New Delhi, November 6 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 85.73 points down to stand at 20889.06. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 38.00 points down to stand at 6,215.15. Neyveli Lignite and Torrent Power Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 14.66% and 11.96% along with Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. and Gujarat State Petronet with an increase of 5.04% and 5.00% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Indian Bank and IRB Infra with a decrease of 8.00% and 6.61% along with Syndicate Bank and Federal Bank with a decrease of 5.53% and 4.80% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 79.01 points at 12,207.84 while the banking sector is down 246.07 points at 12,891.62 and the realty sector is down 27.88 points at 1,359.73. The Indian currency is down 0.92% at Rs 62.19 per dollar.
American Apparel, the famous clothing brand that recently hired a new CEO after firing founder and head Dov Charney, confirmed on Monday that it was approached for a buyout.The confirmation comes after several news outlets reported last week that American Apparel was being approached for a buyout. The company said in a statement that it had received “an indication of interest to acquire the company for $1.30 to $1.40 per share.”Though the board said that it will evaluate the offer and consider the matter seriously, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the bid was too low and that the board will not really arrive at a decision by January.The source also added that though American Apparel has been receiving acquisition bids, it was not actively soliciting offers.”This is the worst time imaginable to sell the company as it is on the verge of turning around and realizing its true value. For us to seriously consider an offer, it would have to be several multiples of what Irving Place is offering,” said the source.Last week, it was reported that Irving Place Capital, a private equity firm, offered to take over American Apparel for about $1.30 to $1.40 per share.The source added that American Apparel has hired an investment bank to analyse the offers and would consider a deal if suitable. The board is not ruling out the possibility of a potential buyout but also does not want to rush any decision.”We don’t want to be stampeded into doing something that is not in the company’s interest,” the source added.Amid news of the takeover bids, Dov Charney gave an interview to Bloomberg Business where he said that even though he was fired, he wants to claim what is rightly his. Charney said that he was hurt by the Board’s actions and that he was robbed by the board.Charney revealed that he was down to his last $100,000 and was staying at a friend’s place on Lower East Side in Manhattan, New York City.Charney also told Bloomberg that he took a loan from Hedge Fund Standard General to increase his stake in American Apparel but instead, the firm, which controls his stake, just used the investigation to get him fired.Charney has been linked to some buyout bids too. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back to the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.
Nandigam ManideepFacebook/ Nandigam ManideepA doctor from Karnataka was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his hospital campus in New Jersey in the United States. According to reports, Manideep Nandigam had gone to work on the morning of March 28, Thursday but did not return home. He was staying in New Jersey with a relative who is a software engineer.The 28-years-old hailed from Raichur’s Gandhi Nagar in Karnataka. He studied MBBS from KMC in Manipal and went to the US to pursue further studies in New Jersey three years ago. He began working at St Peter’s University in the same place, reports The Hindu.While Nandigam hails from an agricultural background, he pursued medicine while his brother is an engineer working in Bengaluru.When The Hindu contacted the Raichur police, Sharat. B., the Deputy Commissioner of police, said that only after the investigation, the cause of death will be revealed. However, many have still not ruled out hate crime due to the suspicious circumstances of Nandigam’s death.Nandigam’s friend Nikhil Bharadwaj on March 29, Friday Tweeted saying, “My dear friend, a doctor at St Peters University Hospital, New Jersey, USA has died under mysterious circumstances. There are unverified claims that it’s related to hate crime. Need official confirmation. Need the truth to come out. #JusticeforManideep (sic).”The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) is currently in touch with the Indian embassy to process the paperwork with the hospital officials so that the body can reach India at the earliest.
