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Day: March 30, 2016

ADB forecasts 6.7% growth for 2015-16
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

ADB forecasts 6.7% growth for 2015-16

    Bangladesh’s growth for this fiscal will improve marginally and stand at 6.7 percent driven by apparel export and domestic consumption, Asian Development Bank forecast today. The improvement will be 0.1 percent increase from the 6.6 percent growth recorded last fiscal. Higher growth will be driven by readymade garment export and a resilient domestic consumption, said ADB’s country director for Bangladesh Kazuhiko Higuchi. He was talking while launching ADB’s Annual Outlook Report 2016 at its Agargaon office in the capital, Dhaka. Earlier in September, ADB had forecast of 6.7 percent annual growth by 2016. The prediction comes in contradiction to the 7 percent growth target, which Finance Minister AMA Muhith hoped to achieve in his budget of 2015-16 fiscal year.
A Black IS Flag Is Flying In London Hackney
ENGLISH, London

A Black IS Flag Is Flying In London Hackney

    A black banner reading IS appears to have been hung in the London borough of Hackney, in what was initially thought to be a marketing fail from the local council. A picture of the banner, hanging from a lamppost and marked with "IS" in white letters, is being shared on Facebook. It was originally posted by Alan Wolfson, who claims to have seen the banner in Morning Lane in Hackney. The flag is apparently one in a series intended to create the sentence HACKNEY IS FASHION. But there was no sign of the other banners in the set except for the single "solitary" IS flag outside a Tesco, Wolfson said. He wrote: Hackney are draping banners around claiming it IS THE FASHION HUB. There’s no sign of the sequence of that sentence other than a solitary black flag with IS on it. Well do...
Awami League govt thinking about the development of people and working to reduce traffic congestion
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Awami League govt thinking about the development of people and working to reduce traffic congestion

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday inaugurated of the first part of the ongoing Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover Project from Satrasta to Ramna thana point. She opened the 2.11-km part of the 8.7-km flyover to traffic through unveiling a plaque. The flyover is being constructed in three parts -- from Holy Family Hospital to Tejgaon; Kakrail to Rampura; and Mouchak to Banglamotor -- in an effort to ease traffic congestions between the city's northern and southern parts. The project work, which was scheduled to be completed by December 2015, started in 2013 instead of the original schedule of 2011. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the inauguration stone on February 16, 2013. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) first approved the project on March...
More than 30,000 people support call to ban David Cameron from returning to UK from holiday
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

More than 30,000 people support call to ban David Cameron from returning to UK from holiday

    Turbulence in the Tory ranks may be fast dropping down the list of David Cameron's concerns, as a petition to ban him from re-entering the UK has attracted more than 30,000 signatures. The prime minister is currently in Lanzarote for the Easter break and has faced criticism for jetting off to the Canary Islands while urging Brits to holiday in the north of England. The online petition was launched by Kerry-anne Mendoza, an independent journalist and former NHS consultant from Farnborough. It reads: "David Cameron presents a clear and present danger to the short, medium and long term interests of the country. As such, the UK should institute a temporary ban on his return to Britain at the conclusion of his holiday in Lanzarote." Addressing the signatories, Mendoza said: "Th...
Egypt Air selfie Briton Ben Innes took inappropriate photo with hijacker due to pure narcissism
ENGLISH, Europe

Egypt Air selfie Briton Ben Innes took inappropriate photo with hijacker due to pure narcissism

    A grinning British hostage who posed for a photograph with the EgyptAir hijacker has been described as the latest victim of “narcissistic” social media culture. Ben Innes, 26, spoke on Tuesday night about his motives for walking up to the front of the hijacked plane after it landed in Cyprus and asking for a photo with the apparent suicide bomber, admitting he’s “not sure why I did it”. The photo had begun circulating on social media before the hostage situation was over, suggesting Mr Innes began sharing it before he was even off the plane. The alleged hijacker, Seif Eldin Mustafa, has since appeared in court in Cyprus (Picture: [copyright]) And the image, in which the hijacker’s fake bomb vest is clearly visible, has sparked a mix of reactions ranging from amusement to c...