New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims made by a lawyer that there is a bigger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations against him.A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of “us” will survive. The bench, also comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, asked lawyer Utsav Singh Bains, who has made claims of a greater conspiracy, to file another affidavit by Thursday morning after he claimed that he has some more “incriminating evidence”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe bench said it would take up the matter for hearing on Thursday. “We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work, then none of us will survive. Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end,” it said. The bench also clarified that there is no connection between the hearing of Bains’ claims of larger conspiracy and the in-house inquiry ordered into the sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier in the day, the apex court directed chiefs of the CBI, IB and Delhi Police to appear and meet in chambers the three judges who are hearing his claim that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI. The entire episode is “disconcerting” as it concerns the independence of the judiciary in the country, the bench said. It turned down a fervent request of Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to order a court-monitored SIT probe into the matter. After meeting the directors of the CBI and the IB, and the Delhi Police commissioner, the bench reassembled at 3 pm to hear the matter at length. At the outset Bains, who has filed an affidavit in the top court claiming a bigger conspiracy of alleged fixers to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment, placed before the bench material to substantiate his claims.
1 July 2010The United Nations is closely following reports that four Palestinian legislators have received orders for their forcible transfer from East Jerusalem by the Israeli authorities, a spokesperson for the world body said today. Israel is reportedly considering revoking the residency permits of Muhammad Abu-Teir, Ahmad Attoun, Muhammad Totah, and Khaled Abu Arafeh, all current or former members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and long-time residents of East Jerusalem.The Israeli High Court of Justice is scheduled to consider their case on 6 September.“We are concerned at all measures which may heighten tension in the city and at the potentially broad consequences for Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem,” Richard Miron, spokesperson for UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry, said in a statement issued in Jerusalem.“We call on Israel to respect its obligations under international law,” he added.On Tuesday independent UN human rights expert Richard Falk warned that population transfers in or from occupied territory, if carried out, would violate international law, with certain actions potentially amounting to war crimes. He said it was “particularly shocking” that Israel appeared ready to forcibly transfer the four Palestinian legislators based on their supposed lack of loyalty to the State of Israel.“Israel, as an occupying Power, is prohibited from transferring civilian persons from East Jerusalem, and is prohibited from forcing Palestinians to swear allegiance or otherwise affirm their loyalty to the State of Israel,” said Mr. Falk, who serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights on Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that planned moves by Israel, such as demolishing existing homes and constructing new settlements in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, are contrary to international law, and to the wishes of Palestinian residents.“The current moves are unhelpful, coming at a time when the goal must be to build trust to support political negotiations,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued on Thursday.
The sea areas off the coast extending from Pottuvil to Puttalam via Galle will be rough at times. It also said that there will be showers or thundershowers at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Hambantota to Puttalam via Galle.Winds will be South-westerly direction and speed will be 20 – 40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50-60kmph at times in the sea areas off the coast extending from Pottuvil to Puttalam via Galle. It said that there will be showers or thundershowers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces during the day. “General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities,” the Department of Meteorology said. The Department of Meteorology has warned of severe lightning as heavy rain continues around the island.The Department of Meteorology said that showers or thundershowers will develop at several places over most provinces of the Island today.
The Sri Lankan government has made commitments on transitional justice and accountability, a political settlement of the ethnic problem, security sector reform, the return of land, the release of Tamil political prisoners, actions to end human rights violations and other ambitious reforms, Mr. Davis said.“Unfortunately, not enough improvement has yet been seen by the Tamils, Christians and Muslims who feel marginalised and discriminated against,” the Congressman said. Speaking on the House Floor to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka, he said the Sri Lankan government won the war to keep the Sinhalese and Tamil communities within one country, but has not yet won the peace. “Courageous leadership is needed to gain trust if reconciliation is the goal, not just promises.“Now is the time for real action,” Davis said. (Colombo Gazette) “The US, must assist and support in any way we can, but we must also keep incentives in place such as conditions on military and other aid until the government has accomplished real reform,” said the Democratic Party lawmaker from Illinois. Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious minorities including Tamils still feel marginalised, seven years after the end of the civil war with the LTTE, a senior American lawmaker has said as he appealed to the Lankan government to take “concrete” steps to address their concerns.“The leaders of the new government have made many ambitious promises to advance toward the goal of a stable and prosperous future for all. Now is the time to turn those promises into concrete action,” Congressman Danny K Davis said on the House floor, the Press Trust of India reported.
