first_imgPulwama: The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 20 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed and 15 others injured in an audacious suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. All the injured have been shifted to the Army’s Base Hospital in Srinagar.IANSFive CRPF soldiers were killed and three others were seriously injured in a major suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday. A militant also died in the fidayeen attack.Sources told International Business Times, India, that a group of militants attacked a police patrolling party at the busy KP Road and there could be more casualties.The Station House Officer of the Anantnag police station was also injured. This is the major terror attack after the suicide bombing on a bus ferrying CRPF soldiers in Pulwama district on February 14. All the injured soldiers have been rushed to BB Cantonment hospital in Srinagar.The wiped out-militant outfit Al-Umar Mujahideen has claimed responsibility of the attack. Al-Umar is headed by Mushtaq Latram, a Kashmiri militant who was released by the government along with Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar during the 1999 Indian Airlines plane hijacking. (This is a developing story and will be updated soon)last_img read more

Saima gets intl award for fighting autism

first_imgSaima Wazed HossainSaima Wazed Hossain has been awarded the International Champion Award for her committed support to autism care and research and for creating awareness globally about the needs of the people affected by neuro-developmental disorder.Shema Kolainu, a New York based School and Center for Children with Autism, awarded Saima for her relentless and innovative works for the wellbeing of the persons with autism, said a press release from the permanent mission of Bangladesh in the UN received in Dhaka on Wednesday.Established in 1998 Shema Kolainu is the first school and centre for children in Autism in New York. Currently, around one thousand children benefit from Shema Kolainu’s centre and home-based services and programmes, available to children on the autism spectrum from all communities, irrespective of their culture creed and faith in all five boroughs of New York City.Saima, daughter of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Member WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health and Chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism of Bangladesh, has been the inspirational figure at the international level who have devoted themselves for the question of Autism.Ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen received the award from Shema Kolainu and its international affiliate ‘ICare4Autism’ on behalf of Saima at a ceremony held Tuesday at the Princeton Club during an annual legislative breakfast. ambassador Masud also read out a message of Saima at the award giving ceremony.’I am honoured by this recognition by Shema Kolainu”, Saima said in her message.She also noted that she is working towards creating such well-planned comprehensive training for both care givers and other professionals in Bangladesh and the slushy East Asia region.”Autism transcends all religious, cultural and socio-economic boundaries so services and programmes are needed to as well,” said.While accepting the award ambassador Masud said under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in ensuring the rights and well-being of persons with autism and other neuro- developmental disorders.Earlier WHO declared Saima Wazed Hossain a “globally renowned champion for the cause of autism spectrum disorder”. Last month WHO South-East Asia Region had appointed Saima Wazed Hossain as ‘goodwill ambassador for autism’ in the region of 11 countries.Saima facilitated the ‘Thimphu Declaration’ on autism and other neuro- developmental disorders at an international conference in Bhutan in April 2017.In recognition of her work for advancing autism in Bangladesh, the WHO South- East Asia Regional Office had honoured her with the Excellence in Public Health Award in September 2014. Her efforts in adopting Dhaka Declaration and formation of the South Asian Autism Network (SAAN) brought autism to the forefront in our region and beyond.At the award giving ceremony, ambassador Masud also noted that Bangladesh took lead in the adoption of the first UN General Assembly Resolution 67/82 entitled, ‘Addressing the Socio-economic Needs of Individuals, Families and Societies living with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities’ on 12 December 2012.He said Bangladesh can indeed take pride in the kind of national awareness and planning as well as international advocacy for autism that it has invested in over the last few years.Globally, autism affects about 160 in 10,000 people. Children with autism in low-and middle-income countries often do not get the medical attention and care they need.Besides Saima, New York city council member Brad Lander, council member Mark Levine, Jennie Berger from community lioison Office of New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a nine years old Autistic boy Colbi Heard also received award.Colbi Heard saved a toddler from drowning at a community pool in Florida when Colbi noticed a young boy struggling to swim and Colbi rescued the boy from the water, saving his life before any adults had even noticed the incident.The Art works of Autistic Children of Shema Kolainu, a school and Center for Children with Autism have been given as the award to all the award winners.last_img read more

