Discussing vast tourism potential in Assam

first_imgNo doubt Assam could be the best place for tourism, thanks to the green mountain ranges, tea gardens, rich culture, and the gigantic Brahmaputra. In order to make the state’s presence felt on a global level, the ongoing Rongali carnival in Guwahati hosted a seminar on ‘Assam as Tourist Destination’ recently, emphasising how rich heritage of the state could be used to woo the tourists.The seminar was attended by the various dignitaries from the tourism including PP Khanna, President ADTOI; Ranjit Das, President TOAA; Dipak Jalan, President HRAA among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainShyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser of Rongali, said that the idea of conducting Rongali is to make Bihu a tourism festival of the state. “Like West Bengal, has become a destination for Durga Puja, similarly our dream is to make Assam destination for Bihu.” It was also mentioned that the tourism ministry of NE is also thinking about making Assam and North East as tea tourism and adventure sports destination. Ranjit Das, however, feels that Assam can focus on the adventurous side of it to cash in on the young footfall, who are much into trekking and adventure sports. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”There is a renewed interest among the domestic and international visitors. Now, tourism here is not only restricted to wildlife. Rather, culture and cuisine are also high points. Recently, we had the opportunity of attending a workshop on eco-tourism policy, envisaged by the Forest Ministry, Government of Assam. If the policy is put in right perspective then many nature-based activities will open up for the tourists,” he added. PP Khanna believes that Assam has everything to make it one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Rajesh Prasad in his keynote, addressed to Prime Minister’s effort in promoting the rich craft of Assam. Bhaskar Phukan, MD, ATC emphasised on various ways which have been taken to promote Assam tourism. Now, it should also focus on cultural tourism, golf amidst tea garden and more.last_img read more

How France And Croatia Made It To The World Cup Final In

After weeks of golazos, flops and inaccurate estimates of stoppage time, the World Cup is nearly over. We’ve been tracking, and forecasting, each team’s chances as the tournament has unfolded, and we thought it would be fun to look back at how the final between France and Croatia got made. Our final pre-match predictions give France a 59 percent and Croatia a 41 percent of winning it all in Russia — but at the start of the knockout round, their chances of winning the trophy were only 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Here are the paths each team took to the final game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.

Real Madrid to pursue £100m deal for De Gea

first_imgReal Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.last_img read more

Franck Ribery This could be my last year at Bayern Munich

first_imgFranck Ribery has admitted that this could be his final year at Bayern Munich, despite intending to continue his playing career up to the age of 38The French winger has spent over a decade at the Allianz Arena and, in that time, he has won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013.Yet Ribery, who signed a one-year extension at Bayern last season, admits that his future after the season is in doubt.“It’s too early to say now,” said the 35-year-old on ESPN.“I’d be up for another season, but let’s wait and see how this season shapes up.“I am relaxed and don’t put myself under pressure. You must assess your performances correctly. It’s too early to say now.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The 2006 World Cup finalist confessed that he had received offers from foreign clubs before signing a new contract at Bayern.“I never wanted to leave,” he added.“There were serious offers from China, but I like the Bundesliga and the Champions League. I dream of winning it for the second time.“I am still ambitious, I am still driven. I have never said to myself this will be the last year. I have won everything, I can relax now. I always give it my all because it could be my last year.“At my age, you never know what’s next, but I would like to play until I am 38.”Ribery has managed 117 goals and 180 assists in 391 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.last_img read more

Minister Pintard Cheers Gardiners Silver Performance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 9, 2017 – London – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings (centre right, holding small flag) cheer their support for Abaco’s Steven Gardiner, as he raced to a silver-medal finish, during the Mens’ 400m Finals at the IAAF World Championships 2017, in London, England, on August 8, 2017. Pictured holding the large Bahamian flag is Joint Team Manager Carl Oliver.(Photo Courtesy MYSC) Related Items:last_img

