Email Facebook “Game Of Thrones” Season 7 Soundtrack Release Date Set News Twitter The set will again feature music by GOT composer Ramin Djawadi, with selections from the current season — we just hope that Ed Sheeran’s “pretty” song from the season opener is included.The GRAMMY-nominated Djawadi has helmed the music for the binge-worthy show since its inception, in addition to working on shows like “Prison Break” and “Westworld” and films such as Iron Man.The previous season six “Game Of Thrones” soundtrack topped Billboard’s Soundtrack Albums chart and placed at No. 27 on the Billboard 200. And the album’s cinematic “Light Of The Seven” reached No. 1 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.Coupled with seas of merchandise, concert tours, dedicated blogs and the epic GOT Memes page on Facebook, the series’ dynamic music adds further testament to the show’s game-changing status for television and how it’s dented all facets of pop culture.Ed Sheeran To Mastodon: Vote For Your Favorite “Game Of Thrones” CameoRead more Pre-Order “Game Of Thrones” New Soundtrack game-thrones-season-7-soundtrack-release-date-set Attn. Throners: New GOT soundtrack coming in September — will Ed Sheeran’s song be included?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 5:15 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s been the best season of “Game Of Thrones” ever, hasn’t it?As we wait for the next episode to see if Jaime Lannister survived the wrath of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon, “Game Of Thrones” has set a Sept. 29 release date for its season seven soundtrack.
Tesla 10:51 The long-awaited, $35,000 Tesla Model 3 is now available to order online. Tesla announced its base Model 3 variant on Thursday, which will feature a single electric motor, standard interior and an estimated range of 220 miles.But what else does $35,000 before incentives get you, exactly? To start, the “standard interior” offers heated, cloth seats with manual adjustment. You’ll also get “basic audio,” standard maps and navigation and a center console with four USB ports, according to Tesla’s order site. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Sliding around in Teslas at the company’s Alaska proving… Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow 18 Electric Cars Car Industry 50 Photos During a conference call with media, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posited that someone ordering a $35,000 Model 3 on Thursday could expect to take delivery in June. Depending on how long it actually takes the entry-level Model 3 to come to market — Tesla has missed its goals before — it could mark a dramatic shift in the number of people who buy electric vehicles.Tesla also announced Thursday a plan to cease all retail sales of its vehicles; the company will move to an online-only platform. Musk told members of the press on a conference call that ditching its retail locations will represent a significant cost savings — and saving every penny will no doubt help as the $35,000 Model 3 comes to market. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tesla Model 3 now available from $35,000 Tesla 1:34 Originally published at 2:06 p.m. PT.Updated at 3:23 p.m. PT: Adds new details about online-only sales. Comments Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now playing: Watch this: You’ll also only be able to buy the most basic car in black, unless you upgrade to premium paint, and the cheapest color option is $1,500.For an additional $2,000 you can have the “partial premium interior,” which gets you power-adjustable, heated front seats, different upholstery, upgraded audio, LED fog lights (though those aren’t inside the car, of course) and phone docking. This also upgrades you to the “standard range plus” car, priced at $37,000 before incentives, which has an estimated range of 240 miles.The “premium interior,” a $5,000 upgrade over the standard car, gets an internet browser, in-car music streaming, satellite-view maps with traffic information, heated front and rear seats and an even more powerful audio system. This environment is available on the $40,000, 264-mile “midrange” trim and the $43,000, 325-mile “long-range” version.
