Shocked to see 1 lakh Gorkha people excluded from NRC Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Iterating that the Centre must ensure no genuine Indians are left out of the NRC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she was “shocked” to find out that one lakh people of the Gorkha community have been excluded from the list.The TMC supremo insisted that “justice should be meted out to all Indian brothers and sisters”.”Earlier I was not aware of the full NRC fiasco. As more and more information is coming in, we are shocked to see that names of more than 1 lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the list,” Banerjee said in a statement issued by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership.”In fact, names of thousands and thousands of genuine Indians, including those of CRPF and other jawans, family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, have been excluded (from the list),” she said.The updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), which identifies bona fide Indian citizens in Assam, was released on Saturday.A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied for inclusion in the register. Of them, 19,06,657 were excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator’s office said.”The government must take care that genuine Indians are not left out and justice is meted out to all of our genuine Indian brothers and sisters,” Banerjee added.On Saturday, the CM had expressed concern over the exclusion of large number of Bengalis from the register.Dubbing the updated final NRC as a “fiasco”, she had said it exposed those who are trying to gain “political mileage” out of the exercise.last_img read more

HC transfers all AircelMaxis scam cases to Special judge Ajay Kuhar

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has transferred all cases pertaining to Aircel-Maxis scam, involving P Chidambaram and his son, from Special Judge OP Saini to Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who is trying INX-Media cases against the father-son duo.All pending matters related to this case will be handled over to Special Judge Kuhar from October 1, since judge Saini is getting retired at the end of September. “Chief Justice and Judges of this Court (high court) have been pleased to order that cases pertaining to 2G Spectrum scam pending in the Court of O P Saini, District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge (PC Act)(CBl), Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi be transferred and allocated to the Court of Special Judge (PC Act) (CBI)-09, Rouse Avenue Courts Complex, New Delhi presently presided over by A K Kuhar with effect from October, 1, 2019 which shall be the designated Court to undertake the trial of the said 2G Spectrum Cases in addition to matters already pending before Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’the Court of A K Kuhar,” the order issued by the high court said. Judge Kuhar is currently presiding over the special court to try lawmakers in the national capital including Congress leader D K Shivkumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his family members, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members, among others. The Supreme Court had appointed Judge Saini to try all cases pertaining to the alleged 2G spectrum allocation scam on a day-to-day basis. In 2G spectrum case all the accused were acquitted by the special court in December 2017. Prior to that, the court had also discharged former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in Aircel maxis case. He had recently granted anticipatory bail to P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram in Aircel maxis case.last_img read more

Where The Handmaids Tale was Filmed in Toronto Part Two

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement And we’re back, identifying as many of the local locations used in locally-written, locally-shot The Handmaid’s Tale as we can! Locally! More of Toronto as Gilead, the site of Margaret Atwood’s chilling dystopian future.Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city. .First, rectifying a sin of omission from last time out, we mentioned that in Episode 3 Emily is “tried” in Cambridge City Hall, but then we forgot to mention she’s forced to watch her partner hung at this parking lot in Hamilton.READ MORElast_img read more

Speaker to seek legal opinion on political crisis

A crisis has developed with the President appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and Ranil Wickremesinghe saying he is still the Prime Minister.Meanwhile, the United National Party said that it will request the Speaker to convene Parliament on Sunday to resolve the issue. (Colombo Gazette) Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is to seek legal advise on the political crisis in the country.The Speaker’s office said that Jayasuriya will take a decision tomorrow on the stand that needs to be taken by Parliament. read more

New agency to oversee pharmacare program recommended by Federal panel

OTTAWA — A federally struck expert panel says the government should create a new agency to oversee rolling out a national pharmacare program.The panel is making two other interim recommendations this morning, including developing a national list of drugs so coverage is the same across the country and spending to gather better data on prescription medications.The government says it will consider the panel’s interim recommendations while it awaits a final report due this spring.By fall, pharmacare is to be dangled in front of voters with the New Democrats promising a universal, public program if elected and the Liberals are expected to make a similar campaign pledge.The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would cost $20 billion a year. read more

