Zardari writes to Manmohan, welcomes revival of cricket ties

first_imgPresident Asif Ali Zardari has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing the hope that the resumption of cricketing ties after five years will be a confidence building measure.Zardari on Wednesday sent the letter to Manmohan Singh welcoming resumption of cricket relations, reported Dawn.The cricket board on Monday invited Pakistan to play three One-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals in December-January, a move that would see the arch-rivals clashing in a bilateral series after a five-year gapThe resumption of cricket matches would add to positive atmosphere witnessed by the two countries, said Zardari.The letter said: “You would recall that in my recent visit to India, we discussed resumption of cricket ties between Pakistan and India. I am glad to learn that the cricket boards of Pakistan and India have agreed to resume cricket matches after a gap of five years.””I am sanguine that cricket matches between our two countries would prove to be a formidable confidence building measure and a way forward towards encouraging people-to-people contacts,” it added.last_img read more

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What it takes to look like Virat Kohli: Strict diet, intense workout and NO butter chicken

first_imgVirat Kohli leads the Indian team from the front, be it with the bat or in the field. And when it comes to fitness, the Indian captain just keeps on raising the bar.Undoubtedly, Kohli is one of the fittest athletes around and being the youth icon that he is, people look upto him and he has been setting fitness goals not only for the masses but also for other professional athletes around the world.After the winning the Panasonic Open, golfer Shiv Kapur conceded he took inspiration from the attitude and fitness of the Indian cricket captain.Kapur even wants to follow Kohli’s footsteps and pass the Yo-Yo endurance test.While Kohli is an icon today, he was not as fit when he started his career. In fact, in the early years of his career, he was a little chubby but his skills with the bat was what brought him into notice.However, the demands of the modern day game are greater than ever and Kohli realised that he needed to be fit to stay in the game and be the best in the field and as they say, the rest is history.I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.?? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HZGwdNclGg- BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017Kohli conceded on ‘Breakfast with Champions’ that he hasn’t eaten butter chicken and naan for four years. In fact, he revealed his ultimate cheat meal would be Chole Bhature at Rajouri Garden but for him, such cravings do not get in the way of attaining cricketing immortality.advertisementKohli discussed how it was a pain in the beginning but he is now proud of his diet and it has become his second nature.It takes years of hard work to get into the kind of shape that Kohli exhibits. He revealed how he spends two sessions and four hours in the gym during off season and at least one and a half hours every day.WHAT KOHLI EATSAlong with the exercising and gym, it is his diet that if followed can reap results within a few years.”I have a set breakfast. I eat an omelette, three egg whites, one whole egg. The spinach black pepper and cheese, some grilled bacon or smoked salmon along with it. I eat papaya or dragon fruit if it’s available or watermelon. I eat decent amount of cheese for good fats. I carry my own butters and I get gluten free bread from the hotels…so I apply on that. Then a nice big pot of green tea with lemon, I drink three to four cups of that,” said the Indian captain.Lunch and dinner comprise of grilled chicken, fish and veggies. He said he increases the consumption of red meat when he needs to put on a bit of muscle.”When our trainer Mr. Basu tells me to put on a bit of muscle then I increase red meat. Otherwise generally for lunch it’s grilled chicken and mashed potatoes, spinach and veggies and for dinner it’s seafood,” said the 29-year-old.So the day you decide to get a physique like Kohli, indulgence is a big no. Some healthy food — heavy breakfast, selected healthy products — and exercising without fail, the results will be for all to see.How many one handed push ups can you do? ?? #TrainToLive #LiveToTrain ?? pic.twitter.com/gnQEk7cdiE- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2017Never stop working hard. ??Make everyday count! ??? pic.twitter.com/EVYp2mx6L2- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 28, 2017last_img read more

