EPL agreed on millionaire farewell gift for Scudamore

first_imgThe executive chairman is stepping down and will receive a total of £5 million as a thanks for 19 years of serviceEnglish Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore is stepping down from his role after 19 years as head of the competition.And now, he will receive a millionaire farewell gift, thanks to all 20 EPL clubs.“The decision was made by the Audit and Remuneration Committee and the Non-Executive Directors, supported and endorsed by the clubs,” read a statement on Burnley’s official website.“The payments, which will eventually total £5 million, will be spread over the next three years and are in consideration of three important areas.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It was vital that a comprehensive set of non-compete clauses were extended, to ensure the best possible protection for the future of the Premier League,” the press release added.“It was agreed that it is crucial for the League’s ongoing success that Richard’s unique knowledge and experience remain available in an advisory capacity.”“The payments are in recognition of the outstanding work Richard has carried out over the last 19 years,” the website read.“The Premier League would like to put on record our thanks to Richard for his exceptional contribution to the success of the League.”last_img read more

Ballack tips Petr Cech for a successful managerial career

first_imgNow that it’s going to be official by the end of the season, Michael Ballack expects Petr Cech to pursue a managerial career after his retirement.The announcement of retirement that Petr Cech made earlier this year was a shock to a lot of people, but former teammate Michael Ballack is already looking ahead of his friend’s career and expects it to take a desired turn into a manager’s role.Although it may still be early to talk about this in detail as we have no idea what Cech would prefer doing after he hangs up his boots, the German Chelsea legend was very adamant on describing the best qualities that the goalkeeper has that can help him become a world-class manager.For starters, Cech has gone through several moments of adversity during his career as a goalkeeper and that has shaped his strength of character and mentality.Petr also speaks several languages, which is something that has proved remarkable for any manager who hopes to coach any major club in European football.The goalkeeper also has a huge legend on his shoulders to rely on when he has to deal with top players in any squad, nobody would dare to doubt his career as a professional and that has proven to work very well with the players of the new generation.It’s almost as if the manager’s seat was calling for Petr Cech once he goes through the proper studies, at least that’s what Michael Ballack thinks.Cech will make a good manager – Ballack – https://t.co/9sgQPeALtm pic.twitter.com/vbhSxIfXKu— Official_footballmeal (@OFootballmeal) January 24, 2019“He’s a very nice guy and comfortable team-mate. He speaks a lot of languages, so Petr had a good connection to a lot of players,” Ballack told Omnisport via Four Four Two.“He was a very important person for the atmosphere in the dressing room. He had a great personality and was a big leader with a natural authority.”“The team accepted him, because of his appearance and his performances. With his retirement, football is losing a big personality. I’m sure that he will be staying in football, because he’s always thinking a lot about this sport. Petr will influence football with his big influence.”“I remember that he had two brutal injuries. One was during a game, when he got hit by a knee on his head,” Ballack said.“The result was a very heavy head injury. Cech is still playing with a head protection and has a plate in his head. It was unbelievable how he dealt with this mentally.”“Just after that he had a brutal injury in training, when he got studs in his face. He didn’t hold back in this situation without any fear.”“He got big cuts in his lower lip. With a surgery, this was covered pretty well. For me as a teammate, it was brutal to see how a goalkeeper is suffering two heavy injuries in a very short period.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He dealt with this so well mentally. It’s impressive what you can achieve with mentality and positivity.”🏆 4 x Premier League🏆 4 x FA Cup🏆 3 x League Cup🏆 1 x Europa League🏆 1 x Champions League@PetrCech, a true Chelsea legend. 👏— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2019Petr Cech has been a major influence for English football in the modern era, he is considered one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history and had a long successful career at Chelsea where he won most of his accolades.The traumatic head injury was sustained when he was defending the Blues’ colors, something that has marked his career forever and even improved him as a player in many different ways.Today, Cech is playing his last games as a professional goalkeeper for Arsenal FC, he hopes his retirement can come with a trophy but he may not have to hold his breath for that one.Regardless of how Petr’s career will end, there are still other options to consider and becoming a professional manager could very well be one of them.We will be eager to know what the Czech goalkeeper decides in the end, he may follow Michael Ballack’s advice or he may just decide to go on a completely different path.At this point, only Petr Cech knows what will happen to him after this season.”The squad is good, but not good enough for the top”In an exclusive interview, Michael Ballack gives us his verdict on Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri#CFC play Tottenham tomorrow in the second leg of their #CarabaoCup semi-final⚽️ pic.twitter.com/sOYe381vSi— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) January 23, 2019What do you expect Petr Cech to do after he hangs up his boots? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Maradona explains feud with FIFA

