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October 17, 2019
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Fans of Edmonton Eskimos asked to scrimmage on name change question

first_imgEDMONTON – Thousands of core fans of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos are being asked if they think the team should change its name.The question surrounding the name Eskimo is contained in the club’s annual survey of its season ticket holders.The term is widely considered to be offensive by Canada’s Inuit population.A poll conducted by Insight West found 57 per cent of Canadians find its use acceptable.League commissioner and former Eskimo player Randy Ambrosie says it’s up to the team to decide if the name should be changed.Ambrosie, who was in the Alberta capital on Tuesday, says it’s an issue for the Eskimos, their fans and for the relationship between Edmontonians and the Inuit community.Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced last month that starting in 2019 they are changing their uniform’s logo, which depicts a smiling Indigenous man called Chief Wahoo. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad in Kerala along with Amethi

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to improve the Congress’ position in south India, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala besides his traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Veteran Congress leader from Kerala and former Defence Minister A K Antony made this announcement at a press conference here Sunday, saying Gandhi had consented to fighting from Wayanad following requests from the party’s state unit. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The decision is seen as an attempt by the Congress to consolidate its electoral base in south India, especially Kerala which has 20 Lok Sabha seats. Tamil Nadu has 39 Lok Sabha seats and Karnataka has 28. “This is a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he will represent Amethi but will also represent southern states as they are an important part of India’s way of life, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said Gandhi has said Amethi is his ‘karmabhoomi’ and he will never leave it. The announcement evoked sharp reactions from both the Left and the Right of the political spectrum. Reacting to the development, CPI(M) Politbureau member Prakash Karat said that the decision of the Congress to field Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad shows that the party wants to take on the Left in Kerala. “Their priority now is to fight against the Left in Kerala. It goes against Congress’ national commitment to fight BJP, as in Kerala it’s LDF which is the main force fighting BJP there,” he told reporters. The CPI(M) ex-General Secretary said his party will work to ensure the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. BJP chief Amit Shah also took a sharp dig at Gandhi contesting from two seats at a rally in Uttar Pradesh. “Congress’ votebank politics has worked on playing with the security of the country. It is the result of this that Rahul Gandhi has left Amethi and run away to Kerala because he knows that voters will seek account from him in Amethi this time,” Shah said. Earlier, Surjewala said the state units of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had requested him to contest from south India at a time when there is attack on the language and culture from the Modi government, he said. “This is a fight to espouse the aspirations of south India. This is a fight to give a befitting reply to those forces that attack cultures, languages, way of life and also the deep connect between north and south India between which BJP has created a division,” he said. On BJP’s criticism that Gandhi’s is “not very strong” in Amethi, Surjewala said: “Why doesn’t BJP answer why Moddi ji left Gujarat and went to Varanasi. Does that mean that his condition was bad in Gujarat. Instead of discussing these type of immature things, they should discuss key political issues. Why is BJP so scared.” In a swipe at Union minister Smriti Irani who is contesting against Gandhi in Amethi, he said, “Pehle Delhi mein Chandni Chowk ne haraya, phir Amethi ne bhagaya. Jis mantri mahoyadaya ki charcha kar rahe hain, jinko ticket di hai, ab haar ki hattrick ka mahaul bana hai (First lost from Chandni Chowk, then Amethi. And now, the minister in question has created an atmosphere of a hat-trick of defeats)”. Surjewala said the people of Amethi trust the fact that they are protected with Rahul Gandhi being there. “The BJP has the task of conspiracy while we have the task of construction,” he said. He said Wayanad has a unique geographical feature as it links all the three states of Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri, Karnataka’s Mysore and has the geographical and cultural representation of the three states. “That is why party decided that Gandhi will, in a way, represent the three states and strengthen the unity between north and south India. Senior Congress leader Antony said Wayanad is situated in Kerala, but also surrounded by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. “In a way it’ll satisfy the requests of three southern states,” he said. There were many requests from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the former defence minister said, adding that one of the major reasons for consideration was that it is a trijunction of the three southern states. “Amethi and Rahul do not have a political relationship. Amethi ke mann mein Rahul baste hain. It is a family relationship and cannot be broken by BJP’s politics,” Surjewala said. He said when the Congress government will be formed with the blessings of 130 crore Indians, Rahul Gandhi will represent every corner of the country in a bigger way. “We will discuss about the future slowly,” he said in reply to a question on whether Gandhi will retain Amethi or Wayanad seat if he wins both. “Don’t question Amethi’s intelligence. Amethi has chosen Rajiv ji, Sonia ji and Rahul ji in difficult circumstances. They trust the fact that this country’s management and Amethi is secure in the hands of Rahul Gandhi. Nobody can break the bond between Amethi and Rahul and least of all BJP,” he said. Congress had won eight Lok Sabha seats in Kerala in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, besides two by its ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and one by Kerala Congress (Mani) and one by Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP). The party is hoping to further consolidate its position this time in the state. Wayanad district is in the north eastern part of Kerala and houses various tribal groups of the state. The area was badly affected due to last year’s floods.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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FrenchMoroccan Decentralized Cooperation One of Most Important in the World

