Police had set up these barricades at various important points of Sylhet city Monday morning Collected/UNBThe police are however allowing the movement of emergency vehiclesThe traffic department of the police on Monday set up bamboo barricades at 14 points in and around Sylhet city to stop traffic. At around 8am these barricades were set up at various important points of city including Humayun Rashid Chattar, Mendibagh Point, Bandarbazar, Zindabazar, Amberkhana, Tilagarh, Medina Market, Airport Road and Temukhi Point. However, the police have been seen to allow the movement of emergency vehicles by removing the bamboo barricades. Jyotirmoy Sarkar, additional deputy commissioner (traffic) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said steps have been taken to reinforce the lockdown. “However, emergency vehicles are being allowed to move.”These bamboo barricades will be strictly in place for the next few days, said BM Ashraf Ullah Taher, additional deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.
April 20, 2021 05:33 UTC
India is currently facing the world's worst surge in coronavirus infections, which has led to a clamour for vaccines. The country with the world's biggest vaccine-making capacity has also stopped major exports to meet domestic demand. Jaishankar confirmed on Monday that the government was trying to address the raw materials matter but that it was important for India to meet its export commitments too. "I am pushing other countries, particularly some big countries, saying 'Look, please keep the raw materials flowing for the vaccines to be made in India'," he said, without naming any country. Washington has invoked the Defence Production Act to preserve vaccine raw materials for its own companies, but the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, has said this went against the global goal of sharing vaccines equitably.
The artifacts were part of a hoard of 2,500 objects valued at $143 million seized in a dozen raids between 2012 and 2014 from Subhash Kapoor, a disgraced Manhattan art dealer currently jailed in India on smuggling and theft charges. The objects repatriated Monday will be housed in the National Museum in Kabul. Afghan officials have said they were confident they could now safeguard their museums and cultural institutions against plunder and smuggling. According to UNESCO, “the Afghan authorities have taken important steps” to prevent the theft, smuggling and desecration of cultural objects. During the ceremony, the Afghan ambassador praised the office of the district attorney, Cy Vance Jr, for arranging the return.
The state-run Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is touting the pilot project as one of the world's largest hybrid hydro-solar power ventures and aims to replicate it at eight more dams over the next 16 years. "When all the projects are completed in every dam, we will have total capacity to generate 2,725 megawatts," project head Chanin Saleechan said. It is aiming to draw 35% of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2037, according to its latest Power Development Plan. "The issue here is, there is a high level of electricity reserves, so the investment on this green energy is being done without considering demand," he said. "Of course we support the investment on renewable energy over fossil fuel.
“Alcohol kills many more people than many may realise,” said Yusuf Ransome, an assistant professor at Yale’s School of Public Health. Nonetheless, the rate of alcohol-related death remains lower than among white Americans. According to a JAMA study, Native Americans’ alcohol misuse can be traced to “poverty, family history of alcohol use disorder, availability of alcohol at a younger age,” as well as stress from historical trauma. The death rate in 2016 was 113.2 per 100,000 for Native American men and 58.8 per 100,000 for Native American women. While there has been an overall increase in such deaths among Asian Americans, the trends in alcohol consumption tend to diverge by national origin.
April 20, 2021 05:03 UTC
There is the sound of muffled voices; of air pumping into an inflatable boat, a soft splash as it hits the water. One night there were 11 journalists huddled together, an unlikely media scrum on an isolated river bank. They then walk nearly a mile up a winding path to the main road where Border Patrol agents await. There are often several hundred people a night crossing the narrow stretch of river, and processing them takes most of the night. Border Patrol agents wearing N95 masks speak in courteous but authoritative Spanish as they hand out plastic bags for the migrants to turn over their valuables for safekeeping.
April 20, 2021 04:40 UTC
Also Read - Babunagari: False, staged cases filed against fellow leadersAccording to the meeting sources, Hefazat leaders discussed with the home minister about the cases filed against their leaders and subsequent arrests. While talking to a Bangla daily, the home minister said he told the Hefazat leaders that police are not harassing any innocent individual. Earlier, five top Hefazat leaders led by its secretary general held a meeting with an intelligence agency on Monday afternoon. Police said the law enforcers have arrested nine top Hefazat leaders, including Mamunul Haque, so far. In a 20-minute long video on Monday, he also asked for unconditional release of all the Hefazat leaders, including Mamunul Haque and Azizul Haque Islamabadi.
