Indian astronauts to be trained by Russia for Gaganyaan programme

first_imgVladivostok: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that Russia will train the Indian astronauts for the country’s ambitious manned space mission — the Gaganyaan. The first Gaganyaan flight scheduled for 2022 will carry three astronauts, who will be picked from among the test pilots in the armed forces. Russia will help train Indian astronauts for the manned space mission — the Gaganyaan project, Modi said in a joint press meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their talks here. Both Modi and Putin welcomed the active work carried out within the framework of the signed MoU on support of the Russian side for the “Gaganyaan”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Last year during Putin’s visit to India, the MoU was signed on cooperation on the space mission. India and Russia also welcomed the increased cooperation between the State Space Corporation “Roscosmos” and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), including the human spaceflight programmes and satellite navigation, according to a joint statement. The two leaders also agreed that it was necessary to exploit to a greater extent potential of India and Russia in launch vehicles development, construction and utilisation of spacecraft for different applications, as well as research and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including planetary exploration, the statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe ISRO has begun the process of short-listing probable candidates for its first manned mission and it should be completed by next month. The short-listing is being done in batches and the candidates will be sent to Russia for training after November, a senior ISRO official said in New Delhi last week. The total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan Programme is nearly Rs 10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, flight hardware realisation and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of Gaganyaan programme. Russia is one of the three countries – the other two being France and the US – that share robust cooperation in all three strategic sectors of defence, nuclear and space with India. Indo-Russian space collaboration dates back to four decades. In 2015, the two sides marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of India’s first satellite ‘Aryabhatt’ on a Russian (then USSR) launch vehicle ‘Soyuz’. In 2007, India and Russia signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, including satellite launches, Glonass navigation system, remote sensing and other societal applications of outer space.last_img read more

Government insists ties with China still strong

The Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said that attempts are being made to give the impression Sri Lanka is focused only on maintaining a strong relationship with Europe. The Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said the Chinese delegation will also inspect the Colombo Port City project site and the Hambantota harbour.Talks between Sri Lanka and the Chinese delegation will also focus on investment opportunities and local politics. (Colombo Gazette) However the media unit of the Ministry said that the foreign policy of the new Government is to maintain strong toes with all countries, including China.Yang Weiqun and his delegation will have talks with Sri Lanka on the Colombo Port City project, the Hambantota harbour and the Colombo – Kandy highway project. The delegation will hold talks with the Deputy Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera, among others, during the visit. The Government today insisted that Sri Lanka’s relationship with China still remains strong and an upcoming visit to Sri Lanka by a Chinese Government delegation will help further boost the relationship.The Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs said that a Chinese delegation led by Yang Weiqun, director of the department of Asian affairs at the Chinese Commerce Ministry, will be in Sri Lanka on January 6. read more

Six arrested in Tamil Nadu trying to smuggle explosives to Sri Lanka

Six people were arrested by the Ramanathapuram district police on Wednesday after they were found smuggling 5,000 explosive materials similar to gelatine sticks to Sri lanka, purportedly for blast fishing. Blast fishing is the practice of using explosives to kill a shoal of fish for easy collection, Times of India reported.Police sources said that a team descended on a hideout in Serankottai near Rameswaram based on specific inputs about suspicious operations. Police, who suspected smuggling of drugs found that there were 50 boxes with 100 explosives in each of them. The explosives, which were small in size are termed as detonators in local parlance and used in the illegal blast fishing. Police then detained six people at the scene. “They were intending to smuggle the explosives by sea. In exchange, they were planning to receive gold or other valuable items instead of money,” a police official said. (Colombo Gazette) The six were identified as Mohammed, Pachamal, Subramanian, Mahanadhi, Ravi and Nambu Selvan of Rameswaram. Interrogations with the accused led police to another person who supplied them with the detonators. Police said the explosives were sourced from Devanampattinam. Hunt is on for the person who supplied the group with explosives.Police investigations revealed that one of the groups was contacted by a fisherman from Sri Lanka to arrange for the explosives after which they sourced the same. read more

Pensioner charged for sharing nude photos of estranged lover

A sixty-five-year old man was on Monday granted bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for sharing nude photos of his estrange lover.Godfrey Taylor, a martial arts instructor denied the allegation when it was read to him on Monday.The charge alleged that while Taylor was at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on December 15, 2018, he knowingly and without lawful excuse, exposed the nude photographs of Chendra Sewnarine.The prosecution team did not object to bail being granted to the Sandy Babb Street resident and order a probation report into the matter.As such, he was released on $10,000 bail and the matter will call again on March 20. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner charged for placing nude photo of Ex – Lover on BBMJanuary 10, 2014In “Crime”Prime Minister’s son accused of dragging, beating woman; granted $150,000 bailMarch 3, 2014In “Crime”Woman charged for posting nude photos of ex on FacebookAugust 30, 2017In “Court” read more

