No government presence in 73 panchayats in Sukma dt.

first_imgThe Sukma administration in Chattisgarh has flagged to the Home Ministry that half the village panchayats are “no-go areas” due to security concerns.The Centre has been informed that there is no government presence in 73 of the 145 gram panchayats.NITI Aayog projectSukma, one of the 115 “aspirational districts” selected by the NITI Aayog for transforming the health and social indicators, is among the worst of the Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas.Ten districts of Chattisgarh are being covered under the programme, of which nine face LWE.Last week, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh presided over a meeting in Raipur to discuss the project.Sukma Collector Jai Prakash Maurya told The Hindu that security was the only issue in his district. “My district is the worst-affected and without security, we cannot do any construction or development work. There are around 15,000 security personnel deployed here,” he said.No roads, electrificationThe Home Ministry was also informed that there were at least 220 roads in Sukma, sanctioned by the State, where no construction could take place.“The same is the case with rural electrification. There are around 28,000 households that are yet to be connected to the electricity grid,” the Ministry was informed.Mr. Maurya said he had sent a proposal to the State government to reopen around 120 schools that have remained shut for more than a decade.“During the interaction [with the Home Minister], the success achieved in aggressive operations in the core area of the CPI (Maoist) was highlighted. The security grid has been stabilised and deployments have been extended to no-go areas. Significant inter-State cooperation has resulted in numerous successful operations, particularly with Telangana, and there has been a perceptible improvement in the coordination between the State police and Central forces,” said a note prepared by the Home Ministry after Mr. Singh’s meeting.last_img read more

Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios advance, Milos Raonic withdraws from Cincinnati Open

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios took positive steps in their U.S. Open preparation by ousting seeded opponents to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday.Former U.S. Open champion del Potro beat 10th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6 7-6(1) 6-0, while Kyrgios opened with a 6-2 6-3 dismissal of ninth seed David Goffin of Belgium in the Cincinnati heat.Earlier in the day, sixth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to a lingering left wrist injury.The talented non-seeded winners, who have both battled injuries this season, excelled on serve.Del Potro powered in 17 aces in overcoming Berdych after a listless opening set.last_img read more

