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Iraq resumes mission in Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Agency

Iraq restarted its mission in Bangladesh Sunday, after a lapse of five years. The functioning of its mission in Dhaka was stopped as the US-led forces occupied Iraq in March 2003.

Iraqi new Charge d'Affaires Sabri Rashid presented his credentials to foreign affairs adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury in his office Sunday. Rashid assured that Iraq would import workers from Bangladesh after Iraq achieved political stability.

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Setting potentials of tourism to advantage PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Bangladesh is a country of valuable natural resources. These may be a source of foreign currency if used properly. At a discussion held recently on “Role of natural resources, beauty and tourism industry at Durgapur and Kalmakanda areas” panelists rightly urged the government to allocate special funds in the national budget to boost environment and people-friendly tourism business in those places.

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Angry workers set fire to two launches on Buriganga PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Authorities Sunday decided to run the activities of a pier, known as Masjidghat, east of Sadarghat, for one more month, hours after angry

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Rising food price to prolong Bangladesh emergency EIU PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008
Rising food price to prolong Bangladesh emergency – EIUREUTERS, DHAKA - Rising food prices could force authorities to prolong a state of emergency, the
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Manchester United out to hammer home advantage in final strait PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - Manchester United and Chelsea, who already have a date in the Champions League final to determine continental bragging rights, first must settle the matter of domestic dominance this weekend entering the final strait of a thrilling Premiership season.

Title-holders United will move to the brink of glory Saturday if they see off West Ham at Old Trafford while Chelsea would then have to play catch-up with a success on

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U.N. Security Council urges credible vote in Myanmar PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council urged Myanmar's government on Friday to ensure a May 10 referendum on an army-drafted constitution is credible by allowing all political actors to participate.

The constitution is a key component of a seven-step "road map to democracy" meant to culminate in multiparty elections in 2010 and end nearly five decades of military rule.

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Olympic torch enjoys smooth run in casino haven Macau PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

AFP, MACAU - The Olympic torch enjoyed a trouble-free run in balmy conditions Saturday in the gambling haven of Macau, the final leg of its global tour before heading into mainland China.

The torch snaked through the former Portuguese colony with no sign of any protests as thousands of people waving Chinese flags and dressed in red lined the route, many huddling under umbrellas against the bright sunshine.

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Pakistan stays execution of Indian PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Islamabad - The Pakistani government has deferred the execution of an Indian man condemned to death for spying and carrying out bombings in 1990, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Last week, the family of Sarabjit Singh visited Pakistan to campaign for his pardon. Besides meeting officials and human rights activists, they saw Singh for the first time in 18 years in a prison in eastern city of Lahore.

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China condemns Dalai Lama ahead of planned talks PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

China prefaced expected talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama on Saturday by condemning the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader as a criminal, while cloaking the meeting itself in secrecy, reports Reuters.

China's state media has not mentioned the planned meeting, the first since unrest erupted across Tibet in March. But official newspapers continued their bitter criticism of the Dalai Lama and his supporters, suggesting that the government will not be in a mood to compromise.

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Brown stunned by British election 'massacre' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - An eccentric ex-journalist from the opposition Conservatives ousted the Labour mayor of London Saturday, capping an election rout for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who faces an uphill battle to revive his government's fortunes.

Gaffe-prone lawmaker Boris Johnson beat maverick left-winger Ken Livingstone in the capital, the key prize in council elections on May 1 that the British media said became a "May Day Massacre" for Labour.

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Major powers agree new incentives offer to Iran PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, London - Major powers agreed on Friday to make a new offer of incentives to Iran to halt its sensitive nuclear work and a European diplomat said helping Tehran develop civil atomic power remained at the heart of the proposal.

The offer, whose details have not been made public, is based on a package of economic and political benefits laid out by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany in June 2006 but so far spurned by Iran.

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Hasina's freedom a must for meaningful election: AL PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Awami League presidium members Tofail Ahmed and Suranjit Sengupta Saturday demanded the release of all political detainees, including former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, to create an environment for meaningful dialogue and elections.

They made the demand at a May Day discussion, organised by the United Federation of Garments Workers at the Awami League's central office on

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Cyclone slams into main Myanmar city, airport shut PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, YANGON - A tropical cyclone slammed into Myanmar's main city on Saturday, ripping off roofs, felling trees and power lines and forcing the military authorities to close the airport.

The electricity supply -- hit-and-miss at the best of times in one of Asia's poorest countries -- failed after Cyclone Nargis, packing winds of up to 120 mph, first started to lash the former capital on Friday evening.

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3 dists on security alert after cop killing in Rajshahi PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Joint forces Saturday tightened security and launched a string of raids in three districts, a day after the killing of a policeman and looting of firearms by outlawed operatives in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi, reports bdnews24.com.

Inspector general of police Noor Mohammad visited the scene of the murder in Taherpur area Saturday.

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Three of a family die in Cox's Bazar fire PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Our Correspondent

Three of a family died and two others were injured in Ghonarpara area of Cox's Bazar after their house caught fire early Saturday.

Dipak Shwarma Dipu, a resident of Ghonarpara, said that the dead were Prodip Acharya, 45, his wife Kalpana Acharya, 38, and son Sujan Acharya, 20.

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Rice price overshadows Southeast Asian trade meeting PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Nusa Dua- Southeast Asian trade officials met on Friday for talks on how to respond to soaring rice prices, after US President George W. Bush proposed $770 million in new US food aid to stave off a global food crisis.

The weekend gathering of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the resort island of Bali, famed for its shimmering green rice terraces, is also discussing efforts to build momentum for long-delayed world trade talks.

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Southeast Asian rice cartel plan 'going nowhere' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK- A proposed "OPEC-style" rice cartel in Southeast Asia will go nowhere due to the inability of governments to cooperate with each other and control output from their farmers, analysts and traders said on Friday.

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, a TV chef whose main contact with rice is cooking it, has revived the long-dormant idea of a price-setting body involving producers Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

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Rate cuts won't be so soon: BB chief PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Central bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed said Saturday more time would be needed to cut bank interest rates, reports bdnews24.com.

"We cannot just ask the banks to lower the rates. Talks were held with bankers and they agreed to make an arrangement," the central banker told reporters after inaugurating a workshop on corporate governance co-organised by Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) and Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI).

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Law adviser stresses changes to Press Council Act PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Agency

Law adviser AF Hassan Ariff Saturday stressed the reinforcement of Bangladesh Press Council in an effort to protect the rights of the media.

"The 1974 Press Council Act should be modified so that the council can discharge its responsibilities properly," the adviser said in his speech to a seminar at the National Press Club.

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Cabinet to discuss Plc plan for BTTB PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Staff Correspondent

The cabinet is likely to discuss a proposal Sunday to turn Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board into a public limited company, the chief adviser's special assistant MA Malek said Saturday.

Malek, who is in charge of the post and telecommunications ministry, said at a BTTB meeting that the proposal on the transformation of BTTB had been sent to the cabinet.

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Bush details extra $70 billion for wars in next fiscal year PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Washington - US President George W. Bush on Friday laid out a detailed request for $70 billion to partially fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while providing more aid to tackle an unfolding global food crisis.

The president's request for the fiscal year starting October 1, originally made in February, includes $45.1 billion for combat operations for the two wars, $3.7 billion to help expand the Afghan forces and $2 billion for Iraqi troops.

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