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Chinese try 'contraception' to avoid Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Reuters, Beijing- Chinese people tiring of Olympic overkill are turning to slang, and "contraception", to make a point about the headaches of next month's Games.

"Bi-yun", means contraception, or avoiding pregnancy, in Mandarin Chinese, but in a play on words the same pronunciation is now used to mean avoiding the Olympics, as "Ao-yun" means the Olympic Games.
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Obama calls Israel a `miracle', vows staunch support PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, JERUSALEM- US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged staunch support for Israel on Wednesday in Jerusalem, describing the Jewish state as a miracle and holding only a low-profile meeting with Palestinian leaders.

Obama, who is seeking to allay wariness among some US Jewish voters about his policy towards Israel, said in comments to reporters he hoped to help bring peace in the Middle East.
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India's first Bengali house speaker sacked PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Failure to pull down Singh's govt

Desk Report

Failing to pull down Prime Minister Manmohan SIngh's government in a confidence vote over the Indo-US Nuclear deal, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Wednesday sacked the country's first communist speaker from the party.

The 79-year-old barrister and ten-time MP, Somnath Chatterjee, was also the first Bengali speaker of the Indian parliament. The CPI(M)'s decision was also the first of its kind in India where a party severed its links with a person in the high chair of the speaker.
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5 drown in boat capsize at Mirpur lake PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Desk Report

Five students died after a boat capsized on a lake in Mirpur on Wednesday, a police official said.

The incident occurred around noon as nine students of Mirpur MDC Model

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Govt's refusal to lift emergency ill-motivated PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Delwar tells meeting

Desk Report

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Wednesday that the caretaker government's refusal to lift the state of emergency was 'ill-motivated'.

"No elections can take place amid the state of emergency," Delwar said at his NAM flat home.

"An elected government will decide whether it will make a treaty on the matter," Delwar said.

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Dhaka, Yangon vow to resolve disputes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Maritime borders

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh and Myanmar have pledged to resolve disputes over their maritime borders in the quickest possible time, the two top foreign officials of the two countries said Wednesday.

Foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and his Myanmar counterpart U Nyan Win during their bilateral talks in Singapore also agreed to boost trade between the two countries.
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Over 700 madrasahs to lose MPOs, academic status PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Poor performance in Dakil exams

Staff Correspondent

As many as 713 madrasahs face losing their entitlement under the government's Monthly Payment Order scheme as well as being stripped of their academic status, after performing poorly in the Dakhil exams this year, the Madrasah Education Board chief said Wednesday.

Professor Md Yousuf, chairman of the madrasah board, told this correspondent that those institutions having fewer than five students who passed the SSC equivalent Dakhil exams this year would face the penalty.
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Banks asked to curb high-risk loans PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Staff Correspondent

The central bank has directed banks to cut investment in high-risk unproductive sectors, including real estate, to prioritise economic growth, the Bangladesh Bank governor said Wednesday.

After a meeting with chief executives of public, private and specialised banks, central bank chief Salehuddin Ahmed told reporters that the quality of bank loans would be specially supervised to make sure that banks properly complied with the directive.
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Bahrain lifts ban on work permits PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Seeks assurance over Bangladeshi workers

Staff Correspondent

Bahrain has lifted a ban on issuing work permits for Bangladeshi workers on the condition that they must abide by the country's laws, the overseas employment secretary said Wednesday.

The Middle Eastern kingdom slapped a ban on work permits for unskilled Bangladeshi workers on May 26, following the killing of Baharaini citizen Mohammed Jassim Dossary by a Bangladeshi mechanic.
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Truth commission within 10 days PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Says law adviser

Desk Report

The Truth and Accountability Commission is expected to be operational within the next 10 days, the law adviser said Wednesday.

"The process of forming the commission is in the final stage. We hope it will start its activities in seven to 10 days," AF Hassan Ariff told reporters at the Secretariat.
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Lawyers file writ petition PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Attorney Service Ordinance challenged

Staff Correspondent

Two Supreme Court lawyers filed a writ petition with the High Court on Wednesday challenging the legality of the Attorney Service Ordinance, promulgated by the president.

Belal Hossain Joy and KM Zabir filed the appeal with the bench of justices Khademul Islam Chowdhury and Mashuk Hossain Ahmed.
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Controversy over land allotment to president's wife PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Desk Report

Steps will be taken if any wrongdoing is uncovered involving an allocation of government land in the name of the president's wife, an adviser said Wednesday after reports of irregularities in the allocation appeared in a national daily.

Questioned by reporters after a meeting at the shipping ministry, law and land adviser AF Hassan Ariff: "I am not well aware of the matter. I will look into it."
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Govt mulls agency to clean up Buriganga PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Desk Report

The government plans to employ an agency to maintain navigability and stop contamination of the river Buriganga, shipping adviser MA Matin said Wednesday.

The government considers a permanent office for the taskforce formed to protect the rivers of the country, the adviser told reporters after a meeting at the shipping ministry.
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2 bank directors from depositors mandatory PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Bangladesh Bank has made it mandatory for banks to appoint two directors from depositors, reports agency.

The central bank issued a circular for all banks Wednesday.
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Iajuddin greets Nepal president PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Agency

President Iajuddin Ahmed has congratulated the newly elected Nepalese president Ram Baran Yadav.

In a congratulatory message the president mentioned the close ties between the two countries, a government statement said Wednesday
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'Graft cases alone will not stem corruption' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Our Correspondent

Anticorruption Commission chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said Wednesday that it was not possible to drive out graft just by filing corruption cases or holding public meetings.

"No outer force or quarter will come to help us drive out corruption, we have to be free of corruption through our own sense of refinement or patriotism," the ACC chief told a meeting of government officials in Naogaon.
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BDR, BSF trade fire on Chakpara border PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Bangladesh Rifles and India's Border Security Force exchanged several rounds of gunfire at the Chakpara border in Chapainawabganj Wednesday, resulting in a shutdown of Sona Masjid Land Port, officials said, reports bdnews24.com

The firing occurred for about 45 minutes in the border area, from around 6.15am to 7am, Chapainawabganj 39 Battalion operation officer Maj Syed Abu Hassan told bdnews24.com.
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Stocks buck losing trend PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Bdnews24.com

Dhaka stocks closed higher Wednesday, after a bearish trend over the last seven trading days.

A price rise in pharmaceuticals, power, and energy shares along with the blue chips pulled up the indices on the DSE while mutual funds witnessed huge losses due to a regulatory decision to bar them from issuing right shares.
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Gill - Ronaldo not for sale PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

United chief issues Real warning

Sky Sports

Manchester United chief executive David Gill is adamant that Real Madrid target Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Ronaldo off making a move to Madrid saying it would be a mistake and now Gill says United have told the Spanish titans they have no plans to sell the skilful attacker.

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Essien signs new Chelsea contract PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Chelsea's Michael Essien has signed a new five-year deal - following keeper Petr Cech and defender Wayne Bridge in committing his future to the club, reports BBC.

The Ghana midfielder, 25, has been a major success since joining Chelsea from Lyon for £24m in 2005.

He said: "I am very happy here. We have a great team and fantastic fans who have always made me welcome.
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NIreland striker Healy apologises for ´orange´ gesture PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

AFP, LONDON - Fulham and Northern Ireland striker David Healy has apologised for making a potentially sectarian gesture towards Celtic fans during a friendly at Craven Cottage at the weekend.

The 28-year-old came under fire when he mimicked an Orange marcher in Saturday's 3-1 pre-season victory by pretending to play a flute after coming on in the second half.
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