Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow in Game of ThronesFacebook/ Game of ThronesHBO’s Game of Thrones will stop airing in May 2019 and it will leave millions of fans in a dizzy asking for some more drama. Filming the last episodes were also not easy for the cast and crew of this acclaimed fantasy TV series. Kit Harington recently talked about his feelings and how he cried after reading the last pages of the script.Game of Thrones season eight entered into production a long time ago. Several stars of the show have talked about their feelings towards the end of it and how much they are going to miss playing their respective characters. As it turned out, Kit Harington was apparently the last person to read the end. He recently told Stephen Colbert on his show, The Late Show that he apparently was too lazy to read the script but when he did, he cried a lot.”We had a table read and I was the one person who hadn’t read the episodes,” Kit explained. “Everyone else had them like, three days before and read them and… I think I told everyone it was because I didn’t want to know what happened but I think it was just laziness that I didn’t read them.”Kit Harington further revealed that when he got to read the script, the showrunners were pretty excited to know his reactions. After reading Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6’s script, Kit, who plays Jon Snow, was pretty shocked and surprised for the change in the events.”And then I blubbed my eyes out. I cried. I cried, yeah,” he added.Kit Harington also talked about having a child and extending his family. He and his GoT co-star Rose Leslie got married last year. The couple met during season three and have been together ever since. While talking to The Sunday Telegraph’s Watch via DailyMail, Kit talked about his future family as his work with Game of Thrones is finally over. Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie attend the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images”I met my wife in this show so, hopefully, it gave me my future family and my life from here on in.” Kit added: “It has changed my life completely. You could not ask for a better job than to be an actor in Game of Thrones.”Kit Harington will return as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 8 in April.
Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday (15 October), as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Sendai No 2 unit marks progress for Japans utilities, which have been hit by huge losses after being forced to shut down nuclear plants for safety checks.Weve actively implemented various safety measures including disaster prevention schemes to never let anything like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident happen again, chief manager of Sendai nuclear plant Rei Sudou said, after his staff switched on the dormant reactor No 2 at 10.30am.The unit will begin power generation on 21 October and is expected to enter commercial operation from around mid-November. Kyushu Electric Power Co restarted the No 1 unit at the Sendai plant in August after approval from the countrys atomic regulator came following two years of reviews and equipment checks.Anxious to cut fuel bills, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants atomic power to account for 20-22% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, but the goal is widely seen as unrealistic and opposition to nuclear power remains widespread. Opinion polls have consistently shown strong opposition to nuclear power among the public, even as electricity bills surged following the switch to expensive fossil fuels.We will continue to restart nuclear reactors that meet whats called one of the most strict safety standards in the world, respecting the judgement of the governments nuclear authority, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a regular news conference on Thursday.The government is unchanged with its determination that we should restart nuclear reactors that meet the safety standards as were currently relying on old fuel generators that are forcedly put into operation, Suga added. Close
Hit by the ban on sales of Maggi brand noodles, Nestle India Ltd on Thursday reported 60 percent fall in its net profit and 32 percent fall in its net sales for the third quarter.The company follows calendar year as its financial year.In a media statement filed with BSE, Nestle India said its net profit for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015 was Rs.124.2 crore, down from Rs.311.3 crore for the same period the previous year.The company said it had posted a net sales of Rs.1,736.2 crore for the period under review down by 32 percent over 2014 figures.The ban on sales of Maggi noodles impacted the domestic and export sales.According to Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director, the company has restarted manufacturing noodles.After testing the products in three accredited laboratories and their clearance the noodles the company is keen on reintroducing the products in the market, he said.Narayanan said that during the quarter under review, the Bombay High Court had set aside the ban on Maggi noodles and ordered that the earlier batches be tested in three accredited laboratories.As per the test results, the lead content in the product is well below the permissible levels, he said.
