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2015 New Year Sale SpiceJet Offers Tickets for ₹699

first_imgAs a part of the 2015 New Year celebrations, SpiceJet has come up with another three day sale starting on Tuesday with domestic flight fares as low as ₹699.The “Early New Year Sale” as the airline calls it, is applicable for one way travels between 16 January 2015 to 24 October 2015 and the sale offer will be available till 18 September 2014 midnight. The bookings are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis.”The sale is applicable only on bookings made on www.spicejet.com, online travel portals and through travel agents. The sale is not available at SpiceJet’s Sales and Reservation Centre or at our Airport Ticketing Offices,” the SpiceJet release said adding that the sale does not include booking for infants and groups.The fare on offer does not include taxes and is also non-refundable and non changeable, except for the taxes and fees.”The travel period covered under this sale is extensive. It offers a number of reasons and occasions to the customers to choose SpiceJet as their preferred mode of travel. Advance planning of travel will help customers to fly at very nominal fares and travel more often,” NDTV Profit quoted Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili.This is Kalanithi Maran owned airline’s third sale offer in a row in the month of September. It had earlier offered tickets for as low as ₹499 during the beginning of the month, and last week it offered tickets at ₹ 1,999 for domestic flights.last_img read more

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US court orders Apple to pay 234 million for using BITS Pilani

first_imgTech giant Apple has been asked to pay $234 million to the intellectual property arm of Wisconsin University, Madison, for using without permission patented technology developed by its team, including two Indian-American engineers.The award amount a federal jury in Madison asked Apple to pay on Friday was about $165 million less than what Wisconsin University Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) had sought, according to Wisconsin State Journal. The case centres on technology that became a component of processors that run widely popular Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad.Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, both electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, were part of the four-member WARF team which developed the technology.US district judge William Conley, who presided over the trial, complimented the lawyers on their professionalism and spoke to Wisconsin University-Madison computer sciences’ Professor Sohi, who led the WARF technology team, seated in the courtroom.”For Dr Sohi, I hope you felt that your invention was vindicated,” Conley was quoted as saying.”This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed,” said Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of WARF.”The jury recognized the seminal computer processing work that took place on our campus. This decision is great news for the inventors, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and for WARF.”Apple attorneys declined to comment, referring questions to the California company’s public relations office, the Journal said.Spokesperson Rachel Tulley said only that Apple plans to appeal.The jury also ruled that a subset of processing chips produced in Texas by Samsung under contract for Apple, then exported to Korea, still infringed on WARF’s patent.The jury also ruled that although those chips were produced by Samsung, Apple controlled their production.WARF sued Apple in January 2014, claiming that Apple infringed on one of WARF’s patents in creating a processor for its popular mobile devices, starting with the iPhone 5S in 2012.On 13 October, the jury agreed that Apple’s use of the technology was an infringement of WARF’s patent.The technology, first incorporated into Apple’s A7 processor and used now in the A8 and A8X processors, makes the processors work faster and more efficiently, and extend battery life by as much as two hours.According to WARF complaints, the patent titled “Table-Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer” was issued to Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach, Terani Vijaykumar, and Gurindar Sohi in 1998 as a result of their “labour and ingenuity”.”The invention disclosed and claimed in the patent has been recognized by those in the art as a major milestone in the field of computer microprocessing,” the complaints stated.”This work has been recognized as a major milestone in the field of computer microprocessor architecture/design,” lawyers for WARF wrote in the complaint.”Indeed, Dr (Gurindar) Sohi, the leader of the lab that developed the ‘752 patent, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering based on his work in the field of computer architecture,” they added.WARF had also asserted that Apple wilfully infringed on its patent, a claim that withstood a summary judgment motion in August.But on 15 October night, after hearing testimony from Apple’s witnesses during the trial’s damages phase, Conley reconsidered and dismissed the wilfulness claim.last_img read more