In a statement issued at its headquarters in Islamabad, the Office said that truckloads of families were arriving in the provincial capital of Herat, where six camps for displaced persons now hold 110,000 people. Sanitary conditions, especially in Maslakh camp, are poor, which makes the World Health Organization (WHO) seriously concerned about the risk of epidemics in the camps with the onset of warmer, more humid weather. Various governments, including the United States, Norway and Japan, have carried out airlifts of supplies to the area, but need is outstripping supply. Again, too few tents are available for incoming families, and the aid community is coping with the shortfall by assigning two families to each one-family tent, the Coordinator said.Rural areas in western Afghanistan are also in dire need of help. A recent WFP mission to Badghis – the first UN mission since the murder of seven national staff of the Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan in the summer of 2000 – found that many families did not have enough assets to remain in their homes and had exhausted their food supplies and livestock herds. “As the situation has deteriorated, the numbers of people in need in Badghis have grown so large that traditional coping strategies of sharing and charitable giving are no longer viable,” the Office warned.Given the scale of need, both in the camps and the rural areas of western Afghanistan, the aid community will have to maintain assistance at current or higher levels for at least the next twelve months, the Office said.Since last year, as many as 800,000 Afghans have left their homes because of conflict and drought. Most are internally displaced inside Afghanistan.
The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced hope that countries could find a way in the weeks remaining before the World Summit on Sustainable Development to resolve differences on outstanding issues in the conference’s draft plan of implementation. “Progress since the  Earth Summit has been slower than expected and – more important – slower than what was needed. A setback now would be a tragic missed opportunity,” the Secretary-General said in remarks this morning to a meeting of the so-called Friends of the Chair of the preparatory process for the World Summit, which is set to begin on 26 August in Johannesburg. Over the last two years, significant strides have been made in addressing the challenges of development, particularly at the 2000 Millennium Summit, which not only defined the major goals but also galvanized political commitment at the highest level, Mr. Annan told today’s meeting, which is being chaired by South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. “That commitment helped lay the groundwork for successes at Doha and Monterrey,” the Secretary-General said, referring to recent international conferences on trade and financing for development. “Johannesburg must maintain this momentum, and show that in the face of a quintessential global challenge – the challenge of raising living standards while protecting the environment – multilateralism works and international cooperation is the way to go.” Turning to the impasse over the Johannesburg document, Mr. Annan urged the meeting’s participants to reach an understanding on a common approach “to resolving these undoubtedly complex and politically sensitive issues.” The Secretary-General said the Summit should seek to implement the existing global consensus on sustainable development, and avoid revising or re-interpreting the principles and agreements of this consensus.In addition, he said efforts to build on the recent achievements in critical areas such as finance, trade and good governance should be “grounded in existing agreement or work that is already in progress in these areas.” Mr. Annan also warned that the Summit should not be sidetracked by talks on issues that were already under discussion by other relevant forums, and urged that a greater focus on specific actions be placed in the five key areas of water and sanitation, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity.
But the World Health Organization (WHO) said rapid sharing with the agency of viruses from recent clusters of cases of the highly lethal disease has become increasingly important. “Thorough investigation of all such clusters is essential to determine possible changes in the behaviour of the virus and thus support assessment of the risk of an influenza pandemic,” it added of the H5N1 virus. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, unrelated to the present virus, is estimated to have killed between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide. WHO is also aware of reports of suspected infection in five members of a family – a couple and their three young daughters – presently hospitalized in the northern port of Haiphong and undergoing further investigation. The current outbreak in Viet Nam has included several clusters, mostly in family members, of cases closely related in time and place. Neighbouring Cambodia has also confirmed its second human case of H5N1, both fatal. Overall there have been more than 70 reported infections, nearly 50 of them fatal, since the first human case linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand was reported in January last year. Meanwhile the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has sent a veterinary expert to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to obtain further information on the extent of the current bird flu outbreak among chickens and to offer assistance to control the virus. Two more experts will arrive within the next few days. “The spread of the disease into North Korea underlines the need for close regional cooperation,” FAO said today. “It is essential to fight the bird flu virus in poultry, free-range chickens and ducks in order to reduce the risk of a human flu pandemic.” Nearly 140 million domestic birds have died or been culled over the past year in southeast Asia in an effort to curb the spread of H5N1. WHO is concerned that continuing transmission to humans might give avian and human influenza viruses an opportunity to exchange genes, facilitating a pandemic.
