first_imgVijayawada: Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas demanded that the government first demolish private structures instead of Praja Vedika. He said that the government would lose the costly property by its decision. He said in a statement on Tuesday that the government has to spend money if conferences are held in any other venue. He suggested that Praja Vedika could be used till the private structures were demolished. MLC Buddha Venkanna demanded Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to demolish Lotus Pond building in Hyderabad first, which was built with money earned from corruption.last_img


first_imgJagtial: District Collector Dr A Sharath ordered the Municipal Commissioner to prepare voters list of people belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Backward Classes and to submit the report to the authorities concerned. He held a meeting with the Municipal Commissioners at his chamber here on Wednesday.Speaking at the meeting, the Collector further told the Municipal Commissioner to organise training to the staff of their respective municipalities for conducting household survey to prepare voter’s list both ward-wise and polling station-wise. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The names of all the family members of a house must come in one ward and in one polling station only, instead of allotting them to different wards and different polling stations. He told the staff to complete the survey by June 30. Sharath directed to identify the beneficiaries under BPL and give tap connection at Rs one by organising loan mela. Take necessary action against the owners of shopping malls, who are not maintaining their surroundings neat and clean, he added. The officials further ordered to take measures for planting saplings on either side of the roads as part of Haritha Haram programme. Joint Collector B Rajesham, RDO Narendar and Municipal Commissioners were present along with others.last_img read more


first_imgOsmania University: Telangana Vidyarthi Samakhya (TVS) state president Harish Goud on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Telangana Admission and Fee Regulation Committee (TAFRC) Chairman Justice P Swaroop Reddy seeking action against private engineering colleges that are collection excess fees from students.He demanded the colleges to return the excess amount to students. He sought TAFRC to do flawless supervision of auditing reports submitted by the colleges. TVS state vice president A Jitender, P Prakash and A Sudheer Reddy were present.last_img


first_imgHyderabad: Many get electrocuted due to negligence. While some incidents occur due to official apathy, others occur for not adhering to standard practices. Such incidents increase, especially during the rainy season. At least four mishaps took place in the last four months.According to the Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Ltd (TSSPDCL), some 50 persons died and some 2,000 people were involved in electricity mishaps in the city in 2018-19, with most of them taking place during the rainy season. Add to it, many cases go unreported. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Director for Operations at TSSPDCL Srinivas Reddy says, “About 15% of accidents occur due to negligence on part of the consumers trying to conduct theft through mainlines.” There have been instances when many workers from the department too were injured and even lost lives, as precautions were not taken. In a recent incident occurred on June 3, K Shivaji, an 18-year-old student, died on the spot when the umbrella he was carrying touched an electricity pole at BK Guda in SR Nagar. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Senior officials at the department say that in spite of warning ground-level staff not to venture without turning off the power, they continue to do so, risking their lives. Srinivas Reddy urged power officials to follow precautions before going to pole work and requested the citizens of Hyderabad to use electric devices of good quality to avoid electrocution. Advertise With Us “We conduct awareness campaigns regularly to prevent electrocution and also started conducting regular mass raids and filing FIRs, so that accidents and power thefts can be minimized” he further added. With the arrival of monsoon, the possibility of accidents related to electricity also increases. Rainfall and storm can cause electric safety hazards and may lead to severe damage to health or loss of life and property. In 2018-19, some 141 lakh rupees ex-gratia was paid to the deceased by TSSPDCL.Follow standard practices Majority of electricity-related accidents could have been avoided if people adhere to standard practices, say officials. Even today, people dispose garbage close to transformers. There are instances when the fencing around the transformer too is damaged. It could affect earthing, which is crucial, as it protects from electric shocks.last_img read more


first_imgThe seat allotment for the students who participated in the first phase of web counselling process for the admission into engineering courses will be done today. The seat allotment list of the candidates will be made available at tseamcet.nic.in. Around 64,709 seats are available under convenor quota in 183 engineering colleges across the state this year. Of the total, 3,071 seats are up for grabs in 14 universities and its constituent colleges. While the candidates who were allotted seats have to pay tuition fee and self-report through the website from July 10 to July 15. It should be notified that failing to self-report through the website will eventually lead to losing the seat.last_img