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Tata Group market cap dips by Rs 50450 crore due to market

first_imgThe Tata Group has suffered an erosion of Rs 50,450 crore in the market capitalisation of its listed entities in just over a month, reflecting the sharp fall in stock markets in India and across the globe.Seventeen listed companies of the Group had a combined market capitalisation of Rs 7,00,912 crore, based on the closing prices as on 22 January, 2016, down 6.71% from Rs 7,51,362 crore as on 17 December, 2015.During the same period, the Sensex has plunged by 5.30%, from 25,803 on 17 December, 2015, to 24,435 as on 22 January, 2016. The Sensex and Nifty witnessed a sharp correction in the past few days on account of a slowdown in China’s economy, the depreciation of the Chinese yuan and a fall in crude oil prices, triggering a wave of global sell-off in stock markets.The Group has 24 listed companies but the figures of some of the companies were not available for comparison, especially those like Mount Everest Mineral Water, the shares of which were not traded in the last 30 days on the BSE.The diversified Group’s listed companies include TCS, Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Power, Tata Communications, Voltas, Tata Global Beverages, Indian Hotels and Tata Coffee. The Group in all has over 100 companies that operate in over 100 countries, according to its website. In 2014-15, the Group’s combined revenues stood at $108.78 billion.In December last year, Mukund Rajan, member of the conglomerate’s group executive council and brand custodian at Tata Sons, had said that the Group plans to increase its market cap to $350 billion by 2025.”By 2025, if we want to be amongst the 25 most valuable companies in the world, the number we would need to hit would be around $350 billion,” Rajan had said. Overall, these companies employ over 600,000 people.last_img read more

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Are Rashmika Mandanna and Trisha playing female leads in Vijays next film

first_imgRashmika Mandanna and Trisha.PR HandoutIn the last one month, there have been a lot of rumours about Rashmika Mandanna playing the female lead in Vijay’s 64 movie. Her interaction with her fans on social media sites have been giving a strong indication of the actress having talks with the makers for the project.Recently, it was stated that along with Rashmika, Trisha Krishnan too was approached to play the female lead in the film, presently referred to as Thalapathy 64. Grapevine had it that the actress, after a gap of 11 years, was going to pair up with the actor again.It was said that she was offered an important role in Thalapathy 64, leaving her fans excited about the development. Trisha had earlier worked with him in four films like Ghilli, Kuruvi, Aadhi and Thirupaachi. Amid these speculations, the names of Keerthy Suresh and Samantha were also doing rounds.The latest update about the movie is that nothing has been finalised yet and the actresses have not been offered the film yet. However, our sources say that the heroines of Thalapathy 64 will be finalised by the end of this month.Thalapathy 64 Cast and Crew: Anirudh Ravichander, who had churned out peppy numbers in Kaththi, is reuniting with Vijay again as the music director. Lokesh Kanagaraj-directorial has Sathyan Sooryan’s cinematography and Philomin Raj’s editing. Xavier Britto is funding the project, which will take off in September 2019.last_img read more

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Global reinsurers likely to begin Indian operations soon

