Proposal to recognise Marathi as classical language being pursued, says Maharashtra CM

first_imgMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured that his government is pursuing the demand that Marathi be granted the status of `classical language’ with the Union government.Mr. Fadnavis inaugurated the annual Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (All India Marathi literary conference) here on Friday night. “The proposal that Marathi be recognised as a classical language is before the Centre,” he said.The proposal was placed before a committee of linguistic experts, which approved it, and now it is under the consideration of the Union Ministry of Culture, the Maharashtra CM informed.He recalled the contribution of late Sayajirao Gaekwad III, ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Baroda (now Vadodara), in the country’s freedom movement. Gaekwad was a visionary, reformist ruler who made primary education compulsory, allowed remarriage of widows, established the world-famous M S University of Baroda, founded Bank of Baroda, and started railway services in his State, Fadnavis said. Gaekwad was also instrumental in organising the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in Vadodara in 1909, 1921 and 1934, Fadnavis noted.Speaking on the occasion, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde offered to host the next year’s conference at Bhilar village in Satara district of western Maharashtra.The president of this year’s conference is Marathi writer Sripad Joshi. Gujarati writer and Jnanpith award winner Raghuveer Chaudhary and chancellor of M S University Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad were among those present.last_img

Golden run ends as athletics team salvages 4 bronzes

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cray, who had won gold in 400-meter hurdles and 100m silver, suffered a “turfed toe” during the relay finals.He said he’s not sure if he can run in the 4X100m on Saturday.“I could hardly pass the baton,” said Cray who was third runner before Beram anchored to the finish.But their time was good enough to rewrite the national mark of 39.96 established in 2017 in Hong Intercity ChampionshipMembers of the Philippine 4×100 relay women’s team after clocking 44.88 seconds to clinch the bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games athletics competition Friday at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKayla and Kyla Richardson, Zion Corrales and Eloisa Luzon settled for bronze in their event with a time of 44.81 seconds. Vietnam timed 43.88 seconds and Thailand 44.62 seconds to take gold and silver, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Olympian Marestella Torres-Sunang could only come up with a bronze in women’s long jump, leaping to 5.45 meters to finish third behind Vietnam’s Bui Thi Thu Thao (6.48m) and Indonesia’s Maria Natalia Londa (6.47).Melvin Calano barely managed to make the podium in men’s javelin after a 65.94m effort, way behind the 71.49m gold medal throw of Thai Jantra Peerachet. Indonesia’s And Hafiz was second with 69.30mFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingYet the big letdown was the relay teams which were powered by Fil-American athletes.Two-time champ here Trenten Anthony Beram, Eric Cray, Anfernee Lopena and Archand Bagsit clocked 39.11 seconds to place third behind Thailand (38.90) and Indonesia (39.05). LATEST STORIES Like their men’s counterparts, the women’s relay team also posted a new PH record, erasing the 45.29 seconds of the 1991 SEA Games team that was led by no less than Lydia de Vega.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul EAC halts 3-game slide, survives Perpetualcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Members of the Philippine 4×100 relay men’s team (Eric Cray, Anfernee Lopena, Archand Christian Bagsit and Anthony Beram) after clocking 39.13 seconds to clinch the bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games athletics competition Friday at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ athletics gold machine ground to a halt and collected four bronzes by day-end Friday.The men’s and women’s 4X400-meter relay teams, counted upon to snare golds, faltered in the face of Thailand and Vietnam powerhouses at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin key as India look to trounce New Zealand

