On the favourable track?

first_imgTraditionally, the power sector has been seized by a plethora of problems. Low per capita power consumption at a third of China, substantial T&D losses, Discoms bleeding due to tariff subsidisation disabling purchase of power from gencos, low PLF of thermal plants affecting the capacity to service bank debts and shortage of fossil fuel affecting power generation, were the major pain points. Concerted efforts initiated at policy formulation and implementation to tackle these issues in recent times seem to be yielding an encouraging outcome. Also Read – A special kind of bondRegarding fossil fuel, the power plants are largely coal-based except for around 14 GW gas-based capacity mainly built on the indicated potential of the KGD6 basin. These became stranded as the gas production from the basin fell off dramatically to a tenth of its peak level seen in 2010. Reportedly, the deep sea gas in High-Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) conditions were unviable to at the general price of domestic gas. Besides, technological challenges were substantial. Efforts at reviving these gas fields through an infusion of appropriate technology and allowing special price commensurate with complexities have been initiated. However, the power generated from such high-cost gas may find a challenge of distribution under the Merit Order system. Hence, even if availability improves, the possibility of the stranded gas-based capacity coming into operation may remain a question mark. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor the coal-based power plants, the problem initially was an acute shortage of coal. Over 200 coal blocks allocated earlier to end users for mining were cancelled by orders of the apex court in 2014, effective 1st April 2015. Collectively the production from this segment was around 45 Mtpa in 2014-15 – the last year before cancellation. This production dropped to NIL from April 1, 2015. A transparent auction-based process for allocation of these blocks was promptly brought in place. However, the new allottees had to face quite a few hurdles before coal production could recommence. Inexperience was also a hurdle in some cases. Finally, in 2018-19, the aggregate coal production from this segment regained the pre-cancellation level of 2014-15. This segment is expected to be on a medium growth trajectory now, particularly with companies like NTPC commencing mining operations with plans to grow fast. The dominant coal supplier, namely Coal India Ltd (CIL), stopped growing from 2010-11, largely due to the imposition of a blanket ban by MOEF on all projects in critically polluted industrial zones. The zones were identified based on an evaluation of the Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI) developed by IIT Delhi. This was based on measures of air, sound and water pollution. Industrial clusters with CEPI higher than 70 were classified as critically polluted. Most coal projects were located in such clusters and hence suffered the ban. Incidentally, coal mining does not release toxic waste into water. A quick measurement of CEPI in coal mines yielded scores of less than 50. In other words, coal mining per se was not found responsible for the clusters being critically polluted. Demand for sub-cluster analysis to identify industries responsible for critical pollution were made. The outcome in terms of lifting the ban was painfully slow. As a result, after a phase of 6 per cent plus CAGR during 2007-2010, when coal production increased from 361 to 431 Mtpa, the CAGR in the next 3 years, 2011-2014, plummeted to 2.33 per cent – production rising from 431 to 462 Mtpa during this period. Ironically, the capacity addition in the coal-based power generation picked up substantially onwards 2007. This coupled with muted growth in coal supply resulted in thermal coal imports rising exponentially. The higher cost of imported coal led to a higher tariff on one hand and, at times compelled the power plants to operate at reduced PLF. The situation became acute by 2014. The reversal of the situation demanded a warlike multi-pronged approach. The Ministry of Coal and CIL acted in unison to debottleneck each constraint. Intense interactions with concerned Ministries in the government, namely MOEF, Railways and Power were carried out to build a high degree of collaborative approach and maintain coordination at the highest level. The approach was extended to the coal-producing state governments for support in securing faster environment and forest clearance of various projects as well as the acquisition of land. Previous records of the quantum of land acquired were beaten convincingly. The outcome was indeed encouraging! The growth in coal production moved up to around 7 per cent in 2014-15, increasing from 462 to 494 Mtpa. In 2015-16, the growth reached a record level of 8.5 per cent rising to 536 Mtpa. Ironically, contrary to expectations, the growth in coal consumption during 2015-16 was muted and a significant portion of the increased coal production landed up in coal stocks at pithead as well as power stations. Beginning from April 2016, the coal offtake became even more sluggish. Chasing the targetted growth in coal production became a nightmare for CIL as it led to unmanageable addition to coal stocks with the associated risk of coal catching fire. Paradoxically, the average PLF of power plants witnessed