DHAKA, Bangladesh — An activist says more than 5,000 garment workers demanding wage hikes have been laid off while hundreds of them are facing police charges in the world’s second-largest garment export industry.Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity said Thursday the firings came after thousands of workers took to the streets earlier this month in and around Dhaka, the nation’s capital.One worker was killed and more than 50 were injured in clashes.Akter said more than 500 workers are facing charges of looting and vandalism involving the industry that annually earns about $30 billion from exports.The government in November increased the monthly minimum wage to 8,000 takas ($96) from 5,300 takas ($63).The Associated Press
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes will fly into Myanmar on Sunday. UN aid officials say there has been some slow progress in getting relief supplies and humanitarian workers into the most affected areas across the Irrawaddy delta in the south of Myanmar, and that the Government has shown some signs of flexibility, but more is needed. Around 300,000 people are estimated to have received rudimentary aid through the UN and other aid agencies, representing about 20 per cent of people who have been affected. An emergency team from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is also in the country, working together with the UN. At the same time, heavy rains continue to batter people who have been made homeless, complicating relief efforts. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the impact of the cyclone extended well inland, destroying rice fields and food stores. Spokesperson Diderik De Vleeschauwer said that families have also lost their rice seeds for the upcoming planting season. “Time is running out,” he said. “If rice seed is not received within the next 40 to 50 days planting will not happen in time for harvesting this year.” As a result, he said that Myanmar could turn from a rice exporter to a rice importing country. He added that the Government estimated that $243 million would be needed to restore agricultural output. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that about 1 million children have been affected by the cyclone, with many sleeping in the streets, or in schools and monasteries, often without bedding, and frequently without protection from the rain. “The destruction of homes, schools, water and sanitation systems is an unrelenting threat to the child survivors,” said UNICEF spokesperson Shantha Bloemen. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that about 50 per cent of rural township health centres and about 20 per cent of hospitals in the Irrawaddy delta area have been damaged by the cyclone. Many have lost their roofs, although some are still functioning. WHO has deployed seven health surveillance teams in the region using local staff. Spokesperson Fadela Chaib said there had been no major outbreak of disease so far, and that press reports of cholera cases were inaccurate. The World Food Programme (WFP) has dispatched 1,200 tons of rice, high-energy biscuits and cereals to the areas worst affected by the cyclone – enough to feed around 200,000 people. Meanwhile, the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has deployed 100 satellite terminals to Myanmar to help restore vital communication links in the country. The terminals are easily transported by road and air, and are designed to be used by Government officials, aid workers and victims to help coordinate relief efforts. 16 May 2008The top United Nations relief official plans to talk directly with the authorities in Myanmar in an effort to accelerate the relief effort for victims of Cyclone Nargis which may have left more than 100,000 people dead and severely affected up to 2.5 million others.
Calgary-based Niko Resources says the Supreme Court of Bangladesh has ordered the seizure of its assets in the country and ruled that its production agreements are no longer valid, the latest setback in a dispute that has dragged on for a dozen years.It says the court agreed with a petitioner who asked that the assets be held until Niko provides “adequate” compensation for two natural gas releases in 2005 in northeastern Bangladesh that resulted in fires that damaged trees and crops.Niko didn’t say why its production agreements with two national oil companies were set aside but Bangladesh media reports online reported that the court said it voided the agreements because they were obtained by corruption.In 2011, Niko pleaded guilty in a Calgary courtroom to bribing a Bangladeshi government minister with a luxury SUV and trips to New York and Calgary in the wake of the 2005 blowout. The company agreed to pay a $9.5-million fine.Niko didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. In a statement, however, it said it will continue to “vigorously pursue its rights” in Bangladesh.The company recently reported it was owed $37 million as of June 30 in withheld payments from its 60 per cent interest in the Bangladesh gas fields.It also reported a “critical” liquidity shortage that threatened its ability to continue in business.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi discussed a wide range of issues with Mr. Al-Maliki, including his recent trips to Abu Dhabi, New York and Washington, as well as the high-level meetings convened by Mr. Annan on the International Compact with Iraq (ICI). The ICI was launched in July in an effort to end the killings and bring stability to Iraq and Mr. Annan told a high-level meeting of partner states last month that without greater global support, Iraq will fail to attain peace.Mr. Al-Maliki expressed to Mr. Qazi his appreciation for the UN partnership with Iraq on the ICI and looked forward to an even closer engagement with it, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) reported. The latest political and security developments in Iraq were also discussed.
