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Rajasthan to boost rural job scheme

first_imgThe labour component of budget for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) will be increased in Rajasthan, after Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot laid emphasis on creating more man-days under the flagship scheme to attract more workers to it and make the people in rural areas self-reliant.Mr. Pilot directed the officials of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department here to give priority to creating man-days for the maximum number of people. About 2.50 lakh families had completed 100 days of work under the MGNREGS in 2017-18, according to the department.In his first review meeting after taking charge, Mr. Pilot asked the Collectors and Chief Executive Officers of zila parishads to organise a special campaign from January 5 to 20 to publicise the MGNREGS and distribute job cards among the rural families which have not availed themselves of the scheme.Special campsCamps will be held during the fortnight to remove irregularities in the issuance of job cards and provide receipts to people seeking work. Mr. Pilot said an action plan would be prepared for the districts where the number of persons joining the MGNREGS was relatively less.“The payment of wages to the labourers employed under the scheme should not be delayed and the pending works should be completed by March 31,” Mr. Pilot said, adding that employment avenues should be found for the skilled labourers seeking work under the MGNREGS.Mr. Pilot reviewed the Prime Minister’s rural housing scheme, schemes of the 14th Finance Commission, Swachh Bharat Mission, bio-fuel scheme, development of barren land, Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan and watershed development and land conservation schemes.last_img read more

Asa Miller finishes in top 70 of men’s giant slalom

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Philippines’ Asa Miller competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIAsa Miller made a huge leap in his second run to finish 70th overall in the men’s giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.Seeking to improve his time of 1:27.52 after finishing 81st in Run 1, the Fil-Am alpine skier performed better in Run 2, completing the course in 1:22.43, the 68th-best in the round.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments LATEST STORIES That showing hiked his total time to 2:49.95, still 31.91 seconds behind the leader but enough to get him a spot in the top 70 among 108 competitors.Marcel Hirscher of Austria claimed the gold medal after topping the field with a total time of 2:18.04.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHenrik Kristoffersen of Norway made a huge run in Run 2 to take home the silver with his 2:19.31, while Alexis Pinturault of France settled for bronze with his time of 2:19.35.Miller will compete in the men’s slalom event on Thursday. UE should have a ‘win now’ mentality, says Adorador Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Shilpa looks fab & fit just 2 months post delivery

first_imgBusinessman Raj Kundra has posted a video on his Twitter account, which is the promo of a new sports based reality show. His beautiful actor-wife, Shilpa Shetty, is also a part of the promo video.He tweeted: “Check out the latest #sflchallengers promo with @TheShilpaShetty looking fab after just 2 months of delivering my son!”Shilpa delivered their son Viaan Raj Kundra in May. Amidst a lot of hullabaloo over Aishwarya Rai’s weight even months after her delivery has brought on the spotlight over new mommies in Showbiz.Shilpa, who was last seen in a song in Dostana, has mostly kept away from the limelight occasionally attending filmi events.Catch the video here:last_img