first_imgIndia’s sole reinsurance firm General Insurance Corporation (GIC) will face some tough fight in the coming days as Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has asked five global reinsurers to bring in capital before giving its final approval for starting operations in the country.According to a report in Indian Express, apart from these five global reinsurers namely Munich Re, Hannover from Germany, Swiss Re from Switzerland, French major SCOR, US-based Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), the insurance regulator has also asked ITI Reinsurance- the first ever Indian private sector reinsurance company- to bring in initial capital.As per the report, these players have been asked to put in an initial capital of Rs 500 crore each for receiving the final approval from IRDA.Earlier, the insurance regulator had approved initial licence- known as R1 licence- to these insurers.”The IRDA has now asked these companies to bring in the capital to receive the final licence,” the report quoted an insurance sector official. “Each of these players has to infuse Rs 500 crore and would complete the compliance within a month. These players are now targetting to begin their full fledged operations by April 1 when the most of the renewals in the general insurance in India are done,” it added.State-owned GIC Re has been India’s only reinsurer so far, which has a market size of around $2.5 billion. Post-reinsurance regulations in November last year, seven global reinsurers had evinced their interest for an Indian foray.The report also pointed out that two other global reinsurers Lloyd’s of London and Gen Re, a part of Berkshire Hathaway of Warren Buffet, have also applied for R1 licence and are likely to join the fray soon.In the global reinsurers’ pecking order, Munich Re tops the list followed by Swiss Re and Hannover. Entry of global reinsurers is likely to change this market space which is dominated by GIC Re so far. India is also likely to give tough competition to its Asian peers like Singapore and Hong Kong going ahead.Meantime, IANS Thursday reported that world’s third largest reinsurer Hannover Re hopes to begin its Indian operations during the first quarter of 2017. “We expect the licence to operate our Indian branch soon. We would be ready for reinsurance renewals in the first quarter of 2017,” G.L.N. Sarma, Managing Director, Hannover Re Consulting Service India Pvt Ltd and the Chief Executive Officer-designate for Hannover Re’s India branch said.”The Indian reinsurance market size — reinsurance premium paid by primary insurers — is estimated between Rs 16,000 crore and Rs 18,000 crore. The reinsurance premium from the life insurers will be around Rs 1,200 crore and balance is from non-life sector,” he added.last_img read more

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Mallesham movie review and rating by audience Live updates

first_imgMalleshamTwitterDirector Raj Rachakonda’s Telugu movie Mallesham featuring Priyadarshi and Ananya Nagalla in the lead roles has impressed the audience and received positive review and rating from them.Mallesham is a biographical movie based on the life of Padma Shri award winner Chintakindi Mallesham. Director Raj Rachakonda has not only written the script and dialogues for it but also produced it with Sri Adhikari and Venkat Siddareddy. The film has received a U certificate from the censor board and its runtime is 126 minutes.Mallesham movie story: It is about a weaver’s family, which lands in a big problem after two of its kids kill themselves, unable to pay back their debts. Mallesham (Priyadarshi) leaves school to help his father. He grows up watching his mother and a lot of other women in his village suffer from shoulder pain. How he creates the Asu machine to spare the women the torment forms the crux of the film.Performances: As the hero, Priyadarshi has delivered a wonderful performance, which is the highlight of Mallesham. Ananya Nagalla, Chakrapani Ananda, Jagadish Pratap Bhandari, Jhansi, Anvesh Michael and Thiruveer have done justice to their roles and they are also assets of the film, say the