Irani rejects demand for waiving off punishment to students

first_imgNew Delhi, May 6 (PTI) HRD minister Smriti Irani today rejected a demand for waiving off rustication and other punishments meted out to students in universities, terming it a “Pandoras Box” and saying that these institutions have been granted autonomy to handle administrative matters. Iranis comments in Rajya Sabha came in the backdrop of recent action by JNU authorities imposing fine on student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rustication of some other students in connection with the controversial February 9 campus event against Afzal Gurus hanging. Her reaction came during a debate on the functioning of her ministry when Congress member Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu said the students were looking at Iranis “magnanimity” to waive off punishments and rustication of students in various universities. In her response, Irani said “this minister is a mere mortal who is tied to this very Parliament and this Parliament does not allow intervention in the administrative matter of any University. “My request is only this. This is a pandoras box, I am sure you dont want to open that….Let the University be autonomous enough.” Earlier in the day, members in Rajya Sabha had sought the governments intervention in resolving the protests by JNU students by advising the authorities to reconsider their decision to severely penalise some of them. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien had also said the government should resolve the issue and had asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to convey the feeling of the House to the concerned Ministers. Irani, in her 70-minute long reply, also lamented that there appeared to be a “Sanskrit phobia” and said the Government or NCERT have not carried out any change in the curriculum. Referring to Rapolu who she said had called her Sanskrit Irani, she said a recent circular to IITs only asked them to pick up those parts of work in Sanskrit language which contained scientific knowledge. She said a US university academic came to Tamil Nadu to do research on the oldest treatise in Geometry but not many in India know about the contributions made by the country. “The challenge is where do you bridge the gap. Where do you introduce the subject or for that matter, give the freedom to academicians to absorb it, without being called communal or saffron,” Irani said. (More) PTI ADS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

AIR gives one-hour slot to AMU to produce prog in Urdu

first_imgNew Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students will produce one-hour fortnightly programme in Urdu for All India Radio, as part of the national broadcasters plans to strengthen its language services.The external services division (EDS) of All India Radio (AIR) and the AMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard today.The MoU is part of the overall exercise of the external services division to revamp its technology and content, an official release said.”The Aligarh Muslim University shall be allocated a one- hour broadcast slot on the Urdu service, programmes for which shall be produced by the students of the Mass Communication department of AMU,” it added.The broadcast will comprise drama, music, lectures, talks, interviews and sports programmes.The AIR will also provide internship to the students of Mass Communications department of the institutions on various aspects of broadcast journalism.On the other hand, the AMU will help improve language skills– particularly in Arabic, Persian, Pushto, Dari and Urdu– of the professionals working with the ESD.The ESD will also ink similar MoUs with other major universities to strengthen its different Indian and foreign language broadcast, the release said. PTI MP TIRlast_img read more

Crafty Kyrgios Leaves Medvedev Slamming His Racket

first_imgROME — Nick Kyrgios took full advantage of his crafty game to eliminate Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.For his first win on clay this year, Kyrgios was full of smiles as he fired aces and passing shots seemingly at will.Medvedev played better after getting his lower back massaged after the first set but had no answer for Kyrgios’ wide array of shots in the third, prompting the frustrated Russian to break his racket by slamming it on the dirt.Kyrgios won the final game at love by serving four straight aces. He had 15 aces in all.Also, David Goffin rallied past Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.Others advancing included American qualifier Taylor Fritz, Radu Albiot, Jeremy Chardy and Diego Schwartzman.Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki retired due to a left leg injury after losing a first-set tiebreaker to American opponent Danielle Collins.By: Andrew Dampf, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

a month agoKeane and Mourinho ‘shocked, saddened’ after Man Utd defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane and Mourinho ‘shocked, saddened’ after Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United identities Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho slammed their old team after defeat at West Ham.Goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned West Ham their second successive home win against Manchester United, who remain without a league win on their travels since February.Former United captain Keane said: “I don’t know where to start. I’ m shocked and saddened about how bad they were.”Everything about United, lacklustre, no quality, no desire, no characters. It’s a long way back for United. It’s scary how far they’ve fallen.”Ex-manager Mourinho also said: “We were bad last season and I don’t see any improvement. I like these three (signings) they bring good quality but the team as a team I don’t at all and I’m not surprised by the result and I don’t think Ole can take any positives from the game.” last_img read more

