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Tennis / Roger Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:41:47 PM »
MONTREAL (AP) -- Roger Federer pulled out of next month's Rogers Cup hard-court tournament on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Tennis Canada, Valerie Tetreault, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer ''wants to make sure he will be (in) top shape for'' the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Aug. 31.

''I am disappointed that I won't be playing in Montreal because it's a tournament and a city that I really enjoy and has incredible fans,'' Federer said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. ''I hope to be back in the future.''

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

After reaching the Copa América final, Lionel Messi was awarded a longer vacation than the rest of his Barcelona teammates. He deserved a good rest after being the star of a Treble-winning season, plus carrying Argentina on his back all the way to the South American Cup second place finish.

But every world-class athlete, regardless of the sport, takes care of his body even in the offseason. Messi is back home in Catalonia, and he's getting ready by himself to return to the Blaugrana club on Monday to start his preseason preparations with the team.

So Messi took to the treadmill. With Thiago, his son, in the most adorable video you will find on the internet today.

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83.

The president from 2002 until 2007, he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades before that, mainly at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization. He played a key organizational and technical role in India's nuclear program.

He also served as a scientific adviser to the prime minister.

Kalam fell sick Monday while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya state capital, Shillong, said P.B. Warjri, chief secretary of the state. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead after doctors could not revive him, Warjri said.

The federal government would declare national mourning for seven days for him, said federal Home Secretary L.C. Goyal.

উইন্ডোজ ১০ ডাউনলোড করবেন যেভাবে:
১. উইন্ডোজ লোগো বা স্টার্ট বাটনে ক্লিক করতে হবে।
২. এরপর যে অ্যাপ উইন্ডোটি আসবে তাতে ‘রিজার্ভ ইয়োর ফ্রি আপগ্রেড’ ফিচারটিতে ক্লিক করতে হবে।
৩. রিজারভেশন নিশ্চিত করতে লাইভ বা আউটলুক ইমেইল অ্যাকাউন্ট দিতে হবে।
৪. যখন উইন্ডোজ রিজার্ভ প্রক্রিয়া শেষ হবে তারপর যখন নতুন সংস্করণ আসবে তখনই উইন্ডোজ হালনাগাদ হবে।
৫. হালনাগাদ সম্পূর্ণ হয়ে গেলে একটি নোটিফিকেশন আসবে।
৬. একবার ইনস্টল হয়ে গেলেই উইন্ডোজ ১০ এর অভিজ্ঞতা নেওয়া শুরু করতে পারবেন।

শর্ত: ফ্রি বা বিনা খরচায় উইন্ডোজ ১০ আপগ্রেড করতে হলে আউটলুক বা লাইভ ইমেইল অ্যাকাউন্ট থাকতে হবে। মাইক্রোসফটের এই মেইল সেবাও ফ্রি।
উইন্ডোজ ব্যবহারকারীকে মনে রাখতে হবে, বিনা মূল্যে হালনাগাদ সংস্করণ পাওয়া গেলেও উইন্ডোজ ১০ এর ফাইল তিন গিগাবাইটের। এই ফাইল ডাউনলোড করার জন্য ডেটা খরচের বিষয়টি মাথায় রাখলে ভালো। অবশ্য রিজার্ভেশন যেকোনো সময় বাতিল করা যায়। উইন্ডোজ ১০ উন্মুক্ত হওয়ার পর এক বছরের মধ্যে যেকোনো সময় আপগ্রেড করে নিতে পারবেন ব্যবহারকারী।

উইন্ডোজ ১০ এ নতুন যা কিছু
উইন্ডোজ ১০ এর সঙ্গে মাইক্রোসফট বেশ কিছু নতুন ফিচার আনছে। এর মধ্যে উল্লেখযোগ্য হচ্ছে ডিজিটাল সহকারী কর্টানা ও নতুন উইন্ডোজ স্টোর। এই স্টোর থেকে যে অ্যাপ ডাউনলোড করা হবে তা উইন্ডোজ ১০ পিসি ও উইন্ডোজ ১০ ট্যাবে একইরকম অভিজ্ঞতা দেবে। নতুন উইন্ডোজের সঙ্গে নতুন ওয়েব ব্রাউজার এজ আনছে মাইক্রোসফট।