Road crashes claim 10 lives

first_imgRoad Accident logoTen people, including a minor boy, were killed and four others injured in road accidents across the country on Wednesday, reports UNB.In Tangail, four people were killed in a head-on collision between two trucks on Bangabandhu Bridge link road at Saratoil in Kalihati upazila.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Bangabandhu Bridge East police station officer-in-charge Mosharraf Hossain said the accident took place in the area around 7:00am when a Dhaka-bound stone-laden truck collided head on with a Dinajpur-bound one, leaving three people dead on the spot and another injured.The injured was taken to Tangail General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Police seized both the trucks, but could not arrest anyone, he added.In Sylhet, three people were killed and three others injured as a truck rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Chandipul area in Dakkhin Surma upazila in the afternoon.One of the deceased is Zakir Hossain, 30, son of Chndarpur village of Gopalganj upazila in the district while identities of the others could not be known yet.Officer-in-charge of Dakkhin Surma police station Khairul Fazal said the accident took place when a truck hit the auto-rickshaw around 3.30pm, killing three people on the spot.In the capital, a one-year-old boy was killed and his mother was severely injured as a speeding truck hit them while they were crossing road at Signboard intersection in the capital’s Jatrabari around 5.30pm.The injured child, son of Mahibul of Mymensingh district, was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital(DMCH) where doctors declared him dead, said Bacchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police camp.In Chattogram, a member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was killed after being hit by a truck at Oxygen More area in the port city at noon.The deceased is Md Aman Ullah, 28, a constable of North-East region of Sylhet BGB, and son of Mozammel Haque hailing from Purbadhalay area in Hathazari upazila in Chattogram district.In Nilphamari, Ramjan Ali, a class-VII student, was killed as a Debiganj-bound- truck ran over him at Chilai village in Domar upazila headquarters in the morning.last_img read more

Comey slams White House lies

first_imgFormer FBI director James Comey is sworn in during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill 8 June, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPOusted FBI chief James Comey accused the White House of lies and defamation Thursday, in explosive testimony that painted Donald Trump as dishonest and operating far outside presidential norms.During almost three hours of blockbuster sworn testimony to a Senate panel, Comey described himself as “stunned” by Trump’s “very disturbing” and “very concerning” behavior during several private meetings.Expanding on the bombshell statement released on the eve of his appearance, Comey said the president asked him for “loyalty” during a White House dinner and to lay off former national security advisor Mike Flynn—who is under criminal investigation—imploring Comey to “let this go.”“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” he told senators. “I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted. That is a very big deal.”Detailing private talks with a sitting president, which under normal circumstances would never see the light of day, Comey said he took painstaking notes of the extraordinary encounters for fear Trump might “lie” about the meetings.Comey indicated that it was now up to a high-powered special prosecutor to determine whether the president’s behavior constituted an obstruction of justice, a potentially impeachable offense.Trump avoided directly responding to the explosive accusations, defiantly telling supporters at a religious event in the capital: “We are going to fight and win.”But the White House hit back angrily at Comey.“I can definitely say the president is not a liar and frankly am insulted by that question,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.Easing months of speculation Comey did confirm that Trump was not personally the subject of a counterterror or criminal probe when he left the FBI last month.The probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has ensnared close aides of the president and has vast-ranging political and geopolitical implications.‘Lies, plain and simple’ -After solemnly raising his right hand and vowing to tell the whole truth, a visibly aggrieved Comey kicked-off his testimony with a bid to set the record straight about the state of the bureau he led until he was sacked last month.“Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader,” he charged.“Those were lies plain and simple,” Comey said, firing a shot of tension through hearing room 216 of the Senate’s Hart building, which stood silent except for the shutter clicks of a phalanx of photographers, there to capture this moment of pure political theater.Thursday’s hearing started with a call for unity of purpose.“We are here because a foreign adversary attacked us right here at home. Plain and simple,” said Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Senate Intelligence Committee, in opening remarks.“Not by guns or missiles, but by foreign operatives seeking to hijack our most important democratic process—our presidential election.”But the pretense of bipartisanship soon fell away.Democrats are intent on determining whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction of justice, while Republicans have zeroed in on Comey’s admission he assured the president he was not personally an FBI investigation target.Republicans also pounced on Comey’s admission that he leaked personal notes on his meetings with Trump to prompt the naming of a special prosecutor to lead the Russia probe.That prompted Trump’s son Donald junior to describe Comey sarcastically as a “classy guy.”‘Very disturbing’ -Trump abruptly fired Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 9, admitting later that the Russia probe was on his mind at the time.In his written statement, Comey described his mounting discomfort in the weeks leading up to his dismissal as Trump pulled him aside in one-on-one encounters and in phone calls to press him on the probe into Trump campaign associates and possible collusion with a Russian effort to tilt the 2016 vote in the Republican’s favor.At a private White House dinner on January 27, just days after the billionaire took office, Comey said Trump appeared to want to “create some sort of patronage relationship” with him.“The president said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’ I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey said.In an Oval Office tete-a-tete the following month Comey said Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn, who had been fired for lying to the vice president about his unreported conversations with the Russian ambassador.And he described trying to insulate himself and the FBI from political pressure in the weeks before Trump fired him, as the president complained about the Russian probe and labeled it “fake news.”Trump ‘vindicated’ by Comey -Networks and cable news stations provided blanket coverage of the hearing, and a number of bars in Washington were opening early, with TVs tuned to live broadcasts of the hearing—one of them offering free drinks every time Trump tweets about Comey.At Shaw’s Tavern where the menu featured an FBI breakfast of French Toast with maple syrup, hundreds watching fell silent as Comey entered the hearing.‘There’s been so much media hype, it’s good to actually hear this from the source,’ said Sadie Cornelius, 33. “It’s good to hear the facts.”Democrats have been quick to draw parallels with the Watergate scandal, when president Richard Nixon, facing impeachment for obstruction of justice, was forced to resign in 1973.But the White House and Trump’s allies have sought to put a positive spin on Comey’s revelations.“The president feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda,” said Marc Kasowitz, hired by Trump as his personal lawyer to deal with issues linked to the Russia investigation, after Comey’s statement was released.last_img read more

