6 Sep
2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi rulers on Iran

first_imgJEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Monday with Saudi Arabia’s rulers as he sought to coordinate with allies over soaring tensions with Iran. On a day trip scheduled after Iran shot down a US drone, Pompeo flew into the Red Sea city of Jeddah and met with King Salman at his palace. “You are a dear friend,” the king told Pompeo as he shook hands with the top US diplomat and his aides. Also Read – Shahid Afridi joins ‘Kashmir Hour’ in military uniform Advertise With Us Pompeo later opened talks with the powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The top US diplomat was due to fly later Monday to the United Arab Emirates. Both Saudi and Emirati leaders advocate a tough US approach against regional rival Iran, whose downing of the unmanned drone prompted President Donald Trump to order a military strike before changing his mind. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Pompeo, speaking to reporters as he left Washington, called Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “two great allies in the challenge that Iran presents”. “We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition,” Pompeo said. He said the United States sought a coalition “not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”. Advertise With Us But the hawkish US stance has drawn limited support among its allies in Europe, which still support a denuclearisation deal negotiated under former president Barack Obama from which Trump pulled out last year, triggering tensions. Iran says that the US drone encroached its airspace — a charge that Washington denies — and accuses Washington of waging economic warfare by unilaterally imposing sanctions, including trying to stop all its oil exports. The US pointman on Iran, Brian Hook, on Monday held his own talks in Oman, which has often served as a go-between for Washington and Tehran. Pompeo’s trip comes despite growing controversy inside the United States over the Trump administration’s cosy relationship with Mohammed bin Salman after US-based dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Pompeo used rare emergency powers, citing Iran as a threat, to authorise $8.1 billion in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, despite concerns in the US Congress that the arms will go to kill civilians in the devastating war in Yemen. Pompeo added the Middle East stops on his way to a previously scheduled visit to India.last_img read more

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6 Sep
2019

Minister Srinivas Goud takes up padayatra in Mahbubnagar

first_imgMahbubnagar: With an aim to know problems faced by people in Mahbubnagar municipality, Prohibition and Excise Minister Srinivas Goud took out a padayatra in Mahbubnagar municipality on Tuesday.The Minister accompanied by officials from electricity, municipal, public health, revenue and police departments, first visited Balajinagar and Sriram Nagar Colony and interacted with people to know their problems. The people pointed official lethargy with regard to fixing of damaged roads and drainages in the Colony. The Minister after listening to them and directed the concerned officials to immediately begin the repairs and asked them to submit a completion report at the earliest. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Minister also laid focused on the incomplete CC roads and drainage works in some of the colonies. He directed the municipal and water works officials to ensure that even the hut and slum dwellers get tap water without fail. Later, the Minister laid a foundation stone for CC road in Sriram Nagar colony and asked the concerned contractor to complete the works at the earliest.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

High Inflation Economic Slowdown Hits Indian PC Market Sales Decline by 59

first_imgThe overall sale of desktops and laptops in India has gone down in the third quarter of this year as compared to last year, recent data showed.According to market research firm Gartner Inc, India’s mobile PC market, which totalled nearly 2.9 million units in the third quarter of 2012, recorded a fall of 5.9 percent during the corresponding period last year.”Consumers accounted for 47 percent of total PC sales in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 55 percent in the third quarter of 2011,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner.”This emphasises the fact that despite the festive season and availability of various end user schemes on PCs, the market was impacted by high inflation, global economic uncertainty and limited share of wallet as consumers preferred to spend on other consumer durables,” he added.In the third quarter this year, parallel imports and white boxes which accounted up to 47 percent of the whole desktop market showed a decline of 35 percent as compared to the same period of the previous year. Mobile PCs helped drive overall market growth with a similar 23 percent growth on a year-on-year basis. Lenovo retained the top position in the third quarter of 2012 with help of factors like the execution of the Tamil Nadu government order, and a strong increase in the consumer space. While HP’s PC shipment grew around 10 percent, Dell declined 22 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011. For local vendor’s like HCL PC market share declined to 3.4 percent in the third quarter with a 43 percent year-on-year decline from the third quarter in 2011. Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo represented around 60.6 percent of the market.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Bombay Stock Exchange halts trading due to network outage

