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first_imgOdisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal on Wednesday won the Patkura Assembly constituency by defeating the BJP. The Congress finished third in the election held on July 20.BJD nominee Sabitri Agarwalla defeated BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra by 17,920 votes. Ms. Agarwalla bagged 96,017 votes, while Mr. Mohapatra got 78,097 votes and lost yet another battle to enter the State Assembly for another term. Jayanta Mohanty of the Congress secured only 2,104 votes by the end of last round of counting of votes. Mr. Mohapatra, who won from Patkura four times – 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995, was a member of Biju Patnaik’s Council of Ministers in his last term. Although he was a founder-member of the BJD, Mr. Mohapatra failed to contest the 2000 polls when the party cancelled his ticket at the last minute. He lost all elections in subsequent years. In 2001, he formed the Odisha Gana Parishad, which he later merged with the Nationalist Congress Party. He joined the BJP when the NCP turned an ally of the BJD before the 2009 polls. Often referred as Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s bête noire, Mr. Mohapatra quit the BJP in November last, but returned to the party again before this year’s general election.Polling in Patkura, which was initially scheduled for April 29 as part of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, was first adjourned due to the death of the Biju Janata Dal nominee – Ms. Agarwalla’s husband Bed Prakash Agarwalla.The Election Commission of India then fixed May 19 as the next date of polling, but it was postponed again due to Cyclone Fani that hit the State’s coast on May 3.The seat witnessed high-voltage campaigning, with senior leaders from the three major parties holding meetings to woo the voters. Mr. Patnaik also campaigned for Ms. Agarwalla for a day apart from a majority of his Ministers and party MLAs.last_img read more

first_imgPune, May 8 (PTI) Flying Sikh Milkha Singh today exhorted Indian youth to take inspiration from his story and win an Olympic medal in athletics in his lifetime.”I failed to win a medal in 1960 Rome Olympics and it hurts me till today. More than half a century has passed since then but no Indian has been able to win an Olympic medal in athletics,” rued Milkha Singh here today.”It is my last wish to see an Olympic medal around an Indian athletes neck on the podium at the Olympic Games,” he said. Milkha expressed his fervent wish at a felicitation ceremony of sportspersons and coaches organised by the Pune International Sports Expo on the concluding day of the event. “I have last run a competitive race almost 50 years ago, but since then over these years no Milkha has risen from this vast country. I specially came to Pune because it is here that I spent my 6-7 years of training days when I joined the Indian Army and this city has given me a lot,” said Milkha in his address. His story is well documented in book and the film that became a blockbuster, but what many do not know is that it was his son, international golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who was instrumental in persuading him to give his story to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for a princely royalty of Re 1.”My son insisted that I give my story to Omprakash Mehra, the maker of another Bollywood hit Rang de Basanti, when there were two or three more directors wanting to pay more than a Rs 1 crore for royalty,” Milkha said.advertisementReferring to the sportspersons of this generation who expect fast results, Milkha advised them from falling for performance enhancing drugs to achieve the goals.”There are sportspersons who want to achieve something in two days what one can do naturally in four months. They take drugs and then they get caught and that brings blight to our country. This is unpardonable,” said Milkha.He went on to narrate his story of how he became what he is now and the contribution of Pakistan in making him Flying Sikh.”What I did then is always possible now, but someone has to get up and start running to achieve the goals,” he said. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_img Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two transients were behind bars today on suspicion of fatally stabbing 63-year-old Marjorie Gawitt during a predawn residential burglary in a neighborhood near Agua Hedionda Lagoon.Ian Forrester Bushee, 37, and 26-year-old Malissa Deanna James were arrested late Monday morning a few blocks from the site of the slaying of Carlsbad resident Marjorie Gawitt, according to police.Gawitt made a 911 call about 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that she had been badly wounded in an assault at her home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, Lt. Greg Koran said. Medics took the mother of three to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.Investigators believe that Bushee and James — both of them on probation in connection with a burglary in San Bernardino County — broke into Gawitt’s home, where at least one of them stabbed her before the pair stole her car and fled.Deputies found the vehicle abandoned on Grand Avenue in San Marcos about five hours after the fatal assault occurred, sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said. Shortly before noon Monday, the suspects were captured in an open, brushy area off the 4800 block of Park Drive, about one-tenth of a mile from the victim’s home.Last April, the suspects were arrested after a homeowner in Upland walked in on them as they were allegedly ransacking the victim’s home, according to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. The pair allegedly fled with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, including $70,000 in collectable coins stuffed in a sock.Late Monday evening, Bushee and James were booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, burglary, conspiracy and auto theft. They were being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom Victim identified in Carlsbad home invasion, murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR A forthcoming plan from the Environmental Protection Agency will not limit PFOA and PFOS in drinking water, Politico reported, citing two sources familiar with the decision.The plan would exclude the hazardous chemicals from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which would have an impact on many military communities trying to clean up their water supply. The Pentagon has said the water is contaminated at more than 400 installations.last_img

