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BNP Backed Union President Arrested over GMG Unrest PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 09 August 2010

The detective police have detained the president of a BNP backed trade union, along with six garment workers, on Sunday night, accusing them of involvement in vandalism, arson and obstruction of police duty during the workers unrest at Tejgaon industrial zone on July 30.

Assistant commissioner of DB police Mishuk Chakma said that Mohamed Shahidul Islam president of the BNP backed Kendriya Garments Sramik Dal was arrested as the investigators had found direct links with him and the incidents on July 30.

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Fire Breaks Out at Garment Factory in Tejgaon PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Monday, 09 August 2010

A fire has broken out in a readymade garment factory in Tejgaon industrial area.

The fire broke out at around 1pm on Monday at the Focus Garment factory located near Nabisco biscuit factory, the control room of the fire service and civil defense directorate told bdnews24.com.

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Plain Cells Turned into Beating Heart Cells: Study PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Two studies published on Thursday show new ways to fix damaged hearts, one by turning structural heart cells into beating cells and another by restoring a primordial ability to regenerate lost tissue.

The two approaches need more work before they can be tried in humans, but they represent big steps forward in the new field of regenerative medicine.

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Chickpeas Price Hike in Ramadan Feared PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Wholesale traders are not anxious about price hikes for chickpeas as there is 'abundant stock', but consumers are worried as chickpeas are already selling at prices higher than the government rate of Tk 44 per kg.

A visit to the Dalpotti (pulse market) at Chawkbazar's Rahmatganj in the capital and conversation with traders of retail markets and consumers revealed that wholesalers were selling chickpeas at Tk 38-40 per kg to retail traders, who in turn were selling chickpeas to consumers at Tk 46-48 per kg.

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Liverpool in Control on Field as Buyers Jostle PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

While businessmen battled for control of Liverpool off the field, the players were in total control on it, brushing aside a poor Rabotnicki side 2-0 in a Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday.

The Reds, whose future ownership is still far from decided, breezed through the second leg at Anfield to reach the playoff round of Europe's second-tier competition 4-0 on aggregate against their totally outplayed Macedonian visitors.

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RAB Arrests 9 Garment Workers PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

The Rapid Action Battalion have arrested nine garment workers on charges of causing violence in Mohakhali, Gulshan and Tejgaon areas on July 30 during protest against the new pay scale.

They were arrested on Thursday night from Mohakhali, Gulshan and Tejgaon areas, RAB-1 commanding officer Lt Col Rashidul Alam told a press briefing on Friday at the RRF Bhaban in Uttara.

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Pakistan's Sindh on High Alert for Floods PDF Print E-mail
International News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Districts in Pakistan's Sindh province were on high alert on Saturday for floods which have devastated other parts of the country and cast fresh doubts over President Asif Ali Zardari's leadership.

At least 1,600 people have been killed by the flooding. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 12 million people had been affected in two provinces, s figure that does not include, for the moment, southern Sindh.

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14 More Complaints Filed Against Jamaat Leader PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Fourteen more complaints over Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher's threat to the ruling Awami League-led government were filed with police in Dhaka, Bogra and Gopalganj on Friday.

On Thursday, a similar complaint was filed with Shahbagh police in the city.

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China Gold Mine Fire Kills 14, 300 Rescued: Report PDF Print E-mail
International News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

A fire at a gold mine in eastern China has killed 14 miners, while more than 300 have been lifted to safety, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.

Rescue operations were proceeding with eight miners still trapped underground and believed to be alive, it said. The fire broke out on Friday afternoon at the mine near Yantai city in Shandong province, Xinhua said.

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Six Dead in Narsinghdi Road Accident PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

At least six people were killed with another 20 injured in a road accident in Narsinghdi on Saturday.

The accident took place at around 9am on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway near the Shibpur area of Kumarpara Upazila.

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Kh'chhari AL Leader 'Kidnapped', Family Claim PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

An Awami League leader of Lakhsmichhari Upazila in Khagrachhari has been kidnapped by some unknown abductors, his family have claimed.