first_imgHyderabad: For grooming their astronomical talent and to inculcate scientific temper, 42 students of Telangana Minorities Residential Schools witnessed live the launch of second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2 at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.Following their visit and their arrival in city, they explained that watching live launch of Chadrayaan-2 was the life’s best experience. “It’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, onboard its powerful rocket GSLV-MK III M-1 called as ‘Bahubali’. It took off on time at 2:43 pm from the spaceport, an island in Andhra Pradesh,” said Akif Ahmed, a class 9 student from Adilabad. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He also said that India’s first moon mission orbited the Moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water and it’s a second mission, he added. “The rocket carried an orbiter, a lander and a rover and it is designed and made in India. The 2.4-tonne orbiter will circle the moon for about a year, taking images of the surface, looking for water and studying the atmosphere”, said Sophia Begum, class 9, Mahboob Nagar. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us “It will take around 48 days to travel to land on the moon and it will land on its surface on September 7-8,” said Mohammed Sohail Khan, class 9, Kamareddy. Mohammed Abdul Lateef, Academic Head TMREIS (Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society), informed that TMREIS received invitation from ISRO to be part of launching Chandrayaan-2 mission. Advertise With Us For the lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, TMREIS has conducted the Astronomical test in which the 16,000 students of 204 TMREIS school took part. Amongst them, the top 400 students from state has been selected for the second screening test and 42 students were finally selected, who watched live of launch vehicle on Monday. “For this great opportunity, these 42 students were in orientation classes to gain knowledge upon the launched of Chandrayaan-2 under Planetary Society of India. Director S Raghunandan Kumar, who teaches Astro physics classes to the students, gave them insights into the subject”, said Lateef. He also said that this has been done for the grooming of their astronomical talent and this kind of events proves motivational. Last year TMREIS students visited NASA and now TMREIS is striving hard to develop scientific temper in students by providing them opportunities to participate in national and international events. TMRIES also motivates the students for grooming to take Astro physics and Astronomy subjects in career. Speaking to The Hans India Raghunandan Kumar said that these 42 students who were selected in Astro test are under his mentorship since February and he teaches and explains them the process of the vehicle launch. “For Chandrayaan-2 people across the country witnessing the event on their TVs. While students from Telangana, that too from a State run school were lucky enough to watch from the launch station. They are now capable of explaining all the details and specifications of launch of Chandrayaan-2”, he added.last_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: Mounting pressure on already cash crunched power distribution companies of the State, the Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre has made it clear to the power generating stations to acquire letter of credit a day in advance. In the instructions issued to the power generating stations, the Southern Regional Load Dispatch Centre said the generating stations must announce their power generation capacities a day in advance as per the LCs received. No changes should be made after that. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us On the other hand, All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has strongly opposed Ministry of Power order making it mandatory to open and maintain adequate letter of Credit (LC) as payment security mechanism under PPA by DISCOMs. Speaking to the media, AIPEF chairman Shailendra Dubey, secretary general Prathnakar Rao and TSPEA secretary general P Sadanandam termed the order as anti-people and anti-consumer and has appealed to Union Power Minister RK Singh to withdraw the order immediately as it will not be practically feasible to implement this mechanism from within two days i.e. from August 1. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us They said the DISCOMs will not have access to procure electricity even from the power exchange, if they have not opened the adequate LC. The order further says that in case where dispatch of power by generating companies is not done due to non-opening of LC, the DISCOMs are liable to pay compensation to the generator as per the PPA terms and conditions which would adversely affect the financial position of DISCOMS. The AIPEF office bearers said due to this unscheduled load shedding would take place and massive power cuts would be imposed for the common consumers, particularly to Agricultural sector.last_img read more


first_imgLucknow: A journalist and his brother were shot dead during a fight between two families in Madhonagar area in Saharanpur on Sunday, police said. The deceased have been identified as Ashish, who worked for a Hindi daily, and his brother Ashutosh. Superintendent of Police (City) Vineet Bhatnagar said, “As per the information we have, two families living opposite each other got involved in a quarrel regarding throwing of cow dung. “After a while, they started fighting with sticks. Some person believed to be from the other family shot Ashish and his brother.”last_img


