Bengaluru, only Indian city in top 10 tech hubs’ list

first_imgIndia’s knowledge capital Bengaluru has been named among the top 10 global innovation hubs in the world.According to a report titled “The changing landscape of disruptive technologies”, released by global advisory firm KPMG, Bengaluru shares the eighth position with Israel’s Tel Aviv. The Chinese city of Shanghai is placed at the top, followed by Tokyo, London, New York, Beijing, Singapore and Seoul.Read it at Deccan Herald Related Itemslast_img

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Meghalaya brings down malaria cases by 87%

first_imgMeghalaya has brought down the number of malaria cases by 87% in the past three years and the State government has set a target of eliminating the disease by 2030, a senior official said on Friday. The control and prevention of malaria and other vector borne diseases should not be left to the Health Department alone as per the international campaign “Zero Malaria Starts With Me”, Additional Chief Secretary R.V. Suchiang said. “Zero Malaria Starts With Me” is the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day which is globally observed on April 25 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). “The State has been able to bring down malaria disease burden by 87% in the past three years. A concerted effort is mandated from the State government departments, Armed Forces and private partners to achieve the goal of malaria elimination by 2030 as per the National Framework for Malaria Elimination of the Union Health Ministry,” Ms. Suchiang said. She was addressing an inter-sectoral convergence meeting for prevention and elimination of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the State. Ms. Suchiang also stressed on the need of a policy framework to guide the line departments in the districts to tackle problems of prevention and control of malaria.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli meets his West Indian counter-part Jason Holder ahead of limited-overs series

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli met his West Indian counterpart Jason Holder after landing in the Caribbean for a five-match ODI series and lone T20I.After their dismal 180-run loss at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final on June 18, the Indian team flew to the West Indies for the short series.BCCI tweeted a photo of the two captains together.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli meets his @westindies counterpart @Jaseholder98 #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/FDhF9VwQYD- BCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2017The team was off without head coach Anil Kumble as he had reportedly stayed back for a meeting before dropping the ultimate bombshell on Tuesday. He resigned as the head coach of the Indian team sighting the fallout with captain Kohli.Kohli, who had earlier rubbished all claims of a possible rift between him and the coach was said to be the reason behind his resignation as the 28-year-old was unhappy with the ‘style’ of coaching applied by the legendary leg-spinner.This came in after reports of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman asking Kumble to continue his stint beyond his contract — which expired after the Champions Trophy. However, the former India captain refused to work with someone with whom he had ideological differences and clarified the details of his resignation through a tweet.India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar will continue their assignments and assist the Indian Cricket Team while Dr. MV Sridhar – GM – Cricket Operations has deputed to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour.advertisementWest Indies is the same place where Kumble and Kohli got together for the first time and their brilliant Test run to the No. 1 spot started but after one year, the situation is very different as India are now without a head coach. (Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift: A timeline of events)Kohli, who score 258 runs in recently concluded Champions Trophy, has been criticised in some quarters for Kumble’s ouster. Kohli will now have to ensure that the team is capable enough with a win in the West Indies without the guidance of a coach.However, both the teams are on a very different level and the No. 3 ranked Indians are still favourites to win the series.While India made the final of the Champions Trophy, the Jason Holder-led West Indies failed to make it to the eight-team event. However, they whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0 in the T20 series and while the three-ODI series ended 1-1 after the deciding match got washed out.The first ODI is on June 23 at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.last_img read more

