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Timeline Series-1: Life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

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Easy, too easy with Phillip Depoy

Phillip Depoy is an American author of nonfiction and fiction books who started writing half a century ago. The Atlanta baser Novelist and playwright figure has published short fiction, poetry, and criticism in wide range of platforms. With 73 years of experience in show business, Depoy is mostly celebrated for his ‘Flap Tucker’ and ‘Fever Devilin’ mystery novels. DePoy has written 15 novels and scored or written 37 plays that have seen production throughout the United States. He has also composed the scores for the regional Angels in America and other productions and has played in a number of jazz and folk bands.
Depoy served as Artistic Director for Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit when it achieved national fame for such acclaimed work as Beowulf, Appalachian Christmas (which he wrote), Hamlet The Musical (for which he wrote the music), and the first new translation of NO EXIT since its original English version. His play Appalachian Christmas Homecoming saw its fiftieth national production in 2015. Review of his work appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, American Theatre, and London’s Plays and Players. Locally commissioned plays include Turned Funny, Christmas at Sweet Apple and Stealing Dixie. His new series came out in 2016, which features Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in A Prisoner in Malta.
Depoy began writing poetry at the age of 14. In his early years, His love for composition and folklore have taken him throughout the south. DePoy began studying country culture in 1969 as a folklorist and a graduate student at Georgia State University. He traveled to the Georgian mountains to document vanishing folk music, carrying along a primitive Wollensak tape recorder and an early camcorder as big as a television. The result is his earliest non-fiction ‘Messages from Beyond’. During the 1980s he was composer in residence for the Academy Theatre; in the 1990s he served as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit and composed music for such Alliance Theatre productions as Angels in America, A Man for All Seasons, The Seagull and Dancing at Lughnasa. He has also been the director of two university theater programs. Mr. DePoy is deliriously married to playwright Lee Nowell.
But he did not write his first novel until 1980s. His first novel ‘Easy’ earned him EDGAR award for best mystery play in the country. Easy, a Dell mystery novel was first of his ‘Flap Tucker’ series in 1997 and by 2000, 5 books of the series were published. The series is based on Flap Tucker, a finder of lost things, and a private investigator who calls himself, ‘Finder of things’. Flap’s daily life encircles many spiritual and mystical beliefs which gives birth to many bizarre coincidences and connections, ultimately creating the progression within the story. Depoy’s with his masterful writing makes it all believable.
In Easy, the story opens up with a dead drag queen found to be struggling to get in a pentagram and Flap is determined to find the wife of one of Atlanta’s rich, Loony Lenny. But the too simple life of Loony Lenny raises the possibility that he does not really have a wife. Maybe he is just only imagining her. As story drives deep, we come to know about and his ex-wife and how they met each other and also how Flap met his life-long friend, Dalliance Oglethorpe (Dally)-who owns a bar called Easy. Flap is a kind of Zen detective and his cohort is Dally who spurs him on.
Loony Lenny’s case occurs at the same time when two necked dancers are found dead in the trunk of a Blue Buick. Flap is also asked to uncover the truth behind the devil man or demon who is terrorizing the proprietor of a local Asian restaurant. With a trawl for clues and answers to some of the strange things going on in the city, the incidences converges with the underline theme of the story-karma and Tao.
Easy is still called the best regional detective fiction on the market today.
Too Easy, the second book of Flap Tucker series was a Shamus Award finalist and an off-the-wall mystery with endearing and exceptional characters. The book held onto the reputation of Flap Tucker and turned out to be just as good as the first book. In Too Easy, Flap and Dally set off on a new mystery to find the Turner twins and Lydia, a widow. The story setting is in a small town of the Deep South where everybody knows everybody and Flap is distantly connected. People in town, all know his crazy grandmother who raised him. Flap Enters into a world of gnarled kinships, family secrets, drugs and dirty money, not to mention corrupt cops and rival families. The story builds up as the Zen private eye is pursues ‘a story stranger than fiction, a killer closer than he thinks, and some dangerous ghosts of his own’.
The other three books of the Flap Tucker series are: Easy as one, two, three; dancing made easy and dead easy.
Phillip Dupoy another magnum opus Fever Devilin mystery novels are also being termed as ‘the best regional fiction being written in America today.’ Influenced by his earlier encounter with folklores, the protagonist of novel Fever Devilin, is an ex-academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he’s returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. The seventh book of the series came out in 2013.
DePoy now serves as the director of the theatre program at Clayton State University and he lives in Decatur, Georgia. As always, DePoy has multiple projects brewing. He now focuses on telling ancient stories in a new way. He received Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2016.