VVS Laxman’s retirement came all of a sudden in 2012ReutersAmidst all the debate that took place around the absence of Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant from the Indian ICC 2019 World Cup squad, what stood out most was Rayudu’s tweet. But even more interesting was the retweet by another out-of-favour Indian cricketer – Pragyan Ojha.The left-arm spinner last represented India in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series against West Indies in late-2013. Interestingly, he was the man-of-the-match in his last Test. Ojha retweeted the comments of Rayudu and added his own views to it.Now, Ojha didn’t reveal who are those ‘Hyderabadi cricketers’ that have been in ‘similar situations.’ But does he have a point when he suggests that cricketers belonging to this proud city have had a raw deal?If we look at the most prominent cricketers from Hyderabad, one can find grievances that all of them can have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is any systematic bias against these cricketers. However, let’s first look at these prominent names and their possible complaints.Mohammad AzharuddinIt is very difficult to have sympathy for this legendary batsman from Hyderabad. After all, many would say it were his own actions that led to his career ending in disgrace. While the courts may have acquitted him and there are not any official sanctions against the former India captain, he still carries the taint of match-fixing. However, he can carry the grouse of not being allowed to play his 100th Test and being forced to end his career with 99. Of course, that is a partisan view.VVS LaxmanOne of the most aesthetically pleasing players in the world and a true match-winner, Laxman’s exit from the team was very, very surprising (pun intended). In 2012, he was picked in the Indian Test side to face New Zealand in a two-match home series. But all of a sudden, VVS announced his retirement. Speculation was rife that he had been told by the selectors that this would be his last series and he responded by ending his career himself. How much truth there was in these rumours, we don’t know. But it has to be said that Laxman’s form had declined substantially in the last year of his career and his place in the team was under doubt. But for hard-core fans of the batting wizard, that won’t be any consolation. Pragyan Ojha (L) put out a tweet suggesting Hyderabadi players getting a raw dealBCCIPragyan OjhaNow we come to the main aggrieved party. Does Ojha have reason to feel hurt by the selectors? He certainly does. The Orissa-born cricketer had become a regular member of the Indian Test team by late 2010 and was acting as a deputy to Harbhajan Singh. But for some reason, Indian selectors convinced themselves that he cannot do well on non-Asian pitches. Every time India needed a second spinner outside the sub-continent, they went to Amit Mishra – be it the South Africa tour of 2010-11 or England tour of 2011.Ojha, in order to prove his worth on non-friendly pitches, played a season of county cricket for Surrey in 2011. Even the former India captain Sourav Ganguly was impressed with his performances in English conditions. But the selectors kept ignoring him and when they decided to replace Ashwin during the South Africa tour of 2013, they went to Ravindra Jadeja and not Ojha.But even before that, the left-arm spinner was getting a raw deal from his team. After emerging as India’s best bowler in the four-Test series against England in 2012, he was dropped for the first two matches of the next series – vs Australia. Imagine the highest run-scorer from a series getting dropped for the first half of the next series. It seems impossible but this is exactly what Ojha faced.His problem got compounded when the ICC decided to crack down upon suspicious bowling actions and he too had to undergo remodelling. But since then, Ojha has made a comeback but without the selectors giving him another opportunity. So, one can understand why he feels aggrieved. Among all the Hyderabadi cricketers, it’s this one who has been treated most unfairly by the selectors and team management.