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Mets Passing On Cespedes

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Yoenis Cespedes took the New York Mets on a thrilling, three-month ride last season that ended with a trip to the World Series.The price for a reprise of that role, apparently, is too expensive for the NL champions.“It’s unlikely right now that he ends up a Met,” Assistant General Manager John Ricco said. “Right now, I still think he’s looking at a deal that would be north of what we would consider.”Ricco is stepping in for his boss, general manager Sandy Alderson, who is receiving treatment for cancer and is not at the winter meetings that begin Monday at the mammoth Gaylord Opryland Hotel.A July 31 trade-deadline acquisition from Detroit, Cespedes sparked one of the worst offenses in the major leagues with a power display in Queens not seen in years, leading New York to its first World Series appearance since 2000.In 57 games, the outfielder hit .287 with 17 homers, 44 RBIs and a .604 slugging percentage. He finished 13th in NL MVP voting even though he played the bulk of the season for the Detroit Tigers. His performance could earn him a deal in excess of $100 million.With second baseman Daniel Murphy a free agent, too, New York is keying on free-agent second baseman-outfielder Ben Zobrist after he helped the Kansas City Royals beat the Mets in five games in the Fall Classic.New York is also looking to replace some of Cespedes’ production, although Ricco said the Mets will not be shopping in the upper echelon of available outfielders like Jason Heyward or Justin Upton.The Mets are expecting to start talented youngster Michael Conforto, who will turn 23 in March, in left field, and Curtis Granderson in right. Juan Lagares, the 2014 Gold Glove winner who played hurt much of this year, should see plenty of time in center field, but New York would like a bigger bat to complement the defensive specialist.“Those everyday guys aren’t as attractive to us,” Ricco said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Shardul Thakur, on crutches, sees off Team India in London

first_imgFast bowler Shardul Thakur paid a visit to the Indian players in their team hotel in London before they left for Cardiff on Sunday. Shardul wished the team good luck and was there to support his teammates despite being on crutches.Shardul Thakur went to England after the Indian Premier League 2019 during which he got injured on his right foot. He consulted his Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and also spoke to Rohit Sharma about his injury who then advised him to get a surgery done in London.But despite being on crutches, Shardul made sure to meet his India teammates as they left for Cardiff for their next warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 28.”Before we left for Cardiff, we had @imShard with us for a while. Join us in wishing this speedster a speedy recovery,” BCCI posted on social media along with a picture of Shardul Thakur on crutches.Team India lost its first warm-up match comprehensively against New Zealand on Saturday by 6 wickets.New Zealand skittled India out for 179 in the 40th over at The Oval with only all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s 54 saving the tournament favourites from an embarrassingly lower total. Ross Taylor then top scored with 71 as the 2015 finalists coasted to 180-4 in 38 overs.After the game India captain Virat Kohli admitted his side couldn’t execute their plans.advertisement”Didn’t go to plan. Good challenge up front though. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort,” Kohli said after New Zealand overhauled the 180-run target in 37.1 overs to hand India a six-wicket defeat in the first warm-up match of the World Cup.”In a tournament like the World Cup, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS (Dhoni) absorbing pressure and Jadeja’s fifty, those were good positives.”Talking about India’s bowling effort, Kohli said: “We bowled well – they were going at 4, 4.5 per over – and looking at that in isolation we did well. Fielders are going to play a crucial role, half chances will be massive. We’ll have to be precise in all three departments.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma enjoys a lovely bus drive to Cardiff with Jadeja, JadhavAlso Read | If not for Shardul Thakur’s no-ball, my career was over: Vijay ShankarAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZlast_img read more

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Chandika Hathurusinghe asked to step down as Sri Lanka head coach

first_imgSri Lanka’s head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusinghe has been asked to step down after the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh.Sources in Sri Lanka Cricket said SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusinghe asking him to resign.Hathurusinghe was under pressure to quit after Sri Lanka’s dismal showing in the recent World Cup.The island nation won just three preliminary round games and failed to make it to the semifinals.However, after returning to the country, Hathurusinghe said he was keen to continue until the expiry of his contract, which was until the end of the next year.The 51-year-old was appointed in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh team.However, he was not able to turn around Sri Lanka’s dismal performances and the team lost 13 out of the 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup under his charge, which left them at No.8 in international rankings.Sources said Hathurusinghe was expected to return to coaching Bangladesh after the sacking of Steve Rhodes by that team.Sports Minister Harin Fernando had earlier announced that he expected the entire Sri Lankan coaching staff to step down, taking responsibility for poor World Cup performance.Also Read | Virat Kohli ahead of Conor McGregor, Mohamed Salah in Instagram Rich ListAlso Read | Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Kulasekara retires from international cricketAlso See:last_img read more