first_imgBombay Stock Exchange halts trading due to network outage1.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Bombay Stock Exchange halts trading due to network outage1.4K viewsBusinessMumbai, July 3 (ANI): Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) halted trading on Thursday morning across all of its markets, including shares, currencies and indexes due to a network outage. Reportedly, all orders placed before the network outage would be cancelled. The exchange operator network service vendor HCL Technologies Ltd was working to resolve the issue. Stock Market Expert, Sunil Shah, said that the authorities are addressing the problem and have assured that trading will start soon.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Mumbai, July 3 (ANI): Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) halted trading on Thursday morning across all of its markets, including shares, currencies and indexes due to a network outage. Reportedly, all orders placed before the network outage would be cancelled. The exchange operator network service vendor HCL Technologies Ltd was working to resolve the issue. Stock Market Expert, Sunil Shah, said that the authorities are addressing the problem and have assured that trading will start soon.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Merkel Hollande push for Ukraine peace

first_imgMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsMerkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Merkel, Hollande push for Ukraine peace3.4K viewsBusinessA ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen moreVentuno Web Player 4.50A ceasefire, and the chance to get out. Some residents of eastern Ukraine evacuate their war-torn region, ravaged by a conflict between separatist rebels and government forces – which has seen morelast_img

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5 Sep
2019

Why Daisy Edgar Jones opted out of SS Rajamoulis RRR The reason

first_imgDaisy Edgar Jones out of SS Rajamouli’s RRR.PR HandoutBritish actress Daisy Edgar Jones, who was signed to play one of the female leads in SS Rajamouli’s multilingual movie RRR, has opted out of the mega-budget flick to everybody’s surprise. The development has left the fans wondering why she walked out of the flick.Now, the actress has explained the reason behind her decision. On her Instagram account, she announced, “Unfortunately due to family circumstances I am unable to participate in filming for this wonderful film. The script is truly brilliant and it’s such a great character, I hope whomever they cast receives as warm a welcome as I have and I wish the production all the best. [sic]”Daisy Edgar Jones, who acted in English TV shows like Outnumbered and Silent Witness, was supposed to romance Jr NTR in the SS Rajamouli’s creation.The makers made the news official on Twitter on Friday, 5 April. “Due to unavoidable circumstances, @DaisyEdgarJones is no longer a part of our film. We hope she has a brilliant future. #RRR. [sic]” the official Twitter handle of the flick announced the news.Ever since it was announced that she was on board for the Ram Charan and Jr NTR’s project, the Telugu cine-goers have treated her well on social media sites and her fan following on social media accounts too saw a massive increase. Meanwhile, the team has wrapped up the latest schedule of shooting in Gujarat and returned home to celebrate Ugadi festival. “Inspite of the set back, we were able to finish the #RRR Gujarat schedule in time… Thanking the people of Dharmaj and Siddhpur for the cooperation and hospitality.. Home for Ugadi…[sic]” SS Rajamouli tweeted about the progress of the multilingual flick.RRR is a mega-budget film produced by DVV Daniah. Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn plays a role with negative shade, while Alia Bhatt will romance Ram Charan in the period drama. The movie is made in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously and RRR is common name for all the languages.The film is set to release on July 30, 2020. SS Rajamouli with Junior NTR and Ram Charan at RRR movie opening ceremonyTwitterlast_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Karan Johar Kangana Ranaut is one of the best actresses we have