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India mulls hosting second WTO mini-ministerial meet next month

first_imgNew Delhi: India is planning to host the second informal meeting of trade ministers from about 20 member nations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) here next month amid growing challenges for global trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. This meeting assumes significance as several countries are raising questions over the relevance of the global trade body. Many countries are also taking protectionist measures, impacting global trade. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We are planning this (meeting) in May. We will be inviting about 20 WTO member countries this time,” he said. The US had imposed high duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products, which triggered a major trade tariff tussle. Recently, the WTO cautioned that the global trade will continue to face strong headwinds this year and in 2020 after growing slower-than-expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia has time and again stressed the importance and relevance of the WTO for promoting global trade. In March last year, over 50 nations participated in a meeting here which was convened by India to explore options for resolving various issues and re-invigorating the WTO. That meeting was organised in the wake of talks collapsing at the Buenos Aires ministerial conference in December 2017. India had appealed to the WTO members to identify common ground for strengthening the multi-lateral trade body amid challenges being faced by it following the deadlock at the Buenos Aires ministerial in December. Talking about the proposed national ecommerce policy, the minister said the draft is in the public domain and the ministry would look at all suggestions and views. “Every objections raised by small or big traders, we will take it on board,” he said. Concerns have been raised by certain quarters over some proposals of the draft policy related with data localisation and cross border flow of data. Meanwhile, Prabhu, who quit railways portfolio in 2017 after two rail accidents, also said initiatives taken by him during his three-year stint are now yielding results. Prabhu said measures were taken for increasing capital investments, track renewal and improving passenger convenience. “Railways spent Rs 2.75 lakh crore in the first three years (2014-17) as opposed to Rs 3 lakh crore cumulative in first 70 years. So that was the capital expenditure and now you are seeing the results of that,” he said in an interview. He said in the three years, when he was the railways minister, all the backlog of track renewal was completed. “We almost covered the backlog (of track renewal). So now you are actually seeing the result of that. There is hardly any derailment…We did things to ensure safety,” he added.last_img read more

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Rabat Police Arrest 9 Migrants for Alleged Kidnapping for Ransom

Rabat – The suspects were  arrested as they were living in Morocco irregularly, a statement from the  General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said on Saturday, September 7.Rabat’s police received information of the kidnap of an African national. The victim was kidnapped for ransom, the national police saidDGSN opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of the case. The preliminary investigation allowed police to detect the location of the suspect in Al Kria in the suburbs of Sale, Rabat’s twin city.Police rescued the victim and arrested the suspect. Police seized suspicious IDs, mobile phones, and money.DGSN said that investigation is ongoing to arrest possible accomplices involved in the kidnap victims for ransom. read more

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Home Capital names Yousry Bissada veteran of mortgage industry as new CEO

TORONTO ONTARIO, – A veteran of the Canadian financial services and mortgage industry has been appointed the next CEO of Home Capital Group Inc., which is working to restore investor and customer confidence after it appeared to be on the brink of collapse earlier this year.Yousry Bissada, 57, will join the Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender on Aug. 3, replacing interim CEO Bonita Then.The announcement comes three weeks after Home Capital (TSX:HCG) earned a vote of confidence from famed American billionaire Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway is investing in the company and providing much needed funding.Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy up to $400 million in stock — about 39 per cent of Home Capital’s total equity — and provide a $2 billion line of credit to offset cash that Home Capital customers have withdrawn from their savings accounts.One of Bissada’s top priorities will be to select a new chief financial officer as Home Capital, the country’s largest supplier of alternative mortgages, undergoes sweeping changes to its senior management team and board of directors.“We want to be the first choice for depositors, borrowers and brokers,” Bissada said in a statement Wednesday.During the 1990s, Bissada had executive roles in mortgage operations at CIBC and TD Canada Trust. He was CEO of Filogix, a software and service provider to the mortgage industry, from 2000 to 2007. Since 2011, he has been CEO of Kanetix Ltd., a technology company that operates an online platform for insurance quotes.He also serves as a director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc. (TSX:EQI), another non-bank mortgage provider, and is a past chairman of two mortgage lenders, Canadian Financial Corp. and Paradigm Quest Inc.Brenda Eprile, who has been chairwoman of Home Capital’s board of directors since May, said that Bissada has proven his ability to balance an entrepreneurial culture with operational and regulatory discipline.“These are precisely the characteristics we see driving our future success,” Eprile said.In a research note, DBRS said it views Bissada’s experience with operations as a positive given Home Capital’s recent issues.“With this important appointment, DBRS will look for the new CEO to articulate a strategy that will repair the group’s relationships with both the mortgage and deposit broker community, rebuild profitability and address HCG’s ability to source funding at competitive market rates,” the debt-rating agency said Wednesday.Home Capital required an emergency $2 billion line of credit from the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan in April after its customers started withdrawing their savings, which the company uses to fund its mortgage lending. That came after the Ontario Securities Commission alleged HCG misled investors in its handling of a scandal involving falsified loan applications.Home Capital agreed to settle both the OSC case and a class-action lawsuit filed by investors, prior to Berkshire’s investment. Home Capital names Yousry Bissada, veteran of mortgage industry, as new CEO by David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2017 4:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home Capital Group Inc. new chief executive officer Yousry Bissada is shown in Toronto on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Bissada, 57, joins Canada’s largest alternative mortgage lender as it struggles to recover from a series of problems that have shaken investor and customer confidence in the Toronto-based company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn read more