I-League: Real Kashmir FC allege ill-treatment, Gokulam Kerala FC clarify

first_imgReal Kashmir FC alleged ill-treatment at the hands of Gokulam Kerala FC and took the matter to I-League officials ahead of their match in Kozhikode on Saturday. Real Kashmir FC were furious with the training pitch they were allegedly provided with and the way their officials were treated.On the other hand, Gokulam Kerala FC have issued a clarification giving the entire sequence of events and alleging poor behaviour and irresponsibility on the part of Real Kashmir FC.Real Kashmir FC have been asked to stay inside their hotel room ahead of their clash against Gokulam Kerala. The members of Real Kashmir have accused that their players were abused and manhandled by the officials of Gokulam Kerala FC. They have also accused that they were not provided with team bus and training facilities.The team has sought police protection and have threatened that they may not even participate, if they are not provided with adequate security.Real Kashmir go into the match against Gokulam after a thumping 6-1 win against Shillong Lajong at home that propelled them to the third spot in the league table. Gokulam, on the other hand, are placed 7th in the table.This is Real Kashmir’s first season in the I-League after winning the second division last year while this is the second season when Gokulam are playing in the I-League.Real Kashmir FC took to Twitter to lash out at Gokulam for the way their officials abused the former’s coaching staff and officials, how they had no transportation till the training facility and the training pitch was in tatters.advertisementSHAME! RKFC officials including head coach David Robertson abused by @GokulamKeralaFC officials. No bus for training. No training ground. Matter reported to @ILeagueOfficial. But no way to treat guests. And they call it god’s own country.Real Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) December 14, 2018Real Kashmir posted a video of a Gokulam official telling Real Kashmir’s coaching staff to leave the ground and play on the ground, not “on our pitch”.Real Kashmir officials can be heard angrily saying, “We’ll show you there, nonsense people”. They are even heard shouting, “Give us a time to come and play.”When Real Kashmir officials question the groundsman if that is the way to treat guests, the groundsman can be heard saying, “I know. I have a reputation.”RKFC head coach and staff being asked to leave training ground. ‘This is Kerala not Kashmir’ @realkashmirfc told. Strange. Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) December 14, 2018Real Kashmir posted another video of the training pitch that had only a patch of grass where the players were doing the warm-up. The rest of the ground had no grass and looked in a pathetic state.Does this look like a training ground??? Team @realkashmirfc had to train on this dump as no ground or transport provided for training today in Calicut.@ILeagueOfficial Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) December 14, 2018Gokulam also took to Twitter to issue a sequential clarification to all the allegations made by Real Kashmir. Gokulam said that they had arranged for a bus for the club officials to the Medical College training ground — a bus they never took and that they never arrived for training at Medical College.Gokulam further said that Real Kashmir invaded the EMS stadium where training a day before the match is not allowed. Gokulam also alleged that Real Kashmir officials manhandled the groundsman and used foul language.Update: Today is Harthal’ (Strike) organised by a political party. After a long previous night of arrangements to get the transport for both the teams, we managed to send the bus for RKFC. Medical college ground was booked for RKFCs training. (1/n) Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Before the bus arrived, RKFCs officials who are staying in a nearby hotel invaded the EMS Stadium, where training a day before the match is not allowed by any MC. To keep this in track, we refused to let them train in the EMS. (2/n)Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018RKFC officials stormed the FOP and manhandled the groundsman and threw his phone away when he tried to capture what Mr. Robertson and his club members tried to do.Note, Mr. Robertson called our CEO a a fu**** ba**** for doing the things he had to do. (3/n)Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Questions:Why was the bus provided not used by them to get to the medical college ground when we had already arranged everything even in harthal? They did train the previous day in the same place.Why invade the stadium to train when it is not allowed by M. Comissioner?(4/n)advertisementGokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Remember, Medical college ground is probably the best of all the grounds that we have here. Getting a practice ground here is not easy and we agree that we couldn’t provide the best for all the teams, which is why we practice in the same ground we provide to the opponents. (5/n)Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Since RKFC did not reach the practice ground on the allotted time, we have even requested to extend the time hoping they might reach a bit late and train which was agreed by the Medical College. But no, that did not happen. (6/n)Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018And just because @realkashmirfc admin woke up a bit early and blurted things out, it doesn’t mean it is the neither right or wrong. Keep your sentiments for new club from Kashmir aside and think through the whole situation! (n/n)Gokulam Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Gokulam also particularly picked at the training ground video that Real Kashmir put and said this was only the warm-up area of the training facility and not the ground.This is not a training ground. It’s a warm up area of the stadium, lol.Errors in this tweet:1. Had to = Chose to.2. Not provided = refused by us.Lights. Camera. Action. Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah has also got involved in the controversy and tweeted requesting the local authorities to create a safe playing environment for Real Kashmir.Have been told @realkashmirfc are facing numerous difficulties down south in the run up to their clash against Gokulam Kerala FC to the point where they are unsure they will be safe playing tomorrow. Request local authorities to intervene to ensure safety of players & staff.Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 14, 2018Gokulam, however, had a response to that as well.Yes. Sure.To a point where they’re unsure they’ll be safe playing tomorrow?Probably that’s why they didn’t want to practice today? Kerala FC (@GokulamKeralaFC) December 14, 2018Official statement from Gokulam Kerala FCGokulam Kerala FC CEO Ashok Kumar was manhandled by a bunch of Real Kashmir FC officials today at EMS Corporation Stadium.Real Kashmir FC was allotted Kozhikode Medical College ground for training after the inspection done by the Match Commissioner on Thursday. Due to hartal, we had difficulty in arranging transport to Medical College Ground on time. The training time was at 10 am and the bus reached at the hotel at 10.06 AM.But instead of waiting for the bus, the whole Real Kashmir team barged in to the stadium and started to make a melee. The strike and the difficulty to get transport were informed to them and the AIFF officially on Wednesday itself.advertisementHowever, the players and officials barged into the stadium, hurling abuses. When our CEO requested them to leave the stadium, they manhandled our CEO and Kozhikode District Football Association official Hammeed. They snatched Hameed’s mobile phone and threw it on ground, thereby destroying it.They went on to train at the ground. During training they intentionally destroyed two Hero I-League runner boards.The runner boards were destroyed intentionally by kicking the boards on the sidelines during the training. Picture taken after the RKFC team left the stadium.Gokulam Kerala FC has been a good host to all the travelling teams. No teams were allowed to train at the field of play match day minus one. The home team also trains at the same venue of the away team.We have arranged training ground at Medical College ground, which is one of the best football pitches available in Kozhikode for the away teams to train. We have paid for the ground and no other I-League team does the same to the traveling team.Several teams including Minerva Punjab CEO Ranjit Bajaj has personally appreciated our hospitality when their team traveled to Kozhikode.Despite instigating violence and abusing Gokulam Kerala FC officials,they have spread blatant lies on social media. Police have taken a statement of the events occurred at the stadium. The match commissioner was also present at the stadium.Instead of behaving like professionals, Real Kashmir FC officials behaved like a set of hooligans. We have officially complained to the AIFF about the misconduct of the Real Kashmir officials.Gokulam Kerala FC will continue to be good hosts for all the visiting teams and use everything at its disposal to give the best facilities to the opponent teams. A single unfortunate situation caused by one sporting entity will not change our values. Gokulam Kerala FC requests all the concerned people to end this chapter here and let the real battle be fought on the pitch.Also Read | I was dejected when we missed the last edition of AFC Asian Cup: Sunil ChhetriAlso Read | Minerva and Chennayin may play AFC games in AhmedabadAlso See:last_img read more

