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Motor Vehicles Act: Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police launch awareness campaign

first_imgAs protesters turned violent over amended motor vehicles Act, the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate launched an awareness campaign. The people and police had fought a pitched battle over the enforcement of the Act on September 7.The protesters’ resentment was primarily against steep penalties. The information regarding the amended rules will be spread through loudspeakers attached to a four-wheeler with photographs and posters displayed on it, DCP (Traffic) Sagarika Nath told the media.On the other hand, the demonstrators also demanded unconditional release of the people who were arrested following a clash with police in Bhubaneswar on September 7. Two days after the authorities faced opposition from the people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had given three months to people to get their papers ready.The Police Commissionerate on September 10 distributed helmets to motorists who were penalised. They also distributed ‘Thank You’ notes to motorists who were following traffic rules.Meanwhile, the Transport Department offices have been witnessing a huge rush of people to apply for and renew driving licences and updating vehicle documents. The department’s offices across the State are also open on holidays to cope with the rush.State Transport Secretary G. Srinivas, who went on a surprise visit to a Regional Transport Office on September 11, said that the State government will decide about reducing the penalty rates after studying notifications issued by other States that had implemented the amended Act.During the window period of three months for people to prepare the papers, the police are focusing on drunken driving, use of mobile phones while driving, driving on the wrong side of roads, triple riding and non-usage of helmets and seat belts.last_img read more

Bohemian rhapsody

first_imgWaistcoat by Urban Renewal, Jeans by J Brand Jeans, Shoes by Nine West, Accessories by VinegarIf indie band Shaa’ir+Func’s music is best defined as “experimentation within the popular and cutting edge genres”, vocalist-composer Monica Dogra’s personal style reflects just the same spunk. One half of the popular musical duo, the 28-year-old singer-composer dresses “funky, with a certain level of femininity without being too girlie.” Her wardrobe is all about “comfort” and “functionality”, a necessity since she’s on stage with her band almost every day of the week. She’s been on the go for her gigs, promoting her debut film Dhobhi Ghat and performing at events, but insists that she never lives out of a suitcase. “I feel uprooted; unpacking gives me peace of mind,” she says. For the Maryland-raised girl, who moved to India in 2006, Bollywood happened by chance. Director Kiran Rao spotted her on a magazine cover and invited her for auditions through Facebook. On a tour of the UK with her band at the time, Dogra auditioned a month later and the rest as they say, is history. Working with superstar Aamir Khan was the icing on the cake. Red carpet appearances, photo ops and interviews have changed this self-professsed urban bohemian girl. Grunge has been replaced by grace as Dogra now makes a “special attempt to spend more time on choosing her outfits.” Not one to flaunt labels, her wardrobe is a mix of creations of local boutiques in the US, high street fashion brands, desi designers and accessories from street-side shops. A supporter of sustainable fashion, she often sports outfits from NorBlack NorWhite, Mumbai, which revisits traditional Indian textiles. Unlike most women her age, Dogra doesn’t swear by retail therapy. An “impulsive shopper who grabs what appeals at first glance”, she has recently discovered the joys of working with stylist, Tania Ghavri. At other times, she shops when she is holidaying in the US. Dogra is a moody dresser and picks the ‘look’ for the day depending upon her waking thoughts. If yellow adds energy, earthy tones make her feel “rooted and happy”; on a day her poetic juices are flowing, the daughter of Kashmiri immigrants brings out the beads and baubles. “I don’t go for statement clothing; I interpret the clothes I wear. They reflect my personality,” she states. That pretty much describes her eclectic and experimental wardrobe.Blue jumpsuit and accessories, both by Vinegar Black wedge heeled boots by Gil Torres, New York.Dress from a Canadian vintage store.Shirt by Forever 21 Shorts from a street store in New York Necklace by Vinegar.advertisementlast_img read more

British Open: Anirban Lahiri and Jeev Milkha Singh make it a day of records for Indian golf