With less than a fortnight to go for the presentation of the Budget 2016, the divide between the two main Indian political parties â€“ the BJP and the Congress â€“ seems to be widening.While the BJP-led NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under attack for its handling of JNU students over the Afzal Guru death anniversary issue, the Congress is keen to take on the government head-on, using macroeconomic data and the latest political development to good effect, just days before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is set to present the budget on Feb.29.At a press conference last Friday in New Delhi, Abhishek Singhvi, spokesperson for the Congress, took on the Modi government on a range of issues, from the alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan to the JNU protests, besides the state of the economy.”Let us presume that Ishrat Jahan was a suspected terrorist. What is the course of action the BJP is proposing? That she should be liquidated in a false encounter? As a civilised country governed by law and order, should we not proceed by trying her in the court of law as Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were tried? The BJP was advocating hanging them by the nearest lamp-post. How is India different from a banana republic if we too resort to such practices?” BusinessLine reported Singhvi as saying.Mocking the government for holding events such as “Make in India” without showing commensurate results on the ground, he said: “This clueless government has no idea on how to revive it (the economy) and they seem to move from one slogan and event to another without even attempting to address the real crisis at hand.”Singhvi also said that apart from the fact that 29 state-owned banks have written off Rs 1.14 lakh crore of bad debts during 2013-2015, the rupee, which was at 58.5 to a dollar when the BJP came to power, has dropped to 68.38, a fall of 17 percent. The NDA government is facing a grim situation, notwithstanding the description of Asia’s third largest economy as a “bright spot” by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.Retail inflation at a 17-month high in January, factory output (IIP) registering a second straight month of contraction in December, third quarter GDP growth rate coming at 7.3 percent, the lowest in the past three quarters, and merchandise exports registering decline for the 13th month in a row in December have emboldened the Congress â€“ which was reduced to its lowest tally in its history after the 2014 general elections â€“ to question the government’s performance on the economic front.Given the current political circumstances, Jaitley, who often says that “all political parties are with the government on economic legislations except the Congress,” may find it difficult to secure their support, given that they would find it politically expedient to go with the Congress.After all, the JD(U), the RJD and the Communists have found a common cause to take on the government and would not like to break ranks with the GOP (read the Congress) over the GST legislation, more so when crucial Assembly polls to five states â€“ Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry â€“ are round the corner. It would be politically naive to expect the Congress and the larger Opposition to support the NDA government at a time when it is politically weak.To use a stock market phrase, the Modi government is going through a bearish phase, much like the Sensex that posted its single biggest weekly fall in a year last week.The Budget Session needs to be seen in this context. The probability â€“ a high one at that â€“ of a united Opposition taking on the government over the JNU students’ issue and the Ishrat Jahan encounter case could mar the session. On the other hand, if the government is seen as unable to pass key economic legislations during the session, it would send the wrong signals to the marlets.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be putting carving their own paths on hold. And this change in plans may be thanks to baby Archie.Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already given their “blessing” for their son to be given a title, a royal expert has claimed. But baby Archie will have to wait a while before he is given the title of “Prince.”Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie on May 6. But apparently, the Royal baby was not given an official title, despite suggestions he might have become the Earl of Dumbarton, as a nod to one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles. Equally the baby boy could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead, he will be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.Speaking on Sunrise, Royal Editor Rob Jobson, claimed Meghan and Prince Harry had already given their blessing for their son to become ‘Prince Archie’, but will have to wait for Prince Charles to become king.When asked if the Queen has to approve on the name, the expert replied in the affirmative. But he also said that since baby Archie is so low in the hierarchy and might never be King, it doesn’t really matter. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAsked if the Queen would have had to sign off on the name ‘Archie’, Mr. Jobson replied: “Yes, she would, but the reality is this little lad is so far down the pecking order, he’s never going to be king, so it doesn’t really matter. It seems that Royal baby Archie has the right to the title of ‘His Royal Highness’ once Prince Charles becomes king because he would be the grandson of a reigning monarch through the male line. The chances of Prince Charles ascending the throne aren’t outrageous, but even if he does, baby Archie’s claim to the throne is still much lower in the hierarchy. The rule relates to a royal decree created by the Queen’s grandfather, who wanted to limit the number of grand titles within the Royal Family.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t seem to be worried about Royal titles for their baby, but it looks like they aren’t against one either. You can check out the video here:
Gold prices in the Indian market crossed the psychological mark of Rs. 31,000 per 10 gram on Thursday, the highest level seen in the past 22 months, while the BSE Sensex though fell by about 400 points in the morning session but later recovered to close about 200 points down, reports NDTV Profit .On Wednesday, the metal lost Rs. 130 to close at Rs. 29, 670.The spike is in line with the global market where the safe-haven asset touched $1317 an ounce.In international markets, gold reached the $1300 an ounce mark after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept the interest rates unchanged and hinted at less monetary policy tightening in future, increasing the opportunity cost of the non-interest yielding metal.According to HSBC analyst James Steel, the Fed’s decision to leave the rates unchanged and the tone of the statement could point to a bullish market for gold in the near-term, adding that the central bank’s policies appear “long-term supportive of gold.”The Fed’s caution comes ahead of Britain’s referendum on June 23 to decide if Britain will remain with or leave the European Union. According to some experts, a Brexit could cause recession, an event that can exert pressure on the global economy and bolster the appeal of gold.India’s gold import registered a four-month low to $1.47 billion in May, 39 percent lower than $2.42 billion in the corresponding month last year.