first_imgIn their bid to reclaim the No.1 Test ranking from Pakistan, India will take on a spirited New Zealand in first of a three-match Test series from September 22 in Kanpur. This will be the beginning of India’s long home season where they will play 13 Tests. The hosts will have to beat New Zealand 1-0 to dethrone arch-rivals Pakistan from the top. (Kanpur pitch might assist the spinners, says Ajinkya Rahane) Led by Virat Kohli, India have been in stellar form in the longer format of the game and are yet to lose a Test series since the 2015 World Cup. (India’s historic triumph over Australia in 2001 tops Test glories) Meanwhile, New Zealand, who are led by their young and dynamic captain Kane Williamson, will hope to overcome their blues of playing in India. The Black Caps are yet to win a series in India and the last time they toured India, they failed to put up a fight and were handed a 2-0 series defeat. (R Sridhar back with Team India as fielding coach) Historically, Indian spinners have always called the shots against New Zealand and it is not expected to change this time around too.   Here’s a look at some of the key Indian players to watch out for in the Test series. (Can New Zealand rewrite history by dominating India?) VIRAT KOHLI The Indian captain has been one of the key driving forces behind the team’s recent success. Kohli, who is experiencing a purple patch in his career, led India to historic win against Sri Lanka last year, which was followed by a 3-0 series win over South Africa the same year. Last month, Kohli also led the team to a 2-0 series win over the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Indian captain was the leading run scorer in the four-match series, with a total of 251 runs, including a maiden double ton. Kohli is known as someone who always strives be the best and there’s no doubt he will aim to win against New Zealand to get back the No.1 Test ranking. In 45 Tests, Kohli has scored 3245 runs, including 12 hundreds. (New Zealand recall Corey Anderson for ODI series vs India) KL RAHUL Young opener KL Rahul has carved a niche for himself since making his Test debut back in 2014. The tall and elegant Rahul is one of the highly rated opening batsman in the country. Rahul was one of the top performers for his IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore and finished the 2016 season as their third highest run scorer. After getting a chance in the Test series against the West Indies, Rahul proved his class and finished as the third top scorer with 236 runs, including a highest score of 158. Rahul is also the third Indian player after Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma to score a century in all three formats. In 8 Tests overall, Rahul has 492 runs in his tally with three hundreds. (New Zealand Will Have to Play Better to Beat India: Luke Ronchi) MURALI VIJAY Murali Vijay has been one of India’s most consistent performers in Test cricket. After his solid performances in the Test series in England and Australia in 2014, Vijay became India’s first choice for the opening slot. Vijay was also India’s key performer against Sri Lanka last year when the team registered their first Test series victory in Sri Lanka after 23 years. However, in the recent series against West Indies, Vijay missed out on most of the action after getting injured in the first Test, and he will now look to make amends against the New Zealand. (New Zealand begin India tour with a draw against Mumbai) RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the vital cogs in Virat Kohli’s scheme of things. The off-spinner, who turned recently turned 30, has been winning matches for India not only with his exceptional bowling but also by batting brilliantly. In the Caribbean, Ashwin scored 235 runs with two centuries and claimed 17 wickets to help India register their biggest Test series victory on the Caribbean soil with a 2-0 win over the West Indies. The leader of India’s spin attack also bagged the Man-of-the-Series award – the sixth of his career – for his special performance. However, Ashwin will be eyeing a special record against the New Zealand. Ashwin, who has 193 scalps in 36 Tests, needs just seven wickets to go past legends, Australia’s Dennis Lillee and Pakistan’s Waqar Younis, as the second fastest to 200 wickets. RAVINDRA JADEJA The upcoming series against New Zealand will be a good opportunity for Indian spinners to showcase their skills on the turning tracks of India. Ravindra Jadeja can be play an important part in India’s five-bowler strategy. His recent record in the sub-continent has been solid. Jadeja has continued to prove his mettle in the domestic circuit and his performance in the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy final makes him a lethal option against New Zealand. Jadeja picked up a 10-wicket haul as he helped India Blue to a 355-run victory over India Reds. Jadeja has an exceptional home record where in he has picked up 50 wickets in 9 Tests with an average of 15.69.  advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Bangalore’s AB de Villiers, Tymal Mills to return for Kolkata clash

first_imgStar South African batsman AB de Villiers and England pacer Tymal Mills are expected to return to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) line-up against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Sunday.AB did not play RCB’s last game against Gujarat Lions due to a back injury while Mills was also ruled out.The South African was seen practicing on Saturday, coming ahead of skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, who joined the team in the second-half of their training session.Mills also rolled his arms at the nets for quite some time.”He is fit and is available for selection,” an RCB official told IANS on the sidelines of the team’s practice session.AB has so far played three matches scoring 137 runs, RCB’s highest while Mills has three scalps to his name from four outings.Also watch:last_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch IND vs AUS 1st ODI match on Sony Liv