India’s second largest IT firm Infosys has recorded a profit growth of 5% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year, showing signs of revival under its chief executive Vishal Sikka.The company posted a profit of ₹ 3,030 crore in the April-June quarter compared to the same a year ago. Infosys’s revenues went up by 12.4% to ₹ 14,354 crore in the quarter.Following the upbeat quarterly results, share prices of software gaint rose sharply by about 10% to trade at ₹ 1101.00 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”The organization realignment made earlier this year for deeper client and operational focus has resulted in strong volume growth,” Infosys Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao said in a statement.In addition, the sequential revenue growth of 4.5% during the June quarter in dollar terms was the highest in the past 15 quarters. On a quarterly basis, the volume growth of 5.4% during the quarter was also at its highest level not seen in the previous 19 quarters.The Bengaluru-based company also maintained its growth forecast of 10% to 12% in constant currency terms for the fiscal year ending March 2016.Analysts said that the company is making a progress due to various strategies initiated by its newly-appointed CEO Sikka.”This is definitely a good performance after a long wait. It appears that after Dr Sikka’s appointment, the focus on high-growth areas is clear and they have made right deployments,” Sandip Agarwal of Edelweiss told CNBC-TV18.During April-June period, the company added 79 new clients taking the total client number to 987.
Salman Khan on Twitter Live for his film Bharat.TwitterIs Salman Khan still angry with Priyanka Chopra for quitting his film Bharat? Although the actor’s father had clarified last year that Salman Khan is not miffed with Priyanka Chopra for leaving his son’s film just before the shooting began, it seems Salman Khan continues to mention her. In a Twitter Live interview with fans in which Salman Khan, his co-star Katrina Kaif and director Alia Abbas Zafar answered questions directly, Salman yet again mentioned Priyanka Chopra.During the promotions of Bigg Boss in Goa in September 2018, Salman Khan had talked a lot about Priyanka Chopra quitting the film Bharat, and said that maybe she didn’t want to work with him anymore, or maybe it was for her personal reasons. Priyanka Chopra had just got engaged to be married to American singer Nick Jonas then, and the two tied the know in December 2018.So, the actress had a valid reason to quit the film. After a whirlwind romance with Nick Jonas, he proposed to her in July 2018 and she said yes. The two decided to get married the same year, and Priyanka Chopra had to adjust her professional commitments.But it seems her leaving Bharat is something Salman Khan will never forget, especially since she had requested director Ali Abbas Zafar to star in the film. In the Twitter Live titled Team Bharat on Twitter, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif spoke about their roles in Bharat elaborately. Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar on Twitter Live for the film Bharat.TwitterFans wanted to know how difficult was it for both of them to play people from different eras. When Katrina Kaif revealed that she had only two months to prep for her role, without mentioning that it was because she had stepped into Priyanka Chopra’s role, Salman Khan said that Priyanka Chopra could’ve given more time to the production house to find a replacement.Katrina Kaif said about her role in Bharat, “I have worked extremely hard…”, Salman Khan said, “Priyanka ne jyada time nahi diya humko” (Priyanka Chopra didn’t give us enough time).” He added, “No, but seriously bohot hard work kiya hai Katrina ne… agar Priyanka humko thoda sa aur waqt de deti toh…” (Katrina has worked really hard…if only Priyanka could’ve given us more time).Watch the entire interview here to know more about Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in Bharat. Bharat posterTwitter.#TeamBharatOnTwitter is now Live! Thank you for all your questions, watch to find out if we pick yours! https://t.co/GTGFIrceDi— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) 3 May 2019
Rating Bharat Bharat movie reviewTwitter After the success of Tiger Zinda Hai and Sultan, Salman Khan and Ali Abbas Zafar collaborated yet again for Bharat. Huge expectations were associated with the movie for obvious reasons, but the film does not fully match up to the hype.STORYLINEBharat (Salman Khan) as a kid loses his father (Jackie Shroff) and younger sister (Gudiya) due to riots during India-Pakistan partition. He along with his mother (Sonali Kulkarni) and other siblings manage to shift to India, but his father and younger sister go missing in the chaos. In his last words to Bharat, Jackie assures him that he will come back with Gudiya, and gives him the responsibility to take care of the family.Little Bharat then starts doing every possible work – from shoe polishing to car washing, in order to sustain a livelihood for the family, while they take shelter in his aunt’s home. Meanwhile, Bharat becomes friends with Vilayati Khan (Sunil Grover), and the two eventually become part of The Great Russian Circus.Young and dashing Bharat is the main attraction of the circus, and