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Nov 30 2007 UN Assistant : Secretary Jane Holl due today

UNB, DhakaThe UN assistant secretary general Jane Holl Lute arrives here today(Saturday) on a 3-day visit to see for herself some cyclone devastated areas and hold talks with government and military figures. During her stay in Bangladesh, the UN assistant secretary general will see the on-going relief activities.Jane Holl will meet Foreign Advisor Dr Iftekhar [...]


Nov 30 2007 Pranab arrives today: India pledges Rs 100 cr aid for cyclone victims

Agency, New DelhiAhead of the visit of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Dhaka, India on Wednesday announced aid worth Rs 100 crore for the cyclone-hit country and lifted ban on rice export to allow supply of 50,000 metric tonnes of the food-grains, Daily Udayavani, a Karnataka newspaper reported.Mukherjee is arriving in Dhaka today to [...]


Nov 30 2007 Relief flow takes a leap: People selling donated rice to repay NGO loans

Staff ReporterIgnoring the request of the government, country’s leading micro-finance NGOs like BRAC, Grameen Bank and ASA have been forcing the distressed people in cyclone-affected districts to repay their loan installments.Finding no other alternatives, many distressed people are now repaying their loan installments even by selling rice, lentil and cooking oil which they have received [...]


Nov 30 2007 189 artifacts bound for France taken to airport: Protesters run riot as bid to stop transportation fails

Staff ReporterIgnoring the protest and demonstration of hundreds of art connoisseurs, ten crates containing 189 rare and invaluable archeological artifacts of Bangladesh were taken out of the National Museum yesterday morning and sent to the Zia International Airport amid heavy police presence.These artifacts, representing Bangladesh’s ancient history, will be bound for Guimet Museum in Paris, [...]


Nov 30 2007 UK charters planes to ferry relief supplies: Boats for fishermen arriving soon

Staff ReporterBritish High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday said it might take two to three months to restore normal life in the cyclone-battered coastal districts.“My feeling is the it may take two to three months before the situation can be returned to normal,” he said while handing over relief goods to Chief of General [...]


Nov 30 2007 Nasreen withdraws controversial portion of her book

PTI, KolkataTossed around from place to place, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen Friday announced that she was withdrawing some controversial writings from one of her novels that had triggered violence and demands that she be expelled from India.“I am withdrawing controversial lines in ‘Dwikhandita’ (split into two), written in 2002 with the memory of Bangladesh in [...]


Nov 30 2007 Quake jolts southeastern region

Staff ReporterA moderate earthquake jolted the east and southeastern part of the country in the early hours of yesterday.A Meteorological Department message yesterday said the tremor occurred at 01 hours 20 minutes and 47 seconds in the night. The magnitude of the tremor was 5.2 on the Richter scale.The epicentre of the tremor was near [...]


Nov 30 2007 Bali confce set to begin tomorrow: Dhaka for setting up climate change center

BSS, DhakaBangladesh favoured setting up an “Adaptation Centre” in Dhaka alongside demanding enhanced international funds for global warming research as the United Nations is set to stage the two-week Climate Change Conference in the idyllic Indonesian island of Bali from December 2.“The life and livelihood of millions of people in Bangladesh are exposed to already [...]


Nov 30 2007 খাদ্য সাহায্যে বিলম্ব

বাংলাদেশে কর্তৃপক্ষ বলছে ঘুর্ণিঝড়ে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত এলাকাগুলোয় ভিজিএফ কার্ডের মাধ্যমে শনিবার থেকে খাদ্য সাহায্য দেবার কথা থাকলেও তা সম্ভব হচ্ছে না৻ [Read more]


Nov 30 2007 খাদ্য সাহায্যে বিলম্ব

বাংলাদেশে কর্তৃপক্ষ বলছে ঘুর্ণিঝড়ে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত এলাকাগুলোয় ভিজিএফ কার্ডের মাধ্যমে শনিবার থেকে খাদ্য সাহায্য দেবার কথা থাকলেও তা সম্ভব হচ্ছে না৻ [Read more]