AP Source: 76ers, Celtics Agree on Trade for No. 1 Pick

first_imgBOSTON (AP) – Philadelphia and Boston have agreed in principle on a trade where the 76ers would acquire the chance to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.The Celtics will get the No. 3 pick, plus an additional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the trade has not been formally approved by the league. The agreement between the Celtics and 76ers was struck not long after Fultz worked out for Philadelphia.Once the trade goes through, Philadelphia will own the NBA’s No. 1 selection for the second straight season.Fultz — donning a Philadelphia cap as he arrived at the team’s practice facility — visited the 76ers in a hastily arranged get-to-know-you session, with the workout and meeting with team officials on his itinerary. That visit was essentially the final hurdle to clear before Boston and Philadelphia could decide to actually consummate the trade.“I don’t really pay attention to everything that’s going on,” Fultz said. “I’m truly blessed to be in this position. Whatever happens, I’m looking forward to taking my talents to wherever I go.”Barring any other changes before Thursday, the first four spots in this year’s draft order would mirror the first-four from last year: Philadelphia at No. 1, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2, Boston at No. 3 and Phoenix at No. 4.Fultz’s rise to stardom has been rapid. In 2014, he was playing junior varsity basketball in high school. Barely three years later, he’s almost certainly going to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft — and if he gets to start his pro career by calling Philadelphia his new home, he’ll be living roughly a 2 1/2-hour drive from his hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.“It would be pretty cool. Just being with a young team,” Fultz said. “The upside of it would be crazy. I’m close to home, so a lot of my family can come out and just show love. This city has great fans.”The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 25 games during his lone college season at Washington, excelling on a team that finished 9-22 and lost its final 13 games. Fultz led the Pac-12 in scoring and finished No. 6 among all Division I players, and was the top freshman scorer in the country.Over the past 10 seasons, only two other freshmen had a better scoring average in college: Kevin Durant for Texas in 2006-07, and Michael Beasley for Kansas State in 2007-08.Durant and Beasley were both No. 2 draft picks.Fultz is apparently going to get taken one spot better.“I’ll do whatever it takes to help any team I go to win,” Fultz said.Philadelphia had the No. 1 draft spot three previous times, taking Doug Collins in 1973, Allen Iverson in 1996 and Ben Simmons a year ago.The 76ers have a top-three pick for the fourth straight year: No. 3 Joel Embiid in 2014, No. 3 Jahlil Okafor in 2015 and Simmons in 2016. But with Fultz, Philadelphia — which has asked its fans to endure some very dismal stretches and “Trust The Process” for the past few years — would likely expect to turn a real corner toward respectability again.Philadelphia went 28-54 this past season, after winning 19, 18 and 10 games respectively in the previous three seasons.Last season’s improved win total came with Okafor (50), Embiid (31) and Simmons (0) combining for 81 appearances, as Philadelphia’s trend of being snakebitten by injuries continued. Embiid and Dario Saric will finish in the top three when rookie of the year results get announced on June 26, and Simmons is expected to be ready for next season after recovering from foot surgery.Embiid posted a photo on Saturday of he and Saric standing in front of a locker — already bearing Fultz’s name.“Embiid, he and I have been talking before when I was in college,” Fultz said. “He’s a cool guy. He’s giving me tips and pointers and he’s pretty funny, so when I saw that it was pretty cool and pretty funny. I’m pretty happy that the players here want me to come here.”TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38

first_imgBorn on July 7, 1981, ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday. MS Dhoni remains one of the world’s biggest cricket icons the game has ever known.MS Dhoni’s career started with a duck against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004. But he went on to become one of the greatest batsmen in history. In ODIs, MS Dhoni soon became an unstoppable force. It was, however, as India’s captain, that MS Dhoni made his mark on the cricket world.MS Dhoni’s cool demeanour and poker face in tough, pressure situations became part of cricketing folklore.Dhoni used his cricketing wits and smarts to help India win the 2011 ODI World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy. No other man has captained his country to victory in all 3 ICC tournaments.A small town boy from Ranchi developed himself to become the best captain and wicketkeeper in the world. It was Dhoni’s cool and composed nature that made him an icon with India’s youth.A surprise choice for the captaincy in 2007, MS Dhoni-led India in 200 ODIs, of which India won 110 matches. At home, he captained the team to 43 wins out of 73 matches. Till now, MS Dhoni has represented India in 90 Tests, 348 ODIs and 98 T20Is. He has scored more than 10,000 ODI runs, and near about 5,000 runs in Test cricket.Dhoni, who ended India’s long drought of a genuine wicket-keeper batsman, holds the record of most number of stumpings in international cricket – he has affected 123 stumpings.There was a lot of hype around Dhoni as soon as India started their campaign for the 2019 edition of the world cup. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman and former captain, also the longest-serving Indian skipper till date was playing his lastadvertisementWorld Cup. However, his journey so far in the World Cup hasn’t been the way he would have wanted it to be.Currently playing in his 4th World Cup, MS Dhoni has been continuously criticised for his lack of intent with the bat. Dhoni, who is considered one of the best finishers of the game, has been seen struggling to find boundaries and accelerate the run rate.MS Dhoni’s 28 off 52 balls against Afghanistan, one of the weaker teams in the tournament raised several concerns. Dhoni took some flak during India’s failed run chase against England, when India suffered its loss in the tournament.Despite recent lack of form, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will always be remembered as one of the best captains in the history of not just Indian cricket.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Didn’t expect this kind of scoreline heading into the semis, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:last_img read more

Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODI

first_imgYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has often been criticised by many for throwing away his wicket and not playing according to the conditions. However, Pant has insisted that his focus remains just on playing positive brand of cricket and winning matches for India.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said on the eve of the third ODI between India and West Indies.”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer.After the first ODI got washed out, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method). And the Men in Blue will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.Asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said, “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high.”Ever since the World Cup, Pant has been playing at the number four spot in ODIs. However, he has not had much success there. Even in the last ODI, he scored just 20 off 35 balls before getting bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.Shreyas Iyer, who came in to bat next, scored a 68-ball 71 and provided great support to skipper Virat Kohli who scored a match-winning hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval.advertisementFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar even said that Iyer should bat at number four and Pant at five.However, the 21-year-old feels that currently, the team management is giving chances to every individual in the squad and looking for a settled middle-order.”We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them.”Talking about the pitch conditions on offer in West Indies, Pant said, “The wicket is on the slower side. It’s not like flat wicket. So, you need to give yourself time and then score.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma looks to surpass Yuvraj Singh in 3rd ODIAlso Read | No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardiklast_img read more

With Growth Comes Many Competitors

first_imgDigital magazine vendors will tell you that their growth has been phenomenal—anywhere from 25 to 50 percent a year for the last two to three years. That’s one good reason why the industry has gone from a handful of pioneers four or five years ago to an explosion of low-cost solutions.“There have to be 20 of what I call the ‘flash guys,’” says Cimarron Buser, VP, marketing and product planning for Texterity. “They get a flash program and write a piece of code that will work for a magazine, but the publishing industry needs a lot more than ‘whiz-bang’ technology.”It probably does look easy to produce a digital magazine—just take a PDF and give it a page flip—but a lot more goes on in the background, according to Nxtbook Media marketing director Marcus Grimm. The technology offered by the large vendors integrates with search engines, provides tracking data for the magazine, and is more feature-rich than the products that a lot of the smaller companies offer. Not so fast, say some of those that offer the simpler solution. While Olive Software, which has been in the business for seven years, is a full-service vendor with major publisher clients, vice president of marketing Nicole Miller points out that small publishers with low-circulation magazines or newsletters need a low-cost, easy way of producing something other than a PDF. “We’ve taken our platform and made it easy for a client to upload a PDF and receive a URL within minutes that links to an online digital document. It’s primarily just a flipper,” she says, “but they can then e-mail the link to their subscribers or post it on their Web site.” Proliferating Digital ProvidersIn the last few years, the number of digital-magazine suppliers has exploded. Some ofthe current players in the market, either with their own solutions or working with partners.Advanced Publishing • Bango • Blue Toad • Brown Printing • Cadmus/Cenveo • CDS • Creel Printing • Dirxion • DMG Inc. • E-Book Systems • iDigital Edition • Imirus • Just Systems • Lane Press • LinkPath • Magazooms/Alqemy • NewsStand • Nxtbook Media • Olive Software • Pressmart • ProofItOnline • Publishers Press • Qmags • Quebecor World • Sheridan Magazine Services • Texterity • Zendition • Ziniolast_img read more

