NEW DELHI: After a hot and sunny day, light showers on Saturday evening brought relief to parts of Delhi and surrounding areas of NCR.The rain followed by overcast skies and thunderstorm brought the mercury down. Earlier in the day, the region witnessed a sunny morning with the minimum temperature settling at 20.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above the average in the season. Maximum temperature was expected to be around 37 degrees Celsius, a Met department official said. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 36 degrees Celsius, while the minimum settled at 18.2 degrees Celsius.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Palestinian farmers, shepherds and fishermen in Gaza and the West Bank whose livelihoods have been severely affected by ongoing difficulties in getting essential products into those areas.FAO currently has 14 projects – amounting to $10 million – in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, focusing on areas such as horticulture and greenhouse and irrigation rehabilitation. There has been serious concern over the humanitarian situation in Gaza, given that agriculture and fisheries have been severely impacted by lack of inputs, constraints on farm exports and restrictions on fishing areas. While some agricultural inputs can be purchased locally, those procured abroad are more difficult to import, including plastic sheeting for greenhouses which is currently awaiting clearance by Israeli authorities. During a visit to region last month, FAO Emergency Operations Senior Planning Officer Suzanne Raswant said she was “impressed at the energy and commitment of the FAO Gaza team which is working hard to deliver services and assistance under very difficult conditions.” In addition to the current projects, FAO is seeking an additional $7.3 million this year to help restore livelihoods for farmers, those raising livestock and fishermen, as well as to improve food security. FAO is also working to help Gazans detect and respond to bird flu outbreaks, including through training and the provision of essential testing equipment. Earlier this week, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs highlighted the worsening conditions in Gaza and the West Bank resulting from closures and restrictions on the movement of goods and people during his recent visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.“After eight months of very serious restrictions on the movement of goods, the political and security crisis in and around Gaza has increasingly severe humanitarian consequences,” said John Holmes, who also serves as UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.He called for the lifting of the regime of closure and restrictions – which has seriously affected the daily lives and economy activities of those living in the West Bank – in a way that would not jeopardize Israel’s legitimate security concerns. 21 February 2008The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Palestinian farmers, shepherds and fishermen in Gaza and the West Bank whose livelihoods have been severely affected by ongoing difficulties in getting essential products into those areas.
Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius also appeared before the Bribery Commission this week.Aloysius was granted conditional bail last month in the Central Bank treasury bond scam case. (Colombo Gazette) The Bribery Commission today recorded a statement from Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake.Karunanayake appeared before the Commission today to give his statement which was related to the treasury bond scam.
Technology minerals company, Talga Resources provides an update on its cobalt-focused activities in northern Sweden. Highlights of recent activities include positive metallurgical results from Kiskama IOCG Project:Up to 91% recovery of cobalt to concentrate and 99% to solutionUp to 86% recovery of copper to concentrate and 99% to solutionUp to 77% recovery of gold to concentrate and 95% to solutionFour follow-up diamond drill holes completed at Lautakoski Cu-Co-Au project show expansion of Lautakoski to 65 km2 over major gravity anomaly with surface rock samples grading up to 3.9% Cu and 500 ppm Co.Talga has secured a new 33 km2 project ‘East Aitik’ with historic rock samples grading up to 17.4% Cu, 1.8g/t Au and 5.6% Mo located near the 36 Mt/y Cu-Au-Ag-Mo mine and mill.Resampling of historic core has been completed on Ahmavuoma project and assaying underway.Talga Managing Director Mark Thompson commented: “The outcomes of our cobalt related work program have been very encouraging. At Kiskama the metallurgical results show high recoveries of cobalt, copper and gold in samples from big widths of cobalt in sulphides rather than oxides. With no evidence of deleterious minerals that can plague cobalt recovery projects, a more in-depth assessment is justified.“In addition to Kiskama, the Lautakoski drilling and anomalous surface samples in the expanded area indicate large scale copper-cobalt-gold potential. Likewise the new high grade East Aitik ground is highly prospective, and is located proximal to roads and grid power near a giant open-pit base metals mine and mill – [Boliden’s Aitik operation].“These provide a low cost opportunity for potential future battery-mineral supply in Europe, and particularly in Sweden.”
