Halifax Convention Centre Update

first_imgHalifax Convention Centre today, May 18, provided an update on the progress and preparations for the new facility. To date, the Halifax Convention Centre has booked 50 national and international events, with more than 40,000 visitors that will generate an estimated $59 million in direct spending. “The new convention centre is attracting first-time visitors to Nova Scotia from around the world who will explore our province,” said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of Trade Centre Limited. “We are securing strategic events that will create new opportunities for our local experts to build connections and showcase Nova Scotia’s strengths in business, research and academia.” Highlights of newly booked business include: Designed to incorporate Nova Scotia culture, history, arts and innovation, the interiors of the new convention centre were also unveiled. “It has been our pleasure to work with the Halifax Convention Centre team to build a top quality facility with all of the features a modern convention goer expects,” said Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments Inc. “This convention centre will be competitive with leading facilities across Canada and around the world.” The centre will have 120,000 square feet of event space, including two convention levels and a mix of multi-purpose, meeting and ballroom space. The building will be state-of-the-art and the first smart building in Atlantic Canada. A smart building uses energy efficiency and efficient systems in terms of structure, appliances, electrical systems and plumbing. It is also designed to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED gold standard, a rating system that is recognized as the mark of excellence for green buildings in 150 countries. The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development including a hotel, financial tower and retail space. It is the largest integrated development project yet in the province’s history. The funding of the convention centre is shared between three levels of government, totalling $169.2 million. The number of workers on the Nova Centre site is expected to reach 500 in June, as construction ramps up to focus on interior finishes. The convention centre will begin hosting events in early 2017. 2017 International Conference on Residency Education, 1,500 delegates Canadian Diabetes Association 2018 Professional Conference, 1,750 delegates 2019 Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada Annual Clinical Meeting and Scientific Conference, 500 delegates 2017 KDD Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, 2,300 delegates 2017 International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management, 1,400 delegates last_img read more

Director of Public Prosecutions Issues Directive on PhysicianAssisted Death

first_imgNova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service will not prosecute any physicians or members of a health-care team involved in a physician-assisted death so long as it falls within the scope of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2015 Carter ruling on the issue, Director of Public Prosecutions Martin Herschorn said today, June 16. Mr. Herschorn issued the directive to Crown attorneys across the province. The directive remains in effect until the federal government passes its medical assistance in dying legislation. “We are in an unprecedented situation. In the absence of federal legislation, health-care professionals are concerned and this directive will provide clarity,” said Mr. Herschorn. “Crown attorneys will rely on this directive for guidance to ensure no prosecution of any health-care professional who has acted properly in a physician-assisted death.” The directive recognizes that the work of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other regulated health-care professionals must be protected to ensure the constitutional right of patients wishing assisted death are safeguarded. The Public Prosecution Service consulted with police prior to issuing the directive. “This directive clearly outlines the procedure police agencies in Nova Scotia, including the RCMP, will follow until proper legislation is passed and it was developed with the understanding that the safety and security of Nova Scotians must remain the top priority,” said Chief Peter MacIsaac, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service was the first statutorily-based independent prosecution service in Canada. All prosecutions are the responsibility of the Director of Public Prosecutions. About 45,000 criminal code and 10,000 regulatory offence prosecutions are conducted annually by 90 Crown attorneys across the province. The Public Prosecution Service directive can be found at http://novascotia.ca/pps/publications/ca_manual/Physician-Assisted-Death.pdflast_img read more

