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Half-time: Reading 0 QPR 0

first_imgMichael Hector went closest to opening the scoring during the first half at the Madejski Stadium.Defender Hector, loaned back to Reading after being signed by Chelsea in September, headed narrowly wide after being found unmarked by Ollie Norwood’s superbly-delivered free-kick.Both sides struggled to create chances, although Junior Hoilett had an effort saved by Royals goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.Moments later, Reading’s Nick Blackman dragged a right-footed shot wide of the far post.Rangers again started without a recognised striker in the absence of Charlie Austin, who is on the substitutes’ bench.Fer returned to the starting line-up following a suspension.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Petrasso, Sandro, Faurlin, Phillips, Hoilett, Fer.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Chery, Henry, Luongo, Tozser, Austin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Do Confusing Branches Add up to a Darwin Tree?

first_imgEvolutionists routinely try to construct parts of Darwin’s grand “tree of life” from fossils and genes.  Do the parts come together as expected?Camels & mammals:  The genome of a Bactrian (two-humped) camel named Mozart was deciphered.  According to Science Daily, “The DNA code also represents a rich resource for addressing questions on phylogenetic relationships between animals.”  So far, though, all the geneticists found was 85% similarity to the one-humped dromedary camel.  They hope it will clarify relationships with llamas and alpacas, too, but that work remains to be done.Zebrafish & mermaids:  Alongside a photo of a lovely lady swimming underwater, Michael Gross wrote in Current Biology,  “While we humans tend to have grandiose ideas about our special position in the tree of life, more than 70% of our genes have an obvious orthologue in zebrafish.”  Other than telling sweeping stories of evolutionary transitions, Gross only mentioned the coelacanth genome and the zebrafish genome as data, noting that “zebrafish has the largest number of unique genes (3,634) not shared with any of the others” (chicken, mouse, and human).  And despite the major changes involved in moving from sea to land, he wrote, “Arthropods must have made the transition at least five times, as researchers have concluded from phylogenetic trees.”Tree of life is fishy:  In “Somethings’s fishy in the tree of life,” Science Daily reported on the largest comparison of fish genes to date, providing data that “dramatically increase understanding of fish evolution and their relationships.”  Some assembly required, after disassembling previous assumptions and “proposing” relationships nobody would have expected:While some of the findings provide new support for previously understood fish relationships, others significantly change existing ideas. Many different groupings are proposed in this new tree. For example, tunas and marlins are both fast-swimming marine fishes with large, streamlined bodies, yet they appear on very different branches of the tree. Tunas appear to be more closely related to the small, sedentary seahorses, whereas marlins are close relatives of flatfishes, which are bottom-dwelling and have distinctive asymmetric heads.Fish & Hips:  A short article on Science Daily tries to explain the “fishy origin of our hips.”  We’re related to salamanders, by implication: it only took a “few evolutionary steps” to convert fins to hips.  Even though humans are thought to be very distant on Darwin’s tree, “the differences between us and them are not as great as they appear — most of the key elements necessary for the transformation to human hips were actually already present in our fish ancestors,” the article alleges.  And that’s because “Many of the muscles thought to be ‘new’ in tetrapods evolved from muscles already present in lungfish,” a Monash University evolutionist said.  “We also found evidence of a new, more simple path by which skeletal structures would have evolved.”  A picture of an axolotl adorns the article—but that’s a salamander, not a fish.Speaking of salamanders, an article on PhysOrg alleges that the “repeated evolution of high foraging rates in spotted salamanders” shows the “invisible finger of evolution” at work.  Quote from the evolutionary spokesman from U of Connecticut: “Finding that adaptive evolution may disguise strong ecological effects means that a range of ecological predictions are likely to be unreliable if we ignore how evolution affects biological communities” — i.e., evolution and ecology are so “inexorably intertwined,” one can mask the other.Snakes alive, and hopeful lizards:  A researcher with his team at George Washington U has built a new evolutionary tree of all lizards and snakes around the globe, 4,161 species in all.  “While there are gaps on some branches of the tree,” the lead acknowledged, “the structure of the tree goes a long way toward fully mapping every genus and species group.”  He thinks he knows what will fill the gaps, even though the project is preliminary: “this estimate of the squamate tree of life shows us what we do know, and more importantly, what we don’t know, and will hopefully spur even more research on the amazing diversity of lizards and snakes.”Speaking of lizards, here’s a big one.  While listening to music from The Doors, Jason Head (U of Nebraska) found a six-footer he named after Jim Morrison (leader of the rock band, who apparently committed suicide).  Thought to have lived 40 million years ago, Barbaturex morrisoni was larger than many of the mammals it munched on.  Head attributed today’s paucity of large lizards to climate change.  Apparently global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels were much higher back then, even with human smokestacks and automobiles around.  “We think the warm climate during that period of time allowed the evolution of a large body size and the ability of plant-eating lizards to successfully compete in mammal faunas,” he said (PhysOrg).  Is he proposing reptile size as a function of temperature?  Why, then, were there large dinosaurs in the arctic circle?  Why are lizards smaller today, to first approximation, in hot as well as cold climates?Ant what they used to be:  How’s the ant branch coming along?  Science Daily reported on a new ant family tree that supposedly “Confirms Date of Evolutionary Origin” and “Underscores Importance of Neotropics” in their emergence.  Data from genes and fossils were used to build the largest ancestry diagram for ants.  According to the phylogenists, “the rainforests of the Neotropics are both a museum, protecting many of the oldest ant groups, and also a cradle that continues to generate new species.”  In other words, some evolve and some don’t.  “This ant tree-of-life confirmed an earlier surprising finding that two groups of pale, eyeless, subterranean ants, which are unlike most typical ants, are the earliest living ancestors of the modern ants.”  It would seem easier to lose eyes than to gain them.Planting trees in the fast lane:  “Biologists have known for a long time that some creatures evolve more quickly than others,” begins an article on PhysOrg. “Exactly why isn’t well understood, particularly for plants.”  A new notion is that short plants grow in the “evolutionary fast lane” compared to tall plants.  At the U.S. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, researchers estimated the average height of 140 families of plants, then plotted them against their assumed date of emergence in the fossil record to conclude (to their surprise) that “shorter plants evolved as much as five times faster than taller ones.”  Why would that be?  They surmised that the tips of small plants generate more mistakes:What puts short plants in the evolutionary fast lane? The researchers suspect the difference may be driven by genetic changes that accumulate in the actively-dividing cells in the tip of the plant shoot as it grows. Cells don’t copy their DNA perfectly each time they divide. In animals, most DNA copy mistakes that occur in the cells of the animal’s body can’t be inherited—they’re evolutionary dead ends. But this isn’t the case for plants, where genetic changes in any part of the plant could potentially get passed on if those cells eventually form flowers or other reproductive organs.For the notion to work, “the rate of cell division and genome copying in taller plants eventually slows down, and changes in DNA—the raw material for evolution—accumulates less quickly.”  Sounds like a hypothesis in need of observation.Does Darwin need his tree?  As reported here May 15, the “tree of life” is a tangled bramble bush, according to an article on Science Daily.  Astrobiology Magazine went further to debunk the notion of a “tree of life” with a last universal common ancestor (LUCA).  But their idea of “digging down below the tree of life” threatens to uproot it:A family tree unites a diverse group of individuals that all carry genetic vestiges from a single common ancestor at the base of the tree. But this organizational structure falls apart if genetic information is a communal resource as opposed to a family possession.The article stressed the significance of horizontal gene transfer,  Nigel Goldenfield (U of Chicago) stated it this way: “Our perspective is that life emerged from a collective state, and so it is not at all obvious that there is one single organism which was ancestral.”  Although this refers to the trunk of the tree, the impact of the new idea flows upward.  “In his work,[Peter]  Gogarten [U of Connecticut] has shown that horizontal gene transfer turns the tree of life into a thick bush of branches that interweave with each other.”  (see also 2/01/07). The new ideas of Carl Woese (1/28/10), Goldenfield and Gogarten are examples of “the evolution of evolution,” the article suggests (see 12/19/07).The group is particularly interested in the question of how the ability to evolve originally developed. The “evolution of evolution” sounds like a chicken-and-egg problem — especially if you think, as Goldenfeld does, that life is by definition something capable of evolving.However, evolution can utilize different mechanisms to achieve the same goal. Goldenfeld’s team will try to recover some of life’s former evolutionary phases by stressing cells and then seeing how their genomes rearrange in response.It appears, then, that to salvage evolutionary theory, astrobiologists must personify evolution (“evolution can utilize different mechanisms“) and dispense with Darwin’s core concept of unguided natural selection (“to achieve the same goal“).Goldenfield, a physicist, tries to see evolution in thermodynamics terms in order to come up with rules of “universal biology.”  However it is viewed, it’s clear that evolutionists have a long way to go.  He said, “We would like to have a better understanding of why life exists at all.”Why does life exist at all?  Because it was created.  It didn’t just happen.  We can say that confidently after showcasing once again the utter bankruptcy of evolutionary theory (10/19/10). Did you catch that the zebrafish has 3,634 unique genes?  What’s the probability of those arising without design?After 154 years of Darwin, evolutionists are not even sure there is a tree of life.  Creationists have the certainty of a life-giving, created tree of life: in the beginning and at the end.  Don’t be fooled by the mystical divination of modern-day shamans who use mumbo-jumbo like “the evolution of evolution” or “the invisible finger of evolution” to keep their fake tree fable going (2/01/07 commentary), who refuse to acknowledge the clear evidence for design, and who keep promising understanding that never comes. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Building Science Corp. Study Examines Insulation Performance

