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Bangladesh garment factory owners demand fashion retailers help shoulder costs amid economic slowdown and mandated wage hike

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The wage increase of 56 percent is the first notable wage increase for the industry's workers in five years and raises wages to 12,500 Bangladeshi takas a month ($113) beginning on Dec. 1. (Related: Dark side of glam: Models expose sexual harassment, dangerous working conditions in fashion industry.)

This wage increase was agreed upon by a panel of factory owners, garment factory union leaders and government officials after the government turned down the initial ...

Bangladesh power grid COLLAPSES, leaving 140 million people without power

October 09, 2022 -

Nearly the entire country, the AFP News Agency reported, suffered a blackout due to the collapse. Officials from the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) said a power transmission failure in the eastern part of the country tripped power plants nationwide, cutting off power to the entire country, including the capital city of Dhaka.

BPDB official Shameem Hasan announced that engineers are investigating "glitches" in the power system. There have ...

6 New cases of DEADLY Nipah virus infection reported in India

October 09, 2023 -

This is now the sixth outbreak of the Nipah virus in India, which reported its first case in 2001.

According to news released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the six new cases were all males aged between nine and 45 years. The first case, whose source of infection could not be determined, died back in August a few days after being admitted to a hospital.

The other five cases were all close contacts of the deceased, two of whom were family members. The ...

African nation wants to join BRICS

March 20, 2023 -

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“We made it clear that we would like to become a member of the BRICS,” Christopher Mutsvangwa told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

The official added that his country is interested in developing alternatives to the Western-dominated SWIFT payment network. In his view, BRICS could contribute to that.

Mutsvangwa described BRICS as a new force in international relations, and said he hopes its growth and expansion will continue....

Worse than smoking and alcohol: Air pollution is the “greatest global threat to human health,” warn scientists

September 05, 2023 -

More should be done to fight air pollution, experts say

Findings from a benchmark study suggest the growing threat is worsening in its global epicenter, South Asia.

However, the level of funding set aside to address air pollution is only a small fragment of the amount reserved for research on the prevention of infectious diseases, said researchers from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).

EPIC's Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) report ...

China quickly expanding use of yuan in global trade as it seeks to dethrone US dollar as world’s top currency

May 18, 2023 -

Chinese President Xi Jinping's government has been busy over the past year striking deals to expand the ways in which the yuan is used. Countries like Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and even France have recently signed new agreements linked to the use of the renminbi. (Related: DE-DOLLARIZATION: China now uses the yuan for cross-border transactions more than it uses the US dollar.)

"The yuan is becoming increasingly relevant as currency ...

New York City’s air quality reaches “hazardous” level – one of the worst recorded in decades

June 11, 2023 -

On Wednesday, June 7, around 4 p.m., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that the Air Quality Index in New York City had reached "hazardous" levels at 413 out of 500 – placing it well into the most serious band of air quality recorded in decades.

The National Weather Service revealed that data from private air quality monitoring company IQAir has shown New York City has the worst levels of air pollution among the top 95 global cities in the world – surpassing ...

Bangladeshi woman gives birth to a baby and twins, all within a span of 1 month

November 30, 2019 -

According to experts, the woman had a rare condition called uterus didelphys, which meant she had two uteruses instead of one. Even more amazing: She carried babies in both wombs, which contributed to her early labor pains.

Despite going through two instances of premature births in a span of a month, the new mother and her three children are reportedly in good health.

Arifa Sultana Iti and her husband Sumon Biswas live in the village of Shyamlagachhi in Sharsha, ...

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passes away at 100

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Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger Associates, as well as his family confirmed that the late statesman passed away at his home in Kent in Northwestern Connecticut on Nov. 29. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1974,  his two children, Elizabeth and David, and five grandchildren.

Kissinger was born in Germany in 1923. His family fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and resettled in New York City. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1943 and served at the tail ...

Pakistan goes dark amid nationwide BLACKOUT; second major grid breakdown in months

January 24, 2023 -

Poor infrastructure coupled with heavy debt has left Pakistan's energy continuity on shaky ground. While some efforts to restore power have turned the lights back on for some, millions of others still face blackout conditions.

The blackout, one of the worst in recent years, started around 7:00 a.m. local time and lasted more than 12 hours – right during the height of the cold winter season. As nighttime approached, many homes were still without heat, according to Energy ...

END OF THE DOLLAR: SCO nations to abandon USD, shift to domestic currencies for financial transactions

July 07, 2023 -

Raisi warned against the world's dependency on USD in global exchanges and pointed out the importance of de-dollarization to form a just international system, during a speech at the July 4 virtual 23rd SCO summit that was held after Iran gained full-fledged membership in the bloc.

"Based on the experience of the past decades, it is now obvious that militarism and the dominance of the dollar form the bases of the Western domination system," the president stressed. "Therefore, ...

Security expert: US power grid VULNERABLE to Beijing’s control with its dependence on China-made transformers

June 21, 2023 -

"Extra-high voltage transformers are what many experts consider to be the backbone of our modern grid. If this device that we depend on for the lifeblood of our modern civilization was able to be manipulated, if it was able to be turned off, then that could be extremely problematic for us," Center for Security Policy (CSP) President Tommy Waller told Epoch TV's Jan Jekielek during his appearance on "American Thought Leaders."

Waller explained that the power grid is made ...

BRICS New Development Bank ditching US dollar by offering loans in local currencies

April 19, 2023 -

NDB President Dilma Rousseff confirmed the move, adding that the financial institution plans to give 30 percent of loans in the local currencies of member nations. The NDB was established in 2014 by the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – to challenge the U.S.-dominated World Bank. Rousseff, who served as Brazil's president from 2011 until her impeachment in 2016, took over the NDB's leadership in March 2023.

"It is necessary to find ways to avoid ...

BRICS block discussing possible expansion as it seeks to “upend” the US dollar

August 22, 2023 -

The BRICS bloc of developing economies, formed in 2009, is currently meeting for its 15th summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the goal of the meeting being to discuss possible expansion and eventually replacing the U.S. dollar as the premier currency of international reserves and medium of exchange. (Related: END OF THE DOLLAR: South Africa says over 40 countries want to join BRICS.)

Even South African Ambassador to BRICS Anil Sooklal was recently quoted as saying: ...

END OF THE DOLLAR: South Africa says over 40 countries want to join BRICS

August 16, 2023 -

This is according to financial expert and analyst Andy Schectman, who recently spoke with Kitco News to discuss the South African government's recent revelation that some 40 or so nations are gearing up to submit their formal applications to join BRICS.

Schectman noted that the developing world is creating multinational institutions that are steadily growing in power and influence to the point that they may one day be able to threaten America's global financial hegemony....

City council in Michigan BANS LGBT flags from public property – take note, White House

June 15, 2023 -

On June 13, the Hamtramck City Council unanimously voted to ban LGBT flags – including the Progress Pride flag – from being flown on flagpoles that belong to the city. The resolution put forward by Hamtramck Mayor Pro Tempore Muhammad Hassan also prohibited any flags from religious, ethnic, racial, political or sexual orientation groups from being flown.

Only the Old Glory, state flags, city flags and the National League of Families Prisoner of War-Missing in Action banner ...

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