Afridi reacts to Gambhir’s psychiatrist comment, says he has mental problem

first_imgNot known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him for a session with “a psychiatrist” after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener.Afridi, in his just-released autobiography ‘Game Changer’, sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who “behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond,” and has a “lot of attitude and no great records”.Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle, tagging Afridi.”…you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist,” Gambhir tweeted.Afridi was ready with his retort during the official launch of the book here.”He (Gambhir) has a mental problem and if he wants I can get him treated at my hospital,” Afridi said in response to the Indian batsman’s tweet.”If he faces any visa problem I will get it processed quickly for him,” Afridi said.The duo never shared a great rapport on and off the field and it was reflected in Afridi’s take on Gambhir in the book.”Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” Afridi wrote.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (grumpy). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote.advertisementThe two had an angry bust up during a bilateral series ODI in Kanpur back in 2007 (wrongly referred in Afridi’s book as Asia Cup game).”I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives,” Afridi recalled the uncharitable verbal exchange.Afridi has recently agreed that he had indulged in age-fraud and was 21 years old when he scored his hundred debut and not 16 as it was believed for a lot of years.Also Read | Will personally take you to a psychiatrist: Gautam Gambhir hits back at Shahid AfridiAlso Read | Umpires had to finish it off or I would have: Afridi recalls run-in with GambhirAlso Seelast_img read more

England set to ring changes and rest Jos Buttler for third Pakistan ODI

first_imgTopics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on LinkedIn The expectation is Joe Denly may take the place of Buttler at a ground that is now so small that Eoin Morgan is reluctant to play more than one specialist spinner – Bristol used to be one of the largest grounds in the country until the developers set to work.Morgan may opt for an extra bowler, which makes sense on several levels. Much is often made about the depth of England’s batting but this applies only if those players are in some sort of form. One of the goals over the next fortnight must be to ensure Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Archer have some batting time.Jason Roy is bound to play. So, too, is Morgan, who will become England’s most capped ODI cricketer. Roy made 87 at Southampton, which would satisfy most batsmen, but he was hardly ecstatic about that innings. “OK is the right word,” he said. “I was not quite myself. There was certainly a bit of rustiness there.”Still, 87 is not a bad return when a little short of form. Even better, the back spasms have disappeared. “The back actually feels way better than before,” Roy said. “I should have had the injection earlier. There are absolutely no worries at all now.”There was one shot at Southampton, an extra cover drive off Faheem Ashraf that went for six, that was a mini-turning point, which is often the way. One shot can transform a batsman’s confidence. Roy was asked whether he had ever hit a ball more sweetly. “No. That’s as good as it gets. Sorry, lads. I’ve played that shot before and maybe got out a couple of times. I guess it was just instinct. I was struggling a little bit and then it was nice to get one out of the sweet spot and I felt good from there.” Cricket Support The Guardian Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Pakistan cricket team Share on Twitter Read morecenter_img England continue to shuffle their pack during preparations for the World Cup, which have gone well for all but Alex Hales. The team have been tested in all three of their international games but have won them all. Now they are in Bristol, a venue that offers mixed memories. The precise composition of the XI for the third ODI against Pakistan is unclear but one thing is certain: the squad will not be winding down at the Mbargo nightclub afterwards.Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid are almost certain to be missing – neither practised on Monday – and it is likely Jos Buttler will be keeping his powder dry, which would enable Jonny Bairstow to have an outing with the gloves. It is hard to keep track but, though Bairstow is now reinstated as the Test keeper, he is the reserve in the ODI squad. Since you’re here… The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Jos Buttler’s consistency and carnage alarms England’s World Cup rivals Roy is looking to capitalise in Bristol but, like most of the England team, he is wary of looking too far ahead. The armchair strategists wonder whether he could have an impact on the Ashes series. He would like to but said: “My focus is on tomorrow and the rest of this series so that I’m in the right state mentally and physically. The weight of runs will come hopefully and, if the [Ashes] call comes, then brilliant.”England are confident Jimmy Anderson has not sustained any long-term damage after limping out of Lancashire’s Royal London Cup defeat by Hampshire on Sunday. The paceman is “a little sore” after being struck on the knee by a straight drive. Share on Facebook England cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Province Presents Forestry Infrastructure Plan

first_img new silviculture work harvesting, including a six month stockpiling program road maintenance on Crown land forestry training program establishing a woodlands core team The province’s seven-point plan to provide jobs, specialized training and to keep the NewPage mill in Point Tupper re-sale ready, is progressing. An agreement has been reached with NewPage Port Hawkesbury to establish a $14-million Forestry Infrastructure Fund, pending court approval. The agreement has been filed with the court-appointed monitor for a hearing Friday, Sept. 23, under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings. “We are working as fast as we can to help workers and their families in the Strait area,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “But we appreciate and respect that there is a court process that must be followed.” The Forestry Infrastructure fund will allow for: A four-member management committee, led by Julie Towers, executive director of renewable resources at the Department of Natural Resources, has been formed to oversee the fund and work. The other members of the committee are representatives of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, the monitor and NewPage. The agreement also creates a $988,200 Silviculture Reserve Fund to resolve outstanding payments for silviculture work for NewPage before Sept. 9.last_img read more