a falling trend despite coal being available – a phenomenon not witnessed earlier. It turned out that the problem essentially is with the Discoms facing financial stress due to tariff subsidisation for supply to the agricultural sector. Besides, the evacuation of upcoming renewable power was assigned a higher priority. Compelling the Discoms to bear the subsidy burden disabled them financially to buy all the power that gencos could generate. Without the issue being addressed, the prospects of evacuating the power that could be generated appeared dim. The Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was conceived at this time to address the issue. The scheme required, on one hand, the states to progressively take over an increasing share of losses of the Discoms and, on the other hand, focus on reduction of cost as well as T&D losses. It is a time-bound program with constant monitoring and a hard stop for linking Discom losses to state budgets in a gradual manner. Some of the other measures to work in tandem were savings in interest cost, reduction of imported coal by increasing supply of domestic coal, freight rationalisation through a swap of supply sources, reduction of T&D losses and most importantly, demand-side management by emphasising the use of LED bulbs and low power consuming efficient appliances. While the projected savings accruing from a full-scale implementation of UDAY across all states was estimated at a staggering Rs 2052 billion, the savings required for the Discoms to break even was assessed at Rs 639 billion till 2020-21 (as per CLSA Report of Jan 2019). In other words, even 32 per cent of the projected benefits were sufficient to make the Discoms turnaround. This was expected to trigger sustainable demand recovery, improve capacity utilisation and eventually drive capex recovery. The unfolding of events subsequently goes to establish the fructification of the plan to some extent 2018 onwards. The sluggish coal demand witnessed in 2016-17, continued partially during 2017-18 leading to muted growth in coal production by CIL from 536 to 567 Mtpa over the two year period, translating into a low CAGR of 2.78 per cent. However, the position witnessed a reversal from early 2018. The rise in purchasing power of Discoms led to faster growth in demand for coal. The pithead stocks of coal depleted and the stock at powerhouse end became alarmingly low. CIL initiated efforts to gear up and got its act together November 2018 onwards. Stock depletion at pithead was arrested and despatches to powerhouse stepped up. Once again the collaborative style of functioning prevailed across all concerned agencies. By March 2019, CIL registered an impressive growth from 567 to 607 Mtpa in coal production (7 per cent) with coal offtake reaching a level of 608 Mtpa. The coal stock at powerhouse end reached a comfortable level of 18 days. The stocks at the pithead in CIL has also risen to a comfortable level of 54 Million tonnes. Going forward as the benefits of UDAY seep in, the Discoms are expected to further enhance purchasing power. This will lead to a rise in the PLF of existing power plants. The scope for such rise is substantial as currently, the PLF is at a low of 60 per cent. The best seen PLF in 2007-08 was 79 per cent. Since then, the new capacities built have embraced better technologies. Also, some inefficient capacities have been phased out. As such the highest PLF attainable is expected to be higher than the best seen so far. Even considering a peak PLF of 80 per cent, the additional coal demand works out to around 200 Mtpa. Besides, there are 40 GW stranded inoperative coal-based power capacity. With IBC brought into play, most of these capacities may become operational in course of time through NCLT proceedings or otherwise. This will further add 200 Mtpa to the coal demand. The current import of coal is over 200 Mtpa, of which over 100 Mtpa is metallurgical coal for steel-making and thermal coal for select coastal power plants. These cannot be substituted by domestic coal in the near term. However, the residual import for non-coastal power plants and other consumers are replaceable by increasing domestic coal production by another 100 Mtpa. The resultant demand growth on the above accounts aggregating to 500 Mtpa may materialise over the next five years, if not earlier. CIL may grow consistently at the 2018-19 rate of 7 per cent, taking its production five years from now to 850 Mtpa. This leaves a gap of 257 (607+500-850) Mtpa to be met from other sources. This does not take into account any coal demand for use as feedstock for the production of Ammonia or Urea or chemicals on which the country is currently import-dependent. Considering that China is successfully using at least 500 Mtpa of coal as feedstock to produce fertilisers and chemicals economically, India can also move in this direction. This may add to coal demand further. The coal production from captive blocks assigned to end users is expected to grow to the extent of meeting the end-use requirement primarily. Therefore, induction of commercial miners, for which the legal enablers are in place since 2015, needs to happen at the earliest to ensure that the painstaking reforms carried out in securing sufficiency of the power supply is not derailed due to paucity of coal. (The author is former Chairman, Coal India Ltd. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

