Arsenal eye swoop for Torino defender Nkoulouby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are eyeing Torino centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou, according to Calciomercato.Emery wants the Gunners to invest in defenders this month, with Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos all sidelined.Nkoulou, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, has emerged as their top target after an impressive season in Serie A.The Cameroon international could be available for £12million, although Torino would be reluctant lose one of their most important players.He is under contract until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd boss Solskjaer reveals new Pogba setbackby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Paul Pogba is struggling to make Monday’s clash with Arsenal.Pogba aggravated an ankle injury in United’s Carabao Cup draw with League One Rochdale, in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side scraped through on penalties.“The situation is he finished the game, 90 minutes, which was fantastic, but he got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen,” said Solskjaer.”So it was better not to go there with the team and he’s in a race for Monday. But that’s the way it is.“Luke’s back in training today, so let’s see how he is. He’s getting there so let’s see how he reacts the next couple of days.“He’s been working really hard, so we hope to see him before international break.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona midfielder De Jong delivers RKC Waalwijk windfallby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has helped RKC Waalwijk enjoy a bumper financial result for the past year.De Jong left RKC for Ajax as a junior before his sale to Barca in January to the tune of €75m.And as part of the fee, RKC will receive a total of €5.7m, although only €1.7m has been received so far.RKC closed the 2018/19 season with a net result of €3.142m. For the fourth time in five years a profit was made, with the club declaring it is in “better than ever” shape.
Following Alabama’s loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament this afternoon, many believe Anthony Grant’s time with the Crimson Tide will soon be over. The 48-year-old coach has been leading the program since 2009, compiling a 116-83 record and making the NCAA Tournament once (in 2012). Billy Donovan is not among the people who think Grant should be fired. The Gators’ coach, who had Grant on his staff in Gainesville, Fla., for 10 years, campaigned for his former assistant to keep his job following their game Thursday afternoon. Grant is 0-10 against Donovan at Alabama. “I don’t think people have any idea how great of a coach Anthony Grant is” – Billy Donovan— Graham Hall (@Graham311) March 12, 2015Billy Donovan on Anthony Grant “People don’t understand just how outstanding of a coach he is… He took over a very difficult situation.”— WVUA-FM Sports (@Capstone_Sports) March 12, 2015Billy Donovan stumping for Anthony Grant keeping job. Talks tough situation he took over at Bama, importance of developing young men.— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) March 12, 2015BillyD gives impassioned endorsement of Tide coach/close friend Anthony Grant. “Put it this way: Alabama better hope he comes back.” #Gators— Chris Harry (@GatorZoneChris) March 12, 2015Billy Donovan fervently defending Anthony Grant, says if Alabama knew what was good for them, they’d bring him back next year.— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 12, 2015It’s not too surprising that Donovan thinks highly of Grant and wants him to keep his job; they’re former co-workers and likely remain close. Will Alabama hold onto Grant, though? Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com reported earlier today that the Crimson Tide may be turning in favor of keeping their head coach. “The more you talk to people around the program, the more likely it appears that Grant will return for his seventh season as head coach,” he wrote. Alabama (18-14, 8-10 SEC) is a contender for the NIT and will likely play more games this season. Grant’s future in Tuscaloosa, Ala., probably won’t be decided until after the season ends.
Maryland’s men’s basketball program announced Monday evening that star freshman guard Melo Trimble suffered a concussion against West Virginia. The Terrapins’ guard hit his head twice during his team’s NCAA Tournament third round loss to the Mountaineers in Columbus; first on this legal-but-clearly-illegal moving screen and, later, when teammate Damonte Dodd accidentally kicked him in the head. After the first collision, Maryland’s doctors checked him for systems, but he passed all tests and was placed back in the game. After the second hit, he did not pass the necessary tests, and was rightfully forced to sit out the remainder of the game. Maryland’s Melo Trimble suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game vs. WVU, but doctors cleared him to fly home with team, per UMD spokesman.— Don Markus (@sportsprof56) March 23, 2015While Trimble’s removal from the game clearly played a big role in Maryland’s season coming to an end, it’s nice to see an athletic team take the necessary precautions when dealing with a potentially-concussed player. Trimble and the Terps should have a chance to make some serious noise in the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier tonight, Michigan lost a commitment from three-star defensive lineman Rashad Weaver. Weaver claimed the Wolverines staff stopped reaching out to him, and that head coach Jim Harbaugh had told him that there was only a 50/50 chance he’d have a scholarship for him on National Signing Day next week. Shortly after the Weaver news began circulating, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio dropped a somewhat-cryptic tweet consisting only of the phrase “The righteous shall prevail.” This would appear to be a not-so-veiled reference to the Michigan situation, and Dantonio quickly deleted the tweet. But, Twitter being Twitter, you know someone got a screen shot of it before it disappeared.Lol mark dantonio quickly deleted this but I think we all know what he was referencing pic.twitter.com/G1YQa4QdW9— D2 (@ddycio) January 26, 2016 To add to the intrigue, Michigan State recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell tweeted the exact same thing.The righteous shall prevail….— Curtis Blackwell II (@MSUrecruiter) January 26, 2016Seems pretty clear what the intent was here. There is never a dull moment in college football recruiting, that’s for sure.[ Maize ‘N’ Brew ]
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 06: Sam Arneson #49 of the Wisconsin Badgers loses the ball next to Darron Lee #43 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Buckeyes won the game 59-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Scheduling in college football is one of the things that makes the sport extremely unique. Even within conferences, the schedules are wildly unbalanced. Some top teams try to run the table, while others build in tough road games to boost strength of schedule rankings. Rebuilding teams may look to feast on cupcakes, or subscribe to the “hottest fire forges the strongest steel” theory.The Big Ten is no different. A few months ago, we ranked the most difficult and easiest schedules ahead of the 2016 season. The league was well-represented on both lists, with three teams a piece. Now, we’re ranking the slates for all 14 teams in the conference.Which teams are challenging themselves this season, and which are scheduling for success? Here is our ranking of the Big Ten’s schedules by difficult.Next: No. 14 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15
Transfer fees have ballooned in the past five years with €50 million (£44m/$57m) now seemingly the minimum you would pay for a top-class player in Europe.We aren’t quite at the first €1 billion squad (£886m/$1.13bn) yet but we certainly are approaching it, with the most expensive squad in the world at the moment costing €800m (£709m/$912m) to put together, with that figure growing 13% in just 12 months.With the €100m (£89m/$114m) barrier being broken several times in the past couple of years there is no surprise that we are currently looking at the most expensive squads ever assembled. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? (Figures are for the 2017 financial year)
Twitter/@soonergridironBaker Mayfield sold a nice fake and ran for a touchdown, then jawed at the Baylor defense for good measure.Things are bad in Norman, Oklahoma for the Baylor Bears. On the first drive of the game, the porous defense let Baker Mayfield and the Sooners march down the field, and it ultimately culminated with this:WATCH: Baker Mayfield shakes and bakes his way to a 15-yard touchdown. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/du9OBDHN2G— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) November 12, 2016Oh dear.Both of these teams recognize the stakes of today’s game, and tempers have been flaring since before kick off, so it’s no surprise things got chippy right away on the field.A win here for the Sooners would move them one step closer to a Big 12 championship after a 1-2 start to the season and a possible College Football Playoff berth, while a win for Baylor would snap a two-game losing streak and put them right back in the hunt for a Big 12 title.The Sooners are up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Jurgen Klopp has shut down any suggestion that he could leave Liverpool to take the reins at Bayern Munich, with the German pointing out that he has “a long-term contract” at Anfield.Speculation regarding a possible return to his homeland has surfaced on the back of a Champions League triumph with the Reds.A 2-0 win over Tottenham has seen Klopp’s stock rise once more, with the 51-year-old cementing a standing among the very busy tactical minds in the business. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Clubs around the world would happily buy into that skill set, with Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer admitting that he would love to see a familiar face back in the Bundesliga.Klopp is, however, fully committed to a role in England, amid reports that he could be in line for a lucrative extension to his current terms on Merseyside.Responding to Beckenbauer’s comments and links to Bayern, Klopp told Bild: “I like Franz, and he likes me, but I have a long-term contract at Liverpool.“If Franz says something like that, I much prefer that to him saying and thinking that I cannot do anything, but both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have very good coaches.“What could be in five years’ time or beyond that, I do not know. Maybe there will be other coaches that qualify for the roles.”Beckenbauer, who spent 13 years of his legendary playing career with Bayern, had told Bild of Klopp:“I wish for nothing more than that one day he will come to Bayern.“For me he is one of the world’s best coaches.“What he started in Dortmund, he has refined with Liverpool.”He added on the possible attraction of returning to German football from the Premier League: “I believe that a job in England robs you of your strength.“You have even more responsibility as a so-called manager at a Premier League club than a coach in the Bundesliga.“Through two cup competitions and the larger league, the number of games is much higher than ours.”For now, Bayern will remain under the guidance of Niko Kovac – who delivered a domestic double in 2018-19 – and Klopp will continue to chase down more major honours with Liverpool. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Leicester City midfielder James Maddison is remaining quiet on speculation surrounding his future, with Manchester United reported to be chasing his signature.The England Under-21 international completed a move from Norwich to the King Power Stadium in 2018 and enjoyed a superb debut season in the Premier League, contributing seven goals and seven assists in 36 matches.The 22-year-old also managed to create 100 goalscoring chances for his team-mates in total, which was more than any other player managed in the top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Maddison was touted for a call up to Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the UEFA Nations League semi-finals in Portugal but just missed out on a place in the final 23.Manchester United are the favourites to land the Foxes playmaker in the summer window, with his current market value reportedly set at around £60 million ($76m).Ahead of England’s U21 European Championships campaign, Maddison was asked if he has been affected by swirling transfer rumours, to which he offered a defiant response.”No, you have just got to ignore that and take it all in your stride,” he told Sky Sports .”As a 17-year-old boy, I’d started five games for Coventry and saw on my phone that I was being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.”With transfer talk, you need to take it as a compliment that people are even talking about you, it won’t distract me.”Aidy Boothroyd’s England youngsters begin their quest for Euro 2019 glory with a clash against France on Tuesday night.Croatia and Romania have also been drawn in Group C, with the Three Lions among the favourites to win this year’s competition in Italy .Maddison insists he is not dwelling on his senior squad snub and hopes to be an influential figure in the dressing room as the tournament progresses.”I am never going to be disappointed representing the U21s with my country, I am excited and proud that I’m here,” he added.”I feel like I’m a much more experienced player now on and off the pitch, I look around at lunch and think me and Demarai [Gray] are the old men here!”There are little things I can help those younger lads with and in terms of game management.”I have played over 150 games now at club level, I definitely think I’m a more senior professional now.”The lads always mention the U20 World Cup win because it’s such a good highlight, but I’ve never been involved in a tournament”It’s brilliant to hear about the likes of Foden talking about their U17 win, and I want to be talking about a European Championship win in a month’s time.”I can’t wait to get out there and showcase what I can bring to this team, the winning mentality is going to be important.”
Neymar would be welcome back at Barcelona, claims former Camp Nou team-mate Pedro, with the Brazilian having cemented a standing as “one of the best in the world”.A return to Catalunya for the Brazil international has been mooted during the summer transfer window amid reports the 27-year-old is said to be looking for a way out of Paris Saint-Germain after two years in France.Barcelona have admitted to being aware of Neymar’s desire to retrace his steps to La Liga . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Pedro, who played alongside the South American before heading to Chelsea in 2015, sees no reason why an agreement cannot be reached that suits all parties.He told reporters at a charity event in Tenerife when quizzed on the rumours: “Of course he can come back.“Neymar, he’s a great player, one of the best in the world. He has shown that at Barca and PSG and I think everyone would see his return positively.”While said to be open to the idea of bringing a familiar face back to the club, Barcelona are also being heavily linked with Antoine Griezmann.Atletico Madrid’s France international striker has seen a switch to Camp Nou discussed for some time and has opened himself up to a move this summer.Were Barca to make an approach, while also snapping up Neymar , then they would have a wealth of attacking options at their disposal, with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez already on their books.Pedro does not see that being a problem, saying: “It is true that there would be many options, but they are all very good and they can find a way to play them at the same time.”One star forward who will be lining up against Barcelona in 2019-20 is Eden Hazard as the Belgium international has linked up with their Clasico rivals Real Madrid .He is another player who Pedro knows well from their time together at Chelsea and the World Cup-winning Spaniard is expecting a former team-mate to thrive in La Liga.“He is a very good player,” Pedro said of Hazard.“He will surely be a success in Madrid, he is very motivated. “He is a great person and as a player I will not question anything he does.”
Vinicius Junior claims to have felt no pressure of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, with it not his intention to try and emulate the achievements of a “legend”.The Brazilian youngster arrived at Santiago Bernabeu during the summer of 2018, having had a deal in place with the Blancos for a year prior to that.As he made his way to the Spanish capital, an iconic figure was on his way out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo made a shock switch to Juventus after nine years with Madrid, leaving a sizeable void for those left behind to try and fill.Vinicius, at just 18 years of age, was never going to be the man to step into the shoes of an all-time great.He is being tipped to reach the top, with there plenty of potential in his game to still be unlocked, but the South American claims there is no expectation on him to become a talisman at this early stage of his career.Vinicius told AS on following in Ronaldo’s footsteps: “Cristiano is Cristiano, he’s a club legend.“He did what no one has ever done. But I’ve never felt as though I am replacing him. I want to play and help Madrid.”Vinicius took in 31 appearances for Real across the 2018-19 campaign, recording four goals.He believes he has made the right choice in linking up with the Blancos while still in his teens, adding: “In my case, I think it was the right time.“I was playing well for Flamengo but I also had the margin to improve. I evolved more in three months in Madrid there than I would have in a year back home. It was good for me to start and then play in the best club in the world.”There is the promise of much more to come from Vinicius, with an exciting prospect getting the chance to learn on a daily basis from some of the finest talents on the planet.He added on his experience to date: “Training is different. Most of the training sessions there are better than the actual games. And in training, no one wants to lose, all of the players want to improve every day.“There are players like Sergio Ramos and Benzema who, even though they’re over 30, train harder than everyone else. The inspiration you get from being next to the best players also helps, that makes you grow.”
Zinedine Zidane will feature on the cover of the FIFA 20 Ultimate Edition, EA Sports have revealed. It was also confirmed that the Real Madrid manager will appear in FIFA 20 Ultimate Team as an Icon.The unveiling of the Frenchman comes after the announcement of Eden Hazard and Virgil van Dijk as cover stars for the standard version and champions edition of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Zidane joins the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Didier Drogba, Ian Wright, and Ronald Koeman as an Icon player in the game.On last year’s version of the Ultimate Edition, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar were pictured.But another retired player in Ronaldo, former Real Madrid team-mate of Zidane, was the face of the Icon Edition for FIFA 18. The first edition of the game was released in 1993 and featured former Arsenal and England player David Platt , who went on to become a coach at Manchester City after he hung up his boots, on the cover.Other Premier League stars such as David Ginola, David Beckham and Dennis Bergkamp later appeared on covers of the game throughout the 1990s.Real Madrid players have often been selected to star, with Kaka, Gareth Bale and Portugal international Ronaldo having all headed the bill for the game.In the latest version of FIFA, a new game mode called Volta has been announced which will allow users to play small-sided games, similar to previous versions of FIFA Street.Zidane, who retired from his playing days in 2006, won a number of honours as a footballer, picking up Serie A, La Liga, World Cup and European Championship trophies.He also won the Ballon d’Or in 1998.However, the France international’s career ended in disgrace when he was sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in extra time of the World Cup final. France drew the match 1-1, Zidane having scored the opening goal in the seventh minute, and Italy eventually won on penalties. The talented midfielder then took up a career in coaching, leading Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles. Although he left Los Blancos at the end of 2017-18, Zidane then returned the following season after unsuccessful spells under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
Chelsea forward Pedro has compared Virgil van Dijk to Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos ahead of Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup meeting with Liverpool. Frank Lampard’s side, winners of the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri last season, take on Champions League holders Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday. Van Dijk played a pivotal role as the Reds became champions of Europe for the sixth time and finished second in the Premier League with 97 points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The centre-back was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year for his performances in the top flight and Pedro sees similarities between the Netherlands star and Real Madrid captain Ramos. “They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top [of their game],” he said. “Sergio Ramos is very good. I know him very well: great defender, great with the ball.”Van Dijk is also the same: so strong, very good in the air, scores goals. Two big players. “He’s in a good moment. Last season with Liverpool, he had a great season winning the Champions League and the best player in the Premier League. He’s in a good moment and he’s a good defender.” Pedro hopes to get the better of Van Dijk and Liverpool to secure a win what would represent his fourth UEFA Super Cup triumph, having lifted the trophy three times while playing for Barcelona. The 32-year-old thinks silverware this early in the season can only be good for Chelsea’s confidence, especially in light of their 4-0 league defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. “It’s another trophy, it’s good when you start the season winning a trophy – it’s good for confidence, for the future,” he said. “Liverpool are a strong team with great players, a solid team, good on the counter. We need to read the game well, stay compact all the time and when we create chances we need to score if we want to win. “It’s my fourth Super Cup final. I was lucky enough to win the last three. I have good memories of the last final [in 2015]. The important thing is the mentality: to stay strong, stay compact.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Friday afternoon, Ohio State issued an official update regarding its investigation into how Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer handled 2015 allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. In short, the investigation will be complete on Sunday, but the school will not announce its decision until a few days later.Thursday, school president Michael Drake, in an interview with WOSU, commented that the school’s investigation would be “completed when it’s completed” – and not necessarily within the original two-week time frame the school set out two Sundays ago.It seems like Ohio State’s statement Friday is meant to be a bit of clarification. The investigation will wrap up Sunday, but a decision won’t be announced until mid-week.Here’s the entire statement:The independent working group directing the investigation involving Urban Meyer announced today that the investigation will be completed on Sunday, as planned. The investigators will then prepare a report for the working group to be delivered next week.Following receipt, the working group will share the report with the Board of Trustees in an executive session to be held next week. As required by law, public notice of the meeting will be released at least 24 hours in advance. Following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration, President Michael V. Drake will announce his decision.Ohio State’s Board of Trustees had formed a special, independent working group to direct this investigation. Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson serves as chair of the working group. The investigation is being led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. White is a senior chair with the national law firm Debevoise & Plimpton and is also a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.Additional details will be shared next week.Here’s the tweet from Drake, which contains the statement.Today’s update related to the @OhioState football program: https://t.co/V514pVp0LC pic.twitter.com/rImzqahTwy— Michael V. Drake (@OSUPrezDrake) August 17, 2018Ohio State fans will likely have to wait another few days to learn whether their head coach will retain his job. We’ll keep you updated.
FS1We’re already halfway through the college football season. After six weeks of action, w’re finally getting a clear picture of which teams have what it takes to compete for conference titles and a chance at the College Football Playoff.On Tuesday night, college football analyst Joel Klatt unveiled his new top 10. No surprise, Alabama sits on top of the rankings.Can anyone take down the Tide? That’s the question this season as Nick Saban has the most potent offense of his reign at Alabama.Here’s the top 5:AlabamaOhio StateGeorgiaNotre DameClemsonYou can see the full top 10 [email protected]’s Week 6 Top 10:1. @AlabamaFTBL 2. @OhioStateFB 3. @FootballUGA 4. @NDFootball 5. @ClemsonFB 6. @WVUfootball 7. @PennStateFball 8. @TexasFootball 9. @UMichFootball 10. @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/yhSSh5fR6m— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 10, 2018Klatt’s top 10 doesn’t vary too much from the AP and Coaches’ polls at the midpoint of the season.The FOX college football analyst does like the Fighting Irish a bit more than the AP and Coaches, though. If the season were to end right now, we’d see a matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame in one semi final game and Ohio State and Georgia in another – per Klatt’s rankings.It will be interesting to see how the rankings change over the next half of the season.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines squared off against Michigan State in East Lansing for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The Spartans entered the game winning four of the last five contest – and eight of the last ten.However, it was all Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines dominated on both sides of the ball en route to a 21-7 victory.Following the game, Michigan star defensive lineman Chase Winovich – easily the best interview in college football – shared his thoughts on the win. Winovich employed former Wolverines star Mike Hart’s “little brother” remark.“We knew they couldn’t hang with us…Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you just gotta put them in place,” he said via Big Ten Network.”We knew they couldn’t hang with us… Sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you just gotta put them in place.”– @Chase_Winovich was wildin’ postgame after @UMichFootball beat Michigan State. ? pic.twitter.com/MGXX3V9UAp— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 20, 2018It’s a huge win for the Wolverines, who kept their College Football Playoff hopes alive with the win.Michigan gets a stiff test next week at Penn State travels to Ann Arbor. After that though, the Wolverines have smooth seas until their final game of the regular season against Ohio State.
TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 24: A general view of Bryant-Denny Stadium during the game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 24, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)One of the top four-star recruits in the country has opened up his recruitment.Rashad Cheney, a four-star prospect out of Ellenwood, Georgia, announced on Twitter that he’s opted to de-commit from AlabamaThe defensive tackle is ranked the No. 22 player at his position and the No. 357 overall recruit in the 2019 class. Cheney announced his commitment to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide back in April, but this move was expected according to some recruiting analysts.Cheney spoke with Chad Simmons of Rivals about his decision.“I have been thinking about this the last week or so and now is just the right time to re-open my recruitment. Alabama is bringing in a lot of defensive linemen in this class and it may not be the best fit for me. It just didn’t work out with Alabama, so I am now open so I can sign in December and enroll early somewhere.”Cheney has offers from some of the biggest programs in the country.Florida, LSU, Penn State and Georgia, among others, are all interested.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: DAndre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs carries the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama and Georgia are set to play for the SEC title on Saturday, and obviously, there is a great deal on the line. The winner will surely make the College Football Playoff.One ESPN analyst – Peter Burns – thinks that we aren’t just seeing the two best teams in the country on Saturday. He thinks that Alabama and Georgia are the two best teams in the country. He says he has “no doubt” that it’s the case.That wouldn’t be a huge surprise, considering they met for the national title last year. But the Bulldogs are going to have a tough time getting back to the playoff if they lose on Saturday.Burns sees flaws in other title contenders, like Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.There is no doubt in my mind that the best two teams in the country reside in the SEC right now.Alabama and Georgia are the most complete teams.Notre Dame/Clemson/Oklahoma all have flaws. Hard to find any in both the Tide and Bulldogs right now.— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) November 25, 2018So could the two teams meet again in the playoff? Sure, but it would require some luck. Georgia would need to win the game, and Alabama would need to stay in the top four anyway. It’s possible, but not likely.Burns’ statement will likely hit Clemson fans the hardest. Many believe that the Tigers are the biggest threat to Alabama’s supremacy heading into December.Alabama and Georgia are set to tangle at 4:00 PM ET on CBS.
FS1The 2018 college football season has only been over for 12 hours and we’re already getting a steady flow of predictions for the 2019 season’s top 10 ranking.FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt released his early predictions for next year’s top 10 and had a few surprises in the ranking.Clemson and Alabama were the not-at-all earth-shattering No. 1 and No. 2 choices respectively.But in a pick that may surprise many, he picked the Texas Longhorns to start the year at No. 3.My Way-to-Early Top 10 for next season1) @ClemsonFB2) @AlabamaFTBL3) @TexasFootball4) @OhioStateFB5) @OU_Football6) @FootballUGA7) @oregonfootball8) @NDFootball9) @GatorsFB10) @UMichFootball— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) January 8, 2019The Longhorns are coming off a 28-21 upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl that saw them finish No. 9 in the AP poll. However, they still finished behind Big 12 champion Oklahoma, who finished No. 4.For Texas to finish as high as No. 3 next year, they would likely need to win the Big 12 title (which they have not done since 2009) and qualify for the College Football Playoff (which they have not done in the five editions of the tournament).Ohio State came in at No. 4, with Oklahoma and Georgia placing No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.The remaining teams were Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida, and Michigan at No. 7-10.
Reuters SwedenFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 11:07 IST Chelsea beat Malmo 2-1 in the Europa League (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was relieved to get their first win after a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester CitySarri said they cannot afford to concede goals against top Premier League sides like they did in Europa League win at Malmo”We have to do better but I think that the performance was a good performance,” Sarri saidChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was relieved to get their first win after a 6-0 drubbing at Manchester City but said they cannot afford to concede goals against top Premier League sides like they did in Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win at Malmo.Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead before the hour mark in the first leg but a quick Malmo counter-attack 10 minutes from time allowed the Swedish side to go into the return leg with a glimmer of hope.”If we concede a goal like this to a team like Manchester City or United or Tottenham, then you risk conceding three goals in 10 minutes,” Sarri told reporters.”I am happy with the confidence, it wasn’t easy to play with this confidence after the last match. We have to do better but I think that the performance was a good performance.”Sarri also demanded consistency from his squad that has had mixed results in 2019, as the sixth-placed side face a tough run of potentially season-defining fixtures in the coming two weeks.The London side face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, host Malmo in the second leg, then head to Wembley for the League Cup final against Man City before meeting Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League three days later.”We need to have continuity and consistency, in the mental condition to be able to approach every match with the same level of application, determination and attention,” Sarri added.”If you are in bad mental condition in England, in ten days you can lose three or four very important matches. We have to approach every match in the same way.”advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Maurizio SarriFollow ChelseaFollow MalmoFollow Europa League Next Europa League: Chelsea cannot afford Malmo mistake against top sides, says SarriEuropa League: Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead before the hour mark in the first leg but a quick Malmo counter-attack 10 minutes from time allowed the Swedish side to go into the return leg with a glimmer of hope.advertisement
Reuters ParisMay 30, 2019UPDATED: May 30, 2019 10:04 IST Stuttering Naomi Osaka braced for tough match against Victoria Azarenka. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka has had a series of inconsistent results amid mounting pressure since her US Open successVictoria Azarenka beat former champion Jelena Ostapenko to advance to her 3rd meeting with OsakaSerena Williams takes on Kurumi Nara and Novak Djokovic meets Henri LaaksonenNaomi Osaka expects Thursday’s French Open second-round meeting with a resurgent Victoria Azarenka to be her toughest challenge this year as the world number one struggles to find the form that won her the last two in January Grand Slam titles.Osaka has had a series of inconsistent results amid mounting pressure since she followed up her U.S. Open success with the Australian Open title and was a bundle of nerves during her opening match in Paris on Tuesday.The Japanese lost the first set tamely before fighting back to overcome Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-1, but is well aware that former world number one Azarenka could punish her for another slow start.”She’s been playing really well recently,” Osaka said of the Belarusian, who is showing signs of returning to her best following the birth of her son Leo in 2016 and an ensuing custody battle with her former partner.Osaka eased to a straight-sets victory when the pair met in Rome last year, but the 21-year-old does not foresee another one-sided contest.”There is no way that it’s going to be a similar match to the one I played her in Rome last year,” Osaka said. “So I’m expecting one of the hardest matches of the year.”Azarenka beat former champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 7-6(4) to advance to her third career meeting with Osaka.”It’s going to be exciting. I had some good wins in the last couple weeks against top 10 players, so I feel that I’m ready to play against top players,” Azarenka said.advertisementIn other matches on the main show courts, Serena Williams takes on Japan’s Kurumi Nara while men’s top seed Novak Djokovic meets Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland.Defending champion Simona Halep faces Magda Linette of Poland.Also Read | French Open 2019: Federer eases into 3rd round, Cilic crashes outAlso Read | French Open 2019: Nadal eases into 3rd round, Nishikori downs TsongaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow French OpenFollow Victoria AzarenkaFollow Anna Karolina SchmiedlovaFollow Jelena OstapenkoFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Kurumi NaraFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Henri LaaksonenFollow Simona HalepFollow Magda Linette French Open 2019: Stuttering Osaka braced for tough match against Victoria AzarenkaNaomi Osaka expects French Open second-round with Victoria Azarenka to be her toughest challenge this year as she struggles to find the form that won her the last two Grand Slam titlesadvertisement Next
There are no real shock defeats in World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett ahead of Bangladesh clashBack in 2015, Bangladesh had ousted England from the 2015 edition of the World Cup. Liam Plunkett feels that was a shock defeat but in this editions, there are no ‘shock defeats’.advertisement Next Asian News International CardiffJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 10:41 IST Liam Plunkett was kept out of England’s playing XI in the match against Pakistan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have one win and one loss in the World Cup 2019 so farEngland will face Bangladesh in their next match in London on SaturdayLiam Plunkett remains optimistic about returning to the playing XI in England’s next matchBangladesh overpowering South Africa has not shocked England pacer Liam Plunkett as he believes that Bangladesh have a ‘strong squad’.Back in 2015, Bangladesh had ousted England from the 2015 edition of the World Cup. Plunkett feels that was a shock defeat but in this editions, there are no ‘shock defeats’.”We saw Bangladesh beat South Africa and it wasn’t a shock defeat. I remember when they beat England way back when and it was a shock defeat. But there are no real shock defeats in this competition. They’re a strong squad,” ICC quoted Plunkett as saying.After thrashing South Africa in the opening match of the premier tournament, England faced a 14-run defeat in their second match at the hands of Pakistan, who received a good amount of support from the crowd.However, Plunkett remains optimistic as he said they have experience of playing Indian Premier League and Big Bash League in front of big crowds.”But we’ve played in big competitions, guys have played around the world – at the Indian Premier League and Big Bash in front of big crowds – so it shouldn’t be too much. It’s just about getting involved in the game, taking out the crowd and the other team to just try and do your job,” Plunkett said.Although Plunkett admitted that they were not at their best against Pakistan, he is hoping to make a comeback against Bangladesh.”Maybe there were a few nerves at Trent Bridge. We were not at our best and we let ourselves down in the field. We have had a couple of days off. Hopefully, we can start again fresh,” he said.advertisementEngland will face Bangladesh at the Sophia Gardens on Saturday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Liam PlunkettFollow England vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019
India Today Web Desk North SoundAugust 24, 2019UPDATED: August 24, 2019 23:00 IST Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Miguel Cummins on Day 3 of the 1st Test ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMiguel Cummins batted 95 minutes for his 45-ball 0Cummins and Holder added 41 runs for the 9th wicketWest Indies were bundled out for 222 in their 1st inningsWest Indies tail-ender Miguel Cummins frustrated India in the first session of Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.Miguel Cummins, with his unflinching resistance, managed to enter the record books as he now holds the record for the 2nd longest duck in Test cricket, when it comes to the number of minutes spent at the crease. Cummins played out 95 minutes in the morning session while Geoff Allot of New Zealand holds the record as he had not scored a run for 101 minutes against South Africa in 1999.India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 3: Live Cricket ScoreMiguel Cummins also created a new West Indies record for the most number of balls faced in a Test innings without getting off the mark (45). He went past K Arthurthon who had not faced 40 balls without getting a run against his name against England at Lord’s in 2002.Cummins did not score a run but he hung around with ihs captain Jason Holder as the two overnight batsmen added 41 runs for the 9th wicket for West Indies. Cummins held fort even as West Indies lost Holder for 39.Cummins was the last West Indies batsman to be dismissed in their first innings. Ravindra Jadeja castled the left-hander in the 75th over to end the hosts’ innings at 222.End of the West Indies innings. They are bowled out for 222. #TeamIndia lead by 75 runs. 5 for Ishant, 2 each for Shami & Jadeja. 1 for Bumrah #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/kFSzywVUoNBCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2019India took a 75-run first innings lead that could prove crucial to their chances of going 1-0 up in the 2-Test series and collecting 60 points in World Test Championship.advertisementIshant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers as the pace spearhead picked up his 9th 5-wicket haul and blew away West Indies middle-order on Day 1. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked up a wicket each as India took a while to bundle out the West Indies tail on Saturday.In reply, India made a cautious start with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal remaining solid as they reached 14 for 0 at Lunch on Day 3.India would want better contributions from their top-order batsmen in the 2nd innings as they were blown away by West Indies pacers in the 1st innings. India were reeling at 25 for 3 inside 8 overs after losing Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli cheaply.With the pitch not offering as much assistance as on Day 1, the Indian openers will be keen on stepping up and help the team extend the lead into a match-winning one.Also Read | Virat Kohli pays his respects to Arun Jaitley in a heartfelt postAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Miguel CumminsFollow West Indies vs IndiaFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Jason HolderFollow Ishant SharmaFollow Antigua India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Miguel Cummins enters record books with 45-ball duckIndia tour of West Indies 2019: West Indies tail-ender Miguel Cummins set a Test record when he faced the spent the most amount of time at the middle without getting off the mark. The left-hander frustrated India and added 41 runs with captian Jason Holder for the 9th wicket on Day 3.advertisement Next
12 years later, Yuvraj Singh relives moment of T20 World Cup triumphIndia’s vice-captain Yuvraj Singh played a pivotal role in the team’s journey to the final as MS Dhoni lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 24, 2019 18:32 IST Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa of India celebrate with the 2007 World T20 trophy. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh was India’s vice-captain at the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South AfricaYuvraj had hit six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in a do or die match against England at DurbanLater Yuvraj Singh unleashed an assault on the Australian bowlers, powering India to victory in the semi-finalFormer India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh relived India’s maiden T20 World Cup triumph in 2007. 12 years ago on September 24, Team India lifted the inaugural World T20 trophy in South Africa after beating Pakistan in a thrilling final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.12 years have passed since that evening of September 24, 2007, but still, that moment of MS Dhoni lifting the World T20 trophy is as fresh as it can get in the memories of cricketers and fans across the country.”That moment of pure happiness when you win the World Cup for your country. Can’t ever be expressed in words. #pricelessmemories,” Yuvraj tweeted.That moment of pure happiness when you win the World Cup for your country. Can’t ever be expressed in words. #pricelessmemories pic.twitter.com/nJs2Gyk1zWyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 24, 2019Yuvraj Singh was India’s vice-captain at the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa and played a pivotal role in the team’s journey to the final. Yuvraj had hit six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad in a do or die match against England at Durban. In the process, he reached the fastest fifty ever in a Twenty20 game, off just 12 balls, which was also the fastest in any form of international cricket.Later Yuvraj Singh unleashed an assault on the Australian bowlers, powering India to victory in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. Yuvraj finished with 70 off 30 balls, with 5 fours and 5 sixes, helping India post a target of 188, which Australia failed to chase down and got knocked out.advertisementIndia’s journey to the World T20 title was quite like a fairytale. It was a relatively young team, led by a long-haired Dhoni. They were not even counted among the contenders to enter the semi-finals, leave aside the trophy. They had the 50-over World Cup debacle in their memories.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Yuvraj Singh Next
Indo-Asian News Service RanchiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 16:05 IST Dhoni enjoys game of billiards (Twitter: @KunalSarangi)HIGHLIGHTSEarlier, MS Dhoni was seen taking his Jeep for a spin in the cityDhoni will not be available for selection until November this year, according to reportsDhoni had previously missed the West Indies tour after taking a two-month breakSpeculation regarding former India skipper M.S. Dhoni’s retirement has been rife ever since he decided to take a break from the game post the 2019 World Cup, but that has not ruffled the former India skipper one bit as he was spotted playing billiards at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium here.Dhoni was seen in a relaxed mood as he spent time at the indoor campus.#JSCA – # JSCA # # #Ranchi #Rains pic.twitter.com/6n9fGP2IVIKunal Sarangi (@KunalSarangi) September 26, 2019Recently, India’s 2007 T20 and 2011 50-over World Cup winning skipper also shared a video of gully cricket being played on the streets here. Dhoni was also seen in his new car — a one-of-its-kind Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.Dhoni, 38, was seen taking the Jeep for a spin in the city as bystanders paused to admire the red midsize SUV and a glimpse of their local hero.Dhoni will not be available for selection until November this year, according to reports.The former India captain had previously missed the West Indies tour after taking a two- month break, which also meant that he missed the ongoing home series against South Africa. The extension of the break means that he will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as well.This also means that Dhoni would be available to play for India only in December when the West Indies tour the country for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The series is scheduled to start on December 6.advertisementDhoni had last played for India on July 10 when the Men in Blue lost to New Zealand in the semifinal of the ODI World Cup in England. His break would effectively be nearly six months long.Also Read | Nepal captain Paras Khadka creates T20I world record vs SingaporeAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow JSCA Stadium Next MS Dhoni spotted playing billiards at JSCA stadiumFormer India skipper MS Dhoni was seen in a relaxed mood as he spent time playing billiards at JSCA stadium.advertisement
Associated Press LahoreOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 00:11 IST Sri Lankan players celebrate their victory against Pakistan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDebutant Oshada Fernando scoring a brilliant 48-ball 78 not outSri Lanka won the first match by 64 runs and the second by 35 runsPakistan was restricted to 134-6 with leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga claiming three wickets in two oversA second-string Sri Lanka team whitewashed top-ranked Pakistan 3-0 by registering 13-run victory in the third and final Twenty20 on Wednesday.Needing 54 runs off the last five overs with eight wickets in hand, Pakistan was restricted to 134-6 with leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga claiming three wickets in two overs and also grabbing a catch at long-on boundary to dismiss dangerman Imad Wasim.Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sri Lanka scored 147-7 despite resting five players who featured in the two earlier victories.Debutant Oshanda Fernando held the innings together with a gritty unbeaten 78 off 48 balls as Mohammad Amir grabbed 3-27. Fernando dominated a 76-run stand with captain Dasun Shanaka, whose contribution was only 12 but the partnership pulled Sri Lanka out of trouble from 4-58.In the absence of rested frontline seamers Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep, Sri Lanka bowled with disciplined line and length despite Haris Sohail (52) scoring a fighting half century and Babar Azam making 27 before Hasaranga turned the tables in his team’s favor.Sri Lanka lost the preceding one-day series 2-0 but completed an upset in the Twenty20s by clean sweeping a three-match series for the first time.Also Read | Babar Azam didn’t score in 2 games and we’ve been exposed: Misbah after Pakistan lose 1st T20I vs Sri LankaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Pakistan vs Sri LankaFollow T20I series Fernando, Hasaranga star as Sri Lanka clean sweep Pakistan 3-0 in T20I seriesSri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 13 runs to win the third and final Twenty20 international to win the series 3-0 in Lahore on Wednesday.advertisement Next
Story Highlights The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth. Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Work will continue in these areas during 2019/20, as also 2020/21 with an additional allocation of $735 million.The project is slated for completion in September 2020.