James Rodriguez keen to discuss Bayern Munich future

first_imgJames Rodriguez is reportedly keen to initiate talks with the Bayern Munich board over their future plans for him over the winterThe Real Madrid loanee has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Munich for the last two seasons and has allegedly attracted the interest of Serie A champions Juventus.While Rodriguez’s loan deal will expire at the end of the current campaign, Bayern does retain the option to sign him on a permanent deal for €42m.However, Sport Bild reports that Rodriguez is not quite sure whether he wants to remain with Bayern on a permanent basis.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…The German outlet also added that a summer exit for the highly-rated Colombian winger is a strong possibility right now.Apparently, Rodriguez and his representatives intend to begin talks over his Bayern future in either December or January.Aside from Juventus, Rodriguez has also gained interest from clubs in England with a return to parent club Real another possibility.Rodriguez has managed 11 goals and 16 assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for Bayern since arriving in 2017.last_img read more

2018 San Diego walk to cure lupus

first_img Categories: Healthy Living, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 2018 San Diego walk to cure lupus KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The autoimmune disease lupus affects 1.5 million Americans. The chronic condition strikes mostly women of childbearing age but men, children, and teenagers develop lupus as well.A 5k walk is happening this Saturday at Liberty Station to raise money to help to help find a cure.Dr. Eric Wood, a naturopathic physician, joins KUSI’s Sandra Maas to tell us more. Updated: 10:50 PMcenter_img Posted: November 29, 2018 November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

GCI Plans Continued Expansion Project On The Kenai

first_imgIn February of last year, Kenai and Soldotna joined Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Fort Greely, Juneau, Palmer and Wasilla as the eighth and ninth Alaska communities to get access to GCI’s one-gigabit-per-second internet speeds through 1 GIG red. According to Handyside, in the past 40 years since GCI started in Alaska the company has invested about $3 billion in network expansion statewide, including about $121 million in the Kenai Peninsula. The current project is estimated to cost roughly $6.3 million. Mary Hart, Vice President of South Central and Western Regions for GCI, spoke about the progress GCI has made since it started in Alaska 40 years ago: Audio PlayerMARRY-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-1-32918.mp3VmMARRY-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-1-32918.mp300:00RPd“Today, even in Kenai/Soldotna area in Seward and now even Homer, if we are just talking on the Peninsula here, we are offering a 1 gig internet service when back then in the equal access days we were just trying to become a long distance carrier.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI presented the remaining plans of their two-year expansion project to improve service on the Kenai Peninsula at a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, March 28.center_img The plans include updates on 39 towers in the Kenai Peninsula area, installing new hardware and changing frequencies, and updates to the current infrastructure. GCI remains one of the largest telecommunications providers in Alaska. Heather Handyside, GCI’s Director of Corporate Communications: Audio PlayerHEATHER-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-2-32918.mp3VmHEATHER-ON-GCI-EXPANSION-2-32918.mp300:00RPd“Ron Duncan and the leadership of our company they’re very forwarded thinking and always trying to develop ways to bring new technology to Alaska.” last_img read more

House Beautiful Uses Watermark To Gain Visitor Info Boost Engagement

first_imgHearst’s House Beautiful magazine is taking advantage of the newest publishing technology trend—digital watermarks—to provide expanded content options and to tap insights about readers.“I see this Digimarc water mark as the next technology to be incorporated into the magazine experience,” says Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. “This allows us to be able to deliver additional content and different content in ways that we haven’t been able to do before.”The November issue of House Beautiful will be one of the first magazines to feature a a digital watermark on its cover, placed in the lower right-hand corner (pictured). The watermarks allow the magazine to see what devices a person is using to access the content. “Whether it’s an Android device, an iPhone or an iPad 2, the watermark tells us,” he says. “We’re really interested in getting that information because it will be revealing in some ways.” Turner says digital watermarks are like QR codes in that they can enhance editorial content. However, he says, a digital watermark can do so without disrupting a publication’s style and format with a QR code graphic. Additionally, the editor says it can help engage younger audiences and expand demographics.“It’s all natural to them to be able to connect to different mediums,” he says. “This can be a seamless, obvious next evolution for them.”The editorial mission can be expanded—and keep people in-app longer—through utilizing the watermark to integrate features a traditional magazine could never provide. In the case of House Beautiful, which may photograph a beach home, capturing a view of the ocean out a window was difficult. Now within a photo placed next to an article, a watermark can be incorporated to provide readers with a 360-degree view.According to the most recent comScore figures, House Beautiful has 489,000 unique visitors and over 13 million page views. The average time spent on its Web site is 20 minutes. The group would not disclose how many users have download the magazine’s iPad app.Turner says the publication will commit to doing at least 5 digital watermarks per issue beginning with the October edition—he says the number was picked to create a minimum presence within the digital pages. An area in the table of contents of the digital magazine is also devoted to links that include all the watermarks in the publication.So far, readers seem to be engaged with the new watermark and product.Ambience Inspired Interiors wrote on the editor’s Facebook page, “I’m enjoying the highly interactive November issue! Thanks for taking HB to the next level—it is so enjoyable!!!last_img read more

