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US, China trade jibes as military tensions worsen

The United States and China traded jibes as military tensions grow between the world’s two largest economies, with the US defense chief vowing not to “cede an inch” in the Pacific and China saying Washington was risking soldiers’ lives. Both are at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea, ...

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Vigils in London mark 14th anniversary of Phulbari Massacre

Ansar Ahmed Ullah:   On Wednesday, 26 August, activists and campaigners gathered outside the London Stock Exchange in a sombre vigil of remembrance & display of solidarity with Phulbari. Wearing green and laying white flowers, they observed the 14th anniversary of the killing of three young protesters, Al Amin, 11 years old, Salekin, 13 years old, & Tarikul, 18 years ...

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Poor one-stop service holds back investment

When competitive countries are moving fast to attract global investment, Bangladesh still remains at the bottom in providing one-stop service (OSS) for investors and entrepreneurs. Despite the business community’s continuous demand at home and abroad for easing the policy for smooth business, the government is moving slowly to create a perfect investment and a business-friendly atmosphere in the country. Owing ...

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PepsiCo introduces new Slice in Bangladesh

PepsiCo has recently launched its new formulated mango drink, Slice, in Bangladesh with a campaign featuring brand ambassador and film superstar, Katrina Kaif, on the new packs. The new Slice, which brings the taste of irresistible mangoes to consumers in Bangladesh, will be available for purchase in a 200Ml PET pack priced at Tk 20. Slice will be made and ...

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Homestead farming to boost agri-output, food security

Homestead farming is gaining popularity across the country as a low-cost farming option providing financial benefits and improving access to safe food and fresh vegetables. A home garden refers to the traditional land-use system around a homestead, where several species of plants are grown and maintained by the household members and their products are primarily intended to the family consumption. ...

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KFC drops Finger Lickin’ Good slogan amid coronavirus

Global fast-food giant KFC says it is dropping its “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan amid the coronavirus pandemic. It has prepared new packaging with the phrase obscured, albeit lightly. “We find ourselves in a unique situation – having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment,” the company said, BBC reported. KFC said the phrase would return when ...

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TikTok to take legal action against US government over ban

The parent company of TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing app, has announced it is taking legal action against the US government, in an effort to safeguard its rights and interests. Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports, ByteDance, the parent company, is likely to file a lawsuit against the federal government U.S. government. In a statement, ByteDance said “To ensure that the ...

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US-Bangla to add another flight on Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur route from Sept 1

US-Bangla Airlines, one of the largest private airlines in Bangladesh, is introducing an extra flight on Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur route from September 1. “A total of three flights will operate on the route from September 1,” the company said in a statement. At present, their flights are leaving for Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 8pm on Thursdays and Sundays and is ...

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Turkey’s Erdogan hails huge natural gas find

A Turkish drilling ship has discovered a big natural gas reserve in the Black Sea. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that the drilling ship Fatih, which has been operating in the area since July, had found 320bn cu m (11.3 tr cu ft) of gas. He said it was Turkey’s biggest natural gas find to date. If Turkey can ...

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US-Bangla airline resumes Doha flights from Aug 31

The US-Bangla airlines, the country’s largest private carrier, will resume its Dhaka-Doha flight from August 31 after five months of suspension due to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The airline will initially operate two flights in a week, every Monday and Friday, to Doha, capital of the Qatar, one of the most popular destinations for Bangladesh migrant workers, a ...

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