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Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Opinion

Opposition parties vote to revive special committee as China-Russia go under the microscope 

OTTAWA (CU)_Back in 2019, a Canada-China special committee was established by the Canadian parliament, focusing on Beijing’s aggressive conduct in Hong Kong and the detention of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, by the Chinese Communist Party. This was a type of committee which, unlike standing committees, does not revive automatically when parliament returns and therefore need to be specifically created by MPs. Now, as China close relations with Russia comes under global scrutiny, amid Moscow’s growing aggression in Ukraine, the opposition parties of Canada have voted to revive the high-profile special committee which studies Canada’s ties with...

Plans to ‘rip up’ the NI protocol denied: ‘We want a weapon on the table, we don’t want to use it.’

LONDON (CU)_Just last week, the Attorney General for England and Wales, Suella Braverman, gave her approval for a draft legislation that would unilaterally scrap key parts of the Northern Ireland protocol. According to the British government's chief law officer, signs of violence, like the hoax bomb attack targeting Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney a couple of months ago, justified plans to override the deal in order to keep the...

Backing $1 an hour pay rise, Albanese no longer a ‘loose unit’

ZUCCOLI, Northern Territory (CU)_Last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called his rival Anthony Albanese a “loose unit” for supporting a 5.1 per cent pay rise for minimum wage workers. This week, the Liberal leader softened his language on the matter as he faces increased pressure over the ongoing cost of living crisis. Previously, on several occasions, the Prime Minister claimed the Labour Party's support for a real wage rise...

Federal Elections threatened by climate-conscious independents!

SYDNEY (CU)_Over the past few months, several parts of Australia have been reporting some of the worst floods ever to hit the country. Last week, the state of Queensland recorded its sixth flooding event since December last year, prompting emergency flood alerts for several south-east parts of the state. The extreme weather events were reported just a week ahead of the federal election which is scheduled to be held...

India’s temporary restriction on wheat exports boosts global wheat prices

Mumbai, India (CU)_ The world's wheat supply has been dropping as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which accounts for approximately one-third of global wheat exports, as well as decreased output in countries such as the United States and India owing to adverse weather conditions. According to the estimation of the United States Department of Agriculture, the world's wheat ending stocks would decline to 278 million...

The government to focus towards a business-friendly climate, Marriyum Aurangzeb

Islamabad, Pakistan (CU)_ According to Marriyum Aurangzeb, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, the government was attempting to establish a business-friendly atmosphere in order to develop the national economy. During a meeting with the delegation of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce headed by President Nadeem Rauf, she stated, “Provision of a business conducive environment is among the top priorities of the government." The Group Leader of the Rawalpindi Chamber, Sohail...

Fast reform the EPZ Labor Act the EU encourages Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh (CU)_ The European Union (EU) has urged Bangladesh to quickly revise the EPZ Labor Act in order to keep the Everything But Arms (EBA) benefit, which grants duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market. In 2019, Bangladesh passed a new law regarding export processing zones (EPZs). A proposed set of rules based on the legislature is now being reviewed by the law ministry. Bangladesh desires to...