21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala Expansion In India

first_imgBest Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala at Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood on Friday, November 17.The 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala is a spectacular event with hundreds of prominent locals and international guests gathering to celebrate the Best Buddies mission. This year’s Best Buddies Miami Gala will celebrate the organization’s expansion into India.Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, partake in a top-notch auction and witness dazzling entertainment. During the Gala, Ralph Winter will be honored with the Spirit of Leadership award for his $1 million gift to Best Buddies that will be used to promote and expand the organization’s mission of friendship, jobs, and leadership development for individuals with IDD around the world.“We are incredibly excited to celebrate Best Buddies’ expansion into India, where we hope to exemplify the true spirit of friendship and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Anthony K. Shriver, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Moreover, I am proud to celebrate the Best Buddies mission with some of our most dedicated supporters, participants, and volunteers. The Miami Gala is a fantastic way to thank and celebrate the achievements of our participants and supporters, as well as remind everyone of our mission and importance of the work that we do on behalf of individuals with special abilities.”Each year, the Gala brings together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year’s event includes: Best Buddies International’s Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver and his wife, Alina Shriver; Actors Nolan Gould, Jason Lewis and Kevin McHale; Actress and Model Charlotte McKinney; Four-time Tour de France Winner Chris Froome; Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff; and International Pop-Artist Romero Britto. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by four-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Australian rapper Iggy Azalea!There will also be a number of one-of-a-kind items up for auction, including a limited edition Hublot Best Buddies Cycling Timepiece, a custom portrait by Romero Britto, and a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to be a part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready to Wear show in Milan, Italy, which includes a special meet and greet with Mr. Domenico Dolce and Mr. Stefano Gabbana.The day’s festivities will kick-off bright and early with the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami, a 100K six-star cycling event, limited to just 50 cyclists, that starts and finishes at Marlins Park. The Challenge will be led by Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and pro cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde.As a result of phenomenal support from generous sponsors and donors, Best Buddies is able to extend its reach globally, and will continue to develop its presence through its eight formal programs — Best Buddies Ambassadors, Citizens, Colleges, e-Buddies, High Schools, Jobs, Middle Schools and Promoters— across the United States and in nearly 50 countries. Proceeds from the Gala will allow Best Buddies to continue making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with special abilities on a global scale.Sterling Foundation Management and the The Ferraro Law Firm are the Friendship Sponsors of the event; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation & PLC, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Chateau Gaby, Tracfone Wireless are the Employment Sponsors. Leadership Sponsors include the Abaco Wines, Braman Motors, Capital Trust Group, The GEO Group Foundation, Inc., IPC, Sheba Lucas, Mack Cycle & Fitness, Park West Foundation, Pepsi-Cola, Michael Schlesginer, Sandy & Tony Tamer and WSVN 7News.last_img read more

Emmanuel Kabongo Stars In CBCs New Show 21 THUNDER

first_img Login/Register With: 21 Thunder: A Must See TV Series Emmanuel Kabongo Stars in CBC’s new show 21 THUNDER premiering July 31st at 9 pm!Star Emmanuel Kabongo was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and relocated to South Africa with his family before moving to Toronto in 1998. He began his acting career in short and independent films and has since made guest appearances on TV shows such as Flashpoint, Nikita, Call Me Fitz, Murdoch Mysteries and Rookie Blue. In 2013, Kabongo played a lead character in The Animal Project (Ingrid Veninger, director; TIFF 2013 Official Selection) and appeared in the feature film Pompeii in 2014. He produced and starred in the web series Teenagers, which won three awards at the 2014 LA WebFest. Kabongo completed the Theatre Arts Program at George Brown College and was awarded with the Actors Conservatory Program scholarship at the Canadian Film School. Advertisement Twitter  21 Thunder   shows the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Have you seen Braedon Gordon

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police investigators are searching for Braedon Lee Gordon, 11.Gordon was last seen on April 30 in Winnipeg’s west-end.Gordon is described as 4’9 and weighing about 80 lbs. He has brown eyes, sports a brush cut with lines shaved into the sides.Anyone with information on Gordon’s whereabouts is asked to contact Winnipeg police.last_img