Nielsen to Measure Performance of Facebook Instant Articles

first_img As the number of channels publishers pursue in the race to reach consumers continues to increase, the goal of providing advertisers with total audience measurement at times seems loftier and more elusive by the day. Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings are essentially an attempt to contextualize digital audiences in the same way Nielsen has measured TV ratings for decades. The ratings are currently available to Nielsen clients, with a syndicated roll-out expected sometime this quarter. Facebook first introduced Instant Articles last May, touting dramatically-reduced load times and a more seamless user experience within the social network’s smartphone apps. Nine initial partners were selected, among them The Atlantic and National Geographic. A second group, including Hearst and The Economist, jumped on board in December. Of all of the revelations from Facebook’s F8 developer conference, which kicked off today in San Francisco, perhaps none is more salient to the magazine industry than the announcement that Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings will soon measure the performance of Facebook’s Instant Articles, the native-hosting platform which, not-so-coincidentally, was made available to all publishers today. 1Publishers can either sell ads in Instant Articles themselves and keep the revenue, or use Facebook’s Audience Network for any unsold inventory, according to Facebook product manager Michael Reckow. It’s clear to many publishers that if they want to be where their audiences are, the best bet is to play ball with Silicon Valley, despite justified fears that most of their concerns and misgivings have, thus far, fallen on deaf ears. Thankfully, given the announcement Friday that Facebook will now allow publishers to post branded content to their pages, it appears Silicon Valley might actually be listening. Robust traffic however, hasn’t always equated to a boom in revenue1. Common complaints among publishers using Instant Articles have included the idea that advertising is difficult to integrate and performance metrics are unclear. Facebook addressed the former concern in December, easing restrictions on the types and amount of advertising that could appear, in what it called a direct response to requests from publishers. The latter concern may have been addressed today by Nielsen. “They are asking us to have a relationship with them where we serve our editorial to them directly. But what they are allowing us to do is keep 100% of the traffic that hits an article. We keep that revenue,” Women’s Health VP, publisher and group director, Laura Frerer-Schmidt, told Folio: sister site min in February. “The reason they are giving us their audience is because they don’t have that [brand or editorial].” The release has been disruptive, if nothing else, to publishers scrambling to avoid missing the next big distribution channel, but the response has been generally positive. Gawker CEO Nick Denton, for example, claims his site’s page views are up 48 percent since implementing Instant Articles. Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings—launched last year in partnership with Adobe, who helped provide analytics—look to apply daily measurement to the performance of digital-media content (both static and video) across desktop, mobile, and tablet devices. Nielsen says measurement of audiences on gaming consoles and other over-the-top devices will be available soon, as well.last_img read more

