BCL forms probe body over Mondays clash

first_imgA three-member committee has been formed to look into Monday’s clash between factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after announcement of a 301-member central body, reports UNB.New vice-president Al Nahian Khan Joy, law affairs secretary Fuad Hossain Sahadat and research secretary Pallab Kumar Barman are members of the committee.It has been asked to submit a report within 48 hours, said a Bangladesh Chhatra League press release issued on Monday night.At least seven people were injured during the clash at Madhur Canteen. Witnesses said the melee took place when a number of BCL activists, who did not get any post in the new committee, held a press conference in the canteen.last_img

1st Muslim in Congress Wants to Take on Trump in Court

first_imgBy KYLE POTTER, Associated PressST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and a top official with the Democratic National Committee, filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday, saying he wanted to join the legal fight against President Donald Trump.A sixth-term lawmaker widely regarded as among the most liberal members of Congress, Ellison had been eyeing statewide office in Minnesota for months. He considered running for the Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Al Franken before backing Gov. Mark Dayton’s appointee, Sen. Tina Smith. And he weighed a run for attorney general until Lori Swanson, the current officeholder, decided to run for a fourth term this winter.In this Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party, in Denver. Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, filed papers Tuesday, June 5, 2018, to run for Minnesota attorney general. Ellison, also the vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, filed just hours ahead of a deadline. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)But Swanson changed course Monday, launching a late bid for Minnesota governor. Ellison and others pounced, filing for the office on Tuesday.“It was attorneys general who led the fight against the Muslim ban,” Ellison said after filing to run for the office, referring to Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries. “I want to be a part of that fight.”Among the Democrats rushing to succeed Ellison in his liberal Minneapolis congressional district was state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim elected to a state legislature in the U.S.Ellison’s first statewide campaign will likely be far more challenging than his congressional runs. He represents a solidly Democratic district in Minneapolis and some surrounding suburbs and has never faced a major challenger since first being elected to Congress in 2006. But outside the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota is more conservative and could be less receptive to his confrontational approach.Ellison co-chaired the House’s Congressional Progressive Caucus from 2011 to 2017 and recently assumed the charge of pushing to expand a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care program. He has also served as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee since 2017, after losing the race for its top job to Tom Perez. Both Ellison and the DNC said he would keep his spot as deputy chairman.By entering the race for attorney general, Ellison is taking on the state party’s endorsed candidate as well as longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch. All filed for the office Tuesday.Several Minnesota Democrats immediately joined the race for the U.S. House seat Ellison holds. State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, a prominent voice on Hispanic issues, filed less than an hour after Ellison filed for attorney general. Former state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher also jumped in.Omar was elected in 2016 and said at the time that she considered her election to be a “counter-narrative” to then-President-elect Trump.Omar immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12, after her family fled war-torn Somalia and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her story is a familiar one in Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. While other Somali-Americans have been elected to school boards and the Minneapolis City Council, she was the first to be elected as state lawmaker.Ellison said he wouldn’t endorse a successor.last_img read more

Some good advice

first_img“Wheah yah gahn, gahv?”“Sloane Street, please.”“Ahrah-t.”As we crossed Marble Arch there was an almighty thud up ahead and the soundof a guy falling off his motorbike. As the taxi passed round the accidentthere was already a crowd around a young lady who had been knocked over.She was unconscious but thankfully had a steward putting her in the recoveryposition and calling for help.“Did you see that?”“Nyeah, vees peepaw dahn loohk wheah ve-ah gahin. Vats wot appins when yahdahn wahyt fa v groin mahn…”. His rant continued about how he sees iteveryday and that pedestrians have it coming to them.During the rest of his white noise I had a red mist come over my mind…THE SHIT. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TO BE SO HEARTLESS AND COLD TO A FELLOWHUMAN BEING? I WANT TO PROD YOU WITH A METAL ELECTRIC ROD. I WANT TO PUSHYOU IN THE DIRECTION OF A SHED. A SHED WHERE I KNOW, BUT YOU DON’T, THATYOU WILL BE SLAUGHTERED WITH ALL OF THE OTHER IGNORANT PIGS. ROT IN HELL,YOU BASTARD.After at least another forty seconds of his bile I interupted him and simplysaid…“I don’t think you would be saying that if it was your daughter.”He tried to back-peddle but I had turned the intercom off and just chose toblank him.Like many of the other oiks driving around our capital in their rip-offcartel black-cabs, he may be served well by observing the following:1) Learn to wipe your own arse and memorise the knowledge properly. It’snot for me to do your over-paid job for you and direct you to basiclocations.2) Have some change, you spoilt idiot, and don’t make an unlucky face, as ifsomeones taking a liberty, when they give you a score for a nine quid job.3) Realise that if you weren’t driving a cab you would be practicallyunemployable, not because you are thick, but because noone would want younear them on a daily basis.4) You are overpaid by multiples, not by a percentage. Stop extra rippingpeople off by making up stories of traffic and other routes that they shouldgo by, so you can earn an extra four quid.5) Stop sneering at everyone. You are offering a grotesquely expensiveservice – appreciate it. Smile, and say ‘thank you’ when a punter pays you.You are not just working for yourself, you are representing London.Thank you, blog. I feel so much better now.In other news:I love taking counsel and learning from people who have been there and doneit. Yesterday I gleaned two very good pieces of advice.My journey to Sloane Street was to meet ‘The Dark Knight’ for a coffee and astroll. He is a man who has been there and done it all, who’s CV is such,that all self-made bookmakers try to follow his example. There is a bigdifference between trying and succeeding in doing so though, and he has few,if any, peers.He is not only a very interesting man, but he is also engagingly interestedin others that he meets. He nudges and nurdles and always likes to delve alittle further into most topics that are brought up in conversation.I passed my observation on to him and he responded thus, in his everrecongnisable tone..“You know, Ben. My golden rule, you know, that I always say to people is…‘Listen’. When you’re talking, you can’t learn.’So obvious. So right. So clear. Do put that one in the notebook, blog.It’s come from the right source, believe me.I then moved on to Aldgate East, where the delightful supporters of theSpanish Synchronised Swimming team who have been staying with me, wereholding their farewell to the Olympics party. In traditional Spanish style,the food didn’t come out till eleven ‘o clock (don’t worry, blog, I had atactical bowl of cereal at six ‘o clock) but the ambience and conversationof the evening was in the typically happy and positive Spanish mode that Ioh so love.Amongst the people I met were the father of a former Spanish internationalgymnast and the mother and father of one of the current medal winningsynchronised swimming team.It was clear to me that these people knew something about parenting. Themother and father of the swimmer were both doctors and their son, who was inattendance supporting his sister, had just gained a degree in maths andbiology. They have done the job properly and I asked the group what theirsecret to good parenting was. All three answered in unison, like it was amantra:“Don’t ever try to be your child’s friend. You are their parent and assuch, there to guide them and keep them moving straight forward. Don’t evercross that line. Friendship will come, naturally, later when they are oldenough to appreciate and respect you.”Priceless. Thank you. Last night was great practise for my Spanish and Ihave made a promise to go to the World Championships in Barcelona next year.At this Olympics the Spanish took Silver and Bronze.I said I’ll be going to Barcelona but they must promise me it will be Goldthis time.We made a deal.Ben xlast_img read more