Iqaluit shaken by discovery of four bodies

first_img(Iqaluit RCMP discovered three bodies in this house Tuesday after finding a man dead from a self-inflicted shotgun blast in a cemetery. APTN/Photo)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT-Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of one body in the cemetery and three more in a home.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.Police said the first body found in the cemetery was of a man who appeared to have been killed by a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the face.Three other bodies were later discovered in his home by police.Four people lived in the home, including a common-law couple and their young daughters, a toddler and a student at Joamie Elementary School.APTN National News has chosen not to publish the identities of the victims, which are known. The RCMP said officers are still trying to reach all next-of-kin.RCMP officer were seen canvassing the neighbourhood near the residence Tuesday night.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

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Thoroughbreds Are Running as Fast as They Can

On Saturday, 19 thoroughbreds will once again be off, running in the 140th Kentucky Derby. The Derby calls itself “the greatest two minutes in sport” because that’s more or less how long it takes to win the race, and that hasn’t changed in decades. Since 1949, the time it takes thoroughbreds to run around the 1.25-mile track has averaged 2:02.25, and no winning race time has deviated by more than 3 seconds from this long-term average.Mark Denny, who studies biomechanics at Stanford University, wrote a 2008 paper that asked, “Are there absolute limits to the speed at which animals can run?” He looked at the statistics of the fastest times each year for the Triple Crown horse races (which include the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in addition to the Kentucky Derby), three premier greyhound races in England, and elite men’s and women’s athletics at distances of 100 meters to the marathon.The data reflected remarkable achievements by the fastest horses, dogs and people. Denny fit the data with a statistical model, and then used extreme value theory (since the data was about the best in each sport) to calculate a maximum speed limit.1Extreme value analysis is a subfield of statistics that seeks to model the probabilities of very rare events. It has been widely applied in contexts such as estimates of flood potential and equity risk. Some race times, like the Kentucky Derby’s, have plateaued, while others are still improving, like the men’s 100-meter race. This approach suggests that the fastest time possible for a human in a 100-meter race is 9.48 seconds. Usain Bolt’s world-record time is only 0.10 seconds from the limit.2A statistical approach is not the only possible way to estimate how fast runners can run. One evaluation of Bolt’s world-record 100m in the journal Significance found enough opportunities for improvement to argue that Bolt could run faster than Denny’s 9.48 limit.Denny says his approach tells us “that speed has its limits, but not what accounts for those limits.” There are, however, a few possible explanations for why thoroughbreds may have already hit those limits but humans, for the most part, have not yet plateaued.One possibility, advanced by Denny and others, is that thoroughbred race times may have leveled off because the narrow genetic diversity of racehorses limits the genetic diversity in the pool of potential thoroughbred champions. Modern thoroughbreds are descendants of a small number of horses (less than 30 in the 18th century), and 95 percent are thought to trace their ancestry to a single horse, The Darley Arabian. Today, there are fewer than 25,000 thoroughbreds born each year in the United States. Compare that with the more than 7 billion people worldwide.3The Triple Crown horse races are limited to 3-year-old horses, so each horse can run these races only once. Humans can race at any age, and in as many races as they like. The size of the human population may simply lead to a greater number of potential athletes with extreme speed.And humans could be even faster if we didn’t engage in any other athletic pursuit aside from racing. David Epstein wrote in his book “The Sports Gene” that while it’s unclear whether speed is innate or nurtured, one important reason for Jamaican athletes’ success in short-distance races is that in their country, “every kid is made to try sprinting at some point.” In the United States, at least, many of the fastest runners are lost to other sports, and thus never have a chance to reach their potential as runners. Epstein cites Trindon Holliday, now a kick returner for the New York Giants, who in college outran future Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix at 100 meters at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Who knows how fast Holliday might have become as a full-time professional sprinter? Humans who race also have many opportunities to train, specialize, experiment and innovate. Those efforts are apparently still bearing fruit in some track and field events.Even if racehorses aren’t getting faster in general, assuming random variation in the speed of the very fastest horses would mean that we haven’t yet seen the fastest horse. Denny’s calculations suggest that the current Kentucky Derby record time of 1:59.40 in 1973, held by the legendary Triple Crown-winner Secretariat, could be beaten by as much as 1.5 seconds.4Or, in horse terms, about 11 lengths. But theory and reality are different things. Denny concludes that Secretariat “may represent a good approximation of the ultimate individual thoroughbred.”Of course, any extrapolation from observed statistics are based on important assumptions, and Denny admits that his are, too. On the one hand, he concludes the data from the Triple Crown races indicates that “the process of selective breeding of thoroughbreds (as practiced in the U.S.) is incapable of producing a substantially faster horse.” But breeding practices could change, Denny notes, and perhaps greater genetic diversity in horse breeding would create thoroughbreds with faster potential speeds.Going even further, it’s also possible that a horse could be genetically engineered to run faster. Horse racing has already taken a step in this direction via the cloning of thoroughbreds. The acceptability of cloning racehorses has been controversial for more than a decade, and in 2007 the international body that oversees horse racing banned cloned thoroughbreds (and, of note, cloned jockeys as well) from international competition. But in 2012 the ban was lifted, apparently for horses only. Imagine a future Kentucky Derby with the participation of cloned replicas of Secretariat, Sea Biscuit and Man ‘O War. Or even a race with identical cloned thoroughbreds in multiple lanes, to showcase the trainers’ and jockeys’ efforts.So to return to Denny’s research question, “Are there absolute limits to the speed at which animals can run?” The answer is yes. A more important question: How far are we willing to go to reset these limits? “The greatest one minute and 50 seconds in sports” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly. read more