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5 Bold Predictions For The South Region Of The NCAA Tournament

first_imgFive bold predictions for the South Region. Miami Plug DanceTwitter/@MiamiHurricanesThe 2016 NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the first pair of play-in games. Play in the South Region begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on tru TV, with two 11-seeds, Wichita State and Vanderbilt, facing off for the right to play Vanderbilt. The South Region is very intriguing. It contains the No. 1 overall seed in the field, along with a number of teams capable of busting the bracket. We’ll find out which team emerges on March 26 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.We’re here to help you make your picks in the South, but we’re not going with just chalk. Without further ado, let’s look at our five bold predictions for the South Region. Get Started: Wichita State “Shocks” The Competition >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

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Barbados to Remove Visa Requirements for Haitians

first_img “Those tenets relate to non-discrimination and relate to not treating anyone outside of the community in a more favourable manner than we treat each other in the community,” she said. Story Highlights The Barbadian Government has indicated that it will remove the visa requirements for Haitians travelling to that country as it seeks to be more inclusive in its treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals. This is according to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, who said the stipulation “breaches the fundamental tenets that bind us together under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”. The Barbadian Government has indicated that it will remove the visa requirements for Haitians travelling to that country as it seeks to be more inclusive in its treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals.This is according to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, who said the stipulation “breaches the fundamental tenets that bind us together under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”.“Those tenets relate to non-discrimination and relate to not treating anyone outside of the community in a more favourable manner than we treat each other in the community,” she said.Ms. Mottley was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.She pointed out that this arrangement is unfair, given that persons who are not members of the community are allowed to travel freely into the Caribbean without visas, and that Haiti “took the extraordinary step of signing the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and committing to a CARICOM single market and single economy”.The Revised Treaty establishing CARICOM, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was signed in 2001.Among the objectives are improved standard of living and work in member countries; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development; and an organisation for increased production and productivity.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4 to 6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CSME.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction.last_img read more

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Hunter Maritime Acquisition Extends Tender Offer

first_imgzoom The Marshall Islands-based Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. has extended its previously announced tender offer to buy up to 8,233,100 of its Class A common shares until 5:00 p.m. New York City time on June 2, 2017. With a value of USD 0.0001 and a purchase price of USD 10 per share, the Class A common shares are currently listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market.The tender offer has been made in connection with the company’s proposed acquisition of five identified Capesize dry bulk carriers.As World Maritime News earlier reported, the ships would be bought in an en bloc transaction from Germany’s Oskar Wehr for a total of USD 139.4 million. The acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of relevant condition.Hunter Maritime said the tender offer is being made pursuant to the company’s organizational documents to provide its public shareholders with an opportunity to redeem their Class A common shares for a pro rata portion of the trust account established to hold the proceeds of the company’s initial public offering consummated on November 23, 2016.The company intends to fund the purchase of Class A common shares in the tender offer with cash available from the trust account.last_img read more

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On first Africa visit new UN agency chief pledges to optimize food

23 April 2007Making her first trip to Africa since becoming the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this month, Josette Sheeran today called for joint actions to ensure that food aid purchases can help poor farmers to access markets and assist in solving chronic food insecurity. Making her first trip to Africa since becoming the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) earlier this month, Josette Sheeran today called for joint actions to ensure that food aid purchases can help poor farmers to access markets and assist in solving chronic food insecurity. “I am convinced that strategically directed local purchase can benefit not only the hungry, but also poor farmers producing food,” said Ms. Sheeran, speaking to a wide variety of economists, traders and market experts at two round-table discussions in Addis Ababa.“Food security requires access to food and sustainable production of food,” she added.Starting her three-country trip to the Horn of Africa with a visit to the Ethiopian capital’s central grain market, Ms. Sheeran talked with many kinds of business people, from farmers selling a few sacks of wheat carried on the backs of their donkeys to traders dealing in tens of thousands of metric tons. She noted that WFP has a “huge market presence” with its cash-based purchases in Africa. The agency today buys 20 times more in Ethiopia than it did in 1990, last year purchasing $37 million worth of grain from the country. “We’re hoping to take a more strategic look at our purchases to see that we are doing all we can to have the maximum positive impact on development,” the WFP chief said. Ms. Sheeran, who told the grain market experts that her intent in coming to Ethiopia was to “listen and learn,” said WFP is determined to create a “virtuous circle of food security” – from the small-scale farmers to the ultimate beneficiaries of food assistance. She met today with Deputy Prime Minister Addisu Legesse and is scheduled to meet tomorrow with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. On Wednesday, Ms. Sheeran travels to Sudan, where WFP has its largest operation. read more

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Armed men rob bank in Kudawella one person injured

One gunman had opened fire during the robbery injuring a customer at the bank.The customer was admitted to hospital for treatment. Armed men robbed a bank in Kudawella in Tangalle today injuring one person.The Police said that the armed men had arrived on a motorcycle and stole between Rs 5 to 6 million in cash.