Marrakesh – French-Moroccan decentralized cooperation is “vital” and one of the most important in the world, said Thursday in Marrakesh, French minister of Town and Country Planning, Rural Affairs and Local Authorities, Jean Michel Baylet.“The relationship between France and Morocco is exceptional in all areas, and this is reflected in the vitality of French-Moroccan decentralized cooperation. It is one of the most important in the world, and the most important for France in the Mediterranean,” Baylet said at the opening of the 3rd Moroccan-French meeting on decentralized cooperation, to be held on December 8-9 in Marrakesh.France and Morocco have a common concern to develop the economy of their respective territories, which would give a considerable boost to partnership between the two countries, he noted. Baylet added that while France and Morocco are at the forefront of the international mobilization on climate change, the Marrakesh meeting is expected to tackle climate challenges and, more generally, the sustainable development of cities and rural areas.The two-day event, which brings together over 400 participants, deals with issues related to local government as the two countries are undertaking a significant territorial reform, as well as political and economic development policies benefiting the youth. read more

October 12, 2019
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AntiIslam Movement Targets Dutch Mosque Insults Prophet Muhammad

Rabar – The German Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) group has placed a satirical figurine of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the entrance of As-Sunnah Mosque in the Hague, the Netherlands.On Sunday, Pegida—notorious for targeting mosques in the Netherlands with Islamophobic acts—hung a banner with an obscene message insulting the prophet next to a mannequin dressed in traditional Arab male dress with a bearded face covered in dark paint.Vanochtend is stg. as-Soennah door neonazi’s van Pegida op een verschrikkelijke manier aangevallen. Wij zijn vaker slachtoffer geweest van haat en bedreigingen uit neonazistische hoek, maar nooit eerder op zo’n lugubere wijze. Let op! Schokkende beelden! https://t.co/5vlBRkNHIy pic.twitter.com/MPYySMnlc1— Al-Yaqeen (@alyaqeenweb) March 3, 2019CCTV footage of the incident, which has circulated social media, shows three hooded individuals pulling the banners and mannequin from a vehicle parked in front of the mosque late at night. Abdelhamid Taheri, the head of the mosque, told Dutch news outlet Omroep West that worshippers found the insulting messages when they arrived at the mosque to perform the morning prayer and immediately called the police.To Taheri, “It is not an attack against the mosque alone, but an attack against the whole Muslim world.” He added that he has reported similar attacks on the mosque several times but they have continued.Read Also: Moroccan Hijabi Demands Justice After Islamophobic Attack in BelgiumAs-Sunnah Mosque and other mosques in the region have been targeted by Pegida on several occasions. Last year during Ramadan, Pegida took advantage of Islam’s restriction on the consumption of pork, regarded as “impure,” to provoke Muslims by roasting pigs in front of Laleli Mosque in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, at the time of breaking the fast.At the same time, Pegida had shared a series of posts on Facebook, encouraging its followers to participate in pig barbeques in front of many mosques, including As-Sunnah Mosque.The Pegida followed in the steps of previous offensive drawings and caricatures insulting Prophet Muhammad.Some of the most notorious satirical caricatures of Muhammad (PBUH) were published in Denmark in 2005, triggering outrage among Muslims across the world. read more

October 12, 2019
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Julian Castro to join McDonalds strikers in N Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro plans to join McDonald’s workers who are striking on the same day as the fast food giant’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas.The Fight for $15 says in a news release that Julian Castor of Texas will join strikers Thursday in Durham, North Carolina, one of more than a dozen such jobs actions nationwide.Striking cooks and cashiers plan to travel to the shareholder meeting, where they’ll attend a video town hall hosted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination for president.Castro says he’s standing with workers in their fight for fair pay, better working conditions and the right to unionize.From 2014 to 2017, Castro was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama.The Associated Press read more