Army Expects to Achieve Readiness Recovery in 2022

first_imgThe Army will continue to focus on rebuilding readiness over the next four years, upgrading equipment, refurbishing stockpiles of munitions and bulking up its end strength. Already, the service has made tremendous strides in regaining past readiness levels, Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for Army G8, said this week at an industry conference. The service is on track to add 7,500 active-duty soldiers this year and plans to increase its active forces by 4,000 personnel each of the next three years. By 2022 when officials believe the Army will reach its readiness goals, the service’s priority will shift to modernizing its weapons and equipment.At that point, the service will shift funding from readiness to modernization as officials prepare future budgets, reports Military.com. “I have commitment from the secretary and the undersecretary that, if we achieve that readiness rate, we will work the readiness accounts as we invest more into the modernization accounts,” Murray said.Photo by Spc. Patrick Kirby Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Avengers Endgame 4DX makes for even more of a Marvel rollercoaster ride

first_img3:14 The water feature — which can be turned off via a button in your seat if you’d prefer not to get wet — is used pretty cleverly since there aren’t too many watery environments in Avengers: Endgame (unlike last year’s Aquaman). You’ll get a quick splash when a character draws blood with an attack, which is most effective when Thor goes “for the head” early in the movie. It makes this shocking moment feel even more visceral. Less effective is the wind machine. You’ll likely not even notice this feature until the end, when you realize you’re a bit cold. This can be a bit distracting, so 4DX is best for a second viewing rather than your initial visit.4DX isn’t the best choice for your initial Avengers: Endgame watch — we’d advise seeing it 2D first — but it’s a wonderful experience if you’re looking to mix things up on a repeat viewing. Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger Each seat’s built-in rumble feature adds tension with an atmospheric bass heavy drone or a full-on jab in the back when a character gets punched — Captain America’s big one-on-one fight is a highlight. Your seat goes pretty nuts during the finale, but this chunk of the movie is such a sensory overload that you won’t notice it that much. Don’t worry about getting too shaken up; this isn’t anywhere the level of an actual roller coaster and won’t leave you with aches or pains. However, it is a little distracting and can make you miss minor plot details. Now playing: Watch this: 0 26 Photos The 3D varies in its quality — there are moments when the added sense of depth makes you feel like you’re in the scene and others where it seems muddy and out of focus. Should you give the experience a try, make sure you’re sitting somewhere pretty central, about halfway back in the room, to alleviate that feeling.There are a few light effects too, but those are only used sparingly — the only time it had a major impact was when Thor goes all out with his powers. Seeing the lights flash as his eyes crackle with lightning is super cool. Tags Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Endgame is here Post a comment Avengers: Endgame in 4DX offers some cool moments. Thor is responsible for one of them. Cineworld Avengers: Endgame is a box-office-record-sinking roller-coaster ride no matter what format you see it in, but there’s one that makes that a little more literal.The 4DX experience is like watching a 3D film where your seat shakes and rumbles, a wind machine sometimes makes things a bit chilly, lighting effects punctuate certain moments and you occasionally get splashed with water (that part’s optional). It’s designed to make the movie more immersive, with the kinds of things you’d associate with a theme park ride more than a movie. Note: we’ll be veering into mild spoiler territory ahead.spoilers-mcuThe moving seats are the main attraction here — they’ll rumble and jolt to match the on-screen action, while the cinematic pans and zooms see them tilt accordingly. Spaceships going into hyperspace and the time travel aspect are the most obvious examples, with a fun amount of rocking and rolling. Just be prepared to feel a little silly as you ride with the heroes in those moments.However, the gentle rocking during emotional scenes (particularly those at the end) is the most effective. It’s surprisingly subtle, and you’ll feel closer to the characters in their vulnerable moments. TV and Movies Culture How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Share your voice Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

