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AIIB sees infrastructural development in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh will remain a priority market for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in 2019 despite infrastructure stakeholders’ concerns about inflationary pressures and their projected depreciation of the taka, said a new report released on Tuesday. According to the inaugural Asian Infrastructure Finance report, there continue to be significant infrastructure investment opportunities across Asia, including ... Read More »

Dhaka protests Yangon’s false allegations of ‘terror attack’

Dhaka, Jan 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh has strongly protested “irresponsible and false” allegations by the officials of the General Administration Department of Myanmar implicating Bangladesh into a terrorist attack on a police post in Maungdaw Township on January 24. “The government of Bangladesh is utterly disgruntled. Bangladesh strongly protests such groundless and provocative accusations casting aspersions on Bangladesh,” the Ministry ... Read More »

European citizens back unemployment reinsurance

Experts argue that European Monetary Union (EMU) has to be completed by ‘automatic fiscal stabilisers’. Welfare states have built-in stabilisers which cushion economic shocks—unemployment benefits, for instance, support the purchasing power of people who lose their jobs and so sustain effective demand. The argument about EMU is that a monetary union needs mechanisms to buttress or complement the automatic stabilisers ... Read More »

US charges China’s top Huawei official with stealing secrets

Washington, Jan 29 (AP/UNB) — The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday against Chinese tech giant Huawei, a top company executive and several subsidiaries, alleging the company stole trade secrets, misled banks about its business and violated U.S. sanctions. The charges were announced just before a crucial two-day round of trade talks between the United States and China are scheduled ... Read More »

Four summoned for taking wrong person to prison

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday summoned four individuals including a representative of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director to appear before it on February 3, to explain why a wrong person had been languishing in jail for last three years in 33 cases. The four summoned officials were a representative selected by the ACC director, representatives from ... Read More »

Ecuador’s soft coup and political persecution

By Rafael Correa The destruction of the rule of law Can you imagine a “democracy” in which the president handpicks a council that proceeds to dismiss the Constitutional Court, the Judicial Council which oversees the judiciary, the National Electoral Council, the Attorney General, the ombudsman, and all six major regulators (superintendents)? Unfortunately, that is the current situation in Ecuador. Abusing ... Read More »

Aziz Khan named ‘Global Asian of the Year’

Dhaka, Jan 28 – Summit Group Chairman Muhammed Aziz Khan has been recognised as the ‘Global Asian of the Year 2018’ under the Power & Energy category by AsiaOne magazine for his contribution to the sector. The award ceremony was held at the Tenth Edition of AsiaOne Summit ‘Pride of Asia – Asian Business & Social Forum 2019’ on January ... Read More »

Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel

Yokohama, Jan 28 (AP/UNB) — Toshiba Corp. has unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and manipulate chunks of melted fuel. The device displayed Monday is designed to slide down an extendable 11-meter (36-foot) long pipe and grip ... Read More »

PM hosts tea party for diplomats, heads of missions

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday hosted a tea party at Ganobhaban in honour of foreign diplomats, heads of different missions and representatives of international organisations. She hosted the tea party for them at the South Lawn of Ganobhaban, the official residence of the prime minister. The prime minister arrived at the venue at 4:10 ... Read More »

Dhaka seeks Beijing’s strong support on Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh has sought China’s “strong support” so that Myanmar moves in the right direction for resolving Rohingya crisis as Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the return for Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said it is ... Read More »

40 dead, many feared buried in mud after Brazil dam collapse

Brazil, Jan 27 (AP/UNB) — Hope that loved ones had survived a tsunami of iron ore mine waste from a dam collapse in Brazil was turning to anguish and anger over the increasing likelihood that many of the hundreds of people missing had died. By Saturday night, when authorities called off rescue efforts until day break, the death toll stood at ... Read More »

Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria

Beirut, Jan 27 (AP/UNB) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war. Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station. Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and ... Read More »

Queen urges common ground in remarks seen as Brexit nod

London, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — Queen Elizabeth II has urged people to seek “common ground,” in remarks widely interpreted as a veiled criticism of the toxic debate surrounding Britain’s departure from the European Union. While the monarch didn’t mention Brexit and is barred from commenting on political issues, the Times of London described the comments as a “rebuke to warring ... Read More »

Joining JS by BNP MPs to be a deception, warns Oli

Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) – President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmed on Saturday warned that BNP’s elected MPs will be treated as frauds if they join the 11th parliament. “We’ve turned down the election. We hope BNP’s elected MPs won’t deceive and betray the nation by joining parliament. If they go to parliament, we’ll think that will be ... Read More »