Fin des rencontres de la Commission avec le public

first_img groupes de discussion de jeunes et de parents sondages en ligne rencontres avec des enseignants et d’autres groupes et personnes concernés ateliers publics exposés et récits Le rapport final de la commission est attendu à la fin du mois de mars. Plus de 5 000 parents, éducateurs, élèves et autres Néo-Écossais ont participé aux activités de la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation en partageant leurs opinions, leurs idées et leurs histoires avec les membres de la Commission. Dans le cadre de leur recherche, les membres de la Commission se sont aussi rendus dans des écoles de chaque région où ils ont rencontré des enseignants, des administrateurs et des élèves. « Nous sommes ravis du taux de participation et très reconnaissants envers chaque personne qui a participé à la consultation, a déclaré la présidente de la Commission, Sarah Shea. En nous racontant leurs expériences, les Néo-Écossais ont décrit les succès, les défis, les frustrations et les innovations du modèle actuel de l’intégration dans l’éducation. » Quelques thèmes sont ressortis comme étant prioritaires, notamment la nécessité d’aborder le manque de financement, l’affectation des fonds, les ressources, la formation et le perfectionnement. « Nous avons rencontré beaucoup d’éducateurs dévoués, et découvert que des solutions créatives sont mises en place, mais isolément, a déclaré Adéla Njie, représentante du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse au sein de la Commission. Pour améliorer l’intégration dans l’éducation, nous devons connaître les stratégies qui connaissent du succès et d’autres programmes qui ont fait leurs preuves pour être en mesure de répondre, le cas échéant, aux besoins des élèves partout dans la province. » Par-dessus tout, le message d’urgence était clair et net. Les participants ont pressé la Commission d’apporter des changements importants et non de simples corrections ici et là dans le modèle actuel. « Dans toutes nos consultations, les Néo-Écossais nous ont dit de ne pas tenter de résoudre cet énorme problème en apportant seulement quelques modifications, a déclaré Monica Williams, la représentante du gouvernement au sein de la Commission. Il est clair qu’il est nécessaire de reconstruire l’intégration dans l’éducation. Les parents veulent ce qu’il y a de meilleur pour leurs enfants, et les enseignants veulent travailler dans un environnement positif et favorable, axé sur le succès des élèves. » La Commission a consulté les Néo-Écossais entre le 15 décembre et le 30 janvier de différentes façons :last_img read more

One held in connection with Chakdah murder

first_imgKolkata: A person has been arrested on Sunday morning in connection with the BJP worker shot dead at Chakdah in Nadia on Friday. The accused has been identified as Bharat Biswas.On Friday night, the victim identified as Santu Ghosh (22) was spending time with his friends at Goupara in Chakdah, when all of a sudden a few miscreants shot Ghosh and fled. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. According to sources, Ghosh used to be a Trinamool supporter and had joined BJP recently. Before the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, he was seen working for the saffron party. On Friday before Ghosh was shot, Biswas went to meet him. The incident took place after Biswas left. According to police sources, after arresting Biswas sleuths have found a jeans trousers from him, where signs of blood could be traced. Also at the incident spot, a sandal was found on the day of murder which is suspected to belong to Biswas. Sources informed that Biswas has admitted to the crime. Sleuths are trying to know if others are connected with Ghosh’s murder. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaOn Saturday morning, some BJP workers put up a rail block protesting Ghosh’s murder, which disrupted the railway services for a long time. BJP workers also sat on railway tracks at Badkulla and Birnagar in the Kalyani-Ranaghat-Krishnanagar section. As a result, passengers had to face immense harassment. BJP workers also put up a road block on National Highway 34. It was withdrawn following the intervention of senior police officers of the district.last_img read more

KCR offers prayers at Tirupati temple

first_imgTirupati: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao along with his family members offered prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala here on Monday. Chandrashekhar Rao, his wife Shobha Rao and other family members worshipped and participated in various rituals conducted by temple priests. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, and his family members had reached Tirupati in a special aircraft on Sunday evening. After the night halt at Tirumala, they offered prayers. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the hill shrine, welcomed the Telangana Chief Minister. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief prayed at the famous temple for the first time after assuming office as the Chief Minister for the second term in December last year. Interestingly KCR’s visit to the temple in Andhra Pradesh came close on the heels of his bete noire N. Chandrababu Naidu losing power in the state. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations YSR Congress Party of Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, with whom TRS has friendly ties, stormed to power with a landslide victory on Thursday. Though KCR’s party bagged maximum number of Lok Sabha seats (9) in Telangana, the results were disappointing for the party as the BJP made huge inroads winning 4 seats. Congress won 3 seats and TRS ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) one. KCR’s daughter K. Kavitha was defeated in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency and his plans for Federal Front to form a non-BJP and non-Congress government at the Centre were foiled by BJP’s massive victory in the polls. Jagan Mohan Reddy had called on KCR in Hyderabad on Saturday to invite him to attend his swearing-in as the Chief Minister at Vijayawada on May 30. KCR will attend the swearing-in and also pray at Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada.last_img read more