The Office of the Prime Minister announces the appointment of Mr. Carlton Masters as Jamaica’s first Representative to the African Union (AU). Mr. Masters has also been appointed as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister and assumes the rank of Ambassador. As Representative and Special Envoy, Ambassador Masters will seek to strengthen Jamaica’s relations and partnerships with a range of African countries and organisations and deepen our dialogue on issues of strategic importance. He will also be engaged in promoting dialogue and exploring greater opportunities for trade, investment and cooperation with partners in Africa. With over thirty-five years of experience in international trade and investment, Ambassador Masters will advance trade, cooperation and investment opportunities across a wide range of sectors in the interest of Jamaica’s growth and development. He brings considerable passion and a wide range of skills to this assignment. Ambassador Masters’ appointment took effect on February 4, 2013. He presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on March 21, 2013.
Dr. Riley explained that during the National Innovation Awards that is held biennially, there are many outstanding and impressive inventions. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to invest in their own ideas and products by Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley.“Growth will only come from people investing in our country and ensuring that we have good products that can stand the test of time,” Dr. Riley said, while speaking at the SRC’s Opportunity-quest today (may 25), at the Council’s Hope Road Offices.He said that Jamaicans are very creative people, but there is a fear among investors and innovators in Jamaica.“We have our products, but we fear investing in them. However, if Jamaicans should let go of this fear, once you show that your idea works, persons will jump on that wagon and you will get the support,” he said.Dr. Riley explained that during the National Innovation Awards that is held biennially, there are many outstanding and impressive inventions.However, years later these persons have yet to develop on their ideas, as they are trying to mass-produce.The Executive Director encouraged persons to start small, even if it is with just one product.He said that a main thrust for the SRC is promoting an evidence-based approach to product development.“Gone are the days when we just mix a bit of aloe-vera, some of this bush or that bush and we take it to market,” he said, adding that you must have evidence to support the claim.Dr. Riley said that Jamaica is in a position where “we are able to get scientific evidence through organisations such as the SRC that can support the claims of our parents and grandparents.”The Opportunity-quest event saw presenters highlighting the opportunities within the entire value chain of production of personal care products, including the supply of the raw materials to be used in formulations, effective product formulations, packaging and marketing, which are all services that can be offered by the SRC.Dr. Riley said that if the SRC is unable to conduct any of these activities directly, they have partners who will be able to assist.The event focused on Personal Care products and other natural remedies, which he said, is one of the fastest growing industries globally. Jamaicans are being encouraged to invest in their own ideas and products by Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley. “Growth will only come from people investing in our country and ensuring that we have good products that can stand the test of time,” Dr. Riley said, while speaking at the SRC’s Opportunity-quest today (may 25), at the Council’s Hope Road Offices.
A memorial in honour of the African and Caribbean soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II has been unveiled in London. Story Highlights High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Seth Ramocan, who laid a special wreath on behalf of the Government of Jamaica at the recent unveiling ceremony, said the memorial was “a fitting tribute to the brave men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who valiantly fought in the First and Second World Wars.” A memorial in honour of the African and Caribbean soldiers who fought in World Wars I and II has been unveiled in London.The sculpture, located in Windrush Square, Brixton, is formed of two six-foot (1.8m)-long obelisks, with a combined weight of just under five tonnes. It was on display at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton in 2014.High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Seth Ramocan, who laid a special wreath on behalf of the Government of Jamaica at the recent unveiling ceremony, said the memorial was “a fitting tribute to the brave men and women from Africa and the Caribbean who valiantly fought in the First and Second World Wars.”An estimated two million Afro-Caribbean soldiers fought in both wars.Jamaican-born Allan Wilmott, who served in the Royal Navy in WWII, said he did not dream he would be around to “see anything like this happen”.“Nothing was done to make the contribution made by the African and West Indian service men known,” the 92-year-old said.Participants at the ceremony included Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon; Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; other British, African and Caribbean officials as well as members of the Caribbean diaspora in the UK.High Commissioner Ramocan was accompanied at the ceremony by Colonel Kirk Johnson of the Jamaica Defence Force.
The Ministry of Health will be donating $250,000 to establish a computer lab at the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) through the ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ 5k and 10k run/walk on Sunday, April 29, at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew. Speaking at the media launch for the event Tuesday (April 10) at the JSB headquarters on Old Hope Road in Kingston, Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, praised event organisers for the initiative, which, he said, will provide more opportunities for members of the blind community. “The restrictions of blindness and visual impairment can be overcome. Once they have the opportunity, it can materialise into significant productivity, achievement and a sense of purpose and pride in their contribution to the society. That is what the JSB offers to persons who are blind,” he said. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health will be donating $250,000 to establish a computer lab at the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) through the ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ 5k and 10k run/walk on Sunday, April 29, at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew.Speaking at the media launch for the event Tuesday (April 10) at the JSB headquarters on Old Hope Road in Kingston, Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, praised event organisers for the initiative, which, he said, will provide more opportunities for members of the blind community.“This is the first in our second circuit of the Jamaica Moves corporate challenge. It’s a worthy cause, because the blind and visually impaired need support,” the Minister said.“The restrictions of blindness and visual impairment can be overcome. Once they have the opportunity, it can materialise into significant productivity, achievement and a sense of purpose and pride in their contribution to the society. That is what the JSB offers to persons who are blind,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the JSB, Daemion McLean, said funds raised from the event will be used to purchase computers for the lab as well as supplement the JSB’s scholarship programme.“Blind and visually impaired persons are making progress in their lives. That needs to be facilitated, not just by their families and communities but by the society at large. The computer lab will help to create a level playing field. Without ICT training, the blind or visually impaired person is at a disadvantage and unable to compete in the world of work,” he said.“This lab will enable training for blind and visually impaired persons, ensuring that they are equipped with computer skills that will allow them to function in the workplace,” Mr. McLean added.To date, five scholarships have been disbursed through the JSB Scholarship programme – three at the secondary level and two at the tertiary level.Organisers of popular road races and title sponsor, Running Events Limited, will host the family-oriented event, which features 5k and 10k walk/run/stroller races.Online registration for the ‘Everyone’s a Winner’ 5k and 10k run/walk is now open. Individual registration is $1,500.Registration can also be done manually by submitting completed entry forms and payment at Running Events Limited. For more information persons can visit www.runningeventsja.com.
The Chinese company, Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) is looking at possible joint venture Jamaican partners for Chinese companies that will be investing in the Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nain, St. Elizabeth. “Here is an opportunity for (JISCO) to look at where we are as a country, where the opportunities exist and where we recognize that our market is the world. Come and look at what exists, come and meet the businesses that are here,” he said. Speaking with JIS News, at the 46th staging of Expo Jamaica at the National Indoor Sports Centre on April 20, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael Henry said the investment will present numerous opportunities for the local manufacturing sector. Story Highlights The Chinese company, Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) is looking at possible joint venture Jamaican partners for Chinese companies that will be investing in the Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Nain, St. Elizabeth.The project comprises an already approved US$3 billion investment by JISCO in expanding their refinery and post operations and a projected US$3 billion dollar development in the Industrial Park and SEZ.Speaking with JIS News, at the 46th staging of Expo Jamaica at the National Indoor Sports Centre on April 20, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael Henry said the investment will present numerous opportunities for the local manufacturing sector.“Here is an opportunity for (JISCO) to look at where we are as a country, where the opportunities exist and where we recognize that our market is the world. Come and look at what exists, come and meet the businesses that are here,” he said.“It is also an opportunity to encourage Jamaican businesses to equally see what are the opportunities, and how you can expand and whether you want to relocate to an industrial park, an SEZ and how that…helps your growth and development,” he added.While at the Expo, Minister Henry, along with Chairman of JISCO, Chen Chunming; Project Manager, Li Fang; and Assistant Managing Director, Sun Jing, toured several booths.Expo Jamaica is being held at the National Arena and the National Indoor Sports Centre from April 19 to 22.Under the theme: ‘Advancing Breakthroughs’, the expo is being hosted by the newly formed Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, in collaboration with JAMPRO.
Print Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. has managed to secure new shipbuilding orders of four 208,000 DWT bulk carriers with options for two identical vessels. Furthermore, there are thirteen options consisting of five 82,000 DWT bulk carriers, three 64,000 DWT bulk carriers and five 10,000TEU containerships converted into effective orders in September 2013.The total contract value of the above mentioned seventeen new contracts is approximately $871 million.The 17 new effective contracts are scheduled for deliveries from 2015 to 2016, and therefore will not have any significant impact on the earnings of the Group for the financial year ending 31 December 2013.In 3Q2013, the Group had secured a total of twenty five effective shipbuilding contracts with an aggregate value of $1.085 billion. Year to date, a total of fifty two shipbuilding contracts amounting to $ 2.096 billion have come to effect.As of the announcement day, the Group has a total of 28 options outstanding worth total of $ 1.36 billion entered into with its respective buyers, of which 11 options are for containerships worth $0.85 billion and 17 options are for multi-purpose bulk carriers worth $0.51 billion. My location Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, October 1, 2013
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 zoom TQC’s Hull Roughness Analyzer is nominated by Material Performance Magazine for the Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award 2014. MP Magazine is a publication of NACE International.Honoring the most important innovations impacting corrosion control today, the awards showcase progressive technological developments in all aspects of corrosion prevention and mitigation and recognize the innovators who have created revolutionary solutions to combat corrosion and protect vital assets from its damaging effects. Innovations go beyond marginal improvements to current products, services, methods, and techniques.The highest-rated innovations will receive the awards on March 10, 2014 at the world’s largest corrosion conference and expo, NACE International’s CORROSION 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.The TQC Hull Roughness Analyzer measures the AHR value (Average Hull Roughness) of sea going vessels. AHR is the ‘mean’ of all the vessel’s hull roughness readings and is the measure against which ship’s performance is correlated.A high structural roughness leads to a full penalty and increased CO2 emissions. Modern anti-fouling paints reduce the structural hull roughness. TQC’s Hull Roughness Analyzer provides data that shows the “before and after” situation. With these data the expected fuel saving can be calculated. The TQC Hull Roughness Gauge provides graphical representations, storage of data and survey reports in Microsoft Excel ®. TQC, December 16, 2013
My location zoom Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered the 32m-long tug Semesma to Milaha. The tug is the eleventh vessel built in Qatar by NDSQ to be utilized by Milaha at the Port of Mesaieed.Semesma is part of a 19-vessel order for Milaha that NDSQ is completing at its facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan. Prior to the delivery of Semesma, NDSQ had delivered to Milaha three 28m-long Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tugs, each with a 55-ton bollard pull; one service boat capable of speeds up to 20 knots; and six 10-ton mooring / tug boats, all built in the State of Qatar.ASD tug Semesma has a bollard pull of 80 tons and will be used for escorting vessels visiting the Port of Mesaieed. Semesma is 32m long with a beam of 13m and has been equipped for offshore towing, firefighting and pollution control.Upon the occasion of Semesma’s delivery HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Milaha Chairman and Managing Director said: “The ongoing expansion of the State of Qatar’s ports infrastructure and services is vital to the country’s economic growth, and there is a need to modernize the fleet and enhance service levels to support this expansion. These additions to our harbor fleet reflect Milaha’s commitment to play an important role in the development of the State of Qatar’s ports and transport sector.”NDSQ is a joint venture between Nakilat and Dutch shipbuilder Damen and is based at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in the Port of Ras Laffan, the State of Qatar.NDSQ began operations in 2010 and builds ships in steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), up to 170m in length. Print Close Damen, March 20, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
zoom Today is the deadline by which EU Member States have to transpose the European Sulphur Directive into national legislation. With the entry into force of the new European sulphur rules for ships in less than six months, on 1st of January 2015, European shipowners issue an open letter calling for fair, realistic and harmonised implementation of the Directive.The new sulphur requirements impose that ships sailing in the SECAs (Sulphur Emission Control Areas-the Channel, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea) use bunker fuels with a sulphur content of maximum 0.1% or that the same level of emissions is reached by the use of alternative fuels or compliant abatement technologies. However, the shipping industry is faced with a number of legal and technical uncertainties, which the Commission and Member States urgently need to address if they hope to lend shipowners a helping hand in preparing for the 1st of January 2015 deadline.In general, shipowners that have made irrevocable investments in good faith to be compliant in time, but are facing some of the uncertainties and problems, should be able to rely on well-defined and strictly limited transitory exemptions, such as extended compliance paths.“Member States and the Commission need to clarify without delay how they intend to apply and harmonise enforcement policies,” remarked Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General. “This however cannot be to the detriment of competitiveness. Establishing legal certainty about proper compliance and enforcement together with a fair level playing field between shipping operators and between transport modes are therefore a must.”“European shipowners are committed to fully comply with the requirements of the Sulphur Directive and with the corresponding requirements of MARPOL Annex VI. During this demanding period of change for shipowners, we ask that the rules to ensure enforcement of the EU Sulphur Directive are put in place in a pragmatic way,” said Mr Verhoeven, before concluding: “The Commission and the Member States need to be strict but they also need to remain realistic”.Press Release, June 18, 2014, Image: ICSS
zoom Antwerp-based LNG and LPG owner and operator Exmar said that the construction of the world’s first floating liquefaction unit Caribbean FLNG at Wison Heavy Industry’s shipyard in Nantong, China is progressing as planned. Start of operations is scheduled from the second half of 2015.Exmar and Pacific Rubiales ENERGY (through its affiliate Pacific Midstream Holding Corp.), ordered a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in February 2014.The unit is currently being constructed by Wison Offshore and Marine and is expected to be delivered to the joint venture by mid-2016.“The marketing of this FSRU with prospective clients is ongoing. Negotiations for the construction of a second floating liquefaction unit in British Colombia (BC LNG) are progressing well,” Exmar said.Exmar noted that it had recorded significant capital gains on the sale of older LPG tonnage in its half-year results.The group said it had an operating result (EBIT) of USD 58 million for the first semester 2014 including USD 25.9 million capital gain on sale of assets. According to Exmar strong LPG rates are still going forward.With respect to LPG operations, Exmar said the Midsize (MGC) market, backed by limited vessel availability from both the VLGC and LGC segments as well as the smaller Handysize, has remained firm during the summer months with a couple of record high fixtures.“Market sentiment for the Midsize segment remains positive for the balance of 2014 and well into 2015. The VLGC market has reached and is maintaining historically high levels. During the coming quarters additional export terminal capacity will be coming on stream and the expectation is that a significant percentage of VLGC tonnage could be absorbed,” the group explained.BW TOKYO has been fixed for 2 years (of which 40% at floating rate) and will benefit from these favorable market conditions. The results for the third quarter will be positively influenced by the capital gain of USD 9.3 million on the sale of the FLANDERS HARMONY (85,000 m³ – built 1993).“For the small pressurized vessels, continuing lack of activity both East and West, closure of refineries, current political uncertainty over Black Sea trading, and a series of newbuilding vessels due to enter the market during the coming months, hint towards a period of continued downward pressure for these vessels,” Exmar added.The group intends to form and list the MLP (Master Limited Partnership) in the US before the end of the year. Press Release, August 29, 2014
zoom The European maritime industry launched the European Research Association “Vessels for the Future” with its first general assembly held on November 5, 2014.Looking towards 2050, Europeans will be using their maritime and inland waterways space for transport; offshore food production, energy generation, mineral exploitation as well as for urban dwelling; tourism; manufacturing; and trade. This calls for ambitious emission reductions and meeting stricter safety requirements with the advent of new technologies and operation scenarios. This also requires training of highly specialized manufacturing and operating personnel to use new vessels and systems and provide services in this future waterborne environment.The European Commission’s Transport White Paper has as its central aim the need to deliver a competitive and resource efficient transport system for Europe. The new European Research Association “Vessels for the Future” will address the European policies of Transport, Enterprise, Energy, Environment and Climate Protection within the framework of Horizon 2020, building on the expertise of the WATERBORNE European Technology Platform and the wider maritime community.In the European waterborne industry strategy – LeaderSHIP 2020 – the European Commission, Member States, Regions and the maritime technology industry concluded that to improve the global position and competiveness of the waterborne sector it is necessary to launch a major integrated initiative aiming at breakthrough technologies. In response, “Vessels for the Future” will target the societal challenge of moving towards sustainable transport whilst at the same time maintaining the cutting edge design, manufacturing and innovative production capacities. This will have a positive impact on employment and the global competitiveness of the European economy.To implement the above, “Vessels for the Future” has set itself the goal to enter into a contractual Public Private Partnership with the European Commission.“I am happy to see 50 companies, research institutes, academic organisations and interested associations joining this initiative,” said Dr. Pierre C. Sames (DNV GL), Chairman of the Research Association. “The initiative will promote and facilitate maritime research, development and innovation with a focus on vessels and waterborne operations. With the establishment of ‘Vessels for the Future’ as a Research Association we are demonstrating that our goal is receiving widespread support from the wider maritime community,” Pierre C. Sames stated at the General Assembly. We look forward to working with the European Commission to conclude the exchanges and bring this initiative into action.”Press Release; Image: EVN
zoom Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) has secured an order for four gas-powered engines from Imabari Shipbuilding Co.The two-stroke ME-GI engines will be an integral part of two liquefied natural gas carriers, MES said in a statement today.The newbuild LNG carriers are being built by Imabari for Spanish carrier Empresa Naviera Elcano SA.Mitsui added that it has received a separate order for the world’s first engines to burn ethane.The said ethane-fired engines will power up three liquefied ethane gas carriers ordered by Germany’s Hartmann Reederei.China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group is building the ethane gas carriers that are set for delivery in 2015 and 2016.Press Release
zoom The world’s largest containership MSC Oscar is soon going to be joined by her sister ship MSC Oliver in April 2015 followed by the rest of the family over the coming months.The vessel, the equivalent of four soccer fields when it comes to her size, featuring 395.4 m in length, is able to carry 35% more cargo while reducing CO2 emissions by the same amount.As stressed by Diego Aponte, CEO of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in an interview with the CNN, MSC Oscar is the most efficient vessel in the planet.The investment in a fleet of twenty vessels of this size makes sense when taking into consideration the principles of economy of scale. However, the question remains on how many ports can actually accommodate such giant ships.The world’s largest containership is currently on her maiden voyage from Asia to European major ports, which can squeeze in these behemoths of the seas.Nevertheless, as indicated in the interview, none of the ports in the United States have the infrastructural capability to do so.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Copenhagen-based tramp ship operator Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has contracted Lloyd’s Register to class 57 ships, including the full NORDEN fleet and other externally managed NORDEN owned ships.Some 32 of the ships in the agreement will be transfer of class (ToC) ships and include nine new ships which will transfer to LR upon delivery. In addition, 16 externally managed ships will also be transferred to LR as part of the agreement. Currently, four ships are currently classed by LR.The ToC of NORDEN’s fleet started with the entry of product tanker Nord Mermaid into LR class. “Our good working relationship with the client and the in-house capabilities we have here in Copenhagen to consistently support them was essential in securing the contract. Classing ships like bulkers and tankers and providing day-in, day-out service delivery is our key activity. We are here to help make sure NORDEN ships can trade as safely and efficiently as possible, taking every care to support them in their business goals,” said LR’s Copenhagen based Marine Client Manager, Flemming Kjeldsen.
zoom Copenhagen-headquartered tanker owner and operator Maersk Tankers has signed a USD 300 million contract with Samsung Heavy Industries Ningbo shipyard in China for the construction of nine 49,940 dwt Medium Range product tankers. The contract was signed today at Maersk Tankers’ office in Copenhagen by Claus Grønborg, VP and Head of Business Development of Maersk Tankers, and a representative from Samsung’s London Office.“The vessels will support our Taking Lead strategy in the Product segment and maintain our strong focus on cost effectiveness. The renewal of our fleet will help us to stay environmentally efficient, competitive and better equipped to meet our customers demands,” Grønborg said.The nine vessels, whose flag states have not yet been determined, will join Maersk Tankers fleet during 2017 and 2018.“We are very happy that Maersk Tankers has chosen Samsung Heavy Industries Ningbo to build and deliver nine MR product tankers of the latest eco friendly design,” the Samsung representative said.As of today, Maersk Tankers owns and operates a fleet of 80 owned and 20 chartered product tankers on water, with seventeen MRs on order, 8 at SungDong, South Korea, to be delivered in 2015-2016, and these nine ordered today at SHI Ningbo.
zoom 124 passengers on board a high-speed ferry en route from Macau to Hong Kong were injured, with five of them in critical condition, when the vessel reportedly collided with an unknown object in the waters outside Siu A Chau off Lantau at about 6 p.m. local time Sunday.The Turbojet ferry Horta was carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew members when the vessel hit an object floating in the water, causing water ingress.Ambulance staff provided basic medical care to the injured, while the Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service airlifted seriously injured people to local medical centers for treatment.87 of those injured in the accident were discharged the following day. Out of 37 people who were kept in local hospitals, 5 are categorized as being in critical condition, 5 are in serious condition, with the remaining 27 being in stable condition.One of the Flying Service’s helicopters spotted a rubber tire floating near the site of the accident. The tire is believed to have come off an unidentified vessel and was probably used as a fender to prevent damage during berthing.The tire was retrieved and handed over to Hong Kong’s Marine Department for further investigation.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Cosco Corporation (Singapore) Limited, a Singapore-listed ship repair & marine engineering and shipping group, posted USD 82.1 million net loss in the third quarter of 2015 due to losses in shipyard and shipping operations amidst unfavourable market conditions. Group turnover decreased 18.1% to USD 949.6 million in Q3 2015 from USD 1.2 billion in Q3 2014 owing to decreases in shipyard and shipping revenues.Turnover from shipyard operations decreased 17.8% to USD 939.9 million in Q3 2015 from USD 1.1 billion in Q3 2014 on lower revenue contribution from marine engineering, partially offset by an increase in revenue from ship building and ship repair segment. The group delivered 3 platform supply vessels, 1 anchor handling tug supply vessel and 1 semi-submersible accommodation vessel in Q3 2015.Cosco’s turnover from dry bulk shipping and other businesses decreased by 34.9% from USD 14.9 million in Q3 2014 to USD 9.7 million in Q3 2015 amid lower short-term rates.The group registered gross loss for Q3 2015 of USD 10.7 million, as compared to gross profit of USD 56.7 million in Q3 2014.“The low crude oil prices over recent months had adversely impacted the global marine industry. Languid dry bulk shipping market put pressures on the group’s dry bulk fleet while the shipbuilding market slump negatively affected the company’s shipyards. In the first 9 months of 2015, the group recorded net loss attributable to equity 3 holders of the company of USD 86.1 million compared to net profit of to USD 34.1 million in the first 9 months of 2014,” Cosco said in its Q3 report.Captain Wu Zi Heng, Vice Chairman and President of the Company believes that additional operational challenges are to be faced in the offshore marine segment.As at 30 September 2015, Cosco’s order book stood at USD7 .9 billion with progressive deliveries up to 2017. New orders received in the first 9 months of 2015 include 7 container vessels, 1 shuttle tanker, 1 module carrier, 1 tanker assist/emergency response/rescue/field support vessel, 1 research vessel and 1 FPSO conversion. In nine-month period, the group experienced delivery date extensions for several of its projects.Looking ahead, Cosco said that it expects difficult and challenging business and operating conditions to persist.In a separate announcement, Cosco said that the trading of its shares will continue to be suspended. The suspension is believed to be linked to the rumoured merger of its parent company, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco), with China Shipping Group, which is “still under intensified planning.”
zoom WWF-Canada, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is taking legal action against oil major Shell in what it describes as an effort “to quash Arctic oil and gas exploration permits that continue to obstruct conservation efforts in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut.”The lawsuit argues that Shell Canada’s permits for offshore oil and gas exploration in Lancaster Sound – issued more than 40 years ago – are expired and therefore invalid, despite the fact that the federal registrar has refused to delist the permits.WWF-Canada is asking the court to confirm the expiry of the Shell oil and gas exploration permits on the border of the proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area and to order an update of registry records under the Canada Petroleum Resources Act to indicate the expiry of those permits. “Sensitive Arctic ecosystems already face pressure from melting ice and increasing development. We need to ensure quality protections for regions with the most biodiverse and vulnerable ecosystems, such as Lancaster Sound,” David Miller, WWF-Canada president and CEO, said.“The federal government must take active steps to protect the Arctic ecosystem from dangerous, disruptive fossil fuel exploration instead of standing on the sidelines. Under the law, exploration permits do not stay valid forever, and it’s time the government recognize that Shell’s permits are well past their expiration date,” adds Ian Miron, Ecojustice lawyer.Lancaster Sound is described as one of the richest marine mammal areas on earth and is home to narwhals, belugas, bowhead whales, ringed seals, harp seals and walruses. The area also harbours one of the highest densities of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and provides important breeding and feeding habitat for seabirds, including thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes, ivory gulls and northern fulmars, WWF-Canada points out.
zoom Israel’s cargo shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. was the most reliable carrier during the second quarter of 2016, followed by Japanese counterpart Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and German-based Hamburg Süd Group, according to the Global Liner Performance Report by SeaIntel Maritime Analysis.Namely, ZIM was at the top with a global on-time performance of 87.8%, while MOL and Hamburg Süd saw their performance reach 87.3% and 87.1%, respectively.The report stated that global schedule reliability in the second quarter increased to 85% from 78.7% seen in the previous quarter, improving 8.5 percentage points on a Y/Y level.All top-20 carriers recorded an increase in schedule reliability over the first quarter of the year, with South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) and Singapore-based APL showing the biggest increases of 8.1 and 7.6 percentage points to 85% and 85.8%, respectively.Additionally, the largest Y/Y increases in schedule reliability were seen from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), ZIM and Taiwanese Yang Ming.The report also shows that the Asia-Unites States West Coast trade lane showed an improvement of 12.1 percentage points from the previous quarter, while the trade lane experienced a surge of 21.4 percentage points on a Y/Y level.Schedule reliability in the Asia-US East Coast trade lane increased by 11 percentage points, and by 7.7 percentage points for the respective periods.The Asia-North Europe trade lane reliability reached 81.8% in the second quarter, while the Asia-Mediterranean trade lane quarterly schedule reliability stood at 85.9% .
Finland-based ro-ro and passenger services operator Finnlines has taken delivery of its first lengthened Breeze vessel from Remontowa S.A. shipyard in Gdansk.MS Finntide, delivered in 2012 from the Chinese Jinling shipyard, arrived in Gdansk on September 25, 2017. As planned, the vessel was cut in two and a 30-metre section was inserted between the parts. The sections were welded together again, and around 1,000 additional lane metres were added to the vessel’s capacity.Finnlines said that the close to 30% capacity increase will considerably reduce the energy consumption per transported unit compared to the original vessel.“In other words, it will improve energy efficiency further and thus contribute more to reducing emissions,” the company added.After the modification, MS Finntide is 217.77 metres long and has a capacity of 4,213 lane metres. In practice, around 1 km of trucks more per ship can be hosted on board.MS Finntide‘s lengthening is part of Finnlines’ Energy Efficiency and Emission Reduction Investment Programme, which was launched this year. Through this EUR 70 million investment programme, the company will lengthen four of its “Breeze series” ro-ro vessels with options for two more ships. The whole lengthening programme is planned to be completed by May 2018.MS Finntide is set to return to the normal operation on Uusikaupunki/Turku–Travemünde route on November 26, 2017. The next vessel to be converted leaves for the shipyard on November 28, 2017.“Finnlines has continued to invest in its fleet to become a more environmentally friendly and a more sustainable shipping company. We continue to optimise our operations and seek for growth in order to strengthen our competitive position. In response to growing demand, we are expanding our fleet capacity through this lengthening programme. This way we can serve our customers better and grow together with them,” says Tom Pippingsköld, CFO of Finnlines.Image Courtesy: Finnlines, Remontowa; Video Courtesy: Finnlines
zoom Container shipments from Europe to East Coast South America reclaimed dominance in 2017 as they broke a three-year losing streak by registering first annual growth since 2013. The southbound trade achieved a volume increase of 12% in 2017 to reach 850,000 TEU, shipping consultancy Drewry said citing figures from Datamar.Split by region of export, growth from the smaller Mediterranean market was strongest, rising by 15% to 250,000 TEU, while North Europe exports to ECSA increased by 11% to 600,000 TEU. North Europe exports ended the year stronger than the Med, rising by 14% in the fourth quarter, versus 9%.That pattern carried into 2018 with Datamar statistics for January showing buoyant growth from both regions with North Europe at a rise of 20%, just edging ahead of the Med which saw an increase of 17%.The turnaround in the southbound market was sufficient for it to eclipse the reefer-oriented northbound trade for the first time since 2014. Despite a better performance in the second half of the year, driven by fruit exports to the Med, the northbound trade was only able to muster annual growth of 0.4%, giving a final tally for 2017 of 830,000 TEU.Drewry added that the start to this year was mixed as Datamar numbers show that trade to North Europe slipped by 2.5% year-on-year in January, while growth to the Med was much lower than the double-digit rates experienced since June, rising by 6% in the first month of 2018.The figures for January continue the recent trend, whereby the southbound leg appears to have plateaued at a very healthy 12%, while the northbound leg is slowly creeping into positive territory.Available capacity on this trade has been reduced slightly by the suspension of two seasonal services in February and early March from CMA CGM and Maersk, both designed to tap into the more lucrative northbound reefer market.Drewry estimates that capacity on both legs will be 4% lower in April than it was in the same month last year.“Such a situation should enable some minor uplift in spot rates, which have been fairly static out of Europe and fast rising out of Latin America.”
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Port of Oakland’s container terminal operator, TraPac, concluded a USD 67 million waterfront expansion in January 2019 as it opened a new vessel berth to arriving container ships.The 2-year project at Oakland’s second-largest terminal nearly doubled TraPac’s footprint from 66 to 123 acres, boosted its fleet of ship-to-shore cranes from four to seven, and added a third 1,400-foot-long dock for berthing mega container ships.TraPac officially began its new era in Oakland this month when the container vessel Bay Bridge tied up at Berth 25. The ship moored in Oakland’s Outer Harbor near the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.The expansion is the latest in a series of investments at the Port of Oakland. Last November, Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach Enterprises opened Cool Port Oakland, a USD 90 million refrigerated distribution center. Last June, Oakland International Container Terminal completed a USD 14 million project to heighten four cranes. TraPac has said it would raise two cranes, as well.“It’s gratifying to see tenants investing in Oakland’s future,” John Driscoll, Port Maritime Director, said.TraPac handles about 15 percent of the containerized cargo moving through Oakland, much of it is refrigerated cargo destined for Japan. The terminal operator said that during expansion, it increased plug-in spaces for storing refrigerated containers from 388 to 860.As part of its buildout, TraPac last summer opened a new gate complex for harbor truck drivers. It also purchased nine new pieces of cargo-handling equipment to lift containers.TraPac signed a 14-year-lease with the port in 2016 as a precursor to its expansion.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: K Line Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding has launched the newest 200,000 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, the Cape Sapphire.Featuring a length of almost 300 meters and a width of 50 meters, the vessel was completed on February 26, Japan’s shipping major K Line, the vessel’s operator, said. Once delivered, the ship would transport iron ore and coal for a Japanese steel mill.The company added that the bulker is equipped with a scrubber to remove sulfur oxides from the gas discharged from the engine in order to be compliant with the 2020 sulphur cap regulation.The Japan-flagged ship is also compliant with the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carrier (CSR-BC) for bulk cargo ships, and the main institution is equipped with an electronically controlled engine with enhanced anti-corrosion measures. In order to save energy, the Weather Adapted Duct (WAD) was installed in front of the propeller and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller.
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has doubled its earnings on the back of its combination with Poseidon in late 2018.For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the company’s operating revenues reached USD 64.5 million, compared to USD 36.1 million reported in the same quarter in 2018, with the increase principally due to the addition of the GSL Valerie in June 2018 and the Poseidon Containers fleet on November 15, 2018,Reported net income was at USD 10.1 million for the period, up from USD 4.2 million seen a year earlier.“Having successfully integrated GSL and Poseidon, we are seeing the anticipated wide-ranging benefits of our superior platform which are reflected in every aspect of our business. Our success in securing six longer-term charters in 2019 adds approximately USD 146 million, or 21.4%, to mid-point contracted net revenue, improving forward charter cover and cashflow visibility,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“Altogether, we are ensuring that GSL is in a position to fully benefit from opportunities arising out of the ongoing market recovery”Amid consistently strong demand for our high-specification containerships, which are focused in vessel classes experiencing net supply contraction, we have made substantial progress in extending our forward contract coverage and locking in contracted cashflow at a time when charter rates have shown significant improvement.The company said that a recent surge of demand for high reefer capacity Post-Panamax vessels has enabled GSL to secure profitable, multi-year charters for some of the older vessels in its fleet.“Moving forward, we remain confident in the supportive long-term fundamentals for mid-sized and smaller containerships, and we will continue to take action to fully unlock the value of GSL’s leading commercial capabilities, strong balance sheet, extensive contracted revenue, and high-quality, modern fleet,” George Youroukos, Executive Chairman of Global Ship Lease, said.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flex LNG Due to the weaker LNG shipping market, Bermuda-based LNG carrier owner Flex LNG closed the first half of this year with a net loss.The company’s net loss rose to USD 7.4 million in H1 2019 from USD 4.6 million posted in the corresponding period a year earlier.Vessel operating revenues were USD 38.2 million in the first half of 2019, compared to USD 22.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018.“The first half of 2019 has been a cold shower for most LNG industry participants with the exception of the end consumers,” Øystein M Kalleklev, CEO of Flex LNG Management AS, commented.“Low gas prices during the first half of the year have also negatively affected the results of Flex LNG, as excess gas supply has predominantly been absorbed by European consumers, cutting sailing distances and thus affecting shipping demand and rates,” he explained.On June 17, 2019, the company’s ordinary shares commenced trading on the NYSE. Following the listing, the company’s ordinary shares are listed for trading on both the NYSE and the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under the ticker symbol ‘FLNG’.Also in June, Flex LNG accepted delivery of its fifth newbuilding LNG carrier, the Flex Constellation, which was built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The vessel was delivered to a charterer ex-yard for its maiden voyage.Flex LNG currently has five vessels on the water and eight additional newbuildings under construction, which are scheduled for delivery between the third quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2021.What is more, the company wrapped up in July the USD 300 million sale and charterback transaction with Hyundai Glovis for the two 2018-built ships, the Flex Endeavour and Flex Enterprise. Both units would be chartered back on a time-charter basis to subsidiaries of Flex LNG for a period of ten years, and the company will have options to acquire the vessels during the term of the time-charters.OutlookAccording to Flex LNG, outlook for LNG shipping demand is compelling due to rapidly increasing demand for LNG. The market has absorbed new tonnage as it has arrived, and despite lower than expected tonne mile growth due to muted US – Asia trade and limited arbitrage opportunities, the company believes the market is “reasonably balanced.”“Despite this challenging market environment, we do see improved outlook for the second half as the LNG shipping market is expected to become increasingly tight and the likelihood of a repeat of last winter’s El Nino is low,” Kalleklev further said.“These factors should provide tailwinds into 2020 and we expect the LNG product market to become increasingly tight from next year. Tighter product markets generally result in higher shipping demand due to arbitrage and re-loads. Hence, we think a tighter product market will positively affect the market balance in 2021.”The company expects the market for energy-efficient modern LNG carriers to improve going forward.“We believe that Flex LNG is well positioned to capitalize on the global shift for cleaner energy,” the company concluded.
Nova Scotia’s Right Here Right Now tourism marketing campaign hasearned a national award. The Department of Tourism and Culture’s regional campaign wasselected the marketing campaign of the year at the nationalAwards for Tourism Excellence in Montreal on Monday night, Oct.27. “The Right Here, Right Now campaign did an excellent jobcapturing some of the spirit and pride we have in our province,”said Premier John Hamm, “and we’re proud to see the campaignreceive this national recognition.” The awards for tourism excellence were presented by the TourismIndustry Association of Canada at the 2003 National Conference onTourism. “This marketing campaign is another example of what can beaccomplished through the great partnership the department haswith the Tourism Partnership Council and the Tourism IndustryAssociation of Nova Scotia,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister ofTourism and Culture. “The tourism industry challenged us to comeup with something different and effective this year and thiscampaign certainly did the job.” Corporate Communications Limited (CCL) of Halifax, thedepartment’s advertising and marketing agency, researched,created, produced and managed all aspects of the campaign. “The 2003 regional campaign imparted overwhelmingly good feelingsin customers and, through the integration of TV, direct mail, ande-marketing, resulted in a response rate way above past efforts,”said Chris Keevil, CCL’s senior vice president advertising andmarketing. “The aim of the Right Here, Right Now campaign was tomake the potential visitor get a taste of the feelings they willexperience when they visit Nova Scotia.” Research indicates the marketing campaign increased awareness ofNova Scotia as a destination of choice and also increased thenumber of enquiries from people planning their vacations. “If there was ever a time when we needed something that stoodout, it was during this very challenging year for the tourismindustry,” said Mr. MacDonald. “In the end, when we look back on2003, we will be able to say that Nova Scotia did as well orbetter than any other area of Canada.”
Visitors and residents of Colchester County will benefit frommore than $2 million in road improvements this summer. The province has recently awarded contracts to repave more than14 kilometres of road in Colchester County, including sections ofHighway 102 and Upper River John Road. “Improving our transportation network builds a stronger economy,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”Road improvements in every part of the province benefit all NovaScotians and people who visit our province.” The project on Highway 102 includes repaving two sections. Onesection, between Stewiacke and Brookfield, is north of Como Road,northerly to Shortts Lake Road, about 5.3 kilometres. The othersection is near Truro, from the north side of the Robie Streetoverpass to Trans Canada Highway 104, about 3.4 kilometres. Thetender was awarded to Basin Contracting Ltd. Work will becompleted by Aug. 31. The second project in Colchester County involves repaving theUpper River John Road, from Route 311 easterly to Wallace MingoRoad, about 5.4 kilometres. The contract was awarded to S. W.Weeks Construction. Work will be completed by Aug. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains an inventory of 4,100 bridges and operatesseven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from districtoffices located in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements for ColchesterCounty
Fifty seven students are graduating today, June 23, with their Nova Scotia high-school diploma for adults. The graduates have completed programs offered by the Halifax Regional School Board and supported by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians can get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “The Flexible Learning and Education Centres and the Halifax Regional School Board are exceptionally proud of our adult learners,” said Francine Balandis, vice-principal, Flexible Learning and Education Centres, Halifax Regional School Board. “Adult graduates are really special. They know that life and the world are complex. They have faced this complexity with courage and intelligence while pursuing their dreams.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.