April 20, 2021 03:33 UTC
“You can divide every vice president in American history into two categories: pre-Walter Mondale and post-Walter Mondale,” former Vice President Al Gore said. As vice president, Mondale and his wife, Joan Mondale, set an informal tone at the official residence. Once asked whether he would be a good president, Mondale said: “I have trouble answering that. (After becoming vice president he liked to say that he was “the only pea-lice inspector” to have risen to such high office.) The vice president argued that the president had succumbed to psychobabble from an inexperienced aide.
April 20, 2021 03:00 UTC
Speaking at the annual Boao Forum for Asia, Xi criticized efforts by some countries to "build barriers" and "decouple", which he said would harm others and benefit no one. It has also repeatedly clashed with the biggest stakeholders in world governance, particularly the United States, over a range of issues from human rights to China's economic influence over other countries. "The world wants justice, not hegemony," Xi said in remarks broadcast to the forum. As the Biden administration rallies other democratic allies to harden their stance on China, Beijing is seeking to strengthen ties with its autocratic partners and economically dependent neighbours in Southeast Asia. Chinese speakers at the Boao forum, Asia's answer to Davos, also affirmed Beijing's commitment to global free trade.
April 20, 2021 02:48 UTC
In a notice to US carriers on Saturday, the US agency noted "escalating regional tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which could potentially result in no-notice cross-border skirmishes, increased military activities and/or conflict." Since 2014, the FAA has prohibited US civil aviation operations in regions around the Ukraine-Russian border. The notice also said airlines must provide at least 72 hours notice to the FAA of planned flights in the region. In 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels during fighting with Ukrainian government troops, international investigators said. All 298 people on board were killed, two-thirds of them Dutch nationals.
April 19, 2021 22:18 UTC
COVID patients rise in DMCHWith COVID-19 cases surging in Bangladesh, the number of patients in the coronavirus ward of Dhaka Medical Hospital is also increasing. Many patients are coming from outside Dhaka every day as well. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi
April 19, 2021 21:56 UTC
"This update will result in a significant increase in the number of countries at Level 4: Do Not Travel, to approximately 80% of countries worldwide," the department said in a statement. The State Department already listed 34 out of about 200 countries as "Level 4: Do Not Travel," including places like Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia and Tanzania. Getting to 80% would imply adding nearly 130 countries. I would advocate against general travel overall," Walensky said. "We are not recommending travel at this time, especially for unvaccinated individuals."
April 19, 2021 20:37 UTC
Chauvin's lead lawyer, Eric Nelson, later countered that Chauvin behaved as any "reasonable police officer" would, arguing that he followed his training from 19 years on the force. "This wasn't policing; this was murder," Schleicher told jurors. He cited the motto of the Minneapolis Police Department, which fired Chauvin and three other officers after Floyd's arrest: "To protect with courage and to serve with compassion." He said it shows Chauvin using unreasonable, and therefore illegal, force in compressing Floyd's torso against the road, starving him of oxygen. They do not have to find that Chauvin intended to kill Floyd.
April 19, 2021 20:26 UTC
Islam visited the Dhanmondi residence of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal around 10pm on Monday. Asked why he met the Hifazat leaders, the minister said: "The Hifazat leaders don't want mass arrests." A number of top Hifazat leaders have recently been arrested in connection with various old cases following the incident. On the meeting with the home minister, Hifazat leader Maulana Ataullah Amin said, "The secretary general has met the minister to highlight the overall situation in the country." Asked if the Hifazat leaders have discussed any other issues, Kamal said, “They spoke about opening the madrasa in Kamrangirchar.
April 19, 2021 19:52 UTC
The Beatrice girls soccer team split a pair of matches at the end of last week. The Lady O defeated Nebraska City 2-0 on Thursday before falling to Ralston 4-2 on a chilly Friday night. In the win against Nebraska City, both Beatrice goals came in the second half. Beatrice Coach Bryan Heinz said both goals were truly team goals with building up from the backfield. They were patient and didn't get down when the goals didn't come early.
April 19, 2021 19:41 UTC