Costs of natural disasters in 2003 rise nearly 10 per cent –

Releasing a report by experts with UNEP’s Finance Initiative, the agency called on governments, business and industry to back emerging emissions-trading markets as one way of tackling the crisis.”Climate change is not a prognosis, it is a reality that is, and will increasingly, bring human suffering and economic hardship,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said following a meeting in Milan, Italy. “Developed countries have a responsibility to reduce their emissions, but also have a responsibility to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of global warming.”Noting that the Kyoto Protocol, the instrument agreed on in 1997 to reduce emissions linked to global warming, remains unratified and not in force, Mr. Toepfer declared: “So here, in Milan, we need to engage with even greater vigour in this marathon race against climate change. We need political will, technological innovation and economic creativity. “One key weapon is emissions trading. I would therefore urge the heads of all large corporations to join the various schemes being proposed so that market forces and market instruments, properly regulated by governments, can play their part,” he added.Thomas Loster, head of Weather/Climate Risks Research at the Munich Re insurance company and head of the Climate Change Working Group of UNEP’s Finance Initiative, said: “We will have to get used to the fact that extreme summers, like the one we had in Europe this year, are to be expected more frequently in the future and that they will become more or less the norm by the middle of the century. The summer of 2003, with its extensive losses, is therefore a glimpse into the future, a ‘future summer’ so to speak.”The European heat wave, in which crops and livestock wilted in many countries and some 20,000 people were killed, is expected to have been the most costly single event of 2003 with agricultural losses alone estimated to be over $10 billion. The second most costly events are likely to have been the floods along the Huai and Yangtze Rivers in China between July and September when 650,000 apartments were damaged with overall losses estimated at nearly $8 billion, according to the preliminary “snapshot” findings from Munich Re. read more

Future of Afghanistans political transition hangs in balance of vote recount –

“The first set of official decisions from this unprecedented audit is an important milestone towards the goal of separating fraud from valid votes,” said Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, in a statement issued earlier today.“However, it is still premature to draw conclusions about the final audit result based on these initial findings. All parties should continue to respect the process so as to not create unrealistic expectation,” he added.The UN noted that of the 3,644 ballot boxes that were the subject of this first set of decisions, approximately 79 per cent of boxes were validated and 21 per cent were found to contain some form of irregularity, such as broken seals, results forms that did not reconcile and similarly marked ballots.Today’s findings originate from information taken from each audited ballot box that is recorded and then entered into the database in the presence of observers and party agents. None of the 6,000 ballot boxes identified by the presidential candidates as requiring so-called “special scrutiny” were part of today’s first adjudication decisions. “All parties will be better able to make assessments on the results in days ahead as the IEC [Independent Election Commission] releases its further decisions, including the results of the recounts ordered today and the 6,000 ballot boxes identified for special scrutiny by the candidates themselves,” said Mr. Kubiš.More than 70 percent of 22,828 ballot boxes have now been audited under the UN-supervised process. Of the over 15,000 boxes processed to date, over 30 per cent have also been provisionally recounted due to a finding of some irregularity in the physical audit. It is therefore expected that future sets of decisions by the IEC will include higher proportions of recounts as compared to today’s first batch.The IEC intends to release regular batches of findings as they become available in coming days in parallel to the conclusion of the physical audit of the remaining approximately 7,000 ballot boxes.According to the Mission, in view of the unique and important role played by the presidential campaigns of Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, including their full access to the audit and genuine joint oversight over how it is designed and conducted, the UN continues to urge them to take every step to assist with the acceleration of the audit in order for it to be concluded at the earliest time.UNAMA’s assessment echoes that of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who in an Op-ed for the Huffington Post today underscored that while the audit is nearing the finish line, its completion will depend on more than technical measures. “Ultimately, the process rests on the willingness of the candidates to respect the results,” said Mr. Eliasson, adding: “The future of Afghanistan’s political transition – as well as international support for the Afghan army and police – hangs in the balance. Economic stability in the war-ravaged and aid-dependent country is at risk. So, too, is the Afghan people’s trust in democratic institutions and their political leaders.”He said that Afghanistan’s leaders have a responsibility to honour the faith that voters have placed in democracy and to avoid the divisive ethnic strife that has marked so much of its history.“Now is the time to count the ballots, make good on commitments, respect the results, and turn the page to a new era of opportunity and hope that the Afghan people so need and deserve,” Mr. Eliasson said. read more