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AP Sources Boeing changing Max software to use 2 computers

Boeing is working on new software for the 737 Max that will use a second flight control computer to make the system more reliable, solving a problem that surfaced in June with the grounded jet, two people briefed on the matter said Friday.When finished, the new software will give Boeing a complete package for regulators to evaluate as the company tries to get the Max flying again, according to the people, who didn’t want to be identified because the new software hasn’t been publicly disclosed.The Max was grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people.Use of the second redundant computer, reported Thursday by the Seattle Times, would resolve a problem discovered in theoretical problem simulations done by the Federal Aviation Administration after the crashes. The simulations found an issue that could result in the plane’s nose pitching down. Pilots in testing either took too long to recover from the problem or could not do so, one of the people said.In the new configuration, both of the plane’s flight control computers would be monitored by software instead of the current one, and pilots would get a warning if the computers disagreed on altitude, air speed, and the angle of the wings relative to the air flow, the person said. Only one computer was used in the past, because Boeing was able to prove statistically that its system was reliable, the person said.The problem revealed in June is similar to the one implicated in the two crashes. That problem was with flight-control software called MCAS, which pushed the nose down based on faulty readings from one sensor. MCAS was installed on the planes as a measure to prevent aerodynamic stalling, and initially it wasn’t disclosed to pilots.The new software would make the entire flight-control system, including MCAS, rely on two computers rather than one, said the person. “It would make the whole flight control system more robust,” the person said.Boeing Co. spokesman Charles Bickers said only that the company is working with the FAA and other regulators on software to fix the problem that surfaced in June. The company has said it expects to present the changes to the FAA and other regulators in September, and it hopes the Max can return to flight as early as October.The two people briefed on the matter said Boeing has finished updating the MCAS software by scaling back its power to push the nose down. It is also linking the software’s nose-down command to two sensors on each plane instead of relying on just one in the original design.The FAA has been widely criticized for its process that certified the Max as safe to fly, largely because it uses company employees to do inspections that are then reviewed by the agency.____Krisher reported from Detroit. He can be reached at http://twitter.com/tkrisherTom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

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Souness Sarris style will not win trophies at Chelsea

first_imgMaurizio Sarri may likely finish without trophies at Stamford Bridge playing his style of football, according to Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness.Sarri replaced compatriot Conte during the transfer window and has been tasked with guiding the Blues back into the Champions League.They face tough opposition in Manchester City and Liverpool but will fancy their chances after strengthening well during the summer.However, Souness believes they’re not capable of challenging at the top if Sarri is too stubborn to adapt his style.“Well he’s not won a major trophy,” he said.“I think he has to be cautious on occasion, more pragmatic on occasion.“Well he isn’t going to win a big trophy then (if he doesn’t change).Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I’m not buying Sarri-ball, there’s nothing new about pressing high and playing one and two-touch football.“Going back to when I played, that’s what we did. There’s nothing new about it.“There was nothing wrong two years ago when Chelsea were winning the league under (Antonio) Conte.“So he’s inherited a great situation at Chelsea, he will tweak it to his style.“I think we saw against Arsenal last week they were a bit more vulnerable when Arsenal got after them.“So I think for me they are still a centre-forward away from a team that can really challenge for this Premier League.”last_img read more