Nova Scotia mothers need more support and encouragement to choose breastfeeding and, more importantly, to keep it up. A new policy will put that support in place. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac announced the policy, developed by the Department of Health and Nova Scotia Health Promotion, today, Oct. 5. He said it focuses on ways to encourage women to start and continue breastfeeding exclusively for six months. “For the first time the provincial government is officially stating that we support the work being done by our partners to promote breastfeeding,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “If more women have encouragement, more will breastfeed. We must all support this healthy choice.” Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said, “Nova Scotians are known for being there for each other when they need it. That’s what we’re encouraging with this policy and we are committing to do more.” Today’s announcement took place at the Mi’kmaq Child Development Centre in Halifax where, thanks to widespread community support, each mother breastfeeds. As a result, 70 per cent continue to breastfeed for longer than 18 months. That compares to a 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey showing that 38 per cent of Nova Scotia women are still breastfeeding at four months, 31 per cent breastfeed to some extent for six months, and only 12 per cent still breastfeed exclusively at six months. Research shows that babies can, and should, be exclusively breastfed through the first six months of life. Breastfeeding can continue as part of a child’s diet until the age of two and even beyond. “I’m impressed by the work of the women at this centre,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “They understand the many benefits of continued breastfeeding and are working hard to help mothers continue with it.” Initially, the policy will ensure that breastfeeding messages are included in any initiatives and programs that involve healthy eating and children. It will also mean more information is distributed to encourage Nova Scotians to support breastfeeding. In addition, the new policy will help hospitals and community health services support breastfeeding. “This policy is an important statement for government to make and lays the foundation for developing future action plans,” said Mr. MacDonald. The provincial Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy, created by the Healthy Eating Action Group and now led by Health Promotion, was released in March 2005 and identifies breastfeeding as one of four priority areas. The release of the provincial breastfeeding policy is one of the first steps in implementing the strategy. “Supporting the women in your life with this important decision will increase rates of healthy children and mothers in Nova Scotia. Ultimately that will help sustain the health-care system,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Exclusive breastfeeding of babies for six months is proven to have a positive effect on their overall health, with lower risk of infectious diseases, obesity, allergies, asthma, diabetes, cancers, and heart disease later in life. The new policy is online at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/ .
Nova Scotia dairy farmers will receive an additional 1.79 cents for a litre of milk beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1. It means that consumers may pay more for milk. Any changes in the retail price for milk and other dairy products are set at the retail level and are not regulated. The price of milk under the Nova Scotia school milk program will not increase. The Nova Scotia Natural Products Marketing Council approved the price increase to farmers. The increase was announced by the Canadian Dairy Commission in December 2005 to reflect rising farms costs and fulfill a commitment that 50 per cent of Canadian dairy producers receive the cost of production by February 2006. The Natural Products Marketing Council is an independent agency of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The council oversees nine farm marketing boards, including Dairy Farmers of Nova Scotia, which sets the farm price of milk, subject to ratification by the council.
Learning how to plan for and maximize the benefits of hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be the focus of a meeting with key organizers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. A small contingent from various sectors in Nova Scotia will meet with the organizers from Tuesday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 6. The group, led by Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, will include representation from several provincial departments such as the Office of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection. Representatives from the Halifax Regional Municipality, Greater Halifax Partnership and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce will also attend. “The intelligence and insights we will gather on this trip will greatly inform our overall economic benefits strategy for the 2014 Commonwealth Games,” said Mr. Barnet. “I am eager to meet with colleagues in British Columbia and to learn from their experiences and challenges.” The provincial government remains committed to supporting the bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to ensuring the event improves the health of Nova Scotians over the long term. The economic, social, sporting and environmental benefits that will be enjoyed, as a direct and indirect result of the Games must also be maximized. “We have a responsibility to ensure the Games leave a lasting legacy across the province,” said Mr. Barnet. “I am confident this mission will assist the province and our partners in achieving that goal.” The Commonwealth Games are the third largest athletic gathering of their kind in the world. They include 10 days of sport and cultural events featuring 6,000 athletes and officials from more than 70 countries. The Games will attract more than 625,000 spectators including 10,000 international visitors and a television viewing audience in excess of 1 billion people.
Drivers on an important route to Sheet Harbour and the Musquodoboit Valley will soon have a smoother ride because of a road-paving tender announced today, March 12. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is calling for tenders to repave Route 224 starting 0.2 kilometres west of Rocky Brook bridge going east for 6.3 km. “This is the third major project the department has done on Route 224 in the last three years,” said Brooke Taylor, acting Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This route provides an important connection between Sheet Harbour and central Nova Scotia.” The project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
The province has reached an agreement in principle with the Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society. The agreement provides for the transfer of the society’s funds and assets to the province’s Schooner Bluenose Foundation and will help secure the role of the Bluenose II as a sailing ambassador and symbol of marine heritage. The Schooner Bluenose Foundation is being established to raise funds for the continued operation of the ship. The Bluenose II Preservation Trust Society, led by Senator Wilfred Moore, successfully operated Bluenose II for the people of Nova Scotia from 1994 to 2005. During those years, the trust raised and spent $1.3 million on the restoration and maintenance of the ship, in addition to the over $1 million in assets being transferred. “We thank Senator Moore and his current fellow volunteers, Alan Abraham, of Halifax, Delbe Comeau, of Meteghan River, Keith Maher, of Fall River, Christopher McCurdy, of Chester and Barbara Zwicker, of Lunenburg for their ongoing enthusiasm and dedication to Nova Scotia’s icon,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We appreciate the spirit of co-operation that has moved this process forward. We will be working with the Trust to complete the transfer in the new year.” “All the trust ever wanted was to have an independent volunteer-led body continue to work for the good of the legacy of the original Bluenose and her successor, Bluenose II,” said Mr. Moore. “We thank Minister Paris for sharing that vision and we appreciate his collegiality throughout our discussions.” The Schooner Bluenose Foundation is governed by the Schooner Bluenose Foundation Act, and will be lead by a board of volunteers.
More than 100 Nova Scotians will come together to learn about the impact of major events at the annual Events Nova Scotia Provincial Conference. The conference begins today, Dec. 5, at the newly renovated White Point Beach Resort. “Major events play an important role in growing our economy and attracting new visitors to Nova Scotia,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Our province has enjoyed a successful year in attracting and hosting world-class events. This conference provides a great opportunity to celebrate that success and discuss future opportunities that will benefit Nova Scotians.” The largest Events Nova Scotia conference to date, the two-day event will feature a panel of industry experts speaking about the impact of major events on Nova Scotia’s communities. Keynote speakers include Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, and Mike LaLeune, former lead training venue manager for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. “We’re excited to be bringing people together from across the province to talk about the importance and impact of major events,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited, the Crown corporation that manages Events Nova Scotia. “White Point Beach Resort and the Region of Queens are valued partners and proven leaders in this industry, so this is the perfect backdrop for a discussion about hosting major events.” The conference agenda and registration information are available at www.eventsnovascotia.com. Trade Centre Limited is a provincial Crown corporation with core business areas including World Trade and Convention Centre, Exhibition Park, Events Nova Scotia, Ticket Atlantic, Halifax Metro Centre, major events and World Trade Centre Atlantic Canada. Its mandate is to create economic and community benefits by bringing people together in Halifax and Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia schools are flying their flags at half-mast today, Dec. 17, in sympathy for the families of students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and as a show of respect to the people of Newtown and the state of Connecticut after the tragic events of Dec. 14. Premier Darrell Dexter sent sympathies to Governor Dannel Malloy on behalf of Nova Scotia and offered any support or assistance required by the state. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to extend our deepest condolences on the incredible tragedy,” said Premier Dexter in a letter to the governor. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, the community of Newtown and all the people of Connecticut who undoubtedly are still trying to come to terms with this shocking and unthinkable act.” Education Minister Ramona Jennex has sent a message to the Connecticut Commissioner of Education expressing heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. “Our thoughts go out to the families and the people of Newtown as they deal with this unfathomable tragedy,” said Ms. Jennex.
Premier Darrell Dexter expressed sadness today, July 17, at the passing of well-known Nova Scotia artist Alex Colville. “Alex Colville’s contributions as an artist cannot be underestimated,” said Premier Dexter. “From capturing the landing on Juno Beach during World War Two to his painstaking portraits of everyday life he became a Canadian cultural icon whose paintings were sought after. “He defined what it was to be an artist and his legacy will continue to be celebrated and interpreted by new generations of Canadian artists and art lovers. My condolences to his family and friends on this very difficult day.” A resident of Wolfville since 1973, Mr. Colville was born in Toronto but raised in Nova Scotia. He first came to prominence as a war artist in the 1940s and his impact on the art world continued to grow after that. His work was exhibited at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1962 and he was commissioned to design commemorative coins for the centennial of Confederation in 1967. Mr. Colville’s work is featured in major art collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que. “Mr. Colville showed that a Nova Scotia artist could have a global impact on arts and culture,” said Premier Dexter. “His example encourages new and emerging artists in our province to pursue their passion and reach for creative excellence.” A recipient of many awards and recognitions, Mr. Colville was named to the Order of Canada in 1967, received the Canada Council’s Molson Prize in 1975 and was given an honorary degree from Acadia University.
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro, Robie Street Roundabout Construction is underway on the new Robie Street roundabout in Truro. All work in the travel lane will be completed at night with traffic control people on site. Work will be a mix of day and night work, and is expected to continue until Saturday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to travel through the work zone with extra caution and be alert for construction staff and slow-moving vehicles. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from Route 311 to one kilometre west of Truro Road, is reduced to one lane for culvert installation, gravelling and chip seal work until Thursday, Aug. 1. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. INVERNESS COUNTY: Long Stretch Road Closure A section of Long Stretch Road, north of Port Hawkesbury, will be closed at Sugar Camp Brook for culvert repairs. A detour will be marked near the construction area. Work is to be completed Friday, July 26. CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Bayfield Bridge The Bayfield Bridge on Summerside Road is closed for repairs. A detour route is marked. The bridge is scheduled to reopen on Friday, Aug. 2. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Traffic on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River is reduced to one lane in each direction to allow for repairs on both bridges until Friday, July 26. Drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area, and should be prepared for delays or use an alternate route. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Forties Road Forties Road, from Highway 12 west to Fraxville Road, and from Barss Corner Road west to Aylesford Road, is reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Expect delays of 5 to 10 minutes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Islands Bridge Closure Repairs are underway to the abutments on the LaHave Islands Bridge on Crescent Beach Road in Lunenburg County. The bridge is open but traffic is regulated and delays of up to 20 minutes are possible. The bridge will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30 and Tuesday, Aug. 20 to install and remove jacks at the ends of the bridge. Pedestrians and emergency vehicles will be able to use the bridge during these times. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from the Mines Bass River Road overpass to the Masstown Road overpass, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road Masstown Road, from the Highway 104 overpass to Debert Road, is reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and personnel in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Waterside Bridge Replacement Shore Road is closed at Waterside Bridge for a bridge replacement project. Shore Road traffic will be detoured onto R. Grant Road, Highway 6 (Sunrise Trail), Three Brooks Road, and Otter Road. Detour signs will be posted. Work is scheduled for completion in late October. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Highway 16, at Halfway Cove for about a half-kilometre north, is reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and some Saturdays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Upper Branch Road Upper Branch Road is reduced to one lane for paving and patching. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 The northbound lane of Route 215, north of Beaver Pond Road at Centre Burlington, is reduced to one lane to replace the culvert until Wednesday, July 31. Temporary automatic traffic signals are in place to control traffic. KINGS COUNTY: New Minas to North Alton Highway 1 in New Minas to Prospect Road, ending at Trunk 12 in North Alton, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs, ditching and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Barney’s River Road Barney’s River Road, from Highway 104, north to Avondale Cross Road, about six kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving. The motoring public should expect traffic delays and one way traffic through about two kilometres of work zones. Work takes places from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Work is expected to be complete by Thursday, Oct. 31. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound lanes from Exit 19 for about 11 kilometres to the Pictou-Colchester county line, is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, July 31 for paving. Motorists are reminded to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has reopened with a 15-tonne weight restriction. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Kingsburg Road Kingsburg Road, from Route 332 to end of pavement, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is expected to continue until Monday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the King Street overpass to Century Drive, will have a one-lane closure for micro surfacing until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, north of the Aberdeen Motel, for about a half-kilometre, has a one-lane closure for repairs until Wednesday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Millville Bridge Closure Millville Bridge on Victoria Road in Millville is closed for repairs. Traffic will be detoured onto Maple Avenue, Whitman Road, and Ward Road. The closure will last until the end of August. Please drive with caution and patience in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Millbrook Road, Alma Road, Marshdale Road, and Three Brooks Road Millbrook Road, Alma Road, Marshdale Road, and Three Brooks Road are reduced to one lane for re-paving until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site but delays are expected. Work takes place Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 3 Highway 3, from Highway 103 west to Eastern Shore Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, about a half-kilometre south of Johnson Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 15. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Clyde River Bridge Repairs, Highway 103 Traffic on the Clyde River Bridge on Highway 103 is reduced to one lane for repairs. Traffic will be controlled by automated traffic signals and delays of about five minutes are expected. The work is scheduled for completion on Friday, Aug. 2. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Please reduce speed to 50 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. QUEENS COUNTY: Wagner Brook Bridge Wagner Brook Bridge in Port Mouton, near Highway 103, is reduced to one lane for upgrading until Saturday, Aug. 31.Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Bad Falls Bridge The Bad Falls Bridge on Frotten Road remains closed to traffic because of flooding. The situation will be monitored throughout the weekend. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Bridge Repairs, Highway 101 Traffic on the Highway 101 Bridge over the railway tracks near Falmouth, is reduced to one lane. Traffic will be regulated by traffic control people and delays are expected. A detour route is available on Highway 1 between Exits 7 and 8. The work will be completed on Friday, Aug. 2. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road west of Gavelton is closed for replacement. Drivers should use alternate routes.Work is scheduled to be completed by Sunday, Sept. 15. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled for completion on Monday, Sept. 30. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and personnel in the area.
Les Néo-Écossais qui font face au décès d’un proche ont maintenant accès à des conseils grâce à un nouveau guide offert par le gouvernement. Le guide, intitulé « Ce que vous devez faire après que quelqu’un est décédé », énumère les étapes à suivre et les organismes avec qui vous devez communiquer après le décès de quelqu’un. « Nous souhaitons appuyer les familles en deuil après le décès d’un proche, a dit Mark Furey, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Il peut être difficile pour les gens de savoir quoi faire après le décès de quelqu’un. Ce guide est une excellente ressource pour les Néo-Écossais. » « Le livret permet aux gens dont un proche est décédé d’obtenir les renseignements nécessaires au moment propice, a dit Adam Tipert, président de l’Association des services funéraires de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il est aussi pratique pour les directeurs de pompes funèbres puisqu’il réunit dans une seule ressource tous les renseignements dont nous avons besoin pour discuter avec les familles, ce qui nous permet de les aider. » L’enregistrement d’un décès est également plus facile et plus efficace. Un nouveau processus d’enregistrement électronique permettra d’améliorer l’exactitude et l’exhaustivité des renseignements recueillis par les directeurs de pompes funèbres et soumis au Bureau de l’état civil après un décès. Jusqu’à présent, les renseignements étaient soumis sur papier. Il s’agit d’un processus semblable au processus d’enregistrement électronique des naissances offert dans les hôpitaux depuis l’année dernière. Le guide « Ce que vous devez faire après que quelqu’un est décédé » peut être obtenu auprès des salons funéraires et sur le site Web du gouvernement à l’adresse http://novascotia.ca/snsmr/access/vitalstats/death-fr.asp.
Kraken Robotics Inc, a marine technology company that designs sensors for unmanned underwater vehicles Sensor Technology Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of piezoelectric ceramic products LeeWay Marine, a marine services company that helps others conduct hydrographic and geographical surveying by supplying vessels and crew Dominion Diving, a marine services company specializing in commercial diving and marine towing COVE will host an exclusive preview for tenants, partners and other community members in early June. The public will also be invited to tour COVE on June 9. Six ocean start-ups will also move into COVE’s Start-Up Yard incubator and receive business acceleration support from Innovacorp. They are: Ocean innovators will soon have a new place to work and collaborate, with the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, known as COVE, set to open this spring. Five companies have signed tenant agreements for the new ocean hub located on the former Coast Guard site on the Dartmouth waterfront. Taylor Widrig, Halifax, is one of the young innovators that will work out of COVE. Ms. Widrig is the founder and president of Mermaid Fare Inc., a company that specializes in the commercialization of seaweed. She started Mermaid Fare in 2013 and currently sells seaweed products locally and nationally. “I am thrilled to be joining COVE,” said Ms. Widrig. “Working out of COVE will help my business continue to grow in an energy-filled environment. This is a chance for us to step up our game and bring Mermaid Fare to the next level.” “COVE will help propel our ocean economy and give innovators the support they need to build great companies,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotia has a world-class ocean sector and COVE and the ocean supercluster initiative will significantly increase our share of the global ocean economy and create jobs here at home, benefiting all Nova Scotians.” “COVE will be a catalyst for economic growth in Nova Scotia and far beyond,” said Jennifer Angel, acting president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. “Construction is nearly complete and we look forward to welcoming the world to COVE this spring.” Other companies confirmed to work out of COVE include: Ashored Innovations, an ocean company developing intelligent buoy systems that provide ropeless fishing solutions for improved operational safety and wildlife protection BlueNode, a company that simplifies data collection, analysis and visualization for the maritime logistics industry Happy Fish Technologies, a company developing a traceability system for seafood producers and distributors Marecomms, a company developing underwater acoustic systems enabling wireless communications over long distances Maritime BioLoggers, a company developing customizable, multi-channel data collection sensors to better assess animal movement in harsh environments Atlantian Acoustics, a company developing acoustic platform enabling wireless communications for autonomous underwater vehicles
New Delhi: The pre-Budget consultation exercise is all set to commence this week, with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman scheduled to meet economists, banks and financial institutions as well as industry chambers between June 11-23. The state finance ministers are also expected to give their suggestions for Budget 2019-20 to the Centre during the GST Council meeting slated for June 20. Sitharaman would be presenting the first Budget of the Modi 2.0 government. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIn her Budget, the 59-year-old JNU alumnus will have to address slowing economy, financial sector troubles like rising NPAs and liquidity crisis in NBFCs, job creation, private investments, exports revival, agrarian crisis and raise public investment without compromising on fiscal prudence. The minister would kickstart the pre-Budget consultation by meeting the members of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) and seek their views on the state of the economy and way forward. Over the fortnight, the minister is likely to meet agriculture sector experts, banks and financial institutions and industry chambers. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThe full budget for 2019-20 would be presented on July 5. Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey has already held one round of discussions with industry chambers on their budget expectations, in which they demanded across-the-board reduction in corporate tax rate and abolishing Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT). In their representations, industry bodies also demanded incentives for manufacturers of electric vehicles and indexing of allowances and deductions under personal income tax with inflation. With a view to make the Budget making exercise more participative and inclusive, the government has sought inputs from citizens on the Union Budget 2019-20 on the government’s ‘mygov.in’ portal by June 20. As the Modi 2.0 government gets down to prepare its first budget, North Block, which houses the finance ministry here, will be in ‘quarantine’ or out of bounds for visitors and media from Monday. Sitharaman’s budget team comprises Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur and Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian. The official team is led by Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, DIPAM Secretary Atanu Chakraborty and Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar. The first session of the newly-elected 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.
Lucknow: Known for his controversial statements, Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Surendra Singh has again stirred row, saying that Muslims who have 50 wives and 1,050 children possess “animalistic tendency”. In a video clip, the lawmaker can be seen saying: “In Muslim religion, you know people keep 50 wives and give birth to 1,050 children. This is not a tradition but animalistic tendency.” Singh said that in 2024, when the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) will complete 100 years, India would be declared a Hindu Rashtra. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He termed West Bengal as ‘Lanka’ and said that half of West Bengal had been ‘destroyed’ and the remaining would be finished after the Assembly elections. Singh had earlier called West Bengal Chief Minister as ‘Supranakha’ and said that BSP President Mayawati spends money on beauty treatments. No action has ever been taken against the legislator for making objectionable statements.
Islamabad: Pakistan has urged the international community to take note of India’s aggressive posturing about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, warning that such “belligerent” statements have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace in the region. Pakistan’s statement came hours after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is India’s part and one day New Delhi expects to have “physical jurisdiction” over it. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He also asserted that there is no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it is an internal issue on which India’s position has “prevailed and will prevail.” Addressing his first press conference in New Delhi after assuming the office in the Modi 2.0 government in May, Jaishankar also hit out at Pakistan, saying India has a “unique challenge” from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Asked about remarks by some Indian leaders that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about PoK and not on Kashmir, Jaishankar said, “our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it.” Reacting sharply to Jaishankar’s statement, Pakistan on Tuesday said it calls on the international community to take “serious cognisance of India’s aggressive posturing” on PoK. Such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from India have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement. “We strongly condemn and reject the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks” made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistan and PoK. “These remarks are an obvious manifestation of India’s utter frustration over the continued international censure of its egregious human rights violations in Kashmir,” the statement said. India cannot divert international attention from its crimes against the innocent people of Kashmir by blaming Pakistan, it said. Pakistan stands for peace, but would be ready to respond effectively to any act of aggression, the statement said. Instead of resorting to jingoistic rhetoric, India must rescind its illegal actions, stop forthwith grave human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, refrain from violating international law, and fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions for a final settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the statement added. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session in New York on September 27. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to speak on the same day. At his press conference when asked whether there could be a possibility of the leaders of India and Pakistan meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA, the external affairs minister commented, “just look at the climate of the relations right now, I think that itself should give you the answer that you are looking at.”
Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and its main rival Blue and White tied at 32 seats each Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, putting the country’s longest serving premier on a shaky ground and raising the possibility of a unity government. Israelis voted on Tuesday in their country’s second general election in five months after Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition with a viable majority following April’s vote. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US According to the Times of Israel, 69-year-old Netanyahu’s Likud and centrist challenger former military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party stood at 32 seats each of parliament’s 120 after counting of 90 per cent of ballots were completed. Netanyahu’s bloc, comprised of right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties, currently stands at 55 seats in the 120-member Parliament. The center-left bloc has 56 seats. The secular Yisrael Beitenu party won 9 seats, making its leader and former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman the kingmaker in the elections, as predicted earlier in the exit polls. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls On Wednesday morning, 61-year-old Lieberman, an ally-turned-rival of Netanyahu, asserted that he will not join any coalition. He said that “the picture is clear… There is only one option and it’s a broad liberal unity government” comprising of Likud, Blue and White and his own Yisrael Beitenu. Joint List, an alliance of mostly Arab Israeli parties, stood at the third place with 12 seats, followed by the ultra-Orthodox Shas with nine seats. United Torah Judaism has 8, Yamina has 7, Labour-Gesher is at 6 and the Democratic Camp has 5. The news report stated that Netanyahu rejected the idea of a coalition that would include the Joint List as a partner, saying there cannot be a government that relies on parties that praise and glorify bloodthirsty terrorists who kill our soldiers, our citizens, our children. Gantz, 60, on Wednesday told supporters that his party’s campaign had “completed the mission.” “We proved that the idea called Blue and White, an initiative that we started a few months ago, is a success, big-time, and it’s here to stay, Gantz was quoted as saying by the Times of Israel. Netanyahu called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition with a viable majority after April’s vote. His remarkable victory in the April 9 polls securing him a record fifth term proved temporary in the face of a logjam between potential coalition partners over a military conscription bill governing exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students. Lieberman had made it a condition of allying with ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties that they adopt a law aimed at having ultra-Orthodox Jews serve in the military like their secular counterparts. Ultra-Orthodox Jews studying in religious seminaries are currently exempt from mandatory military service, a practice many Israelis view as unfair. Netanyahu and Lieberman’s association in politics goes back some 31 years when the latter assisted the former during his tenure as the deputy foreign minister in an unofficial capacity. Netanyahu, who has been premier for a total of more than 13 years, faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases.
New Delhi: India Post on Wednesday expanded speed post service to six new foreign destinations in Asia, Europe and South America. “The Department of Posts has announced commencing of International Speed Post Service to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Lithuania and North Macedonia,” the postal department said. EMS or Express Mail Service is a premium service that enables its users to send documents and merchandise faster and with the added facility of being able to track the movement of the item on the internet.
Strasbourg: The European Union’s two top officials handling troublesome Brexit negotiations warned Wednesday that the risk of a no-deal exit looms large unless Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government offers concrete proposals. “The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe warning came two days after Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in Luxembourg for talks, just six weeks before Britain is set to exit the bloc. That trip ended in humiliation for Johnson after he avoided what was meant to be a joint press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart, put-off by a small anti-Brexit protest nearby. Juncker emphasised the UK still has not offered any viable solutions to rewrite a withdrawal agreement struck by Johnson’s predecessor but rejected three times by the British parliament. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsJuncker said “I am not sure” that a new deal would be reached. “We have very little time left. But I am sure we must try,” said the EU leader, whose mandate ends on October 31 — the deadline for Britain to leave the EU. The strident message parallelled stepped-up moves by Brussels and London to hand out blame for a chaotic no-deal Brexit. The EU’s pointman in the negotiations, Michel Barnier, told MEPs in Strasbourg that “it is certainly not a question of pretending to negotiate”. He added that “it is our responsibility to pursue this process with determination, with sincerity.” His words were taken as a dig at Johnson, who is seen by many in Brussels and London as running down the clock to have Britain exit the EU “with or without” a new deal. If so, Johnson risks falling foul of a law hastily passed by the UK parliament requiring him to ask for another Brexit delay — a third — by October 19 if no new deal is worked out with the EU. Britain’s parliament is currently suspended at Johnson’s initiative in a move being challenged in the country’s Supreme Court. EU leaders are to hold a summit on October 17-18, seen as the last chance to strike a deal. The thorniest issue in the talks between Britain and the EU is that of the “backstop” — an effort to guarantee that no border will spring up between EU member Ireland and the UK’s province of Northern Ireland while ensuring that the EU’s single market will be protected. Under the withdrawal deal reached last year, the UK was to stay in the EU’s customs union temporarily, in case talks towards a trade deal failed. But Johnson rejects the guarantee and is reportedly exploring ways that Northern Ireland alone could abide by EU agriculture and food standards without a full-fledged backstop.
Naples: Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late as holders Liverpool fell 2-0 at Napoli in the opening match of their Champions League title defence. Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds. The loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side makes them first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, remain favourites alongside Napoli to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk. “Give us a few more games to change the table, but it looks like Napoli are through,” said Klopp, who tipped the Italians to go far. “Napoli can win the competition. If you have a good plan and good players, you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. You have to perform at the right moment.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLiverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup. “Being able to match Liverpool is impressive as they are the best team in Europe at the moment,” said Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti. But the three-time Champions League winning coach warned: “The season is long, there is still a long road ahead.” Goalscorer Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid in June. He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to cause pandemonium among the crowd at the fiery Stadio San Paolo. After two difficult opening matches in Serie A with seven goals conceded, Ancelotti’s side seem to have clicked into gear. Napoli defenders Kalidou Kouilbaly and Mario Rui neutralised the threat of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane. – ‘Curious, unusual goals’ – Ancelotti praised his side for their “very orderly and compact” performance. “It wasn’t all perfect tonight,” the former Chelsea and AC Milan manager. “It was a very evenly balanced game. Liverpool played better than last season. “But I like the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances. “And when everything seemed lost, when Liverpool were in control, the team took advantage of two goals which came in curious and unusual circumstances.” Fabian Ruiz was twice denied early by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, who also pulled off an impressive one-handed save on Mertens after 49 minutes. For Liverpool, Salah and Mane had threatened before Firmino missed a chance to open the scoring just before half-time when his header flashed wide and Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret’s fingertip save at full stretch denied Salah on 65 minutes. The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty, awarded without consultation of VAR.
Dortmund: Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday. Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half. “We played brilliantly in the second half, and it feels a bit like we have lost two points,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhReus said he felt “rubbish” after his missed penalty and insisted that Dortmund should have won the game. “We had four or five chances, and if we had taken one of them, we would have won,” he told Sky. “We said after the draw that we wanted to qualify for the knockout stages. If we continue to play like we did today then there shouldn’t be a problem.” Lucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBoth sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score. Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time. The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box. Yet Ter Stegen denied countryman Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick. The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate. “Marco played really well today, and really hurt us,” said Ter Stegen. A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well over, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar. Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant. Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his teammates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Hummels and Axel Witsel. He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney. The draw leaves all four teams in Group F level on one point, after Inter Milan and Slavia Prague played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Tuesday. Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time. The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box. Yet Ter Stegen denied countryman Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick. The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate. “Marco played really well today, and really hurt us,” said Ter Stegen. A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well over, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar. Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant. Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his teammates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Hummels and Axel Witsel. He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney. The draw leaves all four teams in Group F level on one point, after Inter Milan and Slavia Prague played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Tuesday.
Tokyo: Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka beat qualifier Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in straight sets on Wednesday to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals. Making her first appearance at the tournament following a first-round bye, top seed Osaka outclassed Tomova, ranked 181st in the world, 7-5, 6-3 in Osaka, western Japan. “I was a little nervous at the beginning,” admitted Osaka, seeking to clinch her first victory at the home event after being runner-up in 2016 and 2018. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOsaka, who crashed out of this month’s US Open in the last 16, started slowly, losing the first three games in the first set, but later found her rhythm with solid serves and crisp volleying to secure the first set. Tomova’s quick court coverage caused Osaka difficulty throughout the match but in the end the two-time Grand Slam champion had too much power for her lowly opponent, serving a succession of rapid aces. The 21-year-old, who was born in the city, said the cheers of her hometown fans helped her put in a solid performance. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterShe will take on either Russia’s Varvara Flink or Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in the quarter finals. Last week, Osaka announced she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles for form and slips from the number-one position in the world rankings to number four. Osaka had already caught the tennis world by surprise when she announced she was parting ways with coach Sascha Bajin, who had overseen her stunning rise to win two Grand Slams — the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open title in January. Her main challengers in the Japan event will be fellow top-10 players Kiki Bertens from the Netherlands and US sensation Sloane Stephens. Former world number one Angelique Kerber of Germany downed unseeded Nicole Gibbs of the US 6-2, 6-4 following her first-round bye.
Kabul: A powerful early morning suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing as many as 20 people and wounding more than 90 others, an official said. The Taliban, who claimed responsibility for the bombing, have carried out nearly daily attacks since peace talks with the United States collapsed earlier this month. Thursday’s massive explosion destroyed part of the hospital in Qalat, the capital of southern Zabul province, and left a fleet of ambulances broken and battered. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Residents, many of whom had come to see their sick family members, used shawls and blankets to carry the wounded inside the destroyed building, while authorities scrambled to take the worst of the wounded to hospitals in nearby Kandahar. In the hours immediately after the explosion, there were contradictory figures of the dead and wounded. The provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Seyal put the death toll at 12 but said authorities were on the scene sifting through the debris. Atta Jan Haqbayan, head of the provincial council, put the death toll at 20. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Morning prayers had just finished when worshippers were stunned by the ear-splitting blast that destroyed parts of a mosque adjacent to the hospital and the hospital building, said Mahboob Hakimi, a resident of Qalat. Windows in his home nearly two kilometers (over one mile) away were shattered by the blast, he said. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahed, said in a tweet said the target was a nearby intelligence office, which he claimed was destroyed and “tens of intelligence operatives killed/wounded.” Haqbayan said the wall of the National Security Department (NDS) building was damaged. He couldn’t say whether any personnel were among the casualties. The provincial governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, said many of the dead and wounded were women and children. On Twitter, an Afghan National Security Forces personnel posted a picture of a six-month-old child saying they were searching through the rubble for the parents and sought the public’s help. President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, condemned the attack in Zabul, tweeting that the Taliban “continue to target civilians while their leaders travel to Iran and Russia,” a reference to the Taliban negotiators recent forays seeking support abroad. The violence has further rattled the country as it prepares for national elections later this month. Two separate bombings on Tuesday, including one that targeted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s election rally, killed 48 people, mostly civilians. The Taliban took responsibility for both attacks. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s spokesman for their political office in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, said in a tweet that a cease fire had been part of a U.S.-Taliban deal before President Trump declared it “dead.” He did not elaborate and earlier defended Taliban attacks prior to an agreement signing, saying both sides in the conflict had carried out attacks
New Delhi: There is no financial crisis in India, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday, adding that the central government was taking all necessary steps to strengthen the economy. “To make the economy stronger, the government has taken all measures and I want to say that the fundamentals of the country’s economy are strong. We are not in any crisis. Some reactions from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) are there. But we are addressing all issues,” he told a press conference at his residence here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Reacting to the Congress’s attack on the government for having the upcoming event ‘Howdy Modi’ in Houston, USA despite an economic slowdown, Javadekar said the Congress would never get such an opportunity like Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The stadium is already houseful for the ‘Howdy Modi’ event. Congress has never got this much popularity and will never get. I can only say that grapes are sour,” said Javadekar, who is the minister of information and broadcasting and environment and climate change. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The minister also took a jibe at former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh for his “saffron-clad rapists” remark, saying even the Congress does not take him seriously. “Even Congress does not give importance to him. Why should we react. We have seen his mentality after the Mumbai terror attacks. Since then he has been making such statements,” he said. Singh had on Tuesday courted controversy when he said at an event in Bhopal that people in saffron clothes were committing rapes, even in temples.
Changzhou (China): Reigning world champion PV Sindhu made an early exit from the China Open after losing a three-game thriller against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals here on Thursday. Sindhu, an Olympic silver medallist, squandered a first-game advantage to go down 12-21 21-13 21-19 to Pornpawee in a match that lasted 58 minutes here. Doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy also had a dismal day as he suffered twin defeats, losing both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh In men’s doubles, Satwik and Chirag Shetty, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against fourth-seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda and went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes. This is the second time Satwik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year. They had lost to the world no.4 pair at the Japan Open in July. Satwik then paired up with his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponanappa but the duo couldn’t get past Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo, losing 11-21 21-16 12-21 to the Japanese pair. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break. However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably. In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest. The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break. However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked. Among other Indians in fray, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action, while Ponnappa and N Siki Reddy will take on the second seeded Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the second round of the women’s doubles competition.
New Delhi: The Delhi police on Thursday gave a clean chit to Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar in two complaints over his alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and meeting with Pakistani officials here without following protocol.The police in its separate Action Taken Reports(ATR) sought dismissal of the two complaints filed against the former union minister by advocate and politician Ajay Agrawal. It told a court that mere uttering of a derogatory word without a more “overt act” against the prime minister does not constitute an offence of sedition against Aiyar. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Mere uttering a derogatory word, without more overt act, against PM of India did not constitute an offence under section 124A (sedition) and 153 A (promoting enmity) of Indian Penal Code,” the police told Metropolitan Magistrate Vasundhara Azad. Aiyar was suspended by the Congress in a damage control exercise hours after he called Modi a ‘neech aadmi”(lowly person) on December 7, 2017, sparkinh a political storm ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls. His suspension was revoked on August 18, 2018. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn criminal law, an overt act is the one that can be clearly proved by evidence and from which criminal intent can be inferred. The police also contended that even if Aiyar broke the protocol by hosting Pakistan officials, it does not attract any penal provision under the Indian Penal Code(IPC). “As far as the allegations of conspiring against India by these persons matter, the complainant is only assuming this and no such evidence has come on record to show conspiracy till now,” it added. Agrawal had filed a plea against Aiyar in 2017 for lodging a sedition case against Aiyar for allegedly using derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Modi and hosting a meeting with Pakistani officials. He alleged that the meeting posed a threat to national security. The court has put up the matter for further hearing on December 16. Agrawal said the meeting was held at the south Delhi residence of Aiyar and attended by the then Pakistan’s high commissioner and an ex-foreign minister of the neighbouring country among others. In his plea, Agrawal claimed that “derogatory” words were also used against Modi at the meeting held on December 6, 2017 which was also attended by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and ex-vice president Hamid Ansari. The petitioner has sought the court’s direction to the Delhi Police to book Aiyar and others present under conspiracy and sedition charges, and investigate the matter.
San Diego: President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a “world-class security system” that will be virtually impenetrable. Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area. It was a return trip for the president, who traveled there in March 2018 to see border wall prototypes that authorities later destroyed to make way for 14 miles (22.4 kilometers) of steel, concrete-filled bollards currently under construction. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBefore construction began, the border in Otay Mesa was protected with low fencing. “It was like a sheet metal and people would just knock it over like just routinely,” Trump said, standing with construction workers and top Customs, Army Corps of Engineers and homeland security officials. Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that since construction has begun on the new barrier, 30 to 50 people a day are trying to cross there instead of 300 to 500. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The traffic in this sector has dropped dramatically,” Morgan said. Morgan defended the project, dismissing those who call it the “president’s vanity wall.” “I’m here to tell you that’s false,” he said, telling reporters that Trump reached out to border experts to find out what they needed. “You listened to the agents,” he told Trump. Trump highlighted features of the wall, which he said have been studied by three other countries. He said the wall absorbs heat “You can fry an egg on that wall.” The concrete goes deep into the ground to prevent tunneling. And agents can see through it to spot possible threats on the Mexican side of the border, he said. “When the wall is built, it will be virtually impossible to come over illegally, and then we’re able to take border control and put them at points of entry,” Trump said. He heaped praise on the Mexican government, especially for sending tens of thousands of troops to its northern and southern borders to help slow the flow of migrants headed toward the United States. He said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “has been great.” “We’re all thrilled,” Trump said. “You know Mexico has never done anything to impede people from pouring into our country and now they’re doing just the opposite. They’ve really been incredible.” The president reveled in details of construction, saying Border Patrol and military officials persuaded him to adopt more expensive designs. He said he dropped a preference for solid concrete, instead opting for concrete-filled steel bollards that allow agents to see through to Mexico to spot assailants throwing rocks or other projectiles. He agreed to go along with barriers that are 30 feet high and double-layered in heavily traveled areas. “It’s the Rolls-Royce version,” Trump said. When Trump asked Army Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite to explain how technology embedded in the wall alerts agents to illegal activity, he was told, “Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing it.” Semonite offered new details on the pace of construction that underscored how quickly the administration plans to move. It has built 66 miles (106 kilometers) so far, has 251 miles (403 kilometers) in various stages of construction at 17 sites and contracts for 163 miles (262 kilometers) planned in the next 90 days, the general said. Additional land on private property is expected to take more time. Crews are installing 270 panels a day, each one with eight bollards. Trump, whose construction targets have shifted, said he expects to build up to about 550 miles (885 kilometers) of wall along the 1,954-mile (3,126-kilometer) border and said the administration will pause at about 400 miles (643 kilometers) to assess what more is needed. Trump said cost concerns led him to put aside his preference to paint the wall black, which absorbs heat. He said the wall was “a good, strong rust color” and could be painted later. Trump is riding a string of wins on the wall and on immigration in general. Arrests on the Mexican border arrests plunged in August, well beyond the usual summer dip, from a 13-year high reached in May. Arrests are still relatively high, topping 50,000 in 10 of the last 11 months, compared with only eight months over the previous decade. Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump a green light to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without having first sought protection in the third country. The Pentagon recently diverted 3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles (280 kilometers) of barriers on the border. Trump had promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.
Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): That Vinesh Phogat is her own person was proved yet again when she altered the strategy devised by the coaches for the key Olympic qualification match and came out trumps. Ahead of her world championships’ Olympic qualifying bout, the precise tactics suggested by coach Woller Akos were to “stay away from Sarah Ann Hildebrandt, block her right arm and protect the legs”. Vinesh said she did exactly the opposite. “Coaches were suggesting something else but I felt something different on the mat and changed tactics accordingly. I felt she was getting in, but because I was not conceding point, it was exhausting her,” Vinesh told PTI in an interview after claiming the 53kg category bronze and the Tokyo Olympics berth here. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “So, I thought let’s lure her into leg attacks more and stay solid in defense to completely wear her out. I let her come in but held her off. It worked for me. I knew how much strength she had compared to mine,” she said. The American number one got hold off of Vinesh’s right leg in the second repechage bout five times but could not convert those moves into points. “Even if she had scored a few points, she would have got tired because she would have used all her power,” Vinesh added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The 25-year-old claims to be a person prone to mood swings even when it comes to smallest of matters like eating, sleeping, reading, and talking to people. Some advised her that she should not get married because she might lose spark but she proved them wrong. She knows what it means to win a big medal. She has not yet forgotton how the Rio Olympics injury confined her to a wheelchair for some weeks. “My mother has almost stopped watching my bouts. She fears I may return with a broken leg again. Even if she watches, she will make it tough for others by shouting like A rrey tang chhod de meri beti ki, tod na diyo (Leave the leg of my daughter, don’t break it).” While her mother keeps praying when her bout is on, her husband Sombir Rathee chips in with his inputs. “He may not have won medals but has a sharp wrestling mind. He would come up saying the same things what my foreign coach would suggest.” The world championship medal was missing from her CV for long and now that she has ticked the box, Vinesh said it gives her the cushion of a few months to plan better for ‘Mission Tokyo’. “It’s the first Olympic qualification tournament and a world championship too, so every athlete came here well-prepared and with a different mind set. Taking a medal from this group is definitely big for me. “It’s a relief because now I have a lot of time to prepare for the Olympics. And it’s a bronze only. I want to convert it to a gold and also win the Olympic medal.” Vinesh is pleased with the way she trained her mind to overcome a few negative thoughts that plagued her mind when it came to switching her weight category. “I used to think how will I beat a 53kg wrestler like Sofia Mattsson, who is so strong. But I changed the mind-set and beat her. So I am moving in the right direction. “My better version is yet to come. I think you will see my best in Olympics, that’s the pinnacle,” she said. After losing to Mayu Mukaida from Japan, Vinesh conceded just three points in next four bouts. So, does she feel that it was Mukaida, who pushed her away from the top place on the podium? “Anything can happen on the mat. You have seen the Korean girl (Yong Mi Pak) beat Mukaida 11-0 in the final and I have beaten that Korean girl twice. “But yes, If I had won against the Japanese, the results would have been different. My category is such that five-six wrestlers can beat each other on any given day. Depends on the day and the body language,” she explained. Vinesh is someone who commands respect from her opponents and the best in business. Does she get nervous? “I was not nervous because I had to wrestle strong opponents. It is a World Championship and qualifying for the Olympics was very important for me, so that nervousness was there,” she said. “If I lose to a strong opponent, I don’t mind that. Like I lost to Mukaida, she is good and I tried. Nervousness is good sometimes,” she added. Vinesh said though she has started to do well in the 53kg category, it still is new category her and figuring out stronger wretslers like Mukaida will take some time. Vinesh had lost to her at the Asian Championship also. “To beat Japan, you have to have a strong strategy. During the Asian Championship, I tried different things and at the Worlds, something else but I have not been successful on both counts. We have to find out the way to break down Japan mentally,” she said.
Washington DC: As Tibetans start grappling with the once unthinkable prospect of the octogenarian Dalai Lama’s passing, the United States is looking to lay down a red line against China handpicking his successor. Through a warning from a senior official and legislation under consideration in Congress, the United States is hoping to make clear in advance that Beijing would face international opprobrium if it tries to take over the reincarnation process. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAt 84, the 14th Dalai Lama has slowed his once incessant travel down a notch and earlier this year was hospitalized for a chest infection, although there is no indication he faces serious health issues. Nonetheless, both Tibetan activists and Beijing are keenly aware that his death will mark a major setback in his push for more autonomy for the Himalayan region, depriving the cause of a Nobel Prize winner whose moral teachings and idiosyncratic humor have made him one of the world’s most popular religious leaders. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChina has not held talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives for nine years and has increasingly hinted it may identify his successor — who, Beijing would presume, would back its iron-fisted rule of Tibet. A bill recently introduced in the US Congress would call for sanctions on any Chinese official who interferes with Tibetan Buddhist succession practices. Testifying Wednesday before Congress, David Stilwell, the top State Department official for East Asia, vowed that the United States would keep pressing for “meaningful autonomy” for Tibetans. “Disturbingly — and ironically — the party continues to assert its role in the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation process, even as President Xi has urged party members to remain ‘unyielding Marxist atheists,'” he said. “We believe that Tibetans, like all faith communities, must be able to practice their faith freely and select their leaders without interference,” he said. Tibetan monks traditionally choose the Dalai Lama through a ritualistic search that can take years, with a wandering party seeking telltale signs that a young boy is the reincarnation of the last spiritual leader. The 14th Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing an aborted uprising in 1959, has mused of a non-traditional succession that would throw off China. He has said he could choose a successor while he is still alive — possibly a girl — or even decide that he was the final Dalai Lama.
New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh of supporting rape accused former minister Swami Chinmayanand and questioned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior women leaders of the ruling party on no action against him. Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said by taking no action against the accused in the rape case it has become clear that the BJP is standing with Chinmayananda and is not inclined to provide justice to the victim, who has come out in the open with details of the crime. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “This is a very serious issue. It has become very clear that this government has a very non-serious approach to tackle increasing crime against women. The government has a completely blind eye towards crime against women and they are instead protecting their leaders,” she told reporters, asking whether this case will also go the way the Unnao rape case has gone. Congress national secretary Pranav Jha also asked, “Will the prime minister take action against those committing crimes against women or remain silent and sidestep questions raised by the opposition.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Mukherjee said Modi government is talking about ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ on one hand, while on the other hand it is “busy protecting those committing crimes against women”. She alleged that of the total budget allocated under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme, as much as 40 per cent has been spent on publicity and only 19 per cent has been released to states for distribution among the affected women. “This clearly shows this government is only for publicity rather than helping the women…The prime minister and the government are making fun of the people, are making fun of the women and they are making a fool of the people in the country,” Mukherjee said. “We would like to ask the government what concrete measures have they taken to ensure the safety and security of women in the country. What is the government doing to prevent crimes against women,” she asked. Another Congress leader Supriya Shrinate also asked why the senior women leaders in the BJP are silent on Chinmayanand case. She asked who is behind Chinmayananda and why he was not being arrested despite the victims making public the charges against him. Earlier Thursday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also slammed the BJP government and the police in Uttar Pradesh over the Chinmayanand case, saying they were repeating the “negligence” shown and “protection” given to the accused in the Unnao rape case. Her allegations came a day after the student, who has levelled rape charges against former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, threatened to set herself on fire if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was not arrested immediately. The student also asked if the government was waiting for her to die even after her statement was recorded before a magistrate. The police had earlier registered a case of criminal intimidation and abduction on a complaint lodged by the student’s father. Later, the student, who studied in a college run by an organisation led by the BJP leader, also accused him of rape and “physical exploitation” for over a year. In the Unnao case, expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar has been accused of rape by a 19-year-old woman.
San Diego: President Donald Trump signed his name Wednesday on a newly constructed section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, calling it a “world-class security system” that will be virtually impenetrable. Trump toured a section of the border wall in San Diego’s Otay Mesa area. It was a return trip for the president, who traveled there in March 2018 to see border wall prototypes that authorities later destroyed to make way for 14 miles (22.4 kilometers) of steel, concrete-filled bollards currently under construction. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportBefore construction began, the border in Otay Mesa was protected with low fencing. “It was like a sheet metal and people would just knock it over like just routinely,” Trump said, standing with construction workers and top Customs, Army Corps of Engineers and homeland security officials. Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said that since construction has begun on the new barrier, 30 to 50 people a day are trying to cross there instead of 300 to 500. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The traffic in this sector has dropped dramatically,” Morgan said. Morgan defended the project, dismissing those who call it the “president’s vanity wall.” “I’m here to tell you that’s false,” he said, telling reporters that Trump reached out to border experts to find out what they needed. “You listened to the agents,” he told Trump. Trump highlighted features of the wall, which he said have been studied by three other countries. He said the wall absorbs heat “You can fry an egg on that wall.” The concrete goes deep into the ground to prevent tunneling. And agents can see through it to spot possible threats on the Mexican side of the border, he said. “When the wall is built, it will be virtually impossible to come over illegally, and then we’re able to take border control and put them at points of entry,” Trump said. He heaped praise on the Mexican government, especially for sending tens of thousands of troops to its northern and southern borders to help slow the flow of migrants headed toward the United States. He said President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “has been great.” “We’re all thrilled,” Trump said. “You know Mexico has never done anything to impede people from pouring into our country and now they’re doing just the opposite. They’ve really been incredible.” The president reveled in details of construction, saying Border Patrol and military officials persuaded him to adopt more expensive designs. He said he dropped a preference for solid concrete, instead opting for concrete-filled steel bollards that allow agents to see through to Mexico to spot assailants throwing rocks or other projectiles. He agreed to go along with barriers that are 30 feet high and double-layered in heavily traveled areas. “It’s the Rolls-Royce version,” Trump said. When Trump asked Army Corps Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite to explain how technology embedded in the wall alerts agents to illegal activity, he was told, “Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing it.” Semonite offered new details on the pace of construction that underscored how quickly the administration plans to move. It has built 66 miles (106 kilometers) so far, has 251 miles (403 kilometers) in various stages of construction at 17 sites and contracts for 163 miles (262 kilometers) planned in the next 90 days, the general said. Additional land on private property is expected to take more time. Crews are installing 270 panels a day, each one with eight bollards. Trump, whose construction targets have shifted, said he expects to build up to about 550 miles (885 kilometers) of wall along the 1,954-mile (3,126-kilometer) border and said the administration will pause at about 400 miles (643 kilometers) to assess what more is needed. Trump said cost concerns led him to put aside his preference to paint the wall black, which absorbs heat. He said the wall was “a good, strong rust color” and could be painted later. Trump is riding a string of wins on the wall and on immigration in general. Arrests on the Mexican border arrests plunged in August, well beyond the usual summer dip, from a 13-year high reached in May. Arrests are still relatively high, topping 50,000 in 10 of the last 11 months, compared with only eight months over the previous decade. Last week, the Supreme Court gave Trump a green light to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without having first sought protection in the third country. The Pentagon recently diverted 3.6 billion from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles (280 kilometers) of barriers on the border. Trump had promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall.
New Delhi: Aiming to boost India’s mineral output by 200 per cent in the next seven years, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said about Rs 1,500 crore lying in exploration trust, could be used for accelerating this work. He said the mining industry is undergoing reforms through transformative investor friendly interventions like the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act 2015, that introduced transparent and competitive auction process for grant of mineral concessions besides setting up of National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMET) to accelerate mineral exploration activity. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”More than Rs 1,500 crore has been accumulated in the NMET fund during last three years. And as far as the information I have, today out of that …around Rs 200 crores have been spent…For exploration activities there is a fund to invest,” he said urging geoscientists to come forward. Mines and Coal Minister Joshi urged the geo-scientists to come forward to unearth deep-seated minerals as demands on mineral resources in the country are at an all-time high. “Mining sector has a pivotal role to play in the ‘Make in India’. Growth of economy is dependent on uninterrupted supply of minerals, which form the basic raw materials for industry. The Government aims to increase mineral production (in value terms) by 200 per cent in 7 years,” the Minister said. He said to boost mining, National Mineral Policy 2019 has been unveiled that proposes to attract private investment through various incentives like financial package, right of first refusal at the time of auction etc.
New Delhi: A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded over Rs 59 lakh as compensation to the husband of a 29-year-old doctor who was killed after being hit by a tractor in 2008 here. The offending tractor with an open trolley had hit the car in which south Delhi-resident Pooja Verma, a third-year PG student then, was travelling with her husband and his family on the Delhi-Mathura road near Haryana. Verma was pursuing MD in Biochemistry from Lady Hardinge Medical College. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesMACT presiding officer Sameer Bajpai awarded the compensation to the husband of Verma, who was a qualified MBBS doctor working with Lady Harding Medical College & Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, New Delhi. “The petitioner has successfully established on record that Pooja Verma succumbed to the injuries sustained in the road accident due to rash and negligent driving of vehicle… Therefore, this issue is decided in favour of the petitioners and against the respondents,” the court said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOn December 14, 2008, Verma was travelling with her husband Manasvi Kumar and his father, mother and sister when the offending tractor turned towards them on the highway and dashed their vehicle, the complaint filed by Kumar said. In his complaint, Kumar also stated that he was not employed at the time of his wife’s death and therefore was completely dependent upon her. However, the court noted that since Kumar was remarried now, therefore he was not entitled to get any compensation towards loss of dependency.
Ahmedabad: Virat Kohli looks an effective captain in the international arena simply because he has got two successful captains like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in the side, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said. Dhoni is considered as one of India’s greatest captains having won two World Cups while Rohit has been a very successful franchise skipper leading Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented four IPL titles. “Still a long way to go for him (Kohli). Kohli was very good in the last World Cup (in England) but he has a long way to go. He captains so well in international cricket because he has got Rohit Sharma, he had MS Dhoni for a long time,” Gambhir told reporters after interacting with the students of a university on Thursday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Citing Kohli’s record in the Indian Premier League, Gambhir said a skipper’s effectiveness is tested when you don’t have the services of several talented players. “Captaincy credentials are noticed when you are leading a franchise, when you do not have other players supporting you,” said Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles. “I have been honest whenever I have spoken about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that with RCB, the results are there for everyone to see”, the cricketer-turned politician said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Gambhir also backed limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma to open the batting in the Test format. “I think KL Rahul has been given a longer run. It is time for Rohit to open the batting in Test cricket. If you pick him in the squad, he has to be a part of the playing XI. If he does not fit your playing XI, no point in picking him in the squad of 15 or 16. He is too good a player to be sitting on the bench.” Gambhir revealed that he thought about quitting cricket in 2007 after he was overlooked for the ODI World Cup squad. “In 2007, when I missed the 50-over World Cup, that was the lowest moment in my cricketing career. I had given up on cricket. Before that, I had missed both U-15 and U-19 World Cups. “In 2007, I thought I was the closest to playing the World Cup, but when they did not include me in the squad, I had almost given up on cricket,” Gambhir said. However, in the same year, India were crowned champions of the maiden T20 World Cup in in South Africa with Gambhir finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. “Then I was chosen in World T20 in 2007 and I got dismissed for a duck in the first match against Pakistan. But as fate has it, I finished as the leading run-scorer in the World Cup and we ended up winning the tournament so one should never give up,” Gmabhir said. Gambhir said that he wanted to face Shane Warne in international cricket. He added that he only played against the leg-spinner in the IPL and he did not find it that tough. “I wished I could have faced Shane Warne in international cricket. I only played against him in Indian Premier League (IPL) and I did not find it that difficult,” Gambhir said. Talking about the state of cricket in Delhi, Gambhir said that budding cricketers don’t get much help from associations and selection committee. “In Delhi, you do not get help from many people, the association and selection committee also does not help that much, so people understand that one must work hard in order to stand out among the crowd.”
New Delhi: Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Friday said that she has sent an email to the Home Secretary of Government of India seeking information, on behalf of her mother, about the number of “detentions and arrests” taken place in the state after the Centre revoked the J&K’s special status under Article 370 on August 5. “I, Iltija emailed the Home Secretary of GOI & Home Secretary of J&K on 18th September seeking certain information for my mother, Ms Mufti. I am still awaiting a response,” Iltija, who operates her mother twitter account since she was detained, said in a tweet. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIltija said that her mother has no access to any newspaper and has not had any political briefing from any member of her party or staff. “In my meeting with her, my mother expressed concern at the number of detentions and arrests (and in particular the reports of detention of children)that have taken place in the state,” she wrote.In a copy of her letter shared, Iltija also sought about the number of people detained or undertrials who have been moved out of state, number of people detained under Jammu Kashmir Public Safety Act and people for whom habeas corpus petition have been filed or a notice has been issued in the Jammu Kashmir High Court. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenShe also sought data on the number of districts or place still under prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC on behalf of her mother. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court earlier in the day had issued a notice to the J&K administration over a plea challenging the detention of children in the state. Several mainstream politicians, activists, businessman have been placed under detention or house arrest ever since the Centre revoked Article 370 that provided special status to J&K.(Inputs taken from The Indian Express)
A murder, two suspects, an indifferent lawyer, and honour, code, and loyalty above all – the 5th leg of Aadyam will start with a rendition of Aaron Sorkin’s renowned play, A Few Good Men, at Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium.The play will be directed by theatre polymath Nadir Khan, who has previously directed an adaptation of the classic film, Twelve Angry Men, under the aegis of Aadyam. A script that has gained worldwide acclaim for its 1992 Academy Award-nominated movie adaptation directed by Rob Reiner, A Few Good Men is inspired by true events, depicting a courtroom drama that follows the trial of two US Navy mariners accused of murdering one of their own. Also Read – The Puja carnivalThe story highlights the inherent flaw of a system that rewards following orders ‘no-questions-asked’, and the potential culpability of those executing the orders. It makes for a gripping play that has enthralled audiences ever since it was first produced on Broadway by David Brown in 1989. Aadyam’s version of this riveting military drama has Nadir Khan directing an ensemble cast including Rajit Kapur who plays Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep, Neil Bhoopalam as Lt. Daniel A Kaffee, Ira Dubey as the persistent lawyer Lt. Cdr. Joanne Galloway, Danish Hussain, Ashwin Mushran, Tavish Bhattacharya, Junaid Khan, Sukant Goel, Kenny Desai, Siddharth Kumar, Suresh Venkat, Sahir Mehta, Zeus Paranjape, and Rohit Dandwani. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraNadir Khan, Director of this production says, “5 years in a row with Aadyam is pressure enough. And when you’re doing a text as iconic as this one, you better make sure you’ve got a cracking cast to match Sorkin’s superb writing. Thankfully, we’ve managed that. Really looking forward to getting this one up and running.” Shernaz Patel, Artistic Director of Aadyam said, “Aadyam Season 5 launches with this high stakes, brilliantly crafted, sharp military drama. It’s a world that we have not often seen on the Indian stage. What’s especially great about the play is that even though it speaks about big issues like what constitutes honour and the “goodness” of men, issues we are all grappling with today, it is written with abundant humour and wit. It’s a taut court martial story, it’s fast paced, allows for intricate staging and has beautifully etched characters. In the hands of Nadir Khan who has wowed us every year with his exceptional direction of iconic plays like ‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ and ‘Sing India Sing’, and this brilliant ensemble cast it’s undoubtedly going to be a fabulous theatre experience.” A Few Good Men opens at Kamani Auditorium on September 28, 2019.
Nandu K Belani, Chairman, Belani Group has assumed charge as President of CREDAI Bengal for another term. He was announced President on the occasion of 30th Annual General Meeting held at ITC Royal Bengal on September 19. Piyush Bhagat of Space Group and Sanjay Jain of Siddha Group were announced Vice Presidents for the year 2019 – 20. The new committee of Managing and Executive Members of CREDAI Bengal for the following term was announced in the presence of members of the real estate association.
New Delhi: The Congress on Friday said the government’s “constant rollbacks” may give an “impression of progress through stock market bumps” but these will lead to worsening of the economic situation and are unlikely to revive investments.Questioning the timing of the corporate tax cut announcement, the opposition party alleged that it has been dictated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘HowdyModi’ event in the United States. Terming ‘HowdyModi’ the “world’s most expensive event ever”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he is “amazed” at what Prime Minister Modi is ready to do for a stock market bump ahead of the event in Houston. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Amazing what PM is ready to do for a stock market bump during his Howdy Indian Economy jamboree. At + 1.4 Lakh Crore Rs. the Houston event is the world’s most expensive event, ever! But, no event can hide the reality of the economic mess ‘HowdyModi’ has driven India into (sic),” Gandhi said on Twitter. The Congress party said in its official Twitter handle, “The constant rollbacks and erratic decisions taken by this government may give the impression of progress through stock market bumps but will further decrease investor confidence and lead to worsening of the economic situation in the country.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe government on Friday slashed the corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17 per cent and offered a lower rate to 17.01 per cent for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth rate from a six-year low by incentivising investments to help create jobs. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh welcomed the reduction in corporate tax rates but expressed doubts on whether the step will revive investment. Asking whether it was the prime minister’s “trump card”, he said the government’s move does nothing to dispel the fear that pervades India Inc. “A headline-itis afflicted, panic-stricken Modi Sarkar has cut corporate tax rates less than 3 months after a Budget and 4 months before the next one. This is welcome but it is doubtful whether investment will revive. This does nothing to dispel fear that pervades in India Inc,” Ramesh said on Twitter. “Timing of FM announcement dictated by #HowdyModi event. PM can now say, ‘I have come to Texas promising lower Taxes’. Is this his ‘trump card’?,” the Congress leader asked. Another Congress leader, Abhishek Singhvi, said drastic reduction in corporate tax rate is good but the arbitrage between highest effective individual tax rate of 42 per cent and higher effective corporate rate of 25 per cent begins to look absurd. “Good: GOI, FM reduce corporate tax rate drastically. But arbitrage between highest individual tax rate (42% effective) and highest effective corporate rate of 25% begins to look even more absurd. If animal instincts are required for growth, I predict 35% Individual rate yields more than 42% (sic)!” he tweeted. Announcing the latest set of measures to jump-start flagging growth, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the reduction in tax rates has been done by promulgating an ordinance to an amendment to the Income Tax Act. Battling a six-year low economic growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate, Sitharaman announced the step two-and-half-months after presenting her maiden Budget, that was hailed as “development-friendly” and “future-oriented”. The fiscal measure announced by her will cost the government Rs 1.45 lakh crore in revenue annually. In the fourth phase of post-budget economic stimulus measures, Sitharaman cut base corporate tax for existing companies to 22 per cent from current 30 per cent and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after October 1, 2019 and starting operations before March 31, 2023, to 15 per cent from current 25 per cent.
Gurugram: It took an untimely and painful death of 23-year-old techie Subhashree to make citizens realise the dangers of illegal hoardings and banners. It is election time in Gurugram, an event that has become an excuse for party workers of various parties to use the public property for not only defacing the property but also putting the commuters at risk by installing various hoardings.More than a week after the accident in Chennai, illegal haordings and banner continue to pose challenges to the commuters in the city. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesJust three days after the accident in Chennai on September 15, the Gurugram traffic police had received a complaint on its social media where one of the workers of a party was brazen enough to put the banner on the traffic lights. The banner was eventually removed by the officials of Gurugram traffic police. For a city that is no stranger in seeing a lot of illegal hoardings and being put at several places, the sudden accident caused in Chennai has forced the authorities to act. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDespite a stringent section of Haryana property defacement act 1989, no charges have been framed in the recent months that has resulted in not only partyworkers but even small businesses blatantly flouting the norms. It is important to note that under the Haryana property defacement act (1989), there can be a fine of Rs 10,000 that can be levied failing which there is also a provison of imprisonment of certain months. The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in collaboration with Gurugram traffic police on their part have now begun to remove the posters in several areas. The MCG has allotted 233 places where the political parties and small businesses can do promotions. In various parts of Old Gurugram however, the problem still exists. Some of the areas where a large number of illegal hoardings can be seen are Maharaja Agrasen Chowk, Old bus stand area Bhim Nagar, Shivaji Nagar, Subash Chowk, and Sector-56. “To say that no action has been taken against illegal hoarding will be slightly unfair. We have already removed the illegal hoardings from various places and based on the complaints from several citizens we keep carrying out campaigns to remove such hoardings,” said a senior official from MCG. “As a party, we encourage our party workers to only put banners in those places that do not cause inconvenience to the citizens. We do not support the idea of cheap promotion of self where hoardings and banners are being put illegally,” said a member of the political party.
New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Friday wrote to the police commissioner alleging she and her husband have been receiving death threats following the panel’s crackdown on spa and massage parlours in the Nationalcapital. In the letter, DCW chief Swati Maliwal has written that she has been informed that the prostitution racket running in spas has deep nexus and is being operated by 10 to 12 big wigs in the Capital. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”My husband Navin Jaihind has yesterday received several threatening messages on his Whatsapp from some spa owners. Further, a threatening call against me and my husband has also been received on the 181 Women Helpline and the audio clip,” she said in the letter to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. “These messages contain direct threats to kill and assault me and my family. The fact that they have tried to approach my husband instead of approaching me directly reveals their plan to target and intimidate my family,” she said in the letter. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarDCW chief said she shall continue to do the same with vigor and passion and nothing will deter me from fighting against trafficking and prostitution kingpins. “I request your good self to take the necessary action as per law against these persons who are trying to intimidate me and my family,” she said in the letter. DCW had summoned senior MCD and Police officials on September 9 in the matter and had directed them to ensure that sex rackets in spa be immediately closed down. It was decided in the meeting that the three MCD would be taking proper steps and changing their licensing mechanism to ensure that sex rackets do not operate in spa and massage centre. Later the BJP-led South Corporation decided that it will soon change its policy on the operation of spas and massage parlours, which will also include a ban on massage service offered by a person of the opposite gender.
Kolkata: A biker died at Santragachhi railway station on Friday afternoon after he, along with his bike, got stuck under a locomotive.According to sources, the Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express left Howrah Station at around 12 pm. Around 12:06 pm it was crossing Santragachi railway station. All of a sudden, the locomotive pilot felt a jerk as if some object had got stuck in its wheels. But before he could stop the train, an explosion happened. After running a few metres, the train finally came to a halt. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the locomotive pilot came down, he saw a bike stuck under the locomotive which was still burning. He immediately informed Santragachi station master over his wireless set. Soon the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and other Railway officials rushed to the spot and doused the fire. Following this, the bike, along with a man’s charred body was recovered. Later it was learnt that the person was trying to cross the railway track using the road meant for use by the Railway personnel. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe locomotive pilot did not see him as the bike came in front of the train at the last moment. As soon as the bike was hit by the locomotive, it got stuck under the engine. Due to friction, sparks were produced and it came in touch with petrol and the bike caught fire. However, no problem was found in the locomotive after proper inspection and thus the train left for its destination after almost half-an-hour. According to South Eastern Railway officials, there is a horizontal road for Railway employees to crossover to the other side of the Santragachi railway yard. Despite it being closed for commoners, many locals allegedly use it as a thoroughfare when no vigilance is there. On Friday, the deceased was doing the same when he failed to notice that a train was coming. The body, along with the bike, has been handed over to the Government Railway Police for further course of action.
Kolkata: Tension cropped up in Shraddhananda Park area after the decomposed body of an elderly woman was recovered on Thursday night. Though police initially suspected foul play, it later became clear that the deceased had died most probably due to cardiac arrest a few days ago.According to police, on Thursday night at around 10 pm, Amherst Street police station was informed that a decomposed body had been found inside a house located at 123/A, Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani. Immediately, police rushed to the spot and recovered the body. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring preliminary investigation, the deceased was identified as Nandita Ghosh (75). Police also came to know that she was staying there alone the last few days. Sources claimed that her family members had gone somewhere, leaving Ghosh in the house. On Thursday night, they returned home and before entering the house, Ghosh’s daughter-in-law felt a foul smell coming from inside their residential premises. When she tried to knock on the door, she found that it was not locked from inside. As soon as she went inside, saw her mother-in-law’s body on the bed in a decomposed state. She soon informed the other family members and police. During investigation, the Homicide Section of the Detective Department was called in for any possible foul play. According to Deputy Commissioner, North Division, Debasis Sarkar, no signs of foul play were found by the homicide section after checking the premises. Later, an unnatural death case was registered.
Panaji: The all-powerful GST Council on Friday more than doubled the tax on caffeinated beverages but slashed the same on hotel tariffs and some goods with a view to addressing sectoral concerns in a slowing economy. The GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and having representatives of all states, however, did not take a decision on cutting tax on automobiles as well as items like biscuits which had seen fall in sales on slowing consumption and demand. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraSitharaman said caffeinated beverages will be charged with 28 per cent tax plus a 12 per cent compensation cess in place of the current tax rate of 18 per cent. This will bring them at par with the tax rate charged on aerated drinks. Also, aerated drink manufacturers have been excluded from the composition scheme and restrictions placed on refund of compensation cess on tobacco products. To boost job-creating hospitality industry and tourism, the GST (goods and services tax) on hotel rooms with tariffs of up to Rs 1,000 per night will be nil. The same for tariff of between Rs 1,001 and Rs 7,500 per night has been cut to 12 per cent from the existing 18 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSimilarly, the tax on room tariff of above Rs 7,500 has been slashed to 18 per cent from the existing 28 per cent. Passenger vehicles of engine capacity 1,500 cc in case of diesel, 1,200 cc in case of petrol and length not exceeding 4,000 mm designed for carrying up to 9 persons attract compensation cess of 1 per cent for petrol and 3 per cent for diesel vehicle over and above the 28 per cent tax rate. Council recommended same compensation cess rate for vehicles having these specifications (length and engine capacity) but designed for carrying more than 10 persons but up to 13 persons, she said adding presently these vehicles attract compensation cess at the rate of 15 per cent. In all, the GST Council revised rates on 20 goods and 12 services. Sources said the changes will have “very minor” revenue implication as an increase in tax would make up for reductions. The Council cut the GST rate on slide fasteners (zips) to 12 per cent from 18 per cent on marine fuel to 5 per cent from 18 per cent on wet grinders to 5 per cent from 12 per cent and to nil on dried tamarind and plates and cups made up of leaves/flowers/bark from current 5 per cent. Also, the GST was cut to 0.25 per cent on cut and polished semi-precious stones from present 3 per cent. A 5 per cent GST would be applicable on specified goods used for oil and gas exploration and production under the licensing policy. She said import of specified defence goods not being manufactured indigenously, the supply of goods and services to FIFA for organising under-17 Women’s Football World Cup in India, and supply of goods and services to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) for specified projects in India has been exempt from GST. A uniform GST rate of 12 per cent on polypropylene/polyethylene woven and non-woven bags and sacks used for the packing of goods will be levied in place of present rates of 5 per cent/12 per cent/18 per cent, respectively. The Council exempted fishmeal as well as pulley, wheels and other parts for agricultural machinery from GST for specified periods. The minister said the rate changes shall be made effective from October 1.
Yangon: Expanding its international services, IndiGo on Friday launched daily direct flights from Kolkata to Yangon in Myanmar. The no-frills airline would be the second Indian carrier to fly to Yangon after Air India. Myanmar is the fifth Southeast Asian destination for IndiGo, the country’s largest carrier in terms of domestic market share. The new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travellers who are on the lookout for new and affordable flying options between the two countries, IndiGo said in a release. The fare is Rs 5,999. The flight, operated with an A320 neo plane, was accorded a ceremonial water cannon salute when it landed at around 2.15 pm local time (1.15 pm India time).
Mumbai: Asserting that the Reserve Bank is more than autonomous, governor Shaktikanta Das Friday said though the central bank engages with the government in free and frank discussions, there is no interference from it when it comes to taking decisions. Das said the differences of opinion between the government and the monetary authority happens in all the countries as the perspectives are different, but it is essential to discuss, talk and resolve the differences. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Let me tell you, there is lot of interaction between the RBI and the government. But, so far as decision-making is concerned or taking a final call on any issue is concerned, I can tell you, with all my confidence, that they are taken by the RBI and the RBI is more than 100 percent autonomous in decision-making. Nobody interferes in my decision-making,” Das told an event organised by the media house India Today group. He said there has to be exchanges of ideas and explaining one’s position to the other is necessary as it creates a harmonious and healthy relationship. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe conversations with the government cannot be stopped because the government is the sovereign and the RBI is part of the sovereign, he underlined. “The RBI is not a cheerleader for anyone but people who say the central bank should not be a cheerleader for the government, I have one question: ‘Do you expect the central bank to go on lecturing and abusing the government on the economy?'” Das wondered aloud. There will be differences of opinions, there is a difference of opinion between the RBI and the government on several issues but we do talk and these discussions are internally, he explained. “If at the drop of a hat, I rush to the media and make a statement expressing my differences with the government, then what it is going to achieve,” Das asked and said it is desirable that such expression of dissent is done internally. “In fact, let me may tell you when you have such discussions, the central bank carries greater weight in getting things which it wants to get done,” the governor said. It can be recalled that during the tenors of the past two governors–Raghuram Rajan and Urjit Patel–the differences between the government and the Mint Road began to spill onto the public domain. This had both of them leaving and also the deputy governor Viral Acharya.
NEW DELHI: The AAP-led Delhi government on Friday decided to expand the bike ambulance project, which was earlier restricted only to East Delhi. In a tweet, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal praised the success of AAP’s pilot project bike ambulance, which will now be accessible to people all across the city. The success of the project prompted the CM to include the entire capital and increase the number of bikes.As per the report, over 600 calls were made within the few months of the launch of the project, which saved many lives. The ambulances are also known as first responder vehicles (FRVs). Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe state government had launched 16 bikes in February to provide first aid to those in need of emergency care in the congested districts of East and North-East Delhi. The FRV is not meant for transporting patients, but simply to provide first aid till the ambulance arrives. The average time that the ambulance usually takes is 20 minutes, but the FRVs reach to attend emergency patients within ten minutes. “I am happy that patients living in narrow bylanes of Delhi too are getting health facilities through bike ambulances. A plan is underway to expand this service to entire Delhi,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarKejriwal issued a statement saying, “A large number of Delhi’s people live in unauthorised colonies or other such areas where streets are very narrow. I was very concerned about how to provide better emergency healthcare to the people living in these colonies. With this in mind, the bike ambulance service was launched. It was started on a pilot basis in East Delhi and it has shown excellent results. The Delhi government is planning to extend the service to the entire city.” The pilot project has shown “excellent results,” Kejriwal was quoted as saying in the statement. The facilities available in FRVs include a portable oxygen cylinder, a first aid kit and dressing materials, air-splints, foldable transfer sheets, ambu bags, glucometer, pulse oxymeter, a portable manual suction machine, a GPS device and a communication device. According to a govt statement, these FRVs are manned by trained ambulance manpower.
Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, has been declared as India’s official entry for the 92nd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category, earlier known as Best Foreign Language Film category. A few countries have already announced their candidates for the prestigious award. While Japan has selected Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You, the 2019 Palme d’Or-winning, Parasite, will be South Korea’s official entry to the Oscars. Iran picked Finding Farideh, a documentary film by Kourosh Ataee and Azadeh Moussavi as its entry. Game Of Thrones’ Carice Van Houten stars alongside Marwan Kenzari in Instinct, which is the Netherlands’ official pick this year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Last year, Village Rockstars was selected as India’s official entry to the 91st Academy Awards. The film, which was shot using a hand-held camera within a shoe-string budget, was selected from 29 films that were nominated including Raazi, Padmaavat, Hichki, October, Love Sonia, Mahanati, Pihu, Kadvi Hawa, Bioscopewala, Manto, 102 Not out, Padman, Bhayanakam, Ajji, Nude, Gali Guliiyan among others. So far, only three films from India have made it till the last round and were, as a result, nominated in the foreign language film category at the Oscars – Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! (1988), and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan (2001). The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, US. (Inputs from The Indian Express)
Ludhiana: Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday expressed confidence that the Congress will win all the four assembly bypolls in Punjab and said it is the only party that can ensure the state’s development Bypolls in Phagwara, Jalalabad, Dakha and Mukerian assembly seats will be held on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24. The party is prepared to fight the bypolls and its campaign will revolve around the state government’s progressive and welfare schemes, he told reporters at the inauguration of a two-day Kisan and Pashu Palan Mela here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “The people of Punjab will once again put their seal of electoral approval on the Congress, which has proved itself in the last two and a half years of governance in the state. It’s the only party equipped to ensure the development of Punjab,” the chief minister asserted. He said the people of the state will reject the regressive and divisive politics of opposition parties. The bypolls are likely to witness a three-cornered fight among the AAP, the SAD-BJP combine and the ruling Congress which is looking to maintain its winning momentum in Punjab. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Responding to a question on service charges of USD 20 per head proposed by Pakistan for Kartarpur Corridor pilgrims, Singh said he has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to get this “jaziya” abolished to ensure “Khulle Darshan Didar”. ‘Jaziya’ was a tax imposed on non-Muslims in earlier times. The Kartarpur Corridor, which is being constructed at a fast pace on the Indian side, aims to provide easy access to devotees of Sri Guru Nanak Dev and this Pakistan should respect, he said. Earlier, the chief minister appealed to farmers not to resort to paddy stubble burning, as a mark of respect to the first Sikh Guru, whose 550th Prakash Purb will be celebrated in November. Happy Seeding machines are being distributed by the Punjab government and these will not only help in stubble management but also ensure increased productivity for farmers, he added. The theme of the Kisan Mela has been chosen from the sacred ‘bani’ of Guru Nanak Dev’s ‘Pawan Guru pani pita mata dharat mahatt’, Singh said. The burning of paddy stubble poses a major environmental threat, besides damaging the texture of soil and human health, the chief minister cautioned. He called upon farmers to take full advantage of subsidised straw management machinery. These are being provided at 50-80 per cent subsidy. The state government has provided 28,600 implements worth Rs 269.38 crore to farmers during 2018-19 and an amount of Rs 273.80 crore would be incurred for about 28,000 implements for the management of paddy straw during the current 2019-20 fiscal, Singh said. He also announced that the state government will develop a sugarcane research and training institute at Gurdaspur, besides establishing an agricultural market innovation research and intelligence centre at Mohali. The centre will provide necessary support and assistance to farmers in marketing their diversified crops, the chief minister said. Addressing farmers gathered at the Mela at the Punjab Agriculture University, Singh stressed on the need to switch to crop diversification to conserve depleting ground water. The state has already developed a diversification plan to shift nearly 10 lakh hectares from rice to alternative, less water intensive crops, he said. Listing the initiatives for crop diversification, Singh said a state-of-the-art Indian Institute of Maize Research was being set up at Ladhowal, while a Postgraduate Institute of Horticulture Research & Education was coming up at Amritsar.