first_imgKaran Johar and Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaEver since Kangana Ranaut called out Nepotism on Koffee with Karan, and stirred up a debate which has engulfed the Industry, the tussle between Kangana and Karan has been cropping up time and again. Kangana stood ground and continued to speak about how such practices prevented genuine talent from making a mark in the Industry and Johar and his allies also took various digs at Kangana including interviews and award shows.But, recently, in an interview, Johar reportedly lauded Kangana, called her one of the best in the Industry and even said that he would be comfortable directing Kangana. As per reports, in a segment in a recent chat show, Karan Johar was asked by the CEO of Dharma Productions and very close friend Apoorva Mehta, whether he would be comfortable directing Kangana anytime soon. Much to the surprise of everyone, Karan promptly replied, “Yes, for sure. Kangana is one of the best actresses we have.”Interestingly, in an interview with Huffington Post also a couple of months ago, Johar had said that he had no problem with Kangana and if she was required for a film, he will work with her. However this time, he went on to admit that Kangana was one of the best in Bollywood.On the professional front, Kangana is currently shooting for Panga, and will then dive into promotions of Mental Hai Kya, post which she will start work on Jayalalithaa biopic. The actress also revealed that she was also preparing to announce another Directorial venture soon.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Saddam Hussein at Ram temple A riveting Bengaluru story will kill your

first_imgSaddam Hussein of BengalurutwitterAt a time when the charged-up election campaign results in politicians stoking communal disharmony, a Muslim youth in Bengaluru has hogged the headlines by cleaning a Ram temple in the city ahead of Ram Navami.Saddam Hussein, 27, has been cleaning the Srirama Seva Mandali at Rajaji Nagar in the city for the past three years. And he does it with real devotion. Every year before Ram Navami, Hussein cleans the temple, which is visited by many devotees during the festivals.Hussein got the job through his employer Venkatesh Babu, who got appointed as one of the office bearers of the temple committee. Babu, who knew Hussein for many years, offered him the temple job.According to reports, Hussein plays an important role at the temple. He looks after the temple chariot, which is taken out in a procession across Rajaji Nagar on the occasion of Ramnavami. Not just Hussein, his mother Mehaboobi is also a part of the temple’s workforce. She helps in cleaning the vessels and does other jobs.Hussein said that no one has objected to his working at the temple. He says the work at the temple has only made him closer to the lord. “Everyone in the temple and my family appreciates my work and Hindu-Muslims are like brothers”, he said.”I am a Muslim by birth and have been working in the temple for the last 3 years. I feel good and it gives peace of mind. I take care of complete cleaning. No one has ever objected to it”, said Hussein, reports ANI.According to him, there are no issues between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the region and everyone lives in harmony. He adds that all the communal conflict is a creation of politics while common people remain peaceful. Even as another election season rekindles debate over  Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid Hussein goes about his job, spreading the message of unity in diversity.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Gold Prices Could Fall Further over Next 12 Months

first_imgGold prices are expected to see further selling pressure in the coming months due to heightened expectations over interest rate hike by the US central bank, lacklustre safe-haven demand and turbulence in Chinese markets.On Monday, the yellow metal prices crashed to a five-year low due to a heavy sell-off witnessed in the gold exchanges in China.”We think that sentiment towards gold is now excessively negative,” said Capital Economics in a note.A rise in China’s gold reserves also did not underpin the gold prices, as the increased amount was far below the market expectations.”We have been highly negative on gold for the last one year. China’s gold reserves were substantially below expectations and the upside of stock markets has taken the attention of investors there away from gold to equities,” G Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics Research & Advisory, told NDTV Profit.Chokkalingam expects the gold prices to decline further by 10-15% over the next 12 months.On Friday, China reported that its gold reserves rose to 1,658 tonnes by the end of June, up 57% since April 2009.Besides, the safe-haven demand of gold remained weak in recent weeks despite increased concerns over debt crisis in Greece and a crash in Chinese equity markets.Gold prices did not gain much even though there was a significant sell-off in other asset markets before the debt-ridden Greece got bailed out for the third time last week.The lacklustre performance of the metal during the peak of Greek debt crisis this month had raised concerns over its status as safe-haven.”Gold has failed to benefit as much as we (and others) had anticipated from safe-haven demand, despite the catalysts of the Greek crisis and China’s equity crash,” said Capital Economics.A strengthening dollar in the wake of growing expectations over rate hike by the US Federal Reserve in September is also a big concern for the gold prices in the coming months.”If gold prices fall below $1,050 (an ounce), then there will be more pressure on gold prices. I won’t buy gold right now,” said Jamal Mecklai of Mecklai Financial.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Shoe hurled at Kamal Haasan during rally in Tamil Nadus Madurai

