first_imgWith the construction activities coming to a halt in Rajasthan following a ban on sand mining imposed by the Supreme Court, the Congress has accused the BJP government of being negligent and serving the interests of sand mafia. An apex court Bench extended the ban by six weeks, while pulling up the State government, on Tuesday.The ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand), which is mixed with cement for construction, has not been available in the State since November 2017 when the ban was first imposed. It has made an adverse impact on the construction of houses under Chief Minister’s Jan Awas Yojana, residential housing projects of builders, Jaipur Metro works and all other big and small projects.UnemploymentThe halt to construction activities has also rendered lakhs of workers and labourers unemployed. However, the Supreme Court has come down heavily on the State government for giving licences for sand mining without environmental clearance, while staying as many as 82 such licences.The Opposition Congress said the ruling BJP was “hand in glove with the sand mafia”, which was even taken note of by the Supreme Court. During Tuesday’s hearing, the apex court Bench observed that the State government was creating a mining mafia and they were killing people. It also asked the government to explain how sand was necessary for construction work.Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said here on Thursday that the State government’s negligence had resulted in unemployment of 25 lakh people, including construction labourers, ‘bajri’ truck drivers, truck owners, contractors and skilled workers trained in the construction sector. “All projects have stopped and there is displeasure among the people,” he said.Mr. Gehlot, the former Rajasthan Chief Minister, said the small quantity of ‘bajri’ supplied from Nagaur and Bikaner districts, where mining was continuing, was being sold for exorbitant prices and a loss of revenue worth ₹1.25 crore was being caused to the State exchequer every day.“The entire official machinery is engaged in the preparations for the Prime Minister’s visit to Barmer for relaying of foundation stone for oil refinery,” said Mr. Gehlot, adding that it would be too late by the time the State government wakes up and takes action for environmental studies and clearance for sand mining.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nagaland government on Thursday suspended a senior IPS officer for possessing 6.9 kg of seized brown sugar. He was also booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.An order issued by Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhishekh Singh said that Inspector General of Police (CID) Richard Yimto has been suspended with immediate effect.Mr. Yimto had on August 25 informed State Director General of Police T.J. Longkumer that he had taken home the consignment of drugs seized that month from two men in a car. The brown sugar was seized from Mr. Yimto’s residence a week later.Mr. Longkumer had earlier asked Additional DGP (law and order) Renchamo P. Kikon to make a preliminary inquiry. Mr. Kikon’s report said Mr. Yimto had flouted the due process of law.“We received a report from the police headquarters on Wednesday. The Chief Minister ordered immediate action,” Mr. Singh said.Mr. Yimto, on leave since mid-September, said he had taken the drugs home for safekeeping besides using them as bait to capture the kingpin of the illegal trade. He may be arrested, the police said.A Nagaland Police team led by a sub-inspector of the narcotics cell had seized 6.9 kg of brown sugar from a car at Khuzama on the border with Manipur on August 3. Two people in the car that was coming from Manipur were let off without a case being registered against them.Instead of sending a sample of the drug seized for forensic test, Mr. Yimto took the drugs to his official residence. Later, he said that he took the consignment from the storeroom of the police headquarters in State capital Kohima for greater security.The DGP sent him a show-cause notice after finding that the seized brown sugar was missing.last_img read more

first_imgAn eight—foot—long crocodile was rescued from a roadside drain in the tourist resort of Chiplun in Maharashtra’s coastal Ratnagiri district, officials said on Tuesday.A video of the reptile emerging out of the drain has gone viral on the internet. The incident occurred in Chiplun’s Dadar area, leading to confusion about whether it happened in suburban Mumbai. Forest officials said that the incident occurred last Friday (July 26) when Ratnagiri was lashed by heavy rain leading to floods in the Vashishti River, which originates in the coastal district.The crocodile is suspected to have entered the town’s drainage system which was flooded due to the water overflow from the nearby river. Locals alerted the fire brigade and the Forest Department after they heard some strange sounds emanating from the drain as the huge reptile struggled to escape.“This is quite common in this region during the monsoon. We rescued this crocodile safely. Since it had not suffered any injuries, it was released back into the river,” Divisional Forest Officer V. K. Surve told IANS.