Sep 9, 2010

Tony Blair cancels book launch party due to protests


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair canceled a launch party for his new book in London Wednesday because of planned protests, his spokesman said.

It's his second London cancellation this week.

Blair "did not want to put guests through the unpleasant consequences of the actions of demonstrators of what should have been an enjoyable evening for friends and family," the spokesman said, declining to be named in keeping with British tradition.

"The party has been postponed indefinitely, (and) will be held sometime in the future. Guests were informed yesterday evening," the spokesman said in a statement.

Blair canceled a central London book-signing event for his new autobiography "A Journey" over concerns of the "inevitable hassle" that will be caused by protesters, his office said in a statement Monday.

Blair's decision came after police made some arrests Saturday in Dublin, Ireland, where he was due for another signing event for his book.

A crowd of people, some of them anti-war demonstrators, had gathered outside the shop to protest Blair's role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there were unconfirmed reports of eggs and shoes being thrown at Blair.

"I very much enjoyed meeting my readers in Dublin and was looking forward to doing the same in London," Blair said in the statement Monday.

"However, I have decided not to go ahead with the signing as I don't want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protesters.

"I'm really sorry for those -- as ever the majority -- who would have come to have their books signed by me in person," he said. "I hope they understand."

Both Blair and the bookseller, Waterstone's, said the former British leader would sign a limited number of books in advance that the Piccadilly branch will sell on Thursday.

Blair's book describes his time in office, including his decision to go to war in Iraq. All proceeds from the book are going to the Royal British Legion, Blair has said.

Real Madrid's earning increases 8.6 percent


Real Madrid says its earnings have increased 8.6 percent year-on-year, seemingly dispelling fears that the Spanish powerhouse would suffer financial woes after having spent heavily to buy players and still not won major silverware.
The club says on its website Wednesday that its gross revenue increased from 407.3 million ($517 million) in the previous season to 442.3 million ($561.6 million) in 2009-10.
Madrid drew criticism last year for its heaving spending and was one of the main reasons why UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council introduced “financial fair play” regulations stating European clubs should break even from 2012 or face being barred from the Champions League.
Madrid, now coached by Jose Mourinho, had spent record sums to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso.

Rafael Nadal at the highest of Men's Singles

In the latest ranking of Men's Singles Rafael Nadal of Spain secured the top position achieving  10745.00 points while Roger Federer of Switzerland bagged  the 2nd position with 7215.00 points. The ranking was published earlier on September 8, 2010.

Rafael Nadal
Besides, Novak Djokovic of Serbia secured 3rd position with 6665.00 points,  Andy Murray of  Great Britain 4th position with 5125.00 point,  Robin Soderling of Sweden 5th position with  4910.00 point,   Nikolay Davydenko of Russia with point of 4285.00 6th position,  Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic with point of3860.00 7th position,   Fernando Verdasco of Spain with point of 3330.00 8th position,   Andy Roddick of United States with point of 3225.00 9th position and Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina with point of 3170.00 grabs 10th position.

Nadal reaches U.S. Open quarterfinals winning all 12 sets

Rafael Nadal has won all 12 sets he’s played so far at the 2010 U.S. Open. He’s also won all 61 games he’s served.
Nadal moved into the U.S. Open quarterfinals and stretched his winning streak at major tournaments to 18 by beating 23rd-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that finished at 1:16 a.m. Wednesday.
The top-seeded Nadal saved all four break points he faced against Lopez and has erased all 13 he’s had to deal with this year in New York.
“I am playing well, but I am not playing - yet - at my highest level,” Nadal said. “To be in (the) quarterfinals of the U.S. Open without losing a set and without losing serve, two things must work very well: concentration and the serve.”
Nadal finished with an impressive ratio of 34 winners to 14 unforced errors against Lopez. It was a point Nadal lost, though, that might have included his top shot.
Early in the third set, Nadal did his best Roger Federer impression, chasing down a lob and, with his back to the net, hitting the ball between his legs. But unlike Federer, who pulled off that trick shot for winners at the U.S. Open both last year and this year, Nadal didn’t earn the point - because Lopez was standing at the net and calmly volleyed the ball away.
Nadal and Lopez began playing after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, because theirs was the final match on Arthur Ashe Stadium in a schedule that included a five-set men’s match, a three-set women’s match and a lengthy two-set women’s match.
“Yeah, of course, it’s difficult. You have to be awake,” Lopez said. “It’s a long day for Rafa and for me. But we knew it’s going to be like this.”

Nadal won the French Open and Wimbledon this year to raise his total to eight major championships. He needs a U.S. Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.