first_imgThe chappal attack came three days after Kamal Haasan kicked up a controversy.Slippers were hurled at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan when he was campaigning in Tirupparankundram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Wednesday (May 15) evening. The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief was campaigning for his party candidate P Sakthivel.Around 11 people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been named in the police complaint. Luckily, none of the slippers hit Haasan and fell on the crowd gathered at the gathering.According to a police officer, one person related to the incident has been detained.The chappal attack came three days after Haasan kicked up a controversy, saying that “independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse.O May 19, bypolls will be held in Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram, Sulur and Tirupparankundram Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam have fielded candidates from these seats.The Bharatiya Janata Party was quick enough to slam the MNM chief. “We strongly condemn Kamal Haasan for talking about Hindu extremism in his poll campaign. He is triggering communal violence in a place where there are a lot of minorities. The Election Commission must take stringent action against Kamal Haasan for this speech,” Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan tweeted in Tamil soon after Haasan’s speech.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Prabhas Saaho forces Nerkonda Paarvai makers to play safe release of Ajithstarrer

first_imgAjith in Nerkonda Paarvai and Prabhas in Saaho.PR HandoutThe release of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s Saaho in August is apparently giving jitters to the filmmakers, who had planned to release their movies in the same month. The massive hype followed by the gigantic for the recently-released teaser of the multilingual film has come as major worry to other producers and distributors, who are now planning to reschedule the release of their movies.The first such rumour to be heard from the industry is that the makers of Ajith’s Nerkonda Paarvai have decided to pre-pone their release. The Tamil film was scheduled for its release on 10 August, but now it looks like it will be out in July itself. Speculations are rife that Boney Kapoor has decided to release the film early, but yet to finalise the date.The first sign of early release came after the trailer release of Nerkonda Paarvai. However, the official confirmation is awaited.Saaho is a multilingual movie, directed by Sujeeth. It is an action thriller majorly set in the foreign countries. The teaser of the flick, which was released a few days ago, was packed with world-class chase scenes, fights and graphics.The teaser crossed over 60 millions views from all languages which tells the huge craze around the flick. Thus making producers of other films to play safe as releasing along with Saaho might eat into their business.Coming to Nerkonda Paarvai, it is a courtroom drama in which Ajith plays the role of an aged lawyer who fights for the three women falsely accused of various crimes. The film tries to project the misogyny in the society and how people judge women based on their dress.last_img read more

