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9 more KNF members arrested, arms recovered
Nine more members of the Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF) were arrested from Dhupanichara Para area of 16 East Bengal region in Bandarban. Several weapons were also recovered from KNF members. They were arrested on Tuesday (April 16) in a raid led by Major Rajib of Sung Sang Para Army Camp. Nine LGs, nineteen LG cartridges, two mobile phones and two ID cards were recovered from their possession. The area was cordoned off after receiving a tip-off about the location of the KNF terrorists. Notably, the KNF members carried out terrorist attacks on the bank, looted arms and money, and kidnapped the bank manager, disobeying  'Peace Establishment Committee'.
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Canada Must Strengthen Its Response to Transnational Repression from China
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Canada Must Strengthen Its Response to Transnational Repression from China
In recent times, Canada has been starkly reminded of the pervasive threat of foreign interference and transnational repression (TNR), a menace that undermines the sovereignty and safety of its citizens. While the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar has been drummed up Justin Trudeau and the pro-Khalistan elements publicly to point fingers at India, his death seemed more of a gang war, nothing more. However, it is crucial to pivot our attention towards another formidable source of Canadian TNR – China. The revelation from Canada’s domestic spy agency regarding China’s interference in the last two elections underscores the gravity of suspected meddling in Canadian politics. The disclosure, made during an official probe, provides the most concrete evidence yet of China’s involvement in shaping electoral outcomes. A slide presented during the commission hearing contained excerpts from a February 2023 briefing by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), stating unequivocally, “We know that the PRC (Peoples’ Republic of China) clandestinely and deceptively interfered in both the 2019 and 2021 elections.” The briefing highlighted the pragmatic nature of these foreign interference activities, which primarily aimed to bolster candidates perceived as ‘pro-PRC’ or ‘neutral’ on matters of interest to the Chinese government. This confirmation raises significant concerns about the integrity of Canada’s democratic process and calls for robust measures to safeguard against future meddling attempts. The experiences of Canadian MP Michael Chong, who faced a coordinated disinformation campaign from China due to his criticism of the country’s treatment of Uighurs, exemplify Beijing’s audacious attempts to silence dissent abroad. This is not an isolated incident but a reflection of a broader strategy employed by the Chinese government to exert its influence and suppress opposition globally. The plight of the Uighur community in Canada, subjected to harassment, surveillance, and threats from Chinese operatives, underscores the extent of Beijing’s reach. Activists like Mehmet Tohti and Bakhtiar Semseddin have courageously spoken out, despite the risks to themselves and their families, about the tactics employed by the Chinese government to intimidate and silence them. Furthermore, the ordeal of Omar Abdulaziz, targeted by cyber espionage, illustrates the sophistication and intrusiveness of the tools at the disposal of authoritarian regimes like China and Saudi Arabia. The use of Pegasus Spyware in Abdulaziz’s case is a chilling reminder of the lengths to which these governments will go to clamp down on dissent, even beyond their borders. The Canadian government’s response to these threats has been lackluster at best. While there are ongoing inquiries and discussions about strengthening laws to combat foreign interference, the victims of TNR often feel abandoned, lacking adequate support from law enforcement and intelligence services. The case of Yuekang Li, denied a study permit due to fears of espionage, signals a growing awareness but also hints at the complexity and challenge of addressing this issue. Canada’s large and diverse diaspora communities make it a prime target for foreign interference and TNR. The state must recognize the gravity of this threat and take decisive action to protect its residents. This involves not only enhancing legal frameworks and law enforcement capabilities but also providing support and resources to those targeted by such campaigns. The creation of a standalone definition of transnational repression, as advocated by former minister of justice Irwin Cotler, could be a significant step forward. It would clarify the nature of the threat and enable more effective responses. Moreover, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and other agencies need the authority and means to engage more proactively with communities at risk, offering guidance and support. In light of these pressing issues, it is imperative for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the current Canadian administration to adopt a firmer stance against China’s transnational repression tactics. Instead of appeasing Beijing, Canada must take a stand and speak out against the injustices and infringements on freedom perpetrated by the Chinese government. While addressing concerns related to any nation, including the allegations against India, it is crucial that the Canadian government maintains a balanced and principled approach. Pandering to any group, including Khalistani extremists, should not overshadow the broader imperative to challenge and counter the real and present threats emanating from China. The safety and democratic values of Canada and its residents necessitate a clear, strong, and consistent voice against all forms of foreign interference and repression, without any bias or preferential treatment. Source: khalsa Vox
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Sisimpur reaches the 20 year mark
Sisimpur started its journey in 2005 with the aim of making the learning enjoyable for children at the pre-primary and primary levels. This show has passed 19 years. Every year 15 April is celebrated as 'Sisimpur Day'. Sisimpur helps to enhance children's learning skills through its television programs, printed materials, and school-based activities and community activities. For example, identifying letters, identifying letters from words, matching words with letters, helping to create sentences with words. Finding materials from the surrounding environment helps to recognize letters and sounds through them. For example: houses, bananas, mangoes, tables, clocks, cows, trees, leaves, pens, books, etc. Through the characters of Sisimpur, different shapes, names of different shapes, colors, etc. children's are taught from different elements of the environment. Sisimpur has also been working for keeping children safe on the internet for several years. Besides, Sisimpur is working to increase the learning skills of children at the pre-primary level, provide training to teachers and create awareness among parents.  