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Weather Eye Far from home signs of nature skies helped with forecasts

first_imgI remember one summer a number of years back, I went to Houston, B.C., to do some work at a youth camp. This was way before smartphones and personal computers. As I settled in, word spread that I was the resident weatherman. One of my chores was to give a weather forecast each evening after dinner for the next day.It was the middle of July, and one could presume the weather would be mostly fair, right? Facing unfamiliar territory and unknown weather patterns nearly a thousand miles north of my home in Vancouver, it wasn’t so easy.One evening, I pondered the situation. Remembering my studies of nature and weather I began to feel a bit more confident. I observed the birds in the air, watched the squirrels and other land animals, and listened to the frogs and crickets. Then I also noticed the cook bringing the day’s trash to the burn barrel and lighting it. The smoke drifted lazily upward. The next day, the weather was the same as the day before.Over a few days, I got the hang of it. Besides the signs of nature, my forecast was also based on which way the wind blew each night at the burn barrel. With that and the realization that my car’s altimeter could tell me if the atmospheric pressure was rising or falling, I did quite well.last_img read more

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Parents arrested after allegedly hitting son with belt at Dolphin Mall

first_imgPolice arrested a mother and father after they allegedly hit their son with a belt at Dolphin Mall.Sweetwater Police arrested 28-year-old Mariano Pinar and 27-year-old Dazny Torres, Sunday, after responding to a report of child battery at the mall, at around 3 p.m.According to the arrest form, officers first met Pinar inside the mall’s Bloomingdale’s store, and he told them that he had hit his son with a belt because he wouldn’t stay quiet.Pinar then led officers to Torres, who was with the child, according to the form.The form further states that officers observed the boy shaking and crying. Officers also observed the boy had a bloody mouth due to a laceration on his lip. He also had blood smeared across his cheek, the form said.Torres told officers in Spanish that she was sorry, but the boy wouldn’t stay quiet.The officers separated the parents from the boy, according to the form, and fire rescue officials checked the boy for injuries. The child had a red mark stretching diagonally across his back, a scar on the crown of his head and large cavities on many of his molars, the report said.The child told police, in Spanish, that “Mom is the bad one; Dad just hit me today,” the form said.The boy told police on Monday that the scar is the result of his mother hitting him with a belt buckle, according to the report.Pinar and Torres are both facing charges of child neglect and child abuse.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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MLA Sunitha lays foundation for 40 2BHK houses

first_imgYadagirigutta(Yadadri-Bhongir): Aler MLA Gongidi Sunitha laid foundation stone for 40 2BHK houses with an estimated cost of Rs 2 crores at Vangapally village in Yadagirigutta mandal on Thursday.Addressing the gathering on the occasion, she said the TRS government is keeping all poll promises and have been working for the welfare of the poor and progress of the State in all aspects. All States in the country are looking with awe at the rapid progress of the State in a short span of five years. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Ryhtu Bandhu, Rythu Bheema schemes have brought revolutionary changes in the agriculture sector in the State. Whereas welfare schemes Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak are helping the poor families in performing marriages of their daughters. Aler constituency is going to get huge benefit from the Kaleshwaram project, she added She advised the opposition parties’ leaders to stop criticism and play constructive role in the interest of the State. Local bodies’representatives, party leaders and villagers participated in the programme.last_img read more

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Missing Siddhartha found dead

first_imgMangaluru/Bengaluru: The body of billionaire coffee tycoon V G Siddhartha was found by local fishermen floating in the Nethravathi river near Mangaluru on Wednesday, two days after he went missing. A police official said “everything” points to the suicide of Café Coffee Day founder, but nothing can be ruled out until the investigation is over. Siddhartha, whose chain of cafes helped make coffee a lifestyle beverage and brought in latte, cappuccino, Americano and espresso into the urban Indian lexicon, was 60. He is survived by his wife Malavika and two sons, Amartya and Ishaan. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us His body was identified by his friends, said Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil. The body of Siddhartha was traced after 36 hours of an intensive search operation with a letter allegedly written by him to the Board of Directors and employees of his company Coffee Day Enterprises, showing he was struggling with financial problems due to debt, taxes and share buy backs. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us The search involved multiple agencies, which scoured the waters under a bridge across Nethravathi, where Siddhartha, founder of India’s largest coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, was reportedly last seen on Monday night, officials said. After the post-mortem at Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru, the body was taken to Siddhartha’s home district of Chikkamagalur, where it was cremated in a sombre atmosphere after hundreds of people paid a tearful homage to the ‘Coffee King” at his Chetanahalli estate. Advertise With Us Siddhartha’s son Amartya lit the funeral pyre after the last rites were performed according to the traditions of the Vokkaliga community from which Siddhartha hailed, in the presence of a large number of people. The atmosphere turned sombre as Amartya lit the pyre. The youth broke down several times while performing rituals. The 87-year-old former Chief Minister S M Krishna, father-in-law of Siddhartha and his wife Prema too fought hard to control their emotions. A large number of people from within the coffee estate and neighbouring villages, whom Siddhartha had helped come up in life, thronged to pay their homage.last_img read more

