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PDP hopeful of better India-Pakistan ties

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgDescribing the meetings between the North and South Korean leaders, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as “good development,” the ruling People’s Democratic Party on Sunday hoped for better relations between India and Pakistan.“A global trend of peace and reconciliation augurs well for the resolution of problems. There is a positive shift from hostility to bonhomie and cooperation,” PDP vice-president Sartaj Madni said.last_img

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Manmohan Singh files Rajya Sabha nomination from Rajasthan

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgVeteran Congress leader and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday filed his nomination as the Congress candidate for the by-election to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. He filed four sets of papers in the chamber of Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary Pramil Kumar Mathur in Jaipur.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his deputy Sachin Pilot, AICC general secretary Avinash Pande and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal accompanied Dr. Singh. Dr. Singh was received in the morning by Mr. Gehlot and senior Congress leaders at the Sanganer airport.The by-election follows the death of State BJP president Madan Lal Saini on June 24 last. He was elected last year.The ruling Congress is confident of Dr. Singh’s victory, as it has the majority in the 200-member Assembly, while two seats are at present vacant. The Congress, which has 100 MLAs, enjoys the outside support of all the six BSP MLAs and 12 independents, and its alliance partner Rashtriya Lok Dal has one seat. Dr. Singh’s candidature was supported by the BSP and independent members as well.Dr. Singh, 86, was a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for five consecutive terms between 1991 and 2019. His tenure in the House ended on June 14 last.Dr. Singh told reporters on the Assembly premises after submitting his papers that he was grateful to the Congress Parliamentary Party for nominating him to the seat. “I will do my very best to do whatever is possible to promote the cause of the people of Rajasthan,” he said, while expressing condolence for the late Saini.The BJP, which has 72 seats in the Assembly, is unlikely to field a candidate in the bypoll. Leader of Opposition in the House Gulab Chand Kataria said the party’s high command would take a decision.The desert State has 10 Rajya Sabha seats. The remaining nine seats are with the BJP.As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India for filling up the vacancy, the notification for by-election was issued on August 7 and the last date for filing of nominations is August 14. The polling, if required, will be held on August 26 and the results declared the same day.last_img read more

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Fly ash leak from Madhya Pradesh’s NTPC plant spread to farmlands, claim villagers

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first_imgA dyke of a fly ash pond at a power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh breached on Sunday evening, causing spillage in several acres of land.Although it had led to environmental damage, there was no damage to human life, cattle and farms  as the spillage occurred within the NTPC compound in Shahpur, said district Collector K.V.S. Choudary. Preliminary assessment tells us that the breach may have been caused following excess rain, he said. “It has been raining for three-four days continuously. At this point, it’s difficult to give an estimate of the volume of the spilled fly ash.”A team of the Pollution Control Board is visiting the site and collecting samples. It will impose a fine on the plant for environmental damage, he added. All the plants in the district, including the three with the NTPC which have six dykes, had been asked strengthen dykes by the district administration. “In the past, we met officials of plants and the Pollution Control Board to discuss the stability of dykes. We’ve repeatedly asked plants to check the strength of dykes,” said Mr. Choudary The height of the dyke was being increased when the breach occurred, he added. The extent of the area affected has not been calculated yet, said Avijeet Kumar Ranjan, district Superintendent of Police, and there were no human settlements inside the compound. Moreover, there were no complaints of missing persons or cattle with the police, he said. “Three persons, within the campus at the time of the incident, were rescued,” he added. Two months ago, the Essar Energy had paid ₹50 lakh as compensation to farmers of two villages in the district after tonnes of fly ash discharged from a power plant damaged their crops and some houses following heavy rain on August 7.last_img read more

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Mamata Banerjee takes oath as first woman chief minister of West Bengal

