.Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, has urged the government to investigate the attacks on the quota reformists by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists and to release Rashed Khan, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council immediately.It made the demand in a statement issued on Sunday.The statement signed by ASK executive director Sheepa Hafiza said, “On Saturday morning, at least 10 leaders of the central committee of the council were injured in an attack by some BCL men on the DU campus. Police arrested Rashed in a case filed by a BCL leader which is very regrettable.”It also criticised the silence of the Dhaka University (DU) administration over the attack and its failure to control it.Terming the BCL attack on students ‘unacceptable’, the rights body asked the government to identify the attackers immediately and mete out exemplary punishment to them.
Map of SylhetTwo unidentified young men crushed to death under the wheels of a train at Sylhet railway station on Saturday night.The age of the youths is around 20 years, said Jahangir Alam, officer-in-charge of Sylhet GRP police station, reports UNB.The duo fell down while trying to board Dhaka-bound ‘Upoban Express’ around 10:00pm while it was leaving the platform and crushed to death under the train’s wheels.The victims used to push rickshaws on the Keane Bridge area in the city, the OC added.
File photo of LightningAt least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas of Moulvibazar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station Mosadderul Haque.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.The deceased is Abu Sayeed,13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail police station.
Illustration by Todd WisemanTexas RepublicansTexas Republicans, with as big a political advantage as any party in the country, are eating their own tail.In House districts where the Democrats haven’t been putting up a fight, they’re running Republican challengers against Republican incumbents — with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott endorsing some of the challengers.And a couple of incumbent Republican senators are battling challengers being advised by political consultants affiliated with the Texas Senate’s own presiding officer, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. It almost failed at the executive committee level — the measure needed a two-thirds vote. But “in a sincere effort to foster unity,” the party’s top two officials — Chairman James Dickey and Vice Chairman Amy Clark — voted to kick Straus on his way out.They expressed some misgivings about it, but they voted for censure anyway. “Please know, we do not do this lightly and it does not reflect any personal opinion on particular details in this discussion,” Dickey said in a statement posted on the Republican Party of Texas website. “This is us being committed to supporting the convention, the delegates, Republican voters across Texas in unifying our party to move forward. We must win in 2018. We’ve got to put this this behind us.”That censure vote is more a reflection of the GOP’s activists and big donors than of its rank-and-file voters. The party chiefs are hollering, but the bigger body of Republicans in Texas — the voters — don’t seem to be worried about it when they vote in congressional and legislative races.House Republicans, who are elected from 95 of the 150 House districts in the state, have voted time and again to keep Straus in the corner office. His original sin, for some in the party, came in his first election, when fewer than two-dozen Republicans joined with most of the House’s Democrats to overthrow Craddick and put Straus in charge. In each of the four elections since — in 2011, 2013, 2015 and last year — Straus won reelection with the support of almost all of the House’s Republicans. They’re presumably reflecting the will of the voters who put them in office.Republicans could hardly be more dominant in Texas government than they are today — than they have been, in fact, for the last decade. They’ve passed a remarkable amount of remarkably conservative legislation. And to think they did all of that with a legislative leader that the purists call a RINO — a “Republican in Name Only.” The Republican Party of Texas added its official institutional punctuation to the GOP’s purist purge last weekend, when the State Republican Executive Committee voted to censure the more moderate Republican House Speaker Joe Straus. Texas has only had two Republican speakers since Reconstruction — Straus and Tom Craddick of Midland — and Straus is one of only three speakers who’ve been elected to the job five times.But the Texas Legislature is measurably more conservative than it was when Straus was elected. Leaders in the party blame him — or credit him, if you prefer — for flushing the “bathroom bill” and some less-famous measures favored by Patrick, Abbott and others during the 2017 regular and special legislative sessions.At a time when Republicans hold all of the statewide offices in Texas, overwhelming