zoom China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry (DSIC) has received approval in principle (AiP) certificates from classification society DNV GL for new shuttle tanker and column-stabilized crane unit designs.The certificates were handed over at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai on December 6.In response to market indicators signaling an upturn in the shuttle tanker market, DSIC has developed a new 127,000 dwt shuttle tanker design targeted for operation in the North Sea and on the Norwegian Continent Shelf. The design features dynamic positioning (DP2) capacity and a twin propulsion system, and is already in compliance with EEDI Phase 3 regulations, according to DNV GL.The second AiP has been received for a column-stabilized crane unit with dynamic positioning system. The unit is equipped with two rotary heavy-lift cranes and S-Lay pipe laying system and is capable of performing heavy lifting and pipe laying operations in moderate to harsh environments, including the offshore UK and in the North Sea.“DSIC and DNV GL have successfully collaborated on joint design development and classification for various ship types and offshore units since the 1980s… Both DSIC and DNV GL will gain from the deeper and broader cooperation that these AiPs represent,” Lu Xiao Hui, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of DSIC, commented.“We are pleased and proud to be able to further strengthen our cooperation with DSIC with the presentation of these AiPs, in particular to help them introduce a new design in the promising shuttle tanker segment,” Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime, said.Separately, Finnish technology firm Wärtsilä informed it has signed a joint industry project cooperation (JIP) undertaking with DSIC. The objective of the JIP is to develop a preliminary production level design for the aforementioned shuttle tanker. The deal was signed in October 2017.By having a ready and an approved shuttle tanker design concept available, the building period can be significantly reduced, as explained by Wärtsilä.Wärtsilä will provide technical design support for the project. This will include developing an optimized propulsion and thruster solution and machinery with an electric configuration for the vessel’s DP control system.
New York – “Lalla Salma Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancers” was founded in 2005, inspired by the leadership of Princess Lalla Salma, consort of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.The non-profit organization works together with the national health-system to improve patients’ care, promote the prevention of and raise awareness in the fight against cancer throughout Morocco.Every year, 32,000 Moroccans are diagnosed with cancer. The “Lalla Salma Foundation” works to reduce those numbers and better the lives of those suffering from the debilitating disease. The “Lalla Salma Foundation” celebrated its 10th anniversary last October. Princess Lalla Salma participated in a documentary in which she talked about the goals, efforts, challenges and successes of her organization.The 37-year-old Fez-native, wife of King Mohammed VI spoke in Moroccan-Arabic dialect, Darija.“From the start, we had a clear vision, a precise objective and a long-term strategy. We announced the national program in the fight against cancer,” the princess said.“We had a principal, primordial and unique goal – placing the patient at the heart of our actions.”“Healing patients is our first goal. It is without a doubt, the most beautiful gift,” she stressed.“When we visit patients who are sick, when we witness children heal and return to school, when a mother recovers her children, or when a father returns to his daily life and takes control, you cannot imagine the emotions that overtake us and the energy those visits give us,” she said amidst smiles.Princess Lalla Salma recognized that the work done by her foundation in the last ten years could have not been done without partnerships and a team of experts.“The results that we’ve accomplished are the product of partnerships and a global mobilization of all the parties involved: civilians, ministers, local authorities, media, private enterprises, doctors and administrative staff,” she highlighted.“Their efforts have been focused on the same objective. This is a special Moroccan trait that we are proud of.”“This is what has allowed us to obtain these results in such a short period of time,” the princess added.However, the organization has also encountered challenges throughout the last ten years, which Lalla Salma touched on.“Nothing is easy. The foundation has faced obstacles, difficulties and challenges. There have been tears, sleepless nights and problems. But thank God we’ve had the motivation to keep going forward,” she confessed.“Morocco has made considerable progress. We have accomplished, thank God, our ambitions and our objectives. With the help and solidarity of everyone, everything is possible,” she concluded.
Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke had a brief discussion and also exchanged mementoes to mark the occasion. During his career of 33 years in the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke held a number of Commands, Operational and Administrative appointments. He logged many flying hours both in fixed and rotary wing aircraft when serving as an operational pilot. For bravery displayed in conduct of operations, he was awarded the Gallantry Medal “Rana Wikrama Padakkama” twice. Outgoing Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke paid a farewell call on Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa this afternoon.Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke was appointed the Chief of Defence Staff on 28th February 2011 on relinquishing Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force. He was the 12th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and is the eldest son of the 5th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, late Air Chief Marshal Harry Goonetileke.
DALLAS — Southwest Airlines is again pushing back the date it expects to be able to fly the grounded Boeing 737 Max jet, meaning more flight cancellations.Southwest said Thursday that it was taking the plane out of its schedule through Nov. 2, a month longer than before.Without the plane, Southwest says it will drop about 180 flights a day from its schedule, up from 150.The plane was grounded after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. It’s not clear when it will be cleared to fly after Boeing makes fixes to flight-control software.Southwest had 34 Max jets when the plane was grounded in March, and the airline expected to receive more as the year went on, but Boeing halted deliveries.The Associated Press
“This is essentially good news,” the head of FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System Henri Josserand said of the new prediction in the September issue of the agency’s Food Outlook. “We expect cereal production to be close to total levels of utilization. The stocks of the major cereal exporters are actually seen to increase, so this will raise the buffer available for unexpected crop failures.”Cereal output for 2004 is now forecast at 1,985 million tons, 29 million tons more than the June predictions and equal to the projected world consumption, thus averting the need for another major drawdown in global cereal stocks, which have declined sharply over the past four years. The wheat crop in Europe was much larger than had been expected before the harvest, while mostly favourable growing conditions for the major maize crop in the United States boosted global coarse grain prospects.But Food Outlook also contains a special section on the threat to agricultural and pastoral production posed by locusts in the Sahel (sub-Saharan) region of West Africa, the latest of many recent FAO warnings on the infestation. A locust plague in the Sahel could have devastating effects not only on food production, but also on agricultural exports and rural incomes.In Mauritania for example, agriculture produces 20 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and accounts for 60 per cent of employment. Mauritania already faces a tight food situation due to three consecutive years of drought. With a depreciated currency, domestic food prices are also higher.Senegal, as it is, imports about half of its grain requirements. In Mali and Niger, some 80 per cent of the population depends on agriculture, which generates upwards of 40 per cent of the GDP.On the other hand North Africa can expect a record wheat harvest since the region avoided the potential threat from locusts by undertaking large-scale control operations. The just harvested 2004 wheat crop is estimated at a record 17.3 million tons, up 38 per cent on the average of the previous five years.
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 10, 2014 6:51 am MDT Canadian dollar higher as traders look to Fed meeting, U.K. referendum TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday ahead of next week’s U.S. Federal Reserve meeting.The loonie gained 0.3 of a cent to 91.45 cents US, rebounding off lows of the morning as the U.S. currency weakened somewhat.The greenback has been strengthening as traders await the Fed’s scheduled interest rate announcement next Wednesday, when analysts think the central bank could be set to change to a more hawkish tone on rates.“The Fed’s forward guidance (that interest rates will be on hold for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends) is expected to be changed, likely to a line that ties the expected path of interest rates to developments on inflation, employment and financial market conditions,” said Camilla Sutton, chief FX strategist, managing director, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.“This shift would highlight an increasingly hawkish Fed and likely support the USD (U.S. dollar) further,” she said.Markets have generally expected the Fed to start hiking short-term rates around the middle of next year, but there has been much speculation that an improving economy would encourage the central bank to move earlier.Meanwhile, the Scottish independence referendum Sept. 18 has provided markets with a good helping of uncertainty.Recent opinion polls have shown the two sides neck and neck. With polls showing the referendum too close to call, the pound has fallen almost three cents this week against the greenback to a 10-month low of $1.6052 Wednesday.Prices were mixed on commodity markets where October crude in New York fell $1.08 to a nine-month low of US$91.67 a barrel as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly outlook that demand for the cartel’s oil will be lower next year. A surge in U.S. production was expected to slash OPEC production to levels not seen since 2009, when output fell due to the global financial crisis.December copper was unchanged at US$3.10 a pound, while December gold gained $1 to US$1,249.50 an ounce.