Samsungs 400 CRG5 brings 240Hz GSync compatibility to 27inch curved monitor

first_imgI have never regretted forgetting to photograph a monitor more. Samsung Samsung’s CRG5 isn’t the first 240Hz 1080p monitor, the first G-Sync-compatible model or the first 27-inch curved, but it might be the first with all of those, with a VA panel instead of TN to boot. The $400 monitor debuted at this year’s E3 gaming show and is slated to ship in July. (Directly converted, its price is about £315 and AU$575.)As a reminder, G-Sync Compatible means that a display has Nvidia-approved adaptive-refresh quality — think of it as a top-tier of AMD FreeSync 2 monitors — but since it doesn’t require extra G-Sync hardware in the monitor, it can be much cheaper. Samsung has long been a major FreeSync partner for AMD.The high 240Hz refresh rate delivers smoother gameplay — it really did when I tried it — plus a broader latitude for synchronizing with your frame rates and thus avoid artifacts like tearing. That too, looked good. Samsung Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw TN (twisted nematic) LCD panels still have the fastest response times, which is why they still dominate in esports; this model’s 4ms gray-to-gray VA (vertical alignment) panel is more in line with noncompetitive gaming performance, but VA does deliver better color and viewing angles than TN. Other specs include:1 x DisplayPort 1.22 x HDMI 2.0Headphone jackBrightness: 300 nits Laptops Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Gaming See All Tags E3 2019 How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNET Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show More from E3 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Share your voice 0 Post a comment 17 Photos • reading • Samsung’s $400 CRG5 brings 240Hz, G-Sync compatibility to 27-inch curved monitor Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ actionlast_img read more

Tech Mahindra Q4 net profit plunges 33

first_imgAn employee sits at the front desk inside Tech Mahindra office building in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi March 18, 2013.Reuters fileIT software services company Tech Mahindra on Friday reported Rs 590 crore consolidated net profit for the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, a fall of 33 percent from Rs 876 crore in the corresponding period last year.In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the company said consolidated revenue for the quarter under review grew 9.9 percent to Rs 7,733 crore from Rs 7,039 crore in the year-ago period. Sequentially, Q4 net profit declined 30 percent from Rs 845 crore in Q3 while revenue dipped 2.6 per cent from Rs 7,713 crore during the December 2016 quarter. For 2016-17, consolidated net profit declined 5.8 per cent to Rs 2,851 crore from Rs 3,027 crore in 2015-16, while total revenue grew 11 per cent to Rs 29,918 crore from Rs 26,934 crore.Earnings before income tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for Q4 also declined 22 percent over last year and 24 percent over last quarter to Rs 899 crore though operating margin grew 12 percent.Ebitda dipped 2 percent to Rs 4,184 crore, while margin rose 14.4 percent.The company’s Board of Directors recommended 180 percent dividend or Rs 9 per share.”Information technology the world over is going through a major shift with demand patterns changing constantly. Most businesses are battling the geopolitical uncertainties. As a digital transformation company, we see these as huge opportunities in the future. Our clients are approaching us with more problems to solve than ever before, which is a happy problem for us to deal with,” Vice-Chairman Vineet Nayyar said in a statement.The company’s active client base increased by 36 to 843 during 2016-17 from 807 last year.”The industry is going through a paradigm shift amid changing demand pattern from the clients, technological changes and requirement for skill enhancement. We have responded to those changes proactively by reimagining the business, imbibing a culture of innovation, encouraging reskilling and retraining of our workforce,” CEO C.P. Gurnani said.The company’s cash reserves increased Rs 183 crore to Rs 5,383 crore over last year.”We believe our ability to serve the customers across ‘Run’, ‘Change’, and ‘Grow’ embracing DAVID (Digitalisation, Automation, Verticalisation, Innovation and Disruption) in every conversation, with the objective of providing the right kind of experiences will continue to make us relevant for our clients,” added Gurnani.Total headcount stood at 117,693 as of March 31, 2017.last_img read more

Coffee Day selling Tech Park to Blackstone for Rs 3000 cr

first_imgAn employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday approved selling Global Village Tech Park of its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd in Bengaluru to the US-based private equity firm Blackstone for Rs 2,600 to 3,000 crore over the next 30-45 days.”The Board of Directors approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone for a transaction value of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.The decision comes a fortnight after the company’s founder-chairman V.S. Siddhartha was found dead on July 31 in a river near Mangaluru on the state’s west coast.”Parleys with Blackstone were underway by Siddharth since January when he was looking at selling his or the holding company’s equity stake to raise funds for pairing high-cost debts,” a source told IANS.The New York-headquartered Blackstone specialises in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.”The transaction is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals in the next 30-45 days,” added the filing.The board also approved disinvesting in its step-down arm AlphaGrep Securities Ltd to Illuminati Software Ltd for Rs 28 crore.The 9-year-old Delhi-based IT firm is involved in the data processing.”The twin transactions will help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” added the filing.last_img read more

