Ranger manager Steven Gerrard has lauded the additions of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis to his squad this January.Defoe is on an 18-month loan from Bournemouth, while Davis has returned to Rangers from Southampton on an initial six-month loan subject to international clearance.Defoe made his intention for the club this season known via Twitter where he tweeted: ‘Let’s bring that trophy home boss.’Gerrard who played with Defoe in the national team told Daily Mail:Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“He is an exceptionally talented striker and vastly experienced footballer who has scored goals at every club he has played for.“He will be a great addition to our dressing room and we look forward to integrating him into the squad whilst we work in Tenerife over the next week.”Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are hoping to lift the Scottish Premier League this season after a long period of dominance by defending Champions Celtic.
Kangana Ranaut loses cool when asked about rape charges on Aditya PancholiInstagram video screenshotKangana Ranaut recently lost her cool when one reporter asked her about accusations of rape against Aditya Pancholi. The actress slammed the reporter by saying that, “you can be behind the bars”.The Manikarnika actress told the reporter that one cannot name the complainant in such cases. “Media should be responsible. These issues should not be sensationalised. And you cannot take the name of the applicant, you will be behind bars if you do so,” an angry Kangana told the reporter when she asked her to comment on filling rape case against Pancholi.While it was believed that Kangana has filed a rape case against Pancholi, the actress’ sister Rangoli Chandel on Twitter stated that she filed the case and not Kangana. Rangoli in her tweets said that she filed the case against Pancholi as the latter has been filing multiple cases against Kangana.”Kangana has openly spoken about her struggles, she feels that’s more important, in her own words she always says, I am not fighting these men I am fighting male chauvinism, I HAVE FILED A CASE ON PANCHOLI, she hasn’t… kitni bar samjhaoon? Pancholi and his wife attacking her everyday and filing many cases what am I supposed to do? People should condemn them but no one saying anything to full time criminal family, when Kangana never filed any case why should media take her name?” she said in her tweet.It is to be mentioned, Kangana, who was in a relationship with Pancholi years ago, had earlier filed a case against him, accusing him of physical and sexual assault. In response to that, Pancholi had filed a defamation case against the actress. Hence, it is little perplexing when Rangoli says that she filed the fresh rape case against Pancholi and not Kangana.Watch the video of Kangana losing cool on the journalist:
‘Rickshaw Girl’ getting film adaptationA popular children’s book about a Bangladeshi girl who decides to disguise herself as a boy in order to work and help pull her family out of poverty is being adapted for the big screen, reports NBC News.First published in 2007, Mitali Perkins’s “Rickshaw Girl,” follows Naima, the daughter of a rickshaw puller who lives with her family outside of a large city. Already acknowledged as a gifted artist with a flair for creating “alpanas”- painted designs created with rice flour and water popular in Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal – Naima longs to be able to use her talents to help her parents. To do so, she decided to dress as a boy and go out into the working world, the New York based media says.“I lived in Bangladesh for three years and I speak Bangla,” Perkins told NBC News, adding that she worked with several non-government organisations and became familiar with the work of the microlending platform Grameen Bank during that time.“I was talking to women and I’d hear how empowering it was for women to be able to contribute to the family economically,” she said. “The idea was just in my mind.”Perkins became particularly struck by the beautifully decorated rickshaws she would see as she travelled throughout the country.“When you go to Bangladesh, rickshaws are all over the place, and they are decorated with alpanas, some of which tell entire stories,” she recalled.Perkins said she then began thinking of what it would be like to grow up as a young girl in one of the families she passed every day.