Image via calgary.ca Party’s here, but where’s the money for downtown businesses? For businesses in Calgary’s core, Stampede time can be like Christmas in July.The high hopes for 2015 revenue are shaping up to be something less.Maggie Schofield, executive director of the Calgary Downtown Association, told 660News the foot traffic downtown is there, but people just aren’t emptying their wallets the way retail and restaurant owners were hoping for.“We’ll see what this weekend brings, with it being really hot weather that certainly makes a difference, but the fact of the matter is that people are spending money, but people are not spending as much money as we would expect,” Schofield said.For businesses enduring coy spending caused by low oil prices or still building a cushion from the 2013 flood, Schofield said Stampede can be a ‘make or break’ time.“If we hadn’t of had Stampede that year  we definitely would have lost businesses in the downtown. From a retail perspective and restaurant for sure, so we are seeing some people who are struggling.”There is still hope Calgary’s summer festival season will help meet bottom lines.All a person has to do is take a stroll through areas like Eau Claire Market or China Town to see that downtown businesses could use a little boost in books.Schofield said without a doubt, oil prices are taking a toll on the usual wild spending and frivolous party bills downtown businesses typically see. by Stephanie Froese Posted Jul 10, 2015 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Recognizing the aspiration of all Malian citizens to enjoy lasting peace and development, the members of the Security Council urged the Coordination and Plateforme armed groups to refrain from any action that could undermine the peace process and to demonstrate responsibility and courage in the supreme interest of peace in Mali,” the Council said in a press statement.Council members “reiterated their support to the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali and looked forward to its signing by the Coordination armed groups on 20 June 2015, thereby completing the signing process.”They also expressed their concern over the security situation in and around Menaka in eastern Mali, and urged the Plateforme armed groups to withdraw immediately their forces from the city and to sign the accord.The Security Council established the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks.
Warmly congratulating the people of Myanmar for their “peaceful, dignified and enthusiastic” participation in historic elections of 8 November, the Secretary-General, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, acknowledged, in particular, the courage and vision of President Thein Sein “whose leadership in the reform process has helped achieve progress to this defining stage.” The Army’s support to the conduct of credible and transparent elections as well as its acceptance of the results, have also been uniquely important, the statement added.The Secretary-General is his statement went on to commend the Union Election Commission, political parties, domestic and international observers and all others who tirelessly contributed to making these elections such a significant success. “While saying this, he is regretfully aware that a large number of voters from minority communities, in particular the Rohingya, were denied the right to vote and some were disqualified as candidates,” the statement noted.Encouraged by the statements of political and military leaders and other relevant actors, as Myanmar begins the process of forming its next government, the UN chief urges all national stakeholders to maintain a calm atmosphere and uphold human rights and the rule of law.“There is much hard work that remains ahead on Myanmar’s democratic journey and towards making future elections truly inclusive,” continues the statement, underscoring that the people and leaders of Myanmar have it within their power to come together to build a better future for their country, “a future where peace and development take firm root on the foundations of inclusivity, respect and tolerance, where the human rights of all are protected regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or gender, and where no one is marginalized, vulnerable, and discriminated against.”“The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support efforts in Myanmar to consolidate democracy and advance justice, peace, human rights and development for the benefit of all the people of the country,” concluded the statement, adding that Mr. Ban’s Special Adviser on Myanmar will continue to work with all stakeholders and relevant political forces towards this goal.
School teachers giving an end-of-term speech shocked their pupils by unexpectedly breaking into song.The headmaster Chris Wheeler was rounding off his Speech Day talk at Monkton School when he suddenly started singing ‘One Day More’ from Les Mis.Pupils and parents looked dumbfounded and thrilled as teachers in the audience stood up to join in.The school wrote on Facebook: “The students and parents at this year’s Speech Day at Monkton were certainly in for a surprise.”Principal Chris Wheeler was halfway through his speech when this happened…”People connected to the school were excited by the video.One person wrote: “Absolutely amazing! Proud to be a part of Monkton School”.Another enthused: “Makes me nostalgic for my monkton days!! Wish this had happened in my time there! Amazing!”And another said: “Chris Wheeler is fabulous …he worked at a school in London with me years ago and I knew he was talented !” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
It is a miracle of nature that has so far eluded conservationists: the birth of a giant panda, right here in Britain.But now email exchanges between the Scottish Government and Edinburgh Zoo have confirmed that the long-anticipated event could be just days away, with Tian Tian the giant panda thought to be heavily pregnant.However, any celebrations to mark a successful birth may be short-lived. Under the terms of the contract agreed between zoo officials and China, which gifted a mating pair to Britain in 2011, any cub born through the breeding programme must be returned within 24 months.With mother and cub confined to private quarters for an indefinite period following the birth, it means that members of the public may only have a few months to glimpse Britain’s first home-grown panda before it is transported back across Asia. However, zoo officials are understandably cautious, with a spokeswoman for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland pointing out on Thursday evening that the breeding process is a “very complicated process”. The UK’s giant panda couple, Yang Guang (left) and Tian TianCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda, was unreceptive to natural matingCredit:David Moir/Reuters With the zoo’s £600,000 a year agreement failing to produce any cubs, in recent months officials have been reluctant to shed any light on pregnancy remours, amid growing pressure to deliver results.Now, however, a freedom of information request has uncovered a number of Scottish Government emails, revealing that Tian Tian is in the final stages of a healthy pregnancy and is due to give birth on Friday.In one email, Iain Valentine, director of giant pandas at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, wrote: “TT doing real well. As things are at the moment, she seems on track but I have shifted possible birth date to around 25th August. Will be able to be a bit more precise in a week’s time.“So she is about 30 days out now and pregnancy proper has now begun in what we think is a 37 day pregnancy. See or hear from you soon. My best, Iain.” “Although a specific date was suggested, like all babies, it’s hard to predict precisely and the panda breeding season can last until late September,” she added.“Tian Tian is being closely monitored by our expert team and we will be the first to share any news as soon as we can.”Whilst zoo staff have previously spotted tell-tale signs of pregnancy in Tian Tian, a reproductive trait in pandas can often result in the the foetus being re-absorbed in the early stages. This time around, however, she appears to be past the precarious stage of the cycle.The good news comes days after the zoo was embroiled in a safety scare when Yang Guang was let into his enclosure by mistake while a keeper was still cleaning inside.Disgruntled workers blamed the apparent security lapse on staff shortages and claimed in a leaked email that the worker could have died or been badly maimed in the incident. The zoo said the “near miss” was investigated and no staff or animals were harmed.Giant panda cubs are just 1,000th of their mother’s weight when they are born, at just over five ounces, are pink, covered in white hair and their eyes are shut tight. It is normally takes up to 80 days before they can walk.Everything you need to know about panda cubsAt birth, a cub is just 1,000th of its mother’s weight – around 5.3oz (150g).Giant panda foetuses do not start to develop until the final weeks of gestation.Panda cubs are born pink and covered in short, sparse white hair, their eyes are tightly shut and they cry loudly and often.Their black patches start to appear at around one week old, followed by black hair on the patches a few weeks later.It is several weeks before they can crawl and cubs spend the first few weeks of life vocalising their needs to their mother, sleeping and suckling.Panda mothers lick their cubs often and do not leave the cub to eat bamboo until offspring are three to four weeks old. At this point the cubs can regulate their body temperatures and do not need constant body contact from the mother to keep warm.After a month, the cub looks much more like a miniature adult giant panda but with a longer tail. Its eyes open partly after 30 to 45 days and fully open a week or two later.Panda cubs grow to up to 10 times their birth weight in the first five to six weeks.By 75 to 80 days, cubs can stand and walk a few steps; they also begin to teethe at this point and their eyesight and hearing improve.At four months, cubs are active, run about and climb on their mother’s back to play.At five months, they trot behind their mothers and mimic them, eating bamboo and climbing trees. They start to eat solids at six months.A panda cub starts to get its permanent teeth at around one year old, when it will weigh about 50lb-60lb (23kg-27kg) and now only suckle once or twice a day.At the age of two, the cub would be returned to China, mimicking natural dispersal age in the wild. Despite the agreement’s shortcomings, a successful birth will still be seen as a historic milestone for Edinburgh Zoo, which has suffered a series of setbacks in recent years.Following their arrival in 2011 to much fanfare, pair Tian Tian and Yang Guang have helped the zoo to a 200 per cent increase in ticket sales, but have so far failed to mate successfully. Whilst Tian Tian successfully reared twin cubs in China prior to her arrival in Scotland, there were fears that the pair were incompatible, after she rejected Yuan Guang’s overtures on several occasions.Experts have since attempted artificial insemination on at least five occasions, but each had failed up until this year.
The shocking news was published yesterday in the most of Croatian media about possible closing of Arena Zagreb just before the official start of Men’s EHF EURO 2018. The reason – debt which Croatian Handball Federation and City of Zagreb has in cooperation with Arena’s owners – company Ingra.Arena Zagreb has to host all Rounds of matches including Final weekend between January 26 and 28. ← Previous Story Montenegro without first star Vuko Borozan at EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → New Belgrade Summer Cup 2017 in June
For the past decade, there’s been a not-so-quiet revolution taking place in the culinary world. Where once French chefs dominated the scene with their high cuisine, the old guard has started to give way to a number of food geeks whose passion for cooking burns as bright as their Bunsen burners. Out of this movement has come a group of chefs that have begun to explore and question the actual science behind the building of flavors in some of the world’s favorite dishes. People like Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Billet have brought their intellect to bear on revealing the “secrets” behind the building of exquisite flavors, with one of the results being the seminal set of books called Modernist Cuisine.If you have a food geek in your home, or are one yourself, then you know the soulful longing that takes place when looking upon the five-volume set of culinary manuals that was released last year. However, with a street price of $450, this set isn’t for the casual home cook who simply wants to learn some new techniques. Realizing that there exists a broader group of people that are interested in the science of food, Myhrvold and his team decided to create a new version of their book that focuses more on the everyday cook by streamlining the information from the Modernist Cuisine set. The result is Modernist Cuisine at Home, a 453-page cookbook that comes with a companion manual that will teach you some of the fundamentals of scientific cooking.Being released this October, MCH will retail right at $115. While this is certainly not as cheap as your mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook, it will allow you to get your foot in the door of the modernist cuisine movement. Myhrvold claims that while this new tome is definitely smaller, he and his team didn’t skimp or cut corners but rather created a different experience all together. Comparing the two sets, you could consider the larger 5-volume grouping to be a text book of sorts, while the MCH is a more functional cookbook that you can pull off the shelf for inspiration.If you are looking to learn how to make a new version of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the Modernist Cuisine series may not be for you. However, if you want to know the temperature and science behind the process in which connective tissue in beef goes from stringy and tough to succulent and juicy. It sounds like a must-have for geek foodies everywhere.You can check out a table of contents of the new book and read more about Modernist Cuisine at Home at its parent site.
CELILO, Ore. — It’s pleasant in the lower Deschutes River canyon, as in 60 degrees. Six weeks from now, it might be hot, as in 90 degrees.Today, the balsamroot and desert parsley are blooming, adding splashes of yellow to a canyon carpeted green with new shoots of grass.Six weeks from now, after the heat builds, everything will be a golden shade of brown.“Look at it,” said Jim Larson of Rockway Beach, Ore., while standing near a small patch of balsamroot and its showy dislay. “It’s just a great time to be here.”Getting there: Take Interstate 84 east to milepost 97 and take the exit to Oregon 206. Turn left and follow Oregon 206 for three miles. Cross the Deschutes River bridge and turn right into the park.Camping sites: 34 with electricity, 25 primitive, 4 group RV/tent areas.Fees: Beginning May 1, the rates are $20 for a site with water and electricity, $9 for a primitive site and $71 for a group area.Information: 541-739-2322 or 1-800-551-6949Reservations: 1-800-542-5687Online: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_37.phpThe take-home message: April and May are the best months of the year to visit the eastern half of the Columbia River Gorge.Enough of this overcast, cool and rainy weather. Drive 100 miles and escape for a day.Although spring is behind schedule in Clark County, the season is in full swing in the lower Deschutes River canyon, where the wildflowers start blooming in late February.“April and May can be great weather with days in the 70s out here,” said Dave Splanger, ranger assistant at Oregon’s Deschutes River State Recreation Area.
The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen during its test launch. (Photo via Korean Central News Agency)U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed today that North Korea’s latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile. Though the U.S. military’s initial assessment was that the North Koreans fired an intermediate-range missile, Tillerson’s statement offered the first confirmation from the Administration that it was in fact an ICBM.The latest missile flew higher and longer than any previous one, sparking concerns it could hit major population centers in Alaska like Anchorage or Fairbanks.Tillerson said this represents a new escalation of the threat posed to the United States and the world by North Korea, and plans on bringing the action before the United Nations Security Council.Russia and China have proposed that North Korea declare a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, while the U.S. and South Korea refrain from large-scale military exercises.
Chennai : Doctors have extracted an astounding 526 teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy in a rare surgery performed at the city’s Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, doctors said, NDTV reported. Suffering from a rare case of “Compound Composite Ondontoma”, the boy was brought to the hospital with a swelling in his lower right jaw. “The parents first noticed the swelling when the boy was three years old. But they didn’t bother much as the swelling wasn’t much then and the boy did not cooperate with investigative procedures either. Also Read – Lovely, A.K. Walia meet Sonia to discuss new Delhi Congress chief Advertise With Us “Later as swelling increased, the parents brought the boy to our hospital,” said P Senthilnathan, Professor -Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the hospital on Wednesday. He said an X-ray and CT-scan of the boy’s lower right jaw showed a lot of rudimentary teeth following which the doctors decided on the surgery. “We opened up the jaw after administering general anaesthesia and saw a bag/sack inside it. The sack, weighing about 200 grams, was carefully removed and was later found to contain 526 teeth — small, medium and big sized,” Senthilnathan said. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Though some were very tiny particles, the doctors said, they had the properties of teeth. It took five long hours for the doctors to remove all the minute teeth from the sack. “It was reminiscent of pearls in an oyster,” the doctors said. “The boy was normal three days after the surgery,” said Pratibha Ramani, Professor and Head of the Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. According to the doctors, this is the first ever case documented in the world in which in an individual has been found to have so many minute teeth.
A woman allegedly killed her two minor sons by drowning them into buckets and attempted to end her life in Biswanath upazila of Sylhet on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB.Three-year-old Nahidul Islam and 18-month-old Wahidul Islam, sons of Kabir Ali and Beauty Akter Rony, were killed at their residence in the upazila.Locals and police sources said returning home from farmland Kabir Ali found his two kids dead in two buckets in an abandoned bathroom around 3:00pm.Then he also found her wife sitting beside two buckets full of water.Beauty took Dettol, antiseptic disinfectant liquid, after allegedly killing her two kids by drowning in two buckets of water, Kabir said.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.Police, however, detained Kabir Ali for questioning and sent Beauty to the hospital.