JHU withdraws from PSC Audio

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today announced that it will withdraw from the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) on a national question.JHU leader and government Minister Champika Ranawaka made the announcement at a press briefing today. The Minister said that the decision was taken as the government had failed to repeal the 13th Amendment to the constitution ahead of the Northern Provincial Council elections. The JHU had wanted the 13th Amendment to be repealed ahead of the polls fearing of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wins the election it will use the 13th Amendment to divide the country. He said that the government has only looked at removing two clauses in the 13th Amendment to the constitution while the PSC is looking at the other clauses.However he says the JHU has decided to withdraw from the PSC as it is dragging its feet on looking at those clauses and amending them. (Colombo Gazette) Audio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/PATALEE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

London Underground commuter chaos as Tube train derailment causes severe delays

first_imgA spokesman added: “Customers are strongly advised to avoid the line, please use an alternative routes.”Our engineers are on site working hard resolve this issue.”Services resumed at about 11.15am, with severe delays expected to remain into the afternoon.Passengers react to delays on Twitter @TfL @centralline ????????????????? pic.twitter.com/9xVrPonMhu— Duck (@gemma_duck) March 10, 2017 TfL said: “No service between North Acton and Marble Arch while we deal with a derailment of an empty train at White City.”Severe delays on the rest of the line. Tickets will be accepted on London Buses, TfL Rail, Chiltern Railways and Great Western Railway via any reasonable route.” Don’t even TRY get the Central line today kids. Nearly got pushed onto the tracks before “finding an alternative route”. pic.twitter.com/eJ1AcnlXJm— Effi Mai (@EffiMai) March 10, 2017 Train derailed at White City and the Loop Line customers are made to suffer FOR A CHANGE!! @TfL @centralline #delays pic.twitter.com/KMDx5jRh20— Katie Rose (@the_loop_line) March 10, 2017 Central line delays! 🙄 pic.twitter.com/m9comjpd9l— LondonIsYours (@londonisyours) March 10, 2017 Derailment at White City, suspended @centralline, #happyfriday pic.twitter.com/aiQJMIZ7rL— Laura Bailey (@laurabailey) March 10, 2017 Central line always giving me headache 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡— S.B. (@SephoraCB_x) March 10, 2017 Derailed central line train guys! Severe delays🙄— Rosé Gold (@TrulyKemzz) March 10, 2017 Another beautiful day on the @centralline. pic.twitter.com/AH7Bdjyya7— George Garner (@george_garner8) March 10, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. London Underground passengers have been facing long delays after a train derailed early on Friday morning.Transport for London (TfL) urged commuters to avoid the Central line, which was part-suspended following the incident that was causing “severe delays”.The line was suspended between Ealing Broadway and Marble Arch after the derailment of an empty engineer’s service train, at White City, in west London, at about 5am. Due to the disruption please avoid the line and use an alternative routes. Our engineers are on site working hard resolve this issue.— Central line (@centralline) March 10, 2017last_img read more

