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Mining ban made Goa govt borrow just half of okayed limit: CM

first_imgPanaji, Jan 14 (PTI) Goa government today said that since its economy was hit by mining closure, the state borrowed only half of its permissible limit in the ongoing Financial Year (FY).”We were permitted to borrow an advance of Rs 1,945 crore for the current FY, but between April and December last year we borrowed only Rs 950 crore,” Parsekar told the State Legislative Assembly putting to rest the rumours that the government had borrowed more.He reminded that the state is losing a revenue of Rs 1,000 crore annually due to the ban on the mining industry, which has stressed it financially.”Impression is being created that government is funding its social security schemes through borrowings (loans). But that is not true. We spent Rs 950 crore on creating infrastructure,” Parsekar said.According to him, between April and December 2015, Rs 260 crore were disbursed to Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, Rs 395 crore to Public Works Department, Rs 83 crore to Water Resources Department, Rs 110 crore to Electricity department, Rs 30 crore to Sewerage corporation, Rs 35 crore to Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Rs 20 crore to Goa state Urban development agency and Rs 40 crore to Sports Authority of Goa.”We believe that the borrowings should be used to create capital assets. These assets are for the posterity; it is for next generation,” he commented.The CM said his government spent its revenue collected in the form of taxes on salaries, pensions and to fund social security schemes like Dayanand Social Security Scheme, Griha Adhar, Ladli Lakshmi and Mamata.advertisement”It was also used to pay Rs 100 crore installment towards the borrowings fetched during earlier FYs,” he added.In addition to this, he said, the Centre has funded infrastructure projects of more than Rs 5,000 crore for the state, including highways and bridges.”I was calculating total funding from the Centre to the state during last 28 years since the time Goa attained statehood and I found that the entire amount did not total to Rs 5,000 crore, which we got within a year from Modi-led NDA government. The central government has a positive approach towards Goa,” Parsekar said. PTI CORR NP PVIlast_img read more

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Brathwaite, Stokes face off again after WT20 final bludgeoning

first_imgCarlos Brathwaite and Ben Stokes face off on Friday for the first time since the giant West Indian clubbed four successive sixes off the fiery Englishman to help win last years World Twenty20.The pair play against each other in the first of three One Day Internationals as both the West Indies and England prepare for the Champions Trophy in June with a brief series in Antigua and Barbados.Brathwaite’s demolition job in the final in Kolkata last April left Stokes humiliated and bereft. But while the Englishman has gone on to be named vice-captain of his team and become the expensive foreign signing in the Indian Premier League, Brathwaite has been struggling with form. (Tom Curran to join England squad in West Indies)The 28-year-old from Barbados, who stands two metres (6’6″ ft) tall, has in 39 innings since the World Twenty20 final he has scored just 423 runs at an average of 12, with a solitary half-century.”Unfortunately, it went downhill quickly. Because of what happened that night, people expected things and I guess, for a brief period, I expected them as well. It became a negative.”Obviously, four sixes shot me to prominence, but people forget that my Test average is 45 and I have three Test 50s in three matches,” he told reporters in the build-up to the first ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. (Alex Hales returns for England’s tour of West Indies)”I’m in a better space now than when I was at the end of last year. I’m just looking forward to ripping the page out and starting afresh. I just want to get back the love I had for the game as a young boy, running around in the backyard. That’s my main goal. There are big things to come from Carlos Brathwaite,” he told reporters.advertisementStokes insisted their previous encounter had been expunged from his memory. “You try and put good performances behind you as much as you put bad ones behind you. Success is great and you dont want to start thinking too far ahead when you do well because it comes under the same bracket when things dont go your way as well,” he told a press conference on Wednesday. (No Marlon Samuels in West Indies ODI squad for England series)Last month the 25-year-old Stokes set a new IPL record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for $2.16 million.Friday’s ODI is followed by a second in Antigua on Sunday and then a third in Barbados on Thursday, March 9.last_img read more

