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ACC files chargesheet against Babar, Tarique PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Anticorruption Commission Tuesday pressed charges with Dhaka CMM's Court against former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar, BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman, Basundhara Group owner Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and five others, reports bdnews24.com. Deputy assistant director ACC Rupak Kumar Saha submitted the chargesheet.

The chargesheet alleged that Babar demanded Tk 50 crore in bribe for dropping the names of Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam, his two sons Safiyat Sobhan and Shahadat Sobhan and another director, Abu Sufian, from the list of the accused in the Basundhara director Humayun Kabir Sabbir murder case.

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Shafik Rehman quits Jai Jai Din as editor PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Shafik Rehman has resigned from Bangla-language newspaper Jai Jai Din as editor, his wife said Monday, reports agency.

Rehman said goodbye to his colleagues in the newsroom by presenting them red roses, several journalists told bdnews24.com.

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World oil at above 120 dollars PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

AFP, SINGAPORE - World oil reached a new record price above 120 dollars a barrel on Tuesday as concerns over the United States economy eased, analysts said.

New York's main oil futures contract, light sweet crude for June delivery, reached an all-time high in electronic trade of 120.23 dollars, breaking the last record of 120.20 dollars reached during Monday intra-day trade.

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Delwar vows new move on Khaleda PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

BNP leader Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Tuesday his party would announce a protest programme soon to mount pressure on the government to release party chairperson Khaleda Zia from prison, reports bdnews24.com.

Condemning the submission of separate chargesheets against the former prime minister and her son Tarique Rahman Tuesday, Delwar demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases, which said were false.

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Former AL MP Mokbul jailed for 13 years PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

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A special court, dealing with graft suspects, Tuesday sentenced former Awami League lawmaker Mohammad Mokbul Hossain to 13 years in jail on twin charges of accumulating illegal wealth and concealing information about assets.

Judge Khandaker Kamal Uzzaman of the Special Judge's Court, set up in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, also fined him Tk 10 lakh. He will have to serve another year in jail in failure to pay the fine.

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Obama and Clinton gird for new super Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

AFP, INDIANAPOLIS - Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced a new day of destiny Tuesday with Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, as the climax approached in their gripping White House race.

Opinion polls pointed to another messy draw on the biggest single day of voting left in the epic battle for the Democratic nomination, with Obama tipped to win in North Carolina and Clinton ahead in Indiana.

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Burma cyclone: 15,000 dead, 30,000 missing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Agency

A monk negotiates the devastation: aid agencies said they are being given unprecedented access after the disaster At least 15,000 people have been killed and up to 30,000 are missing after the catastrophic cyclone that struck Burma at the weekend, with officials warning that the toll was likely to rise.

Nyan Win, the Burmese Foreign Minister said on state television that 10,000 people had died in just one town, Bogalay, as he gave the first detailed account of the worst cyclone to hit Asia since 1991, when 143,000 people died in Bangladesh.

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Asia calls for funding to fight food shock amid tension PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, MADRID - Over a billion Asians may sink back into extreme poverty without extra aid to counter soaring food prices, the region's development bank warned on Monday as a battle brewed over who would fund its spending.

The call for cash to secure food supplies for Asia -- home to two thirds of the world's poor -- was accompanied by debate on whether developing countries or rapidly expanding nations like China and India should foot the bill.

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Dalai Lama envoy says China talks 'good first step' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

AFP, HONG KONG  - Talks between Chinese officials and envoys from the Tibetan government-in-exile were a "good first step," one of the Dalai Lama's representatives said here on Tuesday.

"All very candid. We had very candid discussions," said Lodi Gyari, one of the Tibetan spiritual leader's envoys who met Chinese officials in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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US set for first execution since end of moratorium PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, Atlanta - Georgia is set to execute a convicted murderer on Tuesday, the first US inmate to be put to death since the Supreme Court ended a de facto moratorium on capital punishment last month.

William Earl Lynd is due to die by lethal injection at a prison in Jackson, central Georgia, at 7 p.m. (2300 GMT) for shooting his girlfriend Ginger Moore three times in the head and face in December 1988, authorities said.

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Josef Fritzl 'began building cellar six years before seizing daughter' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Bojan Pancevski in Amstetten Officers investigating the incest and sexual abuse case against Josef Fritzl revealed yesterday that he started building the underground dungeon in which he imprisoned his daughter six years before her incarceration began.

