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Alexandra: 100 years of ‘pride, ubuntu’

first_img25 September 2012South Africa should use the centenary of Alexandra to build a more united and prosperous country founded on the principle of ubuntu, President Jacob Zuma said as Johannesburg’s famous township marked 100 years of existence on Saturday.Alexandra was first proclaimed as a township for white workers who were removed from Johannesburg city centre in 1905. In 1912 the plots in Alexandra were sold to African and Coloured people with freehold rights, making the place a “native township”.“We must use this milestone to dedicate ourselves more than ever before to build a united and prosperous South Africa built on the foundation of ubuntu, dignity and respect,” Zuma said during Saturday’s celebrations at Alexandra Stadium.The President said the township oozed pride and resilience while it was also associated with well-known South Africans like Joe Modise and the Mahotela Queens.Stand up for rights ‘without losing dignity’South Africans needed to stand up for their rights without losing their dignity, he said. “South Africans are not hooligans, we are a nation of proud, respectful people who stand up for their rights and do so without losing their dignity and ubuntu.“We must promote this national pride as we don’t want the world to develop a wrong impression of South African people,” the President said, adding that societies needed to take stock and reflect at certain times.“We must not be shy to reflect on what has gone wrong within society in general,” Zuma said. “We’ve heard of shocking incidents of men raping little girls. This is not a society or nation we want.”The country needed to reflect on the causes of brutality and how this could be stopped, as the perpetrators came from within the community.“It’s a painful reality for every society to have to deal with, but we have to confront it. I believe we must have this discussion about the renewal of the social fibre of communities without delay.”‘Bring back culture of peaceful protest’Zuma urged society to bring back a culture of peaceful protest, of upholding the right to life.“The culture of violent protest which threatens lives and property have no place in a democratic society when people have a government that they can talk to through various structures. We cannot destroy that which we have built ourselves, and we cannot continue organising protests in which people die.”This, he said, called for serious reflection “among ourselves about the way in which we do things.”Zuma also warned against workers negotiating labour issues without labour unions.“Workers of Alex and anywhere in our country should not think that what happened in Marikana is the way to go. When workers chase away trade unions and negotiate their own deal with employers, that is a danger. Workers in the past didn’t have trade unions and they were not protected, they were victims of employers.”Earlier, Zuma visited the Nelson Mandela Yard Heritage Precinct to plant a tree. In 1940, Mandela left home in the Transkei and moved to Alexandra, where he found lodging with a local reverend before moving next door. The house, which had no water or electricity at the time, is on the corner of Richard Baloyi and 7th avenue.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Be prepared for soybean diseases

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean frogeye leaf spot, which has traditionally been more of a problem in the southern states, is progressing further north every year and is now being found in several Ohio fields. White mold will try to hamper soybean yields this year as well. Jon Sherwin, an Account Manager with Gowan, talks about the advantages of Domark fungicide and how it is more cost effective to apply this year.last_img

Infection scare after cataract surgeries

first_imgFive patients who underwent cataract surgeries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Chhattisgarh’s capital city Raipur were shifted to the MGM Eye Hospital, also in Raipur, on Saturday.“The operations took place on April 5. The consultant re-examined the cases on the next day and some infection was found in the eyes of the operated patients. All precautionary measures were taken and out of five patients, three were nearly normal. But there was doubt in one case and the patient could have needed the Vitreous Procedure Chamber surgery. Since this facility is not available in AIIMS-Raipur, we contacted the hospital where it was available. It was decided to shift all five patients to the MGM Eye hospital in order to save their vision, even if there is any minor complaint,” Dr. Ajay Dani, medical superintendent, AIIIMS Raipur, told The Hindu.When asked if there was any lapse on the part of doctors or hospital staff leading to these infections, Dr. Dani said, “This doesn’t appear to be a case of negligence but it will have to be investigated. It is very difficult to say something immediately.”last_img read more

