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Day: April 21, 2016

Report warning of rip offs by online travel agents urges top level inquiry
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Report warning of rip offs by online travel agents urges top level inquiry

    A report calls for an urgent inquiry as it warns of rip-offs by online travel agents Online travel agents are exploiting, misleading, and ripping off customers to such an extent an urgent top level probe is needed to police them, a Lords report warns. Rigged pricing, fake reviews, doctored search options, and "intimidation" of hoteliers to stop them offering cheaper deals have all been identified as dodgy practices deployed in the burgeoning digital travel sector by the upper house's EU Committee. Peers have insisted a rapid investigation by the Completions and Markets Authority is needed to bring the industry into line. Committee chairman and Labour peer Lord Whitty said customers are getting a raw deal when they log on for travel bargains. "We heard of an array of worry...
MPs shout racist at Cameron after comments on Sadiq Khan during PMQs
ENGLISH, London

MPs shout racist at Cameron after comments on Sadiq Khan during PMQs

    PM David Cameron was met with cries of racist in the House of Commons as he joined attacks on Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, claiming he has shared a platform with extremists. The prime minister laid into Khan during prime minister’s questions, claiming the Labour candidate had nine times shared a platform with a known Islamist extremist called Sulaiman Ghani. The attack echoed those made by Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative mayoral candidate, who has claimed his opponent would be soft on crime because he “provided cover for extremists”. In the Commons, Cameron said: “If we are going to condemn not just violent extremism but also extremism that seeks to justify violence in any way it is very important we do not back these people and we do not appear on platfo...
Deficit figures an embarrassment for George Osborne as he misses targets set last month
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Deficit figures an embarrassment for George Osborne as he misses targets set last month

    George Osborne, the Chancellor, has been dealt an embarrassing blow as official figures revealed that he has failed to meet his deficit reduction targets. The Government borrowed £4.8bn last month, excluding costs related to stakes in bailed-out banks, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This put the public sector’s total borrowing in the 2015-16 financial year at £74bn. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which produces official forecasts for the Government, updated its forecasts for the deficit only last month . Revealing the OBR's forecast at the Budget in March, the Chancellor announced that the Government expected to borrow £72.2bn in the fiscal year - a projection £1.8bn wide of the mark. It quickly became apparent that the UK would have to...
Crowds greet Queen at Windsor on 90th birthday
ENGLISH, United Nation

Crowds greet Queen at Windsor on 90th birthday

    The Queen has celebrated her 90th birthday by greeting well-wishers outside Windsor Castle. Hundreds of royal fans cheered the monarch as she stepped from her car in front of the Henry VIII gate. Her arrival was marked by a rendition of Happy Birthday by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. Born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York on April 21 1926 - the year of the General Strike - she was never expected to be Queen. But she has become the longest reigning and oldest monarch in British history - and now the first to reach 90. The Queen spent the morning of her birthday in private at her much-loved Berkshire castle - the family home of the nation's sovereigns for more than 1,000 years. She went on to mark her special day by carrying out public duties, including opening ...
Biggest ever limestone quarry found in Naogaon
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Biggest ever limestone quarry found in Naogaon

    The largest ever limestone quarry has been discovered in northern district of Naogaon, an official of Geological Survey of Bangladesh said. The quarry is spread over a 50 square kilometre area, Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, said while disclosing the discovery before the media at the secretariat today. The state-run Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) discovered the mine after two years of efforts. They found it after drilling 2,270 feet down. Once commercial production starts, the limestone will cater local demand for clinker – a material used in cement production among other purposes, said the state minister. It will take another two years to start commercial production. Bangladesh will not have to import limestone any longer and...