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Govt. to allow limited TU activities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Says Adviser

Staff Correspondent

The government will permit trade union activities to resume on a limited scale in a week's time, labour adviser Anwarul Iqbal said Thursday.

Talking to reporters at the labour ministry, the adviser said: "After reintroduction of trade union activities, permission to hold polls will also be given in good time."
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Utility bill hassles to ease through e-payment schemes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Desk Report

The caretaker government, before leaving office, will take steps so that all utility bills can be paid through electronic transactions, special assistant to the chief adviser M Tamim said Thursday.

"Before we go in December, we will make arrangements for people to pay all four utility bills (electricity, gas, water and telephone) through electronic billing and payment systems," he said, at the launch of a new payment service by Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company and Grameenphone.
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Nasim to be released today PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Desk Report

Ailing Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim, now serving a 13-year jail term, will be released Friday, officials said.

"We have received the papers. But he could not be released on Thursday as the papers reached us after the time," Faruque Ahmed, a Dhaka Central Jail official, told bdnews24.com Thursday evening.
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Tarique bail rejected PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The court denied bail to BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Md Golam Rabbani denied bail though Tarique's lawyers and others made the bail plea in the light of his severe health problems.
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Dollar trades mixed, gold falls in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, LONDON  -- The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Thursday. Gold fell.

The euro traded at $1.4880, down from $1.4916 late Wednesday in New York. Later, in midday trading in New York on Thursday, the euro fetched $1.4877.
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Oil down on weak demand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- Oil prices pulled back slightly Thursday, a day after surging almost $3 a barrel, as waning U.S. demand for energy outweighed supply threats from the conflict in Georgia.

At the pump, retail gas prices slid further. A gallon of regular fell about a penny overnight to a new national average of $3.778, according to auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.
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Musharraf expected to resign PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Agencies

Faced with desertions among his political supporters and the unsettling neutrality of the military, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, an important ally of the United States, is expected to resign in the next few days rather than face impeachment, Pakistani politicians and Western diplomats said Thursday.

The details of how he would leave, and whether he would be able to stay in Pakistan - apparently his strong preference - or would seek residency abroad were under discussion, the politicians said.
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Ramadan will be free of food crisis: CA PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com) – There would be no food crisis in Ramadan since the government has replenished food stocks with imports, chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The interim government head briefed president Iajuddin Ahmed at a meeting at Bangabhaban, about the steps his administration has taken, president's press secretary Abdul Awal Hawlader told reporters.
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Costlier food and energy ignite price jump PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

WASHINGTON, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Consumer prices rose at twice the rate expected in July to post the fastest rate of year-over-year growth in 17-1/2 years, pushed up by costlier energy and food, a government report on Thursday showed.

The Labor Department said the Consumer Price Index, considered a key gauge of inflation, rose 0.8 percent in July after a 1.1 percent jump in June. That was far above the 0.4 percent gain that economists polled by Reuters had forecast for July.
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Ford starts making new global Fiesta subcompact PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, Thu Aug 14, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Ford Motor Co starts producing its new global subcompact, the Fiesta, on Thursday, a key launch as the automaker aims to cut manufacturing and development costs worldwide.

Ford, which posted an $8.7 billion second-quarter loss, sees the Fiesta as a blueprint for its product development efforts that include a global platform for its Focus compact car that has been built on differing platforms.
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BNP, allies stage protest Aug 27 for Khaleda PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com) – The BNP and it allies on Thursday called countrywide protests for Aug 27 to press for the release of party chief Khaleda Zia and overseas treatment of her son Tarique Rahman, a senior BNP leader said.

After a meeting of the four-party alliance in NAM flat, BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain told reporters that a human chain would be formed across the country on the day.
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Stocks up as week closes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Dhaka, Aug 14 (bdnews24.com)—The closing day of the week was marked by rising indices on the country's stock exchanges.

The day opened flat before buying occurred in midday trade, which pulled the indices up, an official with brokerage house Latif Securities told bdnews24.com Thursday.
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Pakistan army won't support Musharraf: govt PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD- Pakistan's ruling coalition said on Tuesday the army would not intervene to support embattled President Pervez Musharraf, whom the government says it will impeach for years of alleged misrule.

Musharraf has been at the centre of a political crisis since early last year. The threat to his presidency has raised fears among the United States
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SL military says kills 14 rebels PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO - Sri Lankan troops killed 14 Tamil Tiger rebels and captured rebel positions in the far north of the island, as government forces continued their push into the rebels' stronghold there, the military said on Wednesday.

The military also said they captured one of the rebels' administrative centers on Wednesday, hurting their ability to move by sea along the island nation's northwestern coast.
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Lebanon roadside bomb kills soldiers and civilians PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Militants suspected over morning rush hour-explosion

At least 18 people were killed today in the north Lebanese city of Tripoli after a bomb exploded near a bus carrying civilians and soldiers, according to security officials, report agencies.

They said the bomb was planted on the side of a road and detonated at the busiest time of the morning as commuters headed to work.
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Kashmir protests spread to Indian cities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

AP, SRINAGAR, INDIA -- Police said they would shoot on sight anyone violating a curfew in one town of Indian Kashmir today with riots erupting across the region as Muslims mourned 16 people killed in a day of bloody violence.

Violence, that has roiled the Himalayan region since June 23 when Muslims and Hindus began tit-for-tat protests over a government proposal to transfer land to a Hindu shrine in India's only Muslim-majority state, also spread today other parts of India.

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270 garment units to be back in business PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Agency

As many as 270 now-closed sick garment factories may reopen soon after a government decision to facilitate their quick return to business.

An inter-ministerial meeting decided Tuesday that the finance ministry would "issue an instruction" for state-owned banks to write off interests on debts owed by these factory owners.
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Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Mood of panic as eyewitnesses say ceasefire being broken by Russian military and 'irregulars'

Villages in Georgia were being burned and looted as Russian tanks and soldiers followed by "irregulars" advanced from the breakaway province of South Ossetia, eyewitnesses said today, reports Reuters.

"People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous," Luke Harding, the Guardian's correspondent, said.
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US warns against Israeli plan to strike against Iran's nuclear facilities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Bush was presented with list of desired military hardware

REUTERS

The US has refused an Israeli request for military hardware to assist with a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, while warning against any such plan, according to a report today.

Israel presented its list of desired military hardware and other backup for the strike during President George Bush's visit to Jerusalem in May, the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz, said.
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AIDS fight needs religious leaders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Says Marina Mahathir

Involving religious leaders is an essential measure to address HIV/AIDS issue in Muslim countries, said visiting human-rights activist Marina Mahathir on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Mahathir, a member of the International Steering Committee for the Asia Pacific Leadership Forum on HIV and AIDS, was sharing her experience on awareness campaigns at the city's Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB).
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Three dead in shooting at German ice-cream parlour PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2008

Police launch widespread manhunt

Agencies

Three people were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at an ice-cream parlour near the German city of Frankfurt.

At least four people were seen fleeing from the cafe in the pedestrianised area of Ruesselsheim, south-west of Frankfurt, at about 8pm last night. Police believe the killers also used knives, as some of the victims had stab wounds.
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