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Woman found in Chula Vista with bluntforce facial injuries

first_imgWoman found in Chula Vista with blunt-force facial injuries CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A woman was found at a downtown Chula Vista intersection with injuries to her face that appeared to be the result of an attack, police said Saturday.She was found about 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Broadway and F Street, according to Chula Vista Police Lt. Rusty Rea.The woman was taken to a hospital with serious blunt-force injuries, Rea said.No update on her condition was available.There is currently no description of a suspect. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom May 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Kickstarter Launches Drip Funding Program For Artists

first_img Twitter Crowd-funding platform launches new ongoing financial support program designed specifically to sustain artists’ careersRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 17, 2017 – 11:29 am As an independent artist, sometimes one of the most stressful parts of the business is waiting for the money to trickle in. Kickstarter thinks it can help by providing a steady Drip of financing for artists using their new platform.Acquired by the popular crowd-funding platform in 2015, Drip initially began as a project from record label Ghostly International, which envisioned a subscription support system for musicians. On Nov. 15, Kickstarter announced they were relaunching the program for creators of all types, including musicians, writer, artists, filmmakers, and more.Drip allows creators to set up a hub that gives fans the ability to support artists across their entire body of work, instead of fundraising for one-off projects. Artists on the platform can then offer potential subscribers incentives such as early access to new work or behind-the-scenes details on the creative process as rewards for their ongoing support.Building on more than $3 billion in pledges to support upward of 100,000 creative projects from 13 million people in the eight years since their launch, Kickstarter hopes Drip will provide artists a new and sustainable way to keep creating their art on their terms.UnitedMasters’ $70 Mil Play To Manage Music Data BetterRead more Email Kickstarter Launches Drip Funding Program For Artists News Facebook Get A Funding “Drip” With New Kickstarter Program kickstarter-launches-drip-funding-program-artistslast_img read more