Barjuan Barcelona could be interested in signing Isco

first_imgFormer Barcelona defender Sergi Barjuan reckons Real Madrid’s Isco is a player that would interest his old club due to his style of playThe 26-year-old midfielder allegedly refused to shake hands with Real coach Santiago Solari after their 3-0 defeat at Eibar this month.Reports in Spain claimed that this was the reason behind Isco’s omission from Real’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Roma last week.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge of Los Blancos, which has fuelled rumours of a potential exit.And Barjuan reckons Barcelona could be one of those clubs interested in signing Isco.“I don’t know how each coach manages their starting line-up and backups, but it’s true that coaches are there to take decisions,” Barjuan told Radio MARCA.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Solari took a decision. From Barcelona’s point of view, he is a player who could interest them because he plays with touch and can link up with people well.“With this, we’re speaking a little bit in a joking manner. In the end, the season is long and Real Madrid will have a lot of matches and will need everyone.”Barjuan spent 12 years at Barcelona and made 382 appearances at senior level after graduating through the youth ranks.The Catalan left Barcelona in 2002 with three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and Supercopa de España crowns along with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.Barjuan now coaches Chinese side Zhejiang Greentown.last_img read more

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img Related Items:apprehended, coral harbour, haitian, migrants, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Flag 213 Years old now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 4February 2016 (RBDF)…The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, Lawrence Major, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe apprehended a vessel with approximately forty seven (38 males, 7 females and 2 children) Haitian nationals around 8p.m.The vessel was intercepted at approximately 284° Hog Cay Ragged Island. All migrants were transferred to Lawrence Major and transported to Nassau for further processing. Recommended for you Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radarlast_img read more

Police arrest Miami bank robber in Broward

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a Wells Fargo in Miami.Miami-Dade Police, along with Davie Police and Florida Highway Patrol troopers took the suspect into custody after a police chase ended in a crash just east of State Road 441 in Broward.According to investigators, the robber originally entered the bank at 1051 N.W. 14th St. on Friday, at around 8:40 a.m.Customers were inside during the robbery, but the FBI said nobody was hurt.The amount of money stolen remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Scientists develop shapeshifting particle robots with a childrens toy

first_img Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Share your voice When you look at the types of robots being developed by Boston Dynamics, you can see they are made up of hundreds of individually complex parts that come together to perform their function. Spot Mini, Boston Dynamics’ robo-dog, is one of its most advanced robots and can even twerk — but its not quite adaptable if something goes wrong. If a leg were to malfunction, that would render Spot Mini immobile.The design here is like the antithesis to Boston Dynamics’ robot manufacturing. Each piece is rather simple on its own, but by running tests with a up to 24 interconnecting particles, the team demonstrated these simple robots were able to fluidly navigate toward a light source and push objects around.In addition, with virtual simulations of up to 100,000 particles moving together, the team showed that the system would continue to work even if it lost up to 20 percent of the individual robot particles.Such a system may one day be able to be built from even smaller robot particles down to the nano-scale, which would sharply bring the idea of the Big Hero 6 microbots into focus. For now, the team will continue to explore at the centimeter-scale, and also see if different types of particle robots may perform better. Post a comment Tags 0center_img 18 Photos Massachusetts Institute of Technology via YouTube Inspirational author and activist Helen Keller once said “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” but she likely never have imagined that humble quote would be the perfect summation of a new “particle robotics system” developed by US researchers.A team of engineers from MIT, Columbia University, Harvard University and Cornell University, looked to biological organisms and human cells for inspiration, developing a “particle robot” made up of smaller, individual robots that can perform complex functions together as a whole — such as being able to push and pull each other in a particular direction.The research, published in Nature on March 20, details these individual “particles” that alone are unable to move around, but can be coupled together to perform more complex functions.”We have small robot cells that are not so capable as individuals but can accomplish a lot as a group,” said Daniela Rus, an author on the new paper, in a press release.Each robot is made up of rudimentary parts: a battery, a motor, light sensors, a microcontroller and a component that allows it to send and receive signals. That technical machinery is topped by a “Hoberman Flight Ring” — a children’s toy that can expand and contract.The rhythm of expansion and contraction helps the robot move in a certain direction — and the research team showed that their system could respond to a light source and move through obstacles. Each particle can detect light intensity, which in turn corresponds to a pre-computed timing that tells the robot when to expand and contract. Eventually, the pulsating locomotion drags the entire unit toward the light.”The particles closer to the light source experience brighter light and thus start their cycle earlier,” said Shuguang Li, co-first author of the paper, in a release.The expanding and contracting robots are able to move around by coordinating their individual movements (10x speed). Massachusetts Institute of Technology via YouTube If you’ve ever seen Disney’s Big Hero 6, you’ll be familiar with the idea of the microbots — swarming, tiny robots that can link together in any arrangement you desire — built by the film’s protagonist, Hiro (if you’re not familiar with Big Hero 6, then stop reading, watch it and come back). The fluorescent green and yellow robots built here resemble a really (really!) early version of that same concept — and without the mind control, of course.You can see the machines in action below:       Robots Sci-Techlast_img read more

