In a scathing report submitted to the apex court, the Supreme Court appointed Lodha panel told the apex court that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is stalling all attempts to reform and is resisting any move for change. The special panel appointed by the Supreme Court has further sought the ouster of the entire top brass. It has further recommended that an interim panel be appointed meanwhile to facillitate the reform process. The panel through its report has communicated to the court that BCCI has been in complete disregard for Supreme Court directions and the committee’s recommendations. The report points out that the reform moves pertaining to accounting, choice of selectors have been ignored by the BCCI. The cricket body is likely to conduct an AGM to consider changing the rules however, the Lodha Panel recommendations are binding on the BCCI. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)A review petition filed by the BCCI is still pending at the apex court. The Supreme Court will take up the Lodha Panel report on hearing on October 6. A clearly miffed Chief Justice of India observed that the BCCI cannot think that it is a law unto itself. “BCCI thinks itself a law unto itself, it seems will go to the extent of defying SC orders. We have no difficulty in passing orders to enforce orders. Don’t appreciate such tactics by the BCCI its conduct is in poor taste,” said a bench headed by CJI TS Thakur. The court also added that it has been anticipating such disregard by the BCCI and will ensure compliance. The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment had declared BCCI as a public body discharging public functions. The court had further said that it must be open to the scrutiny of the CAG. The special panel appointed by the Supreme Court under the Chairmanship of Former CJI RM Lodha has recommended a slew of measures including barring of people holding public offices as being the BCCI office bearers. BCCI is yet to implement these reforms and has filed a review petition before the Supreme Court.advertisementHere are some key observations made by the Supreme Court:- BCCI thinks itself a law unto itself.- BCCI it seems will go to the extent of defying SC orders.- We have no difficulty in passing orders to enforce orders.- Don’t appreciate such tactics by the BCCI.- Conduct of BCCI in poor taste.- Had been anticipating such disregard being shown by the BCCI.
Uptown Ventures Group acquired Hype Hair magazine, an African American women’s hair care brand, and announced the formation of U Brands, an investment vehicle focused on acquiring and licensing similar niche brands.“We see this as an opportunity to transform brands that have considerable equity and audience into more diverse products with more dynamic P&L’s,” says Brett Wright, chief creative officer of Uptown Ventures, parent company of Uptown Magazine, in a release.Hype Hair magazine is Uptown Ventures’ first acquisition since Uptown Magazine was reacquired from its former private equity partners. The publication’s entire current staff, including its long-time publisher, Steve Gross, and editor-in-chief, Adrienne Moore, will remain with the brand.“Hype Hair has a tremendous relationship with its readers,” says Len Burnett, Uptown Ventures co-CEO, in a statement. “Advertising in credible, well-targeted magazines is the cornerstone of an effective integrated marketing campaign.” These new integrated advertising opportunities in print, digital, on social media and via events-based marketing are the goal of the U Brands venture. With U Brands, Uptown Ventures hopes to leverage its internal capabilities in publishing, digital, experiential, licensing and sales expertise to enhance the brands they acquire.With Hype Hair, Uptown Ventures hopes to launch new digital mobile and social platforms by year’s end in an effort to aggregate the disparate hair care content platforms for the African American community and to offer consumers and advertisers new technologies.
A brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year. Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing. The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations. Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.” So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029. The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightings
Tags CBP is planning to employ facial recognition tech at 20 top US airports by 2021, says report. Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday. There were reportedly “no limits” on how partnering airlines could use facial recognition data collected by the US Customs and Border Protection program, according to BuzzFeed News’ deep dive into 346 pages of documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research group. CBP reportedly limited participating companies and third-party firms from using this data in December, but it’s unclear how the new rule is being enforced.CBP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News that it would keep photos of non-US citizens departing the country for up to 14 days.”By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Critics of facial recognition tech have said advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy for governments to watch and track what individuals are doing. Microsoft in December urged governments to enact legislation in 2019 that requires facial recognition tech to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect people’s rights. Amazon’s shareholders in January called on the e-commerce giant to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies, following criticism from civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees.BuzzFeed News said airports currently included in the CBP’s facial recognition program are in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles and Reagan), Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Dallas-Fort Worth, JFK, Miami, San Jose, Orlando and Detroit. Comment 1 Security Sci-Tech Politics Facial recognition Share your voice
The new logo features an even more stylized, leg-less version of the fox. Mozilla; Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla has released a new test version of its web browser that introduces the new Firefox logo and drops “Quantum” from its name.Mozilla long ago moved the Firefox icon to a more stylized look, but the newest version is another step away from the original drawing of a fox wrapped around the globe. Even though the fox’s face is now in view and its limbs have vanished, it’s still easily recognized.The new icon arrived over the weekend in version 70 of Firefox Nightly, the incarnation designed for people who want to test the latest features and who can put up with crashes or other problems. Firefox Nightly will settle down into a beta version in coming weeks, then into the main version everyone gets a few weeks after that — Oct. 20, according to Mozilla’s plans. The new logo should follow that course, said Tim Murray, creative director at Mozilla.The logo in Firefox Nightly has a different blue/purple color scheme. The regular Firefox will stick with the red, orange and yellow colors.This is what the regular Firefox logo will look like once today’s Nightly version matures enough for release to everyone. Mozilla The new version also will drop the “Quantum” label Mozilla has attached to the Firefox name since the November 2017 release of Firefox 57, Mozilla said. The Quantum signified a major effort to speed up Firefox to better compete with Google’s Chrome, which dominates browser usage. A number of Quantum programs rebuilt parts of Firefox’s engine, and one such change — the GPU-acclerated Quantum Render technology to display a web page once Firefox figures out what it’s supposed to look like — is still gradually spreading to more computer types. The project also was called WebRender.”Our goal is that WebRender will be the primary rendering engine for the Firefox Browser and we will continue to roll it out to additional platforms throughout the coming months,” said Jessie Bonisteel, a Firefox engineering manager.Mozilla’s newest challenge to Chrome centers on protecting your privacy online — for example, by blocking websites and online ads that try to track you. Chrome has lagged other browsers like Safari, Firefox and Brave in that regard.Firefox usage is gradually decreasing, at least based on statistics Mozilla gathers from people willing to share that data. However, use of Firefox’s new tracking protection is increasing. “Following our release of Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default, we’ve seen our share of users keeping ETP on all the time rise as well,” said Porfirio Landeros, Mozilla’s senior director of product marketing.First published Aug. 12.Update, Aug. 13: Adds more details about the new logo and Firefox’s changes. 1:38 Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking tools Post a comment 0 Firefox Mozilla Share your voice Computers Tags Now playing: Watch this:
Subrata Roy’s Sahara Group has got relief from a foreclosure auction of its two New York properties till June. Two brothers, who had given a $900-million loan refinance facility to the group and were keen on auctioning the properties next month to recover the money, have agreed to give three months to the Group, PTI reported, citing sources.Brothers David and Simon Reuben had extended the facility to enable refinance of a loan the group had taken from the Bank of China, which had held the three overseas properties of the embattled Group as collaterals. The three properties are Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and the two US hotels â€” the New York Plaza and Dream New York.The Sahara Group has about 75 percent stake in New York Plaza while the remaining 25 percent is with Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal of Saudi Arabia.The group’s chief, Subrata Roy, is in New Dehhi’s Tihar jail since March 2014 over a legal dispute with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). The dispute pertains to over Rs 24,000 crore collected by two Sahara Group companies â€” Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd (SHICL) â€” from over 3 crore investors through Optional Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCD) in an “illegal and unauthorised manner.” The group was directed by court to refund the amount to the investors along with an interest of 15 percent per annum.The group had initially furnished demand drafts for about Rs 5,120 crore, but failed to fully comply with further orders to deposit Rs 17,400 crore by February 2013, prompting contempt proceedings against them in the Supreme Court.”The record shows that at various stages the contemnors (Roy and other Group directors) gave the proposals for compliance with the directions which were explored from time to time, but eventually all these proposals were found to be unsatisfactory, yielding no tangible results. [sic]”This was perceived as stubborn attitude of the contemnors with sole intent to drag on the matter endlessly without complying with the orders. This attitude of the contemnors forced this Court to issue non-bailable warrants against Mr. Subrata Roy Sahara for his production and directing personal presence of the other three Directors in the Court on the date fixed, [sic]” the Supreme Court had said in its judgment dated June 19, 2015.The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices T S Thakur, Anil R Dave and A K Sikri had also said in their June 2015 judgment the total amount had “swelled to Rs 36,608 crore.”
