Next Reuters New YorkSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 08:45 IST Serena Williams beat Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSerena Williams beat Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on TuesdayIt was the 100th win in the US Open for WilliamsWilliams is now just one behind Chris Evert’s mark of 101 wins in the tournamentSerena Williams claimed her 100th win at the U.S. Open in style on Tuesday, dismantling her quarter-final opponent Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 in a blistering 44-minute performance that ended any questions over a twisted ankle from the previous round.”I never thought that I would get to 100,” Williams said after the match, reflecting on the two decades she’s spent playing at Flushing Meadows. “It’s so special. I never want to let it go.”The eighth-seeded American joins Chris Evert as the only two players to log at least 100 victories at the tournament. Williams is now only one behind Evert’s mark.wins in Flushing Meadows…@serenawilliams defeats Wang 6-1, 6-0 and storms into the semifinals!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/cOMsS5bD0GUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2019The 37-year-old Williams was dominant from the start, firing off 25 winners, compared to zero from 18th-seed Wang, and winning 90% of her first-serve points.During her fourth-round match on Sunday, Williams slipped and fell while running to the net and twisted her right ankle but said on Tuesday she was feeling “great”.”It feels good,” Williams said of her performance. “This is how hard I’ve been working. It feels like … hard work pays off when that happens.”Williams pumped her fist in celebration after firing off a forehand winner in front of a roaring crowd to end the contest.”I am who I am. I’ve always been the person that goes out there and roars and screams and complains and cries and fights,” Williams said.advertisement”I’m extremely passionate about what I do. Most people that love their jobs are passionate about what they do. That’s just me.”She also praised the progress made in women’s tennis over her career, calling it the “premier sport for women”.”It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do, in my mind. I’m a little biased obviously,” said the 37-year-old.”I feel like we fought so hard for so many years for so many different things. I feel like we still obviously have a ways to go, but a lot of that fighting through decades has come through.”Wang, who had not faced Williams before, was unable to save any of the five break point opportunities against her and said she simply could not stand up to the power from the 23-times Grand Slam champion.”I cannot handle it. Just too much for me,” said Wang.Williams faces fifth-seed Elina Svitolina, who she leads 4-1 in head-to-head, in the semi-finals.”She doesn’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Williams when asked about the upcoming matchup. “She’s one of those players that does everything really well.”So I have to do everything well, too.”Also Read | Watch: Indian audience is passionate, energetic and full of life, says Roger FedererAlso Read | Elina Svitolina knocks out Johanna Konta to reach US Open semi-finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Serena WilliamsFollow US OpenFollow Chris Evert US Open: Serena Williams sails into semi-finals with record 100th victory in tournament historyFormer US Open champion Serena Williams eased into the semi-finals of the 2019 edition with a straight-sets victory over Wang Qiang, marking her 100th win in the history of the tournament.advertisement
As the summer construction season heats up, Nova Scotians are reminded to watch their speed in road construction zones. Premier Rodney MacDonald visited road builders on Highway 104 today, July 8, to promote work zone safety. He was joined by Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Paul White, president of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association and Gareth Drinnan, president of CUPE 1867, Nova Scotia Highway Workers Union. “From Yarmouth to Sydney, hundreds of workers will be on the job this summer repairing or constructing roads,” said Premier MacDonald. “Road crews work very hard to improve the safety and efficiency of our roads and drivers need to respect their work environment and slow down.” “Improving road safety is a key priority for the province,” said Mr. Scott. “We are here today to remind all road users that speeding in work zones is a serious offence and will not be tolerated.” The province and the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association are launching a work zone safety campaign this month. Radio, television and print advertisements will remind drivers that there are people behind the signs. The signs are there to protect highway workers and drivers are reminded to pay attention and lower speed when approaching or passing through highway work zones. Legislative amendments that come into effect Thursday, July 10, target people who speed in work zones. Fines will be doubled and demerit points will be assigned to driver’s records for speeding in work zones. The fines, including court costs, range from $337 for a first offence to $2,407 for a third offence. “These new laws provide safer work zones for our members,” said Mr. White. “They allow road workers to focus on the job at hand and lessen the worry about cars speeding through our work area.” “Once again, government is showing leadership in promoting health and safety in the workplace for all employees across the province who work on our highways,” said Mr. Drinnan. “The Highway Workers Union is very supportive of this measure as it has been proven to be successful in other jurisdictions in reducing highway construction injuries.” The campaign ads can be seen on the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . The work zone safety campaign is one of several provincial initiatives to improve road safety, including a ban on hand-held cellphones, legislation to combat street racing, and new graduated driver-licensing rules. The project also supports government’s priority to keep communities safe.