Etah (UP): The owner of a firecracker factory along with five others died in a blast after a stash of crackers stored in her house caught fire on Saturday morning here, officials said. The blast occurred at 35-year-old Munni Devi’s house in Takia locality under Mirhachi Police Station area, police said, adding that she was the co-owner of the factory along with one Giriraj who lives in the same neighbourhood. Devi along with Anjali (8), Radha (12), Khushi (6), Sheetal (18) and Rajni (14) perished in the explosion, District Magistrate Sukhlal Bharti said. Around eight persons including Devi’s daughters- Pooja and Madhuri sustained injuries and were referred to Saifai for treatment, he added.
New Delhi: After-sales services firm OnsiteGo expects its revenue to grow about eight-fold to over Rs 2,500 crore in four years and launch an initial public offering (IPO) during the same period on account of foray into the business-to-consumer segment, a top company official said. The company provides extended warranty on mobile phones, consumer electronics and appliances products and claims to have scaled up its revenue to around Rs 190 crore last year following a fund infusion of around Rs 13 crore in 2015 from venture capital firm Accel. Currently, the firm is in the business-to-business segment. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “This year, we are looking at Rs 340 crore. We hope to get around Rs 600 crore next year, Rs 1,200 crore in the year after that and Rs 2,500 crore in the subsequent year,” OnsiteGo Chief Executive Officer Kunal Mahipal told PTI. The company provides an extended warranty of up to four years on technology products and gets them repaired across any of the 400-450 service centres across the country. The mobile phones category contributes around 25 per cent to the OnsiteGo business, followed by televisions (17-18 per cent). However, its television segment business is growing faster now. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “We acquire 2,35,000 customers every month. We have been able to achieve it through our partner brands. Next, we are going into the business-to-consumer (B2C) segment to acquire customers directly through annual maintenance contracts,” Mahipal said. The company has an app for this purpose which it claims is being used by around 8,000 retailers and has set a target to expand the service across 1 lakh retailers that will fuel the growth of its business, Mahipal said. OnsiteGo is in the process of closing a funding round of around Rs 175 crore, for expanding its business. “We are closing the funding soon as half of the work has been done and we will close it by the next month and will be using that to expand our business. We are expecting to raise close to USD 25 million from a private equity and, then, we have a plan to go for an IPO in next 2-3 years,” Mahipal said. The company’s promoters currently hold 60-65 per cent stake in the company. OnsiteGo is also planning to increase its team fivefold to 1,200-1,500 from around 300 currently. “When we scale our revenue model, we don’t need to scale in the 1:1 ratio. We expect to hire 100 people in the next six months. We have a current team size of 275-300. I expect it to be at a scale of 1,200-1,500 people when we reach revenue of around Rs 2,500 crore,” Mahipal said.
New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Sunday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought Rs 2,000 crore as urgent relief for the flood-affected state. Speaking to reporters, he said the Centre has assured that a decision on providing assistance from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) will be taken after a central team, which is assessing the extent of damage in the state, submits its report in the next two-three days. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “We have demanded Rs 2,000 crore central assistance for flood relief. We have resource constraint. Despite all, the state government has released about Rs 1,000 crore so far. Release of central funds will ease the burden on us,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here. Most likely a decision on this matter will be taken after the prime minister returns to India, he added. Shah has assured that flood relief and other emergency works will not be affected in the state as they have been exempted from the purview of the poll code, according to Yeddyurappa. Bypolls in the state will be held on October 21. Karnataka deputy chief ministers Ashwath Narayan and Laxman Savadi and home minister Basavaraj Bommai were also present in the meeting. The state government has estimated Rs 38,451 crore damage due to the floods in the state.
New Delhi: A national e-assessment centre (NeAC) will be setup in the national capital as part of the government’s ambitious plan to launch faceless and nameless assessment for income tax payers from next month. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the Income-tax department, has issued an order for the creation of the Centre. The Centre will have 16 officials and will be headed by a Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (PCCIT) as its chief. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe NeAC will be an independent office looking after the exclusive work of e-assessment, a senior official told PTI. While 1984-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer K M Prasad has been appointed as the chief or PCCIT of the new Centre, 1993-batch IRS officer Ashish Abrol has been appointed as the Commissioner or second-in-command of the new unit, they said. Staff strength in the junior ranks will be bolstered in the future, officials said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the e-assessment scheme will be rolled out from October 8– when ‘Vijayadashami’ will be celebrated. The NeAC will serve notices to the assessees specifying the issues for selection of their case for assessment and after a response is received from them within 15 days, the centre will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system, a government notification had earlier said. “A person shall not be required to appear either personally or through authorised representative in connection with any proceedings under this scheme (e-assessment) before the income-tax authority at the National e-assessment Centre or Regional e-assessment Centre or any unit set up under this scheme,” the notification stated. In case assessees or their authorised representatives want personal hearing to make their submissions or present their case before the income-tax authority, they will be allowed to do so “in any unit” and such hearings shall be conducted exclusively through video links or any other such facility, it said. In her budget speech, Sitharaman had said the existing system of I-T scrutiny assessments involves a high-level personal interaction between the taxpayer and the department, which leads to certain undesirable practices on the part of tax officials. “To eliminate such instances, and to give shape to the vision of the prime minister, a scheme of faceless assessment in electronic mode involving no human interface is being launched this year in a phased manner.” “To start with, such e-assessments shall be carried out in cases requiring verification of certain specified transactions or discrepancies,” she had said.
New Delhi: On concerns of any expenditure cut to meet fiscal deficit due to tax break, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday that the government is not intending any such move as of now. In fact, the expenditure secretary is having weekly meeting with various departments to push spending by them as per the Budget plan. He is asking every ministry to spend the money given in the Budget and even asked the agriculture ministry to push PM-KISAN scheme for which target is 14.5 crore farmers, she added. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOn the fiscal deficit target, she said any decision on tweaking the target would be taken near Budget. “The decision will be taken near the next Budget,” she said. The government has fixed fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent of the gross domestic product for the current financial year. India has become a highly competitive investment destination post corporate tax reduction as the rates are now lower than that in China and most Southeast Asian countries, Finance Minister said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIndia was earlier at disadvantage because of a couple of factors and on top of it was the high corporate tax rate, she said, adding that the reduction has made it attractive for foreign investors, including iPhone maker Apple, to set up units in the country. “The top consideration on which India was rejected as investment destination is now better than everybody else… For some one who is coming up with new investment, no country is offering 15 per cent (tax rate). We are giving 15 per cent with no MAT (minimum alternate tax) and simpler taxation structure,” she said. Quoting experts, she said India is now much better than China in terms of rate, transparency, and tax administration so companies can now look at India for setting up new units. “Apple and its entire ecosystem’s moving will have a greater impact. Everyone who comes now will straightaway get 15 per cent tax benefit. Component manufacturers of Apple in China will find India more attractive to have units at 15 per cent in India than 25 per cent there,” she said. Apple or any foreign company can come and set up business and enjoy the competitive rate of 15 per cent, she said, adding that the stipulated timeline for the product roll-out from the new unit is on or before March 31, 2023. In the biggest reduction in 28 years, the government on Friday slashed corporate tax by almost 10 percentage points as it looked to pull the economy out of a six-year low growth and a 45-year high unemployment rate by reviving private investments with a Rs 1.45-lakh crore tax break. Base corporate tax for existing companies has been reduced to 22 per cent from the current 30 per cent; and for new manufacturing firms, incorporated after October 1, 2019 and starting operations before March 31, 2023, to 15 per cent from the current 25 per cent. India had the highest effective corporate tax rate of 38.05 per cent in 1997. Companies in China, South Korean and Indonesia pay 25 per cent tax, while those in Malaysia pay 24 per cent. Only Japan has a higher tax than India at 30.6 per cent. Hong Kong has the lowest corporate tax rate of 16.5 per cent, while Singapore has 17 per cent rate and Thailand and Vietnam levy 20 per cent tax on companies. The finance minister also made it clear that the upward revision of corporate tax rate from this level would be difficult. “Anybody who wants to change will have to go to Parliament, she said, adding that it will be difficult to increase tax rate from this level as justification for raising would be difficult,” she added. With regard to reduction in personal income tax, she said there is nothing at the moment and the government has not thought about it. With regard to disinvestment, she said the government is on track to meet the target. The government will focus on 23 companies which has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), she said, adding that the Air India call will be taken by the Group of Minister which will meet in the next few days. To give a push to further improve liquidity, the finance minister said, she has called meeting of private sector banks as well.
Madrid: Barcelona threw on their stars of the present and the future but neither Lionel Messi nor Ansu Fati could save them from a dismal 2-0 defeat away at Granada. Messi was still not deemed fit enough to start at Los Carmenes while Fati, the 16-year-old who has lit up La Liga in recent weeks, also began the game on the bench on Saturday. But while both came on at half-time with Barca trailing to Ramon Azeez’s opener, it was Granada that scored again, Alvaro Vadillo converting a penalty after Arturo Vidal was found guilty of a handball. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuBarcelona have now won only two of their opening five league games and none away from Camp Nou, this their second loss already, just one fewer than the three they suffered during the entirety of last season. With seven points on the board, this is their worst start to a season since 1994. “Obviously I am worried,” said coach Ernesto Valverde. “Because we are not getting good results and when that happens in two or three games, it means we are not playing well.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersInstead, Granada go top of the table after capitalising on Atletico Madrid’s goalless draw at home to Celta Vigo a few hours before. They will stay there until Sunday, when Sevilla, Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao could overtake them. Barcelona are sixth, grasping onto the consolation of Messi’s second substitute appearance in five days that now suggests he has finally recovered from the niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August. Their problems though are unlikely to be solved simply by their captain’s return. Junior Firpo’s error two minutes into his first start for the club gifted Granada their opening goal and set the tone for a chaotic night in defence. And up front, Antoine Griezmann was quiet again, with little in any of the combinations to suggest Ernesto Valverde has yet worked out who will form his best attacking trio and in what positions. “In the end, the coach is responsible and I feel responsible,” Valverde said. “I always think you can win or lose but at least you have to deserve to win when you lose, and today it hasn’t been like that.” Firpo’s mistake came early, as he shaped to play a long ball over the top back to his goalkeeper. Instead, the lively Roberto Soldado stole possession and slipped in Antonio Puertas. With Firpo on the floor, Gerard Pique scrambled across but Puertas’ shot only looped up off the defender to the back post where Azeez headed in. Granada seemed hungrier than Barca and their dominance persuaded Valverde to make two changes at half-time, Messi and Fati replacing Carles Perez and Firpo. Messi won a free-kick 30 yards out but hit it straight at the wall while Marc-Andre ter Stegen fumbled a cross and had to react quickly to claw it back off his own line. Any hopes of a Barca comeback were dashed in the 66th minute as Vidal handballed at the end of a scramble in the box and Vadillo made no mistake with the spot-kick. One break saw Messi supply Fati but the teenager took too long and then Messi tried himself but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper. In the end, Granada were comfortable winners. Atletico could have returned to the top of La Liga but were frustrated by a determined Celta Vigo. After coming from two goals down to salvage a point against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, Atletico failed to sustain the momentum in a match of few chances at the Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Simeone’s side won their opening three league games but are now two without a victory, following last weekend’s shock defeat away at Real Sociedad. This latest setback leaves Simeone with familiar questions to answer about his side’s attacking threat. Summer signing Joao Felix started before being replaced by Alvaro Morata in the second half, the Spanish striker available again after recovering from a knee injury. But neither Felix nor Morata, or their partner Diego Costa, could conjur up the decisive opening, with full-backs Renan Lodi and Kieran Trippier by far the team’s most creative outlets. Atletico drop to third in the table while Celta climb to 14th.
New Delhi: Airports Authority of India, the sole provider of air navigation services and responsible for management of airports across the country is participating in the 25th World Route Development Forum –World Routes 2019 at Adelaide in Australia. The India Pavilion jointly representing Airports Authority of India and Mumbai International Airport at this global event was formally inaugurated on Sunday by Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAAI’s stall at World Routes 2019 will showcase its various technologies and initiatives like GPS-aided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) & Skyrev360 and exhibit the milestones achieved by AAI in various facets of Indian Civil Aviation Sector. Apart from this, AAI will also market vast potential of AAI’s International Airports like Chennai International Airport, NSCBI Airport, Kolkata; Pune International Airport on this global platform for future destinations. World Routes is the global meeting place for every airline, airport and aviation stakeholder.
New Delhi: The government is planning to set up a facility for satellite mapping and documentation to create a central heritage database of archaeological sites and artefacts, sources said Sunday.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will create this digital repository with the help of the Tata Trust, which will build this facility under its Corporate Social Responsibility. The data will be hosted in India with high-security cloud-based access. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”ASI will sign an MoU to this effect with the Tata Trust soon and this will mean that unknown archaeological sites and related antiquities can be discovered and documented in over next 10 years using the satellite imagery and remote sensing technique,” a source said. The documentation through this technique will help in building a sound knowledge base and safe future of artefacts for the successful implementation of the key articles of the UNESCO Convention on the means of prohibiting and prevention of illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe first stop will be used for sites in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The MoU, the source said, will also help in constructing a cultural heritage database aimed at greater security and context for existing artefacts and monuments. “The prospective archaeological sites identified through these satellite imageries will be ground checked by professional archaeologists to assess their potential for detailed investigations. “The artefacts will also be documented with high-resolution technologies highlighting the history, archaeology, art history, provenance and other details,” a senior official of the culture ministry, under which the ASI operates, said. As a part of the MoU, the facility will help in undertaking capacity building programmes for students as well as practising archaeologists engaged in the field of survey, satellite mapping and remote sensing. “An academic curriculum based on this would be designed along with satellite remote sensing labs at Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya Institute of Archaeology,” the source said. The project will be enabled through a crowd-sourced expedition of virtual explorers, community hubs of citizen archaeologists to assist with local fieldwork and a global platform that makes cultural heritage data accessible to all.
Kolkata: Two separate incidents of mysterious death have occurred in the state, with local residents claiming that the fear of being driven out of the country due to NRC was the probable cause.The NRC fear continues to loom large in the districts after some people failed to arrange various documents related to the issue. An elderly man from Basirhat’s Sashan, identified as Ayub Ali, has committed suicide in the fear of being driven out of the country, after implementation of NRC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe local residents said that the victim had been visiting the local BDO’s office for some documentation work, but failed to get some papers which he thought were essential for NRC. The family members said that Ali went to the BDO’s office on Saturday as well. He had repeatedly told his neighbours that he would be asked to leave the country after the NRC comes into force. The panic stricken man suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday night and was eventually declared brought dead by the doctors at a nearby hospital. The family members claimed that the threat of NRC claimed his life. The reason of his death is yet to be confirmed officially. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn a similar incident, Kalachand Midhe (42), a resident of Falta in South 24-Parganas, was found hanging from a tree inside a mango grove in his locality. The incident triggered tension among the local residents on Sunday morning. His family members and local residents claimed that he committed suicide after becoming apprehensive that his name would feature in the NRC list. His family members later identified the body. Midhe had been absconding since Saturday morning. Police have started an investigation to ascertain the cause of his death.
United Nations: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to articulate his government’s ambitions on renewable energy and make a call for a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure at UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ High-Level Climate Action Summit on Monday. Modi is among the first set of speakers at the Summit’s opening ceremony, a highly significant gesture given that only those Heads of State, Government and Ministers are invited to speak at the summit who will have any positive development to announce on climate action. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework India’s important role and contribution to global climate action efforts have been underlined by the fact that Modi is the fourth speaker at the Summit, after Guterres, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President of Marshall Islands Hilda Heine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak after Modi. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told PTI here that India’s approach to climate action is multifaceted because anything that we do has an impact, which is global in nature. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said the Indian Prime Minister could articulate his ambition towards renewable energy as well as propose a coalition of nations for disaster resistant infrastructure, similar to India’s leadership of the International Solar Alliance. So we are not looking at one area, one segment, we are looking at certainly renewable energy because energy is a key component. Also we are an energy-thirsty country so our needs of energy are huge and renewables are increasingly going to play a key role in that. What PM Modi will perhaps articulate is his ambition for renewables in the future beyond what was promised in 2015, Akbaruddin said. The Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2015 and aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Modi has said that India has a capacity of 4GW and the country has set a target of adding 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Guterres, while speaking to a select group of journalists at a special luncheon last week, said that in the Climate Action Summit only those Heads of State and Government and members of coalitions will speak who come with positive steps. So there is a kind of a ticket. You can speak only if you have come to announce something positive, he said. Guterres said while the UN is not making judgments about climate action efforts by nations, he asked them if they are ready to announce a positive development at the summit before inviting them to speak at it. If you have positive things to announce, you will be given the floor (at the Climate Action Summit). That was the criteria. Those who are ready to increase their efforts, we want them to speak. Those that do not want to increase their efforts, have nothing to announce, they can speak in other meetings, Guterres said. It is noteworthy that only around 63 nations have been invited to speak at the summit. The US, Brazil and Japan are not speaking at the high-level event. Akbaruddin further said that India is expected to talk about the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, a group of about 30 plus countries that will work towards common goals of having infrastructure, which is resilient to climate and disaster. India is working with countries like the UK and small island states like Fiji and Maldives who face problems of climatic nature. “So (India) will bring to the table this coalition as a tangible demonstration of our willingness to work in partnerships, he said. Akbaruddin added that India has the ability to convene people or countries that are not only geographically different but economically diverse as well. India, a member of the G-20, has many friends who are developing countries. So what we intend to do is to leverage that ability to work across the board and to bring to the table a group of countries who are ready to address issues of infrastructure. Whenever there is a cataclysmic climate event, infrastructure gets undermined and overwhelmed very quickly, and it becomes very difficult for developing countries or countries who do not have economic wherewithal to address these, he said. Further, India is expected to address issues about water preservation and sustainable use of energy by the transport sector. India is a water stress country and efforts we will do about preservation of water, how we will try and address water related issues is another major aspect, he said. Akbaruddin further said that transport and heavy transport are key users of energy and India will see how it can address the challenges and make them more sustainable. There are a whole host of issues that we will address in a holistic manner, but all will be tangible, very action-oriented and will be focused, he said. The Climate Action Summit will see leaders make national statements, followed by statements of coalitions and national statements again.
Montreal: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resumed his re-election campaign on Sunday with a promise to lower taxes, but once again had to apologise for a photo showing him in blackface makeup. Trudeau, 47, was already under fire for an ethics lapse and other controversies, and the decades-old photos and videos that resurfaced last week of him engaging in activities he has acknowledged as “racist” dealt a fresh blow to his chances. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAfter taking Saturday off, Trudeau travelled to Brampton on Sunday, in the central province of Ontario, where he announced two concrete measures aimed at wooing middle-class voters, the main targets of both his Liberal party and opposition Conservatives in the October 21 elections. If he is reelected, Trudeau said middle-class Canadians would not pay taxes on the first 15,000 Canadian dollars (USD 11,300) they earn. He also promised to cut Canadian cell phone plan costs, which he called “among the most expensive in the G7”, by 25 per cent. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests These two measures would “put more than 1,500 Canadian dollars a year back in the pockets of Canadian hard-working families”, he said. His main opponent, Conservative Andrew Scheer, has also promised his government would “put money back into Canadians’ pockets”. Trudeau then gave a press conference during which he faced a barrage of questions about the photos and videos that appeared in media outlets Wednesday, showing him dressed in blackface or brownface on multiple occasions in the 1990s and in 2001. “As a country, we need to keep working for diversity, working to fight racism and intolerance,” he said. “As an individual, I have to keep having extremely important conversations about choices made in the past and how I earn, once again, the trust of Canadians that I hurt.” The opposition has heavily criticised Trudeau, who as prime minister has presented himself as a champion of multiculturalism and a fighter of racism and discrimination. Accused of hypocrisy, Trudeau has apologised for the images, blaming the costume choice on youthful ignorance. According to multiple opinion polls published this weekend in Canadian media outlets, the Conservatives appear to have taken a slight lead over Trudeau’s Liberals since the scandal. Although the two parties were neck-and-neck at the start of the campaign, the Nanos Institute on Sunday tipped in favour of the opposition, with 35.5 per cent of Canadians saying they would vote for the Conservatives, versus 32.9 per cent for the Liberals. Results from the same poll, however, show Trudeau remains the top choice to become the next prime minister, with 31.5 per cent of Canadians favouring him compared to 29.2 per cent for his main opponent. Public broadcaster CBC’s poll aggregator also showed a spread of 34.6 per cent for the Conservatives versus 32.9 per cent for the Liberals, while a Forum Research study conducted after the images surfaced and published Sunday by the Toronto Star puts the two main parties on equal footing at 33 per cent each.
New Delhi: Actress Bhumi Pednekar was never apprehensive about “Bhoot Part 1- The Haunted Ship” when she signed it, and now she is sure the film is going to change the language of horror in India. Asked if she thought twice on signing the dotted lines for “Bhoot…”, Bhumi told IANS: “No. I had read the script and the director is a very dear friend of mine and I known about ‘Bhoot…’ since it’s inception and I knew this one is going to be a genre breaking film. It’s a film that is really going to change the language of horror in India.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The film is directed by Bhanu Pratap Singh and also stars Vicky Kaushal. “Bhoot…” follows a couple on an abandoned ship lying static on a beach; it is based on a true incident that took place in Mumbai. “Vicky is such a phenomenal actor. For the love of the script and people involved with the film I just had to do it and I have a lot of faith in Bhanu as a director he’s very promising,” she added. “Bhoot Part 1- The Haunted Ship” will release on February 21, 2020.
Lucknow: Doctors graduating from government medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh with an MBBS degree will have to work in villages for two years unless they go for higher studies, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Monday. Those pursuing MD and MS will have to work in rural areas for a year, he said here at a function to mark the first anniversary of the Ayushman Bharat Diwas. “The doctors will be made to fill up bonds. Those who did MD and MS will also work for one year in rural areas and no one will be allowed to influence the government for internship,” the chief minister said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Stressing on the success of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Adityanath said while around 1.18 crore families have benefited through the scheme, 8.45 lakh families have benefited through the CM Jan Arogya Yojana scheme and golden cards have been distributed to 1.89 lakh people. “We had to face several challenges when we launched this scheme around a year back. There was a dire need to make the benefits of this scheme reach the beneficiaries in a time-bound manner. We chalked out such a strategy that could help in making this scheme reach the citizens,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “While work has been up to the mark in several districts, in other districts, the pace of execution has been slow. Such districts need to expedite the work,” the chief minister said. The Health Department has done a good job in controlling communicable diseases, he said. “The department has also been successful in reaching out to the beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. People have been ensured of social security at such a large scale for the first time since Independence. It is the world’s largest health plan,” he added. Mentioning the work done by the state government in the medical sector, the chief minister said only 12 medical colleges were set up between 1947 and 2012. The government is building 15 new medical colleges across the state, out of which seven colleges have already been opened. In addition, life support ambulances have been provided in every district and over 1 lakh people have been admitted to better hospitals, Adityanath said. During the event, the chief minister also felicitated 40 beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Along with this, a coffee table book and a hospital booklet was also released on the occasion.
The historic Howdy Modi event in Houston and the Modi-Trump meeting and show of solidarity at the mega event in NRG stadium had different dimensions of symbolism to it. Trump’s declaration that the United States was “committed to protecting innocent Indian-Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism”, received a standing ovation from the audience. It was a major boost to India’s own stand against terrorism, especially terror networks and modules emanating from her neighbourhood. This was one major symbolism, that the fight against terror will henceforth be a joint fight. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyPrime Minister Modi’s clear articulation that perpetrators of 9/11 and 26/11 had the same source, same origin, same masters and same benefactors, further bolstered his repeated argument on every multilateral forum that there can be no false distinction between “good and bad terrorism”. Modi’s reiteration coming just before the UNGA at such a public event also indicates that the world is now veering round to a consensus on the major source of international terrorism – the ideological as well as the material source. Except perhaps for China, which has displayed a public reluctance to call out Also Read – The future is here!Pakistan on its role in promoting terror groups, except for a few motivated and agenda-driven human rights body and entities who have repeatedly kept silent on terror outrages and violation of human rights by terror outfits, there is an emerging understanding of the role that a failing state like Pakistan plays in injecting instability across the world. The other message that got the 50,000-plus audience on its feet was PM Modi’s point that Article 370 was given a farewell. Its doing away had heralded a new dawn for people of Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh, he pointed out. The overwhelming support that this received from Indians gathered at the NRG stadium, extended the domestic support of the issue among NRIs. This happened in the presence of the US president representing the US administration, and PM Modi, by clearly emphasising the role of the Indian Parliament on the abrogation of Article 370 – the two-day-long debates that Parliament witnessed, the support that the move received across the political spectrum, underlining the fact that his party did not have the requisite numbers in the Upper House – and by calling upon all those who had gathered to give a standing ovation to the Indian Parliament and its parliamentarians, underlined and reiterated the fact that the move was an entirely democratic, parliament deliberated and ratified move, which was completely internal to India’s democratic system. It reinforced the point that the move had the support of Indian lawmakers and will therefore never be on an international high-table for discussion or debate. Non-democratic societies and partisan international agencies, who have made a business out of human rights will continue to be incapable of appreciating this part of the entire exercise. President Trump and his advisors and the larger US intelligentsia would have absorbed the message. The fact that PM Modi had India and Indians behind him in this historic act was evident but Houston proved that the India diaspora was with him as well. The all-out attempts of the Pakistani lobbies, of the Khalistani and ISI propaganda fronts, and the foreign units of the “Tukde-Tukde Gangs” and the “Urban Naxals” failed to dampen or hamper the event. All their vituperative and vicious attempts to do so ended with a whimper. There were no takers of a false narrative, similarly, the communists, Naxals and Congress’s propaganda at home failed to attract any attention as well. The other positive effect of the Howdy Modi event is that the narratives of oppression in Balochistan, in Gilgit-Baltistan, the severe oppression and colonial-style exploitations in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) have also come out in the open and spilt onto the international conference and discussion circuits once more. Across the last few weeks, advocacy groups and citizens in exile in the US and Europe have repeatedly drawn the attention of the international community to the severe oppression, human rights abuse, killings and exploitations that Pakistan has unleashed in these regions. The other clear symbolism that emerged out of PM Modi’s speech, was that India is emerging as a responsible global power, conscious of her own strength and capacities. That she rises not to bring about a dis-equilibrium, that she seeks instead to develop her potential and strength and is a willing contributor to the emerging global re-ordering. As he has always said, in Houston too Modi reiterated that India was a society in throes of positive transformation, in which opportunities and possibilities were opening up, in short, a society. As I have argued, the Houston Howdy Modi event was a meeting ground of Indian and American exceptionalism. Modi spoke of why India was unique, why India was exceptional in the manner in which she approached her challenges, kept succeeding in addressing them and of how she now approaches the world as well. I continue to remain an inveterate believer of India’s rise as a civilisational state. The conscious attempt to evolve a long perspective, the effort to weave our rich repositories of wisdom and tradition in our present-day direction and, through these, to also articulate a larger message for the world, the attempt to transform Indian society and also attempt to create a grand narrative of India inspired by her past achievements and her present potential and scope, the effort to make India emerge as a global economic powerhouse – all these have gathered pace in the years since Modi. Dynamic diaspora connect, the reiteration of their role as responsible contributors to their country and society of adoption is another attribute of a civilisational state. In contrast to a rogue neighbour and its unruly disruptive diaspora abroad, the Indian diaspora is being increasingly looked upon as constituents of positive change, as contributors to prosperity and growth. India under Modi also pushes for the emergence of a multi-centred world, in which India aspires to take global initiatives. As Modi spoke to the mega diaspora gathering and the US President listened, these are the dimensions that came to mind. His sharing stage with the US President, facing this huge and unprecedented gathering of the diaspora – all jubilant, confident and brimming with energy also brought to mind the long struggles of past Indians for citizenship rights and the right to live in dignity in the United States. How the likes of Lala Hardyal, revolutionary Taraknath Das to name a few, waged a relentless movement for the dignity of Indians who had decided to come to the US, work or settle down. One recalled Lala Lajpat Rai’s thoughts, while in exile, penned and published from New York in 1919, in a tract titled, ‘The Political Future of India.’ “We are told that the world is going to be reconstructed’, began Rai, “on entirely new lines; that all nations, big or small, shall be allowed the right of self-determination; that the weaker and backward peoples will no longer be permitted to be exploited and dominated by the stronger and the more advanced nations of the earth; and that justice will be done to all…The Indian people also form a part of the world that needs reconstructing. They constitute one-fifth of the human race, and inhabit about two million square miles of very fertile and productive territory. They have been civilized people for thousands of years…” At Houston, on Sunday morning, it became clear that India not only formed a part of but is an active partner in restructuring the new world and the new century – as a driver and leader, not a supplicant or balancer any longer! (The author is Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Mumbai: The ongoing slump in the realty sector is helping ICICI Bank in its expansion drive as it is adding branches by nearly a tenth of its existing footprint, a top official said. According to executive director Anup Bagchi, the branch expansion plan is not affected much by the ongoing slowdown, as the bank has only a small share of the overall activity and thus sees enough scope to grow its presence. The realty sector has been one of the worst affected in recent times due to events like demonetisation, GST and stricter regulations which is visible from the rising unsold inventory and falling rentals. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraICICI Bank is adding 450 branches to take its network to 5,300 by March 2020 and will be hiring around 3,500 personnel for the same, Bagchi told PTI. About the slowdown, he said they are not much affected and claimed that the issues in the realty sector are helping it lower the cost of renting out space for new branches. “We’ve a near double-digit market share and are focused to grow it. There’s no slowdown in demand and we are not seeing any pessimism as is being reported,” he claimed. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysUnderlining that growth is still happening and the economy is not in a contraction mode yet, he said the bank would not have planned expansion if it is not bullish. He said there may be difficulties in a few sectors like auto or real estate, or in a few pockets, but the bank continues to focus on other areas which are witnessing growth. “We are not seeing any slowdown the way some people are seeing,” he said. Whether the bank will continue to expand in FY21 as well, he answered in the affirmative saying expansion will take place till there is growth.
GUWAHATI: A helicopter carrying Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was forced to make an emergency landing in Lakhimpur district on Monday after being affected by heavy turbulence. The Chief Minister was travelling from Guwahati to Narayanpur town for an event when his helicopter ran into trouble. All seven people on board, including the Chief Minister, are safe. “The helicopter twirled three times in the air and it was due to the efforts made by the pilot and the co-pilot we could land safely,” Hrishikesh Goswami, media advisor to the Chief Minister, told reporters in Lakhmipur. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”It is due to the prayers of the people and the blessings of the Almighty that we got lucky today,” Goswami, who was on board, added. In addition to the Chief Minister and Goswami there were five other people on board, including the pilot and the co-pilot. According to official sources, the chopper had been rented from Pawan Hans Limited, a Delhi-based helicopter service company. The pilot reported bad weather and poor visibility before being forced to land. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThis is the second helicopter-related incident reported on Monday. Earlier in the day, seven people on board a private helicopter had a narrow escape after the tail end of their aircraft hit an object while making an emergency landing at a helipad in Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. They were returning from Kedarnath to Fata when the helicopter pilot noticed a technical snag. “As the helicopter was making an emergency landing on the helipad its rear portion hit an object, perhaps a railing,” a district disaster management official said, adding, “Luckily, all on board the helicopter are safe”. Seven persons, including the pilot, were on board the helicopter when the incident took place, he said.
New Delhi: In a bid to sensitise slum dwellers in the New Delhi area about the need for and benefits of personal health and hygiene in day-to-day life, the New Delhi Municipal Council held a Swachhta-Hi-Sewa awareness programme, with Secretary Rashmi Singh saying that small activities like washing hands before meals will go a long way to maintain personal hygiene and avoid diseases.Singh was speaking to children and women from the Vivekanand JJ Cluster in Chanakyapuri at the event organised in collaboration with citizens groups, where she also gave away cloth bags, kits containing sanitisers, soaps, toothbrushes and other items of personal healthcare to the residents of the cluster, also asking them to not us plastic items. The NDMC Secretary also spoke about the negative impact of using single-use plastic, keeping in line with the Prime Minister’s call to eliminate the use of plastic items.
New Delhi: In order to ensure women safety across the Capital, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, announced the launch of “Mukhyamantri Street Light Yojna” scheme, where 2.1 lakh street lights will be installed to rid the city of dark spots, starting from November 1. A one-time investment of Rs 100 crore and Rs 10 crore maintenance annually will be paid by the state government.Taking women safety seriously, Kejriwal said, “We are very concerned about the safety of women hence we started installing CCTV cameras at several locations. While we were handling the nitty-gritty of planting poles for CCTV cameras with the co-operation of the local people that it dawned on us to install light bulbs at dark spots in the city.” The CM went on to explain exactly how the AAP government will implement the “Mukhyamantri Street Light Yojna” which is to follow the CCTV installation method. He said, “Local MLAs will identify ‘dark spots’ in their respective areas and speak to house owners, take their signature on consent letters, and then notify the officials who will look into the technicalities of installing 20-40 watt LED bulbs at the selected house. House owners can also approach their local MLAs. We found that people are eager to install lights around their houses as it keeps them safe.” Perceiving that people may have apprehensions to the LED bulbs and the monthly increase in electricity bills if connected to their household, the CM assured, “The cost for the electricity consumption for these bulbs will be covered by the state government. In a day or two we will have the estimate for the electricity consumption of a single LED bulb and deduct the specific unit from the monthly bill of the household that gives the consent letter.” These bulbs will be installed in unauthorised and cluttered colonies, and parts of Old Delhi that is highly congested and other parts of Delhi in commercial and residential areas. The intensity of these bulbs will depend on the pre-existing natural light and the surface area needed to illuminate. These lights will have sensor or timer installed in them so when the sun sets the bulbs will switch on on its own and when it is sunrise it will switch off on its own, he said. CM Kejriwal added that the entire process has been given to the three power distribution companies who will install and maintain it. Each power distribution company will install 70,000 LED bulbs starting from November 1.
Ahmedabad: Cyclone ‘Hikaa’ has turned into a “very severe storm” while moving westward in the Arabian Sea and is likely to cross the Oman coast on Tuesday night, the MeT department said. It advised fishermen from Gujarat not to venture into the sea as the weather there will remain “very rough” till Wednesday morning. “Severe cyclonic storm ‘Hikaa’ moved nearly westwards with a speed of 22 kmph during past six hours and intensified rapidly into a very severe cyclonic storm over north-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh As of Tuesday morning, it lay centred about 820 km west-southwest of Karachi in Pakistan, 220 km east-southeast of Masirah in Oman, and about 350 km east-northeast of Duqm in Oman, it said. “The cyclone is likely to maintain its intensity for next six hours and weaken gradually thereafter,” the IMD said. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and cross the Oman coast close to Duqm on Tuesday night “as a severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph, it said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Winds with speed reaching 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph are very likely to prevail over north-west and west- central Arabian sea during next six hours. The wind speed will gradually decrease thereafter, becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph by Tuesday evening along and off the Oman coast,” the IMD said. Its intensity would further weaken before turning into a squally wind with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph near the Oman coast on Wednesday morning. “The sea conditions will be phenomenal during next 12 hours, high to very rough during subsequent 12 hours, and will improve thereafter,” the IMD said.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s embattled leader said Tuesday more than 20,000 people have applied to take part in a dialogue session with her and “vent their anger” at the government after three months of huge pro-democracy protests. It is the government’s first attempt to reach out to the protestors since millions took to the streets in the biggest challenge to China’s rule since the city’s handover from Britain in 1997. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Thursday’s meeting would be an opportunity for people to have their voices heard but some protesters said they were not interested as their demands are already clear. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “We have promised that participants from different background, with different political stands could express their opinions freely, even vent their anger,” Lam said. While thousands have applied, just 150 people will be chosen at random to attend the two-hour session with Lam, and protest equipment such as umbrellas, helmets and gas masks will not be allowed. “I hope the community dialogue could be held in a peaceful, rational and calm environment,” Lam said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Hong Kong has entered a 17th week of political unrest which seen hundreds of rallies, some of which ended in violent clashes between police and protestors. More than 1,500 people have been arrested, the youngest aged 12. Lam said she felt “heart-ache” seeing children being arrested and asked “how well can children understand the current political issues?” “Here I need to urge parents, teachers and principals must let children know that political problems are not that simple,” Lam added. Her remarks drew criticism from opposition legislators. “You never under-estimate the young’s voice,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said. “Many young people these days are very mature-minded and they knew perfectly what they are thinking… and what a civilised society should be.” The protests were initially against a bill that would have allowed extradition to China, but have snowballed into wider calls for democracy and police accountability in the semi-autonomous city. Video emerged over the weekend of officers kicking a detained man wearing a yellow shirt in an alley. At a press conference Monday a senior police officer suggested it was not clear the “yellow object” was a man and claimed the video might have been doctored, sparking ridicule online. Higher resolution footage of the same incident shows a man on the ground, surrounded by police, one of whom kicked him. Police have repeatedly denied using excessive force and Lam insisted they had exercised restraint. “The fact that over three months, we have not seen major fatalities in Hong Kong, by world standard … it is quite remarkable,” Lam said.
