Students who graduated from the Mineke Foundation over the weekend have lauded the organization for initiating career development programs, including soap and pastry making – with emphasis on business management – that will shape their lives for the better.The students said Mineke has proven to care about women’s empowerment, and they are grateful for their help.“In the time of our struggle, you were a real friend that came to our aid. You stood by us in the time of difficulty and came to our aid when we needed you most,” the graduates said in a joint statement.“We promise to utilize the skills acquired to help us become decision makers in the economy.” The 75 graduates, who were predominantly women, pleaded with the organization to extend its services across the Gardnersville Township to help empower more women.“We know that the organization is having some financial difficulties, but extending its services to grassroots women, who do not have the opportunity to build their economic sustainability, will be of great help,” they said.The graduates completed two programs, three months for soap making and nine months for pastry, aimed at building their capacities for economic participation.The founder of Mineke Foundation, Tonia Dabwe, challenged the women to apply their acquired skills to help their families and the society at large.“We want you to serve as the light for upcoming students and wish you the best in your future endeavors, Dabwe said to the students.She revealed that the graduates were between the ages of 18 and 68, adding that those who never attended school before received theory verbally. These students, she said, aced their exams.Dabwe said that the organization has embarked on soliciting assistance from individuals, businesses and local and international organizations to fund its agriculture projects.“We have planned to reintroduce the agriculture program for our next set of students, but we are fighting to get funding for that project,” she added.The Mineke Foundation was established in 2009 for the socioeconomic development of Dabwe Town and other communities in Liberia.The foundation’s activities include vocational training, entrepreneurship training and business support, kids clubs established to provide after-school activities for children, and a women’s club, which addresses issues of gender based violence, women’s rights and health among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
They may appear less evolved to Darwinians, but some lizards are world champions.World’s Fastest Tongue: According to National Geographic, the chameleon sports the world’s fastest tongue. The “remarkable performance” of these “motor mouths” astonished the researchers who watched a chameleon nab an insect, using a high-speed camera shooting 3,000 frames per second. This sluggish-looking lizard has the highest acceleration and power of all the amniotes, a group that includes reptiles, birds and mammals.The results showed that not only did the smaller chameleons perform just as well as their larger counterparts, but in many cases their tongues were actually faster and stronger.For instance, the tongue of Rhampholeon spinosus, an endangered chameleon from Tanzania and the smallest in the experiment, produced a peak acceleration 264 times greater than the acceleration due to gravity. If it were a car, the chameleon’s tongue could accelerate from 0 to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 1/100th of a second.Science Magazine shows a video of chameleons extending their tongues up to twice their body length. Scientists calculate the power output of the tongue at 14,000 watts per kilogram—the highest power output for any terrestrial vertebrate, including cheetahs and pronghorns. But does anyone really need the evolutionary gloss? Is the smaller guy more fit “because small chameleons have evolved larger tongues relative to their body size, handy since they also need to consume proportionally more food to survive”? Live Science quotes an evolutionist opining, “It’s an example of morphological evolution being driven by metabolic constraints.” Then why didn’t horned lizards and snakes get this ability? The evolutionist offered a just-so story without any evidence.Learning Lizards: Monitor lizards called goannas in Australia have been trained not to eat poisonous cane toads, an invasive species that threatens their numbers. The BBC News reports, “the study suggests goannas have the ability to learn from experience and retain that knowledge over a long period of time.” They’re not as dumb as they look for primitive tetrapods newly evolved from the sea, as evolutionists would have it.Gecko Tires: The gecko is well known as a biomimetic icon. What’s new in an article on Science Daily is a creative application of the amazing adhesive power of gecko toes: tires with an adjustable grip. “Imagine a new type of tyres whose structure has been designed to have greater adhesion on the road,” this article based on the European Physical Journal begins. Applying the “fakir” principle that allows a man to lie comfortably on a bed of nails, researchers relied on “a model specifically developed to study the contact between a smooth silicon sphere and textured silicon surfaces featuring a pattern of pillars–both in the micrometric range in terms of diameter and height.” This is similar to the effect of the hairs on the gecko’s feet that can either sit lightly on a surface or press down and create adherence using van der Waals forces. “Nature is full of examples of amazing adjustable adhesion power, like the feet of geckos, covered in multiple hairs of decreasing size.”Intelligent design provided all the impetus to this story: the motivation to study these animals, the astonishment at what was found, and the application to human designs. Darwin, be gone.(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