first_imgThe Argentinean legendary footballer says that FIFA hasn’t changed a bit under president Gianni Infantino and they treat players “like dogs.”As one of football’s historical players, Diego Armando Maradona used to captain the FIFA Legend’s programme.But former Argentina national team footballer and FIFA World Cup champion has said that the football’s governing body mistreats players.“I sent a letter to [FIFA president, Gianni] Infantino in which I resigned from (the post of) being captain of (FIFA) legends,” he told Sky Sports.“Since [former FIFA president, Sepp] Blatter and [former Argentina Football Association president, Julio] Grondona left, FIFA hasn’t changed a bit. No change,” he said.”“They put us [in a hotel room] with [former Dutch player, Marco] van Basten and another player. And they treated us as if we were little dogs that only needed to be fed and that’s it. A total lack of respect.”“That’s why I resigned. And now, I will start revealing what I know about this new FIFA,” he explained.The now Dorados de Sinaloa manager in the Mexican second division also took a jab against FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban who he challenged to a boxing fight.Lautaro has a better start than Argentina’s greatest legends Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After his impressive exhibition vs Mexico last Tuesday, Lautaro Martinez officially surpassed the start of Argentina’s greatest legends.We truly can’t stress enough incredible Lautaro…“Also, I would like to say to Boban that if he wants to look good, let’s go to a [boxing] ring. He shouldn’t have come to the hotel and got angry,” Maradona said.“The worst part is that Boban was sent by someone. And this someone is Infantino. I am not a 20-year-old kid, I am 58. It hurts me because I believed in these people. Now I don’t believe them anymore.”Under Maradona, Dorados made it to the final last year, only to lose against Atletico San Luis. Right now his team is dead last in the Mexican Ascenso MX standings with only two matches played, both lost, and zero points.Regresó Diego Armando Maradona a #LaPecera ‼Galería completa aquí ➡ https://t.co/PpnZfezqlO#ConElPezHastaElFinal pic.twitter.com/Q3tHnmLi6A— #ConElPezHastaElFinal (@Dorados) February 1, 2019last_img read more

Annual Polar Bear Plunge at La Jolla Shores

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsWhen it comes to New Year’s Day, some people can’t wait to dive right in.KUSI’s Dave Scott was LIVE at La Jolla Shores where folks were preparing for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Annual Polar Bear Plunge at La Jolla Shores Posted: January 1, 2018 Dave Scott January 1, 2018 Dave Scott, last_img read more

