Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle may not have been the Queen’s favourite after all. Though the Queen is gracious and cordial to the Duchess of Sussex when they are in public, it seems that the Queen’s affection is all for the cameras.According to the claims of a documentary, the “grandmotherly love” the monarch showed could have been a PR exercise. Being part of the Royal Family comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, one of these disadvantages being that the members of the Royal Family are always under the scrutiny of the media. Meghan Markle has been a part of the Royal Family only for a little while, which makes her a novice in Royalty’s public relations.The Queen, on the other hand, is a veteran at handling and presenting a Royal image to the world. Now according to reports, the Queen and Meghan Markle have an amicable relationship where Meghan apparently refers to the monarch as “Mama” in private. However, according to the documentary “Harry and Meghan: the first 100 days”, the Queen’s warm behaviour could be a PR exercise by the Palace. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle has been on the Queen’s radar for a while now, especially with reports of a Royal feud brewing between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. The Queen tamped down any attempt by Meghan to separate herself from the Royal family and to carve out her own path.But it seems that the Queen could be making an effort with Meghan Markle as the Palace may not want a repeat of what happened with Princess Diana. Either way, it seems the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex have many opportunities to work on their relationship. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth this month and the couple Sussex will be moving to Frogmore cottage after the arrival of the baby.
yaba. File PhotoMore than 100 traffickers of illegal narcotic substance called yaba, have surrendered to the law enforcement in Cox’s Bazar under a government-sponsored rehabilitation process.The listed yaba traders, who were taken to the surrender ceremony venue on Saturday morning, include four brothers and 12 relatives of former Awami League member of parliament (MP) Abdur Rahman Badi, the number one person in the list prepared by the home ministry.However, Abdur Rahman Badi himself refrained from surrendering. Saiful Karim, the second man in the list, is reportedly staying abroad. Badi’s wife Shahin Akhter is now an MP of the ruling party.The yaba traders were seen handing over yaba pills and guns to home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal at the gathering at Teknaf Pilot High School. Inspector general of police Javed Patwary was present.Only 24 out of 73 listed top yaba traders in the tourist district that has border with Myanmar surrendered, according to the police.Of the rest (49), six have already been killed since a drive that began May last year. Others numbering 43 traders are yet to surrender.“Those who have not surrendered have to face a dire consequence,” the home minister told the programme organised by the law enforcement, after months of discussion about the surrender.He mentioned that the surrender of yaba traders is a process as part of the drive against illegal arms and drugs.According to officials, names of 26 traders including Badi as the key patron, his five brothers and one sister were listed both by the home ministry and the Narcotics Control Department.Asaduzzaman warned that a stern action would be taken if anyone of the local administration is found involved in illegal drug trafficking.The home minister asked the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to gear up surveillance along the border with Myanmar to stop entry of yaba.Those who surrendered include Badi’s brothers Abdul Shukkur, Abdul Amin, Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammad Foysal, Badi’s cousin Kamrul Islam Rasel and nephew Shahedur Rahman Nipun.Teknaf upazila parishad’s chairman Zafar Ahmed’s son Didar Mia, Hilar union parishad members Nurul Huda and Zamal Hossain, Teknaf municipality councilor Nurul Bashar Nurshad, woman councilor Kohinur Begum’s husband Shah Alam, Teknaf sadar UP member Enamul Haque and upazila BNP general secretary’s two brothers Ziaur Rahman and Abdur Rahman, among others, surrendered.Each of them was implicated in lawsuits up to 16.Around 300 people were killed in what the law enforcement called ‘crossfire’or ‘gunfights’ across the country since the crackdown against drugs began on 4 May last year.Among them, 44 were killed in Cox’s Bazar alone.Officials said yaba traders have been brought in for surrender at police lines in Cox’s Bazar since mid-January as part of the ‘initiative to bring yaba traders to normal life’.Cox’s Bazar superintendent of police ABM Masud Hossain, however, said two separate lawsuits in connection with drug and arms will be filed with Teknaf model police station.There is no scope of general amnesty for them, the police official said, the law will take its own course.
A convicted prisoner of a murder case, died at the Jashore Central Jail on Thursday.The deceased was Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh, son of Abdul Khalek Sheikh of Shamnagar village in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat.Md Abu Taleb, jailor of Jashore Central Jail said Iqbal was taken to the jail hospital after he fell unconscious in the morning.Later, he was shifted to Jashore General Hospital as his condition deteriorated where the physicians declared him dead. The physicians suspected that Iqbal had a heart attack.Iqbal was awarded death penalty in a murder case in 2009 which was commuted to life term imprisonment by the High Court on 2014.
Last September, a complaint was filed against Google and other ad auction companies about a data breach that “affects virtually every user on the web”. This complaint was made by a host of privacy activists and browser makers, alleging that tech companies broadcasted people’s personal data to dozens of companies, without proper security through a mechanism of “behavioural ads”. The complaint stated that every time a person visits a website and is shown a “behavioural” ad on a website; intimate personal data describing each visitor and what they are watching online is captured and broadcast to tens or hundreds of companies. This was done in order to request potential advertisers’ bids for the attention of the specific individual visiting the website. The complaints were lodged by Jim Killock of the U.K.’s Open Rights Group, tech policy researcher Michael Veale of University College London, and Johnny Ryan of the pro-privacy browser firm Brave. They claimed that Google and other ad-tech firms were breaking the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by unlawfully recording people’s sensitive characteristics. Now, new evidence has been released by the very same organizations that filed last September’s complaint, showing the data broadcasted includes information about people’s ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation and more. This sensitive information allows advertisers to specifically target incest, abuse victims, or those with eating disorders. The irony of it being, yesterday was ‘International Data Protection Day”. What is Behavioral advertising? Yahoo finance has explained the concept of behavioral advertising very simply. The online ad industry tracks a person’s movements around the internet and builds a profile based on what the individual looks at/ sites the user visits. On visiting a webpage that runs behavioral ads, an automated auction takes place between ad agencies with the winner allowed being to show the user an ad that supposedly matches their profile. This ultimately means that for the real-time bidding system to work, personal details of the users have to be broadcasted to the advertisers in so-called “bid requests”. Evidence against Google and IAB Joining the list of complainants is Poland’s Panoptykon Foundation, another rights group, that has complained to its local data protection authority about organizations including Google and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), which is the industry body that sets the rules for ad auctions. The evidence submitted by the complainants comprises category lists from Google and IAB, including topics such as being an incest victim, having cancer, having a substance-abuse problem, being into a certain kind of politics or adhering to a certain religion or sect. Special needs kids, endocrine and metabolic diseases, birth control, infertility, diabetes, Islam, Judaism, disabled sports, bankruptcy- these serve as supplementary evidence for the two original complaints filed with the UK’s ICO and the Irish DPC last year. A Google spokesperson told TechCrunch that the company has “strict policies that prohibit advertisers on our platforms from targeting individuals on the basis of sensitive categories” and that if they did find such ads violating said policies, they would take immediate action”. The original IAB lists can be downloaded as a spreadsheet. The PDF versions of the IAB lists with special category and sensitive data highlighted by the complainants can be viewed here (v1) and here (v2). You can go ahead and download Google’s original document for more insights on this news. Read Next French data regulator, CNIL imposes a fine of 50M euros against Google for failing to comply with GDPREuropean Consumer groups accuse Google of tracking its users’ location, calls it a breach of GDPRTwitter on the GDPR radar for refusing to provide a user his data due to ‘disproportionate effort’ involved