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgMamata Banerjee on Friday took oath as the state’s 11th Chief Minister. The first woman CM heads 38-member Trinamool Congress-Congress coalition government after 34 years of Left Front rule in the state.Mamata and her cabinet took oath in the presence of some 3,000 people that included her allies, her party workers and relatives of the victims of violence in Nandigram and Singur. This has perhaps been one of the most crowded swearing-in ceremonies of a chief minister. Along with her, 37 MLAs–35 from Trinamool Congress and two from ally Congress–took oath as ministers of the two-tier ministry. Four of the Trinamool Congress MLAs were sworn in as Ministers of State.Clad in a simple white sari and wearing a tricolor uttariya (long scarf) that has by now become her trade mark, Banerjee took the oath in Bengali in the name of God, which was administered by Governor M.K. Narayanan at 1:01 PM, a time chosen by the Trinamool Congress supremo in the Raj Bhavan.Partha Chatterjee, Deputy Leader of the Trinamool Congress Legislature party, former FICCI secretary general Amit Mitra, elected on a Trinamool ticket and tipped to get Fiance portfolio, and WBPCC chief Manas Bhunia and CLP leader Abu Hena were among those who were inducted into the cabinet.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi skipped the swearing-in ceremony, due to prior engagements. Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P. Chidambaram represented Congress at the function. Film actors Prasenjit, June Malia and singer Sandhya Mukherjee were among the other invitees to the ceremony throughout which the Trinamool Congress leaders kept shouting slogans hailing Banerjee.advertisementCaptains of industry including Sanjiv Goenka, Harsh Neotia, S.K. Roy, Sanjay Budhia, Sandipan Chakraborty were present. Also present were sports administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, sports personalities Chuni Goswami and P.K. Banerjee. Chidambaram walked to the dais after the ceremony and congratulated Banerjee. Subrata Bakshi, state party president, Subrata Mukherjee, party vice-president, Sadhan Pandey, senior leader, Rabindranath Bhattacharjee, MLA from Singur, Manish Gupta, former chief secretary, and Upen Biswas, a former CBI Additional Director, took the oath. Two former IPS officers, Rachpal Singh and Hyder Aziz Sawfi, and playwright Bratya Basu were also sworn in.  Besides Banerjee, Sabitri Mitra of the Trinamool Congress will be the other woman in the cabinet. The portfolios of the ministers will be allocated by chief minister later. She sat on the dais all through the swearing-in. After the ceremony, she had a meeting with the governor. Most of the cabinet ministers took the oath in Bengali, except Firhad Hakim and Javed Ahmed Khan who took it in English, Abdul Karim Chowdhury in Urdu and Sukumar Hansda in Santhali.Karim Chowdhury, H.A. Sawfi, Firhad Hakim and Abu Henna took the oath in the name of Allah. Upen Biswas took the oath in the name of Buddha.Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony, the chief minister joined the governor for tea. Banerjee, who set off from home after touching the feet of her mother Gayetri Devi, arrived at the Raj Bhavan in a black Santro car shortly before 1 PM after visiting the Kalighat Temple close to her Harish Chatterjee Street residence en route.Alighting at the north gate of the Raj Bhavan, she walked in amidst cheers and slogans from the people waiting outside in thousands.Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Left Front chairman Biman Bose were present at the ceremony.Singur, Nandigram were way forward to Writers’ for MamataMaking Singur and Nandigram the signposts of the march towards Writers’ Buildings, the Trinamool Congress chief has made the Left Front, which sought to set up industry on farmland in West Bengal, eat the humble pie after three decades.The road has been hard and long for Banerjee who turned the battle cry for Parivartan (change) into a reality rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, when her tally plummeted to one — just herself. Two years later, in the assembly elections, Trinamool was routed, ending up with just 30 seats. Since last year’s Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee used the anti-incumbency factor coupled with disillusionment, particularly among poor Muslim land owners with the Left Front’s policy of land acquisition for industry to coin the slogan Ma, Mati, Manush (mother, land and people) which immediately struck a chord. But for the 56-year-old chairperson of the Trinamool Congress, a party which she set up in 1998 after falling out with the Congress in West Bengal, it was no mean task. But ‘Didi’ (sister), as she is fondly called, could successfully transform herself into a nemesis for the Left Front entrenched in West Bengal since 1977. The seven-time MP successfully sold a vision of development, cashing in on the deep resentment among the middle class while promising jobs and development for unemployed youths.  Known for her simple style complete with a cotton sari and hawai chappals, Banerjee was the face of the opposition in West Bengal.  But she also had to pay a price for it. On August 16, 1990, Lalu Alam, then a member of the DYFI, CPM’s youth wing, used a lathi to beat up Banerjee who suffered a fractured skull. In 1992, when she was a Union minister and state Youth Congress president, Banerjee had gone to the state secretariat, Writers’ Buildings, with a deaf and dumb rape victim from Fulia village in Nadia district. Chief Minister Jyoti Basu refused to meet her but she was hauled out by the police and taken to Lalbazar where she was put in the lockup. She was later released later at night. Since that incident, she never went to the state secretariat again. As a 29-year-old, Banerjee shot to limelight by pulling off a stunning victory over CPI-M heavyweight and now expelled party leader Somnath Chatterjee in the 1984 Lok Sabha elections in the Jadavpur constituency to become one of the youngest MPs. Born to a lower middle class family and daughter of freedom fighter Promileswar Banerjee, she entered politics by joining the Chhatra Parishad, the student wing of Congress, while studying at the Jogmaya Debi College in Kolkata in the 1970s. Graduating to party politics, Banerjee was general secretary of the West Bengal Mahila Congress in 1979-80 and subsequently held other posts in Congress. Losing her seat in an anti-Congress wave in 1989, she was back in Lok Sabha in 1991 from Kolkata South and also won the subsequent elections in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2009 from the same constituency. Banerjee’s first tryst with the corridors of power came in 1991 when she became Union minister of state for human resources development, youth affairs and sports and women and child development in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government. But in 1996, she fell out with the Congress, calling it a ‘stooge of CPI(M). Two years later, she broke away to form the Trinamool Congress and quickly emerged as the dominant opposition party.advertisementIn 1998 and 1999, Banerjee’s party won eight and seven seats in the Lok Sabha polls respectively and joined hands with the BJP.During NDA rule under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, Banerjee was railway minister in 1999 and for coal and mines in 2004. She was also a Union minister without portfolio for a brief period in 2003-4.Banerjee quit as railway minister and NDA in early 2001 in the wake of the Tehelka expose into defence deals to ally with Congress for the assembly elections in West Bengal, but could make no headway against the Marxists.Banerjee had to eat humble pie and return to the NDA and the Vajpayee cabinet in January 2004 to become coal and mines minister till the 2004 election.advertisementA dogged fighter against the CPI (M), Banerjee never gave up and bided her time. Her opportunity came when Nandigram and Singur exploded on the national scene. Since then it was a story of her continuous rise.In November, 2006, Banerjee was stopped on her way to Singur in Hooghly district for a rally against the Tata Motors Nano car project, which was a turning point in the long-drawn agitation there with the Trinamool chief demanding that 400 acre of the around 1000 acre acquired be returned to farmers who were unwilling to part with their land.Banerjee also went on a fast for 25 days on a makeshift dais at busy Esplanade in Kolkata in protest against land acquisition at Singur, but called it off on December 28 following an appeal from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.But this did not resolve the problem at Singur and the agitation there started with renewed vigour under Banerjee.Ultimately, the Tatas left Singur in 2008. When the agitation against land acquisition was on at Singur, the West Bengal police fired on protestors on March 14, 2007 killing 14 people at Nandigram in East Midnapore district where the state government wanted to set up a Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) on farmland.Banerjee took full advantage of the acquisition scare among the minorities in rural areas and her declared stand against special economic zones endeared her to a section of traditional Left Front supporters, who did not like hobnobbing with big capital.With her Ma-Mati-Manush slogan, she hijacked the issues dear to the Left supporters — pension, the insurance and banking sector, privatisation, land acquisition in Nandigram and Singur, Rizwanur Rahman’s death and the Sachar Commission report.Banerjee played her cards so well that she won over industrialists and even Left parties. A staunch Left-wing party like SUCI, which has bases in pockets of Bengal, is now an ally of Trinamool Congress.When chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee with his ‘Brand Buddha’ image started on the slippery path of industrialisation through the private sector, Banerjee checkmated him on every front.This brought her a series of electoral victories in the panchayat elections, municipal polls, Lok Sabha elections and a string of assembly bypolls after that.But her chances in 2011 was largely due to her continuing to project herself as leader of the poor and the rural have-nots, a friend of the minorities, a champion of inclusive growth and one genuinely interested in delivering the goods.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Cruz Azul vs Lobos BUAP: TV channel, stream & preview