October 4, 2019
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Video Business report with Mike Eppel

House Republican leaders are contemplating advancing a short-term debt limit increase, business editor Mike Eppel explains. debt limit increase|mike eppel|Republicans by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2013 7:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Video: Business report with Mike Eppel

October 2, 2019
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Opinion Was Malik Hooker a defensive award snub

OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) and OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker (17) celebrate Hooker’s pick-six in the first half of the Buckeyes 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOn Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference announced it’s winners for the All-Conference teams, as well as individual defensive honors. Ohio State’s own defensive stars, redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore were all selected as first-team all-defensive picks for the Big Ten Conference. Senior punter Cameron Johnston was also selected as the first team All-Conference punter. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers and Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt, younger brother of star NFL defensive end J.J. Watt, were among other stars selected to the first team. Hooker, who was one of the standout defensive backs in the country this season, with six interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns, was a player many believed had a shot at winning the Nagurski-Woodson award for the Big Ten’s best defensive player. Watt had a chance at winning it as well. In some earlier polls by ESPN, Hooker was the unanimous decision to win the award but fell short to Peppers when the awards were announced on Big Ten Network on Tuesday evening. The statistics show Hooker may have indeed been snubbed for the award. He finished the regular season with 67 total tackles, five tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, six interceptions, three touchdowns, 181 interception return yards, and four passes defended. Not only were Hooker’s stats impressive, but they seemed to come at some very opportune times for the Buckeyes including his pick-six against Michigan to get OSU on the board as its offense struggled early. Peppers, who also won two other awards, the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year, undeniably had an impressive season. His versatility to play multiple positions in all three phases of the game was a huge asset to the Wolverines this season. He finished the regular season with 72 tackles, five sacks, and one interception that came off a tipped pass from OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Peppers, however, did rank below some of his defensive counterparts in a number of categories including being 34th in the conference in sacks, 35th in interceptions and 32nd in tackles. This leads one to wonder what the Big Ten saw in giving him the DPOY award over other talented and deserving players such as Hooker or Watt. His versatility on defense as well as his star-power name was likely a factor in winning the award. The Big Ten Conference offensive awards are set to be announced Wednesday evening on Big Ten Network. read more

September 22, 2019
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Korea beat Norway

South Korea beat Norway 32:30 (14:17) in their first friendly match in Seoul. Olympic champions are defeated after good performance of home team in the second haf. Korea finished at TOP 15 phase last World Championship 2013 in Serbia after defeat in the last second of the clash against home team – Serbia.Second match is scheduled on Sunday, June 8 (7am). ← Previous Story Karabatic brothers making auction for floods victims in Serbia and BIH Next Story → Drasko Nenadic refused to join Serbian NT before WCh 2015 Play-Off!

September 21, 2019
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Three men arrested in Drogheda in ongoing feud investigation

first_img Friday 10 May 2019, 4:50 PM 12,564 Views May 10th 2019, 4:50 PM Drogheda garda station Short URL No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4629081 GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING AN ongoing feud in Drogheda have arrested three men this afternoon. Following the discovery of a burnt out car by gardaí investigating as part of Operation Stratus, three men were arrested for criminal damage. One man is being detained in Drogheda Garda Station. The other two are being held at Dundalk Garda Station.The feud in Drogheda has been ongoing since last summer. There have been 74 feud incidents since June last year and in the last week there have been five petrol bomb attacks. A man was also shot last month as part of the ongoing violence. Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said last week that 25 new recruits from the training college in Templemore will be sent to Drogheda in June as part of a crackdown on the gang feud.Gardaí have said that a number of incidents have been reported since Operations Stratus launched, including firearms offences, possession of drugs, petrol bomb incidents, criminal damage offences and general road traffic offences.Gardaí also said that, to date, the operation has resulted in:Four people appearing before the courts on false imprisonment charges. Four people arrested in connection with attempted murder in February. The recovery of firearms at different times; the seizure of drugs; €270,000 in cash seized.Gardaí said that 319 proactive searches have been carried out along with 870 Armed Support Unit / Roads Policing checkpoints and 1,253 proactive uniform & plainclothes patrols.With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald center_img By Cónal Thomas Image: GoogleMaps Three men arrested in Drogheda in ongoing feud investigation The feud has been ongoing since last year. Drogheda garda station Image: GoogleMaps Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