“I have been barged with calls… I have said it’s the Dadar area of Chiplun and not the Dadar of Mumbai,” Mr. Surve said with a laugh.He said that apart from this incident, the Divisional Forest Office handles calls to rescue other reptiles like snakes, and last month it rescued a leopard trapped during a torrential downpour.With a population of around 55,000, Chiplun town, 325 kms south of Mumbai is a popular tourist resort and famed for its Alphonso mangoes and kokam, the Savatsada Waterfalls, the Parshuram Temple and other temples, plus a Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum.last_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter may be his rival on the court, but June Mar Fajardo is just glad to see the Barangay Ginebra center back.“I’m happy that he’s back and playing again for Ginebra,” Fajardo said in Filipino on Sunday. “He’s been playing well since returning this conference. He’s dominating the paint again.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slaughter poured in 16 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Fajardo posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to help the Beermen beat the Gin Kings,107-103.Just like Slaughter, the reigning three-time PBA Most Valuable Player is also on the road to recovery after sustaining a calf injury earlier in the conference.“I’m feeling well and I’m already healthy. I struggled a bit on my offense but I’m making it up on defense and the other things I can help my team with,” Fajardo said.The Beermen are starting to become the team tipped to capture a Grand Slam, having won two games in a row after a shaky 3-3 start.“It’s all credit to my teammates. Hopefully, we sustain this.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Facing off for the first time since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, The Cebuano giants clashed for the first time on Sunday since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.READ: Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFajardo thinks Slaughter, who was out for almost a year due to an ACL injury, is better than he was before.“He’s always been good. But now, he got stronger and wider. It’s easier for him to score now and he even beat me in scoring,” he said. FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgJaya Bachchan, MPParliamentarian Jaya Bachchan on Thursday raised the issue of radio jockeys of private FM channels mimicking MPs and said their “objectionable” language was not “palatable”.Raising the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Bachchan said the jockeys should make sure that their language and content does not mock the country’s leaders.”The jockeys should ensure their language and content is not objectionable. Those of us who are sitting inside the house should be respected. This mimicking and making fun of leaders is not correct,” she said.”I am not against satire but I am objecting to their language… it is not palatable to me,” she added.Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government is looking into the matter and considering taking action on it.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia end Day 2 at 237/6 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on RELATED null × March 07, 2017 SHARE COMMENTS Ravichandran Ashwin’s 25th five-wicket haul was the cornerstone of India’s remarkable turnaround as the hosts defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second cricket Test to level the four-match series 1-1 here.Defending a competitive target of 188 with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on the line, Ashwin was unplayable on a tricky, fourth-day surface with magnificent figures of 6 for 41. Australia ended up decimated for 112 in only 35.4 overs.Just like Indian wickets fell like nine pins in Pune, Australia too crumbled like a house of cards and lost the last six for a mere 11 runs between overs 26th and 36th.With their backs firmly against the wall, it was a battle of attrition for Kohli and his boys after their humiliating loss in Pune.It turned out to be a collective effort in the end with K.L. Rahul (90 and 51), Cheteshwar Pujara (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (52) doing their bit with the bat. Not to forget an invaluable 20 runs from Wriddhiman Saha.After a bad run in Pune, spin twins Ashwin (8 wickets) and Ravindra Jadeja (7 wickets) accounted for 15 out of the 20 wickets.The pitch, which deteriorated with each passing moment, made the target of 188 look as big as 350. Only skipper Steve Smith (28) and Peter Handscomb (24) were the only batsmen to cross 20-run mark for Australia.Till the 10th over of the chase, things looked good for Australia as they were 42 for 1, losing only Matt Renshaw (5) who got an unplayable delivery from Ishant Sharma.David Warner (17) got a leg before decision off Ashwin’s bowling going against him. Warner reviewed it unsuccessfully.Umesh Yadav (2/30 in 9 overs) then produced the double break with Shaun Marsh (9) getting one to come back after hitting one of those ever widening cracks. Smith got a shooter that didn’t even rise enough hitting him on the boot.It was plumb and Smith, trying to get a clue from the dressing room beyond his 15-second time, got into a brief altercation with rival captain Kohli.Mitchell Marsh (13) and Peter Handscomb (24) added 27 runs and tried to stem the rot during their fifth wicket partnership.This was the time when Ashwin, coming for his second spell, ran riot dismissing Marsh, Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc in quick succession.Once it was 103 for 7, the game was all over for Australia. The third Test will be played in Ranchi from March 16. cricket Australia’s Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Karun Nair on the fourth day of the second Test match on being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. — Reuters Kohli dismissed for 15, India 122/4 at tea BCCI backs Kohli, wants ICC to step in Ashwin, Jadeja share top position in ICC Test Rankings Australia’s Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Karun Nair on the fourth day of the second Test match on being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday. — Reuterslast_img read more