“I was the third daughter and everyone cried when I was born,” Perkins said. “Everyone but my daddy. He said, ‘Girls are a blessing from God.’”The decision to set the book in Bangladesh was a particularly poignant one for Perkins. Her parents were born in what was then East Bengal before the 1947 partition of India. “Many families moved to West Bengal then, but it never felt like home,” Perkins said. Her family later moved to London and then New York when Perkins was seven.Since its publication, “Rickshaw Girl” has been published in several Asian languages and the film rights were optioned several years ago. “When your book is adapted it, it takes a life of its own,” Perkins said.Given the setting and Perkins’ own personal history, she said she is particularly happy “Rickshaw Girl” will be directed by a Bangladeshi filmmaker, Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, and that the Bangladeshi-American writer Sharbari Z Ahmed will assist with the screenplay as a script consultant.Ahmed, who moved to the United States from Bangladesh with her family when she was just three weeks old, said getting to ride on a rickshaw was one of her favourite parts about visiting the country as a child. “Rickshaws were novel to you as a child because they were so colourful and vibrant,” Ahmed told NBC News. “Rickshaw art was part of the scenery and lately people are recognising it as an art form.”Ahmed added that while she was happy to help tell the story of a character whose background was so similar to her own, she was particularly excited about contributing to showing the world how diverse the Muslim experience is.“Naima is Muslim, and more importantly, she is a Bangladeshi Muslim. Hollywood tends to have images of Muslims that come out of the Middle East,” Ahmed said. “I wrote for ‘Quantico’ and there were people in hijab, but what’s largely ignored is that Islam manifests itself in different ways in different cultures.”Noting that both Hollywood and audiences have recently embraced films about strong women and girls, Ahmed said she was also eager for moviegoers to watch the story of a teen navigating a society that is often very hostile.“Naima is not a cosseted teen,” she said. “She is almost from the slums, her family barely has money to put food on the table. We wanted to show what it was like being on the edge of womanhood in a country that is quite conservative.”
The house at Mirpur suspected to a militant hideout. Photo: Prothom AloMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) recovered three bodies from a room of a suspected militant hideout at Mirpur’s Mazar Road in the city on Wednesday afternoon, reports news agency UNB.Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB Director (Legal and Media), came up with the information while talking to reporters at the spot.RAB personnel entered the militant den and found three charred bodies, Mufti said, adding they could not identify the bodies immediately.Earlier, in the day law enforcers resumed their operation around 9:30 am at the militant den after overnight massive explosions and exchange of gunfire.Fire fighters rushed to the spot as a fire broke out in the hideout after the militants commenced a daring counterattack of bomb explosions and gunfire against the law enforcers on Tuesday night.Mufti Mahmud Khan said the militants carried out three massive explosions inside the building around 9:45pm on Tuesday followed by three more blasts which led to a fire, leaving four RAB men injured with splinters.“It might be chemical firing,” he said, adding that casualties could be known after entering the building once the fire is doused.Suspected militant Abdullah agreed to surrender along with his two wives, two children and two associates between 7:30 pm and 8pm, Mahmud told a press conference in front of the building on Tuesday evening.He said they earlier asked Abdullah, son of late Mir Yusuf Ali of Chuadanga district, to surrender when he sought time for taking the decision. “We gave him time. Few minutes before the dusk fell, he informed us that he’ll surrender along with his family members and associates,” he said.As per his commitment, Abdullah sent his wives—Nasreen and Fatema—and two children to the balcony. But later he didn’t surrender.Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque visited the spot in the morning.As part of the security arrangement, the law enforcers evacuated all the residents from the building and adjacent ones.Earlier, Abdullah’s mentally challenged sister Meherunnesa came out of the house.Tipped off, a RAB team cordoned off the six-storey building on the south side of Martyred Intellectuals’ Graveyard at 12 am on Tuesday.Earlier, police arrested two suspected militants conducting a drive in Tangail district and got information about Abdullah from the arrestees.Locals also said that the building owned by Habibullah Bahar Azad has five flats on its each floor. The homeowner had been living on the 2nd floor.RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed said militant Abdullah got involved in militancy in 2005 and he had been carrying out his activities under the cover of his business of IPS, UPS, fridges and refrigerators. He deposited huge acid, petroleum and explosives, said the RAB DG.
