United States Calls for Ambitious New Push to Curb HIV/AIDS Epidemic

first_imgU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today declared that recent scientific advances in HIV/AIDS have created a “historic opportunity” to change the course of the pandemic and usher in a generation where no children are born with the virus, the risk of becoming infected plummets for teens and adults, and those who do become infected receive drugs that both ward off disease and make them less infectious. “Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority for the United States government until today because this goal would have been unimaginable just a few years ago,” Clinton told a packed auditorium at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. This new tack, which Clinton repeatedly acknowledged was “ambitious,” grows out of several recent scientific advances, including evidence revealed in May that starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment long before someone becomes ill from HIV can cut the risk of infected people spreading the virus to their long-term partners by 96%. In addition to this so-called treatment as prevention, she noted that trials of male circumcision have shown that it can cut the risk of transmission by 60% or more. “The finish line is not yet in sight, but we know we can get there because now we know the route we need to take,” said Clinton. “It requires all of us to put a variety of scientifically proven prevention tools to work in concert with each other.” Clinton did not commit significant new money to ramping up treatment as prevention, male circumcision, or prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs. Instead, she said “no institution in the world has done more than the United States government” in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and she positioned the Obama Administration as taking the lead in the push to change the trajectory of the epidemic. “The world could not have come this far without us and it will not defeat AIDS without us,” said Clinton. 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Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition based in New York City, noted that the timing of the speech was key, too, as World AIDS Day is coming up on 1 December and the next international AIDS conference will take place in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. “This is putting a stake in the ground that says U.S. policy is committed to ending the epidemic,” says Warren. “That’s a huge statement.” After noting the U.S. government has made major investments in scientific research, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Clinton pointedly called on other countries to do more. She chided some donors who were considering reducing contributions, and well-off countries that currently give nothing. “Some emerging powers and nations that are rich in natural resources can afford to give but choose not to,” said Clinton. She also called on countries that receive help to do more, both in funding and leadership, to address their epidemics. “Some countries have allowed money from outside donors to displace their own investments in health programs,” Clinton said. “That has to change and we have to demand that it changes.” Clinton made no mention of using ARVs in uninfected people to protect them from the virus. Large-scale trials of this so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in the past year found that it could thwart transmission via anal sex by 44% and vaginal sex by 73%. But debate continues about whether to use PrEP in resource-constrained countries that still do not offer ARVs to HIV-infected people who are critically in need of treatment. Eric Goosby stresses that the PEPFAR program, which he heads, plans to soon use PrEP. “She was trying to highlight those interventions that have a big impact on dropping incidence,” said Goosby. “PrEP will be used for high-risk populations. It won’t be used for generalized epidemics.” Clinton said figuring out which combinations of proven prevention strategies will work best in a given locale will require more research, noting that the U.S. government recently has invested $50 million on clinical trials to address these questions. She announced that PEPFAR will also receive $60 million in new funding to scale up combination prevention in parts of four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. “To sit on the sidelines now would be devastating,” said Clinton. PEPFAR head Goosby says Clinton’s speech is the first of many to come on the topic from the Obama Administration. “The leadership role that United States has placed on HIV/AIDS will continue to increase, and specifically to look, even in times of economic severity, at how we can increase our impact,” says Goosby. “It really is time to say the opportunity’s here, we need to do it differently, are you willing, world, to get to the table and do it differently. We are very much interested in that dialog.”last_img read more