Radha (Disha Patani), a trapeze artist in the same circus, is his love interest. Although Bharat and Vilayati were earning good money in it, the former decides to quit the risky job, and Vilayati being his best friend does the same. Bharat stillYouTube ScreenshotWith the discovery of oil in the Gulf region, Bharat and his friend join an Indian migration to the Middle East in the hope to earn quick money. There he finds Kumud (Katrina Kaif), a supervisor of the oil work, and it does not take much long for Bharat and her to fall in love with each other.Bharat’s life keeps taking unexpected turns, and eventually, he ends up working on Navy ships as well before taking charge of a small family business. A lot of drama and a bit of action keep unfolding, while Bharat and his family hold on to the hope of seeing their missing loved ones someday. Bharat stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESSalman Khan mostly keeps a straight face in his varied avatars, but he is impressive in the emotional scenes. The actor flaunts his acting ability well in one particular touchy moment towards the climax. Katrina Kaif has certainly grown as an actress. She is no longer just a glam doll.Sunil Grover does not have a typical comic role in the film, but he keeps throwing subtle funny lines that add humour to the plot. Disha Patani does not have much to showcase her acting skills. Other supporting cast did a decent job. Bharat stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESBharat is high in terms of emotional quotient. It very well depicts the plight of people from both sides, who lost their loved ones during the partition. Salman and Katrina’s chemistry again sparks well. There are a few scenes that tickle your funny bones too. Songs are good. Bharat stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESBharat loses its gravity when certain silly moments are inserted in the film for no good reason. The silliest sequence in the film shows African pirates, who hijack a ship, dancing on Amitabh Bachchan’s songs, and they free all the hostages unhurt only because he is a fan of Hindi music.The movie often gets sluggish, making it monotonous. Although the songs are good to listen, there are too many that disrupt the flow of the film. Overall, the film lacks the expected spark that we expect from a Salman film, especially directed by Ali. Bharat stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTBharat is one film that you can watch once, but it won’t be a loss even if you skip it. It is entertaining at certain parts, but it falls short of expectation in various other aspects. Overall, Bharat is just a little better than the average film.
Getty ImagesA 29-year-old interior decorator from Delhi has alleged that a man had masturbated on her and then flashed her at a metro station in Gurugram. The incident happened on Friday, June 14, at the Huda City Centre Metro Station Complex in Gurugram.Recounting her ordeal, the woman said that she was going to Gurugram to visit a friend. After reaching, she went to a clothes store on the first floor to purchase a top.”After exiting the store, I felt something was wrong on my back. I turned and realised that a man masturbated on me. I was shocked, scared and traumatised. I confronted him. He flashed me and said indecent words; I slapped him,” the woman was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.The woman began to panic and shouted for help but no one came to her rescue and there were no security guards or police officers around. The man again flashed her and ran away. She went to a police chowki outside the metro station but she found that it was closed.The traumatised woman then contact the Gurugram police through Facebook messenger but did not receive any reply. She then approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation who asked her to come to identify the man on the CCTV footage.”I identified the culprit in the CCTV footage. I am yet to decide whether to file an FIR as I fear for my safety and fear the consequences,” the woman said.The woman had taken to Twitter to narrate the incident. She wrote, “I was climbing down escalators just outside the store when I felt something was wrong at my back. When I turned, a guy was shagging just behind me and I realised that he masturbated on me… I slapped him hard and he charged back at me with abuses. And onlookers kept looking at my face standing still. I shouted and called for help and police, no one came forward.” She added, “I was shocked, scared, traumatised. And I feel shame that metro, which is supposed to be the safest mode of transport for women, where chief minister is offering free rides to women, lacks clearly in making it safe in the first place… We don’t want free rides, we want safety which every government promises but none has been able to provide us. We fear walking out. Was 9:25 really that late?”The woman tagged Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi in her tweet.Acknowledging her tweet, the Gurugram police released a statement. “After taking cognisance of the woman’s complaint on Twitter, an official from Metro police station had reached out to her and asked her to file a written complaint with the police as it was a legal formality,” Gurugram police spokesperson Subhash Boken had said.