Sisimpur reaches the 20 year mark
‘The Ten Commandments’ remains the greatest of all biblical epics
Netflix trots out a drama/documentary hybrid this week titled “Testament: The Story of Moses,” mixing a Turkish production with religion experts discussing the biblical story. The three parts total more than four hours. If you’ve a mind to invest that kind of screen time in Moses, though, accept no substitutes, especially with the granddaddy of all biblical epics, Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 version of “The Ten Commandments,” just around the corner, keeping its annual date with viewers on ABC. Indeed, watching Netflix’s modern knockoff only heightens a sense of appreciation for DeMille’s efforts at a different time in the evolution of the movie industry, when TV was still relatively new and special effects hadn’t reached their digital heights. There are plenty of reasons to savor the original movie, most of them having to do with the casting, some of it campy and awful in a truly wonderful way, some just plain spectacular. As Moses, Charlton Heston brought a sense of conviction to this epic role (see also “Ben-Hur”) that anchored the movie in a way few actors could, before or since. Yet at the top of the heap look no further than Yul Brynner as Moses’ rival and eventual foe Rameses, who tells his reluctant bride-to-be with princely swagger and sexuality, “You will come to me whenever I call you, and I will enjoy that very much. Whether you enjoy it or not is your own affair… but I think you will.” On the other end of the spectrum there’s Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, Moses’ first love and Rameses’ reluctant bride when he ascends to pharaoh. Famous for her role in “All About Eve,” Baxter chews through much of Egypt, repeating “Moses” so often (as in “Oh Moses, Moses”) that one might be forgiven for concluding that’s both his first and last name. The supporting cast is equally delicious, including Edward G. Robinson sounding like he’s in a gangster movie and still stealing every scene he’s in as the traitorous Dathan, Vincent Price as pharaoh’s master builder and Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Rameses’ father, Sethi, who loves Moses more than he does his own son. ABC has aired the film more than 40 times since 1973, making it a solid Easter and Passover staple. Already 220 minutes long, the broadcast window with commercials has ballooned to four hours and 44 minutes, spilling out of primetime before Moses can descend from Mount Sinai with the you-know-what. Although broadcast TV doesn’t possess the only-game-in-town clout that existed when ABC first showed the movie, “The Ten Commandments” has remained a potent draw, perhaps because it’s the kind of film that can be watched – certainly in bits and pieces, if not all the way through – over and over. Last year’s telecast averaged more than 3 million viewers opposite NCAA tournament coverage, which it will face again this year. DeMille, of course, became practically synonymous with lavish, star-studded costume productions, starting with a silent version of “The Ten Commandments” in the 1920s and including “Samson and Delilah” in the ‘50s. Even by those standards, “The Ten Commandments” stands apart, both for its visual effects (the parting of the Red Sea is still a landmark sequence) and the soap-opera qualities wrapped up in the Moses-Nefretiri-Rameses triangle. Given that, even with broadcast television having become a shadow of what it was, there’s something reassuring about seeing the movie return year after year, marking the calendar in a way only a few Christmas specials and movies can rival. As TV traditions go, perhaps that’s why this one has proven so enduring. Or as Brynner’s Rameses might say, “So let it be written. So let it be done.” Source: CNN
‘The Ten Commandments’ remains the greatest of all biblical epics
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar, re-release