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5 Sep
2019

Union Budget 2017 Review by top Indian and global analysts bankers

first_imgWatched by 24.4 million viewers, finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Union Budget 2017 has got a positive response from most bankers, analysts, policymakers, brokerages and ratings agencies, though some have sounded cautious.Here, we bring you comments and observations made by them even as the stock markets gave thumbs up to the budget for the second day (Thursday), ending with gains of 85 points at 28,226. On Wednesday, the Sensex jumped 485 points to close at 28,141, while NSE Nifty ended 155 points higher at 8,716.Read: Union Budget 2017 gives 15,500 crore tax relief to individual tax payersDoor open for rate cut by RBI: DBS Bank The Union budget for FY17/18 (Apr17 to Mar18) adopted a balanced approach between maintaining fiscal discipline and pursuing inclusive growth policies.The FY17/18 fiscal deficit target was set at 3.2 percent of GDP, a modest deviation from the roadmap’s 3 percent. Market borrowings to finance the FY17/18 (referred to as FY18 in rest of the note) deficit were lower-than-expected, helping to cheer bond yields.With the government committed to fiscal consolidation, and 4Q16-1Q17 CPI inflation well below targets, the Reserve Bank of India might consider a 25bp rate cut at its policy meeting next week. The decision will be a close call. Nominal GDP for FY18 is expected to quicken to 11.8 percent from a revised 10.2% in FY17, and provide some cushion to next year’s fiscal ratios. If the measures are well-executed, Wednesday’s budget will boost rural and urban consumption, especially amongst low-income earners. This will provide a respite from the short-term dip in activities following the banknote ban. No big shocks: Nirmal Bang Institutional Equities The 2017-18 Union Budget has been workman-like with no big shocks/flourishes. By keeping spending growth low and also keeping the net borrowing number significantly lower than market expectation, it seeks to drive growth by coaxing households and corporates to come out and consume/invest more by borrowing at cheaper interest rates.Budget math seems reasonably credible, especially in the context that no revenues have been accounted from the new income declaration scheme (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana), which could be substantial. The latter could give the government some elbow room as estimates on divestment and inflows from small savings schemes may be a bit optimistic.There were no big shocks that will upset equity investors – no change in capital gains tax, continued focus on fiscal consolidation, no big political sops (except the ones already made by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 31 December 2016), no announcement regarding Universal Basic Income plan, focus on a smaller government and ease of doing business (abolishment of Foreign Investment Promotion Board or FIPB) and also focus on a ‘less cash’ economy.Good, even if not inspiring: HDFC SecuritiesArun Jaitley has yet again delivered an elaborate and meticulous Budget, mostly within stated policies. It laboured more than it inspired. India still awaits a transformative and inspiring follow-through after demonetisation. Jaitley has scored moderately well across this list. But nowhere has he hit the boundaries that could have brought the audience to its feet in applause. Not one brave new measure cashed in on the mass-support for the politically risky move of demonetisation. The decision to abolish the FIPB and the conscious decision not to increase the number of Central Schemes are confirmations of this Government’s rational intent.While the intent to widen the tax net is commendable, the results may not be easily forthcoming as soon as aspired. We see moderate risk to direct tax collections, and hence, to fiscal discipline (or capital expenditure) as the year progresses. Global factors, as always, will throw in uncertainty.Prudent, not populist: NomuraContrary to expectations of populism in the run-up to state elections and after demonetisation, the government is sticking to its path of fiscal consolidation, albeit at a less aggressive pace: it will narrow its fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of GDP in FY18 (year-ending March 2018) vs 3.5 percent in FY17.We think the fiscal assumptions are largely credible. We view the revenue targets as conservative overall, while we see an upside risk to revenue expenditure, which suggests that capex could be cut later if additional revenue from the amnesty scheme does not materialise or if oil prices rise further.The key message from the budget is that the government has chosen macro stability over growth, despite the pressure to present a populist budget. We see this budget as prudent and popular, but not populist.Not transformative: India RatingsThe broad theme of the FY18 budget remains on reducing the pain arising out of demonetisation and continuity of focusing on infrastructure and housing.  The fiscal deficit target at 3.2 percent of GDP in FY18 is lower than expected and positive for money markets, this will ensure transmission of low rates and benefits to the banking sector. The reduction in LNG custom duty will boost volumes for companies namely Petronet LNG Ltd.  The governments focus on lowering kerosene consumption is positive for upstream companies as zero subsidy sharing is expected in FY18. Adding two strategic crude oil reserves will take the total crude oil capacity in India to 15.33mt and provide additional energy security. Synergistic benefits will flow to the oil public sector companies, as the government proposes to create integrated PSU oil major.The railways shifting from diesel to solar power will impact diesel consumption, since the railways consume 3.24 percent of diesel in India.Realistic numbers commendable: Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIt is notable that the government has budgeted realistic to conservative growth in tax collection and avoided inclusion of any windfall receipts from the potential extinguishment of RBI’s liabilities due to demonetization, which lends credibility to its receipts estimates. It was heartening to see the government resisting calls for populist measures. Overall, we believe that the government has tried to make the maximum impact at minimum cost by providing relief to the low-income individual tax payers and reducing corporate tax for small companies – the most affected sections of the society. The government has kept inflationary bias at bay and its realistic math adds to its credibility.We also believe that a credible and economy-sensitive Budget opens the room for the RBI to deliver a rate cut.Surprises galore: SBI chairman Arundhati BhattacharyaAs far as new announcements are concerned most of them were unanticipated. The measure to tackle black money such as capping the cash transition limit to Rs 3 lacs and reforms in political funding such as reduction in minimum cash donation to political parties to Rs 2000 and novel ideas like electoral bonds were in the surprise list. These measures are nonetheless a continuation of the demonetization measure.The abolishing of FIPB is a welcome move as it removes another hurdle in movement of inward FDI. This measure will therefore boost the foreign investors’ confidence to invest in India.Given the general macroeconomic environment, domestic and abroad, the budget has achieved the much needed delicate balancing factor.Best budget, given the constraints: Angel BrokingFinance Minister has done his level best under the circumstances and the constraints on resources and his capacity to be too liberal with the fiscal deficit.The Union Budget has made a record allocation of Rs.10,00,000 crore for agricultural credit during the current financial year. This is likely to be a major boost to agriculture and a lot of sectors like agrochemicals, fertilizers, and drip irrigation systems.The fiscal discipline will ensure to keep bond yields low and also enhance rating of India’s external ratings. The commitment to keep revenue deficit at less than 1.9 percent will also be positive for the currency. This will be an indirect benefit for the equity markets in India.#ZAPRToday: 24.4 Mn watch as @arunjaitley announces 34% raise in advance tax on Personal income tax. #Budget2017 #TaxSlabs pic.twitter.com/Afd3IMwcmd— Indian TV viewership (@zapr_data) February 1, 2017last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Offices open today

