Arunachal Pradesh plans fixed-wing flight service to Mechuka, closest to China border

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first_imgArunachal Pradesh will be inviting bids for a fixed-wing flight service to Mechuka, a small town in West Siang district ,with an advance landing ground (ALG) that is closest to the border with China.Also spelt Menchuka, the Buddhist-dominated Mechuka is perched 6,200 feet above sea level in the Eastern Himalayas and at an aerial distance of 29 km from the nearest point on the India-China border.“We would soon be floating a tender for operating nine-seater flights between Mechuka and Guwahati or Dibrugarh [Assam] or both. We did invite bids some time ago, but had to go for re-tendering because there was only one bidder,” Pasang Dorjee Sona, the frontier State’s honorary parliamentary secretary for tourism, told The Hindu at an event on infrastructure development in Guwahati on Monday.Fit for bigger flightsThe landing strip at Mechuka’s ALG, one of six the Defence Ministry had reconstructed, expanded and made operational by April last year, is 4,200 feet long. The Indian Air Force (IAF) controls this ALG as well as the other five – Tuting, Aalo, Pasighat, Vijaynagar and Ziro.In November 2016, the IAF successfully landed a C-17 Globemaster, a large military cargo aircraft that normally needs a longer runway at sea level, at Mechuka.“We want to test the waters with a smaller aircraft initially for a once-a-week flight. The frequency and size of fixed-wing aircraft can be increased depending on the response the service receives from tourists,” Mr. Sona, who represents the Mechuka Assembly constituency, said.The nine-seater flight service, to be handled by the State’s Civil Aviation department, is not part of New Delhi’s Udey Desh ka Aam Naagrik or UDAN scheme for regional connectivity.There is a twice-a-week helicopter service between Mechuka and Naharlagun, a commercial helipad near State capital Itanagar. But this service on Mondays and Saturdays is erratic because of unpredictable weather.Fixed-wing flights are considered better for negotiating cloudy and rainy conditions at high altitudes than helicopters.Mountain bikingMechuka is about 190 km north west of West Siang district headquarters Aalo. The road has not been in the best of shape, but the State government claims it will benefit from the 1,559 km Trans-Arunachal Highway (from Tawang in north-west to Kanubari in south-east) and branch projects.The difficulty in reaching Mechuka terrestrially, however, has been a boon in disguise for mountain terrain biking (MTB), Mr. Sona said.“MTB enthusiasts from all over have certified a 700 km stretch from Mechuka to Itanagar as the best track for mountain biking. We are focusing on this and other adventure sports such as white- water rafting in a big way,” Mr. Sona said.last_img read more

Odisha budget pegged at ₹1.39 lakh crore; focus on agriculture

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first_imgThe Odisha government presented a ₹1,39,000 crore budget for 2019-20 in the State Assembly on Friday with focus on agriculture, poverty reduction, rural development and empowerment of women and youth.Presenting the budget, State Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari said the outlay is proposed to be financed through revenue receipts of ₹1,15,266 crore and borrowing and other receipts of ₹23,734 crore.Mr. Pujari presented the budget in two parts – first as agriculture budget and the second as general budget. The proposed agriculture budget, with an outlay of ₹20,714 crore, is about three times the size of the first agriculture budget presented in 2013-14.A sum of ₹5,611 crore has been proposed for the KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme to provide financial support to about 75 lakh farmer families.‘Lifeline of economy’“Agriculture remains the lifeline of our economy, contributing to our food security and providing livelihood to the vast majority of our people,” said Mr. Pujari while presenting the agriculture budget.More than 400 suggestions were received from people and these were carefully considered while preparing the budget, Mr. Pujari saidStating that the budget focuses on boosting agriculture production and productivity in other sectors, Mr. Pujari said restoration work in the districts affected by Cyclone Fani and creation of disaster-resilient physical assets would be the government’s priority.“With substantial increase in investment in infrastructure we intend to increase economic activities and attract manufacturing and service industries especially in the MSME sector,” he said.Observing that education and skills were the key drivers of human development and enablers of employment and livelihood, the Finance Minister proposed an allocation of ₹19,492 crore for the sector.Mr. Pujari also announced that the total budgetary allocation for the State’s Health and Family Welfare Department has been increased by 10% to ₹6,828 crore in 2019-20.Paperless budgetingAs a green initiative, the government this year reduced physical printing of budget documents from 500 sets to 200 sets and would distribute the budget documents in electronic form to stakeholders.“Overall, it’s a pro-farmer, pro-women, pro-poor and growth-oriented budget,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reacting to the budget.last_img read more

