Sunday, December 23, 2012

Traffic chaos reigns in Bangladesh -

Traffic chaos reigns in Bangladesh - "Rezwan had a meeting with a client at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday. It’s 10 kilometres from his office in the Banani neighbourhood of Dhaka to Motijheel, his client’s home in old Dhaka. Rezwan and his driver started out at 11 a.m., but by noon, they had barely covered two kilometres. Rezwan jumped out, walked a couple of kilometres, hopped into a rickshaw and made it to the meeting just in time. When the meeting concluded, his driver was still several kilometres away."

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Zardari cancels Iran gas pipeline talks -

Zardari cancels Iran gas pipeline talks - "A planned visit to Tehran by Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, to seal a $1.5bn gas pipeline deal to alleviate the country’s critical energy shortage was unexpectedly cancelled at the weekend amid mounting US objections to the contract.
Iran has offered Pakistan hundreds of millions of dollars to finance the long-delayed gas pipeline, according to both governments. An increasingly desperate Pakistan, however, is struggling to overcome strong opposition to the project from its US ally, which has applied economic sanctions against Tehran over Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programme."

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

India and Bangladesh to suffer most from #climatechange

Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia | Center for American Progress: "South Asia will be among the regions hardest hit by climate change. Higher temperatures, more extreme weather, rising sea levels, increasing cyclonic activity in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, as well as floods in the region’s complex river systems will complicate existing development and poverty reduction initiatives. Coupled with high population density levels, these climate shifts have the potential to create complex environmental, humanitarian, and security challenges. India and Bangladesh, in particular, will feel the impacts of climate change acutely."

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