first_imgHit hard by an unexpected controversy after the high of the Test triumph, India will look to fine tune their World Cup preparations in the three-match ODI series against an under-fire Australia, beginning in Sydney on Saturday.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has provided a big distraction for the Indian team by making “inappropriate” comments on women during a TV show.Rahul was unlikely to get a go owing to both his poor form and the presence of a well-settled opening pair in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The bigger question though is regarding Pandya’s absence, for the all-rounder provides crucial balance to the ODI side with his ability to bowl 10 overs as well as bat in the middle order.Pandya’s absence could mean that India might have to rejig their bowling attack. Jasprit Bumrah has already been rested for this series, as well as the tour of New Zealand, and this allows the think-tank to conduct one final experimentation with their bowling attack.Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a shoo-in, and thereafter it depends if Kohli wants to go in with a three-man pace attack to compensate for Pandya’s loss.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs Australia start?The 1st ODI starts at 7:50 AM IST on January 12, Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.advertisementWhere will the 1st ODI between India and Australia be played?The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 1st ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 1st ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed ShamiAustralia: Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton Turnerlast_img read more

Donald Trump cannot recognise his own gift to Queen Elizabeth. Melania jumps to husband’s rescue

first_imgUS President Donald Trump saved himself from an embarrassing moment during his meeting with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace in London on June 3. Courtesy, his wife Melania Trump. While taking a tour of the royal artwork, Trump was shown a pewter horse that he had presented to the Queen in 2018 during his visit to Windsor. The President, however, failed to recognise it.Soon after, Melania interjected and told her husband that they had gifted the pewter horse to the Queen. Reporters covering the trip told an international website that Trump and Melania spotted the horse while exploring artefacts from the Royal Collection in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. That Trump couldn’t recognise the horse, placed on a red table, was told to the website by Tim Knox, the Royal Collection’s director. The Pewter Horse, presented to the Queen by the Trumps. Photo: Reuters”We just asked him whether he recognized it and he said no but the first lady did recognize it, which is rather nice. One horse is very much like another. (Mrs. Trump) recognized it. She said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, this is one of ours’,” Knox was quoted as saying by reporters as per the website.Donald and Melania Trump had presented the pewter horse to the Queen during his working visit last year.Twitter, in the meantime, has described Trump’s predicament in just three words.Troll level: RoyalKimGeeRN (@KimGeeRN) June 3, 2019Okay, then. Others are also busy discussing the matter:Lol exactly like all married couples worldwide. Wife picks gift that both give, husband pays no attention. I think every married couple knows thisadvertisementKadelia (@kadelia) June 3, 2019And it was something he gave to THE QUEEN OF ENGLANDStone-Cold Local Milk Hen (@g0t_86d) June 3, 2019Yeah, I don’t think my husband would recognize gifts we’d given someone eitherCali M. (@CaliMum2016) June 3, 2019Can’t he bleedin read. The gift even states it was from him.Imogen #FBPE (@Imogenlemon02) June 3, 2019pic.twitter.com/cexBxrKCh7Charence (@charencewong) June 3, 2019This is Donald Trump’s first official state visit to the UK.ALSO READ: Donald Trump sports new slick hairstyle ahead of meeting with Queen Elizabeth. Internet is impressedALSO READ: Donald Trump height-shames London Mayor Sadiq Khan as he arrives for UK visit, calls him nastyALSO WATCH | Man forces himself on child at Riyadh malllast_img read more

Wentworth Provincial Park Opens May 21

first_imgWentworth Provincial Park in Cumberland County will open for thecoming park season on Friday, May 21, Speaker of the LegislativeAssembly Murray Scott announced today, May 13 on behalf ofNatural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt. Robert Harrison ofCumberland County will operate the camping portion of the parkuntil Sep. 6. “Mr. Hurlburt and I have met with the community regarding theopening of Wentworth and are pleased to have Mr. Harrison operateit for this season,” said Mr. Scott. “We will be working with theCumberland Regional Economic Development Association and thecommunity to try and determine a long-term solution for thepark.” The park is located on Highway 4 and the phone number forreservations and information is 902-548-2999. The Department ofNatural Resources continues to operate the day-use area of thepark.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