Spanish Sea Research Consortium in Peril

first_imgHigh interest rates on a loan may scuttle plans to create an international center of excellence in marine research in southern Spain. If ongoing talks don’t succeed within a week, the proposed collaboration could lose its €4.8 million in funding from Spain’s national government. On 21 October, the would-be network, coordinated by the University of Cádiz, was awarded a €4.8 million grant from the International Campus of Excellence (CEI) funding program. Launched in 2008, that program is an initiative by the Spanish Ministry of Education to modernize the country’s universities by encouraging them to form strategic alliances. The 2011 funding round awarded a total of €35 million to eight new CEIs and gave 11 existing ones an additional €40 million. But on 11 November, the rector of the University of Cádiz, Eduardo González Mazo raised the alarm. According to the program’s regulations, the regional government of the winning centers receives the money from the Spanish government in the form of loans, which used to be interest-free. Because of Spain’s fiscal pinch, the loans come with a 5.7% interest rate this year, which the regional government of Andalusia, which sponsors the project, says is too high. Moreover, to enter the loan agreement, regional governments must meet certain fiscal health criteria; González Mazo told the journalists he was “deeply preoccupied” about the center’s funding because the national Ministry of Economy and Finance might not allow Andalusia to take out the loan. 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The group encompasses the southern universities of Cádiz, Almeria, Huelva, Granada, and Malaga, the University of the Algarve in Portugal, and Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Morocco, as well as the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, the Spanish National Research Council, and other centers. Thirty-seven foreign universities signed an agreement to collaborate and several companies are also onboard. There are already three CEIs for marine science elsewhere in Spain. But a failure for the University of Cádiz’s project would be “tragic,” mathematician Björn Birnir, of the collaborating University of California, Santa Barbara, wrote in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. “Mediterranean studies will suffer,” he says. “Cádiz has made a name for itself in studying phytoplankton, fish species with marine farming potential, and the effects of pollutants.” The ministry and the regional government have one more week to resolve the problem before the money is redistributed to other consortia. Both parties have reiterated their support to CEIMAR, and González Mazo says he still has high hopes that, one way or another, funding will come through. “We are very excited and have a lot of desire to start working,” he says.last_img read more

Youth convention in Hyderabad tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad, Sep 10 (PTI) Around 2,000 delegates from youth organisations and Sports Authority of India (SAI) would take part in a day-long convention on Universal Brotherhood Day here tomorrow. Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the conference at Bhaglingampally, an official release said today. Around 2,000 youth delegates representing NSS (National Service Scheme), NYKS (Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan) and SAI would be participating at the day-long event, said Rishipal Singh, Zonal Director of NYKS. Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, among other dignitaries, would address the gathering. Swami Srikhantananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Hyderabad would deliver keynote address emphasising the message delivered by Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893 at World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago. He would highlight the life and message of the towering philosopher-monk and their relevance for youth, the release added. PTI VVK RSY DBlast_img read more

KASHMIR-BSF-STRATEGY 2 LAST

first_imgReplying to a question about BSFs security preparednessReplying to a question about BSFs security preparedness post Tangdhar terror attack, he said, “We are closely watching what type of symptoms are developing and what type of suspicious movement is taking place close to the IB. Everything is being monitored very carefully.””Not only this. We have been communicating with Pakistan through protest notes that such and such thing is happening in their area of operation. We are asking them to take stock of the situation as they stand committed to the minutes signed by their DG to not allow infiltration to happen,” he said.”IB under Jammu frontier has history of remaining volatile and sensitive since independence as Pakistan considers the entire Jammu and Kashmir as disputed territory and ridiculously terms the IB as working boundary,” he said.”Militants in connivance with Pakistan Rangers and Pakistan intelligence agencies have been repeatedly resorting to militant infiltrations, frequent stand-off attacks, sniper fire, IED blasts, border firing to keep the K issue alive.”These attempts have been successfully foiled by round-the-clock vigil and effective border domination by BSF inspite of heavy losses and effectively ensured peace and tranquillity and sense of security to border population in Jammu region,” he said.The IG said the continuous failure has brought about a perceived change in their modus operandi and of late the Pakistani troops have resorted to snipping and unprovoked firing to deter troops from performing the routine duties.”This has more or less been of nuisance value and BSF units deployed on IB have ensured befitting reply to any misadventure,” he added.advertisementIn view of effective response by BSF, the IG said Pakistan has resorted to a new strategy of targetting Indian villages through mortar shelling which has escalated into full scale border skirmishes.”Year 2015 has remained to be very challenging year for the frontier BSF Jammu on operational front due to continuous heavy cross border firing/shelling and desperate infiltration attempts by Pakistan-based militants groups”, he said.”Concentration of militants of various groups like LeT, JeM, HM etc are regularly being reported at various launching bases across the IB and also observed near to IB on Pak side”, Sharma said, adding that Frontier BSF Jammu has established effective anti-infiltration grid along the IB to foil such nefarious attempts. PTI AB HUlast_img read more