Speaking to The Times at a press conference yesterday, Colonel Franz Polzer said that Mr Fritzl had planned the imprisoning and sexual abuse of Elisabeth in astonishing detail. “Fritzl acted with premeditation when he began building the underground cellar of his home in 1978,” he said.

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Cyclone exposes myth of "strong" Myanmar military PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, YANGON - For decades, Myanmar's ruling generals have defended the military's iron grip on power as vital to keeping the former Burma intact and on the road to prosperity.

This week's devastating cyclone, which has killed at least 15,000 people in the Irrawaddy delta, has exposed the fragility of that myth with potentially major long-term implications for the junta, analysts say.

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Suicide bomber kills two in northwest Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Peshawar, Pakistan, May 6 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber blew himself near a police checkpost in the northwestern Pakistani town of Bannu on Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding five people including a soldier, police said.

Pakistan saw a wave of suicide bomb attacks after an army assault on a radical mosque in the capital last July, but there has been a lull since the formation of new government in March that has called for talks to end the violence.

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Lack of vitamin D linked to depression in elderly PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - Low levels of vitamin D in elderly people may lead to increased depression and other psychiatric problems, Dutch researchers said.

"Underlying causes of vitamin D deficiency such as less sun exposure as a result of decreased outdoor activity, different housing or clothing habits and decreased vitamin intake may be secondary to depression, but depression may also be

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Landslide kills 12 near Freeport mine in Indonesia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTRES, Timika, Indonesia - Twelve people died in a landslide near a massive copper mine operated by Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold in Indonesia's Papua province, but the firm's mining operations were unaffected, officials said on Tuesday.

A torrent of mud fell into a river, burying local miners who were working on Monday night, Godhelp Cornelis Mansnembra, the police chief in the nearest main town of Mimika, said.

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Climbers prepare for final torch assault on Everest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, Everest Base Camp, China - A total of 31 Chinese climbers, 22 of them ethnic Tibetans, are on Mount Everest fixing routes and repairing camps for the final assault on the summit with the Beijing Olympic torch, officials said on Tuesday.

In a departure from the usual tight control of information about the project, China mountaineering team spokesman Zhang Zhijian listed the full team of climbers, which also includes eight Han Chinese and one climber from the Tujia minority.

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China`s Hu urges cooperation ahead of Japan summit PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, Tokyo - Chinese President Hu Jintao lauded closer cooperation with Japan when he arrived on Tuesday for a state visit intended to nurture trust between the Asian powers despite rifts over energy resources and security.

Hu was greeted in Tokyo by senior Japanese officials and flag-waving, mostly Chinese well-wishers. Downtown, some 7,000 police were deployed ahead of threatened protests by hundreds of right-wing activists who see China as a danger.

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UBS posts first quarter loss of 11.535 bln Swiss francs, cuts jobs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

AFP, ZURICH - Swiss banking giant UBS on Tuesday announced a net loss of 11.535 billion Swiss francs (7.075 billion euros/ 10.972 billion dollars) for the first quarter due to US subprime-related positions.

The bank said it would cut 2,600 jobs this year and continue the downsizing in 2009 if the tough business conditions continued, and reported writedowns of 19 billion Swiss francs for the first quarter.

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Demand slows ahead of gold-buying festival PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, MUMBAI - India's gold demand slowed down on Tuesday ahead of the Akshaya Tritiya festival as prices hardened, denting the appetite of buyers, dealers said.

"Demand is non-existent... possibly because of the higher levels," said one dealer in a large private bank in Mumbai. Gold drew overseas investors to its anti-inflationary appeal, inching up in tandem with crude oil that hovered near a record high on supply concerns.

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US Gasoline price at new record, diesel falls: EIA PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - The US average retail price for gasoline rose a penny over the last week to a new high of $3.61 a gallon, while the price of diesel fuel fell, the federal Energy Information Administration said on Monday.

The national price for regular, self-service gasoline is up 56 cents from a year ago because of expensive crude oil prices. US crude on Monday hit a record $120.36 a barrel at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Boom in private banking for uber-rich PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - They have the mooring in St Tropez and the country house in the Cotswolds but there is one other thing that the wealthy elite cannot live without a private banker.

It is a service they can well afford. Despite the global credit crunch, the rich are getting richer and are now worth more than 400 billion pounds, according to the Sunday Times' annual Rich List, published last week. But the private banking sector is no longer the reserve of the ultra-rich.

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