September 21, 2019
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Seven children among 34 Syrians saved on Greek and Turkish river border

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek authorities say they have rescued 34 migrants, including seven children, who were “marooned” for two hours on an islet on the Greek side of the perilous Evros River that  serves as a border separating Greece and Turkey.The Evros is a major crossing point for migrants and refugees seeking to enter Greece but it is unknown how the group became stuck on the islet.The river is on the northeastern border between the two countries and is an increasingly used immigration route following tighter controls in the Aegean and the long forced stay in reception camps on the Greek islands.The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) last month urged the Greek government to expand refugee reception capacity in the north-east following the rise in arrivals in the Evros area across the land border with Turkey.According to the UNHCR, up to 2,900 people arrived in Evros in April, mainly Syrian and Iraqi families, about half the estimated arrivals for all of 2017.last_img read more

September 17, 2019
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Barcelona forced back into the market after Umtitis knee injury

first_imgWith Samuel Umtiti expected to remain on the sidelines for at least three to four months after picking up a knee injury, Barcelona intend to find a low-cost replacement in JanuaryThe 25-year-old Frenchman will soon undergo surgery in Doha and won’t be available until the second half of the season. Established himself as an indispensable first-team member, former Lyon star has been a cornerstone of the Blaugrana’s defense along with Gerard Pique.Now that he won’t be able to help his fellow Barca teammates, Ernesto Valverde needs to find an experienced centre-back to fill the void left by Umtiti’s absence.According to The Mirror, the Catalans are looking to land one of Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Branislav Ivanovic.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Considering they can’t splash out high figures until next summer, the reigning La Liga champions have to focus on low-cost solutions.The same source states Barcelona would like to take the Citizens captain on loan until the end of the season after they abandoned the track that led to Chelsea’s David Luiz.However, the 34-year-old Serbian defender seems a more realistic option at the moment, as City would hardly let the Belgium international go in the middle of the season.last_img read more

September 10, 2019
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Googles new Wear OS update adds a suspiciously Samsunglike feature

first_img Tags Post a comment Wear OS Google Share your voice The new Tiles show weather, heart rate, news headlines, a timer, the next event on the calendar and fitness goals. Google is planning to add more tiles in the future, according to Google’s blog post. Could that mean a shift away from apps and towards Tiles down the road? More likely, they’ll be used to help make accessing info easier.Google’s launching the new Wear OS Tiles update in the next month. We’ll get a closer look next week at Google I/O.center_img Wearable Tech 0 New Wear OS Tiles arrive this month. Google Google’s yearly I/O developer conference is next week, but the company announced an update to its smartwatch software ahead of the big show. The feature may seem familiar if you’ve ever used a Samsung Galaxy Watch.Wear OS, Google’s five-year-old smartwatch software platform, got its last big update in the fall. That update added swipable access to new fitness features and notifications, but Tiles looks to extend the swipe-over features further, adding widget-like mini-apps for info on the fly. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, one of the best Android-compatible smartwatches that doesn’t run Wear OS, already does this. last_img read more

September 10, 2019
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FTC chief sees obstacle to splitting up Facebook

first_img Internet Services 0 Breaking up Facebook may not be as easy as some think. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram could hamper any attempt to break up the social media giant, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission believes. Joseph Simmons told the Financial Times that all options are on the table as it conducts an antitrust investigation of the company, but combing the three major brands could complicate things. “If they’re maintaining separate business structures and infrastructure, it’s much easier to have a divestiture in that circumstance than in where they’re completely enmeshed and all the eggs are scrambled,” he told the Financial Times.Facebook revealed last month that the FTC had launched an antitrust investigation into the company, but the social network didn’t provide many details. More recent reports indicate that the agency is investigating whether Facebook’s purchases of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp were part of the social media giant’s strategy to stifle competition.Facebook announced plans in January to closely integrate WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, allowing the apps’ users to send messages to one another without switching apps. Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 and Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.Simmons declined to discuss the specifics of the FTC’s investigation but signaled his intention to complete the investigation before the 2020 election. “Any significant case that I’m trying to emphasize, I would want to be out before the election,” he told the Financial Times.The US Department of Justice is also looking at antitrust concerns regarding tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon.Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Post a comment Share your voice Tags Facebook FTClast_img read more

