Recent statistics show that India has become an important market for Apple Inc. The tech company’s strategy of introducing equal monthly installments (EMI) and cash back schemes are behind the soaring sales of its smartphones which have risen by 300% to 400%.The Economic Times, quoting research analyst Sunil Thirumalai, reported that EMI schemes have helped raise the iPhone sale figure from what was previously just 70,000-80,000 smartphones a year.”From Our channel checks we believe that iPhone sales are nearing 400,000 units per month in India- that is nearly 3% share of a single top-end product in a market that has long been dominated by low-end feaure phones”, said the research analyst from Credit Suisse.According to publishing and conference company Informa, smartphone subscription in India rises by 52% year-on-year, a figure surpassed by Taiwan, and it is predicted to have 67 million smartphone subscribers by the end of the year. This growth pace will enable it to become the fifth major smartphone market after China, US, Japan and Brazil.A few months ago, the Cupertino-based Company rolled out its EMI scheme, by which potential iPhone customers could make partial payment and claim their iPhone 4 and 4S models and later remit the rest of the amount in six to 12 months, without any interest. “The 4-9% implicit discount coupled with the option of easy EMIs spread over 6-12 months became popular. Within a few months, our discussions with handset retailers indicated that iPhone sales went up 3-4x, forcing companies to respond,” said Thirumalai.Apple actually lowered the price of its premier product category for customers in India, adding an 18% discount by April on top of the earlier offer (nearly doing away with the down-payment), resulting in almost 23-27% discount on its product. Earlier in May, it started offering students an discount of $134 (₹7,777) on some of its iPhone models.Companies like Samsung, Nokia and Blackberry have also followed suit, exploring and stretching the Indian smartphone markets to the maximum.For its retail strategy, Apple had partnered with telecom operators in India, mainly Bharati Airtel and Aircel.
Campus placements have been on an all-time low for IT job seekers, but experts claim that the industry will generate at least 1.20 lakh jobs within a year. However, they also said that campus hiring will be reduced by 30 percent in 2013 as compared to last year.”Last year, the campus hiring numbers had dipped from the normal and this year, it is not going to be any different. We estimate that there will be around 1, 20,000 jobs created this year,” Rajeev Menon, Innovation and Product Development Head in MeritTrac, a talent assessment company, told PTI.The IT-ITES industry has witnessed a decline in the number of jobs ever since the economic recession gripped the West. But this year, the sector is optimistic and will hire a large number of suitable candidates from India.Nasscom estimates that the IT sector to grow by 12-14 percent this year. Ministry of Labour and Unemployement’s bi-annual survey conducted last year showed that the IT/BPO industry posted the highest record in generating jobs at 0.64 lakh in December 2012 over June 2012.IT companies have been dependent on campus placements to fill in their large-scale recruitment. But the campus hiring graph, though still on the positive side, has been on a decline since 2008 due to the global financial crunch.About 1.8 lakh IT graduates were placed last year, but the number is expected to fall by 30 percent this year.”Expectations from the campuses also have gone down as experienced resources are easily available at the similar price. So, the companies are preferring to hire from the market than going to campuses with larger reasons to drop in campus hiring,” GlobalHunt MD Sunil Goel said on the IT trend.The inconsistencies in business demand are not the only concern. There is still a rising number of Indian candidates searching for IT jobs. For instance, there were 365,000 graduates in the IT sector during 2005. In comparison, 1.3 million prospective candidates graduated last year.Certain service domains within the ambit of IT like social media, mobile banking and e-commerce have been showing consistent growth.Moreover, the IT industry was among the eight key sectors which increased employment generation by over nine percent last year in December over July 2012. IT giants like Microsoft (first) and IBM (fourth) still emerge as India’s most attractive employers, according to a survey by Randstad, an HR service firm.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors is all set to introduce a new variant of its off-roader Pajero in India, called Pajero Sport.The new variant of Mitsubishi’s popular SUV will come with automatic transmission and will be available in India through the company’s country partner Hindustan Motors. The vehicle will be manufactured at Hindustan’s state-of-the-art plant at Tiruvallur near Chennai. But the company did not reveal the availability details of the SUV in the domestic market.However, rumours are rife that the new automatic Pajero Sport will hit the Indian roads by mid-2014. The current India-specific Pajero model comes with 2.5 litre, four pot, diesel engine, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.Announcing the new variant for India, Uttam Bose, Managing Director of Hindustan Motors said: “Mitsubishi brands, especially Pajero, evoke a sentimental response from Indian citizens. Pajero Sport’s unmatched ability to offer a rare blend of comfort and adventure has won the heart of customers. The customer’s needs occupy paramount position in Hindustan Motor’s customer-centric business ethos. HM and Mitsubishi have executed several measures over the years to boost our service levels and meet customer expectations and aspirations. I foresee brighter days ahead for our time-tested alliance,” as quoted by Rushlane.Besides the Pajero Sport automatic variant, Mitsubishi is also understood to have five other new vehicles lined up for India, including two SUVs by 2016. Talking to Autocar Professional, Mitsubishi’s executive officer and corporate general manager Asia and ASEAN office – Ken Horinouchi – revealed the company’s plans for India. Though the exact details and launch dates are yet to be known, the auto market is likely to see the arrival of vehicles like Mirage hatchback and the Attrage sedan.The Mirage would take on the likes of the new Maruti Celerio and Hyundai i10 in India. The car, which is currently on sales in other markets, is powered by a 77bhp, 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine.
