ADC AUTHOR Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said “of course” he wants his job full-time, according to a report from Defense One, which said it talked to him after his House committee testimony Tuesday.“I’ve spent nearly two years on the National Defense Strategy,” Shanahan reportedly told Defense One. “I know the defense strategy. I know what it takes to see it through, and I think I can make a big impact in that area.”President Trump has said privately he wants to nominate Shanahan to be secretary, but that has been slowed down since the DOD inspector general launched an investigation into whether Shanahan has given special treatment to his former employee, Boeing.If the IG investigation “is going to be really short, then it shouldn’t have that much effect on” the search for a permanent secretary, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Defense One. Inhofe has had a shaky relationship with Shanahan.Shanahan has been acting secretary all year, making this the longest period in U.S. history without a permanent, Senate-confirmed defense secretary.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
$155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 17 Photos Boost Mobile $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $520 at HP Share your voice Rylo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Sprint DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Enlarge ImageThe Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg set includes over 3,000 pieces and 12 minifigures. Lego For fans needing a challenge, the new Lego Movie 2: Welcome to Apocalypseburg Lego set could be the answer. Apocalypseburg is the apocalyptic wasteland town in the upcoming Lego Movie 2, and on Jan. 4, the Lego Group revealed a new set inspired by the film. The set consists of 3,178 pieces. When fully assembled, it stands 20 inches (50 centimeters) high, making it one of the tallest boxed Lego sets created.The finished Lego model features a 360-design that includes a section of the Statue of Liberty with a chill-out room in her head, a cafe, Scribble Cop’s office with a chair-kicking function, armory, barber’s and tattoo parlor, Lucy’s hideout, Fuse’s workshop, rooftop diner, gym, spa and lookout platforms. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Once everything was awesome … now everything is bleak. 😱 #TheLEGOMovie2 https://t.co/zUJjlatsz7 @TheLEGOMovie pic.twitter.com/Ke3ll8pysp— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) January 4, 2019 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Tags Angela Lang/CNET See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years See at Turo $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $210 at Best Buy See at Amazon Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It $6 at Tidal Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $999 Post a comment Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $59 at eBay Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Amazon The set also includes 12 minifigures of characters Emmet, Lucy, Batman, Scribble Cop, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, “Where are my pants?” Guy, Larry the Barista, Chainsaw Dave, Mo-Hawk, Roxxi and Fuse. Plus, there’s a rat figure.The Lego Movie 2 set is available Jan. 16 at Lego brand retail stores and online. The set retails for $300 (around £235, AU$420).The Lego Movie 2 itself hits theaters in the US and UK on Feb. 8, and on March 28 in Australia. $999 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Google Home Hub review Batman Lego,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Share your voice Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).
TV and Movies Digital Media Share your voice Netflix’s price hikes are coming quick 1:41 Last month, the company said Bird Box, its post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock, was watched by 45 million accounts in the first seven days it was available, the best viewership for one of its original movies yet. And Tuesday, Netflix announced price hikes. The prospect of a higher monthly bill wasn’t welcome news for consumers, but investors reacted with glee, and analysts interpreted it as Netflix flexing its muscles in the middle of a hot streak. Netflix doubled down on viewership disclosures Thursday. Bird Box has now been watched by more than 80 million member households in four weeks, the company said, adding that the movie was getting “high repeat viewing.” Looking ahead, Netflix expects You — a thriller series about a bookish stalker, which struggled to find an audience when it