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Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Dhaka urges GSP reinstatement

Bangladesh has requested the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to take a considerate view in the next GSP (generalised system of preferences) review for the reinstatment of the status. Mohammad Ziauddin, the newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States, came up with the request when he was making a courtesy call on USTR...

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Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Latif will pay the price, not govt: Hasina

Terming the comments made by Latif Siddique on Hajj and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) inconsiderate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it was Latif Siddique who would pay the price, not her government. “It is not the government or the country, but Latif Siddique is in trouble for his inconsiderate remarks, which hurt the...

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

Iraq PM opposes Arab strikes in Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes against Islamic State in his country. In an interview, he said Western air power had "filled many gaps" in Iraq's fight against the jihadist group. Iraqi PM Abadi tells BBC he "totally" opposes Arab nations joining air strikes...

Demand for fresh polls internal issue

In a major policy shift, the United States has described the demand for political dialogue to hold a fresh election in Bangladesh as an "internal issue" that needs to be solved by political parties. "I think that [fresh election] is an internal issue which the political parties of Bangladesh and the people of Bangladesh will need to resolve… they'll resolve that at some point," said US Ambassador Dan Mozena at a diplomatic talk in the capital yesterday. Mozena called for fresh...

Modi opts for new fashion for US visit

Modi opts for new fashion for US visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India. India's politicians are often mocked by media for their crumpled traditional cotton shirt-and-pyjama attire, which serves as an austerity badge in a nation where simple living is prized as a political credo. But fashion experts say Modi, 64, has taken Indian political dress to a new level with his fastidious style, favouring crisp, half-sleeved linen, khadi or silk kurtas -- shirts -- and churidar pyjamas he pairs with tailored Nehru jackets. "He's selling...

Joining UNGA

PM leaves for US tonight

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for the United States tonight to attend the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA). An Emirates flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9:30pm. The flight is expected to reach John F Kennedy International Airport in New York at 8:25am (local time) on Monday. According to govt sources, Hasina is leading a nearly 200-member delegation to the UNGA this year, the biggest entourage since...

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

PM flies to NY to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the United States tonight to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly with a 185-member delegation, the biggest entourage in the history of Bangladesh. She is scheduled to address the UN session on September 27. The premier will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment...

US mulling 'combat role'

US mulling 'combat role'

The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said yesterday. Military leaders warned of a further escalation in their battle against the jihadists just as two branches of the rival al-Qaeda group called for a united...

US hopes training local forces will work -- this time

The United States has often struggled to turn rag-tag foreign forces into professional armies, but President Barack Obama is gambling that this time the training effort will succeed in Iraq and Syria. Eager to avoid sending US combat troops to fight against Islamic State jihadists, Obama is touting a renewed effort to bolster Iraqi government forces and "moderate" opposition fighters in Syria with weapons and advice from seasoned American officers. But there are doubts in Western capitals that Washington can ensure...

Man inserts microchip into hand to use iPhone

Man inserts microchip into hand to use iPhone

A Brisbane man is living the life of the future after having a microchip implanted under his skin so he can control electronic devices with just a wave of a hand, reports the Daily Mail Online. Ben Slater had a radio-frequency identification microchip - which has similar measurements to a grain of rice -...

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