IPL stint was important for Smith Warner says Finch

first_imgBristol: Australian captain Aaron Finch on Friday said the returning Steve Smith and David Warner’s stint in the IPL was important as it helped them adapt faster to international cricket. Both Smith and Warner will use the showpiece to restore their credentials after their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The disgraced duo served 12-month bans following the “sandpaper-gate” incident in the Cape Town Test in March last year. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOn the eve of their tournament opener against Afghanistan, Finch said, “I think when you are a world-class player, you adapt again really quickly and you get up to speed. Having them play in the IPL was really important. “That’s a higher standard of cricket and it just gets you back up to as close to international competition as you can.” The skipper said he also knew they would make a strong comeback. “There was never any issue about how he (Smith) would bounce back, and the same with David. They are both so competitive, they have got great records. There was never any doubt how well they would come back.” Warner is fit to face Afghanistan after recovering from a sore muscle, he said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”David is fine. He will play tomorrow, no doubt about that. We are very close to a starting XI but we are not going to name it yet. Everyone is in contention.” The five-time defending champions are expected to prevail over minnows Afghanistan but Finch is taking nothing for granted. “Afghanistan have turned into a really world-class side at times, they’ve got some of the best bowlers in the world and their batting is improving all the time. You can never take a side like that for granted and if you look back at 2015 we played them at the WACA, which was probably the furthest from their conditions you could probably get,” Finch said. alast_img read more

Air travel to be costlier from July 1 after aviation security fee

first_imgNew Delhi: Air travel will become a bit costlier as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the aviation security fee (ASF) from Rs 130 to Rs 150 for each Indian passenger from July 1 onwards, according to an official document. For international passengers, the ASF will be increased from 3.25 $to 4.85 $from next month, the document stated. “The ASF for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 150 per embarking passenger,” said an Ministry of Civil Aviation order dated June 7. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The ASF for international passengers will be levied at the rate of $4.85 or equivalent Indian rupees per embarking passenger,” the order added. The ASF will be replacing the PSF (SC), which stands of passenger service fee (security component). “The above rates of the ASF will be applicable with effect from 00.01 Hrs of 01.07.2019 and will replace the PSF (SC) which was being charged so far at the rate of Rs 130 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against Indian Rupees and $3.25 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against foreign currency,” the order stated.last_img read more

Barty ends Australias 46year wait for French Open title

first_imgParis: Ashleigh Barty ended Australia’s 46-year wait for a French Open singles title on Saturday by thrashing nervous Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in a one-sided women’s final. Eighth seed Barty got off to a strong start and never looked back, winning 6-1, 6-3 after only 70 minutes to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. The 23-year-old will rise to second in the world behind only Naomi Osaka when the latest rankings are released next week, after becoming the first Australian winner at Roland Garros since Margaret Court won the last of her five trophies in 1973. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunShe will be best-ranked Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976. “It’s unbelievable, I’m a little bit speechless. I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team, it’s been a incredible two weeks,” said Barty. “It’s a special place for Australians here. Sam (Stosur) has done well here before and come so close. It’s been a magical two weeks.” Barty, who famously took a break from tennis to play professional cricket in 2015, struck 27 winners past an opponent riddled with nerves. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upThe 19-year-old Vondrousova saw her bid to become the first teenage Grand Slam champion since Maria Sharapova won the 2006 US Open come to a tame end, as the world number 38 made 22 unforced errors, against a mere 10 winners. “Congratulations to you and your team, you gave me a lesson,” Vondrousova said to Barty at the trophy presentation. “Even though I didn’t get the win today, I’m really happy with everything.” Almost 90 minutes after the match was due to start, the players made their way onto Court Philippe Chatrier, after Dominic Thiem’s thrilling five-set win over Novak Djokovic in the men’s semi-finals forced Barty and Vondrousova to endure a nervous wait. The scheduling had already been criticised on Friday as a sexism row erupted when the women’s semis were moved away from the showpiece Chatrier court. In fact, this was the first match on the premier Roland Garros arena in Vondrousova’s career, although she did have a brief practice session on Saturday morning. The tension got the better of the Czech early on, as she double faulted to gift Barty two break points, before firing long to put her opponent 2-0 ahead. Barty, who also reached the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year, consolidated the break with a confident love hold, leaving Vondrousova firmly on the back foot after only seven minutes of play.last_img read more