UN condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on New Years Day

“He hopes that the organizers and perpetrators of this heinous act will be identified and brought to justice swiftly,” said a statement issued by Mr. Guterres’ spokesman.“He extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Turkey and of those countries whose nationals were impacted,” the statement added.The UN Security Council also denounced the terrorist attack at a night club that reportedly killed at least 39 people and injured 69.“The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the heinous and barbaric terrorist attack,” said a press statement issued this afternoon, in which they also reiterated that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” The Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States to cooperate actively with the Government of Turkey and all other relevant authorities in this regard.They expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured. Joining the condemnation of the attack was the High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser. “The horrific attack which killed and injured dozens of innocent revelers is a despicable and an unjustifiable act regardless of the motivation,” he said, extending his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people and the Government of Turkey. read more

Spain wins Super Cup – Heuberger debuts with 3 defeats

The Spanish team won the Super Cup, third in their history. The Valera squad beat Denmark 26:23, Sweden 25:23 and Germany 27:23, and showed good form.23 – Germany: Heinevetter y Lichtlein; Richwien (6), Pfahl (4), Glandorf (5), Muller (2), Haass (-), Strobel (2), Hens (-), Kaufmann (1), Christophersen (-), Gensheimer (1), Klein (2), Roggisch (-), Heinl (-), Theuerkauf (-), Wiencek (-) y Spath (-)27 – Spain: Sterbik y Sierra; Rocas (3), Roberto García (3), Maqueda (2), Montoro (-), Raúl Entrerríos (2), Sarmiento (-), Cañellas (3), Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (2), Romero (3), Ugalde (1), Rivera (2), Aginagalde (3), Morros (1) y Gedeón Guardiola (2)Martin Heuberger did not have the best debut as German coach… he had 3 defeats from 3 games.. following are the complete resultsGermany : Denmark 26:29 (14:13)Švedska : Spain 23:25 (10:14)Germany : Sweden 22:25 (10:8)Denmark : Spain 26:29 (13:14)Germany : Spain 23:27 (9:11)Denmark : Sweden 23:26 (10:13) ← Previous Story Pascal Hens finishing his career for Germany – In Belgrade or London? Next Story → France “burned” and then beats Slovakia read more

Apples iPhone 5 design includes aluminium case new antenna

first_imgWhen Apple released the iPhone 4 it was originally met with cheers and first impressions that on the face of it presented it as the best iPhone yet. While many users will still say it is the best iPhone, Apple’s current handset isn’t without its faults.The major problem with the phone is the antenna design, which means when held in certain ways (iPhone 4 death grip) the signal can degrade significantly to the point where you drop calls. The other much less significant issue is the lack of a white iPhone 4 appearing, thought to be because Apple’s manufacturing partners couldn’t get the color to work on the glass casing of the device.The latest reports coming out of China suggest that Apple is fixing both these problems in the iPhone 5 with a bit of a design rethink and a different choice of materials.With an iPad 2 available in white from day one on March 11, it seems inevitable Apple will want the same for the release day of iPhone 5 expected in June or July. With that in mind Chinese language website Economic Daily News (translated) is reporting that Apple has dropped the glass casing in favor of an aluminium back casing. In so doing the next iPhone can easily be colored white, will weigh less, and is less prone to scratching.The other big change being reported is a brand new antenna design. Apple clearly doesn’t want the embarrassment of having to give away free bumpers again, so the new iPhone will use a different solution and hopefully signal the end of talk about death grips and call dropping. According to the report, the Apple logo on the back of the case will be the new location of the antenna which is an area usually left uncovered when a phone is held to the ear.Read more at GadgetsDNA and MacRumorsMatthew’s OpinionWhile the glass back of the iPhone 4 is nice, I don’t think many people will be upset to see it go. This is the back of the phone we are talking about, and your main focus is always going to be on the other side and that high resolution touchscreen. To look at it another way, would you prefer a black-only heavier iPhone 5, or a white color option and a lighter handset?As for the antenna design, Apple really didn’t have any choice but to come up with a different solution. Using the same design again would have garnered a lot of bad press and there would have been demand for free bumpers again. As Apple has shown with the iPad 2 and the Smart Cover, the company really doesn’t want its hardware covered up with bulky cases.last_img read more

