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ACC to probe corruption in Post and Telecomm Ministry PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

The Anti-Corruption Com-mission has constituted a special team to investigate corruption in the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and its different departments as part of the commission''s campaign to combat institutional corruption, reports agency.

ACC director general (admin) Col Hanif Iqbal said in a press briefing Wednesday that the special team, headed by a deputy director, will look into matters like issuance of government orders, irregularities in tender process and misuse of money with faulty tender process, maintenance of T&T, submarine cable, transport and mobile phone project.

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4 JMB men jailed for 26 years PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

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Four JMB militants, including its Chittagong divisional commander Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad, were sentenced to 26 years'' rigorous imprisonment by a speedy tribunal here Wednesday in an explosives case.

Javed and two other JMB men, Abdul Malek Laltu and Shahadat Ali, were in the dock while another JMB member, Zahidul Islam alias Boma Mizan, was tried in absentia.

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‘Geology, environ should dictate coal mining’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Chief Advisor''s special assistant in charge of Power and Energy Dr. Tamim Wednesday said engineering, environment and geological conditions should dominate the decision in determining the coal mining methodology, reports agency.

Addressing a seminar on "Sustainable Energy Development in Bangladesh - Coal as an Alternative Source of Energy", he said the methodology should be mine-specific and that should be decided on three conditions.

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Shafique, Sujan elected SCBA president, secy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Barrister Shafique Ahmed and Nurul Islam Sujan were elected president and secretary respectively of the executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for 2008-09, reports agency.

Shafique secured 589 votes to beat Khandaker Mahbub Hossain who got 431 in the election held on April 28-29. Shafique was earlier elected president of the SCBA for the 1999-2000 term.

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Dhaka lauds UN chief’s food initiative PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury Wednesday lauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for setting up the high-level Task Force on global food crisis, as Dhaka is very pleased that the world body has responded to Bangladesh''s wake-up call, reports agnency.

"We are in touch with his office and will provide him fullest support," the Foreign Adviser said to the media at his office Wednesday, a day after the UN Secretary General announced the formation of the Task Force in Berne, Switzerland, in response to his call made in Accra on behalf of the Least Developed Countries (LDC).

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BSF kills Bangladeshi cattle trader PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while two others received bullet wounds on Chapsar frontier in Haripur upazila on early Wednesday, reports angency.

Locals said BSF of Moshagaon camp opened fire on the three cattle traders when they went near the pillar no 346/3s killing Abdul Jalil, 40, of Rautnagar in Ranishangkoil upazila on the spot.

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BRTA to refix fare of CNG-run city buses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

In the wake of a raise in CNG price, the government Tuesday formed a three-member committee to recommend the rates of CNG/Diesel-run bus fares, reports agency.

The government''s road-transport authority requested the passengers to commute at previous fares until the government reviews the recommendations to be placed by the committee for re-fixing the fares.

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Delwar blasts obstruction to food distribution PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

BNP secretary general Khandkar Delwar Hossain has termed inhuman police obstruction to distribution of food among the distressed people by the party in different areas of the country, reports agency.

The three-day programme of giving cooked food to the poor ended today. "Our party members spent money from their pockets to feed the poor across the country at this crisis.

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AL to seek permission for hunger strike PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Awami League presidium member Begum Matia Chowdhury Wednesday night said her party will seek permission for the planned hunger strike in the capital on May 5, reports agency.

She stated this to UNB in response to the DMP Commissioner''s press release that said it is contrary to the Emergency Power Rules, 2007 to hold such programme without prior permission.

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Mideast Quartet presses Israel over settlements, Gaza blockade PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - The Middle East Quartet called Friday on Israel to stop building or extending settlements in the West Bank, while voicing deep concern over the Gaza Strip due to an Israeli blockade.

In a joint statement issued after talks between the four key powers in London, they also urged Arab states to make good on pledges to help the Palestinians.

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Zimbabwe opposition leader wins against Mugabe: official PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

AFP, HARARE - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has won the first round of a presidential election against Robert Mugabe with 47.9 percent of the vote, an election official said on Friday.

