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China on Thursday pledged to extend limits on new home purchases to smaller cities as authorities step up efforts to cool the country's red-hot real estate market. The State Council, or cabinet, said it would tighten existing property restrictions in cities that have seen excessive price rises to push them “back to reasonable levels”.


”Now is a critical moment for property curbs. (We) must not swerve or relax the strength of enforcement” the State Council said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The cabinet also renewed calls for local governments to start work on up to 10 million state-subsidised apartments by the end of November, adding that construction on half of the target had started by the end of June.

China has introduced a range of measures aimed at reducing house prices since late 2009, such as bans on buying second homes in some cities, hiking minimum down-payments and trialling property taxes in Shanghai and Chongqing.

Beijing is worried that very high property prices, along with soaring food costs, could trigger social unrest as first-home buyers struggle to get a foot in the market.

To tame inflation, the central bank has been trying to stem a flood of credit in the economy by raising interest rates five times since October and increasing the amount of money banks must keep in reserve numerous times. But official data shows property sales and investment remain strong.

Investment in property development rose 32.9% on year to 2.6 trillion Yuan (405.7bn dollars) in the first half, while sales in terms of floor space increased 12.9% in the same period, government data showed Wednesday.

On Wednesday it was reported that China's economic growth had slowed further in the second quarter. Growth was 9.5% in the three months to the end of June compared with a year earlier. That is down from 9.7% in the previous quarter.

China says controlling prices is its top priority after inflation hit a three-year high in June. However, other data on Wednesday showed it may be tough to slow growth further. China's factory output grew by a better-than-expected 15% in June, while retail sales surged by 17.7%.

Italian parliament does its homework and approves sweeping austerity budget






Italian parliament does its homework and approves sweeping austerity budget

Italy's upper house of parliament has agreed to a sweeping austerity budget in a move intended to allay concerns over a possible bailout. Meanwhile, Greece must come to terms with another ratings downgrade.


Privatizations, next step says Italy's Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti
The Italian senate approved a tough austerity package on Thursday, which puts forward cuts totaling 48 billion Euros over the next three years. Italy's lower house of parliament is expected to approve the plan on Friday evening.

Italy's Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti has promised to step up privatization moves once the budget is fully passed.

The measures are designed to allay concerns that Italy, the Euro zone's third largest economy, will need to be bailed out by the European Union and the IMF. Bond markets have shown doubt about Italy's ability to sustain its debt burdens.

Mario Draghi, member of the European Central Bank Governing Council, said the Italian government should move ahead with further measures to ensure it meets its budget reduction target.

“The substance of future measures aimed at balancing the budget by 2014 should be defined as rapidly as possible,” said Draghi. “This is what markets are looking at above all today”.

Meanwhile, Fitch has become the last of the three global ratings agencies to demote Greek bonds to junk status, effectively one step above default.
On Wednesday, Greece's rating was lowered to CCC from B+ and Fitch said this was due to growing uncertainty about the role private investors would play in any new bailout plan.

In a statement, the Greek Finance Ministry said the downgrade of its credit status was “puzzling” considering the EU and IMF have a timetable for the rescue program.

Fitch expressed concern that Greece was relying on getting 30 billion Euros out of its privatization program, which looks “increasingly challenging.”

The IMF said Greece needs another 100 billion Euros in aid to avoid a default, and that it should come from the European Union and private creditors.

In a report, the IMF said it intended to continue its own financing program, but noted that Greece is continuing to stagger. It projected Greece would suffer a deeper 2011 recession than previously thought.

Euro zone finance ministers pledged Monday to strengthen the size and scope of a multibillion-euro fund set up after Greece was rescued last year.

One idea is to allow the fund to buy back Greece's mountain of debt, which will enable the country to borrow at better rates on the markets. Germany had been opposed to such a plan but said it was now “possible.”

Germany, Finland and the Netherlands are open to a selective default for Greece, expected to arise from private investor participation of about 30 billion Euros. However, other Euro zone nations oppose this idea.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The End of Rupert Murdoch?




Hacking murdered children's phones, paying off police, destroying evidence of crimes, threatening politicians -- UK leaders say Rupert Murdoch's empire has "entered the criminal underworld". For decades, Murdoch has ruled with impunity -- making and breaking governments with his vast media holdings and scaring opponents into silence, but we're fighting back, and winning!

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Here's the plan: together we can a) hire investigators to expose Murdoch's corrupt tactics beyond the UK b) organize prominent voices to break the cycle of fear and speak out on this issue and c) mobilise people in key countries behind new laws and legal actions that stop Murdoch and clean up our media for good.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eight tips on using the iPhone for reporting





Mobile journalists, or "mojos," are a natural progression of the advent of smart phones and the massive downsizing of news organizations. Armed with smart phones, adequate knowledge of the latest tech trends and a good story to tell, these mobile journalists are replacing whole news teams.