$413 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements See It Apple Watch Series 3 $349 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 38mm: $199 | See it at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 44mm: $499 | See it at Amazon See All The Apple Watch Series 4 delivers on its fitness promises 4:28 40mm: $399 | See it at Amazon See It reading • Apple Watch comparison: Series 3 vs. Series 4 which should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) $399 See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 18 Walmart News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Comments Best Buy • To be fair, I don’t go on too many 6-hour hikes — at least not without some kind of break in between — but if you do hit the trails on the weekend, or train for longer distance races, those extra hours of charge definitely come in handy. While the Series 4 is no Garmin or Polar smartwatch which can last you through an Ironman, the Series 3 would barely make it through a full a marathon. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Added health features One of the most important new features to come to the Apple Watch with the Series 4 is the FDA cleared EKG feature that can help users screen for potentially life threatening medical conditions like Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) which can increase your risk of stroke. The EKG even helped me detect a slight irregularity in my own heart rhythm during a cardiologist visit. Nothing too serious, but still worth me knowing about. It’s the only direct-to-consumer device that can do this at the moment, and for some that could be worth its weight in gold. That said, the Apple Watch Series 3 does share some other great heart health features with the Series 4 that don’t require the EKG. They can both alert users if they detect abnormally high or low heart rates during a period of inactivity, features that have helped multiple users catch some pretty serious medical conditions. With the update to WatchOS 5, even older Apple Watches (Series 1 and later) got the irregular heart rhythm notification. The feature takes a look at the space between heartbeats and can flag if it’s indicative of AFib. But only the Series 4 can provide the additional EKG data for a doctor to get a more detailed look at the electrical activity happening in the heart. Most doctors will still require a traditional 12-lead EKG to diagnose a heart condition, but it provides a much richer picture than what the optical heart rate can show. The EKG on the Series 4 is equivalent to a single lead EKG. Put your finger on the electrode on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 4 to take an EKG. James Martin/CNET The other big health feature unique to the Series 4 is fall detection. It has an improved accelerometer and gyroscope which allow it to detect when the user has taken a bad fall. If the user is unresponsive after a minute, the Apple Watch automatically calls emergency services, plays a message that tells them the user has fallen and shares their current location. The Watch also shares the location with emergency contacts if they’ve been programmed in ahead of time. This feature on the Apple Watch Series 4 been credited for saving a 67-year-old man’s life in Norway after a night-time fall that left him unresponsive on his bathroom floor and other similar stories have continued to surface since it’s release. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Most bang for your buck If you’re purchasing your watch through Apple, the Series 4 with cellular costs $499, while the Wi-Fi only model costs $100 dollars less. Same goes with the Series 3 at $379 with cellular and $279 for Wi-Fi only. As I said earlier, the Series 4 is your best buy if you don’t mind paying more for the extras, but if you’re trying to save some cash, or you already have the older model, then the Series 3 is still a great choice. Winner: Apple Watch Series 3 Which Apple Watch should you buy? When it comes to watches, and technology in general, there’s no one-size fits all answer. It really comes down to each person’s needs. Your use case may be completely different to mine, but at least now you have a better idea of what you’d be getting from each. The cheapskate in me would probably end up sticking to the Series 3. As a generally healthy 30-something, the Series 3 has just about everything I need from an Apple Watch for less. See Apple Watch Series 3 at AmazonI personally would rather spend the extra money on the LTE connectivity (on the Series 4) to free me from my phone on runs and workouts, or spend it on an extra watch bands to dress it up. But if money weren’t an issue, I would go all in for the LTE version of the Series 4, because of the larger screen, better battery life and added health features. And those added health features on the Series 4 could be even more valuable for certain people, especially if you’re above the age of 65 and want that safety net that comes with the fall detection and EKG features. Either way you can’t go wrong, both are great options if you’re ready to add some tech to your watch and keep tabs on your ticker. See Apple Watch Series 4 at Amazon Garmin Best Buy Apple We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG Apple Now playing: Watch this: Which Apple Watch looks and feels better? At first glance, both the Apple Watch Series 4 and its predecessor seem to share the same basic design: square watch face with rounded edges, swappable bands and a variety of metal finishes to choose from in two sizes. To spot the differences we need