majorities in the congressional delegation, the Legislature, and a slew of judgeships and local offices across the state, populist conservatives in the GOP are working hard to overthrow the party’s moderates.It’s a case of self-styled true believers vs. those they’ve labeled as apostates — a political version of the purebloods and mudbloods in Harry Potter’s world. That seemingly ancient idea of pulling everyone together into a “Big Tent” — remember Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush? — seems to be off to the recycling bin.The Texas GOP certainly has all of the diversity required for a big-tent party, with every possible flavor of conservative. They’re just having a hard time getting everybody to sing from the same hymnal.The Straus flap should be old news by now. He announced last year that he wouldn’t seek another term as speaker, or even as a state representative. For now, he’s going back to San Antonio. But the party in his home county still voted to censure him in December and pushed the idea up to the state party for consideration. Share
Explore further Citation: Carbon uptake in Tibetan Plateau soil may offset melting permafrost carbon release (2017, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-carbon-uptake-tibetan-plateau-soil.html © 2017 Phys.org Anyone paying attention to the science surrounding global warming has heard about the problem of carbon released into the atmosphere due to permafrost melting in colder parts of the planet. Less well known or understood is what happens to the soil above the permafrost. As temperatures rise, soil above the permafrost becomes warmer, offering a haven for new plant growth—such plants have been found to sequester carbon from the air back into the soil. Thus, as more carbon is released from below, more is sequestered from above, but is it possible that new sequestering offsets old release? That is what the researchers with this new effort want to know. To learn more, they studied soil samples taken from multiple sites in the Tibetan Plateau (a large elevated plateau north of the Himalayas) in the early 2000s and compared them with similar samples taken a decade later.The researchers report that the soil samples were taken from depths up to 30 cm (which is above the permafrost line) and found an average accumulation of carbon in the soil to have occurred at a mean rate of 28.0 g cm−2 yr−1, which they concluded was due to accumulation of organic carbon concentrations (material left when plants died). They describe the increase as substantial, and possibly enough to offset carbon released due to permafrost melting. More tests will have to be conducted to determine if there is a true offset, but the study results suggest that climate change models might have to be adjusted if offsetting occurs in regions much farther north. If carbon released by melting permafrost in Russia, Canada and other parts of the world is offset by new plant growth, it is possible that much less carbon will make its way into the atmosphere than has been predicted, resulting in slower than predicted global warming. More information: Jinzhi Ding et al. Decadal soil carbon accumulation across Tibetan permafrost regions, Nature Geoscience (2017). DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2945AbstractPermafrost soils store large amounts of carbon. Warming can result in carbon release from thawing permafrost, but it can also lead to enhanced primary production, which can increase soil carbon stocks. The balance of these fluxes determines the nature of the permafrost feedback to warming. Here we assessed decadal changes in soil organic carbon stocks in the active layer—the uppermost 30 cm—of permafrost soils across Tibetan alpine regions, based on repeated soil carbon measurements in the early 2000s and 2010s at the same sites. We observed an overall accumulation of soil organic carbon irrespective of vegetation type, with a mean rate of 28.0 g C m−2 yr−1 across Tibetan permafrost regions. This soil organic carbon accrual occurred only in the subsurface soil, between depths of 10 and 30 cm, mainly induced by an increase of soil organic carbon concentrations. We conclude that the upper active layer of Tibetan alpine permafrost currently represents a substantial regional soil carbon sink in a warming climate, implying that carbon losses of deeper and older permafrost carbon might be offset by increases in upper-active-layer soil organic carbon stocks, which probably results from enhanced vegetation growth. Journal information: Nature Geoscience Natural-colour satellite image of the Tibetan Plateau. Credit: NASA This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Study shows microbes may accelerate loss of permafrost in Greenland (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that carbon uptake in the Tibetan Plateau may actually offset the carbon that is released as permafrost melts. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes soil readings they analyzed from the region and what their findings suggest about carbon release in cold parts of the world.
