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Direct Train Service between Dhaka-Kolkata PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

The first train for Kolkata would leave on Pahela Baishakh,  April 14 as planned. That’s just a few days away. If there are no more hassles this will open up a new horizon in the people-to-people relations between the two countries, especially those living on two sides of the border but speaking the same language and sharing common culture and heritage. Not many are aware that thousands of people cross the international border every day using buses and air routes.

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Direct Train Service between Dhaka-Kolkata PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2008

The first train for Kolkata would leave on Pahela Baishakh, April 14 as planned. That’s just a few days away. If there are no more hassles this will open up a new horizon in the people-to-people relations between the two countries, especially those living on two sides of the border but speaking the same language and sharing common culture and heritage. Not many are aware that thousands of people cross the international border every day using buses and air routes.

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ADB sees inflation easing on bumper crops PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Agency

The Asian Development Bank has forecast that inflation will ease in the next fiscal year while GDP will touch 6.5 percent.

ADB's country director Hua Du at a news briefing Wednesday said that the projection had been made

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We will overcome this crisis: Moeen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Our Correspondent

The government and the people will overcome the present food crisis, if all lend an actively cooperative hand, said chief of army staff Gen Moeen U Ahmed Wednesday on a visit to Bogra.

During his visit to a farmers' market, established by army personnel in the town's Cheloparha area, Moeen said: "We're destined to wade through this temporary hardship and see better days."

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Aziz asks businesses to shore up image PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The present image and role of the business community is not satisfactory in the wake of soaring commodity prices, finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Wednesday.

"In the context of rising prices, it is widely assumed by general people that businessmen are not acting responsibly towards society," he said.

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'I have been victimised' Shoaib PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Fast bowler to contest five-year ban

Cricinfo.com

Shoaib Akhtar, speaking a day after a PCB disciplinary committee imposed a five-year ban on him, said he had been victimised by Pakistani cricket authorities.

"I have been victimised, I have been pinpoint targeted. I should be told what I did and when I violated discipline,"

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Zimbabwe opposition claims victory in parliament election PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

AFP, HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change claimed on Wednesday to have won a majority over the ruling ZANU-PF in weekend parliamentary elections.

The party's secretary-general Tendai Biti said that, based on the party's own tallies, it had won a total of 110 seats, including 11 lawmakers who are part of a splinter faction that is not loyal

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Hasina back to hospital for check PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Staff Correspondent
Detained former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was taken to hospital for a routine check-up on Wednesday, just days after being discharged following treatment for high blood pressure, a senior prison official said.

Hasina, president of the Awami League, one of Bangladesh's biggest parties, was taken to the Square Hospital at Dhanmandi, in the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday morning under tight security, but was sent back to jail within hours.

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Institutional reforms more important than taking 'people' off the scene: Anwar Choudhury PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Dhaka, April 2 (bdnews24.com)—Institutional reforms are more important for Bangladesh than removing some people from their posts, said outgoing British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury Wednesday.

Emerging from a meeting with home adviser MA Matin, Choudhury said Bangladesh had moved to replace "some people". But important institutions should be made stronger which is more important to strengthen democracy, the UK envoy said.

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Dhaka-Kolkata trains deal finalised for Apr 14 launch PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Dhaka, April 2 (bdnews24.com) - Bangladeshi and Indian negotiators at a meeting in Dhaka Wednesday finalised the agreement to launch Dhaka-Kolkata passenger trains from April 14, the Bengali New Year, an official said.

Chief of Bangladesh delegation ATKM Ismail told the media that all formalities including signing of the agreement will be complete by the April 14 deadline.

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Stocks maintain rally on banks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Agency

The country's bourses continued to rally Wednesday for a third consecutive day influenced by investors' heavy buying into bank shares.

Total turnover also saw a significant rise from the previous day. Analysts termed the day's trading as positive, but warned that if the trend continues without proper profit-taking and price adjustments the market could become overheated.

