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first_imgMakers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.last_img read more

18 11 19

first_imgTwo of world football’s biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe’s final four World Cup qualifiers.Ever since last month’s draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.It will take something special to budge them from the spotlight, but Iceland is attempting to do just that.A Nordic nation better known for fishing and freezing temperatures than football, Iceland would become the least populous nation to play at a World Cup if it can get past Croatia.“This is the most important game in the history of the Icelandic men’s team,” Iceland midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason said.In the other two-leg matches, it’s Ukraine against France and Greece vs. Romania. The second legs take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.Owning two of the biggest egos in football, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have dominated the build-up to the most anticipated of the four playoffs.Both players are in supreme form, with Ronaldo having scored 16 goals in 13 league games for Real Madrid this season and Ibrahimovic netting a string of brilliant goals for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league and Champions League.They both belong on world football’s biggest stage, but one will not be making the trip to Brazil.“With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal is naturally the favorite,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But we finished second in a group with Germany, which I consider the strongest squad in Europe, while they finished second in a group they should have won.“So I think we deserve to go to Brazil more than they do.”In Sweden, local media have republished the famous picture of Ronaldo crying after Portugal’s loss to Greece in the 2004 European Championship final, suggesting he might shed more tears next week.“Let’s hope he looks like that after Nov. 19,” said Sweden defender Mikael Lustig, who will be tasked with marking a forward he describes as the “best football player in the world right now.”Portugal is at home for the first leg.In Iceland, excitement is rising. Other sports organizations have changed their schedules to avoid clashing with one of biggest occasions in the history of Icelandic sport.It has been a logistical slog to get the field prepared at the Laugardalsvollur national stadium, which has never hosted a match so late in the year, because of Iceland’s unique climate.Preparations started last week to get the field as game-ready as possible, with a special fabric placed over the grass with hot air blowing under the cloth. The forecast for Friday is 0 degrees C (32 degrees F) with sleet and snow, and referee Alberto Unidiano Mallenco will arrive a day earlier than planned to determine whether the field is playable due to the weather.Win or lose on Friday, Icelanders will celebrate.“I cannot say that we have been successful yet, but we’ve done pretty well, and it is great to go into two playoff games and have a chance to get to Brazil,” said Iceland coach Lars Lagerback, who led Sweden and Nigeria at previous World Cups.Trinidad and Tobago, with about 1.2 million inhabitants, is currently the least populous nation to qualify for the World Cup, in 2006. Iceland has about 320,000.The Iceland match will mark the coaching debut of Croatia’s 42-year-old Niko Kovac, who stepped up from the under-21 team after Igor Stimac was following the national team’s failure to qualify directly for the World Cup.France, which has reached two of the last four World Cup finals, has the highest profile of the eight countries remaining but must qualify from the playoffs for the second straight campaign.Four years ago, the French got past Ireland because of an infamous handball by Thierry Henry in extra time, earning the striker and his team the ire of world football. They will be hoping for a more straightforward passage to the final tournament this time around, against a team it has never lost to in seven meetings.For Franck Ribery, a contender for this year’s world player of the year award and in the form of his life for Bayern Munich and France, missing the World Cup doesn’t bare thinking about.“You don’t ask yourself that question. I don’t want to think about it,” Ribery said. “I want us to win and to qualify. After all, it’s Brazil. It’s the land of a football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgSagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.” last_img read more

