15 Photos Mars oddities NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Tech Comment The Rolling Stones Rock name is informal, but NASA says it will appear on working maps of the planet.Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can’t Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet). “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” said NASA geologist Matt Golombek. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”Downey agrees. “Sometimes the world does seriously cool stuff,” he tweeted after the reveal.NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It). NASA Space Hello “@RollingStones Rock” Who could hang a name on you? Um… us!When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars’ surface. We named it for the band. Take a closer look and learn how #MarsRocks get named: https://t.co/xY0TfoksJP pic.twitter.com/BZlABAMaZJ— NASA (@NASA) August 23, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice This NASA animation shows the InSight lander pushing Rolling Stones Rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech Some day a long time from now, an astronaut tour guide may step out onto the dusty surface of the Red Planet, point to a small stone just beyond NASA’s silent InSight lander and announce, “And that, my friends, is Rolling Stones Rock.”Let’s just let that sink in. There is now a rock on Mars that’s known as “Rolling Stones Rock.” Enlarge ImageForget Tumbling Dice. We’ve got a tumbling Mars rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Stones took to the stage in Pasedena, California on Thursday night for the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl venue is close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Somehow Robert Downey Jr. got entangled in all of this. The Iron Man actor made the Mars rock announcement before the band played.It all started with a mysterious teaser video from Downey earlier on Thursday. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Downey said, which may be the overstatement of the year. It’s not just any old Mars rock. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the planet in November 2018. The machine’s thrusters disturbed the golf ball-sized rock, sending it rolling 3 feet (1 meter) across the ground.”It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet,” the space agency said in a release on Thursday. An image of the rock shows the trail it left behind on the dusty ground.
A court here on Monday started recording depositions of witnesses against five accused, including Shafat Ahmed, in a case filed for raping two private university girls in a Banani hotel.Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 M Safiul Azam recorded the testimony of the complainant of the case in camera in the presence of the counsels of both plaintiff and the defence, reports UNB.The tribunal also fixed October 31 for the next hearing in the case, said plaintiff’s lawyer Fahmida Akhter Rinki.After the deposition of the complainant, Shafat’s lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal started cross-examining the witness which could not be completed today, she said.The five accused were produced before the court from jail during the proceedings.The two female private university students were raped at The Raintree Dhaka hotel at Banani in the city on March 28 last. One of the victims filed a case with Banani Police Station on May 6 over the incident.On June 8, police pressed charges against all the accused in the case.Of the accused, Shafat Ahmed, 26, and Nayem Ashraf, 30, were sued for raping the two female university students while Sadman Shafiq, 24, Shafat’s driver Billal, 26, and his unnamed bodyguard for abetting in the crime.The prime accused, Shafat Ahmed, is the son of Dildar Ahmed who owns top jewellery brand “Apan Jewellers” along with three of his brothers.
Jordanian Queen Rania Al AbdullahJordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Cox’s Bazar on 23 October to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground.Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday morning, an official told UNB on Friday.In her capacity as a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as an advocate of the work of UN humanitarian agencies, the Queen will visit Rohingyas.Her visit underscores the urgent need for a dramatic increase in humanitarian assistance for this vulnerable population, said an official on Friday.Rania will visit Kutupalong Refugee Camp and its surroundings in Cox’s Bazar, where she will meet women and children who have recently crossed the border from Myanmar and see some of the emergency services offered by the IRC, UNHCR, Unicef, and other humanitarian agencies on the ground, the official said.At the conclusion of the visit, she will make a press statement.Since late 25 August, around 6 lakh Rohingyas, consisting of women and children in the majority, have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, marking the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades and a major humanitarian emergency.In Bangladesh, the total number of Rohingyas is now estimated to have reached around 900,000 people, with more expected to arrive, according to international aid agencies.The sheer number of new arrivals has overwhelmed pre-existing service providers, leading to significant challenges in the provision of essential lifesaving services and highlighting the need for greater concerted urgent international response.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Rome on Sunday morning on a four-day official visit to Italy to join the upcoming meeting of the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as one of its keynote speakers at the invitation of IFAD president Gilbert F Houngbo.The prime minister will present the keynote paper at the meeting on 13 February, reports news agency UNB.Sheikh Hasina and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:05 am by an Emirates flight.Finance minister AMA Muhith, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali are accompanying the prime minister.Hasina will reach Fiumicino Airport, Rome around 6:45 pm (local time) via Dubai. She will be taken to Parco Dei Principi Grand Hotel in Rome where she will be staying during her visit.On Monday morning, the prime minister will go to the Vatican City where she will be given audience by Pope Francis after guard of honour there.She will also have a meeting with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and visit Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.In the evening, Hasina will join dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh ambassador in Rome.On 13 February, the prime minister will attend the inaugural session of the Governing Council of IFAD and deliver her keynote paper.Later, she will attend lunch to be hosted by IFAD president in honour of keynote speakers.In the evening, she will join a community reception arranged by the local unit of Awami League.The theme of this year’s IFAD council is ‘From fragility to long-term resilience: Investing in sustainable rural economies.’The governing Council of IFAD is the Fund’s principal governing body having full decision-making powers.It consists of all of IFAD’s member states and meets annually. It is attended by the official Member State representatives. Observers are also invited to attend sessions.IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh.The Prime Minister will leave Rome on the afternoon of 14 February and reach Dhaka on 15 February morning.