Finn Utility: Fly With Style

first_imgYou might not be an avid-fly fisher, yet – but after checking out the products at Finn Utility – you’ll start contemplating why you never picked up such a hobby. Finn Utility is dedicated to respecting the tradition of fly-fishing, using high quality materials and hand-making their products in the good ol’ U.S. of A.Across the line, you’ll find fly-fishing goods created using the best waxed canvases, leathers, and brass . They have everything from reel holders and fly wallets to duffel bags. The company is dedicated to respecting the traditional aesthetic, but with modern conveniences. Classic, durable and useful products that will last a lifetime – like the Finn Utility Four Reel Case. It’s a case for your reels (obviously), but check out the lining. It’s lined in shearling for extra protection.The Streamer Wallet is another twist on what would otherwise be a mundane item – an alternative to the plastic cases usually found on the market – this case is made from 18oz waxed twill canvas, a leather closure, also lined in sheepskin. There was some serious thought that went into this case – if dropped in the water, it floats and will dry in the sun.And here is something that even the non-fisherman will enjoy – the Huntington Duffel – constructed from durable 18oz. waxed twill canvas and lined with tight weave cotton. Finn Utility even coats the bottom of the bag with a special oil for waterproofing and stain resistance. So whether you’re on a boat or looking for a rugged bag for that long weekend, they’ve got you covered.Check out the full line of products at Finn Utility’s website. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man Editors’ Recommendations Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful last_img read more

OPDR Extends Its Network on Iberian Peninsula

first_img My location zoom The Short Sea Shipping and Logistics company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) continues to expand on the Iberian Peninsula: The new and fully owned OPDR offices in Cartagena and Bilbao will officially become operational as from tomorrow.“We are where the cargo of our customers is”, says Fernando Muñoz, Managing Director of OPDR IBERIA in Spain. “Cartagena and Bilbao are two important gateways for our customers who make use of our Short Sea Shipping services as a green and cost-efficient alternative to trucking. We are very happy that we now have our own offices in both cities which enable us to further enhance our customer proximity.”Antonio Sánchez Navarro leads the OPDR office in Cartagena while Ander Pascual Guruceta will become the Branch Manager of the OPDR office in Bilbao as from 28th October 2013. “I am very much looking forward to setting up customized services for our clients in the area of Cartagena and beyond”, says Antonio Sánchez Navarro. “I see a lot of potential especially in the reefer business. OPDR offers fast transit times for perishable cargo from Spain to the Northern Continent and has available state-of-the-art container equipment such as 45’ Pallet-Wide High Cube Reefer container.”The opening of the office in Bilbao is in line with the recently launched Bilbao service where OPDR collaborates with Team Lines. Four OPDR vessels, each with a capacity of 700 TEU, are deployed on this weekly service which connects Bilbao with Felixstowe and Rotterdam within two to three transit days. “With the integration of Bilbao into our own network, we now cover all hub ports in Spain and Portugal,” says Fernando Muñoz. “The port of Bilbao is our major gateway for all our cargo flows coming via our own block train connections from Central and Northeast Spain and going towards Northern Europe. Of course we also offer transports coming from Northern Europe to Spain.” 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 OPDR, October 15, 2013 Print  Closelast_img read more

Apple apologizes over Siri privacy mishaps will no longer retain audio recordings