to take a closer look. The Series 4 has a slimmer body, but its screen is actually 35 percent larger than the 38-millimeter version of the Series 3 and 32 percent larger than the larger 42mm Series 3. The screen on the Apple Watch 4 has grown to 40mm and extends almost edge to edge with rounded corners, contrasting with the thicker bezels and square corners of the Series 3. This means you’ll have more finger space to type in your passcode on the 4. Plus you have more watch faces to choose from. The Series 4 takes advantage of the extra screen real estate by adding more watch complications on some of the watch faces allowing you to see more information at a glance. It also seems brighter and sharper than the previous model and was easier to read in direct sunlight. The Apple Watch Series 3 (left) has thicker bezels with square corners. Sarah Tew/CNET The Series 4 feels more comfortable when pressed tightly around the wrist. The optical heart rate sensor has now been reduced to a single dot outlined by an electrical heart sensor. That’s used to power the EKG feature, along with a second electrode on the digital crown. Despite the slight size difference, both watches still use the same sized bands which you can swap out to get a totally different look. Audio in general sounds better coming from the speakers on the newer Series 4. Its speaker is now larger and 50 percent louder, according to Apple. Apple also switched up the position of the microphone, which is now located opposite the speaker between the digital crown and the home button, making calls sound clearer. And on that digital crown — last year Apple added a red dot on the digital crown of the Apple Watch Series 3 to differentiate the LTE version from the regular Wi-Fi model. Obviously this is a matter of personal preference, but I was definitely not a fan. This time around Apple made the distinction a lot more subtle by adding just a red outline of the circle around the digital crown for the LTE version. You’ll also notice a slightly different feel when using the digital crown. The Series 4 has added haptic feedback when you use it to scroll, which has a slightly more satisfying feel, though probably not a game changer for most people. Also worth noting that only the Series 4 comes in the stainless steel option (at least on the Apple Store). The Series 3 is only available is Space Gray and Silver aluminum finishes. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch has the faster, smoother experience? The Series 4 has a faster 64-bit S4 processor, which Apple says is twice as fast as the previous version. In theory this means it will probably give you a slightly smoother and faster experience, but to be honest I didn’t notice too much of a difference for most basic tasks like activity tracking and notifications. Other than that, the software and user experience should be exactly the same. Every Apple Watch, with the exception of the first generation Apple Watch, received the update to WatchOS 5. The update added a handful of new features like automatic workout detection, Siri shortcuts, a walkie talkie app and the ability to stream your favorite podcasts. Winner: Both Which Apple Watch has the strongest connectivity? According to Apple, the new black ceramic and sapphire back panel on the Series 4 Watch makes it easier to transmit and receive radio waves. This is supposed to translate into better cell connectivity for you. Don’t expect iPhone level connectivity on either Apple Watch. Both my watches were on different carriers, so I didn’t get a chance to compare them in the wild, but in general I found the Series 4 to be pretty reliable when I taking calls or streaming music phone-free. Summoning Siri on the other hand was a different story and I was constantly met with a “Hold on…” response on both. This only really matters if you’re planning on getting the LTE-enabled versions which cost $100 more than their Wi-Fi counterparts. The Wi-Fi versions should be the same in terms of connectivity. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Which Apple Watch is best for fitness? If your main concern is fitness, there are two key reasons to splurge on the Series 4: the larger screen and the — spoiler, see more below — longer battery life. At least those are the key reasons for me. I like to check my pace and heart rate while I run, and having that larger, brighter screen really helped. I didn’t have to take my eyes off the road for long to check my stats. With the Series 3 it’s a bit harder to see and I would have to slow down to check. Same can be said with just about any other outdoor sport like cycling or swimming where quick access and clear visibility is key. That said, they both share a lot of the same great running and fitness features that came with WatchOS 5 like the pace alerts, which give you a gentle nudge when you go above or below your target, and automatic workout detection which lets you start an exercise without having to set your watch. This last feature though only applies to running, walking (indoor or outdoor), swimming (open or pool), elliptical and rowing machine. Winner: Apple Watch Series 4 Battery life that holds up on those long workouts After wearing them during my regular work days — which roughly consist of a mile-walk to work, sitting mostly in front of a computer, the walk back, a 30-minute run or pilates class and chasing after a toddler — I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the battery drain. Mileage may vary for you, but both my Series 3 and the Series 4 survived with just about 40 percent juice to spare