SHANGHAI: Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders. China’s proposed $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is seen as a challenge to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, both multilateral lenders that count Washington and its allies as their biggest financial backers. China, which is keen to extend its influence in the region, has limited voting power over these existing banks despite being the world’s second-largest economy. The AIIB, launched in Beijing at a ceremony attended by Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei and delegates from... more ›
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has found some important information on the sensational journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder through interrogation of witnesses to the incident. During interrogation of some witnesses, the RAB found that two accused in the case — Humayun Kabir and Palash Rudro Paul — concealed truth about the killing incident. Kabir and Palash Rudro were the security guards of the residential building where the journalist couple had been living and was killed in their rented flat there on February 11, 2012. On October 21, Md Wares Ali, investigation officer (IO) of the case, filed a petition with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court, Dhaka seeking a seven-day remand for the two... more ›
The government is considering taking an initiative to stop medical coaching from next year so that the coaching centres cannot run their illegal business in the name of private tuition. Official sources said massive irregularities are allegedly taking place in medical coaching centres like charging irrational coaching fees, involvement with the incident of question paper leakage and realising huge amount of money from students in the name of admission to public medical colleges. Sources also said such acts of the coaching centres embarrass the government many times but the so-called private tuition providers continue their business to earn money. Considering the excessive dependence of students on medical coaching, the health ministry this... more ›
Kochi: Security was ramped up on Friday at four major airports in India, including Mumbai and Kolkata, following an email warning that suicide bombers would try to target an Air India flight. Reports said the new security measures included increased checks on passengers, tightening of access control and putting anti-hijacking units on alert. The two other airports mentioned in the email are Ahmedabad and Kochi. The email reached the Kolkata office of the Airports Authority of India on Thursday night, following which the security at these air ports were increased. The Ahmedabad Mirror reported quoting a letter from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security that the email warned that the... more ›
The admission test for 22 public medical colleges and one dental college of the country for the academic session 2014-15 was held on Friday. Professor ABM Abdul Hannan, director of medical education and manpower development of the Directorate General for Health Services, told daily sun, “The admission test was held at 35 examination centres across the country.” A total of 69,477 candidates sat for the tests against 9,623 seats in all medical colleges. The Health Ministry formed 23 inspection committees comprising senior officials to monitor the tests. Health Minister Mohammad Nasim also visited several centres.... more ›
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