5 Amazing Moments From Motown 60 A GRAMMY Celebration

first_imgProduced by Ken Ehrlich Productions in conjunction with The Recording Academy, the three-hour tribute concert featured an array of performers from Smokey Robinson, Pentatonix, NE-YO,  Diana Ross, John Legend, Fantasia, Chloe X Halle, and moreAshley LyleGRAMMYs Apr 21, 2019 – 10:00 pm Filmed in Feb. and broadcast on April 21 on CBS, “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” impressed, captivated, and inspired audiences with a full slate of performers and presenters who were there to commemorate the anniversary of the storied Detroit-based and internationally acclaimed black-owned record label. Produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions in conjunction with The Recording Academy, the three-hour tribute concert featured an array of performers from Smokey Robinson, Pentatonix, NE-YO,  Diana Ross, John Legend, Fantasia, Chloe X Halle, Meghan Trainor, Tori Kelly, Thelma Houston, Stevie Wonder and others. “Motown brought people together who didn’t realize they had so much in common,” famed Motown Records exec Berry Gordy said before noting that he initially had a vision in the beginning to make “music for all people.” The stacked lineup of enthusiastic artists and a high energetic crowd signaled that his vision had indeed come to fruition. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 21, 2019 – 10:00 pm “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Highlights Twitter 2. Commemorating Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” Another great part of the show included a segment celebrating the music of Marvin Gaye and how its material moved into the political sphere with his What’s Going On album. Smokey Robinson himself commented how at the time Gaye told him he was “collaborating with God,” while Gordy admitted his hesitation in Gaye making potentially polarizing music under the Motown brand. Nevertheless, Gordy relented, noting: “The value of what [Gaye] was writing was so artistic.”3. Ciara Brought Out Her Inner “Superfreak”GRAMMY-winning artist Ciara paid tribute to ’80s pop icon Rick James with a riveting performance of “Superfreak.” Decked out in his signature beaded braids hairstyle and a tight jumpsuit, the singer delivered a flawless set with dancers in the background. Known for her entertaining performances, Ciara also performed James’ classic “Give it to Me Baby.”4. Cedric the Entertainer, The Host With The MostCedric the Entertainer kept the crowd entertained with various skits projected on the screen throughout intermissions of the show. One hilarious part of his hosting duties was a segment titled “The First Four Bars,” where audience members were challenged to name popular songs from Motown from the first four bars of the piece. Notable records like “My Girl” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” made for an amusing part in the show where dynamic and fun guests played the game. 5. Stevie Wonder’s Grand Finale Stevie Wonder brought the house down with a mini-concert of some of his hits, as well as anecdotes of his time spent at Motown and how Gordy changed his life by believing in him as a child.Highlights in the performance included renditions of “Master Blaster (Jammin),” “My Cherie Amour” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.”  In all, Wonder’s set can be wrapped up in one sentence, spoken by an audience member attending the show’s Feb. taping: “Stevie Wonder playing ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ on a harmonica was something I never knew I needed.” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 22, 2019 – 1:41 pm Diana Ross Performs A Moving Motown Medley NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 19, 2019 – 10:03 am Eve Talks Women’s “Fabulous” Role In Motown 5 Amazing Moments From “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Facebook News Read more Just in case you missed the celebration (or if you want some highlights from the “Motown 60” experience), here are five amazing moments from the show:1. Diana Ross Serenaded Berry Gordy The legendary diva may have celebrated her 75th birthday this year, but she didn’t miss a beat engaging with the crowd with stirring and pitch-perfect vocals. One highlight of the show included Ross having a special moment with Gordy at the end of her set, singing a rendition of “My Man” personally for him while saying, “Thank you for all you have done for my life. You are a gift to all of us.”  Email Best “Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration” Moments 5-amazing-moments-motown-60-grammy-celebrationlast_img read more

