First Supplementary Estimates to be Tabled Dec. 5

first_imgThe first Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year will be tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 5.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, during the sitting of the Lower House on Wednesday (November 29).The Estimates will be discussed by the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) and will then be debated in the House of Representatives.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed recently that the Government will be providing funds in the Supplementary Estimates for road repairs islandwide.The Government had presented a budget of $710 billion for the fiscal year 2017/18, with $485 billion allocated for recurrent (housekeeping) expenses and $225 billion for capital (development) spending.last_img read more

Tota Miahs Bharta offers for foodies

first_img.A restaurant selling heavy local foods in a remote village of Gazipur attracts hundreds of food lovers of different places to taste traditional items.Bharta — traditional mashed dishes made up of vegetables, fish and meat — is the main offer of Tota Miah’s ‘Niribili Restaurant’ or the restaurant of tranquility.And the number of items of such Bharta that are served there from time to time is unthinkably high — 70.Every day, around 300 foodies visit ‘Niribili Restaurant’, which is also called Tota Miah’s Hotel, located in Tok Nayan Bazar of Kapasia upazila, Gazipur, far away from hue and cry of metropolitan life. Many people in this part of the world refer to restaurant as hotel.”I always try to serve my customers with fresh foods,” Tota Miah said.Other than Bharta, he sells around 40 items of curry and also home-made pickles.”The fishes we cook are bought directly from the fishermen so that they contain no preservatives and people can take their original taste,” Tota Miah said of quality of foods.There are 15 cooks and 5 waiters there to serve the customers from morning till late night.Nur Mohammad was one of the customers, who came along with his family members from Narsingdi on last Saturday.”We very much loved the delicious mashed dishes and they are being offered at quite reasonable prices,” he expressed his experience.The restaurant sees much more customers at the weekend — Friday and Saturday. Tota Miah’s cooks then prepare more items. In all, this restraunt offers up to 150 items at the weekend.A package of 20 different mashed dishes is sold for Tk 200 or so and a package of 15 items of curries for the same amount. A package of fish or meat curry with rice is sold for Tk 150.Tota Miah said, fifth among eight children of his parents of the locality, he had to begin working at a very young age. He first worked a waiter and later as a boiled-rice vendor.Tota Miah shifted to beach town of Cox’s Bazar and then Chittagong, seeking a better fortune. He eventually came back within a few years to venture on a restaurant of his own as the local people encouraged him to sell foods.Banking on his initial success in Niribili, Tota Miah has transformed once corrogated iron sheet house into a pucca (brick-built) house.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img read more

90 Shibir men sued over explosive recovery

first_imgPolice filed a case accusing 90 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, hours after the alleged recovery of crude bombs and other explosives from its office in Chattogram city’s Chandanpura on Friday.Sub-inspector Anisur Rahman filed the case with Chakbazar police station early Sunday.The case was filed accusing 52 named, including city unit Shibir president Abdul Jabbar, general secretary ASM Rayhan and treasurer Hamed Hasan Elahi, along with 38 unnamed people, said SI Anisur.last_img read more

Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren

first_imgThis image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute More information: William R. Rice et al., The evolution of sex-specific grandparental harm, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print April 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0409 © 2010 ( — New research suggests that grandparents naturally and subconsciously favor the grandchildren who are most closely related to them genetically. The phenomenon is called “sexually antagonistic grandparental care,” and it has been known for some time that a grandmother will naturally prefer her son’s daughters (with whom she shares 31 percent of her genes) to her son’s sons (with whom she shares only 23 percent, suggesting she will most nurture the grandchild who inherits more of her genes. Explore further Citation: Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren (2010, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Dr Urban Friberg of the University of California, Santa Barbara and colleagues used mathematical methods to test the supposition that grandparents “differentially” care for grandchildren according to their lineage and gender. A father has an XY chromosome pair, with the X derived from his mother and the Y derived from his father. He passes copies of the X to his daughters and Y to his sons. This has evolutionary consequences, according to Friberg’s team, because of the innate drive to ensure the survival of our genes in future generations. The team developed a new paradigm they called the “no-cost-to-self nepotism” rule to generate predictions about the behaviors of grandparents.The major prediction the group found was that grandmothers (and to a lesser degree, grandfathers) will evolve grandson-harming phenotypes that effectively reduce the competition between siblings, and favor their more closely related granddaughters, especially daughters of their sons (who have definitely inherited the grandmother’s X chromosome).Women always know their children are their own, while fathers always have some uncertainty because of the possibility they were cuckolded. This means maternal grandmothers know for certain their grandchildren are recipients of copies of their genes, while paternal grandfathers are doubly uncertain about the genetic inheritance of their grandchildren. The results of the current research supports the findings of previous studies that showed a baby girl’s chances of survival are increased if a paternal grandmother cares for her, while a boy’s chances are diminished. If a maternal grandmother is involved, the boys have improved chances of survival.The results of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Family ties that bind: Maternal grandparents are more involved in the lives of their grandchildren This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more