first_imgPatty Judge, the Democrat who’s challenging Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley this year, says it’s time for politicians of both parties to shelve the “hateful rhetoric.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PATTY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….that we use.” ;12Judge made her comments at the Community Bankers of Iowa convention in Des Moines and afterwards said her remarks were aimed at all politicians.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PATTY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……with Donald Trump.” :07Judge calls Trump’s rhetoric “inflammatory.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PATTY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……………..substantive issues.”:15Judge served in the state senate before serving two terms as the state’s secretary of agriculture.She was Iowa lieutenant governor for one term, from January of 2007 to January of 2011.last_img read more

first_imgThe New York Giants sixth-round draft selection Corey Ballentine has been injured and his college teammate Dwane Simmons killed in a shooting in Topeka, Kansas, on Sunday morning.Simmons was 23 at the time of his death and had played alongside Ballentine at Washburn University. Ballentine’s injuries are not life threatening, and he should make a full recovery. Read more “Any time we lose a student it is a sad occasion, but it is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act,” the Washburn president, Jerry Farley, wrote in a statement. “Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general. This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”Washburn’s coach, Craig Schurig, paid tribute to Simmons, who had played for the team for three years. “Heartbreaking news about Dwane Simmons,” Schurig said in a statement. “Dwane is one of the most energetic and well-liked players I have ever coached at Washburn. Dwane’s infectious smile and love for football and his teammates was truly inspirational. Our prayers of healing go out to his family, his parents Navarro and Yasmine Simmons and Chaquilla Williams.”Ballentine plays at cornerback and was selected in the sixth round by the Giants on Saturday, shortly before the shooting. “Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community,” the Giants said in a statement. US sports New York Giants … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Giants defend NFL draft selection of QB Daniel Jones after fan backlash Share via Email College football Since you’re here… Topics Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Kansas Share on WhatsApp NFL College sports Share on LinkedIn Gun crime Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgArsenal Vegan diet is helping me on and off the pitch, says Bellerin Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent 23:53 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Hector Bellerin Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The Spain international says that his new plant based diet is paying dividends, helping him to recover quicker from tough games Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin believes that his new vegan diet is helping him on and off the pitch.The 23-year-old changed his dietary habits at the start of the season and has already noticed improvements in his post-match recovery.Bellerin, speaking to The Players Tribune, revealed that he no longer has to strap up his ankles to play and feels more energetic since adopting the plant-based diet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I’ve been vegan since the beginning of the season more or less,” he said. “At the beginning I wanted to try it for a couple of weeks to detox my body and stuff, but I just felt so great after it that I’ve been doing it for six months now.“For me the most important thing is that inflammation in my body after games and the speed that my body recovers compared to before. I’ve always had little problems in my ankles when I played very hard games, they’d get very inflamed and stiff. “Now I don’t even have to strap them to play anymore. It doesn’t just make a difference in your body but I strongly believe that with what we’re doing to the earth paying back the earth too.“Getting rid of all the food I was eating and going to this plant based diet it did take those few days to actually feel better, but when it got to the beginning of the third week I felt so good.”I was waking up in the mornings and had so much energy whereas before I used to be that person who would snooze the alarm five times before they got out of bed.”Hector Bellerin Danny Welbeck ArsenalThe former Barcelona youngster admitted that his Arsenal team-mates poke fun at the diet by trying to put meat on his plate in the training ground canteen.However, the Spaniard sees the funny side of the ribbing and hopes that he can inspire a new wave of vegans in the coming weeks and months.