audience.Mallesham movie review live updates: We bring you some viewers’ verdict on the film shared on Twitter. Continue to read audience response:Thyview‏ @Thyview#Mallesham Good first half. Everything looks rooted and authentic(well done art dept). Each and every feeling/emotion hits you instantly thanks to #MarkRobin BGM. Wish there were more stakes though #Mallesham loved it, absolutely loved it . Simple and honest storytelling . And what an actor @priyadarshi_i is , you feel his happiness , frustration, hopelessness and his triumph . Every actor fits the bill perfectly . climax is so wonderfully executed. Thyview Rating : 8/10Sangeetha Devi @Sangeetha_DeviMy review of #Mallesham: I liked how the director, Raj, transports us to a milieu we don’t often see in Telugu cinema, to narrate a tale of tenacity & triumph. And, it’s @priyadarshi_i’s finest performance till date.Lavanya Boopalam‏ @realtorlavanya#Mallesham in New Jersey…Inspiring movie. Proud of the whole team’s effort. This movie portrayed that one should never give up and continue working hard to achieve their dreams! Good job guysAakashavaani‏ @TheAakashavaani#Mallesham is a a great story well woven, The story of an unforgettable Journey of a common man who made the lives of weavers easy. Honest movie with some terrific performances & great nativity. Specially @priyadarshi_i excels with all the supporting cast, Don’t miss @SureshProdnsPerumbudur Chaitanya‏ @chaitu1218#Mallesham garu Huge respect sir Done with the premiere. @priyadarshi_i bhayya you were just outstanding!(Aasu machine scene aithe )nailed it. Dialogues were so fantastically written that if felt like a casual talk!! Spl mention: #Jhansi garu, #Padma garu& Music .Cinema Fan‏ @CinemaFan14#Mallesham – What a Beautiful film it is…❤️ Cheera Nesinanta Andamgaa teesaaru cinema ni… repetitive process ye But ade kada end product kosam andaru pade struggle… So, Few Hiccups can be ignored ..!! మల్లేశం. Simple, Beautiful, Inspirational…  WorthwatchHemanth Kumar C R‏ @crhemanthDarshiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ #Mallesham What A Film….left me with tears at times. Overwhelmed. Movie releases on June 21. Do watch it @priyadarshi_iRakesh Kethi‏ @TheKethiWhat an incredible n inspiring story it is. A story which should be heard ✌ @priyadarshi_i anna may be your gut to accept this kind of story will remove your so-called comedian title and you will be remembered as an actor  Kudos to team #MalleshamSunilbeemanathi‏ @sunilbeemanathiJust watched #Mallesham. Very good movie. @priyadarshi_i acting was too good and must say he lived the character. #Ananya character was also very good. Perfect biopic movie. Direction was top notch. Music and BGM was too good. Kudos to the makers. Go and watch it.Ranjith Kumar‏ @TheGabbeta#Mallesham will hit screens in a few minutes. It’s a film that must be encouraged. More than a film, it’s a genuine take on aspirations and hardwork. It not only represents the livelihood of textile weavers, but also presents the innocence of culture & language. @priyadarshi_iRameshl1‏ @rameshl1What a movie!! #Mallesham. Tight focused narrative. Technically brilliant. Breezy music. Humor nicely blended into narrative. With one of the very best casting I have ever seen. Every character just lived it. The super inspiring story of Mallesham springs to life, in this brilliant piece of art! A must watch film. #malleshammovieMirchi9‏ @Mirchi9#Mallesham Review – An Inspiring Tale Worth Visiting Mirchi9 Rating: 3/5 Overall, despite a sluggish pace, it is an engaging watch for its beautiful inspiration. It is an attempt that screams honesty, making it a good one-time watch.  Needless to say, @priyadarshi_i will be remembered for a long time to come through the character of #Mallesham and how it broke stereotypes associated with comedians turning into lead actors. @SureshProdns @SBDaggubati #MalleshamReview The pace of the movie is slow, taking an art film vibe. The director imbues the nativity touch out and out via all modes available & integrates it such that they cannot be separated from the ‘real’ happening that matters.last_img read more

