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EC, Bangladesh seek closer relations PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

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The fourth session of the European Commission-Bangladesh Joint Commission was held in Brussels Wednesday with a view to strengthening cooperation including trade, democracy, good governance, climate change and air service.

The discussion was held in Brussels in line with the Cooperation Agreement of 2001 between Bangladesh and the European Commission, according to an EC statement. Md Aminul Islam Bhuiyan, secretary of the Economic Relations Division, led the Bangladesh delegation to the session.

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NGOs say mismanagement fuelled food shortfall, price hikes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Agency

NGO leaders said Thursday that the government's failure to manage the market fuelled food shortfalls and price hikes of rice, says a press release.

"The failure of the government to control the market has created the present situation," said Zafarullah Chowdhury, project coordinator of Ganoswasthya Sangstha.

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Govt request for UN involvement to try war criminals hailed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

London-based Amnesty International (AI) Wednesday welcomed the government request for United Nations involvement in ending impunity for 1971 violations.

"Action to end impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law committed in 1971 is long overdue.

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‘Hasina''s release only solution’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Awami League acting president Zillur Rahman Wednesday reiterated the demand for immediate release of ailing former prime minister Sheikh Hasina saying her release is the only solution of problem facing the nation, reports UNB.

"Releasing Sheikh Hasina is the only solution of the problems the government faced," said the elderly politician.

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CG dialogue with political parties this month PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

The caretaker government is likely to open dialogue with the political parties this month, evidently in their bid to make a breakthrough in the standoff that started following the purge against the ruling politicians of the yesteryear, reports UNB.

"The government is preparing for dialogue with political parties. What kind of discussion, type of format and who are to participate in the dialogue-these are all being discussed by the government.

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NATO snubs Bush as it denies membership to Georgia, Ukraine PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

AFP, BUCHAREST - European leaders kept Georgia and Ukraine waiting at NATO's doorstep Thursday in a major setback for US President George W. Bush at his last summit of the transatlantic alliance.

Inching deeper into what, during the Cold War, had been enemy territory, NATO extended formal invitations to once-communist Albania and Croatia to start negotiations to become the 27th and 28th members of the bloc.

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5000 Biman officials submit wealth statements PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Over 5,000 officials of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, both in and out of service, have submitted their wealth statements to the army-led national taskforce against serious crimes, reports UNB.

Sources at the national airlines, now turned into a public limited company, said the taskforce on February 12 asked the Biman officials to submit their wealth statements.

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Injustice can be removed by maintaining discipline: CJ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin Wednesday said unfairness as well as injustice would not exist in the country if discipline could be maintained strictly at all levels of society, reports agency.

"It is discipline which makes a citizen competent through proper education both at family and institutional levels. And only the educated as well as the scholars can run the state efficiently," he said while addressing a reception at Gopal Chandra Institute (GCI) here.

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15,405 cops punished for dishonesty PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

More than 15,000 police personnel were subjected to punishment for dishonesty and negligence last year as part of reforms in police administration, reports UNB.

Informing this at a briefing IGP Noor Mohammad told newsmen the disciplinary action was taken to make the police people-friendly by ensuring accountability, responsibility and transparency.

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‘Lending rate in Bangladesh to average at 15 per cent’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

London-based Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) expects the key lending rate in Bangladesh would average at 15 percent in 2008 as compared to 16 percent in 2007, reports UNB.

In its April report on Bangladesh, the EIU said Bangladesh Bank is expected to maintain an accommodative monetary policy stance during the early part of the forecast period, despite persistent inflationary pressures.

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Workers put up barricade on highway PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Angry dyeing workers Wednesday put up barricades on Dhaka-Aricha highway and damaged seven vehicles in protest as environment officials cut off electricity and gas connections to three delinquent factories for not installing efflunet-treatment plants, reports UNB.

Police sources said a team of Environment Directorate officials from Dhaka, along with a first-class magistrate, visited some dyeing factories in Majidpur area at about 11:30am and found Pakija Dyeing Ltd, Unlima Dyeing Ltd and Bangladesh Dyeing Ltd having not set up ETP, mandatory under government rules.

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Italy to give 5 lakh Euro for ultra-poor women PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

New envoy tells CA

The Foreign Ministry of Italy has announced a 5-lakh-euro grant for enhancing food consumption and livelihoods of ultra-poor women in Bangladesh, as the country now reels out of natural disasters, reports UNB.

This financial support would be given through World Food Programme (WFP) under a programme ‘Enhance Food Consumption and Livelihoods of Ultra Poor Women - Vulnerable Group Development in Bangladesh’.

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Friendly atmosphere for disabled stressed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Speakers at a discussion Wednesday underscored the need for establishing a sound and friendly atmosphere for the disabled, ensuring a dignified position for them in society, reports agency.

The under-privileged community is an integral part of our society and we must give them an opportunity to enjoy all basic rights like other privileged sections in the country, they said.

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Ration for low-income people demanded PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) Wednesday placed a 16-point recommendation to the government to control the price of essentials and introduce rationing system for low-income group people in rural and urban areas, reports agency.

Placing the recommendations at a press conference at Shaheed Asad Auditorium in the capital, the WPB urged the government to form a Price Control Authority to monitor the market on a regular basis.

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Indian railway team calls on communications secy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Visiting Indian railway delegation Wednesday called on Communications Secretary Dr Mahbubur Rahman at his office, reports agency.

Additional Member (Traffic) of Indian Railway Board RN Verma led the delegation.

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Govt cautious of applying emergency in freedom of expression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed said the government is extremely cautious of applying the emergency in freedom of expression, reports UNB.

“The press remains free,” the President said this when newly appointed non-resident Ambassador designated of Portugal Luis Filipe Carrilho de Castro Mendes presented his credential to him at Bangabhaban Wednesday.

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Australia offers ALA scholarship PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Douglas Foskett Wednesday announced that applications are now being invited for the 2009 Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships, reports UNB.

“The ALA Scholarships scheme is a prestigious program open to current and emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region” said Foskett.

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Oil Prices Fall After Gain a Day Earlier PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria -- Oil prices Thursday turned lower Thursday, a day after jumping almost $4 a barrel on a U.S. government report of a larger than expected decline in gasoline stockpiles.

Light, sweet crude for May delivery fell $1.29 to $103.54 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by afternoon in Europe.

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Dollar Mostly Higher; Gold Up PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mostly higher against other major currencies in European trading Thursday morning. Gold prices rose.

The euro was quoted at $1.5562, down from $1.5664 late Wednesday in New York.

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Euro Dips Against US Dollar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

AP, BERLIN -- The dollar rallied against the euro in early Thursday trading as markets seemingly ignored comments the previous day from the U.S. Federal Reserve suggesting the U.S. economy may slip into a recession.

The 15-nation euro was down against the dollar, at $1.5604, compared with $1.5664 in late New York trading. In other currencies, British pound also dipped to $1.9804 from $1.9885 overnight. But the dollar slipped against the Japanese currency, to 102.83 yen from 103.09 yen.

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Stocks Drop After Rise in Jobless Claims PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street slipped modestly Thursday after the Labor Department reported a spike in jobless claims, sapping some of the market's confidence ahead of testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Friday's anxiously anticipated March employment report.

Wall Street was disappointed to hear the government say the number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose by a full 38,000 last week to 407,000 -- the highest level since September 2005.

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