Dozen get better than this King Rafa lords over Thiem

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem. The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final. Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe world number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018. Sunday’s triumph confirmed the ‘Big Three’ stranglehold on the Grand Slams having shared the last 10 between them. It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win. In a 53-minute first set of brutal hitting and raw physicality, it was Thiem who broke first for a 3-2 lead. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceBut the 25-year-old’s joy was short-lived as Nadal retrieved the break in the sixth game before racing away with the next three games to pocket the opener. Thiem, who had beaten his opponent four times on clay in his career, failed to claim a single point off Nadal’s first five service games of the second set. However, the dogged Austrian pushed and pushed, forced Nadal into three rushed groundstrokes and, from nowhere, broke to take the second set. It was the first set he had managed to take off Nadal at Roland Garros after three previous defeats. Nadal was riled by the insult. He swept the first 10 points of the third set, carving out a double break for 3-0 before sweeping to a third break for the set. Thiem, bidding to become just Austria’s second Grand Slam champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995, had played four successive days to reach Sunday’s final and the toll was slowly telling. He wasted break points in the first and third games of the fourth set and Nadal pounced to stretch to 3-0. That was soon 5-1 and the relentless barrage continued with Nadal taking the title on a second match point.last_img read more

Avengers dominate MTV Movie TV Awards 2019

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Avengers’ ruled the MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 as Marvel’s latest offering “Endgame” was named the Best Movie with Robert Downey Jr winning the title of Best Hero as IronMan at the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Brolin’s reprisal as supervillain Thanos won him the Best Villain award. In a video message, Downey Jr said winning the award was “kinda unexpected”. “That said it’s been an absolute joy, honour and privilege, etc to play Tony Stark all these years. So I want to say thank you Marvel, Disney, MTV and mostly thank y’all. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography “Maybe it’s true that you love me 3,000 but I just checked. What are the new numbers? And oh, I love you 3,427,” he said. Brie Larson took home the golden popcorn for the Best Fight sequence between her “Captain Marvel” and Minn-Erva (played by Gemma Chan) in MCU’s first female stand-alone. She walked on stage arm-in-arm with her stunt doubles for the film, Jonna Bennett and Renae Moneymaker. “They’re the living embodiment of Captain Marvel,” Larson told the audience. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Despite receiving mixed reviews from both fans and critics for its season finale, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was adjudged the Best Show. Dwayne Johnson was honoured with the Generation Award, while Jada Pinkett Smith accepted the Trailblazer Award. Johnson entered the stage dancing to Queen anthem “We Will Rock You” to receive the award. He said throughout his career he was asked to conform to norms but he decided to maintain his identity. The half-black and half-Samoan actor told the audience he is a “walking example” of staying true to oneself and acting as a bridge between cultures. “I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” Johnson said in his speech. It was Pinkett Smith’s “Girls Trip” co-star Tiffany Haddish who presented the actor, philanthropist and “Red Table Talk” host with the Trailblazer Award. Accompanied by her son actor-singer Jaden Smith, she said she was unsure if she deserved the trailblazing award “quite yet”. “Often we applaud the trails people blaze in the external world that we can see, but very rarely do we applaud the trails that are blazed in the hidden rooms of the mind that are full of uncertainty, false beliefs and pain. “It’s these internal obstacles that must be challenged in order to muster the courage to forge new paths that we can see in the world,” she said. Lady Gaga, who made her feature film debut with “A Star is Born”, won Best Performance in a Movie award. The film’s song “Shallow”, which Gaga sang with director-co-star Bradley Cooper for the movie, won the Best Musical Moment. For her role in the critically-acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handsmaid’s Tale”, Elisabeth Moss won Best Performance in a Show. Moss gave a shout-out to fellow nominees — Emilia Clarke, Gina Rodriguez and Kiernan Shipka — the “bada** women” ruling the small screen today. “To all my ladies out there, keep up the fight. I stand right alongside you,” she added. Sandra Bullock accepted the Most Frightened Performance award for her performance in Netflix’s acclaimed thriller “Bird Box” in a heartfelt and humorous message to her children. “Even though you can’t see it until you’re 21 because apparently a movie about being a mommy is a horror film, you will know when you see it that there isn’t anything I would do for you,” Bullock said. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo shared the Best Kiss award on behalf of their on-screen characters – Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean. Centineo took home award for Breakthrough Performance in the Netflix teenage rom-com. Daniel Levy from “Schitt’s Creek” won the Best Comedic Performance. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, was named Best Real-Life Hero for “RBG’, a documentary on her life. “Surviving R Kelly”, a six-part Lifetime documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against American singer Robert “R” Kelly, was named Best Documentary. Several of the survivors interviewed in the docuseries came onto the stage as Brie Miranda Bryant, senior vp unscripted development and programming for Lifetime, accepted the award. “This team believes in the power of numbers. Fifty-four individuals sat to tell this story. Survivors walked through the fire and stood again to tell the story,” Bryant said. At the show, Melissa McCarthy, Moss, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Bautista, David Spade and Kumail Nanjiani served as presenters. The stage was set on fire with performances by rapper Lizzo, DJ-producer Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy Singer, songwriter and producer Bazzi performed his hit song “Paradise.” “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi hosted the ceremony.last_img read more