X Google ImagesHouston’s new construction code for residential properties favors the use of solar energy.New houses built in Houston will make it easier to use an alternative energy source that is plentiful in Texas.The Houston City Council recently approved a new construction code for single family homes, townhouses and condos that means the builder has to use roofs with a surface of at least 600 square feet that are oriented to the west or the south to make it easier to install solar panels.Michael Howard, a senior analyst for the City’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, says Houston is following the lead of other Texas cities.“Austin, San Antonio, all have similar code provisions in their adopted codes and they actually have more incentive programs, but the City of Houston is behind solar a 100 percent,” explains Howard who notes that, for instance, the City offers a program that will evaluate projects for use of solar energy in just seven days.The new code also requires builders to install all the connections needed to use solar panels and that is something Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Sierra Club’s Texas’ Chapter, appreciates.Reed says solar energy projects can get complicated if, for example, a home’s ventilation system is in the way of the connections a solar energy system would need.“Then you have to tear up those vents, move them, add solar and suddenly what might have been a pretty cost effective project becomes not cost effective,” explains Reed.In the coming weeks, the City will also consider making changes to the construction code for commercial properties. Share 00:00 /01:24 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the opposition, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that an unholy nexus has been formed that is misinforming people in connivance with a vernacular daily.Elaborating on the ongoing trouble and violence before the forthcoming Panchayat polls, she said problems have arisen in namely seven districts. In Mohammadbazar, the BJP had brought in people from Jharkhand. In Bankura, veteran CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharya was injured. In Sandeshkhali, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed while in Sashan in North 24-Parganas, a party leader was murdered on Wednesday evening. In Murshidabad, there were incidents of violence and in Birbhum’s Nalhati, a vernacular daily had created a hype, trying to influence people. In South Dinajpur, veteran party leader Asim Ghosh’s house was ransacked by unidentified miscreants. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”I generally do not take the name of the newspaper but it is Anandabazar that is circulating false stories. If we recall, before 2016 Assembly polls, the newspaper had written against the TMC and projected an alliance. Now, it is writing stories in such a manner as if there is violence throughout the state and such stories are being circulated to mislead the masses.”The Chief Minister said no incidents of violence were reported from East and West Burdwan, North Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Malda and Nadia. She alleged that the BJP was trying to mislead people and are “spending money to publish false news just to create hype. I do not know whether it is BJP’s paid news or not.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further added: “If any incident takes place, one vernacular television channel circulates the news throughout the day just to influence the commoners.”She also wondered that if violence had erupted in the whole of Bengal, then how could the opposition file nearly 70,000 candidates and “if you take the number of Independent candidates, it amounts to somewhere around 90,000.”Banerjee stated: “How could we forget those days when our supporters were killed by the CPI(M) cadres in Netai, Singur and Nandigram. They chopped off the hands of our supporters in Howrah. Our candidates were prevented from filing nominations in the Panchayat elections. In 2003, we had filed 30,000 candidates followed by 35,000 candidates in 2008.” Banerjee maintained that the opposition does not have the strength to file candidates in all the seats. “They fail to get candidates. It is not our fault. I cannot go to their houses to cook food,” she said.She alleged that the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress are working hand-in-glove in the Panchayat elections. She also said many CPI(M) backed goons have become candidates for the BJP. “It’s a real shame. The party has failed to strengthen its organisation and now the goons are working for a communal party like the BJP.” She said in Delhi, the Congress is against the saffron party and here in Bengal, they are working with it. We don’t believe in such a principle. We are against the communal BJP in Bengal and in Delhi as well.”Banerjee added that there will not be any bandh called by the Left Front on April 13. “It’s another gimmick. It is a six-hour bandh from 6 am to 12 noon. Most of the shops are opened after 10 am. People come to the office around 11 am.” She said the buses and vehicles will ply as usual and the offices will remain open too.Speaking on the assault of a journalist, she said no police complaint was made. “It is a tragedy that before going to the administration to register a complaint, they have lodged one with a local vernacular daily and made a huge noise to attract the attention of the people.”