Tourist ship Silver Discoverer arrives Sunday in Sundarbans

Bagerhat, Jan 26 (UNB) – Silver Discoverer, a cruise ship operated by Silver Sea Cruise, will reach the Mongla port here on Sunday with 53 tourists from five different countries to visit the Sundarbans, a Unesco world heritage site. They will stay here for three days as part of a tour jointly arranged by Bangladesh’s Journey Plus and Pugmark of ... Read More »

Dam with mine waste collapses in Brazil; 7 dead, 200 missing

Sao Paulo, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — A dam that held back mining waste collapsed Friday in Brazil, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing. Parts of the city of Brumadinho were evacuated, and firefighters rescued people by helicopter and ground vehicles. Local television channel TV Record showed a helicopter ... Read More »

COP24: Sum and substance of climate diplomacy

NEW DELHI, Jan 23 2019 (IPS) – As I was attending the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—to create a rulebook to operationalise the Paris Agreement—in Katowice, Poland, it dawned on me, like never before, that the negotiations were taking place in a make-believe world. There was a stark disconnect between what is ... Read More »

In Venezuela, two presidents vie for power

CARACAS, Jan 25 2019 (IPS) – Venezuela entered a new and astonishing arena of political confrontation, with two presidents, Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó, leading the forces vying for power, while Venezuelans once again are taking to the streets to demonstrate their weariness at the crisis, which has left them exhausted. Both sides “have sharply raised the stakes, they’re not ... Read More »

Trump ends govt shutdown sans his border wall money for now

By Emma Ockerman Jan 26, 2019President Donald Trump went on national television, walked out of a meeting with key Congressional leaders, and incessantly tweeted, all to insist he wouldn’t reopen the government until he received $5.7 billion in funding for a “physical barrier” at the U.S.-Mexico border. But after 35 days of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and ... Read More »

Trump associate Stone arrested, faces obstruction charge

Washington, Jan 25 (AP/UNB) — Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, was arrested in the special counsel’s Russia investigation in a pre-dawn raid at his Florida home on Friday and was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing the probe. The seven-count indictment against Stone, a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster,” is the first criminal case in months from special ... Read More »

A human-centred agenda for the future of work

When the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded 100 years ago in the aftermath of the first world war, governments, employers and workers came together convinced that lasting peace and stability depended on social justice. This is still true and, given the dramatic changes we are seeing, should encourage us to take bold and timely action. The constitution of the ILO of ... Read More »

Scientists to explore Indian Ocean depths

Bremeverhaven, Jan 24 (AP/UNB) — Scientists prepared Thursday to embark on an unprecedented, years-long mission to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes taking place beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. The ambitious expedition will delve into one of the last major unexplored frontiers on the planet, a vast ... Read More »

Can Italy survive its self-inflicted wounds?

Massimiliano Santini Despite political instability being part of its DNA, Italy is still the ninth biggest economy in the world. Since 1946, when the first republican government took power, there have been 65 administrations over 72 years, or about one government every 13 months. Nevertheless, the country has developed to become a rich, affluent part of the OECD and the ... Read More »

A morally right decision

By Chandra Muzaffar The decision of the Malaysian government not to allow Israelis to enter the country to participate in the World Para Swimming Championships in Sarawak in July-August 2019 is both politically correct and morally right. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s firm stand on this issue has been endorsed by PKR president, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Sports Minister, ... Read More »

Five killed in central Florida bank shooting, police say

A gunman killed five people in a bank in central Florida on Wednesday, then called police himself and eventually surrendered, local authorities said. The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles south of Orlando, around 12:30 pm ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The ... Read More »

Never been a worse time to be a journalist

“I’ve never known a time when it was as bad as it is now,” says Beata Balogova, the Vice-Chair of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Editor in Chief of the Slovak Spectator Sme. “In terms of what’s going on with journalists, we’re in a very unique period,” she adds. Balogova explains during a break from editing the paper at ... Read More »

5 fatally shot inside Florida bank, suspect arrested: Police

A gunman opened fire inside a Florida bank Wednesday, killing five people before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said. The shooter called police to report that he had fired shots inside the bank in Sebring, in central Florida. Negotiations failed to persuade the barricaded man to leave the building. The SWAT team then entered the bank, and the gunman ... Read More »