Benefits of OHSAS in Bangladesh Textile Industries
 (By Asit Ghosh and Shiffat Shahriar )/ published: 20 th July, 2015, IEB Publication

 The purpose of the study is to identify whether OHSAS 18001(Occupational Health and Safety Management System) as an international standard may give benefit to the textile industry. However, there is no elaborate study been taken place in this regard in Bangladesh till now. Therefore, we had to generate primary questionnaire as our pivotal methodology. The tenure of the survey was a month long where we have investigated at least 20 textile mills across Bangladesh. We have tried to find out the comparative health and safety status of the workers in between the factories those are OHSAS certified and non-certified. We have collected precise and pragmatic datas through scientific questionnaire. Our overall research result yields a significant gap between OHSAS certified textile mills and non -certified textile mills. The salient features of the OHSAS certified textile mills are quite effective, efficient and helpful for the workers health and safety. In reverse, non certified textile mills are struggling to render sound health and safety environment towards the workers.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Bangladesh has only about 100 tigers living in the world's largest mangrove forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, following a recent survey, a top forestry official said Monday.

Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census conducted in 2004 in the World Heritage-listed Sundarbans, one of the world's last remaining habitats for the big cats.

But experts said better methodology was the reason for the huge drop in the numbers, saying hidden cameras used this time around, rather than pug marks, gave a much more accurate figure.

Tapan Kumar Dey, the government's wildlife conservator, said analysis of camera footage from the year-long survey that ended in April found numbers ranged between 83 and 130, giving an average of 106.

"So plus or minus we have around 106 tigers in our parts of the Sundarbans. It's a more accurate figure," Dey told AFP of the survey, which has not yet been publicly released.

About 74 tigers have previously been counted on the Indian side of the Sundarbans, which makes up nearly 40 percent of the forest straddling both countries over 10,000 square kilometres (3,860 square miles).

Bengal tigers live mainly in India, where nationwide there are 2,226, with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar.

Monirul Khan, a zoology professor at Bangladesh's Jahangirnagar University and the nation's foremost tiger expert, said the new survey confirmed his worst fears.

"It seems the population has declined (in the past) to more than what we had feared," Khan said, saying his studies showed the figure was no more than 200.

Khan said the government needed to do more to protect the animals, whose numbers were shrinking because of poaching and rapid development on the edge of the forest.
The World Wildlife Fund says tigers worldwide are in serious danger of becoming extinct in the wild. Their numbers have fallen from 100,000 in 1900 to around 3,200 now.

Officials have conceded that the pugmark tracking system used in 2004 was unreliable and cameras were installed in trees throughout the forest for the latest survey.

Y.V. Jhala, professor at the Wildlife Institute of India, told AFP the new figure was the "reality".

"The 440 figure was a myth and an imagination. Bangladesh parts of the Sundarbans with its prey size can support up to 200 tigers," he said, also urging authorities to act to better protect the cats.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Football / Di Maria United future in doubt after tour no-show
« on: July 26, 2015, 01:31:53 PM »
Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) - The future of unsettled Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria was thrown into doubt here Saturday after it emerged the Argentine international had failed to join up with the club's US tour as scheduled.

Di Maria, who has been strongly linked to a move to French giants Paris Saint Germain, had been due to arrive in California on Saturday to join United's pre-season training camp.

But United manager Louis van Gaal told reporters after his side's 3-1 friendly victory over Barcelona at the Levi's Stadium that Di Maria had failed to board a flight to San Francisco.

"I have heard that he's not on the plane so I cannot say anything," van Gaal said.

"I have heard that he was not on the plane," he reiterated.

Di Maria had been excused from the first part of United's tour after playing in the Copa America along with fellow Red Devils team-mate Marcos Rojo.

Rojo had also failed to join up with the United squad, but van Gaal put the defender's no-show down to a passport issue.