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's acclaimed 'Interstellar' will be re-releasing on its tenth anniversary in IMAX and 70 MM. The news was announced at the ongoing CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Christopher Nolan directorial Interstellar will be releasing again on its upcoming tenth anniversary this November. The news was shared by Paramount studio at the ongoing CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The film, starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey in lead roles, had grossed 188 million dollars at the domestic box office and over 730 million dollars globally. Interstellar will be releasing in 70 MM print and in IMAX. Interstellar was co-written by Nolan and his sibling Jonathan Nolan. The plot centered around a farmer and a former NASA pilot who is recruited to pilot a spacecraft when the conditions on Earth become unlivable. Apart from Hathaway and McConaughey, the film also starred Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine in pivotal roles. The news of re-release comes almost on the heels of the massive critical and commercial success of Nolan's latest directorial, Oppenheimer, starring Irish star Cillian Murphy in lead role. Apart from ruling the roost at the ticket counter, Oppenheimer also became the main star of the Oscars night as it collected awards in all major categories, including Best Actor, Best Film and Best Director, for Murphy and Nolan, respectively.  Source: India Today
Christopher Nolan, Interstellar, re-release
I miss my mother a lot on Eid: Dighi
Actress Prarthana Fardin Dighi stepped on the big screen as a child artist. She has received praises for acting in several films. She won the National Film Award three times for acting as a child artist.  Still, the acting of that little dighi floats in the eyes of the audience and his sweet dialogue rings in the ear. Dighi is no longer a child artist, she has written the name of the film as a heroine after a long break. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated everywhere. How was Dighi's Eid? He talked to Rtv about Eid. In a recent interview, Dighi said, "Eid means joy, no matter how much fun I have with everyone in the family, Eid hurts me very much. Because i lost my mother in my childhood. In my childhood, I used to eat my mother's cooking on the day of Eid. Like all mothers in the world, my mother had a lot of fun cooking. I miss my mother so much on Eid. I feel empty without her."
I miss my mother a lot on Eid: Dighi
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Bangladeshi batters make gains in Test rankings
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12 more Myanmar BGP members flee to Bangladesh
Twelve more members of Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) and and military personnel have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing through Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban. They took shelter in Bangladesh through Ashartali, and Jamchhari borders under Sadar union, and Rezu border under Ghumdhum union on Tuesday morning (April 16). It is learned that they have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid clashes with separatists in the border region. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has disarmed them and kept them under their supervision. BGB Public Relations Officer, Shariful Islam confirmed the matter. He said BGP members and and military personnel have been kept under the supervision of BGB. Earlier on March 12, 177 BGP members fled to Bangladesh. They were taken into custody by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).  
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At least 200 homes burnt in Chattogram’s Firingee Bazar slum
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Over 6 lakh Muslims offer Eid prayers at Gor-E-Shaheed Maidan
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Gold prices hit a record high
Gold prices creating records one after another in the world market. The price of this precious metal is constantly increasing.  For the first time in history, gold prices rose above $2,400 per ounce to an all-time high on Friday ( April 12). Earlier, on April 5, gold prices crossed $ 2,300 an ounce for the first time in the world market. Just seven days later, on Friday, the price exceeded $ 2,400. Which is the highest in the world market. Experts had expected the price of gold to exceed $ 2,300 per ounce this year. It has already exceeded. The price of gold will increase further. Economist Mahfuz Kabir said that the price of gold is increasing in the world market mainly due to the Federal Reserve's indication of reducing interest rates and geopolitical tensions. When interest rates fall, people choose gold as a medium of investment. As a result, the price surges. Gold is now being sold at the highest price in the world market. This price may increase further. 
