTB call rates in the face of stiff competition from mobile and private landline operators, an official said Tuesday.

The decision will allow Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board subscribers to make local calls for as little as 10 paisa a minute, in addition to providing customers with free dialup internet connections.
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AL stages countrywide hunger strikes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

The Awami League is staging hunger strikes across the country Tuesday to press home a six point demand including the release of party president Sheikh Hasina, reports bdnews24.com.

The AL and its front organisations began the daylong programme around 10 am in districts and upazilas, excluding the capital, following the party's declaration on May 14. Central leaders of the party are participating in programmes in areas surrounding Dhaka city.

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Three more VCs removed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Agency

Three more vice chancellors of public universities have been removed from their posts in what the government said was "in the public interest".

Separate circulars issued by the education ministry Tuesday said the vice chancellors had been removed on presidential orders.
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Hafizuddin slams govt on fresh arrests PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reformist BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed Tuesday asked the caretaker government to stop its fresh drive to arrest political leaders and to pay attention to creating a proper environment for the polls, reports bdnews24.com.

The comment marks his first public criticism of the caretaker government, which came two days after former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan landed in jail in the GATCO scam case.

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Final hearing on appeal likely in a month PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Functions of SJC

The Appellate Division Tuesday halted for one month a High Court stay order on the functions of the Supreme Judicial Commission formed to recommend the appointments of HC judges, reports bdnews24.com.

The appeals court directed both sides of the case to prepare for a final hearing on the writ petition in one month's time.
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Bangladesh citizenship right divides Biharis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, DHAKA - A court ruling to grant Bangladeshi citizenship to the children of stateless "Bihari" Muslims after 37 years in refugee camps has divided their community, with older Biharis still yearning to be allowed to settle in Pakistan.

Some 300,000 Urdu-speaking Biharis have lived in 66 squalid camps in Bangladesh since the former East Pakistan emerged as an independent country in 1971.

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Rajuk officer gets 3 years for taking bribes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

A Dhaka court sentenced Rajuk authorised officer Mozaffer Uddin to three years rigorous imprisonment Tuesday for taking bribes while in the employ of the city's development authority, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge AKM Arifur Rahman of Special Judge's Court-10 also awarded Mozaffer a Tk 4 lakh fine, or another six months behind bars on failure to pay, and ordered the state to confiscate Tk 5 lakh in bribe money.

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Oil leaps to new record above $129 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, London - Oil rose to a new record near $130 a barrel on Tuesday, driven by yet more bullish price forecasts from investment banks and influential US oil investor T. Boone Pickens.

The market was also spurred by tight supplies of refined products, especially diesel ahead of the US driving season and amid strong Chinese demand, besides a weak dollar.

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Myanmar mourns cyclone victims, but few notice PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Myanmar began three days of mourning Tuesday for 133,000 people dead or missing in its cyclone, but barely anyone seemed to notice and most of the two million survivors were still desperate for help, reports AFP..

In one of the first official displays of grief since the cyclone pummelled swathes of this impoverished country 18 days ago, national flags in front of Yangon's City Hall fluttered at half mast in the light morning rain.

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Barks-Ruggles expresses concern over continuing rights violations PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A senior US State Department official Tuesday expressed concern over the "continuing human rights violations" in Bangladesh.

Erica Barks-Ruggles, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, said she had discussed with the government the issue of "some of the political detainees".
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Old rivals India, Pakistan resume peace process PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - Top Indian and Pakistani foreign ministry officials met on Tuesday to review their four-year-old peace process that has stalled since domestic political turmoil erupted in Pakistan last year.

The nuclear-armed rivals' foreign secretaries' meeting will be followed on Wednesday by talks between Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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China says over 70,000 dead or missing from quake PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, CHENGDU, China - China raised the number of dead or missing from a devastating earthquake to more than 70,000 on Tuesday, as rescuers found another survivor eight days after the huge tremor hit.

A government statement said the number killed had now topped 40,000, and state news agency Xinhua reported that a further 32,000 were missing.

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Aftershock fears rattle quake-hit China PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Warnings of more strong earthquakes triggered panic in China on Tuesday, sending thousands of people running for safety and triggering a sharp drop on the stock market, reports agency.

But as the grim relief effort ploughed on following last Monday's killer quake, there was one uplifting story with rescue workers pulling out a man who miraculously survived eight days under the rubble of a power plant.

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Bangalore eyes political change PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, BANGALORE - It's been a frustrating time for many businesses in India's IT hub of Bangalore. Endless traffic jams, sporadic power, a chaotic airport and many politicians who just couldn't give a damn.

For four years, Karnataka, home to India's "silicon valley", was ruled by a chaotic coalition with a regional party. With Janata Dal (S)'s support base among farmers, politicians were criticised for ignoring Bangalore's IT "elites".

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Mbeki urges calm after South Africa mob attacks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

AFP, JOHANNESBURG  - President Thabo Mbeki made an impassioned appeal for South Africans to respect the dignity of foreigners as calls grew on Tuesday for troops to be sent in to stamp out xenophobic violence.

The flare-up in the Johannesburg region, now believed to have claimed the lives of 23 people and displaced thousands, has badly stretched police resources in one of the world's most crime-ridden cities.

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Extinct Tasmanian tiger gene brought back to life: scientists PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Agency

Scientists said Tuesday they had "resurrected" a gene from the extinct Tasmanian tiger by implanting it in a mouse, raising the future possibility of bringing animals such as dinosaurs back to life.

In what they describe as a world first, researchers from Australian and US universities extracted a gene from a preserved specimen of the doglike marsupial -- formally known as a thylacine -- and revived it in a mouse embryo.
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