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Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

The Energy Challenge

NY Times

When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity. But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge has been forced to shut down even with a brisk wind blowing.

That is a symptom of a broad national problem. Expansive dreams about renewable energy, like Al Gore's hope of replacing all fossil fuels in a decade, are bumping up against the reality of a power grid that cannot handle the new demands.
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Successful cornea replacement saves girl from curse of blindness PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Swarup Battacharjee:

The country has seen for the maiden time successful cornea replacement in an exceptional way on non-government level.
Dr. Ahmmed Abdul Hannan, ophthalmologist and surgeon of Chittagong Medical College(CMC) conducted the operation yesterday.

The operation was done at " Vision Center" at Panchlaish in Chittagong.

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Clinton tells Democrats to unite behind Obama PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

AFP, DENVER, Colorado - Hillary Clinton ordered her grieving supporters to unite behind Democratic nominee Barack Obama, in an emotional final act to her White House quest which fell just short of history.

"Whether you voted for me, or voted for
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Protesters Face Police in Thailand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

AP, BANGKOK — Thousands of anti-government protesters blockaded the prime minister's office on Wednesday and their leaders challenged the police to enter and arrest them.

Following a clash between protesters and the police earlier in the day that left several people injured, nearly 2,000 police officers with helmets and riot shields pressed in around the demonstrators, who were inside the prime minister's gated compound but did not enter the main building, called Government House.
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Another 4m drop below poverty line PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Claims WB official

Desk Report

Some four million more people have dropped below the poverty line in Bangladesh due to the sustained rise in prices of staple foods and other essential commodities, a World Bank official in Dhaka claimed Tuesday.

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Russia says Georgian attack negated UN resolutions PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

AP, UNITED NATIONS - Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday he doesn't think Russia's recognition of two separatist regions in Georgia will lead to a new Cold War though he predicted a difficult period ahead in relations with the West.

Vitaly Churkin said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's attack on South Ossetia created a "new reality" that negated U.N. resolutions guaranteeing the territorial integrity of Georgia.
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Eyesight of thousands to be saved after Nice approves drug PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Patients at risk of going blind will have their sight saved under a unique deal

The Telegraph

For the first time a drugs company will pay to top up patients' treatment where the level of care paid for by the Health Service is not enough.

In a decision that marks a climbdown for the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the first 14 injections of the sight-saving drug Lucentis will be paid for by the NHS.
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Barack Obama 'ought to be shot' says racist plotter PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

A man at the centre of a suspected assassination plot against Senator Barack Obama has said that the presidential candidate "ought to be shot" because of his colour

The Telegraph

The chilling threat by Nathan Johnson, 33, followed his arrest with two other men when an arms cache was found in a pick-up truck. The men, one of whom is said to have strong ties to the white supremacist movement, were last night under investigation and facing initial charges for illegal firearms possession.
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3 more die in religious clashes in India PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Agencies

Three more people have died in eastern India in fighting between Hindus and Christians, taking the death toll this week to 11, police say.

Hindu mobs have damaged more than a dozen churches and attacked Christian homes and an orphanage after the murder of the Hindu leader Swamiji Laxmanananda Saraswati.
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Israel to make Dead Sea Scrolls available online PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

From papyrus to cyberspace

The Guardian Online

Scientists and scholars in Jerusalem have begun a programme to take the first high-resolution, digital photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls so they can be made available to the public on the internet.

The Israel Antiquities Authority this week ends a pilot project that prepares the way for a much larger operation to photograph the 15-20,000 fragments that make up the 900 scrolls which were discovered 60 years ago by shepherds in caves close to the Dead Sea.
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Exhausted Dalai Lama stops trips PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

The Dalai Lama is suffering from exhaustion and has cancelled all his international trips, officials say, reports BBC.

The exiled spiritual Tibetan leader, 73, has cancelled two forthcoming trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, said a statement issued by his office.
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Brazil set for Indian land ruling PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

BBC Online

Brazil's Supreme Court has begun considering the future of one of the country's biggest indigenous reserves.

The judges will decide whether the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation should remain a single unbroken territory.

Indian leaders believe the case will set a crucial precedent regarding the protection of their rights and land.
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BNP allies stage human-chain protests PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Defy police , rains in Dhaka

Staff Correspondent

The four-party alliance staged human-chain protests in the capital on Wednesday afternoon, defying a police ban and heavy rains to press for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's unconditional release and steps to send her detained elder son Tarique Rahman abroad for better medical treatment.

Police used batons to disperse party leaders and activists at places, while the alliance led by BNP announced a further protest rally on Sept 2 "against police bans and obstructions".
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Shops to remain open till 9pm in first week PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Ramadan

Staff Correspondent

The government has announced that shops and markets can remain open till 9pm in the first week of Ramadan.

"The government is eager to let shops and markets stay open during Ramadan in the interest of businessmen," Anwarul Iqbal told reporters Wednesday after a meeting with the business community at the Secretariat.

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No active plan to prevent hillslides, loss of life PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Probe committee reports

Staff Reporter

A probe committee, formed after the lethal Aug 18 hillslide in Chittagong, has reported that there are no concerted efforts to prevent loss of life from hillslides.

Acting city corporation mayor M Manzur Alam told bdnews24.com that the committee made 16 recommendations, saying that human lives are being sacrificed as there is no active plan to protect against hillslide disasters in Chittagong.
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TAC yet to receive any case files of politicians for clemency PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Truth and Accountability Commission has yet to receive any case files of politicians from the Anticorruption Commission or the National Coordination Committee against corruption and serious crimes, the TAC chairman said on Wednesday.

The TAC has so far received records of about 182 cases, filed against 184 people, Justice Habibur Rahman Khan said at a press briefing in his Hare Road Office.
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UZ, DCC polls by last week of Oct PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Says top official

Staff Correspondent

Upazila and Dhaka City Corporation polls will be held in the last week of October, with the exact dates to be announced at the start of September, a top election official has said.

"The Election Commission is ready to hold elections to a maximum number of upazilas between 23-31 October," Election Commissioner Muhammad Sohul Hossain told bdnews24.com Tuesday.
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EC to sit with parties on registration: official PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Election Commission will invite political parties soon to another round of talks on the subject of party registration, an election commissioner said on Wednesday.

"We want to have brief talks with the political parties regarding registration. The EC secretariat will soon send letters," election commissioner M Sakhawat Hussain told bdnews24.com.
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Pakistan restores eight judges PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Eight of the judges sacked last November by former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf have been reinstated, reports BBC.

They took their oaths at the governor's house in Karachi. Reports say seven or eight more may be sworn in next week.
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Euro Commission to decide in Sept PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

JS polls observers

Staff Correspondent

The European Commission (EC) will decide by the end of September whether it will send polls observers to monitor the ninth parliamentary election scheduled for December, says the commission's first secretary in Dhaka.

He said the commission's exploratory mission had submitted its report to the European Commissioner for External Affairs in July, elaborating the state of emergency and the existing political situation in Bangladesh.
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'No election in Dec could mean none in next 5 years' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka, Aug 26 (bdnews24.com) - Awami League acting general secretary, Syed Ashraful Islam, has expressed the fear that if Jatiya Sangsad elections are not held in December they will not be held within the next five years.

Ashraful, speaking at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, said: "We have been cooperating with the government. If any conspiracy to defer the election date is hatched, Awami League will unitedly resist it."
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