Archive for: June 2011

Parliament exits caretakers, retains Islam

Ref: Parliament has passed the 15th constitution amendment bill into law, scrapping the caretaker government system, retaining Islam as state religion and bringing some other basic changes.

The 55 proposals of the bill were passed 289-1 by voice vote at 2:20pm on Thursday. Later, the Constitution (15th Amendment) Bill-2011 was passed by division vote (291-1) at 2:50pm in line with the Article 99 of the Rules of Procedure.

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Forty militants killed in Mohmand operation

Ref: Pakistani troops backed by jets and helicopter gunships have killed 40 militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan in the past three days, a military commander said Thursday.

Brigadier Aftab Ahmad told AFP by telephone that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand.

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Islami Andolan Bangladesh calls countrywide hartal for July 10

Ref: Islami Andolan Bangladesh called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for July 10 in protest against the recommendations proposed in the constitutional amendment that the clerics think go against Islam.

Party Amir Syed M Rezaul Karim announced the strike from a press conference held at the party office at Purana Paltan in the city Wednesday.

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Magnitude 5.4 quake hits central Japan, 7 injured

Ref: A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit central Japan and injured seven people on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The epicenter of the earthquake, which struck around 8:16 a.m. (2316 GMT on Wednesday) was in Nagano prefecture, about 120 km (75 miles) from Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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US warns Sri Lanka on war crime charges

Ref: The United States on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka to move quickly to address allegations of war crimes, warning of rising pressure for international action if it does not.

The State Department stopped short of endorsing calls for an international investigation into the bloody finale of the island’s civil war in 2009, saying that domestic authorities have primary responsibility to ensure accountability.

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CHARTER CHANGE BILL Stage set for passage in parliament

Ref: A bill to amend the constitution for the 15th time, incorporating 55 proposals, including one to scrap the caretaker government system, is set to be passed by parliament on Thursday.

Chief whip Abdus Shahid on Wednesday evening told that the bill would be passed through division vote in line with the Article 99 of the Rules of Procedure.

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RAJUK crossing limits “violating HC order”: realtors

Ref: Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakhya (RAJUK) is engrossed in defiant activities in the name of land-recovery drive, even in disregard of High Court orders, realtors said.

“An overenthusiastic executive magistrate of RAJUK” has led a drive to demolish the signboards of Bashundhara Riverview project located on the outskirts of the capital city, despite the fact that a High Court bench in 2007 directed the authorities not to create any hindrance to the implementation of the housing project, company officials said.

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10-truck arms: arrest warrant against Paresh Barua, Nurul Amin

Ref: A Chittagong court Wednesday issued arrest warrant against Ulfa leader Paresh Barua and former additional secretary of the Industries Ministry Nurul Amin in the sensational 10-truck arms-haul case.

At the same time, the court directed the nine accused in jail, including former ministers Motiur Rahman Nizami and Lutfozzaman Babar, to appear before the court on August 1.

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Airtel launches international video calling services on 3-G

Ref: Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, Monday launched its International Video Calling capabilities on 3-G facility, said a press release.

With the newly introduced calling capacities, Airtel 3-G mobile customers in India would now be able to leverage Airtel internet on 3-G to make international video calls and interact face-to-face with their loved ones and colleagues living abroad-instantly sharing experiences and information.

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Google faces damages claim from French competitor 1PlusV

Ref: French search engine company 1PlusV said it is suing Google for 295 million euros ($417.7), alleging the company used its market dominance to block the development of alternative services.

The French company is one of four, including Microsoft, that has accused Google of abusing its dominant position by demoting rival sites in search results and giving preference to its own services. The allegation has triggered an investigation by the European Commission.

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