← Previous Story RNL beat Celje PL in thriller Next Story → Marko Krivokapic (PICK Szeged) about Pastor’s work: He is genius! Croatia handballHassan Moustafa The President of International Handball Federation Hassan Moustafa visited Croatia, where he was a guest of the Croatian Handball Federation. The chairman of world’s handball discussed with the leaders of Croatian handball about many interesting topics, among them, wish of Croatia to organize Men’s IHF World Championship 2025.Some of the reasons of his visits are our hosting of European Beach Handball Championship 2017 and Men’s EHF EURO 2018, but also our wish to organize Men’s World Championship 2025 – said CHF president Tomislav Grahovac.Moustafa stated that Men’s World Championship 2009 in Croatia was one of the best ever organized events under IHF flag.
Update: 3.50pmBUS ÉIREANN WORKERS have rejected proposals tabled by the Labour Relations Commission, continuing a long-running dispute over changes to employee terms and conditions.Siptu said its members voted by an “overwhelming” margin of almost nine to one.After the count at Liberty Hall in Dublin, sector organiser Willie Noone said union representatives are available to recommence talks with management so a new set of “more acceptable” proposals can be put to workers.“These talks would include reference to the new propositions for change throughout the public service which are contained in the recently published LRC proposals for a public service agreement,” he added.Another union, the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, has already voted to reject the proposals.A planned strike was called off in January as all parties to the dispute agreed to attend a Labour Court hearing.Bus Éireann has previously said that if cuts to annual leave and overtime, shift, premium and rota payments are not made, job losses would be inevitable as annual losses would reach €16 million.In a statement this afternoon, the company said it noted the union’s decision “with disappointment”.According to the Labour Court and the trade unions’ own independent financial assessors, Bus Éireann is in a “precarious financial situation with the very viability of the company under threat”.The transport group reiterated its claim that a failure to achieve savings would place the company in further jeopardy, leaving it with no options other than to cut basic pay or reduce staff numbers.“As we outlined recently to our employees, unlike the wider public service, there is no safety net for Bus Éireann; if we do not reduce our cost base, job losses may be unavoidable.”The spokesperson also warned against strikes, stating any such action would “only exacerbate financial difficulties”.“Unlike those directly employed in the public and civil service that would have jobs to return to after any industrial action, our employees may not.”Read: Bus Éireann strike action called off
Beginning April 19, the very first white iPhone 4 units will be on their way to customers. But you have to be in the UK and have service from Carrier Three.The service provider claims to be the first to actually send out the device. If customers choose overnight shipping, they can get a white iPhone 4 as early as April 20.The white iPhone 4, of course, has had a very storied delay. Originally slated to come out just a couple weeks after the regular iPhone 4 on AT&T, Apple never gave up and recently said it was able to finally get all the necessary components.Via I4UAdChoices广告
Stay on target During Super Bowl weekend, SpaceX was turning up the heat at its Texas facility: The company test fired its Starship Raptor engine, and it was a gorgeous glowing sight.On Sunday, Elon Musk and SpaceX engineers conducted an experimental firing of the Raptor engine, which could be used for future flights to Mars. Musk, who posted about the event on Twitter, congratulated his team with a message about the successful test.First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019SpaceX’s Raptor engine test wasn’t unnoticed though: People in the Central Texas area said they heard a loud pop during the event, and more similar sounds later on in the night, Ars Technica reported. It might have been Super Bowl Sunday, however, SpaceX was focusing on this major pilot step for its Starship rocket, which could head to space in upcoming years.pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019During these early test firings, rocket scientists will focus on the color of the fame, which is key for the Raptor engine’s health: Ars Technica noted that the engine’s exhaust turned green at the end of the test firing.This strange color was likely due to to the slight burning of copper liner located in the engine’s chamber. Green doesn’t mean the Raptor engine is good to go though. The copper liner shouldn’t have burned, so more insulation might be required to fix this issue for future test firings.Follow Elon Musk’s Twitter and SpaceX’s Twitter for more updates on the Raptor engine’s progress.More on Geek.com:Elon Musk Prepares to Test SpaceX’s Starship Raptor EngineSpaceX’s Giant Falcon Heavy Rocket Might Launch in MarchElon Musk’s SpaceX Starship Prototype Looks Like a Shiny Bullet ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Nassau – During a recent courtesy call with Bahamian Atlanta Braves baseball player, Anfernee Seymour, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard encouraged Bahamian businesses to use Bahamians who are achievers – especially in the athletic field – in their corporate branding.