“As a professional athlete you have to be technical with what you eat. You have to make sure your intakes are on point every day. .@Arsenal’s @HectorBellerin believes his new vegan diet is helping him on and off the field. pic.twitter.com/jOc3KPeDWw— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) March 29, 2018“Players like Nacho Monreal and even [Laurent] Koscielny are always telling me ‘where is the meat on your plate?’ and ‘why aren’t you eating meat today?’. They always try and put meat on my plate and stuff like this – it’s all fun and it’s all good.”This is a way for people to see that you can be an athlete and do it, and that can open doors for other people.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor, Christopher Zacca, is to chair a team to assist the Government and the Board of Petrojam to determine the strategic direction of the company.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the disclosure when he addressed the House of Representatives on July 10.“There is urgent need for a review, even more so when the organisation is losing focus and straying from the policy guidelines and placing public funds at risk,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister emphasised that the Government cannot sit idly by “and allow this to happen”.“The Government must act, and we are acting to ensure that Petrojam can have a good solid future for the people of Jamaica,” he said.Among the factors that give rise to the need for this review are the non-cooperation of the Venezuelan partners to enable the start of the infrastructural upgrade, the effects of sanctions imposed by the United States on those who trade with Venezuela, and the quest for advantages from the penetration of renewables.The Prime Minister noted that the review will also assist in organisational restructuring to enable the entity to realise the plans cast.“I have already had discussions with Mr. Zacca… and consultations are under way with a view to the appointment of other qualified professionals to serve on the team. The terms of reference will be finalised in short order, and I expect to be in a position to announce the full members of this committee by the next sitting of Parliament,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the Government, by its actions, is showing its concern about the serious allegations made and has engaged a process that is designed to establish facts in the haystack of allegations.“Whatever we are able to verify with our limited powers of investigation and discovery, we have acted upon them and we have kept the public informed of our actions,” he said.“This Government is serious about building a culture of accountability. Accountability is a spectrum of actions starting with an agent (the Cabinet, the main agent of policy) reporting to a principal of authority (the Parliament from which government is drawn),” Mr Holness said.The Prime Minister also informed that the Auditor General will deliver her report to Parliament in short order. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor, Christopher Zacca, is to chair a team to assist the Government and the Board of Petrojam to determine the strategic direction of the company. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the disclosure when he addressed the House of Representatives on July 10. “There is urgent need for a review, even more so when the organisation is losing focus and straying from the policy guidelines and placing public funds at risk,” Mr. Holness said. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), has chosen Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to deliver a state-of-the-art RADAR surveillance system for the Volkeraksluizen, Europe’s largest and busiest inland lock complex.Volkeraksluizen serves as an essential junction in the waterway connection between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. It is not only Europe’s largest and busiest inland locks but also the world’s largest inland locks, with over 240 million tons passing through each year.“Volkeraksluizen is a vital link in the Netherlands waterways,” says Wiebe Schmitz, KNC Sales Manager, Netherlands. “Rapid processing of the traffic picture and reliable tracking are essential for the logistical chain between Rotterdam and Antwerp, as well as for managing the flow of traffic.”The system will use Kongsberg’s next generation C-Scope System to monitor vessel traffic in and around the Volkeraksluizen and to pilot ships into the locks. RADAR data will be integrated with the national AIS network for operators to maintain a clear, accurate, and reliable traffic picture.“We are very proud that Rijkswaterstaat has chosen Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to deliver this very important system,” says Schmitz, ”and we are eager to bring our expertise to the inland waterways of the Netherlands.”Delivery is scheduled for 2014. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Kongsberg, November 25, 2013last_img read more

