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First of Chile's Trapped Miners is Rescued PDF Print E-mail
International News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The first of 33 trapped miners was pulled to safety in a capsule barely wider than a man's shoulders early on Wednesday, an emotional breakthrough as a two-month ordeal inside a Chilean mine neared its end.

Rescuers, relatives and friends broke into jubilant cheers as 31-year-old father-of-two Florencio Avalos emerged on the surface to breathe his first fresh air in 69 days after a claustrophobic ascent of around 2,050 feet through thick rock.

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World Stocks Hit 5-Month High After Fed PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

World stocks hit a five-month high on Wednesday while emerging market equities held near a recent 27-month peak, driven by expectations of more money printing in the United States and upbeat corporate reports.

Minutes from the Federal Reserve's September meeting showed officials discussed the possibility of buying more longer-term US government debt to drive borrowing costs lower and ways to nudge the public into expecting higher levels of inflation in the future to spur spending.

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Obama Administration Appeals Gay Marriage Ruling PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Obama administration decided on Tuesday to appeal a judge's rulings that prevented the US government from banning same-sex marriages, a move that could undermine support among President Barack Obama's traditional liberal base ahead of a key election.

The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that barred gay marriages, even though Obama had previously opposed the law.

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Army Enters Ctg Port PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Military forces have entered the port area to bring the chaotic situation under control.

The police earlier foiled a procession of agitating workers at the Chittagong port brought out shortly after a ban was imposed on processions and rallies.

The police shot rubber-bullets and charged batons on the workers' procession around 5:15pm to disperse them.

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Duo Wins 2010 Physics Nobel for Carbon Breakthrough PDF Print E-mail
International News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov shared the 2010 Nobel Prize for physics for experiments with super-thin carbon matter, the prize committee said on Tuesday.

The committee said the two had shown that carbon in an extremely thin form -- just one atom thick -- had exceptional properties originating in the world of quantum physics.

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When Moms Get Flu Shots, Babies Reap Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Newborn babies whose mothers got a flu shot while pregnant are less likely to get the flu or to be admitted to the hospital with a respiratory illness in the first six months of life, US researchers said on Monday.

During most flu seasons, babies under six months tend to have fewer cases of flu-like illnesses than those who are 6 to 12 months old, most likely because they are protected by their mothers' natural antibodies.

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Superb Shakib Knocks Down NZ PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

A brilliant all-round performance by Shakib Al Hasan steered Bangladesh to a pulsating nine-run victory over New Zealand in a rain-interrupted first one-day international on Tuesday.

Shakib belted 58 off 51 balls to help the hosts to a competitive total of 228 all out. He then bamboozled the visitors with his left-arm spin to grab 4-41 as New Zealand were left stranded on 200-8 after they were set a revised target of 210 runs in 37 overs.

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Rabindra University, Academy in Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

A Rabindra University and a Rabindra Academy will be established in Bangladesh for higher studies and research on Rabindranath Tagore, the prime minister has said.

In addition, the government is thinking of building a Bangladesh Bhaban in India's West Bengal for accommodation of Bangladeshi students studying in Shantiniketan, Sheikh Hasina said.

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HC Verdict on Dhaka Rivers Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The High Court has set Wednesday for issuing the verdict on a government petition, requesting two more years for eviction of illegal constructions on the four rivers adjacent to Dhaka.

The High Court bench of justices Syed Mahmud Hossain and Gobinda Chandra Tagore set the date on Tuesday.

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Ex BCIC Boss Testifies in 10-truck Arms Case PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

A former senior official has given written testimony to a Chittagong court in the sensational 10-trucks arms haul case.

Former chairman of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), Maj Gen (retd) Imamuzzaman, gave the testimony to Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrates' Court under Section 164 on Tuesday.

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N'ganj Port to be of Int'l Standard PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The government has planned to develop the Narayanganj river port to an international standard container port, the shipping minister has said.