first_imgBharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) on Tuesday reported an operating profit of Rs 672 crore for the financial year 2015 on the back of a fall in administrative costs and jump in revenues.The company had posted an operating loss of Rs 691 crore in the previous fiscal.BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Srivastava said income from services increased by 4.16% to Rs 27,242 crore in 2014-15, which is highest in comparison to the previous five years.Income from services stood at Rs 26,153 crore in 2013-14.”BSNL had bad results for the last few years, but in year 2014-15, it has been able to reverse the trend. Also it is a known fact that most of the telecom majors are having heavy debt burdens but it still continues to be relatively better, showing a low debt-equity ratio,” Shrivastava said, DNA reported.last_img read more

first_imgRohingya refugee camp. File PhotoA Rohingya man was shot dead Thursday as local gangs fired at each other in a crowded refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, police said.Police said 32-year-old Hossain Ali was killed as he took part in a suspected turf war over drugs at Nayapara camp near Teknaf, an enormous settlement that is home to thousands of displaced Muslims from the persecuted minority.Bangladesh says more than one million Rohingya refugees live in squalid camps in the region, having fled successive waves of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine district.Another man, wanted by police since being released from prison last year, was also shot but managed to escape, officials said.Refugees at the camp told AFP at least 10 gunshots were heard in the early morning.Local police did not recover any weapons but Teknaf police chief Ranjit Kumar Barua confirmed Ali was “struck in the gun battle and died”.A Rohingya community leader, Mirza Ghalib, said it was believed the skirmish was over “yaba”, the local name for the methamphetamine pills popular in Bangladesh.Police say most of the drugs enter Bangladesh from Myanmar via Rohingya traffickers, sometimes hidden in false bottoms on fishing boats.In recent weeks, police have arrested half a dozen Rohingya in possession of large quantities of the addictive stimulant.Nurul Alam, a known criminal with alleged ties to Rohingya militants, was also shot “but fled after being struck by bullets”, Barua said.Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for a 25 August strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.The UN and the US have said the retaliatory response by Myanmar security forces amounted to “ethnic cleansing”. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine since August.Police allege Alam organised a raid on a Bangladeshi security post near Nayapara in 2016, in which a commander was killed and 11 guns stolen. He was arrested and later released on bail in December pending a trial but quickly returned to crime, police said.Local community leaders believe Alam has ties to Rohingya militants but Ruhul Amin, local commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion police unit, told AFP it was not clear if this was the case.Alam allegedly appeared in a video holding assault rifles that was distributed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Myanmar last week bolstered security and artillery installations near along its border, saying it believed Rohingya militants were hiding in nearby camps.last_img read more

first_imgParticipants at a Prothom Alo roundtable styled `Triumphant songs of the juveniles` at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloElderly members of the family need to hear the children for inspiring their healthy growth and hepling them to attain leadership skills, said a group of teenagers.They told a Prothom Alo roundtable on Sunday that adoloscent girls do not have preparations to face the challenges of physical and mental changes during the adulthood.”We feel our families need to talk to us and let us to speak frankly to them. Health taboos such as the one on menstruation should be removed,” said Kulsum Akter, a girl from Karail slum in the city.Rhidita Haque, a student of BPATC School and College, pointed out that apart from facing health challenges, young girls are still harrassed by stalking here and there. “But the girls are often blamed for such social ills,” she regretted.Also another girl and two boys shared their experience at the roundtable styled “Triumphant songs of the juveniles” organised by Prothom Alo, in association with Unicef, at the daily’s Kawran Bazar office.Stakeholders at the discussion observed that although one-fourth of the country’s population is adolescent, their wellbeing is not taken seriously.Social problems such as child marriage, child labour and sexual harassment of the children are still common and should be prevented to ensure a better Bangladesh, they said.ABM Ruhul Azad, additional secretary of youth and sports ministry, emphasised strengthening family values to improve the life of the adolescents.“Around one third of the total population of the country is 18-35 years of age. We must use the power of the youth to reap the demographic dividend,” he insisted.The official, however, acknowledged that the government alone cannot ensure secure future of the youth unless families, communities and non-governmental sectors play their due role.Abul Hossain, project director of multi-sectoral programme on violence against women under the ministry, mentioned that the government has identified 38 hazardous works for the children but they are still working in those risky sectors.Unicef’s deputy representative Sheema Sen Gupta put emphasis on checking child marriage to ensure a better future of the country itself.Teacher of Dhaka university’s Women and Gender Studies Ayesha Banu recommended formation of separate ministry for women and children in view of importance of their issues.For improving the life of adolescents in Bangladesh, Unicef’s Neha Kapil said community leaders such as Imams shoudl be engaged in the process.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) executive director Sheepa Hafiza, Grameenphone’s chief corporate affairs officer Mahmud Hossain, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad’s senior lawyer Dipti Rani Shikder and Dnet’s Sirajul Hossain also addressed the discussion moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum.last_img

