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'Climate change and politics the greatest risks today' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dr Atiq Rahman, the UN environmental award winner, on Tuesday urged the government, politicians, NGOs and environment activists to join hands for realising adequate compensation from the developed world responsible for victimising low-lying countries like Bangladesh by causing change in the global climate.

Dr Atiq, who was among those who were honoured with United Nations' Environment award — 'Champion of the Earth 2008' — told a press conference in Dhaka that in the future Bangladesh will have to face severe risks like climate change and politics.

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Unnamed foreigner offers $130m in Sidr aid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

An anonymous foreign benefactor has offered $130 million to Bangladesh for rebuilding damaged schools and revitalise livelihoods in the cyclone Sidr-affected areas of the country.

The fund will be channelled to the Bangladesh government through the Islamic Development Bank, a delegation of the lending agency informed journalists at the Planning Ministry Tuesday.

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Guardians speak against new SCC exams'10 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A number of guardians of the students who are now in Class X demanded that the government should not introduce new types of questions in the SSC exams scheduled of 2010.

They said the introduction of 'structured question papers' in 2010 would not work as the teachers and students of even renowned schools in Dhaka is in the dark about it, and the academic session has already started.

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18 navy frigates carrying out thrilling sea exercises in Bay PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

Targeting a 'square illuminate star cell', anti-air rapid open firing has jolted all the war ships at first night of the five-day long annual sea exercises-2008 of the Bangladesh Navy in the Bay of Bengal at around 400 km away from the River Karnaphuli close to the Chittagong Port.

Commencing on January 27, a total of 18 frigates equipped with missiles, gunboats, torpedo boats, emergency supply ships, arms and ammunition, rocket-destroyer missiles and heavy weapons are participating in the sea exercises.

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Sea truck withdrawal by BIWTC leaves passengers in trouble PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation has withdrawn one of its two sea trucks from the Barisal-Lakshmipur coastal river route, causing immense sufferings to the passengers.

Now only one sea truck, Khizir-6, is plying the route after the BIWTC placed Khizir-8 on the Teknaf-Kutubdia-St Martin's route.

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Body formed to resolve problem PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

TRAINING COURSES at DMCH

Staff Correspondent

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital authorities on Tuesday formed a committee to resolve the crisis over training courses for its graduates.

The committee comprising the heads of all the departments was formed at a meeting held at DMCH with its director Dr Abdus Shahid Khan in the chair.

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WASA project for RCC held up for red-tape PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspomdent

]The implementation work of the WASA water supply project for the Rajshahi City Corporation is yet to start even after around one year and a half.

The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority project for the Rajshahi city has remained held up due to bureaucratic tangle, sources concerned said.

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Teachers of Sylhet school without full salary for 7 months PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

Teachers and employees of Raja GC High School in the Sylhet city are not getting salaries of the school's portion for seven months following a wrangle between the school authorities and traders of a market owned by the school.

The extra-curriculum activities of the 122-year-old school are also being hampered due to the dispute created over renewal of the lease agreement with increased monthly rent of shops, Abdul Matin, headmaster of the school said, adding the market's rent is the main source of the school's income.

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Short stories on Asian women launched PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A group of writers, academics and journalists on Tuesday called for elimination of strong control over women in South Asian countries.

They made this call at the launching ceremony of Dakhin Asiar Naribadee Galpa, a collection of short stories of South Asia reflecting on women, organised at the Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum in the city.

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2 suspected drug peddlers held PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

Rapid Action Battalion picked up two suspected drug peddlers and seized 175 grams of heroin from two places in the city on Monday and Tuesday.

A team of the elite force conducted a drive at Niharika Residential Area under Akhaliya and arrested Nazrul, 25, son of Sekander, of the area. They also seized 75 grams of heroin from his possession.

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Electronic signals on Sylhet-Akhaura railway route soon PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

The process to launch electronic signalling system for Sylhet-Akhaura section of Bangladesh Railway is seventy five percent complete.

The on going work of launching electronic signalling system at the Sylhet-Akhaura section of the railway has already been completed at 17 out of 23 stations including the Kulaura junctions on the route, said sources in the railway.

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Shivering cold disrupts normal life in northern region PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

Normal life was seriously disrupted due to shivering cold for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in the northern Bangladesh adding sufferings to the people.

The severity of the biting cold further increased during the past 24 hours forcing thousands to stay indoors affecting businesses and normal activities everywhere as the season's second shivering cold continued to sweeping the northern region.

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ACC chief urges all to boycott corrupt people PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

The Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury, on Tuesday urged all to boycott corrupt people socially for building a corruption-free country.

Describing the corruption as a social curse, he said, 'We have to build a social movement against corruption.'

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World must wake up to face pandemic threat: expert PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agency

Much of the world, including governments, business organisations and the news media, is 'asleep at the switch' about one of the biggest threats to human existence ever known, a leading American specialist on infectious diseases said this week.

Dr Michael T Osterholm, director of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy of the University of Minnesota said the world fails to fully understand the implications of such threats, According to a message received in Dhaka on Tuesday.

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Subsistence not enough PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

The current minimum wages are far from living wages, which itself is a concept developed to sustain merely a constant supply of labour but not to create opportunities for the labourers to grow beyond and realise their inherent human potential in other creative activities of life. Since living wages are the bare minimum that a person must have, such wages do not allow the working classes to graduate to a higher standard of living 

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Curbing corruption PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Punitive financial measures alone not enough

That over Tk 400 crore of wealth earned through corruption is going to be returned to the public exchequer after the national coordination committee on serious crimes and corruption started investigating them is a pragmatic step.

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V-Day Cup kicks off PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Title contenders Dhaka Abahani will face Badda Jagarani today in the inaugural match of the Protiti Pharma Victory Day Club Cup Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 6:00pm.

Eight Dhaka clubs divided into two groups are taking part in the tournament.

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Harbhajan cleared of racial abuse charge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Adelaide

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was cleared Tuesday of racially abusing Australia's Andrew Symonds, the International Cricket Council said.

Harbhajan pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of using abusive language and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee by appeals commissioner John Hansen, ICC spokesman Sami-ul-Hasan told reporters in Adelaide.

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Banglalink Desh Music Fest Feb 8 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Reporter

A press conference was held yesterday for the ensuing banglalink Desh Music Fest 2008, Chittagong, a concert to raise funds for the victims of cyclone Sidr.

This is the 3rd music concert to be organized as part of the Banglalink Desh Music Fest aimed at making a difference to people who are in need.

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Grameen phoneholds mezban in Ctg PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff reporter

The Grameenphone Ltd. arranged a mezban at "King of Chittagong" located at Panchlaish yesterday.

Acting Mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation Alhaj M Manjur Alam, high govt officials, GP corporate and SME customers and city elites were present on the occasion.

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Draft policy on ship breaking termed as 'incomplete, defective' PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Reporter

The struggling ship breakers termed the draft policy on ship breaking dispatched by the Ministry of Water Transport and framed by the committee regarding ship breaking and re-processing policy as an 'incomplete' one and demanded necessary amendment and addition.

Recommendations to the concerned Ministry of the government were placed at a press conference organized by the YAPSA held at the Chittagong Press Club yesterday.

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