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Here’s what to know about different salts
It can often be confusing to decide from a variety of salt types such as table salt, kosher salt, finishing salt. Here's a little explanation and some guidance. A little background information is helpful for truly understanding salt. For thousands of years, the production of it has been central to human culture. Naturally, salt is necessary for our survival. Sodium chloride is necessary for neuron, muscular, and digestive function as well as for controlling our body's fluid balance. There is very little salt naturally found in plants, thus early humans obtained all the salt they required by consuming animal flesh.   The specific date and technique by which humans discovered how to make salt—by mining rock salt from the soil or by evaporating seawater—are unknown, although it most likely occurred during the Neolithic era, when agriculture and animal husbandry began to flourish. As humans increased their dependence on vegetables and grains, they had to start salting their food.   And, as early civilizations grew, salt became one of their key economic drivers, according to Mark Kurlansky, author of "Salt: A World History."   Salt was inextricably linked to the geography and climate of its production until its mass manufacture in the early twentieth century.   Pre-industrial salt, according to Mark Bitterman, author of four books on salt and owner of the Meadow, a small chain of specialist salt shops, was the first local meal, a symbol of place and time.   What to use when   Salt comes in a bewildering multitude of varieties. Here's a primer on some of the most often used salts and how to use them.   Table Salt   Table salt is widely available and cheap, and it can be found in saltshakers all throughout the world. The majority is produced by pumping water into salt mines to dissolve the minerals, then evaporating the water under vacuum and separating the sodium chloride.   The tiny, delicate crystals have a consistent size and hue. To assist guard against iodine deficits, table salt is iodised, which demands the addition of chemicals such as dextrose or sodium bicarbonate for stability.   When sprinkled on food or while cooking, table salt dissolves quickly and can taste harsh and slightly metallic, as well as stridently salty. However, it can be used as an all-purpose cooking salt and is interchangeable with fine sea salt.   Kosher Salt   What defines kosher salt is its large, coarse grains. The term is a shortening of koshering or kashering salt, because its traditional use is to remove the blood from meat, as required by Jewish dietary laws. The large salt crystals draw out blood without dissolving much, which keeps the meat from becoming oversalted. And the coarse grain is perfect for making a salt crust, a traditional method for cooking whole fish that results in especially tender, juicy flesh.   Like table salt, most kosher salt is industrially produced. It isn’t iodized, but might contain anticaking agents, which will be listed on the label.   Common Sea Salt   Most inexpensive sea salt is industrially produced from seawater. Fine sea salt is often used in baking because of its ability to dissolve quickly, and can be used in place of table salt in cooking.   Traditional Sea Salts   Built on age-old traditions, sea salts like fleur de sel, sel gris and flaky salt are all made by evaporating seawater, either in the sun in warm climates, or by boiling. They can have a variety of trace minerals that add character, color and texture. Used as finishing salt, traditional sea salts can bring plenty of textures and flavors to the table.   Sea Salt Flakes   Flake salt is made by encouraging salt crystals to form slowly on the surface of the brine, so they can get especially large. Flake salt adds a gentle snap and bright saltiness to dishes. Because the flakes are so thin, you can add a fairly large pinch to dishes without oversalting, and this produces a crackly texture that dissipates quickly.   Fleur de Sel   Fleur de sel, also called flor de sal, translates to “the flower of salt,” a nod to its desirability. A product of warm, sunny climates, it’s been made in the same way for ages. Fleur de sel is not refined, so it contains whatever minerals are present in the water. You can use fleur de sel to finish any dish where you want a crunch that’s softer and more crumbly than flake salt, with a more complex flavor. It works particularly well with desserts, especially those that include caramel and chocolate.   Sel Gris   Sel gris, gray salt, is produced in the same types of solar- and wind-evaporating salt pans as fleur de sel, but is harvested from the clay bottom rather than the surface. It shines when sprinkled on roasted meats, fish and vegetables, but might be too earthy-tasting for desserts.   Himalayan Pink Salt   People have historically mined salt resources, notably those on Pakistan's Potwar Plateau, which is the source of Himalayan pink salt. It receives its pink color from trace minerals, which also lend it a moderately peppery flavor. Because of its solid texture, it is frequently marketed in grinders. It's a lovely finishing salt with a crisp texture for powerfully flavored foods.   It's also used to make cooking slabs that can be heated to 900 degrees. Mr. Bitterman, the author, suggests grilling slabs of Himalayan pink salt and using them to weight down poultry instead of a brick. Source: New York Times  
Here’s what to know about different salts
Dad Time: Spending quality time with father is a must