aired on Lifetime — to surpass 40 million households in its first four weeks, and it predicts Sex Education, a British series that Netflix is distributing globally, to reach more than 40 million in the first four weeks too. You, a thriller about a stalker played by Penn Badgley, struggled to find its audience on Lifetime, the network where it premiered. Netflix The eternal caveat about Netflix numbers like these? They’re not independently verified. Nielsen offers some ratings for Netflix programs, which it figures with its own system of measurement that leaves out any viewing on mobile devices and doesn’t count people watching outside the US. Nielsen’s initial Bird Box numbers supported the general case that the movie was widely popular, though.And Netflix’s definition of a view carries different meaning for a movie versus a show. Netflix counts a movie as viewed once an account watches 70 percent of the total runtime, including credits. But for shows, Netflix credits the title with a view if an account gets through 70 percent of the total runtime of a single episode. But Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, defended the worth of the stats Thursday. “These are less financial metrics as they are cultural metrics,” he said. “For part of your Netflix subscription, you’re in the zeitgeist. You’re watching the programming that the rest of the world is loving at the same time.”The company also relished a competitive jab at YouTube, Google’s massive video site that Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings routinely admits envying for the 1.9 billion people who use it every month. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time,” the company said Thursday.Netflix shares fell Thursday, after they spiked two days earlier on news of the price increase. Shares were down 2.6 percent at $344 in after-hours trading. In its latest results, Netflix’s international subscriber base increased by 7.3 million paid members to 80.77 million, beating the 6.1 million additions the company predicted. In the US, Netflix added 1.53 million paid streaming customers, for a total of 58.49 million, slightly topping its 1.5 million guidance.Netflix is switching focus on how it reports its subscribers this year. While investors previously kept watch on Netflix’s number of total streaming members, which includes trial memberships, this year the company will make predictions only about paid memberships. By directing focus away from figures that include free trials, Netflix hopes its subscriber numbers won’t seem as lumpy as they have in the past. Looking ahead, Netflix expects to add 1.6 million paid streaming members in the US and 7.3 million internationally in the current quarter. Netflix also predicted 56 cents per share in earnings. On average, Wall Street analysts who track Netflix expected 83 cents.Overall, Netflix reported a profit of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with $185.5 million, or 41 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 27 percent to $4.19 billion.Analysts on average expected per-share profit of 24 cents — a penny higher than Netflix’s forecast — and $4.21 billion in revenue.First published Jan. 17, 1:11 p.m. PT. Updates at 1:20, 1:25, 1:45 and 4:41 p.m. PT: Adds more details from report and executive call. Now playing: Watch this: Netflix’s Bird Box was watched by 45 million accounts in its first week on the streaming service. Saeed Adyani/Netflix If you want to blame anyone for Netflix raising prices, look to all the newbs who are signing up in droves. The streaming video service reported that more people signed up in the last three months of 2018 than any other quarter ever, and it predicted even more new members in the first quarter of 2019. The company added 8.84 million new paid members, according to its end-of-year financial report Thursday. That’s better than the 7.6 million it’d predicted in October.Netflix tends to end every year on an upswing, as people on holiday breaks spend extra time streaming and those who received new gadgets as gifts start setting them up by adding services like Netflix. But this time, Netflix had already issued a couple of particularly positive signals about how business was faring. 26 Comments Tags Earnings Netflix Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything we know about Apple’s TV service: Where is Apple putting that $1 billion investment in TV programming?