first_imgThe government and private offices will open on Wednesday as the three-day public holiday on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr ended on last Tuesday.Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, has been celebrated in the country amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour on Monday.The eid holidays started from 25 to 27 June, while government officers and employees enjoyed their vacation from 23 June to 24 June as the two days were weekly holiday.last_img

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3 Sep
2019

6 Barisal cops withdrawn over case against UNO

first_imgUpazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Gazi Tariq Salman was produced before a Barisal Court on 19 July. Prothom Alo file photoSix policemen who were on duty on the court premises when UNO Gazi Tariq Salman was sent to jail in a defamation case were closed to the District Police Lines on Saturday, reports news agency UNB.Assistant Police Commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police Nasir Uddin Mallick said the six police personnel—sub-inspector Nripen Das, assistant sub-inspectors Sachin and Mahabub, and constables Jahangir, Selim and Sujan—were closed for administrative reasons.On 19 July last, a Barisal CMM court sent upazila nirbahi officer Salman to jail after he surrendered before it in compliance with its order and sought bail in a defamation case filed by a local Awami League leader on charge of publishing a ‘distorted’ photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the invitation card issued on the occasion of Independence Day.Salman was granted bail on a bond of Tk 10,000, hours after he landed in jail.As the incident sparked off huge public outcry throughout the country, Awami League suspended plaintiff Obaidullah Saju, religious affairs secretary of Barisal district unit of the party, on Friday for filing the Tk 5-crore defamation case overenthusiastically.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