THE AVERAGE PRICE paid for farm land in Ireland fell by €500 per acre last year.It was expected that the average value of agricultural land would break €10,000 per acre in 2013, instead it fell to €9,400.The national average price paid for agricultural land in 2012 was €9,954 per acre.That’s a 5.6 per cent drop.The figures were published today in the Irish Farmers Journal Agriculture Land Price Report.Supply and DemandThe report says that supply has recovered to pre-recession levels with almost 75,000 acres offered for sale in 2013.“Today, the market is dominated by executor and receiver/NAMA sales.There is still strong demand for land from farmers, along with increased interest from ex-pats, overseas customers, and a new type of buyer – returning Irish emigrants.Going going…goneThe Farmers Journal report shows that 74,862 acres were offered for sale in 2013, that’s up by 17.4 per cent on 2012.Dublin had the highest average at €16,115 per acre, Kildare was next in line at €13,114 per acre and Louth was third at €12,628 per acre.On the other end of the spectrum, Leitrim had the lowest average at €4,156 per acre followed by Mayo at €5,145 per acre and Sligo at €5,879 per acre.Read: Agricultural land prices fall by over 50 per cent in the past four years>Read:
TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-old Alexandra Kinova is pregnant with the Czech Republic’s first set of naturally conceived quintuplets.She is to due to give birth to her five babies by Caesarean section tomorrow at a hospital in Prague.Kinova, who already has one son, defied odds of around one in 60 million by becoming pregnant with five babies without the use of IVF treatment.(All images: CTK Photo/Stanislav Zbynek)Read: 13 things people with babies do>More: Kids tasting things for the first time… in slow motion>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a former president of the Melbourne University Greek club, Ashley Nasiakos found it odd that no other group existed for Greek Australians to follow their group activities when they enter the workforce. An idea was born, and with the help of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), the HACCI Young Professionals Network was created.Launching the group Wednesday night, Mr Nasiakos said it’s important to provide young Greeks with the chance to talk and collaborate with like-minded people once they enter the workforce. “There’s an expiry point, they fall off the radar,” he said about the lack of groups for young Greeks. “From Greek school, to uni, there’s nothing. It’s the most important time to build them up.”Mr Nasiakos said the network has been created to give working Greek Australians a unified voice, help them collaborate and meet people in their industry while also giving talented Greeks a chance to be mentored. More than 60 young Greek Australians packed the function room at Kri Kri restaurant in Melbourne, intrigued and happy to be a part of the initiative. Those attending came from a wide variety of industries, including lawyers, pharmacists, librarians and accountants, all hoping to get some tips on how to better navigate themselves through the business world. Keynote speaker and author of Adventures of a Ballooning Career, Despina Karatzias used her own story of working in the travel industry for more than 10 years to give the audience more of an idea of how to seize moments and get over the fear of networking. She said it’s in our blood to be good networkers due to the fact our parents had to be much more extroverted to survive in a foreign land.“We’re predisposed to leadership, we’re here because it takes courage to leave a place and come to a place that’s all uncertainty,” she said. “Networking started early for us after feeling left out in a foreign country.” Ms Karatzias also spoke of the three Ps of business: passion, people and profit, and included a networking tip called the elevator pitch. The pitch is a way to summarise a person’s career objective in less than a minute in a palatable way to get people interested. She implored everyone in the room to speak to three new people at the event.After the launch, the network hopes to provide a series of events for its members, from more casual meet ups to more serious workshops and industry nights. Already on the cards for the network are two special events with brand strategist Peter Economides.In a special four hour workshop on September 13, Peter Economides will tutor 36 participants on how to brand their business.Then the network will host a branding for start ups lecture with Mr Economides in conjunction with Swinburne University on September 15.Piggybacking from already successful events HACCI hosts, the network will also host a cocktail gala ball in the early months of next year.HACCI hopes to use its already established mentoring and internship program to give more members a chance at getting a foot in the door of their preferred industry.For more information, visit www.hacci.com.au or email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Potts isn’t the only one traveling through space and time with the Doctor.Following appearances in the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials, Nardole returns this spring as the Doctor’s first full-time alien companion in more than 30 years.But who is the lovable-if-dim sidekick, brought to life so sweetly by Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Bridesmaids)?Hired by River Song as a servant on Mendorax Dellora on Christmas Day 5343, Nardole unwittingly brings the Doctor and River back together in “The Husbands of River Song.”He also manages to get his head chopped off and transplanted onto King Hydroflax’s cyborg body—a small detail the writers gloss over during Nardole’s fully intact reappearance in “The Return of Doctor Mysterio.”“I lost my head very carelessly,” Lucas said during a December appearance on The One Show, promising that the reconstruction will be explained.