Chandigarh cracks the whip on violators

first_imgThirty-seven people were arrested in Chandigarh as revellers in cities across Punjab and Haryana flouted the Supreme Court order which had limited the bursting of crackers to between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Diwali, the police said on Thursday. In Ludhiana, one of the most polluted city in the country, 14 cases were registered for flouting the apex court’s time frame on bursting crackers. In Chandigarh, altogether 38 cases were registered for violation of the apex court order. The cases were registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of an order promulgated by public authorities. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at several places in the two States was recorded as ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ on Thursday morning after Diwali night. The pollution-regulating authorities, however, said the air quality after this Diwali remained better than the last year’s.“We have registered 14 cases so far against unknown persons in connection with the violation (of the Supreme Court order),” Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwani Kapoor said on Thursday. He said the police had appealed to the people before Diwali to adhere to the apex court’s 8-to-10 p.m. time frame for bursting crackers, adding as soon as the violators are verified, their names will be added in the FIR. The order was flouted at many places in the two States as people started bursting crackers well before 8 p.m. and continued beyond 10 p.m. The pollution level rose at several places in two States on Thursday morning.Poor AQI In Punjab, AQI on Thursday morning was found to be 221 in Ludhiana, 266 in Jalandhar, 221 in Amritsar, 271 in Patiala, 223 in Mandi Gobindgarh and 215 in Khanna. The AQI range between 201 and 300 falls under “poor” category. Before Diwali, the AQI in Punjab hovered around moderate to poor category. In Haryana, the AQI after Diwali reached 300 in Rohtak and 353 in Gurugram which is in ‘poor to very poor’ category. In Faridabad, the AQI was 401, just touching the ‘severe’ category. In Chandigarh, the AQI was 155, which is in the ‘moderate’ category, the officials said. The pollution level was about 25% to 30% less this year if compared with the air quality level during the last year’s Diwali. This year, the air quality was much better, Punjab Pollution Control Board’s Chief Environmental Engineer Karunesh Garg said. The AQI in many parts of Punjab after Diwali normally used to be beyond 300, Mr. Garg said, adding that the apex court order has helped a lot in creating awareness about disadvantages of bursting firecrackers.last_img read more

Dhoni beats SRK, Sachin as top endorser

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the chart for celebrity endorsements on television during the first six months of this year. From being captain cool to becoming the hottest celebrity as far as the numbers of endorsements are concerned, Dhoni has jumped the queue on some big names in the country. Dhoni is ahead of his closest competitor Shah Rukh Khan by eight endorsements and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by nine endorsements, Adex survey of TAM Media Research has revealed. As per the survey results, Dhoni has 24 companies to his name, well ahead of SRK’s 16 and Tendulkar’s 15, the other top endorsers on the list. The Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the no. 1 celebrity endorser.Dhoni even took over the fairer sex’s appeal as superstars like Kareen Kapoor and Katrina Kaif stood far behind him. These actresses’ had a combined share of 45 per cent in the total endorsements of celebrities. During January to June 2010, Dhoni has done advertisements for a host of brands, including Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and TVS. Brighter future aheadIn July, Dhoni signed a Rs 210 crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes to manage his long list of endorsements and brand associations for two years. The deal, the most lucrative in Indian cricket history, surpassed Tendulkar’s three-year contract estimated worth Rs 180 crore with sports management firm Iconix in 2006.last_img read more