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MRF to invest Rs 4500 crore for tyre project in Gujarat

first_imgMRF, India’s largest tyre maker by capacity, will invest Rs 4,500 crore in a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The investment will be in a phased manner, according to the Chennai-based company.”MRF Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has on January 11, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the Government of Gujarat expressing its in-principle intention to set up a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat for manufacture of automotive tyres, tubes, flaps and related products,” the company said in its regulatory filing.”The company proposes to invest a sum of about Rs. 4500 crores over a ten year period in a phased manner. The new plant is planned to be set up in Gujarat with the intention of broad basing the company’s manufacturing facilities across India. The project will be funded by internal accruals and / or debt,” it added.The MRF stock was trading at Rs 54,950 at the BSE on Thursday at about 1.50 pm. The company has five tyre manufacturing facilities in India.Other tyre makers in India include Ceat, Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre, Goodyear, TVS Srichakra and Modi Rubber.last_img read more

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UPS maker Luminous aims to double turnover to Rs 5000 crore in

first_imgNew Delhi-based Luminous Power Technologies, which operates in power storage and home electricals segment, is aiming to double its annual turnover to Rs 5,000 crore in the next five years as the power backup solutions provider eyes product portfolio expansion and tapping into new markets.India CV industry outlook FY2017: Pre-buying ahead of BS-IV emission norms to partially offset slump after note banThe company plans to expand production capacity at its seven existing plants and focus more on innovative products in the segment. Luminous, in which French multinational Schneider Electric has a 74 percent stake, sells it products in more than 36 countries with a strong foothold in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. “We believe that over a period of time, we should be able to deliver a double digit growth coming in from power storage with a combination of solar and home electrical brand,” Vipul Sabharwal, managing director at Luminous, told PTI. “In next 4-5 years, we would be around Rs 5,000 crore and the growth would come from domestic and international markets,” he added. Moving beyond traditional UPS devices, the company recently launched Regalia – which is a wall mountable power backup system – marketing it as a product customers would love to flaunt, unlike those traditional power backups people prefer to hide somewhere in a corner of their houses. Regalia can also be connected with wi-fi to access power information on any connected device.Similarly, Luminous Zelio is a state-of-the-art home UPS that tells you how many hours of power still remains through a simple and intuitive LED display. Further, Luminous designer fans come with a LED light diffuser and a fully functional intuitive RF Remote.In an industry worth Rs 15,000 crore currently, Luminous has a market share of around 39 percent in UPS and 27 percent in inverter batteries. The company’s power storage products contribute about 90 percent of the sales and rest 10 percent comes from home electricals, which includes segments as fan, switches and electric cables. “We would soon enter a new category which is LED lights in the next quarter,” Sabharwal said, adding that the company is scouting for new markets and looking at greater penetration in the existing markets. Luminous also sells its products using online channels in the domestic market through its own e-commerce portal luminouseshop.com and other channel partners.last_img read more

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Is Shahid Kapoor going to remake Telugu film Jersey

first_imgShahid KapoorInstagramAfter Kabir Singh, which is a Hindi remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, speculations have been rife about Shahid Kapoor remaking another Telugu film.Kabir Singh has done really well at the worldwide box office and has collected over Rs 300 crore. Now, apparently, Shahid is all set to remake Telugu cinema’s one of the popular hits this year.It is said that Nani’s Jersey has been chosen to be remade by Shahid. Popular producer Karan Johar is said to have acquired the Hindi remake rights of Jersey and the amount for which he has bought the rights might be half of the budget of the entire movie. Actor Nani in JerseyTwitterAlso, it is said that Shahid is demanding Rs 40 crore as remuneration and he has hiked it after Kabir Singh’s sensational hit. Looks like the 38-year-old actor is laying the road to become one of the highest-paid actors in India. Shahid is making the utmost use of bagging a blockbuster with Kabir Singh. Reports claim that the star image of Shahid is going to raise the expectations on this remake, and so, Karan has signed a contract with him. An official confirmation is awaited. Going into the details of Jersey, this Gowtam Tinnanuri starrer has Shraddha Srinath as the leading lady. Jersey is the story of a talented cricketer who fails in the early stage of his career, but returns back to cricket, at the age of 36, to make it big. Produced by Suryadevara Naga Vamsi under Sithara Entertainments, this film one of the biggest hits in Nani’s career. To know whether Shahid, once again, will be able to recreate the magic in a remake film, we will have to wait for an official confirmation from the makers or the actor.last_img read more

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RBI cuts repo rates by 25 basis points to 6 percent EMIs

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee on Thursday, April 4, decided to cut repo rates by 25 basis points or 0.25 per cent to 6 per cent, meeting a majority of economists’ expectations.The RBI’s six-member rate-setting panel headed by RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday started its three-day monetary policy meet amid expectations of a rate cut to boost the Indian economy. This is the second consecutive rate cut under Shaktikanta Das after a surprise cut in repo rate in February.”On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting today decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6 per cent from 6.25 per cent with immediate effect,” the RBI said.”Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 5.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.25 per cent.”The MPC also decided to maintain the neutral monetary policy stance.”These decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 percent, while supporting growth.”What is repo rate?Repo rate is the key interest rate at which the RBI lends short-term funds to commercial banks. Over 85 percent of the nearly 70 economists polled by news agency Reuters had expected the central bank to cut the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points to 6.00 percent on April 4. Reserve Bank of India building.Reuters/Vivek Prakashlast_img read more

