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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (IANS) Even as most parts of Kerala have been affected by heavy rains in the past few days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday assured the people that there is no need to panic at all. Speaking to the media here soon after chairing a review meeting, Vijayan said things are under control. “If one compares with the floods that took place the same time last year, this time it’s not that serious. As a government, we have taken every precaution and there need be no panic, but just be alert. The need of the hour is people should cooperate with the authorities, if they are asked to move out from places which are likely to turn dangerous, they must comply,” said Vijayan. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us So far 23 deaths have been reported from various parts of Kerala due to rains and floods. “The worst affected is Wayanad. Of the 22,165 people in 315 relief camps in the state, Wayanad has 9,563 people in 105 relief camps, the highest in the state. At Mepadi, an entire hill has been washed away. The inclement weather is preventing aerial operations, even as the Air Force team is ready and waiting to reach there. The Centre has pledged all possible help,” added Vijayan. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us “The meteorological department has predicted more rains in the next 24 hours, especially in the hilly areas of the state. Also, North Kerala is going to be affected by winds. The prediction is that from tomorrow the intensity of the rains is going to come down, but on August 15th, it’s going to rain heavily,” Vijayan added. On the presence of the forces which are engaged in relief and rescue operations, he said there are 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), three teams, each of the engineering task force and the Army. Advertise With Us “Two more columns of the Army are arriving. With the Cochin airport closed till Sunday, efforts are on to see if the Cochin Naval Base airport can be opened (it was open during last year’s floods). The Centre is always in touch with us,” said Vijayan. He also said that the 67th edition of the Nehru Boat race to be held on Saturday at Alappuzha has been postponed.
Tandur: Telangana State Gezeted Headmasters Association submitted memorandum to Tandur MLA Rohith Reddy regarding service rules, PRC’s, promotions, facilities in schools and problems of students. Rohith Reddy told them, “I will forward the problems which are related to schools and colleges to Chief Minister KCR and try to find a solution.” He further added, “A certain budget will be allotted to the schools and colleges in the division for the development.” Headmasters Srinivas, Ramulu, Vijay Kumar, Narsingh Rao, Anand Kumar and others were present.
LINE, a free calling and chat application on the mobile platform, has a user base of at least five million in India.Thanks to its famous advertisement campaign that says – “There are no limits! Call and message as much as you want!’ LINE reached the five million mark within 25 days of its launch in India. Moreover, the LINE Corporation plans to increase its user base up to 10 million in another few months.”We are extremely happy with the response to our service in India. This is the testimony that we are in the right market with the right product and at the right time,” said Jun Masuda, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer (CSMO) of LINE.Globally, the app has reached than 200 million on 21 July, 2013, surpassing even Twitter’s monthly active user base.LINE is indeed one of the fastest growing apps in the country due its quirky advertisements, ‘group voice chat’ and ‘sticker’ feature.”The app has been a success in the youth segment with its sticker and voice chat features becoming an instant hit and has been used extensively in all conversations happening through LINE app in India,” LINE said.Another reason that the app gained instant recognition was its presence across every mobile operating system, be it iOS, Android or Windows. The application is free on all the app stores.LINE was launched on 23 June, 2011, but achieved worldwide popularity with 150 million users until April 30, 2013, 23 months of its release.As LINE enters into the club of leading mobile apps, it faces challenge from other free messaging and voice calls application like Whatsapp.Whatsapp recently announced that it has crossed a user base of 250 million and is one of the main reasons of diverting users from social networking sites like Facebook. Moreover, Whatsapp is popular for its ‘strictly against advertising’ policy.
New Delhi, October 1 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 148.12 points up to stand at 19527.89. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 44.75 points up to stand at 5,780.05. Jain Irrigation and Amara Raja were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.66% and 7.33% along with Tata Communications and DLF Ltd. with an increase of 6.82% and 6.58% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and Tata Power with a decrease of 5.00% and 3.82% along with Castrol India and Container Corp with a decrease of 3.40% and 3.13% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 118.21 points at 11,114.80 while the banking sector is up 292.86 points at 11,257.05 and the realty sector is up 31.02 points at 1,201.35. The Indian currency is up 0.35% at Rs 62.38 per dollar.