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Womens participation in admin on the rise

first_imgWomen’s participation in the civil administration has increased a lot over the years, according to statistics of the ministry of public administration.A total of 106 women Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs) have been working in field administration across the country.Besides, 10 secretaries, six deputy commissioners and 16 additional deputy commissioners are working in the administration: all women.Public administration ministry statistics also show the participation of women officials all across the government is increasing gradually.There were some 274,114 women in government service in 2009 and the number increased to 378,354 in 2015.There are 5,759 officials in the administration cadre of the civil service. Of them, 1,100 are women.The participation of women at the grassroots level is increasing day by day. Earlier, women officials were based mostly in Dhaka. Now women officials have been discharging their duties at the district and upazila levels.The number of upazilas is 491. There are full time UNOs in 428 upazilas. Of them, 106 are women UNOs.In some districts, the majority of upazilas have women UNOs. Eight upazilas out of 13 in Kishoreganj have women UNOs and there are eight women UNOs out of 12 in Tangail.Former advisor to the caretaker government, Rasheda K Chowdhury, considers women’s participation in the administration as positive.Speaking to Prothom Alo, she said women’s development and achievement in Bangladesh is now visible to the world. But the participation of women in decision-making is still not significant, she noted.Rasheda K Chowdhury said the posts of DC and UNO in decision-making at the grassroots levels are vital. “I see the participation of women in those posts as positive.”Some women UNOs said they are working hard and sincerely, and are not facing any trouble.Mymensingh district’s Eshwarganj upazila UNO, Mitu Mariom said, “I do not face any trouble as a woman. Rather I get cooperation at different levels.”Out of 64 districts, there are women DCs in Sirajganj, Faridpur, Laxmipur, Munshiganj, Pabna and Natore. Out of eight divisions, a woman is in charge as divisional commissioner in Sylhet division.DC of Sirajganj, Kamrun Nahar Siddique, said DCs have to work under pressure. “I, however, have managed it well. I do not feel pressured in particular as a woman.”Till 31 October there were 206 additional deputy commissioners. Of them, 16 were women. The Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Women’s Network has been advancing the cause of women officials.According to the public administration ministry, there are 10 women secretaries out of 78 secretarial posts of equal rank as of 2 November. This is the highest number of women secretaries in recent times.13 per cent of secretaries are women. They are: senior secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Suraiya Begum, women and children affairs ministry secretary, Nasima Begum, director general of Planning and Development Academy, Kaniz Fatema, rural development and cooperatives division secretary, Mafruha Sultana, Public Service Commission secretary, Aktari Mamtaz, managing director of Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority, Hosne Ara Begum, member of planning commission, Joyna Aziz, labour and employment secretary, Afroza Khan, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment secretary, Nomita Halder, and planning commission member, Shamima Nargis.Speaking to Prothom Alo, public administration ministry senior secretary, Md Mozammel Haque Khan, said the present government has taken various steps for the advancement of women, including a higher budget allocation for women in government. Participation of women has certainly increased.The senior secretary claimed the administration has become more dynamic due to women’s participation.Mozammel Haque hopes the participation of women in government will be equal at one stage.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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Nusrat murder PBI to charge 16

first_imgNusrat Jahan RafiMentioning that 16 people, including madrasa principal SM Sirajuddoula and local Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, were involved in the killing of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, said PBI chief on Tuesday.He added that they would press charges against them before the court on Wednesday, reports UNB.Briefing reporters at its Dhanmondi headquarters, deputy inspector general (DIG) of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) Banaj Kumar Majumder said during long investigation, they found the involvement of 16 people in the arson attack on the madrasa girl that led to her death.Of them, 12 gave confessional statements before the court, he said, adding that they sought highest punishment for the accused.The PBI chief said a total of 92 people have been made witnesses in the case and seven of them have already testified before the court.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal of her madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more

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