Relief ministry officials holidays cancelled Maya

first_imgDisaster management and relief minister Mofazzel Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Monday said the holidays of the officials of his ministry have been cancelled to ensure smooth relief distribution in the flood-hit areas during Eid-ul-Azha.”The decision has been taken so that relief could be distributed properly among the flood victims,” he said at a relief distribution programme at Jajira upazila in Shariatpur district, a handout said.Maya said adequate relief materials have been sent to the flood affected areas to lessen the sufferings of the victims and if necessary, more food grains will be sent there.He said seeds, fertilisers and pesticides will be distributed among the farmers of the flood-hit areas free of cost, and damaged infrastructures in erosion-prone areas will be repaired.Shawkat Ali, MP, BM Mozammel Haque, MP, Nanana Akter, MP and disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal, among others, were present.last_img read more

N Korea still serious and imminent threat Japan

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 29 August, 2017, soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defence Force set up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Bace in Tokyo. Photo: AFPNorth Korea still poses a “serious and imminent threat”, Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since an outbreak of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.Japan’s 2018 defence white paper also took aim at China’s rise as a military power, saying Beijing was sparking “strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan”.Last year’s defence review was published at the height of the tensions with North Korea, amid nuclear and missile tests and US president Donald Trump threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it kept up its threats.But since then, a spectacular diplomatic detente has taken place, culminating in the historic summit between Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June.Nevertheless, Tokyo insisted on Tuesday: “There is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles.”Pyongyang continues to post “an unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat to Japan’s security and significantly damage the peace and security of the region and the international community”, according to Tokyo.Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera acknowledged in the document that North Korea had begun “dialogue” with former foes the US and South Korea.“But we cannot overlook the fact that, even to this day, it possesses and fully deploys several hundred missiles that put nearly all of Japan within range,” stressed the minister.In response, Japan is steadily upgrading its capacity to shield the nation from the North’s arsenal, including a plan to spend some $4.2 billion over the next three decades on installing and operating US radar systems.Despite the historic handshake in Singapore, there has been little progress in denuclearising the Korean peninsula and Washington-Pyongyang relations appear to have taken a turn for the worse, with Trump abruptly scrapping a planned visit to the North by secretary of state Mike Pompeo.The white paper also reiterated its worries about China’s increasing military spending and expanding naval ambitions.It complained that Beijing was trying to “change the status quo by coercion”, referring to such actions as building up disputed islands in the South China Sea and expanding naval activities around East China Sea islands in dispute with Japan.last_img read more

The varied colours of life

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can find their way to IHC as Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation in association with Art Mall brings to us the group art show Colour Of Life – 14. The show is a part of their annual All India Art Exhibitions. The exhibition will display the art works of about 70 eminent and upcoming artistes in the discipline of paintings, sculptures, graphics, drawings, photography and digital art from across the country. The works on display celebrate the theme of colourful aspect through an individualistic makeover by the artistes, bringing the hopes, aspirations, achievements and challenges before the participating artistes. The overall effect on the canvas shows graphic detailing and symbolic forms to highlight such ideas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A set of four unique sandal wood sculptures will be displayed made way back in 20th century by Mali Chand Jangid from Churu, Rajasthan. Eminent artistes like Jatin Das, Niren Sen Gupta, Vijender Sharma, Om Prakash said that the selection of the participants is done by an organising committee where emphasis of selection is based on creating an aura for enhance of colours empowerment which forms as a mission to bring together the largely untouched segments of genuinely art works before a gamut of art lovers who have shielded away from the gallery doors, intimidated by price tags and name droppings thus making it an art-friendly show for artistes and the art lovers alike. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show will be inaugrated by Prof Rajeev Lochan , Director National Gallery of Modern Art, Prof S N Lahiri, Principal Delhi College of Art, K K Chakravarty, Chairman Lalit Kala Academy , Jatin Das along with Her Excellency Milena Santana-Ramirez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian, Republic of Venezuela along with Andrea Kucerova, Deputy Head of Mission, Political Affairs, Embassy of the Czech Republic.When:1 – 3 JuneWhere: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat CentreTimings: 11am – 7pmlast_img read more

Elon Musks Las Vegas Tunnel Plans Are Worrying Monorail Officials

first_img 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadget August 2, 2019 Planning documents, obtained by TechCrunch, are revealing much about how Elon Musk’s proposed Las Vegas loop would work. The Boring Company is charged with building three tunnels: one for pedestrians and two for passenger “sleds,” stretching across the Las Vegas Convention Center Campus. The two vehicle tunnels will be filled with a fleet of autonomous Tesla-based EVs that can carry up to 16 people at a time.There are concerns, however, that the tunneling work required to build Musk’s loop is running too close to the adjacent Las Vegas Monorail. As TechCrunch reports, Monorail officials have lobbied for more oversight and raised objections over tunnels running close to the Monorail’s support pillars. Given the tight tolerances involved, it’s likely that a small amount of disruption could shut the elevated railway down.The Las Vegas Convention Center is a sprawling complex with around 3.2 million square feet of exhibit space across its numerous halls. In short order, a new building, with an additional 1.4 million square feet of space will be added, with construction underway on Elvis Presley Boulevard. That expansion — dubbed “Phase Two,” is expected to open in 2023, followed by an expensive renovation of the existing buildings.If you wanted to talk from the front door of the South Hall to the new building, you’ll be traveling almost a full mile. That half-hour walk each way is hardly ideal for trade show visitors trying to cover so much ground in a short space of time. And so the organization began looking for people movers that could shrink that distance, with Musk’s loop standing out as an early contender.The plans suggest a route that runs from the Phase Two building, through the central parking lot of the LVCC, ending at the back of the South Hall. At ground level, small subway-like entrances would filter down to a mezzanine, below which you’d find the two platforms. What isn’t clear, right now, is how the pods would get out of each other’s way when they reach the terminus at each end with no turning space.At this point, the suggestion is that the self-driving passenger sleds will be based on Tesla’s electric vehicles. But according to comments made Boring Company official Jane Labanowski, these vehicles will have a human driver, or at least an operative. That’s likely to increase the price and cost of riding, at least if things don’t change between now and the proposed project deadline of January 2021.These preliminary documents are clearly not exhaustive architectural plans, and so we can’t draw too many conclusions from them. But, if the system is as simple as a manned Tesla vehicle running through a tunnel, then the finished project could be quite underwhelming. And expensive, compared to the cost of, say, simply marking one of the nearby roads exclusively for shuttle buses that go back and forth between the halls. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more