Srinagar/Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbag Singh on Tuesday stressed on the need to identify inter-district terror modules involved in carrying out atrocities on people and initiate strict action against them. The Director General of Police (DGP) said all the steps required to thwart the “ill designs” of the anti-national elements and their mentors should be taken. “The inter district modules of the terrorists involved in atrocities on people should be identified and strict action taken against them”, Singh told police officers during a security meeting in South Kashmir’s Pahalgam belt on Monday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Singh accompanied by IGP Kashmir S P Pani held a security review meeting at Pahalgam. The DGP directed the officers to work with enhanced synergy and coordinated efforts to uproot terrorism and its network in the range. He emphasized upon the officers to strengthen their intelligence grid and ensure input sharing for sharp action by the forces. He stressed the need for regular interactions and briefing of the subordinates at different levels. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The DGP asked the officers to garner public support for better policing. He said cooperation of the people is a must to get the desired results from the measures put in place for maintaining law and order. He said police is the first responder to any public problem and the force has always remained on the forefront to provide assistance to the people to ease their hardships. Singh while interacting with the officers complimented their efforts for maintaining peace and order in the South Kashmir districts. He said all required steps should be taken to thwart the ill designs of the anti-national elements and their mentors. The DGP said welfare of police jawans is being focused on priority and the jurisdictional officers have a great role for the welfare of their subordinates. Singh said in view of the ensuing winter, proper measures should be taken for the welfare of the deployed personnel. At the outset of the meeting, the DGP sought reports from District SSP regarding security, law and other situation in their respective jurisdictions. He was apprised about the overall situation and the measures taken for maintaining law and order and ensuring security of the people in the range
New Delhi: Onion prices, which are ruling as high as Rs 70-80 per kg in some parts of the country, will calm down in the next few days with supply being boosted through agencies like Nafed, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Onion prices have gradually increased in the last one month due to supply disruption from flood-hit onion-growing states like Maharashtra. Last week’s rainfall has further affected the supply, due to which onion prices have surged up to Rs 70-80 per kg in the national capital and other parts of the country, as per trade sources. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “Onion situation will improve in the next few days. Cooperative Nafed is releasing stock from the central buffer at a lower price. We have enough stock of onions,” Tomar told reporters after the launch of two mobile apps for farmers. The government is aware of the onion situation and taking measures to balance in the interest of both farmers and consumers, he said. “At times, consumers have to pay high price for farm items; and at times, farmers get less price for their produce. Our role is to balance this. We are aware of it and are taking several measures,” Tomar added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Right now, stored onions are sold in most parts of the country, as fresh Kharif (summer) crop will hit the market from November onwards, traders said. Traders further said that there is enough supply of stored onion of the previous year’s crop in the country, but its transportation has been affected because of heavy rains. The centre has taken several measures to arrest the prices of onion in Delhi and other parts of the country. It is offloading onion from its buffer stock through agencies like Nafed and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) which are selling at around Rs 22/kg and state-run Mother Dairy at Rs 23.90 per kg in the national capital. The state governments have been asked to boost supply in their states lifting central buffer stock. Some states like Delhi, Tripura and Andhra Pradesh have shown interest so far. The centre has a buffer stock of 56,000 tonnes of onion, of which 16,000 tonnes has been offloaded so far. In Delhi, 200 tonnes a day is being offloaded. Besides, the centre has discouraged export of onion by increasing the minimum export price and withdrawing incentives. It is also cracking down on black marketers. Besides rains, prices are under pressure on likely fall in Kharif production of this year owing to the less planted area under onion on account of excess rains, the sources added.
New Delhi: The Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) on Tuesday issued notice to police seeking details of investigation in a case where a female journalist was injured while resisting a snatching bid. In her complaint, the woman stated that after shopping in south Delhi’s CR park on Sunday evening, she was returning home in an autorickshaw when two men on motorcycle snatched her mobile phone. In the struggle, she fell from the auto while the men fled from the spot, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles “This is a very serious matter. Incidents of snatching and subsequent assaults especially on women and girls are on rampant rise in Delhi,” the DCW said in the notice. The panel has sought a copy of the FIR, details of steps taken by the police to identify and arrest the accused persons and copy of the CCTV footage related to the incident. The DCW has sought a detailed status report on the investigation in the matter. The police have been given time till September 28 to respond to the notice.
Raipur: Three people were killed when Naxals blew up an oil tanker with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Tuesday, police said. The incident took place around 10 am between Kosronda and Tumapal villages when the diesel-laden tanker was engaged in rail track laying work in Rowghat area, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Vivekanand Sinha told PTI. The tanker had left from Tumapal camp of the Sashtra Seema Bal (SSB), to provide fuel to the construction vehicles engaged in Dallirajhra-Rowghat railway project work. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh When it reached near Patkalbeda village, located around 200 km from the state capital Raipur, Maoists denoted a powerful IED and blew up the vehicle, killing its three occupants on the spot, another police official said. The deceased were identified as drivers Rakesh Kodopi (24), native of neighbouring Kondagaon district, and Duneshwar Singh (24) (from Madhya Pradesh), and helper Ajay Kumar Salaam (23) (hailing from Rowghat in Kanker), he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The tanker belonged to a private firm – K R Infrastructure Construction Company – which is engaged in the rail track laying work, he said. On getting information about the incident, Kanker Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv along with other security personnel rushed to the spot. Besides, teams of the SSB from Tumapal and Kosronda camps also launched search operations in the area to trace the culprits, the official said. Maoists have been opposing the project since its inception and executed several attacks in the past, fearing that construction of the rail route will speed up development works in Bastar, thereby uprooting them from the region, he added. Construction is currently underway for the 235-km-long Dallirajhra-Rowghat-Jagdalpur broad-gauge railway project, that would facilitate transporation of iron-ore extracted from the area, considered to be under the influence of Naxalites in north Bastar region. Besides, it will provide a transportation facility to the people in the Naxal hotbed. Work on the first phase of 95-km-long track from Dallirajhara to Rowghat is in rapid progress. The operation of passenger train on this route has been started upto Kevti village, which is around 42 km away from Dallirajhra station.
New Delhi: India must aspire to be the largest FDI recipient globally and “has everything going for it”, given its vibrant digital profile, huge market and investor-friendly policies to woo foreign companies, including Apple, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday. Prasad, who is the Minister for Electronics and IT as also Communications, said rapid pace of economic development, India’s rising clout globally and citizen-centric digital transformation initiatives are “irreversible”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Sending a strong signal to potential investors, Prasad said the government remains “accessible and open”, as he instructed officers to have an investor-friendly attitude in dealing with companies. Given the recent announcements on tax relief for manufacturing, India has the same tax regime as Vietnam and Thailand. “If any foreign investor is not given a good treatment by my officers, I will not like it. If I hear a complaint…I want my team to be open and accessible because we need investments,” the minister said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Prasad said India has become the 5th largest economy globally. “If this is the level of India’s maturity in economic development surely why we should be ninth biggest recipient of FDI…in my view, India must be the top most centre for FDI… is how I see it. This is the goal and we all need to work in that direction,” the minister said addressing ‘Invest Digicom 2019’. He also said, “India has everything going for it”. Prasad said FDI has seen a jump over the last few years and grossed USD 64 billion in FY19. Telecom sector attracted FDI worth USD 2.67 billion, while electronics, computer software and hardware together witnessed USD 6.4 billion. Foreign direct investment (FDI) equity inflows stood at USD 16.3 billion in the first quarter of 2019-20 against USD 12.7 billion in the year-ago period. India has been leveraging technology not just for benefits to economy and commerce but also digital empowerment. The country today has a digitally thriving ecosystem for commerce, he added. India’s stance that right of internet access is “non-negotiable” has been a position that was acknowledged globally, Prasad said, adding India’s firm standpoint against Facebook’s Free Basics did not hamper its FDI due to the strength of its thriving market. The minister, who held a CEO roundtable with top leaders in telecom and electronics manufacturing industry earlier this month, said that the country offers a huge market for companies like Apple and others to make for India and also export. “Apple has begun to love India and they are welcome to India,” he added. Speaking to reporters later, he said that India has changed rules and tax regime to attract the best manufacturers in the world. “The far-reaching decisions that we have taken has also been heard by Apple. Apple has started production in India in a very effective way,” he said. Industries in electronics and communications space are enabled by policies, including Digital Communications, electronics manufacturing, as well as software products. The communications sector after its ups and downs has now reached a stage of stability and maturity, he noted. “India has a lot to offer,” said the minister, noting that the country represented a key market for social media firms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter. Data will be an important area of growth and India should aim to be a global hub in data analytics, as it maintains a proper blend of data availability, utility and data innovation with data privacy.
New Delhi: The Labour Ministry has notified 8.65 per cent interest rate on employees provident fund for 2018-19, which will now be credited to the accounts of more than 6 crore subscribers of retirement fund body EPFO, Union minister Santosh Gangwar said on Tuesday. The EPFO has been settling EPF withdrawal claims at 8.55 per cent interest rate, approved for 2017-18. Now, the EPFO will settle accounts at a higher rate of 8.65 per cent for 2018-19. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “It gives me immense pleasure that for fiscal 2018-19, Labour Ministry has notified 8.65 per cent rate of interest on employees’ provident fund (EPF). This rate of interest is 10 basis points higher than 8.55 per cent provided in 2017-18,” Gangwar said in a statement issues here. “This rate of interest (8.65 per cent) was approved by the EPFO’s apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees on February 22, 2019. We received concurrence of the Finance Ministry on September 19, 2019. Thereafter, Labour Ministry issued a notification for providing 8.65 per cent rate of interest for 2018-19,” the minister said. The minister also informed that this decision would pave the way for crediting Rs 54,000 crore as 8.65 per cent interest for 2018-19, into the accounts of more than 6 crore EPFO subscribers. PTI had reported on September 19, 2019, that the government had approved 8.65 per cent rate of interest on EPF for 2018-19 fiscal year.
Chandigarh: Two days after a Punjab Police probe revealed use of drones to deliver weapons from across the border, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said this has added a “new and serious dimension on Pakistan’s sinister designs” after abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. He urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to handle the “drone problem” at the earliest. The Punjab Police on Sunday had claimed to have busted a terror module of the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a group based in Pakistan and Germany. It said the terror group was conspiring to unleash a series of strikes in Punjab and adjoining states. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Initial investigation revealed use of drones to deliver weapons and communication hardware from across the border. Singh on Tuesday tweeted, “Recent incidents of Pakistan-origin drones dropping consignments of arms & ammunition is a new and serious dimension on Pakistan’s sinister designs in aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370. Request @AmitShah ji to ensure that this drone problem is handled at the earliest.” Four members of the terror module were arrested from the outskirts of Chohla Sahib village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab on Sunday. During investigations, it came to the fore that weapons and communication hardware were dropped using drones from Pakistan. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Five AK-47 rifles, 16 magazines and 472 rounds of ammunition, four Chinese-made .30 bore pistols, along with eight magazines and 72 rounds of ammunition; nine hand grenades, five satellite phones with their ancillary equipment, two mobile phones, two wireless sets and fake currency with the face value of Rs 10 lakh were seized. The Punjab chief minister had on Sunday urged the Centre to alert the Air Force and the Border Security Force about the possibility of drones being used to supply weapons from across the border and also direct them to launch necessary counter-measures. Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta had said that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered recently from across the border by the ISI, state-sponsored jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command. “The large-scale infiltration appeared to have been aimed at scaling terrorism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Indian hinterland in the wake of the recent developments in the valley,” Gupta had said. Punjab government had also decided to hand over further investigations to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) , given the international links and ramifications of the conspiracy.
Jakarta: Air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk, the United Nations warned Tuesday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The fires have been spewing toxic haze over Southeast Asia in recent weeks, closing schools and airports, with people rushing to buy face masks and seek medical treatment for respiratory ailments. Jakarta has deployed tens of thousands of personnel and water-bombing aircraft to tackle the slash-and-burn blazes set to clear agricultural land. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe fires are an annual problem but this year are the worst since 2015 due to dry weather. Almost 10 million people under 18 — a quarter of them below five — live in the areas worst affected by fires on Indonesia’s Sumatra island and the country’s part of Borneo island, UN children’s agency UNICEF said. Small children are especially vulnerable due to undeveloped immune systems while babies born to mothers exposed to pollution during pregnancy may have problems such as low birth weight, they said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Poor air quality is a severe and growing challenge for Indonesia,” said Debora Comini from UNICEF. “Every year, millions of children are breathing toxic air that threatens their health and causes them to miss school — resulting in lifelong physical and cognitive damage.” Thousands of schools have been closed across Indonesia due to poor air quality, with millions of youngsters missing classes. Pictures circulating on social media have shown the sky turning blood-red over hard-hit Jambi province, on Sumatra, in the middle of the day due to the haze. Schools were forced to shut across Malaysia last week as smog from its neighbour clouded the skies, while Singapore was also shrouded in haze during the weekend’s Formula One motor race. Air quality improved in Malaysia Tuesday and was at “moderate” levels on an official index in most places with the skies looking largely clear, while the haze had lifted from Singapore. A regional forecasting centre said the number of “hotspots” — areas of intense heat detected by satellite which indicate a likely fire — had fallen sharply on Sumatra. Fires on the island are usually blamed for belching smog over Malaysia and Singapore. There have been a series of wildfire outbreaks worldwide, from the Amazon to Australia, and scientists are increasingly worried about their impact on global warming.
Jakarta: Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters outside Indonesia’s parliament Tuesday as thousands demonstrated nationwide against a new criminal code that would, among other things, outlaw pre-marital sex and weaken the country’s anti-graft agency. Protesters covered their faces and scattered in all directions as chaos erupted in the centre of the sprawling capital, Jakarta. Police also fired teargas at rock-throwing protesters in Makassar on Sulawesi island, while demonstrators broke down a barrier outside the governor’s office in Semarang on Java island. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”(We) forcibly dispersed student because they were carrying out anarchist acts, damaging government property and throwing stones at police,” said Dicky Sondani, a South Sulawesi police spokesman. The police action came after flag- and placard-waving demonstrators gathered across the Southeast Asian archipelago — including in cultural capital Yogyakarta and holiday hotspot Bali — for a second day in a row. On Tuesday, lawmakers debated a wide-ranging legal overhaul including hundreds of new laws that would criminalise pre-marital sex, restrict sales of contraceptives, make it illegal to insult the president, and toughen the Muslim majority country’s blasphemy laws. A vote on the bill was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but President Joko Widodo last week called for a delay in passing the proposed changes after a public backlash.
New Delhi: Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) provided 2.10 lakh new Piped Natural Gas connections and has also won the rights to expand to three new areas in 2018-2019 said IGL Chairman, Gajendra Singh. Speaking at the 20th Annual General Meeting of the company, Singh said that 54 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations had been set up during this period, thereby taking the total number of CNG stations set up by IGL to 500. Singh said that in the last financial year, IGL has been successful in winning authorisation for three new Geographical Areas (GAs) from the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board. They are Kanpur (except area already authorized) Hamirpur & Fatehpur districts in Uttar Pradesh, Kaithal district in Haryana and Ajmer, Pali & Rajsamand districts in Rajasthan. Singh said that IGL plans to set up new CNG stations and create pipeline infrastructure in its current areas of operations as well as newly acquired areas by investing Rs. 1170 crore in 2019-2020. Driven by higher volumes, the net profit of IGL in FY19 was Rs. 786 crores, which was up 17 per cent over Rs 671 crores in FY18. During 2018-19, total sales volume grew by 14 per cent over the previous year with CNG recording 13 per cent growth in volumes and PNG recording volume growth of 15 per cent.
New Delhi: Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday called for an end to the constant criticism of Rishabh Pant, saying the young stumper-batsman desperately needs guidance from captain Virat Kohli or anyone who can understand his psyche. Yuvraj said Pant doesn’t deserve the criticism coming his way and needs the support of Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to overcome the slump. Pant has been drawing flak for failing to grab his chances and getting out to rash shots despite being given a long rope by the Indian team management. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I really don’t know what is happening with him (Rishabh). He is facing a lot of criticism which is not needed. Somebody needs to get the best out of him,” Yuvraj said on the sidelines of ‘The Sports Movement’ summit of the India On Track organisation. Pant struggled during the away series against the West Indies last month before failing to ake an impact in the recent home T20 International series against South Africa. “The people monitoring him, the coach (Ravi Shastri), the captain (Kohli) have to guide him,” the former left-handed batsman added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe former swashbuckler, who retired from international cricket earlier this year at the age of 37, said Pant needs to be given confidence to overcome the drop in form after a spectacular start which fetched him Test hundreds in England and Australia in his maiden year at the top level. “At the moment the thing is in IPL, the young guys are getting a lot of money. So somebody needs to tell them how to go about their business and tell them what is their priority. Somebody really needs to talk to them,” Yuvraj said. “That guy has got two away Test hundreds. He has a lot of potential. He is an outstanding talent. Someone should know how to read him, how to encourage him, point him what he needs to focus on,” he added.
New Delhi: A case of cheating was registered by Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on the complaint of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) against a private company and its director for deducting employees share of provident fund contributions and family pension contributions and misappropriating it.The complainant told police that the company United Technical Consultants private limited is covered under the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”The employer of the establishment has been a regular defaulter in making payments of employees and employers share of Provident Fund Contributions and Administrative Charges,” police said. Adding further, complainant informed police that the employer has deducted employees share of provident fund contributions and family pension contributions from April 2015 to August 2015 (Two crores forty-one lakh sixty thousand forty-eight only). These payments were not remitted to the fund as required under para 38 (1) of the Employees Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 within 15 days of the close of every month. The complainant told police that it is crystal clear that the amount deducted from the wages and salaries of the employees has been misappropriated and converted to their own use. A case has been registered under sections 406, 420 and 120 B of IPC.
San Francisco: Microsoft has revealed that there were more than 900 million devices running on Windows 10 and the company was also edging closer to its 1 billion mark by 2020. Microsoft said that there have been more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than in any previous year since it was introduced in 2015. “#Windows10 is on more than 900M devices! Thanks to our customers, we added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever before. From PCs to HoloLens to Xbox to Surface Hub, Windows continues to power innovation-with more to come next week,” Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Modern Life and Devices Group, tweeted on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The company hit the 700 million mark of Windows 10 devices in September 2018, followed by 800 million in March and 900 million this month. More than 50 per cent of all PCs were now running Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system (OS), which comes after over four years of its release. Windows 10 OS had 48.86 per cent market share in July and gained 2.13 percentage points to hit 50.99 per cent in August. However, growth has been slow ever since the Windows 10 free upgrade expired in July 2016. Windows 8 OS stayed flat at 0.63 per cent while Windows 8.1 lost 0.91 points to 4.20 per cent. Together, they owned a 4.83 per cent market share at the end of August.
New Delhi: The national capital was witness to yet another cold bloooded murder when a property dealer in Dwarka area was gunned down in his car right outside his office. Police suspect enmity behind the killing. Forty-eight-year-old Narendra Gehlot is seen talking to person standing alongside the driver seat, (in a video — probably from CCTV) as his SUV is parked on the Old Palam Vihar Road. The incident occurred around 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday. A man wearing a helmet is seen walking up to the car after the other person leaves the scene. He pumps bullets into the car — the windshield and through the window on the driver’s side. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Gehlot probably makes a last ditch effort to escape the assassination bid, as the car is seen moving, but then it veers and stops in its tracks, almost hitting the killer, who then jumps up on the roof of another parked car and shoots some more bullets in the direction of Gehlot’s office, perhaps, where the other man had headed earlier. Dwarka DCP Anto Alphonso said: “The incident has been captured in the CCTV camera. There were two bike borne assailants, who were sporting helmets, one of them fired the gun. Gehlot, himself had an attempted murder case against him. He had fought the Delhi civic polls and lost.”
Hyderabad: Popular Telugu comedian Venu Madhav, known for his rib-tickling performances in films like ‘Chatrapati’ and ‘Sye,’ died here on Wednesday. He was 51. Venu Madhav, who has been suffering from multiple ailments, including chronic liver cirrhosis, breathed his last at 12.21 am at a private hospital here, hospital sources said. Madhav, also anacclaimed mimicry artist,made his debut in the movie ‘Sampradayam.’ Recalling his association with Venu Madhav, veteran comedian Ali said the former acted in more than 600 films. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Expressing grief over the demise of Venu Madhav, TDP Chief and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu said the departed actor had liking for the party and its founder N T Rama Rao a lot. His mimicry performance at TDP’s party conclave ‘Mahanadu’ had won appreciation from late NTR, Naidu said. Venu Madhav’s demise is a great loss to TDP and the Telugu film industry, he said. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao,state Congress president and MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, actor-turned-politician and Jana Sena Party founder Pawan Kumar and several other leaders condoled the death of Venu Madhav. Venu Madhav had a great fan following, Rao said. Venu Madhav, who belongs to Kodad in Suryapet district, is a pride of Telangana, Uttam Kumar Reddy said. Pawan Kalyan recollected that he had acted with Madhav in several films. “He (Madhav) has a very good sense of timing as a comedian,” Kalyan, younger brother of Megastar Chiranjeevi, said in a release.
New Delhi: Retail prices of onion continued to remain high at Rs 70-80 per kg on Wednesday in the national capital and other parts of the country despite government measures to boost supply of the key kitchen staple. As per data maintained by the consumer affairs ministry, retail onion price was ruling at Rs 60/kg in cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow. It was being sold at Rs 58/kg in Mumbai and Rs 42/kg in Chennai. In Kanpur, onion prices were at Rs 70/kg and at Rs 80/kg in Port Blair. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh However, trade data showed retail onion prices ruling in the range of Rs 70-80 per kg in most parts of the country, depending on quality and region. Onion prices have been on the rise for the last one month due to supply disruption from flood-affected producing states like Maharasthra. Prices have risen sharply in the last few days due to heavy rains in the key growing states. “Centre has adequate stock of onion and asked state governments to take as much onion they want,” Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan tweeted on Wednesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The Centre is improving supply in the domestic market by offloading its buffer stock. The buffer stock stands at about 50,000 tonnes, out of which 15,000 tonnes have been released through agencies like Nafed, NCCF and Mother Dairy’s Safal outlets. Paswan said the Centre has so far released 1,850 tonnes of onion to Tripura, 2,000 tonnes to Haryana and 960 tonnes to Andhra Pradesh at the rate of Rs 15.59 per kg. These states will sell onion to consumers at a maximum rate of Rs 23.90/kg. “Delhi government has requested for 100 tonnes of onion per day for 5 days from 28th of September. We will provide required quantity of onion to Delhi,” Paswan tweeted. The Centre is ready to provide onion to all states as per their requirement at Rs 15.59 per kg, he added. On Tuesday, the minister had indicated that the government will consider imposing stock limit on traders if the current high price situation continues in the coming days. The Centre has taken several measures to arrest the prices of onion in Delhi and other parts of the country. It is offloading onion from its buffer stock through agencies like Nafed and National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF), discouraged exports of onion by increasing the minimum export price and has withdrawn incentives. It is also cracking down on black marketeers. At present, stored onion is being sold in most parts of the country and fresh Kharif (summer) crop will hit the markets from November onwards, traders said. They further said there is enough supply of stored onion (previous year’s crop) but its transportation has been affected due to heavy rains. Prices have also picked up on a likely fall in Kharif output owing to the lower planted area following excess rains, according to sources.
Zhuhai (China): Nick Kyrgios served underarm once again but the fiery Australian fell away dramatically in the second set in a limp first-round exit at the Zhuhai Championships on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Australian, who has been accused of tanking matches in the past, led the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 4-1 in the first set, only to go down 7-6 (7/5), 6-1. Kyrgios, who has had numerous run-ins with tennis authorities down the years, elicited a few giggles from a sparse crowd in southern China with an underarm serve in the first set. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Coasting 3-1 and 40-0 up, the 27th-ranked Kyrgios served weakly into the net, before surging into a 4-1 lead. But the Australian, who then appeared to be troubled by his right shoulder, faded alarmingly from there and his previously dominant serve collapsed. He repeatedly felt his shoulder and his game disintegrated as he went down in the first-set tie break. The second set was a non-contest as Seppi, 35, ranked 74th in the world, strolled into round two in 65 unpredictable minutes. Kyrgios has divided tennis by serving underarm in the past, although it is within the rules, albeit rare to see from professionals. The Australian firebrand says he deploys it for tactical reasons, but Spanish legend Rafael Nadal accused him of “lacking respect” by doing it.
Every year, ‘Swarna Sambhar’ is timed with the onset of the festive season and comes with a lot of glitter and glow to add to the joy and celebration. And 17th year edition of this highly popular jewellery exhibition of Tripura is naturally very special.’Shaktirupini’, an exclusive collection of designer handcrafted gold jewellery, and ‘Manikya’, a signature collection of diamond and precious stone jewellery that reflects a rich legacy of Manikya dynasty of Tripura will be available at the Shyam Sunday jewelers apart from other festive collections of light-weight gold jewellery and affordable diamond ornaments. Also Read – The Puja carnivalCustomers can avail attractive offers like assured gold coin with every purchase, attractive discounts on making charge of gold and diamond jewellery as well as gems and precious stones, daily lucky draw (Gold Coin), mega draw, old gold exchange facility and much more. The brand held a special press preview on September 24, where this year’s exclusive collections of designer gold and diamond jewellery, i.e. ‘Shaktirupini’ & ‘Manikya’, was unveiled. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra”Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers ‘Swarna Sambhar’ is in its seventeenth year. Thanks to popular support and encouragement, which has led to its growth over the years. And, like every year, we are presenting a special flavour of the season with our festive collections of gold and diamond jewellery,” said Rupak Saha, Director. “Sarodotsav is all about celebrating the power of the Mother Goddess, and this year’s ‘Swarna Sambhar’ is presenting ‘Shaktirupini’ and ‘Manikya’. The special draws and offers for our customer-friends are surely going to be a treat,’ added Saha. ‘Swarna Sambhar 2019’ will be on at all the showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata (Gariahat, Behala & Barasat) and Tripura from September 27 to October4. All the showrooms will be open on all days, and all major Debit/Credit Cards will be accepted.
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said that it has provisionally attached properties worth Rs 33.84 crore of accused in a Rs 299 crore bank fraud case.The assets have been attached under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in a case of Buyers Credit fraud in the Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Chandigarh, the ED said in a statement. The assets include a residential township at Solan in Himachal Pradesh; factory land, building, plant and machinery of Geoxa Steels Private Limited at Ludhiana; various residential and commercial properties of one of the accused Amanpreet Singh Sodhi, his wife Sarabjit Kaur and other family members and associates, the ED said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOther attached assets include, residential property at Chandigarh owned by then IOB Assistant Manager Ashu Mehra, plots in Punjab owned by accused Gaurav Kirpal, his wife Bhawna Kirpal and his other family members, it said. The Enforcement Directorate has already freezed/attached various assets worth Rs 48.96 crore of the accused under the PMLA. The ED initiated the probe under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of an FIR registered by the CBI under relevant provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act, the statement said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe CBI had registered the case for the offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and criminal misconduct/abuse of official position against Mehra, three Indian importer applicants — Heights International whose proprietor is Amanpreet Singh Sodhi, Vision Procon whose proprietor is Dinesh Kumar and Saibhakti Impex Private Limited having Gaurav Kirpal and Aman Kirpal as its directors and others, it said. According to the ED, Mehra had issued 15 fraudulent Buyers Credit/Letter of Undertakings (LOUs) in the name of the applicant importer firms resulting in the creation of liability to the tune of Rs 321 crore on the Indian Overseas bank.
Mumbai: The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Wednesday directed the financial creditors of the grounded Jet Airways to release some interim lifeline funds within 15 days. The lenders had in-principle sanctioned Rs 63 crore to the RP and SBI, the lead lender, had reportedly already disbursed its portion of Rs 10 crore. However, other lenders like Yes Bank, Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank and Axis Bank are yet to release their portion. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTherefore the tribunal has directed these lenders to release the amount within 15 days. The RP of Jet Airways had moved NCLT on September 20 seeking directions to the lenders, who own 51 percent in the airline since March, to release interim funds. The lenders had earlier approved to sanction Rs 63 crore in interim funding to meet the day to day needs and also the fees for the RP. The RP had informed the tribunal that if the interim financing is not done timely, the corporate insolvency resolution process would come to a halt. Following this the lenders, who own 51 percent in the bankrupt company with no business or revenue, had approved interim financing measures in its previous meetings.
Dhaka: At least 10 people, including seven children, were killed when their boat capsized in Bangladesh’s Sunamganj district, police said on Wednesday. The engine-run boat, carrying 30 passengers, capsized around 7 pm on Tuesday in Kaliakotha Haor of the district’s Derai upazila due to strong winds, Derai police station Officer-in-Charge KM Nazrul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. Seven children are among the dead after the boat bound for Perua village from Masimpur capsized, police said, adding that some of the passengers were rescued while others swam ashore when strong winds tipped the boat over. Derai upazila Chairman Manjurul Alam Chowdhury said the families of the deceased will receive 10,000 taka each from the administration.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday tweeted on World Pharmacists Day, stating how the health service scenario has evolved in Bengal in the past few years, giving a major boost to the government-run hospitals.Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said: “Today is World Pharmacists Day. You will be happy to know that for the people of #Bangla, treatment, diagnostics, and drugs are now completely free in all govt hospitals. Also, 115 Fair Price Medicine Shops are functional in #Bangla, providing discounts up to 77% on MRP.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaProviding health services to the patients in all the state-run hospitals completely free of cost has been one of the most significant milestones achieved by the Mamata Banerjee government so far, with crores of people reaping benefits of the scheme. Most of the people in Bengal depend on the government hospitals and the health service schemes have been designed in such a manner so that the marginalised people, especially in the districts, can avail services without spending a penny from his/her pocket. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe budgetary allocation for the health sector in Bengal has gone up from Rs 682 crore in 2011 to Rs 9,552.70 crore in the current fiscal, clearly indicating the emphasis and impetus given by the Mamata Banerjee government to this sector. The main objective of the project was to make health services accessible to the poorest sections of people, who cannot afford to go to private hospitals. The success of the project has gone to the extent where a large number of people even from outside Bengal visit the medical colleges in the city, to avail quality treatment. Following the implementation of the free health service schemes, a section of doctors and paramedical staff at some government hospitals allegedly tried to oppose the project, as it would hurt their interests. This section of people in the hospital used to get benefits out of recommending expensive drugs, surgical equipments, orthopaedic implants and stents. It was often alleged that they used to get commission from the diagnostic centers against each clinical test performed on the patients. The Chief Minister has made all the diagnostics and expensive drugs available at all the hospitals, free of cost. Medicines are available at the fair price medicine shops at heavily discounted rates.
Shahjahanpur (UP): The law student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody, police said.Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. The 23-year-old woman was arrested around 9.15 am from her home by a special investigation team (SIT) amid massive police deployment. Inspector General Naveen Arora, who heads the SIT of the Uttar Pradesh police, said they arrested her after “enough” digital and forensic evidence was found and statements recorded. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We have sufficient evidence that Rs 5-crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand,” he told reporters. He said three men arrested earlier for extortion confessed that they sent messages to Chinmayanand “in panic” on the directions of the woman when the money demanded was not delivered. Another SIT member said they arrested the student after confronting her with the video clips – one of them on an alleged conversation in a car between the three men and the student discussing the extortion plan. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe officer claimed that during the questioning Wednesday morning, the student “verified” the contents of the clip, confirming that it had her voice and that of the three other men. Last week, the SIT formed by the Uttar Pradesh police on the instruction of the Supreme Court had arrested Chinayamand based on the woman’s complaint. Simultaneously, they also arrested the three men and booked the student on the extortion charge. Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday said former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, accused of rape by a law student of his college, is no longer a member of the party. “He is not a member of the BJP,” party spokesperson Harishchancdra Srivastava said.
Madrid: Real Madrid’s crisis has been averted for the time being at least after they beat Osasuna 2-0 without Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale to go top of La Liga. Hazard and Bale were among a number of players rested by coach Zinedine Zidane, with Real facing seven games in 21 days, the next of them against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Vinicius Junior, who has endured a difficult few months, filled the void, bending a shot into the top corner before crying tears of what presumably were a mixture of joy and relief on Wednesday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju This time last year the 19-year-old exploded onto the scene but injury and then a dip in form saw him drift, with this a chance to reassert himself in a much-rotated line-up. If Vinicius was Madrid’s Brazilian sensation 12 months ago, Rodrygo might be one for the present. The 18-year-old, who was bought from Santos in 2018 but joined last summer, added a superb second goal, and his first for the club, just one minute after coming off the bench for a remarkable debut. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “I’m glad for them,” said Zidane. “Sometimes we forget they are 18 (and 19) years old. We have seen the emotion they felt about scoring at the Bernabeu. I liked Rodrygo’s goal but I liked the control even more.” Earlier, Atletico’s Alvaro Morata made a swift impact too but with less positive results after he was sent off eight minutes after being introduced as a substitute against Real Mallorca. Atletico were already 2-0 up thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Joao Felix but Morata will now be suspended for the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano. The Spaniard’s dreadful night got worse as he also appeared to engage in a heated exchange with a fan as he later left the stadium. A week ago it would have been almost unthinkable that Atletico would play their rivals in a contest of first against second in La Liga but that could now be the setting this weekend, depending on Sevilla and Real Sociedad’s results on Thursday. La Real beat Atletico, who were then held to a goalless draw by Celta Vigo, but by far the deeper sense of gloom had engulfed Zidane’s side, after they were humbled 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. That was Real’s worst defeat under Zidane as coach and prompted questions about the Frenchman’s future, with Jose Mourinho available and seemingly waiting in the wings. Instead, back-to-back victories for the first time since Zidane came back in March have lifted the malaise and offered hope there is still life in this Madrid squad, despite the lack of change since the summer. “We believe in what we do,” Zidane said. “With humility and work you achieve a lot. This is just the start.” – Jovic denied – ================ The only disappointment might have been the lack of a goal for Luka Jovic, who missed some excellent chances and then did score, only to have it ruled out by VAR. Vinicius had started the first two games of the season but none since, while he was without a goal himself in seven months. His first under Zidane was a peach, coming in the 36th minute, a curling effort that took the slightest of deflections on its way into the top corner. Jovic saw a smart finish ruled out and then watched as Rodrygo scored almost instantly after coming on. The teenager cushioned Casemiro’s crossfield pass beautifully before nipping inside Osasuna defender Lillo and banging the ball low and into the net. Atletico’s players might have been keeping tabs on their way home from Mallorca but their job was already done after Costa and Felix finally got the goals to suggest they might form a potent partnership together. Costa’s was simple, as Mallorca failed to clear Koke’s cross and the striker nipped in to head past goalkeeper Manolo Reina. Felix’s was more complex but owed something to fortune too. The Portuguese did brilliantly to bring a looping ball down but his finish on the turn took a cruel deflection before spinning up and into the far corner. Morata’s moments of madness, that included two bookings in as many minutes after an argument with Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, should mean Costa and Felix reunite this weekend.
Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court has granted bail to local Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the 2018 Bulandshahr violence case that left a police officer and a civilian dead. Justice Siddharth allowed the bail application of Yogesh Raj on Wednesday. The advocate appearing for the petitioner argued that Raj had no role in the violence and that the other accused were already enlarged on bail in this matter. The counsel for the state government opposed the bail, saying the applicant had committed a serious offence of sedition. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, 44, and civilian Sumit Kumar, 20, were killed during the mob violence on December 3 last year. An FIR against 27 named people and 50 to 60 unidentified people was registered at the Siyana Police Station for the violence that was witnessed at Chingrawathi police post after cattle carcasses were found strewn outside nearby Mahaw village. On January 3, the police had arrested Raj.
Mumbai: In a relief to the harried customers of crisis-hit Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, the Reserve Bank Thursday increased the cash withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 per account, which will help over 60 percent customers of the crippled lender. The RBI had Tuesday imposed a slew of restrictions on the bank for six months, allowing withdrawal of only Rs 1,000 for the bank’s depositors, leaving the customers, who are typically not from the well-heeled a worried lot. The move came after the central bank has found certain irregularities in the bank, including under-reporting of NPAs and had put restriction on fresh lending. “It has been decided to allow depositors to withdraw a sum not exceeding Rs 10,000 (including the Rs 1,000 already withdrawn) of the total balance held in every savings bank account or current account or any other deposit account,” RBI said in a release. The regulator said, the higher limit is subject to fact the customer does not have any liability with the bank by way of loans of surety for a third-party loan. With the above relaxation, more than 60 percent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance. RBI said the above relaxation has been granted with a view to reducing the hardship of depositors.
The 9th edition of Thumri Festival organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi came to a close on September 25, 2019.Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, thanked the audience by saying, “With every passing year, Thumri Festival is getting bigger with exciting line-up of artists and I am glad that you all have accepted it with open arms. We the entire team of Sahitya Kala Parishad along with Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Government of Delhi are grateful to you all for this success. I also take this opportunity to thank all the artists who came forward to promote Thumri on such a large scale. Hope we keep on encouraging our young artists to take forward the heritage of Thumri.” Also Read – The Puja carnivalOn the first day, the evening witnessed some mesmerising performances by eminent artists. Devashish Dey who has an integrated influences from the three leading Gharanas – Banaras Gharana, Agra Gharana and Gwalior Gharana presented Thumri in Raag Des which was followed by a Banarasi Kajri which is a rainy seasonal song. Later, he performed Jhoola which is a song of swings. After his performance, Debapriya Adhikary and Samanwaya presented their act. They performed Tappa, Khayal showing the elements of Thumri in it. Besides, they also performed Bandishi Thumri, Dadra, Jhula to name a few. AratiAnkalikar-Tikekar concluded the evening with her performance. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraThe second day also saw some exciting artist line-up. The event started by Pandit Sarathi Chatterjee whose first performance was ‘Baiyyanpackadlini Shyam, kaise jau main apne dhaam’ in Raag Misra Pilu. This was followed by second piece –’Baalam nahi aye more paas’, ending his act with ‘Paiyyanlaagu kar jori shyam, mose ek hel na hori’. Followed by his performance was of Pandit Ganesh Prasad Mishra, who performed ‘Hatojao re na bolo kanha’, composed by his father Pandit Mahadev Prasad Mishra. Later he sang pieces like bol banao thumri ‘ab na bajao Shyam bansuria vyakul bhayee brij baam’, ‘Na manungi, namanungi’, ‘Jhuladheere se jhulao’. The evening came to an end with AshiwiniBhide-Deshpande’s mesmerising performance. The last day was started with a soulful performance by Pandit Rajendra Sijuar, who represents the ‘Gaya Gharana’. His first performance was ‘mad se bhare tore nain’, followed by ‘saiyan bulaave aadhi raat’. He concluded his performance with ‘naa jaaa balam pardes’. The second performance of the evening was by Dhanashree Pandit Rai. Her first piece was ‘Bairan Ho gayi Raina’, followed by ‘Mor balamwa nahi aaye’. As the evening proceeded, her third piece was Jhoola in taalkehrva ‘Jhooladheere se jhulao’ and the last performance was ‘Sakhiri mora maike mein jiya ghabraye’. The very well renowned Pandit Channulal Mishra from Banaras concluded the three day long festival with his enthralling performance.
Los Angeles: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger says, it was fun to revisit his iconic role of The Terminator in the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate, adding that the film is packed with “unique action”. Produced by James Cameron, the film brings back Schwarzenegger as The Terminator and Linda Hamilton, as an older Sarah Connor. Her son John will once again be played by Edward Furlong. “I just tell them, ‘It’s another Terminator movie with a totally different story and it has Jim Cameron’s fingerprints all over it. Also, Linda Hamilton’s’. So, it’s kind of like going back to the old days of Terminator,” Schwarzenegger said. Terminator: Dark Fate will release in India on November 1 in six languages.