first_imgThiruvananthapuram: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday mourned the demise of former Union Minister Arun Jaitley and recalled an interesting remark that the BJP leader made that ‘India has the same place in International Cricket Council (ICC) as the United States has in United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’. “I never forgot one of his best lines to me talking about cricket when I was still at UN — India has the same place in ICC as the US has in UNSC. As a minister, he was very impressive. I thought that asking questions to him in Parliament was always rewarding as he gave you serious answers, precisely expressed,” he said while talking to ANI here. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend from Delhi University days, Arun Jaitley. We have known each other since we were students. He was the president of DUSU when I was the president of St Stephens College Student’s Union. We were not on the same page politically. In fact, my union was not political whereas DUSU at that time was under the control of ABVP of which Arun Jaitley was a leading light,” he added. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Tharoor said they had mutual regard for each other. “To my surprise, he supported my candidacy for the academic council as student representative even though we didn’t agree politically about certain issues. He said we need people of your kind of quality to represent the student body in the council,” he said. Stressing that Jaitley was somebody he kept in touch with after leaving for United Nations, he said, “When I came back to India, he was one of the people already in politics who became once again somebody I could maintain very friendly relations with. It was not a political friendship. It was a very pleasant relationship.” Advertise With Us The Congress leader said he will remember Jaitley in many ways as a consummate Delhi insider, somebody who was completely at home in Lutyen’s Delhi. Fondly recalling crossing swords with him in Parliament, Tharoor said, “In debates, in the Budget session for example, I had the privilege of representing my party’s views. I was very pleased that I was able to cross swords with him.” “He and I spoke quite often. I spoke to him on the phone just a little while before he passed away. He said don’t come now — I am not feeling well now to receive a lot of visitors. He said I am fine,” he added. The Congress leader said he felt a terrible sense of loss at the veteran politician’s demise. “It’s a great sense of loss for India, for the spirit of mutual respect across political divides that is so important in a democracy. My profound condolences to his family. My thoughts are very much with his loved ones,” Tharoor said.last_img read more


first_imgUnion Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday clarified that fears of of privatizing railway operations are misplaced, saying seeking private participation is aimed at raising funds. Addressing an Asia Society event through video conferencing, Prabhu said that some people, especially the unions, “do not understand” the difference between merely getting private capital and privatisation.”There are unions who feel that Railways is going to be privatised, government will not own Railways anymore. Railways will continue to be an important, dominant part of India’s social-economic culture and Government of India will make sure that we’ve proper trade-offs between private participation which can come through proper regulatory framework,” he said, according to MoneyControl.com.Since the Narendra Modi government came to power, a lot of talk has been generated around foreign and private investment in the railways.This has been opposed by unions, who represent the two-million strong workforce of the state employer.Two of the unions had even come forward to offer employees’ provident fund deposits for upgrading the rail network.The resource crunch of the railways requires private investment, which would prove to be a “win-win” situation, benefiting the country and all its stakeholders – investors, passengers and most importantly the employees, Prabhu said.The Railway Minister added that “he wants to make Railways “vibrant, sustainable and an efficient effective business organisation” and promised to never let go of its agenda of doing social good. Travel by Indian Railways set to get more expensiveReuterslast_img read more


first_imgMarkets will be closely watching the announcement of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, as investors remain keen to assess the impact of strong dollar on the revenues of major IT companies.A strong dollar is good for Indian IT companies but can have an equally negative impact, affecting their business in countries other than US, as depreciating local currencies put pressure on the revenues from those countries.TCS, India’s largest IT firm, already said that its margins would be down 40 basis points in January-March quarter due to currency fluctuations besides seasonal weakness in demand.Analysts expect the company’s rupee denominated revenue to show no growth for the final quarter of 2014-15. Its dollar denominated revenue is estimated to go down by 200-270 basis points (bps).The Mumbai-based software firm is expected to have earned revenue of ₹24,498.7 crore in March 2015 quarter compared to ₹24,501.1 crore in the previous quarter, The Economic Times reported, taking into account the average of the estimates by five brokerages and the forecast by the ET Intelligence Group.Net profit is likely to fall by 0.9% to ₹5,396.4 crore, according to the estimates.The dollar’s rally against its major counterparts is hurting revenues of domestic software services firms in the non-US markets such as Europe, where the demand is already slowing due to a sagging economy.The impact of depreciation of global currencies against the USD was at 200-250bps on the sequential revenue growth of the top five IT players, viz., TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra, IDFC’s IT analyst Hitesh Shah told The Times of India.The US currency gained 9% versus the euro in January-March period compared to same quarter last year due to monetary policy divergence between the US and Europe. Foreign exchange rates are highly impacted by monetary policies of respective central banks.Revenues from Europe have doubled in the past five years for India’s top IT companies, as they diversified their market presence after having been hit severely by the financial crisis in the US in 2008.Infosys Results More in Focus This Earning SeasonInfosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season traditionally, postponed the announcement of its results to 24 April, 2015 without citing any reason.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalise the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6% in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.last_img read more