Wired Gets Free Product Placement on Lost

first_imgAs magazine industry followers—and Lost nerds—probably know, J.J. Abrams, the creator and executive producer of the ABC hit drama, served as the guest editor of Wired’s May “Mystery” issue, and promptly filled the magazine with clues that added up to a meta-puzzle subscribers were free to solve.On the April 29 episode of Lost, it appears Abrams gave Wired a cryptic nod. The August 2003 issue of Wired makes a one-second sec cameo. The magazine sits on a chair, and the camera locks onto it briefly before moving away. No mention of the magazine is made by the characters, but the issue’s main coverline is “The Impossible Gets Real!”; supporting coverlines are “The Super Power Issue: X-Ray Vision! Invisibility! Time Travel!” For the uninitiated, the main storyline in Lost pertains to time travel.Click here to watch the episode (season five, number 15) on Hulu. No spoilers here.last_img read more

NASA rover sees bewitching nightshining clouds on Mars

first_img 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Curiosity looked up in late May to capture these noctilucent clouds floating by. NASA/JPL-Caltech It’s just another twilight on Mars. You’re a rover, kicking back after a long day of science, gazing up at the clouds. Sometimes it’s the simple moments that are the most stunning.NASA’s Curiosity rover has been in skygazing mode lately, sending back ethereal visions of noctilucent (night shining) clouds. Curiosity team member Claire Newman highlighted the rover’s late-May sky view in a mission update on Wednesday.  Mars rovers NASA Space The night-shining clouds are beautiful, but they can also tell scientists a lot about what’s happening up above the rover, including how much water vapor there is in atmosphere. Curiosity isn’t the only NASA machine that enjoys a bit of cloud-watching. The InSight lander shared some soothing cloud images earlier in the year.  Curiosity is currently checking out a clay-rich area in the Gale Crater and recently sent back a fresh selfie. So what’s next? More science and more beautiful days on Mars. Sci-Tech 0 Post a comment Share your voice The noctilucent clouds are “so high that they’re still illuminated by the sun, even when it’s night at the surface and any lower cloud layers are already in shadow,” Newman wrote. Mars is heading into a cloudy season, making this a prime time for watching the atmosphere.Image processors Justin Cowart and Seán Doran gifted us a video version of the recent clouds that makes it feel like you’re standing on Mars. Tags See wispy clouds drift across the sky on Mars NASA’s Insight sees cloudy days on Mars, so why does it never rain? More clouds on Mars 43 Photoslast_img read more

Indian Army men assault Kashmir SDM on Lok Sabha election duty

first_imgPeople from the Baramulla constituency of North Kashmir turn out to vote despite reports of violence and threats in the regionTwitter/ Ieshan WaniAn on-duty sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) was allegedly thrashed by Indian Army men on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, Ghulam Rasool Wani was also on duty for Lok Sabha elections in the South Kashmir constituency.Wani had to report at a polling booth in Anantnag and was travelling along with four other election officers in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Qazigund stretch of the highway. Wani told Indian Express that the vehicle was stopped at three security checkpoints but was eventually allowed to travel on the highway during the security forces’ convoy movement. “They noticed the SDM sign on our car and let us go,” Wani said.However, at the fourth checkpoint, an Indian Army soldier interrupted the poll officers and refused to let them reach their location. “He asked us to come out of the vehicle. And as soon as we came out, he dragged me by the collar and dragged me on the road for 20 metres. The fellow soldiers pointed their guns at the poll officers and even snatched my cellphone,” Wani added.Wani said that the Indian Army men assaulted all the staff members and threatened them at gunpoint. Indian army soldiers patrol a street near a site of a gunbattle between Indian security forces and militants in South Kashmir.Representational image | ReutersThe SDM said as soon as he reasoned with the soldiers that they were government officers doing their regular duties, the Army men used abusive language and threatened them. “They held us hostage and it was only after the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag interfered that we were set free,” he added.He said that he cannot take the matter casually and has sent a written complaint to the Qazigund police station as well the state election officials.Meanwhile, Army spokesperson Col. Brijesh Kalia said that an investigation has been ordered into the matter. While taking a dig at the armed forces over the incident, former IAS officer-turned-politician and J&K Peoples Movement chairman Shah Faesal tweeted that the news is very unfortunate. He also demanded the registration of an FIR against the erring soldiers by J&K Police. “It is hoped that AFSPA won’t come in the way of IPC/RPC and the action will be taken,” he said.The controversial ban on the civilian vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for two days every week, that came into force a few days ago, has been creating a rift between the security personnel and the masses in the valley.last_img read more