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Close Cups and cutlery that simulate virtual taste sensations have been developed, enabling flavours to be delivered to users through electric pulses sent to the tongue. Engineers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the Taste+ device in the hope of enhancing the flavour of food, as well as restoring taste to those who have lost it as a result of old age or through cancer treatments.We wanted to come up with a digital method to activate the taste sensation, so this is the result, Nimesha Ranasingue, a research fellow at NUS who worked on the Taste+, told IBTimes UK at the Smart Nation Innovations conference in Singapore this week.We used electrical stimulation on the tongue to conduct studies and try to come up with a model saying using these parameters we can activate these primary taste sensations.By using silver electrodes we apply controlled and brief electrical impulses to the tongue while you are drinking something, or with the spoon while you are eating something in order to augment or alter the existing taste sensations.For example, you can drink lemonade and you can virtually control the sour intensity using this kind of technology.Working prototypes of the Taste+ were on show at the conference, demonstrating how sour, bitter and salt taste sensations can be generated by altering a dial at the bottom of the Taste+ cup, or by pressing a button on the handle of the spoon.The sense of taste diminishes as people get older, beginning at about the age of 50. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy also cause damage to taste buds, which can lead to a complete loss of taste.Both of these groups are complaining about diminished taste sensations and diminished taste experiences, Ranasingue said. So we are trying to work with these patients to see whether we can regenerate or whether we can enhance their taste perceptions using this kind of technology.Ranasingue believes that the technology could also be transferred to a virtual reality context. By implementing Taste+ in headsets like the Oculus Rift, users would be able to taste objects within a virtual environment.The Taste+ is still in development but it is hoped that production will begin on a commercial device within the next 12 months.
Press Information BureauUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s biography by film historian and author Gautam Chintamani will hit the stands next month. The book ‘Rajneeti’ from Penguin Random House India is also available for pre-order on e-commerce websites.According to Penguin Random House India, Rajneeti chronicles Singh’s career spanning nearly 50 years in which he emerged from the grassroots and made it to the top echelons of power on the basis of their hard work, grit and determination.Like most of India’s present political dispensation, Rajnath Singh, too, emerged post-Emergency, the twenty-one-month period between June 1975 and March 1977, often described as the darkest phase in independent India’s history. Yet Singh stands apart from many of his contemporaries as he continues to remain committed to the ideals of social justice, political equality and civil liberty,” said Gautam Chintamani.”In a career spanning fifty years, Singh has come to embody a certain standard in public life where principles do not change with prevailing circumstances, and he strives to constantly mend bridges as well as find common ground across party lines. What propelled me to write this book was the desire to tell the story of a politician, who, unlike most other politicians, never shied away from doing the right thing, irrespective of the opposition.””As a biographer, in Rajnath Singh’s life, I found a rare instance of a politician in contemporary India who has traversed the entire spectrum of the political journey. In this odyssey, Singh has both witnessed and played a significant role in shaping the history of India. A naturally pragmatic person who rarely dwells in the past, Singh’s life also offers the younger generations great insight into the struggles undertaken by men and women to deliver on the promise of making India a world leader,” he added.Singh had emerged from being a humble swayamsevak in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and even served as a cabinet minister in the Vajpayee government. Jailed during the Emergency, Singh was the president of BJP’s youth wing – Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.A two-term president of the BJP, Singh witnessed the elevation of Narendra Modi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate and delivered BJP’s biggest election victory in 2014. Since then, as the Union Home Minister, he has ushered in a new phase in the country’s security where both internal and external threats have been minimised. Under Singh, the threats from Naxalites and Maoists have significantly decreased and Jammu and Kashmir saw its first local body elections in over a decade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Rajnath Singh released BJP’s manifesto ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.Gautam Chintamani hails from a literary tradition that runs deep on both sides of his family — the late Telugu