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Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing says Tembec CEO

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gap in softwood lumber dispute appears to be narrowing, says Tembec CEO MONTREAL – Concluding a Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement in the coming weeks remains uncertain but there is headway on the thorny trade dispute, the head of lumber producer Tembec suggested Wednesday.“We understand that some progress is being made and that the differences of the gap between the two countries has narrowed,” CEO James Lopez said during a conference call to discuss its third-quarter results.The Montreal-based company (TSX:TMB) said its net income nearly doubled to $17 million in the period ended June 24.Lopez didn’t explain what his outlook is based on but said it’s difficult to predict the timing and structure of a new agreement.“Hopefully we can get that outcome in short order but we all know, those of us have been around this for a long time, it’s very unpredictable.”Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland remains in close contact with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, but a spokesman downplayed that a deal is in the offing.“I don’t have any real indication that there has been any meaningful narrowing, if you will,” Adam Austen said from Ottawa.The two sides are under pressure to strike an agreement before NAFTA negotiations begin Aug. 16.“We are obviously running up against quite a tight timeline with respect to NAFTA but we are still hopeful,” Austen said.Tembec paid $4 million in duties in the quarter and expects to incur about $10 million every three months based on preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties it faces of around 27 per cent.The company expects to remit up to $14 million next quarter for retroactive tariffs which it anticipates will be returned early next year once the final determination is made.It said it earned 17 cents per share in the quarter compared with a profit of nine cents per share in the same period last year.Consolidated sales for the three-month period totalled $419 million, up from $376 million.Shareholders are expected to vote Thursday on a friendly takeover offer for Tembec by Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc., which could close by year-end.The U.S. chemical company raised its offer on Sunday in order to win support of two of Tembec’s largest shareholders who threatened to vote against the agreement.Oaktree Capital Management LP and Restructuring Capital Associates LP had raised concerns the offer was too low but agreed to support the deal after the offer was raised. read more

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XPS and Rosemont geometallurgical development

first_imgThe Process Mineralogy team at XPS has been working closely with Hudbay Minerals since August of 2014 in support of its Rosemont project in Tucson, Arizona. This project is a large Cu-skarn/porphyry deposit with variable mineralogy and mineralisation. After the initial phases of data review were completed, a multiphase geometallurgical test work program was established to create a robust database of mineralogical, geochemical and metallurgical data to advance the processing and flowsheet design criteria.The initial phase of variability testing was carried out in late 2014 to early 2015. The first phase of work has provided a foundation for the geometallurgical interpretation and has helped to define a path forward for the project team.The test work database has integrated a combination of representative sampling, geochemistry, detailed quantitative mineralogy (QEMSCAN), XRD-CEC, ore hardness data (BWi, SPI, JK drop weight) and lab-scale flotation testing. The interpretation of the combined dataset has resulted in defined geospatial links between the deposit geology and key metallurgical factors which and are now being further tested and modelled. These links and geomet proxies have helped to better define the geometallurgical populations within the ore zone and have improved the understanding of processing variability overall as it relates to throughput and recovery modelling.The geometallurgical populations are the foundation for subsequent phases of flowsheet development testing and mineralogical test work which is currently underway at XPS and expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.Hudbay says “Rosemont project is located near a number of large porphyry type producing copper mines and is expected to be one of the largest copper mines in the USA, accounting for approximately 10% of total US copper production. It is expected to be an open-pit mine in Pima Country, approximately 50 km  southeast of Tucson, Arizona. As well as copper production there should be secondary metal output of molybdenum and silver.last_img read more

