Dhaka Tokyo discuss quick Rohingya return

first_imgTaro Kono, the Japanese foreign minister. Photo: CollectedJapan has highly praised Bangladesh’s efforts and generous support in hosting Rohingyas from Myanmar, and both the countries have agreed on the importance of their safe and dignified return at the earliest possible time.The issue came up for discussion during a bilateral meeting between foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on Monday.Japan will support Bangladesh to promote mutual bilateral interests as well to realise the development goals of Bangladesh, said the Japanese foreign minister.AH Mahmood Ali is now on a three-day official trip to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese oreign minister, said the foreign ministry here.During the official talks, the two foreign ministers discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries and reiterated their commitment to further promote comprehensive partnership and strengthen the traditionally close ties between the two countries.Kono reassured Ali of Japan’s continued support to Bangladesh’s development efforts.Earlier, the foreign minister met JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka and exchanged views to strengthen mutual development cooperation between the two countries.Kitaoka lauded the economic development taking place in Bangladesh and spoke highly of the prudent leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.He informed the foreign minister that JICA’s development assistance will continue to realise the development goals of Bangladesh.Foreign Minister Ali also met the deputy prime minister and finance minister Taro Aso and former foreign minister Fumio Kishida separately and exchanged views to further strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.last_img read more

3 killed in lightning strikes

first_img.Three people were killed and four others injured in separate lightning strikes in Sirajganj and Natore early Saturday, reports UNB.In Sirajganj, two workers were killed and three others injured in a lightning strike at village Ramail in Ullapara upazila around 1:30am.The deceased were identified as Abdul Jabbar, 37, son of Mahir Fakir and Idris Ali, 35, son of Fazle Sheikh, from village Roghudighi in the upazila.Dewan Kowshik Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Ullapara police station, said the lighting struck the workers during storm when they were sleeping in a temporary shed in a paddy field after harvesting paddy, leaving the two dead on the spot and three others injured.In Natore, a man died and another sustained injuries in a lightning strike at Galimpur in Bagatipara upazila early Saturday.The deceased is Abul Hasnat Bhulu.Moinul, sub-inspector of Bagatipara police station, said that the lightning hit Bhulu and Rabbi at 2:00am while they were guarding a litchi orchard, leaving Bhuludead and Rabbi injured.The storm that swept Sadar, Boraigram and Bagatipara upazilas damaged houses and uprooted trees. The storm also damaged mango and litchi orchards in the upazilas, said locals.last_img read more

China surveillance app targets legal everyday behaviour

first_imgGraphic on `educational facilities` in China`s Xinjiang region that rights activists describe as political re-education camps. Photo: AFPChinese authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling “completely lawful” behaviour as suspicious, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.Beijing has come under international criticism over its policies in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps, according to a group of experts cited by the UN.Human Rights Watch has previously reported that Xinjiang authorities use a mass surveillance system called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP) to gather information from multiple sources, such as facial-recognition cameras, wifi sniffers, police checkpoints, banking records and home visits.But the new study, entitled “China’s Algorithms of Repression”, worked with a Berlin-based security company to analyse an app connected to the IJOP, showing specific acts targeted by the system.Xinjiang authorities closely watch 36 categories of behaviour, including those who do not socialise with neighbours, often avoid using the front door, don’t use a smartphone, donate to mosques “enthusiastically”, and use an “abnormal” amount of electricity, the group found.The app also instructs officers to investigate those related to someone who got a new phone number, or related to others who left the country and have not returned after 30 days.”Our research shows, for the first time, that Xinjiang police are using illegally gathered information about people’s completely lawful behavior — and using it against them,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch.”The Chinese government is monitoring every aspect of people’s lives in Xinjiang, picking out those it mistrusts, and subjecting them to extra scrutiny.””Moving red-line”The rights group obtained a copy of the app and enlisted cybersecurity firm Cure53 to “reverse-engineer” it — to disassemble it and look at its design and data — and examined its source code.Along with collecting personal information the app prompts officials to file reports about people, vehicles and events they find suspect — and sends out “investigative missions” for police to follow up.Officers are also asked to check whether suspects use any of the 51 internet tools that are deemed suspicious, including foreign messaging platforms popular outside China like WhatsApp, LINE and Telegram.A number of people said they or their family members have been detained for having software such as WhatsApp or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed on their phones during checks by authorities, according to the report.The rights group said its findings suggest the IJOP system tracks data of everyone in Xinjiang by monitoring location data from their phones, ID cards and vehicles, plus electricity and gas station usage.”Psychologically, the more people are sure that their actions are monitored and that they, at anytime, can be judged for moving outside of a safe grey-space, the more likely they are to do everything to avoid coming close to crossing a moving red- line,” Samantha Hoffman, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, told AFP.”There is no rule of law in China, the Party ultimately decides what is legal and illegal behaviour, and it doesn’t have to be written down.”The IJOP app was developed by Hebei Far East Communication System Engineering Company (HBFEC), which at the time of the app’s development was fully-owned by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, a state-owned technology giant (CETC), said Human Rights Watch.CETC could not be reached and HBFEC did not respond to requests for comment.Washington last year imposed export controls on key Chinese companies including HBFEC and other institutions under CETC, citing risks to US national security and foreign policy interests.Greg Walton, an independent cybersecurity expert who advised on the report, said while the system is a “blunt instrument that may be directly contributing to the massive numbers of people in internment camps”, the data if stored could be used in the future for more advanced policing algorithms.”This means that data collected through the app today may well be analysed in a few years’ time by far more sophisticated logic,” he said.last_img