Subhabrata Basu: Son of fire-eating Marxist Jyoti Basu

first_imgThe son smokes English cigarettes and likes golf. The father likes to play political games. The son spends his evenings watching American movies on video, sipping Scotch whisky on the rocks, and attending endless cocktail parties. The father is glued to his big oval desk in the evenings, reading files,The son smokes English cigarettes and likes golf. The father likes to play political games. The son spends his evenings watching American movies on video, sipping Scotch whisky on the rocks, and attending endless cocktail parties. The father is glued to his big oval desk in the evenings, reading files in his office at Writers’ Building, the state secretariat. “I don’t throw my weight about. I don’t ask bureaucrats to do this or that… my father feels safe with me. He knows I’ll never use any extra constitutional authority.”Subhabrata (Chandan) BasuThe son is clad in the typical businessman’s uniform – a smartly-cut safari suit or a pin-stripe three-piece. The father sports his trade-mark dhoti and kurta. The old man’s Bible is Das Kapital. The younger man is a fast-blossoming capitalist.At 30, Subhabrata Basu, alias Chandan, the lean and tall only child of Jyoti Basu, the Marxist chief minister of West Bengal, is poised to become one of the archetypes of Left demonology – a self-made businessman.With only three years in full-time business, Chandan now heads three separate companies with an annual turnover of over Rs 2 crore. Last fortnight, his third and latest company, Eastern Snackfood, was strongly recommended by his banker, Punjab National Bank, for a Rs 15-lakh term loan from the West Bengal Financial Corporation (WBFC).The loan will enable him to set up his second biscuit factory, a Rs 38-lakh project, after the Eastern Biscuits Company Private Limited (EBCO), set up in 1980, Eastern Snackfood, together with the two units at EBCO, will roll out 9,600 tonnes of biscuits every year, thus placing the group at the number two position in West Bengal after Britannia, the multinational giant, whose Calcutta unit makes 18,000 tonnes annually.advertisementChandan’s other venture, Eastern Bulk Carriers (EBC), a trucking agency, has also achieved startling gains in recent months, having bagged lucrative diesel-carrying contracts from prestigious companies like Tata Iron and Steel Company (TISCO), the Birla-owned Texmaco Limited, and Hindustan Lever, the soap and ghee giant.The EBC, which was started with only two old tankers, is now on its way to acquire eight more vehicles. In addition, the fledgling entrepreneur is hoping to set up a mini-cement factory in Madhya Pradesh, “away from the daunting labour situation in West Bengal”.Important Relationships: Though the son of a fire-eating Marxist, Chandan has, over the years built up an excellent rapport with industrialists and politicians of the Congress(I) ilk. His mentors and friends include Jit Paul, the owner of Park Hotel in Calcutta, Capital Park Hotel in New Delhi, the helmsman of the Aminchand Pyarelal group, and a professed supporter of Mrs Gandhi; Kamal Nath, the Congress(l) MP from Chhindwara; and Subrata Mukherjee, the powerful Congress(I) MLA from Calcutta.Last July, he moved into his new flat (61, Queen’s Mansion) which is rented in the name of Flury’s Swiss Confectioners, a Jit Paul-owned company. Says he: “I needed a flat but, believe me, in Calcutta nobody would let out a flat to the chief minister’s son, fearing that eviction would be impossible. So uncle Jit Paul appointed me the bakery consultant to Flury’s, and here I am.”Kamal Nath is so enamoured of Chandan that he makes it a point to meet him each time he visits Calcutta, his home town. Said Nath: “Chandan is entirely different from the breed of Suresh Rams and Kanti Desais. He is far more sensible than his father.” One of Chandan’s co-directors at EBCO, and his co-partner both in EBC and Eastern Snackfood, Nandlal Shaw was a Youth Congress activist during the Emergency, and was close to Nath. The dark and stout Shaw, 38, who was himself a transportation agent, helped Chandan tide over a liquidity crisis in the initial months of EBCO.Despite such bonhomie with the Congress(I) brass, Chandan’s name is periodically dragged into Assembly debates by the opposition legislators, who mostly cavil for claps.Suniti Chattoraj, a Congress(I) MLA, accused Basu of “nepotism” when the WBFC, owned by his government, sanctioned a Rs 18-lakh loan to EBCO. Said Somen Mitra, Congress(I) MLA from Sealdah in Calcutta: “It is an undeniable fact that Chandan Basu is being favoured by the state Government in many ways. He got one of the best industrial plots allotted to him at Durgapur, and the allotment was made in record time. And the Marxist party also helped the chief minister’s son. I don’t think it to be a pure coincidence that two big biscuit-making units in the state were shut down following labour trouble as soon as EBCO entered the market.”advertisementMitra was referring to the two prominent West Bengal biscuit makers, Lily Biscuit Company and Kolay Biscuits, whose factories were locked out in 1980. Kolay (assets: Rs 4 crore) is still under lock-out, and the West Bengal Government has recently put up a proposal to take it over. Lily’s management was taken over by the state Government in late 1980. Despite a Rs 60-lakh assistance from the Centrally-owned Industrial Reconstruction Corporation of India (IRCI). Lily is still limping with an output of 45 per cent of its plant capacity.In the toadyism-prone Indian society, being the son of a