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Confirmed Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney joining Fianna Fáil

first_imgKeaveney has applied to take the Fianna Fáil whip following two to three weeks of discussions and once his application is approved today he is expected to hold a press conference at 1.30pm.A source said that Keaveney has found that he is in “broad agreement” with the party over many issues in recent months.”The party culture seems to be a very good one,” the source said, adding that there was a lot of “good work” being done by Micheál Martin in reforming the party and introducing one member-one vote.Keaveney lost the Labour whip in December 2012 after voting against social welfare cuts.He then resigned from the party altogether last summer after months of tension caused by his continuing role as party chairman despite no longer being a member of its parliamentary ranks.Keaveney was praised by Fianna Fáil as recently as October when the party’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher described him as “a fine deputy” in the Dáil chamber during a row over attempts by Labour to remove him from an Oireachtas committee.First published 9.32am“He’s a fine deputy!”: Row over Labour’s belated expulsion of Keaveney from committeeColm Keaveney is considering running in next year’s European elections Updated 10.05am THE FORMER LABOUR Party chairman and Galway East TD Colm Keaveney is joining Fianna Fail today.The move comes ahead of next year’s European elections where Keaveney had been tipped to run as an independent candidate in Midlands North West.But TheJournal.ie understands he will NOT run for Europe.A Fianna Fáil spokesperson confirmed that Keaveney has applied to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party and that his application will be discussed at a meeting of the PP at 12pm in Leinster House.Keaveney could not be contacted for comment this morning but tweeted in Latin that ‘fortune favours the brave’:last_img read more

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Amazon PreBlack Friday Top Picks

first_imgLG BD530 Network Blu-ray Disc Player $69.99 (Down from $89.99)Plantronics Voyager PRO Bluetooth Headset $49.99 (Down from $99.99)PlayStation 3 160GB Amazon Family Bundle $299.99 (Down from $369.99)Metroid: Other M (Nintendo Wii), $29.99 (Down from $49.99)The Princess Bride, $3.99 (Down from $14.98She & Him Volume 2, $1.99 Happy Black Thursday! Also known as Thanksgiving, in some circles. As you sit down with family to a crowded dinner table, in celebration, remember to be thankful for the folks at Amazon working hard through the holiday to bring you some early holiday deals.The site has been celebrating Black Friday all week, and will continue to do so until Cyber Monday rolls around in a few days. After the jump, check out some of Thursday’s best Black Friday Deals (Black Thursday is the new Black Friday, after all).Boqari Q1 Headphones with news Case, $49.95 (Down from $299.95)last_img read more

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Grippe AH1N1 lépidémie continue de baisser