Leadership in Aging Nominations Deadline

first_imgMarch 28 is the last day for nominations for the Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards to be given May 15 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Md.Persons suggested should have shown excellence in visual arts or performing arts, or demonstrated a strong commitment to healthy living. The Trailblazer award is for the individual, community group, business or organization demonstrating leadership in advocacy, development of an innovative program, research or training for seniors.For more information call 410-767-2075 or email Wesley.wood@maryland.gov.last_img read more

Pause a while to play with your imagination

first_imgA solo exhibition Pause and Play, by Puja Kshatriya is all about the inner strength and the complexities and dual nature of relationships. This exhibition is a series comprising of 11 canvases, is an unique interplay of monochromatic figures, emphasising the dual nature and complexities of our relationships. Headless figures, amputated or shifted limbs add an element of surrealism and deconstruction and repetition of images has produced some interesting works. It is almost like looking through a kaleidoscope, where forms join together and then melt away. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Strength and power are often wrongly perceived. Those who appear frail, may in fact be resolutely strong. Wars, as it is has been said, are not always won or lost on the battlefield, but often in the mind. This series called Pause and Play explores the power of mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ said the artist Puja.’There is no single factor that has inspired me to paint this series. I think, as one  evolves and grows spiritually one realises the power of the mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ added the artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer series Pause and Play emphasises the importance of detachment and the need to build our inner strength. She added, ‘If we can learn to distance ourselves from the immediate surrounding, we can review our perceptions and transform our lives.”I am having an exhibition in Delhi after a hiatus of almost 12 years, my last three solo shows in 2003, 2005 and 2007 being in Mumbai. Since I am from Delhi, this is a special show for me; it’s almost like a homecoming exhibition,’ said the artist. ‘With the objective of creating an interface between Indian contemporary art and its various interpretations, Puja Kshatriya’s work is a vision, an interpretation, allowing the viewer to indulge in their imagination,’ said Ashwini Bahadur, founder of the Artspeaks India.Trying to innovate from the traditional style of painting, Puja uses blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers, oil colours are applied and then blade is used, to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied, bringing a sculptural effect to the figures.DETAILAt: Shridharani Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg On till: 12 November Timings: 11am to 7pm Phone: 23718833last_img read more

Iran deal blocks every pathway for Nweapon

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has strongly defended the landmark Iranian nuclear deal, saying it blocks every pathway for Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons and was in the interest of both the United States and Israel.Addressing the concerns of the Jewish community ahead of a crucial congressional vote next month, Obama in a webcast from the White House said, “this deal blocks every pathway that Iran might take in order to obtain a nuclear weapon.” Because of the stringency of the deal, a vast majority of experts on nuclear proliferation have endorsed this deal, he asserted. Obama on Friday said the world is more or less united, with some exceptions of Israel around the deal. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resort“People have said that, well, Iran will cheat. They are not trustworthy. I keep on emphasising we do not trust Iran.Iran is antagonistic to the US. It is anti-Semitic. It has denied the Holocaust. It has called for the destruction of Israel. It is an unsavoury regime,” he said, adding that Iran is a regional power and not a superpower.“But this deal doesn’t rely on trust; it relies on verification and our capacity to catch them when they cheat and to respond vigorously if they do,” Obama said. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanObama also acknowledged the support that most Jews have given him, saying, “I wouldn’t be sitting here if it weren’t for my friends and supporters in the Jewish community.” “Because of the unprecedented partnership we have with Israel, Israel has a much stronger military. Our Gulf partners spend eight times as much money as Iran does on their military,” he said.“So what we have done is, for the first 10 years, essentially restricted Iran’s capacity not just to weaponize nuclear power but we severely constrain any nuclear programme — peaceful or militarised.“After 10 years, they’re able to obtain some additional advanced centrifuges, but they continue to have to be carefully monitored in terms of the stockpiles that they produce,” the US President said.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks across Stafford Borough Rugeley and Uttoxeter this

