Archive for: April 2011

62 killed in protests, Syria faces sanctions

Ref: At least 62 people died in clashes in Syria when tens of thousands of protesters marked a “day of rage,” activists said, as Washington and Brussels decided to slap sanctions on Damascus.

Syrian authorities said nine members of the security forces were killed at the hands of “terrorist groups” in Friday`s unrest.

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How does Amini fit in Mandela’s shoes?

Ref: Mufti Amini’s new jibe is with the Nobel Prize, as he Saturday made an ironical claim to the laurels in future for his current movement he likened to that of Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Don’t make me Nelson Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi by interning me. In that eventuality, I may also get the Nobel Prize,” the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) chairman said, after he was allegedly barred from traveling to the port city of Chittagong for their Islamist campaigns against government’s secular policies.

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Probe-report on share-market scam published Muhith says SEC chairman change in couple of days

Ref: The government divulged the probe findings in full on the much-talked-about share-market scam on Saturday evening, in the wake of mounting pressure for publishing the report.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith presented the probe report in CD, including the names of the market-manipulators, in a press briefing at the secretariat of the Ministry of Finance at 6pm.

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Misbah guides Pakistan to series-clinching victory

Ref: Misbah-ul-Haq dug deep and dragged Pakistan to a series-clinching, three-wicket victory over West Indies in the third One-day International of the best of five match series here on Thursday.

Misbah led the way with four fours and one six in an unbeaten 62 from 109 balls, Hammad Azam supported with 36, and Umar Akmal made 30, as the Pakistanis, chasing 172 for victory, reached their target with 29 balls remaining at Kensington Oval.

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Assist with cash, tech in combating climate change Minister Razzak urges intl. community

Ref: As the nation Friday mourned one of the grimmest worst tragedies caused by natural calamity, Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzak urged the international community to extend help in cash and technological know-how in combating adversities of climate change.

“International community should not keep their effort confined to only giving compensation and creating awareness on climate change…they should rather extend financial and technological cooperation to vulnerable, affected countries in facing climate-change challenges,” said the minister at a commemorative programme in the city Friday.

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US eases registration norms for Dhaka

Ref: Bangladeshi nationals intending to visit the USA will see a relatively relaxed registration system, as Washington has exempted Dhaka from the necessity of complying with special registration procedure.

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is relieving Bangladeshis from compliance with the special registration procedure under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS),” says a DHS notification.
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5 items to become 'emergency products'

Ref: A parliamentary watchdog has suggested declaring five essential items as ’emergency national products’ with a view to keeping their prices stable.

Those five items are rice, lentils, edible oil, sugar and Ata.
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NHRC chief disapproves of frequent contempt-of-court proceedings

Ref: National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman Khan took exception to frequent contempt-of-court proceedings.

“The judges are hypersensitive. Sometimes, it appears that they are not born in this land. They bring contempt-of-court charges every now and then,” he said while presenting the keynote paper at a seminar.
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Islamic scholars favour fatwa, decry its abuse

Ref: Five Islamic scholars on Wednesday told the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court that the fatwa was not contradictory to the existing laws of the land and it could not be stopped on the basis of a High Court verdict.

They also said, the fatwa is constitutional and religious right of the Muslim people. If fatwa is stopped, Muslims would be deprived of what the holy Quran decreed, they added.

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Iraqi PM coming to Dhaka again on April 30

Ref: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made a stopover here on Tuesday night, is coming to Dhaka again on April 30 on a flying visit on way back home from South Korea.

A competent source said the premier of the war-torn Gulf country would make a stopover in Dhaka on his way from Seoul to Baghdad.

The Iraqi PM made his first stopover here on Tuesday night while his plane was flying to Seoul from Baghdad.

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