first_imgFollowing other carriers, Indigo has also rolled out a flash sale, with fares starting as low as ₹1,727.The travel period for tickets booked under the monsoon offer, which will end on 13 June, is from 1 July-30 September, 2015. The quarter is considered as a lean period in the aviation industry.On Wednesday, state-owned airline Air India had announced a similar sale and its starting fares was ₹1,777 for domestic destinations. The booking for its monsoon offer ends on 12 June.Air India’s offer is applicable on travel period between 1 July to 30 September, 2015, covering 66 destinations in Air India’s domestic network.Last week, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and AirAsia India had launched such offers to improve passenger traffic during the July-September lean season.Domestic airlines witnessed a 21 percent growth in passenger traffic to 251.05 lakh during January-April 2015 as compared to 207 lakh in the same period last year, NDTV Profit reported.The domestic aviation landscape has undergone a sea change with the entry of new low-cost carriers Vistara and AirAsia, resulting in competitive tariffs to gain market share.Budget airline SpiceJet announced the launch of its discount sale last Tuesday. Its one-way fares start at ₹1,299.The three-day sale was offered to celebrate SpiceJet’s completion of a decade in the aviation industry and its return to profitability in the January-March quarter. The sale began on 2 June and ended on 4 June for travel period between 20 June and 31 July, 2015.Debt-ridden budget carrier SpiceJet posted profit for the first time in seven quarters. It earned a profit of ₹22.5 crore in the March quarter.last_img read more


first_imgChina’s Anbang Insurance Group has agreed to acquire Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc for around $6.5 billion, as the owner of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria expands its U.S. hotel portfolio, a person briefed on the matter said Saturday.The deal, which illustrates corporate China’s unquenched thirst for U.S. real estate, comes just three months after Strategic Hotels’ current owner, private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, took the company private for around $6 billion.The source asked not to be identified because the deal was not yet public. Anbang and Strategic Hotels did not respond to requests for comment, while Blackstone declined to comment. Bloomberg first reported on the transaction earlier Saturday.Strategic Hotels’ properties include the Four Seasons Washington, DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Westin St Francis on Union Square in San Francisco and the beach-front Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County, California.Anbang purchased New York’s Waldorf Astoria from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc in 2014 for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices per room ever paid for a U.S. hotel. The deal closed in February 2015 following a review of by U.S. national security watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).At the time Blackstone took it private, Strategic Hotels owned 17 hotels operated by top hospitality chains including Hyatt Hotels Corp, InterContinental Hotels Group Plc and Marriott International Inc.Chinese investment into hotels has been growing since 2011 and 2012, when just $160 million and $130 million were invested, according to data from JLL, a global real estate broker and advisory services company based in Chicago.In November, Anbang agreed to buy U.S. annuities and life insurer Fidelity & Guaranty Life for about $1.57 billion.last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of Sachin Tendulkar at 2011 World Cup.PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Indian legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup was broken by Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil when the latter scored 86 off 92 balls against West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Leeds. The legendary batsman scored 84 runs against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup.The 18-year-old wicket-keeper batsman scored the highest individual score for Afghanistan in this World Cup. After the match when asked about how he felt breaking the Little Master’s feat he said as quoted by ICC,” I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy.”The youngster who idolises Kumar Sangakkara added that he was disappointed as he did not score a century and hopes that he will score a ton in future.”I’m disappointed at the same time because I thought I could score a hundred. Hopefully, in the games ahead I will score a hundred for Afghanistan,” he said.The wicket-keeper batsman further added that he wants to become the greatest cricketer of Afghanistan and is very happy with the experience he got at the World Cup.Afghanistan lost their last game of the World Cup against West Indies by 23 runs. Batting first, the Windies posted a massive total of 311 runs for the loss of six wickets with good batting performances from Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. In reply, Afghanistan after getting an early setback losing Gulbadan Naib’s wicket recovered but fell short by 23 runs. Ikram’s magnificent performed went in vain.Afghanistan had a disappointing World Cup campaign as they lost all the nine games they have played. But in some matches, they showed glimpses of promise which they could take back as a positive from the tournament. The four teams who are practically confirmed to have qualified for the semi-finals are Australia, India, England and most probably New Zealand if Pakistan do not pull off a miracle in their final fixture against Bangladesh which is supposed to be a dead rubber.last_img read more


