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US ponders Guantanamo closure as Bush term ends PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Washington - The Bush administration could announce plans by the end of its term in January to close Guantanamo prison and an upcoming Supreme Court ruling might be the impetus for this, senior US officials and experts say.

The government is under international and domestic pressure to close the prison camp, which opened at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba in January 2002 to house terrorism suspects caught after the invasion of Afghanistan.

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Mugabe to contest Zimbabwe run-off, MDC cries foul PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Harare - Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe accepted that the opposition's Morgan Tsvangirai won more votes in the presidential election and will contest a run-off in a political battle that has raised fears of bloodshed.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) cried foul after Zimbabwe's electoral body announced on Friday that he had won 47.9 percent of the vote but faces a run-off after failing to gain enough votes for an outright majority.

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Shoaib pushes for suspension of ban PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Lawyers approach tribunal with eye on IPL

Cricinfo.com

Shoaib Akhtar's lawyers have asked for a suspension of his five-year ban in a bid to allow him to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and are set once again to approach the Appellate Tribunal looking into his appeal.

The tribunal reached a decision of sorts this week, allowing Shoaib to play in competitions outside Pakistan, but upholding his five-year ban for playing in or for Pakistan at least until June when they will revisit his appeal.

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Hunger stalks globe as aid groups forced to cut PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, Washington - Strained aid groups are already cutting food assistance to hundreds of thousands of people the world over, raising fears they will be powerless to stem rising hunger in the most vulnerable countries.

The reduction in food aid is a consequence of the dramatic surge in global food and fuel prices, a trend that makes food more dear for the world's poor while eating into aid budgets.

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Microsoft and Yahoo in takeover talks: source PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft and Yahoo began takeover talks Friday with the US software giant open to raising its 44.6-billion-dollar bid for the struggling Internet pioneer, a source close to the situation told AFP.

Yahoo and its unsolicited suitor are privately discussing the buyout bid after months of negotiating indirectly with public comments, emails and online postings, the source said.

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Toyota recalls 90,000 Highlanders over seat belts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

REUTERS, DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp is recalling 90,000 model year 2008 Highlander and Highlander hybrid sport utility vehicles due to potential problems with securing child safety seats in third row seats.

The locking mechanism on the seat belts apparently cannot secure properly when certain rear-facing child safety seats are used, which could cause the child seats to move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported on Friday.

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African Dev. Bank pledges $1 billion more in food aid PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

Washington, May 03 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The African Development Bank pledged $1 billion more for food aid on Friday as soaring commodity prices raise fears of famine, and it urged grain-exporting countries not to restrict shipments.

The bank said in a statement that its agriculture portfolio will grow to $4.8 billion, and it was restructuring a portion of that to free up $250 million to be used more quickly.

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Multi-billion dollar venture in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 May 2008

We welcome the move of Tata and Mittal to take up their multi-billion dollar investment in Bangladesh with the caretaker government . But the interim administration should clear dark clouds that now hover around foreign investment. The Niko graft cases against the two former Prime Ministers have certainly sent jitters to many in this regard.

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Booters leave for Bishkek for AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

A 21-member Bangladesh national football team left here Friday morning for Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan to play the AFC Challenge Cup (Group C) qualifiers with the hope of qualifying to the finals, reports agency.

Veteran defender Hasan Al Mamun will lead the young side while Abu Yousuf will be coach-cum-manager in the three nations meet.It was learnt that the decision was made on April 30,

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Abahani, Usha record big wins in Premier Division Hockey PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Bdnews24.com Last season's joint champions Abahani Limited and Usha Krira Chakra recorded their second successive victory in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium Friday.

Abahani blanked Bangladesh Sporting Club 7-0 while Usha thrashed Wari Club 4-0. Rasel Hasan Rony struck three goals, Mamunur Rahman Chayan scored two goals while Musa Mia and Russel Mahmud Jimy netted one goal apiece for the Dhanmondi-based outfit, Abahani, who led the first half 2-0.