Canadians plan to do more holiday shopping online this year: poll AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 3:00 am MDT TORONTO – Canadian consumers have been shopping online more frequently this year and plan to hit the web for more of their gift buying this December, suggests a recent survey.According to an online poll of 1,000 Canadians conducted by Solutions Research Group in August, two thirds of the respondents said they had made an online purchase in the past month, which was up about 10 per cent compared to the results of a similar survey last year.Almost half of the Canadians who had shopped online in the past month were in the 30 to 49 age range and 40 per cent were from Ontario.When asked what their top online shopping destinations were, Amazon was the most popular response, followed by eBay, Walmart, Indigo, Best Buy, Sears, Old Navy, Future Shop, Costco and Beyond the Rack.About 33 per cent of the Canadians polled said they wouldn’t do any online shopping this holiday season, which was down five percentage points compared to last year.Around 25 per cent said they would do most of their shopping in retail stores, 29 per cent said it would be a 50-50 split between in-store and online shopping, and 11 per cent said most of their gift purchases would be with e-tailers.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.
Police ranks in B Division (Berbice) have arrested two persons after they were found in possession of several packages of compressed marijuana on Saturday night.According to the Police Force’s Public Relations Officer, Jairam Ramlakhan, the ranks were acting on information received when they went to a fenced yard at Number 51 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.The compressed marijuana that was foundWhile there, they conducted a search during which they unearthed a quantity of dried cannabis. The narcotic was confiscated and when weighed amounted to 11 kilograms.Two persons who were found on the property were arrested and taken into custody. They are currently being processed for court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo busted with ganja in separate operationsDecember 12, 2018In “Crime”Prison officers accused of trafficking marijuana remandedMay 30, 2018In “Court”Kwakwani resident arrested with 1654 grams cannabisDecember 3, 2017In “Crime”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFlyover, pedestrian overpasses for EBD highway – Minister PattersonMay 21, 2016In “latest news”Contract for pedestrian overhead crossing in Diamond awarded- HarmonApril 20, 2017In “latest news”LETTER: Not in support of overhead pedestrian crossingsJuly 14, 2017In “latest news” -all piles installedDriven piles at Peter’s Hall near the Demerara Harbour BridgeWorks on the East Bank Demerara (EBD) pedestrian overpasses at Houston, Peter’s Hall, Eccles and Diamond, East Bank Demerara continue to move apace.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that to date all the piles have been driven (into place) and works should be completed by November.“Some of the contractors started doing the foundations… all five will be completed by November this year. When completed, the overpasses will (be accepted) as a normal design. For those who may not be able to walk the stairs to get up to the bypass, the elevator will take them up, and they will go to the other side and get down. I’m excited to have that done and completed,” Minister Patterson explained.Earlier in the year, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had announced that a US$364,000 contract was awarded for the pedestrian overpass at Diamond and a US$1M contract for those at Houston, Peter’s Hall and at Eccles.These efforts, the Government had announced, are geared at eliminating congestion on the EBD road which is among the busiest in the country.
