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Obama Backs Controversial New York Mosque Project PDF Print E-mail
International News
Saturday, 14 August 2010

President Barack Obama on Friday backed construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York -- a project opposed by US conservatives and many New Yorkers.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the US Muslim community.

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Mujib's DU Expulsion Order Withdrawn PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 14 August 2010

The Dhaka University Syndicate has withdrawn the expulsion order of the architect of independence Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the law department after 61 years.

The decision came at an emergency meeting of the syndicate on Saturday.

Mujib got enrolled in the department in 1948 and was expelled in 1949 for leading a movement in support of the demand for the increase of fourth grade employees' wages.

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Eye Disorder Common among Diabetic Adults PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Thursday, 12 August 2010

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. diabetics over the age of 40 may have a diabetes-related eye disorder, with 4 percent of this population affected severely enough that their vision is threatened, suggests a new study.

The condition, known as diabetic retinopathy, involves damage to the eye's retina and is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness among U.S. adults between 20 and 74 years old. It also costs the U.S. approximately $500 million every year.

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Schools, Colleges Shut from Aug 14 PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 12 August 2010

The government has decided to shut all schools and colleges and educational institutions of similar levels from Aug 14 on account of Ramadan and the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

Education ministry senior information officer Subodh Dhali told bdnews24.com about the decision on Thursday.

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Tarique's Money Laundering Case Hearing Deferred PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 11 August 2010

A Dhaka court has deferred the hearing on accepting charge sheet in a money laundering case against BNP's senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and his aide Giasuddin Al Mamun.

Acting judge of Dhaka's Senior Special Judges' Court Mohammad Ismail Hossain deferred the hearing to Sept 27 in response to an application filed by the defense on Tuesday.

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25 Jamaat and Shibir Activists Detained PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The police have detained 25 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir from the organisation's metropolitan office premises at Paltan.

Paltan police chief Shahidul Haque told bdnews24.com that the activists, including an officer of Islami Bank, were arrested at around 6am on Wednesday.

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EC Brings in Poll Monitoring Restrictions PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Election monitors will no longer be allowed to stay in polling centres for the entire period of voting, nor be permitted to enter the area where voters mark their ballot paper.

The election commission has however extended the registration validity of local poll monitoring organisations from one year to five year.

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Japan PM Reaches out to South Korea with Apology PDF Print E-mail
International News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan apologised on Tuesday for suffering under Japan's colonisation of the Korean peninsula, despite criticism from lawmakers that the gesture would lead to renewed calls for wartime compensation.

Seeking to build on improving ties with South Korea, Kan adopted language from a former Socialist premier and said he wanted to be sincere in confronting history.

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India Take on NZ in Tri-series Opener PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Missing key players and just done with an exhausting drawn Test series, India swiftly shift to the one-day mode as they take on an equally-depleted New Zealand in the opening match of the tri-series starting on Tuesday.

Also featuring Sri Lanka, the series starts just two days after India drew 1-1 with the hosts in an engrossing Test series, reports PTI.

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A 111 BDR Record Wing Members Produced at Court PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A total of 111 personnel of the Bangladesh Rifles' recording wing have been produced on Tuesday before the special court set up in the BDR headquarters in the capital's Pilkhana, to face charges of their involvement in the bloody BDR mutiny.

The charged BDR personnel were brought before the court at 12.30pm and the charges against them were read out.

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A 111 BDR Record Wing Members Produced at Court PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A total of 111 personnel of the Bangladesh Rifles' recording wing have been produced on Tuesday before the special court set up in the BDR headquarters in the capital's Pilkhana, to face charges of their involvement in the bloody BDR mutiny.

The charged BDR personnel were brought before the court at 12.30pm and the charges against them were read out.

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2 JMB Leaders Get 20 Yrs in Jail PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

 speedy trial court has sentenced two members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB), a banned Islamist outfit, to 20-years imprisonment on charges of possession of explosives. The accused were also fined Tk 25,000 for their crime.

In addition to the two JMB leaders – Salahuddin alias Salehin, and Asaduzzaman Panir - Fahima Akhter alias Farzana, wife of the hanged JMB leader Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, was also meted out a similar punishment as an accomplice to the crime.

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OMS Rice Sale Launched PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Open market sale (OMS) of rice was launched on Tuesday to keep rice prices within the reach of the poor people, during the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Food ministry officials said that the sale had started at the in all metropolitan cities and divisional headquarters of the country, including Dhaka, on Tuesday from 10am.

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Sayedee's Ill Health Adjourns Tribunal Hearing PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Jamaat-e-Islami executive council member Delwar Hossain Sayedee, detained in jail following an arrest warrant issued by the International Crimes Tribunal, could not be brought to court on Tuesday as jail authorities said he was unwell.

The Tribunal chairman Md Nizamul Huq ruled that the court would therefore be adjourned until Aug 24.

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Govt Doctors Absent from Duty to Face the Music PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The health ministry has decided to take actions against 68 government doctors found absent from their duties during a recent inspection in nine districts.

"The absentees will be served show-cause notices today," health secretary Muhammad Humayun Kabir told bdnews24.com on Monday.

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Tejgaon Fire Still Blazing PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 09 August 2010

Tejgaon Fire Still BlazingThe blaze at Focus Garment near Nabisco biscuit factory in Tejgaon that started on monday at about 1pm was still not yet under control two hours later. No deaths or burn injuries has been reported in the incident.

The fire broke out around 1pm on Monday at Focus Garment located near Nabisco biscuit factory, the control room of the fire service and civil defense directorate stated.

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Pakistan Rally Frustrates England PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Monday, 09 August 2010

Debutant Zulqarnain Haider scored a courageous 88 to frustrate England's bid to win inside three days against Pakistan in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Pakistan, bowled out for just 72 on Friday before England replied with 251, reached 291 for nine at stumps to lead by 112 with two days remaining. Umar Gul, batting with a runner, was on nine and Mohammad Asif had 13.

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Don't Delay Pregnancy after Miscarriage: Study PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Monday, 09 August 2010

You don't need to delay a second pregnancy if you've had a miscarriage, Scottish researchers said Friday.

In fact, women who got pregnant within six months of their miscarriage were more likely to go on to have a live birth than those who waited longer, the researchers' report shows.

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Request to Shut Schools from 10 Ramadan PDF Print E-mail
Metropolitan
Monday, 09 August 2010

Dhaka Metropolitan Police have requested the education ministry to shut down all schools and colleges in the capital from 10 Ramadan in a bid to ease traffic congestion.

At the same time, it urged authorities of shopping malls and markets to initiate community policing.

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India to Allow Nepal, Bhutan B'desh Ports Access PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Monday, 09 August 2010

Foreign minister Dipu Moni has revealed that India will allow Nepal and Bhutan to use Mongla and Chittagong ports to export their products to other countries.

Briefing journalists at the foreign ministry on Sunday, Moni said the Indian government will also finance a railway project from Khulna to Mongla port.

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Leaking Gas from Highway Catches Fire, Halts Traffic PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 09 August 2010

A leak in the underground gas line on Monday morning has led to natural gas leaking out from the surface of the Kaliakoir-Nabinagar highway at Gazipur's Zirani, and catching fire.

The leaking gas caught fire at around 10am halting traffic. The fire service went to the location and put out the blaze and restricted vehicle movement on the east side of the road.

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