after I collapsed in bed at the end of each day, with the Series 4 usually ahead by a few percentage points. I was wearing the smaller versions of each with LTE turned on, but no calls or music streaming directly on the watches. But on weekends, when I’d go on longer hikes or runs, the difference was more pronounced. According to Apple, the Series 4 lasts for about six hours of continuous exercise compared to the Series 3 which goes for about four. To be clear, that’s if you’ve started a workout in the exercise app. I even went on a 6-hour hike up Mount Tamalpais near San Francisco with both of them to test the claim (make sure to check out the video for the play-by-play). And sure enough, the Series 3 died a few minutes past the 4-hour mark, while the Series 4 kept going well beyond the 6-hour claim. I ended the hike at about 6 hours and 20 minutes, and still had enough battery to get me through my 30-minute commute back home before finally dying. 42mm: $229 | See it at Amazon Tags 6:29 The Apple Watch Series 4 and 3. Angela Lang/CNET Apple packed a lot of great new features in its latest Apple Watch Series 4: a faster processor, brighter, bigger screen, louder speaker and an FDA cleared electrocardiogram feature (ECG or EKG) that can help screen for potentially life-threatening conditions. But for a lot of people, the best thing about Series 4 is that it’s made the previous generation Apple Watch that much more affordable. The Series 3 has a similar design and shares a lot of the same specs that make us love the Series 4, but for a lot less. So, which one is right for you? Sure you can find deals out there on both models at any given moment, but in general expect to pay about $400 for the cheapest (non LTE ) version of the Apple Watch Series 4, and about $130 less for its Series 3 counterpart. If you’re on a tighter budget, this may be the deciding factor, especially because the Series 3 tends to have better deals than the Series 4 and you can get away with spending less than $200 if you do a little digging (right now it’s on sale for $199 at Walmart). Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. However, for those of you who may be willing to spend a little more on the bells and whistles and want to know the differences in detail, keep reading. $349 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Watch Series 4 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Wearable Tech Mobile Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch See it Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated)
Moreover, Meghan Markle paid tribute to Archie’s grandmother, Princess Diana in her Instagram post. In her Instagram caption, The Duchess of Sussex wrote the following:”Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” Meghan wrote. “Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from ‘lands’: my mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived.”Following the birth of Archie, the 34-year-old Prince Harry told the media that they both are absolutely thrilled and grateful for all the love and support they have received from everybody out there. Even Meghan shared Harry’s sentiment and after introducing Archie to the world, she gushed “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing, I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThis is Meghan Markle’s first Mother’s Day and she celebrated the event by sharing some never been seen before pictures of her son, Archie.In the UK the Mother’s Day already took place on March 22 — almost two months before Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie — but she welcomed her first child just in time to celebrate the big day in the United States of America. On such a special occasion, the 37-year-old Meghan and Prince Harry shared a sweet picture of their son Archie on Instagram.In the latest upload, we can see Archie’s adorable feet which are being pampered by his proud mother. The image was taken at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor. Check out the cute picture below: As per the latest report, Meghan Markle is going to spend the day at home with her husband, her mother Doria Ragland, and their cute little kid, Archie. While talking about Meghan’s mother, a source close to the situation stated that Harry gets on well with her and “new mom wants her own mom around at this time, so it’s great.”
-State-owned BASIC Bank, which earned notoreity for loan forgery involving billions of Taka in recent years, has lost Tk 760 million on the pretext of purchasing office space for the bank.This scam has been revealed by a finance ministry investigation that also found the bank’s controversial former chairman, Abdul Hye Bachchu, involved.For purchasing a building for the BASIC Bank head office, it paid Tk 760 million although the building was on a disputed plot of land, according to the investigation. Still, the bank has not been handed over a single floor of the building.Seven years ago, BASIC Bank had signed a deal with a certain Sinku Akramuzzaman for the purchase of 12 floors of a building opposite Bangladesh Bank and Sena Kalyan Sangshta for Tk 810 million. The bank paid money and construction begun accordingly.Now the finance ministry sees the deal has no legal bindings. Even the land on which the building has been constructed, is abandoned property. There is a case in court regarding the land, shows the record.According to the rules, permission must be taken from the president (presently the prime minister) for the construction of a new building for a state-owned bank or financial institution, or for the