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Japan’s government must exit coal

by Jan Erik Saugestad OSLO – Following the abdication of Emperor Akihito, Japan announced that its new imperial era would be called Reiwa (“beautiful harmony”). But if the Reiwa era is to live up to its name, Japan’s government must follow the lead of the country’s energy investors and utilities, and begin to exit coal and move into renewables. The ... Read More »

Trumps orders government to prioritize artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the US administration to give greater priority to artificial intelligence. That has a move seen as firing up a battle for leadership with China. The American AI Initiative executive order calls for the administration to “devote the full resources of the federal government” to help fuel AI innovation. “Americans have profited tremendously from being ... Read More »

Refused 1/11 govt offer for democracy: PM

Mentioning that the 1/11 government had offered her not to join the election in exchange for an ‘honour’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said she rejected the proposal stating that those who would get people’s mandate would form the government. Read More »

Saudi govt to increase electricity, fuel prices

The Saudi government has announced plans to increase prices of electricity, car and aviation fuel and diesel in the first quarter of next year. The announcement coincides with the first payments under a citizen’s account programme announced in December last year that is designed to help low and medium-income households cope with austerity measures including price increases and a new ... Read More »

Six suspects of Al Mujaheed on remand

Court Correspondent The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka yesterday (Thursday) placed six suspects of new militant organisation, Al Mujaheed of Bangladesh, on a six-day remand each in a case filed with Motijheel Police Station under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Read More »