"I heard Marcos Rojo was not on the plane, he had passport issues," van Gaal said.

"But Di Maria I do not know."

A report on the website of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper shortly before kick-off on Saturday said van Gaal had informed United's players that Di Maria was set to join PSG.

Di Maria joined United last year in a 59.7 million pound ($92.6 million) transfer from Real Madrid but has failed to settle during a difficult first season with the Premier League giants.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Tennis / Nadal heads back to clay to salvage season
« on: July 26, 2015, 01:06:24 PM »
Hamburg (AFP) - Rafael Nadal heads back to the comfort of clay next week as the struggling Spaniard attempts to resolve the crisis that has gripped his game.

The 29-year-old is top seed at the Hamburg Open but his decision to play a European clay tournament with the US hardcourt season just around the corner has baffled many.

"It's obvious that the situation is different," said Nadal on Saturday.

"I have lost more (this year) than in the last 10 or 11 years."

In a testing 2015, Nadal has seen his world ranking slump to 10 -- his lowest in a decade -- and lose his French Open title where he had been champion nine times.

He has already been defeated 12 times this year, including just a second career loss at Roland Garros and a second round exit to German journeyman Dustin Brown at Wimbledon.

In 2014, Nadal was beaten just 11 times. He was defeated only seven times in 2013 and lost a mere six matches in the whole of 2012.

"I need to accept that it is a new situation and face it with a good attitude and keep working hard to return to a good level," added Nadal.

"I feel good. I don't have any injuries and that is the important thing."

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Textile Engineering / Historical Background of knitting technology
« on: July 26, 2015, 12:34:37 PM »
Historical Background of knitting technology

1589: William Lee, inventor of the mechanical stitch formation tools.
1758: Jedeish strutt, inventor of double knit technique,
1798: Monsier Decroix, Circular knitting frame.
1805: Josheph Marie Jacquard, Jacquard mechanism.
1847: Mathew Townsend, inventor of latch needle.
1850: Circular knitting machine.
1852: Needle development.
1878: Circular knitting machine plain rib.
1910: Interlock fabric.
1918: Double headed or hook latch needle.
1920: Pattern wheel, punch tape etc.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Athletics / I am always number one, says defiant Usain Bolt
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:02:33 PM »
London (AFP) - Usain Bolt insists he is still king of the sprinters after returning from injury with back-to-back 100m times of 9.87sec at the London Diamond League meeting.
Asked if his winning performances -- in the heats and final on a rain-soaked Olympic Stadium track -- proved that he was still the world's number one, the 28-year-old Jamaican replied defiantly: "I was never number two."

"I am still number one," said Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt. "I will continue being number one. Until I retire, that's the plan."

On 100m times recorded in 2015, Bolt is now ranked number six.

Justin Gatlin, the American who has served two doping bans, tops the list with 9.74sec and has also run 9.75sec twice and 9.78sec.

Bolt, however, clearly has room for improvement before he defends his 100m and 200m titles at the world championships in Beijing, which begin on August 22, on the Bird's Nest track where he won his first trio of Olympic gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) in 2008. The Jamaican has won every global 100m and 200m title contested over the past seven years, with the exception of the 100m at the 2011 world championships in South Korea when he was disqualified for a false start.

It is a period of sprint domination unmatched in the history of track and field, and despite missing six weeks of competitive action following the New York Diamond League meeting because of a pelvic problem, Bolt cannot be discounted from striking gold again.

The fact that he did not get off to the best of starts in his heat and got off to a sluggish one in the final shows that he has room for improvement in the four weeks ahead –- as does the fact that he was running on a rain-soaked track and into a head wind on both occasions (-0.8 metres per second in the final and -1.2 metres per second in the heat).

Asked how fast he thought he could go in Beijing, Bolt replied: "Anything is possible. I thought I would run fast in the final tonight but I got a bad start.