Sale of Apple iPhones spiked immediately after the announcement of the demonetisation move on November 8 as scores of customers rushed to buy the phones with their banned currency and some stores even booked sales through back-dated receipts.Over 1 lakh iPhones were sold around the time, allowing the company to become the only phone maker to meet sales target in November, according to Economic Times, which cited trade estimates to conclude the ballpark figure. The figure of one lakh makes 3/4th of the company’s average monthly iPhone sales.Even though handset sales as a whole across the industry are registering a dip when compared to their sales in the same period last year, iphone sales in November are estimated to have grown by 20-30 percent.”iPhones were sold out in most of the neighborhood stores after demonetisation. In fact, on that night (of November 8) itself, several stores sold iPhones till midnight. Some even sold them at a premium,” the owner of a leading cellphone store in New Delhi was quoted as saying to the Times of India.The surge in sales in the first few days following the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on the evening of November 8 was similar to the demand witnessed for high-value luxury items, such as gold, gems, and other precious metals.Other reasons suggested for the surge in sales include a decline in grey market deals, easy availability of consumer finance and wider acceptance of credit cards and digital payment at stores.In October also, iPhone beat other rivals, such as Samsung, in the sale of their premium/flagship models. Apple led with a 66 percent share of sales, and was trailed by Samsung, which accounted for 23 percent of the total sales from Galaxy S7 and similar phones. Google registered 10 percent of the sales, and only 1 percent was attributed to other makers.”Our iPhone sales in India were up over 50 percent in fiscal 2016 compared to the prior year, and we believe we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of this large and growing market opportunity,” chief executive Tim Cook told analysts in October during Apple’s quarterly earnings call.While Samsung still sells more basic smartphones worldwide and in India than Apple, with a hefty price tag of Rs 60,000 to Rs 92,000 for models such as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple is able to generate sustainable profits due to their high cost.
UCO Bank shares fall.ReutersShares of the Kolkata-based UCO Bank saw its biggest drop in over a decade after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) booked the bank’s former chairman Arun Kaul for allegedly cheating the bank. Shares of UCO Bank fell nearly 18 percent in the morning trade Monday. It is reportedly the biggest drop of the bank’s shares since 2003. On the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), shares of the bank opened at Rs 20, and fell to a 52-week low of Rs 19.15 – down by 14.31 percent over its previous closing price of Rs 22.35.On the NSE (National Stock Exchange), the UCO Bank stocks opened at Rs 20.60, then fell to its 52-week low of Rs 18.25 – down by 17.97 percent over its last closing price of Rs 22.25.The investigation agency had reportedly booked Kaul, former chairman-cum-managing director of UCO Bank and two private companies – Era Engineering Infra India Ltd (EEIL) and Altius Finserve Pvt Ltd and their directors in connection with the alleged Rs 6.21 billion loan fraud. The agency also booked a few chartered accountants in connection with the case Saturday. Kaul was the CMD of UCO Bank between 2010 and 2015. At 12.17 pm shares of the state-run bank was trading in red at Rs 20.50 in BSE and Rs 20.45 in NSE.The year 2018 saw a string of financial frauds in banks across India that involved several top bank officials, raising questions about the credit management practices of the lenders. Investigating agencies are yet to nab diamond jeweler Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, who allegedly masterminded the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. Archana Bhargava, former chairperson and managing director of United Bank of India, was arrested in March in connection with another big scam.