“You do discover … across the course of the [upcoming] series how Nardole was put together again and why he’s back,” Lucas continued. “He’s not just there on a whim. He has a job to do. All becomes apparent throughout the series.”Little else is known about the character—aside from his affinity for plaid pajamas and orange bathrobes. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Pajamas make for great hiking clothes if they’re brightly colored. Right, Nardole? #DoctorWho #BehindtheScenes pic.twitter.com/n8wWPMiKg4— Doctor Who BBCA (@DoctorWho_BBCA) February 8, 2017“Some people say, ‘I quite liked Nardole, but why does he need to come back?’ Well, there is an answer,” Lucas told Doctor Who Magazine late last year. “I can’t tell you why he needs to come back, but I can tell you that he does need to come back.”And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Lucas specifically asked Moffat for a chance to reprise the character.“This guy who’s out in LA being offered every kind of pilot and every kind of career advancement has basically decided that instead of all that wealth and spectacular success, he’d rather go to Cardiff and make Doctor Who,’” Moffat reminisced in August. “I decided to import the best comic timing I’ve ever seen into Doctor Who on a regular basis.”Upon the show’s return on April 15, the Doctor’s bobble-hat-wearing cohort will become the first full-time alien companion since Vislor Turlough (Mark Strickson), who traveled with the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) from 1983–84.
BRUSH PRAIRIE — The Hockinson school board invites the community to a farewell celebration for outgoing Superintendent Sandra Yager, who is stepping down after this current school year. She announced her decision in November, and starting this summer, she will take over as superintendent at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Vancouver.Yager has been in Hockinson for the last 17 years, serving as superintendent and Hockinson High School principal. In March, the school board voted to hire Steve Marshall, who is currently the director of educational resources for the Camas School District, as Hockinson’s next superintendent.The celebration will run from 6 to 7 p.m. June 10 in the Hockinson High School library, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie.
Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado believes that there are still aspects of his own game that he must improveThe Colombia international started as a right wing-back for Juventus in Wednesday night’s Serie A game against Bologna.Goals from Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi inside the opening 16 minutes at Turin enabled Juventus to maintain their 100% winning start to the season after six games.“I am very happy with the team’s overall performance,” Cuadrado told the club website.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“When we play ball to feet, we’re effective and fun. I think we’ve made a great start to this season and we must keep up the good work.”But the 30-year-old, who gave Cristiano Ronaldo his no.7 jersey in the summer, feels there are aspects of his game that still need work.“As far as my own performance is concerned, I still have room for improvement and, when I attempt one-on-one moves, I must make the most of my characteristics, but I’m working every day to raise my game further.”Juventus will next face title rivals Napoli at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Saturday.
Arsenal have reportedly extended Nacho Monreal’s contract to June 2020 after activating a clause they had on his expiring dealThe Spanish full-back has been at Arsenal since January 2013 following his transfer from Malaga for a reported £8.5m.In that time, Monreal has managed 10 goals and 17 assists in 227 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners along with winning three FA Cups and Community Shields.With his contract running out this summer, manager Unai Emery expressed his wish to retain Monreal in the future.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Now ESPN reports that Arsenal have taken their option to renew Monreal’s expiring contract until the end of next season with talks over a longer-term deal to be put on hold for now.Although the futures of goalkeeper Petr Cech and injured striker Danny Welbeck remain in doubt as they enter the final six months of their contracts at Arsenal.Welsh star Aaron Ramsey is set to leave for nothing at the end of the season with Juventus recently confirming their interest in signing him.While Stephan Lichtsteiner, who only joined from Juventus last summer, is expected to remain with Arsenal having the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.
Just about any driver knows the feeling: That moment when you’re approaching an intersection, and the traffic light turns yellow. But you’re in no man’s land. You’re not sure whether to stop or go ahead.Some call that area of indecision the “dilemma zone.” It’s the site of thousands of crashes each year in the United States. And it’s at least partially complicated by divergent traffic rules from state to state, according to Oregon State University researchers.“We think that causes a little bit of problem, the fact that there are varying laws,” said David Hurwitz, an OSU assistant professor of transportation engineering who helped author a recent study.Locally, major traffic rules don’t change much from one side of the Columbia River to the other. But there are smaller differences — speed limits, licensing requirements and the like. Law enforcement officials say those discrepancies aren’t enough to have a big impact on how they do their jobs.“It’s not like you have one state where you can drive under the influence and one state where you can’t,” said Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings. “Those things are pretty standard across the board.”