September 5, 2019
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Maruti Suzuki Celerio Demand Soars In India Registers 1000 Booking Per Day

first_imgMaruti’s latest offering in the small car segment Suzuki Celerio continues to mark strong demand in India. According to the NDTV report, Maruti, India’s largest car brand is said to be receiving 1,000 bookings per day for its recently launched Celerio. The Celerio was launched at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida and is the first car in India to come with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). It is offered in n six variants in the country – two with automatic transmission and four with manual transmission and it claims a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kilometers for both the versions.With a wheelbase of 2425mm, Maruti Celerio measures 3600mm in length and 1600mm in width and packs a 998cc, 3-cylinder, K10B engine, which can churn out a power of 67 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 9.1 kgm at 3,500 rpm under the hood. The vehicle falls in the price range of ₹3.90 lakh to ₹4.59 lakh.Considering the current pace of bookings, Maruti hopes to clock a good number of sales with the Celerio and to retain its market position in India.”In our view, success of AMT could disrupt the market in favour of Maruti Suzuki. It also could give the company a head start of one-two years over other players,” NDTV quoted Nomura analysts Kapil Singh and Nishit Jalan.Maruti Suzuki Celerio India Prices Maruti Celerio LXi Manual Transmission – ₹3.90 lakhMaruti Celerio VXi Manual Transmission –  ₹4.20 lakhMaruti Celerio ZXi Manual Transmission –  ₹4.50 lakhMaruti Celerio ZXi (optional) Manual Transmission –  ₹4.96 lakhMaruti Celerio LXi Auto Manual Transmission –  ₹4.29 lakhMaruti Celerio VXi Auto Manual Transmission –  ₹4.59 lakhlast_img read more

September 5, 2019
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I regret not seeing end of NPA story Former SBI chief Arundhati

first_imgChairman of State Bank of India Arundhati Bhattacharya at the bank’s headquarters in Mumbai March 24, 2015.Reuters FileShe was the first woman to head the country’s largest bank — State Bank of India (SBI) — in 207 years. Yes, we are talking about recently-retired SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya.In her first interaction after demitting office on October 7, she told the Times of India she regrets not seeing the end of the non-performing assets (NPAs) story.Bhattacharya headed the country’s largest bank during the most challenging time — both in terms of economy and policies. On challenges, she told ToI that her last year in office was the most challenging, mostly because of one-offs like demonetisation, merger with associated banks, implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).”The last year was especially challenging because several things came one after the other — demonetisation, merger (with associate banks) and GST. So we had to make rules as we went along and had to lay out the roadway as we progressed,” Bhattacharya said.Speaking on the most satisfying part of serving the state-owned lender from a probationary officer to the head of the institution, the former chief said: “The most satisfying part was getting the chairman’s job. It cannot get better than that.”But she also said her only regret was that she couldn’t finish the big job on bad loans and see the end of it, although she was hopeful that the issue would be resolved shortly.On seeing herself as the head of the bank, she said one does not think of something that is “so far away” as a probationary officer.Bhattacharya said she was an assistant general manger (AGM) for eight years “because the numbers were such that I never got called for promotion.” Bhattacharya hasn’t zeroed in on what she will do post retirement, but she said she wanted to pursue a PhD. It was a long-time wish on the lines of broad-basing her growth, which is a matter of interest across the world because organised-sector jobs are reducing in number.The government has named Rajnish Kumar as the new chairman of SBI for a three-year term. Kumar currently holds the position of managing director of the national banking group at SBI.last_img read more

September 5, 2019
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Victorias Secret Angel Elsa Hosk soaks up the sun in a scintillating

first_imgModel Elsa Hosk presents a creation during the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York, November 13, 2013.ReutersElsa Hosk sure knows how to turn up the heat. The stunner flaunted her supermodel curves in Mexico. Reportedly, Elsa posted the scintillating snaps to Instagram.The Victoria’s Secret Angel flaunted her assets for all to see. The 30-year-old Swede slipped into a skimpy white swimsuit that accentuated her curves. ‘Made it to Mexico,’ wrote the Stockholm-born bombshell in her caption before revealing that her swimsuit was from Revolve.It is known that Elsa, who used to be a pro basketball player in her native land, has been walking Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows since 2011 and was named an Angel in 2015.She told Marie Claire of her fitness regimen in 2016: ‘I love boxing, and I try to mix it up as much as I can.’  Elsa HoskElsa Hosk Official Instagram (hoskelsa)Said she: ‘Boxing makes you kind of tight, so it’s really good to mix that with barre, pilates, or something that’ll stretch you out and make you longer.’ Well, if we knew boxing could make you look this good, we would have taken it up a long time ago Elsa. Elsa sure looked gorgeous in the snaps.Elsa also admitted that she’s not the person that loves to be in the gym so much but likes to mix it up as much as possible, otherwise she would get bored. She likes to concentrate on her butt. She claimed that It was always on display. She said that it was a vicious circle because if you start working your butt out a lot and then you stop it, it deflates….she added that you have to keep it up. You can check out the pics here:last_img read more

