Hasina makes volteface over quota Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday claimed that his party is not doing politics over quota reform movement and the health of the party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.“The party, as a big political party, is only projecting truths before the people,” Mirza Fakhrul told a human chain organised in front of the National Press Club in the capital.Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad, a pro-BNP platform of professionals, organised the human chain demanding release and treatment of BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.“The quota reform movement of the unemployed youths is justified. The prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] announced in anger in parliament that there would be no quota, but now she is saying there is no scope to go beyond the High Court verdict on the issue. She has clearly made a U-turn.”Dwelling on the court decision on the quota system in the public service, the BNP leader said the court has not given any verdict on it, rather it made an observation.He also alleged that the prime minister is using the court whenever it suits her interests.Fakhrul also criticized ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his remark that the BNP is doing ‘dirty politics’ over Khaleda’s health.“Quader is misguiding the people by this kind of remarks. Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in an ‘utterly false and politically motivated’ case in a bid to keep her away from politics and election.”Fakhrul alleged that Khaleda is not even getting minimum legal facilities.“Though she obtained bail in the primary case, her release is now being delayed by bringing one ‘false case’ after another to the fore. The government wants to keep her behind bars as long as its goal is not fulfilled,” he added. He alleged that the Awami League-led government’s goal is to cling to power by conducting another one-sided election like that of 5 January 2014. Criticising the recent incident of adulterating the gold kept in Bangladesh Bank’s vault, Fakhrul said the finance minister is giving shelter to those involved in widespread corruption.He also claimed that the finance minister is destroying country’s economy.last_img read more

Some Texas Republicans Decried Trump After His Summit With Putin Most Have

first_imgLehtikuva/Jussi Nukari via REUTERS/Via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands after their joint news conference in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018.There was an unmistakable somberness Tuesday morning at what should have been a joyful event.U.S. Reps. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, and Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, were at the National Press Club in downtown Washington to accept the Prize for Civility in Public Life, an award from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.The two men earned the award after drawing national attention in 2017 for a road trip they took together from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., after flights were canceled due to an East Coast snow storm. The two livestreamed much of the trip, answering questions from the public along the way.But hanging over all of the praise for the two men as models of bipartisanship was Monday’s Helsinki summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which Trump sided with Putin against the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.That event shook Washington and the political sphere in a way not seen since the president’s incendiary reaction last year to a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, that had resulted in the murder of a protestor.O’Rourke, like many of the 11 Texas Democrats in Congress, was quick to condemn Trump’s performance in Helsinki. In contrast, a handful of the 27 Texas Republicans in Congress moderately criticized the president in news releases and in comments on Capitol Hill on Monday. But the vast majority of the GOP delegation have remained silent on Monday’s events as of midday Tuesday.Hurd was an outlier, as he has long been within the Texas GOP delegation. The second-term congressman issued a litany of critical comments Monday against the president’s public statements.“As a former CIA officer and a Congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, I can affirmatively say there is nothing about agreeing with a thug like Putin that puts America First,” Hurd wrote in a series of Monday tweets. “The President is wrong. Russia interfered in the 2016 election and seeks to undermine our democracy”At Tuesday’s awards ceremony, both O’Rourke and one of the hosts of the event, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, a Republican, praised Hurd’s comments.After the event, O’Rourke compared Hurd’s reaction that of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, his Republican opponent in the fall. A day earlier, Cruz had told CNN, “I think we need to be acting vigorously to prevent Russian aggression. And I think it’s a mistake to be apologizing for Vladimir Putin.”On Tuesday, Cruz spoke more at length to reporters, calling Trump’s press conference “a mistake” but repeatedly comparing Trump’s actions to what he called President Barack Obama’s failure to prevent Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014. Cruz sought to cast Democrats’ reaction to Helsinki as hypocritical and dismissed their allegations of treason as overblown.“Treason is a grave crime punishable by death under U.S. law,” Cruz said. “And it wasn’t treason when Barack Obama refused to stand up to our enemies … and it wasn’t treason when President Trump stood at a podium and failed to condemn Russian aggression and interference in our election.”When asked by reporters if Cruz had spoken out strongly enough about Trump’s actions, O’Rourke said, “No. This is a moment that you put your party, that you put your prospects on the next election, you put your career behind you and you put your country in front of you.”“This is a moment at which each of us must stand up and be counted, and I heard my colleague, Congressman Hurd, loud and clear yesterday,” he added. “I did not hear from our junior senator at all about the president’s conduct.”He went on to echo Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain’s use of the word “disgraceful” in describing the president’s behavior.“This is a moment that calls for unity and a nonpartisan response to a fundamental challenge to American security, to the integrity of our democracy and in our ability to move forward,” O’Rourke added.O’Rourke further suggested that the events in Helsinki alone merited his vote for impeachment, though he has in the past he would support Trump’s impeachment.“In standing on that stage, in another country, with the leader of a country who wants to — and has sought to — undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States, if I were asked to vote on this, I would vote to impeach the president,” O’Rourke said.He went on to describe the Senate’s role in the removal process of a president — a trial and examination of evidence — which comes after the House approves an article of impeachment.“Impeachment, much like an indictment, shows that there is enough there for the case to proceed,” O’Rourke said. “At this point, there is certainly enough there for the case to proceed.”Later in the day, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee held a news conference to urge Republicans to take action against the president.U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat and the lone Texas Democrat on the committee, said lawmakers need to look past November.“There isn’t a single person whose personal career and political career is more important right now than standing up to a president who won’t stand up for America,” he said.Claire Parker contributed to this report. 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Sufi music can never be commercialised