The Budget session is likely to begin from 7 July, while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to present the Union Budget on 11 July, according to news reports.Jaitley has, through his recent statements and posts, given indications of what the budget will entail and how it will shape up.Here is a round-up of some of the key points put forth by the Finance Minister with reference to the Union Budget for 2014-15.Concerns –Inflation :The year on year WPI (wholesale price index) inflation for the month of March has moved up to 6.01 percent as compared to 4.58 percent in the corresponding period last year, Jaitley posted on his Facebook account on Monday.”The UPA government left behind a growth rate of sub 5% for two consecutive years. The fiscal deficit is abnormally high at 4.5%. Inflation in April was at a high of 8.9%,” he had said during his address in the debate on the motion of thanks for the President.Tax buoyancy has suffered. Tax GDP ratio is at 10.1 percent, as against budgeted 10.8 percent.Slow growth:”We have seen a decade of jobless growth. The credibility of the Indian economy has been hurt. Investors had stopped looking at us. Investments cycles both domestic and international have been broken,” the Finance Minister had explained. Mining and quarrying sectors have gained a negative growth trend.”The manufacturing sector has had an abysmal performance last year. The investment cycle has been disturbed,” he postedExpectations -Reforming Agriculture – “The need for a Single Agriculture Market and real time information dissemination on prices to farmers and consumers are areas which need to be addressed. States must address the areas of agriculture extension, public investment in agriculture including irrigation and agriculture marketing which fall under your purview,” Jaitley said during his pre-budget meeting with finance ministers of states and union territories.Bolstering Growth: “We have to restore investment cycle. We have to give particular emphasis to low cost manufacture,” he had said.”We have to think big and build an infrastructure which can cater to a growing population in coming years. Growth of infrastructure will also pull out sectors such as cement, steel and power etc from the current downturn and will lead to massive job creation.”Paving development: “We have to concentrate on highways, ports and airports and Social Sector infrastructure. We have to deal with the coal block mess and increase power generation in the country. We have to concentrate on skill development, affordable housing, urbanization and quality higher education,” Jaitley had said in his Parliamentary address last week.Indications – Agriculture reforms – “States are being advised to delist fruits and vegetables from the Agricultural produce Market Committee list, which means farmers will have an option of either going through APMC and the middlemen there or the option of going to the open market itself” Jaitley was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.Jaitley also said that a minimum export price (MEP) will be imposed on potatoes by the Commerce Department, while it has already been imposed on onion, and announced that additional quantity of rice will be released into the market.Goods and Services tax – Implementation of GST has the potential to significantly improve the growth story, Jaitley said.Clampdown on hoarding – “We need to look at the Essential Commodities act and put in place strict measures and special courts to stop hoarding and black marketing.” Restructuring FCI for greater efficiency in delivering food grains is also on the agenda, he had said.National Development – Government is committed to evolving a model of National Development which is driven by the States and we intend to extend necessary flexibility to States in achieving this, Jaitley said.Tax relief: “Nobody wants new taxes. The general mood among the people is that the taxes should be relaxed. The living standards of the citizens in India and the countries where inheritance tax is imposed are not comparable,” DNA quoted Jaitley.
Virat Kohli, who has been one of the stars to have been with the same side since its inception, is perhaps the biggest attraction for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ahead of the upcoming season, the skipper has conceded that his stay with the side has been fantastic and that there is no other side he would rather play in the future.”To me, it (playing for RCB) has been a most special experience. I don’t see myself leaving or playing for any other franchise,” Kohli said while speaking to reporters during the launch of RCB’s new app in Bengaluru.One of the most popular sides in the IPL, RCB have not yet managed to win the title despite featuring in four finals and for Kohli, sitting and blaming luck for the same does not cut it. He wants his side to make smarter decisions in pressure situations which can help them overcome the drought.Decisions need to be made properly Virat KohliIANS”The (RCB’s) failure lies where decisions aren’t made properly. If I sit here and say our luck was bad, that won’t be right. You make your own luck, and if you make poor decisions and the other team makes good ones, you will lose,” the RCB skipper added.With the World Cup slated to be just 10 days after the World Cup, managing workload of players has been a hotly-debated issue, but for the Indian skipper, it depends on each individual player as no one really wants to miss the World Cup.He also believes that the practice and experience one gains in the IPL hold the players in great stead in crunch situations in international cricket. Former Indian pacer and currently, the bowling coach of RCB, Ashish Nehra agreed and said that the skills developed in the IPL is a massive boost for any player. Virat KohliIANS”The IPL is a pressure tournament, it is as good as international cricket, that’s why everybody wants to play. So you are going to the World Cup through that pressure. If I’m a bowler, I keep bowling yorkers or good-length balls, it’s the same thing I have to do in the World Cup,” Nehra said at the event.Also, the players and the support staff believe that since there is a gap of around three weeks between the IPL final and India’s first game at the World Cup, there is enough time for players to recuperate if they are injured and hence, it should not be a massive concern for the side.
