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Beijing welcomes Olympic torch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

The Olympic torch was re-lit Monday at an elaborate ceremony that signaled the start of a round-the-world relay that is expected to be a lightning rod for protests against China’s policies and human rights practices, reports AP.

President Hu Jintao opened the relay at an elaborate ceremony in Tiananmen Square in the heart of the capital, underlining the importance China places on the Olympics and its hopes to display a confident, strong nation to the world when the Games open Aug. 8.

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Varsities asked to impart quality education PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed Monday called upon the authorities of both private and public universities to come forward with state-of-the-art curricula to impart quality and time-worthy education to the students, reports UNB.

“As you know, at all the ages, educational institutions are regarded as the sacred and stately place of the country, which contains nation’ s hopes and aspirations by putting its collective endeavours,” the President said while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the permanent campus of Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST) at Tejgaon Monday.

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New UK laws to tackle visa cheats PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

British visa applicants who use deception, withhold information or employ false documents to try to gain entry into the UK will face a ten-year ban, reports UNB.

The new law will come into effect from 1 April, this year, a release of the British High Commission said Monday.

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Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir suffers head injury in prison PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir Tuesday suffered a head injury after he slipped in the bathroom at Kashimpur Jail while brushing his teeth.

"The duty doctor at Kashimpur Jail treated him and he had to be given two stitches in the head," inspector-general of prisons Zakir Hasan told bdnews24.com.

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High-interest loans may drive inflation: Wahiduddin PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Agency

Former caretaker government adviser Wahiduddin Mahmud said Tuesday the government decision to take short-term loans at a high interest rate might fuel inflation.

At a seminar on 'Food Security in Bangladesh: Present and the Future' at Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation auditorium, Prof Wahiduddin said subsidies, loans to private companies and loan repayment at a high interest rate might drive the inflation rate.

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BCS recruitment policy should be reviewed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

A fundamental transformation of our administrative system and public agencies to create increases in their effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability is essential today. The very first aspect that needs transformation is that of the recruitment policies and procedures in the civil service cadres . One of the elements of the recruitment policy and procedures that needs immediate revision is the existing quota system.

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Lanka to ask India to cut rice export price PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Sri Lanka, which has suffered damage to its paddy crop, is seeking 1,00,000 tonnes rice from India where stringent restrictions have been imposed on exports of the foodgrain, reports PTI.

Sri Lankan importers want the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ask New Delhi to reduce minimum export price to enable its imports.

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China presents proposals to raise China-Africa trade ties PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

China has put forward proposals to further intensify China-Africa cooperation especially in the economic and trade fields, a senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official said, reports Xinhua.

Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the proposals at a symposium of Chinese and Moroccan entrepreneurs here Thursday.

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India to sign transport project deal with Myanmar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Brushing aside pressures from the international community, India is set to sign an agreement for an ambitious multi-modal transport project with Myanmar during the visit of the second most powerful man in the country’s ruling military junta here from Wednesday, reports PTI .

Economic cooperation, connectivity, security and energy are among the issues that are expected to dominate the talks that Vice Senior General Maung Aye will hold with Indian leaders, sources told PTI. Myanmar’s movement towards democracy will also come up for discussion.

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Paulson plan for US regulation faces opposition PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Plans for a massive shake-up of U.S. financial market regulation prompted by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market will not satisfy critics and are likely to face stiff opposition from powerful vested interests, officials and analysts said yesterday, reports Reuters.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson unveils proposals for broad reform, in a telling acknowledgment from the pro- business administration of U.S. President George W. Bush that its hands-off approach to freewheeling financial markets is not sustainable.

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India to cut import duty to check inflation: Nath PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Ahead of the crucial meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Prices for considering options to tame rising inflation, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said the government is looking at further cuts in duties on import of essential commodities, reports PTI .

“Yes, we are looking at further cuts. There is increase in international oil prices and it has to be met with import duty caliberation which we are considering,” Nath told reporters here.
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Leaders of Mekong nations share views with business community on trade PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Leaders of the six Asian countries here yesterday met with business community representatives to share their recommendations for enhancing trade and investment in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), reports Xinhua.

The prime ministers of six GMS countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, are here for the Third GMS Summit.

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Pakistan heading for yet anther wheat crisis PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Could it be that we are heading for yet anther wheat crisis and a sharp increase in the flour price over the next few weeks, pushing food inflation to new highs? Probably yes. The farmers are demanding that the official wheat procurement price should be raised upwards to Rs600 per 40kg from the recently fixed Rs510, which is already 20 per cent higher than last year’s Rs425.

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AL leaders vow broader movement for Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League leaders have warned that they are set to increase the pressure to have party chief Sheikh Hasina released from detention.

At a meeting at the party's central office on Bangabandhu Avenue Monday, the AL leaders said if Hasina was not immediately released from special jail a proposed hunger strike could turn into a mass movement.

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Opposition claim clear lead in Zimbabwe vote as riot police deploy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

AFP, HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition claimed a clear lead over President Robert Mugabe and his party, as pressure mounted Monday for the swift announcement of full results from presidential and parliamentary polls.

Riot police patrolled the capital Harare as the first official returns trickled in, putting Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and challenger Morgan Tsvangirai's

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Sons of two party leaders jailed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Reuters, DHAKA - The son of a former finance minister was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Monday for acquiring wealth illegally while another politician's son was handed 17 years for illegal possession of firearms.

Separately, an anti-graft commission filed charges of corruption against Tareque Rahman, the son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, his wife and mother-in-law, officials said. Both Khaleda and Tareque are under detention.

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Sircar sees no scope to scrap NAM flats allocations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

Jatiya Sangsad speaker Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar has said he has no authority to tell former lawmakers to vacate the NAM flats they are living in.

The speaker clarified his position on the apartments in a letter addressed to chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed Sunday.
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Dhaka, Yangon start border redrawing talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Agency

A bilateral committee tasked with redrawing the maritime border between Bangladesh and Myanmar met Monday at the state guesthouse Padma for the first such talks in 21 years.

Additional secretary to the foreign affairs ministry MAK Mahmood led the Bangladesh delegation, while Commodore Maung Oo Lwin headed the Myanmar team to the two-day talks.

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Govt to borrow $300m to finance oil import PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Staff Correspondent

The government is set to borrow $300 million from a British bank to finance oil imports by the troubled Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation, the finance adviser said Monday.

The government has also decided to borrow $220 million from the International Monetary Fund to meet the budget deficit, finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam told reporters after a meeting of the hard-term loan committee at the finance ministry.

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Doctors worried over Bangladeshi soil-eating PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Agency

Shamsunnahar Hena, a gynecologist in a Bangladesh hospital, was stunned when her pregnant patient confessed to having eaten half a kilogram of soil every day since she conceived.

A rising number of pregnant woman in Bangladesh's tea-growing Sylhet region are eating charred soil, following a tradition that is meant to stimulate their appetite, which in turn will boost their health and that of their unborn child.

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ICC searches for speedy resolution PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

The search for the ICC's next CEO

Cricinfo.com

The ICC is looking at a speedy resolution to the search for its next chief executive officer, with Imtiaz Patel declaring on Sunday that he had withdrawn interest in the position.

Its four-man recruitment committee may discuss the issue as early as this week and Cricinfo has learnt that Haroon Lorgat,

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