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Day: October 19, 2016

Osborne’s annuity scheme scrapped by Government
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Osborne’s annuity scheme scrapped by Government

    Controversial plans to let hundreds of thousands of pensioners sell their retirement annuities to insurance firms for a cash lump sum have been scrapped by the Government. The scheme to create a secondary market for annuities was pushed by ex-chancellor George Osborne and aimed at allowing people more freedom to choose how to invest their pension pots. In the UK, five million people have bought annuities which give pensioners a certain, guaranteed level of income. But they have been controversial in recent years due to low rates giving people disappointing incomes. The scheme was set to be launched next April but ministers now believe consumers may not get good value for money and so it will no longer go-ahead. Under the plans, consumers would have been allowed to sell the...
Saudi Arabia executes prince for murder
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia executes prince for murder

    A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, official media reported, in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to the death penalty. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said in a statement on state news agency SPA. It did not say how the prince was killed. Most people executed in the kingdom are beheaded with a sword. Members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are only rarely known to have been executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975. The family is estimated to number several thousand. While members receive monthly stipends, and the ...
First winter snow arrives in the UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

First winter snow arrives in the UK

    The first snow of winter has arrived in Britain with the Pennines glistening bright white this morning. Pictures show a sheet of snow covering Great Dun Fell, the second tallest mountain in the range, while more snowflakes swirl in the wind. Yesterday hikers in the Highlands reported seeing snow-capped mountains as daytime temperatures dipped to just below 8C in Scotland. The capital is set for a dry and sunny end to the week and weekend, as temperatures reach 15C during the day and just dip below 10C at night. Some forecasters have predicted winter 2016 will be the snowiest and coldest for years, with Accuweather claiming the UK is set for 15-18 storms between now and April 2017.
MPs have right to block Brexit deal
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

MPs have right to block Brexit deal

    Theresa May Parliament has the right to reject the final Brexit deal, No.10 has indicated for the first time – raising the possibility that Britain’s EU exit could yet be halted. Downing Street agreed it is “very likely” that MPs and peers will be given a vote once the withdrawal negotiations are finished, after the issue arose in the High Court. The statement – after the Prime Minister repeatedly refused to give ground on demands for Parliament to have a say on Brexit – immediately triggered furious debate about the possible consequences. One senior pro-EU Conservative MP called it a “victory for all those who believe in the right of Parliament to represents the interests of our constituents”. And the prospect of Parliament exerting some control over the final settlement ...
Fish fanatic’s day out
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Fish fanatic’s day out

Adiba Mahbub Proma: Bengalis are not called 'machhe-bhaate-Bangali' for nothing. We Bengalis truly do love fish, and the fish fanatic will always go the extra mile for the freshest, most shiny fish that is out there. Thankfully our riverine country comes with enough delicacies for all fish lovers. From large fresh water fish to exotic sea fish, each comes with its own taste and specialty. Why fish? Other than the numerous health benefits, nothing provides as much variety as fish does. From catching the liveliest fish to finding the right spices, the Bengali cuisine is closely intertwined with the massive variety of these riverine delicacies. You can either deep-fry a koi or a rupchanda, or enjoy a magur curry with onions. And nothing beats a spicy shorshe-ilish on a rainy day! Moreover, fi...