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The 8 best pens for writing

first_imgAs a writer, I’m a big fan of awesome pens.There are thousands — no, probably millions — of pens in the world, most of which I know nothing about. I hope that you consider this the start of a list and not the “final say,” so freelancers, please add your favorites in comments.1. Le penSlim, inky, smooth. I mean really slim. When I write with it, I feel cooler. Comes in many shades.2. Staedler Sketch PenThis pen feels and looks like it’s made for actual artists. Permanent ink. Writes on wood, for when I need to graffiti park benches (kidding).3. Muji Hexagonal PenThis pen is like many others — inky, smooth — but the pen shaft is hexagonal, and this seems to give me better grip on the pen.4. Kaweko SportI like this pen because the tip is gold, it has a screw top, it fits in your pocket (without stabbing you when you sit down, because it’s short), and it’s a charming blend of modern (plastic) and antique. Just the right amount of ink delivery. Nib doesn’t scratch.5. Papermate ballpointPen connisseurs may scorn this choice, but I have never found a ballpoint that runs more smoothly than this veteran.6. Papermate FlairContinuing the Papermate theme: if you don’t like writing small and want a dramatic, marker-writing experience, try this pen.7. Pilot Precise V5/V7 Rolling Ball PensI love the fact that you can always see how much ink is left in these guys. You never have to try that “Oh it must be jammed, let me stab my paper repeatedly and lick it and scribble” thing. You know.8. Moleskine Roller PenMoleskine, a favorite of writers everywhere, has a pen that both writes nicely and conveniently slips onto your Moleskine (or other notebook). They sure know how to keep it classy.What are your favorite pens?last_img read more

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SIOUXLAND CHAMBER RETURNS TO PIERCE STREET

first_imgTHE SIOUXLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS MOVED BACK INTO ITS NEWLY REMODELED OFFICES AT 101 PIERCE STREET.CHAMBER PRESIDENT CHRIS MCGOWAN SAYS THE BUILDING NOW HAS A FRESH MODERN LOOK:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NEW1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….EFFICIENT FASHION. :22HE SAYS FORMER CHAMBER BOARD CHAIRMAN LANCE MORGAN SPURRED THE UPGRADE TO THE BUILDING, SAYING IT NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NEW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….SEE FOR THEMSELVES. :11MCGOWAN SAYS THE TECHNOLOGY TO THE BUILDING HAS ALSO BEEN UPGRADED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NEW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….NOW AS WELL. :19THE CHAMBER HELD AN OPEN HOUSE AND RIBBON CUTTING TUESDAY TO CELEBRATE THEIR MOVE BACK TO PIERCE STREET.THE CHAMBER HAD BEEN OPERATING OUT OF THE PIONEER BANK BUILDING AT 7TH AND PIERCE UNTIL THEIR REMODELING WAS COMPLETED.last_img read more

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Man Utd’s early approach for Fred revealed

first_imgTransfers Man Utd’s early approach for £52.5m man Fred revealed by Shakhtar Chris Burton 04:09 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fred Brazil 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Premier League The Red Devils have a deal in place for the Brazil international, with Jose Mourinho having made his first move for a summer target back in April Manchester United made their first move to land Fred back in April, Shakhtar Donetsk’s CEO has revealed, with the Red Devils eager to beat the competition to a £52.5 million (€60m/$70m) midfielder.The Red Devils now have a deal in place for the Brazil international, with the finishing touches being put on a move to England.United appeared set to face competition for his signature at one stage, with arch-rivals Manchester City among the other sides to have been linked with the highly rated 25-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Jose Mourinho had, however, been working on a transfer for some time and Shakhtar were happy to do business with their counterparts from Old Trafford.Shakhtar’s CEO, Sergei Palkin, told the club’s official website on how an agreement came about: “We conducted the negotiations with the representatives of Man United for over two months.“Since April, their scout had been constantly present at all our home games in Kharkiv.“Jose Mourinho wanted to see Fred at Man United.“The negotiations were interesting, and, as I said earlier, we are fully satisfied with the agreement terms.“Fred has been at Shakhtar since 2013, he has grown seriously as a football player, deserving to continue his performance in a stronger league.“I’m sure he will progress and improve his level. I wish him every success in the Premier League.“It’s nice that our former players – Willian, Fernandinho, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, and Fred – will be playing in England for the top clubs competing for the top spot.”Fred is leaving the Ukraine side after five years and 156 appearances.As pointed out by Palkin, he is set to become the latest former Shakhtar star to grace a Premier League stage.Fellow Brazilians Willian and Fernandinho are title winners at Chelsea and Manchester City, while Mkhitaryan left United to link up with Arsenal in January.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s RCB as they gear up to face CSK in opener