first_imgDebutant Anirban Lahiri and the seasoned Jeev Milkha Singh combined to give India one of its most memorable days in a Major championships, as both made the halfway cut at the 141st Open Championships on Friday.Even as a good number of players were still out on the course, the two Indians were assured of action over the weekend at the Royal Lytham & St Annes.A huge sense of relief seemed to envelop both Lahiri and Jeev, as they finished about an hour of each other. Lahiri came back with a battling twoover 72 in the second round that brought him to even-par 140 for 36 at the halfway stage.A little later Jeev also overcame the tough and soggy conditions to card 71 and finish his first 36 holes at one-over 141 with the cut likely at two-over 142.On Thursday, Lahiri had shot a stunning bogey-free twounder 68 opening round, at the end of which he was lying as high at tied 14th.As Lahiri expressed happiness and relief at making the cut, his senior, Jeev, who won the Scottish Open last week, said, “It is a great thing for Indian golf. I am sure this will raise the interest and profile of Indian golf. Personally I am very happy for Lahiri.On his own play, he added, “It is nice for me to make the cut, finally at the Open. The course is playing tough and I am only a few shots away from the top-10 guys, so I can make a charge on the weekend.”advertisementA very happy Lahiri said, “If someone had offered me an even- par score at the end of two rounds before the start I would have taken it.”But he added, “I didn’t hit it as well as I would have liked. My putting wasn’t as good as yesterday. I probably hit it better than yesterday as I hit more fairways. I gave myself opportunities but didn’t convert them. I probably found two or three bunkers more than I would have liked and today wasn’t easy to get out of bunkers.Their efforts brought in a string of new landmarks for Indian golf as two Indians had never before made the cut in the same Major. Lahiri also became only the second Indian after Jeev to make the cut on his debut in the Major.Jeev is now the only Indian to have made the cut in all four Majors and his best has been tied ninth at the 2009 PGA Championships.Brandt Snedeker (66-64) of the US shot a stunning second round 64, the same as first round leader Adam Scott, and took over the lead at 10- under. Scott, who started later was two- under through 13 holes and moved to eight-under with five more to play.Also lurking around a move was Tiger Woods, who after his first round 67 was two-under through eight holes and was five-under overall in third place, one ahead of Graeme McDowell who was four-under with nine to play.last_img read more

Thurman says ready to ‘crucify’ Pacquiao

first_img“All I can say is that most of my opponents say things before a fight,” Pacquiao said. “That’s what I hear from them – ‘I’m easy to beat’. But when we get into the ring it changes. We’ll see who’s young in the ring on July 20.“I don’t like trash-talking before a fight. I’m going to let my fists do the talking.”Pacquiao plans to split his training camp between the Philippines and Los Angeles, wrapping up his preparations under the watchful eye of long-time trainer Freddie Roach, who is back in his corner.“Manny Pacquiao is the best fighter in the world to work with,” Roach said Wednesday. “His work ethic is unbelievable. We’ve studied Thurman and come up with a game plan. And we’re going to destroy him.”Pacquiao meanwhile insisted that his advancing years had not diminished his enthusiasm or energy for boxing.“At age 40, I feel like I’m 29,” he said. “This is fun. I’m enjoying it. I’m excited to go back to the Philippines and go straight back to the gym.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thurman (29-0, with 22 knockouts) returned from a near two-year layoff to retain his title with a 12-round majority decision over Josesito Lopez on January 26.Eight-division champion Pacquiao, who last fought in a one-sided demolition of Adrien Broner in January, is 10 years older than his American opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd as the two men came face to face at a press conference in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, Thurman vowed to make the age difference count.“Pacquiao’s last fight, Pacquiao’s last fight,” Thurman said, while pledging to “dismantle” the 40-year-old Filipino icon. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES “I’m destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao,” Thurman said. “His legacy ends on July 20. He’s had a wonderful career, and been an inspiration. We all love him and respect him. And I’m respectfully going to kick the shit out of him.“This is a big fight as far as the stage. But it’s a big fight against a little guy. I’ve dismantled veterans in the past, and throughout my career. I would have destroyed him five years ago.“He’s never fought a fighter like me with the lateral movement, speed, power. He’s never fought anyone this young, strong and hungry and I’m coming for him.“I know he likes to quote Bible verses so I’ll let you know — he’s getting crucified.”Pacquiao, who mixes a political career as a senator in the Philippines with professional boxing, laughed off Thurman’s threats of annihilation.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:26Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trouble-free wins DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Keith Thurman (right) speaks next to Manny Pacquiao during a press conference before their WBA Welterweight Championship fight at The Beverly Hills Hotel on May 22, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. AFPBEVERLY HILLS, United States – Keith Thurman vowed to retire Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday as the two fighters traded verbal jabs ahead of the World Boxing Association battle for welterweight supremacy.The undefeated Thurman, 30, takes on Pacquiao in Las Vegas on July 20 in a contest that pits the WBA’s “super world champion” against the body’s secondary “world” champion.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Indians win two gold, two silver in triathlon

first_imgGuwahati, Feb 13 (PTI) Triathlon players joined the party late for India but nonetheless gave the host country both the gold medals on offer in the 12th South Asian Games here today. Indians finished 1-2 in both mens and womens individual events as the two-day triathlon competition made a quiet beginning at the Sarusajai Sports Complex here. Dilip Kumar bagged the mens individual event gold with a time of 2:02:53, while compatriot Guru Datta won the silver in 2:05:31. Nuwan Kumara of Sri Lanka took the bronze in 2:10:38. In the womens individual event, Pallavi Retiwala won the gold with a time of 1:11:57, while team-mate Pooja Chaurushi got the silver in 1:12:36. K C Roja of Nepal took the bronze in 1:16:00. Tomorrow, there will be mixed relay events. PTI PDS AH AHlast_img

