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VIP detainees in hospital to be shifted back to jail PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Chairman of the Partex Group, MA Hashem, who has been ‘undergoing treatment’ at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University since November 2007 was taken back to the Dhaka Central Jail on Monday afternoon.

Hashem, who was arrested on February 4, 2007 in the ongoing drive against serious crime and corruption, was among the 19 high-profile prisoners staying in the hospital.

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Quader says talks with parties also to discuss post-polls situation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The housing and public works adviser, Ghulam Quader, on Monday said the dialogues the government announces to hold with political parties should not only deal with electoral issues but also discuss post-polls situation.

It will be bad for all if the country, after general elections, gets back to the situation before the polls, he said. ‘It will not help if only electoral issues are discussed in the dialogues.

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Students demonstrate over question paper leak rumour PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Several hundred students of Dhaka College and Eden Women's College staged demonstration on Monday following a rumour about leak of question paper of English comprehensive course part-2 exam under National University.

After hearing a rumour that the question paper had been leaked for the third time, they took to the streets at around 7:30pm.

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Atiq Rahman wins UN environment award PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agency

Environmentalist Dr Atiq Rahman has been named one of the recipients of the UNEP ‘Champion of the Earth 2008’ award.

The names of this year’s seven champions were announced Monday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

‘I am happy. I feel proud as a Bangladeshi to achieve the award,’ Atiq told the news agency after being notified by the United Nations Environment Programme of the award.

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WB advocates regional co-op in power, water PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The World Bank has taken initiatives to engage Bangladesh, India and Nepal in talks to explore possibility of joint projects in power and water management sectors for common benefits.

As part of its regional integration initiatives in South Asia, the global lender has already started discussion on the issue with Bangladesh and will also talk to Nepal and India to bring the three nations to the point of agreement in sharing energy and water resources. ‘South Asia is the least integrated region compared with others.

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Retired Pak General leads anti-Musharraf movement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agence France-Presse . Rawalpindi

A retired Pakistani General who opposes the president, Pervez Musharraf, said he would ‘not be surprised’ if Musharraf had engineered terror attacks to manipulate his image in the West.

Former Lieutenant General Faiz Ali Chishti heads the influential Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society, which last week issued a blunt open letter signed by more than 100 senior officers calling on Musharraf to quit.

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HC appoints 7 amici curiae in Hasina’s case PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday appointed seven senior Supreme Court lawyers as amici curiae for their legal opinion on the disposal of a writ petition filed by the detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina challenging the legality of the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case.

The High court bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Shahidul Islam assigned the lawyers on the third day of the hearing in the matter.

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Govt reviews Petrobangla-Niko arbitration decision PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government is reviewing its decision to go to arbitration with Canadian company Niko Resources over Tengratila gas field blow-out compensation issues. Sources in energy division and Petrobangla said the law ministry, which approved earlier the division’s proposal for holding a local arbitration, asked Petrobangla recently to take opinion of legal experts on whether to hold the arbitration.

‘Following the instructions, the energy division asked Petrobangla last week to take opinion by two weeks of a panel of legal experts including Dr Kamal Hossain to examine whether Petrobangla should go to the arbitration,’ said a source.

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WB for low cost, market -based home loans PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The country needs to create long-term funding options for low-cost homes to make those affordable to a vast majority of middle and low income people, recommended a World Bank workshop on Monday.

In response, finance and planning adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam called upon the banks and non-banking financial institutions to launch ‘Contractual Housing Savings Scheme,’ as proposed in a World Bank report presented at the workshop on ‘housing finance market’ at a city hotel.

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Bird flu watch mounts, US moves to help PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agency

Livestock and veterinary officials on Monday tightened vigilance to check the spread of bird flu virus in some of the worst-hit districts bordering India amid an international response to the government’s effort to fight the virus.

Authorities also continued to cull chickens across the country as soon as they track down any new find. The local authorities have moved to consult with farm owners and workers, informing them about the dangers of the spread of virus and protective measures.