Neal Augenstein, an award-winning radio reporter for WTOP in Washington DC, is one of this new breed. For the past year and a half, he has done all of his reporting in the field using his iPhone. IJNet attended his webinar entitled “iPhone Reporting, Techniques, Tips, Strategies” to learn his tricks. (Follow Augenstein on Twitter for news on upcoming seminars.)

Here are IJNet's top takeaways from the webinar.

1. Use your iPhone for multi-layered audio editing. With an app like VeriCorder, reporters can cut, edit and assemble audio clips on a multi-layered track screen. The finished report can be then emailed instantly to your newsroom from your iPhone. Augenstein now depends entirely on the built-in iPhone microphone after experimenting with a number of mini-microphones. Augenstein’s recommendation for an external microphone is the Blue Mikey, it connects directly to the iPhone charging port, although it is not compatible with the iPhone 4. Augenstein declares himself satisfied with the audio quality produced by his smart phone: “Compared to speaking with broadcast quality, the audio is 92 percent as good,” he says. Augenstein demonstrates how he uses VeriCorder for audio editing in a video here.

2. Don’t accept phone calls. If you're recording during an event or a press conference, you can place your iPhone on the podium, but remember to set it on “airplane mode" since receiving phone calls will stop the VeriCorder from recording.

3. Improvise. There are currently no microphone lifts for the iPhone, so Augenstein uses super glue to attach a piece of foam inside the regular microphone clip. “This way it holds the iPhone without scratching the surface,” Augenstein notes.

4. Accessorize. If you're recording video, getting good audio is tricky using just an iPhone since the built-in microphone points away from the interviewee who may be standing several feet from you. To solve this problem, Augenstein uses an XLR adapter, which substantially improves the quality of video recording. You may also want to invest in an extension speaker to hear yourself better as you record. Also, to overcome the issue of short iPhone battery life, Augenstein always carries a charger that plugs into his car lighter so his smart phone juices up when he's on the road.

5. Skype it. For live audio reports, the Skype mobile app is your best option. It has a better signal than a regular cell phones if you are on the road. Also, remember that wi-fi provides a better audio quality than 3G connections. Make sure to mention that you are using Skype especially if you are using a 3G connection.

6. Video stream from your phone. To live video stream from your phone, go to Ustream, sign up, then download the Ustream broadcasting app for your iPhone. When you're out reporting, open the Ustream app, then press the “go live” button and your recording will go live on the Ustream page. Ustream also provides an embed code that can be uploaded to your company website. You can also share links to your live reports on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

7. Quick photo editing. If you're in a rush to send a picture to your newsroom and don’t have time to use edit it with apps, use the iPhone 4’s built-in camera. Select the picture you want to edit from your Camera Roll, reframe it using your fingers, then take a screenshot of the cropped image by simultaneously touching the on/off button on the top of the phone and the Home button. If you are happy with the cropped image, simply email it.

8. Tweet it. Use your Twitter account to share your reports with the public. “It is one of the easiest way to get your reports out there,” says Augenstein. “And it's very easy to tweet an audio or video.” The new operating system for the iPhone, iOS5, expected to be released this fall, should also make tweeting files much easier.

Facebook for journalists: recording audio interviews from new video chat feature

Facebook's new video chat feature left some journalists, like Al Jazeera correspondent Dima Khatib, underwhelmed. "If I have Skype why would I want to Skype on facebook?" she wondered on Twitter. (I also puzzled over the video launch: one of the first features I disabled in Facebook for the signal-to-noise ratio was the chat).

But it may be useful: as we reported in our tip sheet for reporters using Facebook, Laura Amico from Homicide Watch said that some of the victims’ families that she connects with prefer to talk with her via Facebook Chat instead of over the phone.

The video chat feature may give reporters a way to establish rapport and conduct interviews that might not be possible otherwise. Keep in mind that you can only call your Friends (another reason to establish a public page and a private profile).

Journalism.co.uk suggests using Audio Hijack Pro for Macs or one of these recorders for Windows. Once the recorder is installed and the Facebook video chat feature downloaded, then set the ‘default system input’ button in Audio Hijack and click record. You'll be able to view and edit the MP3 or AIFF file.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A CALL FROM AKM AZAD, FORMER LEADER JATIYO CHATRA SAMAJ

Vanga is one of oldest upazila of Faridpur. Near million peoples pass their livelihood here. After in dependency of Bangladesh most of road, culverts, bridges, are mot re constructed yest now, properly. In very hard condition here's peoples passing their lives. Urging ot the "MOHAZOTT" government to pay their kind attention on the mentioned subjects considering there peoples livelihoods developments. If such be sone the peoples of Vanga , the whole upazilla would be grateful for developing of the present ruling government.