Revealed The truth behind Katrina Kaifs Rs 5 crore and Shradha Kapoors

first_imgSaaho pre-release event posterTwitterThe teaser of Prabhas and Shradhha Kapoor’s Saaho has been creating a storm on social media ever since its release. The action thriller, which took almost two years to complete, has been making news for its action sequences and out-of-the-box plot. The other thing that made news was the budget at which the film was made and the salaries of the two stars in the film.There were reports of Shradhha Kapoor being paid Rs 7 crore as salary for the film. There are also rumours of Katrina Kaif having demanded Rs 5 crore, which the makers had refused. However, a Deccan Chronicle report states otherwise. As per the report, Shraddha is being paid Rs 3 crore for the project and the hyped salary figure is the work of the PR machinery to help her get a bigger figure in Bollywood.”This is only her publicity machinery at work. An impression is being created that she has been paid a certain amount in Tollywood to increase her fee in Bollywood. But the truth is that she has been paid a far less amount. The Saaho makers couldn’t afford to pay Katrina Rs 5 crore, which is how much she asked for. The budget for hiring heroines in Telugu cinema is a lot less compared to Bollywood,” states a DC report.Film’s male lead, Prabhas had also revealed the film’s budget on Film Companion, saying, “Yes, it’s true. The film’s budget is Rs 350 crore.” Talking to Anupama Chopra, Prabhas had said, “It happens in the present. Some parts of it are futuristic, but it is real. You can see me flying in the trailer. We made it bigger. The pink lake in the trailer that you see, it’s in Australia. Everything is real. We got the best of everything around the world and put it together.” The film was also caught in controversy when almost all the posters of the film appeared to have been a copy of other posters. While one Saaho poster looked like a copy of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil photoshoot, another seemed to be heavily inspired from most popular and niche television series, Breaking Bad. Another poster of Saaho appeared to have been copied from Hollywood film – Ready Player One’s poster. Another poster of Saaho was accused of being a rip-off of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Tom Cruise’s Oblivion poster was not spared either.last_img read more

Alleged gunfights continue as 2 more killed in Mymensingh

first_imgGunfight IllustrationTwo people were killed in reported gunfights with police in Mymensingh sadar and Muktagachha upazilas early Saturday, reports news agency UNB.The two killed were drug traders, claimed the law enforcement.According to the Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, as many as 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.In Muktagachha upazila, ‘drug trader’ Abdullah Al Kafi, 31, son of a certain Mostafizur Rahman of Amdalia village in Fulbaria upazila was killed in a gunfight in Kathalia Jhaloi Bridge area around 1:45am.On information that some drug traders gathered there, a team of police conducted a raid in the area, said Shah Md Kamal Akand, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch of police.Sensing presence of the policemen, the ‘drug traders’ opened fire on them, prompting the law enforcement to fire back, leaving Kafi injured with bullets.He was taken to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one LG, two cartridges from the spot.In sadar upazila, another suspected drug trader, Alamgir Hossain Gutu, 27, son of a certain Ibrahim from Puratan Gudaraghat was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police near Saheb Kachari Bazar around 1:30am.Police recovered two kilograms of hemp and two bullet shells from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s versions of the incidents independently as no versions were available immediately either from any witnesses or from members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

