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Forecasters issue new warning of persistent heavy snow

    Forecasters have issued a fresh warning of persistent heavy snow for southern Scotland and north east England. A Met Office amber “be prepared” alert is now in place from 21:00 on Wednesday until 05:00 on Thursday. Hundreds of drivers who spent the night stranded on the main route between Scotland and England have resumed their journey. Traffic Scotland ...

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Mayor Biggs focusses Budget on employment and tackling anti-social behaviour

  Mayor John Biggs has formally put forward his Budget proposals for Tower Hamlets Council, with a focus on employment and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB). The proposals were agreed at a Cabinet meeting, and will now go to a meeting of the Full Council next month. The Budget proposals include an additional £1.4m to tackle crime and ASB ...

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EU steps up support to address Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

The European Union has adopted a new €5 million programme to support the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, strengthening its response to the crisis and to support the implementation of the bilateral repatriation agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar. The new initiative aims at supporting the identification and registration of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, facilitating the provision of humanitarian support, as well as ensuring ...

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India crashes to 35-3, facing series defeat in South Africa

India crashed to 35-3 in the second test against South Africa on Tuesday, leaving the world’s top-ranked team heading for a first series defeat since 2015. South Africa quick bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi blasted through India’s top order at the end of Day 4, a burst that crucially included the wicket of captain Virat Kohli, to leave India ...

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US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a “fundamental re-examination,” the State Department said. In a letter, the State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million funding installment. ...

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Committee formed to implement 9th wage board for journos: Tarana 

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim on Wednesday said a 13-member committee has been formed to implement the 9th wage board for the journalists. “A 13-member committee has already been formed and the list of the committee members has been sent to the Prime Minister for approval. Once the PM gives consent, the wage board will be formed as early ...

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HC stays DNCC polls for 3 months

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday stayed for three months the by-polls to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral post and elections to the councilor posts in 36 new wards.  A two-member HC bench comprising Justice Naima Haydar and Justice Zafar Ahmed passed the order in the morning. The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain ...

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AL picks Atiqul Islam for DNCC mayoral race 

Awami League has picked Atiqul Islam, former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), as the party’s candidate in the upcoming by-polls to the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor post. Awami League Local Government Parliamentary Board endorsed Atiqul Islam at a meeting held on Tuesday night with party president Sheikh Hasina in the chair, said AL general ...

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UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

The UK’s inflation rate has fallen for the first time since June, mainly because of the impact of air fares. The inflation rate dipped to 3% in December, down from November’s rate of 3.1% – a six-year high. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that while air fares rose last month, it had a smaller impact than at the same ...

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Travel warning as parts of UK set for heavy snow

Much of Scotland has already been hit by snow, shutting schools and causing major disruption on the roads. Parts of the UK could see up to 25cm (9.8in) of snow on Tuesday night, the Met Office has said. Amber warnings for snow and ice have been issued for southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, with forecasts of between 15cm (5.9in) and ...

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