political bigwig is often the same as flirting with the demon of corruption. Says Chandan: “Just after my father had become the chief minister, offers came my way in droves. In came a certain property shark, supposedly friendly to the Left Front, and enquired if I needed a flat. I refused the offer because the price seemed too low. Instead, I applied for a plot of land at Salt Lake through the normal channel, and got it through the normal channel. Even some of the industrialists I do business with came up with highly lucrative offers. But I insisted on market rates. The point is, there are guys who would put up a crore of rupees now but would be the first to go to a commission of enquiry when my father loses power. I’m just too smart for them.””I don’t expect Chandan to inherit his father’s Marxism.”Jyoti BasuChandan’s childhood milieu is almost entirely Bengali middle class with all its proverbial apathy to business and independent vocation. Still he has shown remarkable adaptability to the aggressive, high adrenaline life-style of modern businessmen. His office on Bondel Road is spacious, well-lit and neatly upholstered, with not a trace of the sloppiness that is normally associated with a Bengali concern.Once a week he travels to the factory at Durgapur in his Ambassador car, and is punctual about his appointments. Novels put him off. He prefers Fortune magazine, thrillers and comics, in that order. Surprisingly, his father too is a fan of thrillers, and awestruck comrades often confess behind closed doors that they had indeed seen their great helmsman browsing through Le Carre instead of Engels on Sundays.Despite his inexperience, Chandan moved quite fast in business. The WBFC sanctioned the loan to EBCO in October 1979, but the factory went on stream as early as November 1980. Working only  two shifts, it sold products worth Rs 1.15 crore in 1981. “This is an amazing feat for a new biscuit factory anywhere,” said R.N. Bannerjee, the managing director of WBFC.Managerial Hurdles: EBCO produced heavily, and lost heavily. Last fortnight, its accumulated losses stood at a staggering Rs 16 lakh, having lost Rs 12 lakh in the very first year of its production. Chandan rationalised that the reason for this was embedded in the “amateurishness of the team that had started it”, adding that “we’re growing out of it, mercifully.”advertisementThere were management problems too, mostly caused by Chandan’s differences with his brother-in-law and co-director, Shishir Wahi, 35, a former merchant mariner. Last July, after a protracted feud, Wahi resigned from EBCO as well as EBC. “It was a painful parting, but it was inevitable,” says Chandan, adding that “neither of us could grow if we’d clung to each other.”After Wahi’s departure, even the trucking unit has grown fast. It now carries half of the 230-tonne monthly requirement of light diesel oil of the two Hindustan Lever plants in West Bengal, and almost all of the diesel oil required by the Jamadoba iron ore mines of TISCO. Besides, it has recently been awarded the carrying contract for light diesel oil by Texmaco.Born in 1952, when his father was away in prison, Chandan had, in his own words, “a miserable childhood”. As Basu wove in and out of jail, the boy became a headache for the family, specially for his mother, Kamala, “who is very loving but has rather old-fashioned ideas about rearing children.”Still, the mother was the most powerful member of the family by virtue of being the owner of the Basus’ ancestral house on Hindusthan Park. Basu’s father, the late Nishikanta Basu, had disinherited his communist son and bequeathed the house to his daughter-in-law where the chief minister now lives as a “guest”.Chandan went to the upper class South Point School but could not pass his class four examination. He later went to a grimy, almost Dickensian boarding school on Amherst Street where, says he: “I picked up all possible vices.” In 1971, he finished school and was sent to Srinagar where G.M. Sadiq, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, helped him secure a seat in the pre-medical course at S.P. College. At Srinagar, Chandan put up with the family of Maimoona Sultana, who is now the joint general secretary of the All India Congress(I) Committee and a “family friend”. Chandan says he spent some of his best months in Kashmir and “for the first time, I tried to study”. But Sadiq was replaced by Mir Qasim, and the new Government, says Chandan, “pulled strings so that I could not qualify for the medical course”.He came back to Calcutta, “as just another Ballygunj loafer”. Later, he graduated in commerce from Calcutta’s St Xavier’s College, the old red-brick Jesuit institution where his father had been a student.Early Days: “I know the pangs of joblessness firsthand. For four years I was one of the city’s millions of jobless youth, shooting applications in the dark, gatecrashing into offices in search of a living. Some of the big fellows who refused to meet me then now flash friendly smiles at me at cocktails and dinners,” he reminisces with sadness but no rancour.In 1974, Chandan landed a job with Bengal Lamp, the owners of which are his distant relatives. The West Bengal unit of the company was at that time plagued with labour problems, caused mostly by its Marxist union; however Chandan’s appointment was, as he says, “of no help to the owners.”Basu with his family: Staying away from politicsIn 1977, he was confirmed in the company’s management cadre, and the same year he got married to Dolly, the stunningly beautiful daughter of the late Omkar Mohan