Ayesha Takia and Varun GroverInstagramStand-up comedian Varun Grover is being criticised on social media for one of his jokes on actress Ayesha Takia. A short clip from a show is being circulated on social media that shows Varun making a sexist and vulgar comment on Ayesha’s private parts. The comment was made while Varun was making a joke on Amitabh Bachchan being a part of almost every project in India.”He is like everywhere. He is like aise nikal rahe hai, itne zyada nikal rahe hai jaise Ayesha Takia ke boobs,” Varun said on the show. While the clip is now being shared on social media, the remark was actually made during a show in 2012.Film-maker Ashoke Pandit apparently first shared the clip on Twitter. He also tagged actresses Shabana Azmi, Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker and Nandita Das and criticised them for being silent.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian [sic],” he tweeted.Actor Anup Soni too reacted to this video, and tweeted, “@varungrover this is a bad one…Really bad one…This is not comedy.”Silence of @AzmiShabana ji @RichaChadha @ReallySwara @nanditadas on this misogynistic statement by @varungrover Where he literally abuses & molests @Ayeshatakia is sad. I appeal to all those who respect d dignity and respect of women to name and shame this so called comedian. pic.twitter.com/MsdThLMKH4— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) April 24, 2019@Ayeshatakia I have been ur fan since Tarzan ☺️ & you’re really beautiful. Make sure you take action against @varungrover I am ashamed of his statement. #ShameVarunGrover https://t.co/nlwUEt4zIB— Chowkidar Surbhi Srivastava (@SurbhiRsv) April 24, 2019Not expected from @varungrover . https://t.co/3GH6r1BLkE— Vaibhav Palaye (@VaibhavPalaye) April 24, 2019For the cheap standup comedians like @varungrover and his ilk comedy means Boobs,Pussy,dick and balls. They can’t think beyond this. Perverts masquerading as Standup comedians and dishing out porn as Comedy. https://t.co/gn5XIDpBLy— Chowkidaar Arun ?? (@ArunMahakaliBJP) April 24, 2019While Varun is being vehemently lambasted for his seven-year-old comment on Ayesha, Richa counter-attacked Ashoke by tweeting, “Sir,for you and for all those waiting to attack me again,I’d just like to say so much goes on in our country on a daily basis,(crime or otherwise), that for me to outrage at the speed with which you expect, I’d have to leave my day job as an actor and sit on Twitter all day.” Meanwhile, no response from Ayesha or Varun has come yet on this issue.
Taking a cue from its bigger peer State Bank of India, public sector lender Punjab National Bank (PNB) has come out with special home and auto loan offers to attract Central government employees who are flush with cash after the bonanza handed out to them with the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).The scheme titled “PNB Pride” is effective from October 1, 2016, and comes with zero documentation and processing charges. Other terms and conditions applicable to existing home and vehicle loan borrowers will apply to those availing of loans under the “PNB Pride”, according to the bank.The aim of the scheme, according to the lender, is to “ensure availability of Housing Loan and Vehicle Loan at attractive rates and ensure a house and a car for all government employees.”The floating rate of interest for vehicle loans will be 9.55 percent (0.25 percent + marginal cost of lending rate, or MCLR). The fixed rate of interest is also the same, with a reset clause of three years.As for home loans, the floating rate will be 9.30 percent and the fixed at 9.80 percent. Earlier, State Bank of India (SBI) had announced flexible home loans to Central government employees (“SBI Privilege Home Loan”) and defence personnel (SBI Shaurya Home Loan”) with pensionable service.”Under the new schemes, employees of central/state governments, defence forces, public sector banks, public sector enterprises of central government and other individuals with pensionable service will be offered home loans tailored to their specific needs,” the bank said in a statement in August this year.”The launch of ‘SBI Privilege Home Loan’ and ‘SBI Shaurya Home Loan’ products is timed with the notification of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. Surplus income can thus be utilised by government employees and defence personnel towards purchase of new/better house,” it added.The bank gave an option to Central government employees to repay home loans up to the age of 75 years, as against 70 years applicable in other home loans given by the bank.The recommendations of the 7th CPC cover 47 lakh Central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners, of which 14 lakh employees and 18 lakh pensioners are from the defence forces.