September 3, 2019
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3000 more Rohingyas waiting at nomans land to enter Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya refugees wait for permission from border guards to continue their way after crossing from Myanmar into Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersAround 3,000 more Rohingyas, fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, have gathered at the no-man’s land of Anjumanpara along the border in Ukhia upazila on Wednesday to enter Bangladesh, reports UNB.Major Iqbal Ahmed, deputy captain of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)-34 Battalion, said some 20,000 Rohingyas have been staying in Medi border point area of Myanmar for the last two days. Of them, some 3,000 Rohingyas, most of them are women and children, crossed the Naf river and entered into the no-man’s land of Anjumanpara on Wednesday evening. They later took shelter in several fish hatcheries and Anjumanpara dam area under the open sky, he added. The rest of 17,000 Myanmar nationals have been staying in Medi border point area. Sultan Ahmed, a UP member of Anjumanpara Ward No 9 of Palangkhali union of Ukhiya, said some 3,000 Rohingyas took shelter in the no-man’s land of Anjumanpara on Wednesday evening. On information, relatives of the Rohingyas, who are sheltered in Cox’s Bazar camps, also gathered there to find out their kith and kin ones, he said. Contacted, Ukhia Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Nikaruzzaman, said, “I have heard that around 3,000 Rohingas, crossing Naf river, have taken shelter in the zero-point area of Anjumanpara.” Talking to UNB, Saikat Biswas, the district co-coordinator of International Organisation of Migration (IOM) said more Rohingyas are still waiting on the other side of the border to enter Bangladesh.last_img

September 3, 2019
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The fake Sultan of Patuakhali