Defective statehood vexed PRC

first_imgArunachal Pradesh, the land of the rising sun in India, goes to polls for both the 60 assembly seats and the 2 Lok Sabha seats on April 11, the first day of the long-drawn ensuing general elections in India. And beyond right concerns about the fast deteriorating road and bridge infrastructure, poor public health, education and supplies, etc., the dominant issues impacting public opinion in this round seems to be the protest against what many say as “defective statehood which needs amendment, and permanent residence certificate (PRC) to outsiders which need to be quashed.” Also Read – A special kind of bondThe People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), which has been demanding for a constitutional amendment of the Arunachal Statehood Act of 1986, has appealed to the people of the state to consider the task of correcting and amending the ‘defective’ Act as their prime agenda. They want the Act amended, which will give Arunachal a status at par with Nagaland and Mizoram. And this is catching up with others joining the fray, including Janata Dal Secular led by Jarjum Ette, a parliamentary candidate from West Arunachal, and other leaders of National People’s Party, etc. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt may be recalled that the former parliamentarians from the state, PK Thungon and Wangpa Lowang had tried their best to amend the defects in the Arunachal Statehood Bill when the bill was being tabled in Parliament in 1986. “The governor has been equipped with more powers to deal with law and order in whatever manner he thinks fit. The people have been denied the constitutional right of defence in respect of land, culture and social and religious practices…Therefore, it is much more appropriate that the people should be protected more than to equip the governor with more powers,” PK Thungon was quoted as pleading in the Parliament. Emphasising the need to bring an end to the dependency syndrome, secretary general of PPA, Kaling Jerang noted recently that the necessary constitutional amendment of the Act can give Arunachalis back their “lost pride and self-respect”. Many political and intellectual voices, including that of woman activist Jarjum Ette (JDS) believes that Arunachal, in spite being one of the most resourceful states in the country, has been reduced to the status of dependency, and to such an extent that often, with the change of the government in the Centre, the entire state cabinet changes political colours, as was seen recently in the case of Congress ministers and MLAs (except the then CM Nabam Tuki) becoming a BJP cabinet overnight. This dependency syndrome has to be done away with by amending the ‘defective’ Statehood Act, which will give the people back their ownership rights in every sense-culture, customary and traditional tribal rights over their land, forests, rivers and untapped mineral resources. Even Gegong Apang, the longest-serving chief minister of the state who joined BJP in 2014 ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, had submitted a letter to Modi on this matter. He said all central leaders during their visit to the state had been approached but the Centre did not budge. Even the state Assembly passed a resolution in this regard twice in 1994 and in 2013. Apang, who was the first chief minister of the state, claimed he and other state leaders were not consulted on the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act of 1986. The then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had assured Arunachal leaders that the Constitution would be amended for rectification of the act but nothing has been done so far. The Act under Schedule VI of the Constitution of India has made Arunachalees merely land protectors as the central government owns the minerals below the surface of state soil. Hence, activists today believe that its amendment to bring the state under Schedule six of the Constitution of India alone would protect the traditional rights and liberty of indigenous patriotic people of this sensitive North-eastern border state of India. Arunachal gets limited royalty from the central government for any minerals extracted because of Delhi’s apathy, unlike Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram which own their mineral resources being under Schedule V. If the records of former Oil India CMD Chudamani Ratnam are any indication that carbon deposits are trapped in coal cells (over 25,000 million tons of carbon deposits, including 1400 million tons in of which Arunachal) in Arunachal and part of Assam, then if tapped could meet country’s requirements for next 100 years, which was admitted by the then Union Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar here in 2005. The state coffer would enrich if these deposits are exploited to make Arunachal one of the richest states of India. At the core of the concerns on statehood, there are two aspects. One is revenue for the state from its resources and limiting gubernatorial powers. Second, there is also the concern of identity. Experts feel an urgent need to strengthen and codify tribal customs and traditions for the future generations not to face identity crisis under the impact of modernisation. Tribal communities in various other parts of India, as in Chattisgarh or Odisha, are facing various cultural onslaughts in their lives apart from battling for their rights of jal, jangal and jameen (water, forest produce and land). It must be noted here that the Arunachal state assembly had unanimously passed a resolution directing the state government to move the Centre for a constitutional amendment with provision for special protection for the state. The assembly had also resolved to urge the Centre to expeditiously amend Article 371H of the Constitution to bring Arunachal Pradesh at par with the provisions of Article 371A(1) with a view to provide special constitutional protection to the people of the state in respect of religious and social practices, customary laws and rights of ownership and transfer of land and its resources. However, recently, the Arunachal Pradesh Land Management Minister Nabam Rebia of BJP told the assembly that the Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Act, 1986, being a central act, its amendment is not under the purview of the state government. To conclude, whether Congress or BJP, both central governments have done a lip service without ever actually bringing this bill on the floor of Parliament in the last 30 years for any amendment. The other vexed issue is that of the PRC. Protests broke out in Arunachal capital Itanagar on February 21-23, after a State government-appointed committee recommended PRC for six non-Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribe residents of Namsai and Changlang districts. Three people were killed in the clashes. Giving in to public pressure, Arunachal Pradesh government froze its decision on the controversial permanent residence certificate (PRC) that triggered widespread violence for three days, leading to the torching of the Deputy Chief Minister’s house. Confirming that three people died in the violence, which saw widespread arson and the torching of the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, central MOS Home, Kiren Rijiju, also sitting MP of Western Arunachal, had faulted his party’s state government for not being able to communicate the situation to the citizens. Though BJP state president Tapir Gao, himself a Parliamentary candidate from East Arunachal, believes that the issue will not have any impact on the poll prospects of the party but on ground there is widespread resentment and social media noise on this aborted attempt for PRC and the shelved Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which calls for citizenship to immigrants by religion and was withdrawn in Rajya Sabha recently after massive protests in the North East. Such optimism is, however, not shared by former BJP state general secretary Jarpum Gamlin, who is an assembly candidate this time. With these two major talking-points, Arunachal Pradesh assembly and Lok Sabha polls this year may throw some surprises and the state may actually veer towards a multi-party state polity rather than be confined within the binary of Congress-BJP so far. (The author is a media academic and has a spent a considerable number of years in Arunachal Pradesh. Views are personal)last_img read more