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The best cars under 40000 in 2019

first_imgEarlier this month, we detailed our picks of the best cars, trucks and SUVs available under $30,000. But with the average new car transaction price in the US sitting around $35,000, buyers have a lot more choices for just a bit more cash than that $30K mark.To that end, we’re raising the price cap for this new list: the best cars under $40,000. That extra 10 grand opens the door for entry-level luxury cars, midsize SUVs and even long-range electric cars. Here are some of our favorites.(Note: While all of the vehicles listed here have base MSRPs under $40,000, some of them offer fully loaded trim levels that can exceed this price cap.)  2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 48 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Toyota AvalonI tend to like small, sporty cars. The 2019 Toyota Avalon is neither of those things, so why am I recommending it? Because it’s a fabulously well-done large sedan that’s an epic long-distance cruiser. Its looks may not be for everyone, but there’s no denying its buttery-smooth powertrain and class-above cabin that are among its many strong points.A 3.5-liter gas V6 comes standard with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, offering plenty of power. An optional hybrid model with an electrically augmented 2.5-liter four-cylinder is available for $1,000 more, but unless gas prices spike enough to make its mid-40s fuel efficiency act as a salve for its power deficit (176 horsepower, 163 pound-feet), I’d recommend sticking with the standard engine.Pricing starts at $36,480 (including destination) for a well-equipped base XLE, with top-shelf Limited models ringing up at just under $42K before options. At that end of the spectrum, you’re looking at an Avalon sufficiently luxurious enough to make you forget all about this car’s costlier Lexus ES twin. Oh, and if that’s not enough to keep you in the Toyota showroom, know this: The Avalon has an infinitely less annoying infotainment interface, plus you can fold the rear seats down.– Chris PaukertClick here to read our 2019 Toyota Avalon review.Get your local price 75 Photos 70 Photos More From Roadshow 35 Photos 2019 Genesis G70The compact sport sedan segment has long been my jam, and the most compelling entry in that field is the 2019 Genesis G70 — it even won Roadshow’s Shift Award for Vehicle of the Year. Any way you slice it, the smallest Genesis (so far) is a solid consideration with a starting price of $35,895 (including $995 for destination).The compact, rear-wheel-drive Genesis comes standard with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic or an optional six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.3-liter, twin-turbo V6 is available, but places the G70’s price north of $40,000. Besides, most Roadshow staffers prefer the 2.0T anyway.You still get heaps of tech and driver-assistance features with the base car, including an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beams. If you want that level of advanced driver assistance from BMW, Mercedes or Audi, you’ll have to pay closer to $50,000.– Manuel Carrillo IIIClick here to read our 2019 Genesis G70 review.Get your local price 2019 Toyota RAV4Toyota’s RAV4 has been one of the world’s best-selling small SUVs for a reason. It’s simple, stout, well-built and priced appropriately. Now, for 2019, it looks good, too.The drivetrain options on the 2019 RAV4 may not be the most exciting in the world, but they are efficient and shouldn’t give you many problems going forward. Optional hybrid power in a compact SUV is a great selling point, too.The new RAV4, particularly in Adventure trim, is a handsome SUV that begins to look a little like its more off-road capable siblings without forcing those vehicles’ compromises on its owner. It’s a great crossover, and is more appealing than ever before.– Kyle HyattClick here to read our 2019 Toyota RAV4 review.Get your local price 52 Photos 2019 Audi Q3 sets phasers to fun 56 Photos Comments 77 Photos 27 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 29 Photos 2019 Volvo V60: A stylish, comfortable hauler 2019 Genesis G70: Korea launches an assault on the BMW 3 Series 2020 Kia TellurideI’m going with a somewhat unusual choice for this roundup, because I’ve recently spent a fair bit of time in Kia’s new Telluride and I’ve been really, really impressed. It’s remarkably good. I think it looks remarkably good, too, though it has definitely split opinion. The ride is on the leisurely side of comfortable, but it really is refined, lulling my passengers to sleep on multiple occasions. Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V6 provides better-than-adequate power and the eight-speed transmission is responsive and unobtrusive, which is really all you can ask for in an automatic in a rig like this.You can get in a front-wheel-drive Kia Telluride for $31,690, which is affordable given all it offers. Working within our $40,000 cap, I’d step up to the feature-packed EX trim, which starts at $37,090 and includes Kia’s comprehensive Highway Driving Assist system. Another $2,000 gets you AWD, then add on the $1,045 destination fee and you’re just $135 over the $40,000 mark for a big, comfortable SUV that’s as sophisticated to drive as it is to look at.– Tim StevensClick here to read our 2020 Kia Telluride review.Get your local price 2019 Volvo XC40Subcompact luxury crossovers are oftentimes hit-or-miss affairs. Some skimp on luxury and style, while others are duds behind the wheel. Neither is true about Volvo’s XC40. If I were shopping for a small, premium SUV, it’s absolutely the one I’d buy.The XC40 starts at $33,700, and I actually like its lowest Momentum trim the best (the same spec as Roadshow’s long-term XC40 test car). Opt for the more powerful T5 engine with all-wheel drive, choose a few option packages, and you’ve got a really nicely equipped crossover for right about $40,000. LED headlights, leather seats, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a ton of active safety equipment all come standard.The XC40 impresses with its easygoing, comfortable driving dynamics, spacious interior and high-quality materials. It’s everything I love about Volvo’s larger, more expensive vehicles, all in a pint-sized package.