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:45 IST Virat Kohli will be keen on helping RCB end their losing streak against CSK in the IPL 2019 opener on Saturday (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCSK have managed to win 14 of their 21 meetings against RCB in IPLCSK haven’t lost to RCB at home since 2008, winning six matches on the trot CSK won both the home and away fixtures against Virat Kohli-led RCB in IPL 2018The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is almost here and cricket fans in the country couldn’t have asked for a better opener as holders Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on March 23 in Chennai.MS Dhoni-led CSK will be bidding to mark their homecoming with a dominant performance. Notably, the defending champions had played only one game at home in IPL 2018, which also marked their return from two-year suspension over corruption-related activities.On the other hand, Virat Kohli is under a bit of pressure as RCB haven’t managed to end their title drought despite having had superstars and the India captain at their helm. Questions are being asked about Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL in the lead up to IPL 2019.Kohli had conceded that RCB had mistakes in the past which had led to their downfall in the cash-rich league. Nonetheless, the skipper of the Bengaluru-based franchise has made it clear that his team will strive to give their best every time they step on the field this season despite focus on workload management in the lead up to the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.#AnbuDen camp and the #Yellove scenes! #WhistlePodu #YelloveAgain pic.twitter.com/zIxjWF5J8yChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 21, 2019RCB had begun their preparatory camp in Bengaluru earlier this week and they travelled to Chennai for the season opener as early as Thursday. Shortly after the touchdown in Chennai, captain Kohli and his teammates hit the nets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.advertisementThe skipper reportedly had an intense session at the nets and he was joined by the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and new-signing Shivam Dube.RCB’s woeful recent record against Dhoni’s CSKRCB are seemingly well aware of the task in hand. While the focus is on starting the season with a win, history doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s men.In 22 meetings between CSK and RCB, the Bengaluru team have managed to win only seven while the Super Kings have managed 14 wins. More importantly, RCB are heading into IPL 2019 with a six-match losing streak against the CSK. Kohli’s men last beat CSK in 2014.RCB’s records at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is also a worrying sign for Bengaluru fans. Their last win at Chepauk came in 2008 and six of their previous encounters at the iconic venue have resulted in defeats.Notably, Dhoni’s CSK completed a double over RCB en route to glory in IPL 2018. Kohli had cut a frustrating figure in front of the Bengaluru crowd last year as Chennai had chased down a 206-run target with five wickets to spare after Dhoni pulled off a chasing masterclass at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.CSK fans, who are likely to paint Chepauk yellow on Saturday, will be hoping for another memorable knock from their captain, Dhoni who enjoys batting against Kohli’s men.Also Read | MS Dhoni vs Virat Kohli: Friends set to turn rivals in IPL 2019 openerAlso Read | ‘12,000 fans at practice match just a teaser’: Decoding Chennai’s love for CSKAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s captaincy in focus as RCB look to forget Summer of 2018Also 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 IPL 2019Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Virat KohliFollow MS DhoniFollow ChepaukFollow CSK vs RCB IPL 2019: History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s RCB as they gear up to face CSK in openerChennai Super Kings completed a double against Royal Challengers Bangalore, including a successful 206-run chase, during their title-winning run in IPL 2018. The two teams will meet in IPL 2019 opener in Chennai on Saturday. advertisementlast_img read more

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CMA CGM Improves US-Caribbean Links

first_imgzoom French container line CMA CGM is upgrading its Gulfbridge and Hispanola feeder services to improve the coverage of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, East, West and North South American coasts markets.The company decided to improve its Gulfbridge service by decreasing its transit times to Colombia. The first rotation will start on April 29 in New Orleans, with the vessel Frisia Loga.2,500 TEU capacity vessels will call ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and East and West South American coast calls through CMA CGM’s Kingston transshipment hub.The Hispaniola feeder service optimization is aimed at improving CMA CGM’s Caribbean islands coverage.Starting early May, calls frequency within the Hispaniola service will be increased. The main ports will be called weekly.CMA CGM will place two 850 TEU and 1,150 TEU capacity vessels on the following rotation: Kingston, Jamaica – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Cap Haitian, Haiti – Philipsburg, Saint Marteen – Saint Johns, Antigua – Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe – Fort-de-France, Martinique – Roseau, Dominique – Camden Park, Saint-Vincent les Grenadines – Saint George, Grenada – Point Lisas, Trinidad & Tobago – Bridgetown, Barbados – Castries, Saint-Lucia – Kingston, Jamaica.”The Caribbean is an area with a strong growth. The Panama Canal widening, expected to be completed in 2016, proves it and the arrival of larger vessels it implies a regional services adaptation need,’‘ Jean-Yves Duval, CMA CGM Caribbean and Latin American Lines Vice President, said.”Those improved services will be connected to our new Kingston hub, and will allow the CMA CGM Group to continue improving its solutions for its clients, while dispensing one of the market’s best offers. Those services improvement are in line with the Group’s regional development strategy.”Last week, CMA CGM linked Houston to West Africa. Starting with m/v TAURUS, in Houston on May 19, cargo bound for West Africa will connect in Tangier on one of our 5 EURAF lines and Guinea Express, with only one transhipment instead of two.last_img read more