“The idea is to assist the professional baseball player in building his brand,” Minister Pintard said. “The Ministry supports our professional athletes and we believe that they represent a powerful brand that can assist companies in getting their message out, while the companies, themselves, invest in their continued success.”“In addition many of these athletes are wonderful role models who have incredible stories – about rising from humble beginnings to making it in the professional ranks – who have a passion for their country and proudly wear our banner as they travel internationally,” he added.Anfernee – who considers himself an ambassador for The Bahamas – said that after meeting with Minister Pintard, he felt encouraged, and that he had taken “a step forward.” Anfernee – who currently plays centre field with the Braves – said that he started baseball at Freedom Farms at three-years old. He added that he attended Xavier’s Lower School and then St. Augustine’s College, until he left to finish high school in the United States.When he graduated from high school, he noted, he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the seventh round of the amateur draft.“In 2016, I was traded to the Atlanta Braves,” Anfernee said. “We won the Lower A title and this year was my first full year in the Atlanta Braves.”Anfernee said that it is an honour to be from The Bahamas. He said: “Every where I go people ask me, ‘Oh, you’re from The Bahamas? I was just there. It was so nice. It was beautiful.’ I help to brand The Bahamas and I work to bring joy to a country that is so small. It is a great honour.”He pointed out that he has had the support of fellow Bahamians, even having a number of them send him messages on social media, stating that they were watching him play on television.“It’s fun and exciting,” he added.Anfernee said that it was wonderful having his mother Jeannie Scavella in his corner and cheering for him. “She’s my number one fan,” he said with a smile. “It’s hard to explain. She’s amazing.”Anfernee also tipped his hat to fellow Bahamians who are currently playing baseball and recognized those who came before them, creating the opportunities that they now have today. Minister Pintard said that it is a part of the responsibility of being the Ministry for youth and sports to support the young athletes’ continued success.“We are encouraging companies to invest in these athletes and we would also like them to support these athletes as they go throughout our communities and schools speaking to young people about making positive lifestyle choices,” Minister Pintard said.By Eric Rose (BIS)Photo Caption: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard salutes the efforts of Bahamian centre fielder in the Atlanta Braves, Anfernee Seymour (left), during a courtesy call at the Ministry.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)
On Thursday ASA joined other agriculture organizations in a letter addressed to all members of the Senate Finance Committee to support the confirmation of Gregg Doud as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.Read the full letter here: Recommendation-Doud FINAL 1030 10 12 2017
Likewise, only 48 percent of attendees at exhibitions smaller than 223,000 square feet found collecting paper literature on exhibitor products/services important, which is more in line with organizers’ sentiments (33 percent). Conversely, attendees in general found this feature much more important, at 61 percent. As such, it seems that organizers are more in line with smaller-sized exhibition attendees’ sentiments. This is one of the main areas in which exhibit organizers could improve, either by adding new product showcases or by enhancing current ones. Once again, digital is a potential mechanism through which organizers or exhibitors can improve. By incorporating digital interactivity, not only are showcases improved, but access to product information is also made easier. Nine out of ten repeat exhibition attendees say face-to-face interaction with vendors and the ability to ask questions on the spot is important to them. In fact, it is the most important exhibition floor offering for attendees. A new study from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) finds that, for the most part, organizers understand that face-to-face interaction is the most important element of attendee retention. However, the survey reveals some shocking disparities when it comes to product interaction and information gathering. In light of the importance of such interactions, the study recommends offering exhibitor training. Considering that the industry is seeing changes in media consumption due to the mobile revolution, CEIR further recommends exhibitors integrate digital appropriately into their booths. Moreover, when it comes to the importance of product demonstrations in booths and an exhibition product demonstration area, the study