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–A major overhaul of how major resource development projects get approved unveiled in the federal budget Thursday could have an impact on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline which is in the midst of hearings to decide its fate.The overhaul, which will result in new legislation and amendments to existing laws, will improve the consultation process with impacted First Nations communities, create fixed timelines for approving projects, narrow existing federal responsibility for approving projects and create the option for provinces to have the final say on the environmental approval for projects, according to the budget.What specific, detailed changes the overhaul will bring remains to be revealed, but federal officials speaking on background, said all projects currently awaiting approval will be reviewed during a so-called “transition period.”The $5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline project to ship Alberta bitumen to tankers bound for Asia on the British Columbia coast is currently in the midst of 18 months of hearings before a three person panel appointed by the National Energy Board and the Environment Minister.When pressed by journalists during a background briefing, federal officials refused to say what impact the changes would have on the contentious pipeline project which has nearly blanket opposition from First Nations in its corridor.The promised changes, however, prioritize improving the way First Nations are consulted on proposed resource development projects. The federal government will invest $13.6 million over the next two years into the Canadian Environment Assessment Agency to improve consultations with First Nations.Ottawa also plans to integrate consultation with First Nations into the project reviews, designate a lead federal coordinator for these consultations and end the overlap with provinces. It remains unclear, however, whether this will mean sharper lines defining what consultation means and what role the private sector will play.Canadian courts have ruled there is a duty to consult with First Nations whenever a project has an impact on traditional territory and Indigenous culture, but a lot of uncertainty remains over what constitute proper consultation.As part of the overhaul, Ottawa plans to narrow federal jurisdiction over approving resource development projects which is currently spread across 40 departments and agencies. It will also set fix timelines for project reviews from 12 months to 24 months, depending on the agency and process involved.The federal government will also allow provinces to give provinces the final say on environmental reviews and transfer authority over issuing certain permits from federal departments to the provinces and territories.
New Delhi: Scaling up the heat on election campaigning, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Thursday fired a fresh barrage of accusations against the Congress for its silence on spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi’s reservations against hiring back party members who allegedly misbehaved with her in Mathura. He said, “Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress party have always insulted women”.Ridiculing the opposition parties, Tiwari said that discussions on respecting women “must be awkward within these parties”. He said that both the parties have made unbecoming comments to women and that it “clearly shows that these parties do not have the culture to respect women”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe North-East Delhi MP said despite Chaturvedi making her displeasure public through a post on social media, the party does not seem to take appropriate steps. “This exposes the anti-woman character of the Congress party,” Tiwari said, asking the party’s president Rahul Gandhi as to when his party will start respecting women. Tiwari added that while on the one hand both Congress and AAP have made promises to empower women and provide safety and security to them, they are unable to respect women within their own organisations.
He noted that some people are skeptical when people strive to innovate but it was innovation that led to creating the internet. The Government has set an ambitious goal on the use of internet in Sri Lanka by the end this year, which includes increasing the number of internet users in the country to 50 percent from the current 25 percent, Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando said.He told a seminar in Colombo today on internet governance, that Sri Lanka hopes to use the Google Loon project to have the entire country covered with 10 MBPS internet coverage. The Minister also said that a process is underway for Sri Lanka to be a fully fiber optic enabled country in two years.“Sri Lanka is going to be a regional hub which will have the fastest internet speeds for 5 – 10 years,” he said. The Minister said that if the Google Loon project is successful Sri Lanka will be the first country in the region to have 10 MBPS internet coverage in the entire country. He also said that Sri Lanka can be a hub to provide fast internet speeds to neighboring India. (Colombo Gazette)
He had however said that he will not appoint United National Front leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. Delivering its ruling, a seven judge bench had said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament till Parliament completes its full 4 1/2 year term.The court also noted that if the President wants to dissolve Parliament early he must have 2/3rd majority support for the move in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) The President had expressed these views when the UPFA met today after the Supreme Court ruled that the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena was unconstitutional. President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to appoint a new Prime Minister and cabinet by Monday.The President had said this during a meeting with members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today.