Abu BakarThe verdict of the widely-condemned killing of Dhaka University student Abu Bakar was given eight months ago, acquitting all 10 former activists of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).But nobody – neither the plaintiff of the case nor the victim’s family – knew about the pronouncement of the verdict whereas the practice is that the prosecution will inform both the plaintiff and the victim’s family about the verdict The fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge, Md Zahidul Kabir, delivered the verdict on 7 May 2017. Prothom Alo obtained a copy of the verdict recently.Abu Bakar, a third-year bachelors student of Islamic History, was severely injured “by a teargas shell lobbed by the police” during clashes in F Rahman Hall between two rival factions of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on 2 February and died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital the following day.A university committee and a hall committee were formed to identify the persons responsible for his death, side by side with a police investigation.The nine-member university committee packed up the enquiry without ascertaining the exact reason behind the violence or identifying the persons responsible. It recommended a fresh enquiry “by a high-level expert committee”.The syndicate, however, expelled ten students from the university following the submission of the report.BCL’s Barisal group activist Omar Faruque filed a case with the Shahbagh police station against 14 BCL leaders and activists loyal to the then hall committee president Saiduzzaman Faruque.Read more: Off the hook, BCL activists now well-establishedThe 14 were accused of injuring Bakar, which was later turned into murder case after his death.Police later framed the charge sheet accusing eight of them, but when the victim’s family raised objection, a supplementary charge sheet was framed accusing a total of 10 BCL activists in the murder case. On behalf of the plaintiff, a public prosecutor – advocate Saiful Islam –conducted the case.As all of the accused have been acquitted, the verdict said nothing about who killed Abu Bakar.At the same time, the time for filing an appeal against the verdict, aimed at identifying the killers, has elapsed too by this time, blocking the path for the victim’s family to get justice.The court has ascribed the failure to identify the killers to the weak investigation conducted by the police.“The post-mortem report said Abu Bakar died of the head injury caused by a strong hit, but neither any evidence nor any arms were confiscated from the accused,” read the verdict.Police presented the bloodstained lungi before the court as the only evidence.Eleven out of 22 prosecution witnesses gave testimony in court, but none of them said Abu Bakar was killed in gunfire by the accused.Almost all of the witnesses said Abu Bakar was severely injured by a teargas shell lobbed by the police during the clash and the post-mortem report lends credence to this claim.Four police officials investigated the case in phases. The verdict, quoting one of the top investigators and senior assistant police super Rezaul Karim, said Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge along with some 20 to 25 police members went to the DU hall at the time of clash and police lobbed teargas shells to disperse BCL groups.Although the case statement said Abu Bakar died in gunshots, the post-mortem report said he died of injury of the hit of hard blunt weapon.It’s to be noted that the very same police officer, Rezaul Karim, was made the investigation officer of the case.The court said the investigation officer, Rezaul Karim, neither recovered teargas shells nor any hard blunt weapon from the place of occurrence and he didn’t even try to do so.According to Rezaul’s testimony in court, the teargas shells were fired by the police led by him.The first investigation officer (IO) of the case, inspector Emdadul Haque, also had told the court that he heard police lobbed teargas shells from outside during the clash.But, he in his investigation report said Abu Bakar was killed in the gunfire of Saiduzzaman.Assistant police super of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Md Abdul Halim submitted the supplementary charge sheet but he didn’t give his testimony before the court.The case plaintiff, Omar Faruk, however, said he didn’t go to court to file the case and even he didn’t know who typed the case statement as he was undergoing treatment at a hospital.According to him, the investigation officer himself visited him at hospital and talked to him.Asked why the prosecution didn’t inform either the plaintiff or the victim’s family, public prosecutor Saiful Islam admitted, while talking to Prothom Alo, that he didn’t inform anyone about the pronouncement of the verdict as none contacted him.Asked why he didn’t file an appeal against the verdict, he said neither the plaintiff nor the victim’s family approached for any appeal.He also said the time of filing an appeal has elapsed and there is no scope now to file the appeal.As approached, the law minister said he would look into the matter as to why an appeal was not filed.Abu Bakar’s elder brother Abbas Ali, who resides in Tangail, heard about the verdict first from Prothom Alo and broke down into tears.