poet Arudra is his maternal grandfather and the liberal thinker Sir CY Chintamani is his paternal great-grandfather.Gautam ChintamaniTwitter/Gautam ChintamaniGautam’s documentary film SRI: Challenging Traditions, Transforming Lives had won the Best Documentary Award at the Asia Pacific Rice Film Festival, Malaysia. His trilogy, Janam–Aagazh–Parvaaz, on the journey of children with special needs and their parents was screened at the 2011 International Film Festival of India (IFFI). His notable television credits include Siddhanth, a law series which garnered an Emmy nomination in the ‘international drama’ category — a first for an Indian television show.Gautam’s writing has featured in national publications, including a compilation on Dadasaheb Phalke awardees published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Legends of Indian Silver Screen. He was on the National Film Awards jury for Best Writing on Cinema in 2016.
India’s trade ministry has proposed cutting the import duty on gold to 2 percent from 10 percent, according to a government note, but a finance ministry official said it was unlikely to go through.Huge gold imports pushed India’s current account deficit to a record $190 billion in 2013, prompting the government to raise its duty on imports to 10 percent, an all-time high.Imports have since come down sharply and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday launch a plan to further cut purchases by mobilising tonnes of the metal stored privately. To lower physical demand, India will also launch a sovereign gold bond.The trade ministry is keen on a duty cut for both gold and silver to help local jewelry makers source cheaper supplies, according to the note calling a meeting between trade and finance ministry officials.A finance ministry official, however, said there was no immediate possibility of a cut.”It will be counter-productive if the duty is cut,” said the official, who declined to be named. “The government will see if the schemes work and then take a decision. But nothing will be done immediately”.India is aiming to tap an estimated pool of 20,000 tonnes of gold lying idle in homes and temples and release it into the banking system through a monetisation scheme, and reduce investment demand for physical bars and coins through the bond scheme.”If the duty is reduced by 8 percent, why would any individual invest in the bond programme or subscribe to the gold monetisation scheme?,” said Sudheesh Nambiath, lead analyst at GFMS, the metals research and forecasts team in Thomson Reuters.”I am sure the finance ministry, which is very keen to get the schemes rolled out, will keep that in mind before a duty cut decision.”
A screenshot from the Chinese movie ‘Speckles the Tarbosaurus’Experts believe that a gigantic asteroid that hit the earth around 65 million years ago is responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs from the planet. It should be noted that dinosaurs were the most dominant species on the earth during those times, but the mass extinction event literally rewrote history, and in the course of time, these killer giants were wiped out from the blue planet.Absence of sex lakes?Even though an asteroid hit the planet around 65 million years ago, a top researcher claims that this deadly hit is not the real reason behind the extinction of dinosaurs. Professor Brian J Ford, a popular biologist who authored the book ‘Too Big to Walk: The New Science of Dinosaurs’, believes that it was continental drift that decided the fate of dinosaurs on earth.As per Brian J Ford, dinosaurs had used sex lakes for mating due to their gigantic body size, as the buoyancy of these lakes helped these creatures to support their massive bulk. Due to continental drift, these sex lakes became absent, and it negatively impacted their breeding process.”As the continents drifted, the shallow lakes shrank, and the dinosaurs’ ecosystem disappeared. The giant dinosaurs could only evolve wading in shallow water to take their weight. Once the Earth’s surface changed, their environment disappeared … and so did they. But if the vast shallow lakes had persisted? Dinosaurs would be with us today. And poachers would be hunting them just as they do any other spectacular wildlife,” Ford told the Sun.Ford also added that many species survived the mass extinction event, but dinosaurs failed, and this is due to their increased dependency on sex lakes to produce offsprings.Volcanoes to be blamed?Scientists initially proposed the asteroid impact theory to explain the extinction of dinosaurs after the discovery that a layer of rock dated precisely to the extinction event is rich in the metal iridium. It should be noted that iridium is such an element which is very rare on the earth but can be found in plenty in meteors and asteroids, and this factor made many believe that an extraterrestrial impact could have resulted in the mass death of dinosaurs.However, some scientists believe that a volcanic eruption could have caused the extinction of dinosaurs, as earth’s core is also rich in iridium. These scientists believe that volcanic activities may be higher 65 million years ago, and such an event could have wiped out dinosaurs from the earth’s surface.
