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Coronavirus: Singapore and Thailand added to England’s ‘quarantine-free’ list

People arriving from Singapore and Thailand in England and Scotland will not need to quarantine from Saturday morning, the government has said. They have been added to the list of “travel corridor” countries. But travellers coming from Slovenia and Guadeloupe will have to self-isolate for two weeks. Both have also been added to Wales’ quarantine list, while arrivals there from ...

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BARNARDO’S BRINGS TOGETHER CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR BAME CHILDREN

Barnardo’s working with BAME-led groups to explore how to improve outcomes and life opportunities for BAME children and young people The UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s, is working with a wide range of BAME-led groups to explore how to improve outcomes and life opportunities for BAME children and young people. This unique approach is a great example of a national charity working hand in ...

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Covid pushes New Zealand into worst recession in years

New Zealand is in its deepest recession in decades, following strict measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which were widely praised. The country’s GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June as the lockdown and border closures hit. It is New Zealand’s first recession since the global financial crisis and its worst since 1987, when the current system of ...

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US China tariffs violated trade rules, WTO says

The World Trade Organization has ruled that tariffs the US imposed on Chinese goods in 2018, triggering a trade war, were “inconsistent” with international trade rules. The WTO said the US did not provide evidence that its claims of China’s unfair technology theft and state aid justified the border taxes. Chinese officials welcomed the ruling. But the US said it ...

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India to release onion stuck in ports

India will allow the onion consignments stuck in the land ports to enter Bangladesh as a procedural complexity has been created after the country imposed a ban on onion export from Monday. Since the notification for banning of onion export issued by the Directorate General of Foreign trade under Commerce ministry, customs officials of India intercepted at least 20,000-25,000 tonnes ...

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India bans export of onions again

The government of India on Monday prohibited the export of all varieties of onion except in cut, sliced or powdered form. “The export of all varieties of onion…is prohibited with immediate effect,” the Indian Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. The ban includes Bangalore rose onions and Krishnapuram onions, reports The Economics Times. “Rates have increased ...

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Amazon hiring 100,000 employees

Amazon will be hiring another 100,000 people to keep up with a surge of online orders. The company said the new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles, reports AP. Amazon said the jobs are not related to its typical holiday hiring. Business has been booming for the Seattle-based online behemoth. Amazon made ...

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UK signs first major post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

The UK has struck its first major post-Brexit trade pact after signing a deal with Japan that aims to boost trade between the countries by about £15bn. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said it was a “historic moment”. She said it would bring “new wins” for British businesses in manufacturing, food and drink, and tech industries. Critics said while the ...

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TCB starts open sale of onion at Tk 30

The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has started selling onions at a subsidised rate of Tk 30 per kg across the country in efforts to keep the increasingly volatile market of the essential stable. The state-run agency began the selling of onion on Sunday morning. Apart from the onion, state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will some other essential items, ...

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Want to have watermelon? Don’t wait for the season!

Watermelon, a delicious fruit, is usually grown in the dry season. But 20 farmers of Natundia and Gowara villages in Rupsha upazila of Khulna district achieved an enviable success by farming it during its off-season. They cultivated watermelon on bamboo platforms near fish enclosures and brought a marked change in their fate. Watermelons were hanging like pumpkins on bamboo platforms ...

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