“With a high of hope for justice, I went to Dhaka to give my deposition before the court travelling all the way from Tangail, but the irony is, we were not even informed that the verdict has been pronounced. And all the accused have been acquitted,” said victim’s brother in tears.He went on saying, “My question to the government is: Then who killed Abu Bakar? We want an answer from the government.”The news of acquittal of the accused had made the victim’s father, Rustam Ali, dumbfounded and he remained silent with a blank stare.The victim’s mother Rabeya Khatun was heard saying from inside the house, “Those who killed my innocent baba [Abu Bakar] have not been brought to book. What a country is this?”When his attention was drawn to the court observation regarding the investigation, investigation officer Emdadul Haque just said, “I’ve presented before the court whatever information I’ve obtained in my investigation.”CID’s special police super Abdul Kahar Akand, who was entrusted with overseeing the investigation, said he too didn’t know about the pronouncement of the verdict.He said the CID was given the responsibility of investigation much later as the case was investigated by police at the beginning. “And they should have kept the evidence,” said Kahar adding, he doesn’t know as to why the evidence was not recovered.The 10 former BCL activists who were acquitted from the murder case are: then F Rahman Hall BCL president Saiduzzaman Faruque, Mafidul Alam Khan Tapu, Raqib Uddin Rafique, Mansur Ahmed Rony, Asaduzzaman Jony, Alam-e-Julhas, Touhidul Islam Khan Tushar, Abu Zafar Md Salam, Enamul Haque Ershad, and Mehedi Hasan Lion.All of them were the residents of F Rahman Hall of the Dhaka University at the time of occurrence.When contacted, the plaintiff, Omar Faruque said, “I had raised an objection to the first investigation report. Later CID was given the responsibility for the investigation, but that investigation too was not done properly.”He said although they’ve got the acquittal from the court, these BCL leaders cannot avoid their responsibility in the murder of Abu Bakar.He said some 30 more students were injured in the clash between the rival groups – Faruque group and Mehehi group. “Where is the justice for those injured?”He went on saying, “I, the plaintiff, was injured in the clash, but the police didn’t even produce my treatment certificate before the court.”The prime accused in the case, Saiduzzaman Faruque, told Prothom Alo, “The verdict was pronounced in our presence. The court has acquitted us.”When contacted, former law minister Shafik Ahmed said it’s the responsibility of the police to bring the killers of Abu Bakar to book and it’s the prosecution which should prove allegations before the court.He said the law officials concerned must be made answerable as to why they didn’t file an appeal against the verdict.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmed.
A 20-member delegation representing students and jobseeking youth joins a talks with minister Obaidul Quader in the afternoon.Protesters of quota system have reportedly postponed their demonstration till the first week of May following assurance of scrutiny of the system by the government.The protesters agreed to postpone their programme at a meeting with road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday afternoon.The minister called them to the meeting after the overnight protests in Dhaka that left more than 100 injured and spread to all major campuses across the country.”The protesters have agreed to keep their programme suspended until 7 May. By this time, the government will scrutinise the quota system,” Quader told newsmen after the meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat.A 20-member delegation representing students and jobseeking youth earlier joined the talks with the minister in the afternoon.Hasan Al Mamun, convener of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad also disclosed their decision before the reporters after the meeting.The meeting also decided to release the arrestees unconditionally, he said.
GABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTiciclesGalveston has resumed regular water operations after last week’s freezing weather caused some pipes to break and led to a citywide conservation effort.A city statement says the amount of water in Galveston’s storage tanks was back to normal Monday after being critically low. Authorities say freezing conditions a week ago caused numerous leaks and led to at least 3,000 calls about water problems at homes, businesses and city mains.City Manager Brian Maxwell said the amount of water lost prompted an emergency and conservation through the weekend, as part of a drought contingency plan.Galveston officials say residents are encouraged to continue reporting leaks to city utility authorities. Share
Wikimedia CommonsCurrent Texas law does not mandate safe gun storage. 00:00 /00:48 The accidental shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in Acres Homes on Sunday marks at least the third such tragedy in Greater Houston this year.In Texas, if a child under 17 years of age gets a hold of a firearm, the owner of the gun can be charged with a misdemeanor (Class A misdemeanor if someone gets hurt, otherwise Class C).Texas’ child access prevention law is on the stronger side compared to all states, said Allison Anderman, managing attorney with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.But she said more can be done.“Stronger laws overall would be laws that require firearms owners to store their firearms safely,” Anderman said, “so that they’re never accessible to children or other unauthorized users.”Many gun owners oppose such laws, saying it would make quick access difficult for when the gun is needed for self-defense.Some also say firearms shouldn’t be singled out when other hazards – such as household chemicals – aren’t treated the same way.Any accident involving children could be charged under Texas’ child endangerment statute, which carries a state jail felony charge.In Sunday’s incident, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office has not yet decided if the boy’s father will be charged. X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share