The partially-decomposed body of a Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man was discovered on Tuesday morning in a canal.The dead man has since been identified as 38-year-old Jaigobin Seecharran, called “Red Man”, of Lot 92 Herstelling New Housing Scheme.Dead: Jaigobin SeecharranHis body was discovered floating in the “number three canal”, which separates Herstelling and the Mocha Access Road, around 08:30h by workers of a nearby block-making establishment. The body was clad in a black T-shirt and a pair of long blue jeans.The owner of the business, Shazad Ally, told Guyana Times, that he was in his yard checking on his workers when one of them informed him about the body in the canal.“When I go out and check, it was a dead body in the trench, so I call the Police and inform them about it,” he recalled.According to the businessman, ranks of the nearby Providence Police Station were summoned and subsequently contacted the undertakers to remove the body.“The undertakers them came and when they pull out the body, then we realised it was a villager – a guy name “Red Man”,” Ally related.He noted that at the time word of the “floating body” had already spread through the village and persons, including relatives of Seecharran, were gathered around and so they were able to positively identify the man.This publication understands that Seecharran, a former minibus conductor, was last seen alive by relatives on Sunday evening when he left home around 19:30h.His brother, Seegobin, told this newspaper that they were not worried when the 38-year-old man did not return home, since he would usually disappear for a few days without informing anyone whenever he imbibed heavily.“Sometimes, he would go over Herstelling (old scheme) and stay there… He does even leave and go by my other brother in Mahaica without telling anybody and stay there for like two weeks and so,” the man explained.According to Seegobin, he was at work on Tuesday morning when his wife called and informed him that a body was found in the nearby canal and that a cousin had confirmed that it was his brother.Meanwhile, the Police said that Seecharran’s body was found face down in the water. Checks were made for marks of violence, but none were found.The body of Seecharran is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.
Ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed on Thursday morning after seven hours of disruption caused by dense fog, reports UNB.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station, assistant general manager Shah Newaz Khaled said the authorities suspended the ferry services on the route from 1:30 am to 8:30 am due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog.Five ferries remained stranded in the mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers amid cold weather.Five hundred vehicles remained stuck in a long queue stretching five kilometers at the both end of the river, said the official.
Lawmakers take part in a munajat after observing a one-minute solemn silence at parliament on 7 January to pay respect to the memories of fisheries and livestock minister Sayedul Hoque, sitting MP Golam Mostafa, Annisul Huq and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and some other noted personalities. Photo: PIDNoting that the country must prosper if politicians uphold honesty, dedication and sincerity, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she found late fisheries and livestock minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque with all such qualities.“Sayedul Hoque was a soul of honesty and sincerity who made a lot of contributions to the country’s development, particularly in the fisheries and livestock sector. He did politics with honesty and sincerity. This is why he was elected MP for five times,” she said.The prime minister made the remarks while speaking on a condolence motion on the deaths of the sitting minister and incumbent MP of Gaibandha-1 constituency Golam Mostafa in parliament, reports UNB.Sheikh Hasina said Sayedul Hoque greatly contributed to the development of the country’s fisheries and livestock sector. Bangladesh now holds 4th position across the world in terms of producing safe water fishes, she added.Observing that the late minister had huge popularity at the grassroots level, she said though Awami League was defeated in a planned way in the 2001 national elections, the then caretaker government had not been able to manage his defeat despite all sorts of efforts.Sayedul Hoque, who was elected MP from Brahmanbaria-1 constituency, passed away on 16 December last year.About Golam Mostafa, the prime minister said the late MP was a good writer, litterateur, poet and social worker.She said Golam Mostafa had been a very popular leader at the grassroots level and schoolteacher. He had held the general secretary post of Sundarganj unit of Awami League for 32 years.Mentioning that Golam Mostafa won the Princes Diana Award for his social services, Hasina said, “He earned fame for Bangladesh, though was living in a remote area.”The late MP was elected contesting in the elections against Jatiya Party candidate, who was much more educated and rich, in the by-election of Gaibandha-1, the stronghold of Jatiya Party.The prime minister expressed her deep shock and prayed for salvation of departed souls.Besides, the PM expressed her profound grief at the demise of former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and sitting mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Huq.Later, parliament unanimously adopted a condolence motion expressing profound shock at the demise of sitting minister Sayedul Hoque, sitting MP Golam Mostafa, Annisul Huq and ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and some other noted personalities.