first_imgOld newsThe findings aren’t new; they were reported by GBA in a September 2012 article called “Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of Walls.” In that article, senior editor Martin Holladay wrote, “If the walls were sealed and there was no air flow through the walls, all of the R-13 walls behaved the same. As Gertrude Stein might have put it, an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall is an R-13 wall. ‘When the nominal R-13 walls are sealed and tested, they have the same heat flow, plus or minus 4%,’ said [Chris] Schumacher. ‘They all perform roughly the same.’” RELATED ARTICLES Builders who run the other way when someone suggests using fiberglass batt insulation may want to rethink their point of view. A study released by an industry trade group says that one type of wall insulation performs as well as any other as long as it is installed correctly and the wall has been air-sealed.That conclusion comes from an updated Thermal Metric Summary Report compiled by the Building Science Corporation and released this week by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), a trade group representing manufacturers of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation.“R-value is R-value,” NAIMA said in reporting the latest results of the multi-year study. “When walls are constructed to the same R-value and properly sealed, all insulation types perform essentially the same.” Air Leakage Degrades the Thermal Performance of WallsA Bold Attempt to Slay R-ValueUnderstanding R-ValueInstalling Fiberglass Right Search continues for an R-value replacementThe industry-funded research is part of what’s turning out to be a very long process aimed at replacing R-value with another metric for describing thermal performance.Joseph Lstiburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation (BSC), announced in 2007 that it was time for the R-value to be retired and replaced with a metric that took into account more complexities of building assemblies and site conditions. As GBA’s Martin Holladay reported nearly four years ago, BSC built a new test rig called a double-guarded hot box with the aim of measuring heat and mass flows. But testing dragged on for years without any firm conclusions.As the report notes, BSC joined with six companies in the industry — including NAIMA and Icynene, a manufacture of open-cell foam — to develop a replacement for R-value.“The Thermal Metric Project was initiated in response to renewed focus on building system performance and increasing use of a broader range of building materials and systems,” the report notes. “These factors highlight the shortcomings of the dominate thermal performance metric, namely R-value. Contemporary insulation materials and systems are more or less sensitive to thermal bridging, workmanship (i.e. quality of installation), internal convention and through convection (i.e. infiltration, exfiltration, wind washing and re-entrant looping).“The impact of such ‘anomalies’ and ‘defects’ is not captured in the standard (label and installed) R-value metric,” it said.Researchers still have more work to do: “At this stage of the research project, the industry partners have not proposed a new metric for quantifying the thermal performance of insulation beyond conventional R-value,” NAIMA said, “and the report does not include any recommendations for a new metric.”But the study did yield a number of observations:Unless a continuous layer of insulation is installed on one side of the wall, all wood-framed walls are subject to thermal bridging, regardless of what type of insulation is used in the stud cavities. Thermal bridging through the framing lowered thermal performance by about 15%.Commercially available heat transfer models do a good job of predicting thermal bridging, as did the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals.All types of insulation show changes in thermal performance with changes in temperature.No matter what type of insulation is used, all wall assemblies show some loss of thermal performance when air is permitted to move through them. A preliminary version of the report was released almost two years ago, NAIMA said, comparing fiberglass batts, cellulose, closed-cell spray foam, and foam sheathing. But open-cell spray foam wasn’t included because of defects in a test wall. The updated version of the report, dated June 2015, also includes test results involving R-15 fiberglass batts and R-15 blown-in fiberglass insulation.NAIMA said that R-15 fiberglass batts performed better than a wall insulated to R-13 with open-cell spray foam and better than R-12 worth of closed-cell foam.“The results of this research clearly demonstrate that there is no single ‘best’ insulation material and that all insulation materials perform equally well when properly air sealed and installed, debunking the claims that spray foam insulation performs better than other insulation types and provides air sealing for the whole building.”last_img read more