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Eight killed, 45 wounded in Yemen mosque blast PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

AFP, SANAA - At least eight pople were killed and 45 wounded in Yemen on Friday when a blast went off at the entrance of a mosque in the Saada region, site of a Shiite rebellion, police and witnesses said.

There were conflicting accounts about the cause of the explosion, and no immediate claims of responsibility. Some witnesses said a minibus parked outside the mosque

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May Day observed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

The historic May Day was observed today (Thursday) in the country alongside entire humanity to express solidarity with the movement for establishing socioeconomic rights of the working-class people, reports agency.

May Day, also known as International Workers'' Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA, at the height of a prolonged fight for eight-hour workday.

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Nargis shows its 'eye' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Bdnews24.com Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Nargis" in the Bay of Bengal has weakened a little to 100 knots and has tracked mainly Eastwards in the last Twenty hours.

The Eye is clearly visible. Nargis is expected to strike the Irawaddy Delta Coast of Myanmar by afternoon of 2nd May 2008 IST, said gujaratweather.com in its 9:30 IST weather bulletin.

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Holidaymakers flock to Cox's Bazar sea beach PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Ignoring weather warning

Our Correspondent

Holidaymakers flocked to Cox's Bazar sea beach Thursday night despite a warning signal 4 issued for the district with tropical cyclone Nargis in sight, police said.

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Dhaka stocks saw a flat week PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Dhaka stocks passed the last week almost flat with the market ending higher on the closing day, paced by heavy buying into banks, insurers, pharmaceuticals and ICB mutual funds following corporate declarations, reports bdnews24.com.

Turnover and the trading volume also followed the pattern of a fall over the week and a rise on Apr 30, the last trading day. The week saw four trading days as May 1 was a national holiday.

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22 BFF employees fear losing jobs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Bangladesh Football Federation employees fear losing their jobs following an alleged verbal message from the newly elected president, reports agency.

BFF's vice-president Manzoor Hossain Malu on Wednesday asked 22 employees to resign "citing personal reasons", referring to an order from the federation's president Kazi Salahuddin, an employee alleged.

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Saifur sees no meaningful polls without Khaleda, Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Bdnews24.com Senior BNP leader M Saifur Rahman said Friday that there would be no meaningful election without former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina.

"I don't think we will get a meaningful election without the two leaders," the former finance minister said as the BNP leaders from Sylhet met him in the city.

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Govt plans 60% cut in bandwidth charge for call centres PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Call centre ventures will get a 60 percent cut in charge for submarine cable bandwidth, a senior government official said Friday, reports bdnews24.com.

The finance ministry last week approved a proposal by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, telecoms secretary Iqbal Mahmood told bdnews24.com. He said the call centres would be allowed to rent bandwidth as much as they need.

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CHT arson victims stare into dreary future: report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Our Correspondent

Seven bordering villages at remote Sajek in Baghaihat of Chittagong Hill Tracts wear a desolate look after the April 20 arson attack that erased 123 houses.

A team of politicians, teachers and social workers from Dhaka visited the area on April 27 and disclosed their findings from a press conference Friday. Unidentified arsonists burnt the houses, leaving a trail of devastation.

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‘Delimitation of constituencies may hamper polls’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Political parties including Bangladesh Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party on Wednesday expressed fear that the delimitation of parliament constituencies by the Election Commission may hamper the roadmap to elections, according to ATN, a private TV channel.

UNB adds: Awami League leadership Wednesday urged the Election Commission (EC) to cancel the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies as it might hamper the holding of national elections in line with the electoral roadmap.

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PSI system likely to continue PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

The ''controversial'' Pre-shipment Inspection system is likely to get the go for another 12 to 18 months with the restructuring of the blocks as the agreement with the three PSI companies will expire in August, reports agency.

The reappointment will take place as the Customs is yet to be ready for taking over the place of the PSI companies due to full-scale implementation of automation system and shortage of manpower in Customs department, according to a highly placed National Board of Revenue (NBR) official.

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