Thailand ready to receive fleeing Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya people look on at a makeshift shelter in No Man’s Land after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border fence, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 29 August. Photo: ReutersThailand is preparing to receive people fleeing fighting in Myanmar and send them back “when they are ready”, the prime minister said on Tuesday, following a series of attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on Myanmar security forces last week.Thailand was once a popular transit route for Rohingya escaping troubled Rakhine state in northwest Myanmar across the Andaman Sea. Others came by land.But a 2015 Thai police crackdown on human trafficking syndicates led to ships with migrants aboard being abandoned at sea. It also disrupted the networks that brought migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Thailand and Malaysia.“Thailand’s defence ministry and security are preparing to receive various displaced people,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.“We will provide them with shelter like in the past … and send them back when they are ready.”Prayuth did not say whether any displaced people had arrived in Thailand. He did not specifically mention the Rohingya.Thai immigration police told Reuters in May that people-smuggling across the border from Myanmar to Thailand was rising despite the crackdown.At least 109 people were killed in the recent violence in Rakhine, most of them militants, but also members of the security forces and civilians.A previous round of insurgent attacks in October prompted a ferocious military response that displaced 87,000 Rohingya and was dogged by allegations of atrocities.Many observers fear a repeat of 2012, when clashes between the Rakhine Buddhist majority and Rohingya minority killed nearly 200 people and displaced 140,000 – most of them Rohingya.The treatment of about 1.1 million Rohingya in Myanmar has become the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out on behalf of the long-persecuted minority.Thailand does not recognize the status of refugees and it does not recognize the Rohingya as legitimate migrant workers.Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, said Thailand should re-evaluate its policy towards fleeing Rohingya.“If the prime minister is serious, he should instruct that there be a long overdue re-evaluation of Thai policy towards fleeing Rohingya that recognizes these people are not seeking to resettle in Thailand, but rather just trying to land somewhere safe where they can reside temporarily in dignity before continuing their journey,” Robertson told Reuters.Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating fighting in Myanmar face the growing danger of sickness and attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home despite a U.N. plea that they be allowed to stay.last_img read more