– Steven EwingClick here to read our 2019 Volvo XC40 review.Get your local price 2019 Acura RDX is a price-conscious luxury buyer’s delight 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-ClassThe A-Class is a great entry point into the Mercedes-Benz brand. This little sedan punches way above its weight with premium materials, a peppy turbocharged engine and plenty of technology.Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system comes on an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, and brings natural voice recognition to the table. Plus, I love the augmented reality overlay that’s available on the navigation. It displays navigation directions directly on top of the real-time video display from the front camera, ensuring you’ll never miss a turn. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine puts out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which is more than adequate in the A220 sedan. A Sport mode can dial up the transmission and throttle response, while Comfort is great for daily driving. Power goes down to the front wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, although all-wheel drive is available for those in colder climates.Overall, the new A-Class is a truly premium car — far more so than the last-generation CLA250 ever was.– Emme HallClick here to read our 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class review.Get your local price 2019 Hyundai Kona ElectricEarmarking $40K opens buyers to a new generation of entry-level EVs, and one of our favorites is Hyundai’s new Kona Electric. The subcompact SUV combines generous safety and cabin tech with reasonable spaciousness, all wrapped into a city-friendly footprint and wallet-friendly budget. It starts at $37,495, but with available electric vehicle incentives, even the feature-rich Limited trim can squeeze in under $40,000.The Kona’s electric motor sends 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque to its front wheels. That’s more get-up-and-go than the turbocharged gasoline Kona, but the heavier EV is a bit slower overall. Without gear changes or revs to build, however, the nearly silent electric SUV should feel more responsive off the line and around town. Of course, the most important number is the Kona Electric’s 258-mile EPA-estimated range — that should quell most range anxiety concerns. At a DC Fast Charger, the EV can boost its battery to an 80% charge in about an hour. More common, 240-volt, Level 2 home and public stations can juice the battery with a 9.5-hour charge.– Antuan GoodwinClick here to read our 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review.Get your local price 2019 Volvo V60I didn’t only pick the V60 because wagons are such a great blend of car-like driving pleasure and SUV-like utility. Rather, it’s because the Volvo V60 is such a wonderfully well-designed and well-packaged machine for any type of driving. It’s the perfect everyday, everything vehicle.The V60 is beautifully designed, is packed with the latest and greatest active-safety tech (albeit sometimes as paid options) and it drives with poise and maturity. With either the base, thrifty 2.0-liter turbo engine or the optional, surprisingly powerful turbo- and supercharged T6 version, the Volvo offers a nice balance of workaday civility and easy power.The Volvo V60 does sneak in under our $40,000 cap, starting at $39,895 with destination for the T5 Momentum model. But I’ll concede that it’s very, very easy to blow the budget once you start adding more features or upgrading to all-wheel drive. Still, at any price the V60 represents one of the most well-rounded entry-premium cars you can buy today.– Jake HolmesClick here to read our 2019 Volvo V60 review.Get your local price 37 Photos Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the best it’s been in years 2019 Toyota Avalon puts a bold face forward Share your voice 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric rocks a familiar form 2019 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX landed for the 2019 model year, offering a number of improvements over its already solid predecessor. More appealing styling, a new turbocharged engine and Acura’s excellent SH-AWD system work together to make the RDX really interesting. Things are nicer inside, too, with a great layout of controls, some of the most comfortable seats in the business and a healthy list of tech offerings. With a base price of $38,395, including $995 for destination, it’s not a bad value for a sporty, entry-luxury crossover.A 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder powers the RDX, producing a respectable 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The latter is available from just 1,600 rpm on up to 4,500 rpm for peppy acceleration from stops and out of corners, and works with a well-calibrated 10-speed automatic. Spring for the optional adaptive dampers and you’ll have a small crossover that can be entertaining to toss around, or comfortable for normal driving at the push of a button. Acura’s new True Touchpad Interface with a 10.2-inch center screen is in charge of infotainment, and it’s intuitive to use after a short get-to-know period. It’s offered with navigation, a 16-speaker ELS audio system, Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay capabilities. For safety, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise, lane keep assist and a multiangle rearview camera come standard.– Jon WongClick here to read our 2019 Acura RDX review.Get your local price 2020 Kia Telluride hits all the high points 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design has black exterior accents and lava on the floor 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level 13 Tags 2019 Audi Q3The 2019 Audi Q3 will land in the US later this year (summer, we’re told) packing some major improvements, and I believe that’ll give this diminutive German the edge over its competitors, many of which are very compelling.Having already sampled the Euro-spec Q3 late last year, I can attest to its prowess in the handling department. Wielding the same 228-horsepower turbo I4 as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, it should also provide enough hustle to back up an on-road demeanor that begs you to have a little fun behind the wheel.The Q3’s starting price of $35,695 including destination nets you some solid standard equipment, including a 10.25-inch gauge cluster display, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, two rows of USB ports and automatic emergency braking.– Andrew KrokClick here to read our 2019 Audi Q3 review.Get your local price Car Industrylast_img read more