Jabariya Jodi based on pakadwa vivah

first_imgMumbai: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who has wrapped up shooting his upcoming film Jabriya Jodi, said the romantic comedy film is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which is rampant in Bihar. On the basic premise of the film, Sidharth said: “It is a romantic comedy film based in Patna (Bihar). It revolves around the concept of Pakadwa Vivah. We have been shooting for this film since last year. We created a lot of things of Patna in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe is glad to have collaborated with Parineeti again after Hasee Toh Phasee. “I think I haven’t played this kind of role earlier in my career and for Pari (Parineeti Chopra) also, it’s a different world and different role. We are really excited for the film and that’s why we are celebrating with a wrap-up party of the film. The entire crew has worked really hard on this film and hopefully soon, in a month or two, we might release some content of the film,” the actor said. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaSidharth’s last released film Aiyaary didn’t fare well at the box office. Asked about the pressure he is feeling with the release of Jabariya Jodi, he said: “We are nervous with every film. We are as nervous and as excited with every film.” On the unique title of the film, the director said: “Since it is based on forced weddings that happen in Bihar and in Bihari language, forced means ‘jabariya’. So, that’s how we came up with the title of this film.” When Parineeti was asked if she faced any difficulty in learning Bihari for the film, she said: “I think the good thing was that our director knows that world really well and in his Hindi also, there is a little bit flavour of Patna. So, it was really easy for me and Sidharth (Malhotra) because we used to follow Prashant blindly.”last_img read more

Competition Bureau drops civil probe of Loblaw over anticompetitive actions

TORONTO — Canada’s competition watchdog has closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation into Loblaw Companies Ltd. related to allegations the grocery giant abused its dominant position in dealing with suppliers.The Competition Bureau said Tuesday that after analyzing the impact of Loblaw’s supplier policies on competition, it concluded there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that the company abused its dominant position.Loblaw said the bureau’s announcement on Tuesday was welcome news.“We have been an open book and made significant contributions to the bureau’s review. We have used the process to better understand the bureau’s concerns and observations, and have simplified the way we conduct our business with suppliers,” said spokesman Kevin Groh.“We are continuing to introduce industry-leading compliance measures.”The civil investigation — which the bureau said is separate from its criminal investigation into the grocery industry — centred on whether Loblaw had influenced its suppliers’ dealings with other retailers by seeking compensation when other retailers sold their products at lower prices.The bureau said it identified several Loblaw policies that raised concerns but found no clear evidence that they had actually reduced competition with its rivals, resulting in its decision to end the civil probe.But it wouldn’t reveal much about how the closed investigation compared with its open criminal investigation into allegations of anti-competitive price-fixing.“By law, the Bureau’s investigations and inquiries are conducted confidentially. Therefore, I cannot comment further,” bureau spokeswoman Marie-France Faucher said in an email.Media reports have said the bureau’s criminal price-fixing investigation is focused on the price of packaged bread.However, food industry expert Sylvain Charlebois said he doesn’t think the bureau will find any evidence to support the bread conspiracy theory.“And if there is such a cartel, consumers are actually benefiting from it because prices are very soft and there’s more variety at cheaper price,” Charlebois said from Halifax, where he’s dean of Dalhousie University’s business school.He said the criminal investigation of alleged price fixing was sparked by small, independent grocers that don’t have the same clout as big competitors such as Loblaw, Metro Inc. and the Sobeys chain owned by Empire Company Ltd.  — which have all said they’re co-operating with the Competition Bureau.Charlebois said the earlier civil investigation into Loblaw alone was prompted by a group of suppliers, as a result of the grocery company’s friendly takeover of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.The bureau said its 2014 civil investigation of Loblaw focused on nine policies that were discontinued or inactive since January 2016. It added that Loblaw introduced a different set of rules later in 2016, using a different approach with suppliers, and added it could revisit its decision to end the investigation if further information comes to its attention.“The Bureau has gathered the facts and developed a deep understanding of the complex issues in the grocery industry: We have followed through on our commitment to conduct a thorough review,” Commissioner of Competition John Pecman said Tuesday in a statement.“The line between hard bargaining and anti-competitive conduct is a fine one and firms should be careful not to cross it. The position statement we issued today in connection to this civil investigation provides guidance to the grocery industry on how to stay onside of Canada’s competition law.”Players in the Canadian grocery industry often charge suppliers various fees. Suppliers may pay listing fees, for example, to have their product stocked.Earlier this month, Loblaw announced that its largest suppliers will have to pay a new handling fee. Suppliers using Loblaw’s distribution centres will pay 0.79 per cent on the cost of goods they sell to the company, while those shipping directly to stores will pay 0.24 per cent.Previously, Loblaw told suppliers in July 2016 that it would apply an automatic 1.45-per-cent price deduction on all shipments. It also said the grocer would reject any future cost increases from suppliers, unless they are related to higher input costs. read more