Nayan Chatterjee joins Akbar Ebrahims motorsports academy

first_imgMumbai, May 11 (PTI) Fresh from his exploits in the Asia Rotax Max Challenge in Malaysia, where he came second, up and coming race driver Nayan Chatterjee has come under the wings of Akbar Ebrahim and his academy Meco Motorsports. “Over the past couple of months Nayan has moved up a couple of notches and started to perform. Starting to do Go-Karting from the age of 7-8 helps all and Nayan has used this platform to his benefit,” said Ebrahim at the media conference to announce Chatterjees newly forged link with his Chennai-based academy.”We have taken him under our wings to help him achieve his dreams and to his potential,” said Ebrahim about Chatterjee, an international kart racer who in his fifth year in competitive kart racing has won 28 national titles.”I did not know what motor sports was about till I was 12 years old. The Malaysian (second place) finish was extremely satisfying. I could have even won it. Im all geared up now and the next three-year plan is to focus on Formula racing in Asia, Europe, GP3, Formula3 or equivalent in Europe,” said Chatterjee. PTI SSR BS BSlast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board terms new spot-fixing claims baseless, demands proof from Al Jazeera

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected the spot-fixing charge made against the national team in a recently-released documentary as “baseless” and said a probe can only be conducted if the broadcaster shares the footage.In response to the Al Jazeera’s latest documentary, which claimed that four international matches involving Pakistan were spot-fixed, the PCB said the allegations were under review jointly by the ICC and its own Anti-Corruption Unit.”The broadcaster has not been forthcoming with provision of any evidence whatsoever in the absence of which their allegations remain unsubstantiated,” the statement added.ECB, Cricket Australia reject fresh claims of spot-fixing by their players”Without provision of evidence from the broadcaster, the allegations will remain baseless,” it said.The PCB’s statement came on a day when an independent adjudicator, Retired Justice Mian Hamid Farooq, upheld the 10-year ban on Test cricketer Nasir Jamshed.Anti Corruption Case Update: Cricketer Nasir Jamshed banned for 10 years by Anti Corruption Tribunal.Details to follow.PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) August 17, 2018Al Jazeera sting operation: ICC asks channel for entire materialJamshed, a left-handed opener who once scored three back to back ODI hundreds against India, was found guilty by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal of spot-fixing, betting, failing to disclose offers of money, accepting offers of bribe, consenting to corruption and encouraging other players — during the second season of the Pakistan Super League in early 2017.Al Jazeera sting: No nation immune to spot-fixing, says Adam GilchristJamshed, who resides in UK and didn’t attend the Tribunal hearings in person and was represented by his lawyer, had lodged an appeal against the10-year ban.advertisementPitch-fixing allegations hard to believe, says Sri Lanka CricketThe Independent Adjudicator found the 10-year ban imposed on Jamshed “perfectly justified”.The adjudicator, however, set aside the additional sanctions imposed by the tribunal.Spot-fixing allegations made against India-Australia Test, CA wants proof”The PCB has and continues to cooperate, assist and coordinate with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit in respect of investigations related to international cricket,” the PCB statement said.”PCB, in the recent past, has been proactive in uprooting the menace of corruption and has charged and banned numerous cricketers for failing to abide by the Anti-Corruption Code. It stands by that resolve,” the statement concluded.Earlier this year Al Jazeera broadcasted a programme called “Cricket’s Match Fixers” in May, which alleged incidents of spot-fixing in a Chennai match between England and India in December 2016 and the Australia-India Test in Ranchi in March 2017.Match-fixing has become a major concern for the sport in recent years and the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched an investigation.’Spot-fixing’ refers to manipulation of part of a game to deliver a given outcome for betting purposes.The documentary also made allegations that the stadium manager at Galle in Sri Lanka may have doctored the pitch at the behest of fixers and suggested minor Twenty20 competitions had also been targetted.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

UP govt fixes Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh as maximum security deposit, hostel fee for medical and dental colleges

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday fixed Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh as maximum security deposit and hostel fee, respectively, for private medical and dental colleges for bachelor courses MBBS and BDS.Rs 3 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh as maximum security deposit, hostel feeA government order issued by Principal Secretary Rajnish Dubey stated that Technical Education Minister Ashutosh Tondon had received complaints that institutions were charging fees “as per their will, which is against the provisions”.It also said tuition and other fees of these colleges be deposited per year and not in advance for coming years to avoid any financial burden on students.The students had complained they were asked to deposit tuition and other fees in advance putting financial pressure on them, it said.UP government introduces Khadi uniforms in schoolsThe Uttar Pradesh government has introduced Khadi school uniforms on a pilot basis in some districts of the state to promote the indigenous fabric among children, the state’s basic education minister.Khadi school uniforms in primary schools”In order to promote Khadi, and also enable the children to know its importance, the state government has decided to introduce Khadi school uniforms in primary schools (classes 1 to 5) in the state on a pilot project basis,” Anupma Jaiswal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Basic Education told reporters here.Initially, the project will be implemented in one block each in the four districts of the state including Bahraich from the academic session beginning in July, she added.READ: Delhi University guidelines for sports trials out, date and venue decided advertisementRead: DU Admissions 2019: Andhra students suffer after confusion over Delhi University admission processlast_img read more