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a one-and-a-half-year old boy, who was travelling on her mother’s lap, died after falling from a moving auto-rickshaw.The incident took place on Tuesday morning at Vivek More in Baranagar. The victim’s mother, Rinki Sarkar, boarded the auto from Tobin Road and was going to Noapara. It was learnt that the baby fell from the vehicle when the auto-rickshaw was taking a sharp bend on AK Mukherjee road.Locals alleged that the vehicle was running at a high speed and this led to the incident. The victim’s mother got down from the vehicle after her son fell on the road. The auto-rickshaw driver fled the spot immediately after the incident. Locals rushed the victim to Baranagar State General Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The victim had received severe head injuries after falling from the speeding vehicle. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said that Rinki Sarkar went to a market near Tobin road along with her son, Rajbir. They were returning home when the accident occurred.Some locals said the vehicle had a sudden jerk after it fell on a pothole. The victim’s mother, however, claimed that auto-rickshaw was running at a high speed and the driver did not slow down the vehicle despite repeated pleas.The woman informed police that her baby received critical injuries on his legs and head when he was run over by the same auto-rickshaw. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe auto-rickshaw driver stopped the vehicle at a distance. After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe.The body of the victim has been sent to College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital for an autopsy.The local councillor, Anjan Pal, who visited the spot said the auto-rickshaw was not at a high speed at the time of the incident and termed it a mere accident.The family members of the victim boy lodged a complaint at the Baranagar police station on the basis of which police started a detailed probe.Raids are being conducted to nab the auto-rickshaw driver.
Kolkata: The stalemate in the shooting of television serials in Tollywood continues as the artistes and technicians are yet to arrive at a negotiation with the producers.The ceasework is the result of a demand by the Artistes’ Forum to regularise pay. The talks between it and the Welfare Association of Television Producers (WATP) are yet to yield results.In a Press release issued on Tuesday by the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India, signed by senior artistes like Soumitra Chatterjee, its president, Prosenjit Chatterjee, its working president and Arindam Ganguly, general secretary, the artistes have agreed to join work the moment WATP agrees to implement the MoU signed between the producers and the artistes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe future of nearly 10,000 artistes and technicians has become uncertain because of the stalemate. The artistes have also agreed to sit with the producers.Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee told newsmen that the Artistes’ Forum did not wish to disrupt shooting schedules of TV serials, but the July 8 agreement between the Television Producers’ body should be respected and artistes should be paid regularly.While the agreement between producers and the forum had stipulated that the artistes should get their salaries within the 15th day of the next month, many producers did not honour it and did not arrange the payment overdue to the artistes, Chatterjee maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said in the given situation, it is not possible to resume work unless the producers pay the arrears. Chatterjee made it clear though that he was only referring to a section of producers and not all. The ceasework has been disrupting the overall shooting schedules.Forum general secretary and actor Arindam Ganguly said the July 8 agreement had also specified that any artiste working for more than 10 hours should be paid on an hourly basis after the expiry of the scheduled time. That too had not been honoured by a section of producers.He said the state government is aware of the situation. “Minister Aroop Biswas has been updated of the developments at the meeting and he is trying to arrive at a solution,” he added. Meanwhile, there was no shooting during the day in all the eight studios located across different areas of South Kolkata, due to the ceasework.
Video technology provider Kaltura has partnered with Nokia to offer a “more personalised and monetised” over-the-top viewing experience for customers.Through the deal, customers can now get a combination of Kaltura’s TV platform and Nokia’s IP video technology and systems.“Today’s TV landscape is constantly evolving into a personal experience for each and every user on their preferred devices,” said Paul Larbey, head of Nokia’s IP video business division.“Joining forces with Kaltura allows us to ensure that our customers keep pace, and enjoy new revenue streams from advanced OTT services.”Kaltura co-founder and CEO, Ron Yekutiel, said: “Key considerations for any current TV offering include monetisation flexibility, excellent cross-device user experiences, and the ability to scale quickly and cost effectively – Kaltura’s TV platform addresses exactly these main elements, which is even further enhanced by the great products and impeccable services provided by Nokia.”
Unitymedia has promoted Thomas Funke to chief financial officer, replacing Winfried Rapp who was upped to CEO over the summer.Thomas FunkeFunke was previously Unitymedia’s vice president of accounting and finance operations, a role he took in 2015. In his new position he becomes part of the executive board.The news comes after Unitymedia’s parent company, Liberty Global, announced in May the sale of its national companies in Germany and three Eastern European countries to Vodafone.“I am very pleased that the management entrusts me with this responsible task in this crucial transition phase,” said Funke.“The holistic management of the finance department of a successful company like Unitymedia is an exciting task – and a great opportunity for development at the same time.”Rapp said: “I congratulate Thomas cordially on this step and look forward to the trusting cooperation.”