Watch Glitter Dont Use It Scientist Calls for Ban on Sparkles

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend All that glitters is not gold, according to scientists.More than an arts-and-crafts staple or shiny nightmare for festival clean-up crews, the reflective particles are also an ecological hazard.Environmental anthropologist Trisia Farrelly is calling for a ban on the plastic-based flecks, instead championing biodegradable versions made from materials like mica.Farrelly attracted attention over the summer when she spoke to online news aggregate Stuff about the harm caused to marine life by microplastics. In the months since, she’s been quoted by the BBC, New York Times, and National Geographic, among other international sources.The global interest in glitter has the scientist slightly baffled; the plastic-based product represents a small part of what she believes is a broader problem.“But Christmas is an ideal time to raise awareness about environmentally responsible production and consumption and the problems associated with microplastics,” Farrelly, a social scientist at New Zealand’s Massey University, said in a statement.“And if plastic-based glitter is the vehicle for opening more conversations, then I welcome that,” she added.I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Microplastics(via maryamassimi/Pixabay)The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration classifies microplastics as less than 5 mm in diameter. They are often found in cosmetics and clothing, as well as certain industrial processes.Primary microplastics are particles deliberately manufactured to be microscopic—i.e. those wee beads in your exfoliating facial scrub. Equally dangerous to aquatic and marine ecosystems are secondary microplastics, which form from the breakdown of larger debris.Somewhere in between is the byproduct of wear and tear: dust from car tires, synthetic textiles, ropes, paint, and waste treatment.Those fragments that don’t end up in every crevice of your body and every corner of the house often find their way into the environment. In particular, the world’s oceans.In some parts of the globe, Farrelly estimates microplastics outnumber plankton by six-to-one. Which is to say: a lot.And while a tiny percentage of plastics are biodegradable (but only under specific environmental conditions), most never go away. Some have sunk to the nethermost part of the seas—the 36,000-foot-deep Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.I’m too shiny, watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough(via XoMEoX/Wikimedia Commons)Modern glitter, invented by American machinist Henry Ruschmann in 1934, is usually manufactured from plastic—specifically polyethylene terephthalate (PET).Farrelly, from the School of People, Environment, and Planning at Massey’s Manawatū campus, studies the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) found in materials like PET.“There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the toxins released by microplastics, and the additional pollutants absorbed by plastics in aquatic environments—what some marine scientists are now referring to as ‘poison pills’—can bioaccumulate up the food chain with the potential to disrupt the endocrine systems of sea life, and us, when we consume seafood,” she said.But Farrelly doesn’t want to dull anyone’s sparkle: According to the social scientist, there are plenty of non-plastic, environmentally friendly glitter alternatives.Get your guilt-free glam on with products from BioGlitz, Glitterevolution, and Eco Glitter Fun, which boast biodegradable formulas made from renewably sourced and compostable ingredients (mostly plants). Even everyone’s favorite natural cosmetics company Lush has swapped microplastics for synthetic mica and mineral glitter.Consumers, Farrelly believes, are becoming “more environmentally and justice-aware, and are calling for more honest, transparent labelling.”“They want to know what’s in their products and where they come from,” she continued. “Governments, too, need to play their role in ensuring producers are more responsible.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Homeless need help in hot weather