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury moved the condolence motion in the House at the beginning of the 19th session of the 10th parliament.The House also condoled with the death of former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui, former Ganoparishad (National Assembly) member Fazlur Rahman Bhuiyan, three former MPs Joynul Abedin Sarkar, Kazi Nuruzzaman and Gazi Ataur Rahman.A munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls was offered in the House. Bazlul Haque Haroon MP conducted the munajat.The members of the House also stood up and observed a one-minute solemn silence to pay respect to the memories of the deceased.Following the death of two sitting MPs-Sayedul Hoque and Golam Mostafa, the parliament proceedings were adjourned for an hour as per the parliamentary tradition.The sitting resumed at 6:00pm as there was a constitutional provision for the president to address the first session of the New Year.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Daniel T. Ksepka et al. Early Paleocene landbird supports rapid phylogenetic and morphological diversification of crown birds after the K–Pg mass extinction, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700188114AbstractEvidence is accumulating for a rapid diversification of birds following the K–Pg extinction. Recent molecular divergence dating studies suggest that birds radiated explosively during the first few million years of the Paleocene; however, fossils from this interval remain poorly represented, hindering our understanding of morphological and ecological specialization in early neoavian birds. Here we report a small fossil bird from the Nacimiento Formation of New Mexico, constrained to 62.221–62.517 Ma. This partial skeleton represents the oldest arboreal crown group bird known. Phylogenetic analyses recovered Tsidiiyazhi abini gen. et sp. nov. as a member of the Sandcoleidae, an extinct basal clade of stem mousebirds (Coliiformes). The discovery of Tsidiiyazhi pushes the minimum divergence ages of as many as nine additional major neoavian lineages into the earliest Paleocene, compressing the duration of the proposed explosive post–K–Pg radiation of modern birds into a very narrow temporal window parallel to that suggested for placental mammals. Simultaneously, Tsidiiyazhi provides evidence for the rapid morphological (and likely ecological) diversification of crown birds. Features of the foot indicate semizygodactyly (the ability to facultatively reverse the fourth pedal digit), and the arcuate arrangement of the pedal trochleae bears a striking resemblance to the conformation in owls (Strigiformes). Inclusion of fossil taxa and branch length estimates impacts ancestral state reconstructions, revealing support for the independent evolution of semizygodactyly in Coliiformes, Leptosomiformes, and Strigiformes, none of which is closely related to extant clades exhibiting full zygodactyly. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Ryan Williamson (left) and Taylor Williamson (right), the twin sons of Thomas Williamson, discovered the fossil site while on a weekend fossil collecting trip with their father when they were 11 years old. Credit: Thomas Williamson. Fossil bones of Tsidiiyazhi abini, a 62.5 million-year-old fossil representing the oldest arboreal species of crown bird. Credit: Thomas Stidham Citation: New species of ancient bird discovered in New Mexico (2017, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-species-ancient-bird-mexico.html Explore further Approximately 65 million years ago, planetary scientists believe, a large asteroid struck the Earth near what is now the Yucatan Peninsula. The impact and its aftermath were so massive that it caused the extinction of approximately 70 percent of plants and animals on the planet. Scientists have been able to piece together what happened to many land animals in the millions of years after the great extinction, but little progress has been made regarding birds. Because their bones are smaller and more fragile, birds do not fossilize as well as other animals. Thus, they leave behind fewer traces of their existence. That is why the new find is so important—because it is helping to fill in the phylogenetic tree.The discovery of the fossil (which the team has named Tsidiiyazhi abini) was actually made by Ryan and Taylor Williamson, 11-year-old twin sons of co-author Thomas Williamson, as the family was out on a fossil hunting expedition. The father and his colleagues returned to the site to unearth the fossil remains and then to study them. They were not in good shape, the team reports, but there was enough material to get a feel for what the bird looked like. The team was also able to date the fossil and to compare it with the few other fossils that have been found in other locations from roughly the same time period. That allowed the team to flesh out the family tree to include as many as 10 major bird groups existing as early as four million years after the great extinction—much earlier than previously believed. The bird was dated to approximately 62 to 65 million years ago, which, the team notes, suggested birds recovered rapidly from the asteroid strike. They note also that the bird closely resembles the modern mousebird, and had the unique ability to turn its fourth toe. This allowed it to turn its body completely about-face—a feature seen with modern owls. © 2017 Phys.org Artist’s rendering of Tsidiiyazhi abini. Credit: Sean Murtha. Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (Phys.org)—A new species of ancient bird has been discovered by a trio of researchers working in the New Mexico desert—its fossilized remains were found in the Nacimiento Formation in the San Juan Basin. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daniel Ksepka with the Bruce Museum, Thomas Stidham with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Thomas Williamson with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History describe the fossil that was found and how it contributes to better understand bird evolution after the massive die-off that led to the extinction of most of the dinosaurs.