By on November 19, 2019

first_imgThe Liga MX leader looks to defend its crown against a Loboa BUAP team on a surprising hot streak.Last tournament should’ve seen Loboa BUAP relegated, but after a strange rule tweak and a fine paid to the league, the team is back in the first divison. They’re making the most of it. After a slow start, Lobos are undefeated in their last six matches – more than Cruz Azul can say despite being on top of the table.This match may be one that looks lopsided, but after the recent surge from Lobos it should be much more exciting than it looked a month ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Cruz Azul vs Lobos BUAP Date Saturday, November 10 Time 6 p.m. ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States, the game can b  watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) Squads & Team News Position Cruz Azul players Goalkeepers Corona, Allison, Pelaez Defenders Aguilar, Dominguez, Lichnovsky, Flores, Aldrete, Sanchez, Maduena, Silva Midfielders Salas, Montoya, Hernandez, Mendez, Dominguez, Mena, Baca, Marcone, Alvarado Forwards Cauteruccio, Caraglio, Renteria, Zuniga Left back Adrian Aldrete will miss the match after seeing a late red card last week against Pumas. Forward Milton Caraglio has been dealing with a muscle issue and trained apart from the rest of the team this week. He’s unlikely to be available Saturday.Right back Gerry Flores continues to cope with an injury, while Misael Dominguez is with the Mexico U-20 team.Potential Cruz Azul XI:  Corona; Maduena, Aguilar, Lichnovsky, Dominguez; Salas, Marcone, Baca; Mendez, Cauteruccio, Hernandez Position Lobos BUAP players Goalkeepers A. Rodriguez, Duarte, Canales Defenders Cercado, F. Rodriguez, Esquivel, Crisanto, Rojas, Orozco, Cruz, Godinez, J. Gonzalez, Olascoaga Midfielders Ibarra, A. Gonzalez, Cortez, Tejeda, Rabello, Sierra, Zarate, Torres, Chirinos Forwards Jimenez, Lainez, Da Silva, Ramos, Kazim Richards Mauro Lainez is suspended for this match. He was shown a second yellow card for taking off his shirt during a celebration last week and will be unavailable to Paco Palencia this weekend.Potential Lobos BUAP XI: Rodriguez; Crisanto, Orozco, Maza Rodriguez, Cruz; Chirinos, Sierra, Gonzalez, Rabello; Ramos, Kazim Richards Match Preview Maza Rodriguez Lobos BUAPSeveral weeks ago this looked like an academic matchup. Cruz Azul is one of the top teams in the league this tournament, with Pedro Caixinha engineering a turnaround that has the Mexico City giant down as one of the title favorites. Last week, his side lifted Copa MX and now has its sights set on the double after going to the top of the league with a 2-1 win over Pumas.Lobos BUAP, on the other hand, was stuck near the bottom of the table just months after its fate should have been sealed only for the club to be rescued from the second division by bureaucracy. Suddenly, though, Paco Palencia has the team turning around. Lobos have  avoided defeat in their last six, and while the postseason still looks like a distant dream there is plenty of momentum to build on heading into next year.A big part of the turnaround has been Leonardo Ramos. The Argentine forward scored in six consecutive matches for the club. That streak was snapped last week but a double from Colin Kazim-Richards and a third from Mauro Lainez saw the club top Tijuana, 3-1.Finding the back of the net will be more difficult Saturday, though. Despite Cruz Azul having its right back injured and left back suspended, the defense is still the best in the country. In addition to center-back pairing Pablo Aguilar and Julio Dominguez, Igor Lichnovsky has stepped in and showed the same form that made him one of the league’s top defenders with Necaxa. He’ll slot back into the starting XI this weekend, with Domiguez likely to push out to the left for the suspended Aldrete.That may bring into question the attacking formation, with Aldrete frequently getting forward and putting in crosses and Dominguez more likely to play in a more conservative way. Roberto Alvarado, the promising 20-year-old who has come off the bench in recent weeks, could get back into the starting lineup if Caixinha wants more attacking zip. Or he could stick with his 4-3-3 and hope the attack can go after a Lobos defense that lacks speed at its core with veteran center backs Maza Rodriguez and Michael Orozco susceptible to being beaten when the ball stays on the ground.Either way, it should be fascinating to watch this contest, which should be much better than we thought it would be a few weeks ago and much closer than the oddsmakers predict.last_img read more

