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Khairul Kabir made BARD DG PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Our Correspondent

M Khairul Kabir, additional director general of the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development in Comilla, has assumed office of the director general(DG).

He had been director general (current charge) since December 3, 2007 before his assumption of the office of the director general.

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Jessore jute mill labourers continue strike PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Our Correspondent

The daily-basis labourers of state-owned Jessore Jute Industries Ltd and Carpeting Jute Mills Ltd continued their strike for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.

The labourers of the two jute mills went on the strike on February 23 to press home their five-point demands, including payment of all dues, regular weekly wages, overtime benefits and issuance of gate pass for temporary labourers.

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Further bank loans to narrow budget deficit: Azizul PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Wednesday that the government would face the current budget deficit with further loans from the banking system.

However, he stressed, inflation would not be greatly escalated, as banks had adequate funds to meet the loan requirements.

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Hayden charged for 'weed' comment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Hearing scheduled for later this evening

Cricinfo

Cricket Australia has charged Matthew Hayden with breaching its code of conduct for referring to Harbhajan Singh as an "obnoxious weed" on a radio station on Tuesday.

A media release issued by CA said Hayden was charged under Rule 9 of CA's Code of Behaviour, which prohibits detrimental public comment.

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South African quicks impress in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Dhaka

The new generation of South African quicks look all set to establish themselves among the world's best after their impressive show in unhelpful conditions here.

The fastest bowler of the side Dale Steyn and comeback man Morne Morkel have a tough job of slipping into the shoes of their illustrious countrymen Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock.

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Shahadat, Junaed go up ICC rankings PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

Pace bowler Shahadat Hossain was repaid for his nine-wicket haul in the first Test against South Africa in Dhaka when he jumped 12 places in the latest LG ICC players' rankings.

Shahadat, who was playing only his 14th Test, is now ranked at 38th position, just behind his new-ball partner Mashrafee bin Murtaza. Mohammad Rafique is the highest ranked Bangladesh Test bowler.

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Lee wins Allan Border Medal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Melbourne

Brett Lee's rising status in world cricket was recognised when the paceman won his first Allan Border Medal here Tuesday.

Lee has blossomed since being given the opportunity to shoulder a heavier workload following the retirement of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne early last year, winning the prestigious award that recognises the best Australian player for the previous year despite missing some play due to an ankle injury.

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Sri Lanka limp out of tri-series PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

India v Sri Lanka, 11th ODI, CB Series, Hobart

Cricinfo.com

Sri Lanka beat themselves in their must-win game as India eased into the finals with an emphatic seven-wicket win in Hobart.

In what was a pathetic batting display, Sri Lanka skid from a comfortable 1 for 72 to a perilous 7 for 93, blowing their chances on a flat deck.

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Widening net a priority over raising tax: NBR chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

NBR chief Mohammad Abdul Majid said Tuesday, the tax net would be expanded as much as possible in the next budget instead of increasing the rate of tax.

The nation's tax net needed to be further broadened beyond big industry and the very rich, Majid said in a press conference at the National Board of Revenue office in Segun Bagicha.

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SC allows govt appeal, stays Hasina verdict PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Agency

The Appellate Division has stayed a High Court verdict that quashed Azam J Chowdhury's extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.

A full appellate bench headed by chief justice Md Ruhul Amin stayed the High Court's dismissal of the case Tuesday after accepting the government's leave to appeal against the verdict, and set March 16 for hearing to begin on the appeal.

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ACC sues Khaleda, Saifur, Mannan Bhuiyan, Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Barapukuria coalmine graft

Staff Correspondent

The Anticorruption Commission Tuesday sued former prime minister Khaleda Zia and 15 others for their alleged links to Barapukuria coalmine graft.

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JSD asks for ban on parties backed by 'war criminals' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

In its second round electoral dialogue, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (Inu) asked the Election Commission Tuesday to recommend that the government ban political parties backed by 'war criminals'.

"We demand that the parties supported by war criminals should be declared unfit for polls and they should be banned," JSD president Hasanul Haque Inu said at the EC Secretariat.

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DU students start 3-day class boycott PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

BCS quota

Staff Correspondent

A three-day student programme of boycotting classes began at Dhaka University Tuesday as part of a protest plan demanding removal of the quota system in BCS examinations.

A few classes were held in the morning, but all classes were halted after noon.

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DU teachers appeal against convictions PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Campus protest 

Staff Correspondent

Three Dhaka University teachers, convicted on charge of being involved in the August 2007 campus protests and subsequently released on a presidential clemency, filed appeals on Monday challenging the convictions.

Dhaka metropolitan sessions judge Md Azizul Haque accepted the appeals and posted the hearing for April 2.

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Judges should decide president's Fate: Nawaz Sharif PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Agence France-Presse . Islamabad

Former premier Nawaz Sharif called Monday for Pakistan's ousted judiciary to rule on the legality of president Pervez Musharraf's position before any parliamentary move to impeach him.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N formed a coalition with the Pakistan People's Party of slain ex-PM Benazir Bhutto last week, after their groupings trounced Musharraf's backers in parliamentary elections.

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Feb 27 set to hear writ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

EC's invitation to BNP

Staff Correspondent

The High Court on Monday deferred to February 27 the hearing of the two writ petitions that challenged the Election Commission's invitation to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party's reformist faction's acting secretary-general, Hafizuddin Ahmed, for participation in the dialogue on electoral reforms.

The High Court bench of Justices Mirza Hossain Haider and Mamnun Rahman set the date as the EC's counsel, Kamal Hossain, and Khaleda Zia and BNP's counsels, TH Khan and AJ Mohammad Ali, appealed for expeditious hearing of the writ petitions.

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Court allows ACC to grill Arafat at jail gate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The CMM court on Monday allowed ACC investigating officer to interrogate Arafat Rahman, younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, in a corruption case at the jail gate.

The investigation officer sought permission for further interrogation of Arafat in connection with the statement of his wealth submitted on January 13.

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RAB drive against pirated textbooks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Rapid Action Battalion on Monday conducted drives against printers of substandard textbooks in Banglabazar, the hub of publishing houses located in the old part of the capital.

The RAB detained two owners of two publishing houses and seized some substandard textbooks from two other publishing houses.

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Raul Castro faces tough reforms challenge PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Reuters, Havana

Cuba's new president, Raul Castro, faces a delicate balancing act as he tries to improve living standards and food supplies while staying faithful to his brother Fidel Castro's communist revolution.

Raul Castro was named president by the one-party state's National Assembly on Sunday, and is widely seen as willing to enact limited economic reforms in a country where people struggle daily with shortages of food and other basic items.

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ACC reinstates 114 staffers of defunct BAC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Agency

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday reinstated 114 out of 263 employees of the defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption, officials said.

Of those reinstated, nine are deputy directors, 19 assistant directors, 25 inspectors and 22 assistant inspectors. Those who were left behind resented the ACC decision.

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3 bodies found in Gazipur forest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Our Correspondent

Joydevpur police recovered three bodies, including that of a teenage boy, with their throats slit from near a garment factory in a forest in Gazariapara of the district on Monday morning.

The bodies were kept about 200 yards apart in the forest. The identities of the three could not be known as yet. Their ages range between 13 and 22.

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