Three workers were killed after inhaling toxic gas in a reservoir tank at Thanapara in Gopalganj on Friday.The deceased were identified as Nur Islam, 30, son of Harez, Jahidur Munshi, son of Asad Munshi, and Sumon, a resident of Arpara village of Sadar Upazila, reports UNB.Md Nurul Amin Sheikh Biplob, no 2 ward councilor of Gopalganj municipality, said the three workers got down in the tank of an under-construction building around 10:00am for cleaning it.As no response was found from them, other workers climbed down the tank and found them dead inside it.On information, a team of fire service recovered the bodies around 1:45pm.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader speaks at a commemorative programme at the Muslim Hall auditorium in Chittagong on Monday. Photo: Jewel ShilA group Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists staged a demonstration centering around AL secretary general Obaidul Quader’s vehicle in Chittagong on Monday, demanding punishment of the killers of BCL leader Sudipto Biswas.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).BCL’s Chittagong city unit assistant secretary Sudipta Biswas was beaten to death on 6 October.The BCL staged the demonstration when Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, was leaving the Muslim Hall auditorium in Chittagong Monday afternoon after attending a programme there.Chittagong AL organised the programme in commemoration of AL Chittagong city unit’s late presidium member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser.The BCL activists chanted slogans continuously when Quader was delivering his speech as chief guest at the programme.At one stage, the minister tried to calm them down, reminding them that the programme was a commemorative meeting for a “widely-respected leader”.“There is sentiment and emotion. If you [BCL] have any demands, you can talk to me later. You must uphold dignity and solemnity of this progamme,” said Quader.He also regretted the killing. “Chittagong is witnessing bloodshed often due to our internal problems. I don’t know why this happens.”
At least seven people sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out at a steel factory in Shyampur area of Dhaka on early Saturday.The injured were admitted to the burn unit of DMCH around 2:30am.One of the injured sustained 15 per cent burn injuries while two sustained 12 per cent injuries each, said Dhaka Medical College Hospital physicians.Four others of the injured people left hospital after taking primary treatment, they added.DMCH police outpost in-charge Bacchu Mia confirmed this to Prothom Alo.
Rathish Chandra BhowmikAn accused of special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik murder case died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital while in police custody on Friday night.The deceased is Milon Kumar Mohant, 30, an assistant of Rathish Chandra, reports UNB.Amzad Hossain, jailer of Rangpur jail, said Milon was admitted to the hospital on 5 April as he fell sick after police had produced him before a court after showing him arrested in the case. The court later sent him to jail.Milon died at the hospital around 9:00pm on Friday, the jailer said.Milon was reportedly picked up by police on 30 March.On 5 April, Rathish’s assistant Milon Kumar Mohant was shown arrested for his alleged involvement in the killing.Special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik was found dead at Tajhat Mollahpara of the city on 4 April, five days after he went missing.Following the confessional statement of the lawyer’s wife Snigdha Sarkar Dipa, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered the body from an under-construction building of her colleague Quamrul Islam’s brother.Earlier on 3 April, the elite force picked up Snigdha, an assistant teacher of Tajhat High School, for interrogation over the missing of her husband.
DIG Mizanur RahmanThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday issued a notice to deputy inspector general (DIG) Mizanur Rahman and his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna asking to submit their wealth statement within seven days, reports UNB.A notice seeking their wealth statement was sent to them on Wednesday, said deputy director of ACC Hrithik Saha.Earlier on 3 May, the ACC interrogated the DIG in connection with alleged accumulation of wealth illegally as the anti-graft body found his huge cash, apartments, cars and property, and fixed deposit accounts with multiple banks.The commission also found his involvement in money laundering.In January, Mizanur Rahman was withdrawn from the DMP headquarters and attached to the police headquarters following allegation of marrying a woman forcefully and torturing her.Mizan allegedly picked up Morium Akter and forcefully married her.Later following a family feud Mizanur instigated arrest of Morium in a false case.