The regional magazine M&A market saw a small spike in activity last week as two acquisitions were finalized.Charleston, South Carolina-based GulfStream Communications Wednesday purchased Grand Strand Magazine and its affiliated Web site from Charlston Communications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Acquiring GS Magazine is a strategic fit for GulfStream, according to marketing and circulation director Misty Johnson, because it extends the company’s regional advertiser reach and reader base to the Grand Strand, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach) area. Charlston Communications owner Pamela Charlston De Grood and the magazine’s advertising director will remain with the 20,000-circ. title under GulfStream, the company said. Other staff transitions are currently being finalized, Johnson told FOLIO:.GulfStream said GS and its Web site will undergo a redesign with the December/January issue, which is due to hit newsstands in early December. Gulfstream’s portfolio of regional titles includes Charleston magazine, Charleston Home, Charleston Wedding, WNC magazine and G, the Magazine of Greenville.After Nine Years, Founder Sells Cottages & Gardens PublicationsFurther north in Connecticut, Cottages & Gardens Publications was sold by founder Richard Ekstract to Dulce Domum LLC. The group includes Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and Westchester Cottages & Gardens.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.According to Cottages & Gardens Publications editorial director DJ Carey, the acquisition “will give us a new investment opportunity to expand our offerings to the affluent communities we currently serve … as well as prospective geographic areas for future growth” Carey will stay on as editorial director, reporting to Dulce Domum CEO Marianne Howatson.Ekstract—who created Consumer Electronics Monthly magazine in the early 1970s—launched Cottages & Gardens Publications with Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine in 2000.
In the stirring conclusion to her keynote remarks at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit Monday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson recounted the courage of a B-1 crew responding to a fire in the wing. When the seat of the first crew member attempting to eject malfunctioned, the commander of the B-1 Lancer decided to attempt an emergency landing. A transcript of the crew’s story as told by the secretary can be found in Air Force Times.Air Force photo by Wayne Clark Dan Cohen AUTHOR
You might get fined in New York for texting if this bill becomes law. Christian Vierig / Getty Images No matter how important your text might be, if you’re crossing the street, New York thinks it can wait. New York state Sen. John Liu introduced a bill last week that would ban texting while walking. Pedestrians could be fined between $25 and $250 if they’re seen “using any portable device” while crossing a roadway, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Guardian. “Using” a device means looking at it, playing games, being online, sending emails, texting and more, according to the bill. The legislation makes exceptions for emergency first-responders and those trying to contact hospitals, fire departments, police and other emergency services.”This bill in no way absolves drivers of their mandate to yield to pedestrians, and simply reminds people to resume texting after getting across the street safely,” Liu said in an emailed statement. Marco Conner, interim executive director of Transportation Alternatives, said he is opposed to the bill. “We should first identify the problem and the cause,” Conner said.Conner said that Liu fails to cite data that pedestrians are the ones causing their own injuries or deaths by walking into traffic while distracted. Instead, Conner said a recent rise in pedestrian fatalities nationwide “is believed to all be driver related.”In terms of solutions, Conner said he doesn’t see more regulation of phones as the answer. Conner said reducing vehicle speeds and reducing the number of vehicles on the streets should be priorities instead. Tags 3 Comments Share your voice Mobile
ATTARI (Punjab): Amid the raging tension between India and Pakistan over the recent development in Jammu and Kashmir, thousands of people gathered on the Attari-Wagah border in Punjab and celebrated India’s 73rd Independence Day on Thursday with utmost joy and fervour. Marching band contingent of Border Security Force (BSF) playing to the tunes of “Himmat Watan ki Hamse hai”, “Ye Desh hai veer Jawano ka” and other patriotic songs, was loudly applauded by the audience. Dance performances by the groups of men and women, clad in traditional Punjabi attire, has stolen the show. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us People were seen taking selfies and capturing moments on their mobile phones. Many children, young and elders wore a tricolour cap and were seen waving the national flag. People raised the slogan “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” to the top of their voices. Earlier in the day, women tied ‘rakhi’ to Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on the occasion of “Raksha Bandhan”. Women from different parts of the country visited the border with bliss and joy and tied the rakhis on the wrists of security personnel as a gesture of gratitude. Also Read – Financial emergency: Cong blames BJP for economic slowdown in country Advertise With Us A woman from Pune speaking to ANI said, “I am really happy to be here at Attari-Wagah border, celebrating rakhi with personnel and I want to thank them for all their hard work and efforts that they are doing for the for the country.” Personnel were also greeted with sweets after the women tied Rakhi on their wrists. As India also celebrates its 73rd Independence Day today, rakhi celebration elevated the happiness of the people.