Book review: ‘Elsewhere: Unusual Takes on India’

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first_imgElsewhere: Unusual Takes on IndiaEd by Kai Friese Penguin Price: Rs 250The head honcho at Penguin India confessed to me a couple of years ago that it was house policy not to publish any material that had already seen the light of day in a newspaper, book or magazine. The,Elsewhere: Unusual Takes on IndiaEd by Kai Friese Penguin Price: Rs 250The head honcho at Penguin India confessed to me a couple of years ago that it was house policy not to publish any material that had already seen the light of day in a newspaper, book or magazine. The arrival of Elsewhere, therefore, gave me a bit of a turn since the 20 essays in it have already appeared in The India Magazine between 1996 and 1998, when Kai Friese was the magazine’s editor.One is relieved that Penguin has had a change of heart on what it ought to publish, else these extraordinary nuggets might never have been blessed with a second coming. The India Magazine silently slipped away into oblivion some years ago, not obviously for the material it printed.In his introduction, Friese asserts his sole responsibility lay in providing the current publishers with what he thought was the best writing of his editorial stint with the magazine. He has chosen shrewdly. Much is written about inscrutable India and the nightmare of attempting to pigeonhole its diversity into neat subheads.These authors have their quills unerringly on the pulse of the country and can fathom “the grain of daily life, its pleasures and perils”. “The House on Debendra Ghose Road” is a fine chronicle of a few hours spent through “the arena of privileged domesticity and sexuality” within an ancient and venerable mansion, in the company of three elderly gentlemen on a hot April morning.Mobile mobility: The book captures the many dynamics of IndiaAmit Chaudhuri is a master of language and at moments quite surpasses Charles Lamb, whom he undoubtedly read at Balliol. An Englishman is found with his throat slit in a hotel in Goa. The author is given the task by the victim’s policemanbrother of bringing the culprits to book.In a riveting expose, Bishakha Datta converts subtly from sniffing bloodhound to rationalist patriot, indifferent in the end to “The Death of a Tourist”, since “all conventional signposts of morality have dissolved into a landscape of greys where there is no right, no wrong, no good, no bad, no truth, no lies”.advertisementBut gore and nostalgia aside, my favourite pieces include Pankaj Mishra’s evocative reportage of Sonia Gandhi’s fumbling foray into politics while campaigning in Goa (“Among the Believers”) where, in the finest traditions of Italian soap opera, “a middle-class woman from near Torino tries to rescue India’s oldest political party from extinction”; and Manjula Padmanabhan’s “Transports of Delight”, where the wicked three-wheeled scooter rickshaw is lyrically immortalised, both in prose and illustration.I reserve the laurel, however, for Anita Roy, who with brevity of space and stiletto sharp wit has portrayed the “nouveau Rajas and their dishevelled, bored, expat Maharani-manqus”, former inhabitants of middle-class Wimbledon who domicile temporarily in diplomatic postings amongst sweaty natives, subsuming their overt racism in “the sweet cloud of white meringue” on the high commissioner’s immaculately manicured lawns.”All Indians are ch—yas,” says a CBI official to the investigative journalist in “Tourist”. Perhaps, but the 20 essays show us up to be a marvellously diverse people, unfazed by poverty and squalor, sporting the will to survive against all odds and overcome in the end. Vive le difference!last_img read more

PBA is here to help its players on and off court, says Willie Marcial

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first_imgPBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Call it revolutionary or not but the PBA took a step in helping players not only take care of their physical bodies but also their mental health.During the league’ Players’ Orientation Friday at Meralco Theater, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said his office opened its doors to any player in the league who wants to have an avenue in regards to maintaining his mental health.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Marcial said the league’s motto for the 2019-2020 season of “Laban kung laban” isn’t just about basketball but also about the whole well-being of the players.“Our theme ‘Laban kung laban’ isn’t just about basketball, this also pertains to your studies, whatever you’re going through your life, even in your love life,” said Marcial in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We will fight with you when you’re depressed so that theme also applies to the players’ mental health.”Marcial added that the Players’ Orientation wasn’t just for the athletes’ education on handling finances and making sure their future is in good shape, it’s also about presenting themselves to the public especially to the younger generation that look up to them. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Now FEU’s No. 2, Lycha Ebon channels inner Bernadeth Pons to lead team to victory “For me it’s a big thing for players to present themselves well in public because they’re essentially role models for the younger generation,” said Marcial.The Players’ Orientation was technically a crash course for the league’s athletes in how to dress in public and how to handle their finances once their playing days are over.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

