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600 workers arrested in Sharjah PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Over 600 construction workers, including many Indians, have been arrested for allegedly carrying out “subversive acts” as part of their protest in Sharjah, reports PTI.

Police said the 625 workers of the Tiger Contracting Company were arrested after their protest turned violent in the city last night.

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N Korea stops food rations to capital PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

North Korea’s food shortage is so severe that even elite citizens in the capital have had state rations cut off, an aid group said, reports AFP.

South Korea’s Good Friends, which works in the North, said Pyongyang announced a six-month moratorium on rations in the entire city from April.

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US hopes ROK leader’s visit will end beef feud PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

US businesses hope South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak will remove restrictions on US beef imports when he visits Washington this month in a bid to break a deadlock on a free trade pact, reports AFP.

Beef was not an issue in the South Korea-US free trade agreement signed by the two governments in June last year but key US lawmakers are refusing to ratify the trade deal if Seoul does not reopen its market to American beef.

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Afghan economic growth doubles to 13.9 pc ADB PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Growth in Afghanistan’s non-drug economy doubled to 13.9 percent in the past year but high inflation and unemployment of 40 percent are concerns, the Asian Development Bank said yesterday, reports AFP.

Inflation hit 17 percent in December, mainly on food and fuel prices, but is expected to even out at 9.8 percent for the whole of the past year ending March 21 after 5.1 percent the previous year, its Asian Development Outlook said.

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Deivid goal stuns Chelsea PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Fenerbahce midfielder Deivid went from zero to hero as his side came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg, reports AFP.

Deivid had looked like the villain of the peace when he gifted Chelsea the lead with an early own goal at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium.

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Kutubuddin elected BOA boss PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Kutubuddin Ahmed won the hot seat of Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) for next four years beating Golam Quddus Chowdhury Babu in the much-talked about election on Thursday, reports UNB.

Kutubuddin Ahmed, the immediate past acting secretary general and a former vice-president of BOA, polled 49 votes, while his lone rival Golam Quddus Chowdhury, president of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation and former secretary general of BOA, got 24 votes.

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More women’s participation in journalism stressed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Journalists at a meeting Thursday underlined the need for participation of more women in journalism on their own capability, overcoming all social barriers, reports agency.

The Centre for Women Journalists, Bangladesh with the support of the CIDA organised the meeting on ‘motivating women for journalism’ at Jatiya Press Club, a press release said.

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Kidney failure kills 40,000 people in country each year PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Activities of Kidney Foundation Lottery- 2008 would be launched to raise fund for establishing a state of the art kidney hospital at Mirpur in the capital, reports agency.

Office bearers of Kidney Foundation Thursday said this while addressing a press conference at Dhaka Club.

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‘Bring fallow lands under cultivation to raise food production’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Representatives of different Non- government Organizations (NGOs) Thursday urged the government to bring all fallow lands under cultivation to further increase food production, reports agency.

They placed their suggestions in this regard at a pre-budget meeting held with Finance and Planning Adviser Dr A B Mirza Azizul Islam at the Ministry of Finance here.

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Collective efforts stressed to change lifestyle of rural people PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Speakers at a view-exchange meeting Thursday said a collective effort is very much essential for changing the lifestyle of rural people and alleviate their poverty, reports agency.

Only the government or any single organization is not capable to make the nation free from poverty, they said while addressing the discussion styled “Experience Sharing Event- 2008” in Rajshahi.

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UK minister reaffirms support to Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

Adviser for Foreign Affairs Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury met Gareth Thomas, UK Minister for International Development on Wednesday on the sidelines of the MDG thematic debate of the UN General Assembly, reports agency.

The UK minister praised the Bangladesh government’s continued efforts for consolidating and strengthening the democratic institutions in Bangladesh, according to a message received in Dhaka on Thursday.

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CG’s decision to borrow 520m US dollars PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 April 2008

The caretaker government’s decision to borrow money on ‘hard’ terms from a private bank and the International Monetary Fund to  import oil and meet the galloping budget deficit has met with severe criticism from eminent economists of the country. Their argument: with foreign exchange reserves at a healthy five and half billion dollars, the decision to borrow instead of using the reserve is irresponsible and may eventually prove a terrible burden.

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EC lags in polls reform laws: CEC PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission lagged in finalising polls reform laws after its planned dialogue with the BNP stalled, CEC ATM Shamsul Huda said Thursday.

Also, elections schedules for four city corporations such as Rajshahi, Barisal, Sylhet and Khulna, expected by the end of April, are now hanging in the balance, the chief election commissioner told reporters in his office.

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Sheikh Hasina unwell, court hearing halted PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

REUTERS, HAKA - Former Bangladesh prime minister Begum Hasina, under detention since last year, was taken ill during a court hearing on Thursday forcing suspension of proceedings, court officials said.

Hasina, who was discharged recently from hospital after treatment for high blood pressure and ear and eye ailments, has been accused of accepting 30 million taka ($440,000) in kickbacks in a power plant deal.

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Edwards in as West Indies bowl PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

West Indies v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 1st day

Chris Gayle decided to bowl in the second Test at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad as West Indies attempt to win the game and salvage a draw in the series after losing the first Test to Sri Lanka during the final stages on the fifth day. Gayle's decision might have been influenced by a healthy covering of grass on the pitch but Gayle said it was important

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Huda gets 12 years for graft, wife Sigma acquitted PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court sentenced former communications minister barrister Nazmul Huda to 12 years in jail on Thursday, and fined him Tk 1 crore or another year in prison, on charges of amassing illegal wealth and concealing wealth-related information.

The court acquitted the ex-minister's wife Sigma Huda who was accused of abetting her husband. However, Sigma will not be freed as she had already been sentenced to three years in jail in another case.

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'Hidden hunger' on the rise, admits food adviser PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The present food crisis is not a 'silent famine', as some quarters have been labelling it, but 'hidden hunger' is on the rise, the food adviser admitted Thursday in a press conference.

"It's not a silent famine, a famine leaves many dead," AMM Shawkat Ali told reporters at the food ministry.

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Global response needed on food crisis: Zoellick PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

WASHINGTON,Reuters - World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Wednesday called for a new coordinated global response to deal with spiralling food prices exacerbating shortages, hunger and malnutrition around the globe.

Speaking ahead of International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington next week, Zoellick said the global food crisis now required the attention of political leaders in every country, since higher prices and price volatility were likely to stay for some time.

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Dhaka, Delhi sign rice deal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Bangladesh Thursday signed an agreement with India on importing four lakh tonnes of rice through the public sector, food adviser AMM Shawkat Ali said, report agencie.

"The rice shipments will reach Bangladesh in 60 days from the day of opening the letter of credit," the adviser said. One lakh tonnes of rice will arrive in Bangladesh in the first 30 days and the rest in the following 30 days by ship.

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Indian team meets business leaders to explore investment scope PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

A delegation of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Indian chapter, visiting Dhaka, said Thursday Bangladesh's policy for foreign direct investment was liberal.

"Incentives like tax holiday, concessionary duty on machinery imports, unrestricted exit policy and 100 percent foreign equity state that Bangladesh has a very liberal FDI policy," said KN Memani, head of the AmCham team, at a discussion with business leaders.

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Non-MPO teachers vow to strike for pay demand PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Agency

Teachers and employees of non-MPO secondary schools and colleges vowed Thursday to go on hunger strike if their institutions were not brought under the Monthly Payment Order by May 10.

The council of teachers and employees of non-MPO schools and colleges also announced extensive protest programmes in case their demand was not met.

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