BSF on high alert after Sylhet blasts

The Border Security Force (BSF) has been put on high alert along the India-Bangladesh border following the two blasts in Sylhet. BSF Inspector General, Meghalaya frontier P K Dubey confirmed the matter on Sunday, reports the Times of India. He said: “Our troopers are on high alert along the India-Bangladesh after a series of blasts in Bangladesh. “We are not taking any chances with such activities and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent perpetrators from entering our side of the border.”He also said BSF officials have shared intelligence inputs with Meghalaya Police following the explosions. Six people, including two cops, were killed and more than 50 injured in the blasts on Saturday.

March 28, 2017 04:07 UTC

Chicken: Fresh From the Lab!

Flipping through your favorite restaurant’s menu, would you order a burger that contains chicken grown from a few cells in the lab? In order to compete with animal products, Cameron works to make plant-based alternatives and clean meat as delicious, price-competitive and convenient as possible. Poultry is produced directly from animal cells without breeding, raising or slaughtering any animals. “This ‘clean meat’ is 100 percent animal meat, grown in cell culture,” Specht explained. In the near future, they hope to commercialize clean meat by scaling up this production method.

March 28, 2017 03:22 UTC

London gets first councillor of Bangladeshi origin

Munsur Ali has become the first British Bangladeshi to be elected as a councillor to the City of London. But I was pleasantly surprised with the actual votes,” Munsur, also a film maker, said. The City of London, one of the world’s oldest continuously running local government bodies, is a separate entity to the Greater London Authority led by Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan. He is the founder and CEO of Limelight Film Awards, an initiative to identify and celebrate emerging film talent. In 2012 Munsur was presented with a Civic Award for his contribution to Arts, via the Limelight Film Awards.

March 28, 2017 03:22 UTC

Team Spotlight: AguaClara — Clean Water for All

Often water treatment plants are expensive and require too much energy to run. “From a very broad perspective, we want to deliver drinking water and wastewater treatment to communities around the world, mainly in rural settings. Specifically, plants treat water at different rates depending on the size of the community and their conventional water needs. As opposed to the primarily physical processes used to treat drinking water, wastewater treatment places a higher emphasis on biological and chemical treatments. For waste-water research, there is more place to move around in because there are many different parts to it.

March 28, 2017 03:11 UTC

MP Salim Osman to face trial over teacher assault

Legal procedures have finally been initiated against Jatiya Party lawmaker from Narayanganj AKM Salim Osman and one Opu for the assault and humiliation of school teacher Shyamal Kanti Bhakta based on a false allegation of blasphemy last year. Later the High Court on January 22 transferred the case from the Narayanganj Chief Judicial Magistrate Court to Dhaka’s Chief Judicial Magistrate Court. Judge Jasmine Ara received the High Court order and case documents on February 28. Thousands of people posted photos and videos of doing squats on Facebook expressing resentment over the humiliation of the teacher. The High Court earlier dismissed a report filed by Narayanganj district police on a general diary filed over the assault and ordered the judicial inquiry.

March 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

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March 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

Trump to sign order sweeping away Obama-era climate policies

US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations, a move meant to bolster domestic energy production but which environmentalists have vowed to challenge in court. “We’re going to go in a different direction,” a senior White House official told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s order. Trump campaigned on a promise to sweep aside green regulations he said hurt the economy, and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Since being elected, however, he has been mum on the Paris deal and the executive order does not address it. The Clean Power Plan would have required states to collectively cut carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

March 28, 2017 03:00 UTC

Militant Rafid’s father, 3 others arrested

Police have arrested the father and a younger brother of New JMB militant Ahmed Rafid Al-Hasan, who was killed along with three others during a raid at a den in Sitakunda, Chittagong on March 16. An Islami Chhatra Shibir leader arrested from Senpara Parbata in Mirpur during the drive Monday afternoon is Arefin Islam, Rafid’s cousin who also radicalised his brother Rakib Al-Hasan. Also Read- Sitakunda militants identifiedArefin was a student at the Department of Biotechnology at Brac University. The other arrestee is Shamsul Haque, a relative of Rafid’s father Toufiqu Hasan. Toufiq and Shamsul admitted that they had been involved in militant activities, DMP Mirpur Deputy Commissioner Masud Ahmed told Bangla Tribune.