Farhad Mazhar abduction case with DB

first_imgFarhad Mazhar being taken to court. Photo: Prothom AloDetective branch of police is set to investigate the case in connection with the abduction of poet, essayist and political commentator Farhad Mazhar.At the order of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia, the case is being transferred to detective branch of police from Adabar police station on Wednesday.Tejgaon police deputy commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarker confirmed this to Prothom Alo.He said DMP commissioner ordered the transfer of the case filed in connection with the abduction of Farhad Mazhar to DB.The police official said the investigation officer was asked to transfer the case.Poet, essayist, and political analyst Farhad Mazhar was abducted from his Adabar residence early Monday, claimed his family.Farhad Mazhar’s wife Farida Akhtar filed an abduction case with the Adabar police station.The footage of the CCTV cameras installed in front of Farhad’s residence shows that he was “leaving the residence on foot, wearing normal clothes, at 5:05am in the morning”.But Farhad, who is said to be a pro-opposition intellectual and has remained vocal against the government’s “onslaught on freedom of expression”, called up his wife at 5:29am over cell phone and said: “I am being taken away. They will kill me.”‘Abducted’ poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar was rescued from Noapara of Abhaynagar in Jessore by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).Farhad Mazhar was taken to the Detective Branch (DB) headquarters at Minto Road after being brought to Dhaka from Jessore on Tuesday morning.He was then sent to the lower court to record his deposition under Section 164.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Ahsan Habib on Tuesday recorded his deposition and permitted him to return him on his own, with a Tk 10,000 undertaking.Read more:Farhad Mazhar admitted to Ibrahim Cardiac HospitalFarhad Mazhar free to go home‘Farhad Mazhar was blindfolded and picked up in a microbus’BNP’s allegations nothing but gibberish: ALFarhad abduction another ugly act of rulers: KhaledaGovt agencies involved in Farhad abduction: BNPFarhad Mazhar ‘abducted’ from residence: FamilyFarhad Mazhar rescued in JessoreFarhad Mazhar taken to DB headquarterslast_img read more

Hasina calls LDC graduation a slap on basket case story

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh’s graduation to the developing country group is a slap on the faces of those who had thought it would be a ‘bottomless basket’ after the independence.”During the liberation war, a quarter used to say what Bangladesh would gain after its independence….it would be a basket case. I think this (Bangladesh’s graduation) is a slap on their faces…the Bangalees have showed that they can,” she said.The prime minister said this while opening the month-long solo art exhibition of world-renowned artist Shahabuddin Ahmed at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the city.Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged the exhibition featuring artworks derived from a 20-year span of the iconic artist of Bangladesh.United News of Bangladesh (UNB) is the media partner of the exhibition.Chaired by cultural affairs secretary Md Ibraheem Hosein Khan, the function was addressed, among others, by independence award-winning artist Shahabuddin Ahmed, BSA director general Liaquat Ali Lucky and director of the Ganges Art Gallery Smita Bajoria.The Committee for Development Policy (CDP), a United Nations panel, recently made an announcement on the country’s eligibility at a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh got the UN recognition as a developing country. “We’ve learned how to stand on our own feet economically …we’re not dependent on anybody. We’ve proved we can develop the country by ourselves,” she said.The prime minister said she wants Bangladesh to be built imbued with the liberation war spirit. “Our country will march ahead and stand up with its head high.”Keeping that view in mind, she said, the government has taken every single step to take forward the country with various development programmes. “Make it sure the spirit we’ve brought back after a long fight doesn’t fade away again.”Recalling the sacrifice of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina said this land is the country of all.”This land won’t become a country of Razakars and Al Badrs again; this is my desire,” she said.The prime minister said her government has made tireless efforts to revive the true history of the liberation war as some generations got deprived of learning it.”Once a distorted history was projected before them …our aim is to highlight the true history so that we can get a dignity as a victorious nation,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh lost its way after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 as distorted history gives birth to distorted character of people. “And this happened at that time,” she said.The prime minister said Bangabandhu struggled throughout his entire life and spent his days in the dark cell of jail year after year but he never bowed down to anybody.Hasina said a nation which is developed in education, art and culture can make progress.She urged all the artists to come forward to spread the spirit and ideology of the liberation war through their respective means.Hasina said one’s hunger cannot only be met through food. “There is also a hunger of the mind which needs to be met. This hunger can be met through art, culture and literature,” she said.Mentioning politicians and cultural activists are complementary to each other, she said it is not possible to achieve any success if poets, writers, painters and artistes join a programme together.The exhibition will remain open for all from 11am to 8pm every day (3pm to 8pm on Fridays).At the function, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a book ‘Amar Muktijuddha’ by Shahabuddin Ahmed. A documentary on Shahabuddin Ahmed titled ‘Colour of Freedom’ was screened at the function.The prime minister also witnessed an acrobatic exhibition of the children of Shilpakala Academy.She later visited the gallery and saw the displayed artworks of Shahabuddin.Thirty-two selected artworks are up for display depicting the artist’s affinity with Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, his fascination for Bangabandhu and other recurring themes Shahabuddin is well-known for.In 2000, the government of Bangladesh honoured Shahabuddin with the ‘Swadhinata Padak’, while the French government conferred upon him the prestigious civilian award Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres(Knight in the Order of Arts & Literatures) in 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the nation’s cultural clique.last_img read more

