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Day: March 21, 2017

There are only FOUR passport colours in the world and each one means something different
ENGLISH, Extras

There are only FOUR passport colours in the world and each one means something different

    At the last count, 42.5million of the UK's population of 64.1 million hold a passport. Whether foreign or British, these passports will adhere to one of just four colours. You've probably noticed how passports don't come in a rainbow of different hues and shades. They tend to be quite unadventurous in colour. As for the small selection, there's a reason for each one. Here's what each colour is - and what each one means. 1. Red As any Brit knows, when it comes to UK passports, deep red is the colour of choice. It also happens to be the most common passport colour with all members of the European Union, apart from Croatia, sporting a burgundy hue. The Economist called this a "branding exercise" - though there's no word on whether we'll stay a nice shade of EU re...
Open your bedroom window at night to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes
ENGLISH, Life Style

Open your bedroom window at night to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes

    Opening your bedroom window at night to allow in a cool breeze could be simple, if chilly, way of preventing obesity and Type 2 diabetes, an Oxford University academic has suggested. Professor of Endocrinology Ashley Grossman said there was mounting evidence that cooling the body even by just a couple of degrees was beneficial for health. His comments were made after a new study by Dutch scientists appeared to find a link between global warming and diabetes. The researchers suggested that a one degree centigrade rise in environmental temperature could lead to 100,000 new cases of diabetes in the US each year because the body needed to burn less brown fat to keep warm, leading to insulin sensitivity and weight gain. Prof Grossman said the research supported the ‘keep cool’ ...
US poised to curb electronic devices on Middle East flights
America, ENGLISH

US poised to curb electronic devices on Middle East flights

    The United States is poised to ban large electronic devices such as laptops or cameras on board flights from up to a dozen Middle East nations, according to two airlines from the region and media reports. A tweet from Saudi Airlines and one subsequently deleted by Royal Jordanian airlines informed their customers of an imminent cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone. Royal Jordanian said all such devices including laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games—would need to be checked in under new US government rules coming into force March 21. Only cell phones and medical devices needed in flight would be excluded from the ban, it said. The tweet was later removed amid suggestions the airline had released the information prematurely. CNN quot...
The road from Article 50 to Brexit: what happens next
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The road from Article 50 to Brexit: what happens next

    Theresa May is about to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, officially informing the EU of the UK’s intention to withdraw. The issue gripping London and Brussels is what happens after the British prime minister notifies the bloc of the country’s plans on Wednesday March 29. Unless both sides agree on an extension, the UK and the EU have two years to agree a divorce deal before the bloc’s treaties cease to apply to Britain. This is the timeline set out in Article 50 itself 262 words that were scrawled at the kitchen table of John Kerr, a veteran UK diplomat, and which will shape the UK’s future. March-April 2017: EU-27 adopt guidelines After Mrs May activates Article 50 on March 29, the EU will draw up “guidelines” on handling Britain’s withdrawal. Donald Tusk, preside...
News brief  From Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News brief From Bangladesh High Commission London

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated all the players and officials of Bangladesh cricket team for their victory against Sri Lanka in the 100th Test match. Prime Minister talked to Bangladesh skipper over phone and congratulated on their historic Test victory uttering 'Joy Bangla' and prayed for continued success of the Bangladesh cricket team. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured of extending all kinds of cooperation for further expansion of weaving industry. The Premier also put emphasis on modernization of weaving industry and multipurpose use of its products. The Prime Minister was addressing the first national council of Bangladesh Tanti League at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution at Farmgate in the capital. Finance Minister AMA...