Baghdad, Jan 11 (Xinhua/UNB) - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Thursday met with visiting Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh over further cooperation in the sectors of oil and energy.
According to a statement by Iraqi Prime Minister's office, Mahdi hailed the relations between the two neighboring countries to serve the interests of both peoples.
For his part, Zanganeh also voiced the need to further develop the bilateral relations, saying he hoped more cooperation could be achieved.
Zanganeh and his delegation arrived in Iraq's capital Baghdad on Thursday morning, a day after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Iraq.
Washington withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal last May and imposed a new round of sanctions against Iran on Aug. 7, 2018.
On Nov. 5, the United States announced the second package of anti-Iran sanctions covering the sectors of oil, energy and banking.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) – Local brand Marcel is showcasing and selling nearly 300 models of electronics, electrical, home and kitchen appliances in the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF).
“We are showcasing a wide range of appliances in the DITF so that buyers can pick up their necessary electronics, electrical, home and kitchen appliances under one roof,” said Md Sayful Islam, in-charge of Marcel Pavilion.
Marcel brought out new models of various types of appliances with lucrative designs and colours on the occasion of new year and DITF-19, he said.
On the first floor of its two-storey pavilion, 72 energy saving fridges are showcased. It is also displaying seven models of energy saving air conditioners with latest technology.
The pavilion was decorated with around 30 types of products like frost and non-frost refrigerators, freezers, LED and smart televisions, air conditioners, washing machine, microwave ovens, room heater, ceiling fans, wall fans, rechargeable fans, kitchen cookware and others sorts of home appliances to attract visitors and buyers.
“Customers’ preference to Marcel products is sharply going up. At the DITF, visitors and buyers will show great interest in Marcel Pavilion,” hoped Dr Md Shakhawat Hossen, head of sales of Marcel.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB)- Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated its premier pavilion at the Dhaka International Trade Fair 2019 on Wednesday.
Md Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director and CEO of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited inaugurated the premier pavilion as chief guest.
Abu Reza Md Yeahia, Deputy Managing Director of the bank was present in the program as special guest M Zubayer Azam Helali, Senior Vice President, Nazrul Islam, Senior Assistant Vice President, Bank officials, visitors and journalists were present on the occasion.
Opening of IBBL account, withdrawal of money from ATM booth, deposit through deposit machine and banking information are available at the pavilion.
The Islami Bank Pavilion No. 33 at the Trade Fair has been decorated with attractive architectural design.
Dhaka, Jan 10 (UNB) – Indian company KEC has won the contract for installation of the country’s longest 400 kV power transmission line.
The Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB), which is entrusted with power grid operation, awarded the contract to KEC to build the 214- km long high tension transmission line from Meghnahgat of Narayanganj to Madunaghat of Chattagram.
As per the contract, the Indian firm will build the double circuit transmission line within next 34 months at a contract value of Tk 1,734 crore on a turnkey basis.
This would be the longest transmission line in the country in terms of contract value and time as well, said a top official of the PGCB.
A press release of PGCB mentioned that the organisation signed a contract with the KEC on Thursday to award it the contract.
It said this would be the main transmission line between Dhaka and Chattagram which will improve the power transmission capacity and bring different benefits to the power system including reduction of system loss.
Currently, power is being transmitted between Dhaka and Chattagram through a 230 kV and 132 kV transmission lines.
PGCB officials said the biggest benefit will be that this transmission line will facilitate power transmission from the proposed 1200 MW Matarbari power plant in Cox’s Bazar to Dhaka.
They informed that PGCB has undertaken the project with financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Bangladesh government and PGCB also funded the project under the Dhaka-Chattgram Main Power Grid Strengthening Project, they added.
PGCB company secretary Ashraf Hossain and KEC country director Kuldeep Kumar Sinha signed the contract on behalf of their respective sides.
PGCB managing director Masum Al Beruni, executive directors Emdadul Islam, Safayet Hossain, Khondaker Abdul Hai, project director Yakub Ali, KEC chief manager Kishore Talekar and Deepak Yadav were also present on the occasion.
London, Jan 10 (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he is working with France, Germany and other nations to help his British counterpart Theresa May win Parliament's approval for her divorce deal with the European Union.
Speaking Wednesday night after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, Rutte said he and his European allies are striving "to help my British colleague to bring the vote next week to a successful outcome."
Rutte did not elaborate on what he and other leaders are doing to help win support for May's Brexit deal in the deeply divided British House of Commons.
However Rutte stressed that "the present deal on the table is, I think, the best deal."
British lawmakers have dealt Prime Minister Theresa May her second defeat in two days in battles over the government's plans for Brexit.
The House of Commons voted for a motion designed to prevent the government delaying key decisions as Brexit approaches on March 29. The measure says that if Parliament rejects the divorce deal May has agreed with the European Union, the government must come up with a "Plan B" within three days.
The government previously had 21 days to report back to Parliament.
Lawmakers are due to vote on May's deal on Tuesday, and look likely to reject it.
Opponents of the agreement suspect the government may try to run down the clock, to leave Parliament facing a last-minute choice between May's deal and a no-deal Brexit.
On Tuesday, lawmakers voted to put curbs on the government's ability to spend taxes on no-deal measures.
A top European Parliament leader is appealing to lawmakers in London to show "responsibility" as they resume consideration of Britain's divorce deal with the European Union.
Many British lawmakers detest the deal agreed between Brussels and Prime Minister Theresa May. Britain is due to leave the EU March 29, and fears have risen that it may do so without a deal in place.
Manfred Weber, a German conservative who heads the biggest group in the European Parliament, said in Berlin Wednesday that "it's Britain's move. Our colleagues in Britain's lower house carry great responsibility now — the agreement is on the table."
News agency dpa reported that Weber said everyone must realize that a no-deal withdrawal on March 29 would "lead to very difficult, perhaps even chaotic situations."
The British government is bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat.
Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Wednesday on the agreement with the European Union setting out the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc on March 29.
A vote, initially slated for December, is scheduled for Jan. 15.
But opposition remains strong from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU U.K. lawmakers. Brexiteers are urging the government to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.
But many lawmakers, and businesses, say that could cause economic turmoil.
The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal "is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal."