Archive for: May 2011

JS to decide CT system's fate: Suranjit

Ref: Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta has said the caretaker government issue would be finalised in parliament and urged the opposition to give its opinion.

“The caretaker government system does not exist after the court order. Anyway, parliament will take the final decision on the issue,” he told a news conference on Tuesday.
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Charge-framing against Sayedee on July 11

Ref: The International Crimes Tribunal has ordered the war crime investigation panel to frame charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee on July 11.

A three-member bench of the tribunal, led by justice Nizamul Haque, passed the order on Tuesday, rejecting the bail prayer of the accused.
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ILLEGAL WORKERS 300,000 to get handwritten passports

Ref: The government will issue handwritten passports to some 300,000 unauthorised Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia.

The decision on providing the passports would be finalised in an inter-ministerial meeting on Wednesday, expatriates’ welfare minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told a press conference at the Secretariat on Tuesday.
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Shahid Afridi `quits` international cricket

Ref: After weeks of growing tension and speculation Shahid Afridi, Pakistan`s recently axed one-day captain, has announced his retirement from the international game.

It is, however, a “conditional” retirement in protest against the way he has been “humiliated” by the PCB, a temporary self-imposed exile more than a permanent retirement. Afridi said he was ready to reverse his decision if and when a new board came into power.
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South African president :Gadhafi ready for truce

Ref: Moammar Gadhafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African president said Monday after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he listed familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts. Rebels quickly rejected the offer.

The South African president. Jacob Zuma, said Gadhafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces. “He is ready to implement the road map,” Zuma said.

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26 dead as bus plunges into pond in India

Ref: A bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a large pond in India’s remote northeast, killing at least 26 people, an official said Tuesday.

The bus was crossing a wooden bridge over the pond when it gave way and fell more than 15 feet (4.5 meters) into the water below, local magistrate S.K. Roy said.

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2 panel members rule out CT system

Ref: Several members of the special committee to review the charter say it will not recommend continuation of the caretaker government system as it does not exist following the Supreme Court verdict.

Talking to reporters after a meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday, they also said the opposition needs to come up with their opinion in this regard.

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Voting in second-phase UP elections underway

Ref: Voting in second-phase elections for 131 union parishads (UPs) of 17 districts is underway across the country.

About 6 crore voters of 4,000 union parishads under 414 upazilas of 57 districts will cast vote in the second phase. The voting will be continued till July 5.

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Record carbon emissions tear into climate

Ref: Greenhouse gas emissions increased by a record amount last year, to the highest carbon output in history, putting hopes of holding global warming to safe levels all but out of reach, according to unpublished estimates from the International Energy Agency.

The shock rise means the goal of preventing a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius – which scientists say is the threshold for potentially “dangerous climate change” – is likely to be just “a nice Utopia”, Fatih Birol, chief economist of the IEA told The Guardian.

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Germany pledges to end all nuclear power by 2022

Ref: Germany`s ruling coalition says it has agreed a date of 2022 for the shutdown of all of its nuclear power plants, reports BBC.

Environment Minister Norbert Rottgen made the announcement after a meeting of the ruling coalition that lasted into the early hours of Monday.

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