Guardian Life to support CPL volunteer programme in 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSponsorship for 2018 Hero CPL sold out as tournament beckonsAugust 4, 2018In “Business”Hero MotorCorp extends title sponsorship of CPL for 3 yearsAugust 28, 2019In “latest news”Hero MotoCorp extends Title Sponsorship of Hero CPL until 2018May 31, 2016In “Sports” The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is thrilled to have Guardian Life of the Caribbean back on board for the 2019 instalment of the tournament. Guardian Life will continue their support of CPL as a partner of the tournament and will continue to be the Official Insurance Partner of the event. As part of this they will continue to support the Guardian Volunteer programmeOver the years, the Guardian Volunteer programme has been an asset to the CPL in numerous ways. Roughly 40 volunteers per country are supported by Guardian Life in every country CPL is played. The tournament has come to rely on these volunteers to ensure its efficient and seamless execution.CPL Commercial Director, Jamie Stewart expressed his appreciation to Guardian Life saying, “A big thank you to Guardian Group for their continued support of the Caribbean’s largest sports event. As a Founding Partner of the League, Guardian Group have been instrumental in the Hero CPL becoming what it is today, a globally appreciated tournament that has reinvigorated the passion for our great sport around the islands. We look forward to this continuing partnership”Guardian Life of the Caribbean is the largest Life, Health and Pensions provider in the Eastern Caribbean. The organization has been around for over 175 which speaks to its experience and strength.Reaffirming Guardian Life’s commitment to the Volunteer Programme and the Hero CPL tournament,  President Anand Pascal commented, “Just as we have solidified ourselves in the markets where we operate, similarly we are committed to strengthening our relationship with Hero CPL and contributing to the region’s forward movement where sport is concerned.”The 2019 Hero CPL runs 4 September to 12 October this year. To sign up to be a volunteer in any of the six countries in which the tournament will be played, interested persons are invited to apply through the volunteer coordinators in each country. (CPL)  read more

Metso to buy up remaining shares in Chinese crushing and screening firm

first_imgMetso, to support its growth plans in China, has exercised its call option to acquire the remaining 25% of Chinese crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Shaorui Heavy Industries.The Finland-based company originally acquired 75% of Shaorui, which targets the mid-markets with its comminution equipment, back in September 2013. Back then, the company said the acquisition forms a good platform for future growth in terms of obtaining a leading crushing and screening market position by combining Metso’s current premium product offering with Shaorui’s experience in mid-market products.“Shaorui business is growing and our expectations are positive,” Markku Simula, President of the Aggregates Equipment business area at Metso, said. “Today, they are one of the leading mid-market crushing and screening equipment producers in China, and full ownership provides us an opportunity to broaden our scope in terms of new markets and offering.”The transaction is expected to be completed during the December quarter. After the transaction, Metso will become the sole owner of the company with 100% of its shares.last_img read more