Now Nadal will play No. 8 Fernando Verdasco in the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in U.S. Open history.
“He is a very complete player,” Nadal said. “He has all the shots, and he’s playing very well.”
It’s a rematch of their classic 2009 Australian Open semifinal, a five-setter that Nadal won in 5 hours, 14 minutes.
That’s part of Nadal’s overall 10-0 record against Verdasco.
“Everybody knows that he’s No. 1 in the world; he’s great player,” said Verdasco, who eliminated No. 10 David Ferrer in five sets Tuesday. “My record is not good against him. But I will keep trying and keep fighting.”

Sep 7, 2010

India and Bangladesh to sign a protocol to protect the Sundarban

Bangladesh is rewarded with many of natural beauties where sundarban, the largest mangrove forest of the world, is the most attractive for its natural beauty and its contribution to the lives 17 crore people of the country. 
Conservation of sundarban is very priority issue for the country to save bio-diversity inside of the tidal forest and to save lives of people from natural calamity like flood and upsurge of sea water from Bay of Bengal.
Here, the Royal Bengal Tiger, deer, pythons, different flora & fauna of mangrove forest land and different fishes inside of canals are very marvelous & amazing to the tourists. 
India is soon to sign a protocol with neighboring Bangladesh in a bid to protect the Sundarbans which is part of both the countries, sources said on Tuesday.
"Details are being formulated and soon both the countries will be signatories to the protocol. The aim is to protect the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world," the sources said.
The Sundarbans lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangaldesh and the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
The seasonally flooded forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe and covers 10,000 square kilometers of which about 6,000 are in Bangladesh.
The Sundarbans also serves a crucial function as a protective barrier for the millions of inhabitants in and around West Bengal' s capital Kolkata against the floods that result from the cyclones that are a regular occurrence on this coast.

The natural honey is also collected from sundarban. Many of the Bangladeshi people go to the deep of sundarban to collect the very sacred sweets from this forest.  

Hundreds of deer are also seen here inside of the forests and beside of the canals specially. The famous tigers used to live from eating of those.

Tourists from hundreds of countries of the world also visit this tidal forest to see the beauty of forest where trees are grown from the roots of other plants. It happens due to tides continue through the canals situated in side of the forest.The canals are also saturated many times from this tidal waves.

Many of the people collect huge amount of woods from this forest which is beyond the capacity of regeneration of growth of the forest which is considered a major threat to this world largest mangrove forest. This happens due to over burden of  people in coastal area of the country. 

Imran Hasan Palash, a sincere citizen of Bangladesh born at Koikhali, a place very close to the sundarban now completed his Masters Degree from a public university of the country in Geography & Environmental Science expressed his apprehension on sundarban. Talking to this writer he told that the inhabitants living near sundarban are work-less. They have the only option to collect wood or honey from sundarban, he added. So the extra pressure of the peoples' feeding goes on sundarban, Palash said. It is time to take immediate measures like the substitute way of employment of the people living near sundarban.            

Tourists from different countries have been visiting at different parts of sundarban over the years. The potentiality of tourism industry centering sundarban is very high. The peoples collecting their lives from sundarban harming it may earn many more if this is made as the world's most attractive tourists' spot. It may be done only through development of law and order situation and reaching the correct information about the gravity of sundarban to the world.
According to estimation, the Sundarbans is home to 425 species of wildlife, including 300 species of birds and 42 species of mammals, as well as the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Over 3.5 million people live in the Sundarbans ecologically critical area, with no permanent settlement. Among them, about 1.2 million people directly depend on Sundarbans for their livelihoods. Most of these people are wood cutters/golpatta collectors, fishermen, crab and shell collectors, honey collectors and shrimp fry collectors. Many of them are women and children.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in its recent study titled 'Sea Level Rise and Tigers: Predicted Impacts to Bangladesh's Sundarbans Mangroves' said that one of the world's largest tiger populations could disappear by the end of this century as rising sea levels caused by climate change destroy their habitat in the Sundarbans. The cyclone Sidr has about one fourth of the four lakh plus hectares of forest area of the world heritage site killing around 3,113 people. Other climate change induced disasters like Aila have destroyed the natural resources of the Sundarbans to a great extent. The ecosystem of the forest has been disrupted and huge wildlife including a good numbers of Royal Bengal tigers has been killed. 

Early life of obama

Barack Hussein Obama was born August 4, 1961, at Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in Wichita, Kansas, of mostly English, but also some German, descent.