Wahi, a Delhi Khatri who had made Calcutta his home and owned a printing press and an advertising agency. Chandan met Dolly at the South India Club in Ballygunj and courted her for four years. “From the day I met her I knew I had to do something in my life. I realised that ! could not afford to fritter away my life,” he said.While working for Bengal Lamp he did side jobs, like helping out Amal Datta, a Marxist MP, in his construction business for a pittance of Rs 250 a month. As late as 1977, when his father was sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal, Chandan was walking from shop to shop. hawking 50-paisa exercise books.Later on, he and Wahi met Gopal Bagree, the owner of Calcutta’s largest wholesale bazaar, Bagree Market, and rented a shop from where they launched their maiden trading venture, Omkar Trading Company.Biscuit Business: The company secured distributorship of Everest Biscuits, an Aurangabad firm, and was initiated into the tricky and fiercely competitive domain of selling biscuits in the large Bengal market, accounting for 35 per cent of the country’s net biscuit sale.Omkar Trading soon secured the prize distributorship of Britannia biscuits in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal, and the EBCO factory was originally envisioned as Britannia’s captive plant. Later, there were changes at Britannia’s top brass and it cooled off towards the EBCO project. Chandan and Wahi decided to go ahead on their own.Chandan coolly shrugs off the oft-repeated charge that the state Government has shown him undue favour. “I challenge anyone to prove it,” says he. Rather than helping his company, he feels the state Government, “and its callous, mindless bureaucracy”, have created innumerable impediments “for entrepreneurs like us. young in age, ready to struggle and build”.For instance, flour, which is 75 per cent of the raw material needed in the biscuit industry, has to be bought by the biscuit-makers from the open market at 25 percent extra price. The food and supplies minister in the earlier Basu Cabinet, Sudhin Kumar, turned down an EBCO proposal for custom-milling flour, which would have saved the company 10 per cent of its raw material cost.On March 20, 1980, Chandan made a representation to his father, “the honourable chief minister”, for entitlement of levy-free flour. The chief minister’s office is yet to acknowledge the letter. Perpetually weighted down by the fact of his birth, and always struggling to live down the image of being the chief minister’s son, Chandan has both his hopes and hackles up when he is confronted with a newsman. “You see, being a chief minister’s son finds me some publicity which I need badly because I can’t afford a big advertising campaign right now.” But he is wary of being dragged into political arguments. “I am not a particularly well-read person. I don’t even know what Marxism is,” he says with an almost trader-like humility. “Still,” he adds, “I am just as politically conscious as a businessman is expected to be.”Without mincing his words, he observes: “The Emergency wasn’t a good experience. But it had a lot of good effects. The Government employees came to work on time. The babus kept their desks clean.”Communist Acquaintances: Chandan’s acquaintances in the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are limited to only a few. “Politicians are hardly good companions,” he says with an ill-concealed contempt for the tribe to which his father belongs.The only “politician” with whom he had emotional ties is the late Jyotirmoy Bosu. the veteran CPI-M parliamentarian. Says he: “After my marriage I felt it would be easier for us to stay away from m/ mother’s house. But there was no place to stay. Only Bosu offered us a suite in his hotel. We lived there for three years.” He refers to Bosu as a “very warm human being” and a “rare specimen” in politics.What does he think of the younger generation of politicians in the country – Marxist or otherwise? “Mostly selfish, and quite incapable of doing anything for the country,” replies Chandan sharply. He maintains that these people joined politics because “they proved to be incapable of doing anything for themselves”.The relationship between Chandan and his father is warm and human. Basu dotes on his grandchildren, Payel, 5, and Koyel, 3, the two cherub-faced sisters. Taking an hour off from his busy schedule, he drops in at his son’s flat for lunch every day. He tells many of his friends: “I don’t expect Chandan to inherit his father’s Marxism.” Chandan, in his turn, says: “I never ring up a police station. I don’t throw my weight about. I don’t ask bureaucrats to do this or that, though I know many of them socially. I play golf with some of them. My father feels safe with me. He knows I’ll never use any extra-constitutional authority.”There is no doubt that Basu feels safe with his son, unless the muffled questions about the spectacular strides made by Chandan’s various business enterprises gather momentum and cause embarrassment for him.Till then, every day the residents of Queen’s Mansion are sure to witness, with bemused curiosity, the sight of a white government car – with outriders and all – threading its way through the lanes and stopping at the door of flat 61.The 68-year-old, grey-haired, bespectacled bhadralok alighting from the air-conditioned Toyota is not the stiff-collared Marxist chief minister, but an affectionate father longing for the company of his son, grandchildren and the daughter-Inlaw who, with an impish sense of humour, calls him “Hitler”.last_img read more