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Sexual harassment on Parliament Hill long ignored women say

first_imgOn Parliament Hill it’s called the whisper network — a constant murmur of white noise that, until now, has been all too easy to tune out.Women have long dealt with systemic sexism and harassment on the Hill by ignoring it, downplaying it and by privately venting to confidantes and warning other women to be careful around certain men on elevators, at receptions and after too many drinks.In 2014 a 19-year-old volunteer for two Liberal MPs recalls a prominent staffer tried to kiss her and bite her ear as she was walking with him up the stairs in Centre Block during working hours.In another incident, a young tour guide recalls a security officer making a lewd gesture as they rode in an elevator together.This year, the Hill has been rocked by a number of high profile allegations involving MPs.Maclean’s spoke with more than 30 women working in various capacities in politics across Canada — including three cabinet ministers and MPs from four parties — about their experiences of verbal and physical sexual harassment in the sector. They all agree that sexual harassment and violence in politics has gone unchecked for too long.They recounted incidents that span inappropriate comments, like requesting women staffers to wear high heels, to sexual assault. Some are indisputably more heinous than others and, indeed, should not be conflated. But all of it stands to diminish women’s value in politics, and none of it belongs in a workplace purported to be the centre of Canada’s democracy.Now, as swaths of society demand a cultural correction — a reckoning — parliament is having its own #MeToo moment. “This isn’t anything new,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said. “But this is a boiling point.” In November, Hajdu tabled anti-harassment legislation promising to crack down on what she called a crisis of sexual harassment and violence on the Hill. While a positive step, many argue it’s far from the transformation that’s needed.Read the entire piece on Macleans.ca.last_img read more

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Sixyearold girl injured after falling off float in Alberta parade

first_imgWAINWRIGHT, Alta. — The mayor of a town in east-central Alberta says a six-year-old girl was seriously injured in a parade over the weekend.Wainwright Mayor Brian Bethune says the girl fell off a float Saturday afternoon in the town’s annual stampede parade.It happened in front of the town’s hospital, where she was initially treated.Bethune says the girl was later airlifted to an Edmonton hospital because there was a concern she might have brain damage.He says brain damage is no longer a concern, but the girl does have some broken bones.A statement from 4-H Alberta says one of its members was injured while taking part in the parade.“On behalf of those involved in 4-H, our thoughts are with the family and we wish the member a speedy recovery,” the statement said Monday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Gang rates dropping in Maskwacis leading to new hope

