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70 killed as massive fire breaks out in chemical warehouses in Dhaka

On Wednesday at least 70 people were killed as a massive fire night ripped through several multi-storey buildings many of them housing chemical and plastic warehouses in a cramped old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. According to the official the fire broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a five-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a mosque in Old Dhaka’s congested Chawkbazar area and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community centre where a wedding party was on. At least …

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PM Modi’s South Korea Visit Aims At Enhancing Bilateral, Business Ties

On Thursday Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Seoul on a two-day visit to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea and seek to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment. Ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister described South Korea as an important partner for India’s key initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, and said as fellow democracies the two countries share values and vision for regional and global peace. PM Narendra Modi is visiting South Korea on the invitation of President Moon Jae-in. This is…

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World Day of Social Justice: People across globe gathered for equal rights

Every year 20th February is observed as the World Day of Social Justice. The day is celebrated to promote equal rights and opportunities among people within a country and between nations. The United Nations General Assembly had approved the day on 26 November 2007 and every year since 2009 social justice day is observed to raise awareness about social injustices throughout the world. This day is aimed at encouraging people to look at how social justice affects eradication of poverty, enhances employment and bring forth communal integration. According to the…

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“Radio brings people closer,” says Narendra Modi on World Radio Day

Every year on 13th February we observe World Radio Day. World Radio Day marks a time where people around the world celebrate the radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. More specifically, radio is the perfect medium to counter the appeals for violence and the spread of conflict, especially in regions potentially more exposed to such realities. On the occasion of  World Radio Day Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his greetings to all those who are associated with…

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BAFTA 2019 announces list of winners

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical black-and-white drama, “Roma”, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy is the big winners at the 72nd edition of the BAFTA Awards. “The Favourite”, which had 12 nominations, dominated the ceremony with seven wins, including for leading actress (Olivia Colman), supporting actress (Rachel Weisz) and outstanding British film. “Roma”, Curaon’s memoir of childhood won the top prize of best film. Colman, who won the best actress for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite”. Weisz won the best-supporting-actress trophy, defeating co-star Stone, Amy Adams (“Vice”), Claire…

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Google Doodle celebrates Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge’s 225th birthday

Today, Google Doodle honours German analytical chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge on his 225th birthday. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was the first person who identified caffeine and he was also the lover of coffee. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was born on February 8, 1794. He was a German chemist who analysed the chemical composition of coffee beans and isolated its active ingredient. From an early age, Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge expressed his interest in chemistry and began experimenting as a teenager. One of his early experiments includes the effect of belladonna plant’s extract on dilating of pupils. Runge…

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Apple iPhone sales goes down 15% during past quarter

During the holiday season, Apple managed to bring in $84 billion, compared of $88 billion a year ago. Of them, $51 billion were from iPhones, while the second-best performing category is Services with $10.875 billion. In a press release Apple announced the 33% increase in sales of Wearables, Home and Accessories is an all-time high, along with the Mac sales which jumped 9%.  The CEO of Apple Inc Tim Cook said while there is a disappointment in missing the revenue targets, “Apple is managed for the long term and this quarter’s…

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Australian Open: Dominant Djokovic demolishes Pouille

On Friday, Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a record seventh Australian open crown by swatting aside French  Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal. It was a flawless display on Rod Laver Arena by the world number one who moves into a first Melbourne decider since 2016. Novak Djovick said the official that “It is definitely one of the best matches I’ve ever had on this court.” In his speech, Djovick also added that  “You know, everything worked the way I imagined it before the match and…

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WhatsApp Dark Mode: Messaging platform to look very different

WhatsApp one of the world’s most popular messaging application is working on one of the most anticipated features for the mobile platform called Dark Mode. WhatsApp’s Dark mode will be available for both Android and iOS devices soon. The most popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp is introducing new features thick and fast and the new Dark mode is expected to further improve the users’ experience and will also reduce the battery consumption of phones, especially the ones with AMOLED displays. With the help of Dark Mode feature, the background of the…

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China reduces army to sharpen combat edge

China is likely to rebuild its military by pumping in technology, and cutting down personnel, to enable its leaner armed force to project power far beyond their borders. The Chinese news agency  Xinhua reported that the army has now absorbed less than half of the total personnel in the Chinese armed forces. Analysts saying that by downsizing its army, China is rapidly modernising its armed forces by sharply focusing, instead of manpower, on the expansion of its navy and air force — the key to expanding its military footprint far beyond…

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