Om Birla unanimously elected LS speaker opposition urges impartiality

first_imgNew Delhi: NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of their whole-hearted support in the smooth conduct of proceedings in the House. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, DMK’s T R Baalu and TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay were among those who backed Birla and urged him to be impartial as presiding officer of the lower house. “I on behalf of the government and the treasury benches assure you full support in conducting the House. I also assure you that your order will prevail and you must be tough even if anyone from our side (treasury benches) crosses the limit,” Modi said, congratulating Birla. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana The prime minister also heaped praise on the two-time BJP MP for his long public life, going back to his student days, and recalled his social work in Kota, Rajasthan, and in other parts of the country, including during the 2011 earthquake in Gujarat and the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand. Chaudhary, while extending whole-hearted support to Birla, urged him to be impartial and give enough time to the opposition to raise issues of public interest. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah He said the presiding officer is the custodian of the House, which according to Jawaharlal Nehru, represents the nation and freedom of the country. Chaudhary also expressed concern over very few bills being referred to standing committees by the Lok Sabha and hoped for a reversal of the trend. Pinaki Mishra of the BJD also expressed similar concerns. There was no candidate in the fray other than Birla and the motion moved by the prime minister to choose the Kota-Bundi MP as the speaker was adopted by a voice vote. A total of 13 motions were moved in support of Birla. Since the motion moved by Modi, also the Leader of the House, was adopted, the other motions became infructuous. Birla was declared elected and the Speaker by pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar. Modi led the new Speaker to the presiding officer’s chair. Several leaders from BJP, Congress, DMK, TMC went up the podium to greet Birla. Though the Congress and the DMK had moved notices for supporting Birla as the Speaker well past the 12 noon Tuesday deadline, the pro-tem speaker allowed it to be included as a “special case”. Birla, a surprise pick for the post, won his first Lok Sabha election in 2014 and was again elected this year from Rajasthan’s Kota-Bundi seat. The 56-year-old leader is considered to be close to both Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah. He succeeds eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan as the speaker, a post traditionally held by senior MPs.last_img read more