Kalindra Chandra Chakma, 40, organising secretary of the Lakhsmichhari Upazila unit, has been missing since he went to Fatikchhari on Friday evening to see a doctor, Lakhsmichhari police chief Md Kamrul Hasan said quoting Kalindra's daughter Sumita Chakma.

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Mukherjee in Dhaka to Sign $1 Billion Deal PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Indian finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in the city on Saturday afternoon for a four-hour trip to witness the signing of a loan agreement with Bangladesh worth US $1 billion.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will meet him at her office in the evening before his departure at around 8.00 pm, officials say.

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Getting Fit but Staying Fat Won't Help Blood Pressure PDF Print E-mail
Health News
Thursday, 05 August 2010

If you're trying to bring your blood pressure to a healthy level, a US study suggests that how much you weigh is more important than how fit you are.

As expected, the study of about 35,000 people by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found overweight or obese people were more likely to have a high systolic blood pressure - the top number in a blood pressure reading.

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Petraeus Clarifies Rules on Afghan Air Strikes PDF Print E-mail
International News
Thursday, 05 August 2010

The new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan issued a directive on Wednesday that could facilitate use of air strikes but also called on troops to do everything possible to avoid putting civilians at risk.

General David Petraeus, who took command of the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan in July, did not rewrite the rules guiding the use of force in his new "tactical directive."

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Monetary Policy 'Can't Tackle Inflation' PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Thursday, 05 August 2010

Financial experts at a discussion on Wednesday slammed the central bank's monetary policy, saying it would fail to tackle inflation.

"Achieving the desired inflation rate of 6.5 percent [by Bangladesh Bank] is no way possible," said former finance adviser to the immediate past caretaker government AB Mirza Azizul Islam.

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Microcredit, poverty both rising: Muhith PDF Print E-mail
Business News
Thursday, 05 August 2010

The rate of poverty reduction does not match the expansion of micro-credit in the country, said the finance minister.

"Poverty alleviation is not reducing at the desired pace in spite of increase in disbursement of micro-credit," said finance minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday, while speaking at the award giving ceremony of the 'Citi Micro-enterprenuership Awards 2009.'

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BNP Set to Protest Hasina Comment PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Thursday, 05 August 2010

The main opposition BNP is set to demonstrate at the capital's Muktangan on Thursday afternoon to protest against the prime minister's comment earlier in the week stating that the BNP chief Khaleda Zia should "admit her past crimes."

At the rally, scheduled to start at 4 pm, the opposition will also protest about the 'false cases' filed against the party's secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain, standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah and vice president Shah Moazzem Hossain. It will also demand the release of detained BNP leader Mirza Abbas and other leaders

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'Stumpy' Name of 2011 WC Mascot PDF Print E-mail
Sports News
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

With 200 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, the event mascot's name was unveiled in a simple but impressive ceremony at P Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo on Monday ahead of the third Test between Sri Lanka and India.

The mascot, an elephant, has been named 'Stumpy' after an online selection process that drew proposals from thousands of cricket fans around the world, according to media reports.

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RAB Recovers Bombs, Arrests Four Shibir Cadres PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

Rapid Action Battalion has arrested three Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders and one of their cadres from different parts of the capital.

They were detained in a drive conducted from Tuesday night to Wednesday dawn, a RAB official told bdnews24.com, requesting anonymity.

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Sayedee to Stand before Tribunal Aug 10 PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Wednesday, 04 August 2010

The International Crimes Tribunal, on Wednesday morning, asked prison authorities to produce Jamaat-e-Islami executive committee member Delwar Hossain Sayedee on Aug 10, in a case for alleged crimes against humanity during 1971.

The order was given in a case filed with the tribunal on July 21 against Sayedee for committing genocide, rape, arson, and loot at Pirojpur on May 8 and Jun 2, 1971.

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Jamaat Leaders to be Kept in Custody PDF Print E-mail
Country News
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

In its second ruling on Monday, the International Crimes Tribunal ordered four top leaders of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami to be held in custody until further orders. UPDATES

Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, assistant secretary general Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla were sent back to Dhaka Central Jail after a brief hearing that lasted barely 15 minutes.

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