first_imgHow did music come calling to you?Music is not a mere profession to us, it is a legacy we are carrying which has been blessed to us by our ancestors.Have qawali and sufi music got their due in the music circuit?Qawali and sufi music has its own place in the music circuit. Sufi and qawali are not commercial rather they are integral to our tradition.Are you open to Bollywood offers after Rockstar?After the success of music of Rockstar we got a brilliant response from the audience and critics. Yes we are open to work on more Bollywood assignments, infact we are working on few things, will soon announce when something positive develops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does music mean to you?Music to us is our passion and obligation to do justice everytime we perform. As our ancestors has earned respect on the basis of this only, so its our responsibility to take it further.Do you follow any other Indian or foreign musicians. If yes, what do you like in them?We do not to name of any artist but we really follow sufi songs, shayari and chants of Amir Khusro.Have you thought about coming out with your own label or album? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurrently we are planning something, but is it has a long way to go.Would you ever like to experiment with your genre of music or try fusion?It’s great to be a versatile and we respect all the genres of music be it fusion or some other. But right now we are not planning to experiment with our genre.How has the journey been for all these years?Our journey, right from the start, was tough. Firstly to maintain the name of our ancestors was a big challenge for us. The love and admiration we got from the audience just cannot be expressed in words.How does the audience react to your music on international shores. Do they accept it well?It really makes us proud that people in other countries love sufi music and its amazing to see their attendance at the concerts. Sometimes it happens that they don’t understand the music and lyrics completely, but is really great to see their admiration towards us.last_img read more