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

Woman survives after runaway snowmobile crashes into home lands on her

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland man says it’s a miracle his wife is alive after his runaway snowmobile crashed through the window of their home, smashing furniture and pinning her underneath.The throttle of Bruce Porter’s snowmobile stuck and he watched from beside it as the machine started up and launched over a snowbank, straight through the window of his Porterville, N.L., home on Tuesday.The runaway machine destroyed furniture and sent debris and glass flying, finally landing on top of Porter’s wife Louise.Amazingly, she suffered cuts and lacerations from broken glass but no broken bones.Relative Barry Porter says the machine may have slowed down after hitting so many objects, and it picked up a cushion before landing on her.As Louise Porter recovers in hospital, her husband says he’s thankful only material possessions were broken in the accident.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Black Sabbaths Geezer Butler Supports NYS Declaw Ban

first_imgGeezer Butler, founder and bassist of the classic heavy metal band Black Sabbath, has voiced his support for the NYS Declaw Ban.A.1297/2.5084 would make New York the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats.Butler issued the follow statement:“New York is one of Black Sabbath’s favorite states to perform in because New Yorkers are smart, open-minded, and compassionate. I am particularly delighted to be coming back to the Empire State after learning from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States that there is a bill before lawmakers that, if passed, would ban the practice of declawing cats.“Many know me as one of the founding members of Black Sabbath, but fewer likely know that I am what you might call a “crazy cat person.” My wife and I have many rescued cats and we have never dreamed of putting them through an elective, convenience surgery such as declawing. Can you imagine having your fingers chopped off at the last bone? That is what the equivalent is for cats who are declawed. It is dreadfully inhumane! A surge of veterinarians throughout New York support legislation to put declawing in the trash bin of history.“I urge lawmakers to remain steadfast in those characteristics I admire most about New Yorkers and support the bill to ban the declawing of cats.”last_img read more

Renewed fighting in eastern Chad sparks alarm from UN refugee agency

Although the most recent clashes have occurred away from inhabited areas and not caused any significant movements of population yet, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva that refugees and IDPs in eastern Chad fear the already unstable situation may soon worsen.The fighting has been concentrated mainly in the Farchana, Iriba, Biltine and Guereda areas, located to the north and east of the major town of Abeché, the main operational base for a dozen of refugee camps that run by UNHCR. Insecurity is also plaguing the areas near refugee camps to the south of Abeché, such as Goz Beida.Mr. Mahecic said all essential services are still running in the camps, which house an estimated 212,000 people from the war-torn Darfur region of neighbouring Sudan, but aid workers’ access has become limited because of the dangers posed by the fighting.For more than a week over 130 humanitarian workers from various organizations were blocked in the town of Hadjer Hadid, southwest of Farchana, because of heavy fighting, but they were finally relocated yesterday to Abeché.“The volatile situation has also prompted an increase in banditry,” Mr. Mahecic said. “We continue to monitor the security situation very closely.”Across eastern Chad UNHCR and its aid partners are helping more than 240,000 Darfur refugees and at least 180,000 IDPs. 4 December 2007The United Nations refugee agency today issued a warning that the surge in fighting in eastern Chad between Government forces and rebels over the past 10 days has limited its access to camps that are home to hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and heightened tensions in the area. read more