Indian hackers take revenge of Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account hackVarinder ChawlaAfter Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked by Turkish hackers called Ayyildiz Tim, a group of Indian hackers apparently took revenge by hacking one Turkish website on Tuesday.A Twitter handle named Indian Cyber Soldiers, which claims to be a group of Indian hackers tweeted out a screenshot of a website page that shows Bachchan holding the national flag. The image also has “Feel the power of India” and “Hindustan Zindabad” written on it.The group claims to have hacked the Turkish website and replaced the official page with the picture showing Big B. Although it is not clear if it was actually a Turkish website, and if at all it was hacked by the group, many Indians have shared screenshot congratulating the Indian hackers for the revenge. The same Twitter page has a few other old tweets, claiming to have hacked Bangladeshi and Pakistani websites in the past.Bachchan’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday night, by which, the hackers replaced the actor’s display picture with that of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan. Turkish hackers Ayyildiz Tim had claimed to have done that in the tweets made from Bachchan’s handle.The hackers had made some pro-Pakistan and anti-India tweets from the hacked account. The first tweet that was made from it read, “This is an important call to the whole world! We do condemn the irrespective behaviours of Iceland republic towards Turkish footballers. We speak softly but carry a big stick and inform you about the big Cyber attack here. As Ayyıldız Tim Turkish Cyber Army +++”.”The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age! Indian Muslims are entrusted to us by Abdulhamid,” this was the second tweet made by the hackers.While this incident remained a major topic on social media on Tuesday, Bachchan’s Twitter account was soon restored.
Amala Paul in Aadai.PR HandoutBreaking away from the stereotype movies, Amala Paul has attempted something that she had never done before nor imagined until director Rathna Kumar knocked her doors with the exciting script of Aadai. She has taken the boldest-ever character of her life and done such scenes which A-list actors might think twice before approving such films.After making his debut with Meyaadha Maan, Rathna Kumar approached Amala Paul, who had been in a hunt for good script and was planning to quit films as good stories were not coming her way. The actress was excited about the storyline and the surprises, but nervous about picking up the project as she was not unsure of doing bold scenes.Not just kissing a person with same sex, but going full nude was the major challenge for her and she pulled off in style. It became clear after the release of teaser as Amala Paul was hailed for taking up a courageous role.Story:The story is about Kamini, a crazy, eccentric, weird, selfish and unapologetically girl. It deals about the painful episode in her life after finding herself nude in an office. The movie will address a serious issue plaguing our society.Reviews:Amala Paul’s Aadai, which is releasing in Telugu as Aame, has piqued a lot of interests with its poster, teaser and the trailer. The makers have not given much about the storyline, thereby building a lot of hype. Will it live up to the expectations? Check it out in the viewers’ words below:Surendhar MK: #Aadai is a finely written film from Rathna Kumar. A surprise followup to #MeyaadhaMaan. @Amala_ams turns in an unflinching performance as Kamini. Easily, one of the bravest roles ever. She quietly brings out her stout-hearted attitude as well as vulnerable traits in 2nd half #Aadai is likely to polarized views from viewers and should set in a series of healthy debates on what constitutes the real freedom of expression and whether it can be quantified or subjected to any inference. Rathna Kumar churns out another original film with some nice moments.Sreedhar Pillai: #Aadai is a well made articulate film from @MrRathna without pandering to any sort of titilation. The film revolves around @Amala_ams in a challenging role. She is simply terrific as Kamini. @ramyavj has a meaty role. Post interval it becomes a bit preachy. Still a bold attempt.Arvind Sundaram: #Aadai – really liked it! Has few flaws in the writing, but on an overall picture, those can be overlooked. Has some intense and nail biting moments to keep you glued. A very different experience, a bold effort, and an important message told!Karthick Krishna: #Aadai Bold and Beautiful… has some issues but overall a very good attempt… dir rathnakumar @MrRathna is a director to look out for and vijay karthik kannan’s cinematography and @Amala_ams’s acting is sure gonna win awards !! go watch it !!Sreekanth TR: #Aadai What a terrific film ,ends with a beautiful thought provoking message . Kudos to you @Amala_ams Your passion , dedication and authentic labour of love is visible at every frame. Lots of accolades on your Way ams #ProudFan .Hats off @MrRathna a pat on your headRajasekar: #Aadai – 3.5/5, shocker at various proportions. @Amala_ams deserves all the awards next year for pulling off a role which deserves huge mental and physical strength. @MrRathna’s film will create a debate how modern women should use the hard earned freedom. DOP Vijay Karthik Kannan must be appreciated for showcasing his heroine with utmost dignity. Any slight mistake in Vijay’s frame would have made #Aadai as a crass film but he understood his responsibility and represented @MrRathna’ s thoughts with perfection. #Aadai 1st half – Google #Nangeli, you will be surely talking much about her sacrifice for the freedom of today’s women. Shocking to know that there was a tax to cover your body with a cloth of your own choice. Hats off @Amala_ams for playing an unapologetic Kamini.Bold &daring Special shout out to Sync sound / Live sound done by @sampathdftHari Krishna Raju: #Aadai with a solid message (little preachy though) & unique premise (survival drama) – is first of its kind in our cinema.. touches upon many points like feminism , misuse of freedom, being judgemental, meetoo but lacks the depth to leave an impact.. nevertheless worth a watchS Abishek: #Aadai is a bumpy ride but the jumps were worth it Towards the end, the film comes full circle. @Amala_ams has pulled off the act of the year. This one is a must watch for those high points All the shitty films that @Amala_ams claimed to have done just went off like a speck of dust. This is not about being audacious. The actress has given life and energy to the role like nobody else. #Aadai This man #Vijaykarthik literally plays with the lens flare Special mention to @sampathdft for providing the sync sound chills Such fresh breath of air from #Shafique in the editing department. #Aadaisridevi sreedhar: #Aadai interval report: Engaging! #BoldContent @Amala_ams lives the role of Kamini , so convincing .. @ramyavj is good The curiosity factor is at its peak!Review Ram: #Aadai (Tamil) – #AmalaPaul’s nude scenes were aesthetically shot, not even a single frame is vulgar. The cinematography is absolutely mind-blowing. Wish the situations could have been a little more impactful. Commendable performance by #AmalaPaul, technically brilliant, unique premise with a solid climax. But it is not great as a film. The second half writing could have been better. Also, the supporting characters needed more depth. Overall different experience. #Aadai (Tamil) – Interval – Weird, interesting, gutsy and different. The prank sequences are fun and will connect well with the youth. The title credits was personally a superb shock for me. The flow of characters, situations and plot-points are engaging. ‘Fine’ so far.Biju Peter: #Aadai on the negative side….. The film is little long …some comedy has been forced into the narration to make the subject lighter…which could have been avoided especially the cop’s family. #Aadai It leaves you with the suttle thought about the definition of feminism….equality or freedom or the right to do anything or wear anything? Kudos to the team to pull out something like this in a commercial format. @MrRathnaSidhu: #Aadai Interval: Stunning is the word. Gets everything right from the start, there are hardly any dull moments. The way the comics have been stitched in to balance the shock value is pure wow material. @Amala_ams , hats off!
Suresh Raina and Saina Nehwal were among those celebrating abrogation of Article 370 (File photo)PBLWhile the whole country is reacting to the landmark move by the government of India to remove Article 370 from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the sporting fraternity of the country hasn’t been missing either. Just as most Indians seem delighted by what they describe as the ‘full integration of Kashmir into India,’ the sportsmen and sportswomen are also eschewing a sense of joy and euphoria.After the union Home Minister Amit Shah made the announcement in the Rajya Sabha and the news started spreading quickly, several athletes, from diverse disciplines, started posting tweets of support and approval. Some of the sportspersons were, obviously members of the BJP and some were supporters of the party. But there were also a large number of prominent names who are not associated with the party.Let’s look at the tweets put out by the biggest names from the world of Indian sports expressing their joy at scrapping of Article 370 in J&K public. Yogeshwar Dutt was most emphatic in his support The real ‘Dangal’ girl was also happy Asian Games champion Bajrang was elated Celebrated boxer Manoj Kumar was also enthusiastic in his approval Raina, a Kashmiri Pandit himself, also expressed his views Sports Minister also expressed his joy Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir also expressed his views Paralympics medalist and BJP member Deepa Malik congratulated all Indians Saina Nehwal retweeted her father’s message Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik approved of the move by the government.
