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JP leader, family killed in road crash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Our Correspondent

Former vice president of Jatiya Party's central committee Abdul Hannan and family members were killed in a road accident in Rajshahi Sunday morning, police said.

Sixty year-old Hannan, elder daughter Ruma (42), nine-year-old grandson Noman and driver Ayub were killed on the spot.
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BNP, allies to rally over demands PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

BNP and its allies will hold rallies countrywide on Oct 12 to make authorities concede to a five-point charter of demands they say is necessary to prepare the grounds for the general elections.

Secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain told reporters the programme was agreed upon at a meeting of the four-party alliance on Sunday.
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AL demands speaker's resignation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League presidium member Suranjit Sengupta demanded the resignation of Speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar on Sunday.

Speaking at an iftar gathering to mark the birthday of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina, Suranjit said: "He should resign after making political comments in violation of his oath as speaker."
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Sheikh Hasina turns 62 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Agencies

Former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina turned 62 on Sunday. The Awami League was celebrating the birthday in her absence with a special gathering.

The gathering for special prayers and blessings was held at the Dhanmondi office of the Awami League chief in the morning.
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China astronauts return from historic spacewalk mission PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

AFP, BEIJING - Three Chinese astronauts returned safely to Earth on Sunday after making the country's first spacewalk, with a hero's welcome awaiting the men whose exploits captivated the nation.

The descent capsule of the Shenzhou VII mission was seen on state television drifting gently down under a giant red and white parachute to an empty plain in northern China's Inner Mongolia region.
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Dutch woman raped in Cox's Bazar PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Rapist held

Our Correspondent

Police in the tourist town of Cox's Bazar have detained a man on charges of raping a Dutch woman doing research on sexual violence.

On a complaint from the woman on Sept. 26, police on Saturday night arrested Shahin Bhuiyan Sunny, manager of Mermaid Restaurant, the district's additional superintendent of police Imam Hossain said.
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United Airlines flies to Barisal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

Agency

Private airline United Airways was set to take off with flights to Barisal Sunday, to be the only airline operating the domestic route from the capital.

United Airways public relations officer Kamrul Islam told bdnews24.com: "There will be flights on the route three days a week, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday."
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World trade little hit so far by financial crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2008

REUTERS, GENEVA- Trade flows are likely to slow this year as consumers worried about the financial crisis cut back spending and a cyclical downturn bites into exports and imports, economists said.

But the crisis itself has so far had only a moderate impact on trade.

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Dhaka calls for 'Global Food Bank' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Agencies

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has urged the world to consider the possibility of creating a "Global Food Bank", stressing the ties between food security, democracy and development for Least Developed Countries.

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Private university law to go to cabinet PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Says education adviser

Staff Correspondent

Education adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman announced Saturday that the proposed private university ordinance would be tabled at the next meeting of the interim cabinet.

Speaking at a press conference after a policy meeting at the education ministry, he also mentioned a committee to oversee the National University, as part of a series of short and mid-term education reform initiatives.
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China takes first steps in space PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Reuters, Beijing- Astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese man to walk in space on Saturday, clambering out of China's Shenzhou VII space craft in a technological feat that Beijing wants the world to marvel about.

"I'm feeling quite well. I greet the Chinese people and the people of the world," Zhai said as he climbed out of the craft, his historic achievement carried live on state television.
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Net back as submarine cable restored in Egypt PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Submarine cable SEME-WE-4 was snapped Saturday morning in Egypt and restored after 12 hours at 9 pm Bangladesh time, reports bdnews24.com.

Golam Mostafa, divisional engineer (fault control and testing) at the Submarine Cable Landing Station in Cox's Bazar, told bdnews24.com that the line was restored around 9pm and they went back to the main cable.
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Fakhruddin briefs Ban Ki Moon in New York PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Polls on Dec 18

Roving Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed briefed UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon in New York on Friday, about preparations for the Dec 18 elections in Bangladesh.

The CA's press secretary Fahim Munaim told bdnews24.com the meeting, following Fakhruddin's address to the 63rd UN General Assembly, was very fruitful.
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S Arabia assures Bangladeshi workers' welfare PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Saudi Arabia has promised initiatives to improve the quality of life for Bangladeshis living in the kingdom, an adviser said Saturday.

During a UNGA sideline meeting in New York between foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, the latter acknowledged the contribution of Bangladeshi workers in his country and assured welfare measures for them.
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Bomb hits Delhi market, 2 dead: police PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI- A bomb ripped through a crowded market in India's capital New Delhi on Saturday, killing two people and wounding 18 others, police said.

Ajay Kashyap, joint police commissioner, said the victims were a small girl and a boy. "We ar examining witnesses who saw two men throw a piece of plastic bag from a motorcycle. That caused the blast," he said.
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'Sircar has no right to ridicule any party' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Former speaker and deputy leader of the opposition Abdul Hamid on Saturday termed a comment made by Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar the previous day "undemocratic and against parliamentary norms", reports Bangladesh today..

Speaker Sircar at a roundtable on Friday said the Awami League would not be able to win the next parliamentary polls "even it formed a grand alliance of 100 parties".
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Left Front Parties unlikely to join BNP, AL alliances PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The 11-party Democratic Left Front has said it would not join BNP or Awami League, while alleging that the government in hand with certain "vested quarters" were trying to stage-manage the upcoming general election.

At a press conference Saturday, the DLF made a five-point demand including immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency for holding a free, fair, neutral and acceptable election.
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Obaidul Kader barred from flying to Delhi PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Says his lawyer

Staff Correspondent

Awami League joint general secretary Obaidul Kader was barred from travelling to New Delhi for medical treatment, his lawyer AKM Amin Uddin said Saturday.

Obaidul was set to fly to Indian capital on a Jet Airways flight at 9.20am.
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Iftekhar seeks UK's help to save British curry industry PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Desk Report

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has urged the UK government to adjust its immigration laws and pave the way for Bangladeshis to save the Britain's curry industry.

The foreign adviser made the request to British secretary of state for international development Douglas Alexander at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
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BSK receives UNESCO award PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Bishwo Shahitto Kendro(BSK) has been selected for one of UNESCO's most prestigious awards, the Jan Amos Comenius Medal, for outstanding achievement and innovations in the field of education.

Chairman of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro's trustee board, Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed will receive the award on Nov 26 at the 48th Session of the International Conference on Education in Geneva. Unesco director-Ggeneral Koichiro Matsuura will preside over the ceremony.
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Muslims observe holy Shab-e-Qadar PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

Agency

Muslims will observe the holy night of Shab-e-Qadar, or Lailatul Qadar, Saturday, marking the revelation of the holy Quran.

It is observed with special prayers at mosques, seeking blessings from Allah. Devotees also visit the graves of their near and dear ones and offer prayers for the salvation of the departed souls.

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