Saga of Greeces debt crises spans two centuries

first_imgA recent paper presented by Carmen M. Reinhart of Harvard University and Christoph Trebesch of the University of Munich focuses on the telling similarities between the current Greek debt crisis and three former instances of state bankruptcy in the country’s modern history. Presented in mid-September at the Brookings Institution in the United States, the paper by the two economists argues that the present crisis, like the others that came before it, are essentially crises of foreign indebtedness and not simply of fiscal derailment. A common characteristic shared by the four defaults in Greece’s modern history (in 1826, 1893, 1932 and 2012), according to the paper, titled ‘The Pitfalls of External Dependence: Greece 1829-2015’, is that they followed a period of increased dependence on external financing. This overborrowing eventually led to a loss of trust among private investors and to the involvement of foreign governments, which bailed out private investors by bailing out Greece. In every case, this involvement entailed mounting interference by official creditors in Greek fiscal affairs policy, and each time the country was shut out of international markets for years (the briefest period was nine years, from 1893 to 1902). The lessons from these past experiences led the authors to conclude that the only solution to the Greek crisis lies in a ‘haircut’ of its sovereign debt. As they acknowledge, their analysis goes against the grain of recent calls for a break in the ‘deadly embrace’ between the government and domestic banks: “Bank portfolios were almost entirely domestic from 1945 to 1980, the period in history with fewest banking and debt crises … Also the most prosperous and financially stable period in Greek history, between the 1950s and 2000, was a period with heavy home bias and a comparatively low share of external debt.”A significant detail in the analysis regards the definition of external debt.According to Reinhart and Trebesch, the concept of external debt was once limited to instances of debt issued under foreign law, in a foreign currency and held by foreigners. In Greece’s case, “what is domestic in terms of currency and governing law need not be domestic if we look at who holds the debt”. When external debt swells to unmanageable levels, governments have only limited possibilities to push for a rapid restructuring, the study reminds us. The overindebted nation has no regulatory influence on the holders of the debt and is also unable to use inflation as a means of relieving the real burden of the debt. Furthermore, the holders of external debt, in contrast to domestic bondholders, do not feel as compelled to find a solution. As the writers note, both in the case of Latin America in the 1980s and in that of Greece, while the bankrupt countries sank deeper into recession, the economies of their main creditors (the USA then and Germany today) were experiencing robust growth.Causes of dependenceThe study showcases certain features that paint a portrait of a developed economy different from others. Greece’s current account balance, the authors note, was negative in 93 per cent of the years between 1946 and 2014, compared with a 56 per cent average among 19 other developed nations. Part of the explanation is that domestic savings remained comparatively low throughout this period. As the authors note, it is well known – though “difficult to quantify” – that this weakness in savings is in part because “much of Greek wealth is held abroad”: “It is a more or less chronic form of capital flight that intensifies in bad times but is usually present,” they argue.Another cause of near-constant current account deficits they put forward is the large number of grants Greece received over the course of recent decades, the most notable of which are the Marshall Plan and European Union funds.But even in the explosion of external borrowing during the eurozone’s years of innocence, Greece led the way. The percentage of Greek bonds in the hands of domestic investors dropped from 75 per cent of the total in 1998 to around 30 per cent a decade later, just before the crisis erupted. As the study notes, dependence on foreign funds also rose during this period in other nations on the euro periphery, such as Italy, Spain and Portugal – but not to the extent that it did in Greece.Revolution loansReinhart and Trebesch’s historical narrative shows that the first period of over-indebtedness began with loans issued in London in 1824-5 to finance the Greek War of Independence against Ottoman rule. Greece became saddled with a debt that by 1833 had grown to 120 per cent of GDP as the terms were impossible to meet. Default – on the 1.3 million pounds sterling received out of a total agreed amount of 2.8 million – came in 1826, under the weight of constantly burgeoning military expenses. In other words, the emerging nation-state managed to overborrow and go bankrupt even before it gained independence.In 1833, as King Otto assumed the throne, Britain, France and Russia agreed to the first Greek bailout by guaranteeing a loan of 60 million French francs (2.4 million pounds) from private investors, with the entirety of Greek state revenues serving as collateral. The strict austerity measures Otto imposed in the early 1840s under pressure from Greece’s official lenders (including military threats from Great Britain) were crucial to the Movement of September 3 against him. Kostas Kostis, a professor of economic and social history at the University of Athens, explains that among the cutbacks made by Otto in order to service the debt, was “a force of 3,500 Bavarian soldiers, whom he paid campaign salaries, and who constituted his personal guard”. Their departure paved the way for the uprising against the king. Greece eventually gained access to the capital markets in 1879, following an agreement for a write-down of the original loans which came after years of negotiations on overdue interest, which had grown well beyond the amount of the loan principal.The agreement unleashed another period of frenzied borrowing. Greece, Reinhart and Trebesch tell us, managed to borrow more than 100 per cent of its GDP in just a few years – part of which was to service the 1878 agreement. In the early 1890s, a combination of budget deficits, an international recession and the collapse of currant exports due to tariffs imposed by France, Germany and Russia, led to a loss of trust in the markets. The drachma exchange rate dropped precipitously and the external debt could no longer be serviced, leading to the bankruptcy of 1893.Greece remained in a state of default for five years. After its crushing military defeat at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in 1897, the foreign powers (France, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary) again intervened and imposed a painful deal on the country. In accordance with its terms, there would be no haircut on the nominal value of Greek debt, while the claims of the first three powers from the bailout loan of 1833 were reactivated. Greece continued to service these until the default of 1932.SupervisionThe 1898 memorandum came with a loan guaranteed by the same powers (France, Great Britain, Russia), which Athens was to use to pay war reparations to Turkey and to service the restructured debts to its private creditors. The loan was worth 6 million pounds, or 26.8 per cent of Greek GDP that year. As part of the agreement, however, Greece had to submit to strict supervision from the International Financial Commission, which had almost complete control over fiscal policy. Germany was the main proponent of the idea, with the Brookings paper’s authors suggesting as the reason that many of the foreign bondholders were German. Kostis, however, places great emphasis on Berlin’s effort to ingratiate itself with the Ottomans by taking a tough stance toward Greece.The bankruptcy of 1932 is directly linked to the Great Depression, which broke out in the US in 1929 and spread to the global economy. After three years of dropping state revenues, significant increases in inflation, constantly shrinking exports and dwindling foreign exchange reserves, in April 1932 Greece left the gold standard. As a result of this ‘Grexit’, the drachma lost 50 per cent of its value and, automatically, the burden of external debt doubled, leading to another Greek default.The country, however, had been locked out for a significant period before the 1929 crash. It had emerged from a decade of wars (1912-22) deeply in debt and having to face the challenge of absorbing some 1.5 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Beyond the loans received from the allies during World War I, Greece was the beneficiary of funding under the auspices of the League of Nations, in 1923 and 1928. These loans, too, were accompanied by an adjustment program. During that same period, and until the Nazi occupation in 1941, the International Financial Commission continued to exercise tight control over the country’s fiscal policy. After several temporary agreements with creditors, the occupation and the civil war, negotiations on the debt of 1932 finally concluded in 1964, a year after Greece had regained market access.Most ‘sinful’There are two key questions that emerge from Reinhart and Trebesch’s study: The first is about the nature of the current Greek crisis and what needs to be done so that the country does not find itself in such a predicament in the future. The second touches on the core of the debate regarding whether successive Greek governments are to blame for the 2009-10 collapse or whether the onus lies with international banks and Greece’s official creditors. As far as the first issue is concerned, the study presented at the Brookings Institution adopts the line of economists such as Daniel Gros and Hans-Werner Sinn, who see Greece’s dependence on foreign capital as the main cause of its fiscal collapse. However, this raises the question: If, in order to avoid overborrowing, Greece needs to depend on domestic funds, doesn’t this strengthen the ‘deadly embrace’ between government and banks, which has been such a major factor in the spread of the crisis?“The only alternative is domestic savings,” Gros tells Kathimerini. “These savings do not have to transit via banks. It could be corporate sector savings or even, heaven forbid, government savings. Unless Greece gets its savings rate up to over 20 per cent it will never be able to grow in a sustainable way. Banks are leveraged institutions. They thus magnify either strength or weakness. But banks do not create the ‘original sin’, which in the case of Greece is insufficient savings – and was so long before the euro.”Gikas Hardouvelis, a professor of economics at the University of Piraeus and a former finance minister, says that the low level of savings in the past few decades “reflects the surge in consumption, which to a great degree concerned imported goods. In order to fund this consumption you need inflows from abroad, leading to the big current account deficits recorded in Greece before the crisis.”The Brookings study argues that to a significant extent, it was the unyielding stance of Greece’s foreign creditors over the past two centuries that was responsible for the length and toll of its bankruptcies. However, despite the similarities, today’s crisis is different in one key respect: The borrowing in the previous cases was predominantly a matter of necessity (to fund a revolution, build an army and infrastructure, manage refugee inflows from Asia Minor). In the 1981-2009 period, and particularly since Greece’s entry into the eurozone, the deficits were bankrolling consumption. “From a Greek point of view, today’s bankruptcy is the most ‘sinful’ of all,” stresses Hardouvelis.For Kostis, the recurring pattern is not so much the overly harsh treatment of Greece by its official creditors, but rather the “perennial failure of the Greek political system to deal with problems in the economy in a timely fashion, or to manage the situation when conditions become most dire”. The foreigners therefore, the academic argues, “not out of magnanimity but in order to protect their interests, emerge as forces modernising the Greek state after every bankruptcy”.Kostis mentions the founding of the Bank of Greece in 1928, under pressure from Greece’s foreign creditors and particularly the British, despite intense reactions from the domestic political system. He argues that the creation of the central bank was part of the British strategy for regaining economic superiority by linking the drachma to the pound in the framework of the gold standard, with the Bank of Greece acting as the guarantor of monetary stability. For Greek politicians, however, who had become accustomed to using the government’s cash reserves to issue loans through the National Bank of Greece, the idea of a central bank was highly problematic.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Wenger backs Henry to have a successful managerial career