first_imgIt’s difficult to stay cool and hydrated without the amenities of a home, such as an air-conditioning unit or readily accessible cold water.During this extended heat wave, local organizations are seeking donations of bottled water to give to people living outside.People often don’t start drinking water until they’re thirsty, which means they’re already on their way to being dehydrated, said Kate Budd, executive director of Council for the Homeless. And extreme heat exacerbates physical, behavioral and mental health issues.“We want to make sure people are ideally inside where it’s cooler or at least in the shade,” she said.The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the high 80s to mid-90s through Wednesday in Vancouver.Share House, the men’s homeless shelter that runs a hot meal program, is in the middle of remodeling its kitchen, and the outdoor drinking fountain is out of service. To keep people “hydrated and happy,” the nonprofit is asking that donations of bottled water be dropped off at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver.Sunscreen, hats, lip balm, sunglasses, fans and cool packs — anything that helps to mitigate the sun and heat — are also appreciated and will be distributed to people around Clark County through different partner agencies.“The more we have, the more we’re able to give to people,” Budd said.With Share’s kitchen closed, meals are being served at Friends of the Carpenter, where Share operates a day center for homeless people. Jessica Lightheart, spokeswoman for Share, said more people are expected to travel to and from the day center, which is about a mile outside of downtown Vancouver. Friends of the Carpenter is also seeking donations of bottled water, which can be dropped off at its warehouse at 1600 W. 20th St.last_img read more

Pumping Flood Water in Five Cays

first_img Home invasion leaves one Filipino dead; another hospitalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:five cays, Ts cristobal Fire in Five Cays will leave many homeless Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSince 8am pumping started in Five Cays where relief post TS Cristobal had been slow to come. Member for Five Cays Hon Sean Astwood shared this photo of work getting done. PDA takes rally to Five Cays Recommended for youlast_img read more

SIPT Wraps up Court on Break til February 15

first_img Related Items:andrew mitchell, mike misick, myrtle rigby health complex, robin auld, Sipt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Feb 02016 – The opening statement at the SIPT trial is delivered; today Andrew Mitchell, QC for the Crown wrapped up a two week presentation which has brought much shock and awe. The allegations against the accused, some have reflected, were even more detailed and startling than the information revealed in the 2009 commission of inquiry. Mitchell from the get go said he would not even need to refer to the Robin Auld led inquiry to build his case. The two weeks did not go without a battle; the defendant in protest, former premier Michael Misick challenged the website where the opening statements by Mitchell are published; he tried to get a mistrial declared after developer and Sandals owner, Butch Stewart issued a media statement which confirmed his company’s payment to Mike Misick, as the lead defendant and there was even concern for the defendants’ safety when a civilian issued a death threat, reportedly, against Misick outside of the courthouse last week. Now that Andrew Mitchell is done with what he will aim to prove once the trial continues, there is a break. The proceedings at the Myrtle Rigby health complex resume on Monday, February 15, 2016. Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Recommended for you SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume todaylast_img read more

Global PC market plunges at least 3 in first quarter

first_imgHP continues to dominate the global PC market. HP The global market for personal computers continued its years-long downward spiral in the first quarter, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by market analysts.Worldwide shipments of PCs, including desktops, notebooks and workstations, declined 3% during the first three months of 2019, compared with the same period last year, market researcher IDC reported Wednesday. Market researcher Gartner tallied the same number of PCs shipped for the period as IDC — 58.5 million — but reported a more dire market decline: 4.6% for the quarter. A continuing shortage of Intel processors, as well as pending Windows 10 migration deployments, weighed on the market, IDC said. Still, the number of PCs that shipped in the quarter topped analyst expectations.”Desktop PCs were surprisingly resilient as the commercial segment helped drive a refresh during the quarter,” Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers, said in a statement.The decline comes on the heels of a 4.3% decline in the fourth quarter of 2018, which wiped out optimism that the previous two quarters of largely flat growth signaled a possible market stabilization after six years of uninterrupted decline.”We saw the start of a rebound in PC shipments in mid-2018, but anticipation of a disruption by CPU shortages impacted all PC markets as vendors allocated to the higher-margin business and Chromebook segment,” Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. Chromebook shipments increased by double digits in the first quarter compared with the same period last year, Gartner said. HP edged out Lenovo as the quarter’s top PC vendor, IDC said, capturing 23.2% of the market on 13.5 million units shipped. Lenovo was close behind with 23% market share on 13.4 million units shipped. Dell rounded out the top three with 17.7% market share on 10.3 million units.Apple came in a distant fourth, shipping 4 million PCs to grab 6.9% of the market, IDC said.Gartner reported largely similar vendor rankings for the quarter, with Lenovo and HP swapping positions in a still-tight race for market share (22.5% and 21.9%, respectively). Comments Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right See it $169 • Tags Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Abt Electronics Share your voice reading • Global PC market plunges at least 3% in first quarter See It $143 5 Amazoncenter_img See It Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Best Buy Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Microsoft Windows 10 See It Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $145 See All $179 Computers Tech Industry Dell HP Intel Lenovo Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