Kolkata: Binod Kumar, Secretary of the state Health department, said on Thursday that the Bengal government’s emphasis on improving the healthcare services in the state has been reflected in the increase of budgetary allotment.Kumar said that the budget allotment, which had been Rs 3,584 crore in 2011, has gone up to Rs 9,557 crore during the current financial year. He was addressing the gathering at the inaugural session of the 14th Healthcare East organised by CII in the city on Thursday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKumar said that there has been a “quantum jump” in health personnel strength, with the number of doctors in government hospitals going up from 4,800 in 2011 to 11,700 in the current year and the number of nurses up from 37,000 in 2011 to 52,850 in 2019. The Health Secretary added that 42 new superspeciality hospitals have been set up with 6,483 paramedics and 30,000 support staff, while tenders have been floated for 27 private nursing schools to boost the number of nurses involved in health services at the various state government hospitals. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySpeaking on the affordability of healthcare in the state, Kumar spoke about the Swasthya Sathi scheme in Bengal which brings 75 million people of the state under its coverage. People are availing benefits of health services worth Rs 5 lakh per annum. According to Kumar, Bengal is nationally ahead in terms of system delivery, immunisation and in reducing infant and female mortality rate. He said that the state government has been able to come up with a considerable number of sick new baby units, pediatric intensive care units and trauma care units, along with a remarkable increase in government hospital beds. The government has also been able to leverage IT platforms for the Swasthya Sathi package and payment claims of the same, he added. Andrew Ford, Consul General of Australia in Kolkata, elaborated on how India and Australia can come together to forge a strong partnership in areas of quality and remote care, alternate medicines, chronic disease management, critical support expertise, geriatric care, increasing women workforce participation and high-end research.
Kolkata: A day when Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University Suranjan Das in presence of the Registrar and two Pro Vice-Chancellors of the varsity at Raj Bhavan, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee was critical of the ‘role’ of the Governor, who also happens to be the Chancellor of the university.”I have heard that he (the Governor) has said that he is not ‘proactive’ but ‘active’. But his ‘activeness’ is not being accepted well by the common people in the state. He can convene a meeting regarding JU. But the Governor should remember that it is the Chief Minister who is the administrative head of the state,” Chatterjee told reporters when asked about his meeting with the authorities of JU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I have nothing to say. Whatever will be said, will come from Raj Bhavan,” Das told reporters after the hour-long meeting. Sources in the Raj Bhavan said that the Vice-Chacellor has submitted a detailed report in written format to the Chancellor. The Governor in the meeting expressed concern over incidents of student agitation in the campus in the past few months and advised the administration to take measures on having better coordination among teachers, students and non teaching staff of the varsity. It has been learnt that the Chancellor wants to hold another meeting with all stakeholders in the varsity like the administration, student unions, the teachers’ organisation and employees’ union after Durga Puja. It has also been learnt that Dhankhar has asked the Vice-Chancellor regarding student election in the varsity, which was last held more than two years ago in 2017.
Pune: Social activist Anna Hazare has expressed surprise over NCP president Sharad Pawar’s naming cropping up in the multi-crore Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case against Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar – a former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra – and others in connection with the scam. An Enforcement Case Information Report, equivalent to a police FIR, has been registered by the central agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The case is based on a Mumbai Police FIR which had named former chairmen of the bank, Ajit Pawar, and 70 erstwhile functionaries of the cooperative lender. “When this case came to me, Sharad Pawar’s name was not there anywhere. How did his name crop up, who mentioned his name, all these things only they know,” said Hazare on Thursday when asked about the ED case and the Maratha strongman’s alleged links to the scam. The anti-corruption crusader, a Pawar critic, expressed the hope the truth will come out after the ED carries out a detailed investigation in the scam. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “The ED will come to know how his name figured in the case,” said Hazare, a veteran of many anti-corruption agitations. Pawar has denied any wrongdoing and said he was not associated with the bank in any capacity and questioned the timing of the registration of the case which comes just weeks ahead of the October 21 Assembly polls in Maharashtra. The former Union minister has asserted he would not bow before the ‘throne’ of Delhi, apparently referring to the BJP-led government at the Centre. The NCP has termed the ED case as politically motivated.
Lucknow: Nine people were killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Friday, as heavy rains which have been continuing in different parts of the state since the past two days have disrupted normal life. In the wake of the continuing rains, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the divisional commissioners and the district magistrates to take all measures and extend immediate relief to those affected, an official said. He said the chief minister has asked the officials concerned to visit the areas which have been affected by rains and witnessing flood-like situation. At least nine people were killed following heavy rains since the past two days. They include three deaths in Chandauli, two each in Amethi and Bhadohi and one each in Ayodhya and Varanasi, the official said. The chief minister has asked the officials to extend the monetary help of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed and also arrange treatment for the injured, he said. He also said the waterlogging issue should be addressed immediately, the official said.
New Delhi: Swiss-based EST Group on Friday said it is planning to invest USD 250 million (around Rs 1,770 crore) in next 18 months into Indian startups that are focused on fintech applications and related business models. The group is very bullish about India market and believes that when markets are slow they provide new opportunities, its chief executive officer and director Sindhu Bhaskar said in a statement. “India’s largest asset is its intelligent and educated human capital and it is important to use these resources by allowing them to innovate in a problem area and then giving access to capital,” he added. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “EST Group is planning to invest USD 250 million in next 18 months into India-based startups focused on fintech applications and related business models that will plug into larger EST’s vision of building an aggregated platform for capital that will allocate impactfully to help growth sectors in our economy,” the statement noted. Sajid Jamal, who is heading the venture fund of EST Group, said capital is not scarce but scattered and EST’s vision is to aggregate unused capital by investing in technology and then use AI (artificial intelligence) voice command technology to disburse capital to SMEs, startups and agriculture verticals. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days “For this, we have decided not to start from scratch but to invest in existing platforms and then connect this platform to one larger ecosystem platform that will help in enhancing growth in the economy by solving grassroot problems of the economy,” he added. EST Group provides financial advisory, asset management, semi banking operations, custodial, clearing and settlement and security issuance services. It has operations in Latin America, Europe, London and Southeast Asia. The group’s fintech arm recently established in London is looking at investing in existing disruptive platforms in financial markets, banking operations, and wealth management using AI, machine learning and blockchain technology.
Jodhpur: At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after a collision between two vehicles near here on Friday, police said. The accident occurred when a tyre of a minibus burst and it collided head-on with a Bolero, leaving at least 10 people dead, said in-charge of Balesar police station Devendra. Several others were injured in the accident and they are being shifted to a hospital, he added. Further details are awaited, he said.
Hyderabad: Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday arrested Insurance Medical Service (IMS) Director Devika Rani and five others in a multi-crore- scam in supply of medicines to dispensaries and hospitals under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) scheme. After simultaneous raids at 23 places in Hyderabad and Warangal, the ACB sleuths took Devika Rani into custody from her residence in Hyderabad and later shifted her to the ACB office for questioning. Five other officials and pharmacists were also taken into custody. The arrested are likely to be produced in a court later in the day. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The director and other officials allegedly caused losses to the government exchequer by purchasing medicines through special medical drug dispensing units instead of ‘rate contract’ firms during 2017-18. IMS director allegedly diverted several crore rupees by purchasing drugs and surgical kits from unauthorised firms under the guise of emergency. They are facing charges of making false indents, falsifying records and violating rules in purchasing medicines. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The anti-graft agency launched an inquiry into the scam following directions from the state government. The Vigilance and Enforcement wing had earlier conducted a probe into the allegations that Devika did not follow the eligibility criteria in selection of firms for supply of medicines. The probe found that the medicines were brought at exorbitant prices, in violation of the procurement procedures and e-tender process.
New Delhi: The government will launch fourth tranche of Bharat-22 ETF on October 3, which will help garner up to Rs 8,000 crore from investors, sources said. They added that the issue will open for anchor investors on October 3 and for other institutional and retail investors, the next day. The investors would get a 3 per cent discount over the issue price. “The offer is likely to have a base issue size of Rs 2,000 crore, with a green-shoe option to retain another Rs 6,000 crore, taking the total amount to Rs 8,000 crore,” a source privy to the development said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe decision has been taken after receiving robust response for earlier stake sale by the government in the product. The government has so far raised around Rs 35,900 crore through the Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund — Rs 14,500 crore was garnered in November 2017, another Rs 8,400 crore was mopped up in June 2018 and Rs 13,000 crore in February this year. Proceeds from the ETF will help the government meet its disinvestment target of Rs 1.05 lakh crore for the current financial year. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe Central Public Sector Enterprises that are part of the Bharat-22 ETF include ONGC, IOC, SBI, BPCL, Coal India and Nalco. Other constituents are Bharat Electronics, Engineers India, NBCC, NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, GAIL, PGCIL, NLC India, Axis Bank, ITC and L&T. Only three public sector banks — SBI, Indian Bank and Bank of Baroda — figure in the Bharat-22 index. Earlier this month, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, which manages the ETF, had filed the draft papers regarding the issue with capital markets regulator Sebi.
Palghar (Maha): An unidentified person locked the judge’s chamber at a court in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, claiming that he was doing so because he was being made to run from pillar to post to get justice. The incident took place during lunch recess at a court in Vasai town on Wednesday, the police said. Between 2 and 2.30 pm, when magistrate S B Pawar and the court staff had stepped out for lunch, an unidentified person put a lock on the door of the judge’s chamber from outside, said police spokesperson Hemant Katkar. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe culprit had pasted a piece of paper on the lock, on which was written, “Salman Khan convicted for five years by sessions court Mumbai. Got bail from high court within three hours and I am wandering door to door for justice. “I am a tax payer. I pay tax so the honourable judges get salary. And if I am denied for justice, have the right to seal. Court sealed by order of Dr Fayaz Khan,” it read. Katkar said a case under IPC section 341 (wrongful restraint) has been registered.
Kolkata: In a bid to cater to the heavy rush of passengers during Durga Puja, South Eastern Railway (SER) will run special night-long services for the pandal-hoppers.Security will be beefed up to ensure the safety of passengers. “We have decided to run trains whole night during Durga Puja this year. The whole night train service will be available from Shashthi to Dashami. Both men and women RPF officials will be deployed during the night services for security reasons,” said said Bidhan Chandra, public relations officer, South Eastern Railway. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from the night services, South Eastern Railway will run 13 pairs of special trains between Santragachi and Puducherry from October 5 to December 30. The special train, consists of 16 general second class coaches, will have stoppages at Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chandil, Purulia, Joychandi Pahar, Asansol, Chittaranjan, Madhupur, Jasidih, Jhajha and Kiul between Santragachi and Barauni. The Eastern Railway (ER) is leaving no stone unturned to have foolproof security arrangements at all major railways stations in the state. A large-scale mock drill was conducted at Kalyani on Saturday to assess the preparedness of the security. According to an ER official, the Sealdah station witnesses nearly 12 lakh footfall on a normal day. However, during Durga Puja the rush of passengers shoots up to 15 lakh. “We will conduct a meeting and decide how many more trains we will run during Durga Puja this year,” the official added.
Shahjahanpur (UP): Samajwadi Party workers staged a dharna here on Friday after not being allowed to meet the jailed law student, who has accused former union minister Swami Chinmayanand of rape. On the directions of the party president, Akhilesh Yadav, the delegation comprising former spokesman Nahid Lari and former students union leader of Allahabad University Richa Singh arrived at the jail where the law student is lodged on extortion charges. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghOn being denied permission to meet the woman, the delegation and party workers sat on dharna for hours and raised slogans against the government. They later visited her residence to meet her family members. Addressing a press conference, Richa Singh said that a CPM team was allowed to meet the woman on Thursday, however, they were denied permission by the jail superintendent as he did not have orders from his seniors. “Our local leaders had moved an application for the meeting in the morning itself,” Richa Singh said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAlleging that the woman was made to give her statement under pressure by the SIT, Richa Singh asked if “this is the reality of ‘beti bachao-beto padhao’ campaign of the BJP”. Nahid Khan said the SIT has not included sections of rape in the FIR against Chinmayanand and it appears that “under the BJP government, cases will be filed after asking the accused what sections he wants to include”. Chinmayanand gets pictures clicked with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. He was the union minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. This is the reason as to why BJP is saving him, she said.
At least three militants were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Batote town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district on Saturday, an Army spokesperson said. An Army jawan was also killed, while two policemen were injured in the encounter. Searches have been carried out in the area presently. The encounter followed after a group of five armed militants took refuge inside a civilian’s residence after they targeted a Territorial Army patrol in Batote area earlier in the day. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Sources told The Indian Express that the house owner, Vijar Kumar, and his family were taken hostage. The militants later released all members of the family except Kumar, a tailor. Subsequently, the house owner was rescued, Jammu and Kashmir Police confirmed on Twitter.The area is cordoned off, and vehicular traffic along the highways and adjoining link roads has been halted. According to sources, the militants were initially hiding near one of the quarters of the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) personnel. As the Territorial Army patrol passed through the area this morning, the militants panicked and threw two or three hand grenades at them and opened fire from their rifles, thinking they were being cordoned off.(Inputs from The Indian Express)
Los Angeles: Actress Elle Fanning says women are expected to be “super jealous” in Hollywood. In an interview to Tatler magazine, Fanning said women are told to pit themselves against one another in Hollywood, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “There is a stigma placed on women in any workplace, especially in Hollywood. You must be super competitive and super jealous. And it’s something that people want to project, but it’s actually not the case,” she said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” star had a passion for acting from a young age. She used to act scenes with her sister Dakota Fanning. “Well, I saw my sister doing it and I was a huge ham growing up. We would constantly put on these scenes around the house. It wasn’t for anyone, only for ourselves. We would do lines, characters, it was very funny. “It just felt right at home for us… We weren’t supposed to do this at all. My mom played tennis, my dad played baseball, my mom’s dad was a quarterback in the NFL. We were supposed to play tennis or something,” she said.
Mumbai: Actress Tamannaah Bhatia will soon be seen in a special song opposite superstar Mahesh Babu in Telugu action film “Sarileru Neekevvarua”. In the film, Mahesh Babu essays the role of Major Ajay Krishna. The song is composed by Devi Sri Prasad. “Yes it’s true and I’m looking forward to just having fun and being myself for this song as the script demands it,” Tamannaah said. “After ‘F2: Fun & Frustration’, Anil Ravipudi was keen to collaborate with me and when this opportunity came up, I said yes. I’m happy with the phase I am in with regard to my career today as the directors I’ve worked with in the past want to work with me again and it makes me really feel content,” added the actress, who has performed special numbers in films such as “Speedunnodu”, “Jai Lava Kusa”, “Alludu Seenu” and “KGF: Chapter 1”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Also featuring Rashmika Mandanna and Prakash Raj, “Sarileru Neekevvarua” has been written and directed by Anil Ravipudi and produced by AK Entertainments, GMB Entertainments and Sri Venkateswara Creations. It is slated to hit theatres on January 10, 2020. On the work front, Tamannaah will also be seen in the horror comedy “Petromax”, the Tamil remake of Mahi V. Raghav’s Telugu film “Anando Brahma”, romantic drama “Bole Chudiyan” opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and period drama “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”.
Bangkok: Thirteen people, most of them students, were killed when a pick-up truck flipped over while trying to change lanes on Sunday in the Thai capital, police said. Graphic CCTV footage shows passengers riding in the back being hurled out of the vehicle onto the road in Bangkok’s suburbs. “Twelve people died instantly and one later died at the hospital,” police officer Samran Chaytao told AFP, adding that nine of them were college-age students finished mechanical training for a local company. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report A total of 18 people were in the truck, which was coming from an evening out with students and company officials celebrating the end of their training, Samran said. Two of the five survivors had severe injuries. Deadly accidents are common in Thailand, which regularly tops lists of the world’s most lethal roads, with speeding, drunk driving and weak law enforcement all contributing factors. Though many of the victims are motorcyclists, bus crashes involving groups of tourists and migrant labourers often grab headlines. In March last year at least 18 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bus carrying people returning from holiday in northeastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree. The World Health Organisation’s most recent data showed Thailand with 32.7 road deaths per 100,000 people, compared to 12.4 in the United States.
New Delhi: Body of an unidentified 25-year-old woman was found inside a sack, dumped in a drain here, police said on Sunday. A call regarding the sack in North East Delhi’s Karawal Nagar area was received at 7.48 a.m. on Sunday by the PCR. Police is trying to establish the identity of the deceased.
Kolkata: Rare photographs capturing Mahatma Gandhi’s 1947 stay at Beliaghata here and articles used by him during the over three-week period when he tried to douse the flames of communal violence will be on display from October 2 at the house that hosted him, and has now been developed as a full-fledged museum. In August and September of 1947, away from the celebration of Independence, Gandhi chose to be in Kolkata with some of his followers to calm the rioters down. He stayed in the building during his stay. “The city was in flames. Gandhi and his followers stayed in the building and sat on an indefinite fast on August 31. Gandhi called off the fast on September 4 after leaders of the two communities visited him and laid down arms at his feet and cried for forgiveness,” said an office-bearer of the Purba Kolkata Gandhi Smarak Samiti, that has been managing the building since late 1950s. She said Gandhi and his followers moved to the building, earlier known as ‘Hyderi Manjil’, on August 13, 1947. They lived in two of its seven rooms as only these two were inhabitable. But once Gandhi left on September 4, the building again went into decay. On October 2, 1985, the state government’s Public Works Department carried out some maintenance works there in consultation with the samiti and and it was named ‘Gandhi Bhavan’. But it didn’t draw wider public attention. In 2009, when the then state governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi visited the place, he asked the samiti to put on display some of the objects used by the Mahatma. Since then, it has been run as a small ‘museum’ by the samiti and objects like the spinning wheel, cap, ‘kharam’, pillow and mattress used by the Mahatma during his stay are on display in one of the rooms, an official of the samiti said. However, with limited resources of the samiti, there was not much public knowledge about the building and some of its exhibits and hence the number of visitors was few. In 2018, the state government fully took over the building and it has been massively upgraded. This renovated building will open as a full-fledged state-run museum on Wednesday, when the nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. After the restoration of the entire building, these items will be displayed in a better and more organised way, the official said, expressing satisfaction the state government has taken the organisation on board in turning the building into a full-fledged museum. There will be some new additions in the museum too. “Items used by Gandhiji in the ashram he set up at Sodpur, 10 km from Beliaghata, to help inmates weave clothes by Charka and his correspondence (letter) with people in Noakhali, in present day Bangladesh, during the period of the turmoil in Kolkata and Noakhali will also be added,” she said. Also newspaper clippings recording that turbulent phase in Bengal history will also be displayed in all the seven rooms of the museum, she added “There are photographs too. For example, one is of a pensive Gandhiji looking at a dimly-lit lantern. Another, taken on September 4, shows teary-eyed community leaders asking him to call off the fast on. A photo shows Gandhi in ‘mounobrato’ (silence),” the office-bearer said. A glass case with three swords surrendered to the Mahatma by the rioters will also be on display, she said. “Hyderi Manjil is not just a building, it’s associated with many memories. It was the epicentre of the fight against communalism,” said the samiti officer-bearer. “The museum, in its full glory and as a state-run facility, will be unveiled on October 2 to let the present generation know more about Gandhiji and his association with the city,” she said. After the restoration, the building is now safeguarded by a high wall and the steps are paved with marbles. Its large central hall houses several wall paintings, crafted by the students of Rabindranath Tagore’s Viswa Bharati, on the 1947 communal violence. Biswanath Dey, who passed away in 2017, was one of the associates of Gandhi during his stay. His daughter-in-law recalls with pride how Gandhiji asked him to accompany him during his morning walks to a nearby canal every day. “My father-in-law, who was a teenager in 1947, used to say he was a part of six youths who would be always on Gandhiji’s side,” she recalls. Another nonagenarian, who frequented the place in those days and liked by Bapu, says she recently visited the place and was very happy with the ongoing maintenance work. She is now settled in South Africa. An official of the Information and Cultural Affairs department said the museum will have three divisions. “There will be one section depicting Gandhiji’s birth, death and political life, this will be the new addition to the previous museum, run by the voluntary organisation. There will be another section on his relations with Hyderi Manjil. And the third will show how he prevented the riots in Kolkata and Noakhali form escalating further. Newspaper clippings and other books and archival materials will be kept there,” the official said. There will be audio-visual presentation, another new addition, with voice-over in one section of the museum, the top official said. Besides a big gate, frescoes depicting non-violent movements of Gandhiji have been put up on the walls of the museum for the grand opening. A government official said an entry fee will be charged after all the objects are completely restored put on display.
Kolkata: The CBI on Sunday interrogated senior BJP leader Mukul Roy at his residence, together with arrested IPS officer SMH Mirza, in connection with the Narada tapes scandal. Mirza, who was apprehended earlier this week in the case, was taken to the BJP leader’s south Kolkata residence by the agency officials, sources said. The entire “face-to-face interrogation” has been videographed by the sleuths of the agency, they said. On Saturday, Roy was interrogated for nearly three hours by the CBI at its Nizam Palace office. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Talking to the press, he had said it was his duty to cooperate with the investigative agency. In the tapes that had surfaced ahead of 2016 West Bengal assembly polls, persons resembling senior Trinamool Congress leaders and Mirza are seen accepting money from the representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours. Roy, who was then a TMP MP, was purportedly shown talking to Mathew Samuel, the Narada News boss who had posed as a businessman to carry out the sting operation. Mirza was seen accepting Rs 5 lakh in cash from a businessman in one of the footages. The former Burdwan SP had apparently claimed in the video that he was receiving the cash on Roy’s instructions.
Mumbai: His entry into Bollywood with “Karwaan”, which he followed up with “The Zoya Factor”, has been well-received, but Malayalam star Dulquer Salmaan says he does not aim to move to Hindi cinema as south film industry will always be his priority. The actor, son of veteran star Mammootty, said he won’t give up on his years of hard work in south to become a pan-India star. “It is not that the goal is to be here full time and give up on the progress that you have made there. You have worked so many years and have built up a solid base there and it is very difficult to give that up and restart. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “You are in the new market you have to start again and you have to introduce yourself again. It is too tricky. I don’t know what lies ahead and what kind of offers will come my way. My biggest base is Malayalam and I can never afford to give up on that,” Dulquer told PTI in an interview here. The actor said becoming a star is not on his agenda and he wants to focus on good stories. “I don’t think too much about stardom. I don’t know if I have ever done films for that. A lot of my films are appreciated later. When I first do it, at that time people question my choice but after its release people say ‘Wow, it is amazing’. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “As long as I keep getting interesting offers from other languages I will keep doing it. I don’t want to do forgettable films,” he added. The 33-year-old actor, known for films like “Ok Kanmani” and “Bangalore Days”, said only good content can push him to say yes to a project regardless of the language. “The content is strong in Malayalam cinema. Irrespective of whatever film I do in whichever language, it should have strong content. I get excited by good stories. “It would be nice if I annually get to do films in Tamil and Hindi because I enjoy different cultures and languages and each language has its own beauty. Films have to appeal to that particular market to which we are catering to,” he said.
New Delhi: The government is considering a proposal to sell India’s second-largest state refiner and fuel retailer BPCL to foreign and private firms but the privatisation plan will need a prior nod of Parliament, officials said. Keen to get multi-nationals in domestic fuel retailing to boost competition, the government is mulling selling most of its 53.3 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to a strategic partner, officials aware of the development said. Privatisation of BPCL will not just shake up fuel retailing sector long dominated by state-owned firms but also help meet at least a third of the government’s Rs 1.05 lakh crore disinvestment target. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBPCL at the close of market on September 27 had a market capitalisation of about Rs 1.02 lakh crore and even a 26 per cent stake sale at this valuation would fetch the government Rs 26,500 crore plus a control-and-fuel-market-entry premium ranging anywhere between Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore, officials said. BPCL privatisation, however, will need Parliament’s approval. The Supreme Court had in September 2003 ruled that BPCL, as well as Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), can be privatised only after Parliament amends a law it had previously passed to nationalise the two firms. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe ruling had followed a plan of the then BJP-led NDA government headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to privatise the two firms. The apex court ruling had stalled the plan to sell 34.1 per cent out of government’s 51.1 per cent stake in HPCL to a strategic partner along with management control. Reliance Industries Ltd, BP plc of UK, Kuwait Petroleum, Petronas of Malaysia, the Shell-Saudi Aramco combine and Essar Oil had expressed their interest in acquiring that stake before the Supreme Court stalled the process. Officials said BPCL in present times will be an attractive buy for companies ranging from Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia to French energy giant Total SA which are vying to enter the world’s fastest-growing fuel retail market. BPCL was previously Burmah Shell, which in 1976 was nationalised by an Act of Parliament. Burmah Shell, set up in the 1920s, was an alliance between Royal Dutch Shell and Burmah Oil Co and Asiatic Petroleum (India). HPCL was incorporated in 1974 after the takeover and merger of erstwhile Esso Standard and Lube India Ltd through the ESSO (Acquisition of Undertaking in India) Act passed by Parliament. The company was in January last year taken over by state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) for Rs 36,915 crore. At that time, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had cited the four-decade-old Nationalisation Act to justify exempting ONGC from making an open offer after acquiring the government’s 51.11 per cent stake in HPCL. “We are bound by the Nationalisation Act and character of HPCL could not have changed so no open offer was mandated,” he had said. The Supreme Court had in September 2003 cited the ESSO (Acquisition of Undertaking in India) Act and the Burmah Shell (Acquisition of Undertaking in India) Act, 1976 and Caltex (Acquisition of Shares of Caltex Oil Refining India Ltd and all the Undertakings in India for Caltex India Ltd) Act, 1977 to rule that the government cannot privatise HPCL and BPCL without approaching Parliament for changing the Nationalisation Act.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has filed the final charge sheet against an IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, over a year after a woman who he befriended on Facebook accused him of raping her, sources said on Sunday. The Delhi-based woman had in 2018 accused the officer of raping her on the promise of marriage. The charge sheet was filed earlier this month, the sources said. According to the charge sheet, the woman and the IPS officer became friends on Facebook and within a few months of chatting and video calls, the IPS officer met her in Delhi on January 27. The woman alleged that he kept promising that he would marry her. On their first meeting, the two went to a mall in Vasant Kunj for dinner.
New Delhi: A 49-year-old Nepal national was arrested after four years for raping a minor girl in Okhla area. Police, with the help of a secret informer, brought back rape accused to India on the pretext of tailor job and arrested him from Delhi Gate.Police identified the accused as Vijay Kumar Damai. The accused was declared Proclaimed Offender (PO). According to police, a woman complainant reported on August 10, 2015 when she went to the school to bring her daughter back to the home, she came to know that one person aged about 50 years, posed himself as the grandfather of the child, had already taken away her daughter at about 1 pm. The woman recalled that person as Vijay living in the same building as a tenant and her daughter usually called him ‘Dada’. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarShe and her husband searched her daughter everywhere in the locality and adjoining areas but not found. In the evening, her daughter was found in a pool of blood in the jungle near Sanjay Colony. On the basis of MLC result, a case of rape and attempt to murder was registered at Okhla police station. The suspect Sanjay was found absconding. After this incident, several teams were formed and all out efforts were made to nab accused Sanjay. During investigation, it was revealed that Sanjay fled to Nepal and it became difficult for the police team to bring him back to India. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaDeputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that recently they received information related to the whereabouts of the accused in Nepal. A secret informer was sent to Nepal who developed good intimacy with the accused Vijay. Soon, the informer convinced the accused that the case of rape registered against him has been closed and now he can arrange a good job for him in Delhi since there is a shortage of good tailors in Delhi. “Earlier, accused Vijay did not show any interest to come back to India but after regular pursuance of the secret informer, accused Vijay finally planned to shift Delhi,” DCP Central said adding that on September 28 he was arrested from Delhi Gate. Police said that the accused was living in the same building and on two to three occasions, the victim’s father abused him. He planned to teach him a lesson. “Vijay took the girl from the school and went in the jungle near Sanjay Colony where he raped her and tried to kill her,” police said. “In the last four years, he worked as a tailor in Kathmandu, Bhutwal and other places in Nepal and occasionally visits his house in Nepal and therefore, he could not be tracked by the police team,” police said.
New Delhi: The custom officials at Delhi Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport have arrested one person for allegedly trying to smuggle branded items worth Rs 20 lakh.The investigators said that accused had a history of smuggling commercial items into the country. The customs department received a specific tip-off on September 25 about one passenger arriving from Hong Kong to Delhi by flight number CX-697. The moment the man arrived at the IGI airport, the officers of Air Customs Preventive (IGI) intercepted the passenger. A detailed personal baggage search of the person resulted in the recovery of 27 Apple I-Phones including latest models, 330 watches of different brands such as Rolex, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace among others. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officials also seized over 20 branded tracksuits and one iron soldering machine of You Yoe model-3600. Custom in their press statement said that the total value of the recovered item was Rs 20 lakhs. The goods have been seized under section 110 of Customs Act, 1962. Additional Commissioner of Customs, Amandeep Singh said that the passenger admitted that he brought commercial items valued at Rs 85 lakh in his past visits. “From October 2017 to September 2019 he has been smuggling the commercial items into the country,” said an official. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe statement further said that the passenger was arrested under the provisions of section 104 of the Customs Act, 1962. An official said that they are suspecting that the accused had brought these goods to sell in the grey market. Further investigators are also probing his link were in the past accused had disposed of the smuggled goods. Recently on September 22, a man was arrested at the Delhi airport upon his arrival from Moscow for allegedly smuggling gold bars and gold wires worth more than Rs 29 lakh by concealing them in his underclothes.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police has told their officers to use secure fax for the transmission of important messages. Sources claimed that the move came after law enforcement agency found that the messages sent through Police Network (POLNET) can be intercepted easily. Sources told Millennium Post that a circular was issued by the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations and Communication) in August.”It has been observed that classified messages are sent through POLNET to other States in plain languages. The POLNET is unsecure media and it is not having encryption provision presently,” sources said quoting circular contents. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSources further revealed that the messages sent through POLNET in plain languages can be intercepted easily and may lead to the security threat. “Delhi Police is already providing encryption facility in proposed up-gradation of POLNET through the Directorate of Coordination, Police Wireless (DCPW) so as to prevent any possible interception of classified messages by any agency,” sources said while quoting the circular contents. Adding further, sources said,” In view of above all the classified messages should be delivered either through secure fax or through DCPW headquarters or from MHA for onward transmission to concerned officer/state as locations are having Cipher facility.” Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaCity Police told officers that this may be given personnel attention on top priority. POLNET a satellite-based network has been actively involved in facilitating communication among various State Police/Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). In July, LG Anil Baijal had reviewed the “Implementation Status & Plans for use of Technology by Delhi Police”. Delhi Police informed LG that Mobile Control Room (MCR) project has been commissioned which will act as standby Command & Control at the place of function and incident.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday referred a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and related issues to its Constitution bench which would commence hearing on them on Tuesday. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi referred the pleas, which have also raised matters such as alleged restrictions imposed on the movement of journalists in Kashmir and illegal detention of minors in the Valley, to a 5-judge bench of the apex court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The bench will be headed by justice N V Ramana and also comprise justices S K Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Surya Kant. Several petitions have been filed challenging the Centre’s decision abrogating Article 370 provisions and bifurcating the state into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. The UTs will come into being on October 31. The Petitions have been filed by the National Conference, the Sajjad Lone-led JK Peoples Conference and several other individuals, including the first plea filed by advocate M L Sharma. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The NC plea was filed by Lok Sabha MPs Mohammad Akbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi. Lone is a former speaker of the J&K Assembly and justice Masoodi a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. In 2015, he had ruled that Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution. Other pleas include the one filed by a group of former defence officers and bureaucrats. They have also sought directions declaring the presidential orders of August 5 “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”. It was filed by professor Radha Kumar, a former member of the Home Ministry’s Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir (2010-11), former IAS officer of J&K cadre Hindal Haidar Tyabji, Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, Major General (retd) Ashok Kumar Mehta, former Punjab-cadre IAS officer Amitabha Pande and former Kerala-cadre IAS officer Gopal Pillai, who retired as the Union home secretary in 2011. A petition has also been filed by bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, along with his party colleague and former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) leader Shehla Rashid. There are other petitions challenging the Centre’s decision on Article 370. The NC leaders submitted that the Presidential Orders paved the way for application of entire provisions of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir and also have the effect of nullifying Article 35A and completely abrogating Article 370. While challenging the Centre’s decisions to scrap provisions of the Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and dividing it into two Union Territories, the two MPs have sought a direction to declare the Act and the Presidential Orders as “unconstitutional, void and inoperative”. They submitted that the apex court now has to examine whether the Union government can “unilaterally” unravel the unique federal scheme under the cover of President’s rule while undermining crucial elements of due process and rule of law. “This case, therefore, goes to the heart of Indian federalism, democratic processes and role of the apex court as the guardian of the federal structure,” the petition has said. They submitted that Article 370 was extensively considered as carefully drafted in order to ensure the peaceful and democratic accession of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir to the Indian Union. The two have contended that the Presidential Orders and the new legislation unconstitutionally undermine the scheme of Article 370. The first Presidential Order uses Article 370 (1)(d) — this was meant to apply other provisions of the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir — to alter Article 370 itself and thereby the terms of federal relationship between the J-K and Union of India, they have submitted.
Beijing: Fast-moving Typhoon Mitag is bearing down on northern Taiwan, where it is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain. Alerts have been ordered for parts of the island’s east and north, including the capital, Taipei, with the worst of the weather expected to arrive overnight on Monday. The storm’s center was expected to pass just east of the island before heading toward Shanghai on mainland China, then weakening as it moves toward South Korea and Japan. On Monday, Taiwan’s weather bureau said Mitag was strengthening gradually as it moved north at about 27 kilometers (17 miles) per hour with winds gusting at up to 162 kph (100 mph).
Gurugram: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday evening released the first list that consisted of 78 candidates.The long process of multiple discussions, the unhappiness of top leaders and repeated delays in releasing the list became evident after the Saffron Party took a bold step of not repeating most of their winning candidates. The biggest testimony of this came fro the list of South Haryana seats that consisted the names of BJP candidates from the three Vidhan Sabha seats of Gurugram namely Badshahpur, Sohna. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn these seats, the BJP has not repeated any of its winning candidates. What proved to be even more shocking for the observers and experts was that BJP did not have the name of Rao Narbir Singh who had won the Badshapur seat in 2014 with the huge margin of 86,000 votes. One of the veteran leaders of Haryana politics Rao Narbir moved from Congress party to BJP in 2013. After winning from Badshahpur he was given a post of a cabinet minister in the Haryana government and was handling the ministries of PWD, Forest, Architecture and Civil aviation. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaSuch was the confidence of the minister that he had already begun campaigning from his constituency. All, however, may not be lost for Rao Narbir as his name may figure among the 12 nominees that the BJPis expected to release soon. He will be replaced by Manish Yadav. Yadav who was earlier heading Bhartiya Yuva Jan Morcha (BYJM) is an old party worker of BJP from Gurugram. The saffron party also Tejpal Tanwar who had won Sohna seat with Sanjay Singh and Bimla Chaudhury who had won Pataudi seat with Satyapraksh Jarawata. In Nuh and Ferozpur Jhirka the saffron party has given tickets to Zakir Hussain and Naseem Ahmad. Both of the candidates who had won the seat in 2014 also from Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had moved to BJP. The surprise was also in-store from the Faridabad seat where BJP did not renew the ticket to its industries minister and MLA from Faridabad Vipul Goel, he will be replaced by Narendra Gupta who is again a long-time party worker. “The party is like a mother. The party workers must realize that no matter how much they rise and whatever their stature is they can never rise above their mother,” said Raman Malik the BJP Haryana spokesperson.
Washington: Donald Trump asked Australia to “assist” in discrediting a Russia investigation that has clouded his presidency, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitting Tuesday that he agreed to help. An Australian government spokesperson confirmed Trump asked Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller’s probe — which concluded that Russia tried to swing the 2016 election in the Republican’s favour. The official said Australia “has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President.” The revelation will fuel allegations Trump is using the power of the Oval Office and risking long-standing relationships with allies for his own political ends. He is already facing impeachment for asking Ukraine’s leader to investigate his potential election rival, former vice president Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. Mueller’s probe concluded in March and led to the conviction of several of Trump’s top aides for obstruction and lying to investigators. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests But ahead of the 2020 election Trump has painted the probe and its findings as a “deep state” conspiracy, pointing to conservative media reports as evidence and urging the Justice Department to launch counter-investigations. The New York Times, which first reported Trump’s Australian request, said the White House had restricted access to the transcript of the Trump-Morrison call, in a similar way to its handling of Trump’s recent call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Several other calls and meetings between Trump and foreign leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin are now under scrutiny. Separately, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Bill Barr has had multiple contacts with officials and spies in Australia, Britain and Italy in a bid to investigate Mueller and US intelligence findings. At Trump’s encouragement, Barr’s Justice Department is examining the roots of the Mueller probe, including the evidence that led the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies to declare that Russia did in fact interfere in 2016 to boost Trump. Australia and Britain were both important because the original FBI Russia meddling probe was launched in July 2016 after the bureau received a tip from an Australian diplomat in Britain about a meeting between people tied to Russian intelligence and a Trump campaign official. In a May letter to Barr and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — cited by Australian media Tuesday — the country’s ambassador in Washington also offered to help. Morrison recently enjoyed a state visit to Washington and his close ties to Trump had already been facing scrutiny at home. “It was risky for the Morrison government to get so cosy with Trump when almost no other government has done so,” said Emma Shortis of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. “I think this development shows just how risky that is — Trump will come calling for favors, embroil you in controversy, and put relationships at risk.” In a statement, the Justice Department defended contacts abroad and said Trump and Barr’s roles were to help investigator John Durham make contacts. “Mr Durham is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries,” said Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “At Attorney General Barr’s request, the president has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the attorney general and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials,” she said.