Mohit MorfacebookThe TikTok world in India was shocked when one of its stars, Mohit Mor, was gunned down in Delhi. The investigation revealed that the murderer was a 17-year-old boy. He had opened fire after an argument at their gym. Mor was a gym instructor and had put up many gym and fitness videos on TikTok garnering over 5 lakh followers. His murder at a photocopy shop in South Delhi had prompted an investigation by the police to nab the killer and find the reason.The police caught the boy with the help of Mor’s phone’s call details records. It showed that the 17-year-old boy was the last person to speak to Mor before his murder on May 14. The CCTV camera installed showed three people leaving the shop.”When Mohit Mor was speaking with his friend inside the shop, three armed persons barged inside the shop and indiscriminately fired 13 bullets on him. Mohit Mor fell on a sofa kept inside the shop. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Mohit Mor suffered seven bullets,” a senior police officer had told India today while initially talking about the TikTok star’s death.”All the three accused, one of them wearing a black helmet, had come on a scooty. They were seen in a CCTV footage running away from the busy narrow street after the crime,” police added. CCTV footage of the assailantstwitterThe accused was arrested near Dhulsiras village in Dwarka with an illegal country-made pistol and two cartridges.According to The New Indian Express, Mor had yelled at the accused and allegedly assaulted him in front of many people. This prompted the accused to get a gun and shoot Mor out of anger.”During the investigation, it was found that the juvenile and Mor had a fight at a gym which led to the victim assaulting the accused in front of other people,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.The officer added, “The infuriated juvenile then decided to kill Mor. He along with his two friends searched for the victim but could not find him in the gym.” The police are trying to find the other two accused.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain sent another letter to ruling Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday seeking the second phase of talks with her over the next general election, reports UNB. Three Gano Forum leaders—Jaglul Haider Afrik, AHM Shafiq Ullah and Mostak Ahmed—carried the letter to Awami League President’s Dhanmondi office around 12:00pm.Talking to UNB, Mostak Ahmed said they handed over the letter to an office assistant, Masud Alauddin.In the letter he said, Kamal Hossain urged prime minister to hold a small-scale dialogue with Oikya Front over the next general election.Earlier on Saturday night, a meeting of the alliance’s steering committee at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber decided to send the letter to the prime minister.After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Jatiya Oikya Front had a dialogue with her (PM) on 1 November, and it was discussed that a small-group dialogue with us can be held again. Based on that, the prime minister will be given another letter tomorrow, Sunday.”In the letter, he said, they will mention about the Oikya Front’s letter sent to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the election schedule until the dialogue is over.Fakhrul hoped that the talks will be held on a small-scale on the country’s current political crisis.Earlier, Kamal, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the schedule for next election until the ongoing dialogue ends.On 1 November, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganabhaban with Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikya Front team.After the meeting, Oikya Front leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before prime minister Sheikh Hasina but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.Sheikh Hasina invited the Oikya Front leaders to join the dialogue on 29 October following a letter sent to her by Kamal Hossain on behalf of the alliance, seeking talks on election issues.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said they have taken the 11th parliamentary elections as a challenge to defeat the current government together with people through a vote revolution, reports UNB.“When we can’t stand anywhere, express our views, and carry out any election campaign and our leaders and activists being sent to jail in false and fictitious cases, we’ve taken the election as a challenge,” he said.“We together with people who’re already united will defeat this monstrous regime,” he added.Speaking at a rally of lawyers, the BNP leader further said, “We’ve a little time in our hands. If we want to save the nation, Bangladesh’s independence, and its people, it’s time for us to join the battle of vote with people and thus defeat them (govt).”He urged the Oikya Front leaders and activists to get ready for the election braving all the obstacles, repressive acts and plots. “We must stage a vote revolution together with people.”Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front arranged the programme on the Supreme Court premises with Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin in the chair.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of the Awami League Local Government Nomination Board at Ganabhaban in DHaka on Saturday. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Saturday finalised its candidates for the chairmen posts in the third phase of upazila parishad polls in 122 upazilas.The nominations were finalised at a meeting of the AL’s local government nomination board held at Ganabhaban in the capital in the afternoon.AL local government election nomination board chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.Other members of the board including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Abdur Razzak, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dipu Moni and Abul Hasnat Abdullah attended the meeting.In the third phase, the elections to 127 upazila parishads in 17 districts of five divisions will be held on 24 March.Election commission (EC) joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman announced the detailed schedule of the third phase upazila polls at a press conference at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban on 14 February.According to the schedule, the deadline for nomination paper submission for the third phase polls has been set on 26 February.The scrutiny will be held on 28 February while the last date for candidature withdrawal is on 7 March, said the EC secretary.