Sports highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expected stories at 17:30 hrs: STORIES IN THE PIPELINE: *Indian Super League between Chennaiyen FC and Mumbai City FC. *Preview: Indian Super League between ATK and NorthEast United *I-League match between Churchill Brothers and Mohun Bagan. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-BCCI-ACU BCCI likely to appoint former Rajasthan DGP Ajit Singh as ACU head By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) The BCCI is all set to appoint former Director General of Police (Rajasthan), Ajit Singh Shekhawat, as the head of its Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), replacing Neeraj Kumar. SPO-GOLF-SHARMA Sensational Sharma seizes lead on WGC debut Mexico City, Mar 3 (PTI) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma moved past some of the biggest names in the game to open up a two-shot lead at the USD 10 million WGC-Mexico Championship here. SPO-AZLAN- LD IND Spirited India go down fighting against Argentina in Azlan Shah opener Ipoh (Malaysia), Mar 3 (PTI) India found themselves at the receiving end of star penalty corner specialist Gonzalo Peillats hat-trick as they lost 2-3 against Olympic champions Argentina in their opening match of the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here today. SPO-BOX-WSB Sachin wins but India lose to Russia in WSB clash New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) World youth champion Sachin Siwach made a winning debut but India ended up on the losing side, going down 1-4 to Russia in their second World Series of Boxing (WSB) clash in Kazan. SPO-SNOOKER-IND Advani-led India pip Pakistan to win Snooker Team World Cup Doha, Mar 3 (PTI) The Indian combine of Pankaj Advani and Manan Chandra staged a remarkable recovery to pip Pakistan in the final of the inaugural IBSF Snooker Team World Cup. PTI APA APAadvertisementlast_img read more

Bulk Carrier Tanker Collide in Dover Strait

first_imgzoom A bulk carrier and an oil tanker collided in the Dover Strait in the early morning hours of June 1, according to the UK Coastguard.The officials informed that, although both vessels have been damaged, there was no water ingress and no pollution. A French tug was on scene with the vessels.Additionally, there were no injuries reported following the incident and all of the crew aboard the tanker Seafrontier and the bulk carrier Huayang Endeavour are accounted for. The tanker is loaded with 37,953mt of gasoline and has 27 people on board, while the bulker is in ballast and has 22 people on board.The UK Coastguard Channel Navigation Information Service has continued to work throughout the incident and was ensuring the safe passage of vessels through the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme. The coastguard continues to monitor the situation, while the MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage and an MCA surveyor have all been informed and are working to resolve the situation.Huayang Endeavour was on route to Lagos and Seafrontier was on route to Puerto Barrios, when they collided. The vessels have Chinese and Indian crews on board.last_img read more

New UN SecretaryGeneral likely to be appointed by acclamation tomorrow

The Secretary-General designate will not take the oath of office immediately, as is usual, but at a later date in December, which would allow him to finish some of his current responsibilities as his country’s foreign minister. He will begin his five-year term on 1 January.Laying out the procedure for the appointment, General Assembly spokesperson Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte told a news briefing today that Assembly Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa of Bahrain will first invite the Security Council President for October, Japanese Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, to report on the Council’s recommendation.On Monday, the 15-member body chose Mr. Ban as its nominee for the post, but the formal appointment rests with the 192-member Assembly.The Assembly will then “take action either by acclamation, as is usually the practice, or of course you know the possibility exists that somebody may ask for a vote, though we think it’s unlikely,” Ms. Bindley-Taylor Sainte said. Statements will be made by Sheikha Haya, Mr. Annan, the regional group chairpersons, the representative of the United States as host country and the Secretary-General designate himself. Mr. Ban is expected to talk to the news media following his appointment. read more