India looks at SEA with port ship promises

first_imgIndia’s prime minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore on 1 June. Photo: ReutersAlmost lost in the din of the upcoming US-North Korea summit and fresh tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to China.It’s not clear just how far New Delhi will take these relationships, given years of promise, and a general election due in 11 months that could be a distraction for prime minister Narendra Modi. And if India is already rattling China, it won’t want to spark open confrontation.But Modi took several concrete foreign policy and security steps in Southeast Asia in recent days.He signed an agreement with Indonesia to develop a port in the city of Sabang that would overlook the western entrance to the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest waterways, and agreed a pact with Singapore on logistical support for naval ships, submarines and military aircraft during visits.Modi also flew to Kuala Lumpur for a late-scheduled call on Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who won last month’s general election, effectively cementing ties with three of the most influential Southeast Asian nations.On Friday, Modi told the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s premier defence forum, that India would work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region.“We will work with them, individually or in formats of three or more, for a stable and peaceful region,” he said in the keynote speech at the forum.Several delegates, including US. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, voiced support.At the end of the forum on Sunday, Singapore defence minister Ng Eng Hen said: “I am sure many countries are delighted that India has indicated its firm commitment to the region.”China CoolThe term “Indo-Pacific” has grown in usage across diplomatic and security circles in the United States, Australia, India and Japan in recent years, shorthand for a broader and democratic-led region in place of “Asia-Pacific”, which some people have said places China too firmly at the centre.In a nod to India’s growing regional stature, the US. military’s Pacific Command in Hawaii formally changed its name to the US. Indo-Pacific Command in a ceremony on Wednesday.Despite an outward show of friendship between China and India, and Modi’s comments about the strong relations between them, Beijing gave a distinctly cool response to his strategy.The state-owned Global Times warned in an editorial last week: “If India really seeks military access to the strategic island of Sabang, it might wrongfully entrap itself into a strategic competition with China and eventually burn its own fingers.”Senior colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, research fellow at the Institute of War Studies Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, told reporters on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue that Modi “made some dedicated comments on what he thought of the Indo-Pacific concept”.He did not elaborate but the Global Times quoted him as saying: “The Indo-Pacific strategy, and the quasi-alliance between the US, Japan, India and Australia will not last long.”Wider FootprintIndian foreign ministry officials said there was a strong element of self-interest in New Delhi’s efforts to secure open access to the Malacca Strait, since it carries about 60 per cent of its foreign trade.But India’s intended footprint looks to be wider. Late last month, three Indian warships staged exercises with the Vietnamese navy for the first time in the South China Sea, which is claimed almost wholly by China.Vietnamese submariners are trained in India, while the two sides have significantly increased intelligence sharing and are exploring advanced weapons sales.To the west, India signed an agreement for access to the port of Duqm on Oman’s southern coast, during a visit by Modi earlier this year. Under the agreement, media reports said, the Indian navy will be able to use the port for logistics and support, allowing it to sustain long-term operations in the western Indian Ocean.In January, India finalised a logistics exchange arrangement with France under which it can use French military facilities in the Indian Ocean.Analysts said a more assertive India would answer concerns in Southeast Asia about expanding Chinese influence in the region and a fear that the United States was disengaging.The United States’ trade spat with China and a perceived U-turn in its foreign policy as it pursues peace with North Korea had shaken many assumptions in the region, they said.“There is some pressure (in ASEAN) for diversification of security relationships, taking insurances,” said C Raja Mohan, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.“An active India then actually fits into this situation.”But although Modi has started strongly, it was not clear how well his strategy would be sustained, he added.“Implementation has always been a major challenge for India. (Modi is) struggling to improve the capacity of Delhi to do things outside borders. There’s been some advance but that is a structural challenge that will remain.”last_img read more