“The routine use of physical violence against civilians, including summary executions, beatings and rape… is reported wherever the army is deployed,” according to the survey of the human rights situation in the DRC covering the period January through June, which calls for “zero tolerance for violations by the military.” In the report, MONUC notes a significant increase in the number of violations linked to campaigning for Sunday’s vote, including arbitrary arrest, illegal detention or violence by police against participants in demonstrations.The Congolese army, the mission says, is responsible for more than half of the reported 369 cases of abuse, including the arbitrary killing of civilians accused of complicity with militias in the eastern Ituri district. In the fight to bring to justice those responsible for such acts, MONUC sees some positive developments, including several prosecutions and a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC), but expresses concern over increasing political and military interference in military justice, and a “stalemate due to the lack of will and capacity” among the Congolese authorities.Among its recommendations, MONUC proposes the posting of high level military judges in areas where human rights violations are being perpetrated, as well as clear, separated roles and stepped-up training for police, military and security forces.The mission also proposes measures to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and association, including in-depth investigations of intimidation. Alarmed that not a single presidential candidate to date has addressed human rights issues on the campaign trail, it urges political parties to call for tolerance, respect and non-violence before and after next week’s vote.In another development related to Sunday’s vote, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said the delivery of 30 million ballots and other supplies to some 50,000 polling stations will be completed by Friday, as part of the UN’s largest electoral support effort ever.Meanwhile, at 210 regional training sites, UNDP and MONUC are concluding the training of 12,000 polling supervisors, as well as planning for the safety of the 25.7 million Congolese who have registered to vote.“It is a big country and there will certainly be pockets of unrest as we approach the elections, but still, there is no doubt in my mind that the average Congolese is looking forward to these polls,” said UNDP Country Director Babacar Cissé, noting that, despite the obstacles, a plethora of campaign posters, signs and banners blanket Kinshasa.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2013 5:02 pm MDT Research In Motion shares down ahead of BlackBerry 10 unveiling in New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Shares in Research In Motion closed down Tuesday ahead of the unveiling of its BlackBerry 10 lineup.RIM stock ended the day down 56 cents, or 3.44 per cent, to $15.71 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, following a 7.6 per cent slide Monday.As of Friday, RIM stock (TSX:RIM) had soared 50 per cent during January.“The returns have been huge here, and for sure you’re probably seeing some profit taking, some buy on rumour, sell on news,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP Ltd.“But also, the reality that the device is about to be launched… we don’t know how successful it will be.”The smartphone pioneer once dominated the marketplace with its devices, which were affectionately dubbed “CrackBerrys” by devoted users.But RIM has seen its marketshare eroded significantly by Apple’s iPhone and Android-powered phones.The unveiling of the new BB10 phones and operating system on Wednesday will mark the start of an advertising blitz that will stretch to social media, the Super Bowl and beyond, as RIM tries to regain its footing.The smartphones are widely seen as a make-or-break product for the Waterloo, Ont., company.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business report with Mike Eppel July 19: Duelling gas price forecasted, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Jul 19, 2013 6:54 am MDT business report|gas prices|mike eppel
Former Buckeye Terrelle Pryor finally got his first NFL start as a quarterback Sunday for the Oakland Raiders and the results were about what most people expected-unimpressive. While Pryor did lead the Raiders (4-12) to a comeback against the San Diego Chargers with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, the game was never really in doubt. Pryor and Oakland had already dug itself too deep of a hole. Shortcomings that scouts and experts pointed out while Pryor was at Ohio State were evident against the Chargers as he threw inaccurate pass after inaccurate pass. While some of these misses would normally be attributed to nerves or inexperience, Pryor’s history of missing receivers makes me think this is more than just a case of the jitters. Pryor also threw into traffic consistently, backing up claims that he would be unable to read complex NFL defenses and find open receivers. The former Buckeye signal-caller threw 13-of-28 passes for 150 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Completing less than 50 percent of your passes simply doesn’t get it done in the NFL, and, if he ever hopes to start again, Pryor will have to do much better. There were, however, some positive signs for the young quarterback. His focus seemed to be more on throwing the ball than trying to run it, and when he did scramble, Pryor kept his eyes down field and only ran as