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When Emraan Hashmi wanted to steal Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from Abhishek Bachchan.Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images/InstagramEmraan Hashmi, who is known to be a ladies man, at least on screen, once said that he would want to steal Aishwarya Rai Bachchan from Abhishek Bachchan.During a rapid fire round on Koffee With Karan, host Karan Johar asked Emraan to name one thing, not necessarily materialistic, that he would like to steal from certain people, Emraan had made the said remark.When asked what he would steal from Abhishek Bachchan, Emraan instantly replied, “his wife”, who is Aishwarya. This answer from the actor left KJo burst out into a laughter. When asked about Ranbir Kapoor, Emraan had similar answer as he said he would like to steal his girlfriends. Interestingly, even in regard to Saif Ali Khan, Emraan said he would like to steal his wife that is Kareena Kapoor Khan.Well, Emraan’s answers on the show’s rapid fire round suggested that either he was really obsessed with other stars’ wives or he was just too desperate to win the hamper, which he eventually did for his spontaneous and bold replies.The said episode of Koffee With Karan also had Mahesh Bhatt as the other guest. The veteran director too was in his spontaneous best on the show, and decision to declare Emraan the winner was not an easy one for Karan.Meanwhile, Emraan will next be seen in a multi-starrer gangster movie titled Mumbai Saga. The first look poster of the film was released recently. Apart from Emraan, the film features John Abraham Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Gulshan Grover, Rohit Roy, Prateik Babbar and Amole Gupta.
NHRC member Banchita Chakma speaking at a meeting on Universal Periodic Review Photo: Prothom AloNational Human Rights Commission (NHRC) member Banchita Chakma said the local administration had support for attacks on the indigenous community of Langadu upazila in Rangamati.The office-in-charge of the local police station and others were present at the time of attacks, but they did not take any action.The NHRC member made this allegation at a meeting on the rights of the indigenous people. Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Organisations on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) organised the meet at The Daily Star building on Sunday.On 2 June, at least 200 houses of indigenous people in Langadu upazila were torched. This took place after police recovered the body of Nurul Islam Nayan, organising secretary of Sadar union unit Jubo League.Citing her own experience, Banchita Chakma said, “I was the principal of Rangamati Government College in 2012. Police were deployed to ensure our security. Attacks on hill people were carried out in presence of the police. The attackers were never brought to trial.”She said the criminals repeatedly launch attacks on indigenous people as the perpetrators were spared after the crimes.Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum (BIPF) general secretary Sanjeeb Drong said the government is tricking indigenous people with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.The government should remember that too many tricks may invite trouble, he warned.Jatiya Adivasi Parishad president Rabindranath Saren presided over the meeting in which Kapaeeng Foundation (KF) project coordinator Babul Chakma presented the keynote paper. Falguni Tripura moderated the event.
Obaidul Quader. FIle PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said construction of the Dhaka Metro Rail will be visible in next six months, reports UNB.The minister said this while inspecting the construction work of the 20 km-long metro rail project in capital’s Uttara on Wednesday.“At least 10-12 percent work of the Metro Rail project has been already completed. After the militant attack in Holey Artisan the project work remained suspended for six months but now it’s running again in full swing,” he said.The minister was hoping that the first phase of the project from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed in 2019 and the whole route will be open for commuters in 2020.Regarding the Jamaat-sponsored hartal on Thursday, Quader warned that Jamaat will face a harsh response if they commit any anarchy in the name of hartal.Construction of the Dhaka Metro Rail project financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started in mid 2016.