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Embarrassing typo on millions of Australian currency notes leaves Reserve Bank redfaced

first_imgThe Reserve Bank in Australia was left red-faced after an Instagram user shared a photo of an embarrassing typo on its currency notes. Australian radio Triple M exposed the typo after a listener sent a photo. The typo was in the microscopic print near Edith Cowen’s image, reports CNBC.The post showed that the word ‘responsibility’ was missing the third ‘i’ and was spelt ‘responsibilty’. The error is there in three places.The word was present in the text of the speech that Cowen had given to the WA Parliament as the first Australian woman MP. She had given the speech in 1921.The text on the new note reads, “It is a great responsibilty [sic] to be the only woman here, and I want to emphasise the necessity which exists for other women being here.”The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) acknowledged the error and said that the mistake will be rectified in the next print run which is scheduled to take place at the end of this year. Currently, there are 46 million $50 notes with the spelling error.Explaining the delay, the RBA’s spokesperson said, “The process of designing and printing a banknote is complex and iterative. We have strict quality assurance processes, but like any manufacturing process, errors can occur. We have reviewed our processes to remove the likelihood of such an error occurring in the future.”Along with Edith Cowen’s speech, the microscopic text also contains excerpts from Unaipon’s book and Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.The note was printed and rolled out in October 2018 with a series of new technology to prevent counterfeiting as well as to remain accessible for the visually impaired. One of the new features are the four new bumps on the note for easy identification.last_img read more

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2 killed in Magura road crash

first_imgAt least two people were killed and 20 others injured as two coaches crashed head-on on Magura-Jhenaidah road in Sadar upazila of Magura on Thursday night.The deceased are Habibur Rahman, 27, and Krishna Kumar Das, 28, residents of Chuadanga district.District police spokesperson additional superintendent Md Toriqul Islam told Prothom Alo that a Dhaka-bound coach, Darshana Delux, crashed head-on with another coach Sonartori Paribahan coming from Barisal around 11:15pm in the upazila town.Sonartori Paribahan then turned turtle on the road, leaving two dead and 20 injured, the police officer added.The police also said the injured were sent to Magura Sadar Hospital and bodies of the deceased are kept in the hospital morgue.last_img read more

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CIID detains man with 1625kg gold

first_imgThe arrestee was identified as Rabiul Islam, 22. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department (CIID) on Saturday arrested a young man along with 140 gold bars weighing 16.25 kg from Baitul Mukarram Market in the city, reports UNB. DG Moinul also sought assistance from Bangladesh Jewellers Samity and some jewellery ornament traders to seize the consignment, said CIID assistant director Shahiduzzaman. On Saturday morning, a CIID team, led by assistant director Zakaria, arrested Rabiul in association with the local traders along with the gold consignment around 5:20pm. Following a secret information that a big consignment of gold bars would come to the market illegally, CIID director general Moinul Khan directed a team to start vigilance there.last_img read more

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Thai princess meets foreign minister Mahmool Ali

first_imgVisiting Thailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Tuesday evening held a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and discussed various issues of mutual interest.Sirindhorn who arrived in Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit also visited Mariali Government Primary School in Gazipur.She will visit Thailand and Bangladesh collaborative project on Vetiver Grass Development near Tiger Pass Area in Chattogram on Wednesday.She will also visit Ethnological Museum in the port city.Sirindhorn will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday morning and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forests ministry titled”Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on Wednesday at Tiger Pass in Chattogram city.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during the 1971 Liberation War.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Mahmood Ali in her honour.last_img read more