The launch of Chandrayaan-2 launch was called off due technical snag on July 15, 2019.IANS/ISRONew details explaining why the ambitious space mission, Chandrayaan 2, was halted an hour before its scheduled launch emerged on Tuesday, July 16.Pressure drop in the fuel tank had caused an anomaly in the reading, an ISRO official said. “In order to maintain the temperature of liquid hydrogen at -253 degree centigrade, the upper stage of the rocket has nine helium tanks maintained at a pressure of around 300 PSI (pound per square inch). Pressure dropped by 10% in one of these tanks,” reported The Economic Times.While it was claimed that the issue was “not a big problem” and ISRO “would have gone ahead with the launch for most missions,” the significance of the moon mission was cited as the reason behind ISRO’s decision to abort the launch.Ravi Gupta, the Directorate of Public Interface at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), told ANI that the decision to call off the launch was imperative. “We could not have taken any chance in such a big mission. Several rounds of testing are performed of every part. Every movement needs to be monitored at every second,” he said.The cost of the mission was also a factor that was extensively considered. Former Director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) G Balachandran told ANI, “It’s normal. If there are anomalies, you just can’t send it off. Mission cost is over Rs 1,000 crore. It may be a simple thing or complex thing, they’ll analyse it.”At Rs 978 crore, the lunar mission is one of the most cost-efficient space projects in the world. ISRO’s budget for the mission is claimed to be 20 times less than its counterpart NASA.The next launch date will be announced after 10 days following a thorough investigation.On Monday evening, a NOTAM (notice to airmen), the mandatory alert issued ahead of every launch, said July 17, between 2:30 am and 3:30 am, and from July 18 to 31 between 2 pm and 3:30 pm, were identified as suitable windows for the next launch.While no official confirmed dates are revealed, ISRO could use the one-minute window that will be available on July 22 to “implement corrective action” to rectify the glitch.A successful launch would make India the fourth county in the world to soft-land a spacecraft and access the lunar surface. Only three countries – the US, Russia and China – have achieved the feat till now. The recent lunar mission follows the success of Chandrayaan 1, India’s first expedition to the moon which confirmed landmark discoveries such as the presence of water on the moon. Chandrayaan 2 was designed to explore the dark side of the moon that faces away from the earth and was scheduled to spend 14 Earth days on the lunar surface.On Monday morning, ISRO tweeted that the launch was aborted due to technical anomalies. It also called the move a “measure of abundant precaution.” ISRO calls off Chandrayan-2 launch due to technical snag in the rocket IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:38Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:36?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday asked what development really means when it is announced from a bulletproof platform set up over a lake, that Bangladesh is a role model of development.Fakhrul posed the question while speaking at a seminar at a hotel in the capital organised by the Association of University Teachers, to mark the 53rd birthday of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Bangladesh Agriculture University teacher Golam Hafiz presented the keynote paper on ‘Politics of Tarique Rahman, agriculture and rural development’ at the seminar.The government organised a huge gathering of public servants and students of different schools at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after a jubilant procession earlier in the day, Saturday, to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.Criticising the celebration, Fakhrul said the ruling Awami League is talking at the top of its voice and organising big programmes.”AL is compelling school students to attend the rally. It sent letters to teachers, telling them to attend the programme or they would be sacked and the schools would be ignored. The government officials were asked to attend the rally or a month’s salary would be deducted,” he said.The BNP secretary general said a limited number of people had benefitted from “development; and they [AL men] had become billionaires.”One the contrary, the common people suffered due to power tariff hike. Their backs have been pushed up against the wall, he said, adding that nobody cared about their crisis.About the 7 March speech of Bangabandhu, Fakhrul Islam said UNESCO had included 7 March speech in its International Memory of the World Register, a list of the world’s important documentary heritage.It is good news and nobody had denied the recognition, Fakhrul said.The BNP leader went on saying, “But you are celebrating it and holding rallies when people are in crisis. The floods in the haor areas of Sylhet may return again. The price of rice has risen to Tk 50-60 per kg. The fertiliser prices have jumped three times.”Whose development has taken place, he asked, also replying, “You have attained the development.”Sustainable development does not take place if the purchasing power of the people, investment and production do not go up, Fakhrul said, adding that sustainable development cannot be achieved without sustainable democracy.Fakhrul