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EU ups 2008 eurozone inflation forecast PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

AFP, BRUSSELS  - The European Commission sharply raised its 2008 inflation estimate for the eurozone to 3.2 percent while trimming back only slightly its growth forecast to 1.7 percent.

In February, the European Union's executive arm had forecast that inflation in the 15 nations sharing the euro would reach 2.6 percent this year and that growth would be 1.8 percent.

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Tackling water shortage PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 April 2008

All out measures must be taken

Shortage of water supply, irregular supply, contaminated water with the beginning of summer season , are all problems confronting us all across the country. Part of the problem is due to power crisis, where , in the power sector, reversing of decisions and procedural delays in implementing decisions, improper tendering processes , have complicated the setting up of new power plants and adding to existing capacity.
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Vaas left out as Deccan field PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Mumbai

Cricinfo.com

With a new home ground and a new captain, Mumbai Indians would be hoping for a turnaround as they host an equally struggling Deccan Chargers at the DY Patil Stadium in a battle of the bottom-ranked teams.

If the toss was any indication, the signs don't bode well; Shaun Pollock, leading the side since stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh is temporarily suspended, lost the toss and his team were put in by VVS Laxman on a ground with a flat deck and small outfield.

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Despair and confusion rule Bangladesh politics PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

REUTERS, DHAKA - Bangladesh is at a political crossroads, analysts say, with the country uncertain whether it needs to follow a path of continued reform or revert back to the status quo that has existed for much of the country's history.

The debate comes at a time of uncertainty over the south Asian country's political future, although preparations for an election later this year are underway despite threats by major parties to boycott it unless their leaders are freed

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Power agencies drive to shut shops at 8pm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Utility agencies are set to launch a drive Sunday to ensure that shops are closed at 8.00pm in the city, now reeling under acute power outages, a senior government official said.

"Those who keep shops open past 8:00pm have to lower shutters. We will not cut off power connections in the initial stage.
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Delwar renounces EC-BNP faction talks as 'blueprint dialogue' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Khandaker Delwar Hossain termed the Election Commission's electoral reform talks with the pro-reform BNP faction Sunday a "blueprint dialogue".

"BNP will not go to any election or dialogue without Khaleda Zia. The two leaders have to be released for a fair election," the Khaleda-nominated secretary general said to reporters at his NAM flat residence.

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Haji Selim jailed for 13 years PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Sunday sentenced former Awami League lawmaker Haji Mohammad Selim to 13 years in jail in his absence on twin charges of suppressing wealth information and accumulating illegal wealth.

Special judge Md Sirajul Islam also fined him Tk 10 lakh with a legal binding that the convict will have to serve another year in prison in failure to pay the fine.

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Chevron suspends survey after fire in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

U.S. energy group Chevron Corp suspended its seismic survey work in a Bangladeshi gas field after a forest fire in the area, the company said on Sunday, reports agency.

"Chevron has initiated an investigation into the fire and although there is no evidence that the fire was related to the seismic survey work, Chevron has suspended all of its seismic-related work in the forest pending the results of initial findings," the company said.

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Thai police arrest Bangladeshi with 1,000 fake passports PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK - Thai authorities have seized more than a thousand fake Asian and Western passports and arrested a man in one of the biggest anti-counterfeiting operations in recent years, police said on Sunday.

Mohammed Karim, a 56-year-old from Bangladesh, was nabbed in a Bangkok townhouse late on Saturday where they found a sophisticated passport making operation and more than 1,000 finished and unfinished documents, Police Major-General Chaktip Chaichinda said.

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Court shifts charge framing in MiG-29 case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Sunday deferred hearing on charge framing in MiG-29 warplane purchase case till May 4. Justice Golam Mortuza Majumder of Dhaka Special Judge's Court set up in the Sangsad Bhaban area shifted the date for hearing on charge framing in the case to May 4, as another accused in the case former army chief Lieutenant General (retd) Mostafizur Rahman failed to attend the hearing because he had been admitted to hospital.

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CA starts talks with political parties in May PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government will sit in formal dialogue with political parties starting in the first or second week of May, a spokesman said Sunday.