Mugabe won 43.2 percent of the vote and since neither candidate won more than 50 percent a second round run-off will have to be held, Lovemore Sekeramayi, chief elections officer, told reporters in Harare.

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Tibetan envoys head for 'informal' talks in China PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

AFP, DHARAMSHALA - Two Tibetan envoys will arrive in China on Saturday to start "informal" talks with the country's leadership after bloody riots in Lhasa, a spokesman for the Tibetan government in exile said.

The meetings will be the first reported face-to-face contact between the two sides since unrest erupted in Tibet on March 10 followed by a Chinese crackdown.

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Britains Brown suffers major defeats in local polls PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

AFP, LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted Friday that his party had suffered a "bad" blow in key local elections, as forecasts predicted the worst results for Labour since the 1960s.

As results poured in, Labour -- with Brown leading them into elections for the first time since taking office last year -- was set to finish in third place behind the opposition Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, the BBC said.

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Bush proposes $770 million in new food aid PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush on Thursday called for the United States to offer $770 million in new global food aid in an effort to stem rising food prices threatening to spread social unrest in the developing world.

Bush, who has expressed concern at the deepening global food crisis which has triggered turmoil in poor countries, said he wanted to send a clear message that the United States would lead in addressing this problem.

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Some U.S. lawmakers want Olympic opening ceremony boycott PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- Some conservative and liberal members of Congress banded together on Thursday to urge a U.S. government boycott of the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in China, accusing Beijing of gross human rights violations.

"No official in the (U.S.) executive branch, in the judicial branch and particularly in the congressional branch ought to attend

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India humiliate Bangladesh cricketing eves PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

The Bangladesh women's national cricket team Friday received an unpleasant welcome to the Women's Asia Cup when they suffered a humiliating 182-run defeat to India in their tournament opener at Kurunegala in Sri Lanka, reports agency.

Bangladesh were bundled out for a paltry 68 in 30.2 overs after India racked up a challenging 250 for three in 50 overs riding on an unbeaten century from Mithali Raj.

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Putin`s legacy: strong Russia with a Soviet flavor PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

When Russian President Vladimir Putin steps down next week after eight years in power, he will leave behind him a strong Russia, self-confident at home and assertive abroad, reports REUTERS.

But the smack of the Soviet past can be felt distinctly in the legacy that Putin, a steely-eyed former KGB spy, will hand over to his protege Dmitry Medvedev, who will be sworn in as the new president on May 7.

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Immigrants march in US but rallies lose steam PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Los Angeles- Thousands of immigrants marched through cities across the United States on Thursday, but smaller crowds suggested their cause had lost momentum in this election year.

Immigration-rights activists have retrenched to focus this year's rallies on stopping workplace raids after Washington failed last year to act on reforms that included a path to legal status for illegal immigrants. In Los Angeles, an estimated 8,000 people converged on City Hall.

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USGS reports 6.5 magnitude quake near Alaska PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

The US Geological Survey on Thursday reported a 6.5 magnitude earthquake in a sparsely inhabited area near the tip of the Aleutian island chain, 45 miles WNW of Adak, Alaska, reports REUTERS.

The temblor, recorded at 6:33 p.m. Pacific time (9:33 p.m. EDT), was at a depth of 29.6 miles, the USGS said.

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Rice skeptical about sweetening Iran incentives PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, London- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice voiced skepticism on Thursday about sweetening incentives for Iran to halt sensitive nuclear work and urged tighter enforcement of UN sanctions against Tehran.

"Diplomacy has many forms ... and it's not always a matter of sweeter," Rice told reporters as she flew to London for meetings on Friday about Iran's nuclear program and aid to the Palestinians.

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Obama fights perception he is elitist PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Fort Wayne- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama sought to convince Americans he is not elitist on Thursday as new polls showed his aura of inevitability has declined after weeks of negative headlines.

In an interview on NBC's "Today Show," Obama said both his rivals, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain, come from more privileged backgrounds than he did.

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