HydroQuebec Q1 profit falls to 134 billion partially due to Rio Tinto

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 22, 2012 1:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec profits dipped 4.7 per cent to $1.34 billion in the first quarter, with the company citing a requirement to purchase electricity from Rio Tinto Alcan during its lockout of employees in Alma, Que., among reasons for the decrease.The public utility, which earned $1.4 billion in its seasonally strongest period a year ago, also said lower export revenues and mild winter temperatures contributed to the earnings decline this year.Hydro-Quebec purchased $33 million of excess power produced by Rio Tinto Alcan, which is operating at about one-third of capacity at its Alma location after locking out 780 employees on Dec. 30.A contract with the aluminum division of the metal giant required Hydo-Quebec to pay the large commercial rate of 4.2 cents per kilowatt-hour for 0.8 TWh of power. It could realize revenue to offset the charge by selling the power.It was also affected by a $30-million decrease in revenue from net electricity exports and a $10-million payment of a required annual contribution to province’s Northern Plan Fund.Lise Croteau, vice-president accounting, said the utility has also purchased power from Rio Tinto Alcan in the second quarter but couldn’t say if it will again face a $33-million charge.“I don’t want to speculate on the duration of the conflict but we have contractual arrangements to respect,” she said during a conference call.Revenues for the period ended March 31 were $3.79 billion, compared with $3.82 billion a year ago.Revenue from electricity sales in Quebec decreased by $116 million to $3.24 billion. Mild winter temperatures, which were 3C on warmer than average, cut $133 million of revenues as it sold two TWh less power. The lower revenues were partially offset by $36 million in sales on Feb. 29 since 2012 is a leap year.The 2012 winter was the second mild season in three years as temperatures were even higher in 2010.Despite stable volumes, revenues from exports decreased by $45 million, due to a reduction in selling prices.Hydro-Quebec’s selling price for electricity was 4.7 cents per kWh, down from 5.3 cents a year ago. The average cost of power is 3.4 cents per kWh.The U.S. market price for electricity fell to 3.8 cents per kWh, from 5.2 cents a year earlier.“It’s a big decrease (from last year) but our hedging practices allowed us to offset the decline,” she added.Other revenues were $177 million, an increase of $131 million because extra payments from customers related to climate conditions. Hydro-Quebec Q1 profit falls to $1.34 billion, partially due to Rio Tinto Alcan lockout read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,755.92 down 5.68 points):TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down nine cents, or 4.09 per cent, at $2.11 on 21,467,815 shares.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 93 cents, or 5.82 per cent, at $16.91 on 9,713,762 shares. The smartphone maker’s board of directors said it will explore strategic options and has added two veterans of the telecom industry to its board. The company formerly known as Research In Motion also said that Japan is not a part of the global rollout of its new smartphone.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 14 cents, or 0.97 per cent, at $14.55 on 6,722,566 shares. The insurer’s fourth-quarter profit climbed to $1.06 billion, more than double the analyst expectations and significantly higher than year-earlier profit of $69 million. However, revenue dropped 26 per cent to $7.2 billion, which missed analyst estimates.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 0.92 per cent, at $32.23 on 6,492,471 shares. Canada’s largest oil and gas company closed lower for a second day in a row after announcing Wednesday that it was hit by a $1.49 billion charge related to its Voyageur oilsands upgrader and it posted disappointing fourth-quarter results.Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (TSX:PTM). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 8.89 per cent, at $1.47 on 5,580,942 shares. The Vancouver-based company’s stock continued to rise after announcing earlier in the week that it intersected new mineralized layers at its Waterberg Deposit in South Africa.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up nine cents, or 1.04 per cent, at $8.74 on 5,360,798 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,206.11 down 5.61 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down four cents, or 3.03 per cent, at $1.28 on 11,572,746 shares. Its board of directors approved a $136 million capital budget for 2013. Pinecrest also announced a management change and an increase in its credit facility.Galaxy Graphite Corp. (TSXV:GXY). Mineral exploration. Up seven cents, or 233.33 per cent, at 10 cents on 8,251,981 shares. The company announced assay results for its Buckingham Project in Quebec. President and CEO Chris Healey said the results “clearly demonstrated the potential to discover a graphite deposit on the Buckingham property.”Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Down a penny, or 0.41 per cent, at $2.44 on 2,989,186 shares. Canada’s largest airline soared back into the black reporting a reversal of last year’s net losses in both the final quarter and full year. Fourth-quarter profit grew to $8 million, reversing year-ago’s loss of $60 million while operating revenue was up five per cent to $60 million.BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Communications and media. Down nine cents, or 0.20 per cent, at $44.43 on 1,905,692 shares. The telecom and media company is boosting its dividend for a second time in a year after posting fourth-quarter earnings of $708 million, up 45.7 per cent from the same 2011 period. Revenue was flat at $5.2 billion.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Down $2.19, or 5.98 per cent, at $34.45 on 4,867,822 shares. The miner warned that its copper production for the year will drop to 340,000 to 360,000 tonnes compared with 373,000 tonnes it produced in 2012. The outlook offset solid fourth-quarter adjusted profits and revenue that beat analyst estimates. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2013 5:35 pm MDT read more