a last resort. When he did run, it was usually to good effect. Pryor toted the ball nine times for 49 yards, including several first downs and scored on a play-action bootleg in the fourth quarter to cut the San Diego lead to 10 points. Pryor’s best throw of the day also came late in the game. He completed a beautiful deep pass to rookie wide receiver Rod Streater for 38 yards on 3rd-and-7, which consequently set up his rushing touchdown. Pryor added another touchdown pass after a blocked punt gave the Raiders the ball on the Chargers 11-yard line. That was as close as Pryor and the Raiders would come, though. After a standout career on the field at OSU, Pryor was expected by many to be converted into a wide receiver at the next level after he chose to forego his senior season in Columbus in light of mounting allegations regarding school’s “Tattoo-Gate” scandal in which he and five other former Buckeye players were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 collegiate season. Then, when the Oakland drafted Pryor in the third-round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft, his prospects of playing at the quarterback position went way up. Former Raiders owner Al Davis was infamous for valuing speed and athleticism over everything else, and after Pryor, who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash time, fit the mold of the players Davis often opted to bring to his franchise. If Oakland had exploited Pryor’s running ability earlier in the game they may have had a chance to compete against the Chargers, and it may have made Pryor look better as well. The Raiders may not have done a very good job of playing to Pryor’s running skills, but that’s not the NFL game. Quarterbacks are expected to have the ability to stand in the pocket, read a defense, and make an accurate throw. Those have never really been Pryor’s strong suits, and it showed in the game against the Chargers. While Pryor managed a solid effort, it was nothing close to a performance that would earn him a starting job in the NFL. Barring any further injuries to regular starting quarterback Carson Palmer, Pryor won’t likely get many more starting opportunities at quarterback for Oakland. If by some miracle he can manage to improve his accuracy, though, there may be hope for him yet. With even incremental progress in that area Pryor would make a solid backup quarterback. With his size, strength and athleticism Pryor can play in the NFL. He just won’t be a regular starting quarterback any time soon.
Yes (162) Yes, but aspects of the scheme should change (720) THE NATIONAL CITY of Culture scheme has not been a success so far in its latest host of Limerick. It has already lost an artistic director and two programmers and there were calls last night for its board to resign.The board’s chairman Pat Cox denies that his motivation in appointing the CEO is because she worked for him when he was an MEP. The process of choosing which city becomes the designated host of the City of Culture has also come under question – it is chosen by the Cabinet.However, others point to the potential economic, social and cultural benefits for the area for the duration of the event.What do you think? Do you support the idea of having a City of Culture at all? No (1134) Poll Results: YesYes, but aspects of the scheme should changeNoVote
ISN’T THIS WHAT university life is all about… dancing on tables, singing about girls?This is TCD’s acapella group Trinitones with their version of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag… YouTube/TCDTrinitonesVia Clare Barrett Also, this was brave:YouTube/MrMarksGuitarSeven videos of kids singing that might make you cry>Rihanna’s We Found Love… covered excellently by two kids from Kildare>
THE WRECKAGE OF an Air Algerie plane missing since earlier today with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said.“We have found the Algerian plane. The wreck has been located … 50 kilometres north of the Burkina Faso border” in the Malian region of Gossi, said General Gilbert Diendiere of the Burkina Faso army.RadarA witness had earlier reported seeing the plane “falling” in the region of Gossi and the general said they were taking the reports seriously as they matched radar images of the flight path.“That is where we will strengthen our search,” he had added. Source: AFP news agency/YouTubeReuters reports that Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has also confirmed that the wreckage had been spotted in his country’s desert north.Flight AH5017, which originated in Ouagadougou and was bound for Algiers with 51 French nationals aboard, according to Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, went missing amid reports of heavy storms, company sources and officials said.French president It had been presumed to have been lost even before Fench President Francois Hollande went on TV to announce: “Everything leads us to believe that the plane has crashed.”He said the plane’s Spanish crew had signalled they were altering course “due to particularly difficult weather conditions”.Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal was earlier cited as saying by Algerian radio that the plane dropped off the radar at Gao, 500 kilometres from the Algerianborder.“Contact was lost with the McDonnell Douglas 83 at 1:47, a little after the pilots said they were diverting from the route due to meteorological reasons,” Fabius had said.The airline said it also had 24 Burkinabe, eight Lebanese, six Algerians, six Spanish, five Canadians, four Germans and two Luxembourg nationals on board.Poor visibility Mali, Algeria, Niger and France coordinated their search efforts under the umbrella of the French-led military intervention in Mali, Operation Serval.