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Govt Going for Big Rice, Wheat Import PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The government will buy 180,000 tonnes of rice and wheat at a cost of around Tk 4.4 billion this fiscal year.

The decision on import came from a meeting of the cabinet committee on purchase at the Secretariat on Monday, which finance minister AMA Muhith presided over.

Cabinet Division joint secretary Nurul Karim said the import will cost around Tk 4.4 billion.

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US-Saudi Arms Deal to Tackle Iran PDF Print E-mail
International News
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Obama administration will soon notify Congress of an arms sale to Saudi Arabia worth up to $60 billion, U.S. officials said on Monday, a potentially record-breaking deal that may help counter Iran's growing regional muscle.

A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he expected the Saudis to initially commit to $30 billion to upgrade their fleet of aircraft, but that could double. Still, the final figure was unclear.

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EC Reaffirms Jan-Feb Local Polls PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

An election commissioner has reaffirmed the commission's resolve to hold municipal and union council elections by January or February 2011.

Election commissioner Sohul Hossain has said that the commission intends to hold the municipal and Union Parishad polls within January and February.

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100 Villages Celebrate Eid PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Over a 100 villages of Madaripur, Shariatpur and Bhola are celebrating Eid earlier than the rest of the country. Around 52,000 people of these villages are celebrating Eid a day or two ahead of when it is likely to fall in Bangladesh claiming to follow Saudi Arabia although Islam's birthplace is expected to celebrate it tomorrow.

These villagers have been observing Eid day following the Saudi schedule for 135 years. They typically celebrate Eid a day ahead of the rest of the country.

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Long-Term Weight Loss may be Harmful to Health PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Long-term weight loss may release into the blood industrial pollutants linked to illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, researchers said on Tuesday.

These compounds are normally stored in fatty tissues, but when fat breaks down during weight loss, they get into the blood stream, said lead researcher Duk-Hee Lee at the Kyungpook National University in Daegu in South Korea.

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Argentina Crush World Champs Spain PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Buenos Aires, Sept 8 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Carlos Tevez laid on two goals and scored a third as Argentina beat world champions Spain 4-1 in a friendly at the Monumental on Tuesday. Argentina, rebuilding after World Cup coach Diego Maradona was let go, scored two early goals in the space of three minutes.

Lionel Messi, appearing marginally offside, chipped brilliantly over Pepe Reina from a through ball by Carlos Tevez, who minutes earlier shot just wide in Argentina's first attack.

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9 Traders Fined for Charging High Price PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Price monitoring teams have fined nine shops at Karwan Bazar for charging higher prices for their products than those fixed by the government, an official statement has said.

The shops were fined during a drive by the price monitoring teams of the commerce ministry at the chicken market and Dhaka City Corporation market of Karwan Bazar on Wednesday.

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Iran Suspends Woman's Stoning Execution PDF Print E-mail
International News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Iranian authorities have suspended the execution by stoning of a woman convicted of adultery, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, after weeks of condemnation from around the world.

"The verdict regarding the extramarital affairs has stopped and it's being reviewed," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran's state-run English-language Press TV.

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25 More Get Anthrax in 2 Districts PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

A total of 25 people have been found to be infected with anthrax in Lalmonirhat and Tangail. Fifteen more anthrax affected people were contracted anthrax at Kisamat Harati village in Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila in the second day -- raising the total patients to 71 in the district, the district civil surgeon said on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, 56 people were found to be infected with anthrax in the same village. Sirajul Islam Menhaz, an anthrax patient, said that Bhola Miah, a resident of the village, slaughtered his two ailing cows and sold their meat to the villagers. After that, they were infected with anthrax.

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PM Eyes 11000MW by 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Another 1600MW power will be added to the national grid by the end of this year and total generation will be raised to 11,000MW by 2015, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

Hasina was addressing a rally at Shikolbaha, Chittagong on Wednesday, after inaugurating a 150MW peaking power plant.

This declaration came amid a severe power crisis across the country.

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150MW Plant Adds up Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Monday, 06 September 2010

A peaking power plant of 150MW capacity is set to come on stream in Chittagong on Wednesday, even though whether the plant will get the fuel supply it needs to run at full capacity is uncertain.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate operations of the dual-fuel plant located in Patia Upazila's Shikolbaha. It will feed the national grid during peak hours, which authorities hope will ease power outages in Chittagong.

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Huji Leader Remanded Again PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 06 September 2010

The police have been given five days to quiz militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) leader Abu Jandal alias Moinuddin in the August 21 grenade attack case.

Dhaka Third Chief Metropolitan Magistrates' Court judge Mohammad Ali Hossain gave the order on Monday, following a plea from investigation officer Abdul Kahhar Akanda for seven days.

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Yardy and Morgan Guide England PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 06 September 2010

England underlined their status as World Twenty20 champions as they won with the first of two internationals against Pakistan with 17 balls left at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens on Sunday.

With the controversy over Pakistan's alleged spot-fixing plot hanging over the game, England weathered a mid-innings wobble to chase a 127 target, reports BBC Sport.

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Anthrax Spread Prompts 'Red Alert' PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Monday, 06 September 2010

Almost 70 percent of the cattle slaughtered in Dhaka do not pass through proper inspection of the authorities.

But the government's red alert across Bangladesh after anthrax spread into new districts would be in vain if all the cattle do not go through a systematic inspection process.

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Guatemala Landslides Bury up to 100 People PDF Print E-mail
International News
Monday, 06 September 2010

A massive landslide buried up to 100 people in Guatemala trying to dig out a bus caught in deep mud as torrential rains battered the country.

The weekend death toll from slides and flooding caused by the rains has already reached 36 and the fire department said on Sunday that up to another 100 people may have been buried by a second slide on a major highway outside the capital.

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Lailatul Qadr Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Events
Monday, 06 September 2010

Lailatul Qadr will be observed across the country with due respect and religious solemnity on Monday night.

This night is believed to be the night when Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM).

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Lailatul Qadr Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Environment
Monday, 06 September 2010

Lailatul Qadr will be observed across the country with due respect and religious solemnity on Monday night.

This night is believed to be the night when Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM).

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Khaleda Starts Umra PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 04 September 2010

Opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has started performing her Umra at Mecca.

Khaleda reached Mecca on Friday night, her spokesperson Maruf Kamal Khan told bdnews24.com.

She has started to perform Umra on Saturday and will offer prayers at Masjidul Haram in the afternoon, said Khan.

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England's Onions Sidelined for Nine Months PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Saturday, 04 September 2010

Fast bowler Graham Onions is expected to be out of action for a further nine months once he undergoes back surgery next week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.

"The surgery Graham faces is a relatively significant operation and his rehabilitation will see him ruled out of all cricket for approximately up to nine months," ECB chief medical officer, Nick Peirce said in a statement on Thursday.

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Activists Urge RMG Workers' Pay before Eid PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Saturday, 04 September 2010

The Garments' Sramik Sangram Parishad has urged for the implementation five-point demand of the garments workers, including paying off wages and bonuses by Sep 7.

The organisation's convenor Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, in a written speech, raised the demand at a press briefing on Saturday, at the organisation's temporary office on Topkhana Road, in the capital.

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Surgery Prevents Breast Cancers in High-Risk Women PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Saturday, 04 September 2010

Women with mutations in the well-known BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who have their breasts and ovaries removed are much more likely to survive than women who do not get preventive surgery, US researchers said on Tuesday.

The study shows the benefits of genetic tests that give women with a family history of cancer the chance to take steps to increase their chances of survival, they said.

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