PVR on an expansion spree eyes 1000 screens

first_imgMultiple chain operator PVR is all set to take its screen count to 500 this financial year from the current 477, and eventually reach 1,000, apparently buoyed by the ever-increasing number of films being released.The company, whose 477 screens are spread across 44 cities, had seen a fourfold jump in its second-quarter net profit at Rs 41.05 crore, up from Rs 9.20 crore in the corresponding period last year. Revenues had gone up from Rs 398.92 crore in the September 2014 quarter to Rs 474.60 crore in the second quarter of 2015-16.Its current chain of screens consists of four brands — PVR Talkies, PVR Cinemas, PVR Premium and the newly-launched PVR Icon.The expansion will mainly be in the PVR Cinemas and PVR Premium categories.”Our target is to reach 1,000 screens quickly. The shorter target is to get to 500 screens in this financial year and then look at going to 1,000 screens,” PVR Cinemas Chief Executive Officer Gautam Dutta told PTI.The company will embark on both bringing up new screens and renovation of the existing ones.PVR has an occupancy rate of about 35-37%, with a reported footfall of 6.6 crore. In terms of revenue split, food and beverages contribute 25%, while advertising accounts for about 12%, with the rest coming from ticket sales, of which online sales contribute 35%, according to brokerage Angel Broking.With movie buffs thronging cinema halls to watch their favourite films such as “Tamasha”, “Spectre”, “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”, multiplexes are apparently bullish on growth prospects. The PVR stock closed at Rs 843.35, down 0.02%, on Monday on the BSE.last_img read more

Gritters out in force in anticipation of White Christmas as snow predicted

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe ‘white Christmas’ we’ve been dreaming of could be coming early as weather forecasters predict snow for the region tomorrow morning. Earlier today the Met Office issued a Yellow weather warning for ice between 5pm tonight at 10am tomorrow. We haven’t seen any snowfall here in Stoke-on-Trent yet, but that hasn’t stopped people getting excited – and council gritters coming out in force – ready for the anticipated snowfall tomorrow. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent kebab shops given a food hygiene rating in the last six months The latest forecast for North Staffordshire tonight, courtesy of the Met Office, said: “Some wintry showers will move in from the northwest. Under the clear skies a widespread frost will develop, with icy patches forming where any showers have fallen.” Forecasters predict temperatures will reach a minimum of -3 °C, so you’ll want to cuddle that hot water bottle extra tight tonight. Speaking about the weather on Saturday, a Met Office statement said: “It will be cold, bright and breezy with some showers, mainly in the north and east. These will fall as sleet or snow on high ground, but mainly as rain at lower levels. The maximum temperature will be 7 °C.” The first snowfall in our region is likely to hit Flash, which is the highest village in the Peak District. Earlier this week there was also a Yellow weather warning for wind. So whatever happens, it’s going to clearly be pretty chilly. Drivers have also been warned to take extra care. Read MoreTraffic chaos across city as A500 Northbound reopens after almost 12 hours Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “We’re now experiencing a cold snap with the potential of some sleet or snow over the weekend so would urge people to take extra care on the roads. “While conditions shouldn’t be too treacherous, people need to be aware that they may be more difficult at times and particularly in the north of the county. “Our gritting teams will be heading out later this evening across the Staffordshire road network. We’d just like to remind people that even on gritted roads they should drive more slowly.” Read More29-year-old arrested after armed police called to city street Stoke-on-Trent City Council also confirmed its gritters would be out from 6pm this evening. A spokesman added: “Temperatures are dipping below zero in the early hours of tomorrow morning with ice potentially forming.”last_img read more