also asked, “Who will establish good governance if the administration is destroyed?”He alleged the government had destroyed the judiciary. The chief justice was sent on forced leave as his stance went against the government. The chief justice was driven out of the country and he was forced to resign, he added.Pointing out the amendment to the constitution, Mirza Fakhrul Islam said those who have amended the constitution are not representatives of the people. A total of 154 persons were elected without contest, they have brought the amendment to the constitution and now they are talking about the national election according to that amendment.The government should give political parties at least minimum space for political programmes, he said, alleging that the government does not let the opposition hold rallies and processions. It requires 100 types of permission to hold a rally, he added.BNP does not get permission to hold any programme, Fakhrul alleged, saying that if such a situation continues, the country will turn into a ‘failed state’.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to send back Rohingyas to Myanmar. Rohingyas who fled to Bangladesh will be sent back under the MoU, but nothing was clearly stated about what would happen to those who had come earlier, he pointed out. He also said the MoU was signed hurriedly, keeping the UN and other countries out of the process.Fakhrul alleged the prime minister could have visited China, India and Russia to seek diplomatic help but she did not do so.BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, spoke at the seminar presided over by teacher of Bangladesh Agriculture University Idris Miah.
The collapsed Rana Plaza.Proceedings in the murder case over the Rana Plaza collapse have been stalled, following a High Court order six years after the deadly incident that killed more than 1100 people.Testifying in the murder case was halted after two of them got a stay order from the court challenging the order to frame charges, according to the office of Dhaka district public prosecutor (PP).Six years ago on 24 April 2013, a total of 1,136 people, mostly readymade garment workers, were killed and 1,169 more were injured and later physically disabled after the multi-storey building collapsed.Three years ago, the Dhaka district and sessions judge court framed a charge sheet and passed an order to carry on proceedings of the murder case against Sohel Rana, owner of the building, and 40 others.Earlier, three cases were filed in connection with the Rana Plaza collapse. One was filed under the building construction act. The proceedings in the case were also stalled following a revision appeal by the accused.The trial of only the case which was filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is now going on.Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity’s executive director Kalpana Akhter told Prothom Alo, “A lot of people were killed or physically disabled in the incident. But there has been no justice over the past six years. This is a sheer humiliation for the victims. If the workers had any value, justice would be done in 6 months.”The attorney general Mahbubey Alam said, “The public prosecutors informed me that the trial in the two cases remains stalled following stay order by the High Court in favour of two accused. As soon as possible, the state will take necessary steps over the withdrawal of the stay order.”Dhaka district’s chief public prosecutor Khandakar Abdul Mannan told Prothom Alo that he earlier informed the attorney general’s office about the matter.In reality, he added, there is no scope to carry on the trial due to the stay order from the higher court.He assured that he will soon talk with the attorney general over the matter.In this AFP file photo taken on 24 April 2013 Bangladeshi civilian volunteers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe case was delayed for three years as there was no permission to frame charge sheets against the six government servants involved in the matter.The public administration, and labour and employment ministry argued that they won’t give permission to frame charges against its officials as they did not commit any serious crime.The police finally framed charges against the officials despite no permission from the ministry. Taking the matter into cognizance, the Dhaka district and sessions judge court framed the charge sheet on 18 July on 2016.Dhaka PP office said eight accused filed an appeal with the High Court challenging the charge sheet. Following a hearing on the issue, the higher court passed a stay order. Meanwhile, stay order of six have been withdrawn. The trial remains stalled as the higher court extended stay in favour of former mayor Refayet Ullah and former councilor Mohammad Ali Khan.Out of 41 accused in the case, only Sohel Rana, owner of the building, is in jail while 32 are on bail, six are in hiding while two of them have died.Asked about the matter, Supreme Court lawyer Shahdeen Malik told Prothom Alo that it seems that the state has no interest about any cases other than political ones.This is why the state is not taking any action to withdraw the stay on the case, he said.What does the charge sheet say?Savar police first investigated the incident. Then, the Detective Branch (DB) of police probed for the second time and finally, police’s Crime and Investigation Department (CID) conducted another investigation.According to the charge sheet, a crack was seen on the