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsFor almost two decades Sherman Louis lived the hard-core life as a gangster.In and out of jail, violent fighting and everything else that goes along with the lifestyle, until one day he had had enough.“I found it was hard being a father, husband and a gangster. I told them I was done,” said Louis.He used his willpower and reconnected to his culture to get out of gangs.Now, he reaches out to kids in his home community of Maskwacis, Alta., to encourage them to walk the straight road through the Maskwacis Youth Initiative, a program aimed at helping youth who may be vulnerable to becoming involved with gangs.“I just let them (youth) know that it’s really not a good life. It may sound cool, but it’s really not after you really open your eyes and notice what you’re doing is bad,” said Louis.The program started a year ago and is thriving, according to Leslie Montour, an outreach worker.“It was definitely needed with our youth. With our program we talk to them about better choices, education, what they’re showing their younger siblings…it’s done so well for the ones that really needed us the most. To hear them, to take charge,” said Montour. “This has been so great because the majority of them we’ve gotten to look for jobs, stay in school, they’ve really come a long, long way from when we started.”So far the initiative has helped 62 youth.Former gang member Sherman Louis now helping youth leave the high-risk lifestyle. APTN/PhotoThe Cree community formerly known as Hobbema, now called Maskwacis, sits in central Alberta and has previously made national media headlines for its excessive problems with gang activity.The last couple of years has seen improvements.Gary Hollender, an operations officer with the Maskwacis RCMP detachment, affirmed gang rates are tending down.This is partly due to the special enhanced policing unit that was established five years ago via a partnership between the provincial and federal governments. It is the only on-reserve service of its kind in Alberta that delegates officers to target issue areas such as gangs.“It makes a big difference,” said Hollender.“We were busy enough before and didn’t have extra time. When a shooting used to happen, then retaliation would go back and forth for a while. Today if something happens, like a shooting, they’re (RCMP) are all over it,” he said.It’s also getting harder to report what is and isn’t defined as “gang” violence, said Hollender.“If two 15 year old kids meet in the street and one beats another up that’s not necessarily gang violence- but what if they decide to wear a bandanna each? It’s not like East L.A. where you have Crypts coming to shoot up the Bloods on the other side. There’s some of that- but sometimes it’s two people who live on the same block who call themselves a gang,” he said.The special policing unit also works with outside support agencies through the HUB program in Maskwacis. This approach helps to alleviate underlying contributors to gang and criminal activity by providing resources such as providing access to health and mental health professionals, addictions counseling, building rapport with resource officers in the school system, addressing housing issues and other factors, said Hollender.“It’s definitely working. Is it the end all, be all? No, because there’s always going to be those underlying social problems,” said Hollender.It’s been two and-a-half years since the four communities located between Calgary and Edmonton changed their name from Hobbema to Maskwacis. Maskwacis meaning ‘Bear Hills’ in Cree, was its original name until it was changed to Hobbema after a Dutch painter by the former president of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1891.The name change reversing to Maskwacis in 2013 was a “taking back” of the area, said Samson Cree Nation Chief Kurt Buffalo. He said it also instilled a sense of pride in Cree values, languages, culture and history.“It’s hard to live down that kind of stigma,” said Buffalo referencing past gang violence.“But for us it was really about educating our nation members, on who we are as First Nation people. It’s starting at the root level and asking our community members-is the behaviour that’s going on in our community, is that really how we are as Cree people?”The community of approximately 15,000 struggles with a high rate of unemployment, and although those rates saw improvement over the last couple of years, Maskwacis is feeling the hit of the current recession, said Buffalo. At the same time there hasn’t been a spike in violence or gang activity to coincide. Buffalo said programs like the Maskwacis Youth Initiative helps to curb the cycle of gang involvement.“It’s more focusing on youth and family development. If you focus just on the gangs that’s where the focus will be. But we’re trying to give them (youth) as many chances as possible to be better human beings and to become citizens of global society,” said Buffalo.He believes answers lie in empowering members of the nation and encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions.“I think if you really want to make a difference- stop being a victim. As First Nations we’ve been victimized for years. And it’s inter-generational trauma- we’re still blaming the residential school era, but at the end of the day it’s about teaching our people to make better choices. They don’t have to be victims.”Domestic violence cases are high in Maskwacis, however Hollender said it’s not unusual given those rates tend to be higher in almost every jurisdiction in Canada.Graduation levels are also on the rise, said Hollender. He said it tends to have a ripple effect on the moral of the community.Overall the crime statistics have gone down over the last couple of years and continue to hold steady this year.Spirits in Maskwacis are high and the outlook is hopeful for more positive changes to come.“It’s very exciting seeing somebody who felt like they had no hope and they had nobody- it’s good to know that they (youth) feel that they can call on us before they do anything negative. They’re now talking about what they want to be. We didn’t hear that before, they didn’t have a plan at the beginning. We’re excited to see where they’re going,” said Montour.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

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Connie Oakes family loads up van heads to Calgary for murder appeal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThree judges on an Alberta Appeals court will decide the fate of a Cree woman Tuesday in Calgary.Connie Oakes is currently serving a life sentence for a murder, she says, she didn’t commit.Her family, who lives in Saskatchewan, believes she is innocent as well.And they’ve loaded up a van and are making the long trip to the city for her hearing.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img