Probe against Nirav Modi compromised Top CBI officers email blocked desktop seized

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The probe against fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi may have been compromised. The email ID of a CBI Joint Director, which was apparently hacked, has been blocked owing to suspicious activity, a TV report said.The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the Ministry of Information Technology has seized the desktop computer of Rajiv Singh, CBI Joint Director, as the probe progresses, CNN News 18 reports.The investigators are also checking if any sensitive information has been leaked through this email ID. Initial inquiries led to the finding that bulk emails were sent out from this ID. CNN News 18 said the investigators are checking why the top sleuth did not report the suspicious activity earlier.Earlier on Monday, it was revealed that fugitive financial offender Nirav Modi, who defrauded Punjab National Bank to the tune of Rs 14,000 crore, travelled on an Indian passport as early as on June 12, raising suspicions that the investigation might have gone soft on him. Modi, who is on Interpol’s watch and supposedly on hot chase by the government of India, travelled from London to Brussels on June 12. The catch is that his passport was supposed to be revoked. The Indian public had been told his passport was revoked. That the Indian investigators were on hot pursuit. That the government of India was committed to recouping the public money and bringing the swindler to the book.None of the promises seems to be kept. The PNB fraud was reported by the bank on February 14. In the days that followed, the details of the Letter of Credit scam perpetrated by Modi emerged. (L-R) Naomi Watts, Nirav Modi and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the Nirav Modi U.S. Boutique grand opening at Nirav Modi Boutique on September 8, 2015 in New York City.Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesSubsequently, on February 24, Modi’s passport was revoked by the government. However. the Indian investigators approached the Interpol for issuing a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Nirav Modi only on June 11. That delay has allowed the fraudster on the run to make his travel plans and execute them freely.Earlier, it had been revealed that Modi and his family had left the country only a few days before mega financial scam broke. Clearly he knew what was in the offing, and there were people to help him out with sensitive information. Well, to this day it has remained a mystery how a financial fraud of that scale could be carried out by just a handful of junior level executives at the bank. The fact that the hanky-panky was underway for several years just made the investigation’s theories look like piffle.After it emerged that Modi travelled on his ‘revoked’ Indian passport on June 12, the Indian officials have feigned useful ignorance. “We will know how he is travelling only when we are informed by (investigating) agencies,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said when asked about this, the Times of India reported.So the foreign ministry passes the blame on to the investigators. The investigators, in turn, cite the fact that a charge sheet against Modi was filed only recently. And that they could have approached the Interpol for the red corner notice only after fling the charge sheet.While it’s not writ in stone that the Interpol would accept a red corner notice only after a charge sheet is filed, let’s grant the argument the benefit of the doubt. But then it only points to wilful foot dragging on the part of the investigators. Why did they take nearly four months to file charges even as Modi was going about his busiess as usual.He was also allowed to use this generous grace period provided by the India government to cover the tracks of his fraud, move national capitals for asylum and other assistance and build on his business using companies owned by his family members.There is a surfeit of the government rhetoric on bringing fraudsters to book but there seems to be little credible action. Who is Nirav Modi, and how did he commit the Rs 11,000 crore fraud?center_img Closelast_img read more