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Army chief hails Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers

By on November 17, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) Army chief Bipin Rawat Monday felicitated the team of The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers of Indian Army for undertaking Ultra Cycling Expedition, in which it covered a distance of 25,000 km within three months.The Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) undertook the expedition as part of its Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The expedition was flagged off on August 15.The team was felicitated by General Rawat at India Gate.”It is an important day for EME because your core has achieved a milestone for which your men have worked really hard. It is not easy to cycle for 250 kilometres every day. I know cycling for 250-300 km in one day can only be done if you have the will to do it,” he said.The Army chief also hailed the team for achieving many national and international records during the expedition.”The core of EME has contributed in sports and adventure sports. The sportsmen have accomplished feats that the country and the Indian Army are proud of,” he said.The team covered a distance of 25,000 km within 120 days and completed the Golden Quadrilateral.PTI SLB SRYlast_img read more

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‘I missed five penalties and was still Maradona’

By on November 9, 2019

first_imgArgentina ‘I missed five penalties and was still Maradona’ – Diego comes to Messi’s defence after spot-kick fiasco Daniel Edwards Last updated 1 year ago 07:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Croatia Croatia The Argentina captain missed a chance to take victory for his nation, but he has the backing of one of the Albiceleste’s heroes Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has leapt to Lionel Messi’s defence after seeing the star err from the penalty spot against Iceland. With Saturday’s World Cup Group D opener poised at 1-1, Messi had the chance to restore Argentina’s advantage when Maxi Meza was shoved in the area. Iceland’s goalkeeper and part-time film director Hannes Halldorsson, however, had other ideas, keeping out the penalty with a strong save to ensure a share of the points.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move But Maradona pointed out that even the best players can make mistakes from 12 yards out – including himself. “I missed five penalties in a row and I was still Diego Armando Maradona,” the 1986 World Cup winner explained to Telesur. “The game and the two points lost by the team are not down to his penalty.”He showed his face and gave everything he had to give. The ‘kid’ did his duty.”Seeing him on the field, he was pretty pissed off. Just like I would have been. It was all him, he always had to shrug two players off and when he did, there was no pass open.” Maradona has focused criticism on coach Jorge Sampaoli, whom he believes should not return to Argentina if the team continues to struggle. But the colourful former Albiceleste boss nevertheless believes that his nation can turn things around – with a bit of help from up above. “Whether you win, lose or draw, it is always 11 players on the pitch. But you have to see how you win, lose and draw,” he added. “We are closer to losing the coming games. We are in big trouble, but we still believe in God and that we can improve. I hope the lads get better.”last_img read more

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Hotel corridor turns into 22yard strip for Pant Kuldeep

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgPort of Spain: After a washed out ODI in Guyana, both India and West Indies were looking to have a productive training session at the Queen’s Park Oval, the venue of the second match of the three-game rubber to be played on Sunday. However, rain gods had other plans on Saturday as they didn’t allow the teams to get a glimpse of the conditions which would be on offer for the second ODI. The Men in Blue were forced to train indoors with many even using the hotel corridor for practise. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant posted a video on his Instagram account where he along with Kuldeep Yadav can be seen playing cricket in the hotel corridor ahead of second ODI. Kuldeep is seen bowling his left-arm spin in the hotel corridor and Pant, with his gloves on, keeps the turning ball. Pant shared this video saying, “Where? When? What? Who? …No sorry …I only know the “Why”. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India also posted a photo of Rohit Sharma under an umbrella with a bat in his hand. “Just been that kind of a day. The Hitman finding some space for fun as he rushed indoors for practice in Trinidad,” read the caption of the photo. Having already won the T20I series, India will look to continue their dominance in the remaining two ODIs against the Jason Holder-led side.last_img read more

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Kerala flood victim dials Didi Ke Bolo helpline gets help