TIB questions Ershads role as PMs special emissary

first_imgThe government pays him Tk 500,000 per month as well as provides him with other facilities and special allowances as the prime minister’s special emissary, the report said. HM Ershad. File PhotoTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has raised questions about how effectively Jatiya Party (JaPa) chairman HM Ershad performs his duties as special emissary to prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Despite being the PM’s special emissary, Ershad was not seen performing this role in his personal tours to several countries, TIB officials said quoting a study at a press conference on Thursday.TIB revealed the study, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of 14th to 18th session of the 10th national parliament.According to TIB’s study, the chief of “official opposition party” in parliament, HM Ershad, was appointed as PM’s special emissary on 12 January 2014.The government, however, did not clarify by issuing any gazette or order as to what Ershad’s duties would be as the prime minister’s special emissary.Executive director of the TIB, Iftekharuzzaman, said that they failed to collect any specific gazette regarding the appointment of Ershad as PM’s special emissary.Asked about this, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told Prothom Alo that there is a gazette in this regard.According to media reports, Ershad’s duties include representing Bangladesh as a modern, Muslim-dominated democracy, promoting its education system, culture, and non-communal image before the world, as well as working to widen Bangladesh’s scope of exporting manpower in the Middle East.As special emissary, he visited several countries, but he was not seen performing as the prime minister’s special envoy in any of these countries, according to the Parliamentary Watch report.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Teenage son kills father

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man died after being hit with a bamboo stick by his teenage son in Arpara village of Alfadanga upazila in Faridpur district on Tuesday evening.The deceased is Dablu Mia, 46, son of a certain late Hiru Mia of the village, reports UNB.Quoting locals, Alfadanga police station officer-in-charge Nazmul Karim said while returning from the jute field Dablu Mia found his son playing football instead of going to school or helping him in work.An angry Dablu started beating his son with a small stick. The son, however, fought back taking a bamboo stick from a nearby shop. The very first blow on the temple left Dablu critically injured.Locals took him to Upazila Health Complex where the doctor declared him dead.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Faridpur Medical College Hospital for autopsy, the OC added.The son has gone into hiding, he added.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Gunmen kill 10 villagers in Nigeria officials

first_img.Gunmen have killed 10 people in attacks on two Christian-dominated villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a hotbed of ethnic and religous strife, officials said Tuesday.On Christmas Eve, six people were killed when gunmen suspected to be ethnic Fulani Muslims stormed Ungwan Mailafiya, they said.The killings followed an attack in nearby Nindem late Friday where gunmen opened fire on a congregation, killing four and injuring 10, said a local lawmaker.”While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem … the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya”, parliamentarian Shehu Nicholas Garba said in a statement.”By daybreak on Christmas, six persons had been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old, and many others injured,” he said.A spokesman from the state government said troops had been deployed to prevent further violence.Southern Kaduna has for three decades been locked in tit-for-tat killings between indigenous Christian farming communities and Muslim Hausa and Fulani settlers.The dispute was originally over land and grazing rights but has lately degenerated into ethnic and religious conflicts, leaving hundreds dead.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Kenya dam burst death toll rises to 41