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NSA Ajit Doval blamed BJP govt for Masood Azhar’s release, claims Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: Training its guns on India’s NSA, the Congress on Tuesday cited a 2010 interview of Ajit Doval to claim that he blamed the BJP government for JeM chief Masood Azhar’s release in the IC-814 hijacking episode while Rahul Gandhi alleged that he “escorted” the terrorist to Kandahar in a special aircraft.Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala quoted Doval as saying in an interview to a think-tank that Azhar did know how to fabricate an IED and that he was not a marksman. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The Congress spokesperson said Doval also saluted the real “nationalistic policy” of the Congress-UPA to tackle terror. The Manmohan Singh government came out with a categorical policy on hijacking, stating that there would be no concession and no talks in such cases, Surjewala added. The Congress’ two-pronged attack against the National Security Advisor came a day after the BJP latched on to Gandhi’s reference to the Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief as “Masood Azhar ji”. Congress dismissed the criticism, accusing the BJP of deliberately twisting Gandhi’s sarcastic comments. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIn an address at a rally in Gandhinagar, Gandhi said, “I want to ask who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood Azhar to Pakistan from Indian jail?” “It was the BJP government that put Masood Azhar on a special aircraft, gave him money, and sent him to Kandahar. Narendra Modi ji, your National Security Advisor Ajit Doval went to Kandahar in the aircraft with Masood Azhar as an escort,” Gandhi said. “Tell the people that it was your government that had sent Masood Azhar to Pakistan. Who had caught Masood Azhar? The Congress party had done it, and put him in jail,” Gandhi said. Azhar and two other terrorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were released from an Indian prison in 1999 by the then BJP-led government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in exchange for the passengers held hostage on board IC-814 flight hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan. Then foreign minister Jaswant Singh accompanied Azhar in a special aircraft and Doval, then a top IB official, was in Kandahar as part of India’s negotiating team when the terrorists were handed over. “Modi government’s NSA, Ajit Doval, ‘spills the beans’ and indicts BJP government in release of terrorist, Masood Azhar. Doval said (in the interview), ‘Releasing Masood Azhar was a political decision’,” Surjewala said in a series of tweets. “Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad admit to the anti-national act now,” Surjewala said, using the hashtag ‘BJP Loves Terrorists’. He also attached a link of Doval’s 2010 interview with the tweets. “Modi government’s NSA, Ajit Doval’s ‘clean chit certificate’ to terrorist, Masood Azhar revealed,” he said.last_img read more

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Chandrababu meets Mamata to discuss post-poll prospects

first_imgKolkata/New Delhi: Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu met Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee at the latter’s residence in South Kolkata’s Kalighat on Monday evening to discuss the prospects of the post-poll alliance.However, neither of them spoke to the media following the around 45-minute-long meeting. Naidu arrived at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at 5 pm and drove down to Banerjee’s residence. A closed-door meeting was held between the two. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Abhishek Banerjee, TMC Youth Congress president and Mayor Firhad Hakim were present. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIt was Banerjee who had brought the leaders of various political parties under the banner of the United India. On July 21, 2018, she had raised the slogan ‘Come 2019 and BJP will be finished’. From the dais of the meeting which was held to remember the martyrs, Banerjee announced that a grand rally would be held at the Brigade Parade Ground on January 19, 2019. Leaders of 23 political parties took part in the mega rally and Naidu was among the first group of leaders who had supported the formation of the United India to counter the BJP. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsOn his invitation, Banerjee had addressed an election rally to support TDP candidate at Visakhapatnam. In response to Banerjee’s call, Naidu came to Kharagpur and addressed an election rally. Earlier, he came to support Banerjee when she was on a dharna to protest against the high-handedness of the Centre when CBI officials had raided the house of Rajeev Kumar, former Commissioner of Kolkata Police without any warrant. Other regional leaders echoed similar views on Monday. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said there is no need to rely on “speculations based on speculation”. Rejecting the exit polls as a “fraud”, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they are simply compulsions of the market purveyed through a different name. Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami made light of the exit polls. DMK President M K Stalin said he does not take the projections seriously and would wait for three days to know the people’s mandate.last_img read more

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UN relief efforts continue in floodhit Pakistan as scope of disaster comes