Malaysias Rohingya aid ship departs for Myanmar

first_imgMalaysian ship Nautical Aliya, carrying aid for Rohingya, prepares to set sail for Myanmar, in Port Klang. ReutersA Malaysian ship carrying food, clothes and medical supplies departed for Myanmar on Friday which prime minster Najib Razak said would be used to ease the suffering of the Muslim Rohingya.A fourth-month military crackdown on Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine has galvanised the Muslim world, particularly Malaysia, and Najib has previously accused Myanmar’s leaders of permitting “genocide”.”We hear their sufferings and pain… those who have been raped, murdered and burned alive,” Najib said at Port Klang, west of the capital Kuala Lumpur.Around 700 people gathered to witness the departure of Nautical Aliya which was carrying about 2,200 tonnes of rice, medical aid, clothes and other essentials, as well as 238 activists and medical personnel.It will travel to Yangon where authorities have agreed to take some of the supplies and distribute them to Rohingya living in Rakhine, said Wan Nordin, one of the coordinators onboard the ship.The rest of the shipment, which has been sponsored by a coalition of aid groups based mainly in Malaysia, will be taken to Teknaf port in Bangladesh to support Rohingya refugees there, Wan said.The bloody crackdown on Rohingya, which the United Nations said Friday had likely killed hundreds of people, has tarnished the image of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in March.Since October Myanmar’s army has carried out “clearance operations” in the north of Rakhine to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.At least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, alleging rape, murder and torture at the hands of security forces.Suu Kyi’s government has said the allegations are invented and has resisted mounting international pressure to protect the minority.Myanmar has long faced criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya who are considered by many in the Buddhist-majority country to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more

PM Hasina to return home tomorrow

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will return home from London on Thursday wrapping up her official visit to the United Kingdom.“The prime minister will depart London this afternoon (local time) and reach Dhaka tomorrow morning [Thursday] Bangladesh time,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS over phone from London on Wednesday.Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sources said here a Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister will leave from Heathrow International Airport in London for Dhaka at 6:20pm (London time) today.The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka tomorrow morning, the sources said.Sheikh Hasina went to London on 19 July.During her stay in London, the PM attended the Bangladeshi envoys’ conference on 20 July.Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland QC and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon separately called on Sheikh Hasina in the British capital.On 22 July, the prime minister underwent a successful surgery in her left eye at a London hospital, the press secretary said.last_img read more

Nature Interpretation Centre to showcase biodiversity of Hills at Bengal Safari Park

first_imgDarjeeling: A Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) was inaugurated on Tuesday at Bengal Safari Park near Siliguri. Along with the NIC, a host of new projects were announced for the Park as well.Apart from Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman and Tourism minister Goutam Deb, North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh was also present at the inauguration event. The Bengal Safari Park is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, located 10 km away from Siliguri. The park was inaugurated in 2017 by Banerjee. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have plans of upgrading the amenities of the park. We are already in the process of preparing a Detailed Project Report for a toy train inside the safari park. The cost of the project will be around Rs 1 crore,” said state Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. The train will be battery-operated without rails and will have vista dome bogies. The projects at the safari park are being done jointly by the Tourism, Forest and North Bengal Development departments. A Breakpoint Watchtower is also coming up at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Visitors who take the safari rides will have a 15 minute break at the watchtower. There will be a cafeteria inside the watchtower as well. Visitors can enjoy coffee, snacks and the scenery from the watchtower,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb. There are plans to release more rhinoceros inside the park. “The park can accommodate 5 rhinoceros and at present there is only one. We are talking to the PCCF (Wildlife) for the release of more rhinos here,” added Barman. There are 2 elephants in the elephant safari. The Forest minister stated that two more would be brought in. Talks are on for getting bisons as well. “First we will recruit forest guards. We have sanction for 10 guards,” added Barman. Spread across 208 acres, the park offers leopard, Asiatic black bear, tiger, herbivore and elephant safaris. The NIC will showcase the diverse flora and fauna of the region, along with 7 tribal communities residing in North Bengal through a light and sound show. “Entry to the NIC will be absolutely free. We want tourists along with students to see the rich biodiversity of this region,” added Barman.last_img read more

Old age home abuzz with fête fun

first_imgThe grounds outside Juana Maria Old Age Home are abuzz with activity this morning (September 3) due to the home’s annual fête.Tents are up and all sorts of stalls are selling everything from food to trendy clothing.School choirs, as well as Hamilton’s Marimba Band, entertained the crowds with a few songs. The band Magic Rhythm is also on hand and cranking out some good old country music to further liven things up.The tea garden is the place to relax on the grass and enjoy some refreshment while having a nice chat.The fête is almost over, so get on over to the old age home right now! The book sale is something not to be missed! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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