Ban calls on Sudanese and rebel forces to halt military activities in

2 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Government of Sudan and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to cease all military activities in South Darfur, warning of the impact on local civilians of renewed fighting between the two sides. Mr. Ban is “gravely concerned by reports of a build-up of Government and rebel forces in the area around Muhajeria in South Darfur,” according to a statement issued last night by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Sudan and the JEM to cease all military activities in South Darfur,” the statement added.Recent clashes in the Muhajeria area has exposed about 30,000 people to previously unseen levels of violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff.The joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported that the security situation in the area remains relatively calm and unpredictable due to aerial bombardments and frequent movement of unidentified aircraft over the town of Muhajeria. In addition, UNAMID estimates that 5,000 people have concentrated at its base for the second time since the recent fighting began on 15 January. It was also reported that two people were injured during an explosion that occurred earlier in the day and were taken to a hospital in Muhajeria.“The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law and expresses his deep concern over the suffering which these military confrontations would bring to the civilian population, including the thousands of internally displaced persons who have sought refuge in camps and villages surrounding Muhajeria,” the statement said.He reiterated that UNAMID “will continue to do its utmost to protect civilians in these difficult circumstances” and reminds the parties of their fundamental responsibility to work with the mission to ensure that civilians are protected from harm.Other parts of Darfur – where a six-year conflict between rebels and the Government and allied Janjaweed militiamen has led to an estimated 300,000 deaths and forced 2.7 million people to flee their homes – also remain tense following clashes between Government forces and other rebel movements. read more

Africa must be allowed to play rightful role in international affairs Moroccan

Addressing the Assembly’s annual general debate, Nasser Bourita cited a raft of global ills, and noted that while globalization has driven the international economy it has also increased employment instability and widened the economic gaps between and within nations. Similarly, the Internet has created unprecedented opportunities for growth and development but it has also provided a space for extremists and terrorist groups to promote their nefarious aims. “All this means our collective working mechanisms need to be reformed,” said Mr. Bourita, stressing that Morocco is convinced that a global organization that is effective and truly multilateral can help solve the problems the world is facing. Morocco is equally convinced that Africa can no longer be seen as a burden on the global community – the continent must play its role in tackling global challenges, including broader development. “Africa has not held its rightful place in the [international arena]. It should not be dealt with based only on how much assistance it receives, or how “many agenda items it takes up” at UN meetings. Indeed, Africa is imbued with immense human and natural resources. In that regard, Morocco viewed South-South cooperation as a major opportunity for forming development partnerships that could assist African countries, bolster foreign direct investment and increase African participation, with increased equal footing, in global mechanisms. Full statement available (in Arabic) here read more