President Abdul Hamid embraces Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon after offering Eid prayers at the Naitonal Eidgah in Dhaka on 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaPresident Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Azha prayers at the National Eidgah at Dhaka on Wednesday.The Eid congregation was held at 8:00am under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), reports UNB.President Abdul Hamit offers Eid prayer at the National Eidgah in Dhaka on 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaOn his arrival at the Eidgah adjacent to the High Court, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and DSCC Mayor Sayeed Khokon received the president.Senior pesh imam of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Maulana Muhammad Ehsanul Huq conducted the Eid prayers.Cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, lawmakers, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials joined the Eid congregation.People at the main Eid congregation of the country held at the Supreme Court premises in Dhaka on Wednesday under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation. A separate congregation for women was also held at the Eidgah. 22 August. Photo: Hasan RajaA special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and welfare of the people as well as the Muslim Ummah, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who were brutally assassinated on the fateful night of 15 August 1975 and for the people who embraced martyrdom on various occasions for the sake of the country and establishing democracy.President Hamid exchanged Eid greetings with the devotees after the prayers.
In this picture taken on 24 June, 2017, rescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in in Xinmo village, Diexi town of Maoxian county, Sichuan province. Photo: AFPRescuers dug through earth and rocks for a second day on Sunday in an increasingly bleak search for some 118 people still missing after their village in southwest China was buried by a huge landslide.Rescuers have pulled 15 bodies from the avalanche of rocks that crashed into 62 homes in Xinmo, a once picturesque mountain village nestled by a river in Sichuan province.Only three survivors-a couple and their one-month-old baby-have been found since heavy rain brought down a side of the mountain early Saturday, officials said.At least 118 people remain missing, according to the local government-the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba.The official Xinhua news agency cited geological experts at the site as saying the chance of finding any survivors “was really slim”.Qiao Dashi, the surviving baby’s father, said he had woken up after 5:00 am to change his crying son’s diaper when he “heard a big noise coming from the back”.“The house shook,” he told state broadcaster CCTV from his hospital bed. “Rocks were in the living room. My wife and I climbed over, took the baby, and got out.”“I have superficial injuries. Overall, I’m okay. But psychologically, it’s hard. The entire village, with dozens of families, was flattened,” he said, with a bandage around his head.Rescuers with lights on their helmets and sniffer dogs searched for people through the night as lamps illuminated the grey rubble, according to images on state media.Excavators removed debris as the search continued on Sunday morning. Some 3,000 workers with life-detection instruments were taking part in the search, Xinhua said.The landslide blocked a two-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of river and 1.6 kilometre of road.Quake ‘weakened’ mountain -No sign of the village could be seen in aerial footage, which showed a grim and grey rock-strewn landscape covering the area where it once existed by a river.“It’s the biggest landslide in this area since the Wenchuan earthquake,” said Wang Yongbo, one of the officials in charge of rescue efforts, referring to the disaster that killed 87,000 people in 2008 in a town in Sichuan.Xu, the deputy governor, said there had been 142 tourists visiting the village on Friday but that none of them were buried.Local police captain Chen Tiebo said the heavy rains that hit the region in recent days had triggered the landslide, burying the village under several tonnes of rock.“It’s a seismic area here. There’s not a lot of vegetation,” Chen said. Trees can help absorb excess rain and prevent landslides.Tao Jian, director of the local weather service, told CCTV that the 2008 earthquake had “weakened the mountain” and that even a small amount of rain could provoke a geological catastrophe.Past disasters -President Xi Jinping called for rescuers to “spare no effort” in their search for survivors and prevent more disasters.More than 100 people living close to the landslide were being evacuated, Xinhua reported.Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly at times of heavy rains.At least 12 people were killed in January when a landslide crushed a hotel in central Hubei province.More than 70 were killed by a landslide in the southern commercial hub of Shenzhen in December 2015, caused by the improper storage of waste.One of the deadliest landslides took place in 1991, when 216 were killed in southwestern Yunnan province.
Map of BagerhatThe accountant of Fakirhat Upazila Health Complex was shot by some unidentified miscreants in Singati village of Fakirhat upazila on Monday night.The victim was Ashim Kumar Chakrabarti, 55, of the village.Quoting family members, Fakirhat police station officer-in-charge Abu Zahid said the miscreants shot Ashim while he was returning home from his office around 8:00pm, leaving him injured.Later, his family members took him to Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).Ashim was out of danger thought he sustained bullets in his abdomen, said Rafiqul Islam Gazi, medical officer of KMCH.