Lightning kills 4 persons in Malda

first_imgMalda/Darjeeling: Four persons were killed in different incidents of lightning strike in Bengal’s Malda district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.Superintendent of Police, Alok Rajoria said three persons were killed in the lightning strike during heavy rain in Gajole block and one in Manikchawk block of the district. Heavy rain accompanied by lightning hit Malda district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall in Bhutan and North Bengal has thrown life out of gear. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLarge stretches have been inundated in North Bengal with road communication disrupted. Water levels are dangerously on the rise in the rivers flowing down from Bhutan. A weather warning has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for North Bengal from June 26 to June 28. While there is a red warning (greater than 20 cm of rain forecasted) for June 26 and June 27, there is a orange warning (7cm to 20cm of rain forecasted) for June 28. “Due to strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and shifting of trough of low pressure along North Bengal enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over the district of North Bengal during June 26 to 28,” stated the bulletin. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWide-spread rainfall has been forecasted over the districts of Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan, in a weather bulletin has warned of active monsoon to continue in the next 48 hours with heavy rains forecasted for the southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan has been witnessing incessant rainfall in the past few days resulting in flash floods and land slides. Many important roads have been closed down owing to this. The Phuentsholing to Thimpu road is also affected. “We are keeping tab and reviewing the situation on a daily basis. Heavy rainfall in Bhutan will definitely affect our district but we are ready. Our priority will be that we do not have any human casualty” stated Surendra Kumar Meena, District Magistrate, Alipurduar — the district sharing borders with Bhutan.last_img read more

CBI arrests 2 highranking officers of CGST in bribery case

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Thursday arrested two senior employees of Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) based in Patna for demanding and receiving a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh. The arrested officers are identified as Chandan Prakash Pandey, a 2016 batch Indian Revenue Service officer and Assistant Commissioner and Mohammed Soaibuddin, Superintendent. The accused were allegedly caught red-handed while accepting the bribe from a flour mill owner, said an officer associated with the case. The officers were posted at the CGST, Patna II. According to sources, the investigative agency is in the process of carrying out searches to collection more evidence in connection with the case in Patna and Jehanabad. According to the initial investigations, the officers had allegedly demanded Rs eight lakh to hush-up proceedings related to the filing of a case against a firm owned by the complainant’s wife and sister-in-law. A deal was brokered that the first portion of the bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh would be handed over to the accused. The CBI officials nabbed the accused while accepting the bribe.last_img read more

NR announces triweekly special train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantt

first_imgNew Delhi: Northern Railways has announced a tri-weekly special train from Jaipur to Delhi Cantonment. Railways will run 09731/09732 Jaipur-Delhi Cantt.-Jaipur three days a week special train to clear the rush of extra passengers and convenient transit. The train will depart Jaipur on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from July 18 to August 30 at 7:45 am to reach Delhi Cantonment at 01:20 pm on the same day. In the return direction, the train will leave Delhi Cantonment on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3:20 pm to reach Jaipur at 9:20 pm on the same day. The special train will stop at Gandhinagar Jaipur, Gator Jagatpura, Dausa, Bandikui, Alwar, Rewari & Gurgaon stations en route in both the directions.last_img read more

Bashir trial opens as Sudan sovereign council delayed

first_imgKhartoum: Sudan’s deposed military leader Omar al-Bashir, who ruled the country for 30 years, arrived in court Monday in Khartoum for the start of his trial on corruption charges. The trial comes as a sovereign council was being formed, following Saturday’s signing of a transitional constitution by protest leaders and the generals who took over after Bashir’s ouster was hailed at home and abroad as a major landmark. The 75-year-old, whose Islamist military regime ruled Sudan for 30 years, was forced from power on April 11, after months of nationwide protests. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe jailed Bashir first appeared before a prosecutor on June 16 and was informed he faced charges of “possessing foreign currency, corruption and receiving gifts illegally”. An AFP reporter outside the Judicial and Legal Science Institute where the trial is taking place Monday said Bashir arrived in a huge military convoy. In April, Sudan’s transitional army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said more than 113 million worth of cash in three currencies had been seized from Bashir’s residence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn May, the prosecutor general also said Bashir had been charged over killings during the anti-regime protests which eventually led to his ouster. London-based rights watchdog has warned however that the corruption trial should not distract from the heavier indictments that have been filed against him by The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC). “While this trial is a positive step towards accountability for some of his alleged crimes, he remains wanted for heinous crimes committed against the Sudanese people,” Amnesty said. Bashir faces charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide at the ICC for his role in the war in Darfur, where a rebellion erupted in 2003. The United Nations says the conflict has left more than 300,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced, with hundreds of thousands still living in camps more than a decade and a half later. Amnesty urged the country’s new transitional institutions to ratify the ICC’s Rome Statute, a move that would allow for his transfer to the international tribunal. The ICC has for years demanded that Bashir stand trial, and has renewed its call since his fall. The head of Bashir’s defence team, Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir, said in July that the ousted leader’s trial had no “political background”. “It is an absolute criminal case with a baseless accusation.” It was the sudden tripling of bread prices in December that sparked the mushrooming protests which led to the toppling of Bashir by the army in April. The trial comes as the composition of the joint civilian and military sovereign council that will steer the country of 40 million through a 39-month transition was due to be unveiled on Monday. The line-up had been expected to be announced on Sunday but it was delayed after one of the five nominees put forward by the opposition alliance representing protest leaders turned down the job. The ruling sovereign council will be composed of 11 members including six civilians and five from the military. It will be headed by a general for the first 21 months and by a civilian for the remaining 18 months. The council will oversee the formation of a transitional civilian administration including a cabinet and a legislative body. The transition’s key documents were signed on Saturday at a ceremony attended by a host of foreign dignitaries, signalling that Sudan could be on its way to shedding the pariah status the Darfur atrocities and Bashir’s international arrest warrant had conferred on it. Amidst the euphoria celebrating the promise of civilian rule, unease was palpable however within the protest camp that brought about one of the most crucial changes in Sudan’s modern history. One of its main causes is the omnipresence in the transition of General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a paramilitary commander and one of the signatories of the documents, whose forces are blamed for the deadly repression of the protests. And it remains unclear how the transitional institutions will tackle the daunting task of pacifying a country plagued by several conflicts, including in the regions of Darfur, Kordofan and Blue Nile.last_img read more