4 August 2010The number of people uprooted by the worst floods Pakistan has witnessed in decades continues to rise as the scale of the disaster becomes better understood, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dispatched an envoy to the region to help spur momentum for relief efforts. The flooding, triggered by monsoonal rains, has already claimed an estimated 1,400 lives and wreaked havoc in neighbouring eastern Afghanistan as well. A rapid assessment of the situation in Pakistan has found that nearly one million people have been displaced by flooding in Nowshera, Charsadda, Mardan and Peshawar, four districts in the hard-hit province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Nearly 100,000 homes have been destroyed in these districts, while some 50,000 others have sustained damage. Nowshera alone is home to over 650,000 affected people, while in some parts of Charsadda, the waters have destroyed all crops. While figures for other districts and provinces are not available yet, it is estimated that up to 2 or 3 million more people could have been forced to leave their homes by the rains and flood waters. Those affected urgently need emergency aid, especially food, clean drinking water, tents and medical services, OCHA reported, adding that tens of thousands of people have sought shelter and assistance at schools, football stadiums and other public buildings. It also reported that relief efforts are picking up pace, with the UN continuing to rush relief to the flood victims. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing safe drinking water for some 500,000 people in KPK, and has set up 24 medical camps with its partners to reach 1 million people. As of yesterday, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) had distributed food to more than 40,000 people in four districts and plans to expand its operations to other districts shortly, expecting to feed 250,000 people by the end of the week. For its part, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distributed some 10,000 tents and other supplies and is aiming to initially reach at least 250,000 of the most vulnerable flood victims with blankets, shelter and other items. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has provided enough diarrhoea treatment kits, health kits and emergency medicine for 200,000 for one month, while the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided 2,500 medical consultations as well as supplies. OCHA cautioned that this is only the start of the monsoon season, with rains expected to continue into early next month. The situation in areas already affected by flooding, it warned, could worsen, while new areas may also be inundated. Jean-Maurice Ripert, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan, is due to arrive tomorrow in the country, where he will join the UN Country Team already taking part in relief operations. Mr. Ripert will joint assess the situation on the ground with the UN team and Pakistani agencies. “The Special Envoy, along with the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator, will help mobilise support from the international community to assist the Government of Pakistan in addressing the urgent, immediate needs of the population in the affected areas and in planning for the early recovery and reconstruction period,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Mr. Ripert, formerly France’s Ambassador to the UN, was appointed Special Envoy last August and was tasked with promoting a “strategic, coherent and comprehensive approach to supporting the humanitarian, recovery and reconstruction needs of crisis-affected areas” in concert with the Pakistani Government and international partners. read more

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Belarus UN voices concern at sentencing of leading human rights defender

29 November 2011The United Nations today voiced disappointment at the sentencing of a leading human rights defender in Belarus, and called on the authorities to immediately release all political opponents, activists and journalists jailed for exercising their rights. Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to four and a half years in prison last week, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“We are concerned that it will have a negative impact on the ability of civil society to operate freely and without fear,” OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva, referring to the sentencing.“The harsh sentence on charges of tax evasion comes as arrests, interrogation, office raids, confiscation and other forms of intimidation have stifled the space for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Belarus,” she added.OHCHR noted that the National Assembly of Belarus has also recently approved measures further restricting freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression in the country.Last week several UN human rights experts spoke out against the new measures, warning that they could worsen the “current climate of fear and intimidation” in the Eastern European nation.Under the new laws, organizing public assemblies without the prior and explicit consent of the authorities is a criminal offense, and organizers also face reporting liabilities regarding the financial resources used for any assemblies. Public calls for initiating assemblies and disseminating information – including through social media platforms – about assemblies without permission is also banned.In addition, NGOs are prohibited from storing funds in banks on foreign territory, and receiving foreign grants or donations could also be a criminal offense in some circumstances.“We reiterate our call to the authorities in Belarus to immediately and unconditionally release all political opponents, activists and journalists jailed for exercising their fundamental human rights, and to put an end to political and administrative measures designed to harass human rights defenders,” stated Ms. Shamdasani. read more

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Supercrawl goes out with a bang

Supercrawl went out with a bang Sunday. Three days of music, art, fashion and food on James St North in Hamilton wrapped up just after 6 o’oclock Sunday evening with record breaking crowds hitting the streets.Holly Pocsai, co-owner of boutique White Elephant has seen the Supercrawl really bring the neighbourhood together.“More and more stores are opening up, which is great, more and more businesses, restaurants. So there’s a lot more street traffic day-to day and people can see how vibrant the life is down here and it just organically grows like that.”Supercrawl started six years ago as a way to showcase the uniqueness and the character of the James St North neighbourhood. The first year about 3000 people attended. Last year a 100,000 people turned up. This year, that number was surpassed almost the first night.Organizer Tim Potocic says it’s filling a void.“There really wasn’t a big urban festival in Hamilton that takes place on the streets and is in a situation where you can do so many multiple things, things on the street, things in retail shops, stages pop up. ”As one festival-goer put it today, there’s only 363 more days until the next Supercrawl.The little festival that grew is clearly here to stay. read more

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Eagles QB Michael Vick Likely Done for Rest of