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US concerned over Rohingya crisis

first_imgState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. This video-grab taken from the department`s website.The United States expressed concern about the crisis in Myanmar on Thursday, urging authorities to allow humanitarian access to Rakhine state amid reports of violence against the Rohingya minority.But the State Department would not say whether Washington is considering sanctions against Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, nor whether US officials find the reports of state-sponsored massacres credible.“The United States is deeply concerned about the troubling situation in Burma’s northern Rakhine state,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. Rakhine is the country’s poorest state.“There has been a significant displacement of local populations following serious allegations of human rights abuses including mass burnings of Rohingya villages and violence conducted by security forces and also armed civilians,” she said.“We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights.”A ‘difficult’ placeThe United Nations says that more than 250,000 refugees, most of them Rohingya, have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh since violence erupted last October. Witnesses say entire villages have been burned to the ground since Rohingya militants launched a series of attacks on August 25, prompting a forceful military-led crackdown.Refugees arriving in already packed camps in Bangladesh, many of them exhausted and desperately hungry, have brought harrowing tales of murder, rape and widespread arson.“We call on the authorities to facilitate immediate access to affected communities that are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,” Nauert said, adding that US officials are working to help the United Nations cope with the exodus.But she would not comment on who is at fault in the latest violence. Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has claimed that allegations of army-led massacres are part of a “huge iceberg of misinformation” designed to sow division.Nauert said US diplomats are in regular touch with Myanmar authorities but that Rakhine is “a difficult place to get information from, it’s difficult to get access to.”“Some of these areas are areas of open conflict, we can’t necessarily get in there,” she said. Nauert refused to address calls for international sanctions, saying, “We don’t want to get ahead of the conversations that we’re having.”last_img
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Gas fire kills youth

first_imgLogo of fire IllustrationA young man, who along with his wife sustained burn injuries in a fire that broke out at their house from a gas cylinder explosion in the city’s Mohammadpur area early Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Saiful Islam Rubel, 28.Sub-inspector Bachchu Miah, in-charge of DMCH police outpost, said the originated at the tin-shed house on Road-13 in Nabinagar Housing after a cooking gas cylinder exploded around 5:00am, leaving the couple injured.They were admitted to the hospital around 6:30am, he added.Saiful succumbed to his injuries around 7:00pm while his wife Sajena Akhter, 18, was undergoing treatment at the hospital.last_img read more

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Man killed in Barishal gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Fultola of Barishal’s Ujirpur upazila early Tuesday.News agency UNB quoted police as saying that the deceased was Robiul Alam, 35, a resident of Madaripur district town and accused in six murder casesSaiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal police, said a team of police arrested Robiul from Madaripur district on Monday night in a case filed for killing Jalla union chairman Bishwajit Gosh Nantu.After gleaning information in primary interrogation, a team of police along with Rabiul conducted a drive in the area to recover arms.When the team reached there, his cohorts opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight that left Rabiul injured with bullet.Later, he was taken to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a firearm and several sharp weapons from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Catalans protest for separatists release

