Adityanath to celebrate Diwali with Vantangiya community

By on November 17, 2019

first_imgGorakhpur (UP), Oct 28 (PTI) Following the 25-year-old practice, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will celebrate Diwali with the Vantangiya community in Jangal Tinkoniya here. Though the schedule of the chief minister’s visit has not been finalised yet but according to sources, Adityanath will come to Gorakhpur on November 6 evening, after celebrating ‘Chhoti Diwali’ in Ayodhya. On November 7, the chief minister will visit Vantangiya villages for Diwali celebration. “For the last 25 years, Adityanath has been celebrating Diwali with Vantangiya children and continued the practice even after being elevated as chief minister of the state in 2017,” Gorakhnath Temple staff Vinay Gautam said. “Children of the Vantangiya community started calling him ‘toffee wale baba’. The chief minister will celebrate this Diwali with them,” he said. Ahead of the chief minister’s visit, Village Development Commissioner N P Singh held a meeting with officials and ordered them to open ration shops in the villages. The Vantangiya community comprises people who were brought from Mayanmar to plant trees for afforestation during the colonial rule. Last year on Diwali, Adityanath declared five Vantangiya villages as revenue villages. He, on the occasion, distributed sweets, fruits and textbooks among the children. He also distributed wheelchairs to the differently-abled Vantangiyas. The chief minister had also directed officials to present proposals before the state government for making primary schools, aaganwaadi centres, sports fields, drinking water arrangements, cremation spot and grazing land available to the community. PTI CORR ABN SNESNElast_img read more

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Police release sketch of woman killed in Point Loma Heights shooting

By on September 17, 2019

first_img KUSI Newsroom October 11, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police Thursday released a sketch of a woman who was fatally shot in the Point Loma Heights area.Dispatchers received reports shortly before 11:45 p.m. Tuesday of a shooting at a parking lot in the 4000 block of West Point Loma Boulevard, according to San Diego police.A man and a woman were standing next to a vehicle in the parking lot of Barons Market on West Point Loma Boulevard when witnesses heard yelling and one gunshot, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.The woman, believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was found lying on the ground in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to her upper body and witnesses saw a black sedan leaving eastbound on West Point Loma Boulevard at a high speed, Dupree said.The victim was rushed to a hospital and was later pronounced dead, Dupree said, adding that the victim has not been identified.The suspect was described as a black man in his mid-to-late 30s who was last seen wearing dark clothing.Police worked to get surveillance video from surrounding businesses, including Barons Market and Domino’s Pizza, Dupree said.Meanwhile, investigators released a sketch of the victim in the hope that someone would recognize and help identify her.She is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 156 pounds and may have given birth in the past few months.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call homicide detectives at (619) 531-2293 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 11, 2018 Police release sketch of woman killed in Point Loma Heights shooting KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Lawmakers want to crack down on hidden fees in your phone internet

By on September 10, 2019

first_imgLawmakers want to crack down on surprise phone, internet bills.  Getty Images Have you been surprised by the charges on your monthly phone or internet bills? Lawmakers want to get rid of those hidden fees.Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, last week introduced the Truth-in-Billing, Remedies and User Empowerment over Fees (‘TRUE Fees’) Act. If passed, the bill will require phone, cable and internet companies to include all charges in the prices they advertise for services as well as provide consumers solutions when they’re wrongfully charged.”For too long customers have been surprised each month to find that their cable, phone and internet bills are much higher than the advertised price. The TRUE Fees Act would put an end to these advertising practices that only confuse consumers about the true costs,” Markey said in a release. “If phone, cable and internet companies won’t be fully transparent with consumers, then Congress should act.”Hidden phone and internet fees aren’t rare experiences for consumers. AT&T in June quietly doubled its administrative fee from 76 cents to $1.99, which could help the company rake in $800 million more in revenue. These “below the line” charges aren’t considered to be part of the regular service fee customers pay each month. Instead, they’re generally listed with local and state taxes at the bottom of a bill, though the fees aren’t required by the government.This bill would also allow customers to end their contract early without a penalty if the provider increases prices, prevent providers from increasing equipment fees unless the equipment is improved, and prohibit forced arbitration clauses for wrongful billing errors. Lawmakers who backed the bill include House Reps. Mark Takano, Eleanor Norton, Tim Ryan, Earl Blumenauer, Jamie Raskin, Joe Courtney, Donald Beyer, Janice Schakowsky and Mike Thompson, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Ben Cardin, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Tina Smith.  Share your voice Tags Politics Mobilecenter_img 2 Commentslast_img read more

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Special forces to become deadlier as India decides to buy American assault

