Logo of BNPBNP on Wednesday claimed that the 20-party alliance still remains intact as only a few leaders of its two components quit the coalition in a bid to make their ‘personal gains’, reports UNB.”The 20-party alliance didn’t face any split. Only a few leaders left the alliance, but their parties are with the 20-party,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “They (those who left the alliance) were uncertain about the achievements of the BNP-led alliance. They left the alliance thinking about their personal gains.”On Tuesday, presidents and general secretaries of National Awami Party (NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP), two components of the 20-party, announced to sever ties with the alliance as they think BNP has deviated from its ‘moral’ position by forging the Jatiya Oikya Front with the actors of the 1/11 political changeover and ‘minus-two formula’.Rizvi said NAP and NDP have already expelled those of their leaders left the alliance from their parties and as the two parties are with the alliance.He also said those NDP and NAP leaders quit the alliance as they compromised with their moral values. “Some people compromise when it comes to material gains. It also happened during the Liberation War.”The BNP leader said the 20-party alliance will not get affected as some leaders of its two partners severed ties with the alliance.He said those who are in favour of truth and justice will rather receive bullets, but will not deviate from their moral position.Rizvi alleged that the date for delivering verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and others was fixed without completing the legal process and arguments.”The court did it at the behest of the government. It’s totally illegal. There’s no example of holding trial in absence of any sick person in anywhere in the world,” he observed.The BNP leader said the government has set another example of political vengeance by holding trial in absence of ailing Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.On Tuesday, Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed 29 October for pronouncing verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 Gail DelaughterHarris County District Attorney Kim Ogg discussed the new marijuana policy on Houston Matters.District Attorney Kim Ogg says Harris County is spending $26 million a year on misdemeanor marijuana cases and it’s not making things any safer. “We know that our constituents want public safety to be our number one concern,” says Ogg. “And they just don’t believe that people in possession of small amounts of marijuana are their biggest public safety concern. They’re worried about burglars and rape.”Appearing on Houston Matters, Ogg explained a new policy directed at people caught with less than four ounces. The offense won’t show up on their record if they agree to take a four-hour drug education class. Ogg also answered critics who say the D.A.’s office isn’t following the law. “Pre-charge diversion is a lawful exercise of our discretion as district attorneys,” adds Ogg. “And those decisions are made every single day in prosecutors’ offices all over this state and the United States.” Polls in Texas and nationwide have shown support for the full legalization of marijuana. Share
The three day extravaganza will create riot of colours in the air which will attract attention and enthusiasm across. Delhiites who have been indulging in this sport for many years will have a visual delight to watch for. Professional Kite Flying experts from across India and World will be taking part in this year’s kite festival.The festival will be inaugurated by Somnath Bharti, Minister of Tourism, Law, Art & Culture & Administrative Reforms, Govt. of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival has a lot in store. Some of the major highlights are night kite flying, where expert kite flyers will fly kites attaching LED lights and kite trails, which will have more than 100 kites on one string.Famous international kite flyers like Barbara Meyer from USA, Bob C from UK ,Sami Sayeghs from Beirut, Tinton and Sari from Indonesia, Cho from South Korea and Antonio from France will be demonstrating their skills in this year’s Delhi International Kite Festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey would demonstrate their kite flying skills with kites like Hexagon Stars, Sled Kites, Delta kites, Barongi kites and many more. This year the festival will have 30 expert Kite Flyers from across India from places like Kerala, Chennai, Rajkot, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Trivandrum and Delhi.A theme stall is also set up where an exhibition on the history of kites will enlighten visitors about this age old art. This stall will also display kites of different sizes from one square inch to 70 square inch, kites made of tissue paper, elastic paper, bamboo, cloth, etc. More so Delhiites will get a perfect opportunity to savour lip smacking food as there will be a food stall, which will have street foods of Delhi and Rajasthani food. Cultural programs scheduled every evening will enthral the visitors too. There will be folk music performances, dances by Sahitya Kala Parishad. There will be magic shows, puppet shows, biscope, longman etc. to provide visitors a fun filled time at the Kite Festival.A special kite making demonstration for children will be organised where professional kite flyers will showcase their expertise and demonstrate the art of kite making. A painting competition for children will also be organised on 25 Jan, (Saturday) at 2 pm at the venue.Delhi Tourism’s sole purpose to celebrate kite festival is to revive the fading age old tradition and give an opportunity to Delhiites to witness patangbaazi out in the open.When: 24-26 January; Timings: 12pm-6pmWhere: Golden Jubilee Park. Near Old Yamuna Iron Bridge
Kolkata: The World Cup cricket fever has gripped New Town.Three restaurants under West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) — Café Ekante, Café Ajante and Biswa Bangla Gate Restaurant will serve special menu during the time of World Cup. The official launch of the special event took place at Café Ajante on Thursday afternoon in presence of Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Hidco chairman Debashis Sen. Shukla, who has been part of the Indian national squad, cut a cake that resembled a cricket ground. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe restaurant has been decked up in accordance with the theme of the cricket world cup. Flags of all the participating nations have been put up and the pillars inside the restaurant have been decorated with flags of the countries taking part in the event. Two large LED TVs has been placed on the wall of the restaurant so that people can enjoy the cricket match live while savouring dishes at the restaurant. Replicas of cricket bat and wicket have been placed on tables and on the verandah outside the restaurant. A statue of Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been set up just at in front of the replica of Eiffel Tower, which is just adjacent to Café Ajante. The statue has been made by artisans of Kumartuli. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA mat has been placed in front of the statue to encourage visitors to try their hand in cricket with all the equipment required for playing the game available at the restaurant. A writing board has also been placed where visitors can write their comments or opinion about the ongoing game. These comments will be forwarded through e-mail to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “The place’s décor perfectly goes with the mood of the World Cup,” Shukla said.