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Mohammad Refayet Ullah Mirdha, a senior reporter of The Daily Star, was elected as the president of the Economic Reporters’ Forum (ERF) today for a two-year term.

He got 91 votes out of a total of 200 cast by members of the country’s largest platform for financial journalists.

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Abul Kashem, special correspondent of The Business Standard, was elected general secretary, collecting 111 votes, while Salahuddin Bablu, business editor of SA TV, was elected as the vice-president for 2023-24, receiving 104 votes.

Md Mizanur Rahman, senior correspondent of the Daily Observer, was elected to the post of assistant general secretary and Rahim Sheikh, senior reporter of the daily Janakantha, was elected finance secretary.

Badiul Alam, Mohammad Farhad Hossain Talukder, Mohammed Syful Islam, and Shah Alam Nur were elected members of the ERF.

Shaukat Mahmood, a former president of the National Press Club, and Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, chief editor of TV Today and Moniruzzaman Tipu, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Public Relations Association, oversaw the election as the chairman and members, respectively.

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A woman chooses products at a drug store in Tokyo, Japan October 21, 2022. REUTERS file photo
Prices in Japan rose at their fastest pace since 1981 in November, data showed Friday, fuelled in part by higher energy costs.

Core consumer prices, which exclude volatile fresh food costs, climbed 3.7 percent last month compared to a year earlier, data released by the internal affairs ministry showed.

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Prices jumped the most for processed food items and were also higher for electricity and durable goods like air conditioners.

The November figure is well below the sky-high levels that have sparked concern in the United States, Britain and elsewhere, but far exceeds the Bank of Japan’s long-term goal of 2.0 percent.

Even excluding fresh food and energy, the index was up 2.8 percent.

“Although low by international standards, Japanese consumer price inflation at three percent to four percent is high enough to feel uncomfortable with stagnant wage growth,” wrote Sarah Tan, economist at Moody’s Analytics, in a note.

The headline core consumer price index (CPI) has risen consistently since the beginning of the year, putting pressure on the Bank of Japan to tweak its longstanding monetary easing policies.

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