Close Why Wimbledon Is Different: Understanding The Prestigious Tennis Tournament Roger Federer soared into the semifinal of the Miami Open after defeating Kevin Anderson in straight sets and during the first set, won a rally that will be remembered by everyone in attendance at the Hard Rock Stadium. The Swiss will play Denis Shapovalov in the semifinal on March 30.When does the match start and how to watch it live onlineThe much-anticipated semifinal of the Miami Open will not start before 7 pm local time (Friday evening) and 4:30 am IST (Saturday morning).Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.Federer vs Shapovalov preview Federer will face the man who beat him at Wimbledon.Al Bello/Getty ImagesFederer’s Canadian opponent came back from a set down to beat Francis Tiafoe which caught the attention of Federer and he had some high praise for him and fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. “I think it’s going to be a really, really interesting year, and here in Miami, we see two of the most talented guys out there on the Tour right now,” said the 20-time grand slam champion.For Shapovalov, it is a dream come true to be able to play the Swiss. “It’s definitely a matchup I have been looking forward to, I think, my whole life,” Shapovalov said, smiling. “It’s going to be a dream come true to play him in such a big event over here, and the stakes are so high, semi-final match of a Masters 1000 against your idol.”Shapovalov overcame Tiafoe in three sets 6-7 6-4 6-2 while Federer beat Anderson for the sixth time in seven attempts and as he did in his previous five occasions, it was a straight sets victory – 6-0 6-4. When Federer was 4-0 up in the first set, he went on to win a rally from the net that can only be described as incredible. One commentator exclaimed: “Are you kidding?” while another added, “I thought early this week we’d seen the point of the tournament with Nick Kyrgios but this is right up there.” One must see it to believe it.”ARE YOU KIDDING?!”@rogerfederer is something else ?#MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/5hloQqt2DT— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 29, 2019Roger the “Maestro” is the GOAT, no question. He is the most watched and beloved tennis player on the planet and an incredible athlete! Point of the year!— Diane Talbot (@noneedlefillers) March 29, 2019This is point of the year so far ♥️♥️♥️♥️— OurNumberOneRF? (@TennisDigits) March 29, 2019Words fail me to describe how Roger Federer is an Amazing player ! Simply the best, the GOAT !— Toublanc Benjamin (@Bennantes) March 29, 2019OHH STOP IT! What a point from Roger Federer ???— Francis (@Franjmh25) March 29, 2019OHH STOP IT! What a point from Roger Federer ???— Francis (@Franjmh25) March 29, 2019Miami Open 2019: TV telecast Americas (Pacific) – ESPNCanada – RDS, TSNCyprus – CytavisionDenmark – TV3 SportFinland – MTVFrance – EurosportGermany – SkyGreece – Cosmote SportJapan – GaoraRussia – EurosportSouth Africa – SupersportSpain – Telefonica (Movistar+)United Kingdom & Ireland – Amazon Prime Video
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThe Queen may be annoyed with Meghan Markle’s recent antics, but the monarch seems to have bent a rule or two of her own to get the Duchess of Sussex into the Royal Family.Queen Elizabeth II has “bent the rules” for Meghan Markle’s transition into the Royal Family and sent a “clear directive” to courtiers to support the Duchess of Sussex – which demonstrates how Her Majesty has “evolved” over the years, a royal commentator claims.Meghan Markle joined the Royal Family after her marriage to Prince Harry last year. Royal expert Angela Mollard spoke to New Idea magazine’s podcast “Royals”, where she praised the Queen for being a phenomenal woman who has been evolving through the years. Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child this month. The Queen has made accommodations for the Royal couple at Frogmore Cottage. There were reports that there is some friction between the Queen and Meghan Markle as the former quashed Meghan’s bid to separate from the Royal Family. Ms. Mollard concluded: “She wants this new generation to succeed and she’s willing to bend the rules for that to happen.”Meghan Markle is on maternity leave. The Duchess of Sussex needs to toe the Royal line if she wants to have an uncomplicated life at the Royal Palace. Meghan would do well to learn that she cannot afford to cross the Queen’s path. Meghan Markle has a long way to go before she learns the ways of Royalty. In the meantime, her enthusiasm seems to be rubbing everyone the wrong way, from Kate Middleton to even the Royal staff.
