House Senate Bills Would Offer School Choice to Military Kids

By on September 13, 2019

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR GOP Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) have introduced a measure to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts to pursue alternative educational opportunities. The Military Education Savings Account Act, companion legislation to a bill recently introduced by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), would amend Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create an opt-in for military families to redirect a portion of their Impact Aid allocations into an account to pay for private school tuition, textbooks, tutoring, online courses and other educational expenses, according to a press release. “We want our men and women in uniform to focus on their job and what they do, not be focused on whether or not their kids might have a good school option when they move to the next base. At the end of the day, it’s a readiness issue,” Banks told the Washington Free Beacon.Army photo by Sgt. Shameeka Stanley last_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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Burglars loot valuables worth Rs 15 lakh from home of Balurghat resident

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgBALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.last_img read more

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Air Canada adds Vienna ex Toronto seasonal service to Bordeaux out of

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgAir Canada adds Vienna ex Toronto, seasonal service to Bordeaux out of YUL Tags: Air Canada, Bordeaux, New Routes, Vienna Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, October 3, 2018 center_img TORONTO — Air Canada has announced new year-round flights between Toronto and Vienna starting April 29, 2019. Flights will operate on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Air Canada’s flagship aircraft, with Signature Class, Premium Economy and Economy cabins. The new service will be daily except for November through March when it goes to five days a week. Flights are offered in partnership with Air Canada’s Star Alliance joint venture partner Austrian Airlines, complementing that carrier’s Montreal-Vienna flights also beginning in April 2019.Introductory fares start at $998 roundtrip, all in, and tickets are now available for purchase.The new service will connect conveniently with Air Canada’s extensive North American network through its Toronto Pearson global hub as well as in Vienna with Austrian Airlines destinations in central and eastern Europe and the Middle East, says  Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.She adds: “With Austria’s high concentration of head offices and large number of conventions, our Toronto-Vienna flights offer business travellers a nonstop link to a key European market, while Austria’s fabled history, culture, cafés and markets all available in one of the world’s most livable cities will be of interest for leisure travelers. This new service, along with Austrian Airlines new Montreal-Vienna flights, demonstrates the commitment of our Atlantic joint venture to strengthen our customer offering.”Flight 898 (OS8248) will depart Toronto at 6:25 p.m., arriving the next day in Vienna at 8:30 a.m. On the return leg, flight AC899 (OS8247) will take off from Vienna at 10:40 a.m., arriving back in Toronto at 1:30 p.m.Austrian Airlines will also begin year-round nonstop service between Montreal and Vienna on April 29, 2019, onboard B767-300ERs. These flights will operate daily in the summer and five times weekly during the winter season.On that route, flight AC6212 (OS74) will fly out of Montreal at 6:45 p.m., arriving in Vienna at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. Coming back, flight AC6211 (OS73) leaves Vienna at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Montreal at 1:35 p.m.Air Canada is also adding new seasonal Montreal and Bordeaux service between June 15 and Sept. 15, 2019. Flights will operate four days a week with Boeing 737 MAX 8s. Introductory fares start at $798 roundtrip, all in.“As the only network carrier to offer non-stop transatlantic service to Bordeaux, the addition of a fifth destination in France further enhances Air Canada’s competitive position in the French market. Our four weekly flights are the most offered than any other airline between Montreal and Bordeaux providing travellers unique access to the famed wine growing region and the popular Nouvelle-Aquitaine market,” notes Guillemette. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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