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Accident kills 5 of a family in Barisal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Our Correspondent

A speeding truck lost control and crushed a roadside home, killing five members of a family early Wednesday in the district's Gournadi area, police said. The only survivor is a 13-month old baby.

The dead were asleep when the Jhalakathi-bound truck, laden with chicken feed, hit the thatched home at Baishkhola at 4:45 am, said Gournadi police chief Abdul Hai Sarker.

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Govt to set up two fertiliser factories PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government has moved to set up two fertiliser factories to cut dependence in import of urea fertiliser, the chief adviser's special assistant said Wednesday.

"We can tell two months later when the work will start," Mahbub Jamil, in charge of industry, told reporters at his office. Industry secretary Nurul Amin said, "The two factories will be able to produce 10 lakh tonnes of fertiliser.

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Oil Prices Rise Before US Inventory Data PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

AP, VIENNA, Austria-- Oil prices rose Wednesday as traders awaited U.S. fuel supply data expected to show crude oil inventories rose last week while gasoline stockpiles dropped.

The U.S. Energy Department's weekly petroleum supply snapshot due later Wednesday ''will be important to the direction of the oil market particularly with the oil price having softened somewhat,'' said David Moore, a commodity strategist with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney. ''A large build in crude or gasoline might weigh on oil prices."

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Dollar Mixed; Gold Up PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

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

The euro was quoted at $1.5649, up from $1.5601 late Tuesday in New York.

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Olympic torch heads off on world tour PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

The Olympic flame headed to Kazakhstan on Tuesday to start a monthlong global tour expected to be a magnet for protests against China, even as the communist leadership hoped to bask in international praise, reports AFP.

The flame left on a chartered plane after an elaborate kickoff ceremony held under tight security in host city Beijing. It will make 21 stops before returning to mainland China on May 4.

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Abahani beats Mohammedan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Premier League

Holders Abahani Limited notched a thrilling two-wicket win over old foes Mohammedan SC in an 11th round match of the Metropolis Premier Division Cricket League at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in the city on Tuesday, reports UNB.

In the day’s other matches, BKSP crushed Old DOHS by eight wickets at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium (DCS), Young Pegasus outplayed City Club by five wickets at the BKSP Ground-1, Surjotarun Club beat Victoria SC by two wickets at the BKSP Ground-2 while Kalabagan KC defeated Partex SC by one wicket at the Narayanganj Osmani Stadium (NOS).

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Booters begin residential camp at BKSP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

The residential training camp of the national football team for the two ensuing international soccer tournaments began on Tuesday afternoon at the BKSP in Savar, reports UNB.

Twenty-three booters out of the preliminarily selected 28 joined the training camp today (Tuesday) at the national sports training institute, BKSP, under new coach and former national defender Mohammad Abu Yousuf.

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CID to press charges in Aug 21 attack by April PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Agency

The Criminal Investigation Department will press charges by the end of this month in a case involving the 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, a top official said Wednesday.

"We have almost completed our investigation. We will be able to submit the chargesheet this month," CID chief Javed Patwari told reporters at Bangladesh Police Headquarters.

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Reclaiming canals will increase food production: experts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Experts are painting an increasingly gloomy picture for the future of Bangladesh's vital canal system as a lack of political will combines with agricultural demands to put a stranglehold on the waterways.

Dr Molla Azfarul Haque, from the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation, told bdnews24.com that around 49 lakh hectares of farmland in the country had to be irrigated from open water bodies or tubewells.

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Anti-corruption drive PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2008

Millions across Bangladesh were all praise for the anti-corruption drive after the 1/11 changeover. But, in fact, corruption remains where it was. This is because, most of people today tend to make extra money through illegal means only to survive. Morals fade away when rice and ata go beyond their reach. Empty stomachs hardly heed morals. Yes, none takes bribe openly today. It is taken through the backdoor.

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