Blast fragmentation measurements in open pits

first_imgDavid Varcoe, Principal Mining Engineer of AMC Consultants notes a recent project in which AMC was involved that required, amongst other activities, a review of options to measure blast fragmentation in an operating open pit mining environment. “Blast fragmentation measurement is usually depicted,” he explains, “as a particle size distribution (PSD) curve relationship of percentage of rock passing verses rock size.”“Quantifying blast fragmentation is useful for measuring blasting performance to determine if the blast has effectively broken the rock mass to enable it to be loaded and that the ore oversize does not exceed the crusher open size. Improved fragmentation and consistent fragmentation across a blast profile will generally support higher extraction rates and therefore lower loading costs. Drill and blast costs may be reduced if it is determined that the fragmentation result is finer than required.“Blasting is an effective way to break large rocks into smaller rocks much like the role of a primary crusher but it can be cost prohibitive at producing very fine rock particles. Often on an operating mine the installed crushing and grinding capacity is fixed either by its design or by the available power. However, blasting capacity may present upside to the overall capacity of rock breakage and comminution leading to an increase in a mines ore throughput. In some projects reducing the ore top size specification allows an adjustment to the primary crusher setting resulting in an overall crushed product with more fines. This in turn provided a superior feed to the grinding circuit enabling higher t/h to be achieved. “Successful blasting to optimize the overall project economics is part of the study of mine to mill optimization. Mine-to-Mill® optimization as coined by JKTech considers the fragmentation and the impact of the particle size distribution on the drill, blast and processing costs and process plant performance. AMC has been involved with a number of projects which also broaden the scope to consider other important factors such as; ore loss and dilution, the mining schedule, bench height optimization and mining operating costs.“To evaluate the effect of design changes in the blasting practice it is necessary to validate the consequences when the design changes are applied in practice. Modern techniques to measure blast fragmentation have been developed by several vendors using either optical imaging or laser scanning and proprietary algorithms to determine the particle size distribution. “The techniques may be used on an ad hoc basis at the face where a portable camera is used or in production settings where the camera is fitted to the shovel arm or excavator boom to provide continuous monitoring. Positional records allow matching of fragmentation results to different zones in the blast.“Vendors offering solutions to portable measurements include Metso, Motionmetrics, Innovative Machine Vision and Split Engineering. Various levels of scaling and allowance for the repose angle of the rill or face are required to achieve reliable PSD analysis. There is development in using laser scanning to capture fragmentation data which is considered to provide more accurate measurements and is less susceptible to reading errors caused by from dust and excess fines. Motionmetrics, Orica FRAGTrackTM and Split Engineering all offer shovel /excavator mounted options.”“In addition, measurement may be taken at the primary crusher to capture the sizing as material is tipped in to the hopper in real time. Vendors offering fixed at crusher installation solutions include MetsoPro and Split Engineering.”The picture shows screen of Metso Visio Truck output.“The location of the measuring point enables different information to be gathered with the portable method more suited to detailed blast analysis matching blast performance to blast design. The more automatic methods provide consolidated fragmentation data per blast but may lose the geo-spacing information of the rocks source. “Further rock fragmentation measurement located on the crusher discharge conveyor offers advantages and presents different but important data. Firstly, installation on a fixed conveyor is simpler and more reliable than applications in the pit or at the crusher, secondly the crushed ore PSD is a more critical measurement particularly to AG and SAG mill circuits but also to secondary crushing circuits. “In many operations the bottle neck is not the primary crusher but further downstream with the throughput being directly related to the PSD measured after the primary crusher. For a complete mine to mill optimization measurements of fragmentation may be required at multiple locations to understand and optimize the overall process.”Varcoe qualifies that his comments are “not intended to promote any products or vendors and AMC notes that each of these vendors offers specific solutions generally available as part of a greater mine to mill process optimization offering. The vendors are appropriately thanked for their contributions.”last_img read more

Army tanker truck wrecks spills fuel near Harding Lake

first_imgFort Wainwright personnel retrieved the wrecked Army tanker Monday afternoon. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation advised motorists to watch for ongoing cleanup work at the site near milepost 318 of the Richardson Highway. (ADOT&PF photo)A state Department of Environmental Conservation report issued Tuesday evening says an Army tanker truck that crashed Sunday near Harding Lake leaked 800 gallons of fuel within about 50 feet of a slough that leads into the Tanana River.Listen nowThe tanker’s 2,600-gallon tank was carrying 1,150 gallons of JP-8 when the rig slid off the Richardson Highway near milepost 318 at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. DEC spill program manager Tom DeRuyter says JP-8 is a kerosene-based fuel that the Army uses for both aircraft and vehicles.“That’s a product that’s very similar to diesel fuel,” DeRuyter said. “It’s what the Army runs in all of their vehicles.”DeRuyter says Army contractor personnel from Fort Wainwright were working to clean up the spill through Tuesday, with help from DEC and Alaska State Troopers. The wrecked tanker was pulled back to Wainwright Monday afternoon.A U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson says the tanker was headed back to post from a field training exercise when the accident occurred.The DEC report raises concern that the leaked fuel could contaminate the Tanana River. A situation report issued by DEC says fuel that leaked from the tanker has contaminated snow and soil. The report says that could flow into the slough and then the Tanana, possibly harming salmon in the river.Personnel with DEC and an Army contractor are working on a plan to remove contaminated snow and soil, the report said.An investigation into the crash continues.last_img read more