Google Stadia games reportedly wont be cheaper than PS4 Xbox One versions

first_img Share your voice E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor Now playing: Watch this: 5:47 Tags Google Stadia: Everything you need to know Stadia will launch with 30 games, including major upcoming ones like Baldur’s Gate, Borderlands 3 and Doom Eternal.You’ll have a few options in how to approach Stadia, with two not being available until 2020. The Base tier is free for any game you purchase via Stadia at up to 1080/60p in stereo (at 10Mb/s), while the $10 monthly Stadia Pro tier gets you 4K/60p HDR quality (at 35Mb/sec) with 5.1 surround sound, free games added to your library and discounts.There’s only way to play it in 2019: The Founder’s Edition $130 limited preorder offer gets you access in November, a limited-edition controller, a Chromecast Ultra streaming device, three months of Stadia Pro, Destiny 2, the first access to username creation — so you can avoid filling it with silly numbers — and a buddy pass that gives a friend three months to try Stadia Pro. You can also preorder a Stadia controller on its own for $69 now, but that’s mostly for people who’ve jumped on the Founder’s Edition or will have access via a buddy pass.Originally published June 29, 2:08 a.m. PT.Update, 4:58 a.m. PT: Adds Google statement. 23 Photos 9 Comments Gaming Video Games Google Microsoft Sony Don’t expect Google Stadia games to be cheaper than the PS4 and Xbox One versions. James Martin/CNET You’ll need a speedy internet connection to use Google’s Stadia game streaming service when it launches in November, but that doesn’t mean the games will be cheaper. Stadia boss Phil Harrison reportedly revealed that they’ll cost the same as the counterparts on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.”I don’t know why it would be cheaper,” he told Eurogamer on Thursday.”The value you get from the game on Stadia means you can play it on any screen in your life — TV, PC, laptop, tablet, phone,” he said. “In theory, the Stadia version of a game is going to be at the highest-possible quality of innovation and sophistication on the game engine side.”Harrison didn’t tell Eurogamer exactly how much Stadia games will cost, noting that games’ publishers and developers are “in as much control of the price” as Google.”Stadia Pro comes with the added benefit of discount opportunities on content to purchase. Discount specifics will be disclosed once the platform is live,” a Google spokesperson wrote an emailed statement on Harrison’s comments.last_img read more

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Live streaming playing XI preview and

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:56Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.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 … AfghanistanLemar TV USAWillow TV Close UKStar Gold Rajasthan Royals will host Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in the first match of their respective Indian Premier League seasons on March 25. When and where to watch the match on TV, onlineThe IPL match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will start at 8 pm local time and 2:30 pm GMT.Star Sports 1 & HD1 (English) and Star Sports 3 & HD3 (Hindi) will provide live television coverage of the match. The worldwide live stream will be available on Hotstar.RR vs KXIP preview Rajasthan Royals surprised everyone by making it to the playoffs last season and KXIP surprised everyone by finishing outside the top 4 after getting off to a rollicking start to their IPL campaign in 2018.  Chris Gayle and KL Rahul will be key for KXIP to succeed.IANSThe Royals did not make a good start to their campaign but the tide dramatically turned in their favour when they promoted Jos Buttler to open with Ajinkya Rahane. Such was the form of the Englishman that despite playing in the middle order in the opening few games of the season, Buttler finished with 548 runs from 13 matches with the highest score of 95 not out and he scored all these runs at a strike of over 155. His absence was felt by RR in the playoffs as he went away on national duty and will definitely reprise his role at the top of the order.Another man set to reprise his stint in Jaipur is former Australian skipper Steve Smith. The right-hand batsman missed the 2018 season of the IPL after the ‘Sandpapergate’ saga and will be eager to show the world that he has not lost his mojo. His former teammate and alleged perpetrator of the ball tampering incident, David Warner scored a masterful 85 against KKR, so Smith will be eager to replicate the same in order get back into the international fold in the World Cup. For KXIP, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ recently returned to international cricket and he absolutely plundered the English bowlers in their series in the Caribbean, winning the man of the series in the process. Last season, he did not play the first few games but this time around, he will open the batting with KL Rahul who has also returned to form for India on his return from suspension. Sam Curran will most probably make his IPL debut and bat at number 6 for the Kings after being picked up for Rs 7.2 crore. Another big earner at the auctions was Royals quick bowler Jaydev Unadkat who was picked up for Rs 8.4 crore and he will be key to the success of Rahane’s team. Probable XIsRR: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni Rahane will be heavily dependent on his team’s English recruits Stokes and Buttler.Rajasthan Royals InstagramKXIP: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Varun Chakravarthy  Global TV listingsSubcontinentSubcontinentStar SportsStar SportsSubcontinentUKStar SportsStar GoldSubcontinentAustraliaStar SportsFox SportsSubcontinentSouth AfricaStar SportsSuperSportSubcontinentCanadaStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentUSAStar SportsWillow TVSubcontinentCaribbeanStar SportsSportsMaxSubcontinentBangladeshStar SportsChannel 9SubcontinentNew ZealandStar SportsSky SportsSubcontinentAfghanistanStar SportsLemar TV IPL 2018 BangladeshChannel 9center_img AustraliaFox Sports South AfricaSuperSport CanadaWillow TV New ZealandSky Sports SubcontinentStar Sports CaribbeanSportsMaxlast_img read more

