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Asia weary of rice prices hike PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Philippine activists warn about possible riots. Aid agencies across Asia worry how they will feed the hungry. Governments dig deeper every day to fund subsidies, reports AP.

A sharp rise in the price of rice is hitting consumer pocketbooks and raising fears of public turmoil in the many parts of Asia where rice is a staple. Part of a surge in global food costs, rice prices on world markets have jumped 50 percent in the past two months and at least doubled since 2004.

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Ansar, Zillur President and General Secretary of Color Lab Owners Assoc PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

A 16-member Executive Committee of Mini Color Lab Owners Association of Chittagong Division was elected uncontested at the 4th Annual General Meeting at a local hotel in the city on Friday, says a press release.

Ali Ansar Khan was elected President while Md. Zillur Rahman, General Secretary of the Association at the meeting.

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Rotary Club drive to clean up polluted water bodies PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Under clean up polluted ponds project, Chittagong Ocean Blue Rotary Club conducted cleaning work of Shebak Pukur at Lal Chand Road under Ward 16, Chawkbazar on March 29, Saturday, says a press release.

This project was aided by Dew Drops Preparatory School at Panchlaish and family members of late Fazlul Hoq of Chandgaon A-Block.

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Warne retires from first-class cricket PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Shane Warne has announced his retirement from first-class cricket while ending his eight-year association with the county side Hampshire, according to a Cricinfo report.

Warne, 38, had been a regular with Hampshire since 2000 and led them from 2004. Dimitri Mascarenhas will succeed Warne as captain.

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Biman on top of point table PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Biman Bangladesh Airlines for the first time has been on top of the point table (solo lead) in the Metropolis Premier Division Cricket League with a 70-run win over Abahani Limited in a 9th round match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in the city on Friday, reports UNB.

The day was not good for title contender Mohammedan SC as it was forced to concede a four-wicket defeat to Old DOHS, their first loss in the ongoing league.

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Sullivan breaks 50-metre freestyle world record PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Australian swim championships

SYDNEY, Mar 28: Twice in two nights: Eamon Sullivan broke his own 24-hour-old world record in the 50-meter freestyle Friday at the Australian swim championships and Olympic trials, reports AP.

It was the fourth time in the past six weeks that the record has been broken after Russian Alexander Popov’s record had stood for nearly eight years.

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Adriano stars in S Paulo win over Paulista PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

On-loan striker Adriano scored one goal and set up another to help Sao Paulo beat Sertaozinho 3-1 in the Paulista championship on Thursday, reports Reuters.

Adriano shrugged off recent inconsistent form since his loan move from Inter Milan to provide a defence-splitting pass for Borges, who had opened the scoring in the first half, to double the Brazilian champion’s tally in the 61st minute.

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Hillary, Obama vow to heal party wounds PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have vowed the Democratic Party will heal its wounds, whoever wins their toxic White House race, and unite to thwart Republican John McCain, reports AFP.

The bitter rivals spoke up amid mounting concern among party leaders that the fiercely contested battle could scupper a golden chance to grab back the White House from a ragged Republican party, as the US economy staggers.

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US fails to close gaps with Russia on missile shield PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

The United States said on Thursday it made some progress in two days of talks with Russia over a disputed U.S. missile shield to deter attacks from states like Iran, but big differences remained, reports Reuters.

The latest talks in Washington followed a visit last week to Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who offered to give Russians access to U.S.-proposed shield sites in the Czech Republic and Poland as a way of allaying Russian fears over the plan.

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Dalai Lama makes fresh appeal for talks with China PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

The Dalai Lama appealed to China Friday to enter into “meaningful dialogue” over the crisis in Tibet, and asserted he did not want to undermine the Beijing Olympics and was not seeking independence, reports AFP.

In an open letter to his “Chinese brothers and sisters,” the exiled spiritual leader said he was a “simple monk” trying to preserve “the Tibetan people’s distinctive culture, language and identity.”

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Two Pak intel agents shot dead PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Unidentified gunmen shot dead two Pakistani intelligence agents involved in tracking down Al-Qaeda militants in the troubled port city of Karachi, officials said Friday, reports AFP.

The two officials from the country’s main civilian spy agency, the Intelligence Bureau, were attacked at a car showroom in the port city’s main commercial area, police officer Salman Syed said.

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Govt urged to boost rice import PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

President of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury Friday urged the government to tackle the spiraling prices of essentials, including rice, to assuage the sufferings of the country''s poor people, reports UNB.

He also suggested the government to increase rice import with money from the country''s forex reserve and suspending non-laboor-oriented programmes for six months.

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UP Chairman arrested for corruption PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

An UP chairman was arrested from his house in Bahadurpur Union Parisad in Sharsha upazila on Thursday night for misappropriating imported cloths worth about Tk 32 lakh, reports UNB.

Police said Detective Branch of police arrested Bahadurpur UP chairman Asaduzzaman Sagar at night following filing of a case against him by a garment owner.

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Four killed in road accidents PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

At least four persons including a child were killed and 8 others were injured in separate road accidents here, reports agency.

At least three persons were killed and seven others injured in a road accident at Narayanpur Latkar Bridge area on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at around 11 am.

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Israel seeks peace talks with Syria PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

An Israeli minister said on Friday that the Jewish state was trying to revive peace talks with Syria and that the price of a deal was the occupied Golan Heights, reports AFP.

The comments by Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer came after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated this week that Israel was willing to make peace with its Arab neighbour and hinted at behind-the-scenes talks.

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Injured JN varsity student dies PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Kajol Devnath, who was injured in a clash between two factions of JCD in Jagannath University on March 22, died at Rashmono Hospital in the city Friday, reports UNB.

Being injured in the clash, Kajol, 21, student of Bangla department of the university, was admitted to the hospital where he died at about 8am.

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Expatriate welfare desks at Chittagong, Sylhet airports soon PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Adviser for Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said expatriate welfare desks would be introduced at Chittagong and Sylhet airports soon like that in Dhaka, reports agency.

He said this while talking to journalists in Dhaka, said a press release of the Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry.

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Govt asks jobseekers to stay away from Kurdistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Agency

The government Friday asked people not to pay money to agents for going to Kurdistan as Bangladesh has no diplomatic relations with Iraq.

Some recruiting agents have been sending people to the northern Iraqi state with offers of lucrative jobs, said expatriates' welfare secretary Abdul Matin Chowdhury.

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Algeria to set up embassy in Dhaka soon PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Algeria is going to establish its embassy in Dhaka soon to further promote trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, reports UNB.

“The process is going on. We’ll set up our embassy here as soon as possible to improve trade and economic cooperation,” said Nadir Larbaoui, Algerian Ambassador to Bangladesh who is resident in Islamabad, in an interview with UNB at Sonargaon Hotel on Friday.

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Asian, Pacific states to see higher food prices PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Food prices in the Asian and Pacific states, including Bangladesh, are expected to remain high, says a UN report, according to Internet.

Grains and oilseeds, key feedstuffs in the production of bio-fuels, led to a marked increase in agricultural commodity prices in 2007, selling at the highest prices in almost 30 years, says the report published on Thursday.

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IMF to weigh controversial voting reform plan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 March 2008

The International Monetary Fund’s executive board will weigh a proposed voting rights reform, aimed at raising the developing world’s voice but already criticized by experts as inadequate, reports AFP.

The reform package is the first major test of IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who took office in late September pledging to restore legitimacy to a heavily criticized institution that is losing relevance.

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