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first_imgKolkata: ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ helpline number launched by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee once again turned rescuer for those who were trapped in Kerala floods.Bapan Das, a resident of Katwa in East Burdwan, was stuck in a house along with 14 others in the floods at Kizhur in Kerala. Das called up the toll free number and shared his ordeal. The caller informed that he was trapped in Kizhur along with others. He said there was no electricity or transportation. The caller requested for immediate assistance and food supplies. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe also mentioned that all the means of transport were suspended due to heavy rains. The matter was immediately raised with the disaster management officials of the state government, who contacted their counterparts in the Kerala government. During the call, all the relevant information was collected and it were passed to the disaster management department along with the phone number and location of the victim. Prodded by the Bengal government, the rescue team in Kerala started searching operation. Due to heavy rainfall and bad weather they found it difficult to trace their location. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter a prolonged search operation, the rescue team finally spotted the location. Disaster management department in Kerala confirmed that the victims have been rescued and are safe in a hotel in Karwar. They have been given food and water. The victim will soon be brought back to the city after the situation improves. In a similar incident, some residents who were trapped in the Karnataka flood were rescued by the Karnataka government after they contacted Didi Ke Bolo toll-free number. The helpline number got a call from a person in South 24- Parganas, who claimed that some members of his family were stuck in their residence at Kaida township, near Karwa city due to floods. The caller mentioned that his sister and brother-in- law were in Karnataka and were hit by the floods. State government took up the matter with Karnataka government and informed the whereabouts of the family, as per description provided by the caller. The victims were finally rescued.last_img read more

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Police search for man accused of assaulting abducting woman in NS

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgNEW GLASGOW, N.S. – Police appealed for the public’s help Monday in finding a man accused of assaulting and kidnapping a woman in a New Glasgow, N.S., parking lot.The woman was in her Dodge Durango outside a Giant Tiger store at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday when a man assaulted her and then abducted her in a vehicle with New Brunswick plates, New Glasgow Regional Police said.Const. Ken Macdonald said the woman did not know the man, described as white, clean shaven, in his mid-30s to mid-40s and wearing a baseball cap.“It is a small community and something of this magnitude is very concerning for the general public, but the investigation is proceeding and hopefully we’ll get some answers very quickly,” he said.“We’re hoping that someone out there has some information that can assist us. That is very crucial to the investigation.”Police say the man drove to another location in the Blue Mountain neighbourhood in Pictou County and then fled in a four-door sedan that was parked there. Macdonald said the RCMP is also investigating an assault at the second location, which is in the national force’s jurisdiction, linked to the incident.He wasn’t able to say whether there was surveillance video that may have captured the alleged attack.The woman was taken to the Aberdeen hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, but Macdonald did not have any information on her condition or the nature of her injuries.RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the woman was thought to be in good condition and was in her vehicle when the alleged assault occurred.Police were asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them or Crime Stoppers.last_img read more

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Gazette published making Mahinda Prime Minister

By on October 8, 2019

One notice is on Ranil Wickremesinghe being removed as Prime Minister and the other on the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaska as the new Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) An Extraordinary Gazette notice has been published making Mahinda Rajapaksa the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.The Government printer said that two Extraordinary Gazette notices were published last night.

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Easing USChina trade tensions could save millions of jobs AsiaPacific UN report

By on October 2, 2019

The 2018 Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report, issued by the UN’s development arm in the region, ESCAP, suggests that an escalating “tariff war” and resulting drop in confidence next year, could cut nearly $400 billion from the global gross domestic product, drive regional GDP down by $117 billion.“As production shifts take place and resources are reallocated across sectors and borders due to the trade conflicts, tens of millions of workers may see their jobs displaced and be forced to seek new employment,” said Mia Mikic, the head of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at ESCAP.That said, the report also noted trade tensions have already had had a major impact, resulting in disruptions to existing supply chains and dampening investment. Trade growth slowed after the first half of 2018, and foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the region are also expected to continue on a downward trend next year, following a 4 per cent drop overall this year.In such a scenario, regional investment will be key to creating new economic opportunities, says Ms. Mikic, adding that “complementary policies” such as labour, education and retraining, and social protection measures must be placed high on the policymaking agenda.This is also critical for ensuring progress on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she said.ESCAP has also called on countries to take full advantage of all existing initiatives to strengthen regional cooperation, including a new UN treaty on digitalizing trade procedures and enabling cross-border paperless trade in the zone.‘Trade war’ has no winnersThe report has also underscored that neither China nor the US can win a “trade war”, explaining that “both will see significant economic losses from continuing conflict.”It also finds that implementation of mega-regional trade agreements such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, among the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six partners – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea – could offset much of the economic losses from trade tensions.The 2018 report estimates that implementation of such agreements could boost exports by 1.3 to 2.9 per cent and add 3.5 to 12.5 million jobs in the Asia-Pacific.ESCAP, or the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is largest among UN regional commissions. Its 53 member States and 9 associate members span a geographic area from the Pacific island of Tuvalu in the east to Turkey in the west, and Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south. The region is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s population.In addition to countries in the Asia-Pacific region, ESCAP’s membership also includes France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the US. read more

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Prince Harry to follow in his mothers footsteps as palace announce Africa