Ten months after announcing his break-up with Rashmika Mandanna and subsequently deleting all his social media accounts, Rakshit Shetty is now ready to re-enter the social media. Yes, the actor-filmmaker will make his comeback with a bang on June 5, on the eve of his birthday.According to a press release, the fans of Rakshit Shetty have been demanding him to make a comeback and the actor has decided to re-enter the social media as his birthday gift to his fans. However, the actor’s digital team will be handling all his accounts this time.”Rakshit will be busy with the post production of Avane Sirmannarayana and does not want his fans to miss out on any action; which is why all of the updates and happenings will be posted by his team; personally the actor will not be on the forums,” Bangalore Mirror quotes a press release from the actor as saying.Rakshit Shetty, who is busy with his much-hyped film Avane Srimannarayana, had decided to stay away from social media as it was taking toll on his work, but he had stated that he would return when the time was right. The break-up with Rashmika only made the matters worse for him as his crazy fans targeted her over their separation.To put an end to the issue, he had come up with a detailed statement which people can read below:To Respected People!I had announced that I will be off social media to concentrate on other things. But I had to come back in order to clarify a few things, for what has been playing it from the last couple of days has been literally snatching away everything a person loved and lived for!You all have formed opinions about Rashmika. I don’t blame any of you because that’s how it is projected. Everyone of us believe what we see and what is said. But it need not be true. Most of the time we come to a conclusion without even thinking from another perspective. I have known Rashmika for more than two years and I have known her better than any of you. There are many factors which are acting here. Please stop judging her. Please let her be in peace. I hope everything comes to a conclusion soon and you all will know the reality. Please don’t go by any media news. None of them have first hand information from me or Rashmika herself. Many are creating their own news for their requirement. Assumptions are not reality.Keeping this page live for few days so that this message is conveyed to everyone. I will be back when It’s really needed and me leaving social media has nothing to do with any of this. I only want to concentrate on work since social media was getting addictive ☺Regards-Rakshit Shetty RelatedWhy is Mahesh Babu being tortured by Rashmika Mandanna’s family?Rashmika Mandanna leaves Keerthy Suresh, Kajal behind to bag Vijay’s Thalapathy 64Rashmika Mandanna’s loss is Anu Emmanuel’s gain Rakshit Shetty.PR Handout
Riza AzizReutersHollywood producer Riza Aziz, who is also the stepson of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged on Friday, July 5, for embezzling millions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund. Popularly known for co-producing ‘Wolf of Wall Street,’ he was charged with five counts of money laundering by a Kuala Lumpur court. He was accused of receiving $248.2 million into personal Swiss bank accounts from the contentious state fund. Each count carries a five-year jail sentence respectively.The charge sheet revealed that during 2011-2012, amount varying between $1.2 million to $133 million were channelled through Switzerland to his companies – Red Granite Productions Inc in Los Angeles and Red Granite Ltd in Singapore.Riza was arrested on Thursday and pleaded not guilty for the charges. He was granted bail with a fine of $240,000 and was told to surrender his passports.The corruption unit of the US Justice Department began a probe in 2015 and found Azis’ company, Red Granite Pictures, to have transferred millions of dollars involving 1MDB funds. The investigation revealed that $155 million from the state fund was misappropriated to finance the 2013 Oscar-nominated film Wolf of Wall Street.Red Granite Pictures agreed to pay $60 million in a settlement in 2018. However, the company said the settlement did not indicate “an admission of wrongdoings or liability on the part of Red Granite.”1MDB Scandal1MDB is a state-run strategic development company that was earlier controlled by ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak. In 2015, it was revealed that Najib misappropriated nearly $700 million from the 1MDB funds.After he was ousted by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (present) in 2018, he was charged with 42 counts including abuse of power, money laundering and criminal breach of trust.
Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.ReutersOnline retail major Amazon is all set to end the year-long discount on Prime subscription fee for Indian customers. Soon, the company will be charging Rs 999 as yearly fees, which was earlier offered at a discount of 50 percentAmazon Prime was launched in India in a phased manner in July 2016. Although Prime was originally launched at a price of Rs 999, it was offered at half the price. The company offered faster delivery for Prime customers on 1.3 million products, Business Standard reported.”Prime membership is available for only a few more days at the special introductory price of Rs 499 a year. In India, Prime members enjoy unlimited free one day and two-day delivery on over 11 million products online, free standard delivery without a minimum purchase, exclusive deals on bestselling products and instant access to latest movies and TV shows,” the company said.Amazon currently has four benefits for Prime members, including early deliveries, Amazon Prime Video, discounts and deals, and Amazon Family. The company further said that it is planning to add more benefits and features for Prime customers, the Economic Times reported.According to sources, the company currently has around 12 million Prime members, generating about 40 percent of orders Amazon’s total order. The company’s gained more Prime membership over the last few months mostly because of its entertainment content and festive sale bonanza.”Last Diwali, we started offering exclusive deals for Prime members, which has continued through the year. In December 2016, we launched Prime Video as a benefit for Prime members- with unlimited ad-free streaming of movies and TV shows, at no additional cost,” the business daily quoted the company as saying. The company said that Prime membership has been doubled since January 2017. According to Comscore and AppAnnie, Amazon is the fastest growing marketplace in India and the most visited site on both desktop and mobile.
JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty ImagesAsian Games gold medallist sprinter Hima Das, who went on a gold-winning spree recently in Europe, has been honoured by the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bengaluru. The park has named a six-month-old tiger cub Hima on the eve of the International Tiger Day. A total of eight tigers were released into the safari area for public viewing, out of which three are male and five are female. On the occasion of International Tiger Day, which falls on July 29, BBP organised a series of sessions to spread awareness about knowing the endangered species.In India, Karnataka has the highest number of tigers. According to the 2014 tiger census, tiger population in the state is 406.Other celebrity sportspersons have also been honoured in this manner. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj were honoured as two sloth bears were named after them by the Bannerghatta Rescue Centre. Hima Das became the only Indian athlete to win a track event at an IAAF meet. KALLE PARKKINEN/AFP/Getty ImagesMany well-known personalities have adopted animals in BBP, including Infosys chairperson Sudha Murty and Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise managing director Ashok Kheny.The Assamese sprinter’s first competitive 200m race win this year came on July 2 when she clocked 23.65 seconds and picked up the gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. Her second gold came on July 8 at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland where she again won the 200m race clocking 23.97 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 seconds and her fourth came at the Tabor Athletics Meet where she again won the gold in the 200m category clocking 23.25 seconds.Finally, her fifth medal came on July 20 in Prague at the Nove Mesto and Metuji Grand Prix as she won the 400m race clocking 52.09 seconds on the clock. The whole of India was awestruck by the 19-year-old’s winning run. Celebrities from different spheres of the country and worldwide congratulated her and wished her for the future. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar were among the most eminent names who showered praises on her.
An Indian money changer shows new Indian rupee currency notes to a customer while sitting on the side of a road in Kolkata on August 23, 2013Getty Images [Representational Image]Rising for the seventh straight day, the rupee strengthened by 35 paise to 71.11 against the US dollar in early trade Thursday on the back of falling crude oil prices.Traders said dollar’s weakness against some currencies overseas and increased selling of the greenback by exporters and banks also supported the rupee.They said fresh foreign fund inflows and a steep fall of nearly 7 per cent in global crude prices to a one-year low on Tuesday buoyed rupee sentiments.At the interbank forex market, the rupee opened higher at 71.12 and rose further to quote at 71.11, showing a rise of 35 paise over its previous close of 71.46 against the dollar on Tuesday.The rupee had gained 21 paise to end at 71.46 against the US dollar on Tuesday.In the last six trading sessions, the domestic unit has gained 143 paise.Forex market remained shut on Wednesday on account of Eid-e-Milad.Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex was up by 82.53 points, or 0.23 per cent, to 35,282.33 in opening trade.
Jayam Ravi and Yogi Babu in Comali.PR HandoutJayam Ravi has teamed up with newcomer Pradeep Ranganathan, who has learnt the craft through short filmmaking, for Comali, the movie which became the talk of the town recently with its impressive trailer.He has paired up with Kajal Aggarwal for the first time in Comali. Kannada actress Samyuktha Hegde is making her Tamil debut with this flick by playing the love of Ravi’s first love. Yogi Babu will be seen as the hero’s side kick. KS Ravikumar, Kavita Radheshyam and a host of other actors are part of the cast. The film has Hiphop Tamizha’s music, Richard M Nathan’s cinematography and Pradeep E Ragav’s editing.Story: Comali is a comedy-satire which revolves around Ravi (Jayam Ravi), who is in the state of coma for 16 years. In the last two decades, the country has witnessed massive changes in the lifestyles and value system. The movie tries to showcase how a man who went into a prolonged state of unconsciousness before this revolution reacts to the present reality. The story, laced with humour, tries to carry an important message to the society.Reviews: Comali has opened to positive reviews from the critics and cine-goers. Jayam Ravi’s school-day avatar for which he lost 18 kilograms has been appreciated by the viewers. Check out the viewers’ response to the flick below:KollyEmpire : #Comali | Interval | Decent and entertaining so far thanks to Jayam Ravi who is so good both as the young boy and the coma survivor. Last twenty minutes looked very much staged and artificial compared to the initial feel. Nice interval block. Yogi Babu & comedies working well!Bharan: #Comali – Fun & Emotional Drama.. 90s memories, Chennai Flood, current generation,.. Etc Ella recall panirukanga.. Overall ah bore adikama pothu..Watchable movie.. @actor_jayamravi bro school boy character ku nallave effect potu irukinga.. #ComaliReviewVarun: #comali laughed so much after long time. Kollywood has genuine comedy movie after long time. Pure entertainer. Thanks @actor_jayamravi for your hatrick success. #Comali Rajini sir comedy is there in overseas content. So USA audience can enjoy the uncut scenes.Manoj Kumar: #Comali : 3.25/5 Filled wid fun, Entmt, Emotions nd Nostalgic moments This Film reminds us there is no such things like Caste & Religion when it comes 2 HumanityBigil Pradeep: #Comali One time watchable! konjam Emotion, neraya Fun’s, Attract Youngsters,( especially 90’skids), oru Fight, okay vana Songsu, Complete Family EntertainerKrishna Krish: #Comali [3/5] : A fun movie with a message.. Message being today’s society forgetting humanity, due to over dependence on technology.. @actor_jayamravi has excelled both comedy and emotional scenes.. #YogiBabu is almost a parallel hero.. His comedy has worked big time..vishalrajan: #comali A must watch movie in theatre.. First 20mins they brought back the memories of 90’s kid. .. Unexpected interval block.. In climax the director just nailed the show with his script.. @actor_jayamravi as usual different script and never failed to get applause from audienceSanjeevi: #comali never failed to entertain the audience from the starting till the end.Loved @actor_jayamravi anna’s perfomance a lot especially the youthful character.The film has started winning hearts.Congo team!!!Sidhu: #Comali: The film nicely reminds us of the things we grew up with during our childhood through the props, dialogues and such. I just wish it had left the sleazy part of the comedy in the past too, it was a major turnoff and could have been avoided easily. #Comali: After a long time, a fully fulfilling show from #YogiBabu. His role is more like a second hero, tagging along with @actor_jayamravi all the way. The good part is that his one-liners work right until the end, the body-shaming jokes take a back seat too! #Comali: Comic joyride. A chilled out entertainer that keeps the laughs coming constantly. Led by a superb performance from @actor_jayamravi @pradeeponelife has delivered a sweet little film that works despite the odd bad joke. Really liked it!Pavithran: #Comali @pradeeponelife good debut… Ulagathula elamey marinalum humanity marala nu sonathu weightu @actor_jayamravi saravedi in every frame… @hiphoptamizha rocking @yogibabu_offl counters worked very well… Overall 90s kids ah kai vidala nenga… Vera levelRamesh Bala: #Comali [3/5] : A fun movie with a message.. Message being today’s society forgetting humanity, due to over dependence on technology.. @actor_jayamravi has excelled both comedy and emotional scenes.. #YogiBabu is almost a parallel hero.. His comedy has worked big time..Shankar_Dhanush: #Comali wellmade script. Fully engaged. @actor_jayamravi showed his variation in acting. @iYogiBabu comedy ROFL.. Climax will be talkative one.. Emotions work out very well. Kudos to the entire team @hiphoptamizhaReview Ram: #Comali is both visually and verbally unfit to be a clean ‘U’ certificate film. Intentions of the humour are cheap at parts. #CensorBoard – HOW could you do this nonsense every time and again♀️Haricharan Pudipeddi: #Comali, which borrows its basic premise from Kickin’ It Old School, is a decent entertainer that has Yogi Babu in terrific form and a fine @actor_jayamravi in a fun role. Could’ve been a lot funnier.Ranjith: Saw #Comali @RohiniSilverScr !! Semma padam by @pradeeponelife spl mention to the climax @actor_jayamravi n his choice of movies to be appreciated Thalapathy references theatre erupts @THM_OffCB: #Comali is a watchable flick though it turns to be a bit dramatic in the end. Comedy works in parts & Jayaram Ravi’s Single shot scene in the second half is good.udhayaa: #Komali very good entertaining movie with lovely msg… @actor_jayamravi bro u r rocking, great (hard) work..Congrats to my Anna #isariganesh, @VelsFilmIntl ,@sakthifilmfactory Director and whole Team… Congrats…Prashanth Rangaswamy: #Comali – There is so much one can take from this movie. The best message of all – Humanity first and then everything. Congrats team – You can be really proud of this movie !Rajasekar: #Comali – Seamless flow throughout the first half. @actor_jayamravi is fantastic as usual. After a longtime good to see @iYogiBabu in a well written role. Debutant Pradeep has fully utilized the the sixteen years time gap to engage the audience.Good going so far
KhalafThe Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered for a re-hearing of the appeal in the murder case of Saudi Arabian embassy official Khalaf Al-Ali.A three-member bench of Appellate Division led by acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah fixed 17 October for re-hearing.Though the verdict was set to be delivered on Tuesday (today), the date has been deferred following a petition from the defense.A Dhaka court sentenced five people to death over the murder in 2012.However, the decision was overturned when the convicts’ appeal and death reference was sent to the High Court.In 2013, the High Court acquitted fugitive Selim Chowdhury, reduced the sentences of Md Al Amin, Akbar Ali Lalu and Rafiqul Islam to life in prison and upheld the death sentence of Saiful Islam Mamun.The state appealed the decision in 2014.Khalaf Al Ali, 45, a non-diplomatic official with the consular section of the embassy, was shot near his Gulshan residence on the night of 5 March 2012. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital the next day.A murder case was filed with Gulshan police two days after the killing.The suspects had demanded dollars from the Saudi official in a mugging incident that led to a bloody confrontation. Saiful who was carrying a revolver shot Khalaf and ran away, Al Amin, one of the accused, said in a confessional statement to the CMM court.The four other suspects, however, pleaded ‘ not guilty’. The five were later convicted by the court.
A Comilla court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, 48 other leaders and activists of her party in a murder case filed over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila that left eight people dead.Additional chief judicial magistrate Joynab Begum issued the order after accepting the charge sheet in the case.Eight people were killed and at least 20 people were injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila during BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February 2015.Two separate cases – one under the Explosive Substances Act and another for murder – were filed against 56 people, including Khaleda.Later, sub-inspector Nururzzaman filed the murder case against 77 people including Khaleda.Firoz Ahmed, inspector of detective branch of police and also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet accusing 69 people.On 9 October 2017 last, a Comilla court ordered the arrest of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and 45 other leaders and activists of her party in the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act over the 2015 arson attack on a bus in Chouddagram upazila.