Latest issue of International Mining Project News available (August 28): The biggest news of the fortnight is undoubtedly the announcement by the Mongolian Parliament of the amendment of four laws. This clears the way for the finalisation of the Investment Agreement for Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines’ huge Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold complex in the South Gobi region. These amendments will have a big effect on Mongolia. As Tom Albanese, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto said, “the agreement is a landmark for the future development of Mongolia’s resources industry.” Oyu Tolgoi is expected to commence production as early as 2013 with an approximate five year ramp-up to full capacity. The mine is expected to produce 450,000 t/y of copper and 330,000 oz/y of gold on average over its lifetime. Another project to reach an important milestone is Osisko Mining Corp’s Canadian Malartic gold mine project in Quebec, Canada. The Conseil des ministres du Quebec has approved the order in council authorising the completion of the project. Construction work on the mine and the mill will begin shortly, immediately upon issuance of the required formal authorisation certificates. The construction work is scheduled to be completed over a period of 18 months, with the mine and mill planning to be fully operational by Q2, 2011. The project will be a large-scale open pit, bulk-tonnage mining operation. It currently represents one of the biggest gold reserves in Canada for a single deposit, and is still growing through ongoing drilling on new mineralised zones. Current reserves for the project are 6.28 Moz, plus (including the Barnat deposit) a Measured and Indicated resource of 3.65 Moz and an Inferred resource of 0.84 Moz.One of the hot metals at the moment is lithium. Mining companies are scrabbling to get hold of economical concessions in order to profit from the inevitable electric car influx. One company who is active in this sector is Galaxy resources. It has now signed a binding share subscription and debt facility agreement with Creat Group, which will result in a raising of at least A$26 million for the company’s lithium projects. Additionally, Creat is providing Galaxy with 100% debt finance of around A$130 million for the purpose of developing its Mt Cattlin spodumene (Ravensthorpe, Western Australia) and Jiangsu lithium carbonate (China) projects.The company has completed a definitive feasibility study which suggests the Mt Cattlin lithium/tantalum project is commercially viable based on a processing rate of 1 Mt/y over a 15 year mine life. It is planning to commence the development of the mine and the construction of the mineral processing plant in Q3, 2009 with first concentrate production scheduled for Q3, 2010. It also commenced a prefeasibility study into the value adding downstream production of lithium carbonate (Li2CO3). The company plans to establish a 17,000 t/y lithium carbonate plant in China due to lower associated capital and operating costs, as well as being close to the strategic growing battery markets in Asia. In iron ore the big news is the joint venture agreement signed by BC Iron and Fortescue Metals Group for the development of the Nullagine project in the Pilbara of Western Australia. This, according to BC Iron, opens the way for construction to commence later this year ahead of planned production in the first half of 2010. A recent feasibility study on the project confirmed an economically and technically robust direct shipping ore project based on a Probable reserve of 36 Mt at 56.9% Fe. It will commence production at an initial rate of 1.5 Mt/y, ramping up to 3 Mt/y and then 5 Mt/y as infrastructure is upgraded. As the study recommended, a 120,000 t bulk sample test pit at the Outcamp deposit is on schedule to commence in mid-September. BC Iron has received the native Title and Ministerial Approval for the removal of excess tonnes and is currently awaiting final approvals from the Department of Mining and Petroleum. In gold, the Yellowjacket joint venture (Eagle Plains Resources and Prize Mining Corp) has completed final commissioning and permit compliance requirements to allow for commencement of full production at the Yellowjacket gold mine in north-western British Columbia, Canada. The joint venture recently received its BC Mines Act Permit for the development and operation of an open-pit gold mine and onsite concentrator processing up to 75,000 t/y of gold ore. The mining plan for this year includes extraction of a minimum of 32,000 t of gold ore from the existing open pit. Pit excavation is anticipated to be completed in about five weeks, and milling at a throughput rate of 317 t/d expected to continue until mid-late October.In addition to these reports Project News features updates on Xstrata’s coal expansion plans in South Africa, Nautilus Minerals’ Solwara 1 Seafloor massive sulphides project off the coast of Papua New Guinea, Guyana Goldfields Aurora gold project in Ontario, Canada and Trevali Resources Corp’s Santander silver-lead-zinc mine project in west-central Peru, as well as many more.To receive the full 35+ page report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTON), or contact email@example.com for a free trial copy.