first_imgThierry Henry has the required “qualities” to become an outstanding manager, says his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.The Arsenal and France legend’s spell in charge of boyhood club AS Monaco came to an early end in January after just three months in charge.At the time of Henry’s appointment, Monaco were down in 18th-place in Ligue 1 with just one win in nine games and turned to their former player in a desperate bid to turn things around.But Henry fared no better than his predecessor Leonardo Jardim with 11 defeats and five wins in his 20 games in charge of Les Monégasques before being fired in January. Monaco then controversially reappointed Jardim.Meanwhile, Henry’s former team-mate Patrick Vieira has got off to a much smoother start in his managerial career with OGC Nice currently up in eighth-place in Ligue 1.But Wenger is certain that Henry will be a success in football management just like Vieira is set to be.“Both have the qualities to be outstanding managers,” said Wenger, according to Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If you arrive in October, and the team is in a very bad position, you have three months. Because in January everybody starts to become nervous that things could go very badly.“You have less time when you arrive in the middle of the season. That is what happened to Thierry.“How he bounces back will be very important. I think he has the quality and desire to make a career, and a career is judged on the longer period.”“I started my job [with Nancy] at 33 years of age, I had very promising people around me, and many of them disappeared while some survived. Why? You need luck and to work hard.“It’s always very difficult to predict a career of a manager. It depends on the quality of the players and the confidence we get. But both have the qualities and I wish they make it a great career.“It’s very good for me to see that players I had continue to share our game with people and develop young players.”Thierry HenryMONACO – NOVEMBER 06: Thierry Henry, Manager of Monaco applauds fans following his team’s defeat in the the Group A match of the UEFA Champions League between AS Monaco and Club Brugge at Stade Louis II on November 6, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)last_img read more

Hialeah Police motorman injured in crash on I95

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – All lanes were blocked on I-95 going southbound near Northwest 119th Street due to a Hialeah Police motorman-involved crash.Troopers blocked the HOV lanes as fire rescue and police department officials arrived to the scene, where a motorcycle was seen on its side.According to police, at around 11:45 a.m., the Hialeah Police motorman was involved in an accident that left the officer with injuries severe enough to require air transport via helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital.The police officer is expected to be OK.Officials temporarily closed both the northbound and southbound lanes. However, shortly after, they opened up all of the lanes.The southbound lanes were backed up at least to 151st Street, causing heavy delays.last_img read more

YK Delta Residents Struggle To Put Up Fish

first_imgArvin Dull, of Bethel, with his drying salmon at his fish camp in Oscarville Slough. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel)Fish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.Download AudioIyana Dull prepares to visit fish camps downriver from Bethel.“We’re heading down river to the village of Napaskiak. And they rely heavily on the salmon and hopefully they’re getting their needs met. And that’s what we’re gonna go find out,” said Iyana Dull.The 28-year-old Alaska Native is a fisheries technician for Bethel’s tribe, ONC. He asks people about their subsistence needs and run timings are for kings, chums and sockeye salmon.The information Dull gathers is reported to the Kuskokwim Salmon Working Group, which is helping federal and state biologists manage the fishery. This year, they say surveys are hard to get because people are angry about restrictions. Many won’t talk with them. Just outside Napaskiak, at a simple camp with alder drying racks, elder Sophie Jenkins agrees to take a survey. She says restrictions are traumatizing.“I looked up genocide and it says like this – people make policies and where people have no say with the law, with the policies and rules and regulations. (Daysha: And how does that make you feel?) I’m very familiar with oppression and you know trauma and that’s how I feel right now,” said Jenkins.After 2013 showed the weakest King salmon run on record managers of the Kuskokwim River fishery are not allowing directed king salmon fishing. That means the 8-inch mesh nets, that were introduced by the commercial fishery in the 50s and 60’s, and have become commonplace in YK Delta households, have been banned completely.Instead fishers have been limited to short, 4-inch mesh set nets. They’re much less productive and many fishermen don’t own them. Some say purchasing the net is too expensive.Now, it’s late in the fishing season and managers have been allowing short openings with 6-inch gear for chum and sockeye salmon.Jenkins, ordered the six-inch net, but she says she could not find one in Alaska. They were sold out, so she ordered one from a company in Tennessee.“And I’m still waiting. It’s been a week and I know there was fishing yesterday and I was so depressed. I don’t have anything hanging,” said Jenkins.Residents along the Kuskokwim say the restrictions have created haves and have-nots. In nearby Oscarville Slough, Arvin Dull, the uncle of the fisheries technician is having better luck. His fish rack and smoke house are full of glistening red salmon. A former bank manager from Bethel, Dull had the cash to buy the net required this year.And a lot of people don’t have jobs and were unable to buy the nets. Some people can’t even afford a sixty-foot white fish net. (Daysha: How much does that cost?) About $300 dollars, said Arvin Dull.His nephew says he sees why people are upset, but he also worries about extinction.“They’d like to open the big king, king net gear so they can target more kings and get more kings on the rack. You know, they’re so used to seeing the fish return that they think no matter how hard they fish that they’ll always come back but that’s not true,” said Iyana Dull.At the time this story was filed, Elder Sophie Jenkins was still waiting for her net to arrive. If it comes in time she says she hopes to get some fish on her rack. She says getting chum and reds is good, but they miss their kings.last_img read more