Bloomberg News earlier this year reported that Inc. and Apple had teams analyzing recordings. The Guardian reported in July that some of the people reviewing the Siri requests heard private personal details and possibly criminal activity. Amazon, which still has teams auditing voice commands for its Alexa digital assistant, said earlier this month that it was letting users opt out of human review. Google has agreed to stop transcribing voice recordings in the EU amid a German investigation. Rewards in exchange for your data: Drop gets US$44M to expand app Mark Zuckerberg loses final authority over Facebook privacy decisions in record $5 billion settlement with FTC John Chen: To build a trustworthy digital economy, regulations must require zero trust The use of human reviewers by the tech giants has spurred examinations by lawmakers and regulators in the U.S. and Europe. Privacy advocates have voiced concern that the companies’ practices could violate users’ rights, particularly in cases where devices begin recording unintentionally or without the user’s knowledge. Apple faces a class-action lawsuit over privacy violations related to human reviewers listening to recordings.“We know that customers have been concerned by recent reports of people listening to audio Siri recordings as part of our Siri quality evaluation process,” Apple said. “We heard their concerns, immediately suspended human grading of Siri requests and began a thorough review of our practices and policies.”At the CES conference in Las Vegas earlier this year, Apple posted billboards that proclaimed, “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”At Apple, fewer than 0.2 per cent of Siri commands were analyzed, the company said. The recordings that were reviewed also don’t contain personally identifiable information and are stored for six months tied to a random identifier, not linked to a user’s Apple ID or phone number.As part of the changes Apple is implementing, users will be able to opt in to allow the company to listen to a select bunch of anonymized audio samples in order to improve Siri, and then be able to opt out of the program later if they wish. While it will no longer store audio recordings, computer-generated transcriptions will be held anonymously for up to six months, Apple said.In another change, Apple said only its own employees would listen to audio samples, rather than outside contractors. The Guardian reported Wednesday that at least 300 contractors in Europe lost their jobs as a result of Apple suspending its grading program. Apple also said it’s making changes to the review process to reduce the data about customers that reviewers can see.Following concerns from users that Apple could be retaining recordings from Siri that were accidentally picked up due to a mistaken button press or the system thinking the user had said “Hey Siri,” Apple said Wednesday it would work to delete inadvertent recordings.Apple has often sought to distinguish itself from other tech companies as having tighter privacy controls. But this isn’t the first time it’s had to apologize for lapses. Earlier this year Apple issued a mea culpa for a bug in its FaceTime video chat service that allowed users to listen in on people before they had even accepted or rejected a Apple Inc. apologized for privacy mishaps surrounding its Siri voice assistant and said that it would no longer retain audio recordings of Siri interactions, among other changes.The announcement follows criticism of the iPhone maker and other technology giants for employing humans to listen to recordings of user interactions with voice assistants in a bid to improve the product. Apple had hundreds of contractors listening to Siri in a process called “grading,” but the company suspended the program a few weeks ago after some consumers raised concerns. It plans to reinstate the practice after making a few changes in software updates this fall that will give users more control over their privacy.“As a result of our review, we realize we haven’t been fully living up to our high ideals, and for that we apologize,” Apple said in a statement Wednesday. read more

WatchCost to expand Trans Mountain pipeline now 19 billion higher Kinder Morgan

OTTAWA — Kinder Morgan Canada documents say expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will cost the federal government another $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and will take another full year to complete.The figure is included in documents Kinder Morgan Canada filed Tuesday with the United States Security and Exchange Commission related to the company’s plan to sell the pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Why the Trans Mountain pipeline may not get more Canadian oil to Asia after allKinder Morgan CEO calls $4.5B from pipeline buyout ‘a great problem to have’Kinder Morgan has long said it would cost $7.4 billion to build a second pipeline parallel to the first in order to triple its capacity, but the financial documents now say the company expects a $9.3-billion price tag.The documents also suggest construction won’t be done until December 2021 — a full year beyond the last projection of December 2020.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been reluctant to discuss how much more it will cost to build the pipeline while the deal is still being finalized, and the closing date for that deal is now being pushed back well into the fall.The documents also say shareholders will meet Aug. 30 in Calgary to vote on the proposed sale. read more