Another oil spill in Peru’s Amazon: Ministry of Health declares emergency

A water quality emergency has been declared after two oil spills in theAmazonas and Loreto regions of Peru‘s Amazon. Two days ago the Ministry of Health declared the emergency in the districts of Morona, Manseriche, Barranca, Pastaza and Cahuapana (Loreto) as well as the Imaza district, located in the province of Bagua (Amazonas). The spills have contaminated water resources of as many as 8000 people living in the districts reported by local news outlet reports. A vast area of cocoa fields has been affected as well.

The first breach in the pipeline occurred on January 25th in the Bagua province of Amazonas, eight miles from a creek which feeds the Morona River, a major tributary of the Amazon river. The second spill from the same pipeline began on February 3rd in the Datem del Marañon province in the neighboring Loreto state, according to statements published on Perupetros website.

Oil Spills in the Peruvian Amazon Source: www. observatoriopetrolero.org
According to Fox News Latino, local indigenous leaders have confirmed that the oil reached the Marañon river on January 30th and the first leak was repaired by January 28th. Estimates claim up to 2,000–3,000 barrels of crude oil have been released from the pipeline.

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Anibal Velasquez, the Health Minister has visited the province of Loreto to assess the situation. The Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Northern Amazon of Peru (ORPIAN-P), a regional group, have filed a complaint with the Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA), alleging that Perupetro failed to oversee the maintenance work of the pipelines and did not act quickly enough to control the leaks. A commission from OEFA traveled to the site of the spill to investigate its environmental impact and obtain water samples for analysis. Allegations against Perupetro have surfaced for hiring minors in the cleaning process. The company is offering two dollars per bucket of crude oil that the residents collect.

Oil spill in Peru‘s Amazon rainforest Marañon river Photo Credit: El Comercio / Alessandro Currarin
Rosa Maria Ortiz , Minister of Energy and Mines ( MEM ) said Petroperu will compensate the owners of the affected crop fields. The Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, has announced that the negligence of the responsible people is unacceptable and appropriate actions will be taken. He also criticized the head of Petroperu for inaction and accused him of lying in the media.

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For a long time, the oil and gas industry have left deep scars in Peru. And previous attempts to hide the real scenario have surfaced with protests andinvestigative reports.

In 2009, protests against oil exploration in the Bagua Province of Amazonia caused 32 police deaths, 41 native deaths and more than 150 native injuries.

Illegal logging and forest clearance by oil companies now accounts for about two-thirds of Peru’s carbon pollution, according to researchers from the Carnegie Institute for Science. Five Separate spills from the pipeline were reported in 2014, when the equivalent of over 10,000 barrel of oil is said to have leaked from the pipeline. Still the Peruvian government aggressively pursues expansion of oil and gas operations in the Amazon — with devastating consequences for local indigenous peoples and the environment, as well as those very same global efforts to reduce carbon pollution.

Helping to level the field: The Think Tank Hub Geneva

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ইনফোগ্রাফ: দেশে সাড়ে ৬ মাসে ৭৩ জনকে পিটিয়ে হত্যা

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বাংলাদেশে গত সাড়ে ছয় মাসে অন্তত ৭৩ জন মানুষ পিটুনিতে মারা গেছেন। এসব হত্যার পেছনে কারণ হিসেবে রয়েছে পারিবারিক কলহ থেকে শুরু করে জমিজমা নিয়ে দ্বন্দ্ব। এর বাইরে ডাকাত বা ছিনতাইকারী সন্দেহে পিটিয়ে হত্যার ঘটনাও ঘটেছে বেশ কয়েকটি।

Bangladesh-Beaten-To-Death-Infographজানুয়ারির ১ তারিখ থেকে জুলাইয়ের ১৩ তারিখ পর্যন্ত সংবাদমাধ্যমে প্রকাশিত খবর বিশ্লেষণ করে দেখা গেছে, পিটিয়ে হত্যার ঘটনা সবচেয়ে বেশি ঘটেছে ঢাকা জেলায় (৮টি)। এরপরই রয়েছে চট্টগ্রাম (৫টি), ফরিদপুর (৫টি) ও নারায়ণগঞ্জ। এছাড়া ৩টি করে হত্যার ঘটনাও ঘটেছে বেশ কয়েকটি জেলায়।