Angry mob ransacks tantriks house sets vehicle on fire

first_imgKolkata: Local residents of Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas on Thursday set a woman’s house on fire suspecting her to be a tantrik. They were infuriated over her alleged occult practices.The accused woman, Alpana Ghosh, and her husband Nityananda are at present absconding. A large contingent of police went to the spot and pacified the angry mob. Local residents alleged that Alpana and her family has been staying in Kabilpur village for the past three years. People from distant areas had been visiting Alpana for treatment of their chronic diseases and to fulfill their dreams. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA local resident alleged that Alpana had fanned the desire of woman, who wanted to fulfill her sadhana through human sacrifice. A 65-year-old woman allegedly had a dream where she was instructed that to fulfill her sadhana she had to sacrifice the lives of seven people. Local residents said about two months ago, Alpana had prescribed some roots and a chemical to a three-year-old girl to cure some ailment. The girl, Rani Ghosh, had to be taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital after she consumed the root and chemical and the doctors had declared her dead on arrival. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAnother girl, Rinki Ghosh, a Higher Secondary student, was also administered the chemicals and roots. At present, she is battling for her life at RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. Once the news reached the village, local residents attacked the house of the tantric and ransacked it. They set her car and house on fire. Initially, Alpana tried to pacify the mob but when she failed to do it she left the spot with her husband. A massive hunt is on to nab both of them.last_img read more

Brief ACsP and SHOs about functioning of SPUNER

first_imgNew Delhi: “Brief ACsP and SHOs about the functioning of Special Police Unit for North Eastern Region (SPUNER) of Delhi Police,” was one of the main points discussed in a meeting held between officers of Delhi Police.Police sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was held in July, headed by Joint Commissioner of Police rank officer. “As many as 16 police officers including Additional CP, Additional DCsP and ACsP were present,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further revealed that Joint CP (SPUNER), during the discussion, asked the participants to brief ACsP and SHOs of their respective districts about the existence of SPUNER unit and its functioning. “Joint CP (SPUNER) further informed that the DPNER (Delhi Police North East representative) who are working with SPUNER unit are nominated on voluntarily basis for helping the North East victims by assisting the local police as and when they are called. He directed the participants to brief their respective staff and to fully co-operate with the DPNERs,” sources added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsJoint CP asked the participants to deal with all the complainants politely including North-East people and accept their complaints and in case it is found necessary, FIR should be registered on their complaints. According to Delhi Police annual report 2018, they give topmost priority to the security of people from the North-East region living in Delhi. Specially designated officer Joint CP (SPUWAC and SPUNER) conducted regular meetings with the representatives of North Eastern residents to ensure their security and have a robust feedback mechanism for this purpose. The cell also monitored the calls received on Helpline No. 1093, instituted especially for this purpose.last_img read more