Canadian Natural Resources plans to increase capital spending in 2013 to 69B

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 4:49 pm MDT CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. is increasing it 2013 capital spending by nearly eight per cent compared to this year as it eyes more oil and natural gas liquids growth.The Calgary-based oil and gas producer (TSX:CNQ) has set a budget of $6.9 billion for next year, a nearly $500 million increase over what it expects to spend in 2012.“Our 2013 budget reflects the strength and breadth of our assets,” said president and chief operating officer Steve Laut in a release.“Our capital program is balanced in allocation to near term growth and longer term growth that will support and drive sustainable free cash flow in 2013 and beyond.”Canadian Natural is calling for 482,000 to 513,000 barrels per day of crude oil and natural gas liquids output in 2013, a nine per cent increase from the midpoint of its 2012 expectations.Production of dry natural gas, which has been fetching low prices lately, is expected to drop nine per cent as Canadian Natural continues to invest in higher-return oil and NGL projects.“When gas prices strengthen, Canadian Natural is in great shape,” Laut told analysts on a conference call to discuss the company’s 2013 plans.The company is the second-largest natural gas producer in Canada, has a vast land base and controls much of the infrastructure near its assets.Canadian Natural forecasts total 2013 production of 663,000 to 704,000 barrels per day, a three-per cent midpoint increase from this year’s guidance.The biggest increase in the company’s capital budget is at its Horizon oilsands mining project, which will see its spending rise to $2.55 billion next year from $1.68 billion in 2012.The mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., is being expanded in phases to eventually produce 250,000 barrels of refinery-ready crude per day. So far, projects under construction are coming in below budget.Horizon production is slated to increase by 10,000 barrels per day in 2015, 45,000 barrels in 2016 and 80,000 barrels in 2017.Canadian Natural expects to spend about $2 billion to $2.5 billion at Horizon each year for the next five years until the expansion is complete.“We are very happy with the execution of the project to this point,” said Laut.“Canadian Natural maintains a flexible schedule for the construction to ensure capital efficiencies.”Production at Horizon next year is expected to be between 100,000 and 108,000 barrels, which takes into account an 18-day period of planned maintenance work scheduled for May.About $1.3 billion — roughly $200 million less than this year — will be spent on in-situ oilsands projects, which use steam to soften the bitumen.Canadian Natural has cut about $100 million from its budget for property acquisitions, which drops to $85 million.A total of $3.015 billion — $65 million less than last year — will be spent on other oil and gas operations.That includes $1.9 billion budgeted for North American crude exploration and production, $605 million for international crude and $445 million for natural gas.Canadian Natural shares were off nearly three per cent to close at $27.43 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Canadian Natural Resources plans to increase capital spending in 2013 to $6.9B AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hunger Games attractions coming to US China Lionsgate seeks to expand themepark

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 2, 2015 12:09 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Hunger Games’ attractions coming to US, China, Lionsgate seeks to expand theme-park presence NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Hunger Games” fans in the U.S. and China may get to find out for themselves if the odds are forever in their favour.Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. confirmed Monday that the blockbuster movie franchise has been licensed for development in a theme park in Atlanta and an indoor entertainment centre in Hengqin, China.The New York Times, which earlier reported the news, said the Atlanta park is targeted to open by 2019, while the Chinese centre aims to open by late 2018.Fans are already getting to interact with the story featuring heroine Katniss Everdeen through attractions such as the travelling display “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” which is now in Discovery Times Square in New York. An immersive theatrical show is to open in London next summer and a theme park featuring a “Hunger Games” zone is planned to debut in Dubai late next year.The franchise’s finale, “Mockingjay Part 2,” is set to hit the big screen this month. read more