Petition to punish Ramos has over 300k signatures

first_imgReal Madrid v Liverpool ‘Punish Ramos!’ – Over 300,000 people sign petition demanding Salah injury sanction Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:35 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(117) Sergio Ramos Mohamed Salah Real Madrid Liverpool 2017-18 Getty/Goal Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos African All Stars The abrasive Real Madrid defender may have cost Liverpool’s talismanic forward the chance to play at World Cup 2018 after tangling with him in Kiev Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has found himself the target of a petition that has called for him to be “punished” after forcing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah out of the Champions League final. Ramos is not exactly a stranger to widespread loathing outside Madrid, thanks to his abrasive style both on and off the pitch. And he became Public Enemy No. 1, certainly in Egypt and Liverpool, after tangling with Salah early in the final in Kiev, which Real Madrid eventually won 3-1 . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Egypt international was hauled down by Ramos and landed awkwardly on his shoulder . He left the field weeping shortly after, with his World Cup chances in doubt .He has, however, since expressed his determination to be fit for the tournament, insisting that he’s a “fighter” and that he’s “confident” he’ll be ready for Russia .Supporters haven’t forgotten Ramos’s role in his injury, however, with a petition  having garnered more than 300,000 signatures urging UEFA and FIFA to take action. “Sergio Ramos intentionally kept Mohamed Salah’s arm under his armpit, causing dislocation of his shoulder. Not only missing the rest of the game, but also missing the FIFA World Cup 2018,” the petition’s author ‘Mohamed Salah Abdel-Hakeem’ argues.”In addition he kept acting that Liverpool players fouled him falsely, causing the referee to give Manne a yellow card he did not deserve.The race to be fit in time for the World Cup starts now for @MoSalah. 🇪🇬(Cartoon by @omomani)— Goal (@goal) May 28, 2018″Sergio Ramos represents an awful example to future generations of football players. Instead of winning matches fairly, he uses tricks that defy the spirit of the game and fair play.”UEFA and FIFA should take measures against Ramos and similar players, using the video recordings of matches to keep the spirit of the game.”Ramos did show contrition after the final whistle, sending a message to Salah via Twitter in which he wished his opponent a speedy recovery. El fútbol te enseña la cara más dulce a veces y la más amarga otras. Ante todo somos compañeros. Pronta recuperación, Salah. El futuro te espera.||Sometimes football shows you it’s good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. #GetWellSoon @MoSalah — Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) 27 de mayo de 2018 “Sometimes football shows you it’s good side and other times the bad. Above all, we are fellow pros. Get well soon Salah, the future is waiting for you,” the defender wrote on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah picked the Union Cabinet