13 10 19

first_imgTORONTO – Tesla Inc. has secured a minor legal victory in Ontario in its push for equal treatment as the company looks to defend its direct-to-consumer business model in numerous markets.The Ontario case comes as Tesla struggles to move ahead with its retail model in the United States, where it has not used franchised dealerships.Multiple U.S. states including Michigan, New Jersey and Missouri have passed laws in recent years to prevent Tesla from selling vehicles directly to consumers following pressure from automobile dealership associations.Ontario Superior Court judge Frederick Myers ruled Monday that the provincial government’s decision to exclude Tesla from a grace period for an electric vehicle rebate program was arbitrary and had singled out Tesla for harm. The ruling requires the government to review the program so that it includes Tesla or provides adequate justification for the company’s exclusion.Tesla launched the case after the government ended the rebate program worth up to $14,000 per vehicle on July 11, but said it would extend the rebates to vehicles already sold through dealerships if they were delivered and registered within 60 days.Myers found the government had originally tried to exclude Tesla from the extension by specifying only vehicles ordered through a dealership would be eligible for the extension. When it learned Tesla did indeed sell through its own dealership network, the government further specified to the company that only franchised dealerships would be eligible.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has staunchly defended the company’s direct retail model.Musk said in a blog post that franchised dealerships don’t have enough incentives to sell electric cars and that the company needs to place its sales venues in areas where it can attract foot traffic and educate potential customers.The Ontario Progressive Conservatives said they had specified only franchised dealerships were eligible for the rebate extension to help protect small- and medium-sized businesses that may have been hit by the program.Tesla responded that many franchised car dealerships in Ontario are owned by large businesses that own numerous franchises.The electric carmaker said it was pleased with the court’s decision to strike down the “unfair and unlawful” transition plan.“Tesla only sought fair treatment for our customers and we hope the Ministry now does the right thing by delivering on its promise to ensure all EV-owners receive their incentives during the wind-down period.”A spokeswoman for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the government is “reviewing the ruling and will make a decision on how to proceed in the coming days.”Sara Singh, the Ontario NDP critic for the ministry of the Attorney General, said in a statement that the decision means Premier Doug Ford is sticking people with the bill for his torn up contracts and cancelled programs.“This is likely only the first of many decisions against the Ford government’s decision to rip up hundreds of cap-and-trade and green energy contracts,” she said.It’s not yet clear, however, what the government will have to do in response to the decision.Myers stopped short of setting aside the limitation of the transition program to franchised dealers, noting that doing so would require the government to fund subsidies to Tesla’s customers.He instead sent the policy back to the government for review, saying that if the government wants to transition out of the electric car subsidy program it must do so in a lawful manner.The problem was the government hadn’t provided a legal justification for its policy, said Bruce Ryder, an associate professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.He said the legal loss on policy isn’t unusual, but that he was surprised how quickly the new government ran into legal issues.“It’s maybe a little unusual how quickly this government has got off the mark, and has been a little bit like a bull in a china shop from a legal point of view.”The legal dispute with Tesla is just one of several the Progressive Conservatives face, including a Superior Court challenge Friday on Ford’s cuts to Toronto city council numbers.Ryder said the government could face more problems if it rushes ahead without properly considering policy.“There could be some other legal setbacks coming very soon, precisely because from a legal point of view, this government seems to be so anxious to move speedily on a number of files…that they didn’t pay enough attention to the legal limits on their powers.”The ruling has left potential Tesla customers in limbo, unsure of whether or not they’ll see the $14,000 in subsidies they had counted on when ordering vehicles.Kurtis Evans, a teacher in Toronto who had ordered a Tesla 3, said he was pleased by the decision and grateful that Tesla decided to fight for customers, but wasn’t sure what will happen.“At this point I don’t know what will happen next…Hopefully, the province makes the right choice. I’m not counting on it.”Tesla said it had 600 active customer orders when the government ended the program in July. At the time, the company had 34 unallocated vehicles on its lots plus 319 in transit on trains and trucks. The company said 175 customers had cancelled their orders since the program ended.last_img read more

12 10 19

first_imgChandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.last_img read more

28 09 19

Led by its defense, the Ohio State men’s hockey team bounced back to take two points from No. 2 Miami (Ohio) and secure home ice in the playoffs.After being mauled in Oxford, Ohio, Friday night, the Buckeyes bounced back from the 6-2 loss to get a shootout victory Saturday in Columbus.When a game goes to a shootout it is officially scored as a tie, but Buckeye goaltender Dustin Carlson said after the game that “I feel like it’s a win, not a tie.”Carlson was the star for the Buckeyes as he shut out Miami through regulation, overtime and the shootout.“He responded well from [Friday] night,” coach John Markell said of his goaltender. In one of the best games of his career, Carlson finished the game with 38 saves.“At the drop of the puck I just knew I was into it right away,” Carlson said. He also attributed a lot of the Buckeyes’ success to the play of the defense, which he attributed to better communication.Junior Peter Boyd, who scored the Buckeyes second shootout goal, also acknowledged the improved play of the defense.“We had guys blocking shots and making sacrifices,” Boyd said. “I think [Shane] Sims had eight blocks tonight.”While the game was low on scoring, it certainly didn’t lack intensity.“Playing back-to-back nights against your rival, that’s pretty intense,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.Four players were penalized for roughing after the whistle, including OSU’s John Albert and Miami’s Curtis McKenzie at the end of overtime.The penalty against Albert looked to be costly as he is one of the usual shooters for the Buckeyes in a shootout situation, but was unable to participate due to penalty. The Buckeyes were, however, unaffected as both Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd lit the lamp for the Buckeyes, which was more than enough for Carlson.Carlson saved both attempts he faced, securing a 2-0 shootout win for the Buckeyes. Carlson has now saved the past 11 attempts he has faced in shootouts as his confidence continues to grow.“Right now is probably the best I’ve felt all season, playing in five games in a row now,” Carlson said.The shootout victory earned the Buckeyes two key points in their final game of the season and ensured home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish the regular season in eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and will host ninth place Notre Dame next weekend.Next weekend’s series will come with a change of scenery for the Buckeyes. The games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink, instead of the Schottenstein Center where the team played its regular season games. But for the Buckeyes it is a welcomed change.“I’m excited about it,” Carlson said. “We practice over there every day, so we know the ice very well. I also like the small barn, it’s not going to take too many of our fans to pack it. Last year when we played Bowling Green the atmosphere was great and hopefully we feed off of that.” read more