AL men behind 21 Aug grenade attack alleges Rizvi

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Thursday alleged that the 21-August grenade attack on Awami League president Sheikh Hasina’s rally in 2004 was carried by the party itself to put the then Khaleda Zia-led government in trouble.Speaking at a prayer session, he also alleged that law enforcers are issuing various threats against those speaking in favour of the Supreme Court’s verdict that annulled the 16th amendment to the constitution.”Awami League was asked to hold the rally at Muktangan. Why did you hold it in front of your party office? There’s something fishy… the bomb went off, but she [Hasina] remained safe,” said the BNP leader.He further said, “We can say your party men did it to embarrass the then BNP-led government and enhance people’s sympathy for you.”Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal arranged the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office seeking the early recovery of party chairperson Khaleda Zia who underwent a surgery in her right eye in London recently.On 21 August 2004, 24 leaders and activists of Awami League and its associate bodies were killed as at least 13 grenades were thrown from the rooftops of a nearby building soon after Sheikh Hasina had finished her speech at the rally.Hasina narrowly escaped the attack, but she had lost her hearing ability due to the impact of the repeated grenade blasts near the truck-dais of the huge public rally.Describing the incident as planned one by Awami league, Rizvi said it was executed by the party’s well-wishers.He said the main target behind the incident was to dent the image of BNP, Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman. “Their evil design exposed as the party soon after assuming power implicated Tarique Rahman with the case through a supplementary charge-sheet.”The BNP leader said similar attacks are taken place at different parts of the country, but no one is blaming the government for those. “We can now say Awami League is involved in Pilkhana BDR carnage as it took place soon after the party came to power.”About the 16th amendment verdict, he said the government let loose its different forces against those who are talking in favour of the verdict. “And these forces are giving them threats.”last_img read more

Isnt Bachchu liable for BASIC Bank scam

first_imgAbdul Hye BachchuThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lacks neutrality, transparency, and aptness in the BASIC Bank loan scam cases, says the High Court.“Convicts of financial irregularity cases are arrested in a ‘pick and choose’ manner. The commission’s neutrality is in question for this behaviour. You must prove your neutrality,” the court told the ACC lawyer on Wednesday.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Shahidul Karim came up with the observations during a bail petition hearing in connection with the BASIC Bank loan scam cases. Former general manager of the internal credit division of BASIC Bank, Md. Selim, sought bail in the case.The court also raised question as to why Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu, ex-chairman of BASIC Bank, was excluded from the charge-sheet.Shahdeen Malik and M Manzur Alam moved for Md. Selim while Khurshid Alam Khan and AKM Fazlul Haque represented the ACC during the hearing.The court also asked about the role of the bank’s board of directors. It questioned how the board could approve the loan without any recommendation or report from the central bank’s Credit Information Bureau. No board member is named in the charge-sheet.In reply to this, Khurshid Alam said one name had been there.The court asked whether the borrowers or beneficiaries had been arrested. The ACC lawyer said he could confirm this if given some time. The court said, “It’s unfair that you extend the period so many times”.Khurshid explained, “We are short of manpower. A total of 48 cases have been filed in connection with the scam. Among these 5 are in the charge-sheet approval process. Several could not be arrested due to a secrecy leakage. One officer is charged with 150 cases.”The court replied, “If manpower is short you should take 10 cases at one time. It’s highly unacceptable that you file 100 cases at once and take endless time to solve them. How many are arrested in this case?” Khurshid confirmed it to be 5.The court commented, “Some are in prison while some are at large. You are in a ‘pick and choose’ mode.”In an answer to the court’s question on the progress of the case, Khurshid said, “The investigation is nearly at an end.” The court rejected this as a ‘vague term’.The ACC lawyer said investigations in 48 of 56 cases are at an end. The case of Abdul Hye Bachchu is yet to be addressed due to the absence of two ex-board members.The court exclaimed, “They escaped because you have been delaying for two years. Will they sit idly with the money?”At this stage of the hearing, the court said, “The board members should have been included in the charge-sheet.” Khurshid Alam clarified, “The former MD (managing director) and board member, Fakhrul Alam, had been named there. Other names will come as soon as the charge sheet is submitted.”The court questioned, “Thousands of crores of Taka were drained from the BASIC Bank. Didn’t the ex-chairman (Abdul Hye Bachchu) have any responsibility? He is not even mentioned in the charge-sheet.”Khurshid Alam explained, referring to the comments of the court during an observation in the case of ex-deputy managing director Shipar Ahmed, “ACC took Shipar Ahmed’s statement into consideration, and it never takes the court’s order lightly. The period of six months is still not finished. A little more time will do.”The court then replied, “If the ACC prioritised the High Court’s observation it would arrest the suspects next day. It would ask the investigating officer to arrest immediately. Why would the suspects wait around with such a sum of money? ACC lacks transparency, neutrality, and aptness in dealing with such a large scale scam at BASIC Bank.”The court added, “It is not a clueless, anonymous case requiring such a long time to be solved. It is clearly a crime: nothing is privy here. BASIC Bank was waiting just to sanction the loan. A request came in the morning and by afternoon it was approved. A man has been suffering for two years for this.”Khurshid Alam Khan said the bail-petitioners were suffering for their own actions. If they had disapproved the loan then Abdul Hye Bachchu and Fazlul Sobhan wouldn’t have had the courage.”Selim petitioned the court for bail in seven other cases filed in the loan scam. After the primary hearing the HC questioned the bail. The court then approved Selim’s bail in three cases after a hearing on the rules. Other hearings may be on next week.At the beginning of the hearing Selim’s lawyers said, “Generally a loan proposal committee comprises of 10 to 15 members; Selim was one among them.” Presenting the proceedings of the loan review committee, the petitioner’s lawyer said, “The loan review committee reviewed the weaknesses of the loan proposal and didn’t recommend its granting. Despite that the board approved the loan. So the liability isn’t Selim’s and therefore the criminal accusation is baseless.” Selim has been in prison for 2 years since January, 2016.The ACC advocate, Khurshid Alam, accused Md. Selim again, “Selim had been a member of the loan review committee. It was his duty to discard the loan proposal and express his disapproval. He had to check the documents/information following the credit policy and Bangladesh Bank rules. Instead, he forwarded it to higher authorities.” He added, “Loan scamming is a link-chain job.  It’s not a single handed task. The allegation is clear and the accusation is primarily verified.”The ACC filed 56 cases on 21, 22 and 23 September in 2015 in the BASIC Bank loan scam, alleging irregularities and corruption of about Tk 45 billion. More than a hundred are accused in the cases, including former managing director of BASIC Bank, Kazi Fakhrul Islam.last_img read more