RCB face KXIP in another test of character

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first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Having notched up a morale-boosting win over Delhi Daredevils without some of their star players, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) face another test of character when they face Kings XI Punjab in their third IPL match here tomorrow.RCB began their campaign without skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli as well as another key player A B de Villiers due to injuries and lost their opening match against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.RCB have also lost India batsman Lokesh Rahul for the entire tournament owing to an injury and the talented Sarfaraz Khan will most likely be unavailable for the season after hurting himself on the field during a practice match.Kohli is almost certain to miss tomorrow’s match as there has not been any word on his status since the BCCI’s advisory on April 2 which said that his fitness will be assessed in the second week of this month.Explosive South African batsman de Villiers is once again a doubtful starter for and in his absence Shane Watson would continue to lead the side as an interim captain.Watson had marshalled his bowling resources well in RCB’s 15-run win over Delhi at home, himself taking one wicket and bowling economically by conceding just 21 runs from his quota of four overs.Watson choked Delhi’s Amit Mishra for runs at the closing stages of the match and that contributed to RCB’s first win of the tournament. He also contributed a run-a-ball 24, the second highest score, in RCB’s total of 157 for 8.Billy Stanlake and Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed two wickets apiece but it was Pawan Negi, picked by Watson to bowl the final over, who did the trick for RCB by dismissing Rishabh Pant, the only Delhi batsman who could have won the match for his side.On the batting front, RCB surely missed Kohli and de Villiers though Kedar Jadhav once again showed his utility by smashing a 37-ball 69 to single-handedly take his side to 157 for 8. ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle failed to get going as he scored just 6 yesterday after his 32 in RCB’s first match.Kings XI Punjab will come into tomorrow’s match with a lot of confidence after a comfortable victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening match.Australian Glenn Maxwell led from the front with a quickfire 44 off just 20 balls to chase down the target with six balls to spare.Maxwell was making his captaincy debut in the match against RPS and he would look to continue against RCB tomorrow also at the Holkar Stadium which is KXIP’s second home venue along with Mohali.Though they have retained their core group, Kings XI bought eight players in the IPL auction including well known names like Morgan, Darren Sammy, Martin Guptill and Varun Aaron.The KXIP squad has been training at the Holkar Stadium for about 10 days now and should be well-versed with the conditions.The team was dealt a blow in the run up to the IPL when senior batsman Murali Vijay was ruled due to an injury. Pacer Ishant Sharma, who went unsold in the auction, was named Vijay’s replacement.TeamsRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Shane Watson (capt), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Adam Milne, Iqbal Abdulla, Samuel Badree, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (capt), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma. IPL 2017 COMMENT April 09, 2017 Published on Kings XI Punjab will come into tomorrow’s match with a lot of confidence after a comfortable victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening match. File Photo   –  The Hindu The KXIP squad has been training at the Holkar Stadium for about 10 days now and should be well-versed with the conditions × SHARE Kings XI Punjab will come into tomorrow’s match with a lot of confidence after a comfortable victory over Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening match. File Photo   –  The Hindu cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