Lyon manager Bruno Genesio felt that his side’s disappointing first-half display cost them a chance of possibly beating Montpellier away on SaturdayLes Gones only really came to life after the break with Nabil Fekir putting them in the lead with a 67th-minute goal as they looked to end 2018 with a five-point advantage over Montpellier.But the hosts, who had a goal ruled out by VAR, soon equalised through a great effort from Rubén Aguilar to settle the score at 1-1.The point left Lyon in third in Ligue 1 and two points above Montpellier in the final Champions League spot having played one more game.“We played two completely different halves,” Genesio told the club website.“We were already on vacation during the first half but had the chance to head into the break scoreless.“We were dominated in the duels, they were more aggressive. We played with more commitment, movement and verticality after the break.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“We knew how to get back on track and dominate the game. It’s a good performance to draw in Montpellier.“But we can have regrets because we might’ve been able to get a better result by playing a better first half.“This is a good point… The record is satisfactory but we could have a few more points. We lost points foolishly in the league. We are in the top three.”Fekir added: “It’s a logical draw even if we are a little disappointed.“We came back with better intentions after the break… We could have finished the year better.“The season is still long. We need to keep the mindset that we had in the second half.”
This undated photo shows IDM’s Red Mountain project near Hyder, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of IDM Mining)British Columbia has green-lit another gold mine in the region’s prolific Golden Triangle near Hyder, Alaska.Listen nowIDM Mining CEO Rob McLeod said the 363-acre Red Mountain mine will be a relatively modest operation.“It’s a fairly short mine life at about five and half years,” McLeod said. “But in 2017, we added another 20 percent of resources and the deposit is wide open for expansion.”The environmental assessment approved by B.C. authorities envisions downstream monitoring for about 10 years after the mine closes down.Federal scientists in Juneau are concerned that’s not long enough and said so in comments filed with provincial authorities.NOAA hydrologist Sean Eagan said historic mines nearby have proven it can take decades for sulfides in mine waste to oxidize in a way that generates acid rock drainage.“They had piles of rock sitting around and it took 20 years for the acid to really develop, the acid leaching to really come out of those piles,” Eagan told CoastAlaska. “So the amount of time they are proposing to monitor does not seem sufficient.”Alaska regulators have also weighed in. They work with their B.C. counterparts and track transboundary mines because of potential downstream impacts in Alaska.Kyle Moselle is in charge of large mine projects for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. His agency didn’t find any red flags with the project.Kyle Moselle is in charge of large mine projects for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. His agency didn’t find any red flags with the project.“You know, I’m not going to second guess the regulatory decision by the B.C. regulatory agencies on setting that 10-year post-closure monitoring period,” Moselle said. “But it’s not unusual for a short-lived mine that you would have a proportionally short monitoring period.”The post-closure monitoring period isn’t necessarily fixed. If stream samples detect concerning levels of contaminants the monitoring period could be extended by B.C. regulators.“You monitor until monitoring is not needed,” Moselle said.But Alaska-based mine watchdogs also have concerns about the proposed tailing facility. That’s where mine waste is stored in reservoirs.“Tailings dams are the problem,” said Brian Lynch, a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist who now works for a group called Rivers Without Borders. “You know, not just in the gold mines of B.C. but tailings dams for coal mines in the U.S. — it’s just having those in the system that can be problematic.”Rivers Without Borders and other green groups urged IDM to use “dry-stacking” for its mine waste. That’s when water is filtered from the waste allowing it be stacked in dry heaps for long-term storage. It’s used at the Hecla Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island.But McLeod said in order to liberate the gold from the ore it’ll have to grind the material down to about 25 microns.“And with so with such a fine particle size that is not generally amenable to the dry-stack method,” McLeod said.IDM Mining estimates there is 524,000 oz. of measured gold available in the underground mine. (Photo courtesy IDM Mining)McLeod said his company understands the sensitivity around tailing ponds; IDM is still finalizing its storage plan.“We may mix the tailings in with concrete,” McLeod said. “But upon closure it would be sealed with another geomembrane and covered up and will be continued to be monitored at the headwaters.”The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is doing its own separate federal review and taking public comment through Oct. 18.IDM projects its Red Mountain mine will produce about a half-million ounces of gold – worth nearly $600 million at today’s gold prices.The company expects to begin construction in 2020.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that B.C. regulators could order post-closure monitoring to be extended past the initial 10-year period.