Weeklong Madhu Mela to begin in Jessore Saturday

first_imgMicheal Madhusudan DuttA weeklong ‘Madhu Mela’, to mark the 194th birth anniversary of great poet and originator of Bangla sonnets Michael Madhusudan Dutt, will begin at Sagordari in Keshabpur Upazila of Jessore district on Saturday.Different cultural organisations in association with the cultural affair ministry, district and upazila administration have chalked out programmes on the occasion, reports BSS.The programmes include circus, sports competition, seminar on Madhusudan’s life and works and cultural functions during the fair.The Mela (fair) will continue till 26 January.Local government, rural development and co-operatives minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain will inaugurate the fair as the chief guest.A total of 200 stalls have already been set up on the fair venue.Michael Madhusudan Dutt was born in a zamindar family at Sagardari on 25 January 1824, to Rajnarayan Dutt and Jhannabi Devi.He passed away at Kolkata General Hospital on 29 June 1873, only three days after his wife Henrietta breathed her last. The poet was buried at Park Street in Kolkata.last_img read more

Health dept issues alert to all staterun medical colleges to tackle crisis

first_imgKolkata: The collapse of Majerhat Bridge has prompted the state Health department to issue an alert to all the state-run medical colleges in the city, asking them to put in place adequate arrangements to tackle the crisis.SSKM Hospital, where most of the injured persons were taken to, has been asked to keep adequate arrangements of beds. An additional cabin has been thrown open just beside the emergency ward of the hospital to handle the extra rush of injured victims. Special arrangements have been made at the emergency ward and around 50 more stretchers have been brought in. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFollowing the Chief Minister’s instruction, minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya rushed to SSKM Hospital along with the senior officials of her department, to monitor the situation. Bhattacharya instructed the senior officials of the hospital to ensure immediate attention to all the injured victims. The Health department also asked the hospital authorities to keep all the department heads ready during the crisis. According to the hospital sources, 15 persons have been undergoing treatment at SSKM Hospital, while two of them are stated to be in critical condition. One victim has succumbed to his injuries in the hospital in the evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHospital authorities had faced difficulties in informing the family members of some of the injured victims, who did not have mobile phones with them. There was a rush at the X-Ray and CT Scan rooms of the hospital following the incident, as most of the victims have suffered limb injuries, while some have head and spine injuries. An extra ITU has been made operational to provide treatment to the patients who have suffered serious injuries. It has been learnt that there were also some elderly persons among the injured who were brought to the hospital. The hospital authorities are yet to give a detailed account of the injured victims. An information centre has been made operational in the hospital to disseminate information about the injured patients. Many of the family members of the victims and curious onlookers gathered inside the hospital campus on Tuesday evening. According to a senior official of the Health department, some more injured persons are undergoing treatment at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital and a private hospital in Ekbalpore. The names of the injured persons in these hospitals are yet to be confirmed. Dr Pradip Mitra, director of medical education (DME), said all the injured victims have been given immediate attention at SSKM Hospital.last_img read more