Cubs Pound Cardinals 13-5 for 7th Straight Win

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first_imgCHICAGO — Kris Bryant hit his fourth career grand slam in Chicago’s six-run eighth inning and the Cubs pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 13-5 on Sunday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote each drove in two runs, helping the Cubs leapfrog the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central. Ben Zobrist had two hits and made two nice plays in left field as Chicago completed its first three-game sweep of St. Louis since September 2017.Since opening the season with eight losses in 11 games, the Cubs have been on a roll. They have won 16 of 20 for the first time since they went 16-4 in August 2016.The crowd of 36,499 chanted “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” after Bryant connected with two outs in the eighth, belting a drive to center off Dominic Leone for his fourth homer.Chicago Cubs’ Ben Zobrist celebrates with Kris Bryant after they scored on a two-run double by Anthony Rizzo during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna homered in the ninth inning for St. Louis, which lost its season-high fourth straight game. Adam Wainwright (3-3) allowed five runs and five hits in five innings, dropping to 11-4 in 26 career games at Wrigley Field.The Cardinals got at least one hit in seven innings, but left nine runners on base. José Quintana (4-1) also received some help from his defense.Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Contreras threw out Paul Goldschmidt attempting to steal second in the first. Zobrist cut down Matt Carpenter trying to go from first to third on Goldschmidt’s one-out single in the third, then made a diving grab to rob Yadier Molina of a hit with a runner on first in the fourth.Contreras’ ninth homer helped Chicago build a 3-0 lead. St. Louis pulled within one on Molina’s two-run double in the sixth, but Kolten Wong left runners on the corners when he bounced out on Quintana’s 103rd and final pitch.The Cubs poured it on with 10 runs in their last three at-bats. Rizzo doubled in two runs and Contreras added an RBI single in the sixth. Zobrist singled home Albert Almora Jr. in the seventh, and Bote and Almora each doubled in a run before Bryant went deep in the eighth.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: RHP Carlos Martínez (shoulder) pitched a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance with Class A Peoria. Martínez is expected to work out of the bullpen when he returns to the majors.Cubs: 2B Daniel Descalso (sore left ankle) was out of the starting lineup. He was scheduled to see a doctor, and manager Joe Maddon thought Descalso might be available off the bench. Descalso got hurt during Saturday’s 6-5 win. … C Victor Caratini took batting practice on the field for the first time since he had surgery last month to repair a broken bone in his left hand. … LHP Xavier Cedeño (left wrist inflammation) got one out and allowed two hits in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa. He is expected to pitch for Iowa again on Monday.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (3-2, 4.73 ERA) gets the ball when St. Louis opens a seven-game homestand with the first of three against Philadelphia on Monday night. Mikolas pitched six crisp innings in a 5-1 win at Washington on Wednesday night. RHP Vince Velasquez (1-1, 2.73 ERA) starts for the Phillies.Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.19 ERA) pitches Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Miami. Hamels is coming off consecutive no-decisions against the Dodgers and Mariners, issuing nine walks in 10 2/3 innings. RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.86) starts for the last-place Marlins.By: Jay Cohen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Province to Make 40 Per Cent Renewable Target Law

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first_imgAccess to cleaner, more secure energy at stable prices for Nova Scotians is the goal of the Clean Energy Act introduced in the legislature today, April 8, by Energy Minister Charlie Parker. The amendment would confirm hydro-electricity from the Lower Churchill project in Labrador as an eligible resource for meeting Nova Scotia’s ambitious renewable electricity targets. The amendment will allow regulations to be developed to make the goal of 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 a firm legal requirement. “Nova Scotians can be proud to be part of one of the most aggressive renewable electricity transformations in the world,” said Mr. Parker. “We have said all along that we aspire to the goal of 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 and the Lower Churchill project gives us the certainty we need to make it law.” The government released its Renewable Electricity Plan in April 2010, which outlined a regulated target of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015, and set a goal of 40 per cent by 2020. “The Lower Churchill project is a boost to our renewable electricity plans in two ways,” said Mr. Parker. “It is a direct source of clean energy and also allows us to develop more of our own renewable resources such as wind and tidal energy.” Hydro-electricity is a perfect back-up for intermittent sources such as wind and tidal energy, as it can be turned on and off as required. In November 2010, Nalcor Energy of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, announced their agreement to develop the Muskrat Falls portion of the Lower Churchill hydro resource in Labrador. In return for a 20 per cent investment in the project, Nova Scotia will receive 170 megawatts annually of firm and flexible hydro-electricity for 35 years, with an option for an additional 330 megawatts. The electricity will travel through Labrador and Newfoundland and into Nova Scotia through a 180-kilometre sub-sea cable to be called the Maritime Link. When the Lower Churchill project begins to produce and distribute power in 2017, it will fulfill eight to 10 per cent of Nova Scotia’s total power needs, comprising about one quarter of the 40 per cent target. Lower Churchill and other regional renewable energy projects will provide economic benefits to the Atlantic region, and is consistent with the new regional approach to energy through initiatives such as the Atlantic Energy Gateway. The province’s Renewable Electricity Plan, as well as the legislative amendments, are available at www.gov.ns.ca/energy .last_img read more

Audit Program to Ensure Procurement Fairness

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first_imgGovernment will increase oversight of its procurement process by creating a new internal audit program. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis announced today, Sept. 30, government will take greater efforts to ensure the best purchasing decisions are being made and that the public’s confidence in the procurement process remains high. “Government does hundreds of millions of dollars of business each year through the purchase of goods, services and construction. This program is another way we will be ensuring that public dollars are spent wisely,” said Mr. Kousoulis.The Department of Internal Services was formed to help government identify areas where it could work better. Ensuring processes operate as they should is key to that. “As we continue to look at opportunities in shared services there will be an increase in the number of procurement activities. It makes sense to increase audit and compliance to ensure contract commitments made through a comprehensive process are followed, and there is value for taxpayers,” said Mr. Kousoulis. This will help safeguard consistency and fairness, ensuring procurement continues to be effective, competitive and transparent. The auditors, who will be with the province’s Internal Audit Centre, will report to an audit committee.last_img read more