first_img Next Uday Mahurkar New DelhiJuly 10, 2019UPDATED: July 10, 2019 09:34 IST Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cabinet ministers stand with President Ram Nath Kovind after taking the oath of office at Parliament House in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. (Photo: Chandradeep Kumar) It’s often said in BJP circles that when it comes to pulling surprises, none can match Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his virtual second-in-command, home minister Amit Shah. Strategising in complete secrecy, both are known to keeping people around them guessing about their move. If Yogi Adityanath’s selection as Uttar Pradesh chief minister in 2017 foxed political analysts, Modi’s decision to pick Nirmala Sitharaman as India’s first woman defence minister was a masterstroke that drew great public traction. Now, in his second innings in office, the prime minister’s choices for his new cabinet have caused shock and awe-and how.Take the finance ministry’s case for instance. That Piyush Goyal, who had handled the portfolio in Arun Jaitley’s absence on medical grounds in the previous government, would not be considered for the post raised eyebrows. Though Sitharaman’s selection as finance minister surprised many, she was apparently rewarded for her diligence and ability to conform to Modi and Shah’s thinking in matters of governance. Also surprising to many was the move to drop Maneka Gandhi and Rajyavardhan Rathore, who held the key ministries of information & broadcasting (I&B) and sports in the previous government. That Goyal would stand 17th in the queue at the swearing-in ceremony on May 30 and Dharmendra Pradhan, who is credited with implementing the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, even after was as much baffling. Nitin Gadkari being deprived of shipping and Ganga rejuvenation, which has been merged in the new jal shakti ministry, despite a very good performance, was puzzling too. The general impression is that Gadkari, Goyal and Pradhan did a good job of the tasks given to them.advertisementTHE JAITLEY STAMPThough former finance minister Jaitley’s absence has left a vacuum in the Union cabinet, his imprint on the composition of the team is unmistakable-particularly Sitharaman, one of his favourites, as the finance minister. Though Goyal was ‘compensated’ with the commerce and industry portfolio, apart from railways, it is widely believed in BJP circles that he was denied finance because of his disagreements with Jaitley on crucial policy matters while he was the interim finance minister.Among Jaitley’s other picks are junior minister for finance and corporate affairs Anurag Singh Thakur, his former colleague from the cricketing world, and Som Parkash and Hardeep Singh Puri, the two ministers of state (MoS) for commerce and industry. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa, MoS railways, too, is considered to be close to Jaitley.While the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) considered Prakash Javadekar a slow mover in his previous stint as HRD minister, especially over the revamp of the school curricula, the BJP leader enjoyed the backing of Modi and Shah. As the election in-charge for Rajasthan and later Karnataka, Javadekar had endeared himself to Modi and Shah with his skilful handling of party factionalism in these states. He was rewarded with the environment and forest portfolio and additionally I&B.THE WINNERS AND LOSERSNarendra Singh Tomar and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat were rewarded for their performances in the previous government and contributions in the BJP. Tomar not only retained rural development, but also got charge of the crucial ministry of agriculture. Shekhawat, who was promoted to cabinet rank, was given the jal shakti ministry where he has the opportunity to implement Modi’s plan of supplying piped water to every Indian household by 2024.Jayant Sinha apparently paid the price for father Yashwant Sinha’s continuing hostility towards Modi-Shah while Maneka lost out owing to her somewhat mediocre performance in the women and child development ministry as well as her alleged utterances against the PM and the BJP president. Her son Varun Gandhi ran an almost open campaign against Modi and Shah on social media, but turned into their supporter when they didn’t deny him a Lok Sabha ticket. That, however, did not prevent the axe from falling on Maneka.Staunch Modi loyalist Giriraj Singh got an upgrade to full cabinet rank from MoS and was given charge of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries, which covers his pet theme of cow protection. But the choice of S. Jaishankar for external affairs, it is learnt, did not go down well with some quarters in the ministry as well as the RSS, the view being that he is too pro-US. But Modi thought Jaishankar was a necessity in view of India’s deteriorating relationship with the US and the balancing act that New Delhi requires to do between the US, China and Russia. Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was conveyed that in her current health condition, it was better for her to drop out. Jaitley’s voluntary withdrawal gave thrust to the argument and Swaraj took it in her stride.advertisementPMO’S TAKEWhile the jury’s out on the cabinet appointments, sources close to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) describe them as professional decisions. A source says Gadkari was given the problematic Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) portfolio so that the sector can be energised. “We see Gadkari as a problem solver,” the source said.Regarding Goyal and Pradhan, the PMO is of the view that both have been rewarded-Goyal with commerce and Pradhan with steel, which has major presence in his state of Odisha. Gadkari’s former MoS in shipping, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, was promoted with independent charge of the ministry because he not only helped in the BJP’s clean sweep of Gujarat in the Lok Sabha election, but was also instrumental in pulling Patels out of the support base of Patidar pro-reservation leader Hardik Patel in Saurashtra.THE AXE EFFECTAccording to PMO sources, among the reasons that Radha Mohan Singh was dropped as Agriculture Minister, was because of complaints that his ministry had allegedly favoured a private company, the Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Agro Chemicals (NAC), in the sale of soil testing kits (STKs) required for assessment of soil and issuing of soil health cards to some 140 million farmers across the country. Both Singh and the NAC, however, had strongly denied the allegations.READ | Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?ALSO READ | Mumbai Floods: How BMC and Co. sank the city againALSO WATCH | PM Modi launches BJP’s membership drive in VaranasiGet 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 byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow PM ModiFollow Cabinet Modi 2.0: How PM, Amit Shah picked the Union Cabinet | India Today InsightIt was an elaborate exercise of weighing options, rewarding the performers, axing the slow movers and placing bets on potential achievers.advertisementlast_img read more

JAS President Urges Diaspora Members to Invest in Agriculture

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Senator Norman Grant, has called on members of the Jamaican Diaspora to invest in the country’s agricultural sector.Addressing a session of the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 18, Senator Grant told participants that investing in the sector will bring about great returns.“The way towards getting great returns on your investment is to invest in Jamaica’s agriculture and there is a strategy for not only investing in agriculture, but in rural development,” Senator Grant said.He also encouraged Diaspora members to seize the opportunity to participate in the redevelopment of their communities.Senator Grant informed that the Ministry of Agriculture and the JAS will be embarking on a major outreach to engage members of the Diaspora and will also be establishing a framework with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to see how the effort can be supported.Focusing on the theme: ‘Agriculture and Agro Parks: Jamaica’s Food Security and Export Opportunities for Agriculture and Agribusiness’, the President pointed out that the establishment of Agro Parks is a major project in which Diaspora members could invest.“The purpose of this project is to provide support in agricultural infrastructure in specific production zones. The increased production of specific crops within these zones will support the Government’s food import substitution programme and increase exports,” he said, adding that it would also result in improved national food security and bolster the linkages between the Agricultural and Tourism sectors.The concept of the Agro Parks, as promoted by the Government, will seek to focus on a variety of agricultural related activities along the value chain.“So, we are not only focusing on fresh produce, but on the entire value chain within a geographic location in which several primary producers, suppliers, processors or distributors co-operate to achieve sustainable market driven food production,” Senator Grant explained.The project will involve major infrastructural, works such as irrigation, procurement of equipment and demonstration plots in nine strategic locations across the country. It will also facilitate and engage 8,000 acres of land to include agricultural production.“The strategy is to ensure that at least 100 young farmers become involved in agriculture. So, if young persons in the Diaspora want to come home and invest in agriculture, this is an avenue,” Senator Grant said.The Agro Parks, which are to be implemented at a cost of US$8 million over the next three years, are being funded in part by the European Union.Contact: Aldeen Campbelllast_img read more

