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HK cuts taxes as surplus soars PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Hong Kong

Hong Kong's financial chief on Wednesday promised sweeping tax cuts for workers and businesses and abolished duty on wine and beer on the back of a record budget surplus.

In his maiden budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang said he would increase spending on health services and introduce measures to bridge the widening wealth gap and reduce air pollution.

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Slow growth threatens South Africa's poverty targets PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Johannesburg

South African government plans to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014 appeared increasingly at risk Tuesday as official statistics confirmed fears of a downturn in economic growth.

Figures released by Statistics South Africa showed a drop in gross domestic product growth to 5.1 per cent last year from 5.4 per cent in 2006.

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Henkel to cut 3,000 jobs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Frankfurt

German chemicals group Henkel said Wednesday it planned to cut 3,000 jobs and sell a stake in a US affiliate to cope with soaring raw material costs and stiff competition and to finance an acquisition.

The restructuring programme, launched in response to 'changing market conditions, especially with regard to ever stronger competition and increasing cost pressure,' will cost 500 million euros ($750m), Henkel said.

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SA to settle scores in second Test PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Second Test begins today

Sports Reporter

After a rude awakening in the opening Test, South Africa will be looking for a more reassuring performance when they meet Bangladesh in the second and final match starting today Friday.

Though the South Africans won the opener in Dhaka by a five-wicket margin and nearly two days to spare, they conceded a first innings lead to their under-rated rivals and largely looked out of sorts while batting.

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AFC's latest instructions to Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Asian Football Confederation in its latest letter to the Bangladesh Football Federation categorically stated that the District Football Associations would not be the members of the BFF rather they would be the members of their respective Divisional Football Associations.

The instructions may arrive as a severe blow to the Sports Organisers Forum who monopolised the federation's electoral process as a combined unit.

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India through to final PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur

India overcame a rain-reduced target and a brilliant display by New Zealand's Corey Anderson to enter the under-19 World Cup final here on Wednesday.

Left-handed Anderson smashed 70 off 68 and balls and took a stunning catch, but India held their nerves amid mounting tension to squeak home by three wickets in a rain-hit semi-final under lights.

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Sangbad editor Bazlur Rahman dies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Laid to rest at Mirpur

Staff Correspondent

The editor of Bangla-language daily Sangbad, Bazlur Rahman, died of a heart attack at the age of 67 shortly before Tuesday midnight, his colleagues said.

Rahman, husband of Awami League presidium member Motia Chowdhury, was taken to BIRDEM hospital from Dhaka Club, where he suffered a heart attack.

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City corporation candidates may appear in televised debates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said Wednesday that the EC will announce the schedule for the four city corporation elections in March with televised debates being planned prior to the polls.

"We are planning to hold televised debates between the candidates to the four city corporation polls, which may be broadcast on BTV, local private channels and the BBC," Huda said at the Election Commission Secretariat.

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Abdul Jalil critically ill: doctor PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Detained Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil's health has become critical, his physician Dr Matiur Rahman said Wednesday.

Dr Rahman, LabAid Hospital's chief cardiologist, told bdnews24.com that the detained AL leader was suffering from a number of ailments including a severe kidney condition.

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HC adjourns EC dialogue hearing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court has adjourned the hearing until Monday on twin writ petitions that challenge the Election Commission's invitation to BNP's disputed secretary general Hafizuddin Ahmed for electoral reforms talks.

The HC bench of justices Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamunur Rahman heard the petitions Wednesday. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's chief counsel TH Khan told the court that the BNP standing committee had appointed its secretary general through a "coup on Oct 29 last year".

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Ongkon Shoiley Art School holds art competition PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Cultural Correspondent

Ongkon Shoiley Art School organized an open art competition for kids to observe its 1st anniversary and to observe International Mother Language Day at its Dhanmondi Branch Road: 2. A large number students from different schools including Ongkon Shoiley Art School participated in the art competition in 3 different categories..

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World nuclear security faltering: UN atomic agency PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Oslo, Reuters - The United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday that global nuclear security was faltering and called on leaders to refocus on nuclear issues and kick-start a new round of disarmament talks.

"We need to bolster the non-proliferation regime and move on to nuclear disarmament," said Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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Asia Pacific Ins Co holds Board meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

The 43rd Board meeting of the Asia Pacific General Insurance Company Ltd was held on 17th February 2008 at its Gulshan office, says a press release.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman (Acting) of the company Mr Aftab-Ul-Islam FCA.

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Turkish troops kill 77 Kurdish rebels PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

AP, CUKURCA, Turkey - Turkish troops have killed 77 Kurdish rebels in night-long clashes in northern Iraq, the military said Wednesday. Five soldiers were also killed.

Meanwhile, more than 40 military trucks ferried troops toward the Iraqi border Wednesday, a day after heavy snow slowed down Turkey's ground incursion against Kurdish rebels.

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CEC annoyed at doubts over elections PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The chief election commissioner, ATM Shamsul Huda, on Tuesday said the commission was annoyed at the apprehension expressed repeatedly by various quarters that the elections may not be held by December 2008.

'We are really fed up with such repeated apprehension,' Shamsul said, pointing out what the political parties at separate meetings referred to as 'public apprehension' about the possibility that the polls might not be held by December.

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Graft case repressive: BNP, Jamaat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key ally in the 2001-06 coalition government Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh have said implicating former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her cabinet colleagues in the coalmine graft case is a step to repress and harass them politically.

'The case was filed only to harass the former prime minister and her colleagues in the previous cabinet,' BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain said in a reaction to the case filed on Tuesday with Shahbagh police station in Dhaka.

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HK firm to find cause of cracks in Jamuna bridge PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government on Tuesday selected a Hong Kong-based consulting firm to find out the causes for the cracks that have appeared in the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge since its construction.

Officials of Bangladesh Bridge Authority, which looks after the large bridges throughout the country, said the authorities concerned have selected Angel Lazaro from the two internationally reputed consulting firms, including Maunshell Consultants of France, which submitted technical proposals to the authorities in December for the Tk 8 crore consultancy project.

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DMP for Hasina's trial to be held in spl court PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

MiG-29 case

Staff Correspondent

The commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Tuesday submitted an application to the court for shifting the trial of the MiG-29 corruption case against detained former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the Special Judges' Court in the Jatiya Sangsad Complex on security grounds.

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EC blamed for creating confusion over EC-BNP talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

United News of Bangladesh . Gazipur

BNP chairperson's adviser Hannan Shah on Tuesday squarely blamed the Election Commission for creating confusion over EC-BNP dialogue to hold back polls and demanded immediate resolution of the issue.

Hannan Shah made the accusation when he went to appear before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in an extortion case against him.

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Hillary-Obama battle takes toxic new turn PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Washington

White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Monday hurled barbs over foreign policy and fought over an alleged anti-Obama smear, heading into do-or-die contests for the former first lady.

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Govt to offload 25pc shares of 4 companies by May PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The government Tuesday decided to offload 25 per cent of its 51 per cent stake in each of the four listed companies by May.

The companies are Osmania Glass Sheet Factory Limited, Atlas Bangladesh Limited, National Tubes Limited and Eastern Cables Limited.

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