MLAs Steinley and Tochor resign seats as federal campaign starts

Two Saskatchewan Party MLAs running for the federal Conservatives resigned their seats in the provincial legislature on the first official day of federal campaigning Wednesday.It leaves two vacant urban seats and questions about whether the provincial government will call a byelection to replace the departing members in Saskatoon and Regina.Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley and Saskatoon Eastview MLA Corey Tochor have both represented their ridings since 2011. Steinley is now running to take Regina—Lewvan for the Conservatives, while Tochor is looking to help the party hold onto Saskatoon—University after replacing incumbent Brad Trost.The pair will be eligible for a few months of transitional payments and both plan to follow past precedent and accept the money.The candidates had committed to resigning as MLAs at the official start of the campaign, which began with the writ of election on Wednesday. They faced NDP criticism for continuing to collect their paycheques while campaigning for federal office, but both stressed that they continued to fulfill their duties as MLAs.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Steinley and Tochor have been eyeing federal runs since early 2018, when they announced their plans to seek Conservative nominations.The NDP also urged Premier Scott Moe to call byelections to replace them. But there is no requirement that he do so, since byelections don’t have to be called if a member resigns more than 40 months after the most recent general election. That threshold was crossed on Aug. 6.Moe was not immediately available to comment on his plans. He is expected to address the issue at the installation ceremony for the lieutenant-governor on Thursday.The Government Caucus Office has previously said only that the prime minister “will follow all relevant legislation” and had not decided on a course of action as of late June.The issue has made an appearance on the doorsteps during the federal campaign. During a spate of door knocking Wednesday, one woman in Regina’s north end told Steinley she was “disappointed” she could be left without an MLA for more than a year.But Steinley responded by noting that neighbouring MLAs like Regina Rochdale representative Laura Ross will be on hand to pick up the slack.He also noted that the decision about a calling a byelection is not his to make.“It’s up to the provincial government if we are going to have a byelection or not,” he said.The woman eventually said she was pleased he had come to provide his explanation. Steinley said he’s heard from about 10 voters with similar concerns.Both Steinley and Tochor will be eligible for transition allowances, as per a directive of the Board of Internal Economy. The allowance is valued at one month’s pay for each year of service. That would amount to approximately seven to eight months of pay for each member.Steinley’s campaign office provided a statement indicating he will accept the allowance.“Warren is aware of the transition allowance and he will follow past precedent set by retiring, resigning and defeated MLA’s,” said the statement. “Historically, MLAs of different political parties have all set a precedent and collected the allowance.”Tochor’s campaign said much the same thing, without explicitly saying “yes.”“He will follow past precedent,” said a read more

Security Council decries lack of progress in resolving conflict in Abkhazia Georgia

In a statement read out by Council President Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, the Council underlined the importance of early negotiations on the core political questions relating to the conflict.In that context, it strongly supported the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the region, Dieter Boden, to promote the achievement of a comprehensive political settlement based on Council decisions, which must include a resolution of the political status of Abkhazia.The Council also welcomed Mr. Boden’s intention to submit a draft paper containing specific proposals on the distribution of constitutional competencies between Tbilisi and Sukhumi as a starting point for negotiations. Prior to adopting its statement, the Council was briefed in private by Mr. Boden. The Minister for Special Affairs of Georgia, Malkhaz Kakabadze, also participated in the Council’s private meeting. The conflict in Abkhazia, strategically located on the Black Sea in the north-western region of the Republic of Georgia, began with social unrest and attempts by the local authorities to separate from the Republic. It escalated into a series of armed confrontations in the summer of 1992 when the Government of Georgia deployed 2,000 Georgian troops in Abkhazia. A ceasefire agreement was reached on 3 September 1992 in Moscow by the Republic of Georgia, the leadership of Abkhazia and the Russian Federation. In 1993, the United Nations established the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) to help monitor compliance with the ceasefire. read more

Despite assurances of access Israel still blocks UN aid from reaching Jenin

“The UN has been extremely worried about the steady stream of unconfirmed reports of widespread suffering and destruction, yet we have been prevented from reaching those in need,” Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. Mr. Eckhard said that on Wednesday, the Israeli Defence Force had assured the UN that a team of humanitarian and medical personnel would be given access to the camp to bring in food and medical supplies, evacuate dead bodies as well as the wounded, and assess the most immediate emergency needs of the population. Although today the IDF did facilitate entry into Jenin town, the team, after waiting for over four hours, “was informed by Israeli military authorities that they would not be given access to the camp on security grounds.” The United Nations called on the Israeli Government to provide immediate access, the spokesman said, adding that international aid workers remained in Jenin town, “available to enter the camp as soon as access is granted.”Meanwhile, a team from the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to get a truckload of food supplies, tents, and powdered milk into Jenin town and hospital, according to the spokesman.Voicing concern over the situation in the area, Mr. Eckhard cited reports indicating that water and electricity supplies had been cut off since the camp was sealed off by the Israeli authorities nine days ago. He noted that the UN had been unable to deliver food since then, while during the entire period the area had been under round-the-clock curfew. read more

UN rights chief calls for action to head off potential expulsions in

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello today recalled that as the inevitability of war in Iraq became inescapable, he had repeatedly warned about the possibility of retribution against, and likely displacement of, the people brought to northern Iraq under Baghdad’s long-standing policy of Arabization.Stressing that although such “flashpoints” could have been avoided, Mr. Vieira de Mello pointed out that in the wake of reports that perhaps hundreds of families had been forcibly expelled from the towns and villages in and around Kirkuk, the problems of which he had warned were now taking place. “Action should be taken now to protect these populations from intimidation, forced expulsion and other abuses,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said, echoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s concern that unless the security vacuum that now exists is quickly addressed, there was a very real prospect of population displacement in Iraq. In a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York last week, the Secretary-General appealed to all concerned to respect fundamental human rights principles, including the right to live free from intimidation and forced expulsion. read more