Apples Beats by Dre Taps Chris Thorne as Chief Marketing Officer

first_img“In his career, Chris has shouldered an extensive roster of brands that amplify his invaluable experience in marketing, business management, brand growth and creative development,” Wood said in announcing Thorne’s hire. “With our highest-quality product portfolio to date, our team continues to grow rapidly across the globe.”Thorne most recently was chief growth officer at Forward, a health membership startup that combines access to a personal doctor with medical technology. Prior to joining Forward in 2017, he was CMO for two years at Alba’s Honest Co. consumer-products firm. He worked at Electronic Arts from 2010-15, where he most recently was VP, global marketing, media and mobile acquisition. He began his executive career as president of sports representation firm CSMG Sports and was GM of social gaming at FanIQ.Thorne commented, “Beats not only sits at the cross-cultural intersection of music, technology and sports, but it has defined the niche as a category in such a short time. The brand continues to dominate cultural conversation, and I’m excited to join the team and contribute to its successes.” Related Massive iPhone Hack Compromised Thousands of Phones Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Beats by Dr. Dre, Apple’s audio-products subsidiary, announced Chris Thorne — whose past gigs have included stints at EA and Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. — as its chief marketing officer.Thorne takes on the CMO role after the departure earlier this year of Jason White, formerly Beats’ EVP and global head of marketing, who left to join cannabis-oil provider Cura Cannabis Solutions as CMO.Thorne, who reports to Beats president Luke Wood, oversees global marketing efforts including developing integrated marketing campaigns across all channels and promoting the Beats brand through pop-cultural experiences.Beats by Dre was founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and launched with a line of premium consumer headphones and earphones. Apple completed the $3 billion acquisition of Beats in July 2014. This summer, Beats is set to begin shipping Powerbeats Pro, Apple’s first totally wireless Beats earphones, with a list price of $250. Steven Spielberg’s Apple Event Appearance Was a Slap at Netflix (Analysis)last_img read more

Hey Duggee BBC Worldwide has acquired its first mu

first_imgHey DuggeeBBC Worldwide has acquired its first multi-year children’s licensing deal with SVOD service Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland.The deal will give subscribers in the region access to a raft of children’s TV series from CBeebies and CBBC, including Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, Sarah & Duck, Charlie & Lola and Gigglebiz as well as The Story of Tracy Beaker and Horrible Histories.Over 520 episodes of CBeebies and CBBC content will become available on Amazon, with series start dates staggered over the year and some already available.The deal was agreed between Jonathan Newman, sales and business development director for BBCWW, which is the BBC’s commercial arm, and Amazon Prime Video.Newman said: “The deal reflects the growing investment that leading streaming services like Amazon Prime Video are making to offer world-class, high quality children’s programming to their subscribers.”This week, Amazon Channels also confirmed that its India-focused channel Heera will include titles from prodco Salman Khan Ventures, including Tubelight.Future films from Salman Khan Ventures will premiere first on Heera in the UK, after theatrical release in India, and two months before satellite and television broadcasts. Existing movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kick, Jai Ho, and Hero are now available.Amazon Prime Video will have exlcuisce rights to the Khan films on a worldwide basis.“This exclusive worldwide Prime Video streaming deal with him is one of the biggest star deals to have ever been done in the worl,” said Amazon Prime Video head of content for Asia Pacific James Farrell. “India is a top priority market for Amazon and we believe that this love India has for films, the passion, the energy and the talent of India needs to be on a worldwide stage for global audiences to see. ”last_img read more

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has issu

first_imgSpanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has issued a complaint against film production outfit Venice PI LLC for an alleged breaching data protection legislation after fighting a Bilbao court’s order to hand over IP addresses of people who allegedly shared the content of a movie produced by Venice.Euskaltel filed a complaint with the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) for a possible breach of rules after customers received emails from Venice demanding payment of €150 within five days to avoid legal action over pirating its movie.Euskaltel said that such a sue of customer data represented an infraction of data protection law.The Bilbao commercial court had ruled that Euskaltel had to make the IP addresses of customers who had shared the Bruce Willis vehicle Once Upon a Time in Venice available via peer-to-peer.Euskaltel has said that at no time did it identify the owners of the IP addresses as being responsible for any intellectual property infringement, and that the use made of the data by Venice therefore represented a violation.The Basque Country-based operator said that data provided to comply with a ruling related to preliminary proceedings did not mean that the offended party was free to do what it pleased with this data.Venice PI LLC has form in this area, having previously issued subpoenas against a number of leading US ISPs requiring them to share customer data over file-sharing of Once Upon a Time in Venice two years ago.last_img read more

Mike Green from Youth for Christ came to talk with

first_imgMike Green from Youth for Christ came to talk with WVUA’s Lynn Brooks about an upcoming event where they will both go off the edge of a building!Participants will go over the edge of The Tower in downtown Tuscaloosa. They are looking for 75 adventurous people who will rappel 140 feet in the air for a good cause. WVUA’s Lynn Brooks and Gary Harris will be going over the edge for Tuscaloosa teenagers.Money raised at the event will benefit Youth for Christ. Over the Edge takes place on April 6. You can contribute to the event, sponsor a participant or beginning fundraising to be a participant by going to tuscaloosaovertheedge.com.You can watch the interview above for more information.last_img read more