Shajahan Khan said on Tuesday: "In line with the agreements with India, Chittagong and Mongla seaports and Narayanganj and Patuakhali river ports are underway to be developed."

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Defiant Laxman Seals Thrilling Win PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Vangipurappu Laxman revived his role as Australia's chief tormentor with a magnificent unbeaten 73 to script India's unlikely one-wicket victory on the final afternoon of the first Test on Tuesday.

Resuming on 55 for four and chasing a victory target of 216, India appeared dead and buried in the last hour before lunch but an 81-run ninth wicket stand between Laxman and Ishant Sharma set up the opening win of a two-Test series.

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Final Tista Agreement by June: Ramesh PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The government will finalise its bilateral agreement with India on the distribution of the Tista River water by next June, the water resources minister has said.

"The agreement will be finalised after a discussion between experts of the two countries. Discussions at diplomatic-level are going on," Ramesh Chandra Sen told reporters at his Secretariat office on Tuesday.

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Law on Protection of Women, Children Passed PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

The parliament has passed a law for the protection of women and children from family violence and discrimination.

The house ratified "The Domestic Violence (resistance and protection) Bill-2010" as state minister for women and children affairs Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury proposed its passage amid absence of the opposition lawmakers on Tuesday.

The lone independent MP Fazlul Azim took part in the discussion. He supported the bill in principle, but advocated further feedback from the people.

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SC Orders Disposal of Coco's Parole Order PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 04 October 2010

The Appellate Division has ordered disposal of the High Court order on the parole of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Coco.

A three-strong bench, led by new chief justice A B M Khairul Haque, on Monday stayed the government appeal against the High Court ruling of Aug 26 that ordered extension of Coco's parole by 40 days.

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Real Hit Depor for Six, Barca Held PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 04 October 2010

Real coach Jose Mourinho had warned that an opponent would soon pay for his side's recent goal drought and Depor were the whipping boys on a rain-sodden night at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain put Real 4-0 ahead by the 53rd minute before Depor defender Ze Castro stroked the ball into his own net.

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Deals for 25 Power Plants in 6 Months PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Monday, 04 October 2010

The government has planed to sign contracts within the next six months to construct 25 new power plants to meet the country's increasing power demands.

The cabinet was made aware of the plan in its Monday meeting, prime minister's spokesperson Abul Kalam Azad said.

He told journalists in a briefing after the meeting: "The government has planned to raise power generation by another 1000-1200MW by December to speedily address the growing demand. Twenty-seven projects are already underway."

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Settlers Set Fire to West Bank Mosque PDF Print E-mail
International News
Monday, 04 October 2010

Palestinians accused Jewish settlers of setting fire to a West Bank mosque on Monday, an incident that coincided with US efforts to rescue peace talks halted by a dispute over settlement building.

Fifteen Korans and the mosque's carpet were burned, said Ali Thawabti, a municipal council official in the village of Beit Fajjar.

He said residents put out the fire and "settlers got into their white Peugeot and sped away."

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Environment Court in Every District PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 04 October 2010

The Environment Court Bill-2010 has been passed in the parliament to expedite trials related to environment pollution and formation of courts in every district.

The Climate Change Trust Bill was also passed in the parliament on Monday. Land state minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar, in absence of the state minister for environment, presented the bills for approval.

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'EC Authorised to Declare Chandpur 1 Vacant' PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 04 October 2010

In the ongoing tussle between the Election Commission and Awami League MP M K Alamgir, the commission chief has responded to the MP's comments in parliament made on Sunday.

He said that according to the parliament speaker, only the Election Commission had the authority to declare a constituency vacant.

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Drogba Hints at Chelsea Exit PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Didier Drogba has suggested that he may not finish his career with Chelsea, despite previously indicating he wanted to commit the rest of his playing days to the club.

Drogba was rumoured to be the subject of a transfer bid from former club Marseille in the summer, something that was denied by Chelsea, but the Ligue 1 outfit have stated their desire to eventually re-sign the 32-year-old, reports ESPN.

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