first_imgAirtel Payments BankTwitterThis week India’s fifth payments bank-Jio Payments Bank-has commenced its operations in the country. In 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) paved the way for payments banks in India after giving in principle approval to 11 entities for starting payments banks.A payments bank is different from commercial banks. While commercial banks in India can lend payments banks cannot lend. However, customers can open a savings account in them with deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh. Have a look at India’s payments banks and it’s key features:1. Airtel Payments BankConsidered to be the first payment bank in the country, Airtel Payments Bank offers a 7.25 percent interest rate on savings accounts. Currently, when compared to other large and small commercial banks, Airtel Payments Bank is offering the highest return on a savings account. The bank is a fully digital and paperless bank and the account holders are able to operate accounts using the mobile app only. Airtel Payments Bank customers would also get access to a MasterCard powered online card.2. Paytm Payments BankVijay Shekhar Sharma-promoted Paytm Payments Bank began operations in May 2017. The bank is offering a 4 percent interest rate on savings account. Paytm Payments Bank supports online fund transfer services such as Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT).3. Fino Payments BankBacked by Fino Paytech Limited the Fino Payments Bank Limited was incorporated in April 2017. Apart from payment features, the bank also offers the savings account, current account and small loan facility to the customers. For opening a Current Account of an individual for business purpose with Fino Payments Bank, only Aadhar number and customer mobile number is required. The bank offers 4 percent interest rate on savings.4. India Post Payments BankIndian Postal Department’s India Post Payments Bank has not yet started full-fledged operations in the country. It has started pilot services in Raipur and Ranchi in 2017 and is expected to expand operations across the country by this year. The bank is providing 5.5 percent interest on deposits depending on the amount. India Post Payments Bank provides a debit card for free to customers with a card maintenance fee of Rs 100 that applies from the second year.5. Jio Payments BankThe newest entry into the club, Reliance Industries Limited backed Jio Payments Bank Limited started operations Tuesday, April 3. It is a joint venture between RIL and State Bank of India. Jio Payments Bank’s interest rates on deposits are yet to be announced. H Srikrishnan, former head of Transactional Banking and Operations of HDFC Bank and Yes Bank is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank.last_img read more


first_imgReliance Jio’s announcement of Jio GigaFiber has set the ball rolling in the right direction for the disruptive telecommunication company in broadband space. After disruptive the telecom space with its nationwide 4G rollout, affordable plans and more, Reliance Jio is now stepping into the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband space with its Jio GigaFiber.At RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM), Mukesh Ambani announced that it will commence the Jio GigaFiber rollout in India on September 5 – which marks the company’s third-year anniversary. The Jio GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 per month and go all the way up to Rs 10,000 per month depending on the speed users choose.Reliance Jio, which offered free 4G services for several months before official rollout, is now attracting consumers with something new. Jio GigaFiber subscribers will get a free HD or 4K LED TV for free as a part of the “Welcome Offer” on the condition that they opt for the annual plans aka Jio-Forever plans.There’s no clarity on how Reliance Jio will choose its customers to give away free HD or 4K TV, but it appears the 4K resolution televisions will be reserved for the premium tier and the HD TVs will be given to those who get the basic package. Reliance Jio’s GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 for the 100Mbps plan and the top-tier package will offer 1Gbps speeds. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registration pageReliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)With only a few more days to go for the official rollout, it’s worth noting that interested folks register themselves on the company’s official JioFiber broadband website. The individual plans and prices, depending on the data allocation, will be revealed on September 5. Keep a close watch on the offers bundled with each plan to get the maximum benefits.In addition to the LED TVs, Reliance Jio will also be offering a free 4K set-top-box and a free landline. After all, the company is going for a bundled service and not just broadband, so it makes sense to give the best package at launch. There will be attractive calling plans focused on international calls, where Jio guarantees lowest fixed-line rates. Representational ImagetwitterFinally, the free offerings don’t just end there. Reliance Jio GigaFiber subscribers will also get free access to some premium OTT services. It is not clear what these are, but we are hoping to see something on the lines of Amazon, Netflix, Hotstar. If nothing, Jio’s own JioTV, JioMovies will be a part of the package. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightslast_img read more