found organizers’ beliefs largely correlated with those of attendees. Seventy-eight percent of attendees find the former important and 72 percent of organizers shared that sentiment. Meanwhile, 69 percent of attendees value the latter, compared to 60 percent of organizers. CEIR surveyed a total of 6,584 repeat attendees to gain insight into what factors drive attendees to become loyal exhibition alumni. Seventy-five exhibition organizers completed an online survey and eleven in-depth phone interviews in which they shared their organization’s approach to maximizing attendee retention. Attendees ranked the importance of sixteen exhibition features, and the survey compared attendees’ importance rankings of each feature to what exhibition organizers think is important to their alumni. CEIR’s research suggests that organizers aren’t using repeat attendee’s desire for new product showcase areas to their advantage. Three out of four attendees value a new product showcase area, but less than half (48 percent to be exact) of organizers think attendees feel that way. But in regards to product interaction, the gap narrowed in many instances. Sixty-two percent of attendees at events smaller than 223,000 NSF find an exhibition product demonstration area important, as opposed to 69 percent of all attendees. Meanwhile, 60 percent of organizers think attendees value this feature. Organizers also seem to have a good understanding of the importance of education offerings on the show floor and digital, interactive features in exhibit booths and exhibition organizer areas. Fifty-one percent of attendees found education offerings important, while 57 percent of organizers predicted this would be significant. Such discrepancies also manifest in terms of smaller show size: 32 percent of attendees find this important, in comparison to 20 percent of organizers. In contrast, organizers over-emphasize the importance of a larger show size, at 91 percent, while only 74 percent of attendees find it important. Organizers were largely in line with attendees’ beliefs regarding the importance of interaction with exhibitors, as mentioned above. Eighty-seven percent of attendees believe interacting with product experts or designers in booths is important, and 91 percent of organizers think attendees feel that way. Likewise, 75 percent of attendees believe interaction with product users in booths or common areas is important, and 84 percent of organizers predicted this. Likewise, 89 percent of exhibition organizers believe the participation of specific exhibitors is very significant to attendees, but this sentiment is only shared by 73 percent of attendees. Interestingly, these disparities change quite a bit when it comes to unique groups of attendees. When it comes to interacting with exhibitors, the gap between organizers’ sentiments and those of attendees widens. For example, only 67 percent of attendees at events less than 223,000 net square feet (NSF) placed importance on face-to-face interactions with product users in booths or common areas, in comparison to 75 percent of total attendees. In contrast, 84 percent of organizers believe this is valuable. In contrast, the gap between organizers’ beliefs and those of attendees widens with regards to attendees from mid-sized to larger organizations. Despite organizers’ belief that 41 percent of attendees find digital interactivity in exhibitor booths important, more than 50 percent of attendees with 500+ employees found this important. Forty-four percent of all attendees found this feature important. The study found similar discrepancies with digital interactivity in exhibition organizer areas, as 47 percent of attendees with 500+ employees found it significant, as opposed to 42 percent of all attendees and 36 percent of organizers.
Preview • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: Performance without compromise Audi E-Tron Scooter will help you zip from train to office and back Enlarge ImageWarning: Not everyone will look this hip on a half-scooter, half-skateboard. Audi Just because you don’t want to buy a car doesn’t mean an automaker isn’t interested in snagging a bit of scratch from your wallet. Many urbanites don’t need a massively expensive way to be mobile, and Audi has just the solution for those folks.Audi on Monday unveiled the E-Tron Scooter. The love child of an electric scooter and a skateboard, the E-Tron Scooter is designed to help people get around town more efficiently, gliding along silently between the office and the train, or bus, or whatever other method you use to get from Point A to Point B.The E-Tron Scooter weighs 26 pounds, and it can fold up, taking up about as much space on the train as your average backpack. Its electric motor and battery provide a range of about 12.5 miles, with a top speed of 12.5 mph in Germany, where it’s legally limited to that velocity. In other markets, it may be able to scoot faster, and Audi told Roadshow the E-Tron Scooter is definitely capable of a higher top speed. It has brake regeneration to improve its range, and the electric motor can be adjusted from a twist grip on the handle. When it comes to turns, you only have to shift your weight, like you would on a