17 09 19

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Sept 2015 – The Church of God of Prophecy in the Turks and Caicos on Sunday installed Minister Carol Ann Skippings as another among the women leading the church in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eight congregations of the Church of God of Prophecy gathered for the event at the Bight sanctuary. Congratulations goes out to the newly installed minister. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:church of god of prophecy, minister carol ann skippings Bahamians launch independence events with Souse Out on Saturdaylast_img

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, January 13, 2019.Sunday, January 13No MeetingsMonday, January 14The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 4pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Special Education PAC meets at 6:30pm in the High School’s Library. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 4. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, January 15The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7:30pm in the Library’s Banda Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, January 16The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. The agenda will be posted HERE by Monday night.Thursday, January 17The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, January 18No MeetingsSaturday, January 19No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

11 09 19

first_imgDear Residents of Wilmington,You might be asking yourself: “There are so many candidates to pick for selectmen, who do I choose?”For me the choice is clear. I have known this man for 8 years. During that time I have watched him dedicate his life to service.As a teacher he helps mentor students to excel in their vocation of choice.As a coach he has united teams to play together as ONE to win.As a father/husband I have seen him love unconditionally.As a neighbor I have always been greeted with a smile and time to chat as him and his family were walking around the block.As a community member I have seen him give back by volunteering with Special Olympics.And over the last three years I have watched him maintain integrity, compassion, and leadership as a selectmen.We need a candidate that seeks service over status! Observing Greg Bendels service to our community leaves me and hopefully you with one clear choice at the polls.Vote BENDEL for community!See you at the polls,Amanda MunsieLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Greg Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