His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama is the first President to have been born in Hawaii.Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on scholarship.The couple married on February 2, 1961,but separated when Obama Sr. went to Harvard University on scholarship, and divorced in 1964.Obama Sr. remarried and returned to Kenya, visiting Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an automobile accident in 1982.
After her divorce, Dunham married Indonesian student Lolo Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military leader in Soetoro's home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students studying abroad were recalled, and the family moved to the Menteng neighborhood of Jakarta.From ages six to ten, Obama attended local schools in Jakarta, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School.

In 1971, Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham, and attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his graduation from high school in 1979.Obama's mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977 when she went back to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year, before dying of ovarian cancer.
Of his early childhood, Obama recalled, "That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind."

He described his struggles as a young adult to reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage.Reflecting later on his formative years in Honolulu, Obama wrote: "The opportunity that Hawaii offered—to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect—became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear."Obama has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind."At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency, Obama identified his high-school drug use as his "greatest moral failure."
 Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental College. In February 1981, he made his first public speech, calling for Occidental's divestment from South Africa. 
 In mid-1981, Obama traveled to Indonesia to visit his mother and sister Maya, and visited the families of college friends in India and Pakistan for three weeks.
Later in 1981 he transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations and graduated with a B.A. in 1983. He worked for a year at the Business International Corporation,then at the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Julia Gillard wins support from Independent MPs Windsor and Oakeshott

Julia Gillard's Labor Party (ALP)has won support from Independent MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott which empowers the ALP with a majority in the Australian Parliament.
Julia Gillard (L),  Oakeshott (Top) & Windsor

Earlier, independent Queensland MP Bob Katter shocked observers by splitting from the two other independents in joining Tony Abbott's Coalition.

Today's announcement ends a two week period of horse-trading after Labor won 72 seats and the Coalition 73 in the August 21 election.

Independent Andrew Wilkie and the sole lower chamber member from the Greens party Adam Bandt had previously pledged allegiance to Labor.

The two MPs will give Labor a 76 to 74 majority in the Australian Parliament.

Mr Windsor - who announced his decision first - said broadband and renewable energy policies were deciding factors for him, as well as producing a government most likely to last a full-term, reported The Australian.

"We've also looked at issues of stability - if a government is formed, how long could it last? What sort of relationship would there be with the Senate?" he said.

Mr Oakeshott has said all the Independents had struggled with a "wicked dilemma".

He said it was "line-ball, six of one, half a dozen of the other" in making his decision and that the job ahead of both sides of politics now is to "bring Australia together".

Rice argued with President Bush telling not to return White House after 9/11

In a heated exchange, Dr Condoleezza Rice had to argue with the US president George Bush, who was in Florida, telling him not to return to the White House because it was a potential terrorist target.
She told the British Channel 4 documentary: ''The president got on the phone and he said: 'I'm coming back.'
Condoleezza Rice ordered George Bush not to return to Washington after the 9/11 attacks before Get off the phone, the former national security adviser has revealed in a documentary interview.
''I said: 'You cannot come back here. The United States of America is under attack, you have to go to safety. We don't know what is going on here.'
''He said: 'I'm coming back.' I said: 'You can't.'
''I said to him in a raised voice, and I had never raised my voice to the president before, I said: 'You cannot come back here.' I hung up.
''The president was quite annoyed with me to say the least … I knew that he wanted nothing more than to be there at the helm of the ship.''
The documentary is showing on the Nine Network in Australia tonight.
Dr Rice also revealed that the bunker beneath the White House where she was sheltering with vice-president Dick Cheney began to run out of air. Secret Service agents ''went around telling people that they weren't essential and they had to leave''.
Mr Bush gave the order authorising the air force to shoot down any commercial airliner that was not responding. When United Airlines flight 93 came down, Dr Rice and the other officials believed it may have been shot out of the sky.
She said: ''I got on the phone with somebody at the National Military Command Centre … just saying: 'You must know whether or not you you've shot down a commercial airliner. That was just a horrible thought that the American Air Force would have shot down innocent civilians.''

Sep 6, 2010

India leads ICC Test Championship ranking

India leads the latest ICC Test Championship ranking made on August 29, 2010

India achieved Rating score of 127 playing 31 Matches to earn 3944 Points to grab the top position of test cricket while South Africa held second position securing rating score of 119 playing 29 matches favouring 3463 points.

Then, Sri Lanka achieved rating score of 115 playing 23 Matches to earn 2635 points placing them as third in ranking while Australia became fourth achieving rating score of 113 playing 34 Matches to earn 3830 points.

England achieved rating score of 112 playing 39 Matches to earn 4355 points and Pakistan gained rating score of 83 playing 23 Matches to earn 1918 points and West Indies took rating score of 79 playing 21 Matches to earn 1668 points. New Zealand also did some comparable score of 78 playing 25 matches achieving 1946 points. But the least scorer Bangladesh pictured them with very unexpected rating score of 7 playing 19 matches and achieving very negligible 131 points only.

