first_img Share your voice Random Post a comment 13 Photos Bill Gates Bill Gates has some suggestions for your 2019 summer reading list. Bill Gates/Gates Notes Summer vacation is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Woo-hoo! You’re heading to the beach. You could pack a romance novel or a lightweight spy caper. Or you could pack the five books Microsoft founder Bill Gates recommends you read. Get ready to get heavy.Gates’ summer reading list is an annual tradition. He released the latest version on his Gates Notes blog on Monday, giving you plenty of time to hit your local bookstore for some thought-provoking reading to pack with your sunscreen and bathing suit.”I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them) — whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system,” Gates wrote, saying most of these books deal with the idea of disruption. 0 UpheavalJared Diamond’s Upheaval delves into “how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats and general malaise” through a group of case studies. Gates acknowledged this might sound like a bummer, but said he left the book feeling optimistic about our ability to solve problems.Nine PintsIf you made it through all the bloodshed of Game of Thrones, then chances are good you can handle Nine Pints by Rose George. The subtitle clues you into the subject: “A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood.” “It’s filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood,” Gates said.A Gentleman in MoscowNow we detour into the realm of fiction with Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. This bestselling novel follows the rich Count Alexander Rostov who is living under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow in the 1920s. The book spans several decades. Gates called it “fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.” Presidents of WarMichael Beschloss’ Presidents of War tackles the complicated history of US presidents and the conflicts the country became involved in, including the War of 1812 and the Vietnam War. “Beschloss’s broad scope lets you draw important cross-cutting lessons about presidential leadership,” said Gates.The Future of CapitalismGates said he doesn’t agree with everything in Paul Collier’s The Future of Capitalism, but that the author’s “background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.” Gates recommended this as a good analysis of the problems around capitalism today.While these five titles make up the official summer reading list, Gates also threw in a plug for his wife Melinda Gates’ The Moment of Lift, a book about the women who have inspired her. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said. These books should keep you busy until the end of 2019 when we can expect Gates’ annual list of his favorite books of the year. 1:08 Tags How to check out digital library books Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

first_imgWorld-Tourism-DayThe World Tourism Day is being observed in the country on Wednesday as elsewhere across the globe with the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism – A Tool for Development’.A daylong colourful festival and musical show are set to be held at Rabindra Sarabor, one of the capital’s popular cultural hubs, to mark the day.Aviation and Tourism Journalists’ Forum of Bangladesh (ATJFB), a platform of journalists covering aviation and tourism affairs, with the support from Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) is organising the festival titled ‘Tourism Fest 2017’.Different organisations are expected to showcase various tourism-related products and activities at the venue from morning while a discussion on this year’s theme of sustainable tourism will be held at 3:30 pm.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, information minister Hasanul Haq Inu and home affairs minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal are expected to attend the discussion.In the afternoon, a live musical show is scheduled to be staged where popular folk band Joler Gaan along with other traditional solo singers will perform.Besides, tribal and traditional dance performances are also included in the festival itinerary.In Chittagong, a rally was held in the port city this morning to mark the World Tourism Day.Addressing a press conference, H M Hakim Ali, CEO Hotel Agrabad and president of Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA), on Tuesday said proper planning needed to develop tourism in Chittagong as it was blessed with a huge potential for tourism.The present government has given emphasis on the tourism industry and allocated a considerable amount for the development of the sector, said Ali adding that the tourism sector could play a vital role through promoting brotherhood among the people in this strife-torn world.Apart from bringing out the rally, Hotel Agrabad is set to arrange an art competition for children and Bangla & Sri Lankan Food Festival from 27 to 28 September marking the day.last_img read more