first_imgThe Atlantic ministers of education and training reinforced the Atlantic premiers’ call to increase federal funding to provinces and territories for post-secondary education and training at a meeting in Brudenell, P.E.I. The ministers also announced a number of regional initiatives to improve student achievement in Atlantic schools. Post-Secondary EducationThe Atlantic ministers of education and training were unanimous in their praise of provincial and territorial premiers for the high profile given to post-secondary education and skills training at the August meeting of the Council of the Federation (COF). Ministers noted that the themes communicated by COF closely match the ministers’ desire to engage the federal government in support of greater investment in education. Ministers of education and training met with Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec Minister of Education, and shared their regional post-secondary and training needs with their Quebec counterpart. Quebec and Ontario have been tasked by the premiers to co-chair a summit on post-secondary education later in the fall. The Atlantic ministers noted that they have been working together for some time and have identified a number of priority areas, including: The Atlantic ministers, who co-operate through the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET), also emphasized that Atlantic Canada has unique challenges that need to be recognized in any debate on federal funding transfers. The ministers of education and training also met with the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), and Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium (APCCC) to consult on Atlantic Canada’s priorities relating to post-secondary education and training. These discussions allowed for a constructive dialogue and a better understanding of how the various organizations can work together in response to the pressing needs of students and institutions. Improving Student PerformanceAs one measure of achievement, Atlantic Canadian students have participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and School Achievement Indicators Program (SAIP). These assessment programs are administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. The ministers of education and training met with Robert Crocker of Atlantic Evaluation and Research Consultants, and Doug Willms, director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick, both acknowledged experts in the study of student assessment, public policy and school effectiveness. Ministers of education and training recognized that success in learning is impacted by numerous factors, none of them decisive. Measurable improvement requires attention to many factors simultaneously. The ministers agreed that CAMET will pursue five new projects that are intended to address concerns shared by Atlantic departments of education and training: -30- Post-secondary infrastructure and deferred maintenance — in partnership with institutions and the federal government, the Atlantic provinces acknowledge an urgent need for renewal of facilities and an upgrade of technology to increase the ability of the region’s institutions to provide adequate access and relevant training; Adult literacy programs — with an emphasis on broadening the delivery of services and raising adult literacy levels in a meaningful and measurable way; Skills development — by investing in resources to improve recognition of prior learning, increase the quality of on-the-job training, and harmonize apprenticeship training programs across the provinces; R&D capacity — to support Atlantic R&D activity and increase economic development in the area of advanced manufacturing, enhancing the level of knowledge industries, life sciences and value-added natural resources. These projects will complement existing and planned provincial initiatives in the area of student performance. CAMET ActivitiesThe ministers of education and training also reviewed the progress of the CAMET work plan and noted the completion of several important initiatives: Social Studies Classroom Resource — Entry to Grade 2 Changing Your World Trousse d’appréciation de rendement en lecture: immersion française L’emploi du français en classe de français de base. Use of Instructional Time Improving Student Learning through Homework Learning in Rural Schools Teacher Assignment Student Motivation and Persistence.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Kempo Honnia, a completely visually impaired IAS officer has joined as the Officer on Special Duty at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI).Honnia joined the West Bengal cadre and will be going for the foundation course at the Lalbahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie in August. This is for the first time when a completely visually impaired officer will function as the sub-divisional officer after completing his training soon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHonnia’s batchmate Pranjal Pati has joined the administration in Kerala. Krishnagopal Tewari, the first civil servant with complete visual imparity, had joined the Madhya Pradesh administration in 2006. Honnia hails from a village in Karnataka. The problem with his eyes was detected when he was studying in class III. His parents took him to several eye specialists in South India who told them that it would difficult to get back his vision. A student of literature, Honnia joined college. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHonnia’s life took a turn when one day he was assisted by a woman whom he came in contact with and eventually got married to. He repeatedly told Achantiya not to marry him because of my visual imparity. “But she refused to listen to me and spoke to my parents”. Achintya and Kempo have two sons. Asked how he is going to take up such a responsible job, Honnia replied: “Visually impaired people have a special sense and though I do not have outer vision, I have inner vision which will help me to work seriously in the district where I will be posted.” Honnia has special liking for literature and he is now trying hard to learn Bengali.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a warm Friday morning, with the minimum temperature settling at 28.3 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. According to the MeT department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 80 per cent. The weatherman has predicted light rain later in the day in the national capital. “The skies will be generally cloudy. There is possibility of light rain later in the day,” he said. He also said that maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the minimum temperature recorded was 27.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 36.9 degrees Celsius.last_img

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it has successfully completed repairs on the section of a natural gas pipeline that ruptured and burned near Prince George, B.C., three weeks ago.The company says following a comprehensive integrity assessment, it expects to begin safely returning the repaired segment to service within the next two days.It says it will gradually increase flows of natural gas through the repaired segment until it reaches 80 per cent of its normal operating pressure.A smaller pipeline nearby returned to service two days after the explosion, also at 80 per cent of its normal pressure, which the company says helps ensure the ongoing safety and integrity of the system.Once the repaired segment is returned to service, Enbridge says the system is expected to safely deliver between 23 and 25 million cubic metres of natural gas per day to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and the U.S. Pacific Northwest.The return-to-service plan has been reviewed by the National Energy Board and Enbridge says it’s conducting a comprehensive dig to help further validate the integrity of the entire system.The company says until it’s fully satisfied it is safe to operate the lines at full capacity, and subject to regulatory review, both pipelines will continue to operate at reduced pressure.“We appreciate the support of the local communities, the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, and government officials throughout British Columbia during this process,” it says in a news release.“We remain in regular contact with the Transportation Safety Board … and continue to support them in their ongoing incident investigation.”It adds there are a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that might delay its plans for returning the pipeline to service.The line ruptured on Oct. 9 at a rural location about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, causing an explosion and large fireball.There were no injuries and the RCMP said it did not suspect criminal activity, but the cause of the blast has yet to be determined.One of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, has said natural gas supply will be reduced by 50 to 80 per cent during the coldest months of the year.The utility said keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB), (TSX:FTS)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three others in a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar. Additional Chief Metroplitan Magistrate Samar Vishal asked Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta, MLA Manoj Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Atishi Malena to appear before him on April 30. Babbar has sought proceedings against Kejriwal and others for harming the reputation of the BJP by blaming the BJP for the deletion of names of “voters” from the electoral rolls in Delhi. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “All the accused made accusations against BJP in a calculated manner with the sole intention to portray a negative image of BJP in relation to the voters belonging to certain sections of society, namely, Bania, Poorvanchalis, Muslims, among others. The reputation of the complainant has been damaged beyond repair,” Babbar said. Babbar has alleged that Kejriwal has not only defamed the BJP but also all the people who are associated with the party. “The statement of the accused (Kejriwal) was made with ulterior motives to degrade the reputation of the BJP to gain cheap political mileage in the upcoming elections,” Babbar said in his plea filed through advocate Neeraj, S. N. Verma and Pooja Suri.last_img read more

Rabat  –  The 24-hour general strike, observed Wednesday by the main unions, was a “great success, as turnout has exceeded 84 pc”, the Moroccan Labour Union (UMT), the Democratic Labour Confederation (CDT), the General Union of Morocco’s Workers (UGTM) and the Democratic Labour Federation (FDT) said.According to reports and preliminary results, “the turnout reached over 84 pc, which is beyond all expectations”, the country’s main unions underlined in a joint statement.The strike was observed in all regions, provinces and cities of Morocco and in all professional and public administrations and services, the statement added. The five unions said the government is to be held responsible of the results of its intransigence and lack of dialogue in terms of social tensions that could lead the country to instability.With MAP read more

