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Day: May 4, 2016

Bangladesh-India-Myanmar cooperation for Hilsa conservation
Asia, ENGLISH

Bangladesh-India-Myanmar cooperation for Hilsa conservation

    Bangladesh, India and Myanmar today agreed to work together for collaborative efforts to conserve Hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh. The pledge was taken in a two-day long regional seminar Sustainable Management of Hilsa Fishery in the Bay of Bengal Region at a Dhaka hotel this afternoon. Bangladesh alone produces 60 percent of the Hilsa in the world. Last year, the yield was 3.87 lakh metric tonnes. India and Myanmar constitutes the rest of the 95 percent that these three countries produce together. Bangladesh is already in an agreement with India, a memorandum (MoU) inked during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka, on “blue economy” and maritime cooperation in the Bay of Bengal. Blue economy, a concept that is emerging worldwide, is the exploitation...
Barclays launches zero deposit deal for first-time home buyers
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Barclays launches zero deposit deal for first-time home buyers

    First-time buyers will be able to get on to the property ladder without needing any deposit under a new deal launched by a major bank. Barclays Mortgages has revamped its "family springboard" mortgage, removing the need for first-time buyers and home movers to put down any deposit at all when buying a home using this mortgage. The deal has previously allowed people to climb on to the property ladder with a 5% deposit, provided that a "helper" - often the home buyer's parents - puts cash equating to 10% of the house purchase price into a savings account linked to the mortgage. Under the new deal, only the 10% contribution from parents is needed. This cash will be returned to the borrower's parents after three years with interest added - provided the borrower has kept up wit...
California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination
America, ENGLISH

California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination

    Two lawsuits filed in California claim that Muslim women were discriminated against in separate incidents because of their religion and for wearing the hijab. One of the suits claims that police in Long Beach forcibly removed a suspect's headscarf while another suit alleges that a group of women were kicked out of a Laguna Beach coffee house for being Muslim. According to the complaint against the city of Long Beach and its police department, Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by two officers while driving home in May of last year. She was subsequently arrested on two outstanding warrants -- one linked to her sister allegedly falsely using her identity and one in relation to a 2002 shoplifting incident at a grocery store. Powell, who is African American, allege...
DMP bans stickers of various professions on vehicles
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

DMP bans stickers of various professions on vehicles

    Police will not allow use of stickers on vehicles identifying various professions like journalists, police and lawyers. The decision has been taken so that criminals cannot commit crimes using vehicles carrying the stickers of different professionals, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said at a briefing at DMP media centre this morning. Legal action will be taken against the offenders, he added. But organizations can use painted logos on their vehicles, the DMP commissioner said. The DMP already started its drive against these kinds of stickers from April 24, Asaduzzaman informed. Moreover, DMP police will not allow three or more people on a motorcycle, the DMP boss said adding that if anyone is found violating the instruction, he or she will be fined.
Waitress refused tip by Oxford student who made her cry typical white tears receives donations of over £4,000
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Waitress refused tip by Oxford student who made her cry typical white tears receives donations of over £4,000

    A waitress in South Africa who was reduced to tears after an Oxford University student refused to pay a tip until white residents “return the land” has seen hundreds of people donate to a fund in her name following the incident. Ashleigh Schultz, 24, a waitress at Obz Café in the Western Cape was described as having cried “typical white tears” when Ntokozo Qwabe and his friend handed her their bill declaring the reason they would not pay a tip. Mr Qwabe’s actions became known after he posted about the incident on Facebook, claiming that he was “unable to stop smiling” over what had happened. He described how the waitress had started shaking when she had seen the note, adding: “She leaves us and bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is...