US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al SaudReutersTensions escalated between the United States and China following a report, which revealed that Saudi Arabia has notably escalated its ballistic missile program, with the help of China.According to US intelligence, the latest development threatens decades of the US government efforts to limit missile proliferation in the Middle East.Three sources who had direct intel of the matter said that the administration did not initially disclose its knowledge of this classified development to key members of Congress, reports CNN.The sources further said that the Democrats were “infuriated” as they obtained information regarding the matter outside of regular US government channels and concluded it had been a deliberate effort as there were a series of the briefing where they say it “should have been presented”.The classified information indicates that apart from expansion in the missile infrastructure, Saudi Arabia has also purchased technology from China.The US had maintained its relationship with the Saudi leadership despite its role in the war in Yemen and the widely popular murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. To deter Iran’s “malign influence” in the Middle East, the Trump administration had recently declared an emergency to lock a deal worth $8.1 billion with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan amid Congress’s opposition to the move.Regarding the future repercussions of such proliferation, the sources have revealed that there the missile advancement marks another step in potential Saudi efforts to “one day deliver a nuclear warhead were it ever to obtain one.”The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a 2018 interview to CBS News had stated the possibility of obtaining nuclear weapons. “Without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible” he said.According to the regulations set forth by the 1987 Missile Technology Control Regime among the G7 industrialised countries to limit the risks of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the Saudi is barred from purchasing from the US.Saudi’s decision to go ahead with its weapons proliferation to compete with Iran’s missile capability align suits China’s interests since it is not signatory to the pact. The US had been at ease as it was believed that since Saudi had purchased American military aircrafts, it wouldn’t go around US and purchase missile capabilities.Saudi Arabia ranked the largest importer of arms in the world, accounting for 12 percent of the total imports from 2014-2018, according to a recently published report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).As the recent development indicate that China has overtaken the US to supply weapons to the largest arms market, the possibility of US losing its largest arms market leaves a sour taste to the US in the midst of the ongoing US-China trade war.The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China and Saudi Arabia are “comprehensive strategic partners,” and that both countries “maintain friendly cooperation in all areas, including in the area of arms sales. Such cooperation does not violate any international laws, nor does it involve the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”
IANSPatanjali Ayurved Limited (PAL), the FMCG company backed by yoga guru Baba Ramdev, continues to be a big spender on television commercials, much more than Cadburys India, ITC and Amazon Online. Recently, Ramdev revealed plans to expand PAL’s footprints to Bangladesh, African countries and even Pakistan.Read: Patanjali food park to come up in Nagpur, may create 10,000 jobs”I (referring to Patanjali Group) have been to Nepal, will be going to Bangladesh and African countries and one day will go to Pakistan as well. We should help poor countries. If poverty of Pakistan is eradicated, that country will never be the enemy of India,” the PTI quoted him as saying at the 7th Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad held at Pune.”No MNC comes here to give you money, they have no love for India. They are here to earn profits. They bring Re 1 with them and take back Rs 100 with them. It is because of Patanjali, all these MNCs have sleepless nights,” he added.The company recently got a rating upgrade from ICRA for its Rs 300 crore fund-based facilities.Data published on Friday by tracking agency BARC India for the week ended January 13, 2017 showed that PAL was the third big spender, behind bigger rival Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL) and Reckitt Benckiser (India) Ltd. The company has been ranking as one of the top five spenders on TV advertisements for many weeks now.Explaining the rating upgrade for PAL, ICRA said that the company has been growing steadily over the past few years. Its turnover rose sharply from Rs 2,007 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 4,812 crore next financial year and was Rs 3,600 crore in the first seven months of the current fiscal (FY2017).”The rating factors in PAL’s robust revenue growth…supported by increasing brand penetration through strengthened marketing in the recent past and strong following of Baba Ramdev; continuous new product introduction giving the company one of the widest product portfolio amongst the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) players operating in India; and competitive pricing for its products,” it said in its explanatory note.Over the past few months, PAL has been on an expansive spree, setting up facilities and food parks at Sonitpur, Assam and Nagpur, Maharashtra, apart from signing an agreement to develop herbal forests in Panchkula, Haryana.On Friday, HUL shares closed almost flat at Rs 861 apiece, while the BSE Sensex ended 274 points lower at 27,034.