Student protest forces Presidency to hold convocation at other venue

first_imgIn a small auditorium of Nandan, located in the Kolkata’s cultural complex, Presidency University held its convocation on Tuesday morning. The auditorium that can barely accommodate 100 people had veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee and former scientific adviser to the Prime Minister C.N.R. Rao receiving honorary degrees D. Litt and D.Sc degree respectively. No student of the University was present. University Chancellor and State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi also stayed away from the convocation which ended in 40 minutes. The 200-year-old institution was forced to hold the convocation at an auditorium mainly meant for screening of films as a section of the students had not allowed the authorities to enter the campus on college street. “Students should remember that they have not come to live in Hindu hostel. But to study in Presidency University. What is it that makes that particular location and that particular building so important,” Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University Anuradha Lohia, said during the convocation. Large placard Prof. Lohia explained to the gathering that it was the student’s protests that has forced the University to hold their convocation at Nandan and not at the University premises. On Monday morning, the Vice-Chancellor and other authorities found that the gate of the University was locked by students who put up large placard which stated, ‘Presidency University is closed …..Renovation of Hindu hostel is going on’.A section of students of the institution have been protesting for the past one month over demands that they be allowed to stay at the Hindu hostel, close to the University campus on college street, which is under renovation. The University has made alternative arrangements for boarding of the students at its New Town campus and made arrangements free travel. The Vice-Chancellor argued that as a custodian of the University, she cannot push beyond a certain level and jeopardise safety of the issue.“That they want to stay in the hostel right now, does not sound rationale. It does not sound like students of Presidency University,” she said. Prof. Lohia said she will not use force against the students and will not force herself inside the University campus. Meanwhile, a section of protesting students said that the University authorities cannot put the blame entirely on the students. “Over the past 40 days we tried to argue our case with the Vice-Chancellor but she did not listen. Now by passing the responsibility of what happened today on students, the Vice-Chancellor is passing the responsibility and trying to score points before the State government,” Shuvajit Sarkar, a second year postgraduate student of History said.last_img read more