19 July 2007Around 35 000 spectators were treated to a high-scoring clash between an African XI and a World XI at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday night in the “90 Minutes for Mandela” football match celebrating the 89th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela.Perhaps appropriately, in a game honouring a man who broadcasts a message of equality for all, the spoils were shared as the sides played to a 3-3 draw.Although he could not attend the match, Mandela, who met with a number of famous world figures in Johannesburg on the day, recorded a message which was broadcast over the big screen at the ground.‘An extra special birthday’“Today is indeed an extra special birthday for me, as I have been given this wonderful gift of a football match played in my honour,” he said.“This match is more than just a game; it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin.”Mandela had already been kitted out for the match on Tuesday when Brazilian legend Pele, three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o, and Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner presented him with an official jersey to commemorate the contest. It featured Mandela’s name and the number 89 on the back, while the front featured the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids.Blatter’s messageA message from Fifa President Sepp Blatter was also played before the game. He said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to stage this unique match to honour someone who has dedicated his lifetime to the promotion of human rights and democracy, and who has led the endless fight for freedom not only of his people, the South Africans, but of all mankind.”Pele started the match by kicking off with a ball signed by “Madiba”, the name by which Mandela is affectionately known. However, at age 66, Pele didn’t take an active part in the game.Liberian ace George Weah, although not the young and fit star he once was, showed that he still had the skills, and a touch of pace, when in the first minute he left the World XI’s defence for dead and beat goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta with a delicate chip. Unfortunately for Weah, his shot failed to get the better of the upright and he failed to score.First goalIt was the World XI who were first on the scoreboard through Ivan Zamorrano after only six minutes. Emilio Butragueno – “The Vulture” – carved open the African defence with a beautifully weighted through ball. Ruud Gullit, out wide on the right, then centred a perfect cross for Zamorrano to easily beat Andre Arendse with a header.It didn’t take the African XI long to respond. Eto’o, Kalusha Bwalya and Abedi Pele combined before Pele put the finishing touch to a well placed cross from Eto’o.With 30 minutes played, the Africans took the lead through Egypt’s Hossam Hassan, the world record holder with 167 international caps. Tunisian Zoubair Baya set him up, showing fine touch on his pass, and Hassan did the rest, exhibiting the finishing skills that brought him 80 goals for his country.HalftimeThe World XI drew level once more just before the halftime whistle, with Butragueno and Gullit involved again, along with Iran’s Ali Daei. Butragueno and Daei did the setting up and Gullit the finishing to send the teams into the break all square at 2-2.The African XI had the better of the going in the first half, but Spain’s most capped player of all time, goalkeeper Zubizarreta, showed why he had won so many caps, denying Eto’o time after time to keep the World XI in the game.Hassan, though, had found a way through in the first half, and he was in the right place at the right time early in the second half, to put Africa 3-2 in front.The World XI kept pressing for the equaliser and were eventually rewarded when Spain’s Julen Guerrero found the back of the net in the 73rd minute.3-3, and that’s how it ended.Savoured the occasionEto’o savoured the occasion, telling the Fifa website, “I got the opportunity today to realise a dream to be on the same field as Pele – a legend, a giant. And I also got to play next to great players like Ruud Gullit, my great friends and my seniors.“It was also a dream to sit next to Pele, to be able to talk to him, and meet Nelson Mandela with him. You don’t often get the chance to do things like that. It’s really incredible,” Eto’o said.George Weah, too, appreciated the occasion, saying: “To play for Mandela was the greatest thing that could have happened to me. I was here. I was present. I got my souvenir and I am so happy to have been part of the festivities.