first_imgWhile women understand the importance of being visible at their workplace for the advancement of their career, many deliberately avoid the spotlight so that they can avoid backlash and balance work with family responsibilities, says a study.The study by Stanford University researchers found that women adjusting to evolving family needs often determined that embracing a behind-the-scenes approach allowed them to be effective while staying out of the spotlight and avoiding negative backlash. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese women adopted a strategy that the researchers called “intentional invisibility,” a risk-averse, conflict-avoiding approach to navigating unequal workplaces, according to the findings published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. Many women in the study, the researchers wrote, found that “they can only pursue their ambitions to a point to ensure stability”. “Women in our study chose this strategy from a limited set of options,” said one of the researchers, Priya Fielding-Singh. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Because there was no clear path to having it all, many chose to prioritize authenticity and conflict reduction at work and home,” she added.For the study, the researchers focused on a women’s professional development programme at a large non-profit organisation in the US. They conducted interviews with 86 programme participants and observed 36 discussion groups and 15 programme-wide meetings where many women shared the barriers and biases they encountered at their organisation as well as the strategies they used to overcome them. They found that for many of the women they studied, there are competing expectations that get in the way of them following common career tips like “take a seat at the table,” “speak with authority” and “interject at meetings”.Many of the women participating in the study told the researchers that they felt a double bind – if they worked on the sidelines, they could be overshadowed by their colleagues and overlooked for job promotions. But having a more assertive presence in the office, many women thought, could also backfire.In the end, the authors said, it is organisations – not the women embedded within them – that need to adapt to create gender equality.last_img read more

first_imgWine 4.0 stable version has been released yesterday. It comes with four main features including support for Vulkan, Direct3D 12, Game controllers and High-DPI support on Android. In total, there are over 6,000 individual changes and improvements. Wine is an implementation of the Windows Application Programming Interface (API) library. makes it possible to run Windows programs alongside Linux or any other Unix-like operating system. Wine can also be used to recompile a program into a format that Linux can understand more easily, though access to the Windows program source code is required. Major improvements in Wine 4.0 Direct3D 12 support Wine 4.0 provides initial support for Direct3D 12 and requires the vkd3d library and a Vulkan-capable graphics card. The Direct3D graphics card database recognizes more graphics cards. The Multi-Threaded Command Stream feature is enabled by default. The OpenGL core contexts are always used by default when available to all graphics cards, and all versions of Direct3D before 12. Several Direct3D 11 interfaces have been updated to version 11.2, and DXGI interfaces have been updated to version 1.6. Support for using the correct swap interval is implemented, for both DXGI and DirectDraw applications. Application-configurable frame latency is implemented for Direct3D 9Ex and DXGI applications. Vulkan Support In Wine 4.0, Vulkan driver is implemented, using the host Vulkan libraries under X11, or MoltenVK on macOS. Wine 4.0 also provides a built-in vulkan-1 loader as an alternative to the SDK loader. A number of Direct2D interfaces have been updated to version 1.2. Other features: ARGB visual can be used as default X11 visual. The old 16-bit DIB.DRV driver is implemented using the DIB engine. For large polygons, polygon drawing is much faster in the DIB engine. Improvements made in Kernel Support for running DOS binaries under Wine is removed. In wine 4.0, all the CPU control and debug registers can be accessed by kernel drivers, including on 64-bit. Events, semaphores, mutexes, and timers are also implemented in kernel mode for device drivers. The WaitOnAddress synchronization primitives are supported. Application settings, compatibility information, and execution levels are also recognized in application manifests. Other changes Wine 4.0 supports the new version of the Android graphics buffer allocator API to enable graphics support on Android version 8 and above. Android x86-64 platforms are supported also in 64-bit mode. New external dependencies The Vulkan library is used to implement the Vulkan graphics driver. The Vkd3d library is used to implement Direct3D 12 on top of Vulkan. The SDL library is used to support game controllers. The GSSAPI library is used to implement Kerberos authentication. These are a select few changes. For a full list of improvements and additions, check out the release notes. Read Next Red Hat releases Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 beta; deprecates Btrfs filesystem Homebrew 1.9.0 released with periodic brew cleanup, beta support for Linux, Windows and more. Microsoft releases ProcDump for Linux, a Linux version of the ProcDump Sysinternals toollast_img read more