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Several dead as convoy ambushed in South Sudan

At least 11 people, including five journalists, were killed in South Sudan’s western region, when gunmen attacked their convoy in the country’s west, a military spokesman told the Associated Press news agency. Col. Phiip Aguer blamed the attack on Tuesday on the Ugandan rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army believed to be hiding in neighboring countries. Aguer said the rebels ...

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Auschwitz 70th anniversary: Survivors mark camp liberation

Some 300 Auschwitz survivors have returned to the site of the Nazi death camp in southern Poland to mark 70 years since its liberation. Some 1.1 million people, the vast majority Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when advancing Soviet troops liberated it. Ceremonies are under way at the site in the presence of foreign dignitaries. It is ...

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Winter storm Juno shuts down New York: City travel network shut down as freeze hits

A brutal snowstorm which forecasters are calling ‘the worst in history’ has shut down New York. Three feet of snow is expected amid 85mph gusts and blizzard conditions, and a highly unusual road curfew has been put in place. Drivers face fines of $300 (£200) or arrested for non-emergency journeys if caught. The entire New York City transit system stopped ...

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National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

Last year we wrote an article entitled ‘National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: What does it indicate?‘ to give an overview on National Water Security Index (NWSI) in the context of Bangladesh. Our article was based on the Asian Water Development Outlook 2013[1], which is a compilation of water resources development indicators in Asia and Pacific region published by the ...

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Follies of capital account liberalisation

TThe Bangladesh cabinet has endorsed lifting of an embargo in place since independence, on investments in foreign countries by local businesses and individuals, under a liberalised foreign exchange regime. A daily reported that the “preferred sectors in the new investment criteria includes deposits in banks and investments in stocks, real estate and other industrial units in foreign countries.” The report ...

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UKBCCI celebrates the New Year

UK Bangladesh Catalyst of Commerce and Industries has celebrated the New Year in a festive mood along with a network meeting.   A number of business organisations across the UK, community leaders and journalists took part in the New Year celebration and networking meeting and wished a successful and active future for the organisation. The celebration and networking meeting took place ...

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Pay from own purse, if taxing project aid barred Govt asks executing agencies of foreign-funded projects

Agencies executing the foreign-funded projects in Bangladesh will be liable to pay taxes from their own coffers if deduction of tax from the project funds is barred under deals signed with providers of funds, according to a latest government decision. Under the existing rules, the implementation agencies of foreign-funded projects have to deduct taxes while making payments to any foreign ...

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Srabanti in woman centric film Sesh Sangbad

For the first time, West Bengal actress Srabanti will be part of a film that revolves around her. The actress is playing the lead in Pallav Gupta`s debut film, Sesh Sangbad, the script of which is penned by the director himself. Shooting of the film starts from January 25. “We have very few women-centric films in Tollywood. And I am ...

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Selena, Justin back together?

Singers Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were spotted having dinner together, sparking speculations they may be back together. Gomez and Bieber were seen at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly hills here. The couple frequently visited the restaurant over their continued on-and-off relationship, reports tmz.com. The diner’s staff saw them holding hands during their dinner. The two left in the same car ...

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Priyanka Chopra debuts short hair cut

Actress Priyanka Chopra has undergone a makeover and chopped off her long locks. The 32-year-old former Miss World, who is known for her black lustrous hair, said she opted for shoulder-length tresses to try out something adventurous. “Time to do something spontaneous! Feeling a bit adventurous… Chopping the tresses!,” Priyanka, 32, posted on Twitter. She even shared a photograph of ...

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