A juvenile was arrested for raping 16-year-old girl here at Keshavagiri under Chandrayangutta police station limits. The incident occurred on Tuesday night but came to light on Thursday with the arrest of the boy. On Tuesday, the girl’s mother left her and her sister at home and took her to son to a hospital. Taking advantage of the situation, the accused barged into the home and sexually assaulted the girl. The victim’s younger sister who came to her rescue was tied up in another room. The girls shared their ordeal with her mother after she returned home. Based on their complaint, the police registered a case and nabbed the accused and sent to a juvenile home. A case was registered against him under POCSO act.
Myanmar minister Kyaw Tint Swe. photo: Collected Amid growing pressure on Myanmar, state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her representative to Dhaka to discuss the Rohingya issue with the Bangladesh government.The State Counselor’s office minister Kyaw Tint Swe will arrive early Monday to hold a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.The only meeting will be held on Monday noon, said an official.The Myanmar minister had wanted to meet the prime minister Sheikh Hasina but she is scheduled to return home from the US on 7 October.Violence in the Rakhine state that began on 25 August forced over 500,000 Rohingya refugees to cross the border into Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh.Of all the new arrivals, 429,000 are in need of emergency food assistance.Among the new arrivals, an estimated 55,770 pregnant and lactating women, and children under-five require targeted food assistance.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque earlier said Bangladesh keeps its door open to discuss and resolve the Rohingya issue bilaterally, apart from discussing it at international forums.
Policemen urge people staying in the cordoned house of Jessore city to come out. Photo: Ehsan-ud-DaulaPolice cordoned off a house in Ghop Central Road area of Jessore early Monday suspecting it a militant hideout.ATM Ajmal Huda, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station, said tipped off that the militants are staying in the house, a team of police cordoned off a house in the area around 2:00am.Once the team of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) reached the spot from Dhaka, the anti-terrorism operation will begin, the OC added.House owner Haider Ali, a teacher of Jessore Zila school, said Mashiur Rahman, hailing from Kushtia, also an employee of an herbal company, rented his house.Jessore additional superintendent of police Naimur Rahman told newsmen that as per information received from SWAT, the house has been cordoned off.They (SWAT) suspected that the militants are staying in the house and police are barring people, including journalists, from entering the area, he added.Meanwhile, residents of seven more flats, located inside the boundary of the cordoned house, have been evacuated safely, said the OC, adding that only the family of Khadiza, sister of neo-JMB leader Marjan, remained besieged in the house.
Share 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Flickr/Kumar AppaiahDemocrats head into the next state legislative session with more influence than they’ve had in a decade, thanks to this week’s mid-term election. They picked up 12 seats in the Texas House of Representatives and two in the Senate.Last session, the Republican-led Senate passed a raft of conservative bills that were ultimately killed in the Republican-led lower chamber, run by Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate. House conservatives hoped Straus’s retirement would make it easier to name one of their own to the speakership. Sherri Greenberg, a former Democratic state representative, says Tuesday’s vote makes that less likely.“It could make a difference in having, for instance, a Republican who’s more of a moderate as speaker and to get some Democrats in the coalition to win the speaker’s race,” says Greenberg, now a professor at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had hoped to revive a number of the bills that died in 2017, such as the one relating to school vouchers. The increase in Democratic senators will make it more difficult to move legislation they oppose.