Attack on Iran would cause for destruction of Israel, says Ahmadinejad

Any attack on Iran would lead to the destruction of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said during a visit to the Gulf Arab state of Qatar on Sunday.

"The U.S. and the Zionist entity will not be able to hit Iran right now. This is a wish ... Any Israeli attack against Iran means the elimination of the Zionist entity from the world map," he told a news conference in Doha. He spoke in Farsi through an Arabic interpreter.

Ahmadinejad, in Western allied-Qatar for talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, has often called for the demise of the Jewish state. Iran does not recognize Israel, which it refers to as the Zionist regime.

Israel, believed to be the only nuclear-armed country in the Middle East, regards Iran's nuclear programme as a threat to its existence and has not ruled out military action to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb.

International sanctions have been imposed on Iran to force Tehran to halt sensitive nuclear work. Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

International Cricket Council serving since 1989


From emerging of Imperial Cricket Conference firstly (1909 - 1963) involving three countries England, Australia and South Africa; then International Cricket Conference (1964 - 1988) and finally International Cricket Council since 1989 with present member of 105.

A special meeting in 1989 agreed a set of rules effectively banning from Test cricket players who had sporting links with South Africa. In July of the same year, the ICC had another name change - to International Cricket Council - but still retained the three initials that had served from its inception. This was also the year in which the practice of the President of MCC automatically assuming the chairmanship of ICC came to an end, but with the election of Colin Cowdrey, it was still a British hand at the helm. The newly-named organisation had more teeth: it was no longer confined to making recommendations to national governing bodies; now it could impose binding decisions on Members.

UAE joined as an Associate in 1990. January 1991 saw the first ICC meeting away from England - in Melbourne, where the discussions centered on the appointment of independent Match Referees, created to enforce the proposed new Code of Conduct for the players. In July, South Africa was re-admitted as full Members and the ban on players who had sporting connections with South Africa was revoked. Zimbabwe was admitted as full Members, their first Test being in October 1992. Namibia joined as an Associate and Austria, Belgium, Brunei and Spain as Affiliates. A revised set of ICC Regulations was published.

The most far-reaching effect of the changes at this time was the creation, in 1993, of the post of Chief Executive of ICC, a position to which David Richards of the Australian Cricket Board was appointed. Then, in July, Sir Clyde Walcott, from Barbados, was elected the first non-British Chairman, in succession to Sir Colin Cowdrey, who had been very active in encouraging cricket development in countries with little tradition of the game.

Since its inception, the ICC had been run as a virtual appendix to MCC. Even after MCC's influence within the game in England had been curtailed by the formation of the Cricket Council and the Test and County Cricket Board in 1969, and after the club's annually changing President had no longer assumed the chairmanship of ICC, MCC's Secretary was still performing the same administrative function for ICC. But with Richards' appointment, this came to an end. Another change saw ICC with its own office for the first time, though this was still at Lord's, with a separate office soon established for commercial purposes in Monaco.

For thirty years, from the time of South Africa's withdrawal, England and Australia had enjoyed the status of 'Foundation members,' and this effectively meant that little could be achieved unless the two countries concurred. But with the implementation of the new Regulations, all this changed. England and Australia lost their special privilege, all Test playing countries now being of equal standing.

New technology was becoming available around this time to show with increasing accuracy the correctness of umpires' decisions. 1993 saw the first chance for umpires in Test matches to refer doubtful line decisions to a third umpire equipped with video playback facilities. By 1995, it had been agreed that TV replays should be available in Tests 'wherever possible' and that the third umpire should signal out with a red light and not out with a green. The following year, cameras were also permitted to pronounce whether a ball had crossed the boundary. In 1997, the third umpire could be called on to rule on the cleanness of catches. This was also the year in which, for the first time, the Duckworth-Lewis method of adjusting targets in rain-affected matches was trialled by ICC in ODIs.

New countries joining ICC were Ireland (1993), Scotland (1994) and Italy (1995) as Associates, and Greece, Thailand, Vanuatu and Portugal as Affiliates, whilst Nepal was raised to Associate status in 1996. Problems occurred in 1996, when there was much bitter wrangling as it became clear that no candidate could command the necessary two-thirds majority to succeed Sir Clyde Walcott, who was to retire from the chairmanship the following year. A meeting in Kuala Lumpur in March 1997 resolved the impasse with a revised ICC structure.