Use an SBI debit card You might not be able to withdraw

first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe State Bank of India has capped the maximum withdrawal amount for two versions of its debit cards. Classic and Maestro cardholders who so far could draw up to Rs 40,000 in a day from ATMs, cannot any more as they have been capped to Rs 20,000. This goes into effect starting Wednesday, 31 October.The centralised bank released a statement regarding this development, saying that if the user requires a higher limit on their cards, they might need to apply for a different card with a higher withdrawal limit. The bank seems to have made this decision to lower the rate of ATM frauds in the country. The classic variant of the SBI card is not a chip based one and still depends on swiping the magnetic strip, which is not difficult to copy or duplicate. A report by the IndiaToday has pointed out that this move could reduce instances of cloning cards. Classic cards that do not come with chip-enabled security will not be able to withdraw over Rs 20,000 starting todayIBT IndiaWith the country’s largest festival season coming up, this could end up affecting over 42 crore customers of the bank, one of the biggest in the country.”We analysed all the ATM transactions and we found that most of them are less than Rs 20,000 a day,” said SBI managing director PK Gupta. However, in cases of reported frauds the bank found that in all such cases, the limit of Rs 40,000 is withdrawn. “So this is basically to protect the customers and secondly, we want that more such (digital) transactions should happen.”last_img read more

15m mt food grains to be imported if necessary PM

first_imgTalking about her government’s measures to improve the living standard of people, Hasina said her party Awami League is an organisation of people and it is with them at their all needs to ensure their welfare and better living condition.According to available official statistics, some 2,260 houses were damaged completely, while 1,18,897 partially in Gainbandha by the ongoing flood. Crops on 27,167 hectors of land were damaged and 13 people died in the flood. 680 km of roads and 42.70 km of embankment were damaged.The number of affected educational institutions by the flood is 350, while that of religious institutions is 73.Some 6,937 flood-affected people are now in 35 shelter centres. About 1,800 mt of rice and cash Tk 58 lakh and 4000 packets of dry food were allocated as of 25 August. The total amount of relief goods allocated so far is Tk 8,11,74,423.As many as 38 medical teams are now working in the district. Prime minister Sheikh HasinaMentioning that no flood victim will suffer from hunger, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the government will import 15 lakh metric tonnes of food grains, if necessary, for ensuring the food security of people.“We’ll distribute food free of cost among the extreme poor who are unable to buy it. Our plan is to ensure that until the next crops are harvested …not a single person will suffer from hunger,” she said while distributing relief materials and seedlings among flood victims on the premises of Gobindaganj upazila parishad.The prime minister said the government has taken a Tk1,170-million project for the rehabilitation of the flood-affected people in northern districts.Under the programme, she said the farmers would get various benefits till the next Boro crop. Six lakh farmers of six northern districts will get five kg seeds of Boro-paddy, 20 kg DAP, five kg MOP and cash amount of Tk 1000 for the next crop.Besides, the government has undertaken an incentive programme involving Tk 58.77 crore to provide support to the farmers. A farmer will get 10-20 kg DAP fertilizer and 5-15 kg MOP fertilizer so that they face no hurdle in buying seed and fertilizer, she said.Sheikh Hasina said the government was aware that there would be a flashflood this time. “So, we took steps to ensure food for all and avert any possible food scarcity…we’ve already started importing food grains.”The prime minister said the government will distribute Tk 58,77,19,315 among the flood victims alongside continuing the agricultural loan so that they can go for cultivating their next crops. “We’re beside you, and will remain so. We’ll do whatever is needed to change your fate,” she said.Agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, food minister Advocate Qamrul Islam, AL joint secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organizing secretary Khalid Mahmood Chowdhury, local MP Abul Kalam also spoke on the occasion.Water resources minister Anisul Islam Mahmood, PM’s security adviser Major General (retd) Tariq Ahmed Siddiq and whip Mahboob Ara Gini were present.The prime minister said the seeds of different types of cereals, pulses and species will be given to the small and marginal farmers who want to cultivate others crops except paddy.She said distribution of rice seedlings began from on 24 August and it will continue in the flood-affected areas of the northern districts to help the farmers to start the cultivation of paddy soon after receding water.She said seedlings are being produced in different state owned agricultural research and development centers. About one thousand floating seedbeds are being prepared to produce paddy saplings, she said.Terming flood in Bangladesh as blessings for the country sometimes, she said the underground water which is decreasing day by day is recharged with rainwater and floodwater while flood carries silts to make cultivable land more fertile.She put emphasis on strengthening efforts to reduce the loss of lives and properties to a minimum level at any cost.last_img read more

