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Day: August 5, 2015

Three million Britons working night shifts and endangering their health
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Three million Britons working night shifts and endangering their health

    Maintenance workers arrive for their night shift at Victoria Underground station in London The number of people working regular night shifts has increased to more than three million since the recession, at a potential cost to their health and family life, new research has disclosed. One in eight of the workforce is now employed while the rest of Britain sleeps, with a particularly steep rise in female staff on antisocial hours. The TUC analysis follows studies suggesting a link between night-time working and increased likelihood of suffering such conditions as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. It called for late-night staff to be given extra rights to protect them from exploitation which could harm their mental and physical health. The report wa...
First Indian LoC enhanced to $862 million
Asia, ENGLISH

First Indian LoC enhanced to $862 million

    India has extended a line of credit (LoC) of US Dollar one billion to Bangladesh for a range of projects in the railways, communications, infrastructure and other sectors. Out of this amount, $200 million was converted to grant which has been fully disbursed to the government of Bangladesh, an Indian High Commission press release said here today. Based on further negotiations, it said, New Delhi and Dhaka agreed to enhance the remaining credit line amount of $800 million to $862 million. "This was done to cater for increase in expenditure of the Khulna-Mongla and the Kulaura-Shabazpur railway line projects," the release said. EXIM Bank of India and the ERD of the Ministry of Finance, the government of Bangladesh, concluded all necessary formalities and inked the Secon...
UK drivers do not know the correct speed limit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK drivers do not know the correct speed limit

    More than a third of drivers do not know what the speed limit is on roads, a new study has revealed. A survey of 2,000 UK drivers by the Co-operative Insurance found that 36% could not say what the national limit was on a dual carriageway, while one in eight gave the wrong answer for motorways (70mph for both). A handful of those questioned thought the limit on dual carriageways was 80mph instead of 70mph. Younger drivers were more likely to give the correct answer, while motorists in London had the least awareness of speed limits. Steve Kerrigan of the Co-operative Insurance, said: "These figures show that all too often drivers are getting into their cars and driving with no real awareness of the speed limits in place. "It is interesting that younger drivers - who a...
Heathrow power cut leaves thousands having to fly without luggage
ENGLISH, London

Heathrow power cut leaves thousands having to fly without luggage

    Thousands of holidaymakers are believed to be without their luggage after a power failure at Heathrow airport disabled the electronic baggage systems. The airport said it was working hard to reunite passengers with their bags as quickly as possible, after the second incident in the space of about a month that left many passing through Terminal 5 unable to fly with their suitcases. One passenger said that while he managed to get his bags on the plane as hand luggage, many others did not. Fintan Gormley, a member of the Baku Celtic supporter’s club (Baku CSC) who was flying home to Azerbaijan to watch his team play a pre-season friendly, said: “It was very bad. Luckily, I managed to get a massive bag on as hand luggage. It was full of the Baku CSC shirts, so we couldn’t ...