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Bangladesh inquiry under way into nationwide blackout DHAKA: An inquiry was under way Sunday into Bangladesh's nationwide blackout, which plunged homes, businesses and even the prime minister's office into darkness.Power was restored across the country by Sunday morning, a government minister said. "There is no power shortfall anywhere in the country. The supply is now fully normal across the country," junior power minister Nasrul Hamid told reporters after the outage which hit just before midday on Saturday."We've set up a probe committee to investigate. The committee has already started work and will submit its findings in three days."Loud cheers could be heard in Dhaka late Saturday as the lights came back on in phases, after residents spent hours outdoors or on their roofs.Dhaka, with a population of 15 million, had resembled a ghost town as dusk descended, with homes, businesses and government offices plunged into darkness, and hospitals and the international airport forced to use backup generators.Water ...

Bangladesh recovers from blackout after 24 hours DHAKA: Lights came back on in most of Bangladesh on Sunday after a near 24-hour blackout that brought much of the country to a standstill."The production of electricity is hovering around 5,000 megawatts, meaning now we are able to feed almost all the demand," said Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, responsible for power, energy and mineral resources."The relay system failed due to massive disruption and that caused a country-wide blackout," he ...
Nationwide blackout hits Bangladesh DHAKA: A nationwide power blackout hit Bangladesh on Saturday after a transmission line failed, the government said.Engineers "are working to fix the outage" which hit all areas linked to the national electricity grid, Masud Alberuni, a senior power ministry official, told AFP."The national grid tripped" close to mid-day, Alberuni said."As a result, all the power generating stations automatically shut down," he said.Saturday is a weekend day in Bangladesh so the impact on industry was not ...
There were warning signs ahead of Sri Lanka mudslide: survivors KOSLANDA: Sniffer dogs were deployed Friday to search for mudslide victims in Sri Lanka as survivors said they had seen warning signs of the disaster, such as cracks in the ground and livestock fleeing.An estimated 100 people are still listed as missing, according to the national Disaster Management Centre (DMC), two days after dozens of tin-roofed homes were buried under tonnes of mud at the Meeriyabedda tea estate, 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of the ...
Iran parliament rejects Rouhani's third nominee for universities minister DUBAI: Iran's conservative-dominated parliament rejected President Hassan Rouhani's third nominee to lead the coveted Ministry of Higher Education, underscoring the difficult task he faces in implementing his promised social and political reforms.The choice of Minister for Science, Research and Higher Education is sensitive because the ministry sets the ideological direction for universities, which have been a hotbed of pro-democracy protests and clashes with security forces.Parliament, where Islamists hold a majority, voted 160 to 79 with ...
Taliban storm Afghan court, kill seven: officials KUNDUZ: Taliban militants stormed a court in northern Afghanistan on Monday and killed at least seven people including prosecutors, officials said.Four attackers wearing army uniforms attacked a provincial appeals court in the city of Kunduz, triggering a four-hour gunbattle with Afghan security forces, provincial police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told AFP."They first blew up an explosives-laden car at the gate of the court and then entered the building," he said."The attackers killed six court officials ...
Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi."The prime minister cannot ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln