BBG high bandwidth to make Nellore IT hub

first_imgNellore: If the plans of the State government becomes reality then Nellore is going to become an IT hub.As part of the strategy, Industries and IT Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy interacted with the Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad for extending the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), submarine communications cable, up to Nellore for the benefit of Nellore coastal areas for attracting IT companies. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us In fact, IT and IT Enabled Services require high bandwidth for data transmission in huge volume and traditional internet facility is insufficient for the daily operations of such companies. The difficulty can be overcome if the BBG which is a submarine communications cable built to provide a direct trunk connection between Sultanate of Oman and Penang in Malaysia extending from Chennai for connectivity. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Now, the Gateway is having four landing points at Fujairah (UAE), Mumbai, Colombo and Chennai. The easiest way is extending the cable from Chennai to coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh for promoting the IT industry. IT Minister Goutham Reddy said they are trying for the connectivity that attracts the IT industry because of huge coastal line in the State. Advertise With Us There is huge chunk of lands in the district that were already allocated to some industrial organisations earlier and still the units are non-starter. So, planning to tap the resource, the Minister said these huge vacant lands in the coastal belt will be utilised for promoting the IT industry connecting to the BBG for hassle-free bandwidth for daily operations.The BBG consortium is having 8,100 km submarine cable system which can handle bandwidth demand across its landing points in 6 coastal countries. The Gateway is owned and maintained by telecom operators such as Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka, Etisalat of UAE, Omantel of Oman, Reliance Jio of India, Telekom Malaysia Berhad of Malaysia, and Vodafone of UK, who are part of the BBG consortium. The initially available capacity is 9 Terabytes per second which can be extended up to 55 Tbps. As of now, Mumbai has 11 international submarine cables coming in, whereas Chennai has four, Cochin has two and Trivandrum and Tuticorin have one each for the needs of clients. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd had earlier invested in the 8,100-km the BBG project as part of its broadband plans for providing direct connectivity to South East Asia and the Middle East, then onward to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia by partnering with existing cable systems, in April 2016. The company is having an undersea cable landing facility in Chennai that connects India to the rest of the world. As part of the efforts to identify lands, the Minister asked the officials of Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and the district administration for collecting details of lands allocated earlier to the organisations, who failed to float their units. State government is also optimistic over making the region IT hub because of proximity to Chennai city which is having huge bandwidth facility.last_img read more

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Elected government in Jammu and Kashmir in nations

first_imgNew Delhi: Opposing the statutory resolution in the Lok Sabha to extend President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress MP Manish Tewari Friday said an elected government in the state is in the interest of the nation and will help the Centre in its fight against terrorism. Alleging that the sense of alienation among the people of Jammu and Kashmir has increased under the BJP government, Tewari blamed the BJP’s alliance with the PDP for imposition of governor’s rule in the state. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Participating in the debate, Tewari said the “root cause” of imposition of governors’s rule in the state was the PDP-BJP coalition, which was “an alliance of ideologically incompatible people.” It is “not in the interest of people in the state and the country” that governor’s rule should continue in the state, the Congress leader said, adding, “An elected government in Jammu and Kashmir will help the Centre in its fight against terrorism there.” Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Maintaining that he and his party were not opposed to the Centre’s fight against terrorism, he said, “Fight against terrorism cannot be won when people are not with you.” Cautioning the government, Tewari said it should not take such steps which alienate the people of the state. The biggest mistake of the Modi government was that sense of alienation has increased among people in the state, he said adding, “government needs to walk two extra miles to integrate them into the national stream.” Advertise With Us Taking on the BJP, Tewari said if the party continues to look at Jammu and Kashmir with “its ideological blinkers,” the problem of the state cannot be resolved. On the question of Jammu and Kashmir reservation bill, Tewari said his party is not against the spirit of the bill, but actually it is the right of the state assembly as this proposed legislation comes under its jurisdiction.last_img read more

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Geetanjali School holds Math Tech fair

first_imgBegumpet: Geetanjali School, Begumpet, held Math Tech, a Math and Science fair, to promote math and computer science skills of the students, at the school on Monday. Telangana state principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan visited the fair and observed various models presented at the fair.School students presented various models based on the new developments in the field of math, science and computer science. Students demonstrated their skills and presented models related to latest technologies such as 3d printing, app games, smart cities, light sensors and pollution control. Various charts related to mathematics, math magic and others were also presented. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Jayesh Ranjan visited the various stalls and interacted with students on their presentations. He advised students to increase their grip over mathematics and science, to raise their confidence levels. He thanked the school management for inviting him to the fair and expressed his happiness over the skills displayed by the students at the fair. He advised teachers to help children in updating their knowledge in the latest technologies.last_img read more

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Clashes as Hong Kong protesters vent at China border traders

first_imgHong Kong: Clashes broke out between police and Hong Kong demonstrators Saturday as the latest anti-government protests took aim at traders coming across the border from mainland China. Police used pepper spray and batons against masked protesters in Sheung Shui, a town near the border with China, after thousands marched to complain about “parallel traders”. Sheung Shui boasts dozens of pharmacies and cosmetic stores that are hugely popular with mainland merchants who snap up goods in Hong Kong — where there is no sales tax — and resell them across the border. Protesters used bottled water to clean their eyes of pepper spray while one demonstrator was bleeding from a head wound, an AFP reporter said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us While parallel traders bring business to regions near the border, they are also a source of tension for locals. “It’s really annoying. The rent has gone higher. Other small shops and restaurants can’t survive. The whole region has become a place serving for parallel traders instead of local residents,” protester Siu Hok-yan, 74, told AFP. Most of the shops in Sheung Shui were shuttered ahead of the protests, with protesters forcing the few still open to close, images broadcast by local media showed. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us In a statement late Saturday police said they deployed force after protesters began arguing with locals and “attempted to charge at police officers when the officers intervened.” Protesters accused police of charging without warning. Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Advertise With Us Last month its parliament was trashed by hundreds of masked, youth-led protesters in unprecedented scenes. The bill has since been postponed but that has done little to quell public anger which has evolved into a wider movement calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous hub. Protesters are also demanding the bill be scrapped entirely, an independent inquiry into police use of tear gas and rubber bullets, an amnesty for those arrested and for the city’s unelected leader Carrie Lam to step down. Beijing has thrown its full support behind Lam, calling on Hong Kong police to pursue anyone involved in the parliament storming and other clashes. In recent years there has been a backlash against the influx of mainland tourists and immigrants, with more hardcore protesters describing them in derogatory terms such as “locusts”. Some one million mainlanders have moved to Hong Kong since its 1997 handover, a flashpoint issue in the notoriously overcrowded city which already boasts one of the world’s most expensive property markets.last_img read more

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Two injured as car overturns in Wanaparthy

first_imgWanaparthy: Two persons were injured in a road accident occurred on National Highway 44 at Palam village of Kottakota mandal in Wanaparthy district on Monday. According to an eye witness, the car in which two persons were travelling from Hyderabad to Kurnool, suddenly hit the divider on the national highway and tumbled upside down. As the result of the crash the occupants got grievous injuries. They were rushed to the Wanaparthy Area Hospital for treatment. The condition of one person is said to be critical. The police who reached the spot registered a case. “Over speed and neglect driving are the major reasons for road accidents on National Highway. In spite of many reminders and awareness programmes, road accidents are growing. To contain this, the police department is planning to install speed monitoring cameras soon,” said Kottakota police.last_img read more

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Speaker visits floodhit areas assures farmers of government

first_imgSrikakulam: AP Legislative Assembly Speaker T Sitaram toured in Vamsadhara and Nagavali flood-affected areas in Amudalavalasa Assembly constituency on Sunday. Along with mandal-level officials, the Speaker inspected flood-hit areas at Peddasavalapuram, Sarubujjili, Purusottapuram and other places in the Assembly constituency. He asked farmers about the crop loss and damage to paddy nurseries. He visited the inundated paddy fields in several villages. Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker assured the farmers of support from the State government. He told them that seeds will be supplied free of cost for cultivation of crops again. Officials from the departments of Agriculture, Panchayat Raj and Revenue accompanied the Speaker.last_img read more

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Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan Coming to India on 4 February Report

first_imgHyundai Motor India, India’s second-largest car manufacturer is reportedly gearing up to pull the wraps off its next offering, the Grand i10 sedan on 4 February 2014, a day before the Delhi Auto Expo.Hyundai Grand i10 Sedan, a car which is said to be the successor of Accent has been caught testing in India several times. The car is based on Hyundai’s Grand i10 hatchback, which has been very popular in the country since its launch. It now appears that the Korean manufacturer is looking to set up new competition in the compact sedan market with the launch of the Grand i10 based sedan.According to the OverDrive report, the company will price the upcoming sedan aggressively in the domestic market, which could even be lesser than the current leaders such as Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire and the Tata Indigo eCS. If the reports are to be believed the car is likely to fall in the ₹5 lakh price bracket.Earlier reports suggested that that the sedan would flaunt the same roof line of the hatchback. The car is expected to introduce major tweaks in the styling and interior space and is likely to be offered in petrol and diesel variants in the country.The petrol variant will with 1.2-liter Kappa2 petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 83PS @ 6,000rpm and a peak torque of and 114Nm @ 4,000rpm.On the other hand, the diesel model of the car is expected to pack 1.1-liter U2 CRDI diesel motor under the hood, which can generate 71PS power and 160Nm torque.Besides Grand i10 sedan, Hyundai will also unveil its latest version of seven-seater Santa Fe SUV in India at the 2014 Auto expo. The carmaker, for the first time, will locally assemble the car at its Chennai plant. According to rumours, the latest avatar of Santa Fe would pack the 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine under the hood, which can generate a power of 194bhp and a peak torque of 422Nm.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 21368 up on June 5

first_imgBSE closes points 213.68 up on June 55.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 213.68 up on June 55.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 213.68 points up to stand at 25,019.51. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.85 points up to stand at 7,474.10. Havells India and BPCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.11% and 6.95% along with SAIL and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with an increase of 6.78% and 6.72% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Max India and UCO Bank with a decrease of 6.30% and 2.16 % along with Motherson Sumi and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. with a decrease of 2.15% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 114.69 points at 14,956.43 while the banking sector is down 69.04 points at 17,500.64 and the realty sector is up 13.83 points at 2,026.36. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 59.29 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 213.68 points up to stand at 25,019.51. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 71.85 points up to stand at 7,474.10. Havells India and BPCL were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 11.11% and 6.95% along with SAIL and Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. with an increase of 6.78% and 6.72% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Max India and UCO Bank with a decrease of 6.30% and 2.16 % along with Motherson Sumi and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. with a decrease of 2.15% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 114.69 points at 14,956.43 while the banking sector is down 69.04 points at 17,500.64 and the realty sector is up 13.83 points at 2,026.36. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 59.29 per dollar.last_img read more

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3yearold fed alcohol in milk bottle left to rot in own feces

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsIn a horrifying incident in Delhi, a three-year-old girl was found in her own faeces with her alcoholic father sleeping near her. The Delhi Commission for Women worked on an anonymous tip that the little girl was not being taken care of and that she needed to be rescued. The tip also said that she was not fed for three days straight.The little girl and her father were found in a room with empty alcohol bottles. The DCW took them to the Prem Nagar police station but no complaint or FIR has been filed. The girl was then taken to a private hospital where the doctor said that her private parts were infected due to poor hygiene conditions, reports India Today.From the hospital, the girl will be taken to a shelter since she has no one else other than her father. Her mother died one year ago which could have triggered her father’s alcoholism.The police have said that the girl’s father used to put alcohol in her feeding bottle and make her drink it.”I applaud the man who called DCW’s women helpline and helped us rescue this child who has undergone extreme trauma both in terms of the loss of her mother and an uncaring and alcoholic father,” Swati Maliwal, DCW’s chairperson was quoted as saying by India Today.Maliwal added, “It’s shocking that the child was given alcohol by her own father and has such extreme injury marks on her body. Alcoholism is the worst disease. Police should immediately take the strongest action against the father.”Kiren Negi and Vandana Singh from DCW have called out the Delhi police commissioner and asked why the father was not arrested and why an FIR was not filed.last_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin flaunt their wedding bands

first_imgJustin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are taking their romance and wedding vow to a new level. The singer has finally sported his wedding ring, which is the first time! Ever since they got married in a small secret courthouse ceremony last year in September, neither Hailey, not Justin have worn their wedding bands. However, earlier, the couple was spotted wearing their wedding bands as they stepped out.While they may be taking their sweet time to plan an extravagant wedding, they certainly are taking things one step after another. During the Memorial Day weekend, Justin and Hailey were spotted shopping at Carter, perhaps for wedding bands? At the beginning of this week, Hailey was spotted flaunting her huge diamond engagement ring. However, right under it was a pretty silver band. Later the same day, Justin also took to Instagram to share some promotional pictures of his clothing line, Drew, where he sported his wedding band. Along with his clothes, Bieber held his hand out with a silver band sticking out. Check it out below. Justin Bieber’s Instagram postInstagramEver since the couple announced their engagement back in July, Hailey has been wearing her engagement ring everywhere. Speaking to People, a source from the jewellery store stated, “In the end, Justin wanted something that would gracefully accentuate Hailey’s beautifully shaped hands. We settled on an oval stone that was just exceptional in its length and grace. Look at her hands — she’s exquisite.” Although Justin and Hailey did plan to host a big wedding for their friends and close family, they have had some ups and downs.Earlier this year, in February, to be specific, Bieber announced that he was taking help for mental health. “Hailey keeps supporting him. They will still have a wedding when they feel they are ready,” the source said. “The most important thing for them is that Justin is mentally healthy.” As his treatment for depression began, things have been much better for the Canadian pop star. “It seems his treatment has helped him a lot. It has changed the way he thinks,” the insider said. “He is much more focused on taking one day at a time. It’s when he starts thinking too far ahead that he gets stressed out and feels pressure.” Hailey Baldwin’s Instagram postInstagramThe source further added that what prompted him to take therapy is thanks to Hailey. “He wants to be the best possible husband for Hailey,” the source said. “It’s one thing to have your issues when you’re single, but when you’re married, there’s two people’s happiness at stake. He’s working on himself so that he can be a good partner to her.” Looks like things are going to be better for these two.last_img read more

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Kwality shares gain 12 on stock upgrade

first_imgShares of private sector dairy company Kwality spurted almost 12 percent on Wednesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) along with those of firms engaged in similar business in response to a stock upgrade by a brokerage.The Kwality stock rose to an intraday high of Rs 138, a gain of 11.60 percent from its previous close of Rs 123.65 and was trading at Rs 133 at around 3.22pm.KR Choksey Shares & Securities had upgraded the stock with a target of Rs 263, listing the company’s shift to sell more to retail customers as against institutional buyers who currently account for 70 percent of its revenues, according to The Financial Express. The retail segment will improve its profit margins, enabling it to post better results.For the financial year 2015-16, retail sales contributed 32 percent to its standalone revenues of Rs 5,753 crore.The company’s six milk-processing facilities in north India have a combined capacity to process 3.4 million litres of milk per day. Kwality sells fresh milk, curd, milk powders and related items and plans to expand its product portfolio with flavoured milk, cream, yogurts, cheese over a period of time, according to a presentation made by the company on September 16, as uploaded on the BSE website.The company plans to embark on various initiatives to drive growth, such as: Capacity expansion and strengthen procurement networkInitiating business transformation for B2CStrengthen employee base across levelsEnter new markets The company had reported 19.3 percent increase in standalone net profit at Rs 42 crore on sales of Rs 1,474 crore for the first quarter ended June 2016.Private equity firm KKR committed to invest Rs 520 crore in Kwality to fund expansion to 9 lakh lites per day, besides debt repayment and brand building, according to the presentation.The promoters hold 65 percent stake in the company while individuals and corporates have a 33 percent stake.last_img read more

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How Rashmika Mandannas moms positive words on Dear Comrade put her in

first_imgSuman with her daughter Rashmika Mandanna.PR HandoutRashmika Mandanna’s mother Suman Mandanna has showered praise over her daughter’s recently-released movie Dear Comrade. But her words on social media embarrassed the actress to some extent!Suman Mandanna took to Twitter to say that Rashmika has made her proud. “Dear Lilly. @iamRashmika You have made your parents really proud. I am happy that you are shining in the field you chose! love you baby. @TheDeverakonda -You have done extremely well. All the best for your future projects. BHARAT-Brillient.all the best. Mythri MM -Thankyou. [sic]” she tweeted.Reacting to her mother’s tweet, Rashmika wrote, “Mummy thaaaaankyou.. I love you too.. also watch the film again know with the team and tell me how you like the new version… [sic]”Suman Mandanna did not stop the conversion there. “Work harder to bring more smiles and blessings home mova. God bless you. And enjoy the journey,” she responded.This chat gave an impression to the netizens that the mother and daughter are not in touch on a regular basis.Rashmika too got awkward to hear the positive words from her mother on Twitter and not through a call. She tweeted, “Mummy you do realise you have a phone- I have a phone you can call me anytime know.. people are reading the tweets..it’s embarrassing… [sic]”Dear Comrade opened to fairly positive reviews. The movie starring Vijay Devarakonda and Rashmika Mandanna, minted close to Rs 33 crore in the first weekend of its release.last_img read more

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Gold prices fall for third straight day on muted demand

first_imgReuters fileGold prices drifted further lower by Rs 50 to Rs 31,950 per 10 gram at the bullion market Wednesday, falling for the third consecutive day, tracking a weak global trend amid weak demand from local jewellers.The precious metal has lost Rs 150 in the past two days.Silver too followed suit and dropped by Rs 100 to Rs 37,800 per kg at the bullion market Wednesday.Traders said, sentiment remained bearish on the back of subdued global trend as strength in dollar eroded demand for the precious metals as a safe-haven.Globally, gold shed 0.05 per cent to $1,221.50 an ounce, while silver held steady at $14.40 an ounce in Singapore.Besides, fall in demand from jewellers as well as retailers at domestic spot market too kept pressure on the gold prices.In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity declined by Rs 50 each to Rs 31,950 and Rs 31,800 per 10 gram respectively.Sovereign gold held flat at Rs 24,800 for piece of 8 gram on scattered support.Silver ready ended Rs 100 down at Rs 37,800 per kg, while weekly-based delivery lost Rs 183 at Rs 36,586 per kg.Silver coins, however, were unalatered at Rs 73,000 for buying and Rs 74,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

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BangladeshIndiaNepal bus services begin

first_imgBangladesh-India-Nepal bus services beginBus services on Bangladesh-India-Nepal route on trial basis have been flagged off in Dhaka on Monday, reports UNB.Two buses carrying 25 Bangladeshis, 12 Indian and six Nepal representative led by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) Chairman Fariduddin started their journey from Kamalapur BRTC international depot in the morning.The buses will reach Kathmandu in Nepal via India on 26 April.A protocol over the new bus service will be signed among the three countries, he said.“We expect that after protocol agreement commercial bus service will start within 2/3 months,” said BRTC the chairman.last_img read more

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Politicians cannot seek votes in name of religion Indian SC

first_imgIndian politicians have been barred from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or creed the Indian Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a landmark judgment, ahead of crucial assembly polls in five states. The court also ruled that seeking votes in this manner will be deemed a corrupt practice and not permissible, reports Times of India.The court’s bench said on Monday by a 4:3 majority that elections are a secular exercise and that the relationship between people and whom they worship is an individual choice. Therefore, the state is forbidden to interfere in such an activity, the court said.A 7-judge constitution bench passed the judgement in the Hindutva case after hearing arguments from various petitioners/respondents, Times of India said. The top court was examining a politically explosive question arising out of a plea filed in 1990. That questioned – Will a religious leader’s appeal to his followers to vote for a particular political party amount to electoral malpractice under Section 123 of the Representation of People Act.The court gave a wider meaning to Section 123 of the Representation of People Act to stamp out the use of religion and community affiliation from elections, the ToI report observed.Chief Justice T S Thakur, justices M B Lokur, S A Bobde and L N Rao favoured rooting out religion from election, while Justices A K Goel, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud were in a minority on the issue.last_img read more

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US missile defence equipment reaches S Korea

first_imgrotesters and police stand by as trailers carrying US THAAD missile defence equipment enter a deployment site in Seongju, early on April 26, 2017. Arrival of the six trailers at the golf course location sparked clashes between locals and police, the agency said. AFPUS troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions.Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North.But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance. It has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South, including a ban on tour groups.TV footage showed large trailers in camouflage paint carrying what appeared to be missile-related equipment entering a golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.Hundreds of residents — who are concerned over the potential environmental impact — protested angrily, some clashing with police.Seoul’s defence ministry said Wednesday’s move was aimed at “securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible”, with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.The South is holding a presidential election next month to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-Hye, and Seoul and Washington are pressing ahead with the deployment with some candidates expressing ambivalence over the system.The South’s tourist industry has been hammered by Beijing’s boycott over THAAD, with Chinese visitor numbers — normally more than half the total — plummeting 40 percent last month even though the ban only came into force on March 15.Retail conglomerate Lotte — which provided the Seongju golf course site to the Seoul government — has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down.’Rain of fire’THAAD is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.The latest move comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action was an “option on the table”.Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the peninsula in a show of force, amid signs the North could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.The impoverished, isolated state says it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion, and has issued blood-curdling promises of retaliation in the event of an atomic strike against it.In Pyongyang’s latest display, leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the country’s largest-ever firing drill to mark the founding anniversary of its military, state-run media said Wednesday.The joint drill involved artillery firing as well as torpedo attacks by submarines, state-run KCNA said, and demonstrated the country’s determination to a “pour merciless rain of fire on the reckless imperialist US and its dirty followers”, it said.The US has long pushed for China to make more efforts to curb Pyongyang’s behaviour.But Beijing says it has less sway over its wayward neighbour than Washington believes.It is also concerned that a regime collapse could trigger a flood of refugees across the border, and leave the US military on its doorstep in a unified Korea.Chinese President Xi Jinping called Monday for “restraint” regarding North Korea in a telephone conversation with Trump.US defence leaders and other top officials are to give a classified briefing on North Korea to all senators in an unusual meeting at the White House later Wednesday.last_img read more

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Communist Party asks Unity leaders to take to street

first_imgMujahidul Islam SelimCommunist Party Bangladesh has expressed certain doubts about commitment and political stance of renowned jurist Kamal Hossain who has recently initiated an opposition coalition of ‘National Unity Process’ to restore democracy and change politics.However, at a press conference on Monday, CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim asked the ‘Unity’ leaders to take to the street and wage a movement, instead of placing paper-based demands from a safe distance.“I hope they (Unity leaders) will launch a movement to press home their demands and will not back down,” he said during the briefing at CPB central office in the city’s Purana Paltan.Selim, who was a promising student leader in the 1970s, is in favour of floating an alternative opposition alliance but with the left-leaning parties.The left party demands the incumbents resign before announcement of the polls schedule and a non-party government be installed to oversee the elections — demands that are raised as well by the opposition forcs including the BNP and now the National Unity Process.The CPB leader still criticised Kamal Hossain for coming closer to the BNP despite his past criticism of the opposition party and said his left party would not be a party to the polarised politics, tilting towards either the Awami League or the BNP.Kamal Hossain, president of Gano Forum president, along with Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, held a rally in the city on 22 September, joined by the BNP leaders and some civil society leaders. The rally called for a greater national unity to launch movement for free, fair and participatory elections in the country.Selim alleged that Kamal Hossain had also pledged in 2006 to join ‘Satan’ to end dominance of ‘Hawa Bhaban’, widely alleged as alternative power house during the BNP regime between 2001-2006.“We have been witnessing for tge past three decades that after one evil regime there comes another. We have to break away from this evil cycle,” the CPB leader insisted, rejecting the mode of governance even during the years of elected regimes since 1991.Selim observed that both the AL and the BNP have made election process a farce. He mentioned that the left parties would continue their movement for ensuring free, fair and credible elections in the country.The left parties are, however, yet to decide on whether to join the general electionst Selim said they will field candidates in all 300 constituencies, if they take part in elections.CPB general secretary Md Shah Alam alleged that the Awami League government is creating a situation for holding yet another lopsided general elections like that of the one-sided ballot in 2014, boycotted by all major opposition parties including theirs.Selim further alleged that at the Unity rally on 22 September, the Dhaka unit general secretary of Hefazat-e-Islam, was present. Hefazat, a coalition of Quawmi madrasa-based organisations, was blamed for arson at CPB office during Hafazat’s demonstration in February 2013.CPB presidium member Aniruddha Das and assistant general secretary Kazi Sajjad Zahir Chandan were also present at the press conference.last_img read more

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Jubo League leader hacked death

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA local Jubo League leader was stabbed to death by some miscreants at Ranigram, Sirajganj on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Golam Mostafa alias Boma Mostafa, 45, president of ward no. 7 Jubo League and son of Hatem Ali of Ranigram Maddhyapara Mahalla in the municipality.Mohammad Daud, officer-in-charge of sadar police station, said a group of miscreants swooped on Golam Mostafa and stabbed him indiscriminately while he was sitting in front of a shop around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot.Locals took him to the Sirajganj General Hospital where the duty doctor declared him dead, he added.A case was filed with the police station, said the OC adding that the reason behind the murder could not be known immediately.last_img read more

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Over 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for IS links

first_imgIraqIraqi courts have sentenced to death a total of more than 300 people, including dozens of foreigners, for belonging to the Islamic State group, judicial sources said Wednesday.The suspects are being tried by two courts, one near the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq and another in Baghdad which is dealing notably with foreigners and women.Since January in the capital, 97 foreign nationals have been condemned to death and 185 to life in prison, according to a judicial source.Most of the women sentenced were from Turkey and republics of the former Soviet Union.In January, an Iraqi court condemned a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to IS while on Tuesday a French woman was sentenced to life in prison.At the court In Tel Keif near Mosul, 212 people have been sentenced to death, 150 to life in prison and 341 to other jails terms, Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said in a statement.“It has been proven that they carried out criminal actions at public hearings conducted in accordance with the law during which the convicts’ rights were guaranteed,” he said.Iraq declared victory in December against IS-also known as ISIS-which at one point controlled a third of the country.On Monday the justice ministry said 11 people convicted of terrorism-related charges had been executed in Iraq, which according to New York-based Human Rights Watch is the world’s number four executioner.“These executions follow rushed trials of ISIS suspects which are riddled with due process violations, including convictions based solely on confessions which are sometimes extracted by torture,” said HRW senior Iraq researcher Belkis Wille.“Iraq’s mishandling of the ISIS trials not only denies victims real justice, but also risks sending innocent Iraqis to their deaths.”last_img read more

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53m yaba pills seized in 2018

first_imgyaba. File PhotoLaw enforcers seized a record 53 million yaba pills in 2018 — up 33 per cent in a year — amid a deadly nationwide crackdown on the trade, officials said Sunday.Nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed last year, according to authorities, who insisted the seizure figure was proof that their campaign was working.Rights groups said the record haul showed the deaths had failed to make an impact on the trade.The government Department of Narcotics Control said the drug — popularly known as ‘yaba’, a Thai word meaning ‘crazy medicine’ — was seized across Bangladesh of 165 million people.”It is the highest amount seized in a year,” Bazlur Rahman, a department deputy director, told AFP.Masum-e-Rabbani, another senior official at the department, said the record haul was proof that a crackdown launched in May last year was yielding “positive” results.He said there has been a significant decline in the use and sale of yaba.Nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed by security forces in the campaign and some 25,000 arrests made, according to Rabbani.Human rights groups say many of the deaths amount to extrajudicial killings however.More than 40 were killed in the town of Teknaf, which borders Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state and is close to the refugee camps housing about one million Rohingya Muslims.Bangladesh has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions.The pills have become an easy source of income for the Rohingyas who poured across the border after the Myanmar military launched a clampdown in Rakhine in August 2017.The refugees act as carriers, handing over the pills to dealers on the Bangladesh side of the border who then take them to major cities, according to police.In October, authorities made yaba a class-A banned substance and parliament passed a law allowing the death penalty for dealing the drug.A top rights activist said the record yaba seizure meant the hundreds of deaths had failed to make a serious dent in the drug trade.”It proves that the police crackdown is not working. They need a different approach,” Nur Khan Liton, a former head of rights group Ain O Salish Kendra, told AFP.last_img read more

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