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will lead government representatives to the dialogue, the

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Indonesia tightens nozzle to prevent rice smuggling PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

The Indonesian President has ordered government officials to prevent the illegal export of rice amid the rising demand of the grain in neighbouring countries, reports agency.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would prioritise efforts to strengthen domestic food security in anticipation of a global food supply crisis.

"Don't let our rice flow to other countries," said Yudhoyono as quoted by Antara at the launch of a poverty eradication programme in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan.

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Afghan president escapes assassination bid PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

REUTERS, KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unhurt on Sunday after an assassination attempt by Taliban fighters who fired guns and rockets at an official celebration in the capital, Kabul.

Karzai, government ministers, former warlords, diplomats and the military top brass ducked for cover after gunfire sounded at the celebration to mark the 16th anniversary of the fall of the Afghan communist government to the mujahideen.

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Burma to let Suu Kyi vote in May referendum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

The Burmese military government has decided to allow pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to vote in a May 10 national referendum on whether to endorse a draft constitution, sources in the ruling junta said Saturday, reports agency.

According to the sources, the Burmese government placed the name of Suu Kyi on the list of eligible voters. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who is under house arrest, since her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a general election but was prevented by the military from taking office.

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From war to election: Nepal's exhilarating ride PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - The elections have passed off peacefully, the U.N. spokesman in Nepal crowed: "bad news for foreign journalists".

He could not have got it more wrong. Covering Nepal's journey from hopeless civil war and royal dictatorship to democracy, peace and its first elections in nine years has been exhilarating. I have reported from Africa and Afghanistan but few places inspired such pessimism as Nepal.

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Import unlikely to bring down MS rod prices PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

The government move to cool down the overheated the market of MS rods and other steel products through allowing their frequent imports is unlikely to be successful due to counter-measures taken by neighbouring countries, reports UNB.

According to industry insiders, India has already imposed ban on export of MS rods and withdrawn all import duties to facilitate the import of steel products to cool down its domestic market.

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Mahathir wants trial of Western leaders for war crimes in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad called here Friday for an international tribunal to try Western leaders with war crimes over the war in Iraq, a spokesman for the organisers said, reports AFP.

In a speech at Imperial College, Mahathir called for a tribunal to try US President George W. Bush plus former prime ministers Tony Blair of Britain and John Howard of Australia for their part in the conflict, said a spokesman for the Muslim group the Ramadhan Foundation, which set up the event.

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Girl killed in Gaza clashes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian militants during a raid on northern Gaza, hours after rejecting a truce offered by Hamas, reports BBC.

Palestinian doctors say a 14-year-old girl died and eight other people were injured in the raid, in Beit Lahiya. They say the casualties included the girl''s mother, but were mostly gunmen involved in clashes with the Israelis.

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Energy crisis forces India to join Iran gas pipeline project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Differences between Pakistan and India over the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project were resolved on Friday and the two countries agreed to start work on laying pipelines next year for procuring gas from Iran by December 2012, according to Internet.

Talks between the two countries to resolve the differences, mainly relating to transit fee and transportation tariff, failed in June last year, putting the $7.5 billion ‘peace pipeline’ project into cold storage.

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CII plans business events across China to boost trade PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Betting high on China, Confederation of Indian Industry (C.I.I) will ramp up its business plan for the Communist giant manifold in the next one year, including encouraging a 100 more Indian companies to do business with China, and visualises a Sino-Indian bilateral trade volume of USD 100 billion by 2015.

C.I.I. is planning business events across China, a “Made-in- India” show in the booming Guanzhou city, a C.E.Os meet and visits by 1,000 young Indian businessmen—all aimed at increasing India’s market share in China and spurring Indian entrepreneurs to invest in the world’s fourth largest economy.

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UN trade conference vows to bolster food security PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2008

Participants at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) yesterday pledged to take immediate steps to bolster global food security and to redouble efforts to wrap up the Doha round of trade talks, a statement said, reports AFP.

“UNCTAD XII has been instrumental in addressing some of the most pressing challenges of globalisation such as the global food crisis,” UNCTAD Secretary General Supachai Panitchpakdi said in a closing address.

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