Archive for: November 2012

Man behind anti-Islam film jailed

Ref: The convicted California scam artist behind a crude anti-Islam film that stoked protests against the United States across the Muslim world was sent back to jail for a year on Wednesday over probation violations stemming from his role in the video.

In a tightly guarded federal courtroom in Los Angeles, Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to using aliases and lying to his probation officer, breaching the terms of his supervised release from prison this year after serving time for bank fraud. Read more →

Mashiur won’t mind long leave

Ref:  The Economic Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mashiur Rahman, on Sunday said he will have no qualms about going on long leave for the sake of the agreement for the World Bank funding in the multi-billion dollar Padma bridge project.

He made the comments after emerging from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) headquarters, where he was questioned over his suspected involvement in the alleged corruption in the ambitious project.

 

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Europe urges end to Myanmar killings, pledges aid

Ref:   European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Saturday for an end to sectarian killings in Myanmar, following talks with the president of the nation which is emerging from decades of brutal military rule.

In western Myanmar, 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas, according to the latest official toll covering the last 10 days of October. Many thousands more have been displaced by the violence.

 

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Housing crisis looms as cold hits Sandy victims

Ref:  A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of super storm Sandy struggled on Sunday against near-freezing temperatures and officials fretted that displaced voters would not be able to cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election.

Fuel shortages and power outages lingered nearly a week after one of the worst storms in US history flooded homes in coastal neighbourhoods, leaving many without heat and in need of shelter.

 

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US-Bangladeshi gets 17yr jail for terror plot

Ref:  A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday for a plot to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol building in Washington with explosives loaded into remote-control model airplanes.

Rezwan Ferdaus, who was arrested in September 2011 and pleaded guilty in July to terrorism-related charges in a deal with prosecutors, told the court he has devoted a lot of time to self-reflection while in jail awaiting sentencing and that he accepted his fate.

 

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Anger grows over fuel shortage in storm-hit US Northeast

Ref: Tempers frayed in long gas lines and millions were still without electricity across the US Northeast on Friday as the death toll from superstorm Sandy hit 102 and crews searched for more victims in devastated communities in New York and New Jersey.

The US government moved to ease the fuel crunch by tapping strategic reserves and buying millions of gallons of gasoline and diesel to be trucked to storm-damaged areas.

 

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Britain wants cut in EU budget

Ref: Britain threatened on Thursday to veto any deal on the European Union’s budget that would not be good for the British taxpayer, a day after a humiliating defeat in Parliament undermined Prime Minister David Cameron’s authority.

The vote – Cameron’s first significant defeat in Parliament since taking power in 2010 – could strengthen his position at budget talks in Brussels this month, as he would be able to say his hands were tied by the British Parliament.

 

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New tax-return deadline Nov 15

Ref: The National Board of Revenue once again extended the deadline for submitting the income tax returns, this time by 15 days, following requests from different quarters.

New tax-return deadline Nov 15

New tax-return deadline Nov 15

The last day for submitting tax returns is now November 15.

NBR Public Relations Officer Syed A Momen told this to banglanews on Wednesday. Read more →

Hi-tech number plates launched

Ref: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday launched retro-reflective number plates with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, and digital registration certificates (vehicle ownership card) aiming to bring discipline and improved services in the sector.

She said that the country’s transport sector had entered a new era with the introduction of the retro-reflective number plates with radiofrequency identification tags.
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Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Ref: New York City and the sodden US Northeast began an arduous journey back to normal on Wednesday after mammoth storm Sandy killed at least 64 people in a rampage that swamped coastal cities and cut power to millions.

 Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Financial markets reopened with the New York Stock Exchange running on generator power after the first weather-related two-day closure since an 1888 blizzard. Packed buses took commuters to work with New York’s subway system idle after seawater flooded its tunnels.
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