Bengal best in the country at bank lending in MSME Amit Mitra

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first_imgKolkata: State Finance and MSME minister Amit Mitra said on Tuesday that the state is ranked first in the country when it comes to bank lending in the MSME sector.”Bengal is top in the country when it comes to bank lending in MSME. In 2018-19 the MSME bank lending has been to the tune of Rs 56,458 crore. In 2017-18 this was Rs 44,049 crore,” Mitra said in response to a query from Trinamool Congress MLA Samir Kumar Jana at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra said since the present government assumed power for the first time in 2011, it has set targets in all State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meetings and through constant monitoring has ensured smooth lending in the MSME sector. “In 2010-11, the lending in MSME was only Rs 7,236 crore, which we have increased eight times in 2018-19,” he added. Speaking about the various steps taken by the state in MSME, Mitra said that it has taken the initiative for holding MSME synergies across the state. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Business clusters have increased from 49 in 2011 to 520 in 2018. The first MSME conclave in Bengal was held in 2018 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre this year, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 4,500 craftsmen like weavers, handicraftsmen etc. spread across the state took part in the conclave. “We have arranged training for skill enhancement and creating infrastructure for marketing products manufactured by the craftsmen,” Mitra maintained. He informed the House that the state is coming up with Asia’s first ‘Integrated Leather Complex’ at Bantala, the completion of which would generate 5 lakh jobs in near future. According to Mitra, several MSME projects are coming up at Howrah, which will also employ a good number of people in the state.last_img read more

Canada imposes sanctions on some Nicaraguan govt members for human rights abuses

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first_imgOTTAWA — Canada says it is imposing sanctions against key members of the Nicaraguan government for what it calls gross and systematic human rights violations.Global Affairs Canada says the sanctions are in response to a systematic campaign of repression and state-sponsored violence against public protests and the activities of opposition groups.The measures include asset freezes and dealings prohibitions with nine members of the Nicaraguan government, including Gustavo Eduardo Porras Cortes, president of the Nicaraguan National Assembly.Global Affairs says the human rights violations include violating the right to life, security, free speech and free assembly.It says there have also been well-documented reports of extrajudicial killings, torture and abuse of protesters.Global Affairs says it is taking the action in co-ordination with the United States.“The Government of Nicaragua must be held accountable for its action and must bring an end to the current crisis through real dialogue with opposition groups,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday in a release.“Canada will continue to stand with the people of Nicaragua and their legitimate demands for democracy and accountability.”In Washington, the U.S. government said it was taking action against Nicaraguan government officials who persecute Nicaraguan citizens exercising their fundamental freedoms.“The Government of Nicaragua continues to violate the human rights of the Nicaraguan people, implementing exploitive and violent laws and holding hundreds of people as political prisoners,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “The United States is sending an unequivocal message to President Ortega and his inner circle: we stand with the Nicaraguan people on their calls for reform and a return to democracy.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

EU steps up Aid for Nigeria Niger Cameroon as Humanitarian Crisis

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Brussels – The European Commission (EC) announced Thursday an additional €12.5 million in humanitarian aid to support people in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as they face a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.Today’s additional emergency assistance will help vulnerable populations in the Lake Chad region. €9 million will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2 million in Cameroon and €1.5 million in Niger.The new funding comes as violence by the terrorist group Boko Haram from northern Nigeria has severely destabilised the Lake Chad region, causing the displacement of millions of people. “This additional EU funding will focus on emergency assistance, primarily in the areas of food and nutrition, water and sanitation, and health. All efforts should be made to ensure that humanitarian organisations can safely reach those who need urgent help,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.The EU aid announced today comes on top of the €58 million previously allocated to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, bringing overall EU humanitarian aid to over €70 million for the region in 2016. read more

Joint opposition meets CB chief on treasury bond scam

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The joint opposition had talks today with Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy and discussed the alleged treasury bond scam.Opposition Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardena said that Coomaraswamy was told that there was an unacceptable delay in taking action against those accused in the treasury bond scam. Gunawardena also said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was being falsely accused in the whole scam through a gazette notice. “We want to tell the country there is an attempt to cover up this whole scam,” he said.The joint opposition says it also informed the Governor it was not satisfied with the progress of the internal investigations being conducted by the Central Bank on the scam. According to Gunawardena the Central Bank Governor had said there was no connection between Rajapaksa and the former President. “The Governor said he hopes to complete the investigations in one month,” Gunawardena said.Gunawardena said the joint opposition hopes to submit information it has to the Presidential commission investigating the scam. (Colombo Gazette) read more