By on September 25, 2019

The Duke of Sussex will make a “significant and poignant” journey to Angola to pay homage to the anti-landmine work of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales during a major tour of Africa, Buckingham Palace said.Harry will also pay tribute to a British soldier killed by an elephant during anti-poaching operations in Malawi when he visits the country to highlight efforts to protect endangered animals.The Sussexes will be taking son Archie on his first official overseas trip and although he has not been included in their schedule, it is understood the couple hope to publicly introduce him to Africa at some point.At a Buckingham Palace press briefing about the tour, Sam Cohen, the duke’s private secretary, said: “In a particularly significant and poignant journey, the Duke of Sussex will have the opportunity to return to Angola to see first-hand the legacy of his mother the late Diana, Princess of Wales, whose visit to Huambo in 1997 helped raise awareness of the threat posed by landmines to communities and livelihoods.”The work of the late princess, and commitment to this issue, changed global opinion.”Now, more than two decades later, humanitarian de-mining work continues and the Angolan government has made a significant financial commitment to clearing landmines from another large area important for conservation of Angola’s unique ecosystem.” Diana, Princess of Wales, walks with body armour and a visor on the minefields during a visit to Angola on January 30, 1997Credit:Anwar Hussein/WireImage Diana, Princess of Wales, walks with body armour and a visor on the minefields during a visit to Angola on January 30, 1997 Diana famously walked through a cleared minefield in Angola in 1997 to highlight the plight of those maimed by military munitions. The princess never saw her work to help outlaw landmines come to fruition as she died before the international treaty to ban the military weapons was signed later that year, a few months after she was killed in a Paris car crash.The duke and duchess will visit Africa from September 23 to October 2, and while Meghan and Archie spend the duration in South Africa, Harry will leave his family to tour Angola, Malawi and Botswana before being reunited with them in Johannesburg. read more

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Why a 25 PC Because its the price of a textbook

By on September 21, 2019

first_imgThere is growing interest surrounding the Raspberry Pi Foundation and their promise of a PC that will cost just $25. We’ve seen how the OLPC has struggled to deliver a $100 laptop for developing countries, and yet Raspberry Pi is confident in delivering the $25 PC by November this year.Although we know a bit about the PC, there’s still a lot of information missing, but further details are starting to appear as Raspberry Pi develops the machine further and talks to more people about it. Eben Upton, director of the foundation, recently gave a talk at Bletchley Park regarding Educating Programmers, which focused on the thinking behind the $25 PC. You can watch it below.During the talk Eben explains that the $25 price point was decided upon because it is the cost of a textbook so it made sense. Students buy textbooks, so a PC priced the same is a natural fit and hopefully an easy purchase for them, their parents, or their school.As to why a $25 PC is needed, it simply comes down to the need to develop programming skills while still young, a skill that seems to have disappeared in recent years. Eben explains this as due to the typical hacking and experiment platforms such as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX81 all disappearing and being replaced with the closed game consoles. Even the PC has become closed as families typically share it and kids aren’t encouraged to experiment for fear of breaking it.Other interesting gems of information that come to light during his talk include Raspberry Pi’s original wider scope of not only providing a cheap PC, but the curriculum that surrounds it. That has now been rethought with the learning part left to teachers and the community while they focus on the hardware.The foundation has also realized that the $35 PC with more RAM and a network port is going to be the most popular device by a significant margin. Something we didn’t realize is that Raspberry Pi not only intend to make this PC work through a HDMI and DVI connection, they also want it plugged into old analog TVs just like kids managed with in the 80s. It also means you don’t need an up-to-date display in order to start playing with this device.Although the $25 PC will be available in November, the foundation doesn’t expect to give out test units until October because there are still a number of kinks to work out. Also, don’t expect these PCs to look like the original USB-stick layout we saw a few months ago. The connectors simply don’t fit on a board that small, so instead expect a thick credit card-sized device or even a plug form. Any thoughts of it shipping with Ubuntu should also be scaled back with Eben mentioning vanilla Debian and LXDE as the current favorite, and memory optimizations being implemented specifically for the 128MB version to get that working well.We can also rest assured Raspberry Pi already has a hit on its hands. Eben says he’s received emails from people around the world and working in developing countries asking how to place bulk orders. Already thinking ahead, Raspberry Pi believes there’s a market for resellers willing to pick up the shipping costs on containers full of $25 PCs. There is no hardware discount for bulk orders as the price we pay is the price of manufacturing the device.As they are so small and cheap to make, we doubt there’s going to be a shortage of them available. Maybe there will be at launch due to sheer demand, but come 2012 they could be everywhere and changing the landscape for young kids and hobbyists learning to code. $25 PCs may produce the the next generation of computer geeks.Read more at Raspberry Pilast_img read more

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Melbourne now home to Greek treasures