first_imgSultan Ahmed MridhaWhere there is a land dispute, there is Sultan Ahmed Mridha. Whether it belongs to a neighbour or someone else, whether it is a farm land or government khasland (non-allotted land) — if any of the documents are flawed, Sultan is there. Sometimes he even shows up with forged deeds.Sultan, a member of the district Awami League, is the husband of Lutfun Nesa, a member of parliament (MP) elected to one of the seats reserved for women, from Patuakhali.People complain that ever since his wife became an MP in 2014, Sultan started his land grabbing in earnest. According to a government agency, Sultan Mridha owns about 200 acres of land in his own or other family members’ names. He bought some of these properties jointly with other people, booking or taking possession of other properties by force.However, Mridha is in denial. “There is no record or charge of improprieties against me. Rather, other people create problems when we buy (land). I come from a business family. Since 1980 our Haji & Sons is the local agent of British American Tobacco. We have long-standing goodwill in Patuakhali,” he told Prothom Alo.A statement of a government agency reported, “You (Mridha) are the owner of at least 200 acres of land”. When asked about this, he said, “Ask them to measure the land and make me understand. I personally own no more than 20 acres.”During elections, Lutfun Nesa went on record in her electoral bond that her husband Mridha owned 7 acres 50 decimals of farmland and 7 decimals of non-farm land.In a thorough investigation, Prothom Alo found there are at least 10 more properties which Mridha personally owns or by proxy.These properties are between Patuakhali and Payra port with signboards claiming personal or family ownership.Sultan Mridha is a former chairman of Patuakhali municipality and Sadar upazila. He is very influential in the region and was involved in BNP politics, which he now denies.Former state minister for religious affairs Md Shahjahan Miah, who is the president of district Awami League, said, “How many of his (Mridha’s) illegal land acquisitions should I mention? He grabbed the land of Zudhishthhir Saha and raised a building there. He took over the land of one and grabbed the house of another. He didn’t bother whether it belonged to a Hindu or a Muslim. But no one dares to talk against him, as he is backed by powerful gangs. The people of Puran Bazar are all beholden to him.”The locals say Mridha appoints his men to sort out disputed lands and later gets involved himself. Then he goes to the properties, taking possession by force, and his gang puts up signboards, claiming ownership by purchase or initial advance down payment. Abusing power of attorneyThere is an allegation that within a few months of Lutfun Nesa being elected as MP in 2014, her husband Sultan Mridha, grabbed 14 decimals of land next to the veterinary hospital on Patuakhali College Road.It was owned by two brothers — Sajjadur Rahman Khan and Hafiz Al Asad. In December 2015, Mridha put up a signboard proclaiming ownership of a 10-decimal property with house, owned by Shamsur Rahman Khan, father to Sajjadur and Hafiz.The 14 and 10 decimal plots were next to each other. Hafiz and Sajjadur bought the 14 decimal plot for Tk 6 million by sub-kabla registration in 2012 from two brothers –Iqbal Afroj and Jamal Afroj, while Shamsur Rahman bought the 10 decimal property and house with a down payment of Tk 3.8 million in 2011 from Jamal Afroj. Mridha grabbed the 14-decimal piece of land on 11 November 2014 and set up a signboard declaring his wife MP Lutfun Nesa owner of the property.Documents show that to establish his ownership, Sultan Mridha managed a power of attorney from Kamal Afroj, another brother of Iqbal and Jamal. As the power of attorney was vested after four years of the down payment, its legality came into question. Furthermore, one of the witnesses of the power of attorney was dubiously enough, Mridha’s wife, Lutfun Nesa.The down payment deed and other documents show that the house with 10-decimal land was priced at Tk 4.6 million and Shamsur Rahman made an initial down payment of Tk 3.8 million. About Tk 0.8 million was due. In the meantime, Shamsur Rahman came to know that Jamal Afroj earlier took out a mortgage loan from House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) against the land. The original debt of 5.80 million went up to 8.67 million, including interest.HBFC sent a notice seeking the original deed as Jamal had not paid the installments. To save his land, Shamsur Rahman paid the HBFC debt. But Jamal did not handover the land. Later, on his lawyer’s advice, Shamsur Rahman deposited Tk 0.8 million with the court in favour of Jamal. A lawsuit is continuing on the issue.In the midst of all this chaos, on 18 December 2015, Sultan with his gang, put up a signboard, initially declaring it owned by purchase, and later by down payment. When a case was filed, Sultan submitted power of attorney documents to the court. The documents showed that Jamal Afroj vested the power of attorney to Sultan on 15 December 2015, four years after Shamsur Rahman’s down payment.Asked about this, Sultan Mridha answered, “Those people are BNP supporters, they are spreading this propaganda against me. There is an ongoing case about the ownership dispute. I’m sure they will lose. Even so, I have proposed a negotiated settlement through my lawyer, but they do not agree. If they can win in the court, I have no objection.”Shamsur Rahman’s wife, Saleha Khanam, said, “My husband spent all of his hard earned money to buy the property. Two of my sons are engaged in serving the country and its security. Never did I imagine that we’d fall victim to such oppression and torment.”Building construction on Zudhisthir’s landZudhisthhir Saha, a local of the Puran Bazar area on the Lohalia river in Patuakhali, is fighting a case against the government over the ownership of a 50-decimal piece of land since 1994. In 2015, Sultan Mridha, all on a sudden, took over the land adjacent to Zudhisthhir’s house and put up a wall. Although Zudhisthhir later won the case, Mridha is well on the way to finishing his duplex house there.Zudhisthhir inherited 69 decimals of land. He lost some land to river erosion which resurfaced