Logo of arrestAt least 240 leaders and activists of BNP-Jamaat were detained in special drives in 15 districts across the country from Monday night to Tuesday morning, reports UNB.Police held them from Satkhira, Comilla, Lakshmipur, Chittagong, Comilla, Dinajpur, Bagerhat, Nilphamari, Sylhet, Pabna, Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Panchagarh, Netrakona, Bogra, and Sherpur districts.In Satkhira, police in special drives arrested 71 people including 44 leaders and activists of BNP-Jamaat from different areas of the district from Monday evening to Tuesday noon including Ahaduzzaman, general secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal district unit and Nasir Uddin general secretary Tanti Dal accusing them in sabotage and drug cases.Police launched the special drives in different areas of eight-thanas of the district and arrested them said Maruf Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Of them, 23 were arrested from Sadar thana, six from Kalaroa, four from Tala, eight from Kaliganj, three from Shyamnagar, five from Ashashuni, seven from Debhata and four from Patkelghata upazila.In Lakshmipur, police in a drive arrested least 20 BNP-Jamaat men from Sadar, Ramgati, Kamalnagar and Raipura upazilas on Monday night and Tuesday morning and Fakhrul Islam Swapan, the general secretary of Chorruhita area of Sadar upazila, Razu Hossain, the general secretary of Bhabaniganj upazila Jubo Dal, secretary for publicity Shipon are among the arrested persons, said Anirban Chakma, additional police super of the district.He said they were arrested on charges of sabotage.In Comilla, police in special drives arrested at least 48 leaders and activists of BNP and 15 others of Jamaat from Sadar, South Sadar, Chaddagram, Chandina, Burichang, Homna, Titas, Meghna, Borura, Laksam, Daudkandi and Monohorganj upazilas of the district on Monday night to Tuesday morning.In Chittagong, 22 Jamaat activists and leaders were arrested on Tuesday morning from Alkoron area of Kotwali police station from a secret meeting of them said Kotwali police station officer-in-charge Jasim Uddin.He said the arrested persons are the leaders and activists of Jamaat and were planning subversive activities.On the other hand in Nawabganj, at least 59 leaders and activists of BNP were sued on Monday and four were arrested on charge of violence in Nawabganj.Sub-inspector Md Shafiqul Islam said they arrested three BNP members and one Jamaat activist from different places in the upazila.In Dinajpur, police in drives on Monday night arrested at least 15 leaders and activists of BNP-Jamaat from different places of the district, said district police control room sources.Among the arrested persons, nine are BNP-men including Akhtaruzzaman Jewel, joint convener of district unit BNP and six are Jamaat men. They were sent to jail after producing them before the court.In Bagerhat, police in 24 hours-long drive from Monday night to Tuesday arrested at least 54 accused of different charges including seven leaders of BNP-Jamaat, said Pankaj Chandra Roy, superintendent of district police.He said police arrested seven BNP-Jamaat leaders with explosive substances and sabotage charges and 47 others accused in different charges.The arrested persons were sent to jail after producing them before the court, the SP added.In Nilphamari, police in special drives from Monday night to Tuesday morning arrested at least 39 accused including seven leaders and activists of BNP-Jamaat from different places in six upazilas of the district, said additional SP Abul Bashar Mohammad Atiqur Rahman.Mominul Islam, officer-in-charge of district Detective Branch (DB) police said, the arrested persons were absconders and listed accused of different charge-sheets.In Sylhet, police in drives from Monday night to Tuesday morning arrested six leaders and activists of BNP and its associate body from different places of Fenchuganj and Kanaighat upazilas of the district in sabotage charges, said Md Nazmul Haque, officer-in-charge of Fenchuganj police station.In Pabna, police arrested at least six leaders and activists of BNP, including engineer Habibur Rahman Tota, general secretary of the district unit BNP from Shibrampur area in the district town, said Abdul Razzak, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.They were held for allegedly attacked on police personnel on 1 January last, he OC added.The arrested persons were sent to jail through court, the OC said.In Chapainawabganj, police in drives arrested four leaders of Jamaat-Shibir along with one kilogram gunpowder from Sadar and Bholarhat upazilas of the district on Tuesday morning, said Mahbub Alam, officer-in-charge of district DB police.The arrestees have planned to carry out subversive activities at the area, the OC added.Two cases were filed with Sadar and Bholarhat police station under the Explosive Substances Act.In Rajshahi, police arrested a leader of district unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal along with two others from Putia upzila headquarter on Monday evening.Police also recovered one-liter of petrol from their possession, said Sayedur Rahman Bhuyan, officer-in-charge of Putia police station.Police also filed a case under special power act against Charghat Upazila Parishad chairman Abu Sayed Chand and nine others with names and 30 unnamed in this connection.The arrested persons were sent to jail after producing them before the court on Tuesday, the OC added.In Panchagarh, police in drives from Sunday night to Monday night arrested at least 26 BNP-Jamaat men from different places over the district.The arrested persons were sent to jail through court in showing them arrested in several cases, said Md Gias Uddin Ahmed, superintendent of district police.In Netrokona, police in drives from Monday night to Tuesday evening arrested at least 25 accused of several cases including five BNP-Jubo Dal and Jamaat leaders from different places over the district, said district police control room sources.In Bogra, police in drives from Monday night to Tuesday morning arrested at least nine BNP and its associate bodies-men from different places of the district in charge of planning to carry out subversive activities, said district police control room sources.In Sherpur, police arrested two Jubo Dal leaders and a JCD leader from Sadar and Sreebardi upazilas of the district in charge of carrying out vandalism activities in the district town on Tuesday, said Md Rezaul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sreebardhi police station.