first_imgChittagong city Awami League president and former city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury`s body was taken to Laldigi Maidan in the port city in the afternoon. Thousands of people gathered there to pay last tributes to their leader. Photo: Shourav DasBangladesh Awami League (AL) leader and Chittagong city unit president ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was buried on Friday with full state honours beside his father’s grave at Chasma Hill family graveyard in Chittagong.His namaz-e-janaza was held after Asr prayers on Laldigi Maidan in the port city. Mohiuddin Chowdhury passed away at city’s Max Hospital early Friday at the age of 74.He left his two sons, two daughters, wife and a host of relatives, friends, well-wishers and political fellows to mourn his death.President and prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock and grief at the death of the renowned politician.Speaker of the parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, deputy leader of the house Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam, local government, rural development and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam BSc, tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif, state minister for public administration Begum Ismat Ara Sadique and Chittagong city mayor AJM Nasir Uddin issued separate condolence messages.They expressed profound shock and condolence at the death of Mohiuddin and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.Recalling his contribution to the country and its people, they said the loss in his death is really irreparable to the country’s political arena.Chowdhury, one of the organisers of 1971 liberation war had been suffering from heart and kidney complications for long. He was put on life-support at the Max Hospital at Mehedibagh in the port city on Thursday evening.last_img

first_img.Reckless driving and unskilled drivers are two of the reasons behind growing road accidents in the country, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khanon on Sunday made the remark while responding to a written question of Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4) in parliament.The home minister listed tendency of overtaking by breaking rules, driving without taking adequate rest, not obeying traffic rules properly, problems related to vehicles fitness and lack of awareness among pedestrians as other reasons that are contributing to road accidents.Minister Asaduzzaman said some 9945 road accidents took place in the country from 2013 to April in 2017.The government has said it is determined to bring down the death toll and number of injures in road accident by 50 per cent by the year 2020.“Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals-2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down number of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has told the parliament recently.last_img read more


first_imgA bulldozer destroys condemned smuggled luxury cars worth approximately US$ 1.2 million, which include used Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar and Corvette Stingray, during the 116th Bureau of Customs founding anniversary in Metro Manila, Philippines 6 February 2018. Photo: ReutersBulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars in the Philippines on Tuesday, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption.President Rodrigo Duterte watched as the second-hand vehicles, some valued as high as $115,000, were reduced to piles of scrap in a little over three minutes.”Give it to the buyer of steel,” Duterte said, recalling his instruction to officials.”They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”The Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year, part of the $866 million in seized goods, government data showed.”It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” Duterte’s finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, told reporters before letting diggers loose on 20 slick-looking vehicles at a Manila port. A further 10 were simultaneously destroyed in ports in the southern cities of Davao and Cebu.The government last year destroyed more than $2.5 million worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps.Duterte, known for his bloody war on drugs and disdain for criminals, has promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure” over six years, worth $180 billion. He has launched a comprehensive tax reform programme to help fund it.last_img read more


first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal action against those responsible for air pollution in the capital, reports UNB.The bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing a writ petition.The court also asked the authorities concerned to take steps to surround areas undergoing development and repair works within the next 15 days to prevent the spread of dust. It ordered to spray water in ‘dusk-prone’ areas twice a day.The mayors of the two city corporations, executive officers and the DoE director general have been asked to submit a report within the next two weeks on implementation of the court order.The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the ‘inactiveness’ of the local administration to prevent air pollution should not be declared illegal and why the authorities concerned should not be directed to take effective measures to prevent air pollution in the city.Eleven people, including the environment secretary, the DoE director general, the mayors and executive officers of Dhaka city corporations have been asked to respond within two weeks.Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh filed the writ petition with the HC on Sunday attaching the news and reports on air pollution in capital Dhaka.Lawyer Manzil Murshid stood for the petitioner and he said the government has utterly failed to prevent air pollution.Dhaka was ranked third on the World Health Organisation’s 2019 list of most polluted cities.last_img read more