By The Numbers RBCs firstquarter profit flat yearoveryear raises dividend

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by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 4:37 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By The Numbers: RBC’s first-quarter profit flat year-over-year; raises dividend TORONTO – Royal Bank’s first quarter profit was flat from a year ago and down six per cent from the previous quarter, as higher earnings from its wealth management and personal and commercial banking divisions were offset by weaker results in insurance and capital markets.Here are some key figures on the bank’s results:— Net income was $2.45 billion for the quarter, flat compared to the same period last year.— The earnings amounted to $1.58 per diluted share, down seven cents from $1.65 per diluted share a year ago.— Quarterly revenue was $9.36 billion, down roughly three per cent from the $9.64 billion of revenue the bank reported during the same period last year.— RBC boosted its quarterly dividend by three per cent, or two cents per share, to 81 cents per share. read more

Eastern Ukraine conflict continues to take heavy toll on civilians UN report

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“Further prolongation of this crisis will make the situation untenable for the millions of people whose daily lives have been seriously disrupted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement from his Office on the release of the report.“For almost half a year, residents of the areas affected by the armed conflict have been deprived of their fundamental rights to education, to adequate healthcare, to housing and to opportunities to earn a living.” The 6th monthly report of the 35-strong UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine covers the period from 18 August to 16 September. It notes that between 24 August and 5 September, armed groups of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ were bolstered by an increasing number of foreign fighters, including citizens believed to be from Russia.The report also found that while there has been an absence of large-scale offensive actions since the ceasefire was announced on 5 September, in some areas, artillery, tank and small arms exchanges have continued on an almost daily basis. Armed groups also destroyed housing and seized property. There have also been continued allegations of human rights violations committed by some volunteer battalions under Government control. From mid-April to 6 October, at least 3,660 people were killed and 8,756 wounded in eastern Ukraine. Since the ceasefire began, between 6 September and 6 October, at least 331 fatalities were recorded, although some of the individuals may have been killed prior to the ceasefire, with the data only recorded later.Between 24 August and 5 September, there was also a sharp increase in detentions by the armed groups, and there were alarming reports of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, including mock executions and sexual violence. There were also reports of ill-treatment of those detained by Ukrainian armed forces and police. “With the shift in control of territory during the reporting period between Government forces and the armed groups, the risk of reprisals against individuals for collaborating with ‘the enemy’ or for such perceived collaboration has increased,” the report notes. High Commissioner Zeid stressed that all violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law must be scrupulously investigated and prosecuted, including the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, killings, allegations of sexual violence, the illegal seizure of property and the ill-treatment of detainees. “This is a call for justice, not retribution. All parties must ensure that there are no reprisals for perceived collaboration or affiliation with an opposing camp,” the High Commissioner said, referring to the report’s documentation of increased tensions between residents and IDPs. Meanwhile, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the human rights situation continued to be marked by multiple and ongoing violations, the report notes, including the curtailment of the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, and of religion or belief, and increasing intimidation of Crimean Tatars under the pretext of combating extremism. read more

HBC Nantes open the best chapter of history – Final4 in Cologne

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HBC Nantes wrote the best chapter of club’s history! The team of Thierry Anti is in Cologne for the first time as a part of “BIG 4” of European handball! The Danish Skjern Handbold had no power to make a classy performance which was necessary to beat their French rivals with more than 6 goals (first match 27:33). At the end was 27:27 (12:15) although domestic team had 22:18 20 minutes before the final buzzer.However, Macedonian superstar in Nantes’ jersey called the end of crisis of his team with two goals, which again put visitors in the balance again. Skjern had no real chance to get back into the mood necessary for historical success.Kasper Sondergaard netted eight goals for the home team, while Eduardo Gurbindo netted six for the lucky French team. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Last minute from Skopje… Next Story → THREE FRENCH TEAMS IN COLOGNE: Montpellier Handball for a new reality of European handball HBC Nantesskjern handbold read more

5 real news items that are more like April Fools jokes

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first_imgAsus unveils a smartphone that you shove into a tabletSmartphones are getting bigger, breaching the 6-inch mark, and tablets are getting smaller, shrinking down to a 7-inch size you can almost palm. If the trends continue, the two sizes will meet, and the mobile industry will be hilarious for one shining moment. Perhaps cognizant of this inevitability, Asus tried to alter the industry’s destiny, and created a tablet into which you dock a smartphone. The Padfone Infinity combines the smartphone and tablet into one singular device, though allows you to separate the two should you realize that lugging around a 10.1-inch phone is a bit irritating. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), the Padfone Infinity isn’t Asus’ clever attempt at social commentary on the tech scene, but is an actual product you can go out and purchase.Canonical unleashes Ubuntu Touch for smartphones and tabletsThough Ubuntu is the most prevalent and user-friendly Linux distribution, it’s still Linux, and not the most carefree walk in the park. Rather than spruce up the desktop operating system to give it a better chance against Windows and Mac, Canonical announced it would be launching Ubuntu into the mobile space with Ubuntu Touch. On top of that, the OS would morph into whichever type of device on which it is currently running; on a phone, it would tailor itself to a phone, but on a desktop it would become a fully-fledged desktop OS.If that seemed like wishful thinking for an operating system in which you had to spend a large amount of time mucking about in the terminal, Ubuntu Touch will also allow users to, for example, plug Ubuntu’s phone OS into a TV, then the TV would display Ubuntu’s TV OS. Basically, you’ll be carrying around a little operating system in your pocket that can morph into whatever kind of OS you want, provided you have the proper hardware. No, this isn’t some kind of science fiction future or an educated joke, this is a real thing that’s happening.There are certainly more instances of actual news seeming like well-informed, precisely planned April Fools’ jokes — they happen all the time — but it’s more fun to let everyone figure it out for themselves. April Fools’ 2013 has come and gone, and though the prestigious day was once something the internet handled with aplomb and hilarity, it has now turned into a day of exceedingly ludicrous jokes that you wouldn’t ever believe. What we found more amusing, though, was revisiting news that seemed like it was a joke at the time, but ended up being real. So, instead of recapping April Fools’ jokes, we felt it’d be fun reminding you just how ludicrous real news can be.Marissa Mayer leaves Google vice presidency to become Yahoo! CEOMarissa Mayer, Google employee extraordinaire, started off with the company way back in 1999 as Google’s 20th employee. She made her internet bones climbing the ranks of the tech giant, having a hand in the design of Google’s iconic search page, and ultimately rising up to become Vice President Search Products and User Experience, as well as VP of Maps, Local, and Location Services. Perhaps bored with helping to propel Google to the big shot status it has today, Mayer left in July of 2012 to assume the rule of President and CEO of Yahoo!, which seems crazy when you say it out loud.BlackBerry rises from near-ashes, relaunching smartphone without keyboardNot content with losing the market that it once pioneered, RIM made some radical changes a few months ago. First, it shed its venerable moniker, RIM — the butt of many hilarious jokes and not-so-hilarious jokes — and assumed the name of its flailing smartphone brand, BlackBerry. If that weren’t enough the newly-named BlackBerry launched a new touchscreen BlackBerry, finally shedding the brand’s iconic tactile keyboard and weird little trackball thing. Not only did RIM rename itself BlackBerry, and not only did the company do this long after opening a “RIM jobs” (haha) section on its website years ago, but they launched a new BlackBerry in 2013. Strange times.Blizzard announces digital CCG based on WoW IPLong before PAX East 2013, Blizzard announced that they’d be showing off a new IP at the con, and that it wasn’t the oft-rumored Project Titan. You might’ve expected some kind of MOBA, as Blizzard was indirectly responsible for the genre, which has since taken off with the help of League of Legends and Heroes of Newerth. You saw the subtitle, Heroes of Warcraft, and you immediately assumed that, yep, it’s a MOBA.A little disappointed that something based on Warcraft wasn’t really a new IP to begin with, you still gave Blizzard the benefit of the doubt because MOBAs are the cool new thing, and Blizzard has some rich lore to infuse into the genre. Then you checked out the gameplay and it turns out it’s a digital card game, based on Warcraft, and you remembered that they already have a real-life card game based on Warcraft. Oddly, Hearthstone isn’t the digital version of that card game, but a new card battler based on the same IP. So, Blizzard’s new IP is based on an old IP and, on top of that, is a digital Warcraft card battler that runs parallel to the company’s tangible Warcraft card battler. Huh?last_img read more

Les caractéristiques du smartphone Samsung SCHI200 en partie dévoilées

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first_imgLes caractéristiques du smartphone Samsung SCH-I200 en partie dévoiléesLes caractéristiques techniques d’un nouveau smartphone Samsung ont fuité en ligne. Non, il ne s’agit pas (encore) du Galaxy SIII !Alors que toutes les attentes semblent focalisées sur l’arrivée prochaine du smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3, quelques informations ont filtré sur la Toile au sujet d’un autre smartphone de la marque : le Samsung SCH-i200, jusqu’ici appelé également Jasper.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Selon le site Pocketnow, ce smartphone devrait être propulsé par un processeur Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 autrement dit un processeur 1.5GHz double-coeur. Ce terminal fonctionnera sous Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Son écran, dont on ne connaît pas encore les dimensions, pourrait afficher en résolution 800 x 400 WVGA. Ce téléphone devrait être proposé à un tarif abordable chez l’opérateur Verizon, aux Etats-Unis. Mais il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si cet appareil sera vendu en Europe par la suite…Le 19 avril 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Parachute crash kills Hyderabad doctor in Kulu

Parachute crash kills Hyderabad doctor in Kulu

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first_imgHyderabad: In a tragic incident, a young doctor from Hyderabad died in Kulu, after the parachute he was gliding failed on Saturday afternoon. Doctor Chandrashekar Reddy, who went for a vacation to Kulu along with three friends on August 7 visited a paragliding centre at Kulu, where the tragedy occurred. The parachute wires were cut off in-between gliding and as a result Chandrashekar fell on ground and died on the spot due to heavy injuries. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us According to the sources, Chandrashekar is a native of Kothapalli village in Nandyal town in Kurnool district. He has been staying with his family in Mohan Nagar of Nagole area, Hyderabad in a rented apartment. He is working as a physiotherapist at Srikara Hospital at ECIL. On Wednesday night, Chandrashekar and his friends, including his house owner’s son Vishal, went to Kulu-Manali on a four-day holiday trip. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us There the trio as part of their trip visited a paragliding centre and Chandrashekar along with a paragliding pilot started flying in the air. All of a sudden wires were cut off and they fell on the ground. Immediately his friends and locals rushed them to a nearby hospital, where doctors examined and declared Chandrashekar was brought dead, while the pilot sustained leg fracture and other injuries.last_img read more

Shopping outside country damaging local businesses

Shopping outside country damaging local businesses

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first_imgSalespersons of Mohammadi Silk House sit idly as there are no customers in the shop at Benarasi Palli, Mirpur, Dhaka on 1 June afternoon. Photo: Shameem RezaMM Alam, an employer at Mohammadi Silk House at the well-known Benarasi Palli in the capital, was aimlessly chatting with other salespersons of the shop. Any other year around this time they would hardly have time to breathe, facing an onrush of customers before the Eid-ul-Fitr.“You can see the situation for yourself,” he told this correspondent on 1 June. “There are no customers.”Forkan Ahmed Pappu, salesman of Roop Mohini, said, “We sold saris and other apparels of Tk 300,000 on an average every day around this time in 2017 but this year it is around Tk 100,000.”Alam blamed exodus of shoppers from Bangladesh, thanks to easy tourist visa for neighbouring India, issued one or two months ahead of the Eid, for this dearth of customers at local shops.“We’ve heard the hotels in Kolkata in India are overflowing with Bangladeshis,” MM Alam said adding that nowadays it has become easy to get an Indian visa with at least one-year validity. More people now go to India ahead of Eid, he observed. The number of Bangladeshis travelling to India ahead of Eid may exceed 100,000, he said.Salespersons of a number of shops of the Benarasi Palli like Roop Mohini, Mohammadi Silk House-2, and Borobazar said the same when this correspondent went to visit this popular hub of local brands of katan, benarasi, chiffon and other finer types of saris.The businessmen alleged that many Bangladeshis go to visit India as tourists bring back much more saris and other clothes than they are legally allowed, without paying duty, thanks to a section of corrupt officials.Salespersons of Roop Mohini in the Benarasi Palli, Mirpur, Dhaka have nothing to do on 1 June afternoon when business should be buzzing. Photo: Shameem Reza“The government must take measures to save local businesses. We are paying duty, doing business legally but if this happens, what can we do?” Alam asked anxiously.The businessmen said the shop owners will pay them their salaries and Eid bonuses only after selling saris.“They [shop owners] will not pay our salaries and bonuses from their own pockets. The government must take measures to save us. Its responsibility is not to public service holders alone,” Borobazar salesperson Md Abdur Rahim pointed out.Benarasi Palli is not the only market in this condition. It is the same in Gausia and other markets in the city, Md Abdur Rahim said.The shopkeepers also blamed local authorities for plunging Benarasi Pall in dire straits.“The City Corporation is not allowing us to place signboards along the three roads leading to the Benarasi Palli. They said hanging such boards will hamper the construction work of Metrorail project,” a shopkeeper said wishing not to disclose his name.“How will the people know the area if they don’t see any signboards?” he asked.last_img read more