Urgent protection needed for displaced persons in Central African Republic – UN

“I urge the Transitional Government of the Central African Republic to do its utmost to ensure the protection of IDPs and to facilitate the humanitarian response,” said Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs). “The situation of all those displaced, who hide in remote areas, including in the bush, in poor sanitary conditions and without access to basic services or clean services is extremely worrying.” The CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The recent fighting has further eroded even the most basic services in the country and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation affecting the entire population of 4.6 million people, half of whom are children. Currently, 1.6 million people are in dire need of assistance, including food, protection, health care, water, sanitation and shelter.Mr. Beyani noted in a news release that more than four months after the rebels seized power, there is virtually no security in the country, which is seeing widespread human rights violations and abuses, including attacks on the population, massive internal displacement, rape and looting. As of early September, more than 260,000 people were internally displaced in CAR, including more than 100,000 children. Most displaced children are not able to attend lessons as schools have been destroyed, closed or occupied by armed groups. Displaced children are also reported to be particularly vulnerable to forced recruitment by armed groups.The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is set to hold an interactive dialogue on the situation of CAR tomorrow, while a ministerial-level meeting on the humanitarian situation in the country, co-chaired by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, will be held in New York.“I call on the HRC to address the situation of internally displaced people in the country and to make concrete recommendations to that effect,” said Mr. Beyani, who reports to the Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

Billy Kelleher Intervention of An Taisce on Childrens Hospital location is significant

first_imgThe intervention from Ireland’s National Trust, raising very valid questions about the refusal to site the development on available lands adjacent to the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, is significant and merits a speedy and substantive response from James Reilly.Proximity to a maternity hospital is acknowledged by all involved as basic best practice in the development of a national children’s hospital. THE FIANNA FÁIL health spokesperson Billy Kelleher has described the intervention of An Taisce on the issue of the location of the National Children’s Hospital as “significant”.An Taisce wrote to the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to detail concerns over the site of the planned National Children’s Hospital, stating that as the facility is not being co-located with a maternity hospital, the project would fall foul of Irish and European planning laws — leading to further delays in the process.St Jame’s Hospital The facility is due to be completed on a site in and around St James’s Hospital in Dublin, it was confirmed last year.Kelleher called on the Minister for Health to address the serious questions that were raised by An Taisce’s Policy Director, James Nix.Kelleher said that concerns over the lack of progress on the National Children’s Hospital had been growing over recent months. He said that despite St James’s Hospital finally being chosen as the new site, “all momentum appears to have drained from the project, with serious concerns now mounting about the suitability of the planned site,” he said.He said: Questions need to be answeredKelleher said there were “fundamental questions” about the current site and the viability of James Reilly’s plans.“The National Children’s Hospital is a project of major national strategic importance, transcending all party political consideration. When An Taisce raises such fundamental questions in such strident terms, the Minister has an obligation to put aside the usual bluster and deal with the questions raised,” he said.An Taisce writes to Taoiseach over Children’s Hospital concerns>Read: Children’s Hospital to be built on St James’s site by end of 2017, early 2018>last_img read more

Romagnoli Higuain is the best striker in the world

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is the world’s greatest striker, claims his former AC Milan team-mate Alessio Romagnoli.The Argentine striker ended a disappointing five-month loan spell in January after managing just six goals in 15 Serie A games.Higuain then opted to leave Juventus once more in another loan move to Chelsea in the Premier League, where he has reunited with his old Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.After a subdued first two games in England, Higuain netted a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.And now Romagnoli has announced that he rates Higuain as the world’s best striker.“No problem,” said Romagnoli via Calcio Mercato, when asked about Higuain’s departure from the San Siro in an event in Milan.“I still think he is the best striker in the world. I am sorry he decided to leave but we respect his decision.“He is a friend of mine and if he is happy I am ok with it. Now we have other players that won’t make us regret his departure”.Although Milan made sure they signed up a replacement in Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for a €35m fee.The 23-year-old has embarked on a stunning start at Milan with three goals in as many games.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We enjoy having him [Piatek] here and we hope he can keep scoring at least one goal per game,” said Romagnoli.“We hope to win many more games so we can reach the Champions League.“Piatek’s impressed me with his desire and hunger. You can see he wants to show what he’s all about and that’s important. He’s young and on the right path.”Next up for Gennaro Gattuso’s side will a home game against Cagliari, where three points is a must if they are to remain in the top-four of the Serie A and qualify for Champions League football next season.But Romagnoli is refusing to get too carried away at this stage of the campaign.“There are still many games left and we have plenty of things to improve. There will be many direct clashes and many games that seem easy but are not,” added the Milan captain.🔵⚪️😀🥅⚽️🏃🏽‍♂️👌@ChelseaFC— Gonzalo Higuaín (@G_Higuain) January 25, 2019last_img read more