skateboard. It comes equipped with a headlight, a daytime running light, a rear light and a brake light. It’s meant to be piloted with one hand, so you can keep the other hand free for signaling.Of course, there’s still an automotive connection. Audi is exploring all sorts of ways to make these available, including the notion of offering the E-Tron Scooter as an option for buyers of the E-Tron SUV. The scooter could get its charge from a plug in the back of the SUV and provide people with a quicker way between a distant parking lot and the office.Like many other things Audi produces, the E-Tron Scooter won’t be cheap. When it goes on sale at the end of 2020, it will cost about 2,000 euros (roughly $2,200). Originally published Aug. 5.Update, Aug. 7: Added information about the scooter’s top speed. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 6:29 More about 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Audi Post a comment Car Culture Electric Cars Scooters 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 17 Photos Tags Review • 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Audi More From Roadshow 0 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback is a goody two-shoes
While salmon is still the main species that pollock fishermen are trying to avoid taking as bycatch this summer, there’s another creature that’s been causing problems in the Bering Sea.Download AudioAlong with their pollock, fishermen have pulled up about 1,100 metric tons of slimy, pink squid this summer. That’s more than four times their catch limit, according to Krista Milani. She’s a biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service.Courtesy of National Marine Mammal Laboratory“The squid TAC or quota is supposed to last us for the whole year,” Milani says. “So it’s quite a bit to be taken already.”Milani says there’s still some wiggle room before fishery managers get worried. A few hundred tons of squid are sitting in reserve, and they can be taken as bycatch.It’s been a while since the fleet had to dig into those reserves, though. Back in 2006, pollock fishermen accidentally caught half their annual limit of squid in a single week. There were concernsthat the pollock harvest might get shut down.So fishermen signed an agreement to stay out of the zone with the heaviest concentrations of squid — or face fines.Now that squid are back in force, John Gruver has been dusting off the old agreement. He’s with United Catcher Boats. Gruver says he’s trying to craft a formal squid response plan for his vessels.“We want something that’s on hand and available from one year to the next, that has a trigger mechanism that the fleet is comfortable with — without having to take a really deep introspective on the current squid conditions each year,” Gruver says.Even that “introspective” exam is tough to pull off, according to Karl Haflinger. He tracks squid and other fisheries bycatch for a company called Sea State. And he says scientists don’t know a lot about squid.“We don’t have any reliable assessment for how much squid there really is,” Haflinger says. “But whenever researchers look at the diets of animals all over the Bering Sea, they find squid in a huge variety of stomachs. They can backcalculate and make some guesstimates of how much squid there must be, and it’s a very large number.”Until the pollock fleet starts fishing, Haflinger says they’re never really sure how many squid they’ll find.One specific corner of the Bering Sea looked to be the source of the problem this month.It’s a prime fishing location — close to Unalaska, and usually full of good-sized pollock. But squid were hanging around the same depth where most vessels were trying to put their trawl nets.In the end, the squid won the turf war. Gruver says the United Catcher Boats moved north for the most part a few weeks ago. Since then, squid bycatch numbers have dropped dramatically.But Gruver says that’s not the end of it: “When you start to have multiple species you’re trying to avoid, it gets to be more difficult.”Those other species are salmon. Later in the fall, Chinook will start moving onto the fishing grounds. But for now, Gruver says chum salmon are the ones to look out for.“There’s this squeeze of avoiding chums and staying away from squid,” Gruver says. “You know, reduced grounds.”As of this week, about 2,100 square miles of the Bering Sea are shut down to pollock fishing to avoid chum salmon.It’s part of a rolling hotspot closure program, run by Sea State — the monitoring group. They shut down areas where there’s a lot of salmon being taken as bycatch, before the problem gets worse.Karl Haflinger, with Sea State, says it’s a little early for chum salmon to be triggering such big closures.“If we get trips or individual hauls with hundreds of chums in them this early, then we are nervous because this honestly isn’t the time when you expect most of the chums,” Haflinger says. “We’re definitely worried about what we’re going to see in August.”They’re not the only ones. As subsistence fishermen face major restrictions in the western part of the state this summer, there’s a lot of pressure on the Bering Sea pollock fleet to fish cleanly — and keep all their bycatch to a minimum.