পিটুনিতে নিহতদের ১২ জন নারী, এদের মধ্যে একজন যৌতুকের কারণে পিটুনির শিকার জন। নিহতদের মধ্যে চার ও ১৩ বছর বয়সী দুজন শিশু এবং একজন বৃহন্নলাও রয়েছেন।

১০ জনকে পিটিয়ে হত্যা করা হয় জমিজমা সংক্রান্ত বিরোধের জের ধরে। আটজনকে হত্যা করা হয় চোর বা ডাকাত সন্দেহে। নিহতদের মধ্যে তিনজন ছিনতাইকারী, তিনজন ডাকাত, একজন মোবাইল চোর, একজন গরু চোর, একজন ঠিকাদার, একজন ফুচকা বিক্রেতা। এছাড়া রয়েছেন একজন মামলার বাদী।

একটি বাসার সামনে যাতায়াতের…

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ঢাকায় কত গাড়ি চলে?

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চলতি বছরের প্রথম পাঁচ মাসে দিনে গড়ে ৪৪টি করে প্রাইভেটকার নিবন্ধন হয়েছে ঢাকায়। একই সময়ে মটরসাইকেল নিবন্ধন হয়েছে ৯১টি করে। এই সংখ্যার হিসাব জানা না থাকলেও, রাস্তায় নামামাত্রই যানযটে গাড়ির ভার টের পায় ঢাকাবাসী। ইনফোগ্রাফে সহজে জেনে নিন ঢাকায় কোন্ ধরনের গাড়ির সংখ্যা কত।

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ট্যাক্সিক্যাব এবং বিশেষ কাজে নিয়োজিত যানবাহনের সংখ্যা এই ইনফোগ্রাফে উল্লেখ করা হয়নি।

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সুধীরের দিনের ভিডিও: অ্যামনেস্টির টুলে যাচাই করলেন রিফাত

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ইন্ডিয়ান ক্রিকেট দর্শক সুধীর গৌতমের ওপর কয়েকজন বাংলাদেশি হামলে পড়েছিল। ইন্ডিয়ান মিডিয়ার এই খবর সত্যি নয়- বাংলাদেশের কয়েকটি গণমাধ্যম এই দাবি করে খবর প্রকাশ করেছে। একই দাবি করেছে তেমন-প্রচার-নেই এমন দুয়েকটি অনলাইন পোর্টালও।

সুধীরের ওপর হামলার খবর মিথ্যা- বিডিনিউজ টোয়েন্টিফোর ডটকম এমন খবর প্রকাশ করেছে তার নিজস্ব আলোকচিত্রীর বরাত দিয়ে। আর টেলিভিশন স্টেশন ইন্ডিপেন্ডেন্ট কথা বলেছে ঘটনার শিকার সুধীরের সঙ্গেই। (সুধীর দর্শক, বধীর সাংবাদিক)

এদের বাইরে দৈনিক প্রথম আলোর অনলাইন সংস্করণও একটি খবর প্রকাশ করেছে। ‘সুধীরের ওপর আক্রমণের খবরের সত্যতা নিয়ে প্রশ্ন‘ শিরোনামের খবরে বলা হয়: “প্রশ্ন ওঠার কারণ এবিপি নিউজের ইউটিউব চ্যানেলে পোস্ট করা একটি ভিডিও। ‘ভারতের জনপ্রিয় সমর্থক সুধীর গৌতম কথা বলছেন এবিপি নিউজের সঙ্গে’ শিরোনামে এবিপি নিউজের অফিসিয়াল ইউটিউব চ্যানেলের ভিডিওটিতে ছবি পোস্ট করার তারিখ দেখা যাচ্ছে ২১ জুন, ২০১৫। ভিডিওটির বর্ণনাতে লেখা হয়েছে, ‘ভারতের জনপ্রিয় সমর্থক সুধীর গৌতম কথা বলছেন এবিপি নিউজের সঙ্গে। ঢাকায় দ্বিতীয় ওয়ানডে ম্যাচের পর তিনি আক্রমণের শিকার হন।’

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A visual comparison of wealth distribution and discrimination.

EPA proposed 30% reduction Carbon pollution

Our #CleanPowerPlan, which we’ll finalize later this year, will set the first national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. It’s an important step to protect our health, economy and environment.

Posted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, April 13, 2015