Breakthrough in bringing back Bangabandhu murder convicts

first_imgDhaka has made certain breakthroughs in the process of bringing back death-row convicts of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case, law minister Anisul Huq has indicated.Diplomats in Washington said on Monday that the United States government has ‘some interest’ in extraditing AM Rashed Chowdhury, one of such convicts who is now living there under political asylum.The government of Bangladesh has started the communication process to bring back two more convicts after being certain that Shariful Haque Dalim is staying in Spain and Moslem Uddin in Germany.However, Canada, a country which opposes death penalty, refuses to hand over another convict in the Bangabandhu murder case – Noor Chowdhury.Dhaka does not know where two others – Khandaker Abdur Rashid and Abdul Mazed – are currently living, foreign ministry officials admit.The law minister told Prothom Alo earlier on 2 August that, “Death penalty has not been abolished in the US. So, the US has no point why AM Rashed Chowdhury shall not be extradited… What I can say is that there has been certain breakthroughs in the process.”On extradition of Noor Chowdhury from Canada, Anisul Huq, a lawyer by profession, said that they have continued discussions with Canada.Anisul Huq is the head of the taskforce the government earlier formed to bring back the convicts of the murder case of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was killed on 15 August 1975 in a coup d’etat.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, during his visit to US in February of 2015, requested Washington to extradite Rashed Chowdhury. Three months later, a US legal consultancy firm named Skadden LLP was hired to expedite the process of extradition of Rashed Chowdhury.Former president Barack Obama’s law consultant Gregory Craig, now representing the firm, is monitoring the case. He and his colleagues had held a series of meetings with the officials of US departments including the state department and the homeland security. The matter was brought to the attention of the then US attorney general Stuart Bruce.Following foreign minister Mahmood Ali’s request to the US law office last year for extraditing Rashed Chowdhury, Skadden LLP informed Dhaka that the US is positive about extraditing Rashed Chowdhury.In June 2007, the US government sent back another convict in the case KM Mohiuddin, who failed to get political asylum, and who had already been executed.When asked about progress in bringing back Moslem Uddin, Bangladesh ambassador to Berlin Imtiaz Ahmed declined to make any comment.Also, Bangladesh ambassador to Madrid, Hasan Mahmud Khandaker did not make any comment on Dalim’s stay in Spain.Both Germany and Spain have already abolished the death penalty as punitive measure for serious offence.Foreign ministry officials in Dhaka said  Canada has not yet completed the pre-risk removal assessment of possible extradition of Noor Chowdhury although the Canadian high court rejected his appeal for political asylum.A three-member Bangladesh delegation held discussion with Canadian authorities in April about forming a taskforce for bringing him back. The two sides may hold talks again in December.Abdur Rashid, a key convict, is believed to have been staying in Islamabad. Dhaka has sought information from Islamabad about his stay in Pakistan. No reply came in this regard till date.The government is yet to trace the whereabouts of Abdul Mazed.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Indian jobless rate highest in 45 years