nonameA major percentage of Bangladeshi children are the victims of second-hand smoke (SHS).Oxford journal of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, published from England on 7 December, showed that about 95% children in the Dhaka city corporation and nearby areas carry nicotine in their bodies due to indirect smoking.The survey was based on saliva tests of 479 primary school children at Mirpur and Savar areas of Dhaka in 2015.The article, Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Primary School Children: A Survey in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that there was urgent need to reduce exposure to SHS (second-hand smoke) in Bangladeshi children.The study was carried out jointly by Dhaka University of Bangladesh, York University of England, University of Edinburgh and Leeds City Council Public Health Department.Member of the research team, Rumana Huque, professor of economics at Dhaka University, told Prothom Alo, “Children are harmed by family members smoking at home. On the streets, in buses, shops and restaurants, many people smoke and children get affected. Our study was on the effect of that second-hand smoke exposure.”Referring to the research results and the severity of the situation, former director of NIDCH (National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital) and chest diseases specialist professor Ali Hossain said, “One of the major contributors to child asthma is SHS. Fathers, brothers or passers-by exhale the smoke and children are the victims. There is no way to save the children from this danger except through mass awareness.”While a smoker exhales smoke, other people inhale this second-hand smoke. The article also stated that, about 40% children of the world are victim of second-hand smoke exposure.The same environment poses more risks for a child than for an adult as a child’s respiratory rate is higher than that of an adult. Moreover, a child is less capable of protesting against anyone smoking nearby.Research methodRumana Huque said, the study was conducted with the approval of BMRC (Bangladesh Medical Research Council) on 479 children between the ages of 11 to 13 years.At first, the saliva samples were sent to the ABS lab in England as Bangladesh has no nicotine testing lab. The presence of nicotine could be detected in saliva, urine and hair samples.The research team prepared the questionnaire for the children, based on tobacco-related behaviour. Questions included, “Do you live with anyone who smokes tobacco?” or “Does anyone smoke while you are in the car?”Results of the studyNicotine was found in 453 children’s saliva samples out of 479 which means 95% of the children were victim of SHS.Rumana added, “There is no other source for the nicotine that enters the child’s body other than ‘bidi’ or cigarette smoke.”She said she did not know of any similar study in neighbouring or other developing countries. Referring to the 2011 statistics of the famous British medical journal Lancet stating 40% of the world children as victim of SHS, Rumana said that Bangladesh was in a much worse condition than the others.About 43% (208) children said in the survey that at least one in the family smoked. About 21% (100) children said, their family members and guests were not allowed to smoke inside while 87% (419) said that they were recently exposed to SHS at public place (roads, shops etc.)
.All types of flights at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have been postponed due to heavy fog.The airport authorities said both inbound and outbound flights on domestic and international routes remained suspended since the early hours of Thursday.Two flights of Regent Air and Gulf Air failed to land at the airport due to the fog while a US Bangla flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong district.Armed Police Battalion’s (APBn) assistant police superintendent Md Tariq Ahmed said six flights, which were scheduled to fly this morning, could not depart the airport due to heavy fog. Met office said dense fog might continue across the country while Dhaka and Mymensingh districts witness a bit of thicker fog than other parts of the country.
.Customs intelligence officials recovered eight iPhones and some cosmetics from five cabin crew members of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday, reports UNB.Based on secret information, a team of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) searched the bags of the five cabin crew – identified as Morzina Akhter Elin, Salma Sultana, Farzana Gazi, Moinuddin Adnan and Roman Sikder -soon after their flight arrived at the airport from Abu Dhabi.According to the baggage policy, a crew member could bring in up to $300 worth of goods, but these products were detained due to lack of proper buying documents.During preliminary interrogation, they revealed that they (cabin crew) were carrying the seized goods for one Tanim Raj, a local businessman, in exchange for money, said the director general of CIID Moinul Khan.Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been directed to take departmental action against the five crew members for breaching the rules to bring in the seized costly mobile phone sets and cosmetics, including perfumes, he said.