TwitterReinvigorated by the return of their explosive and prolific opener Jason Roy, England produced the sort of batting display that has been expected of them to put 337/7 on the board in their 50 overs. India now need to create a new record in order to win this game as the Men in Blue have never chased down a score of 300+ in World Cup cricket.The platform was set by Roy and Jonny Bairstow. The former was off and running in the very first over itself by scoring two boundaries. Bairstow struggled early on and also had lucky escapes with outside and inside edges not producing wickets. But eventually he found his groove and started scoring freely.The turning point of the match came when Hardik Pandya bowled a delivery down the leg side which Roy tried to pull but failed to do so. There was an appeal for a catch down the leg side from Dhoni which the umpire turned down and after a long consultation, India decided not to appeal against the decision. The replays showed that there was indeed a bit of glove on that. This narrow escape freed up Roy who charged down the wicket on the next ball and smashed it for six over long-on. Suddenly, England went full blast ahead and both the openers brutalised the celebrated Indian spin-bowling combination of Kuldeep and Chahal. The six-hitting was awe-inspiring and the Indians seemed helpless. Eventually, Roy holed out in the deep after getting to his half-century but England were near 150 by then and the damage had been done. Joe Root came out and played his role of sheet anchor while Bairstow continued his aggressive game to get to his hundred.But then, Shami was brought back into the attack around the 30-over mark when England were past 200 and he got the wickets of Bairstow and Eoin Morgan in quick succession to put England in a spot of bother. But then Root which his calmness and Stokes with his measured aggression prevented further damage. TwitterWhen 11 overs remained in the innings, Stokes launched his assault and pummelled the Indian bowling to ensure his side was on course for 325+ score. Root also attempted some big hits but usually just kept feeding strike to Stokes. Bumrah, the late overs specialist, delivered another masterclass in ODI bowling and prevented Stokes and other batsmen from scoring boundaries against him. Shami returned at the end of the innings to get the wickets of Buttler and Woakes and get a five-for but he proved very expensive as both Stokes and Buttler, who came to the crease in the 45th over after the loss of Root’s wicket also started hitting big.The penultimate over of the innings went for plenty even though Shami got Woakes out on the first ball of the over. But the last over from Bumrah was again excellent as only three runs and the wicket of Stokes came off it. India now have a mountain to climb and judging by the way Shami got wickets with short deliveries and Indian pacers had some balls keeping low, would be a very tough ask.
Bigg Boss Telugu 3 vote system on Hotstar AppScreenshots of Hotstar AppThe makers of Bigg Boss Telugu have changed the voting system for season 3. This time you will not have to google about voting rather you can save your favourite contestant from elimination by voting through phone and hotstar app.The much-awaited reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu 3 has gone on air on July 21, after facing several hurdles before its launch. Akkineni Nagarjuna, who has replaced Nani as the host of the show, was seen introducing 15 contestants and sending them inside the house on Sunday. But on the first day itself, the big boss gave a shock to the participants, who were thrilled over their entry, by nominating six of them.Like every season, you can save your favourite contestant from elimination by voting. But the makers have changed the voting system for Bigg Boss Telugu 3, in bid to avoid the misuse of the tools.Bigg Boss Telugu had three voting options like phone, Hotstar and Google in its season 1 and 2. The season 1 had no issues with any of these patterns, but the season 2 faced problems with Google voting. Some agencies, which were reportedly working for different contestants, used Gmail accounts in bulk to gather the votes for their clients. The makers had to face a lot of criticism due to this misuse.Star MAA and Endemolshine, which are jointly producing Bigg Boss Telugu, have reportedly decided to ditch Google voting system for its season 3. This time, the viewers will have two voting options like Hotstar and phone to support their favourite contestant. There is no change in the Missed Call option.Phone call option: Each contestant nominated for the eviction from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is allotted a phone number and people can give 10 miss calls from one number in a week. You need to watch the show to find out the numbers to save your favourite participants.Voting on Hotstar: There is a small change in voting on Hotstar. The viewers will have only 10 votes per day. Here are six-seven steps on how they can cast their votes to their favourite contestants.1 – Download the Hotstar app from Playstore and install it on your smartphone.2 – Login to the page through your e-mail or Facebook account.3 – Type Bigg Boss Telugu in the Search bar and press Enter.4 – Click on the green ‘Vote’ button below the video5 – Find the names of the contestants who are facing elimination test this week.6 – You will get 10 votes per day till Saturday midnight. You can either cast those votes to one person or divide it among the nominated contestants.7 – One click on any contestant is considered one vote and you have to click ten times to cast 10 votes. Once you click on any contestant and you can take back that vote. You need to decide on who you want to vote for before clicking on anyone.