again later. When he took possession of the land again, the government land office filed a case against him, claiming the land was khas. The verdict handed down by the district judge’s court in 2001 went against Zudhisthhir. Though he appealed the verdict in the high court, the HC revoked his ownership of the land. The government party petitioned a leave to appeal which is in queue for a hearing now.In the meantime, Mridha has erected a house there and is living there now. So how did Mridha manage all this? Seeking anonymity, a member of the Saha family replied, “How does smuggling and highway robbery take place? It was done the same way, thrusting a pistol to the chest.”Denying this charge, Mridha said, “The land is facing my land. We had an understanding. They do not have any complaint against me concerning the land.”Sultan Mridha grabbed another 20-decimal property by the Lohalia river embankment and erected a two-storied building there.There is an allegation against him concerning appropriation of land belonging to Hindus of Palbari Dorja in the city as well.Land grabbed for brick kilnSultan Mridha has a brick kiln named ML Co Bricks in Jainkathi area of the town. The brick kiln is in his wife’s name, Lutfun Nessa. The kiln was of 300 decimal, but now it has been extended to 550 decimal.Locals said lands of a number of people, including Syed Mohsin, Syed Maksud, Syed Hanif, Dulal Hawladar, Ali Akbar, Sultan Khandakar, Rahman Gazi, Joynal Abedin Master, Syed Anwar Hossain Master, Shahida Begum, were grabbed to expand the brick kiln. Somebody lost 60 decimal and some lost 20 decimal of his or her land for the brick kiln. However, none is ready to say anything in fear of Mridha’s wrath.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Sultan Mridha said, “Who told you all these? People are not scared of me, they love me. I was an upazila chairman, also a municipal chairman. I never misused my power.”One of the sufferers seeking anonymity said he had 12 kathas of land in the brick kiln. Sultan Mridha provided him 7 kathas of land at another place. Another sufferer named Pavel said Sultan Mridha took 17 kathas of land from his mother Shahida Begum at a price of Tk 350,000. Sultan Mridha paid Tk 190,000 while acquiring the land. Rest of the money is yet to be paid.Sultan Mridha said, “No one ever complained. Wouldn’t there be any case filed if there was any complaint? You can write it if you find any prove while visiting the area.”Land of 50 year old Madrasa grabbedJhatra Jalesha Hasania Dimuki Fazil Madrasa is the owner of 14 acres and 2 decimal of land in Tiakhali union of Dumki upazila in Patuakhali.Mozammel Hossain Munshi, a resident of Kalapara area of the upazila, signed the land to the madrasa in 1963. The madrasa then lost the land after almost 50 years in 2009. Sultan Mridha was also involved with this.According to locals and land documents, the member of parliament from Kalapara-Rangabali constituency, Mahbubur Rahman, acquired eight acres of land from the 14 acres, when he was the state minister for water resources during the last Awami League tenure. The registration was done on 10 July in 2009.Among the rest of the six acres, Rafiqul Islam, former inspector of Kalapara land office, took one acre and 62 decimal, Gazi Abbas Uddin of Tiakhali and state minister’s son-in-law Abu Saleh took 4 acres and 36 decimal. A man named Chinthaw was identified as the owner of the land in papers. Sultan Mridha then took two acres and 70 decimal of land from Abbas Uddin.According to the documents, some part of Sultan’s land is registered in his daughter Samima Nasrin’s name. Some of the land is registered in the name of a man named Shameem Hasnain and rest is registered to Kamrul Ahsan, son of Barisal’s BNP-backed mayor Ahsan Habib Kamal.Sultan first hung a signboard in his name on this land. Recently the board has changed and now it has the name of one Abul Hossain Rony.Principal of the Madrasa Ali Azam Nuruddin and teacher Abul Kalam Munshi filed a case with Patuakhali court against Abu Saleh and his associates following the grabbing of the Madrasa land.In 2015, the court gave the verdict in favour of the Madrasa and permanent restriction on the land. Abu Saleh and his associates then filed an appeal with the judge court. The judge court in 2016 dismissed the appeal and upheld the restriction.The defendant still controls the land and also doing farming there forcefully.Speaking about the allegations against her husband, Lutfun Nessa MP said, “In politics, enemies are always there to take you down. My husband is a good person. The prime minster has made me an MP and the people are happy.”District Awami League president Shahjahan Mia said, “He (Sultan Mridha) has seven graft cases in his name. The charge sheet has also been filed in these cases. I don’t know how a wife of a BNP supporter has been chosen as a women MP. Did anyone see her in any rallies or meeting in the area?”last_img read more

August 27, 2019
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August 17, 2019
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Dubai Airport continues doubledigit growth pattern

first_imgMaintains its titles as secondbusiest airport for int’l passengers. Source = ETB News: NJ Dubai Airport chief executive Paul Griffiths said it was also the airport’s tenth consecutive month of double-digit growth and expects it to get busier as Ramadan and summer approaches. According to a Dubai Airports traffic report, the international gateway experienced an 18.9 percent growth in passengers numbers recorded from 4.3 million in May 2012 to 5.2 million in May 2013. In addition, May was also the sixth consecutive month the airport recorded passenger numbers exceeding five million, while the year-to-date traffic is up 16.8 percent to 27.1 million compared to 23.2 million during the first five months of 2012. Dubai International Airport has showcased why it is the second busiest airport for international passengers, with double-digit growth in passenger movements during May this year compared to last year. India remained the top destination country in terms of total passenger numbers for the month, while in terms of percentage growth in passenger numbers Eastern Europe remained the strongest market.last_img read more