Modi leaves for US to attend first in-person Quad Summit

Modi leaves for US to attend first in-person Quad Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for the US to attend the first in-person Quad Summit and hold face-to-face talks with President Joe Biden in Washington DC. The Quad, acronym for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal strategic group of four nations — the US, Australia, Japan and India. The Quad was […]

Wake up and smell the coffee … made in the United States

Annual coffee production in million 60-kg bags

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Farmer David Armstrong recently finished planting what is likely the most challenging crop his family has ever cultivated since his ancestors started farming in 1865 – 20,000 coffee trees. Except Armstrong is not in the tropics of Central America – he is in Ventura, California, just 60 miles (97 […]

Hasina leaves for US on first foreign trip since Covid

Hasina leaves for US on first foreign trip since Covid

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the US Friday morning to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, with a scheduled stopover in Finland. A VVIP chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Finnish capital Helsinki at 9:10 […]

US, EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane

US, EU pursuing global deal to slash planet-warming methane

Photo shows Calgren’s renewable fuel facility which cleans dairy methane into natural gas in Pixley, California, US, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Reuters United States and the EU will make a joint pledge to reduce human-caused methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to […]

OP-ED: History never sleeps

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It’s just one thing after another Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history” thesis always struck me as more clickbait than substance. The big idea in his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man was that Western-led liberal capitalist democracy is the end point in humanity’s search for the perfect form of government.   […]

For France, American vines still mean sour grapes

For France, American vines still mean sour grapes

But there they were. On a hillside off a winding mountain road in a lost corner of southern France, the forbidden crop was thriving. Early one recent evening, Hervé Garnier inspected his field with relief. In a year when an April frost and disease have decimated France’s overall wine production, Garnier’s grapes — an American […]

These maps tell the story of two Americas: one parched, one soaked

These maps tell the story of two Americas: one parched, one soaked

This divide, a wetter East and a drier West, reflects a broader pattern observed in the United States in recent decades. One map, created using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the Eastern half of the country has gotten more rain, on average, over the last 30 years than it did during […]

Masters of desert survival, can saguaros survive wildfires?

Saguaros grow in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Ariz, July 26, 2021. The New York Times

The loss was gut-wrenching for many in Arizona, where Indigenous peoples learned to draw sustenance from the treelike saguaros long before they emerged as a celebrated symbol of the Southwest. Some saguaros are still standing within the year-old scar of the Bighorn Fire, their trunks singed all the way up to their limbs, a testament […]

After months of work, US senators unveil $1 trillion infrastructure bill

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File Photo: Vehicles are parked outside the US Capitol building the morning the Senate returned to session in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, July 31, 2021 Reuters The massive infrastructure package, a goal that has eluded Congress for years, is a top legislative priority for President Joe Biden US senators introduced a sweeping $1-trillion bipartisan […]

Bangladesh seeks US investment for regional power distribution

Bangladesh seeks US investment for regional power distribution

Bangladesh wants to partner with the US private sector in the research and development of uninterrupted and affordable renewable energy sources.  Speaking at an ‘Energy Roundtable’ organized by the US-Bangladesh Business Council (USBBC) in Washington, DC on Thursday, PM’s Adviser for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Dr Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury urged the US companies to explore […]