first_imgPeople hold banners reading `Freedom` and wave Catalan pro-independence `Estelada` flags during a demonstration in Barcelona calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Photo: AFPHundreds of thousands of Catalans marched Saturday to demand the release of regional officials jailed for their push for independence from Spain, which has left the country mired in a political crisis.The more than two-hour long protest in Barcelona, the Catalan capital, came a day after the region’s parliament speaker-one of dozens of lawmakers sacked by Madrid last month-was released from jail after posting 150,000 euros ($175,000) bail.The demonstrators gathered on an avenue next to the regional parliament building waving Catalan independence flags and chanting “Freedom!” while some held up banners announcing: “SOS Democracy”.Children in riding helmets climbed castells-the region’s traditional human towers-as others held placards bearing caricatures of some jailed lawmakers.Barcelona municipal police put turnout for the march at some 750,000 people as crowds stretched for more than 15 blocks along the boulevard.The Catalonia crisis has caused concern in the European Union as the bloc deals with Brexit and uncertainty over the fate of the region’s 7.5 million people. More than 2,400 businesses have moved their legal headquarters elsewhere.On Wednesday a general strike called by a pro-independence union caused travel chaos, blocking 60 roads and train lines including Spain’s main highway link to France and the rest of Europe.Since lawmakers in Catalonia-a wealthy region with its own language and distinct culture-declared independence on October 27 following a banned referendum, pro-separatist officials have come under huge pressure from Madrid.The central government has dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his government and the parliament, suspended the region’s autonomy and called for new elections there on December 21.Barcelona’s popular mayor earlier slammed the actions of Puigdemont’s government.“They’ve provoked tensions and carried out a unilateral independence declaration which the majority do not want,” Ada Colau told a meeting of her party members.“They’ve tricked the population for their own interests.”Eight members of the axed Catalan cabinet are currently detained on charges of sedition, rebellion and misuse of public funds.A further six fired officials including parliament speaker Carme Forcadell were granted bail this week on similar charges by Spain’s Supreme Court.Puigdemont is in self-imposed exile in Belgium awaiting a hearing on possible extradition back to Spain after Madrid issued an EU-wide warrant.“The situation is sad, the politicians haven’t done their jobs,” said Robert Muni, who was protesting with his children, although some protesters shouted their support for Puigdemont, “our president”.‘We want freedom’Puigdemont and four ex-ministers say they are in Brussels because they cannot be guaranteed a fair trial back home.“Although some of us are far away from you and others are in prison, we have an opportunity to express loudly and clearly that we want freedom and democracy,” Puigdemont told Catalan television.Saturday’s protest was organised by two pro-independence lobby groups, ANC and Omnium, whose two leaders are also detained.“We don’t know what’s going to happen but we know what we want: the release of political prisoners,” said demonstrator Maria Angels Quintana.Puigdemont has said he travelled to Brussels after declaring independence in order to raise international awareness on the treatment of separatists in Spain.But the European Union, nervous that Catalan independence could stir up separatist tensions in several member states, has repeatedly backed the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy over the crisis.Some participants at the rally betrayed their frustration at the lack of support from Brussels for their cause, holding banners printed in English asking “Europe, where are you?”Rajoy himself will be in Barcelona on Sunday-his first visit to Catalonia since the independence crisis erupted-to show support for his Popular Party candidates in next month’s vote.last_img
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Probe body formed over Suhrawardy hospital fire

first_imgOne of the several destroyed wards of Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in the fire. Photo: Sajid HossainA four-member probe body has been constituted to investigate the fire incident at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in the capital asking the committee to submit its reports within the next three working days, reports BSS.The committee was formed soon after the fire was broke out at a store room on the first floor of a new building of the hospital around 6:00pm Thursday.The probe committee will submit its report within the next three working days, fire service’s central control room duty officer Md Russell Shikdar said.No patient is seen in the post-operative room of Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital. Photo: Sajid HossainFirefighters doused the fire around 11:00pm on Thursday night after five hours frantic efforts of the 16 units of firefighters.As the firefighters brought the fire under control, none – patient, doctor, employee and attendant – was hurt in the incident, the hospital’s director professor Uttam Kumar Barua told newsmen.According to the fire service and civil defence, there was no casualty in the fire incident as all patients were taken to safer place and patients of emergency department were shifted to nearby hospitals.Fire service and civil defence director general brigadier general Ali Ahmed Khan told newsmen that they were able to take away the patients safely.Earlier, health minister Zahid Maleque and state minister for health Murad Hasan rushed to the hospital to oversee the overall situation of the hospital.last_img read more

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Sri Lankan tourist police asked to learn Hindi

first_imgSri Lanka’s inspector general of Police Pujith Jayasundara said on Monday that 25 new police posts will be set up covering all main the tourist spots across the country for visitors’ security. And police personnel have been asked to learn Hindi.The decision was taken after discussions with the chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Xinhua news agency quoted Jayasundara as saying.He said a new uniform would be introduced to the Tourist Police Division.In a few years, the tourism sector was expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the police force, Jayasundara said.”Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language training. In addition to English, they should also learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” Jayasundara said.Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, once heavily scarred by a 30-year ethnic conflict, has become one of the leading industries after it was dubbed one of the world’s greatest tourist hot spots by several international publications.last_img read more

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