This photo taken on 27 February, 2018 shows Myanmar army personnel keeping watch as Myanmar workers build a fence along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, as seen from Tombru in the Bangladeshi district of Bandarban. Photo: AFPBangladesh Thursday asked Myanmar to immediately “pull back” security forces and heavy weapons from the border after the troop build-up near a camp housing thousands of stranded Rohingya stirred tension on the troubled frontier.The foreign ministry “summoned” Myanmar’s envoy and conveyed the country’s “concerns” over the “military build-up” amid rising tensions following the influx of nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.Bangladesh’s acting foreign secretary “conveyed to the Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka that such military build-up will create confusion within Bangladesh and escalate tensions on the border,” the ministry said.”He told the ambassador to convey to the Myanmar authorities for the immediate pullback of Myanmar security forces along with military assets from the area,” it said.Dhaka said the troops were mobilised near a thin strip of land between the two countries where around 6,000 Rohingya have been living since fleeing Myanmar following a brutal military crackdown on the Muslim minority in late August.They were among the first to flee Myanmar and set up shelters in no man’s land in the weeks before Bangladesh agreed to let the Rohingya into the country.In recent weeks they have come under pressure from Myanmar soldiers, who have stepped up patrols along the barbed-wire border fence just metres (yards) from the camp and broadcast messages using loudhailers ordering the Rohingya to leave.Hundreds of Rohingya have since fled the camp and taken shelter in refugee settlements in Bangladesh’s southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar.The diplomatic protest came as Bangladesh border guards and Rohingya living on the no man’s land said some 100 Myanmar soldiers arrived near the refugee camp Thursday in heavy military vehicles.”They brought at least 14 ladders and intimidated us by trying to climb over the fences and come to our camp to evict us,” Rohingya leader Mohammad Arif told AFP at the Tombru border.Myanmar border police also increased their personnel tenfold near the frontier and installed heavy machine guns and mortars at bunkers they dug in recent weeks, a Bangladeshi border official told AFP.The Bangladesh border guards had requested a meeting with their Myanmar counterparts to deescalate tensions, he said, but were told the officers were “away or busy elsewhere”.The build-up came despite Bangladesh and Myanmar having signed a deal to repatriate some 750,000 Rohingya to their homeland in Rakhine state. But the process was delayed at the last moment due to lack of preparations and protests by the refugees.Myanmar views the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and has long denied them citizenship and basic rights.Bangladesh’s foreign secretary has “expressed the concern” that the troop build-up might “hamper repatriation process which both sides agreed to implement”.Dil Mohammad, another Rohingya leader, said Myanmar was making “absurd claims” that Rohingya militants were hiding in the border camp.Read more: Dhaka summons Myanmar envoyMyanmar army with heavy arms, ammunition along border: BGB
The Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday passed a bill to form Rangpur Metropolitan Police with a view to improving the law and order and strengthening the police services to ensure public security in Rangpur metropolitan area, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan moved the bill titled Rangpur Metropolitan Police Bill, 2018 which was passed by voice vote.In November 2017, the cabinet approved the draft law to form the separate police force for Rangpur Metropolitan area, which was placed in parliament on 11 February.The bill empowered the police force of the metropolitan area to award pecuniary punishment and jail-terms for violation of laws. It can fine up to Tk 10,000 and one-year jail subjected to types of crimes.The draft law was framed in the light of the existing Sylhet Metropolitan Police Act 2009 and Barisal Metropolitan Police Act, 2009.As per the bill, the police members will have to execute the orders of the competent authorities, apply full power of the police officers concerned to prevent or resist any possible criminal offence and resist all public nuisances.In 2012, Rangpur City Corporation was formed with 203 square kilometre areas and nearly eight lakh dwellers.
Former whip and Awami League MP from Khulna-4 Mostafa Rashidi Suja. Photo: UNBEx-whip Mostafa Suja diesFormer whip and Awami League MP from Khulna-4 Mostafa Rashidi Suja died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on Thursday night.He was 68.Suja breathed his last around 12:00am, said his brother Mortoza Rashidi Dara, reports UNB.The former whip, who had been suffering from kidney diseases, was admitted to the hospital on 18 July.Suja left behind wife, one son, two daughters and a host of relatives to mourn his death.He was elected parliament member from Khulna-4 constituency (Rupsha, Terokhada, Digholia) three times.Suja was made whip by the then ruling Awami League in 1996.Meanwhile, newly elected Khulna City Corporation mayor Talukder Abdul Khalek, Awami League MP Mizanur Rahman, Begum Monnujan Sufian, MP and fisheries and livestock minister Narayon Chandra Chanda expressed shock at his death and conveyed sympathy to Suja’s bereaved family members.