10 09 19

first_img 10 Photos VW will build Sedric, this self-driving concept pod Volkswagen Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Auto Tech Post a comment Share your voice News • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is pricey, starting from $36,840 Self-driving cars Join us for a ride in Ford’s prototype self-driving car Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar Tags More about 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 5:57 Review • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copy More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageI’d probably feel carsick, too, if I was getting driven around with that thing on my head. Volkswagen It took me years to condition myself to be able to look at my phone from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle without getting nauseous, and there are countless others still trying to make that happen for themselves. When self-driving cars begin to litter the landscape, occupants might be rightfully worried about how the cars will drive and whether or not they might make people sick. Thankfully, Volkswagen is trying to figure out ways around that.Volkswagen last week published a release chronicling the ways that the automaker is attempting to mitigate car sickness for passengers of autonomous vehicles. The OEM is looking at two specific things: What makes a person sick in a car, and how to mitigate that in the future.To figure this out, Volkswagen is putting people in cars and making them sick (really). In its release, it mentions a specific scenario: A volunteer wears sensors and cameras to measure various things like pulse and body temperature. That person is taken around a test track, following behind a semiautonomous vehicle operating “in a stop-start motion,” mimicking traffic. The volunteer must watch a video displayed on a dashboard-mounted tablet the whole time the test is running. The test passenger mentioned in the release said she doesn’t normally get carsick, but in this test, she did.VW is trying to figure out ways to mitigate this onset of nausea. The automaker mentioned the idea of movable seats that could physically react to changes in vehicle physics, as well as a set of LED light strips that tell users when the car is braking or accelerating, hopefully syncing up the brain and inner ear with the motions experienced through the vehicle. VW claims that there has been “some initial success,” but it’s still working to ensure that whatever countermeasures it devises will be useful for those in the real world.It doesn’t take a self-driving car to make you nauseous as a passenger, obviously. I felt under the weather trying to operate a trunk-mounted camera while riding shotgun around a track, and it took fewer than three laps to start feeling unwell. Taking my eyes off the screen and focusing solely on the horizon did help, but when it comes to autonomous cars, one of their perceived benefits is the ability to get some work done on a commute, and immediately getting carsick would negate that. VW’s smart to try and get ahead of this, lest we find a whole subset of civilization unsuited for AVs from a gastrointestinal standpoint.last_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgHindustan Unilever reported disappointing earnings for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015. Net profit fell sharply by 22.4% year-on-year to Rs 971 crore, while revenues grew at a modest 2.7% to Rs 7,981 crore from Rs 7,774 crore in the corresponding period in fiscal 2015.The overall volume growth was 6%.”The growth in the quarter continued to be impacted by the phasing out of excise cuty incentives and price de-growth, as the benefit of lower commodity costs was passed on to consumers,” the company said in a statement.”Net Profit at Rs.971 crores was impacted by the exceptional income from the sale of properties in the base quarter and provisions for restructuring & select contested matters,” it added.”In an environment of moderating growth and benign input costs, we remain focused on innovation and market development to drive volumes competitively whilst improving operating margins,” said Harish Manwani, Chairman, Hindustan Unilever, in his statement.Its soaps and detergents business grew by just 1%, which was attributed to price deflation due to falling input costs, which was passed on to consumers.Personal products grew by 5% while growth in the beverages segment remained unchanged at 7%.Falling crude oil prices benefitted the company during the quarter under review, with cost of material dropping to Rs 2,689.39 crore, down 7.4% from Rs 2,860.63 crore in the corresponding quarter ended 31 December, 2014.On Friday, shares of Hindustan Unilever hit a new 52-week low of Rs 776.60 on the BSE before closing at Rs 804.15, down 2.7% from its previous close.The company’s advertisement expenses fell marginally to Rs 1,137.79 crore during the third quarter ended December 2015, though the company’s brands continue to figure in the list of leading brands advertised on television. For the week ended 8 January, 2016, three of the company’s brands were on the list of top 10 brands, according to Broadcast Audience Research Council, India.The company’s rival, Proctor & Gamble Hygiene & Healthcare, will be declaring its results on 6 February, 2016.last_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgA continuing bloodbath of cryptocurrencies has its apparent origin in the unexpected support for blockchain-based currencies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), some observers feel.Cryptocurrencies are plummeting across the board. Bitcoin on Tuesday fell 7 per cent to $4,387, having lost almost a third of its value in a week.The premier blockchain currency is trading below $5,000 for the first time in 13 months, skimming the lowest level since October last year.The plunge is from the all-time high of $19,511 that it hit in last December, before sliding to $13,500 at the start of this year.”The crypto bloodbath continues,” said Neil Wilson, the chief market analyst at Markets.com told The Guardian. “Things look like they only get worse from here. Where is the incentive to buy? It does rather look like the bottom is coming out of this market.”One of the immediate causes of the crash is the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s action against two cryptocurrency startups that staged initial coin offerings, or ICOs, selling cryptocurrency tokens to the public, according to some media reports. Airfox and Paragon Coin agreed to pay civil penalties for conducting token sales last year without registering them as securities offerings.Digital currency systemThe development sparked warnings from some central bankers and JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon who declared in September 2017 that bitcoin was a fraud that would ultimately blow up.But IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s call for central banks to look into issuing sovereign cryptocurrencies is making investors wary of private blockchain currencies. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival, Lagarde sought to make a case for governments to support digital currencies as private players do not have the credibility to offer cryptocurrency services.She wanted national governments to step in to prevent the digital currency systems from becoming a haven for fraudsters and money launderers.Sweden’s central bank has run some tests and the IMF has credited Canada, China and Uruguay as also going ahead with plans to provide a digital currency, observers say.Lagarde said central banks could take over the processing of transactions while private-players could continue to providers innovative services to customers.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid arrives in Astana on Saturday evening. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid arrived in Astana on Saturday evening to attend the First Summit of OIC on Science and Technology to be held in the capital of Kazakhstanon Sunday and Monday.The president arrived at Astana Nurshultan Nazarbayev International Airport at 8:25pm(local time) by a VVIP flight of Bangladesh Biman.Minister for justice of Kazakhstan Marat Beketayev, first deputy mayor of Astana Sergei Mikailovich and ambassador of Bangladesh to Uzbekistan Mosud Mannan received president Hamid at the airport.Hamid is leading a Bangladesh delegation to the OIC summit.The summit is expected to discuss and adopt the OIC Ten Year Action Plan on Science and Technology ‘OIC STI Agenda 2026’.President Hamid will make a statement at the summit calling for creating a new story of development for the wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah through active cooperation in science and technology.He will emphasise that the contributions of the member states individually, jointly or collectively to science and technology will enhance the image of Muslims, embolden their position in the world and give them due respect in global debate and discourse while improving the conditions of the Ummah.The president will also share the initiatives, programmes and success stories of Bangladesh government with the OIC member states in many areas of science and technology and give invaluable guidance to the OIC with his recommendations.During the visit, he is expected to have bilateral talks with his Kazakh counterpart and some of the counterparts from the participating member states.President Hamid is scheduled to return home on 12 September next.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgVitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins. File PhotoThe national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign, which was earlier postponed, is being observed across the country today (Saturday), aiming to feed vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months, reports UNB.Under the campaign, about 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.5 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red coloured high-power capsules.They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile health centres across the country.Mobile health centres has been set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheyaghats which will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules.The children of the remote areas of 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsules in the next four days of the campaign day through conducting a search programme.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgFour people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhamrai, Savar, Narail’s Kalia upazila and Munshiganj on Saturday.Police identified the deceased as Md Ali Arshaf, a retired army officer from Barishal, Md Mosharraf Hossain, son of Munayem Gazi of Patuakhali, Ekramul Sheikh, son of Rizzak Sheikh of Narail and Md Mostofa of Bhola.Ashulia police sub-inspector Jaminur Rahman said Arshaf was killed after being run over by a speeding bus on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Nabinagar in the morning.In a separate accident, Mosharraf was killed and four others were injured after the microbus they were travelling in overturned at Dhamrai, said sub-inspector Promoj of Dhamrai police station.Meanwhile, Anwar Hossain, in-charge of Kalia police station, said peddled-van driver Ekramul was killed and two others were injured after a brick-laden vehicle ran them over at Chowrasta area around 11:00am.The injured – Minhaj Gazi and Razina Khanam – were admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital in critical condition, the OC added.Mostofa was killed when a brick crushing machine fell into ditch at Pauldia area, said dub-inspector Niranjan Ray of Sirajdikhan police station.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgdhakaA young man was killed as a private car hit him in the city’s Karwan Bazar area on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be traced immediately.Witnesses said the private car knocked the youth, aged around 25, around 8:45pm, leaving him severely injured.The injured was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the duty doctor declared him dead, said DMCH police camp in-charge inspector Bachchu Mia.The body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy, he added.last_img