NYK Group Invests in Yang Ming’s Kaohsiung Terminal

first_img My location NYK Group, November 5, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Nippon Container Terminals Co. Ltd., an NYK Group company, have decided to acquire a 12.5 percent stake in Yang Ming’s Kao Ming Container Terminal Corp. (KMCT).KMCT was established as a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project under the Port of Kaohsiung’s Intercontinental Container Terminal BOT Project with the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau, which is overseen by Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd. The terminal started operation in January 2011 and is well known for its high-quality automated services, safety, and environment-friendly facility.Moreover, KMCT uses windmills and solar panels to generate power which has allowed the facility to cut CO2 emissions. KMCT emphasizes energy conservation, a reduction of emissions, and protection of the environment, and successes in these areas have won it a reputation as a “green terminal.”KMCT has an excellent location that is near the entrance to the second harbor in Kaohsiung port. A vessel can quickly berth at its terminal by simply making a right turn. The terminal has a 960-meter-long berth with water as deep as 16.5 meters, long and deep enough to simultaneously accommodate two containerships of 14,000 TEUs or more.The second-phase of the BOT project was started in 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. At that time, KMCT will have four berths with a total length of 1,500 meters, and will be able to simultaneously accommodate four containerships of 14,000 TEUs or above.The NYK Group will continue its effort to improve its container-terminal network and provide better service to customers.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Sunday, Nov. 12. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103, Hubbards to Ingramport Highway 103, from the Lunenburg County/Halifax Regional Municipality line, easterly for nine kilometres is reduced to one lane for repaving, shoulder work, gravelling and guardrail work until Sunday, Nov. 12. Alternate route is on Exit 5A off Highway 103 at Ingramport, to Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) and back to Highway 103 at Exit 6. Work takes place during daytime hours. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Nov. 4. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Watermills Road, Lunenburg Watermills Road from Italy Cross Road to New Cumberland Road, Lunenburg, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hirtle Road, Lunenburg Hirtle Road from Route 325, Lunenburg, southerly for 1.6 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Garber Road, Newcombville Garber Road from Route 210 to Lapland Road, Newcombville, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 17. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fitch Road, Conquerall Mills Fitch Road from Conquerall Road to Lake Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and grading until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Stocks higher as traders balance strong jobs data with Fed stimulus concerns

