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HSC, equivalent examinations begin tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2008

The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations will begin on May 29 (Thursday) across the country under tight measures against unfair means, report agencies.

A total of 620,020 students under seven general education boards, madrasha board and the technical education board will sit for the exams this year in a total of 1,800 centers in the country and five
abroad.

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Ex-MP Selim gets 7 years for extortion PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A Dhaka court sentenced former BNP lawmaker MAH Selim to seven years in jail Tuesday.

Judge Nigar Sultana, of Metropolitan Assistant Sessions Judge's Court-4, also finewd the ex-MP Tk 50,000 or another two months in prison in case of failure to pay the sum.
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Jubo Dal to launch campaign for release of Khaleda, Nizami PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 May 2008

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Jubo Dal will launch a black-badge campaign on June 1 demanding the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, the party said in a press conference Tuesday.

"The wearing of black badges is part of a programme to realise a12-point charter of demands," Jubo Dal acting general secretary Abdus Salam Azad told reporters at the NAM Flat residence of BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain.
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Low in Bay brings gloomy skies, rain PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The sky remains cloudy across the country with intermittent rains due to a low over the north-west Bay of Bengal and adjacent coastal areas, the meteorological office said Tuesday.

Meteorologist Ayesha Khatun told bdnews24.com that the sky might not clear and look dull and gloomy through a couple of days more due to the low.

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2nd witness to give testimony May 29 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Barge-mounted power plant case

Bdnews24.com

Defence lawyers concluded their lengthy cross examination of the first prosecution witness, ACC deputy director MM Shabbir Hassan, in trial proceedings against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.

The police officer who first accepted the FIR of the barge-mounted power plant case against Hasina will be next to give his deposition on May 29.
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Govt to sit with businessmen Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government is set to hold talks with the business community Wednesday to set the schedule of a parallel dialogue with civil society, the commerce adviser said Tuesday.

"The government will hold a parallel dialogue with civil society. We will set the schedule in consultation with the business

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Dhaka to urge IDB to double loan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Bangladesh will ask the Islamic Development Bank to double its annual loan to ease "internal pressure" for funds to finance fuel imports, said adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam Tuesday.

After a meeting on energy at the planning ministry, the finance and planning adviser said: "I will go to Jeddah tomorrow (Wednesday) to attend the IDB annual meeting."
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UNHCR sees new avenues to resolve Rohingya crisis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Repatriation of remaining 27,000 Rohingya refugees

Staff Correspondent

The visiting head of the UN's refugee agency, António Guterres, said Tuesday new opportunities had opened up before the international community to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

"Enhanced cooperation" started between reclusive Myanmar and the international community since the cyclone Nargis hit the Buddhist nation, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
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Stocks end lower on sell-offs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Bourses closed downbeat Tuesday due to heavy sell-offs by investors after witnessing gains for the last three days, reports bdnews24.com.

An official with brokerage house Anchor Securities said fears of a huge market fall led investors to sell off holdings.

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Oil prices advance above 133 dollars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Agency

Oil prices rose above 133 dollars a barrel on Tuesday, within reach of last week's record peaks amid violence in key African crude exporter Nigeria, dealers said.

New York's main oil futures contract, light sweet crude for July delivery, advanced 1.07 dollars to 133.26 dollars a barrel.
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Asian fuel price rises unlikely to spark unrest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

REUTERS, SINGAPORE/JAKARTA- Leaders across Asia are starting to give in on the prickly issue of fuel subsidies, hiking prices in the face of $130 a barrel oil, but careful calibration of the steps may allow them to get away with it.

Indonesia jacked up fuel prices by an average of 28.7 percent from Saturday, Sri Lanka followed with its own increase on Sunday and Bangladesh said it planned an increase soon.

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Small business crunched by fuel prices PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

REUTERS, FORT WORTH, Texas- Many U.S. small business owners say soaring fuel costs are eating their profits at a time when the economy is already weak, making them more cautious about expanding or hiring.

"In theory we could pass on extra costs with fuel surcharges," said Vince Puente, part owner of Southwest Office Systems Inc (SOS), which sells and services copy machines and other office equipment to companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. "However, our competitors are all bigger than us and aren't doing that, so surcharges would kill us."

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Vodafone dials up profits, as CEO hangs up PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - Mobile phone giant Vodafone said on Tuesday that it swung into profit during 2007-08 and that its chief executive Arun Sarin would shortly step down after five years at the helm.

The British group said net profit stood at 6.66 billion pounds (8.35 billion euros, 13.16 billion dollars) in the year to March 31 as it increased its customer base in emerging markets across Asia and Africa.
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Aid groups ready to test Myanmar on access PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Agency

International aid groups said Monday they were planning to test Myanmar's commitment to open up to foreign aid workers, after the junta pledged to speed up relief for desperate cyclone survivors.

Despite international fears over the fate of the victims, the junta pushed ahead with its political agenda, declaring an overwhelming victory for a constitution
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G8 ministers pledge 'strong will' on climate amid doubts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, KOBE - Environment ministers from the world's top industrial powers called Monday for more effort to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but little headway was seen in setting more immediate goals.

Ministers from the Group of Eight held three days of talks here in a bid to set the tone for a summit involving the G8 leaders, which opens July 7 in the northern Japanese resort of Toyako and is expected to focus on climate change.
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NASA probe sends first pictures from Martian arctic PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - A NASA probe sent back never-seen pictures of Mars' north pole Monday after a near perfect landing in the most ambitious mission to date to find life-sustaining minerals on the Red Planet.

The first pictures from the Phoenix probe provided the first glimpse of the planet's Arctic plains -- a desolate landscape of stony, frozen ground.
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Soldiers race to blast clear China 'quake lake' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, MIANZHU - Soldiers raced Monday to blast clear a river dammed by landslides after China's deadly earthquake two weeks ago, amid fears that more than one million people could be at risk from flooding.

The operation to reduce the so-called "quake lake" in mountainous Sichuan province came as the confirmed death toll from the huge tremor passed 65,000, with more than 23,000 others still missing.
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UN concludes Russia shot down Georgian spy plane PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

AFP, TBILISI - The UN concluded in a report Monday that a Russian fighter jet shot down an unmanned Georgian spy plane last month, boosting Tbilisi's claims of Russian military interference on its territory.

The report, posted on the UN website, said evidence gathered by UN monitors "leads to the conclusion that the aircraft belonged to the Russian air force" and that the downing was "fundamentally inconsistent" with ceasefire accords.
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Dalai Lama says Tibetans losing faith in talks FT PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

REUTERS, SINGAPORE - Tibetans are losing faith in the Dalai Lama's conciliatory "middle way" because of China's refusal to strike a deal with him over the region's future, the exiled spiritual leader said in an interview published on Monday.

Speaking to the Financial Times during a tour of Europe, the 72-year-old Nobel laureate said he hoped the Chinese government would begin serious negotiations with his representatives over greater autonomy for Tibet in a few weeks' time.

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Authorities fail to produce Khaleda for Niko hearing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Prison authorities failed to produce detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia in court Monday for a hearing in the Niko graft case against her.

Seven other accused in the case were taken to the Dhaka special court sited on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex, which set the next hearing date for June 1.
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No dialogue but movement for Hasina: AL district leaders PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Grassroots leaders of the Awami League want a movement for the

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