Implementing proposals drawn up by Sir John Anderson, Chairman of New Zealand Cricket, ICC became an incorporated body with a President, an appointment which was to be assigned to a member country who would then nominate an individual to serve in the role for a period of three years. India was the choice, and Jagmohan Dalmiya became the first man to hold this new office, with the policy and direction of ICC now vested in an executive board comprising representatives of all the Test-playing nations plus three Associate members. Reporting to that board were committees covering cricket, development and finance and marketing.

Bangladesh's application for full membership was deferred in 1998, but France and Uganda were raised to Associates and Kuwait, Luxembourg and Malta became Affiliates. Match-fixing and betting by players and other officials had featured in the media: in April 1999, a Code of Conduct Commission under Lord Griffiths, a British law lord with first-class cricket experience, was set up to investigate the rumours. This was followed by the setting up of an anti-corruption unit under Sir Paul Condon, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom.

In 2000, on the completion of Dalmiya's term in office, Malcolm Gray from Australia became President, and in July 2001, Malcolm Speed succeeded David Richards as Chief Executive. A full-time panel of eight elite umpires, who would stand in all Test matches, was created in 2002, one umpire from a non-competing country having stood with an official of the home country in all Tests since 1994. In March 2004, a new ICC Intercontinental Cup was inaugurated for major Associate members and the matches were granted first-class status.

The drive to bring more countries into ICC membership has continued apace in the last few years. Affiliates to join are: 1999 - Cyprus, Morocco and Qatar; 2000 - Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Samoa and Tonga; 2001 - Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Botswana, Croatia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Maldives, St Helena and South Korea; 2002 - Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Gambia, Ghana, Panama, Sierra Leone, Surinam, Turks and Caicos Islands; 2003 - Iran, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia; 2004 - China, Isle of Man and Mexico; 2005 - Guernsey, Jersey, Mali and Slovenia; 2007 - Cameroon, Falkland Islands, Peru and Swaziland. Raised to Associate membership are: Germany (1999), Tanzania (2001), Cayman Islands and Nigeria (2002), Zambia (2003), Belgium, Botswana, Japan, Kuwait and Thailand (2005), Jersey (2007) and Turkey, Estonia and Bulgaria (2008).

In August 2005, ICC left its base at Lord's to set up its new headquarters in Dubai. There, under the presidency of David Morgan until 2010 and now under Sharad Pawar, it continues to face such matters as match-fixing, player conduct, the use of floodlights and the challenge of balancing the three formats of the game. As it addresses these issues, ICC strives to remain true to the purpose enshrined in its mission statement that 'As a leading global sport, cricket will captivate and inspire people of every age, gender, background and ability while building bridges between continents, countries and communities.'

Record five-wicket win of England over Pakistan on Sunday

Eoin Morgan and Michael Yardy rescued England from a batting collapse to help record a five-wicket win over Pakistan on Sunday.

The pair put on an undefeated sixth wicket stand of 67, after Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi had reduced England to 62-5.

Morgan (38 not out) and Yardy (35 not out) batting superbly together to continue England's good form after it had won the ICC World Twenty20 in May.

Earlier, England's spinners had combined to help restrict Pakistan to 126-4 off 20 overs in the opening T20 match of the series at Cardiff.

Graeme Swann bowled an excellent spell of 2-14 off four overs, dismissing Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Yousuf, while Yardy bowled a tidy four overs, taking 1-21.

Pakistan never really got going against an England bowling attack, who generally performed well in the field apart from a Luke Wright dropped catch running in from the boundary.

Umar Akmal top scored with an unbeaten 35 off 30 balls, while Fawad Alam struggled managing just 20 off 29 balls

Sep 5, 2010

Recovery of world economy underway: John Lipsky, First IMF MD


The world economy is recovering moderately but still faces challenges such as the need for medium-term fiscal consolidation, the IMF's First Managing Director, John Lipsky, said on Sunday.

"They are mainly confident that there is a moderate recovery underway globally," he told reporters, referring to delegates at the G20 meeting of deputy finance and central bank chiefs in South Korea.

"Obviously there are risks and challenges, but things seem to be moving more or less in line with our forecast," he said, listing well-designed exit strategies and medium-term fiscal consolidation as challenges.

He said some good progress has been made in discussing changes to the IMFs executive board, but did not elaborate. G20 members have pledged to reach an agreement on the issue by the time leaders meet in Seoul in November.

The United States, frustrated at Europe's refusal to share more IMF power with emerging economies, took unprecedented action last month to block plans that would have kept Europe's long-running dominance over the 24-member board.

Emerging economies have called for a bigger say in international institutions such as the IMF in line with their increasing contribution to the global economy and the resultant importance in global economic policy coordination.