first_imgTradespeople sit on the side of a road as they wait to get hired for work in Mumbai, India, on 6 November 2017. — Photo: ReutersAn official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to its highest level in at least 45 years in 2017/18, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi months before a general election.A political controversy over the survey erupted after the acting chairman and another member of the body that reviewed the jobs data resigned, saying there had been a delay in its scheduled December release and alleging interference by other state agencies.The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), conducted July 2017-June 2018, showed an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent. That was the highest since 1972/73, the period for which the data are comparable, the newspaper reported, citing documents it had reviewed. It did not give a figure for 1972/73.But the government think-tank NITI Aayog said the report was only a draft and that a final version would be published in March. It denied unemployment was widespread in India, whose economy is one of the fastest growing in the world.“You can’t be growing annually at 7.2 per cent and saying that there are no jobs being created in the economy,” NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said at a press conference.“To my mind, the problem is that there’s a lack of good-quality jobs, and that’s what we need to focus on. There’s a wages problem, and there’s a very big informal sector in India’s economy.”He said the country was creating more than 7 million jobs a year, enough for “new entrants” joining the workforce.Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party, the main opposition, said the report showed “a national disaster”.Though India’s economy has been expanding by 7 per cent plus annually, uneven growth has meant that new jobs are not keeping pace. And critics say the government’s claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.Modi’s ambitious Make-in-India project has failed to take off. It was intended to increase the share of domestic manufacturing from 17 per cent of gross domestic product to about 25 per cent and create jobs for an estimated 1.2 million youth entering the market.Instead, the report showed 18.7 per cent of urban males aged 15-29 were without work, and the jobless rate for urban females the same age was 27.2 per cent.Worse, the labour force participation rate – the proportion of population working or seeking jobs – declined to 36.9 per cent in 2017/18 from 39.5 per cent in 2011/12, the report said. The comparable rate for the United States was 63.1 per cent in December.The NITI Aayog said the government needed more quarterly data to publish a “comparable” jobs report.But PC Mohanan, who on Monday resigned as the head of the government-funded National Statistical Commission, said the standalone report for the last fiscal year should have been published.“There’s no link between this and the quarterly data,” Mohanan told Reuters. “This report was released for approval because this is a standalone report and it does not require any additional verification with any sources.”CRISIS EVERYWHEREHimanshu, an associate professor at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University who specialises in development economics, said that the jobs crisis was everywhere to see.“News and data like thousands of PhDs applying for waiter jobs in Mumbai or millions applying for just a thousand jobs in Gujarat or 10 million applying for a small number of jobs in railways,” he said.“I mean, these kind of examples are everywhere,” he said, pointing to street protests by caste and other interest groups seeking quotas for government jobs.The data provides the first comprehensive assessment of India’s employment since Modi’s decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country’s banknotes from circulation overnight.After the chaotic launch of a national sales tax in July 2017, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs in small businesses.The gloomy jobs data could be awkward for Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to explain with a general election looming and opinion polls already showing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party unlikely to keep its parliamentary majority.“It’s a very, very serious issue, and that is the why the government didn’t want this data to come out in the public domain,” said former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.A report released by the All India Manufacturers’ Organisation said last month 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016, mainly due to demonetisation and rising working costs after the launch of the national tax.last_img read more

Pebble is back on Kickstarter with the Pebble 2 Pebble Time 2

first_imgAs of writing, Pebble’s campaign has already passed $2 million after just a few hours. It still has 36 days to go. This could be a record-setting Kickstarter. Pebble was one of the first companies to really take a swing at making a modern smartwatch. Its first product came out more than a year before Android Wear and two years before the Apple Watch. However, demand for its more basic smart wearable experience has waned somewhat since then, and the company had to cut staff. Now, Pebble is back on Kickstarter with revamped Pebble smartwatches and a new micro-computer. The campaign has already far surpassed the $1 million goal.The original Pebble was one of Kickstarter’s early success stories in 2012. It raised over $10 million and delivered (sort of) on time. The second campaign in 2015 was for the Pebble Time, a more stylish version of the Pebble with a color e-paper screen. It raised over $20 million. Now we come to Pebble’s third campaign — it should be clear at this point Pebble is basically just using Kickstarter as a pre-order management platform.There are two smartwatches being offered this time around, the Pebble 2 and the Pebble Time 2. The Pebble 2 is a basic smartwatch intended as a successor to the original Pebble. It has a slightly bulky plastic frame and a monochrome e-paper display. It also includes a heart rate sensor and can run for a week on a charge. The Time 2 has a slimmer metal frame, a color e-paper screen, a heart rate sensor, and 10 days of battery life per charge. The Pebble 2 starts at $99 and the Time 2 starts at $169.Pebble’s other offering this time around is quite a bit different than its past products. The Pebble Core is a micro-computer powered by Android small enough to fit on a keychain. It’s billed as a different kind of wearable with support for GPS, WiFi, and 3G data, it can connect to fitness services like Runkeeper and Google Fit. You can also use it to stream music. That’s just the running-oriented Core. There’s also the Pebble Core for Hackers. It includes early SDK access, two programmable buttons, and a hardware expansion port in addition to all the regular Core features. The Core starts at $69 for this campaign.last_img read more