Get set for Couture, says Tanya Banon

first_imgFDCI president Sunil Sethi.Come July and it’s countdown time to the next season of fashion. The initiation ceremony into twines and twirls of glossy tulle, satiny silks and plush velvets begins with India’s most prestigious and credible fashion event in the country-India Couture Week 2014.In the wake of runway fervor, I choose to set aside fashion fatigue for a moment and look at the glass half full and what comes to the fore is a burgeoning industry that has extended itself beyond boundaries of couture or pret; where Indian designers command the same prices as world renowned international fashion houses and where fashion has given a boost to parallel and complimentary industries brimming with talent of models, set designers, make up artists, hair stylists, choreographers, photographers and performing artists.Behind all the hype and hoopla is an entire machinery of professionals. Amongst them, one man tirelessly makes it all happen year in and out. Sunil Sethi is not only President of the FDCI but he is also the man behind the scenes who makes fashion work like clockwork.FDCI president Sunil Sethi says Manish Arora (centre) has infused colour into bridal designs.In a candid conversation Sethi reveals the inner dynamics that goes into putting together a couture extravaganza.Sethi reveals that, “the designers have an extremely positive competitive spirit amongst one and other when it comes to the event.This is because India Couture Week is not only a B to C (Business toCustomer) model but also a B to B model, as the countries leading multidesigner stores place orders based on the collections showcased at theevent. Couture Week sets the mood, palette and dictates the trend forthe upcoming festive season and also bridal trends. This event has given birth to a pool of talent including models, choreographers and fashionphotographers to name a few.”advertisementThe “all-new edition” of India Couture Week has Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers as the title sponsor & Logix Group as the associate sponsors and promises to be a fashion destination that breaks away from the old formula with improvised and innovative methods of showcasing. Sethi reveals, “This year we will present collections that go beyond the regular format. We will have press previews, cocktail previews for exclusive groups limited to a hundred or so people, larger than life sets and offsite shows. This time, designer Rohit Bal is doing a cocktail preview for a select crowd. We will retain Delhi as a base and extend ourselves to other cities after the event as well.”India has a plethora of talent and India Couture Week seeks to showcase this in a clear and credible manner where opportunity is given both to veteran names and emerging talent.Sethi speaks rather candidly stating, “I cannot afford to differentiate between what is known as star talent and emerging talent, I cannot be partial to a group of designers from a particular city over another city.”When it comes to talking about other fashion weeks in the country that portray themselves as “couture” or “bridal” destinations, Sethi minces no words, “some people (designers) just never learn from their choices and often give greater significance to commercial aspects.For them their commercial interests weigh more than the aesthetic, ethical and creative platform which FDCI offers.”STRANGERS TRANSMIT TENSIONPsychologists from Saint Louis University have found that stress can be passed on through things like tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and even odour.For those who couldn’t take advantage of the holiday season due to work and domestic pressures, please ensure that you pencil in some R&R in your schedules to save yourself from landing into ‘secondhand stress’. The Daily Mail recently reported that “stress can be ‘caught’ from strangers,” via a groundbreaking study by a team of psychologists from Saint Louis University.The study shows that “in some situations stress is contagious….They found that the stress can be passed on through things like tone of voice, facial expressions, posture and even odour.”FASHION UNVEILED AT SPORTS EVENTSThe Duchess looked chic at a Wimbledon match.Sports enthusiasts are having a gala time as the biggest events in sports entertainment, the Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup, head into quarter and semi finals this week. However, for fashion aficionados this is also the perfect time to cash in on the sportswear fashion trend which is big on both the international and desi circuits. If you’re heading to watch the games, try to look sportingly cool by experimenting with luxe fabrics and sporty silhouettes or then be femininely chic like Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge in her white applique dress at Wimbledon.Try out mesh jackets, hoodies, washed satins, neoprene, track pants in plush fabrics, bomber jackets, pastel hued pencil skirts, tennis skirts, quilted detailing, sports wedges, healed boots and jersey dresses.advertisementIf your brand conscious pick from Gucci’s lurex and matte satin sportswear, Marc Jacobs haute athletic wear, Prabul Gurung and DKNY sports chic or Indian names like Rajesh Pratap Singh and Satya Paul.last_img read more

IDG Partners With LinkedIn for Marketing Services Programs

first_imgUnder a “Hosted Technology Group” program, IDG will set up a LinkedIn group based on any number of IT market verticals, such as virtualization, mobile, cloud computing, and so on. Marketers can sign on for a one-year exclusive sponsorship of the group. Services include a dedicated IDG group manager, daily content, curated and managed discussion topics, ad placements and client-originated content marketing opportunities. A “Custom Technology Group” program is similar to the Hosted Technology offering but lasts for six months and lets the sponsor take the lead on content and topic. This program will likely be used for a client’s specific marketing campaign rather than being tethered to a broader tech vertical community. For its part, LinkedIn will be responsible for promotion, content distribution and member recruitment.Charles Lee, senior vice president, marketing services and custom solutions at IDG, declined to offer specific terms of the partnership, but both parties share in sponsor revenue. “IDG and LinkedIn both recognize revenue that aligns to their respective services included in the program,” he says. “We do not disclose pricing, but both social marketing packages are in line and competitive with each of IDG’s and LinkedIn’s individual services.”Both programs guarantee a certain engagement volume as well as group members. “Programs include guaranteed discussion posts, content volume, commenting activity, and group joins,” says Lee.  “Sponsors get exclusive sponsor attribution, branding, and exclusive ability to control all elements of the right rail including display ads, videos, slideshare presentations and resource library.”LinkedIn’s built-in ability to target specific executive and industry segments should be watched closely by b-to-b media companies. IDG is jumping in just as LinkedIn is adding to its content services. It expanded its channel categories in May, allowing members to better tailor their homepage content streams. And in April, LinkedIn bought content curation platform Pulse. “Our vision for content is that LinkedIn will be the definitive professional publishing platform, and Pulse is a perfect complement to this vision,” said Deep Nishar, LinkedIn’s senior vice presdient of products and user experience, at the time. See Also: Q&A: LinkedIn’s Executive Editor Dan RothIn the meantime, LinkedIn is going to need content to feed to its membership segments, and IDG has stepped into that void, both as a way to feature its brands, foster discussion around them and leverage their content for marketing services opportunities. IDG is getting in early with LinkedIn’s content development efforts by expanding its partnership with the b-to-b social media platform. IDG Enterprise’s Custom Solutions group and IDG’s media brands, including Computerworld, InfoWorld, CIO and CSO, are developing LinkedIn groups to provide targeted marketing opportunities for b-to-b brand marketers.IDG set up a CIO Forum on LinkedIn several years ago, which now includes more than 50,000 IT members. This new partnership expands that concept into a more custom marketing services type of arrangement. The company will be offering two different sponsored group options that will use IDG media brand content as well as group management services. last_img read more

Best longterm prepaid calling plans from Vodafone BSNL Airtel and Reliance Jio

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Telcos in India created panic among mobile users when they decided to disconnect incoming calls with low balance. With that, users started looking for the best prepaid plans with incoming and outgoing calling facility to avoid disruption. For subscribers with two SIM cards, one mainly for data purposes, finding affordable calling plans can be a challenging task.Reliance Jio offers the best data plans, and most users use Jio SIM card as a secondary one in addition to Airtel or Vodafone. So finding just voice call plans that even extend the validity of incoming calls on the primary number makes sense for many.Most telcos offer exciting plans that fulfil various needs of subscribers, including daily high-speed data, unlimited calls and texts. Below you can find the best long-term prepaid calling plans from all major carriers in India, so you do not have to lose your primary number to temporary suspension.AirtelShortly after suspending incoming calls for not maintaining a minimum balance, Airtel introduced Rs 100 and Rs 500 plans that offer lifetime incoming validity alongside 28 days outgoing validity. With the recharge Rs 100, subscribers get Rs 81.75 talk time and with Rs 500, Airtel offers Rs 420 worth talk time. Both these plans do not offer any data benefits, for which users can look at the wide range of prepaid plans at easy disposal. Airtel prepaid plansDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesVodafone IdeaLike Airtel, Vodafone has plenty of prepaid plans to suit different needs of subscribers. For those who are more focused on calling than data, there’s a new Rs 999 tariff, which gives subscribers unlimited voice calling, 100 SMS per day and 12GB data for a period of one year. This plan is valid only in Punjab circle, but it’s only a matter of time before Vodafone rolls out to other regions.Separately, Vodafone has Rs 597 plan that gives users 10GB data, 100 SMS per day and unlimited calling for a period of 112 days and the same plan for feature phones extends the validity to 168 days. Vodafone prepaid plansReuters/file photoFor a wide range of prepaid plans with unlimited calls, data and more, visit Vodafone’s official website.BSNLSeeing the competition up to the game, BSNL also rolled out a new prepaid plan focused on voice calls. The state-run telco is offering unlimited local, STD and roaming call for a period of six months with the recharge of Rs 599.Reliance JioReliance Jio doesn’t have a prepaid plan that focuses solely on calls. But the cheap tariffs bundle calls and data and still manages to compete with rivals. There are several long-term prepaid plans under Jio, but the best ones are for Rs 399 with 84 days validity, 1.5GB data per day and Rs 1,699 with one-year validity and 1.5GB data per day. Subscribers can look for various offers with 2GB data per day and up to 5GB data per day.center_img Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India?last_img read more

Cabinet ratifies deal on forming Intl Solar Alliance

first_imgThe cabinet on Monday ratified an agreement under which Bangladesh became a member of 121 solar-resource-rich nations for research, low-cost financing and rapid deployment of clean energy.The decision was taken at a regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Prime Minister’s Office with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Briefing reporters after the meeting at the secretariat, Cabinet Division secretary (Coordination and Reforms) NM Ziaul Alam said the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched at the UN climate change conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by Indian prime minister Narendera Modi and then French president Francois Hollande.Following that, he said, Bangladesh signed the agreement on the sidelines of the COP22 Conference in Morocco. “Today, the ‘Framework Agreement on the Establishment of the International Solar Alliance’ has been ratified.”Highlighting some salient features of the deal, Ziaul Alam said the alliance will take steps to remove the obstacles and problems in boosting the solar power of the solar-resource-rich member countries alongside taking integrated efforts for financing solar power projects, conducting research, ensuring necessary development and boosting capacity.”Besides, various programmes and proposals of the ISA will be adopted through discussions,” he added.The Cabinet Division secretary said there will be an assembly and one secretariat under the ISA, while the member states will be the member of the assembly and decision will be taken in the assembly through votes.”The ISA secretariat will execute the assembly decisions,” Ziaul Alam added.He also said India will act as the depositor of the Alliance while any member state can withdraw its membership after giving a three-month notice.The ISA aims to channel $300 billion in 10 years to promote renewable energy projects under a global mega fund for clean energy.The cabinet meeting, however, directed the Internal Resources Division (IRD) to resubmit the draft of ‘The Income Tax Bill, 2017’ after reviewing the draft law in details.last_img read more

BSTI cancels licences of 2 more companies

first_imgBSTIBangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled licences of two more companies for producing substandard products, reports UNB.Licences of S M Consumers Products, Chattogram and Kiron Traders of Naogaon were cancelled through a BSTI notice.Besides, it suspended license of 25 other companies.It cancelled the licence of seven products and suspended the license of 18 food products of different companies on Wednesday for the same reason.BSTI recently tested 406 food samples by a surveillance team. Among those 52 food samples were found to be substandard and adulterated.BSTI ordered stopping of production, supply, sale and advertisements of these products within 24 hours.The 25 companies which licences were suspended by BSTI are Ghee of Baghabari Special Ghee, Dakksin Goran Dhaka, Semolina of Nishita Foods, Sylhet, Turmeric Powder of Manjil Foods and products, Sylhet, Honey of Green Lands Milk Products, Khulna, Turmeric Powder of Shan Food, Kushtia, Salt of Madhumati Salt Industries, Khulna, vermicelli of Jedda Food Industries, Jhalakathi, Salt of Noor Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, vermicelli (LacchaSemai) of Amrita Food Products, Barishal, salt (Ayodinjukto Laban) of New Jhalakathi Salt Mills, Jhalakathi, salt of Quality Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Lucky Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Taj Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, chili powder of Kashem Traders, Rajshahi, Turmeric power (Holudergura) of Kashem traders, Rajshahi, chili powder of Amirul Traders, Rajshahi, Vermicelli of Madhuful and Products, Sylhet, Vermicelli of Mithai Sweets, Chattogram, flour of K R Food Industries, Chattogram, vermicelli of Well Food and Beverage, Chattogram, fermented milk of Rupsa Food Products,Chattogram, biscuit of Imtiaz Bread and Food Products, Chattogram, vermicelli of Misti Mela Food products, Chattogram, chanachur of Taiyeba Food Products, Chattogram and vermicelli of Madhuban Bread and Biscuit, Chattogram.last_img read more

2 cases filed over 4 killings in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaTwo separate cases were filed on Thursday with Debidwar police station in connection with the killing of three people by a man who was subsequently killed in a mob beating in Debidwar uapzila on Wednesday, reports UNB.Zahirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Debidwar police station, said Rubel Hossain, brother of deceased Najma Begum, filed a case against Mokhlesur for killing three people including a child while Mokhlesur’s wife Rabeya Khatun filed another case against 1,500 unnamed people for killing her husband.Three people -Anwara Begum, 45, wife of Shah Alam, her son Abu Hanif, 12 and Nazma Begum, 40, wife of Nurul Islam were killed in an attack allegedly by Mokhlesur Rahman, 35, a rickshawpuller, at Radhanagar in the upazila on Wednesday.Later local people caught Mokhlesur and beat him to death.last_img read more