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Hamas leader says truce talks near successful end PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

GAZA, Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Monday a successful end was in sight in Egyptian-sponsored talks on a truce in the Gaza Strip between his Islamist group and Israel.

In separate remarks, a Palestinian official familiar with the Egyptian mediation efforts said a declaration on a ceasefire, or a period of calm, was very near.
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Bush seeks trade concessions from Brazil, India, China PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LONDON, Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Brazil, India and China need to make more concessions in their manufacturing and services sectors for a successful conclusion to the Doha round of global trade talks, US President George W Bush said on Monday.

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AL ready to make party reforms: Ashraful PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Awami League is ready to make reforms within the party in preparation for registration by the Election Commission, a senior AL leader said Sunday, reports bdnews24.com.

"But the regulations regarding registration
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Mayor wants DCC under office of the head of govt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Dhaka mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka Sunday pressed his demand to bring Dhaka City Corporation under the office of the head of government to make it an effective organisation in the style of "metropolitan government".

For fiscal 2008-09, the mayor announced a Tk 1,009.41 crore budget for DCC.
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Upazila ordinance gets final approval PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

The cabinet Sunday gave final approval to the Upazila Parishad Ordinance 2008 with a provision for a chairman and two vice-chairmen to be elected by direct vote, reports bdnews24.com.

Of the two vice-chairmen, one must be a woman.

"It has been made mandatory," the chief adviser's press secretary Syed Fahim Munaim told reporters after a meeting in the CA's office.
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Job market must make more room for graduates: Iajuddin PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

President Iajuddin Ahmed sounded a caution on Sunday that university graduates were not able to get satisfactory jobs due to the lack of suitable employment opportunities for them.

The job market must be expanded to provide jobs for new graduates, so that the nation as a whole may be benefited by their education, talents and potential, he said, addressing the 12th convocation of Independent University, Bangladesh, as its chancellor.
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HC orders govt to explain curbs on bail PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The High Court Sunday ordered the government to explain why the sections of the Emergency Powers Ordinance and Emergency Powers Rules, which curb judicial powers and people's right to bail, would not be declared unconstitutional and illegal.

The law secretary and the home secretary have been asked to turn in responses to the rule nisi in four weeks from now. But the HC did not stay the effectiveness of the Emergency Powers Ordinance or the Emergency Powers Rules.
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No bias in play over release of two leaders: Matin PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Home adviser MA Matin has emphasised that the government is not acting in any biased way regarding the release of former prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.

"Sheikh Hasina applied for her release, so she was released. Khaleda Zia is still in detention as she has not yet applied for her release," the adviser said at a home ministry press conference Sunday on the 'special drive' (arrests) that started on May 28.
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EU team in Dhaka to assess groundwork for polls PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

An eight-member European Commission team arrived in Dhaka Sunday to assess if an election-friendly atmosphere prevails in Bangladesh, reports bdnews24.com.

The exploratory mission, headed by Zsolt Bartfai, comprises legal, political and security experts of the EC.
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Charge framing against Tarique deferred again PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bashundhara Case

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court has again deferred charge framing against Tarique Rahman and others to June 19, in a bribery case involving the murder of Bashundhara Group director Humayun Kabir Sabbir.

Judge Shahed Nuruddin, of Special Judge's Court-3, deferred proceedings after lawyers for Tarique, one of the main accused in the case, asked for more time due to his poor health.
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Diplomats in favour of overseas treatment for Tarique, Coco: BNP leader PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

A senior BNP leader said Sunday that foreign diplomats were in favour of the government allowing Khaleda Zia's two sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Coco to go abroad for better treatment.

Khaleda's adviser and BNP pro-reform leader Enam Ahmed Chowdhury briefed diplomats about the importance of BNP's participation in the upcoming elections, at a party at his residence Saturday night.
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Govt viewing treatment of Tarique, Coco PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government is viewing the matter of better treatment for the two detained sons of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, the communications adviser said Sunday.

Adviser Ghulam Quader told reporters "We are considering the matter on humanitarian grounds."
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Tarique's wife, daughter petition govt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Overseas Treatment

Staff Correspondent

The wife and daughter of Tarique Rahman, elder son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, formally petitioned the government Sunday to send him abroad for better medical treatment.

Tarique's lawyers submitted the application to the home ministry on behalf of Zubaida Rahman; daughter Zaima Rahman also signed the application.
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'Azam Chy case' documents shifted to special court PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

A Dhaka court has shifted the documents pertaining to the extortion case filed against Sheikh Hasina by businessman Azam J Chowdhury, to the special court located on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex.

Metropolitan sessions judge Md Azizul Haque made the transfer order Sunday.
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Ruhul Amin made new military secretary to president PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Agency

Ruhul Amin, chief of protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been made military secretary to the president, an official said Sunday.

The post fell vacant after Md Aminul Karim, the former military secretary to the president, was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed as head of the National Defence College on June 2.

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Huji activists get 20 years PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Possession of grenades

Agency

A Satkhira court on Sunday sentenced leading activist of militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji), Abu Jandal, and an accomplice Nazrul Ghorami, to 20 years rigorous imprisonment each, for possession of a large cache of powerful hand grenades.

Judge Ashish Ranjan Das, of Special Judge's Court-1, also fined them Tk 20,000 or another year in prison in case of failure to pay the sum.
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Army launches tree planting project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Bangladesh Army launched its own tree plantation drive Sunday, the Inter-Service Public Relations Directorate said.

Quarter master general Lt Gen Md Jahangir Alam Choudhury formally inaugurated the programme by planting a palm sapling beside the Army Central Mosque in Dhaka.
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G8 finance chiefs send message to oil speculators: analysts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

AFP, OSAKA - Group of Eight finance chiefs sent a warning signal to oil speculators this weekend, highlighting the inflation threat to the global economy in an attempt to cool red-hot energy prices, analysts said.

Although the finance ministers said it was unclear how much influence speculators wield over energy markets,
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NBR chief rejects calls for penalty-free legalization PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

Undeclared money

Staff Correspondent

Chairman of the National Board of Revenue Mohammad Abdul Mazid Sunday snubbed growing calls for the government to let businessmen legalise and invest undeclared money in "productive sectors" without paying penalty charges.

"The national elections set for December will help boost revenue collections in fiscal 2008-09. Steps will be taken for the first time in the country to collect revenues directly from upazila level to increase revenue earnings," Mazid said.
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Inflation threatening Asia poverty fight ADB PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

REUTERS, KUALA LUMPUR - Price pressures remain the biggest worry for Asia, where high inflation is threatening to spoil the gains against poverty achieved over the last two decades, the Asian Development Bank said on Sunday.

"We are concerned that the the rising food and fuel prices will make dent in the fight against poverty," Rajat M. Nag, managing director general of the ADB, told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on East Asia meeting in Malaysia's capital.
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Pakistan beat India to win tri-series final PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2008

REUTERS, DHAKA - Opener Salman Butt and Younis Khan struck centuries on Saturday to help Pakistan beat India by 25 runs in the final of a triangular one-day series.

Pakistan avenged their 140-run defeat to their old rivals in the group stages, bowling India out for 290 from 48.2 overs after amassing 315 for three from their 50 overs.
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