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Global corona politics: Test of our attitude & commitments


MNA Editorial Desk: Coronavirus has been such an entity which may have touched all human lives around the world in some way or another. The death toll and infected numbers are going up every minute as more than 1.8 million people are infected and more than 1.13 lac people died from this fierce coronavirus worldwide. In Bangladesh also 39 people died from the 803 infected in total. With hundreds of millions of people now isolating themselves around the world, the novel coronavirus pandemic has become a truly global event. We may find ourselves even into a shift of global power. ...

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Coronavirus may pull down global FDI by 5.0 to 15.0pc: UNCTAD


MNA Business Desk: The outbreak and spread of Coronavirus (Covid19) will negatively affect the global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the current and next years. The rate of decline may be minimum 5.0 per cent to maximum 15.0 per cent in 2020, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The UN body unveiled its special issue on its Investment Trends Monitor on Monday in Geneva focusing the impact of coronavirus outbreak on global FDI. “With scenarios of the spread of the epidemic ranging from short-term stabilisation to continuation throughout the year, the downward pressure ...

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Global defence spending on the rise


MNA Feature Desk: In 2019 global defence spending rose by some 4 per cent over 2018 – the highest year-on-year increase in a decade. The figures are included in this year’s Military Balance – the annual publication of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which is to be launched later this morning at the Munich Security Conference. Appropriately, defence spending in Europe is also on the up, reaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis – an increase of some 4.2 per cent when compared to 2018. This is all a reflection of a changing world and the ...

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Coronavirus outbreak to cost global airlines almost $30bn


MNA Business Desk: Airlines stand to lose $29.3 billion (£23.7 billion) of revenue this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, the global airline industry body has warned. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts demand for air travel will fall for the first time in more than a decade. Airlines in China and other parts of the Asia Pacific region are expected to take the vast majority of the impact. It comes as carriers around the world have been forced to reduce flights. In total, airlines in the Asia Pacific region are set to see a $27.8 billion revenue loss ...

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India, China can together unlock potential


MNA International Desk: It is widely acknowledged that China and India are playing pivotal roles in regional and global affairs in the 21st century. Indeed, both countries have taken comparable stances or approaches to many critical policy areas, such as international trade and global governance reform, on intergovernmental platforms. As emerging economies and the two most populous countries, China-India cooperation can affect the livelihood and welfare of 2.7 billion people. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2017 ushered in a new era of Socialism with Chinese characteristics. New Delhi’s pursuit of a New India ...

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PM urges exploring global market for jute goods


MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid emphasis on branding the jute products as environment-friendly ones throughout the world to grab markets for earning greater amount of foreign currencies from the country’s jute sector. “We’ll have to spread jute products throughout the world branding those as environment-friendly ones. If we can do that, we’ll get a larger market (for jute products) and can earn more foreign currencies,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while speaking at the National Jute Day-2019 programme and inaugurating a two-day Multipurpose Jute Product Fair at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the ...

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Sheikh Hasina among 100 top Global Thinkers of the decade


MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named among the 100 leading Global Thinkers of the decade from 2009, a list made by Washington-based Foreign Policy magazine. She is on the list in the defense and security category. “Sheikh Hasina has responded to the greatest security challenge facing Bangladesh with a generosity that she has not always shown her opponents at home,” the magazine said about her. “Rather than turn away the approximate 700,000 Rohingya who fled persecution in Myanmar, Hasina welcomed them and allowed them to remain in her country,” it added. Though the date of the ...

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9/11 shocked global standpoints on terrorism


MNA Editorial Desk: 9/11 shocked the international system, changing global standpoints on both the threat of terrorism and the tools essential to stop it. In spite of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the world is still—a decade after September 11 (9/11) — looking for an effective way to react to the global terrorist threat. In current years, terrorist networks have changed, moving away from a dependency on state sponsorship; many of the most dangerous groups and individuals now operate as nonstarter actors. Taking benefit of porous borders and unified international systems—finance, communications, and transit—terrorist ...

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