AKM AZAD

Moheswardi, Varda, Faridpur

News of the World bought UK royal family details from police team, says BBC The News of the World newspaper bought contact details about the royal fa





BBC business editor Robert Peston said the disclosure was contained in News International emails handed to a law firm in 2007 but only passed to police last month.

London's Evening Standard newspaper also printed similar allegations that personal details about Queen Elizabeth and her aides were sold to the News of the World by royal protection officers. It said these details were also uncovered in 2007.

The police team, investigating accusations of phone hacking by the News of the World's journalists and allegations some police officers were bribed by papers for information, condemned the reports, saying it could undermine their work.

It said the leaked information, which followed meetings between detectives and News International, the UK newspaper arm of News Corp, appeared to be designed to “divert attention”.

The BBC's Peston said the emails provided evidence that the now shut-down tabloid was buying phone details about the royal family's friends and connections from an officer assigned to protect them.

“The implication, therefore, is that the security of the head of state was in some sense being jeopardised,” Peston added.

The Metropolitan Police said it was “extremely concerned and disappointed” about the “continuous release of selected information” which it said could hamper its corruption investigation.

“It is our belief that information that has appeared in the media today is part of a deliberate campaign to undermine the investigation into the alleged payments by corrupt journalists to corrupt police officers and divert attention from elsewhere,” the Met said in a statement.

It said information had been shared between detectives and News International and its lawyers over the past few weeks.

“It was agreed by all parties that this information would be kept confidential so that we could pursue various lines of inquiry, identify those responsible without alerting them and secure best evidence,” the statement added.

There was no immediate comment from News International.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is overseeing the bribery inquiry, told reporters it has not yet been given any details of any specific individual officers allegedly involved.

News Corp closed down the 168-year-old News of the World after allegations it hacked into voicemails of a murdered teenage schoolgirl and victims of the 2005 bomb attacks on the London transport network.

A private investigator and the newspaper's royal editor were jailed in 2007 after they were convicted of hacking into the voicemail of members of the royal household.
News Corp long maintained that this was the work of a “rogue reporter” but that defence has unravelled as the list of targets grew.

Media News - Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Newspaper circulation rises in South America, falls in the U.S., says the Economist

The average circulation for paid-for daily newspapers climbed by five percent in South America and fell by 11 percent in North America from 2005 to 2009, says the Economist magazine in a recent report that also connected the shifts in circulation to the rates of acceptance of social media. The penetration of social media in countries like the United States, parts of Europe, Japan and Australia were higher than in countries like Brazil and India where social media like Twitter and Facebook have yet to have the same impact. For example, the average circulation for paid-for U.S. newspapers between 2005 and 2009 dropped by 13.3 percent while Facebook was used by approximately 50 per cent of the population and Twitter by roughly 10 percent. In Brazil, the Economist reports, paid-for daily newspaper circulation rose by 20.7 percent but Facebook reaches approximately eight percent of the public and Twitter five percent. The Economist also reports that advertising revenue for U.S. paid-for newspapers is still in decline, a slide that started with the advent of television news, cable television and then exacerbated by the popularity of the Internet, media that pulled readers away from U.S. newspapers which are heavily dependent on advertising dollars.

A journalist’s guide to reporting research findings

Media News - Tuesday, July 12, 2011


A journalist’s guide to reporting research findings

"A journalists guide to reporting research findings" is for journalists and editors passionate about development issues, who see the value of publishing stories based on development research findings. It will also be of interest to communications staff in universities, think tanks, or civil society organisations responsible for promoting research findings. Although there are many advocates of communicating research through the media, there are few practical guides on how to do it well. Research findings can provide journalists with news stories, news ‘pegs’, background information, statistics, case studies and expert sources. But research papers are often written in an inaccessible style and poorly promoted. The Relay programme in Panos London produced a series of news features (the Relay Research Spotlight) in 2010 based on international development research findings. Based on this experience, this guide explains how research findings can be used in articles and offers suggestions for writing successful copy. It also explains some common pitfalls and suggests how to avoid them.

Akata Sangskritik Arranged Events Against Terrorism

Monday, July 11, 2011

SAD NEWS;DEATH OF JOURNALIST NURUL ISLAM

We express on behalf of Muktidooth Media that we lost very senior journalist Mr Nurul Islam left us yesterday. He worked in the Daily Ittefq, daily Morning Sun, and various daily and media service. We pray for his departed soul and remember for ever.




M Majid

JATIYO PARTY PRESS RELEASE:KIZI FEROZ RASHID