first_imgGrippe A/H1N1 : l’épidémie continue de baisserFrance – D’après le dernier bulletin épidémiologique de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), l’activité de la grippe A/H1N1 continue de diminuer et serait sporadique.Le nombre de consultations pour symptômes de grippe se serait stabilisé et resterait en dessous du seuil épidémiologique pour la sixième semaine consécutive. Lors de la cinquième semaine, le réseau des Grog (Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe) a recensé 56.000 consultations pour infections respiratoires aiguës liées à la grippe A. Le nombre de prélèvements positifs pour la grippe A est en baisse, même si le virus est le plus présent parmi tous les virus grippaux isolés. Aucun nouveau cas de résistance au Tamiflu® n’a été rapporté et aucun cas d’hospitalisation en raison de la grippe A n’a été recensé lors de la semaine 5. L’épidémie a également pris fin dans la quasi-totalité des territoires français d’outre-mer.Cependant, il convient de rester vigilant, notamment dans les services accueillant des personnes à risque. En effet, des cas nosocomiaux de grippe A/H1N1 continuent d’être signalés dans les services hospitaliers. Six décès ont encore eu lieu depuis la publication du bulletin précédent dont trois en semaine 5.  Le bilan de l’épidémie s’élève donc à 291 décès dont quarante-cinq survenus sur des sujets n’ayant aucun facteur de risque. Le 11 février 2010 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Amazon Wants to Bring its Cashierless Tech to Bigger Stores

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Your future grocery store is on its way: Amazon aims to bring its cashierless technology to bigger stores in upcoming years.In Seattle, Amazon is testing its cashierless technology at a space formatted like a large shop, reported The Wall Street Journal. Amazon sources told The Wall Street Journal that if its advanced store concept takes off, it could inspire other big-box retailers to make their business models more convenient.Amazon Go, Amazon’s store where you can pick your items and automatically check out, is operating locations in Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. At Amazon Go stores, a system keeps track of what shoppers pick up from shelves and charges them right when they leave the store.Even though this seamless concept works great in smaller Amazon Go stores, a source told The Wall Street Journal that rolling out the same technology in a bigger store could be challenging due to higher ceilings and product inventory. Amazon did not disclose if cashierless tech will be coming to Whole Foods in the near future, even though cashierless technology might make customers’ shopping trips less of a hassle in major suburban and urban areas.While Amazon is aware of these difficulties, it has been tweaking the cashierless technology at its current Amazon Go locations to improve customer experiences. “We’re new to physical space, but it’s important for us,” Dilip Kumar, Amazon Go’s vice president of technology, told The Wall Street Journal on a recent tour. “It tends to build a lot of habit.”More on Geek.com:First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San FranciscoAmazon Ordered by Judge to Share Echo Recordings in Murder CaseAmazon Opens In-House Machine Learning Courses to Publiclast_img read more

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Body found after Fourth Plain strip mall fire

first_imgMore information may be released this afternoon on a three-alarm fire in an east Vancouver strip mall that left one person dead.The body was found in the ruins of the Oasis Market Sunday evening, after heavy equipment made it safe for investigators to enter.According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, major crimes detectives have launched a homicide investigation. The identity of the victim, the cause of death, and circumstances leading to the fire have still not been disclosed. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Team.The three-alarm fire was reported at 5:41 a.m. at Sifton Plaza, a four-unit retail complex at 13412 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.The complex, on the north side of Fourth Plain Boulevard, was anchored by a Texaco gas station and the Oasis Market convenience store, and had three other small tenants — a barber shop, a pet supply store and a pet grooming business.last_img read more

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Spalletti disappointed as Inter lose again

first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has revealed his disappointment and loss of words after his team succumbed to a late home defeat to Parma.The Nerazurri were tipped to challenge for the title after an impressive summer of player recruitments but so far have fallen short of any challenge with two losses in their first four games of the season.On loan, young Inter full-back Federico Dimarco scored the winner 11 minutes from time to compound more misery on his parent club.Spalletti admits his team haven’t been good enough so far this season and he believes they must do better when Spurs come to the San Siro on Tuesday for their UEFA Champions League opener.“It’s a painful defeat,” Spalletti told reporters, according to SportsKeeda.Juventus v Atalanta BC - Serie ASerie A Season Preview 2019-20 Boro Tanchev – August 23, 2019 The 2019-20 Serie A campaign starts this weekend with the clash between Parma and defending champions Juventus.“When you find yourself with four points from four games in front of this crowd and considering the fixture list, it becomes difficult to find excuses.”“We did well for long spells, we were always in their half but we certainly need to offer more than what we did. The responsibility is mine above all if a lot of players are showing less than their full potential.”“I don’t see this as a soft team. The guys are working in the right way with the attitude that you need. At times, perhaps we’re creating more confusion by trying to change the things that aren’t coming off.”“Up to their goal, we were in it but we wasted too many easy chances considering the quality that we have. We need to stay solid, keep our heads and learn also how to make the most of scrappy chances.”last_img read more