first_imgIll-gotten money. Illustration: Prothom Alo Experts have questioned the move by the Anti Corruption Commission not to file cases against anybody who returns ill-gotten wealth.Although there is no law or provision in the country to this end, the ACC has made this move, aiming to retrieve Tk 140 million.Experts said that such measures will encourage the corruption.According to ACC, under this process, it made a breakthrough by retrieving Tk 130 million from Hallmark group.Besides, victims have got back Tk 9.83 million in 10 different cases through the mediation of ACC. In context of corruption, though, this amount is negligible.ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood also admits there are legal questions in this regard.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Iqbal Mahmood said, “We will take measures based on circumstances pertaining to each case. We have to analyse the cost benefits. We have to take reality into consideration, as well as consider legality and ethics.”Executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh Ifthekharuzzaman said, “It is not acceptable either from an ethical or legal point of view. During 1/11 we opposed the idea of Truth Commission. Such a measure can’t act as a prevention of corruption after the institution fails to establish justice.”Former chairman of ACC Ghulam Rahman said although not permanently, a law named ‘plea bargain’ can be formulated. But, still there will be questions of legality.Nakshi Knit of Hallmark returned money in one of its three cases. Later, it decided not to return money. Two cases of Knit are underway.On 9 November, assistant manager of Sonali Bank Subrato Kumar Das told ACC director that it had received Tk 327.50 million due such action against Nakshi Knit.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said although the process is questioned, ACC took a decision on Tk 130 million with Hallmark. Although it is not legal, ACC and the court gave consent on the matter. If the legality is challenged at the High Court, the decision will be cancelled.Despite a verdict by the Appellate Division in March last, the government did not return Tk 12.32 billion collected by the intelligence agencies during the army backed caretaker government in 2007. Besides, Tk 340 million collected by the Truth Commission is lying in the government exchequer.On condition of anonymity, an official at Bangladesh Bank (BB) said the central bank sent a letter to the government to implement a verdict on returning Tk 6.15 billion. But the central bank did not get any reply.Speaking to Prothom Alo, lawyer of BB Ameer-ul-Islam said a review petition has been filed against the verdict on returning Tk 6.15 billion collected from 40 businessmen. Preparations are on for the hearing.According to ACC, the anti-graft body sees some sort of success in recovering money embezzled by illegal means. The lion share of Tk 40 billion of BASIC Bank and Tk 26.86 billion of Hallmark is similar to embezzlement. Although these are loans in name, everything points to forgery.The ACC chairman said they have recovered Tk 11.48 billion from Hallmark and BASIC Bank, not by assuring that cases against them would be withdrawn. But it is true Tk 130 million was collected from Nakshi Knit of Hallmark in 2014 on a condition that cases will not be filed against them.ACC helps get back moneyA terminated cashier of the Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) returned Tk 3.3 million to the company until 6 November. He confessed his involvement in taking bribe to a director general of ACC.A person gave Tk 5 million to a ruling Awami League member of parliament for investing in a business. But the MP simply kept the money. Later, ACC helped the victim get back Tk 2 million of the amount. Subir Kanti, an employee of a private organisation, gave more than Tk 1 million to a real estate company for purchasing a flat. The company, however, deceived him and did not hand over the flat. Later, Subir got back Tk 3 million in just 24 hours with the help of ACC.The office of the assistant commissioner of land (AC-Land) in Dhanmondi returned Tk 120,000 taken as a bribe for mutation of a flat as ACC intervened.The ACC also made a private dental college in Dhaka return Tk 400,000 taken as an advance for admissions.The anti-graft watchdog received a phone call recently claiming a Banani school was charging extra fees illegally. The headmaster of the school was made to return Tk 368,000 instantly by the ACC.According to ACC officials, the victims want to get back their money taken forcefully and unethically, alongside trial of the accused. When ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmud was reminded that they are catching small fish, he told Prothom Alo, ”Commoners are affected most by small fish. But, when we’ll be capable, we’ll net the big fish too.”Sole exampleIn past 10 years, the government managed to take back a small amount of money from a public servant through the apex court. On 6 April 2016, ATM Nazim Ullah Chowdhury escaped impriosnment by submitting Tk 684,000 to the state treasury.Asked about poor state of restoring embezzled money, attorney general Mahbubey Alam told Prothom Alo that the corrupt try their utmost to delay, resist and derail the trial.A special kind of prosecution team is needed to quicken the trials, he added.Bribery in ACCThe anti-graft watchdog, ironically, had to terminate one and suspend two of its officials recently for taking bribes and indulging in corruption.The ACC suspended one of its additional directors for amassing wealth amounting to Tk 50 million beyond the known source of income.An investigation officer of ACC was fired as he lodged a case against one  person instead of 10. According to a report of Transparency International Bangladesh, the amount of bribe was Tk 54.4 billion in 2007 which rose to Tk 88.2 billion in 2015.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, ”Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. The government has decided to observe the day nationally.””Recently ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said if politicians don’t get involved in corruption, corruption would be 50 per cent less. I can see a political will from his statement. To benefit from this, we have to avoid indulging corruption,” he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain.last_img read more

first_imgListen Share X 00:00 /03:59 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Galveston Bay is in fair condition in general terms, but some of its wildlife is declining, according to the 2018 edition of the Report Card prepared by the Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).T’Noya Thompson, the foundation’s Report Card coordinator, told Houston Matters Wednesday that the overall health grade of the bay is C.However, the grade in the habitat and wildlife categories is D. As an example, HARC president and CEO Lisa Gonzalez detailed that the blue crab population is declining.Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaT’Noya Thompson, coordinator of the report for the Galveston Bay Foundation (left), and Lisa Gonzalez, president and CEO of the Houston Advanced Research Center (right), were guests on Houston Matters and talked about the 2018 Report Card.The report also has good news, such as the grade in the water quality category being A, same as last year. Gonzalez noted “that’s some really good news because we’ve seen some real improvements over the years in regional water quality” and specified the researchers have seen “an improvement in the grades relating to oil spills, both number and volume.”Thompson underlined that the best way to conserve the bay in a good condition is to use a multi-faceted approach, but she added that “if you are looking at individual ways to help out, we are focusing on some sustainable behavior practices that will help with the bay,” such as proper disposal of pet waste, applying lawn fertilizer sparingly and conserving water.Gonzalez explained Hurricane Harvey impacted the research because “the monitoring programs that we rely on for data, for the report card, basically stop during those events.” “So the data stops maybe the day before the event,” added Gonzalez “and doesn’t pick up for a couple of weeks afterwards, so we end up with these large data gaps.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to register two separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo. The Commission issued instructions after Supriyo had allegedly snatched a video camera from an official deputed by the Commission who was capturing videos as part of the surveillance that is being carried out by the Election Commission.The district official has been directed to file an FIR for the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAnother FIR would be registered against him as he failed to submit any convincing reply as to why he released and played the controversial theme song of his party after being banned by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a report from the district administrative officials in West Burdwan on the incident in which BJP activists led by Asansol sitting MP Babul Supriyo stormed into the room of an Officer-in-Charge at the local police station and threatened him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA complaint was lodged with the Election Commission following which the DEO has been asked to submit a report on the entire incident that unfolded in Asansol. Supriyo had triggered controversy on a number of occasions since the notification of the Lok Sabha elections. He was earlier show-caused by the Election Commission after he released a theme song for his party. In the most recent incident, Supriyo has been accused of threatening an on-duty police officer at Kulti police station. The BJP leaders in the district claimed that some cops from the local police station ransacked the house of a BJP leader on Saturday evening. Women members of his family were also heckled by the policemen, alleged BJP. Many BJP leaders including women members of the party gheraoed the police post on Saturday night. The police officer told Supriyo that he respects him and urged him to talk properly. But Supriyo allegedly threatened him and said he would not seek any respect from the officer.last_img read more