OTTAWA — A big Canadian player has quietly picked up his chips and is heading for the exit amid the tumult over the Trudeau government’s controversial tax proposals.A business owner has informed John Manley, the head of an organization representing Canada’s largest corporations, that he has moved billions of dollars outside the country since the Liberals formally proposed their tax changes in mid-July.The government’s proposals to eliminate several tax incentives have awakened a broad array of vocal opponents — from the small business community, to farmers, to tax planners, to professionals like doctors and lawyers. Some backbench Liberal MPs have also publicly expressed their concerns.In the background, the Liberals’ proposed tax reforms are also seen as a threat by a much-smaller, more-silent group of Canadians: wealthy leaders of big business.Manley, a former Liberal finance minister in the Chretien government, said the elements of the government’s plan to tighten rules on passive investment portfolios and the transfer of family businesses have created worries for some members of his organization, the Business Council of Canada.The financial concerns have been compounded by the government’s accompanying messages that Manley believes have “vilified” higher-income Canadians.Many of his members, he added, have been taken aback by rhetoric that they see as pitting the middle class against the wealthy.“I don’t get it at all — I thought that one of the successes of Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau was that he was the unifier, he was bringing people together,” said Manley, who noted the broader economy would eventually feel the sting of losing too many big job creators.“There’s lots of journeymen hockey players in the NHL, but you still want to have some (Connor) McDavids and (Wayne) Gretzkys and people that are stars.”Manley pointed to one example where a successful business owner has decided to leave Canada with “billions of dollars.”On the advice of tax professionals, he said the individual decided to move the money primarily because of the impacts the reforms could have on his family through changes related to estate planning. Keeping the business in the family would result in a big tax hit.There’s a notion that other big players could soon head for the exits, Manley said.“You won’t know about it because they’re not going to buy ads or report it — they’ll just go.”Manley’s group is calling on the government to hold off on the proposed changes for now to allow for a broader review of the tax system that examines additional goals like making the entire structure less complex.Failing that, he would like to see the feds fix any unintended consequences from the current plan on the table.Finance Minister Bill Morneau first released the three-part tax reform plan in the middle of the summer.He argues that the tax system unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate, so they can get a better tax rate than middle-income earners. The government insists the changes would level the playing field, although many disagree.The package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.The government gave Canadians a 75-day consultation period, ending Oct. 2, to weigh in on the proposals. Morneau insists the government will listen to concerns before it tables legislation and that he expects some of the feedback will lead to changes.If the government’s proposals are introduced as is, University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz says there are plenty of options to get around the changes — and he warns they wouldn’t be good for Canada.The reforms are aimed at private Canadian corporations, so Mintz said owners could change their citizenship, or partner with a foreigner or a public corporation to avoid paying more. He said they could also strip some of their firm’s assets while leaving the company itself in Canada.For example, countries like the United Kingdom offer attractive tax incentives for business people looking to move to its shores from abroad, Mintz said.Since Morneau’s tax announcement, Mintz said he knows one big business owner who has taken action and another who is considering it.In these scenarios, he said Canada could not only lose tax revenue but the business leaders themselves, who create jobs and play constructive roles in their communities.“It’s a major blow to the country in a number of ways,” Mintz said.The president of a national small- and medium-sized business federation, which has been one of the most outspoken critics of the tax proposals, said many of his members have been receiving calls from business development organizations in the United States to offer them incentives to move across the border.“There’s all sorts of business immigration programs that are out there encouraging entrepreneurs to pick up and leave,” said Dan Kelly of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“Canada has to watch out because business owners in lots of areas can be quite mobile.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more