Rosie Mancari’s Olympics are over before they began. Mancari suffered injuries during a training run on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Ski Team.Listen nowThe Anchorage snowboarder was training at Phoenix Snow Park, which hosts freestyle skiing and snowboarding events at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.The U.S. Ski Team said she injured both her left and right ankles in a training run. Mancari was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.In a post on Instagram, Mancari revealed she ruptured both Achilles tendons. She said she’s taking time to process the news, but is trying to stay positive and focus on the future.Mancari will stay in PyeongChang and said she’ll be cheering on her teammates in the coming days.Mancari was set to compete in the women’s snowboardcross event on Friday, Feb. 16.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Nation on the 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in New Delhi on Aug 15, 2019IANS/LSTVPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said with the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir, the dream of “One Nation, One Constitution” has been realised, as he lashed out at the opposition speaking against the move, asking if they felt it was so necessary why didn’t they make it permanent in the past 70 years.Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi said his government within 70 days of its second term had revoked Article 370 and 35A, doing the work that previous governments have been unable to do in the past 70 years.Attacking those opposing the abrogation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir, he said: “For those speaking in favour of Article 370 and 35A, the country is asking if they were so important for changing the country’s fortunes, then why didn’t you make it permanent? Why did you keep it as temporary (clauses)?””If you had the conviction, why didn’t you make it permanent?”He said there were many who in their heart of hearts knew that Article 370, 35A was not good, but lacked the courage to do anything. “Because you too knew that what had happened was not proper, but lacked the courage to go forward.””For me the country’s future is everything, not my political future,” he said.”Now one can say with pride, One Nation, One Constitution,” Prime Minister Modi said.He said the decision to revoke Article 370 was a step towards realising the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel of a united India.”In this short span of time, we have taken important steps in every sector. Article 370 and 35A being revoked from Jammu and Kashmir is a step towards realising the dream of Sardar Patel.”On abolishing Triple Talaq, he said it was aimed at benefitting Muslim women. Modi said the country has taken several steps for women, including ending the evil of female foeticide. “If we can take so many steps then why not raise our voices against the evil of Triple talaq, so that our Muslim sisters get equal respect and are part of the country’s progress. The decision is not to be weighed in political terms,” he said.Modi also announced a new Jal Jeevan Mission for realising the vision of Har Ghar Jal, or drinking water to every home, with an allocation of Rs 3,59,000 crore.He also paid tribute to the those who laid their lives for the Independence of the nation.”There were many who laid their lives for the nation. Many were hanged to death for our freedom. Today I remember all of them. Today, for the development of our free India, everybody who has contributed to this, I remember all of them.”
Kolkata: West Bengal Doctors Forum (WBDF) has threatened to organise a bigger movement from Monday if the officer-in-charge of Jadavpur police station, who had allegedly assaulted a junior doctor at Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is not arrested.Many of the doctors under WBDF threatened to go on a strike after Monday if steps are not taken against the accused police officer. A rally would be taken out from CMRI on Monday afternoon and it would end near New Alipore police station. Doctors from various organisations in the city would take part in the rally to protest against the assault on the junior doctor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Srinivas Geddam, a post-graduate trainee at CMRI, was allegedly roughed up by Jadavpur police station OC Pulak Kumar Dutta when the former had been attending him on Wednesday night.Geddam, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday. Following the incident, some doctors from the institute took part in a temporary cease-work.The police officer was admitted at the plastic surgery department of the hospital for a wrist surgery. Geddam had allegedly been attacked by the officer when he asked the latter about his medication, the prescriptions of which were submitted to the hospital by the officer during admission. The victim mentioned in his complaint that he had suffered serious injuries around his neck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior doctor of WBDF said that they are planning to file a writ petition at the Calcutta High Court if the accused officer is not arrested on non-bailable charges. “We would urge the doctors’ fraternity at all the government and private hospitals in the state to join the cease-work after Monday. We have given an ultimatum that the accused police officer must be put behind bars within next Sunday. A section of the city police was trying to dilute the issue, which is evident from their Facebook posts. They are trying to defend the OC,” a senior member of WBDF said. It may be mentioned that the Bengal unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday sought Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention in this regard.Dr Santanu Sen, MP and state secretary, IMA, was of the view that the protest must be intensified if action is not initiated against the accused police officer.Many of the city doctors believe that the incident would affect the confidence building exercise initiated by the city police to check the incidents of assault on doctors by the family members of the patients.”This is an unfortunate incident where an on-duty doctor was assaulted by a police officer. The state government must strongly deal with the issue and steps should be taken against the accused officer,” said Dr Santanu Dutta of SSKM Hospital.
While they say that Uber officials have visited the state on several occasions, there is no estimated date for the return to Cancun after aggressive attacks and the change in the state’s mobility law, a decision they are still waiting on. In a public statement issued by the company, they said “We confirm that the only representative of the company authorized to offer statements to the media is Saúl Crespo, the Communication Manager of Uber.” The company has denied statements about their return to Cancun at the end of March, assuring that the information was not given by authorized personnel of the company. The public statement comes after several state media outlets claimed Uber has returned to operate in Cancun. There has been widespread speculation as to the possible return of the ride-service in Cancun, but no official information has been provided. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) “In relation to the recent notes published by media in the state of Quintana Roo which states that Uber resumed operations in the state, we confirm that the information is completely false.” Cancun, Q.R. — Uber says that recent media reports of their returning to Cancun in March are false and that any such information was not provided by authorized Uber personnel.