3 09 19

first_imgHigh-CourtThe High Court on Tuesday withdrew a stay order and asked the subordinate court to complete trial proceedings in a corruption case against Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie, reports UNB.The bench of justices Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and KM Hafizul Ala rejected a plea that sought cancellation of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) case.Advocate Md Khurshid Alam Khan stood for ACC while deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and advocate Jainul Abedin stood for Annie.ACC deputy director M Manjur Murshed filed the case with Ramna police on 9 October 2014.The former MP was accused of concealing information about Tk 13,13,940 in a financial statement filed at the ACC and having Tk 1,40,42,670 in undisclosed property.Dhaka Special Judge Court framed charges against Annie on 24 May 2016. On 1 September that year, the High Court stayed the trial proceedings for six months and issued a rule asking why the applicant should not be acquitted.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this inaugural episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you three hot topics in political news:Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) not working out, what are the repercussions?Supreme Court nomination Neil Gorsuch, will he/won’t he, make it?President Trump is not throwing out the first pitch for the opening of baseball seasonThen they drill down on the fight between President Trump and Congress, after the fallout of not being able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Most importantly they tell you why you should care about that fallout. Don’t forget to check out our Texas centric episode of Party Politics too! Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.  00:00 /10:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

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first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08 X Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot.Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot, as he intended.The November ballot will already include a proposition on the City’s pension obligation bonds, which amount to $1 billion.The approval of that proposition, which was included in the final version of the bill that the Texas Legislature approved this year regarding the Mayor’s pension reform plan, is the last step for the pension reform to become a reality.“Do I want to run the risk of losing the reforms that we’ve made to our pension system that have been hurting this city for seventeen years? No,” Turner said during the customary press conference held after the City Council’s meeting.The November ballot will also include bonds for general improvements in Houston which would be in the hundreds of millions.Bob Stein, a Political Science professor at Rice University, says Turner’s change of mind is wise because “…you put that in front of voters and they’re gonna have a hard time swallowing it and, if you added to that the revenue cap repeal, I think you would get people voting against all three.”Houstonians approved the revenue cap in 2005 and eliminating it could mean a property tax increase.Turner has supported repealing the cap, or at least changing it, since he was campaigning for Mayor back in 2015 because he contends it holds down the City’s budget and limits the ability to provide services. Sharelast_img read more