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WhatsApp flaw lets hackers steal chats photos What should you do

first_img WhatsApp gets new India region head Close WhatsApp, Facebook-owned instant messaging app, has been attacked by spyware using a vulnerability in the app. The commercial spyware has been used for surveillance and it can be used to run malicious code that pores over encrypted chats, eavesdrops on calls, turns on the microphone and camera, accesses photos, contacts, and other information, reported by the Financial Times.Miscreants were first spotted in early May and hinted that the Facebook-owned app suffers from a classic buffer overflow weakness. Voice call function has been used for injecting the spyware in both iPhones and Android phones by ringing up targets. After that, call logs can be altered to hide the method of infection.How did they use Voice calls?To pull off this invasion, the hacker has cautiously spoofed packets of data that were sent to the target phone during the process of starting a voice call. When the packets were received by the targeted phone, an internal buffer within WhatsApp is forced to brim over, overwriting other parts of the app’s memory and leading to the snoop hijacking of WhatsApp. WhatsApp users are at riskKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty ImagesOne of the strange things in the attack is that it can also be injected to your phone even if you don’t receive the voice call, as we mentioned above, voice call starting packets are morphed.The company behind this attackIt’s believed that the spyware is developed by Israeli company NSO Group, recently valued at $1bn, which sells a highly capable spyware package. NSO’s flagship product is ‘Pegasus’, which can alter your phone’s camera, microphone, and can collect other information as well. NSO touts its Pegasus as the product for governments of the middle eastern country to fight against terrorism and crime.WhatsApp raced to patchAs the attack was spotted, engineers at Facebook rushed to launch a patch to overcome security flaws. They launched a patch named CVE-2019-3568, and freshly secured versions of WhatsApp were pushed out to users on Monday. WhatsApp users are at riskpixabay.comSo, if your phone offers you an update for WhatsApp, do it or check it manually by reaching App Store or Play Store. WhatsApp is too early into its own investigations of the vulnerability to estimate how many phones were targeted using this method.In an advisory on Monday, Facebook said, “The issue affects WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44, WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348, and WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15.”Who has been targeted?WhatsApp said that it was too early to say about how many users have been targeted by the vulnerability, but they speculated that attacks were highly-targeted. As per the company’s stats, the Facebook-owned chat app has around 1.5bn users worldwide.Amnesty International, which said it had been targeted by tools created by the NSO Group in the past, said this attack was one human right group had long feared was possible.last_img read more