first_imgStafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Full list Newcastle Borough Stoke-on-Trent Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Borough between from Monday November 26 until Sunday December 2 – with this list also including Rugeley, as well as Uttoxeter for those who live, work and travel through the East Staffordshire town. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Stafford Borough in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from November 26 until December 2 South Cheshire M6, A500 and A50 Staffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough: Aston By Stone: Give and take traffic control on Stafford Road from November 24 until November 28 Church Eaton: Roadworks and road closure on Common Lane from Green Farm to Barton Lane on November 30 Derrington: Roadworks and road closures on Church Lane and Mount Pleasant from November 5 until January 30 2019 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Stafford Street near mini-roundabout from November 26 until November 28 Eccleshall: Two way traffic signals on B5026 Stone Road near Hilcote Hall nursing home from November 26 until November 28 Little Haywood: Roadworks and road closure on Meadow Lane at Weetmans Bridge from November 26 until December 7 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on Grindley Lane from November 26 until December 21 Offleyhay: Roadworks and road closure on Mere Rise on November 29 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights and roadworks on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Earl Street from November 26 until November 28 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 30 Stafford: Give and take traffic control on Silkmore Lane from November 26 until November 28 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Thorneyfields Lane in Castle Bank over M6 until April 2019 Stone: Roadworks and some overnight closures at Aston Roundabout from August 20 until November 30 Stone: Roadworks and road closure on Eccleshall Road until January 2019 Stone: Multi-way traffic signals on Newcastle Street in Stone on November 26 Tittensor: Lane closure on A34 near Monkey Island from November 27 until November 29 Rugeley: Rugeley: Roadworks and road closure on Church Street from November 26 until December 19. Uttoxeter: Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on A522 from October 4 until January 18 2019. Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closures on Balance Hill from November 22 until November 28 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic controls on B5027 Bramshall Road from November 23 until November 29 Uttoxeter: Roadworks and road closure on Westlands Road from November 26 until January 8 2019last_img read more

Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi delaying flights

first_img DUBAI — A heavy seasonal fog engulfed the skyscraper-lined skyline of Dubai for several hours, causing some flights to be delayed at the world’s busiest international airport.At sunrise Wednesday, downtown Dubai was so foggy that even the outline of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could not be seen by passers-by. Fog also engulfed Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.At Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, flights were delayed by up to an hour. Delays also hit Abu Dhabi’s international airport.The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology & Seismology earlier had warned that visibility Wednesday morning would be less than 50 metres (55 yards).High humidity and falling temperatures cause the fog to roll in seasonally along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Canadian Press Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Posted by Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, delaying flightscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Dubailast_img read more

Whats that smell Fart reported to be the cause of plane evacuation

first_imgTags: American Airlines Monday, July 17, 2017 Share What’s that smell? Fart reported to be the cause of plane evacuation Travelweek Group center_img RALEIGH — American Airlines is clearing the air after reports surfaced that a fart forced passengers to evacuate a plane on Sunday evening.According to International Business Times, a flight had just landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on July 16 when a man passed gas so violently that U.S. airport officials said “it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers”. The funky smell was so bad that passengers were rushed off the plane.However, an American Airlines representative confirmed to Fox News that the story is not true. Since then, Andrew Sawyer, a spokesperson for Raleigh-Durham International Airport has also confirmed that the plane in question was never even evacuated, but deplaned “normally”.In an official statement, American Airlines said: “We did have an aircraft from Charlotte to RDU this afternoon, that landed at 2:19 p.m. ET, and arrived the gate at 2:21 p.m. ET, that is currently out of service for an actual mechanical issue – and odour in the cabin. But it is not due to ‘passed gas’ as mentioned.”More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyThis did not stop people from cracking jokes on social media, with many applauding the suspected passenger for his farting abilities. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more