May 192019
Qatar officials say 48-team World Cup will not be ‘imposed’

AFP, DOHA: The organisers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup said on Saturday that “there will be no decision imposed” on the country to extend the tournament to 48 teams. Anticipation is mounting ahead of the final decision, due to be announced in Paris at the beginning of June, whether to retain a 32-team format …Read more

May 192019
Accord gets 281-day extension to work in Bangladesh

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Sunday said Accord, a European agency for factory inspection and remediation, can continue its activities for 281 days from May 8, when a memorandum of understanding was signed between Accord and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in this regard. The BGMEA will form a cell in the …Read more

May 192019
Philippines gains investments, more trade after joining BRI

Xinhua, Manila: The Philippines gained “real and actual benefits” from joining the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Thursday, predicting the Philippines will continue to reap the benefits from China’s initiative. Lopez told Xinhua during a press conference arranged by the Philippine Presidential Communications Operations Office that …Read more

May 192019
Bangladesh will restrict import of rice, try to export

Bangladesh Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said that the government would restrict import of rice and try to export it abroad to give relief to farmers. “From the government we’ll restrict import of rice and we’ll definitely take steps in this regard. Import of rice can’t be banned and it will not go …Read more

May 192019
Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast maintained at 4.7 pct

Xinhua, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian economists have maintained Malaysia’s full-year growth forecast at 4.7 percent as they foresee the government’s recent stimulus measures will support the country’s economy. Maybank Investment Bank Research said on Friday that measures to stimulate the domestic economy have been rolled out with the central bank lowering the country’s interest rate and …Read more

May 192019
Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

AFP, HON KHOI: The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last. The work is punishing and the incomes unstable, subject to seesawing demand swayed by foreign imports, …Read more

May 192019
India’s acrimonious election comes to an end

Voting in one of India’s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day Sunday as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world’s biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa’s beaches to Mumbai’s slums and Ladakh’s …Read more

May 192019
Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said on Saturday. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30 …Read more

May 192019
Bangladesh wins RISK Award for coastal resilience project

A project that pioneers floating houses in Bangladesh has won the prestigious RISK Award 2019. It has beendesigned in a way so thatit can house a family of six, and they can survive flood and produce their own food, including vegetables, chickens and fish. The €100,000-prize, sponsored by the Munich Re Foundation, was accepted by …Read more

Dec 212018
Oposition outfaced before polls

BNP’s existence in the race a rare view Pulack Ghatack: With only eight days left for the national parliamentary polls, leaders and activists of Jatiya Oikyafront are scarcely seen electioneering, though the opposition alliance has fielded candidates in all the three-hundred constituencies across the country. Posters, pamphlets, leaflets and loudspeaker-blaring are largely sounding the presence …Read more