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 1 CommentMichael Bailey of Marysville has been named vice president, strategic partnerships for Ohio Farm Bureau. In this newly created position, he will develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others. He also will be responsible for the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation; OFBF Development Corporation; member benefits and services; Young Agricultural Professionals, youth and leadership development programs and Farm Bureau events. Bailey has extensive experience in building productive relationships, creating partnerships and attaining shared goals and applied those skills in numerous senior administrative positions within state government. At the Ohio Department of Agriculture, he served as deputy director, executive director of the Livestock Care Standards Board, senior program manager for the marketing division and executive director for the Office of Farmland Preservation. At the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, he was chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and most recently chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft. Bailey is also a major in the United States Army Reserve and is concluding a period of active duty service at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom while serving in Afghanistan, he is currently a military intelligence officer with over 17 years of service. He grew up working on his family’s dairy and grain farm in Union County, which he now owns and farms with his father. Bailey is also a member of the Union County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Jess, are raising their four children on their third-generation farm, and they worship at Marysville Grace Church. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and applied economics and a master’s degree in agricultural, environmental and developmental economics. His addition to the OFBF senior leadership team is part of Executive Vice President Adam Sharp’s actions to realign staff teams and departments around key strategic plan areas of advocacy, membership, communication, financial strength, strategic partnerships and organizational excellence. The process began shortly after Sharp was named OFBF executive vice president in 2016. Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high resolution photo of Mr. Bailey is available to accompany this story. 1 Comment
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Municipal governments overwhelmed with the endless choices for smart city projects need to take a breath and plan ahead.This is the advice from Tormod Larsen, CTO of ExteNet. His Illinois-based company provides mobile connectivity via distributed networks.He says that cities are being confounded the over-abundance of grandiose smart city projects to choose from.“Part of the challenge is the cities basically go out and they want to do everything,” said Larsen. “They want a network that does gunshot detection, they want free Wi-Fi, they want meter reading, they want environmental sensors, they want information screens and they want all these different things and they want it for free.”He says the key is for cities to begin by developing a road map of desired services and then prioritize them as to which will come online earlier and which later.This enables cities to plan out and build network infrastructure that can achieve the long-term smart city vision, even if some components are targeted for years in the future.“If you have the network in place, then you at least have a base to build on,” said Larsen. “If you don’t have a network, then it’s a pipe dream.”“If you’re only focusing on different types of services and don’t take a step back and say ‘ok let me first get the network in place that has the capability of support some of these high priority services’ – and know that’s the backbone, the fundament of making it happen – you have a hard time getting off the ground,” he adds.Changing the mindsetBesides the early infrastructure planning, cities also need to also reconfigure the mindset of city planning departments towards smart city technology. Specifically, he says it is important for municipal officials to focus on agile development and not stick to the old fashioned way of doing things.“Sometimes the biggest obstacles we have to being able to build fiber or attach equipment on a pole or a streetlamp, either for a general service perspective or from a connectivity perspective, is the municipality itself,” said Larsen. “We’re hopeful they start seeing the value and the need in having a connected city or the connectivity of IoT, and that that might change.”“Where we come in today, a lot of municipalities say the only value you bring us is how much you’re willing to pay us…rather than understanding we’re coming in to offer services to the population and the city,” he says. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#ExteNet#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts
Nearly a decade back an aftermarket trend emerged where fatter rear tyres, sporty (at times annoying shrilly) exhausts and pseudo clip-ons were mercilessly slapped onto the Pulsars and CBZs of the time. It didn’t matter if those lower bars were killing the wrists and back, if the neighbours hurled expletives for starting a racket early in the morning or if fuel bills were alarmingly rising because of that fat tyre. Looking cool is all that mattered, the world be damned.ALSO READ:Comparison: Hero Achiever 150cc vs Bajaj Pulsar 150ccHonda Hornet vs Yamaha FZ-S. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) In 2008, Yamaha caught onto this fad, launched the FZ16 and its popularity caught on like wildfire. They not just got the formula right but far exceeded expectations. Giving access to a much bigger and premium-looking motorcycle to the masses, directly borrowing styling cues and even the moniker of their higher capacity bikes. Suddenly, competition was taken aback, R&D teams scurried to the drawing board for a quick revision of their product portfolios. But fact is, for years to come, no one matched Yamaha’s formidable package. Yamaha raised the bar so high that developing brand new products was key.Hornets meter console is the most futuristic looking with the usual readouts. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The only BS4 compliant engine here. The gearbox is sticky and hard making quick clutchless upshifts difficult. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) It’s not surprising that three of the four motorcycles here look so similar. Yamaha had so perfectly captured the market’s demands that Suzuki and Honda only had to benchmark the FZ and better it. TVS weren’t resting on their laurels in all this time. Apart from developing the RTR 200, the original Apache 160 and 180 twins were constantly getting updates but post the introduction of the RTR Apache, TVS resorted to light styling revisions.Then again, the Apache retains an identity of its own and does a good job of standing apart from the other three. Four points separate the RTR 160 from the Suzuki Gixxer, which emerged as the most appealing design. Everything about this Suzuki spells power and muscle. The curvy fuel tank with tank extensions, shapely rear and minimalist side panels are very proportionate. Massively complemented by the 140-section rear and 100-section front tyres. Yamaha’s FZ-S and Honda’s Hornet tie in this section but the Hornet is newer and arguably sharper styled than the original poster boy FZ-S.advertisementThe FZ was the first to sport an all-digital meter in this segment and overtime the clutter has reduced and is easier to read. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Fuel injection doesnt help better the throttle response greatly over its carb counterparts. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo: Clash of the unnaturalDesign isn’t the only aspect that was closely contested. Just how close these bikes are to each other was revealed further in their performance on-road. The CB Hornet posted the strongest acceleration and roll-on times, being the quickest to reach 60kmph in 4.7 seconds while the others couldn’t breach the 5 second barrier. It also packs the most horsepower and torque but the most weight too. The roll-on timings are consistent through the revs and apart from the very top-of the range, it maintains a healthy pull throughout. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Smoothness is Honda’s second name and the bike doesn’t disappoint in this regard too. Right from naught to its top speed of 109kmph (VBOX tested, as all other performance figures are), the Hornet maintains this valuable characteristic. The only harshness comes from the gruff exhaust note at higher reaches of the rev-range where it also loses all the momentum it had built earlier.The Apaches meter console looks sporty with carbon-look surrounds and the only one here with a traditional tacho. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Notorious for clunky boxes, the one here was one of the slickest, aiding in quick changes. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Apache feels so eager and strong off the line that the bottom-end torque and short gearing give it solid acceleration. But post 5,000rpm vibes start to creep in and beyond 8,000, my hands, feet and back side were fairly uncomfortable with the vibrations. This is the Apache’s biggest drawback else it could’ve been the strongest performer overall.The bike is relentless in its quest for the ton, achieving it in a shade over 17 seconds while the others clocked times over 19 seconds. The mid-range is weak as it clocked the second slowest time in accelerating from 40 to 80kmph in fourth gear, 9.1 seconds to 6.3 of the fastest (Hornet). Although, the RTR picks back up in higher revs, continuing to 1,500 revs over its redline at 9,000rpm.advertisementThe Apache feels so eager and strong off the line that the bottom-end torque and short gearing give it solid acceleration. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Honda CB Shine SP vs Yamaha Saluto vs Bajaj Discover 125MThe Yamaha was once the benchmark in performance and it revolutionised how sporty a tiny 150cc engine could feel. Not only was commuting and good fuel efficiency were part of its deliverables, it outshined anything in that segment with its performance. Since the competition took their time with their products, they obviously had to better the best.Honda Hornett vs Suzuki Gixxer vs TVS Apache 160 vs Yamaha FZThus naturally, it was a little behind the three in acceleration and reached similar top speeds as the other albeit a tad later. In-gear performance was lousy in comparison to the others and overall, the motor fails to excite albeit maintaining smoothness, possibly its only saving grace now.I’ve obviously saved the Gixxer for last as it does take winning points in performance. But what makes it do so is its overall rideability. it isn’t the fastest to 60 or 100kmph neither does it have the best top speed but factors like smoothness of the engine, tractability of the rev range and slick gear changes make it come on top.The Gixxer has the quickest 30-60kmph time in third gear (3.4 seconds) and second fastest performance from 40-80kmph in fourth. This explains the effortless mid-range performance that’s most desired of a motorcycle in this segment. It never feels out of breath. It’s smoothness is only matched by the Honda while the Yamaha is a close second. It’s also a motor that’ll see you clock many kilometres without displaying any hint of stress.Gixxers meter readouts are cluttered and the revs are very hard to read. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The Gixxers gearbox is slick and never missed a shift or felt clunky after hours of riding. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Comparison: Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300As far as dynamics go, the Gixxer tops the chart with impeccable and forgiving handling characteristics. The suspension is setup mid-way between soft and stiff making it soak bad roads with ease and at the same time be taut enough for sporty cornering antics. Weight bias between the front and back always feels neutral and the handlebars are light for quick direction changes. There really isn’t any aspect to complain about and Suzuki has got the package spot-on. The Honda feels plush in comparison but low-speed damping is very weak and the suspension transfers most of its action onto the rider, a trait that would be stressful while commuting. As speeds build up, the suspension becomes more pliant. The steering does feel weighted while cornering but the chassis (the FZ, Gixxer and Hornet are very similarly constructed) holds its line and offers solid confidence in the bike’s cornering grip.advertisementThere really isnt any aspect to complain about and Suzuki has got the package spot-on. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The FZ maintains a suppleness in the suspension that’s much appreciated at slow to moderate in-traffic speeds. Everything about the Yamaha works well in traffic, be it manoeuvrability, feel from the handlebars or comfort, all falls into place perfectly. Even straight-line stability is uncompromised.However, what makes it good in traffic also holds it back when in the mood to hit some twisties. The soft suspension induces wobbling when cornering hard and at times threatens to bottom out during quick turn-ins. This simply robs away the sportiness that the exterior styling portrays.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Battle of the brutes: New Toyota Fortuner vs Ford EndeavourThe Apache is the most committed of the lot. The front suspension is shorter than the other three here along with a sharper steering geometry. This makes it turn in so quickly that most were taken aback thinking it wanted to tip over. And so it does but only to turn in much quicker, corner harder and it begs for more from the rider.The race-derived engineering makes for the shortest wheelbase, a whole 30mm shorter than nearest competitor. But then again, straight-line stability is compromised. Stiffer suspension also contributes to a bit of discomfort while riding in rush hour traffic and over bad roads.This was an intensely close comparison simply because they’re built with very similar ideologies.ALSO READ: Skoda Rapid vs Honda City vs Hyundai Verna vs Maruti Suzuki CiazVerdictFact is, this segment now caters to VFM seekers who are interested in a bit more sportiness and urgency from the mundane workhorses in the 100-125cc class. Of course it never hurts to look good too. Suzuki had learnt from its past and knew that the Gixxer had to stand out in every respect. So despite not being the fastest, it excels in its design, outshines in its rideability from a very tractable engine and delivers in the dynamics department.Which is why it emerged as the most versatile motorcycle that can carry out commuting duties with as much ease as it can be sporty. The Hornet is a strong competitor and should be your next choice if the Gixxer doesn’t appeal to you. Pioneers of this new breed of 150s, Yamaha have sadly fallen behind and being the most priced obviously doesn’t help it any further.The Apache RTR 160 remains true to its racing genes and is still the top choice if outright sportiness is all that you desire.