Five LowCost Tools for Fast Cash Transfers

first_imgMarch 12, 2012 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Oh, the joy of moving money electronically. Banks wire funds but charge 20-plus dollars for the privilege. Credit card companies can move money virtually–but they take a healthy percentage of every dime they touch. Web-based tools like PayPal let you deposit and withdraw money–but there can be a three-day wait for the funds to clear.But a new day in e-funding is upon us. Automated Clearing House, aka the ACH Network–the basic fabric that all banks, credit card firms and even the Federal Reserve use to move money–has started to attract progressive startups and services that could knock some of the pain out of moving money around.”Whoever solves the ACH Network problem first is going to create a very disruptive day in the payments world,” says Ben Milne, CEO of Dwolla, a cash-based payment network in Des Moines, Iowa.Here’s the inside scoop on five firms that could change the way you pay.doxo Seattle-based doxo (Jeff Bezos is an investor) is an online payments service disguised as a file-storage firm: Store all your bills, banking info and vendor information and poof, doxo can pay ’em, with nary a check in sight. CEO Steve Shivers would not disclose specific fees for the service, other than to say it runs about one-third of the cost of electronic funds transfers.DwollaThis socially oriented funds-transfer tool requires users to preregister, identify and confirm a transfer before funds move. Yes, it’s a hassle. But the payoff (or, rather, low payout) makes it worth your while: Dwolla moves funds electronically for as little as a quarter. No, not a quarter of the payment–just 25 cents.PayNearMeYou can print your concert or movie tickets at home, so why not cash? Mountain View, Calif.-based PayNearMe lets you do just that, sort of. The shop has a deal with 6,300 7-Eleven stores that makes it possible for users to swap a home-printed funds-transfer receipt for greenbacks. Rates vary, but the company says they are in line with current banking exchange costs. This won’t be the cheapest way to get your dough, but it’s the most flexible.Intuit PaymentNetworkPaymentNetwork is the e-money giant’s attempt to stay relevant in the low-cost funds-transfer game. And Intuit is not messing around. Not only is the company moving money for 50 cents per transfer, but funds under $5,000 can clear in one business day. PopmoneyNew York-based Popmoney would be just another mobile funds-transfer firm–the tool moves cash to any e-mail address or mobile phone–save for one thing: It has deals with Citibank, PNC and many other first-line banks. Which means you can test the fast-funds-transfer waters from the security of a traditional bank account.  This story appears in the March 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Paxeramed Demonstrates PatientCentric Image Sharing Platform at RSNA 2017

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Related Content News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Mobile Devices | November 22, 2017 Paxeramed Demonstrates Patient-Centric Image Sharing Platform at RSNA 2017 CareRad platform allows secure image sharing to patients and providers via a native app with one-click functionality November 22, 2017 — Paxeramed will showcase its patient-centric imaging exchange, CareRad, at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America annual meeting (RSNA 2017), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago. The platform enables healthcare facilities to securely distribute medical images and reports to patients via a native app through a one-click image-sharing functionality.The solution allows facilities to replace high-cost CD/DVDs burners with a more secure image sharing platform, streamline administrative tasks and increase patient satisfaction. CareRad utilizes the highest security measures, according to the company, and is designed to integrate with any picture archiving and communication system (PACS).The app benefits patients by streamlining on-demand access to their health data anywhere, anytime. Patients can also consolidate all of their medical imaging into a single, HIPAA-compliant, patient-friendly format, supporting better collaboration with care providers.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Costa Rican government approves greenstick licenses for commercial charter fishing fleets

first_imgWhen it comes to fishing regulations, changes in Costa Rica are usually slow and deliberate. The government typically requires extensive technical and scientific support before it considers adding or changing fishing laws or agreements. The studies are also usually conducted in Costa Rica territorial waters.Greenstick fishing, or palo verde as it is known in Spanish, is not a new technique. It has been used successfully for years in Japan and the United States in commercial and sport tuna fishing. The setup, with a tall single center outrigger trailing surface baits behind the boat’s stern, is an effective way to harvest tuna without almost any bycatch.Studies on local greenstick fishing were directed by fisheries biologist Moises Mug of the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP), a Costa Rican sport fishing advocacy group; the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA), the government agency in charge of fisheries; and the National Training Institute (INA), the government institution for vocational training including the preparation of students to work in the fishing industry.This joint project on greenstick fishing began in late 2016 with the goal of offering an alternative method for tuna capture by the national fleet, while reducing bycatch at the same time. Last Month, Mug was appointed to head INCOPESCA by new Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado.The required criteria for greenstick fishing were submitted to the government by FECOP in December 2017, approved this past March, and recently published in La Gaceta, the official government daily. Commercially, only yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, skipjack tuna, swordfish and dorado (dolphinfish) can be harvested using the greenstick method; all other species must be released alive. People from Fecop with a tuna fish. Courtesy of Johnny Aguilar“The possibility is approved that, for a period of 12 months from the publication of this Agreement, any interested party that holds a longline fishing license, whether commercial or medium-scale commercial fishing, may request that INCOPESCA add to their vessel the Green Stick [method]; or completely change the traditional longline for… Green Stick,” the agreements states. “The interested parties must comply with all the requirements established by INCOPESCA for this purpose.” “These boats will be authorized to carry up to six lures with lines attached to the rod and reel or winch. In no case shall INCOPESCA allow a boat that uses the Green Stick to carry and use other fishing gear in the same boat, except for the traditional longline and the hand rod [rod and reel]. In cases in which INCOPESCA serves as certifier that the catches have been made using Green Stick on a vessel that also has traditional fishing gear, the Institute should require that the vessel carry an observer on board or a technological device that guarantees the traceability of the product. In this case, when the longline vessel has an observer on board, catches of non-target species made with Green Stick should be released alive in the best possible condition.”Recreational fishing in Costa Rica is divided into two categories: sport fishing and tourist fishing, for those who hire for charter. The new agreement allows boats with tourist fishing licenses to fish green sticks, but not boats with regular sport fishing licenses. The charter boats are allowed to pull three lures at a time attached to rod and reel. No type of winch is allowed.Changes to better protect Costa Rica’s marine resources are slow to come, and this one regulating greenstick fishing will need to be fine-tuned. But the country also recently joined Global Fishing Watch to combat illegal fishing, and the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court upheld the ban on shrimp trawling for the second time, outlawing the practice. So FECOP and concerned citizens are hopeful the country will continue in this positive direction.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full time to marine conservation. Contact him at Facebook Comments Related posts:A conversation with new fisheries head Moises Mug Reader not fond of ‘torturing fish’ — but sportfishing isn’t the problem Sport fishing in Costa Rica: where to go, what you’ll find Don’t pass on a chance of a fish to crow aboutlast_img read more