Rohingyas reluctant to return

first_imgA Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on 21 August 2019. Photo: AFPThe repatriation process of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Myanmar is scheduled to begin today, Thursday, and all preparations are in place.However, the refugees are reluctant to return as the situation in their home state of Rakhine remains adverse to their repatriation. In the meantime, quarters opposed to their repatriation are taking full advantage of the situation to stall the process. All this has rendered their return uncertain.The first deadline for repatriation of the Rohingya refugees has been set for 15 November 2018. Not a single refugee could be sent back then as they refused to leave their camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.At present too, unless the refugees want to voluntarily return, they cannot be sent back. Then this will be a second failed attempt at their repatriation.There are some changes noticeable, however, this time. Last time the Rohingyas were reluctant to speak and the local and international anti-repatriation groups were active.Rohingya people are seen at a camp in Teknaf on 21 August 2019. Photo: AFPWith the efforts of the law enforcement agencies and the security forces, 21 Rohingya families on Tuesday and 214 families on Wednesday went to be interviewed at the offices of the United Nations refugee organisation, UNHCR, and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC).Also, for the first time two diplomats of the Chinese embassy and one of the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka are in Cox’s Bazar observing the situation.Despite all this, it is uncertain whether the repatriation will actually begin today, Thursday. Those who went to meet with the UNHCR and RRRC officials have told the media that they are not willing to return to Rakhine.Speaking about the matter to Prothom Alo, RRRC commissioner Mohammed Abul Kalam said on Tuesday, “We are fully prepared to repatriate the Rohingyas. We will visit the Rohingya camps along with representatives from the China and Myanmar embassies on Thursday morning. If anyone wants to return to Rakhine that will be arranged. Five buses and a truck will be ready at three camps for the purpose.”Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner Md Kamal Hossain told Prothom Alo that they were hopeful about the process. “We are ready,” he said, “Let’s see what happens.”Rohingya refugees collect drinking water at the Shalbagan refugee camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File Photo235 families interviewed At least 214 Rohingya families were interviewed from 10:00 in the morning on Wednesday at the office of RRRC assistant Khaled Hossain in Jadimora Shalbagan camp in Teknaf.Recently the Myanmar government sent a list of 3540 persons of 1033 families for repatriation. Of them, 3091 of 933 families are in the Jadimora Shalbagan camp. However, most of the Rohingyas on this list could not be located.Zafar Alam (41) was interviewed on Wednesday. He told Prothom Alo that the UNHCR officials had asked him if he was willing to return. He said he would return if their five-point demand was met.It was observed that none of the Rohingyas were willing to return unless their demands were fulfilled.Firm about five-point demandA visit to the Jadimora Shalbagan camp on Wednesday saw that leaflets in English and Burmese were being distributed, highlighting the five-point demand. One of the Rohingyas there, Md Alamgir, said that these were the demands of 80 per cent of the 1.1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.The points include: 1. The parliament must pass a law acknowledging that the Rohingyas were local people as they were permanent residents in Rakhine; 2. The Rohingyas in Rakhine must be given citizenship and ID cards; 3. The Rohingyas must be returned to their own villages and their grabbed lands must be returned; 4. UN peace keeping forces must be deployed alongside the Rohingya police force to protect the lives and property of the Rohingyas in Arakan; and 5. The criminals must be tried in the international criminal court rather than the local court in Myanmar.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

New Town lawyer murder case reconstructed

first_imgKolkata: The Bidhannagar Police have reconstructed the murder scene of Calcutta High Court lawyer Rajat Kumar Dey on Saturday. Sources informed that Rajat’s wife, Anindita Pal Dey, narrated and showed the sleuths the manner in which she killed her husband.According to sources, sleuths were quite sure from the very start about Anindita murdering Rajat. However, due to certain technical issues, the police were not able to come to something conclusive. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn November 24, as the sleuths saw the body of Rajat at Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital, they were unable to conclude the way in which it would have been there before its removal. Though Anindita admitted the allegation before the police, she denied the charges when she was produced before the court. Later police sought a doctor’s opinion about the murder and thus, the scene became clear. Sources informed that Rajat was strangulated using a charger wire from behind when he was sitting on the bed. Due to the sudden pull, he failed to resist and fell on the floor. The injury marks on Rajat’s body substantiate the fact. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police also made it clear that there was no third person involved in the murder. It is also clear that the whole incident took place all of a sudden without any previous plan. Thus Anindita’s statements were different from the earlier ones and she kept changing them continuously. After Saturday’s reconstruction, the investigators are preparing themselves to submit the charge-sheet against Anindita at the earliest. According to police sources, after completion of Anindita’s police custody, the sleuths will oppose her bail petition appeal for her judicial custody. The cops are also checking if Rajat’s brother-in-law had any involvement of suppressing facts despite knowing everything.last_img read more