first_imgLocal residents wait inside an ambulance after Patel dam burst its bank at Solai, about 40 kilometres north of Nakuru, Kenya, on 9 May, 2018. Photo: AFPAt least 41 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, police said Thursday, as residents described muddy waters ripping through their homes in what one survivor called “hell on earth”.After a severe drought, weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 172 dead.The private Patel dam, used for irrigation and fish farming, burst its earthen banks on Wednesday evening in Solai, near the Rift Valley city of Nakuru, regional police chief Gideon Kibunjah told AFP.The raging waters wiped out two villages, a local resident said, while power lines were swept away, leaving many without electricity. The search for victims on Thursday afternoon by heavy rains.”We have 41 people dead from this tragedy,” Kibunjah said, adding 20 of them were children. He said the search for victims was still going on.”It is a disaster because most people were asleep when the tragedy occurred and their houses were swept away.”He said 36 people had been hospitalised.- ‘Hell on earth’ -Survivor Ngugi Njoroge said he and his family had been having dinner when there was a “loud explosion of water that washed away our home.””I was with my parents and my younger brother. I don’t know where they are. I was carried away by the water but I was lucky as I clung to a tree until the water subsided,” he said from his hospital bed.”It was like hell on earth.”Miriam Karimi said she could not find any of her three children, including her four-year-old son.”When we heard noises, we thought it was raining heavily nearby. I’m so confused. I hope they are alive,” she said.A senior police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity, said emergency workers had spent the night combing through engulfed houses to retrieve bodies.”We found 11 of the bodies covered with mud at a coffee plantation and these are people who may have been escaping but could not make it due to the force and speed of the water from the flooded dam,” he said.”Most of them are women and children who could not have been able to run fast, and the elderly.”The dam is close to an informal settlement housing casual labourers who work on nearby farms.The Kenyan Red Cross estimates that up to 500 families were affected by the disaster, which took place some 150 kilometres (90 miles) northwest of Nairobi.- Deadly rainy season -Weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides countrywide.Government statistics released Wednesday showed that more than 220,000 people have been displaced by flooding as heavy rains hit the country after three consecutive failed rainy seasons had left it in drought.Since March, at least 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) of farmland have been submerged in water with an estimated 20,000 animals killed, the Red Cross said last week.The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the East African country and in some cases the military has stepped in to airlift residents from submerged houses.The Red Cross appealed last week for $5 million (four million euros) to help those affected.The deluge has affected large parts of East Africa, destroying crops and killing farm animals after a severe drought which had sent food prices and inflation soaring and left millions in need of food aid.In Rwanda 215 people have died because of floods and landslides since January, according to Philippe Habinshuti of the disaster management ministry.In Somalia flooding has displaced tens of thousands, while torrential rains have also caused havoc in Tanzania and Uganda.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Indonesia wins UN council seat along with Germany Belgium

first_imgGerman foreign minister Heiko Maas votes during a General Assembly meeting to elect the five non-permanent members of the Security Council June 8 at the United Nations in New York. Photo : AFPIndonesia has defeated the Maldives in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting 1 January and will join the UNs most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.General Assembly president Miroslav Lajcak announced the results of the secret ballot vote Friday.The four countries running without opposition in the 193-member General Assembly all received over 180 votes. Indonesia defeated the Maldives by a vote of 144-46.The Security Council has five permanent members and 10 members elected by the assembly for two-year terms. Five countries are elected every year.Winning a seat on the Security Council is a pinnacle of achievement for many countries because it gives them a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security.last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

Banani fire probably caused by electric short circuit Probe body

first_imgWreckage of the burnt building is seen in Dhaka on 29 March 2019, a day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower. Photo: AFPThe probe committee formed by the home and disaster management and relief ministries suspected that the fire at FR Tower originated from an electric short-circuit on the seventh floor of the building that killed 26 people, reports UNB.Additional secretary Faijur Rahman, head of the probe body formed by the disaster management and relief ministry, came up with the information while talking to reporters after ending the public hearing on the fire incident at a temporary police control room near FR Tower on Sunday.The hearing was held from 10:00am to 12:00pm where statements of 24 witnesses were recorded.The committee will submit its probe report on 3 April based on information of 24 witnesses and victims, who are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPFaijur Rahman said the main purpose of the public hearing is to identify the origin of the fire and provide some recommendations to find out ways of saving people in the case of recurrence of such incidents.Replying to a question, Faijur Rahman said, “No fire alarm rang during the fire incident and the emergency exit way in the building is narrow while some were found sealed off during the incident. That’s why people failed to use the door.”Besides, the smoke emitted from the fire filled up the staircases and the floors, causing suffocation to people, he said.”We didn’t find any witnesses from the seventh floor where the fire broke out first,” he said.As the building was made of glasses, smoke could not pass and spread throughout the floors and staircases, making it difficult for people to escape, he added.A fire broke out on the seventh floor of the high-rise on Thursday, killing 25 people and injuring 70 more. Later, a man injured in the deadly fire succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, taking the death toll from the incident to 26.last_img read more

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