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World Bank says Bangladesh economy may grow 6.4% in FY 2017-18

The World Bank has revised upwards its growth forecast for Bangladesh and said the economy is expected to attain a 6.4 percent growth in current fiscal. In last June, the bank predicted a 6 percent growth for the financial year. The revised growth forecast came at the global lender's half-yearly report ‘Global Economic Prospect’ released on Wednesday. However, the government eyes an economic growth of 7.8 p ...

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British woman languishes in Egyptian jail for carrying painkillers

Egyptian authorities have detained a British woman who entered the country carrying painkillers. Laura Plummer, 33, a shop worker who lives in Hull, was arrested after 290 tramadol tablets and some naproxen for her husband’s sore back was found in her suitcase. She then reportedly signed her name beneath a 38-page statement in Arabic, upon request, believing she would be able to leave the airport afterwards ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi : damned by her silence

Her failure to condemn the persecution of Rohingya Muslims has led to the Burmese politician’s dramatic fall from grace Perhaps no one in the modern world has been so admired as a moral icon, then fallen so far in global estimation, as Aung San Suu Kyi. The Burmese democracy champion turned politician made her name as an implacable fighter for human rights. She sacrificed her family life, her freedom and, f ...

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Does ‘phone separation anxiety’ really exist?

You know the feeling – you have left your phone at home and feel anxious, as if you have lost your connection to the world. “Nomophobia” (short for no-mobile phobia) affects teenagers and adults alike. You can even do an online test to see if you have it. Last week, researchers from Hong Kong warned that nomophobia is infecting everyone. Their study found that people who use their phones to store, share and ...

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Black people have had a presence in UK history for centuries

It  has been ugly. Two weeks of full-on, culture-wars inspired, anti-intellectualism; a fortnight of alternative-facts, dog-whistle racism and shameless misogyny. Yet this – one of the nastiest Twitter rows to date – was sparked by, of all things, the emergence of a children’s cartoon set in ancient Rome. Hostilities commenced when Paul Joseph Watson, who goes by the name @PrisonPlanet on Twitter, attacked  ...

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US commissions largest-ever warship

The United States has just sent "a 100,000-ton message to the world," says US President Donald Trump. The message comes in the form of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford, a $13 billion behemoth commissioned into the US Navy's fleet on Saturday. "Wherever this vessel cuts through the horizons, our allies will rest easy and our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is comin ...

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Guns and money: Why US’ top North Korea diplomat is in Southeast Asia

When US Ambassador Joseph Yun visits Myanmar this week, he'll likely be trying to convince a longtime military partner of Pyongyang to join US efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un's nuclear efforts. It's a tough task for the man who made headlines for helping to free American Otto Warmbier from North Korean detention last month. But the trip, say analysts, is emblematic of a key tactic from the Trump administrati ...

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Mosul : Hunt for Isis fighters

Emaciated figures limp out of tunnels and basements in the shattered Iraqi city, including some who were loyal to caliphate Days after Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul, emaciated figures were still emerging from tunnels and basements in the shattered city on Wednesday: old men carried on the backs of their sons and women wearing dusty, tattered abay ...

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Gazipur Boiler Blast: Three of the dead made accused

Police have sued three dead staffers of Multifabs Ltd over Monday's boiler explosion at its garment factory in Gazipur, raising doubts among the victims' families as to whether the persons responsible would be brought to justice. Abdur Rashid, assistant sub-inspector at Chakrabarti Police Camp, filed the case with Joydebpur Police Station on Tuesday night against the three boiler operators, who were killed ...

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City Slums: Health risk and lack of Education facilities

  Sujan Halder Health risks: Health risks, such as water and air borne diseases are a common threat to slum residents, and are exacerbated by the physical vulnerabilities detailed above. Furthermore, rapidly increasing slum populations result in cramped and overcrowded conditions. For example, in 3000 families are living within an area of Banani slums . Inadequate utilities, leaving residents more pron ...

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