Canada’s main stock market index was higher Friday amid jobs data in Canada and the U.S. that breezed past expectations.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 41.02 points to 13,335.22.The loonie was down 0.24 of a cent to 95.35 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 13,200 jobs last month while the jobless rate held steady at 6.9 per cent. Economists had expected that about 11,000 jobs would  be created.The greenback was sharply higher after the U.S. Labor Department reported that the economy cranked out 204,000 jobs, far above the approximately 120,000 reading that was expected.Gains in New York gained momentum as traders balanced the latest indication of an improving economy with rising concerns that the Federal Reserve will think the economy is strengthening to a point where it can start winding up its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. That stimulus program has supported a strong rally on markets.The Dow Jones industrials rose 75.97 points to 15,669.95, the Nasdaq climbed 34.99 points to 3,892.33 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 9.7 points to 1,756.85.The jobless rate ticked up 0.1 of a point to 7.3 per cent, reflecting the huge temporary layoffs that resulted from the partial U.S. government shutdown during early October.Economists had pointed out that the employment report would likely be distorted somewhat by the shutdown. Almost half a million federal workers were furloughed during the shutdown and many thousands of other private sector workers who rely on federal contract work were also affected.The strong employment data came out a day after a better than expected reading on third quarter U.S. economic growth also raised worries that the Fed could start to taper as soon as the end of December.It was a relatively quiet day on the earnings front where Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) posted adjusted net income rose of $365 million, an increase of nearly 60 per cent compared with that same time last year. The adjusted earnings amounted to $1.29 per share, which was 26 cents per share above analyst estimates of $1.03 per share.Under standard accounting, Air Canada had $299 million or $1.05 per share of net income, also above estimates but down from last year. Its shares surged 39 cents or 6.98 per cent to $5.98 after hitting a fresh, 52-week high of $6.19, highs not seen since before the 2008 recession.Telus Corp. (TSX:T) rose 28 cents to $36.56 as the telecom reported its adjusted profit jumped to $365 million in the third quarter, up 13 per cent from a year earlier. On a per-share basis, Telus had 58 cents per share of adjusted earnings, two cents better than the estimate. Revenue was up 3.6 per cent from last year, rising to $1.87 billion.The gold sector led decliners, down 1.7 per cent as bullion prices fell sharply on speculation the Fed could start winding up bond purchases and the December bullion contract was $24.10 lower to US$1,284.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell 35 cents to C$25.16.The metals and mining sector fell 0.6 per cent with December copper down one cent to US$3.23 a pound. HudBay Minerals(TSX:HBM) slipped 32 cents to $8.42.The interest rate sensitive utilities sector was a drag as U.S. bond yields moved up sharply on Fed speculation with the key U.S. 10-year Treasury up 0.14 of a point from Thursday at 2.74 per cent. Atlantic Power (TSX:ATP) tumbled 43 cents or 9.47 per cent to $4.11.Financials led advancers as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) gained 51 cents to $19.73, a penny short of a new 52-week high of $19.74 registered earlier in the session.The tech sector was also ahead with BlackBerry shares up 12 cents to $6.89 a day after Fairfax Financial (TSX:FFH) revealed the names of the five other investors in its US$1-billion financing of the smartphone maker. Mackenzie Financial Corp., Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., Markel Corp., Brookfield Asset Management Inc. and Qatar Holding LLC have also contributed.December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up 18 cents to US$94.38 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.6 per cent.There was also major acquisition activity in the resource sector as Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) reached a deal to sell its interests in two B.C. natural gas partnerships for $1.5 billion in cash. The buyer is Progress Energy Corp., a formerly independent Canadian company that’s now a subsidiary of Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas.Talisman has said for months that it planned to sell a large chunk of its assets in order to be more efficient and profitable. Its shares ran up 25 cents to $12.47. read more

Australia values ties with Sri Lanka

The Australian government values its ties with Sri Lanka in combating human smuggling, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.The High Commission quoted Foreign Minister Bob Carr as saying Sri Lanka is an important regional partner for Australia. “We value our ongoing cooperation with Sri Lanka to combat people smuggling in our region,” Senator Carr said. “Sri Lanka has a rich cultural heritage and active community in Australia,” Senator Carr said.“It is estimated 110,000 persons of Sri Lankan origin are living and working in Australia.” Senator Carr visited Sri Lanka in December last year to deepen relations between the two countries.“My discussions with President Rajapaksa and my Foreign Affairs counterpart, Prof. Peiris, were a highlight of my trip,” Senator Carr said.“I am confident the excellent relations that exist between Australia and Sri Lanka will continue to flourish in the year ahead.” (Colombo Gazette) Senator Carr said Australia has strong diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka and welcomed the Sri Lankan contribution to Australian national life. read more

This is your country and yours to rebuild Annan tells inauguration in

“Today marks a turning point for Liberia. Following a decade and a half of civil war and failed attempts to make peace, this is a day full of hope, but also fraught with challenges,” Mr. Annan said in his message, which was delivered by his Special Representative for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein.Mr. Annan took note of the peaceful handover of power to the Transitional Government, led by Chairman Gyude Bryant, and of recent joint efforts by rebels and government towards peace in the capital area, but said, “The challenges ahead are daunting.”He said all sides should honour the recent ceasefire and begin disarmament; the entire nation must work on reconciliation, and the country’s natural resources had to be managed properly.”The onus of making all this happen rests, first and foremost, with the National Transitional Government and the people of Liberia,” he said. ” This is your country and yours to rebuild. I urge you to seize the opportunity provided by the international attention and resources currently directed towards Liberia.”Mr. Klein, adding his own remarks, said, “Rains this morning are a symbol from heaven. They washed away the past, they cleansed the land and they have blessed this nation and its people.”Also attending the inauguration were Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and John Kufuor of Ghana, in his capacity as chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Foreign Ministers from the West African sub-region and a senior State Department official from the United States were also present, according to a UN spokesman. Listen to UN Radio report read more