US stresses broken promises on 40 yrs of Iran revolution

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 23 July 2018 shows US president Donald Trump (L) on 18 July 2018, in Washington, DC; and a 2 May 2018, handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows president Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo: AFPThe United States marked the 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution by highlighting what it says are the “broken promises” of the Middle Eastern country’s leadership.Tehran launched celebrations Friday to mark the 1979 return from exile of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the revolution that overthrew a centuries-old dynasty.”When he returned to #Iran in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini made lots of promises to the Iranian people, including justice, freedom, and prosperity. 40 years later, Iran’s ruling regime has broken all those promises, and has produced only #40YearsofFailure,” the US state department wrote on its official Twitter account.Khomeini said that “injustices of the past will not continue,” according to the tweet. It quoted a report from the rights group Amnesty International as saying: “The staggering scale of arrests, imprisonment and flogging sentences reveal the extreme lengths the authorities have gone in order to suppress peaceful dissent.”A following tweet said Khomeini promised freedom of expression and freedom of the press — but today Iran “has one of the most repressive media environments,” and the regime “detains dozens of journalists, throws them in prison and threatens their families,” and “blocks the internet and bars access to social media.”In a third tweet, the state department said that while Khomeini “promised material and spiritual prosperity to the Iranian people,” four decades later “#Iran’s corrupt regime has destroyed the country’s economy, desecrated Iran’s noble heritage, and produced only #40YearsofFailure.”The administration of president Donald Trump has been consistently hawkish on Iran and tries to counter what it considers Iran’s “destabilizing” influence in the region.The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, and the president pulled the United States from an international agreement meant to check Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions.last_img read more

Terry And Chauna Thompson Attend Their First Court Hearing In The John

first_img– / 2Terry and Chauna Thompson were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of John Hernandez.The 178th District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, near downtown Houston, was totally packed as Judge Kelli Johnson read the charges to the Thompsons.The judge set the conditions of the bail bonds, which include taking drug tests and forbids access to firearms.After the hearing, David Mitcham, who leads the Trial Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, assured the media gathered outside of the court room that “the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to seeking justices in the death of John Hernandez.”On his part, Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s defense lawyer, said the couple feels threatened because of the multiple protests about this case and added that Hernandez was the initial aggressor, so he is not ruling out using a self-defense strategy.“I haven’t seen all the evidence but yes,” noted Courtney, while he added that “whenever somebody has force used against him, they are then authorized to use force in defense of themselves or others.”Greg Cagle, who is defending Chauna Thompson contended that her job as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave, is a disadvantage for her.“My client probably would not be indicted but for her job title. I don’t think anybody else would be indicted for murder for touching someone on the arm,” Cagle said.The Thompsons next court hearing is scheduled for July 14th.Separate from the criminal trial, John Hernandez’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against the couple. 00:00 /01:14 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more