Most 50somethings plan to work in retirement to offset low savings poll

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 20, 2012 8:26 am MDT business|cibc poll|leger marketing|money|retirement canadians|savings TORONTO, Ont. – Older Canadians are planning to work longer into their retirement years, according to a new survey from the CIBC. While many could say goodbye to the 9-5 grind, a lack of savings is forcing many to stay in the workforce. The poll, conducted by Leger Marketing, focused exclusively on Canadians aged 50-59 — the largest demographic approaching retirement. The online survey of 805 people across Canada was conducted for CIBC by Leger Marketing from July 5 to 8. While most have targeted age 63 as their preferred end-of-work goal, just over half said they’ll keep working past age 65, with many on a part-time basis, as they’ve fallen short of their savings goal. Forty-five per cent have less than $100,000 put away to fund their retirement. Leger found Quebec residents were least likely to say they’ll work after retirement, at 47 per cent. Manitoba and Saskatchewan residents were the most likely to say they planned to work after retirement, at 59 per cent. Atlantic Canada (54 per cent), Ontario (55 per cent), Alberta (57 per cent) and British Columbia (49 per cent) were closer to the national average. The CIBC said the years leading up to retirement are some of the best potentially for savings with lower mortgage expenses. While many said they’ll work past the retirement age for extra cash, two-thirds  see working as a way to either stay socially active. Most 50-somethings plan to work in retirement to offset low savings: poll read more

El Faros tragic ending burned in investigators mind

by Jason Dearen, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 1:41 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email El Faro’s tragic ending ‘burned’ in investigator’s mind JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was just a fleeting moment, hardly noticeable amid the tumult: As the crew of the freighter El Faro fought their futile battle with a hurricane , the second mate asked the captain if she could leave the bridge to retrieve her life jacket.But to federal safety investigators, it was a vital clue to help them understand a tragedy that took the lives of all 33 sailors aboard.Something was wrong. The mate, Danielle Randolph, should have had quick access to life jackets on the bridge. Hearing that she did not, says Brian Young, chief investigator for the NTSB, filled him with “disgust.”“Her request to get the life jackets is something we’re looking into,” he told The Associated Press. “That definitely raised a flag for us.”For months, the investigators listened to 26 hours of conversations of the El Faro’s crew, captured by the ship’s voyage data recorder as they rode to their doom. The 790-foot ship sank on Oct. 1, 2015, after losing propulsion in Hurricane Joaquin. The bodies of the crew were never found.The black box was recovered from the Atlantic last summer. The transcript of the conversations it recorded came in at more than 500 pages, and is the largest ever produced by the National Transportation Safety Board. It has provided clues to the ship’s safety culture — clues that never would have come to light without the data recorder.The recording indicates Capt. Michael Davidson felt the need to let the ship’s owner, the international shipping company TOTE Maritime, Inc., know about his routing decisions. TOTE maintains that Davidson had the first and last word in decision-making about his route from Jacksonville, Florida, to San Juan, Puerto Rico. His route ended up taking the ship directly into the strongest October storm seen in those waters in more than a century.“I hope we get to take the Old Bahama Channel on the way back,” Davidson tells Randolph, referring to a slower but safer route.“Does the company want permission now?” Randolph asks.Davidson says he was telling TOTE as a professional courtesy because the route would add 160 nautical miles to the trip. “I don’t think they’ll say no. I gave them a good reason why.”Young said much of the audio had to be listened to 100 times to be correctly transcribed. The microphones were embedded in the bridge’s ceiling, and there was a lot of ambient noise from the storm and people would walk or turn away from them. Representatives from TOTE and the Coast Guard also conferred on the transcription.The board’s full report is expected to be released later this year.For everyone involved, listening to the crew bravely work to save the ship and themselves was a brutal exercise. Young and many of the others in the room had been merchant mariners.At the end of the transcript, Davidson tries to calm his helmsman, Frank Hamm, as the ship sinks.“You gonna leave me,” Hamm cries.“I’m not leavin’ you. Let’s go,” the captain responded. Shortly thereafter, the audio ends.“Speaking for everybody on our entire team, it’s something none of us will ever forget,” Young said. “It’s chilling to hear fellow mariners’ last words in such a tragic ending. It’s something that is burned in my mind.”___Follow Jason Dearen on Twitter: This April 11, 2017 photo provided by the NTSB shows investigator Brian Young at an undisclosed location. Young is the chief investigator for the NTSB into the sinking of the freighter El Faro in the Bahamas on Oct. 1, 2015. The 790- foot ship sank after losing propulsion in Hurricane Joaquin. The bodies of the 33 crew members were never found. (NTSB via AP) read more

Statistics Canada says retail sales slipped 06 per cent in February

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 0.6 per cent to $47.8 billion in February due in large part to lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations.Economists had expected a decline of 0.1 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The move lower in February followed a whopping 2.3 per cent increase in January.Statistics Canada says sales were down in five of 11 subsectors, representing 67 per cent of total retail sales. In volume terms, retail sales edged down 0.1 per cent.Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers fell 1.8 per cent, the first move down in seven months, while sales at gasoline stations fell 3.6 per cent due in large part to lower prices.Excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations, retail sales were up 0.5 per cent. Statistics Canada says retail sales slipped 0.6 per cent in February by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 26, 2017 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more