New Delhi: Major automobile makers, including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Toyota and Honda, on Tuesday reported double digit declines in domestic passenger vehicle sales in September as onset of the festive season failed to lift the ongoing slump in the auto industry. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India said its domestic sales declined by 26.7 per cent at 1,12,500 units last month as against 1,53,550 units in September 2018. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 20,085 units as compared to 34,971 units in the same month last year, down 42.6 per cent. Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, fell 22.7 per cent at 57,179 units as against 74,011 cars in September last year. The firm’s mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 1,715 units as compared to 6,246 units earlier. Similarly, sales of utility vehicles, including Vitara Brezza, S-Cross and Ertiga, declined marginally at 21,526 units as compared to 21,639 in the year-ago month, it added. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Hyundai Motor India said its domestic PV sales were down 14.8 per cent at 40,705 units as against 47,781 units in September last year. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) reported 33 per cent decline in passenger vehicle sales at 14,333 units last month as compared to 21,411 units in the same month last year. Reflecting on the sales performance, M&M Chief of Sales and Marketing, Automotive Division, Veejay Ram Nakra said, “We are positive that this festive season, with the onset of Navratra, will augur well for us and the automotive industry.” This, in addition to factors such as the good monsoon and recently announced positive government initiatives should help revive the industry in the short term, he added. Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) domestic sales were at 10,203 units last month as compared to 12,512 units in September 2018, a decline of 18 per cent. Commenting on the sales performance, TKM Deputy Managing Director N Raja said, “The consumer sentiment continued to be subdued in September which has reflected in the sales slowdown in the industry.” However, the company expects consumer demand will see the much-needed revival resulting in better retails due to Navratri and Diwali, Raja added. Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) on Tuesday reported a 37.24 per cent decline in domestic sales at 9,301 units in September as against 14,820 units in the same month last year. “While the market remained tough in September, the auto sales saw an up-tick from this August which is a positive sign,” HCIL Senior Vice President and Director, Sales and Marketing Rajesh Goel said in a statement. Tata Motors PV sales in the domestic market during the month stood at 8,097 units as against 18,429 units in the same month last year, a drop of 56 per cent. Commenting on the sales performance, Tata Motors President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit Mayank Pareek said the industry continued to decline in September. “Towards the end of the month, there was an encouraging response in terms of customer footfalls,” he added.
New Delhi: Passengers of IRCTC’s Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will be compensated in case of delays, the Railway subsidiary said on Tuesday. An amount of Rs 100 will be paid in case the delay is for over an hour and Rs 250 for delays for over two hours, it said. This latest offer is in addition to the Rs 25-lakh free insurance that has been given to passengers of the train, which will be the IRCTC’s first. This travel insurance also includes a coverage of Rs 1 lakh against household theft and robbery during travel period of the passengers. The train will be flagged off on October 4.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday fixed November 14 to commence hearing on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of the Centre’s decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. A 5-judge Constitution bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana, allowed four weeks to the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration to file counter-affidavits on the petitions. It refused the petitioners’ request that not more than 2 weeks be given for filing of counter-affidavits. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The apex court also put an embargo on filing of any fresh writ petition challenging the constitutional validity on abrogation of Article 370. The bench said that it has to give a “reasonable time” to the Centre and J&K administration to file their affidavits as it is necessary that pleadings are completed so that hearing could commence. “We have to allow the Centre and the J&K administration to file counter-affidavit otherwise we can’t decide the matter,” said the bench, also comprising justices S K Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, B R Gavai and Surya Kant. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The top court said that after filing of the counter affidavits, the petitioners would file replies on them within a week thereafter. “We can’t have an unending process of filing of writ petitions in the matter. Whatever has been filed, has already been filed. It (filing of fresh petitions) must stop,” the bench said, adding, “We have to give them (Centre and J&K) reasonable time to file their counters.” The bench also told advocates representing the petitioners raising objections to Attorney General K K Venugopal’s seeking four weeks to file counter affidavit, that “it is unreasonable to think that any decision or order will be passed before October 31”. The petitioners submitted that under the new legislation, the state of J&K would become two separate Union Territories on October 31 and thus there was a need for an urgent hearing as also granting status quo. Venugopal, who was appearing for the Centre, and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing J&K, submitted that they needed four weeks to file counter affidavits to 10 writ petitions and averments are different in each of them. When senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, appearing for one of the petitioners, raised objection to the submissions of AG and SG, the bench said, “In this type of matter, how can we proceed without counter affidavits being filed?” While refusing the petitioners’ submission that the Centre and J&K would have filed their replies in pursuance of the August 28 hearing, the bench said, “We have to allow government to file the counter affidavits”. When the petitioners’ counsels were insisting that enough time was with the Centre and J&K to file counter affidavits, the bench said, “In these matters, we cannot go ahead without the filing of counter affidavits.” “If the petitions are allowed, can’t the clock be put back?,” the bench said. At the outset, the hearing witnessed raking up of writ petitions filed before the Centre decided to scrap provisions of Article 370 on August 5. Some of the petitioners said that they have filed pleas challenging the existence of provisions of Articles 370 and 35-A according special status to J&K before the Centre came out with the decision to abrogate them. The bench called registrar (judicial) Surya Pratap Singh and asked him to verify pending petitions on the subject and inform it. When some of the advocates sought intervention in the matter, the bench said, “If everybody wants to file writ petitions, there will be one lakh petitions. It will not work. Please don’t try to do this. This will unnecessarily delay the matter”. The bench also pulled up advocate M L Sharma, who was first to file the writ petition, a day after the Centre’s decision. The bench said there was nothing in his petition and it was without any substance or ground. “You played the fastest finger first. That does not mean that you will be heard first. There is certainly nothing in your writ petition but because you came within 72 hours of the Centre’s decision, does it mean we have to hear you first,” the bench told Sharma. Several political parties including the National Conference (NC), the Sajjad Lone-led J&K Peoples Conference and CPI (M) leader Mohd Yousuf Tarigami have filed pleas, challenging Centre’s August 5 decision . The petition on behalf of NC was filed by Lok Sabha MPs Mohammad Akbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi. In 2015, Justice (retd) Masoodi had ruled that Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution. A plea was also filed by a group of former defence officers and bureaucrats–professor Radha Kumar, ex-member of Home Ministry’s Group of Interlocutors for J&K (2010-11), former J&K cadre IAS officer Hindal Haidar Tyabji, Air Vice Marshal (retd) Kapil Kak, Major Gen. (retd) Ashok Kumar Mehta, ex-Punjab-cadre IAS officer Amitabha Pande and ex-Kerala-cadre IAS officer Gopal Pillai. A plea has also been filed by bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal, along with his party colleague Shehla Rashid.
After the stupendous success of the recently launched web-series Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala and Mission Over Mars: MOM, the two Indian OTT giants ALTBalaji and ZEE5 OTT have finally launched the most-talked about and awaited web-series of the year, The Verdict: State Vs Nanavati. The most anticipated and controversial 10 episodic courtroom drama, has finally been released. The Verdict has a stellar cast comprising Elli Avrram, Angad Bedi, Manav Kaul, Kubbra Sait, Makarand Deshpande, Sumeet Vyas, Soni Razdan, Saurabh Shukla, Swanand Kirikire, Viraf Ashish Patel in pivotal characters. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger On 27th April, 1959, a dashing Parsi Naval Officer pumped three bullets from his revolver into a rich Sindhi businessman and then went and confessed his brutal crime to the Police. The infamous story of K.M. Nanavati Vs. State of Maharashtra is still one of the most sensational criminal cases in India. Despite six decades, the story of the trial which revolved around infidelity, cold blooded murder and patriotism still grabs people’s attention. . In no time, the case became a National phenomenon where every major legal and political figure of the time made an appearance. The rich and crème of the society were involved and the social frenzy was limitless. Amongst all this, the media played an extremely influential role. All these occurrents make the Nanavati Case truly an attention grabbing and engaging story. The Verdict : State Vs Nanavati is based on public records, newspaper articles of the time, interviews with people who have knowledge of the case and delves into the legal drama that unfolded. While the result of the trial is now a known fact, it is the unfolding of the case that remains a matter of interest to the nation. The web-series will see how it all came together with the defense and the prosecution trying their best to prove the other party culprit. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up On the launch of The Verdict- State VS Nanavati, Ekta Kapoor, Joint MD, Balaji Telefilms said, “We have been working on The Verdict for over 3 years now and it has all been worth it. This is one of my most ambitious project and this time the story unfolds with Sylvia’s feeling. Till 2018 India had one sided adultery law that branded a woman as her husband’s property. Sylvia Nanavati lived in a time where love and morality didn’t go hand in hand ! For the first time the audience will witness India’s most controversial case from another point of view.” When asked about the show, Manav says, “It has been an absolutely engaging and enriching experience working on the show. Honestly I am proud to be part of an ensemble which has India’s most prolific and veteran actors like Makarand Deshpande and Saurabh Shukla. Lot of research has gone into etching out each character and I am sure that audiences will be gripped by it’s different narrative and the impressive portrayal of characters by all.” “This is my digital debut and for the very first time I get to exhibit and experience a gamut of emotions with my character. Sylvia is a very vulnerable character and just imagining what the woman must have actually gone through in reality, excited me to portray it with utmost honesty. I am grateful to Ekta Kapoor for believing in me and my director Shashant Shah for giving me this opportunity. I am sure the audiences will love me in this never seen before avatar”, Elli AvrRam stated Directed by Shashant Shah, the 10-episode series is based on the real-life incident that marked a landmark judgment in the history of India. Gear up to binge-watch this riveting drama but this time from the perspective of Sylvia Nanavati.
New Delhi/Mumbai: In a setback to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ahead of the Assembly polls, the Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a criminal complaint against the BJP leader alleging he failed to furnish details of two pending criminal cases in his 2014 election affidavit and asked the trial court to consider the case afresh. However, the apex court verdict that quashed the Bombay High Court’s May 3, 2018 order which gave Fadnavis a clean chit will not come in the way of his contesting the October 21 elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The verdict that sparked demands from the opposition NCP for the resignation of Fadnavis came on a day when the BJP announced its list of 125 candidates which included the chief minister who will seek a consecutive fifth term from Nagpur South West. Union minister and RPI(A) leader Ramdas Athawale came to the defence of Fadnavis, saying he has an unblemished track record and will come out clean. Setting aside the order of the high court that held Fadnavis did not deserve to be tried for the alleged offences under the provision of the Representation of the People (RP) Act, an apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took into account the “clear averment” made in the complaint that the BJP leader had “knowledge of the two cases against him”, which was not mentioned in the affidavit filed along with his nomination papers. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Section 125A of the RP Act deals with the penalty for “filing false affidavit” and says that if a candidate or his proposer fails to furnish or gives false or conceals any information in his nomination paper on issues like pending criminal cases then the person may be awarded six months jail term or fine or both. “….We unhesitatingly arrive at the conclusion that the order of the trial court upheld by the high court by the impugned judgment and order dated May 3, 2018 is legally not tenable and the same deserves to be set aside which we hereby do,” said the bench also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose in its 28-page judgement. The top court allowed the appeal filed by Satish Ukey, an advocate who had filed a criminal complaint against Fadnavis before a magisterial court in Nagpur seeking registration of a case against him under section 125-A of the RP Act, which deals with penalty for filing false affidavit by a candidate. “The complaint of the appellant (Ukey) will be considered afresh by the trial court from the stage where it was interdicted by the order dated May 30, 2016,” the bench said. In a statement released in Mumbai, the Chief Minister’s Office(CMO) said the verdict has no bearing on Fadnavis continuing as public representative or to contest the elections. Welcoming the verdict, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said Fadnavis has no moral right to continue in politics. “He should resign immediately and renounce political life. He has no right to contest the elections,” Malik told reporters in Mumbai. Ukey had initially moved a magisterial court which had dismissed his complaint against Fadnavis on September 7, 2015. Later, he moved the sessions court which remanded the matter to magisterial court for a “de novo” (afresh) consideration. Aggrieved by the sessions court order, Fadnavis had moved the Bombay high court which on May 3, 2018 set it aside. Ukey thereafter approached the apex court challenging the high court’s May 2018 order. In his complaint, Ukey alleged that in the affidavit in Form-26, prescribed by the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, Fadnavis had not mentioned the details of two pending criminal cases pending against him “despite knowledge of the same”. He alleged that the first case of 1996 relates to criminal defamation while the other case of 1998 against Fadnavis is about alleged cheating and forgery. Charges were not framed in both these cases. On the basis of the same allegations, Ukey had challenged the election of Fadnavis before the high court by instituting an election petition in 2014 but it was dismissed on August 19, 2015. In its verdict, the apex court noted that a bare perusal of Form-26, a prescribed form of affidavit to be filed by a candidate along with nomination papers, makes it “abundantly clear” that for offences punishable with imprisonment for two years or more, entry (5)(i) mandates disclosure of information by contesting candidate regarding the cases pending against him in which charges have been framed by the court. It said entry (5)(ii) mandates disclosure of information by the contesting candidate regarding cases that are pending against him in which cognisance has been taken by the court. “The above can leave no element of doubt that, subsequent to the substitution of Form 26 in 2012, the new Form 26 (as in vogue at the time of the elections in 2014), mandates the disclosure of information by the contesting candidate of not only case(s) in which charges have been framed but also case(s) in which cognisance has been taken by the court,” the bench said.
New Delhi: Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam flagged off the accessible awareness ride for the differently-abled people organised by Eagle Specially Abled Riders. This ride is expected to be included in Limca Book of Records and India Book of Records. This is the longest accessible awareness ride on the importance of education for differently-abled. The ride will start from Delhi –Mumbai –Delhi from October 1 to October 15 and will cover 3500 kilometre. Around 20 differently-abled people from various parts of the country have taken part in this accessible awareness ride.While flagging off the ride, the minister said that this is one of its kind accessible awareness ride for differently – abled, which would give a message that they are no different.
Ghaziabad: A female executive officer (EO) of Loni Nagar Palika Parishad was robbed of her bag containing cash and other valuables after someone sprayed chilli powder in her eyes in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. According to police, the incident occurred around 8 pm on Monday near Shipra Mall when the victim identified as Shalini Gupta, a resident of Indirapuram, was returning home from Noida. Cops said that her car broke down near Gaur Avenue and the driver stepped out of the car to get it fixed. The victim who was sitting in the car started feeling itching in her eyes and problem in breathing. “She immediately stepped out of the car and washed her eyes but when she became normal, she noticed that someone had taken away her wallet with ATM cards, Rs 10, 000 cash and other important documents,” said police. Police officials said that the accused has planned the crime as they first punctured the tire to commit crime.
New Delhi: After a weeks-long legal battle between the CBI and Rajeev Kumar, the central agency recieved a huge blow as the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted the former Kolkata Police Commissioner anticipatory bail in the Saradha chit fund case.The legal tussle that involved Kumar’s lawyers going to at least three separate courts in the state before submitting the bail plea in the High Court ended when a bench ordered that Kumar be released on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 50,000, in the event that the agency arrests him. The bench of Justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta also said that the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe was not at a stage where the ex-top cop’s arrest was required, directing Kumar to appear before agency officially as and when called. But interestingly, the court also ordered the CBI to give Kumar, who is currently the ADGP (CID) of West Bengal Police, a 48-hour notice-period before calling him in to assist with the investigation. The CBI is all set to challenge this order, with sources claiming this was a minor setback in the investigation. Officials said they would study the High Court order and then move the Supreme Court of India to challenge it. The CBI had constituted a special team soon after an earlier Calcutta High Court order had lifted Kumar’s arrest shield on September 13. This team comprising of more than 10 officials from Delhi and UP had arrived in the state, specifically to locate the senior IPS officer, but returned after two weeks of unsuccessful attempts. Kumar has not been seen in public since September 13. Meanwhile, the CBI had tried to obtain a non-bailable warrant for his arrest from again three separate courts, most recently of which was disposed of by the Alipore District and Sessions court. Kumar’s lawyers had recently told the High Court in Kolkata that the CBI was “hounding me like anything”, despite being aware that Kumar was on leave from September 1 and had said he would join the probe when he gets back.
Jammu/New Delhi: Pakistan on Tuesday handed over to India the body of a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector who had drowned in a river along the International Border in Jammu last week, officials said. The body of Paritosh Mandal was found “deep inside” the neighbouring country’s territory and the Pakistan Rangers informed the BSF about the recovery, they said. Mandal, 54, went missing in the Aik Nallah in Arnia sector on September 28 when he and two other troopers were patrolling along the India-Pakistan International Border.
Ghaziabad: A 3-year-old girl has died after she fell into an open drain in Sahibabad area on Tuesday. The incident took place around 11 am when the child went missing from her home. The body was recovered after three hours of extensive search by her family members, said police. According to police, the victim, identified as Ananya, was playing near her house while her parents had gone out for work. Police said that she got drowned into the open drain which was earlier covered with cement slabs but they were recently removed by municipal staff for annual monsoon cleaning. Anil Kumar, father of deceased said that when he returned home from work, he found Ananya missing while the other two children were playing outside the house. The family members immediately informed police and went on to look for the child. Later a local person saw her body floating into the drain and was fished out. The child was immediately rushed to a government hospital but she was declared brought dead.
Thane: Konkan Divisional Commissioner Shivajirao Daund has directed officials concerned to ensure all facilities for disabled persons and senior citizens during voting and to shun use of plastic at the polling booths. Voting for the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra will be held on October 21. During a review meeting on Tuesday, Daund asked senior officials of the Konkan division districts, including, Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurgh, to make the voting process easier for disabled and elderly people. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad He asked them to make adequate arrangements of first aid facilities, drinking water, and information boards providing proper guidance to voters at the polling booths. In addition to free transport facilities for people with disabilities, he asked the officials to set up auxiliary polling stations, provide braille-coded voter ID cards to visually impaired electors, and also ensure ramps and availability of wheelchairs. Volunteers from youth organisations like the National Service Scheme and Scouts and Guide will also be roped in to provide assistance to disabled and elderly voters, he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi Daund also asked the officials to desist from using plastic items at the polling stations. He suggested that efforts be made to increase voter turnout in areas having large housing complexes. There are over 2.22 crore voters in the Konkan division, with Mumbai suburbs having maximum 72,26,826 electors, followed by Thane-63,39,385 and Mumbai city- 25,04,367, an official release said. The Konkan division has 75 Assembly seats where 24,087 polling stations will be set up, includingMumbai suburbs having maximum 7,397 booths, followed by Thane- 6,621, Raigad- 2,693, Mumbai city-2,594, Palghar- 2,163, Ratnagiri 1,703 and Sindhudurg 916, it added.
San Francisco: WhatsApp is testing a key feature to give its users an ability to self-destruct their messages after a set period of time. The developers have seen the feature that allows users to set their messages to self-destruct in the recently released public beta version of WhatsApp for Android a” dubbed as “v2.19.275”. According to WABetaInfo that keeps track on WhatsApp features, the Facebook-owned platform is finally working on new features, including the new “Disappearing Messages” feature. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “As the name suggests, any message eligible to be ‘disappeared’, will be automatically deleted from the chat!” said the website When the chat is marked as “disappeared,” all messages will be automatically removed after a certain interval. The user will be able to mark the chat as “disappeared” enabling the option “Disappearing messages”, in Group Info. It’s one of the most popular features on highly-encrypted chat platform Telegram. Disappearing Messages feature would be useful for those who share sensitive information on WhatsApp.
New Delhi: The government will launch the fourth installment of Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) on Thursday, which is expected to help the exchequer garner up to Rs 8,000 crore from investors. The issue will open for anchor investors on Thursday and for other institutional and retail investors, the next day, according to scheme information document filed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, which manages Bharat-22 ETF. The investors would get a 3 per cent discount over the issue price. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The offer is likely to have a base issue size of Rs 2,000 crore, with a greenshoe option to retain another Rs 6,000 crore, taking the total amount to Rs 8,000 crore,” a source privy to the development said. The decision has been taken after receiving robust response for earlier stake sale by the government in the product. The government has so far raised around Rs 35,900 crore through Bharat-22 ETF — Rs 14,500 crore was garnered in November 2017, another Rs 8,400 crore was mopped up in June 2018 and Rs 13,000 crore in February this year. Proceeds from the ETF will help the government meet its disinvestment target of Rs 1.05 lakh crore for the current financial year. The central public sector enterprises that are part of the Bharat-22 ETF include ONGC, IOC, SBI, BPCL, Coal India and Nalco. Bharat Electronics, Engineers India, NBCC, NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, GAIL, PGCIL, NLC India, Axis Bank, ITC and L&T are the other constituents.
MUMBAI: Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank used more than 21,000 fictitious accounts to hide loans it made, according to a police complaint lodged by Indian officials, in the latest banking fraud case to spook the country’s depositors and investors. The complaint, filed with the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police on Monday and later seen by Reuters, accuses the bank’s management of concealing non-performing assets and disbursing loans leading to a loss of at least Rs 4,355 crore ($616.5 million). Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraA single realty firm and its group companies were the beneficiaries of 44 loans, according to the complaint. “The actual financial position of the bank was camouflaged, & the bank deceptively reflected a rosy picture of its financial parameters,” said the complaint, noting that the fictitious loan accounts were not entered into the bank’s core banking system – a factor key in the perpetration of a $2 billion fraud at Punjab National Bank that was uncovered in 2018. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe complaint names the bank’s chairman Waryam Singh and its managing director Joy Thomas, along with other bank officials, and accuses them of criminal breach of trust, forgery and falsification of records. It also names bankrupt realty company Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd, along with its former senior executives Sarang Wadhwan and Rakesh Wadhwan, who were beneficiaries of the loans. A senior government official late on Tuesday said that the serious fraud investigation office will look into the alleged wrong doing by HDIL in the PMC case, expecting to complete the investigation in the next two months. PMC Bank and HDIL did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it had no comment. The PMC case has sparked renewed concerns about the health of India’s troubled banking sector, which has been rocked by a multi-billion dollar fraud at a state-run lender, the collapse of a major infrastructure lender, bad loan issues at state-run banks and a liquidity squeeze that has hit shadow lenders. More than two dozen co-operative banks are now under RBI administration, but PMC Bank – with deposits of Rs 11,620 crore as of March 31 – is by far the largest. The RBI last week moved to take charge of PMC Bank, one of India’s top five co-operative lenders with more than 9,00,000 depositors, and suspended Thomas and the bank’s board after uncovering lending irregularities The RBI has barred the bank from renewing or granting any loans or making investments without prior approval of the central bank, while depositors have been informed they can only withdraw a maximum of Rs 10,000 ($140) from their PMC accounts over the next six months. Dozens of account holders gathered outside an RBI office in Mumbai on Tuesday to protest against the curbs and demand that the central bank and government intervene to release their funds. In a letter written by Thomas to the RBI that allegedly blew the lid off the scam, he says that he oversaw the fraud and hid details from the regulator for fear of reputational risks to the bank. Reuters reviewed a copy of the letter. The police complaint against PMC and HDIL officials was filed at the behest of an administrator, whom the RBI appointed last week to oversee the bank’s operations. The complaint alleges that the PMC officials misled the RBI for over a decade from 2008 to August 2019 by failing to disclose big accounts that had become non-performing assets by producing forged audit reports. It was reported on Sunday that PMC Bank’s exposure to bankrupt HDIL stood at Rs 6,500 crore, which accounts for 73 per cent of its overall Rs 8,880 crore loan book – well above the RBI’s permissible exposure levels to a single entity.
New Delhi: Ten new mohalla clinics and two foot overbridges (FOBs) were inaugurated by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said.The 10 mohalla clinics were opened in the CR Park, Greater Kailash-I, Greater Kailash-II, Shahpur Jat, Khirki Flats, Savitri Nagar, Chirag Delhi and Sheikh Sarai areas, they added. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had last month said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in the national capital was “much confident” about meeting its overall target of building 1,000 mohalla clinics by the end of the year. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarCurrently, the number of mohalla clinics stood at 201, he had said, adding that the target of building 1,000 clinics was a “self-imposed” one and the government was committed towards achieving it. The two FOBs inaugurated on Wednesday were constructed in the Chirag Delhi and Sheikh Sarai areas, the government said. Sisodia, along with Jain, also laid the foundation stones of two other FOBs at Krishi Vihar-Panchsheel Enclave and in front of the Select City Walk mall, opposite Khirki Extension. The Select City Walk mall area, which was highly accident-prone for pedestrians due to the absence of an FOB, would have one soon, the officials said.
London: A UK High Court judge on Wednesday ruled in favour of India in a decades-old legal dispute with Pakistan over funds belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad at the time of Partition in 1947 and deposited in a London bank account. The Nizam’s descendants, Prince Mukarram Jah the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad and his younger brother Muffakham Jah, had joined hands with the Indian government in the legal battle against the Pakistan government over around 35 million pounds lying with NatWest Bank plc here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn his judgment handed down at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Justice Marcus Smith ruled that the “Nizam VII was beneficially entitled to the Fund and those claiming in right of Nizam VII the Princes and India are entitled to have the sum paid out to their order”. “Pakistan’s contentions of non-justiciability by reason of the foreign act of state doctrine and non-enforceability on the grounds of illegality both fail,” the verdict notes. The dispute revolves around 1,007,940 pounds and nine shillings transferred in 1948 from the then Nizam of Hyderabad to the high commissioner in Britain of the newly-formed state of Pakistan. That amount has since grown into 35 million pounds as the Nizam’s descendants, supported by India, claimed it belongs to them and Pakistan counter-claimed that it is rightfully theirs.
Kolkata: A Durga Puja committee in Kolkata has replicated scenes of Balakot air strike, in which the Indian Air Force (IAF) jets had bombed a terror outfit’s training camp in Pakistan, as its Durga puja pandal this year. The Young Boys Club Sarbojanin Durga Puja Committee in Central Kolkata, which is celebrating golden jubilee this year, is recreating the events of the air strike with clay models and digital projection at its pandal.Over 65 models have been erected to depict the air strike. A life-size model of IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the main attraction for visitors. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Sixty-five models of IAF personnel and terrorists will be placed at the pandal’s entrance with a model of an IAF aircraft hovering over it. We will create both the Indian and Pakistan sides to depict the air strike accurately,” Vikrant Singh, youth president of the puja committee, told The Indian Express. Before his jet was hit, Abhinandan Varthaman had downed an F-16 fighter of the Pakistan Air Force. He was captured by the Pakistani army and was released on March 1. “We wanted to celebrate our 50th year in a big way. Through this particular theme we want to spread awareness among visitors on the achievement of IAF pilots,” added Singh Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway He said the forest cover surrounding the targeted camp has been recreated through digital projection. The models are being crafted by artisans from East Midnapore district. A model of MIG-21, which Varthaman was flying, has been installed at the pandal. The air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot was conducted by the IAF following a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14. The attack had claimed the lives of 40 personnel.(With inputs from Indian Express)
Barcelona: Lionel Messi has insisted there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board. Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1 on Wednesday. Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.” Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right. Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters There have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured “We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said. “We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”
Organised in collaboration by ‘Surnai Theatre and Folk Arts Foundation’ and ‘Indian International Centre’ under ‘A Festival of Arts’, ‘Shabd Leela’ will present a dramatised rendition of Dr Dharamveer Bharti’s powerful and romantic words in Kanupriya, Andha yug and Ek Sahityik ke prem patra.Conceived, designed and scripted by Ila Arun, the presentation is directed by K K Raina. On stage will be Ila Arun; Rajeshwari Sachdev; Varun badola; K.K. Raina; Abhishek Pandey; Gaurav Amlani; Mayank Pandey; Navneet Raina; and Avinash Kumar. Shabd Leela basically means a unique presentation of letters, poetry and drama. WHEN: October 14, 2019 Where: Indian International Centre TIMINGS: 6:30 pm
Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government has decided to organise weeklong ‘Gandhi Vichaar Yatra’ to mark 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The yatra would commence on Friday under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel from Gandhi Gram Kandel of Dhamtari district and it would conclude at Gandhi Maidan of Raipur. To promote vision and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi among the masses and to commemorate Kandel Nahar Satyagrah, dignitaries such as Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charandas Mahant, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, public representatives and a large number of citizens would participate in the ‘padyatra’. As per the schedule, the yatra would commence after unveiling a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at village Kandel by the CM and addressing a public gathering.
Lille (France): Willian’s brilliant late strike gave Chelsea a precious a 2-1 win away to Lille that they will hope kickstarts their Champions League campaign, but it was the young stars in Frank Lampard’s side who stole the show again. The Brazilian volleyed home in the 78th minute on Wednesday to decide the game under the roof at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on what was his 300th appearance for the club. Tammy Abraham had earlier put Chelsea in front on his 22nd birthday with his eighth goal already this season, only for Victor Osimhen to equalise for Lille. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuChelsea are now off the mark in Group H after losing at home to Valencia a fortnight ago, although it is Ajax who continue to top the section with a maximum six points. “Overall it was a good game. It’s never an easy place to play. Give it to the team, what a fantastic performance,” Abraham told BT Sport. Lampard’s team face Ajax next and will do so with renewed belief after this potentially pivotal victory. “It is such a tough place — the roof was on, the crowd were up for it, the speed in their team and on the counter-attack especially was very evident, so we had to be ready for it and I thought our performance was really good,” said Lampard. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIt was a game decided by one of the most experienced players on the pitch but which was bristling with exciting young talent as these clubs adjust to seeing their standout players — Eden Hazard on one side, Nicolas Pepe on the other — depart in the close season. Lampard fielded two 24-year-olds as well as four more players aged 22 or under in his line-up here, as teenager Reece James started as a right wing-back in a 3-4-1-2 system. James only made his top-team debut for the club a week ago in a League Cup tie against fourth-tier Grimsby Town. His second-half replacement, Callum Hudson-Odoi, set up the winning goal. “This isn’t a game for niceties, we have to go and win these matches and improve all the time and there were loads of signs of team improvement tonight, and individuals,” Lampard added. “The young players are responding and they have to keep doing it because the Champions League level is something else.” Much has been made of Lampard’s promotion of youth this season in response to Chelsea’s transfer ban, although their team here also featured N’Golo Kante, with the France midfielder returning from his latest spell on the sidelines. Indeed, the average age of Chelsea’s team at kick-off was actually a year older than that of Lille. Chelsea took a 22nd-minute lead when Fikayo Tomori’s ball into the box was not dealt with by the home defence, and Abraham — capped by England but eligible for Nigeria through his father — emerged to control and fire home. Lille actually looked the better side going forward for long spells and Luiz Araujo was denied by a good Kepa Arrizabalaga save just after the half-hour mark. Moments later they were level, Bamba sending in a corner from the left for Osimhen, the gangly 20-year-old Nigerian striker signed in the summer, to head in his seventh of the campaign. Jorginho struck the outside of the post with a first-time strike from range just before half-time, while Kepa tipped a Benjamin Andre header around the post early in the second half. However, the introduction of Hudson-Odoi, the youngest of the lot at just 18, for James midway through the second half, and subsequent change of formation, breathed new life into the visitors going forward. Mason Mount was denied by Mike Maignan soon after, and just 12 minutes remained when winger Hudson-Odoi crossed from the left all the way to the back post where Willian connected with a volley that bounced down into the ground, over the goalkeeper’s head and in.
New Delhi: Delhi witnessed a dip in temperature by two notches on Friday morning, a day after rain lashed several parts of the national capital. According to a MeT department official, the minimum temperature recorded was 19.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average. The humidity level was 86 per cent at 8.30 am. The weatherman has predicted light rains later in the day. “There is possibility of light rains in several areas today. The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 34 degrees Celsius,” he said The Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered official for the city, recorded 47.3 mm rainfall in last 24 hours. At the Palam observatory, 30.2 mm rainfall was recorded during the same period. On Thursday, the minimum temperature settled at 23.8 degrees while the maximum temperature recorded was 34.8 degrees Celsius.
Kiev: At least three people died when a transport plane crashed Friday while coming in to land in western Ukraine, emergency services said. The Antonov-12 with eight people on board crash-landed 1.5 kilometres (just over a mile) from the runway at Lviv airport, killing at least three and injuring three. Crew members were trapped in the wreckage and two more were missing, the emergency services said. Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii said on Facebook that five died. He said the aircraft was operated by Kiev-based company Ukraine Air Alliance and flying in from Vigo in Spain. He added that it was thought the plane had run out of fuel. The emergency services posted a picture of the plane with one wing ripped off.
Mumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said the banking system is sound and stable, and one incident at a cooperative bank should be used to generalise the health of the entire financial system. On September 23, the RBI had put restrictions on Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank after it had found out financial irregularities, and under-reporting of loans given to real estate developer HDIL. The curbs included barring the bank from lending and accepting fresh deposits for the next six months apart from capping withdrawals first at Rs 1,000 per account which was later revised upwards to Rs 10,000 and then again to Rs 25,000. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra “So far as the RBI is concerned, I would like to make it very clear that the banking system remains sound and stable and there is no reason for any panic,” Das told reporters after the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy announcement. He was responding to a slew of questions on how RBI was caught napping as the scam at the leading cooperative bank was going on for around eight years and its exposure to HDIL was over 73 percent of its total book and that too the account had been an NPA for long. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days He also advised the people to not to pay much attention to unnecessary roumors that can create a panic situation. On the MC scam, Das said the RBI acted very swiftly and promptly after it was brought to its notice. Maintaining that cooperative banks are also sound,he said, “one incident cannot be and should not be used to generalise about the health of all cooperative banks.” The RBI will review all the regulations of cooperative banks and will discuss with the government if required, he said.
New Delhi: NIA Friday filed supplementary charge sheet before a Delhi court against JKLF chief Yasin Malik and others in 2017 terror funding case. Separatists Asiya Andrabi, Shabir Shah, Masarat Alam Bhat have also been named as accused in the charge sheet. Former J&K MLA Rashid Engineer has also been named in the charge sheet, special public prosecutor Sidharth Luthra told PTI. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal put up the matter for taking cognisance on October 23. The proceedings took place in camera.
As part of the 150th birth centenary celebrations of Gandhiji, an exhibition titled Rangoli – showcasing Bapu in a multitude of colours – was inaugurated, recently, at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. The exhibition is open till October 8, 2019. This week-long exhibition has been organised by IGNCA in association with S B Pola, eminent Rangoli artist from a remote village bordering Goa, along with his well trained students. Twenty-five paintings in a combination of colours, chosen from incidents related to Gandhiji’s life, have been created on-the-spot in just about two days. Their rendering on the floor, similar to a photograph is unbelievably realistic. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIn contrast to this showcase, the other Twin Art gallery has in it an exhibition by craftsmen from across India paying tribute to the Mahatma through their simple indigenous handcrafted artworks. Titled ‘Mahatma of Craftsmen,’ organised by Dastakari Haat Samiti, it is versatile in the depictions of Bapu, representing him in their humbling craft techniques. It is part of the ongoing Craft Bazar in the Matighar lawns, a collaborative effort between IGNCA and Dastkari Haat Samiti. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraDr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA inaugurated these exhibitions. Emphasising the importance of this initiative, he stated, “Today we are inaugurating two different events at IGNCA, on one hand we are exhibiting Rangoli paintings related to different aspects of Gandhiji’s life and on the other Jayaji has tried to bring out the hidden talents of craftsmen from different parts of the country and has provided them a platform to exhibit their abilities”. Besides the Crafts Bazar, one can also witness live music by folk artist from Kuchch in Gujarat. Treat of local street food compliments the experience of this fair.
New Delhi: Indians are some of the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to technology and the least sceptical in the world about the motives of technology companies, an opinion poll commissioned by the World Economic Forum said. According to an opinion poll prepared by SAP and Qualtrics in conjunction with this year’s India Economic Summit, while many acknowledge their job could be automated, more than two-thirds embrace technology and expect it to be easy to find new employment. The poll that covered more than 10,000 respondents from 29 countries noted that Indians are some of the least sceptical in the world about the motives of technology companies: more than two-thirds reject the idea that technology companies “only want to make money”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCompared to global averages, Indian respondents more often say that technology makes personal relationships, society and jobs better. When it comes to the future of work, Indian respondents are embracing new technology, acknowledging that jobs may be jeopardised, but that a growing economy will continue to provide opportunities. “The rise of advanced technologies has the potential to create economic and social value, and bolster India’s goal of maintaining its growth momentum,” said Sriram Gutta, Head of Community Development, India and South Asia, World Economic Forum. Gutta further said that “these statistics indicate the foundation is there for accelerating the adoption of fourth industrial revolution technologies. The next step is to ensure the governance of them assists India in leapfrogging to an advanced stage of development while maintaining high levels of trust.”
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Friday announced the name of Puja committees that will be the recipients of Kolkata Shree Awards 2019. Prizes are given every year to thebest Pujas in the city by the civic body. Mayor Firhad Hakim along with Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens) Debasish Kumar read out the names of the community Pujas, who will be receiving the awards at a function organised by the KMC, soon after the Puja. The Kolkata Shree awards are being given since 2010 after the Trinamool Congress board assumed charge of the KMC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There were 400 applications for the awards out of which 99 puja committees are being awarded. Apart from various categories, a total of 63 awards are Mayor’s Choice Awards,” Kumar said. Mayor said there is 100 percent transparency in awarding community Pujas. The panel of judges include noted personalities from different fields such as Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Dola Banerjee, Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pranati Thakur, Dona Ganguly. The nine other categories in which prizes were announced includes ‘Serar Sera’, ‘Serar Pujo’, ‘Sera Pratima’, ‘Sera Sailpik Utkorsho’, ‘Sera Bishoy’, ‘Sera Aloksajja’, ‘Sera Paribesh’, ‘Sera Parichanna Pujo’, and ‘Sera Sambhabana’ Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Pujas that won in the category of ‘Serar Sera’ are Suruchi Sangha, Naktala Udayan Sangha, Tala Park Prattoy and S.B Park Thakurpukur. In the ‘Serar Pujo’ category, the winners were Kashi Bose Lane, Rajdanga Nabauday Sangha, Samaj Sebi Sangha and Hatibagan Sarbojanin. The awards for Sera Pratima have given to Ajeya Sanghati, Chakraberia Sarbojonin, Gouribari Sarbojonin and Barisha Club. The awards for ‘Sera Sailpik Utkorsho’ category have been bagged by Avenue South, 41 Pally Club, Kalighat Milan Sangha and Ballygunge Cultural. In the ‘Sera Bishoy’ category prizes were announced for Abasar Sarbojonin, Gariahat Hindustan Club, North Tridhara and Hazra Park while Sera Aloksojjya (Lighting) has gone to Ekdalia Evergreen, 25 Pally Sarbojonin, Chalta Bagan and Hindushtan Park Sarbojonin. The Sera Paribesh award was given to Beleghata 33 Pally, Bosepukur Sitala Mandir , Alipore Sarbojonin and Daskshin Kolkata Sarbojonin while the Sera Porichhanna Puja awards’ recipients were 66 Pally Club, Bakul Bagan Sarbojonin, Jodhpur Park and Shib Mandir, Mudiali Club, 21 Pally, Golmath Durga Puja Samity and Baghajatin B and C Block. “For the Mayor’s Choice award, the Mayor himself will visit several pandals during the Puja days. This is a category in which Puja committees are not required to send applications,” said Kumar.