Mahbubul Alam Hanif. File PhotoBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina would remain in power in the country as long as she is alive and physically fit, said one of senior leaders of her party.Addressing a programme in the capital, party’s joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also said no evil forces in the country can overthrow the Hasina-led government.Dhaka city’s south unit of AL’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League aka BCL organised the programme to select its leadership.“As long as jananetri [people’s leader] Sheikh Hasina is alive, as long as jananetri Sheikh Hasina has the physical ability to work, Bangladesh Awami League will stay in power under the leadership of jananetri Sheikh Hasina and she will remain the prime minister of Bengal,” announced Hanif. He went on to say, “No evil force of Bangladesh has the strength to grab power by overthrowing the Hasina-led government.”He claimed that the AL is staying in power under the leadership of Hasina “with the mandate of the people” and the government is under no pressure.“It’s not 2018, not even 2024, they [opposition BNP] have to think whether they will be able to come to power after 2029,” said Hanif. He also said, “No means other than the legal ones will be able to ensure the release of Khaleda Zia.”
Basana Jaldas shows a photo of one of her sons who was killed by pirates. She lost two sons in the incident. Photo: Saurabh DasFishermen in Chattogram have pirates are making their lives impossible. These robbers seize their boats, take them hostage and demand ransom from the owners of the boats.Sometimes the sea pirates loot their fish and nets if the owner refuses to pay ransom. They also often beat up or even kill the fisherman.Twenty fishermen went missing in such incidents over one month. Locals think the pirates killed them.Pirates killed 32 fishermen and threw their bodies into the sea on 2 April in 2013.Several fishing boat owners said, the coast guard responsible for their security did not take any action despite repeated complaints.These Prothom Alo correspondents found out that armed pirates attack trawlers in the deep sea. After seizing the boats they use the fishermen’s mobile phones to demand ransom.Fishermen and boat owners in Bashkhai said that the main bastions of sea robbers are in coastal areas of Kutubdia, especially in Rimshakhali and Durumbazar area.President of the boat owners’ association, Yar Ali, spoke to Prothom Alo about this predicament. “The pirates seize a boat, call its owner and demand ransom of Tk 200,000. If the owners disagree, they take away the fish and kill the fishermen. In most cases, the owners are left with no options but to pay the ransom,” he said. East zone coastguard Lt Mohammad Alauddin said, “No one informed us of such incidents yet. We asked Bashkhali police station to inform us if there was any case of abduction so we can act accordingly.”However, there are no records of missing fishermen in Upazila Fisheries Office.Fisheries officer Altaf Hossain told Prothom Alo, “A number of families of fishermen who were killed by pirates have applied for government assistance. We have a list of their names.”*This piece, origially published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
Law enforcers arrest four BCL men including district BCL president Abdus Salam Badhon at the district stadium in Meherpur on Sunday. Photo: UNBBangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists clashed with police during a Victory Day programme at Meherpur district stadium on Sunday, leaving three policemen injured, reports UNB.Law enforcers arrested four BCL men including district BCL president Abdus Salam Badhon over the incident. Other arrestees are BCL activists Ibrahim, Shishit and Ashik.Additional superintendent of police Sheikh Mostafizur Rahman said BCL activist Imran was assaulting schoolboy Suruj Ali, 15, around 11:00am while the Victory Day parade was going on at the stadium.On-duty policemen detained Ibrahim as he refused to listen to their request to stop beating the schoolboy.Being angered at the detention of their fellow, other BCL men tried to snatch Ibrahim from police, triggering a clash.At one stage, BCL activists pushed officer-in-charge of Sadar police station Rabiul Islam.The clash left three policemen, including the OC, injured.Later, police arrested the four BCL men in this connection.