DIG Mizan sent to jail

first_imgMizanur RahmanA Dhaka court on Tuesday sent suspended deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Mizanur Rahman to jail in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).Judge of KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka senior special court passed the order after police produced him before the court in the case, reports UNB.On Monday, the High Court rejected a petition filed by the DIG seeking anticipatory bail in the case and handed him over to Shahbagh police station.ACC director Manzur Morshed filed the case against Mizan, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahabubur Rahman on 24 June last.They were accused of accumulating wealth worth Tk 302,868,000 illegally and concealing information of assets amounting to Tk 30,705,000.A private TV channel reported recently that Mizan gave Tk 4 million to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director Khandaker Enamul Basir to get clean chit in a corruption case.DIG Mizan was an additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). He was withdrawn on 9 January last year following the allegation of threatening a female news presenter of a private television channel.He had also reportedly married a woman forcibly and tortured her. Mizan allegedly picked the 25-year-old woman up in July, 2017 and then forcibly married her.He had also implicated her in a false case whereby she was arrested and remained in jail for three weeks.last_img read more

A psychology experiment unexpectedly discovered a man who cant cooperate because of

first_imgWhen someone’s especially cooperative, don’t thank their easy-going nature, but give credit to their brain. A team of New York University psychologists hypothesized that cooperation depends on the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DPC), an area of the brain in the frontal lobe involved in regulation control and goal pursuit; after all, cooperation often requires reigning in one’s naughty impulses to take everything for themselves. To test their theory, the researchers conducted an experiment involving participants with brain damage to the DPC—and discovered someone who would not cooperate at all. For the study, published last year in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, the researchers recruited 26 healthy control participants alongside 33 participants with brain damage: eight who had frontal-lobe damage, 14 with amygdala damage, and 11 with damage in other areas of the brain. The participants were split into groups of four, and then put through 20 rounds of a decision-making scenario where each person was given $8 and told they could keep it for themselves, or share it equally with the group. After each round, the participants saw whether the others in their group chose to share. Overall, participants cooperated by sharing their money 38.5% of the time. More interestingly, participants with damage to their DPC were more likely to keep the $8 for themselves. “Overcoming that intuition to be selfish requires them to regulate their response,” says Jay Van Bavel, a professor of psychology at NYU, and one of the study authors. “You just reach and grab for the money whenever you can take it. As people had more damage to their DPC, they were more likely to be selfish.” Read the whole story: Quartzlast_img read more