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Massive fire at Churchill Chamber building in Mumbais Colaba

first_imgChurchill Chamber building fireTwitterA major fire broke out at the Churchill Chamber building near Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel on Merryweather Road at Colaba, on Sunday, July 21.Several people are trapped inside the building and nearly seven of them have been rescued. The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained. Four fire engines have been rushed to the spot and rescue operations are underway.last_img

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Hearing arguments in Khaleda case to continue

first_imgBNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia appears in a Dhaka court on Wednesday. Photo: BNPThe court will continue hearing the arguments in the graft case against BNP chairperon Khaleda Zia.Her lawyer Abdur Rezzak Khan began presenting arguments in the Zia Orphanage Trust case at the Special Judges Court-5 at Alia Madrasa ground in old Dhakaon Wednesday.”It is an unsubstantiated, illogical and fabricated case,” the lawyer told the court.Hearing of the arguments ended for the day at 1:40pm and Khaleda Zia left the court at once.The former prime minister appeared at the court at 11am as Wednesday was set for placing agruments by the lawyers of the accused.The lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission, the plaintiff of the case, completed his arguments on Tuesday.The prosecution sought maximum punishment for the BNP chief, Khaleda Zia, and others in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal presented the arguments in favour of ACC. He told the court that the prosecution had been able to prove the charges beyond any doubt.During the quasi-military regime of Fakhruddin Ahmed in July 2008, the ACC filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others of misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.During the regime of the current prime minister and Khaleda’s arch-enemy Sheikh Hasina in 2011, the ACC filed another case – the Zia Charitable Trust graft case – against Khaleda and three others allegedly for abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

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Killing people in the name of cows unacceptable Modi

first_imgKilling people in the name “gau bhakti” is not acceptable, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.”As a society, there is no place for violence,” he said in a speech at the Sabarmati Ashram here.”Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ (cow worship) is not acceptable,” he said. “This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”last_img

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Truck strike lifted in Darjeeling petrol pumps to reopen soon

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling and especially the travel trade industry heaved a sigh of relief with news of the trucks to resume ferrying of essential commodities from the plains to Darjeeling from Thursday spread.Trucks had suspended operations since Monday after a driver was beaten up in Kurseong on May 11. “We had a meeting with police top brass. Our demand has been met. The assailants have been arrested. Following the meeting, we decided to start operating from Thursday,” stated Rajen Chettri, General Secretary of the Darjeeling Truck Drivers’ Association. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn May 11, driver Amit Tamang was allegedly beaten up following an accident involving a kid. Both the sides have lodged FIRs at the Kurseong police station. The Drivers’ Association had taken out a protest rally in Kurseong on Monday demanding the arrest of the assailants.”Three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident,” stated Dhananjoy Sarkar, OC, Traffic, Kurseong. The truck strike had started casting a long shadow on the tourism industry, also affecting day to day life. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPetrol pumps in Kurseong and Darjeeling had downed shutters since Wednesday morning with petrol and diesel stocks having been exhausted. “We had run out of diesel on Tuesday. Whatever diesel stocks we had was exhausted by Wednesday morning. We were compelled to down shutters. With the truck strike lifted, we are expecting petrol and diesel to arrive by Thursday noon, following which we will reopen,” stated Hemant Agarwal, owner of petrol pumps. There are 6 pumps in Darjeeling and 2 in Kurseong. Stocks of all the pumps were exhausted on Wednesday. “There were tourist vehicles that were refueling in Mirik while driving tourists to the popular lake destination in the Hills. There was no fuel available in Darjeeling or Kurseong,” stated Pradeep Lama, General Secretary, Darjeeling Association of Travel Agents. There were apprehensions that a long drawn truck strike would adversely affect the tourist season that has started picking up after the agitation and 104 days bands in 2017.last_img read more

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