Mastering the Juggling Act 4 Successful Moms in Tech

first_imgMay 9, 2014 Julia Hartz of EventbriteImage credit: eventbrite.com Hunker down, mamas. You’ve got your work cut out for you, whether you’re at home or in the office. Because every mother is a working mother, even if only some collect a paycheck.No matter which side of the Mommy Wars you’re on — Team Stay-Home-Mom or Team Career Mama — the truth is, you’ll always be waging the war to balance the endless demands of motherhood to some level.So, in honor of Mother’s Day — which, mark your calendars and start planning those handmade cards and breakfasts-in-bed, kids, is this Sunday — this full-time working tech journalist mama of three put together a list of remarkable moms in tech, masters of what feels to me like biggest, most challenging juggling act of them all: Simultaneously rocking your career and motherhood.  Related: Richard Branson on Business Lessons From ParentingNot only are these inspiring women busy breaking down the gender barrier in Silicon Valley’s male-dominated technology industry, they’re raising kids while doing it.Hats off to these four awesome mamas in tech. I hope you get the love, respect and pampering you deserve on your special day, or at least a breather.   Sheryl Sandberg, Lean InImage credit: leanin.org/book 2. Sheryl SandbergYou probably know Sheryl Sandberg as the controversial author of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013). The Facebook chief operating officer and former Googler wrote the best-selling advice book to “encourage women to pursue their ambitions” and change “the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do.” Nearly a year to the day of Lean In’s release last year, she challenged the world to “Ban bossy” and “Encourage girls to lead.”  In Lean In the Silicon Valley glass ceiling-smashing mother of two and self-made billionaire criticizes the uncomfortable question moms — typically not dads — get asked all the time: “How do you do it all?” Yet, she encourages women to chase after that ever elusive life-work “balance,” then use it to “lean in” to their careers and “run the world.”Related: How to Raise Entrepreneurial KidsThe high-powered (and incredibly high-paid) top female tech executive in a definitively male-dominated industry reportedly “leans in” to her family life by leaving work every night at 5:30 p.m. to have dinner with her children, among other less written about ways she’s likely involved. Also, the TED speaker’s “equal partner” husband shares 50 percent of the parenting duties. There’s a concept I can definitely get behind. 1. Julia HartzJulia Hartz is a mother of two and the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, a San Francisco tech startup that democratized event ticketing. The self-service online ticketing platform allows anyone — not just headliner bands and major sports teams — to organize, social media promote and sell tickets for venues.Since launching in 2006, the company grossed $2 billion in ticket sales in 198 countries. Hartz, a former TV executive who helped the goof-offs behind Jackass blow up in the mainstream, oversees a team of some 300 “Britelings,” all while juggling daily mom duties, a subject she has intimately written about on Eventbrite’s blog.Her two saving graces, she wrote, in the battle to “do it all” as a mom and as tech executive have been the ability to prioritize and realizing that it’s okay to accept others’ help.  Related: 5 Parenting Skills That Make You Better at Running a Business“Getting over the stigma of needing to appear as if I do it all myself took about 12 months,” Hartz wrote. “I finally realized that the only way to be a successful happy mother, founder, wife, and daughter, was to accept the help that was being offered to me.” This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img Enroll Now for Free 8 min read 4. Mariam NaficyEarly internet pioneer, serial entrepreneur and Yelp board member Mariam Naficy is a mother of two and co-founder of Minted.com. Launched in 2008, her San Francisco startup crowdsources independent graphic designs from around the world (many of them from mothers) and turns them into gorgeous, high-end designer stationery. In 1998, in the web’s early days, Naficy co-founded Eve.com, which later sold for more than $100 million.Fellow high-powered moms in tech, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, and Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, have invested in Minted, along with Benchmark, Menlo Ventures and others. The 70-plus employee social e-commerce company has raised some $51 million in venture capital to date, according to its CrunchBase profile.The startup is committed to improving the health and wealthfare of mothers, donating proceeds from each of its children’s art sales to Every Mother Counts, model and activist Christy Turlington Burns’ maternal health nonprofit aimed at reducing pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths across the globe.  Related: How One Entrepreneur Mom Won the Work-Life Balance GameNaficy recently told an online publication run by her alma mater, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, that she agrees “with a lot of Sheryl’s [Sandberg’s] points about [women] not quitting [work] too early,” but adds that women should “take more risk than men early in their careers.” That way, once they make “the tradeoff between children and work,” they’ll be more likely to be in a better position to have more and stronger career path choices.“I have two children,” Naficy said in the article. “I could have stayed home, or I could have started a business. Because I took risks early on — starting a business right out of GSB [Stanford Graduate School of Business] in 1998 and selling it successfully — I had great options. You need to have money set aside, you need leverage to negotiate with your boss, and you need to have great contacts.”Related: Mom’s Startup Success Story: ‘Open Table’ Reservation Service for Babysitters Lisa Stone, BlogHerImage credit: www.blogher.com/lisa-stone Mariam Naficy, MintedImage credit: minted.com/executive-team 3. Lisa StoneIn 1997, about a year and a half after the birth of her son, recently divorced Lisa Stone exited her CNN newsroom job in search of flexible, parenting-friendly hours. She went on to trailblaze a then-brand new social media business model in the brave new world of the internet. Her traditional journalism colleagues didn’t take her dive into online media seriously, but she charged ahead into uncharted territory anyway, specifically online women’s content, which there wasn’t nearly enough of at the time.   “People thought I was nuts and I had no idea where I was going or what my job would be,” Stone said in a Makers video. “I took advantage of finding myself in Silicon Valley as a single mother with a one-and-a-half-year-old and went for it. People in Silicon Valley were saying ‘Women will never go online.’ and I thought, ‘That’s crazy talk!’ I have a 1-year-old. I’m a single mom. I’m working. My only life is online.”Stone, the first internet journalist to be awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship, served as the editor in chief and vice president of programming for Women.com. In 2005 she co-founded and took the helm as CEO of one of the internet’s largest, most successful online communities for and by women and mothers, BlogHer.com. The popular blogging hub, originally created to “answer the question, ‘Where are the women bloggers?’”, now reaches 100 million women each month.Related: Why You Should Hire Your Kids This SummerWhen I asked Stone how she balances her mom and work life, she didn’t mince words. “Balance is baloney,” she said. “What I am is choosey — I choose to be a parent, hence I choose not to do LOTS of other things for the (tragically!) short time I have with my kids at home. And that’s a privilege.” Her son is now 18 and they live in Palo Alto, Calif. with Stone’s partner and his children.last_img read more