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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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“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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Entertainment Featured International 

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-truecolumn Featured International Technology 

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-truecolumn Featured International 

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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AUSOPEN-TRUECOLUMN Featured International Sports 

Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams staved off Simona Halep

The 2019 Australian Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament which is taking place at Melbourne Park from 14 to 27 January 2019. It is the 107th edition of the Australian Open  and the 51st in the Open Era and it will be the first Grand Slam of the year. The Australian Open tournament will consist of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Junior and wheelchair players will compete in singles and doubles tournaments. On Monday, Serena William staved off a spectacular fightback from world number one Simona Halep to win 6-1…

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H-1B Visa holders ‘frequently’ placed in poor working conditions: Says Report

US President on Thursday claimed that H-1B workers are “frequently” placed in poor working conditions and “vulnerable to abuse”, seeking reforms such as a substantial increase in wages. The South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council is also seeking safeguards like providing fair working conditions, and greater employment rights for those working under the visa programme. According to the report, The US President Donald Trump said: “he is soon coming out with reforms that will give H-1B visa holders certainty to stay in America and an easy pathway to citizenship.”  US President…

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Business Featured International 

Indira Nooyi Being Considered To Head World Bank : Report

The former CEO of global beverage giant PepsiCo Indira Nooyi who was born in India is being considered by the White House for the new World Bank President. Indira Nooyi, who is 63  stepped down as PepsiCo’s chief last August after leading the company for 12 years. She “has been courted as an administration ally by Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter who is playing a role in the selection of a nominee. According to the report, It is unclear whether Indira Nooyi would accept the job, However, Ivanka Trump has…

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Gunmen Storm Kenyan Hotel Compound in Nairobi , 14 killed

On Tuesday an unknown number of gunmen blasted upscale hotel and office complex in the heart of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which is a major hub for expatriates and the compound targeted contained offices of various international companies. More than 12 hours after the attack began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, bursts of gunfire and blasts were heard in the area, undermining government assurances everything was under control. On Wednesday, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the security operation at a Nairobi hotel complex attacked by militants was over and…

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