Backtracking from its previous stance, the election commission will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) on a very small scale in the 5th countrywide upazila election which will be completed in five phases.Though the commission had a plan to hold all district sadar upazila polls with EVMs, the EC has announced to use the machines in only 10 upazila parishads in the 3rd and 4th phases of the upazila elections.The polls to four upazila parishads in the second phase and six upazila parishads in the third phase will be completely with EVMs instead of traditional ballot papers, said EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Saturday.”But the commission has yet to take the decision whether the EVMs will be used in the fifth and final phases,” he told UNB.The 10 upazilas are Rangpur Sadar, Gopalganj Sadar, Manikganj Sadar and Meherpur Sadar of the third phase, and Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Patuakhali Sadar, Mymensingh Sadar, Bagerhat Sadar, Munshiganj Sadar and Feni Sadar of the fourth phase election.The third and fourth phases of the election will be held in 117 upazila parishads on 24 March (Sunday) and 122 upazila parishads on 31 March.This time the EC will complete the elections to some 480 upazilas, out of 492, in five phases. The EC has already arranged the first two phases of the elections on 10 and 18 March.In February last, the EC enacted the Upazila Parishad Election (Electronic Voting Machine) Rules 2019 to pave the way for introducing the use of the new technology in upazila elections.Just three months before the 11th general election, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved a Tk 3,825.34 crore project to procure 150,000 EVMs.In the 30-December parliamentary polls, the newly designed EVMs were used in six constituencies — Dhaka-6 and-13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira– out of the country’s total 300 seats.On 14 January, the EC secretary said the EC decided to use the EVMs in all district sadar upazilas across the country, but on 18 February he said the EVM machines will be used in the sadar upazilas in the last three phases.The EC officials said the use of EVMs may cost Tk 1.3 billion this time, which partially contributed to increasing the total election cost.The EC has estimated that more than Tk 7.5 billion will be spent on arranging the 5th upazila election, which is the double of the cost of the 4th upazila polls arranged in 2014.Of the estimated cost, the officials said about Tk 4.5 billion will be spent on maintaining law and order, while the remaining Tk 3 billion will be used to conduct the election.In 2014, the EC had to spend some Tk 3.73 billion to arrange the 4th upazila election held in six phases.In 2009, a total of Tk 1.33 billion was spent on arranging the 3rd countrywide upazila election that was held in a single day.In 2010, the ATM Shamsul Huda-led EC first used old-featured EVMs on a pilot basis at a few polling stations in the Chattogram city corporation election. The EVMs were jointly made by Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory and BUET in 2009 and 2011.Later, the EVMs were used partially in different local elections. In January, 2011, the Cumilla city corporation election was held with EVMs in its entirety.In 2012, the Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led commission decided not to use EVMs in the 10th national election due to the chance of technical errors amid strong opposition from BNP and some other political parties.Assuming office in February 2017, the incumbent commission had taken a plan to use the newly-designed EVMs instead of the old-ones in the election and finally started procuring the newly designed EVMs before the 11th national election.
A view shows a Russian missile frigate moving in the direction of the Azov Sea about 1.5 nautical miles off the coast in the area of the town of Feodosia, Crimea on 21 December 2018. Reuters File PhotoThe United States will provide an additional $10 million in military financing to Ukraine to bolster its navy after Russia captured three Ukrainian vessels at sea last month, in a “dangerous escalation,” the State Department said on Friday.The move comes after Lithuania and the United Kingdom increased their security assistance to Ukraine, the department said, following the 25 November attack near the Kerch Strait.”The United States calls on Russia to immediately return to Ukraine the seized vessels and detained Ukrainian crews, to keep the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov open to ships transiting to and from Ukrainian ports, and to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the State Department added.Russia opened fire on the Ukrainian ships and then seized them and their crews near Crimea – which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March 2014. The Kerch Strait is the only outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls access to two major Ukrainian ports.The incident prompted US President Donald Trump to call off a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Argentina to signal Washington’s disapproval of Russian behaviour in the naval clash with Ukraine.