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first_imgEight thousand years of Greek civilisation are now on display at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum, as on Wednesday Victorian Premier Denis Napthine officially opened the exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across The Millennia’, on loan from Athens’ Benaki Museum.In the presence of Ms Irini Geroulanou, deputy director of the Benaki Museum, and former Greece Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr Pavlos Yeroulanos – great-grandchildren of the famous Benaki Museum’s founder, Antonis Benakis – a priceless Greek collection that will call Melbourne home for a decade opened its doors to the audience, with artefacts such as a more than 2,000 year old luminous golden wreath and a famous gold kylix as its crowning treasures.The chair of the Hellenic Museum, Harry Stamoulis, acknowledged the support of the Benaki Museum, Greek state, Victorian government and all those involved in bringing the priceless collection to the Hellenic Museum, enabling his late father’s dream – to have a showcase of Greek culture in Melbourne, through the Hellenic Museum – come true.The Hellenic Museum was founded in 2007 by Melbourne businessman Spiros Stamoulis and is housed in one of the city’s most elegant colonial buildings, the Royal Mint.Addressing the large audience at the crowded Hellenic Museum, Premier Denis Napthine congratulated the organisation of the collaborative exhibition and stressed the point that Melbourne is the capital city of Hellenism in Australia and perhaps in the wider Greek diaspora.“The theme of the exhibition is a journey, and that journey is a Greek history,” Premier Napthine said. Deputy director of the Benaki Museum Ms Irini Geroulanou introduced the nature of the collaboration with the Hellenic Museum, and thanked the teams of both the Hellenic and Benaki Museum, its curators and conservators.“This collaboration means a lot to us, as Benaki Museum is fond of organising exhibitions and sending exhibitions all over the world. There are a lot of Greeks here in Melbourne, and with this collection we are giving them the opportunity to learn all these charming stories that are in Greek civilisation,” Ms Geroulanou said.Made up of 200 pieces on loan from the Benaki Museum, the collection is a snapshot of the main collection of the Benaki Museum.“The exhibition we brought to Melbourne is a small Benaki, it’s like a snapshot of Benaki Museum, that tells a charming story of Greek civilisation and shows its continuity and its relation with other civilisations.” Close to 15 items of the Benaki Museum permanent collection, that hardly ever leave the museum’s glass boxes, were sent to Melbourne to feature at the Hellenic Museum exhibition for the next ten years.“We thought that we shouldn’t keep everything for ourselves. So we didn’t send ‘spare parts’, we sent very good pieces.“There were people crying when the objects were leaving for 10 years. It was very emotional,” Ms Geroulanou said.Featuring treasures that bring 8,000 years of Greek civilisation to Melbourne’s doorstep, the collection includes pieces from each major period of Greek history, from the Pre-Historic era through to the formation of the modern Greek State: from neolithic pottery to Minoan figurines; from Byzantine icons to post-Byzantine secular art and costumes; and Neo-Hellenic art and weaponry, including ornate swords and pistols belonging to Greek revolutionary heroes Kolokotronis and Mavromichali.Hellenic Museum CEO John Tatoulis said the exhibition is a journey through time, which provides a holistic experience of Greek art and Greek treasures across millennia. The fact that Benaki Museum is the only one of its kind in Greece, spanning thousands of years of Greek history regardless of theme or era, was a determining factor to initiate the collaboration with Benaki, he said.Apart from the main collection, as part of the collaboration with the Benaki Museum in the years to come, the Hellenic Museum will also host smaller exhibitions, featuring Benaki’s Chinese, Islamic, Coptic and other collections.Addressing the audience at the official launch of the opening of the exhibition, former Greek minister for culture and tourism, Pavlos Yeroulanos, said that the legacy of Greek people is their commitment to build on the values their ancestors gave to the world.“Our legacy is not our DNA. Our legacy is our commitment to preserve and to create, to build on the values that our ancestors gave to the world: all the values that we Greeks believe in today and through history; feeling proud of our contribution no matter how big or how small. No culture might ever reach what our ancestors gave to the world. But we have created everything in between that links us to them.“We are proud of our culture not as fragmented accounts of moments of brilliance but as a brilliant continuum of creativity and influence. That is what Benakis believed in. And that is what his museum is all about”. Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by a Greek of the diaspora, Alexandrian Antonis Benakis. A visionary, Antonis Benakis started collecting Islamic art while still in Egypt. Upon his return to Greece in 1925-30 he started collecting Greek art. Proud of her family and the legacy of her great-grandfather Antonis Benakis, Ms Geroulanou told Neos Kosmos it wasn’t the family connection that brought her to Benaki Museum.“I never met Antonis Benakis which means that I was never influenced by his character and his passion. On the contrary, I heard stories that he wasn’t the best of fathers, nor the best of grandfathers – as is normally the case with people so passionate about other things that they don’t have time for their family,” Ms Geroulanou says with a laugh.“I actually fell in love with the Benaki Museum through its director, Professor Angelos Delivorias. Although my family was a bit sceptical, Professor Delivorias trusted me and since the age of 24 I have been involved with the museum.”To this day, the Benaki Museum remains one of the Greek museums that receives the most donations from the public. Museums from around the world approach Benaki Museum on a daily basis, and single items from its collections are sent to exhibitions abroad.The ten-year collaboration with the Hellenic Museum is a precedent for both museums. The exhibition ‘Gods, Myths & Mortals: Greek Treasures Across The Millennia’ is on display at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William Street, Melbourne, Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. For more information, visit www.hellenic.org.au*A previous version of this article stated that Antonis Benakis was believed to be one of the first Greeks to go to Oxford. This was quoted by Pavlos Yeroulanos during an ABC Radio interview with John Faine but could not be verified. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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San Diego Countys 35th Annual Blood Drive

By on September 17, 2019

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s Annual Blood Drive kicked-offed at the County Administration building this morning.The blood drive saw a familiar face, County Supervisor Greg Cox, who’s donated 16 and a half gallons over the years.The drive also included a young plasma recipient who wants to say thank you.Locations and times on the Blood Bank’s website– sandiegobloodbank.org. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 8, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img San Diego County’s 35th Annual Blood Drive Updated: 9:06 PM April 8, 2019last_img read more

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Sealaska critic Mick Beasley elected to board of directors