T rex was actually bigger than we thought

first_img3:36 This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs 15 Photos The new conclusions are based on a 66-million-year-old skeleton found in Canada in the early ’90s. Roger Harris/SPL/Getty The undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, is even bigger than we once believed.That’s according to new research conducted on “Scotty,” a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton first discovered in Canada in 1991. A team of paleontologists at the University of Alberta measured up the skull, hip and limbs of Scotty and suggested that it had a living weight of almost 20,000 pounds (approx. 8,800 kilograms).With that kind of weight, the monstrous ancient lizard would be up there with the largest terrestrial animal currently alive, the African bush elephant, which can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.”This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Tags 5 Sci-Techcenter_img The skeleton was discovered in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, encased in sandstone. It took 10 years of fine excavation work to extricate the fossil and now scientists have finally been able to stitch together a picture of Scotty as he would have been 66 million years ago.The findings were published in the journal The Anatomical Record on March 21. The research team describes Scotty as “exceptionally large” and “robust”, which in reality means he was an absolute unit.Making Scotty even more unique is the fact that it is the oldest T. rex skeleton discovered and was likely in his early 30s when he died — which is a pretty good run for the theropods because as far as we currently know, they lived to between 20 and 30 years. By studying one of the major leg bones, the research team could determine that Scotty was a mature T. rex.And in his time, he’d seen things — he bore the marks of a fair few scuffles.”Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries,” said Persons.Scotty takes the crown for biggest ever ancient lizard from Sue, a wonderfully preserved T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. Sue’s estimated weight is around 400 kilograms less than that estimated for Scotty, but with around 90 percent of that skeleton recovered, she is still the most extensive T. rex specimen ever found. Share your voice Comments Tyrannosaurus rex has a surprise for you Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Stranger Things timewarps PCs with Windows 111 app

first_img Microsoft See it For those who want an in-person Stranger Things experience, Microsoft Stores will start offering on July 20 a STEM-inspired Camp Know Where, the name of the summer camp that Dustin attends prior to the events of season 3. One of Microsoft’s workshops, Rule the Arcade, will teach fundamentals of coding that enables attendees to make their own game. The other workshop called Strange-ify Your World will allow participants to make a Stranger Things-inspired mini-movie using 3D modeling, Windows Ink and special effects. Stranger Things Arcade CabinetThe Stranger Things Arcade Cabinet Microsoft is giving away to promote the third season of the show.  Microsoft For gamers, Microsoft will be giving away a Stranger Things 3 Collectible Arcade Cabinet, an Xbox One X and a 12-month membership for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on its Xbox Twitter and Facebook page. Stranger Things season 3 launched July 4. Like Microsoft, Coke, Nike, Schwinn and other companies have resurrected products from the 1980s to coincide with the show’s new season.  Post a comment $369 Tags See It Share your voice Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X Computers TV and Movies Microsoft Xbox One X 0 Take your computer back to the ’80s.  Micorosft Microsoft tweeted about the release of Windows 1.0 last week, leaving many to wonder why exactly the software company was promoting its original operating system from 34 years ago. As predicted and hinted, this blast from the ’80s past is a crossover with Stranger Things season 3. Microsoft released its Windows 1.11 app on Monday. It’s a Stranger Things-inspired “fan experience” that looks like the original Windows OS. Users can explore the PC app to unlock content and Easter eggs from the third season of the Netflix show, which is set in 1985 — the same year as the release of Windows 1.0. Amazon $319 Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Of course there’s nothing strange about Windows 1.0. Don’t worry. Everything will be ..-. .. -. . / — -. / .— ..- .-.. -.– / —.. – …. pic.twitter.com/lRrJn6Fdmf— Windows (@Windows) July 7, 2019last_img read more

Lailatul Qadr being observed

first_imgMuslims across the country are observing the holy Lailatul Qadr tonight (Thursday) with due religious fervour and solemnity, according to UNB. The holy Quran was revealed to prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.  According to the holy Quran, the night is superior to one thousand nights. Devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and holding milad mahfil and zikr. In their prayers, they will seek divine blessings for themselves, country and Muslim Ummah. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while newspapers published special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.last_img read more

Trump declaration on Jerusalem isolates US at UN

first_imgUS ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers a speech during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Palestine at the UN headquarters on 8 December 2017 in New York City. AFPThe United States stood alone Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticised its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council-no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power-two days after president Donald Trump reversed two decades of US policy on the holy city.The meeting was convened by no fewer than eight of the 14 non-US members of the council.This seemed a vivid show of the discord triggered by Trump’s announcement, which included plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Asked what he expected to come from the UN meeting, one diplomat said: “Nothing.” Another said the session would show US “isolation” on the issue.The UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nikolay Mladenov, warned that the US decision could lead to a spiral of violence among the Palestinians and others angered by what Trump has done.Indeed, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces Friday left two person dead after calls for a “day of rage” from the Islamist movement Hamas.The British ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, said flat out that Britain disagrees with Trump’s move on Jerusalem and the embassy location.“These decisions are unhelpful for the prospects for peace in the region,” Rycroft said.He urged Trump to now come up with detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian peace accord, a goal which has eluded the US and the international community for decades.The status of Jerusalem is one of the most hotly contested issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Israel seized control of the east of the city in 1967 and later annexed it in moves never recognised by the international community.Israel considers the city its undivided capital, but Palestinians believe the east is illegally occupied and see it as the capital of their future state.Five European countries on the council insisted the new US policy is not in line with UN resolutions including one that considers east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.At Friday’s meeting, US ambassador Nikki Haley defended Trump as remaining committed to the peace process and a two state solution if the Israelis and Palestinians choose this.Haley said that in his reversal of US foreign policy, Trump was simply recognising reality, since the Israeli government and parliament are located in Jerusalem.And she recalled that Trump insists his decision has no impact on whatever Israelis and Palestinians ultimately decide on boundaries and borders of the city, which is holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews.“I understand the concerns that members have in calling this session,” Haley said. “Change is hard.”last_img read more