UN calls for criminalising enforced disappearance in Bangladesh

first_imgBangladesh team led by law minister Anisul Huq in the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday. Photo: TwitterThe United Nations Human Rights Council asked Bangladesh to investigate all cases of arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances and excessive use of force, and prosecute and punish perpetrators.The inter-governmental UN body also called for establishing the truth about the fate and whereabouts of victims of the disappearances.Such recommendations were made at the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday.Referring to violence and excessive use of force by state actors during the previous general elections, the UN Human Rights Committee insisted that Bangladesh should ensure the safety and security of all voters during elections.The committee, comprised of independent experts, expressed concern at the high rate of extrajudicial killings and reports of enforced disappearances and the excessive use of force by the state actors, and also at the lack of investigations and accountability of perpetrators.The report, presented there, said from May 2013 until September 2017, 845 cases of extrajudicial killings, about 48 cases of torture to death and about 300 cases of enforced disappearance were documented.The national report, submitted by Dhaka, claimed that the government of Bangladesh “under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina maintains a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ with regard to criminal liabilities of the members of the LEAs [law enforcement agencies].”“The law in general neither accords immunity to the members of the LEAs from criminal prosecution nor makes any discrimination [sic] their favour,” added the report.A Bangladesh delegation led by law minister Anisul Huq, joined the 30th UPR.Dwelling on the culture of impunity to law enforcement, the UN reports, compiled by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, regretted that Bangladesh did not accept that enforced disappearances occurred.The UN recommended establishment of an independent commission to carry out transparent and accountable investigations and prosecutions, repeal the Special Powers Act and reform other relevant laws.However, the Bangladesh report blamed the Rohingya issue for certain human rights problems at home.“The realisation of Bangladesh’s human rights commitments faced setbacks in the face of sudden influx of nearly one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (Rohingyas) to Bangladesh,” it read.Dhaka pledged to continue to host the “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” until they voluntarily return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.The Bangladesh report made at least eight future pledges including further strengthening “national institutions that promote human rights, democracy, good governance and rule of law”.The Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion expressed concerns about freedom of opinion, expression and association, as well as death threats, physical attacks, intimidation and harassment of journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders.With regard to the judiciary, the Special Rapporteur noted that its problems included a lack of accountability, severe backlogs of pending cases, lack of judges, discriminatory and patriarchal attitudes and the incorrect formulation of cases.The Bangladesh report claimed that the government “recognises independence of judiciary as the key requirement for ensuring access to justice and in that line, it has taken a number of measures to ensure the independence of subordinate judiciary”.last_img read more