Warangal Smart solutions for Smart City

first_imgWarangal: The two-day ‘Smart City Warangal Hackathon’ organised by SR Engineering College at Ananthsagar under Hasanparthy mandal concluded on Thursday. The Smart City Warangal Hackathon concept is aimed at improving the quality of life in a city using information and communication technology.Multidisciplinary student-faculty teams participated in the event where they have worked on nine different areas from apps to infrastructure related to making Warangal a smart city. The areas include Green Smart City – where students create solutions that leverage urban hidden spaces for water management; Array of things platform for monitoring of Environmental Pollution – where students use latest sensor technology with exciting infrastructure and enable people to monitor the urban landscape and weather to pollution; Participatory Urbanism to solve smart city problems – creating a smart solution to encourage citizen participation and recognise them responsible citizen; Urban Catalyst – sharing multipurpose space and effectiveness of engaging citizens; and Smart City Tourism – education and shared memories using apps. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Prof Sridhar Condoor of Saint Louis University who inaugurated the Hackathon, said: “Students are encouraged to work on the real time problems and give smart solutions using IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, and Machine Learning. This Hackathon will help students apply their technical skills to real problems, realizing their ideas in a timely fashion, and becoming globally competent.”last_img read more

SIT arrests IAS officer BM Vijayshankar for taking Rs 15 cr bribe

first_imgDeputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban) BM Vijay ShankarTwitterThe Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam arrested the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru (Urban), BM Vijayshankar, on Monday (July 8) on charges of taking a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from the firm.Vijayshankar, an IAS officer, allegedly took the bribe from the scam kingpin Mohammed Mansoor Khan for preparing a favourable report on the fraudulent company. The IAS officer submitted the report to the Karnataka government. He had also approved a clearance certificate submitted by the North division ACP for revenue, LC Nagaraj, after he conducted a probe based on the Reserve Bank of India’s queries.  ACP Nagaraj was arrested on Friday for taking a bribe of Rs 4.5 crore from Khan for issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the IMA group, allowing the firm to raise a loan. He had concealed the facts on IMA’s dealing and approved the NOC.According to the reports, the deputy commissioner accepted the bribe in April 2019 through a village accountant, identified as Manjunath. He was taken from his office on Monday for interrogation by the SIT team led by superintendent of police S Girish. Vijayshankar was questioned till evening and arrested thereafter for his involvement in the IMA scam.DC Vijayshankar has been arrested under Karnataka Protection of Interests of Depositors in Financial Establishments (KPID) Act, 2004. He is the third government official to be arrested in connection with the multi-crore fraud after ACP Nagaraj and BDA executive engineer PD Kumar Nayak.Nayak was also accused of taking Rs 4 crore bribe from Khan. The SIT sleuths also raided his JP Nagar residence and recovered documents pertaining to disproportionate assets and seized Rs 2 lakh.last_img read more

PM Hasina says all ACC officials not innocent

first_imgPM HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the public perception is not fully false that many Anti-Corruption Commission staff are involved in corruption.”All (ACC staff) are not innocent. No one can guarantee that all are 100 per cent honest,” the prime minister told parliament in reply to a supplementary question of ruling Awami League MP retired major Rafiqul Islam (Chandpur-5).”The ACC will have to be careful from now on about those (ACC staff) who will work [investigate] so that they can’t get involved in such activities that create such public perception,” Sheikh Hasina said.In his question, Rafiqul Islam demanded speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expunge the words-many staff of ACC are involved in corruption-from the question of Jatiya Party MP Rowshan Ara Mannan (Reserved Seat-47) that was raised before the prime minister.However, the prime minister opposed his demand saying there is nothing wrong with Rowshan Ara Mannan’s question.Hasina said, “The MP (Rowshan Ara Mannan in her question) mentioned there’s a public perception, but didn’t say they’re certainly involved in corruption. So, there is no need to expunge those words because it is not totally false.”In reply to Rowshan Ara’s question, the PM said her government has a special plan to gradually reduce to a zero level through strengthening the ACC, raising public awareness and using modern information technology.”The government is determined to uplift socio-economic condition and establish a good governance-based administrative structure for building a welfare country,” she added.Hasina said there is no need to form a separate agency comprising of manpower from different elite force as the ACC now gets cooperation from any government agency whenever the anti-graft body seeks.Mentioning that the ACC is an independent and autonomous body, she said the commission explores and investigates any corruption allegation neutrally.Therefore, the trend of corruption among staff and officials of different ministries and departments is decreasing gradually, said the prime minister.last_img read more