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgSources further added saying, “The meeting is likely to discuss an array of equipment including assault rifles ammunition and combat free fall parachutes for the Special Forces units of the Parachute Regiment of the Army. If the proposal goes through, the equipment would be acquired from the United States in a government-to-government deal under the Foreign Military Sales route.”Additionally, Indian Army is planning to buy more carbines in the form of Belgian rifles for its elite forces particularly for the Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding the Prime Minister, which are easier to carry. The Indian Army is desperately trying to modernize its Army including its special forces which have been eliminating terrorists in the northeast and J&K region of the country. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/3:21Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian Army special forces exhibit their skills during a training exercise.AFPThe elite force of the Indian Army is set to become deadlier as India has decided to procure assault rifles, ammunition, and several other specialised equipments from the United States. Para (SF), Marcos and Garud commandos are the special forces of India Army, Navy and Air force respectively. Presently, India Army is already using American M4A1 assault rifles. Moreover, the VZ. 58 Pi, PM Md.90 and Tavor are also being used by the special forces for counterterrorist operations in India. These are manufactured and imported from countries such as Russia, Israel and Czechoslovakia.”Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is going to chair an important meeting where the proposal to buy the equipment worth over Rs 1,000 crore from the American Department of Defence is expected to be discussed,” military sources have told News Agency ANI. Para SF. [Representational Image]ReutersThe development comes even as India is looking towards the US for its defence needs in recent times. Interestingly, since 2008, the US has bagged more than $18 billion in arms contracts from India including the C-17 Globemaster and C-130J transport planes, P-8 (I) maritime reconnaissance aircraft, M777 light-weight howitzer, Harpoon missiles and Apache and Chinook helicopters.It is to be noted that only last month India signed a fast-tracked contract for procurement of 72,400 assault rifles from a US-based company Sig Sauer. The entire quantity of 72,400 rifles will be delivered within 12 months of the date of signing of the contract. Close Major boost to Army’s firepower will enhance surveillance along LoC: General Bipin Rawatlast_img read more

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Disney Says ESPN Streaming Service Notches More Than 1 Million Subscribers

By on September 1, 2019

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 ESPN has packed the new service with sports programming like worldwide soccer games and new matches from Major League Baseball and, soon, the National Hockey League, along with original programming featuring  basketball star Kobe Bryant and popular digital-sports personality Katie Nolan. The service costs $4.99 a month, or $49.99 per year.But there’s a reason for the emphasis on streaming. ESPN, like most other cable giants, has suffered from consumers migrating to other kinds of video distribution, including slimmer programming packages made available through Sling, Hulu or YouTube. Kagan, a market-research firm, has predicted ESPN’s cable and satellite customers will fall to 85.6 million by the end of the year. That would represent a more than 14% drop since 2010.  By launching ESPN+, Disney hopes to lure die-hard fans of particular sports, even teams, to keep paying money for its services, even if they choose to leave its best-known cable roost. Disney plans to unveil a general-entertainment streaming service in months to come.“Combining sports, technology and the ESPN brand is a very powerful combination, and we are just getting started,” said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN’s president, in a statement. “Very quickly, a wide range of sports fans have seen the value of ESPN+. With high quality programming and an outstanding user experience, ESPN and DTCI are expanding the ways Disney is serving sports fans.”Hitting one million subscribers is often viewed as a sort of benchmark.  As more consumers embrace digital technology, media outlets pushing people to subscribe to their new offerings are finding it easier to get there. Pandora took eight months to gain one million subscribers to its premium service, and Hulu and AT&T’s DirecTV Now  each required a year to capture that number of customers.In August, ESPN put subscribers to ESPN Insider, a subscription service that offered sports analysis, under the aegis of ESPN+. The company has yet to disclose how many people subscribed to Insider. On Thursday, an ESPN spokesman said via Twitter that the majority of subscribers to ESPN+ are new customers, and that ESPN Insider subscribers accounted for “a minority” of the ESPN+ audience. ESPN+ does contain commercials, but only during breaks in live games. The service contains no display ads and does not embed pre-roll ads within video content. The ESPN+ subscription-video service, which has been positioned as a means of helping Walt Disney’s sports-media giant weather a storm of consumers cutting the cord on its flagship cable outlet, has garnered more than one million paying subscribers in just over five months, the company said Thursday. ESPN+ launched in April of this year.“Reaching one million paid subscribers is an important milestone for any video subscription service, but reaching this benchmark in such a short amount of time is an incredible testament to the teams from DTCI and ESPN who have worked tirelessly to bring this product to market and continually improve it since our April launch,” said Kevin Mayer, chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, in a prepared statement. “We’re thrilled so many sports fans have quickly come to love the service. The future is bright and we believe growth will continue as we add features, distribution partners and more exclusive content in the coming months.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

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