A senior Indonesian official told Reuters separately that emerging economies want more voting powers as well as a readjustment in the way the global economic policy is made.

"For emerging markets, the important thing is not only the size of the increase of the quota, but the general idea of the relationship between the quota and governance of the IMF -- and that needs to come in one package," Hartadi Sarwono, deputy governor of the Indonesian central bank, said in an interview.

One senior official from a member country, who attended the whole of the meetings, told Reuters there was no discussion about specific currencies or currency issues, although issues related to reducing the global imbalances were a key topic.

"Delegates did not talk about any specific currencies or about a specific level of a currency, but of course they discussed global rebalancing," said the official, who did not want to be identified.

Japan is grappling with the yen's soaring to 15-year highs against the dollar and policymakers have repeatedly said they could take decisive action on the yen -- normally a code phrase for currency intervention.

South Korea will host the November 11-12 summit of G20 leaders in Seoul, with key issues also including reforming the global financial regulatory framework and drawing up plans to put the world economy on a balanced and sustainable growth path.

Shahid Afridi says sorry for the 'spot-fixing' row

Pakistan One-day captain Shahid Afridi apologised on Saturday for the 'spot-fixing' row engulfing the tourists, and said the team had been warned not to discuss it.

Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have been charged with various offences under the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code and provisionally suspended, while the trio have all been interviewed by police.

The three were withdrawn by Pakistan from their Twenty20 and one-day series against England after being allegedly caught up in a plan to deliberately bowl no-balls during the fourth Test against England at Lord's last week.

"I think this is very bad news," Afridi said at Cardiff on Saturday, where the first of two Twenty20 internationals against England takes place on Sunday.

"On behalf of these boys - I know they are not in this series - I want to say sorry to all cricket lovers and all the cricketing nations."

He added: "These two Twenty20s and (five) one-dayers (against England) are a big challenge for me as a captain. The coach (Waqar Younis) and I have told the boys not to talk about this (spot-fixing) issue. It is none of our business - we are here to play cricket. The boys know that. They want to win, motivate themselves - and as a captain, that is what I want."

Britain's News of the World alleged it paid Mazhar Majeed, an agent for several Pakistan players, 150,000 pounds (185,000 euros, 230,000 dollars) in return for advance knowledge of the no-balls, which could then be bet upon.

Afridi said Mazhar had been "travelling with some of the team guys, in Australia and the West Indies. "I saw him on the tours and I didn't know anything about it."

The News of the World is a Sunday tabloid and Afridi said: "I've told the boys 'don't read the newspaper tomorrow - just focus on cricket'. I know the people (in Pakistan) are very upset, and it is very disappointing. But we all love cricket. We want to play good cricket, aggressive and positive cricket. If we can do that, maybe then when we go back home things will settle down."

Asked if all the One-day matches between England and Pakistan would go ahead, regardless of any fresh revelations, Afridi replied: "Yes, definitely." England Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood said players might have to be more forthcoming with suspicions if they wanted fixing "eradicated" from the game.

"There's always been rumours but gradually, as things come out, it may be up to the players to tell the authorities if they think something is going on," Collingwood said. "Not just the players but commentators, umpires, all of us, we've all got a job to do in the end to get rid of all this."

The News of the World published its allegations last Sunday - the same day as England beat Pakistan by an innings and 225 runs - Pakistan's heaviest Test defeat of all time - to seal a 3-1 series win.

"Sunday was one of the saddest days in my career... I don't really what to have that feeling on a cricket pitch ever again," Collingwood said.

But Collingwood insisted the England Twenty20 team, the reigning world champions in the format, were ready for their two matches, both in Cardiff. "The players are definitely 100 per cent focused on the cricket that is coming up tomorrow and Tuesday."

Sunday's DSE news

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: Today's (05.09.2010) Total Trades: 205,694; Volume: 73,638,613 and Turnover: Tk. 16,228.35 million.

ALARABANK
News: The Bank has informed that the Board of Directors of the Bank has decided, among others, to purchase 5,000 sft. (approx.) floor area with proportionate land at the 1st floor of Al-Shahani Complex situated at 130/1, Biren Bosh Street, Chawk Moghaltuli, Dhaka-1100, at a cost of Tk. 15,000.00 per sft. totaling Tk. 8,47,50,000.00 (approx.) including registration cost subject to obtaining approval from Bangladesh Bank.

Symbol: PEOPLESINS
News: Ms. Nabiha Patwari, one of the Sponsors of the company, has further reported that she has completed her sale of 5,000 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange as announced earlier.

Symbol: SHAHJABANK
News: Mrs. Nasima Akhter, one of the Sponsors of the Bank, has further reported that she has completed her sale of 20,000 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange as announced earlier.