third floor’s pillars and walls of the Rana Plaza at 9:30am on 23 April 2013. Following the incident, BGMEA officials immediately visited the spot and asked the authorities to stop using the building until a BUET team examined it.But the owners of five garments factories forced the workers to carry on their work on 24 April. On that day, Rana Plaza’s owners—Khaleq and Sohel Rana—said that ‘the building won’t collapse in a hundred years.’In this AFP file photo taken on 24 April 2013 Bangladeshi garment workers help evacuate a survivor using lengths of textiles as a slide to evacuate them from the rubble after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFPThe charges sheet said Rana Plaza’s owner Khaleq and his son Sohel Rana resorted to corruption at every step of constructing the building, making it a death trap. Five garment factories were opened in the building. Heavy electric generators, big sewing machines were set up inside the building. On the morning of the disaster day, the electricity power went off at 9:00am. They then turned on three generators. The building immediately collapsed.Statement stopped in another caseCID submitted a charge sheet on 26 April 2015 in a case filed by RAJUK (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha). The case was filed under the building construction act and 18 persons including Sohel Rana were named. Taking this charge sheet into consideration, on 14 June next year, the senior judicial magistrate of Dhaka framed charges. A number of plaintiffs challenged the order and sought revision with the district and session judge court at Dhaka.Recording of statements pertaining to the case under the building construction act came to a halt as a revision petition was filed, said state-prosecutor Anwarul Kabir.The statements will be taken once the documents are delivered from the chief judicial magistrate court. But the course of recording statement has been running under a special judge court of Dhaka division. Charges were framed against 10 people including Sohel Rana on 21 May 2017.*This report appeared in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin and Toriqul Islam
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Say you’re visiting a new city to meet a client or scout out a business location. In the past, you might have spent hours searching your network, trying to find someone to show you the lay of the land. But with the free service Startuptravels, the work is done for you with a few clicks. That was the impetus for Anders Hasselstrøm’s project. The Copenhagen-based tech entrepreneur often traveled to Scotland on business. Last summer he seized on the idea that there was potential to up the value of those visits. “I was traveling back and forth twice a month, and I realized I should connect with entrepreneurs while I was spending so much time there,” he says. Unfortunately, Hasselstrøm couldn’t find a simple, online way to do that. “I reached out to other entrepreneurs I knew and found they were having the same issue.” His goal was to develop a service that connected visiting entrepreneurs with fellow businesspeople based in the city. The traveler could ask to grab a coffee, request an introduction to another entrepreneur, or ask for help finding local vendors or resources for a project. He or she could even barter for office space or a place to stay during the trip.To further hone the idea, Hasselstrøm connected with developers Henrik Haugbølle and Rasmus Frandsen. The three surveyed every other entrepreneur they knew—more than 250 in all—to find out their travel patterns and needs. Among the suggestions for the network was to base users’ profiles on their LinkedIn page. In practice, Startuptravels users register on the site using their LinkedIn login, and their profiles, work histories and other details automatically transfer over. The info can then be modified with useful tags like “Early Entrepreneur” and “Investor.” As soon as someone decides where and when to travel, he or she can look up locals to meet during specific dates. As more people join the site, Startuptravels’ algorithm will weed through the listings to suggest entrepreneurs with similar backgrounds and interests. Still in beta since launching in October, Startuptravels now counts nearly 3,000 active users in 120 countries. Hasselstrøm’s reliance on a community of developers to build the site saved costs and time, and created a built-in set of evangelists to promote the service. “Our co-developers were the guys who fit the archetype of our website’s persona,” Hasselstrøm says. “They are power users who are willing to give their time, office space and perhaps a spare couch to make the service valuable to fellow entrepreneurs.” Why the name Startuptravels instead of something with broader appeal? Hasselstrøm says the point was to make the service relevant to entrepreneurs at a specific stage in their careers. It also doesn’t hurt that the startup community is, by his thinking, the cool place to be right now. “Our network wouldn’t have been as valuable five or even two years ago, but today the startup economy is booming worldwide,” he says. “Startup people are the new rock stars, so now it’s not uncommon for people to identify as such. Startups now have much more value, not only in the number of people who are involved in [them], but in the respect for the word startup itself.” March 11, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the March 2015 issue of Start Up. Subscribe »