"When I got a bad start, then I kind of lost focus for a minute and lost my form but at the last I got it back. It taught me a lot, these two races.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Athletics / Usain Bolt wins 100 meters in Diamond League
« on: July 25, 2015, 10:54:14 PM »
LONDON (AP) -- Usain Bolt returned to form by winning the 100 meters in 9.87 seconds at the Diamond League meet in London's Olympic Stadium on Friday. After a poor start, the Jamaican struggled to break away from the pack but eventually edged Michael Rodgers of the United States by three hundredths of a second. Kemar Bailey-Cole of Jamaica was third in 9.92.

Bolt equaled his season's best of 9.87, which he recorded earlier Friday in qualifying. After struggling this season with a left leg injury, his fastest 100 time of the season before arriving in London was 10.12.

With the World Championships in Beijing a month away, Bolt was pleased with his performance in cloudy conditions following heavy rainfall.

''It was good for me, my last 50 was good,'' Bolt said. ''When I got a really bad start, I kind of lost focus and I lost my form but at the last I got it back.

''It taught me a lot. I just need to remember that even if I get a bad start, I have to focus on the work at hand and just get it done. I know I could have gone faster if I just got my start in. I've been running fast in training but it is easy, you are under no pressure. It is all about getting race ready.''

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Athletics / I'm ready for Gatlin in Beijing: Bolt
« on: July 24, 2015, 04:10:43 PM »
London (AFP) - Usain Bolt insisted Thursday he would be ready for the challenge of toppling the in-form American Justin Gatlin at the World Championships in Beijing next month.

The Jamaican track king made the pledge on the eve of his return from injury in the 100m on the opening night of the Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting in London on Friday.

Bolt has not raced since winning the New York Diamond League 200m race on June 13 because of a pelvic problem.

The world record holder at 100m and 200m also said that he had "a problem" with Gatlin's United States team-mate Tyson Gay about his doping past but not with Gatlin, who has served two doping suspensions and who has run the four fastest times of 2015 at both 100m and 200m.

Asked whether he had lost respect with rivals who had failed drugs tests in their sprinting careers,  the 28-year-old Jamaican replied: "The only person I really had a problem with was Tyson.

"The reason is I competed with Tyson throughout the years and I had so much respect for him. I looked at him as one of the greatest competitors I competed against. He was dedicated. He worked hard.

"When it happened (Gay tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2013 and served a one year ban) I was really disappointed. That really hurt me."

Asked why he did not have a similar problem with Gatlin, Bolt said: "It was before my time. I’m not saying it was right what he did but because me and Tyson competed so closely that hurt."

Gatlin has run 9.74sec for 100m this year and Bolt a modest 10.12sec in his only race at the distance in 2012 – in Rio de Janeiro in April.

However, the Jamaican maintained he was not daunted by the prospect of facing the US sprinter when he defends his World Championship 100m and 200m titles in Beijing, despite his lack of form and lack of competition this year.


 - 'I'm confident' -


"I never doubt myself," he said. "I look forward to competition. Beijing is a month away I'm not worried about that. I'm trying to take it a step at a time.

"I've got two races tomorrow. I've been training really hard. I’ve been pushing myself, so it's all about execution now. If I can execute right and get everything right, I know I'll run fast. It just takes one run to get to 9.7. I'm not worried about times.

"If my coach is not worried, I'm never worried, because he always finds a way to get me ready for the championships. He’s confident I can be ready. I'm confident and all you do is just work.

"I've been doing good in training. Everything's been going better. Hopefully I can go on the track and deliver."

Asked whether a win for Gatlin in Beijing would be bad for the sport, Bolt laughed and replied: "I'm not planning to lose, so I can't really answer that question."

On the subject of being regarded as being the saviour of a drugs-tainted sport, he said: "I know people have been saying that but I don’t think it's only me.

"All athletes have the right to try and help the sport, to keep the sport in a good light. I think it's all our responsibility.

"I just do my best and try to run fast. I do it clean and I think that's what I have to continue doing. I'm not going to say I'm the only saviour of athletics but I just try to do my best to stay focused on the goal I have.

"Hopefully, athletes coming up can learn that I did it clean, with hard work and dedication, so I set an example for the young guys coming up."