Ranveer SinghInstagramRemember how Ranveer Singh took the industry by storm when he was featured in a condom ad which had created a lot of good noise among his fans. His free-spirited dance, his flamboyant appearance and the way which Ranveer made it appear, was no less than an innovation. And while everybody wanted to know how Ranveer landed in a condom ad, the actor had gone on to reveal some of the intimate details about his sexual experiences.”I think I was around 12 when I did it. I started everything early, everything! I was way ahead — so much so, that in school all the mothers used to say he (Ranveer) is that rotten apple that’s spoiling all our kids. I used to hold sermons with all the boys surrounding me and I used to teach them. They hadn’t heard of it and I became the expert because I had started very early,” Ranveer Singh had told Deccan Chronicle in an interview in 2014.Ranveer had revealed that he finds it very cool when girls hit on him as he used to be fat when he was a teenager. “I became sexy at a later stage,” he had said confessing that he had sex at such a young age to an older woman only out of curiosity.Only a handful of mainstream Bollywood actors like Sunny Leone and Bipasha Basu have been endorsing condoms. So what prompted Ranveer, an actor from the younger crop, to add himself into the list. Ranveer SinghInstagram”When I am in a car, I see these hoardings go by. I thought to myself, somebody is selling this, somebody is selling that, why isn’t anybody selling condoms? Then I realised that the only ads we have for condoms are very provocative in nature. That shouldn’t be the only prevailing definition of sex. As a society, we have evolved; our attitude towards the subject has changed. So we can have open and healthy conversations about this. Somebody needs to point that out or else people will keep treating it as taboo,” Ranveer had said.He further added, “I had this idea and I called my people and asked them to contact Durex. I knew it was a huge risk. I thought I am either going to get two thumbs up or a tight slap. But it became a hit.”
BSFMembers of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked a Bangladeshi national up from Hapania border point in Sapahar upazila of Naogaon early Friday.Commander of Hapania BGB camp, Nayek Subedar Abdur Razzak, said Shahidul Islam, 28, son of Zaher Ali of Prosha upazila went to the bordering area early in the morning.The BSF men from Kedaripara camp caught Shahidul and took away him while he was reportedly trying to cross the border.Meanwhile, a letter has been sent to the BSF for holding a flag meeting in this connection.With this one, five Bangladeshi nationals were taken away by BSF troops over the last three days from Kalmudanga and Hapania border areas in Sapahar upazila of the district, said Commanding officer of Baogaon-14 BGB Lt Col Khijir Khan.
Religious affairs minister principal Motiur Rahman on Thursday said the Hajj flights carrying Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year will begin on 14 July, reports UNB.This year, a total of 1,27,198 pilgrims – 7,198 under government management and 1,20,000 under private management – will perform Hajj from Bangladesh, said the minister while speaking at a press briefing over the Hajj management situation.The government has taken necessary steps so that the pilgrims can go to Saudi Arabia smoothly, he added.Besides, action will be taken against Hajj agencies if found taking money less that the government-set package, said the minister.Motiur also said the authorities concerned have been asked to take necessary steps in maintaining Hajj flight schedule.Earlier in the day, principal Motiur Rahman inaugurated the registration process of the Hajj pilgrims for 2018 under the government management at the Secretariat. The process will continue till 11 March.The government has opened a hotline-09602666707-at the ministry for making any complaint regarding Hajj management and fraudulence. It will remain open for providing information about Hajj, said Motiur.The government has approved a total of 774 Hajj agencies for sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.The Minister also said complaint was found against 193 Hajj agencies for different irregularities. Of these, the licenses of 64 Hajj agencies were cancelled and the security money was also seized while 17 Hajj agencies were fined with suspension of license.Meanwhile, acting religious affairs secretary Anisur Rahman said the hajj agencies will be rewarded for good performance while action will be taken against those involved in any irregularities.