Family members heckle doctor at Habra hospital after death of woman

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread among patients in Habra State General Hospital on Thursday morning, after the family members of a 56-year-old woman, who died of alleged medical negligence, heckled some doctors of the hospital.Laxmi Raha (56), a resident of Joygachi in Habra, was taken to the hospital after she complained of high fever. Raha died in the hospital on Thursday morning, following which chaos broke out at the hospital. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital complex. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter being informed by hospital authorities, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the irate mob. They asked the patient’s family members to submit a written complaint in the police station. When the police officers were trying to bring the situation under control, the deceased’s son, along with two others, attacked a doctor inside the hospital. The incident occurred in front of the policemen. A doctor was beaten up by the victim’s son and his two associates. However, on-duty police personnel managed to catch hold of the trio and they were detained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital, demanding stern action against the doctors, who they claimed were responsible for the death of the woman. The family members also alleged that the patient was not given proper treatment after she was admitted to the hospital with high fever. The police soon brought the situation under control and started a probe into the incident. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the woman had serious complications when she was admitted to the hospital. The incident has happened within two months after some junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a deceased. The incident had triggered a stir in the state with the junior doctors continuing a strike, which was withdrawn following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

MBA Revises Economic Forecast Down Originations Up

first_imgMBA Revises Economic Forecast Down, Originations Up in Data, Origination July 25, 2013 441 Views The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) revised its economic forecast down and its mortgage originations and mortgage rate forecasts up in its most recent outlook released Thursday. [IMAGE]””Overall economic growth will be slower than originally forecast and we were not forecasting particularly robust growth to begin with,”” said Jay Brinkmann, MBA’s chief economist.Having previously announced a 2.4 percent economic growth forecast for the second half of this year, MBA now believes economic growth will be closer to 2.2 percent. Inflation “”will be sharply higher,”” according to the industry group, as a result of rising oil and housing rental prices. [COLUMN_BREAK]Brinkmann expects consumer spending to be “”somewhat higher”” in coming months. However, residential real estate investment, while likely to continue its current pace “”will not be the driver of growth that we had expected in the second half of the year,”” Brinkmann said. The economy remains vulnerable to uncertain political and economic circumstances in Europe, the Middle East, and China, according to the MBA. Having previously forecast about $527 billion in originations in the second half of this year, MBA now anticipates about $606 billion in originations. “”As we said at the beginning of the year, the big unknown for origination volumes was the timing of the market reaction to any statements from Federal Reserve officials regarding the phasing out of quantitative easing and the impact on refinance volumes,”” Brinkmann said. He admitted “”the magnitude of the rate increase was larger than we had forecast,”” but added, “”the timing of the increase and the impact on refinance volumes was pretty much in line with what we had expected.””Of the expected $606 billion in originations in the second half of this year, about $312 billion will be purchase originations, according to MBA. MBA anticipates climbing mortgage rates to reach 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter of this year, which is between 20 and 30 basis points higher than the group was anticipating earlier this year.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies GDP Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-07-25 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgLimassol police on Friday evening arrested 18 young persons, 15 of which minors, in two separate incidents, who were causing public disturbance around bonfires in church yards.At around 10.15pm, police officers located a bonfire in the grounds of a church in Yermasoyia and arrested four young people – a 15-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old.Just after midnight 14 young people – most of them aged 16 and 17 and two 18-year-olds – who were around another bonfire in the grounds of a church in Zakaki were arrested.They were all charged – the minors in the presence of their parents – and released. They are to present in court at a later stage.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndoFinance NancyInside Ann Coulter’s Mansion Where She Lives With Her PartnerFinance NancyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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