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Titas officials, Staff to hand over ill-gotten property to govt PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

One hundred and twenty-eight officials and employees of the Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited have reportedly agreed to hand over to the government their property worth about Tk 400 crore earned through corruption.

The assurance was given in writing to the special task force the national coordination committee on serious crimes and corruption assigned to look after the activities of the company.

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BTRC sues GP, executives PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Bangladesh Telecommuni-cations Regulatory Commission has filed a case against Grameenphone and ten of its present and former executives for unauthorised use of Voice over Internet Protocol in overseas calls, police said.

Assistant director of legal and licensing department of BTRC, Zian Shah Kabir, on January 16 filed the case with the Gulshan police station.

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Exclusion from DMC training course sparks demo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The alumni of Dhaka Medical College on Monday brought out a silent procession on the campus in protest against the ‘exclusion’ of some graduates from postgraduate training courses.

Expressing their resentment for the exclusion, they took to the streets wearing black badges, and later submitted a memorandum to the director of the medical college.

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Govt urged to construct road along north of Hatirjheel PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

PANTHAPATH-RAMPURA ROAD

Staff Correspondent

Residents of Ulon in Dhaka on Monday urged the authorities concerned to construct the proposed Panthapath-Rampura road on the government land at the northern side of Hatirjheel instead of its southern side.

‘We will be greatly affected if the government goes ahead with its plan to acquire our land to construct the road at the southern side of Hatirjheel,’ a group of Ulan residents told a news conference.

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No entry fee to Ekushey book fair PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Ekushey book fair

Staff Correspondent

Bangla Academy on Monday decided not to charge any entry fee to the visitors at the month-long Ekushey Book Fair beginning Friday.

The academy, earlier, decided to charge each visitor Tk 2 as entry fee. ‘We have changed our decision following requests from different quarters,’ Bangla Academy director general Syed Mohammad Shahed said.

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Contemporary British sculpture show opens PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

A 17-day show of sculptures by Henry Moore and other contemporary British sculptors began at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhaka on Monday.

The adviser in-charge of the foreign affairs ministry, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, inaugurated the exhibition, titled ‘Long distance information’ featuring the earliest works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

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First modified Bentall operation conducted PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Agency

Bangladesh has stepped into a new era of cardiac surgery with physicians at a city hospital successfully carrying out the first ever ‘modified Bentall operation’.

Cardio surgeon Asit Baran Adhikary and his associates successfully performed the miraculous operation on Sydul Islam, a LLB third-year student at Al-Helal Specialised Hospital at Mirpur in the city on Saturday.

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‘Threats, opportunities in changing global landscape’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka felt that strategic issues confronting the world have both threats and opportunities for Bangladesh, and it is important to deal with the threats and make the best use of the advantages.

‘The strategic landscape, which confronts us, has to be read as both a landscape of threat and a landscape of opportunity. I think the focus has to be on both,’ said education and commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman on Monday while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar.

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20 hurt as train derails PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Our Correspondent

At least 20 passengers were injured as two carriages of a train derailed at Aditmari near Namuri railway station on the Lalmonirhat–Burimari route Sunday night. Local residents, after the accident, went out on demonstrations in protest at the lack of maintenance of the railway.

Sources in the Lalmonirhat Railway Vehicles Control Department said 65 incidents of derailment of train took place in the railway division in six months — between August and January.

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ACC to seek wealth statements from Asadul Habib, Dewan Salahuddin PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday approved a proposal for the notification of four corruption suspects, including former deputy minister Asadul Habib Dulu and former lawmaker for Savar Dewan Salahuddin, asking them to submit their wealth statements.

Dulu and Salahuddin were named on the fourth list of high-profile corruption suspects announced by the commission on October 4, 2007.

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Australia to donate $6.5m more for Sidr victims PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Australia will provide an additional $6.5 million to help the people affected by cyclone Sidr which caused widespread devastation in November last year.

Building on an initial contribution of $3 million, this new funding brings Australian relief for Sidr victims to $9.5 million, said a press release on Monday.

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