Map of BarishalA union parishad chairman was gunned down by some miscreants at Karfa Bazar in Ujirpur, Barishal on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Bishwajit Baroi Nantu, 40, chairman of Jalla union parishad and also president of union Awami League.Shishir Kumar Pal, officer-in-charge of Ujirpur police station, said that some youths riding on two motorcycles came to Bishwajit’s shop ‘Swarna Garments and Cloth Store’ on Friday night and opened fire on him, leaving him critically injured.Rescued by locals, he was rushed to Ujirpur Health Complex.As his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Barishal Sher-e Bangla Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared him dead.Three bullet injury marks were found in his body, said the OC.Md Saiful Islam, superintendent of Barishal district police, said that they are trying to arrest the killers.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a meeting of Bangladesh Awami League Parliamentary Party at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (national assembly building) on Wednesday, on 30 January 2019 — Photo: PIDMentioning that criticism is important in a democratic process, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the opposition will be able to make enough criticism of the government as no obstacle will be created to this end, reports UNB from Sangsad Bhaban.”I can at least give assurance that our opposition parties will be able to make enough criticisms. We won’t create any obstacle in this regard. We neither did it in the past nor will in the future,” she said.The prime minister gave the assurance taking floor in the first sitting of the opening session of the 11th parliament to greet newly-elected speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah.She said the people of the country have regained the trust and confidence in the government as the previous parliament was run in a good manner.The prime minister congratulated Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Fazle Rabbi Miah for being elected as the speaker and the deputy speaker respectively.PM urges BNP to join parliament for democracy’s sakeA BSS report says: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged BNP to join parliament for the sake of democracy and settle the lawsuits in the court according to their own course as the judiciary is completely free and independent.“If they (BNP) think they should come to parliament for the sake of democracy, they would join it,” she said while addressing a joint meeting of the Awami League Working Committee (ALCWC) and Awami League Advisory Committee at party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.Sheikh Hasina said her government and party had worked for the people of the country and never gone for retaliation or harassment of political opponents. The corruption cases filed against Khaleda Zia was not filed during the Awami League government, but the caretaker regime, she said.“The cases against the BNP leaders would be dealt with as per law and the government will not interfere,” Sheikh Hasina said urging BNP leaders to face the challenges in the court saying the government would not interfere in any case.It was the first ALCWC meeting after party’s landslide victory in the December 30 general election, convened to chalk out programs for smooth execution of the election manifesto and strengthening the party.AL general secretary Obaidul Kader gave welcome address while advisory council members, presidium members, secretaries in charge of various departments and central committee members were present.Sheikh Hasina said her government is backed by overwhelming support of the people. Awami League has restored democracy in the country and got the opportunity to constitute the government for three consecutive terms, she said.The prime minister expressed profound condolences at the deaths of party leaders and workers during the 30 December polls.“It’s very unfortunate for a party like BNP that their leaders are entangled with the cases in connection with killing, arms smuggling, corruption and money laundering,” she said adding that “BNP has got the result of making a fugitive their leader.”She said BNP could have better results in the polls if they fielded better candidates without doing business with nominations.Sheikh Hasina said it was a big opportunity for Awami League to run the country for the last ten years. Now Bangladesh is regarded as a role model of development and it is being elevated from a least developed country to a developing one. Bangladesh has visible success in every sector which has been recognised across the world, she said.“We have worked for the people as their servant. So everyone, including students, teachers, farmers, workers, day-labourers and business people, without any hesitation cast their votes for us this time with an aspiration,” she said.Sheikh Hasina thanked the voters, specially first-time voters and women, for their enthusiasm to exercise their franchise.The prime minister said the 30 December poll was mostly peaceful except some stray incidents created by BNP to foil the election. BNP and Jamaat have killed a number of Awami League leaders and workers in different areas.“BNP tried heart and soul to foil the election, but failed,” she said adding, “BNP has lost in the election by their default. So, who, except themselves, are to be blamed for this? How a political party without any leadership thinks of winning the election?” she asked.Sheikh Hasina said after Bangabandhu’s killing, the military rulers confined democracy and people’s rights in the cantonment, snatching the freedom of speech, resorting to a reign of terror in the educational institutions, killing scores of army officers and Awami League leaders for a long time.The military rulers also established the anti-liberation forces in politics, released notorious war criminals from jail, which resulted in distraction of Bangladesh from the cherished goal of independence, she said.Sheikh Hasina said people of Bangladesh have suffered for 21 years. In 1996, when Awami League assumed office, they could realize that a pro-people government can truly take forward the country along the path of development and prosperity.Sheikh Hasina said due to foreign conspiracy Awami League could not form the government as the party secured the second lowest number of seats in the parliament in 2001 despite obtaining more votes than BNP in 2001.The prime minister said people of Bangladesh, whenever they got opportunity, gave their mandate to Awami League. In the 2008 election under the caretaker government people gave vote to Awami League when the percentage of total votes cast was more than 30 December elections. Sheikh Hasina said people of Bangladesh now can realize that only Awami League can give them economic propriety, peace and stability. BNP left no stone unturned from 2013 to 2015 to unseat the Awami League government. People didn’t accept their mayhem, politics of killing and arson attack, she said.