"Dad time" is essential to a child's overall development—it's not just a luxury. Good father-child interactions have a lasting effect on a child, influencing not just their early years but also their future relationships, careers, and general well-being. Fathers play an enormously important role in a child's life, helping them develop emotionally, socially, and cognitively. "Dad time" is more than just being there; it's about having meaningful conversations and doing things together that have a long-lasting effect on a child's development.   Reasons why it's important to spend time with a father: 1. ​​Improved academic achievement​ Academic achievement is favorably correlated with parental involvement in a child's schooling. Cooperative reading, helping with schoolwork, and stimulating conversations all support the development of cognition. 2. ​​Exemplary role modeling​ Fathers act as role models for their children, influencing their attitudes, actions, and morals. Fathers who spend meaningful time with their children can model moral values and important life skills for their children. 3. Connection on an emotional level​ A strong emotional tie is fostered by father-child bonding. Playing together gives the youngster a sense of safety and acceptance, which strengthens their emotional fortitude.   4. ​Increasing self-assurance​ Children can safely explore their powers in the company of their fathers. Children's confidence and self-esteem are bolstered by positive reinforcement, constructive criticism, and the sharing of accomplishments.   5. ​​Developing social skills​ Children acquire vital social skills like cooperation, communication, and dispute resolution through shared activities. Social connections between father and kid support social behavior that is in line with social norms.   6. ​​Promoting self-reliance​ Spending quality time with fathers requires striking a balance between promoting independence and offering assistance. When it comes to giving their kids a feeling of accountability and independence, fathers are extremely important. Source: Times of India  
Dad Time: Spending quality time with father is a must
Thai farmer creates cat-themed art in his rice field
A sleeping cat hugs a fish in a picture seen from the air, picked out in sprouting rainbow seedlings in a rice field in Thailand to illustrate a traditional proverb about abundance. Farmer Tanyapong Jaikham and a team of workers planted the seedlings at various spots in the field in the northern province of Chiang Rai to depict cartoon cats, hoping to lure tourists and cat lovers. “We’re expecting tens of thousands to come and see the art in the rice fields,” he said. The process relies on GPS coordinates to position the seedlings as designated in an initial artist’s sketch, he said, with the plants changing tint as they grow. “It’s crucial to position them accurately, and the rice will gradually change shades over time,” he added, until in the final harvest stage, the rice straw yields the portrait of Cooper, the cat on which it was modeled. Viewing towers are being built in the surrounding area to give visitors a glimpse of the artwork, which is based on a Thai saying, “There is fish in the water and rice in the fields.” The world’s second largest exporter of the grain after India, Thailand aims to ship 8.5 million metric tons this year. Young people wanting to learn more about the interaction of art and technology could also benefit from visiting the site, Tanyapong said. “Previously, rice was mainly considered for consumption,” he said. “This approach allows us to develop tourism and agriculture simultaneously.”   Source: CNN
Thai farmer creates cat-themed art in his rice field
The secret history of Japan’s best sweets
There is a legend that a group of Portuguese monks were sailing to Macao when their ship hit bad weather and they landed in Nagasaki, Japan, instead. That accidental encounter ended up changing Japan – and its food – forever. One thing these monks, and the many Portuguese who would come after them, brought to the country was a simple, powerful and much-loved ingredient – sugar. During the 16th century, Nagasaki, on the island of Kyushu, was the only city through which foreigners could trade with the Japanese. As a result, it developed the strongest sweet tooth. Many of Japan’s present-day favorite wagashi – sweets – have their origins on Kyushu. One of these is castella, a Portuguese-inspired pound cake. Though the style of making pound cake came via Portugal, one ingredient makes it specifically Japanese: mizuame syrup, which is made from glutinous rice. The best place to snag some for yourself is at Fukusaya. It’s a well-known cake shop chain, with the first location opening – where else? – in Nagasaki in 1624. In Fukuoka, the largest city on the island of Kyushu, Fukusaya’s main branch is in the busy Akasaka neighborhood, not far from where tourists spill into the city from Hakata Station, western terminus of the Shinkansen high-speed train line. The castella here are cut into cubes, individually wrapped in colorful packaging and placed into gift boxes. Though there are occasional special flavors like sakura (cherry blossom) in the spring or chocolate around Christmas, it’s the classic castella that still sells the most, according to an Akasaka employee. Castella (kasutera in Japanese) also makes an appearance in another popular Japanese sweet, dorayaki. Here, the castella cake is thinner and made into a pancake with a layer of sweet red bean paste inside. Source: CNN
The secret history of Japan’s best sweets

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