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Name war criminals by Oct 15' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Sector Commanders urge govt

Staff Correspondent

The Sector Commanders' Forum, a platform of independence war generals, on Friday urged the government to publish a list of 1971 war criminals by Oct 15.

Otherwise, the Forum said it would prepare the list.
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Banks to hire credit raters PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Risk assessment

Can choose from list of ECAIs

Desk Report

Banks now will have to have their credit risks assessed by External Credit Assessment Institutes (ECAI), the Bangladesh Bank has said.

The banks will choose from a list of ECAIs provided by the central bank, it said in a circular on Thursday.
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Time will decide CG's future PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Zillur tells journalists

Staff Correspondent

Time will tell if the system of caretaker governance will continue to play a role when necessary, said the Awami League's acting president Zillur Rahman on Friday.
 
"Time will tell if the caretaker government system has to go in the future," the AL acting president.
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Tremor rocks Tangail PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Our Correspondent

Tangail experienced a mild tremor Friday morning, recorded by Dhaka University's Earth Observatory.

Observatory director Prof Syed Humayun Akhter told bdnews24.com: "The epicentre of the minor jolt was located at Mirzapur in Tangail, 64 km northwest of Dhaka city."
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UN chief may arrive Oct 1 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Agency

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon may arrive in Bangladesh, as early as Oct 1, on a two-day visit, the foreign affairs adviser said on Thursday.

"Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will be visiting Bangladesh to be acquainted with the achievements and developments made on various issues by the caretaker government," Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said.
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China's astronauts brace for space walk PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

AFP, JIUQUAN, China - China's three astronauts spent their first day in orbit Friday preparing for a much-anticipated walk outside their craft, as Japan voiced hopes its neighbour had peaceful aims in space.

The voyage of the Shenzhou VII, China's third manned foray into space, has proceeded without a glitch since it blasted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China late Thursday, state media said.
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Bagerhat BNP chief beaten by party men PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Our Correspondent

Bagerhat district BNP's acting president Shamsul Haque was attacked and injured by party supporters on Friday.

He was receiving treatment at Bagerhat Sadar Hospital. Hospital sources said he had been given a few stitches in the head.
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US dollar mixed, gold fell PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

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

The euro traded at $1.4580 down from $1.4622 late Thursday in New York.
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Envoy in Rome presents credentials PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Agencies

The newly appointed Bangladesh ambassador to Italy, Masud Bin Momen, on Friday presented his credentials to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace, a press statement said.

"Ambassador Momen briefed the Italian President about the various initiatives taken by the caretaker government for holding a free and fair election by December 2008," said the statement issued by the Bangladesh mission in Rome.
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BB to release banknotes worth Tk 5,705 cr PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Eid-ul-Fitr

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Bank will release up to 37 crore banknotes worth Tk 5,705 crore of various denominations ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, an official said on Thursday.

Munsur Ahmed, currency manager of the central bank, told reporters in his office that the banknotes were being released from the bank's local offices too.
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Former Netrokona AL MP dies PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Former Awami League lawmaker from Netrokona-2 constituency Fazlur Rahman Khan died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital at 11am Friday. He was 80.

He had been suffering from old-age complications for long. He left behind one son and four daughters.
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Credit markets still taut; interbank loan rates up PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Washington appeared closer to a bank bailout plan agreement, but that provided little solace Thursday to the credit markets, which remained stressed and kept Treasury bill demand high.

The yield on the 3-month Treasury bill was at 0.47 percent Thursday, down slightly from 0.49 percent late Wednesday, suggesting no relief on the part of investors, who have been shoveling their money into government debt on the worry that other traditionally safe assets -- such as money market mutual funds -- are no longer secure.
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E.U. Bans Some Chinese Milk Products PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AP, BEIJING -- The European Union banned imports of baby food containing Chinese milk on Thursday as tainted dairy products linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candy and other Chinese-made goods that were quickly pulled from stores worldwide.

The 27-nation EU adds to the growing list of countries that have banned or recalled Chinese dairy products. In addition to the ban, the European Commission called for tighter checks on other Chinese food imports.
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Jobless claims pushed to 7 - year high PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AP, WASHINGTON  -- New claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to their highest level in seven years due to the impact of a slowing economy and Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The department said new requests for jobless benefits for the week ending Sept. 20 increased by 32,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 493,000, much higher than analysts' expectations of 445,000.
 
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Bush summons Obama, McCain for crisis economy talks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON  - Warning "our entire economy is in danger," US President George W. Bush called unprecedented emergency talks for Thursday with the two men vying to succeed him, John McCain and Barack Obama.

Bush announced his summit with the presidential candidates and top congressional leaders in a prime-time televised speech Wednesday seeking public support for his 700-billion-dollar Wall Street rescue plan.
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Stocks rise on bailout hopes; credit remains tight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Financial markets were mixed Thursday as lawmakers moved closer to hammering out a deal aimed at reviving the crippled financial system.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 200 points on optimism about the deal but a credit market squeeze remained as doubts about the proposed plan's effectiveness drove demand for short-term, safe-haven assets.
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South African parliament elects Motlanthe as president PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, CAPE TOWN - South Africa's parliament on Thursday elected Kgalema Motlanthe as the nation's third post-apartheid president, after the dramatic ouster of Thabo Mbeki by his own party.

The ruling party's second in command won 269 of the 360 votes cast, Chief Justice of the constitutional court Pius Langa said.
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China launches riskiest space mission yet PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, JIUQUAN, China - China on Thursday launched its riskiest space flight yet, sending three men into orbit on a mission that will include the nation's first ever space walk, state media said.

The Shenzhou VII spacecraft lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 9:10 pm (1310 GMT) in the presence of President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders, state television reported live.

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Pakistan military fires at NATO choppers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, KABUL - Pakistani troops fired at two helicopters from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan Thursday, causing no damage but accusing them of crossing the border amid escalating tensions across the frontier.

The Pakistani military said the troops had fired warning shots at two helicopters which were "well within Pakistani territory".
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Space exploration key to mankind's survival: NASA chief PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - Mankind's very survival depends on the future exploration of space, said NASA chiMichael Griffin in an interview with AFP marking the 50th anniversary of the US space agency.

This journey, said the veteran physicist and aerospace engineer, is full of unknowns and has only just begun.
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NKorea on brink of restarting nuclear programme PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2008

AFP, SEOUL - North Korea was Thursday on the brink of restarting the nuclear weapons programme it shut down 14 months ago under a landmark disarmament deal, as negotiating partners struggled to save the pact.

The communist state has told the UN atomic watchdog it will start work to resume plutonium reprocessing at its Yongbyon complex, possibly within a week. It has barred International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from the reprocessing plant.
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