Popular on Variety The new VRV deals come after the shutdown of Warner Bros. Digital Network’s DramaFever and the announcement from Turner and WB that film-aficionado service FilmStruck is ceasing at the end of November.Arlen Marmel, general manager of VRV, said “there’s no top-down mandate” from WarnerMedia to cross-license content but he said more WarnerMedia content will be coming to the $10-per-month VRV bundle in 2019. “WarnerMedia has leaned into VRV,” he said.Last month, AT&T said WarnerMedia in 2019 will launch a broad subscription-streaming entertainment service anchored by HBO pulling in content from other parts of the former Time Warner. As part of launching the plan, AT&T said it would be “consolidating resources from sub-scale D2C [direct-to-consumer] efforts.”“It remains to be seen what that bigger, broader WarnerMedia bundle looks like, but we hope VRV could be part of that,” Marmel said. “If we look at the broader landscape, clearly it’s difficult to operate any business that’s sub-scale. With VRV, we knew that aggregation was critical.”All told, VRV offers some 100,000 episodes in the bundle. With the addition of Boomerang on Nov. 13, the service will include 12 channels, priced at $10 monthly (which if purchased a la carte would cost $50). The lineup includes Otter Media’s Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth, anime channel HIDIVE, Viacom’s NickSplat, Cartoon Hangover, AMC Networks’ Shudder, Mondo, Geek & Sundry, Nerdist, CuriosityStream, Boomerang, and VRV Select (a channel stocked with content licensed from partners including Syfy, El Rey/Univision, Warner Bros., and MGM).Otter Media isn’t disclosing how many paid VRV subscribers it has signed up. Overall, it has more than 4 million registered users and over 2.5 million monthly active users. (VRV offers a selection of free, ad-supported video in front of the paywall.) On average, premium users stream around 60 minutes per day.“The vast majority of our users do buy the bundle. There’s a lot of power in that,” said Marmel. “We can really reduce the friction to access that content.” AT&T acquired control of Otter Media this summer, buying out Chernin Group’s majority stake in the venture in a deal reportedly valued at $1 billion. Otter Media portfolio includes Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Fullscreen and VRV.The first four episodes of “Final Space” season one will be available exclusively on VRV’s streaming platform starting Wednesday (Nov. 7), with subsequent episodes to be released weekly. TBS has greenlit the show for a second season, which will eventually come to VRV along with any potential future seasons.The show is produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and New Form in association with Turner’s Studio T. “Final Space” was created by and stars Olan Rogers, a filmmaker with nearly 1 million followers on YouTube, with a cast that also includes Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Tika Sumpter, Steven Yeun and Coty Galloway. The second season is currently in production and is set to feature O’Brien as a recurring character.“With ‘Final Space,’ we created a show that pairs genuine emotion and real stakes with comedy and premium animation, making it a perfect fit for VRV,” Rogers, also an executive producer of the show, said in a statement. “We hope VRV’s community loves the series and catches up on all the action before season two premieres next year.”Eric Berman, VRV’s head of content partnerships and business development, said the deal for “Final Space” emerged after VRV was talking with TBS about potential co-productions. “They said, ‘Here is something we have the rights to,’” he said.VRV’s programming strategy is focused around four quadrants: anime, like Crunchyroll; nostalgia-driven “kidult” content like NickSplat, “Jabberjaw” and “Freakazoid”; adult animation like “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” “HarmonQuest” (greenlit for a third season at VRV) and “Cyanide and Happiness”; and alternative reality, like Syfy’s space bounty-hunter series “Killjoys.”As with other SVOD services, content comes and goes on VRV. After Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation last month ended its cross-licensing deal with Crunchyroll after two years, VRV also lost access to Funimation channel. “We’re upset to see Funimation go and never want to remove content from our fans, but we’re able to add other content,” Berman said, noting that HIDIVE will bring its full slate of over 500 dubbed, subtitled and uncensored anime to VRV before the end of 2018. AT&T’s WarnerMedia has shut down two niche streaming-video businesses — but it’s apparently still bullish on some narrowly targeted entertainment plays.VRV, the fandom-focused video platform run by the media group’s Otter Media, is boosting its lineup of animated programming from other parts of WarnerMedia.VRV has nabbed exclusive streaming rights to intergalactic comedy “Final Space,” whose freshman season aired earlier this year on TBS. The service also is adding two series from Warner Bros. Animation’s catalog — Adult Swim’s “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and ’70s cult classic “Jabberjaw” — as well as Boomerang, the cartoon subscription VOD service from Turner.