extension, renovation and maintenance of an old building for the purpose.The government issued directives twice in this regard, in 1985 and in 1998. But, as it is found, BASIC Bank did not comply with the procedure.After the meeting of the cabinet committee on purchase this Thursday, finance minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith was asked about this scam which took place during the tenure of Abdul Hye Bachchu.The finance minister said to Prothom Alo that all his (Abdul Hye Bachchu) dealings in BASIC Bank were sheer robbery. “And it is not just one incident,” he added.Secretary of the financial institutions division of the finance ministry Mohammed Yunus Rahman, while talking to Prothom Alo before Eid, also said, “We’re extremely concerned about this. It is unfortunate that the contract isn’t registered. I blame the authorities of the bank at that time for such a large sum of money going out of the bank.”This beginning of this underhand deal transpired three months after Abdul Hye Bachchu joined BASIC Bank as its chairman in September 2009. In the minutes signed by him of the 261st board meeting of the bank held on 13 December 2009, it was stated that he had expressed surprise at the meeting that the bank did not have its own building after 20 years. A decision was adopted at the meeting for the bank to have its own building.On 1 April 2010, BASIC Bank signed a contract with Sinku Akramuzzaman to purchase space of 51,500 square feet in Motijheel of the capital city Dhaka. This tripartite deal stated that BASIC Bank would give Tk 810 million to Akramuzzaman and he would construct a 15-storey building, of which 12 floors would be given to BASEC Bank. The building would be named Zaman BASIC Bank Tower.The finance ministry now finds that Akramuzzaman himself was two of the three parties involved in the deal. His company, Business Resources Limited, was constructing the building.Recent communication between BASIC Bank and the financial institutions division revealed that the bank paid Akramuzzaman Tk 400 million on the very day that the deal was signed. Then, in instalments, the bank paid him another Tk 360 million. In 2013 a structure of the building was somehow completed.Despite having paid Tk 760 million, not a single floor has been handed over to the bank as yet. As for Akramuzzaman, he has fled abroad.Akramuzzaman has purchased a home in Malaysia and has settled there with his family, according to persons in the bank who have knowledge of the matter. It was not possible to get him over the cell phone. He has not replied to repeated emails either.It was at the behest of Abdul Hye Bachchu that half the payment was handed over on the day that the deal was signed.Foul play is suspected here too.At the time, none of the board members spoke up. The bank’s managing director (MD) at the time, AKM Sajedur Rahman, was kept behind the scenes of the matter.In the meantime, in a spate of unprecedented irregularities between April 2012 and March 2013, the board under Abdul Hye Bachchu pilfered over Tk 34.93 billion through loans to various persons.Bangladesh Bank had investigated the matter and observed that it would not be possible to recover these loans. And indeed, the loans are yet to be recovered.The BASIC Bank officials point out that there are further complications pertaining to the building. For example, they say, Akramuzzaman constructed seven more floors on the building and has been pressuring the bank to purchase those too. He estimated the cost to be Tk 1.62 billion with the seven new floors and demanded an advance of another Tk 810 million. The bank did not agree.The financial institutions division on 7 August this year issued a letter to the present chairman of BASIC Bank, Khandakar Mohammed Iqbal, asking for a detailed explanation about the purchase of the building without government approval.The government in July 2012 dissolved the BASIC Bank’s board of directors due to rampant corruption and irregularities which had swamped the bank.But Abdul Hye Bachchu took the liberty to submit his resignation to the finance minister a day before the term of the board expired. The government then revamped the board and appointed the bank’s previous MD Alauddin A Majid as the chairman.The financial institutions division also wanted to know why there had been such a long delay in revealing the matter of this large financial involvement despite the board being in place for three years now. The division was not satisfied with the explanation submitted by the MD on 21 August.In his explanation, MD Khandakar Mohammed Iqbal said that the land was abandoned property since 1989. There was a case as to whether the government or Akramuzzaman was the proprietor of the land. Last year the verdict was passed in Akramuzzaman’s favour, but the problem remained unresolved due to his stubborn attitude.BASIC Bank chairman Alauddin A Majid told Prothom Alo this was just one incident in many. The present board is having to bear the brunt of this incident which took place seven years ago.During a recent visit to the site in Motijheel, this correspondent saw the structure of a 22-storey building, with a signboard, ‘Zaman BASIC Bank Tower Bhaban’.Along with Abdul Hye Bachchu, on the bank board at that time were the present vice chairman of the Export Development Bureau (EDP) and joint secretary at the time Bijoy Bhattacharya, former DG of the prime minister’s office Nilufar Ahmed, chairman of BSCIC chairman at the time Siddiqur Rahman, chairman at the time of Kushtia Islamic University’s accounting and information systems department Kazi Akhter