Delhi court sends Ratul Puri to judicial custody till Sep 17 in

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to judicial custody till September 17 in the Enforcement Directorate’s money laundering case related to a bank loan fraud. Special judge Sanjay Garg sent Puri to judicial custody. ED had arrested Puri on August 20 in the money laundering case arising out of the bank loan fraud case. The court had on Friday extended Puri’s custodial remand by four days. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ While seeking his further custody, the agency had told the court that “during probe, voluminous record of documents has been collected and due to paucity of time, the could not be confronted with them”. There is another money laundering case connected with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam in which the Delhi High Court had earlier dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying his custodial interrogation was “required for an effective investigation”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Puri was arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the bank fraud case after he appeared before the central probe agency here in the chopper scam after it had slapped a fresh criminal case against him and others, taking cognisance of a CBI FIR. The latest PMLA case emerged from a CBI FIR of August 17, where Ratul Puri, his father Deepak Puri, mother Nita (Nath’s sister) and others were booked in connection with a Rs 354 crore bank fraud case filed by the Central Bank of India. The CBI had carried out multiple searches in pursuance of this FIR. The Puri family, other individuals like Sanjay Jain and Vineet Sharma were booked by the CBI for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption. Ratul Puri was booked in this case in his capacity as executive director of Moser Baer India Limited (MBIL), a firm promoted by his father Deepak Puri. The company is manufactured optical storage media like compact discs, DVDs, solid state storage devices. Ratul Puri had resigned from the post of executive director in 2012, while his parents continue to be on the board, the bank had said in a statement and compliant to the CBI. Moser Baer was taking loans from various banks since 2009 and went for debt restructuring a number of times, the bank had alleged in the complaint which is now part of the CBI FIR. When it was unable to pay the debt, a forensic audit was done and the the account was declared as “fraud” by the Central Bank of India on April 20, 2019, it had alleged. The bank had claimed that the company and its directors forged and fabricated documents to induce the Central Bank of India to release funds. Ratul Puri is facing criminal investigation by three main central probe agencies, ED, CBI and the Income Tax department. The tax department has attached a number of his alleged ‘benami’ assets in the recent past and has charged him with benefiting from the purported kickbacks generated in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal case, cancelled by India in 2014 on charges of corruption.last_img read more

For taking catch important to keep eyes on ball otherwise you blame

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday used a cricketing analogy to take a dig at the Modi government over the state of the economy, saying to take a catch it is important to keep ones eyes on the ball and have the true spirit of the game, otherwise one keeps blaming gravity, Maths and Ola-Uber. Her sharp attack on the government came a day after Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of Maths. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein to discover gravity. The slip up was not lost on netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity. “For taking a catch, it is important to keep your eyes on the ball and having the true spirit of the game. Otherwise you will keep blaming gravity, maths, Ola-Uber. Issued in public interest for Indian economy,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Congress general secretary also posted a video from a cricket game in which the fielder is seen taking a very difficult catch at the boundary line. Goyal’s apparent gaffe came within days of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming millennials’ preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. The Congress had attacked Sitharaman for her remarks saying it reflected the “inefficiency, immaturity, and inexperience” of the BJP in governance.last_img read more

United Left wins all key posts in JNUSU polls

first_imgNew Delhi: As expected the Left alliance has once again secured an emphatic victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls. The Left alliance comprising of AISA, SFI, AISF and DSF, has bagged all four seats of Central Panel Posts– president, vice-president, general secretary, and joint secretary – making this the fourth consecutive win for the Left.Aishe Ghosh of Students’ Federation of India (SFI), a left ally, has been elected president of JNU with 2,313 votes while the ABVP contestant for the same post, Manish Jangid, managed 1,128 votes. For the post of vice president, Democratic Students’ Federation’s (DSF), Saket Moon, got 3,365 votes while Shruti Agnihotri secured 1,335 votes. The post of General Secretary was bagged by Satish Chandra Yadav of All India Students’ Association (AISA) with 2,518 votes; on the other hand, Sabareesh PA got 1,355 votes.last_img read more