“We believe there is a consumer need for aggregation, and working with our sister companies within WarnerMedia allows us to offer even more great content that our fans can watch and experience together,” Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media, said in a statement. Meanwhile, the three seasons of detective/thriller comedy “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and talking-shark show “Jabberjaw” (which originally aired in 1976) will join VRV in 2019. It turns out that the former heavyweight boxer is a huge fan of the latter — and Tyson recorded a promo for VRV in which he sings the “Jabberjaw” theme song.“What we’re trying to accomplish with VRV is to tap things outside the mainstream, the stuff that’s hanging out on the fringe,” said Marmel. The former exec joined Crunchyroll in 2014 as head of marketing and distribution following Chernin Group’s majority investment in it, and he has been general manager of VRV since early 2017.Pictured above: “Final Space” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Back from September 2019, I bring you the very 1st and very early glimpse at which I guess #Apple will unveil as #iPhoneXI!!! Yes, time has already come to meet the new #iPhone through gorgeous 5K renders made on behalf of new coming Partner @digitindia -> https://t.co/b6SxFUS2tx pic.twitter.com/97jrlTHQ5G— Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) January 6, 2019The next-gen XR model, meanwhile, is likely to get a boost from a single- to dual-camera system, allowing users to take better-quality photos.Despite sluggish sales of Apple’s liquid-crystal display iPhone XR, the company is sticking with the cheaper screen option for this year’s heir—mostly because product planning has progressed too far to turn back now.But, consumers can expect a shift to OLED (as seen on current XS models) in 2020; organic light-emitting diodes are believed to provide better contrast than less expensive LCD.Apple did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The tight-lipped tech titan in September introduced its latest lineup of mobile phones: XS, XS Max (boasting the largest iPhone display ever), and XR—none of which come with an old-fashioned headphone jack.But can modest improvements and posh price tags help the world’s most valuable company (worth more than $1 trillion) regain its top spot among global vendors?The US-based firm in 2018 slipped to third place, behind Asian manufacturers Samsung and Huawei.More on Geek.com:New Mophie Battery Cases Solve Dumb iPhone Port ProblemTeen Charged for Selling Sock Disguised as iPhoneWater-Resistant iPhone Saves Tourist’s’ Lives After Boat Overturns Stay on target iOS 13 Forces You to Make Eye Contact While FaceTimingScreenshots of iOS 13 ‘Dark Mode’ Leaked Ahead of WWDC Apple is reportedly planning to release three new iPhone models again this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal.People “familiar with the matter” also tipped new camera features, including a triple rear shooter for the highest-end model, and a double rear cam for the other two.The rumored upgrade is Apple’s attempt to catch up with rivals like Samsung and Huawei, which last year released handsets featuring four rear cameras and three rear cameras, respectively.AdChoices广告Following in its competition’s footsteps, Cupertino is considering a trio of lenses for its 2019 flagship model, which would succeed the dual-rear-cam iPhone XS Max, the Journal said.That fits with a product photo leaked last week on Twitter.
Kolkata: For the first time in India, Geological Survey of India (GSI) is going to use ultramodern remote sensing technology with the help of sensor developed by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), USA called — “Advanced Visible Infra-Red Imaging Spectrometer Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG)” to locate minerals like lead, zinc, copper, platinum, diamond, gold and other associated minerals.”This sensor is an engineering marvel and has been proved effective for mapping surface mineralogy in different parts of the world,” a senior GSI official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRecently, AVIRIS-NG sensor was mounted onboard ISRO aircraft for acquiring the hyperspectral images for fourteen mineralized blocks in different parts of India, namely Jhagadia and Ambaji of Gujarat, Zawar, Udaipur, Pur Banera, Jahazpur and Bhukia in Rajasthan, Hutti-Maski in Karnataka, Wajrakarur in Andhra Pradesh, Sittampundi in Tamil Nadu, KuhiKhobna in Maharashtra, Tundi in Jharkhand and Chattarpur in Madhya Pradesh.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been recently signed between the GSI and the National Remote Sensing Centre-Indian Space Research Organization (NRSC-ISRO) in Kolkata in presence of Dr Dinesh Gupta, Director General, GSI and Santanu Chowdhury, Director, NRSC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe main objective of the MoU is to utilise these airborne hyperspectral data by the scientists of GSI and ISRO to find surface signatures of mineralization in those 14 promising areas in the next 3 years. As a matter of fact, every mineral shows specific spectral character and hence hyperspectral remote sensing is used to detect minerals based on their spectral characteristics.It may be mentioned that hyperspectral data has immense potential for mineral exploration with regard to mapping of the host rock and surface alterations associated with the mineral forming processes.Hyperspectral remote sensing, also known as imaging spectroscopy, are not only used on earth but also used for mapping minerals on Moon and Mars.