Dhaka UniversityThe authorities of Dhaka University have denied their previous order that restricts outsiders’ entry into the campus and said they never banned outsiders from entering into the DU campus, reports UNB.A DU press release on Wednesday put the blame on media for, what it said, creating misunderstanding among people by publishing misleading information.The DU release also made an urge to the media not to inspire evil forces by misinformation in their news.Interestingly, the new DU stance came in two days after it earlier issued a release on 9 July saying that outsiders would not be allowed to roam around, stay in dorms and hold any kind of activity on the Dhaka University campus without permission from the authorities.Taking permission for holding any programme and activities at campus is not anything new and security guards are always stationed at entry points, wednesdays’s release further reads.
Prime minister and also ruling Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina hold talks with Jukta Front chairman and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at Ganabhaban in the capital on Friday night. Photo: PIDJukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday night said their dialogue with the 14-party alliance has been successful as prime minister Sheikh Hasina agreed in principle on most of their demands.”The prime minister responded positively to the demands that we placed for a fair election. She also agreed in principle on most of our demands,” he said.B Chowdhury, also the president of Bikalpa Dahra Bangladesh, said this at a press conference at his Baridhara residence after the talks between the ruling Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina-led 14-party alliance and Jukta (United) Front at Ganabhaban, the official residene of the prime minister.He said Sheikh Hasina said a level-playing field for all parties will be ensured during the election. “She told us that the election commission (EC) will remain under the president, not under the government, after the announcement of the election schedule.”The BDB chief said the prime minister also agreed with them that all the government officials and employees who are directly or indirectly involved with the elections will remain under the EC.He said she also agreed to withdraw the government facilities for ministers and MPs after the announcement of the election schedule.B Chowdhury, former president of the country, however, said the prime minister did not agree to their demand of forming either a national or election-time government. “But she said the election-time government will remain neutral.”About army deployment in the polls, he said the prime minister said army will be there at upazila level as a striking force.The Jukta Front chief said the prime minister assured them that she will talk to the president about their objection to the use of EVM (electronic voting machine) in the elections.He said the premier also said their demand for releasing before the elections of those arrested for political reasons is practical.Earlier, talking to newsmen after coming out of Ganabhaban, B Chowdhury said they are happy with the outcome of the dialogue. “We’re very happy as we could clearly say everything we had in mind.”He also said they think the prime minister apparently accepted most of their demands.BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan said they had very good discussions.Replying to a question, he also said they will join the elections under the incumbent government.A day after her discussion with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, prime minister Sheikh Hasina held talks with Jukta Front in the evening for holding the 11th parliamentary elections.Also AL president, Sheikh Hasina led the 14-party delegation at the dialogue while BDB president and Jukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led 21-member team.The Jukta Front delegation members included BDB secretary general retired major Abdul Mannan, its presidium members Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Golam Sarwar Milon, Abdur Rouf Mannan, Mohammad Yousuf, vice president Mahmuda Chowdhury, former MP HM Golam Reza, BLDP president Nazimuddin Al Azad, its general secretary Delwar Hossain, Bangladesh NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani, its secretary general M Golam Mostafa Bhuiyan, National Democratic Party (NDP) chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza, and Janata Party president Sheikh Asaduzzaman.On Thursday night, the AL-led 14-praty alliance and Jatiya Oikya Front had marathon discussions at Ganabhaban over the next general elections.AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led a 23-member 14-party delegation while Gano Forum president and eminent jurist Kamal Hossain a 20-member Jatiya Oikya Front team in the talks.On Tuesday, prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina invited B Chowdhury to join the talks at Ganabhaban as he sent a letter to her seeking talks over the next polls.