Bangladesh Announces $130 Laptop Line, Bhutan Has Its Own Royal Wedding | Oct. 10-14, 2011

Ladies of the Bhutanese royal family Photo: The Telegraph

Ladies of the Bhutanese royal family Photo: The Telegraph

Life moves fast. News moves faster. This week, Bangladesh unveiled a national laptop line starting at $130, Bhutan had its own royal wedding as King Jigme married his longtime girlfriend, and India has yet to pay off Delhi’s Commonwealth Games held one year ago.

Just a week after India unveiled the world’s cheapest tablet, Bangladesh announced a national line of cheap laptops — running on Android and starting at $130. Although only 10 percent of the parts are currently made in Bangladesh, manufacturing company ISS hopes that within six months 60 perecent will be produced locally. (1)

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan married his longtime girlfriend Jetsun Pema in an elaborate Buddhist ceremony in the country’s former capital Punakha. 21-year-old Pema is the daughter of a pilot and known as a commoner, although she comes from an elite family. King Jigme, 31, began dating Pema three years ago. (2)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States is open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the same group officials have blamed for high-profile violence in Afghanistan. U.S. officials say the network is based in western Pakistan and is responsible for last month’s attack at the U.S. embassy in Kabul and a truck bombing that injured numerous American soldiers. (3)

Last year, India hosted its biggest event in sporting history — Delhi’s Commonwealth Games. But organizer Ric Birch says he is owed $350,000 for his work on the opening ceremony, and the Indian government has not told him why the payment is still outstanding. Birch went on to say that the parties responsible for his payment have changed their phone numbers and email addresses. (4)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told the National Assembly this week that Pakistan has decided in principle to grant India the most favoured nation (MFN) status and continue dialogue with the neighboring country on a wide range of issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. The dialogue between the two countries was recently resumed after a gap of two years. (5)

  1. Bangladesh Announces National Laptop Line Starting at $130 (Techcrunch)
  2. Bhutan’s Royal Wedding: ‘Dragon King’ Weds Commoner in Dazzling Buddhist Ceremony (TIME Newsfeed)
  3. U.S. open to Afghan peace deal including Haqqani (Reuters)
  4. India’s Commonwealth Games bills still not paid (BBC)
  5. Decision taken in principle on MFN status for India: Khar (DAWN)
  6. Sabrina Siddiqui is the editor-in-chief of Divanee.com.

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