WEPGN announces Connecting With Water award to support junior researchers

World Water Day offers an opportunity to consider the significance of one of our most precious global resources.Here at Brock University, the Water Economics Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) will celebrate by offering a new award to its junior researchers who want to share their findings with a broad audience.WEPGN is a Canada-wide research initiative that has been headquartered at Brock since it was founded in 2012. The network connects researchers and partners to facilitate meaningful and urgent research into the social, economic and political dimensions of water — matters that are especially relevant to water and jobs, which is the theme of #WWD this year.The new Connecting With Water award will provide funding for knowledge mobilization activities that communicate the findings generated by WEPGN research projects.Most importantly, the award will enable junior researchers to propose and undertake their own projects while developing practical skills in knowledge translation and project management.“The Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network is proud of the role students and other highly qualified personnel have played to date in the success of the network,” explains Steven Renzetti, program director for WEPGN. “We hope that the Connecting With Water award provides an avenue through which students and HQP can research water-related issues and communicate their findings to other researchers and the broader water community in creative ways.”The award grew out of a pilot project in 2014/15, when Iftekhar Ahmad, a Masters student at York University, was awarded funding for his work on Human well-being, ecosystem services and watershed management in the Credit River Valley: Web-distributed mechanisms and indicators for communication and awareness.Junior researchers may request up to $7,500 to support their knowledge mobilization project over a period of up to six months. Applications must be submitted with the support of a WEPGN affiliated researcher.You can learn more about the Connecting With Water Award and other WEPGN initiatives at their web site.The Connecting With Water award isn’t the only cause for celebration for WEPGN this World Water Day. The SSHRC-funded research network recently completed a midterm review and was approved to start its second three-year term earlier in 2016. WEPGN will use this second phase to continue pursuing impactful research while adding a focus on knowledge mobilization. read more

Austrian squad for German test

Austrian head-coach Patrekur Johannesson announced the squad for the upcoming friendly match against Germany on March 4. Icelander on the Austrian bench called the most of the players who played at Men’s EHF EURO 2014, where Austria played in the Main Round, with two newcomers Sebastian Frimmel and Boris Zivkovic.BAUER, Thomas (TBV Lemgo)HERMANN, Alexander (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)HERMANN, Maximilian (Bergischer HC)ZIURA, Vytautas (Raiffeisen Fivers WAT Margareten)SCHMID, Dominik (Alpla HC Hard)WÖSS, Richard (Bergischer HC)MAYER, Lucas (Bregenz Handball)MARINOVIC, Nikola (Frisch Auf Göppingen)SZILAGYI, Viktor (Bergischer HC)POSCH, Fabian (SC kelag Ferlach/I.)FRIMMEL, Sebastian (Union West Wien)SCHLINGER, Roland (HBW Balingen Weilstetten)WAGESREITER, Markus (SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN)WEBER, Robert (SC Magdeburg)BAMMER, Dominik (Sparkasse Schwaz HANDBALL TIROL)EDELMÜLLER, Christoph (Raiffeisen Fivers WAT Margareten)ZIVKOVIC, Boris (Alpla HC Hard)SANTOS, Raul (VfL Gummersbach)PHOTO: ÖHB/SteffenWollmann AustriaBoris Zivkovic.Sebastian Frimmel ← Previous Story BATTTLE FOR BUDAPEST: Larvik in Podgorica – Gyor waiting Krim Next Story → Barca smash PSG! read more

Average household receives €327 per week in social welfare payments

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF households receiving some form of payment from the government  – including child benefit, State pension and social welfare payments – has increased to 87 per cent, according to new figures.The average value of the payments – known as ‘social transfers’ – is €327 per household each week, according to research carried out by the ESRI and the Department of Social Protection.The report found that the average income from social transfers has increased dramatically since the recession back, rising from just €233 per week in 2004.By comparison, the average income per week from earnings in a household is €939.The report found that the amount of household income made up by social transfers has increased significantly – from 20 per cent of total income in 2004 to 30 per cent in 2011. This is attributed to the rise in unemployment, leading to more people receiving unemployment-related payments, and to the fall in market incomes, such as from work or rents.The report notes that in order to tackle joblessness, a ‘whole household’ perspective is needed – including a consideration of the way in which one family member’s eligibility for means-tested social transfers is affected by another family member moving into work, creating a poverty trap in which the family ends up better off remaining dependent on social welfare payments.Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the report showed the social welfare system was crucial in alleviating poverty.The research found a strong link between the payment of social transfers and the alleviation of poverty, with payments reducing the gap between the poverty threshold and household market income by 88 per cent.Social welfare payments are the only thing keeping more than half (50.7 per cent) of the population out of poverty, according to figures released earlier this year by the Central Statistics Office.Ireland has moved from the middle towards the top of the range of EU15 countries in poverty reduction effectiveness between 2005 and 2010.“The figures demonstrate that the system is extraordinarily effective in terms of income redistribution and poverty alleviation,” said Joan Burton.“The challenge now is to ensure those who are vulnerable – children and the long-term unemployed, in particular – are not left behind as the economy recovery takes hold”.“Tackling the issue of jobless households – where no adult member works and the number of which actually increased during the boom years – will be key in this regard, and is a core aim of the Pathways to Work strategy”.The report entitled Social Transfers and Poverty Alleviation in Ireland is published today by the ESRI and the Department of Social Protection.Read: 9 things we learned about poverty in Ireland this week > Read: Food Bank centre reacts to a new reality – a new poverty >last_img read more