Hanuma Vihari was a happy man after he ended up picking two crucial wickets on the opening day of the second Test in Perth on Friday.Australia reached 277 for 6 at the close of play on Day 1, with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins being the two not out batsmen.Vihari, who replaced Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, got the wickets of opener Marcus Harris (70) and Shaun Marsh (45) to finish the day with 2 for 53. Ashwin missed out due to a side strain.After Australia were reduced to 148 for 4, Marsh and Travis Head brought Australia back in the game with an 84-run run stand for the fifth wicket. But it was Vihari who succeeded in breaking that partnership when he found the edge of Marsh’s bat to Ajinkya Rahane at slips.Oh, what a feeling for India late on day one with this ripper grab from Ajinkya Rahane!#AUSvIND | @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/jImfIOFY2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018Earlier, Vihari had also got the wicket of Harris, who completed his maiden half-century after lunch.That’s done a bit!Watch live via Kayo here: https://t.co/mzWOwn19la #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/osacWodOwlcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018″It was an important wicket at that stage because he was set and was looking dangerous after lunch,” Vihari said at the post match press conference.On his own bowling, Vihari said his job was to bowl tight lines and give the pacers some rest.”Overall, I was prepared for that [to bowl] and happy that I could do my job. I tried to bowl a little quicker. I was trying to hit the surface a little bit more and get the bounce of the wicket. I tried to keep it tight and give seamers some rest,” Vihari said.advertisementVihari also praised India’s fight and said the morning session on day two could shape the match.”Our plan was to be disciplined and I think we did very well in that aspect after bouncing back in all three sessions. Overall, bowlers put in a great effort.”It was a slow wicket to start with. It gained pace after lunch. Bowlers adjusted really well and we were happy with the way we bowled throughout the day,” he said.”I think the first hour tomorrow will be very crucial. If we get them out below 320 then we are right back in the game.”Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head all made half-centuries but none of them was able to really put their foot down on the gas as India pegged the Australians back on a grassy, drop-in wicket that occasionally played a few tricks.Recalled spin-bowling all-rounder Vihari and quick Ishant Sharma claimed two wickets apiece to get the tourists back into the contest after the Australians had won the toss and batted through the first session without losing a wicket.Also Read | Were India conned into playing 4 pacers in Perth? Experts disagree with Kohli’s callAlso Read | For ICC boss, India not among favourites to win 2019 World CupAlso Read | Shane Warne fancies an Australian win: Aussie pacers will blow India away in Perth
The first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.
A student of Dhaka University’s political science department has been suffering from dengue for last 10 days. He is being treated at the university’s medical centre. Photo: Prothom AloThe authorities of Dhaka University have shut down dengue fever detection activities following a shortage of kits.On the other hand, eight more students were diagnosed with the mosquito-transmitted virus dengue taking the toll to so far 21 on the second day (Thursday) of the dengue test, making a huge outcry among the student communities on the campus.The university’s chief medical officer (CMO) Sarwar Jahan said that the Dhaka University jointly with Bangladesh Association of Clinical Biochemists had begun the initiative of detecting dengue patients.The physicians at the university medical centre, he added, identified 13 dengue patients among 168 students on the first day (Wednesday) of the test while eight more were diagnosed on Thursday.“The dengue test activities were shut down for weekend (Friday and Saturday). The activities will remain closed for Monday as well due to a shortage of test kits,” Sarwar Jahan added.The associate organisation has said that they are out of kits, said Sarwar adding, “When contacted, the government departments concerned also said no kits would be available before 6 August.”Earlier on 26 July, Dhaka University’s finance department student Firoz Kabir died of dengue fever that panicked the entire student community on the campus.Following the outcry, the authorities decided to test dengue among the university students.
Chambal Fertiliser is not showing much interest in the urea plant in Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said on Thursday.“Chambal Fertiliser had agreed, but now it is not showing much interest,” Sarkar said during an interactive session with the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd (CFCL) has informed that a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Government of Tripura to conceptualise and develop a gas-based fertiliser plant in Tripura. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn August, the pre-feasibility study was started and based on that a final call was supposed to be taken. Sarkar did not elaborate what went wrong with the project.The Department of Fertilisers was supposed to facilitate the setting up of the urea plant by taking up matters like allocation of gas and providing gas connectivity with the Petroleum Ministry.Speaking about the ONGC power plant, Sarkar said there were some issues with gas supply, but both units were expected to be stabilised.He said the state would become power surplus soon and would also export power to Bangladesh.“We will become power surplus soon,” he said. This may help to attract investment in the state, Sarkar said adding the militancy issue had been well tackled but, still 17-19 camps were operating from Bangladesh and the state was vigilant.