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How to talk to your kids about mass shootings

first_imgHow to talk to your kids about mass shootings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 Updated: 4:46 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – We have heard a lot about the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. Many of us have all kinds of emotions, ranging from sorrow, to anger and fear.Children who hear about these incidents will also have feelings.KUSI’s Sasha Foo asked a child psychologist about ways to help kids deal with these troubling events. last_img read more

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Supreme Court asks Telangana government to uphold MLC elections

first_imgThe apex court on Friday directed the Telangana government and legislative council to uphold the MLC elections until the final verdict on the plea filed by Ramulu Naik. Ramulu Naik filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging his disqualification. It may be recalled that the High Court dismissed Ramulu Naik’s plea and backed the then council chairman’s Swamy Goud decision of disqualifying Ramulu Naik for being disloyal to TRS party. Challenging the High Court’s verdict, Naik filed a plea in the Supreme Court which accepted to deal with the case. The court is adjourned for two weeks.last_img read more

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BNP leader Nazrul Islam hospitalised

first_imgBNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan. File photoBNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan was admitted to a city hospital on Saturday evening as he fell sick, reports news agency UNB.Nazrul Islam complained of chest pain while he was at the BNP executive committee meeting at a city hotel, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.He said, later, the BNP leader was taken to United Hospital around 7:00pm.He has been kept at the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital, Sayrul added.last_img read more

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Australian politician calls for banning Muslims

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 15 August 2018. — Photo: ReutersAn Australian politician was widely condemned Wednesday after demanding “a final solution” to immigration and calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favoured “European Christians”.Fraser Anning stunned lawmakers during his maiden speech to the senate when he invoked the infamous Nazi phrase used under Adolf Hitler in reference to annihilating Jewish people from Europe.He also sparked widespread anger by urging a ban on Muslim migrants and defending the race-based White Australia immigration policy that was in place for seven decades from 1901.”We as a nation are entitled to insist that those who are allowed to come here predominantly reflect the historic European-Christian composition of Australian society,” Anning told the upper house late Tuesday”Those who come here need to assimilate and integrate.”He added that “ethnocultural diversity … has been allowed to rise to dangerous levels in many suburbs”.”In direct response, self-segregation, including white flight from poorer inner-urban areas, has become the norm.”Anning, who represents Queensland for Katter’s Australian Party, called for immigrant numbers to be slashed, and for a ban on Muslims, justifying his call by saying they had “consistently shown to be the least able to assimilate and integrate”.”While all Muslims are not terrorists, certainly all terrorists these days are Muslims, so why would anyone want to bring more of them here?”He added: “The final solution to the immigration problem is of course a popular vote.”Immigration remains a hot button issue in Australia, amid concern about jobs and overcrowding in major cities.Data released last month showed migration numbers hit a 10-year low last year, with the annual intake falling by 20,000 to 162,000 as vetting procedures were tightened.- ‘Shocking insult’ -Anning’s comments sparked a backlash from all sides of politics, led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who emphasised Australia was one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world.”So we reject, we condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all,” he said, adding that the “final solution” jibe was “a shocking insult to the memory of six million Jews who died in the Holocaust”.Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten called the speech “a low point for our parliament”, while independent senator Derryn Hinch said there “was hardly a group of Australians he did not offend unless you were very close to being a member of the Ku Klux Klan”.Despite the criticism, Anning was unrepentant Wednesday and claimed he did not know the connection between the phrase “final solution” and Nazi Germany.”I don’t regret anything, I am not going to apologise or regret anything that I say,” he said.He won support from his party leader, Bob Katter, who said he “1,000 percent” backed him.”His speech was absolutely magnificent and it’s everything that this country should be doing,” he said.last_img read more

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