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgOne of Sealaska’s most vocal critics is now a member of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s board of directors.Download AudioSealaska shareholder Michael Lee Beasley is author of the term- limits resolution. (Photo courtesy Michael Lee Beasley)Shareholders chose Michael Beasley, also known as Mick, as one of four winning candidates, according to results announced at Sealaska’s annual meeting Saturday in Ketchikan.He came in behind three incumbents, each of who ran as the board slate. They are Inside Passage Electric Cooperative CEO Jodi Mitchell, Tlingit and Haida Business Corporation CEO Richard Rinehart and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Johnson Pata.A fourth incumbent, Patrick Anderson, ran as an independent and lost.Beasley, a carver, authored a term-limits measure on this year’s ballot. It received a majority of the votes cast, but not the majority of all possible ballots. As a result, it will not take effect.Beasley has put similar measures on Sealaska’s ballot in the past, along with several to eliminate discretionary voting. That allows shareholders to turn their ballot decisions over to the board.Other approaches would change the board’s makeup and likely its policies.Four other independent candidates also ran for the 13-member board.They were, in order of votes received, carver Doug Chilton, former Sealaska Corporate Secretary Nicole Hallingstad, Bartlett Regional Hospital Controller Karen Taug and financial adviser Brad Fluetsch.Sealaska has 22,000 shareholders who mostly live in Southeast, other parts of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.last_img read more

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Myntra Sees 10 Drop in Sales After Moving to Apponly Format

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgOnline fashion retailer Myntra has witnessed a 10 percent fall in sales after switching to app-only mode from 15 May.However, the company, which had expected the fall, hopes to stem the trend and return to sales recorded before the switch, The Economic Times quoted a source as saying.Myntra’s rivals such as Snapdeal and Amazon do not seem to be in a hurry to make such a move. “Our data shows that there are still many customers who use PCs to shop online. We do not want to force our customers to use one specific medium to shop on Snapdeal,” a Snapdeal spokesperson said. The company receives 75 percent of its sales orders from mobile phones.Amazon also does not see merit in depending only on apps.”We believe that as a consumer-obsessed company, we have to enable our customers to shop anytime, anywhere, and anyway they want,” Akshay Sahi, customer experience head at Amazon India.eBay too does not seem to interested to go app-only, although it gets 45 percent of the total traffic from mobile phones.”At eBay, we believe in an inclusive strategy rather than an app-only strategy,” said Shivani Suri Dhanda, head of marketing at eBay India.”In India, as in the rest of the world, it has been observed that a multiscreen user is most engaged,” she added.Flipkart had acquired Myntra in a $300-million deal last May. While Flipkart sees nearly 75 percent of its traffic coming from mobile app, Myntra generates 90 percent from mobile platform.Flipkart also plans to gradually shift advertisements from its desktop website to its mobile platform, after having witnessed a 10-fold increase in mobile traffic in less than 18 months.Investment banker Goldman Sachs expects India to become the second-largest digital market globally by 2030, next to China. It estimates the country’s e-commerce market to grow 15 times to $300 billion by then, accounting for 2.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Although many reports estimate a huge increase in usage of smartphones in India which validates Myntra’s app-only move, experts remain doubtful of e-tailers’ excessive reliance on mobiles.”One could argue that while it is okay to reduce or even stop the investments on PC-web, it could be foolish or even dangerous to discount it as a past that has completely ceased to exist,” said Ratul Ghosh, an e-commerce expert.Despite being the world’s second-most populated country, only 69 percent of India’s population has adequate access to broadband and mobile Internet, said management consultancy AT Kearney.last_img read more

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Trump to shut down charity accused of illegality

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgUS president Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on school safety and the new Federal Commission on School Safety report, with family members of shooting victims, state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room on 18 December. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump has agreed to close down his personal charity, the Trump Foundation, the New York attorney general said Tuesday, accusing it of engaging in a “shocking pattern of illegality” to advance his political and business interests.The Trump Foundation would be dissolved and its remaining assets distributed to other charities under her supervision, attorney general Barbara Underwood said in a statement.Underwood said there had been a “shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation — including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and wilful self-dealing, and much more.””This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests,” she said in a statement.”This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,” Underwood added.The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation in June, accusing it of “persistently illegal conduct.”The suit named the president, sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, and daughter Ivanka Trump, who were on the board of the foundation.”We’ll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law,” Underwood said.The suit seeks $2.8 million in restitution and to bar Trump, Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka from serving on the boards of other New York non-profits.Portrait in golf clubAccording to the suit, Trump used foundation funds to settle lawsuits, promote his Trump-branded hotels, and for personal spending — including the purchase of a portrait that was displayed at one of his golf clubs.The civil lawsuit is one of many legal woes facing Trump, whose election campaign is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion with Russia.Last week, Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison for paying hush money to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and other crimes.In June, Trump branded the foundation lawsuit a “ridiculous case” drummed up by “sleazy New York Democrats” and vowed to fight it.”I won’t settle this case!” he tweeted.The lawsuit painted a picture of habitual misuse of foundation funds for years, signed off on by Trump, who was president of the thinly staffed charity.Alleged abuses included providing foundation funds to a Florida political campaign; settling a 2007 lawsuit between the City of Palm Beach and Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and settling a lawsuit by a golfer who took part in a Trump-sponsored charity event in 2012.There was so little oversight of the foundation, according to the suit, that its board has not met since 1999, despite legal requirements for an annual board meeting to review its finances.last_img read more

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