“Even though the aircraft was above Mali it was in airspace managed by the control centre in Niamey in Niger,” an air traffic control official told AFP.Aviation sources told AFP the MD-83 was leased from Spanish company Swiftair.Its six-member crew were all Spanish, said Spain’s airline pilots’ union Sepla, and Swiftair confirmed the aircraft went missing less than an hour after takeoff.The plane had apparently been given the “all clear” following an inspection in France only this week, the French civil aviation authority DGAC said.In France, two crisis units had been set up, at the DGAC and at the foreign ministry, DGAC said, in addition to another two at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris and at Marseille airport.DGAC said that many passengers had been due to catch onward connecting flights to Paris and Marseille.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said today that the authorities were looking into every possible cause for the disappearance of an Air Algerie plane over Mali with 51 nationals on board.“We cannot, we must not exclude any hypothesis before having all elements (at our disposal),” he said on French television, reiterating that the pilot of the plane — which had at least 116 people on board in total — had diverted its route due to bad weather.Flight AH5017, which took off in Ouagadougou and was bound for Algiers, disappeared in the early morning over Mali with at least 116 passengers and crew on board, including around 50 French nationals — some of whom were transiting through the Algerian capital on their way to France.Families At Orly airport outside Paris, two young women visibly in shock, their eyes red, asked for information at the Air Algerie desk, saying their cousin was on board.The 34-year-old man lives in Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African country of Burkina Faso, and was due to land in Orly around midday.In Cuba, there was confusion that the daughter of President Raul Castro was on board the plane but journalists have been assured she was alive and well and not on board the flight.It is believed it was a name mix-up that caused the confusion.The crash comes less than six months after one of Algeria’s worst air disasters.In February, a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.© – AFP 2014Read: Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people crashed – Reports>Read: Bodies of MH17 victims keep arriving in the Netherlands>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Independent senator Nick Xenophon wants the census to be delayed due to all the confusion and distress experienced by elderly Australians who are unable to obtain paper forms.Meanwhile, Chris Libreri, the general manager of the census and statistical network services division defends the digital transition although he admit there have been over 400,000 applications for paper forms already. The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), however, has offered to provide assistance to those who need help with completing the Census online on 9 August 2016.Anyone who does not have access to the internet, or needs assistance in completing the Census, can bring the notification letter they received with the 12-digit Census Login number to GCM’s office (Level 3, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne), where GCM representatives will help them to complete it online.The GCM would like to emphasise the significance of the 2016 Census and stresses the need for everyone to complete it. For more information call +61 9662-2722 or email: email@example.com
Indian stock markets consolidated last week’s gains on the first day (Monday) of the truncated trading week over increasing hopes of an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after the government slashed small savings interest rates last Friday. The S&P BSE Sensex gained 333 points, or 1.33 percent, to close at 25,285, while the NSE Nifty settled at 7,704, up almost 100 points, or 1.31 percent.The rally was largely driven by bank stocks on hopes that the RBI could cut interest rate by almost 50 percent when it meets for its first monetary policy review meeting for this fiscal April 5. The BSE Bankex rose 304 points, or 1.70 percent, while the Nifty Bank was up 1.73 percent.”The RBI is widely-expected to lower benchmark rates by 25bps on 5 April, helped by easing inflation, soft production numbers and the government’s move to adhere to fiscal targets,” said Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, in her note Monday.However, major changes in lending rates by commercial banks are likely only after the banking sector’s quarterly earnings, she added. The biggest Sensex gainer though was FMCG company Hindustan Unilever at 4.05 percent. Other top Sensex gainers included State Bank of India, Sun Pharma, Larsen & Toubro and Tata Motors.Other bank stocks that gained on the BSE included Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs, also FPIs) continued with their buying spree and were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,396 crore Monday, according to the provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The Indian rupee closed at 66.54 to the US dollar after opening at 66.45.The current week is a truncated one for Indian markets, as they will be closed on Thursday for Holi and the next day for Good Friday (March 25).