Peru ranks 7th in Travel Tourism Competitiveness Index among Latin American countries

first_imgAs per the latest Travel & Tourism (T&T) Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum, Peru is amongst the ten most competitive Latin American countries in the travel and tourism sector. The top ten nations are Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Barbados and Colombia.Peru has been ranked seventh out of 18 countries in this group and reached the 51st position in the global rankings, rising seven places from the 2015 report (58th).The majority of the countries in the region, according to the WEF document, rely on rich natural resources and good hospitality (tourism service infrastructure) to appeal to tourists and they tend to be internationally open.The Americas are the macro-region with the second most improved TTCI performance at the aggregate level, just behind Asia-Pacific.The overall Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017 is topped by Spain, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.Mexico (22nd) is the most visited country in the region attracting over 32 million foreign visitors a year.last_img read more

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff only made

first_img Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff only made one bad decision Sunday: He threw toward Patrick Peterson.The Arizona Cardinals cornerback intercepted a pass as the defense finally got a stop against the surging Rams in the third quarter.The drive began with a 57-yard bomb from Goff to receiver Brandin Cooks, who had beat Jamar Taylor deep. The Rams jumped from their 21-yard line to Arizona’s 22 in one play. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   It looked like the Rams were going to extend their 19-0 lead.But the next time Goff targeted Cooks, Peterson was there. He intercepted it at the two-yard line, getting his feet down just before falling out of bounds.PICKED!!@P2 with the snag.— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 16, 2018It was his first interception of 2018, which matches his 2017 total.On the ensuing Cardinals drive, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also reminded the Rams of his presence. He made a diving catch on third-and-five to push Arizona off their own goal line and make a little progress down the field.Related LinksRapid Reactions: Cardinals get shut out by Rams in Week 2Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks on loss: ‘Everybody will be evaluated’Tale of two quarterbacks: Cards’ Bradford outplayed by Rams’ GoffCardinals looking for answers on offense after loss to RamsIt couldn’t spark a drive, though, as the Cardinals punted yet again.Arizona lost 34-0 to the Rams. – / 19 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways has anno

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterQatar Airways has announced that it will uprade its Doha–Guangzhou service with the introduction of its flagship Airbus A380 on the route. Guangzhou will be Qatar Airways fourth A380 destination, after London, Paris and Bangkok.Daily flights on board the world’s largest commercial aircraft will begin 1 July 2016 from Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Passengers travelling to and from Guangzhou on Qatar Airways QR874 and QR875 will enjoy a unique and enhanced travel experience on the airline’s bespoke A380 super-jumbo aircraft.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “This year marks our eighth anniversary of operations in Guangzhou and we are delighted to celebrate this milestone by introducing our bespoke A380 aircraft, reaffirming our long-standing commitment to China. The Pearl River Delta region is one of China’s most vibrant trade and travel hubs and we have witnessed steady passenger growth both to and from Guangzhou over the years. Passengers from Asia can now enjoy their entire journey on our luxurious A380 aircraft when they fly to popular cities such as London and Paris via our state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.”The A380 provides outstanding levels of comfort and reliability using state-of-the-art technology and sets new benchmarks for all the key qualities related to a passenger’s well-being while on board. Wider seats, lower noise levels, draught-free air circulation, and accurate temperature control are among the many advancements on the A380 that keep passengers feeling fresh and comfortable during a long flight.The 517-seat aircraft is spread across twin decks in a tri-class configuration of eight seats in First Class, 48 seats in Business Class and 461 in Economy Class. Seats in each cabin class are proprietary to Qatar Airways and have been crafted in close collaboration with the designers and manufacturers.The First Class cabin features eight exclusive suites on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat features a 90-inch pitch with a fully lie-flat bed, 26-inch HD in flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access. The First Class cabin also offers features such as spa-inspired bathrooms with luxurious amenities to ensure passengers enjoy a comfortable and leisurely flight.Qatar Airways’ acclaimed Business Class cabin on the A380 features 48 seats on the upper deck in a 1-2-1 configuration, with an 80-inch full flat bed, 17-inch HD in flight entertainment screen and direct aisle access. The upper deck also features a spacious in flight lounge offering First and Business Class passengers an escape from the typical airplane environment, a Qatar Airways experience that is unique to the A380. In addition, First and Business Class passengers can look forward to a sumptuous on-demand à la carte service menu and luxurious Giorgio Armani amenity kits when flying with Qatar Airways.The two Economy Class cabins on the spacious Qatar Airways A380 can be found on the upper deck in a 2-4-2 configuration and on the main deck in a 3-4-3 configuration. Each Economy Class seat is 18.5-inch wide with a 32-inch seat pitch. Coupled with the higher ceilings on the main deck and a configuration that uses fewer seats, the in flight environment contributes to a real feeling of spaciousness when on board the A380 super-jumbo.Travellers can indulge in luxury and spacious extravagance on their way to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair – one of China’s largest import and export trade events – in October for which Qatar Airways is the official airline partner.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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