March 28, 2017 02:11 UTC

Senator seeks ethics probe of Mnuchin's 'Lego Batman' comment

At the Axios event, Mnuchin was asked in a question from a reader for a movie recommendation. So I just want to have the legal disclosure, you've asked me the question, and I am not promoting any product," Mnuchin said. Wyden said the Finance Committee had received no notifications regarding Mnuchin's holdings in RatPac-Dune and assumed the Treasury chief still held that interest. Mnuchin’s comments, may be seen to have a predictable effect on the financial interests" of RatPac-Dune, Wyden said in his letter. The White House later told the ethics watchdog that Conway had acted "inadvertently" and without "nefarious motive or intent to benefit personally."

March 28, 2017 01:41 UTC

Gucci Mane Lights Up Barton

After DJ sets that included multiple play-throughs of “Fake Love” and “Bad and Boujee,” one arguably misplaced playing of The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” and several cries of “Y’all ready for Guwop?” and “Let me hear you say brr,” the lights finally went black. Instantly, dozens of phone flashlights and Bic lighters lit the center of Barton Hall. “Eeeeeeyyyyyyyy!” came a voice from backstage, to thunderous applause. Brick Intro” from “The Return of East Atlanta Santa.” In between each song, he gave ample time to flash his trademark smile and rattle off his trademark lines. Gucci was well aware of the audience he was performing for, posing with Cornell Concert Commission executives after the show, offering the crowd a handful of opportunities to feature on his Snapchat, and attempting to take song requests from the raucous crowd up front.

March 28, 2017 01:41 UTC

Umbagog State Park will get new visitors services building

By Barbara TetreaultLANCASTER — Construction of a new visitors services building will get underway this summer at Umbagog State Park. There will also be site improvements for the state campground at a total project cost of $1.4 million. Lyons noted that the state purchased the 10-acre campground on the lake from Jim and Carolyn Willard in 1998. Since purchasing the campground, the state has upgraded the electrical, water and septic systems. While the campground is in the unincorporated place of Cambridge, board members noted the state is exempt from site plan review by the board.

March 28, 2017 01:07 UTC

Kathleen Kelley recipient of 2017 Sylvia Evans award

BERLIN — For her work improving the lives of women and young people in the Androscoggin Valley, Kathleen Kelley of Randolph is this year’s recipient of the Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award. It is also provides a strong female role model for local girls and young women to emulate. The Kelleys bought a house in Randolph, where Kathleen joined the American Association of University Women, which helped her get connected to a variety of issues and people. Kelley may be best known locally for her mentoring work with the Miss New Hampshire and Miss Berlin-Gorham Outstanding Teen program. In this role, Kathleen has helped numerous young local girls gain poise and confidence to go out and succeed in the world, while earning money for college.

March 28, 2017 01:07 UTC

Two local students to receive Sylvia Evans Young Leadership Awards

BERLIN — The Sylvia Evans Young Leadership Awards for 2017 are being presented to Tiffiney Poirier of Berlin High and Lauren Gralenski of Gorham Middle High School. This is the eighth year for the Young Leadership Awards, which are an offshoot of the Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award. "Tiffiney goes above and beyond in her volunteer work between Key Club and National Honor Society," she said. The Key Club students made blankets for Boston Children’s Hospital and designed cards to distribute to people at local nursing homes. This year, the funds they raised for Key Club International went to provide tetanus shots for children overseas.

March 28, 2017 01:07 UTC

Stewartstown man charged in fatal accident

COLEBROOK — A Stewartstown man was arrested Thursday on charges of negligent homicide and drunk driving stemming from a fatal car accident last October. State police said Nathan Mills, 26, was charged with aggravated DWI, and DWI–subsequent offense and released on $20,000 personal recognizance bail. According to police, Mills was operating a car on Piper Hill Road in Colebrook when the car went off the road and struck some trees before coming to rest on its side. A passenger, Jonathan Flanders, 31, of Stewartstown was declared dead at the scene. Mills was transported by ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

March 28, 2017 01:07 UTC

NAU's Green set to change schools

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March 28, 2017 00:45 UTC

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