JUTA’Shommilito Shikkhok Shomaz’ won majority in the Jahangirnagar University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) elections held at its campus in Savar on Thursday, reports UNB.Teachers under the banner of ‘Shommilito Shikkhok Shomaz’ took part in the elections forming an alliance by factions of Awami League, BNP and left-leaning parties and bagged a total of 10 posts out of 15 including the president, general secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer.Ajit Kumar Majumder of statistics department and Md Sohel Rana of pharmacy department were elected president and general secretary respectively.Mazumder is the president of a faction of AL backed teachers’ organization ‘Bangabandhur Adarsha O Muktijuddher Chetonay Bishwashi Progotishil Shikkhok Shomaz’ while Md Shohel Rana took part at the election from the BNP teachers’ faction.Jugal Krishna Das of computer science and engineering department and Laizu Nasrin of english department were elected vice-president and joint secretary respectively.Monwar Hossain Tuhin of zoology department was elected as the treasurer.The other executive members of the body are Mahbub Kabir of chemistry, Samsul Alam of government and politics, Farid Ahmed of physics, Amzad Hossain of economics, Hafizur Rahman of environmental sciences, Sayeed Ferdous of anthropology, A A Mamun of physics, Rasheda Akhter of anthropology, Ayesha Siddika of economics and Mahfuza Khatun of finance and banking department.Chief election commissioner AKM Abul Kalamof urban and regional planning department announced the result.He expressed satisfaction over the election as more than 90 percent votes were casted.Leader of Shommilito Shikkhok Shomaz JU pro-VC Amir Hussain said, “It was the expected result of the election because current VC Farzana Islam did not able to attain faith of maximum teachers due to her controversial activities.”The VC backed teachers took part in the election under the banner of ‘Bangabandhur Adarsher Shikkhok Parishad’.
Union Parishad member Baharul Islam busy working at his tea stall. Photo: Chhutir DineEveryone calls him ‘Babu Member’, though his actual name is Baharul Islam. This man in his 50s is a member of ward no.8 of Dhalagram union in Bagherpara upazila of Jashore. He is a tea seller. For six years, he has a tea stall where people come to him with their complaints and to talk to him, while he makes and serves tea. He also carries out his official duties there.Baharul has no helper at his tea stall. He makes the tea and serves it himself. He sells biscuits, bananas, bread and paan-supari (betel leaf and betel nut) at his shop, but doesn’t sell bidi or cigarettes. He doesn’t always take money from his customers. This correspondent talked to him at his shop on 9 July. He was greeting the villagers who came for a visit or who were passing by. He was signing documents too.Baharul was elected as a UP member in 1997 and 2003 too. As a good football player and an amiable personality, he earned popularity among the people.Every day he opens his stall early in the morning. In the afternoon he goes home for lunch and then remains at the stall till 10:00pm. Occasionally, he has to join union parishad meetings. The office is just 100 yards from his stall, making it easy to attend. Each month, Baharul earns around Tk 15,000 from the stall. As a UP member he receives a remuneration of Tk 4,400 from the government and Tk 3,600 from the union parishad.Baharul comes from Bollamukh village of Bagherpara. He is the fifth among 11 siblings. After passing his Higher Secondary School certificate examination in 1986 he got admitted in Bagherpara college but could not continue his studies for poverty. Later he got a job in a private firm in the capital. After six years, he returned to his village.”My wife and son weren’t happy at first about my selling tea, but I tried to explain things to them,” he said. “They are no longer unhappy about this.”The people have chosen Baharul despite him being a tea seller and he is always available to them at the stall. “I love the people of my ward the way I love my family. Their love is also the source of my honour” he said. “I’m selling tea which is as prestigious as the love of the people to me. It’s the source of my living.””Babu member is an honest person. Such a person is uncommon nowadays. He happily takes responsibility of the village and the people love him dearly,” chairman of the Dhalagram union parishad, Subhash Devnath, said.
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