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is likely done for the remainder of the preseason after being knocked out of his second game in as many weeks.Coach Andy Reid intimated Tuesday that it was unlikely that the three-time Pro Bowler would take another snap prior to the team’s season opener at Cleveland on Sept. 9.“I’m just going to play it by ear,” Reid told reporters following practice. “I’m not going to say anything about where we’re at with that right now.”Vick left Monday night’s win at New England just six plays into the game after being leveled by Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and hurting his ribs. Vick lasted just six plays before injuring his thumb against Pittsburgh the week before.X-Rays taken at the stadium showed no broken bones or fractured cartilage, as were the MRI and CT scan he underwent on Tuesday. Vick, instead, bruised his ribs and the soft tissue surrounding it. He also needed X-Rays on his thumb, which were also negative.Vick, 32, has completed just one full season (2006) over his 11-year NFL career, leading some to question whether he will have to alter his style of play to stay healthy. Rib injuries have sidelined him for three games in each of the past two seasons.Philadelphia, which is expected to be a strong NFC contender this year, plays at Cleveland this Friday before hosting the Jets on Aug. 30 to wrap up the preseason. They’ll likely do so without their star quarterback.Not that Vick couldn’t use the work. He led Philadelphia’s first-team offense to just one first down in the 12 plays he managed over the two preseason games.“If he didn’t play again (in the preseason), then he’d be OK,” Reid said. “I would tell you I’d probably like to see him play a little bit more, but he’s got enough experience. We’re not talking about a rookie. I think he’ll probably be OK.”Rookie Nick Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, is the Eagles’ No. 2 quarterback. read more

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Gunmen invade Georgetown business assault and rob owner

Businessman and owner of the GT Shop, Greg Terborg was earlier on Saturday assaulted and robbed in excess of $500,000 after his Winter Place, Stabroek establishment was invaded by two bandits, one reportedly armed with a handgun.Based on information received, Terborg was robbed of a gold chain valued $140,000, $5000 cash and a quantity of clothing valued $400,000 by the two bandits who pretended to be customers.One was described as short, while the other was described as tall.This publication understands that after entering the store at around 13:00h, one of the robbers held the businessman at gunpoint and ordered him to lie on the floor. In fear the victim reportedly compiled.However, as Terborg was lying on the floor, one of the bandits reportedly assaulted him, while the other relived him of his jewellery and clothing in the store.The duo then made good their escape in a southern direction on Winter Place on foot.The matter was reported to the police, who are currently investigating.The businessman’s establishment was recently featured in one of the local dailies where he reported that the entity was opened in May of this year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTucville businessman held at gunpoint by duo, robbed of cash, valuablesJune 13, 2018In “Crime”Bandits invade kuru kururu home, assault family before escapingJune 30, 2018In “Crime”Armed bandits rob Poultry business at LeonoraFebruary 23, 2017In “Crime” read more

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CID ranks benefit from training in forensic science

Senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force posed with beneficiaries of the training program on MondayRanks of the Crime Scene Investigation Department benefitted from a six-week training programme at the Officers’ Training Center in the field of photographic, fingerprint and crime scene investigation.Forensic Science is a field forever evolving and advancing and as such, new techniques and equipment are constantly being developed to assist the law enforcement officer with the challenges of “every scene, every time” concept.The first module (photography) catered for the creation of crime scene photography, also commonly referred to as a forensic photographer or an evidence photographer.The second module (Fingerprint) focused on creating fingerprint technicians who are responsible for identifying, developing, collecting, preserving, and evaluating prints (fingerprint, palm prints and footprints) as part of a crime scene investigation and submitting fingerprints to be compared with the fingerprint databases.Finally, the third module (Crime Scene) was centered on the reasons for most crime scene investigations failures and looking at fixing one of the main issues of inadequate crime scene processing.Delivering the feature address was Deputy Commissioner “Law Enforcement” Lyndon Alves who indicated that honesty should be first and corruption should never be etched on any rank’s mind.The Crime Chief posited that every member of the public should be treated with respect, equality and natural justice should always prevail. Training does not stop at this juncture but continues on the job.Alves mentioned that technology is now more important than ever “we must move away from the “big stick” method and now rely on technology.All the participants were provided with vital information so that they can produce quality work in this department.The program highlighted the correct procedures to be followed in crime scene investigations and the participants were taught how to analyze unforeseen situations that can come up on scenes, and including how they could be solved in an intelligent way. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwenty three graduate from CID courseAugust 22, 2015In “Business”Police ranks receive training in investigating violent crimesFebruary 28, 2019In “Crime”Finally! …Forensic lab to begin DNA testingJune 27, 2019In “Crime” read more

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