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UAE to develop free zone near airport PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

A new free zone which covers 4 million square meters will be developed near the international airport of Abu Dhabi, capital of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE), local newspaper Gulf News reported yesterday, reports Xinhua.

The free zone project to be developed by the Abu Dhabi Airports Company is part of the company’s redevelopment plan worth 6.8 billion U.S. dollars for the international airport, which will be equipped to serve 50 million passengers annually and large logistics operators handling air cargo when completed.

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Intellectual Property Day observed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The World Intellectual Property Day was observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere of the world yesterday with a view to creating opportunities of generating public and media interest towards this important issue, reports agency.

This year’s theme of the day was: ‘celebrating innovation and promoting respect for Intellectual Property (IP).’ Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed issued a message on the eve of the day describing every human being as the source of immense potentials.

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Huge food import puts pressure on forex reserves PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Thakurgaon, Apr 25: Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed Friday said Bangladesh Bank is facing pressure as hard-earned foreign currency is being spent on import of huge quantity of food, reports UNB.

"There will be scarcity of rice and wheat in the world in next few years. Hence, there is no alternative to raising our domestic production," he said addressing the concluding function marking the completion of two decades of ESDO, a local NGO, at the district Shilpakala Academy.

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Hamas offers truce in Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

The Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, has proposed a six-month "period of quiet" in Gaza, which it says could then be extended to the West Bank, reports BBC Former Palestinian foreign minister Mahmoud Zahhar said the truce would have to be mutual and include the lifting of an Israeli blockade of Gaza.

But an Israeli government spokesman dismissed the proposal as a ruse to allow Hamas to "re-arm and re-group". Meanwhile, two Israeli security guards have been shot dead in the West Bank.

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Aviation giants race to meet Indian fighter deadline PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

Aviation giants are scrambling to meet a deadline to bid for a 12-billion dollar deal to sell 126 fighter planes to India, but tough arms purchase rules are dogging the global contenders, reports AFP.

Six aeronautical firms are expected to submit proposals by Monday for the contract, which includes outright purchase of 18 war jets by 2012. India also holds the option of buying another 64 fighters from the top bidder.

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Beijing warned of terror threat PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

There is a "real possibility" that the Beijing Olympics will be attacked by terrorists, the head of global police body Interpol has warned, reports BBC Speaking in Beijing, Ronald Noble said the Games could give "easy cover" to groups such as al-Qaeda.

He also warned that protesters who have disrupted the Olympic torch relay might also target this summer''s Games. China claims to have foiled several plots to attack the Olympics by Muslim separatists from Xinjiang province.

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CNG price hike PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 April 2008

An unjustified move indeed

Doubling of CNG prices by a government having no mandate to take any major decision will have a serious bearing on the economy. It will hit the people below their belt. This is happening at a time when millions of people are going half-fed in the country. It is reported that the BPC used to sustain 30 crore taka loss on account of subsidy to CNG before doubling of the price. Since the caretakers assumed power in 2007, it harboured a funny notion that all the rich and wealthy are the people who earned money through questionable and corrupt means.
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Demand for war-crimes trial is 'unjust pressure' on govt: Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Matiur Rahman Nizami, chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, said Friday that demand for the trial of "war criminals" was meant only to put "unjust pressure" on the government, reports agency.

"Demand for the war crimes trials is a settled issue," said Nizami, speaking at the conference of the party's district chiefs

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Senate approves top U.S. honor for Myanmar's Suu Kyi PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to award detained Myanmar democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal, America's top civilian honor.

The House of Representatives overwhelming approved companion legislation on Dec. 17 to confer the honor on Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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Dalai Lama welcomes Chinese offer for talks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AFP, NEW DELHI - The Dalai Lama on Friday welcomed China's offer to meet his envoy for talks after weeks of protests over Tibet and his spokesman repeated calls from the exiled spiritual leader for dialogue with Beijing.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that

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Mirza Aziz defends hike in CNG prices PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Friday a hefty allocation of subsidy financed by loans would hurt the economy in the long run.

The adviser's comment came a day after the government almost doubled the prices of CNG, ending a four-year-old rate. "If the government would have kept financing subsidy at the same rate as before without increasing the prices of

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Rice price hits new high on global markets PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Agency

The prices of rice in Thailand, the world's top exporter, surged to a record high above US$1,000 (S$1,360) a tonne yesterday as fears of a global shortage spread as far as the United States.

Thai 100 per cent B grade white rice, the world's benchmark for global trade, was quoted in a range of US$1,000 to US$1,080 per tonne.

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Rights organisations demand removal of Baitul Mukarram khatib PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

An alliance of about 50 human-rights and women's organisations Friday demanded the removal of Mufti Muhammad Nuruddin as the khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, reports agency.

The alliance also demanded cancellation of the recommendations by a review committee formed to bring changes to the proposed national women's development policy, now at the heart of debate.

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‘Corruption in education triggers corruption in other sectors’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Corruption in the education sector fuels corruption in other sectors, said Regulatory Reforms Commission chairman Akbar Ali Khan Friday.

In his speech to a roundtable on education organised by Grameen Nagorik Federation and Special News Network at the National Press club, Khan said it might be possible to rid all other sectors of corruption in a matter of years, but the nation has to bear the burden of a corrupt education sector for generations to come.

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Chinese FM calls on army chief PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Agency

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi called on Bangladesh Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed Friday at Army headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment, an ISPR press release issued Friday said.

In the meeting billed as a 'courtesy call', they discussed matters of bilateral interests.

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BTTB plans free dialup internet links PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government plans to offer dialup internet to eight lakh digital telephone subscribers of BTTB without connection charges, an official said Friday.

The subscribers will have to pay only charges for internet use. The telecoms ministry also finalised a proposal to cut call charges to compete with private telephone operators, said telecoms secretary Iqbal Mahmood.

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Oil prices jump on US firing report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices rose sharply Friday on news reports that a ship under contract to the U.S. Navy fired warning shots at two Iranian boats.

The report on Fox News raised concerns that a conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces could cut oil supplies from the Persian Gulf region.

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US dollar mixed in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Friday morning.

Gold fell.

The euro traded at $1.5607, down from $1.5686 late Thursday in New York.

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Euro drops further PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

AP, BERLIN -- The euro continued to slide against the dollar on Friday, dropping below $1.56 and trading more than 4 U.S. cents short of the all-time high it reached earlier this week.

The euro fell as low as $1.5584 in morning European trading, down from $1.5686 in New York late Thursday.

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Pakistan closing in on pact with militant's tribe PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

REUTERS, PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistan is close to clinching a peace pact with one of the most recalcitrant tribes in its lawless border regions to rein in a Taliban leader regarded as a cohort of al Qaeda.

Baitullah Mehsud hails from the Shahbikhel, a sub-tribe of the Mehsud, who with the Wazir represent the main tribes in Waziristan, the tribal region furthest from Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province.

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Police recover body of Keraniganj resident PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 April 2008

Our Correspondent

Police recovered the body of Liaquat Ali, a resident of Keraniganj and a suspected criminal, from Balurmath area Friday.

Keraniganj sub-inspector Md Mainuddin Ahmed said Liaquat had been missing since Thursday after some of his friends called him out of his house.

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