Symbol: POPULARLIF
News: Mr. Md. Rukunuddin Mollah, one of the Sponsors/Directors of the company, has further reported that he has completed his sale of 2,500 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange as announced earlier.

Symbol: GREENDELT
News: Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam, one of the Sponsors/Directors of the company, has further reported that he has completed his sale of 10,000 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange as announced earlier.

Symbol: PLFSL
News: Mr. Md. Shamsul Islam Mollah, one of the Sponsors of the company, has further reported that he has completed his sale of 5,00,000 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange as announced earlier.

Symbol: NCCBANK
News: Mr. Mostafizur Rahman, one of the Directors of the Bank, has reported his intention to sell 10,000 shares out of his total holdings of 2,91,164 shares of the Bank at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange within next 30 working days.

Symbol: ICBIBANK
News: Normal trading of the shares of the Bank will resume on 06.09.10 after Record Date with new face value of Tk. 10.00 each, market lot of 500 shares and

Symbol: NBL
News: Normal trading of the shares of the Bank will resume on 06.09.10 after record date for EGM.

Symbol: ICB M. FUNDS
News: On the close of operation on 31.08.2010, the ICB Mutual Funds have reported Net Asset Value (NAV) for First ICB M.F. of Tk. 11,058.26, Second ICB M. F. of Tk. 3,505.12, Third ICB M. F. of Tk. 2,684.62, Fourth ICB M. F. of Tk. 2,924.56, Fifth ICB M.F. of Tk. 2,313.25, Sixth ICB M. F. of Tk. 833.32, Seventh ICB M. F. of Tk. 1,355.04 and Eighth ICB M.F. of Tk. 975.92 per unit on current market price basis against face value of Tk. 100.00 each. Whereas, on the basis of Cost Price, Net Asset Value (NAV) per unit of the said 8 ICB Mutual Funds were Tk. 865.92, Tk. 598.86, Tk. 491.32, Tk. 449.89, Tk. 308.27, Tk. 187.52, Tk. 234.83 and Tk. 208.46 respectively against face value of Tk. 100.00 each.

Symbol: QSMSILK
News: DSE has decided to halt trading of shares of Quasem Silk Mills Ltd. for 15 minutes on account of recent unusual price hike of shares of the company. DSE is humbly requesting the investors again to be more cautious in their investment decision.

Symbol: EBL
News: (Correction): Please disregard our earlier news disseminated today (05.09.2010) regarding declaration of NAV of EBL First Mutual Fund (EBL1STMF), which was disseminated inadvertently under the trading code of Eastern Bank Ltd. i.e. EBL instead of trading code of EBL First Mutual Fund. i.e. EBL1STMF. We regret for the inconvenience.

Symbol: EBL1STMF
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 14.62 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 10.89 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 10.00, whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,462,329,041.31 based on market price and Tk. 1,089,031,572.91 based on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: EBL
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 14.62 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 10.89 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 10.00, whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,462,329,041.31 based on market price and Tk. 1,089,031,572.91 based on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: TRUSTB1MF
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 14.05 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.78 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00, whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 2,810,332,404.42 on the basis of market price and Tk. 2,156,197,130.01 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: IFIC1STMF
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 13.33 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.77 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,599,444,132.93 on the basis of market price and Tk. 1,292,469,039.76 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: 1STBSRS
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 1,953.40 per unit on current market price basis and Tk. 308.24 per unit on cost price basis against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 154,120,305.38 after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: DSE has decided to halt trading of shares of the following companies for 15 minutes on account of recent unusual price hike of shares: 1. Imam Button Industries Ltd., 2. H.R. Textile Mills Ltd., 3. Alltex Industries Ltd., 4. Monno Fabrics Ltd., 4. Apex Weaving & Finishing Mills Ltd., 6. Anwar Galvanizing Ltd., 7. Renwick Jajneswar & Company (Bangladesh) Ltd., 8. Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd., 9. CMC Kamal Textile Mills Ltd. and 10. Safko Spinning Mills Ltd.. DSE is humbly requesting the investors again to be more cautious in their investment decision.

Symbol: INTECH
News: Ms. Nassarrat Rahman, one of the Sponsors of the company has reported her intention to sell 1,56,950 shares out of her total holdings of 3,56,950 shares of the company at prevailing market price through Stock Exchange within next 30 working days.