Hossain and others.Though AKM Sajedur Rahman was the bank’s MD at the time, he had gone abroad on medical treatment. The acting MD was Sheikh Manzur Morshed. Bijoy Bhattacharya then left for Switzerland due to his job and the present commerce secretary Subhashish Basu took his stead.Bijoy Bhattacharya told Prothom Alo, he had stopped attending board meetings towards the end as he was fed up. Subhashish Basu said it was not possible for the board to verify the details of the land. That was basically the responsibility of the management.Several attempts to contact Abdul Hye Bachchu over phone have failed. He did not reply to any SMS either. The supervisor at his house in Banani DOHS said he was out and does not always stay at this house.The finance minister even in parliament had held Abdul Hye Bachchu responsible for the corruption in BASIC Bank.However, the Anti-Corruption Commission has done nothing in this regard. The finance minister has not lost hope and told Prothom Alo, “I think ACC is doing something about the matter.”According to Bangladesh Bank, BASIC Bank’s default loans stand at 53 per cent (Tk 73.9 billion), higher than the default loans of any other bank in the country.*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
A quarter close to the railway minister is making millions over the recruitment of 865 cleaners to the Bangladesh Railway (BR), alleged Railway Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad, a platform of BR staffs backed by the ruling Awami League. The general manager (GM) of the BR’s East Zone on 27 December told a recent operational review meeting that he had been facing pressure from the AL leaders, including ministers and parliamentarians, to recruit people loyal to them. The railway minister, however, was not present at the meeting attended by all the top officers of the organisation, with director general Md Amzad Hossain in the chair. The cleaners, known as khalasis, are government employees of the 20th grade, the last tier. Their basic pay is Tk 8,250. The recruitment test’s viva voce was held in 2015, but the procedure was stalled due to an ongoing case. railwayGM Abdul Hye in that meeting told the DG that he could not even appoint a family member of a recently deceased railway staff because of the minister’s non-cooperation, according to four officers present at the meeting who all sought anonymity. The DG, however, did not make any comment on the issue. Md Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer of the railway’s west zone, is the convener of the recruitment committee. He, too, did not want to give further details about the problem. Speaking to Prothom Alo at his office on 3 January, Abdul Hye said he was against appointing anyone by taking bribes, adding that the applicants mostly come from lower class families.Referring to the arrest of former railway GM Yusuf Ali Mridha and Omar Faruq, personal secretary to the former rail minister Suranjit Sen Gupta, with Tk 7 million allegedly made from rail recruitment business on 9 April in 2012, Abdul Hye said it was time the railway rectified its reputation. Speaking to Prothom Alo on 31 Decmeber, rail minister M Mujibul Haque said, “I don’t know what the GM said on 27 December. A number of journalists, ministers, MPs, political leader and leaders of different cultural organisations made recommendations for the appointments. You can also recommend. The appointments, however, will be done following the policy.”The Railway Shramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad held a press conference at the Chittagong Press Club on 31 December protesting the irregularities regarding the appointment of the cleaners. Its convener Mokhlesur Rahman alleged that a syndicate close to the rail minister was finalising the appointment list in exchange of bribes.Replying to the accusations, the rail minister said the people questioning the recruitment process were ‘Jamaat and BNP supporters’. He also said he wanted to end the recruitment process as soon as possible.The railway authorities, meanwhile, cancelled the allotment of residence to Mokhlesur Rahman’s son, a junior auditor, on 1 January, the day after the press conference.Mokhlesur claimed the cancelation was an act of vengeance.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hasan.
Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa SM Sirajuddoula. Prothom Alo File Photo A Feni court here on Wednesday took cognisance of charges against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, in a case filed for sexually harassing Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, reports UNB. Senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain accepted a charge-sheet after inspector Shah Alam of Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI), also the investigation officer of the case, submitted it before this court. The court also fixed Thursday to begin the charge-framing hearing in the case. The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case. On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day. On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case. She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital. Meanwhile, Nurul Amin, an office assistant of the madrasa, testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal here on Wednesday in the murder case filed over the killing of the madrasa girl. Judge Mamunur Rashid of the tribunal also fixed Thursday for recording the testimony of madrasa guard Mostafa. All the 16 accused in the case were produced before the court around 11:00am amid tight security.
REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/The Texas Tribune Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.Hey, Texplainer: What do Texans really think about gun control?The national debate on gun control reignited Friday, when a 17-year-old opened fire at a high school in Santa Fe High School, killing at least 10 people and leaving another 10 wounded.In the aftermath, Republican leaders placed blame on a slew of factors: unarmed teachers, far too many doors to guard in schools and a lack of mental health services.“We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said at a press conference Friday, adding that schools have far too many entrances and exits to safeguard. “We’re gonna have to be creative.”Democrats, on the other hand, advocated for swift action on guns, including universal background checks and funding federal research on gun violence.“What if we required universal background checks to ensure that firearms only get into the hands of those who won’t harm themselves or someone else,” Democrat Beto O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this fall, wrote in a Medium post. “Close all loopholes and exceptions. Every single gun purchase has a background check.”Texas is as gun-friendly a state as they come. But how do voters feel about gun control, according to recent polls?Like most issues, folks are divided.The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, released in October, found that Texans are split on whether people carrying more guns will make for a safer environment. And as with many issues, the biggest divide was along party lines.More than 60 percent of surveyed Republicans said they believed the country would be safer if more people carried guns. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.“Republicans and Democrats tend to look at the same tragedy from very different perspectives,” Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said Monday. “Democrats look at Santa Fe and their most popular answer tends to be that gun control is the correct response to keep this from happening in the future. Whereas Republicans don’t see it that way. They don’t believe gun control would have any impact or is even germane.”Texans are also split on who, or what, to blame for mass shootings. Of those surveyed, most (24 percent) said the primary cause is a failure of the mental health system, which was closely followed by current gun laws. Thirteen percent of respondents focused much of their ire on extreme views on the internet, while 10 percent blamed various forms of media (i.e. the spread of “extremist points of views” on the internet and “media attention given to perpetrators of mass shootings”).Increased access to mental health services seems to be one solution both Republicans and Democrats turn to in the wake of such tragedies. After Friday’s shooting, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touted a 4-year-old project run by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a potential statewide model to reduce gun violence. The program works to identify junior high and high school students most at risk for committing violence in schools and intervene before it happens.Another thing Texans seem to agree on? Overall, more than half of registered voters surveyed said gun control laws should be more strict. Only 13 percent of surveyed Texans said existing laws should be less strict than they are now, and 31 percent would prefer to leave current gun laws unchanged.Democrats, however, are more likely to want to toughen current gun laws. While just about half of surveyed Republicans opt to leave them as they are now.There’s also a racial divide: Black and Hispanic voters in Texas overwhelmingly said they preferred stricter gun control laws. Only 43 percent of white voters agreed.You see this racial divide nationally as well. A national survey by the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of African-Americans and 29 percent of Hispanics found gun violence to be a “very big problem” in their local communities. Just 11 percent of white respondents said the same thing.The results of the latest UT/TT poll showcases a slight shift on who voters blamed for mass shootings just two year prior. In November 2015, the majority of surveyed Texans also blamed mental health issues and gun laws on mass shootings. Respondents also pointed to unstable families, however.“In the wake of mass shootings, what you see in elected officials is often a reflection of what their own voters think,” Joshua Blank, the manager of polling and research of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said Monday. “In the wake of these mass shootings, what you see is partisans talking mostly to their voters and, in turn, also reinforcing what voters already think about the causes of these problems.” Forty-one percent of Texans surveyed in November 2015 said they believed gun laws should be more strict, compared to 18 percent who said they should be less strict. Overall, this is a small uptick from a February 2015 UT/TT Poll, where 36 percent of respondents said they wanted stricter gun control laws and 22 percent wanted those laws made less strict.So what’s accounting for the trend of public opinion in Texas?“The main driver in changing gun attitudes is the increasing frequency of mass shootings both in Texas and elsewhere. With each one of these shootings, what you tend to see is a major uptick in attitudes in favor of greater gun restrictions,” Blank said. “With each additional tragedy, there tends to be more people who further embrace the possibility of more gun restrictions.”The bottom line: Texans are split on whether more people carrying guns will make for a safer environment. But there’s an increasing number of people who think existing gun laws should be more strict. 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X Lawson Craddock continues his race to Paris.The Tour de France cyclist from Houston is fighting a broken shoulder blade that he suffered during a crash early on but refuses to give up.With a week left in the Tour de France, Craddock remains last in the overall standings but he said the pain from his injury is getting more manageable. “Pretty happy about how the injury is progressing,” he said on the phone from the French Alps. “And I really hope that I can keep going this way and maybe do something in the final week of the race.”Meanwhile, donations from fans are pouring in.Craddock is raising money for the Alkek Velodrome in west Houston.The Velodrome suffered bad losses during Harvey. It’s where Craddock got his start as a cyclist more than 15 years ago.His initial goal was to raise $2,100.As of Friday evening, his GoFundMe page registered more than $114,000. 00:00 /00:41 Share CABS Chamalieres MercerDuring the first stage of the Tour de France, Lawson Craddock suffered a fractured shoulder blade and a bad cut above the eye. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: