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Ban Kimoon Visits Somali Refugees

first_imgUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering.“This is a tragedy – a man-made tragedy. If leaders had listened more to the aspirations of their people, we would not be here,” he told refugees in Dadaab’s Ifo 2 camp on Thursday. He added that although refugees in the camps were facing great challenges, it was encouraging to see how they had organized themselves, established democratic structures and provided community based security.Ban Ki-moon was himself internally displaced during the 1950-53 Korean War, while the parents of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who accompanied the UN chief, were refugees. “There is nothing like being out of your country, not being able to move,” he said, before pledging World Bank support to get Somalia back on the development track.Representatives of the refugee community expressed their concerns for the future, restriction of movement and security in the camps. A member of the local Kenyan community told the delegation about the burdens faced by hosting such a large number of refugees for more than 20 years.Ban Ki-moon and Jim Yong Kim also toured the camp to get a better understanding of the harsh living conditions in the arid area. They visited a hospital, including a maternity ward and a nutrition stabilization centre.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

Nintendo Switch sales hit nearly 37 million but companys profits are down

first_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Nintendo Switch sold 36.87 million units by the end of June. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Even though the Nintendo Switch hit 36.87 million units sold by the end of June, Nintendo on Tuesday reported a 10% decline in its quarterly profits. Despite revenue of 172 billion yen ($1.6 billion), the Japanese company said “foreign exchange losses of 12 billion yen and other factors” resulted in 16.6 billion yen profit for the quarter.In the same quarter last year, Nintendo’s operating profit was 30.5 billion yen, and its revenue was 168 billion yen, so its profit fell 45.7% year over year. See It Now playing: Watch this: However, strong Switch sales (2.1 million for the quarter) are bringing that device closer to the SNES, which sold 49.1 million in total, and Super Mario Maker 2 managed to sell 2.42 million copies in three days — it came out June 28.Nintendo’s aiming to sell 18 million Switches for the year ending March 2020, with the cheaper Switch Lite revision coming out Sept. 20. It’s no doubt hoping big releases like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield will bolster sales. Walmart See it Share your voice Post a comment 29 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Amazon $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $299 See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Nintendo Switch $299 8:34 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendo Consoles Gaming The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch 0 Tags Best Buy See Itlast_img read more

Aamir Khan smartly dodges question on Kangana Ranaut being upset with him

first_imgAamir Khan dodges question on Kangana Ranaut being upset with him.IANS/Varinder ChawlaAamir Khan on his birthday was asked to speak on Kangana Ranaut being upset with him for not extending support to her film Manikarnika. However, the actor very smartly dodged the question.Aamir held a press conference to celebrate his birthday with the media on Thursday. One of the reporters asked him if Kangana called and wished him as she was upset with him.Aamir appeared surprised to know that the Queen actress was angry with him, and in his own style, dodged the question. Aamir said that he was not aware of it as Kangana did not tell him anything like that directly. He then concluded saying that he will ask her when he meets her.Kangana had targeted Aamir some days ago saying that she supported his films like Dangal and Secret Superstar, but the actor never spoke anything about her films including Manikarnika.”Arre yaar, iska na kuch ho jaye, main chup baithta hoon!” How do they do that? How does it even work? For me, this is a revelation that this film, what Rani Laxmibai has done, is this freedom only mine? Doesn’t it belong to anybody else? When Aamir called me for Dangal, Secret Superstar, I went all the way to Ambani’s house. Dangal, for me, was a film about women empowerment. But they don’t have time for any of my trials. I have two-three films coming up, but I don’t expect people to write about them,” she had told media.Apart from Aamir, Kangana had also cirticised Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and a few others for allegedly not speaking on societal or political issues.last_img read more

Appeal to be filed seeking highest punishment of Tarique Quader

first_imgOn behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League leaders place wreaths in memory of the martyrs of the 21 August grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka on Wednesday.Photo: Hasan RazaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the ‘mastermind’ of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman will be exposed for the highest punishment.“We’ve the opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman,” he told newsmen after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital paying homage to the martyrs.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement said that they carried out the attack after getting order from Tarique Rahman.“All of the masterminds of the killing would be exposed to trial,” he added.Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe AL leader further said the gruesome grenade attack, on 21 August 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of the Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance to eliminate the party top leader and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.“For blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu’s daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage,” Quader said, adding the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it.He said, “The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country’s politics under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”last_img read more

WB govt seeks GRSEs aid to rebuild collapsed Majerhat bridge

first_imgMumbai: IPO-bound Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Wednesday said its help has been sought by West Bengal government to build a bridge at Majerhat, after last month’s collapse that killed one person. It has also been approached to build a bridge replacing a collapsed one at Siliguri and is in touch with authorities in flood-hit Kerala for building bridges, its chairman and managing director, Rear Adm (Retd) VK Saxena told reporters here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We see orders by state governments and other civilian agencies to build bailey bridges as a major opportunity. West Bengal government has approached us to help them build a bridge at Majerhat in 10-15 days,” he said. He elaborated that the plan is to build two bridges, one each catering to traffic in one direction and the GRSE is in talks with the government for building one quickly before the Durga Puja festivities. No contract has been signed yet and the price for the construction is yet to be negotiated, he said. This will be the second bridge to be built by the defence public sector undertaking after building the foot overbridge that came up at suburban Elphinstone Road last year, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Apart from bridges, the shipyard is planning to concentrate on ship repairs and refitting and exports in a major way, he said. At present, over 95 per cent of its Rs 20,300 crore order book is from the Indian Navy won without competitive bidding. The government is selling 25 per cent of its holding in the Kolkata-headquartered company through an offer for sale, through which it expects to raise over Rs 335 crore. The initial public offering (IPO) issue will be open for three days starting September 24. Adm Saxena said a public listing will help the shipyard be more efficient in its operations. It will be delivering 15 vessels to the Navy by end of next year, he said, adding that the three project-17 alpha vessels will be delivered by 2023. It will be bidding for all the future projects that the Navy will be coming up with, he said.last_img read more

Swoop to ramp up summer service with new WinnipegAbbotsford route

first_img Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Tags: New Routes, Swoop << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group CALGARY — For the peak summer season, Swoop is adding a new domestic regional route – Winnipeg-Abbotsford – beginning Aug. 16 and currently available for purchase.The news comes hot on the heels of Swoop’s recent announcement of a fourth aircraft being added for the summer. This new route will double the weekly frequency schedule in Winnipeg, and add seven flights to the Abbotsford weekly frequency schedule.“At Swoop our mission is to get more Canadians travelling by making air travel more accessible and affordable for all Canadians,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop. “We’ve been seeing strong sales and traveller demand in both Winnipeg and Abbotsford since the Swoop booking launch on Feb. 1. And we’re thrilled to be adding this route to offer a lower-cost option for travellers to get out and explore, visit family and friends and make some memories this summer.”Swoop service officially kicks off on June 20, 2018, with an initial network that includes Abbotsford, Hamilton, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Halifax. With the addition of the new Winnipeg-Abbotsford route, the airline will be operating 66 weekly flights as of Aug. 16.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemStarting today, Swoop is celebrating the latest route announcement with a system-wide seat sale that includes one-way prices starting at $38 if booked by April 24 for travel between June 20-27 and/or Aug. 16-Dec. 13, 2018. For more information go to FlySwoop.com. Swoop to ramp up summer service with new Winnipeg-Abbotsford routelast_img read more