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FPC Rice Sale Programme for Poor Starts PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Thursday, 19 August 2010

The programme for the sale of rice to poor people holding 'fair price cards' (FPC) was launched on Thursday.

SM Golam Kibria, public relations officer at the food ministry, told bdnews24.com that the programme had started from 10am.

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Shah Alam Secures Bail on Surrender PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 19 August 2010

A judge has granted bail to Basundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akber Sobhan alias Shah Alam after he had surrendered to the court in a case alleging that he had illegally taken government land,

Additional judge AHM Habibur Rahman of Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrates' Court granted the bail on Thursday, and fixed Aug 30 as the date for the framing of charges.

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Mahmudur Jailed for Contempt of Court PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Supreme Court on Thursday has found Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of the Bengali-language daily Amar Desh, guilty of contempt of court jailing him for six months.

The full bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, also fined him Tk 1 lakh with an extra month in prison if he fails to pay the fine.

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Warrants for Tax Evasion against Jamaat Leaders PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 19 August 2010

A Dhaka court has issued warrants for the arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee members Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Mir Kashem Ali in two separate tax evasion cases.

Dhaka's Senior Special Judge's Court's acting judge Mohammed Ismail Hossain gave the order on Thursday.

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PCB Finally Sends Lahore Report to ICC PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Seventeen months after the March 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore, the PCB has finally sent the judicial inquiry report on the incident to the ICC, after getting the approval of the Punjab government.

"The board sent the report [on Lahore terror incident] to the ICC about one month ago after seeking approval of the Punjab government," PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told Dawn, reports Cricinfo.

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BINA Creates New Salinity Tolerant Paddy PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) has innovated a new type of salinity tolerant paddy species for the country's southern area, where percentage of salinity in soil and water is much higher than that of other parts of the country.

BINA officials hoped the salinity tolerant paddy will increase the production of rice per hector in the southern areas of the country.

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AL MP Sued Over Associate's Death PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

A case has been filed against ruling Awami League MP of Bhola, Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, over the murder of a close associate and Juba League leader, Ibrahim Ahmed.

Ibrahim's brother, Masum Ahmed filed the case with Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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BNP had a Hand in 2005 Series of Bomb Attacks: Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday reiterated her stance that the then ruling BNP-led four party alliance had a hand in the 2005 series of bomb attacks.

Speaking at the inauguration the first staff course of the National Academy for Education Management at its administrative building, Hasina sternly criticised the series of bomb explosions that took place at more than 500 spots in 63 districts on Aug 17, 2005.

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Girl Band Singer Confesses to Unprotected HIV Sex PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A German pop singer accused of knowingly exposing three men to the risk of HIV has confessed to having unprotected sex after finding out she had the virus, authorities said on Monday.

Nadja Benaissa from German girl band No Angels is standing trial for causing grievous bodily harm in one instance and attempted grievous bodily harm on four other occasions when she had sex with the men between 2000 and 2004.

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BSF Kills Two at Chapainawabganj PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Two Bangladeshi citizens were shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force at Shingnagar border at Shibganj Upazila in Chapainawabganj.

The deceased are Fatik, 30, of Shibganj's Parchouka village in Monakasha union, and Ismail Hossain, 25, of Pialmari village.

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Terrorism Cases Against JMB Still Pending PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Although five years has passed since the banned outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh organised a series of bomb explosions throughout the country, many of the trials of those responsible have yet to be completed.

JMB carried out a series bomb attacks in 63 districts on Aug 17, 2005 between 11am to 11.30am.

Court premises were the main target of the attacks.

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'It was a Planned Killing': Ibrahim's Wife PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The wife of Jubo League leader Ibrahim Ahmed, who died when he was shot by a bullet from the licensed pistol of a ruling party lawmaker, has claimed that the death was not accidental but a "planned killing".

Rina Islam told bdnews24.com: "The incident will be clear if Shaon's driver Kamal and bodyguard Delwar are arrested and grilled."

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Jamaat Leaders Seek Repeal of First Amendment PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Two detained leaders of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami have petitioned the High Court to revoke the first amendment to the constitution that paved the way for war crimes trial.

In the writ petition, assistant secretaries general Mohammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla, suspected war criminals, also sought repeal of some sections of the International Crimes Tribunal Act, terming them inconsistent with the constitution.

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HC Orders to Continue Mobile Court PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The High Court has asked the government to continue the operation of the mobile court, for prevention of adulteration in food and price hike of commodities, for two months.

The government has also been asked to explain within three weeks why it should not be ordered to take effective steps towards the prevention of adulteration of food and illegal price hike of commodities.

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2 Saudi Airlines Want 25,000 Hajis PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Two airlines of Saudi Arabia have expressed their desire to carry 25,000 hajj pilgrims.

They have already asked for the permission of regular flights along with hajj flights, said civil aviation and tourism minister Ghulam Mohammed Quader while speaking to reporters at his office on Monday.

He said NAS Air wanted to carry 12,000 pilgrims and Alwafeer wanted 13,000.

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Sehwag, Dravid Better than Sachin: Study PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A new study ranking the best Test batsmen of all time has placed Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid higher than Sachin Tendulkar, considered the god of Indian cricket.

Ironically, the number one Test side in the world do not feature any Indian batsman in the top five. Moreover, only five Indian batsmen figure in the list of 50, prepared by two economists - Prof Vani Borooah of the School of Economics and the Social Policy Research Institute and Prof John Mangan from the Department of Economics, University of Queensland, according to a report in India Today.

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Charter to declare Mujib Father of the Nation PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The constitution will be amended to declare Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Father of the Nation, co-chair of the special committee on constitution review Suranjit Sengupta has said.

"We will amend sections three and four and put 'Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' in the constitution," he said in a meeting of the governing Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday

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CNG Stations Closed for 6 hrs Everyday PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 16 August 2010

CNG filling stations across the country will remain closed for six hours everyday, from 3–9 pm, until further notice in an attempt to increase gas supply to the power stations.

Hossain Mansur Ahmed, chairman of the state-run gas agency Petrobangla, told bdnews24.com "This decision will be executed from Monday to increase gas supply to the power stations and to ensure sufficient gas supply to residences."

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Dhaka-Sylhet Highway Blockade Withdrawn PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 14 August 2010

Workers of ACS Textile Limited, pressing for the implementation of the Tk 3000 minimum wage from August, removed their four and half hour blockade from the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at around 1pm on Saturday.

Rupganj police chief Forkan Shikder told bdnews24.com that the workers withdrew the blockade after fruitful discussions.

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Affluent Manchester City Aim to Join Top Table PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Saturday, 14 August 2010

Manchester City, the world's wealthiest club thanks to the largesse of billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour, will be looking to transform financial might into silverware this season.

Coach Roberto Mancini is expected to have big-spending City challenging for a title they last won in 1968 when the Premier League kicks off on Saturday.

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Saudis Warn Against Using Old Aircraft During Hajj PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Saudia Arabian government has issued a warning to Bangladesh's civil aviation authorities over operating old aircraft to fly hajj pilgrims to the country.

GM Quader, the civil aviation minister told bdnews24.com on Friday that the Saudi authorities had last week sent a letter to Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) saying they would physically inspect all aircraft over 20 years of age if Dhaka tried to operate such planes to carry hajj pilgrims.

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