17 sunsoaked photos from Winter Pride in Gran Canaria

first_imgGay Pride Maspalomas rocks Gran CanariaWorld Tourism with IGLTA2017 turns to a Rainbow in St. Petersburg, Florida5 gay beaches every guy needs to visit in his lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : 9. Wet and White Party@emanuel.pucci | Instagram10. Voila!@sacatusvacacionesdelarmario | Instagram11. Dragtastic@winterpridemaspalomas | Instagram12. How to take a selfie with a drag queen@miguelangelhayworth | Instagram13. Speedos were popular@luis22gabriel | Instagram14. Foam party@astrid_dede | Instagram15. Foam fella@_marvel_freak_ | Instagram16. Leather love@magnus___maximus | Instagram17. Seeing green@stepanenkoap | Instagram18. Ressurecting Priscilla fantasies on the famous Gran Canaria sand dunes@robertolino | Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- Poolside fun in Maspalomas | Image: @redbearuk | Instagram eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Winter Pride offered a whole week of fun and frolics in the sunshine, with associated events at the many gay bars and clubs in the Yumbo Center. There’s also a Pride Walk, attracting around 12,000 participants, and a main stage at the Yumbo, which played host to performances from Sonique, Corona, Livin’ Joy, Cristina Ramos and many other producers of dance classics.Check out some of the images from this year below. Next year’s event dates have already been scheduled for 5-11 November.1. Unicorns spotted in Gran Canaria@wildepraline | Instagram2. Protect those scalps from the sun, boys!@marcal1978 | Instagram3. Sonique ‘Feels So Good’ Clarke and friend@lovespiritdrink | Instagram4. Mermen@ben_de_kamp | Instagram5. Gladiators@freeinlove81 | Instagram6. On stage at the Yumbo@highheelsperformance | Instagram7. Glitter Gran Canaria@marcodelacruzbln | Instagram8. Main stage area at the Yumbo@jonabz26 | Instagram Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The fourth Winter Pride Maspalomas concluded yesterday in Gran Canaria. The Spanish island, which actually lies off the coast of Africa, is one of Europe’s most popular gay hotspots throughout the year – thanks in part to the consistently warm weather.last_img read more

The Latest Crazy in Love Beyonce endorses ORour

first_imgThe Latest: Crazy in Love? Beyonce endorses O’Rourke WASHINGTON – The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local):6:30 p.m.Beyonce has endorsed Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the final hours before her home state’s polls close.The native Houstonian released a series of Instagram posts with a black and white “Beto” cap partially covering her face on Tuesday afternoon.O’Rourke himself then retweeted one of the pictures under the caption “Thank you, Beyonce.”An El Paso congressman, O’Rourke is trying to become the first Democrat to win statewide office in Texas since 1994. He’s drawn the admiration of many celebrities, including Texas country music icon Willie Nelson.Cruz dismisses his opponent’s upset-minded campaign as too liberal for Texas since O’Rourke supports universal health care and impeaching President Donald Trump.___2 p.m.Republicans are aiming to retain Senate control in Tuesday’s voting.Democrats’ longshot prospects for capturing a Senate majority are pinned on hopes of their supporters surging to the polls. Democrats and some independents have been motivated by Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Barack Obama.The Democrats have history on their side: 2002 was the only midterm election in the past three decades when the party holding the White House gained Senate seats.Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority. Democrats need to gain two Senate seats to win a majority. But they and their two independent allies are defending 26 of the 35 seats in play. Those 26 seats include 10 in states that Trump won in 2016. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 3:38 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., feeds his ballot into the vote counting machine as he votes in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Kaine is running against Republican Corey Stewart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) last_img read more

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