Archive for: November 2012

`Cracks` show in US Republican unity

Ref: Republican unity against raising tax rates for the wealthy began to show cracks on Wednesday after a conservative congressman said he would back an agreement with President Barack Obama to raise rates on the rich but extend tax cuts for income below $250,000.

With Congress scrambling to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year – known as the “fiscal cliff” – Representative Tom Cole said Republicans should approve a deal ensuring 98 percent of Americans do not suffer a tax increase that endangers the economic recovery.
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Deadly fire toll spreads to 110: officials

Ref:  A devastating fire that swept through a garment factory in the Ashulia industrial belt near capital Dhaka on Saturday has left at least 110 people dead.

The worst ever factory blaze in Bangladesh broke out on the ground floor of the multi-storied Tazreen Fashions Limited around 7:30pm in Savar’s Nischintapur, officials said.


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Ctg flyover deaths rise to 12

Ref:  Death toll reaches 12 as rescue teams until Sunday morning recovered more bodies from under the debris of three girders of the under-construction Bahaddarhat flyover, police said.

The girders collapsed on Saturday evening.


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Egypt’s Mursi to meet judges over power grab

Ref:   Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will meet senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of last year’s revolution which brought him to power.

Egypt’s stock market plunged on Sunday in its first day open since Mursi issued a decree late on Thursday temporarily widening his powers and shielding his decisions from judicial review, drawing accusations he was behaving like a new dictator.


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Tangail by-polls begin

Ref: The by-polls of Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency have begun from 8am on Sunday, returning officer Syed Mohammad Khurshid Anwar told

The polling will run through 4pm across 96 centres, he added.

Former Joint Secretary of District Awami League Shahidul Islam Lebu is the Awami League candidate, former District AL Religious Affairs Secretary Amanur Rahman Khan Rana contesting as independent candidate and Abu Yousuf Abdul Tuhin is Jatiya Party nominated candidate.

The constituency fell vacant following death of former MP Dr Matiur Rahman on Sep 13.

Returning officer said the constituency comprising of 11 Unions, one city corporation and one cantonment board has 271,329 voters. Of them 131,786 are men and 139,543 are women.

A total of 96 presiding officers, 582 assistant presiding officers and 1,164 polling officers would supervise the by-polls, he added.

Teams of 40 Executive Magistrates and four Judicial Magistrates will supervise law and order in the area. Police and Ansar Battalion have been deployed along with six platoons of Ban

Fire kills 11 at Dhaka slum

Ref: A devastating fire on Sunday raced through a slum on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, leaving at least 11 people dead.

Fire Service Department’s Control Room Official Ataur Rahman told that the fire broke out at 3:00 am at Bou Bazar slum at Hazaribagh. Read more →

Action under Sharia law for excesses: PM

Ref:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday reaffirmed that there would be no let-up in the ongoing war crimes trial and that those opposing it would be dealt with under Sharia law, if need be.

“We know the alternative way if the limit is crossed. We know what we need to do. Action will be taken as per the Sharia law, if necessary. There is Qiyas (in the Islamic law),” she said at the beginning of the Awami League Central Working Committee at her official Ganabhaban residence.


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US eases import ban on Myanmar ahead of Obama trip

Ref: The United States said on Friday it will allow imports from Myanmar for the first time in nearly a decade, a move that could boost the struggling economy in the former pariah state.

The announcement came just a day before Obama departs on a trip to Asia that will include a historic stop in the resource-rich country.


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Israel prepares to invade Gaza

Ref: Israel’s cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists late on Friday, preparing the ground for a possible Gaza invasion after Palestinians fired a rocket toward Jerusalem for the first time in decades.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial centre, also came under rocket attack for the second straight day, in defiance of an Israeli air offensive that began on Wednesday with the declared aim of deterring Hamas from launching cross-border attacks that have plagued southern Israel for years.


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Israel attack kills Hamas commander

Ref: Israel killed the military commander of the Islamist group Hamas in a missile strike on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and launched air raids across the enclave, pushing the two sides to the brink of a new war.

Israel attack kills Hamas commander

Israel attack kills Hamas commander

The attacks marked the biggest escalation between Israel and Gaza militants since a 2008-2009 conflict and came despite signs on Tuesday that neighbouring Egypt had managed to broker a truce in the enclave after a five day surge of violence. Read more →