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Tennis / Serena, Djokovic pace US Open direct entry list
« on: July 23, 2015, 04:44:48 PM »
New York (AFP) - Serena Williams, bidding for a calendar-year Grand Slam and her fifth consecutive major title, joined fellow world number one Novak Djokovic atop the US Open direct entry lists announced Wednesday.

The US Tennis Association said the world's 99 top-ranked men and 100 of the top 101 women -- China's 29th-ranked Peng Shuai absent with a back injury -- will be in the field when the year's final Grand Slam event begins next month at Flushing Meadows.

Three-time defending champion Williams, who shares the Open Era record of US Open titles with Chris Evert at six, can become the first woman to win all four Grand Slams in the same year since Steffi Graf in 1988.

Williams, who holds all four major titles at once in a second career "Serena Slam," won her 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon earlier this month, putting her third on the all-time list behind Graf's 22 and the 24 of Margaret Court.

Djokovic, a five-time US Open finalist who won the title in 2011, captured his eighth and ninth Grand Slam titles this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Roger Federer, ranked second and who lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, seeks his sixth US Open crown to add to his record 17 career Slam titles.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Football / Cristiano Ronaldo is already really sick of Rafa Benitez
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:45:30 AM »
When Rafa Benitez was hired by Real Madrid to manage the side, no one was really sure how it would work out. He'd been disappointing for a while, was coming off a poor season with Napoli, and has a history of odd decision-making that might not sit well with some of Madrid's big stars.

His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest of those big stars, was tested early when he announced Ronaldo would be played as a striker -- without telling the player first. That relationship has apparently been further strained, leading to Ronaldo twice exploding in training on Wednesday, shouting at Rafa over ruling out a goal the Portuguese forward scored in a small-squad match, then reacting furiously over a training game Benitez wanted Madrid to play.

Tell us how you really feel, Cristiano!

And he's got a point, too. While practicing crossbar shots supposedly helps with drilling accuracy or shot precision or whatever, hitting the crossbar a lot is kind of pointless and not great to do when you're actually playing a match.

Interestingly, several Napoli players have given interviews recently and said that Rafa's training methods lacked useful focus and intensity, and those interviews and others give an impression of an icy relationship between Benitez and the team's best players. If that kind of thing carries over to Real Madrid, Rafa might not be managing his boyhood club for long.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

Cricket / Tamim, Mahmudullah push Bangladesh towards Test lead
« on: July 23, 2015, 11:34:20 AM »

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mahmudullah have scored half-centuries to give their team hope of taking a first-innings lead over South Africa on the second day of their opening Test at Chittagong.

Opening batsman Tamim (57) fell in Wednesday's second session while Mahmudullah (67) was out just before rain stopped play with Bangladesh on 179 for four, trailing South Africa by 69 runs.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim (16) and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (one) were unbeaten for Bangladesh, who have lost all of their previous eight meetings against the world number one-ranked test side.

Resuming the second day on 7-0 after bundling South Africa out for 248, Bangladesh lost two wickets in quick succession and were forced to consolidate against a probing attack.

Imrul Kayes (26) and Tamim did well to see off the opening burst from the South African fast bowlers to take their team to 46-0 before an innocuous delivery from part-time medium pacer Stiaan van Zyl brought the first breakthrough.

Kayes lost his balance against a delivery down the leg side and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock completed a smart stumping.

Number three batsman Mominul Haque (six) fell three overs later when he was bowled after missing an arm-ball from off-spinner Simon Harmer to leave the hosts foundering at 55-2.

Tamim and Mahmudullah, however, pegged the tourists back with a watchful third-wicket stand of 89 that ended when the former was bowled out by part-time spinner Dean Elgar.

Bangladesh staved off the pace trio of Dale Steyn Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander for most of the day but it was the latter who dismissed Mahmudullah near the close to somewhat spoil an otherwise satisfying day for the hosts.

Heavy rain forced the players off four balls after Philander struck and, though there was a restart, only one ball was bowled before another downpour washed out 25 overs of the day's play.

Asit Ghosh
Senior Lecturer, TE

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