Symbol: PF1STMF
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 11.81 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.32 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 70,87,88,059.48 on the basis of market price and Tk. 61,89,99,421.43 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: PRIME1ICBA
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 12.28 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.57 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 122,75,76,694.44 on the basis of market price and Tk. 105,71,99,359.32 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICBEPMF1S1
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 12.58 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.59 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 94,32,31,507.03 on the basis of market price and Tk. 79,46,16,485.08 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICBISLAMIC
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 342.40 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 229.13 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 34,24,01,233.55 on the basis of market price and Tk. 22,91,30,878.97 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: 1STPRIMFMF
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 22.47 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 14.92 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 44,93,23,518.97 on the basis of market price and Tk. 29,83,42,605.19 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICB3RDNRB
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 11.60 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.51 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 116,03,54,231.49 on the basis of market price and Tk. 105,10,72,612.52 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICB1STNRB
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 471.35 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 262.12 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 47,13,54,019.93 on the basis of market price and Tk. 26,21,24,660.53 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICB2NDNRB
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 213.31 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 134.32 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 213,31,09,837.29 on the basis of market price and Tk. 134,31,55,871.50 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICBAMCL2ND
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk.142.28 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 110.52 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 71,14,03,035.22 on the basis of market price and Tk. 55,26,00,082.11 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: ICBAMCL1ST
News: On the close of operation on August 30, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 666.28 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 334.30 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 100.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 66,62,78,517.74 on the basis of market price and Tk. 33,42,99,307.90 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: (Repeat): The "Investors' Awareness Program for Officials" organized by the Academy, offered to the potential investors' of the Market who by line of profession are Officials representing different entities of public and private sector is scheduled to be held very soon. For details, please logon to DSE website & browse into "DSE Training Academy" button. Registration is going on & considered on first come first serve basis.

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: (Repeat): DSE Training Academy has initiated the following programs to train different spectrum of audience both general and professionals having interest in Capital Market affairs. 1. Training program on Internal Audit, Risk Management & Control 2. Training Program on Asset Management 3. Training Program on Merger & Acquisition 4. Regional Investors' Awareness Program For details, please logon to DSE website & browse into DSE Training Academy button. Registration is going on and considered on first come first serve basis.

Symbol: DBH1STMF
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 12.15 per unit on the basis of current market price and Tk. 10.79 per unit on the basis of cost price against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas total Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,457,771,730.13 on the basis of market price and Tk. 1,294,308,494.43 on the basis of cost price after considering all assets and liabilities of the Fund.

Symbol: GRAMEENS2
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 21.14 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 12.64 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 2,642,701,717.00.

Symbol: AIMS1STMF
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 6.47 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 2.96 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 1.00 whereas Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,086,136,992.00.

Symbol: GRAMEEN1
News: On the close of operation on September 02, 2010, the Fund has reported Net Asset Value (NAV) of Tk. 61.04 per unit at current market price basis and Tk. 26.98 per unit at cost price basis against face value of Tk. 10.00 whereas Net Assets of the Fund stood at Tk. 1,037,660,610.00.
Expire Date: 2010-09-05

Symbol: SQUARETEXT
News: In response to a DSE query dated 02.09.10, the company has informed that there is no undisclosed price sensitive information of the company for recent unusual price hike.

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: Withdrawal of Authorized Representative: Khwaja Equity Services Limited, DSE Member No. 10, has withdrawn one of its Authorized Representatives, Mr. Mohammad Murshedul Alam, with immediate effect.

Symbol: DSE NEWS
News: Withdrawal of Authorized Representative: United Financial Trading Co. Ltd., DSE Member No. 227, has withdrawn one of its Authorized Representatives, Mr. Md. Shahidullah Kaisar, with immediate effect.

Symbol: GP
News: The Company has informed that the Board of Directors of the company has approved the decision on entering into frame contracts with Huawei and Ericsson. These contracts will cover GP's needs for GSM network equipment, services and support for the period of 2011 to 2013. The integration of the new energy-efficient equipments will further establish GP's social and environmental commitments in the context of Bangladesh's vulnerability to climate change and will further strengthen the network and service quality.

Symbol: ICBIBANK
News: Following the change of the denomination of shares and market lot with effect from 05.09.10 (record date), the new face value of the shares of the Bank will be Tk. 10.00 instead of Tk. 1000.00 per share, market lot will be 500 shares instead of 5 shares and the new adjusted open price of shares will be Tk. 20.20 per share.

Symbol: GEMINISEA
News: In response to a DSE query dated 02.09.10, the company has informed that there is no undisclosed price sensitive information of the company for recent unusual price hike.

Symbol: MEGHNACEM
News: The company has further informed that it has decided to fix Record date on September 16, 2010 for giving effect of change in denomination of share value (face value) from Tk. 100.00 to Tk. 10.00 each as well as Market lot from 50 to 100.