OVL seeks financial autonomy to invest 1 bn

first_imgONGC Videsh Ltd has sought greater financial autonomy to decide on investments of up to $1 billion (about Rs 6,400 crore) without government nod to speed up acquisition of overseas oil and gas fields.Board of OVL, the overseas arm of state explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp, currently has powers to decide on investment of up to Rs 300 crore. An amount higher than that has to first go to an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECS) and then to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash“We are seeking at least Navratna PSU status for OVL… $1 billion investment powers should be granted to us,” the company’s Managing Director Narendra K Verma told reporters here. Navratna status gives boards of public sector units financial powers to decide on investment projects of up to Rs 3,000 crore. “We are are seeking more than Navranta powers,” he said. “We are seeking powers to decide on investments of up to $1 billion.” Greater financial powers will help the company make quicker decisions on acquiring oil and gas assets abroad. Verma said the Rs 300 crore financial power for OVL was set in 2000 when the rupee-US dollar exchange rate was completely different. “Right now Rs 300 crore is nothing,” he said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsOVL has 35 projects in 16 countries from Brazil to New Zealand and is looking at certain acquisitions in oil and gas rich regions.Navranta PSU status is granted to a state firm if it has made consistent profits above a certain level. One of the conditions for grant of Navranta status is that the company should be listed on stock exchanges. “Listing is a requirement but there exemptions can also be granted,” he said. OVL is currently 100 per cent owned by the ONGC. Recently the parent firm turned down a request from the Department of Disinvestment (DoD) to get the company listed saying low oil prices do not offer favourable valuations.  “I don’t think this is the ideal time to list an oil exploration company. Low oil prices are not ideal time for listing,” Verma said. “Our portfolio predominately consists of exploration assets and a few producing properties. Markets typically do not fully value exploration assets and all our exploration assets will not get true valuations,” he added.He said the company does not need funds and has been raising loans from parent ONGC as well as the market to meet cost of acquisitions and development of assets.The company has Rs 6,614 crore loan from ONGC and another Rs 29,000 crore from the market. The Rs 5,000 crore ONGC loan is being converted into equity, he said.Listing will lead to certain other stipulations including change of ownership. “Currently we are seamlessly integrated with ONGC and all our requirements of funds, technology and manpower are fully met from ONGC. Listing will change that,” he said.Also, it is challenging to value assets during times of low oil prices. “I do not want to comment on the issue (of government seeking listing of OVL) but I can explain to you the rationale for a listing. A company is listed to leverage additional financial resources. We are leveraging debt financing,” he said.Converting Rs 5,000 crore ONGC loan into equity will raise the equity capital of OVL to Rs 15,000 crore, Verma said. This will improve its debt-to-equity ratio and help it independently raise funds on the strength of its own balance sheet instead of relying on ONGC’s financial status. ONGC had in 2013 done a similar loan-to-equity conversion for OVL.last_img read more

EC serves showcause to Asansol Mayor

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has served a show-cause notice to Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari on Wednesday for allegedly promising contracts to the councillors if they provide lead for Moon Moon Sen’s victory from the Asansol Parliamentary constituency.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sent a notice to Tiwari seeking an explanation from him. Tiwari allegedly said he would give the councillors the contracts of projects worth Rs 10-50 lakh, if they provide a lead of different margins from their respective jurisdictions. Earlier in the day, a delegation of state BJP leaders met the election officials at the CEO office alleging that Tiwari has violated the Model Code of Conduct by promising contracts. The BJP leaders also lodged a complaint against senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim and Rabindranath Ghosh for their violation of the MCC. It was also learnt that on the basis of the allegations brought by the BJP, the Election Commission officials have sought a report from the District Election Officers of South Kolkata and Cooch Behar on the statements of Hakim and Ghosh. During an election rally in Cooch Behar’s Ghughumari on Tuesday, Ghosh said the Central Forces will not remain in the state after the elections are over and it would be the duty of the state police to maintain law and order in the state. Meanwhile, the EC has been waiting for the explanation from Asansol BJP MP Babul Supriyo, who sang a theme song for his political party without the prior permission of the Commission. Supriyo had also been accused of violating the MCC and was asked for an explanation within 48 hours.last_img read more

Technicians Studio Private Limited Amendment Bill passed in state Assembly

first_imgKolkata: The Technicians’ Studio Private Limited (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed at the state Assembly on Tuesday empowering the state government to constitute a new statutory authority like Board for the purpose of vesting better superintendence, direction, control and management of the affairs and business of the studio. The Board named West Bengal Board for Technicians’ Studio is aimed at simplifying its operation and making provisions for better control of the state government over the affairs of the Studio.”There are some statutory obligations like GST, Income Tax which the technicians have to comply with . The Board will compile these factors to ensure that the technicians’ interest are upheld in a proper manner,” said Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs while placing the Bill at the Assembly. Sen also reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government has ensured that political interference do not come in the way of the functioning of the studios and the film industry at large. He clarified that the Bill is for Technicians and has nothing to do with the Tollywood artists. The Board consisting of seven members will be headed by a Chairman who shall be the Minister in charge of Information and Cultural Affairs (I& CA) department or any other minister appointed by the Chief Minister. The Board will also consist of a vice chairman appointed by the state government and members in the form of secretary I & CA , secretary of Finance department , joint secretary of I& CA , one officer below the rank of joint secretary of I &CA and three other persons from the film or television industry in the state as nominated by the state government. Set up in 1952, the technicians associated with this studio are facing a lot of hardships, including problem with their wages. The state government wants intervention to address the grievances.last_img read more