Congress to launch fight-for-right yatra in Uttar Pradesh June 15

first_imgAiming to corner the Yogi Adityanath government as well as the Centre on farmers’ issues and the problem of unemployment, the Congress will begin a “haq mango abhiyan” (fight-for-right) yatra across Uttar Pradesh from June 15, 2017.The march, which will cover all the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, will start from Aligarh.The party has coined slogans like “na karzmafi, na rozgar ka mauka, prachand bahumat, phir bhi prachand dhokha” (no loan waiver, no jobs; a massive betrayal after a massive mandate), for the yatra.The march will be led by state Congress chief Raj Babbar and other senior leaders will be joining it in the later phases, party general secretary and spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi told PTI today.According to sources, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too might join the yatra in the later phases as he is abroad presently to meet his grandmother.“The yatra is being taken out at the behest of the party vice president in order to highlight the plight of farmers and the youth and how they have been hoodwinked by this government which had promised loan waiver and jobs,” Mr. Tripathi said.Farmers today are forced to commit suicides and the youth have to migrate to other areas as the promises made to the BJP have remained unfulfilled, he said.Against the promise of two crore jobs annually, a mere 1.35 lakh have been provided in the three years of the Modi government, Mr. Tripathi said.“At this rate, it will take 500 years to remove unemployment and many generations will go jobless in the process,” he said.The Congress vice president has always been at the forefront in highlighting the problems of farmers. He had also made an attempt to go to Mandsaur to express solidarity with them but the powers at the helm did not like it, Mr. Tripathi said.“Farmers today are on a warpath not only in Madhya Pradesh but also in Baghpat (western UP), Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and we are a national party and it is our duty to stand with them in their fight for their rights,” he said.During the yatra, party leaders and workers will interact with the locals, hold panchayats and public meetings to get to know about their problems and tell them that the Congress was with them, he said.In the first phase, the state president will personally visit 17 districts to highlight the plight of the farmers, youth and the unkept promises of the BJP government.Raj Babbar had earlier sent a letter to all district chiefs of the party asking them to establish contact with farmers in their area and hold protests to raise their issues in a “Gandhian” manner.In the letter, he alleged that due to the state government’s “insensitive approach”, farmers have to face cane-charge or firing during their protests.“You should also get in touch with farmers’ organisations in your respective districts so that we can unitedly raise their problems and start a movement,” Mr. Babbar had said in the letter expressing hope that the party’s district units would provide momentum to the campaign.last_img read more

Gujarat Higher Education Council Bill-2016 passed! All you need to know about the bill

first_imgMLA of Gujarat Minister of State Education Vasuben Trivedi pronounced the bill on the last day of Budget session yesterday, March 31. With this, ‘The Gujarat Higher Education Council Bill-2016’, which was brought by the BJP-led state government, was passed in the absence of Congress MLAs.The Minister stated in her speech, “State level planning and co-ordination of higher education shall be done through state Council for Higher Education, which would work as the supreme body.”The bill included the following things:As per the provisions mentioned in the Bill, the Gujarat Chief Minister would be the ex-officio president of the council, while the cabinet minister for education would be appointed as the vice-president, and the minister of state for education as the co-vice presidentIn total, there will be 15 ex-officio members in the Council, including the CM and the two ministers. Other members include secretaries of Education, Finance, Industries and Labour department, among othersOne of the key functions of the council would be “to carry out effective monitoring of academic/administrative/financial performance of Universities and affiliated colleges and to recommend remedial measures for better performance”The council will also have some sweeping powers to regulate higher education in the state. As per section 15 of the bill, the government can ask the universities to implement reforms suggested by the councilFurther, “it shall be obligatory on the part of the university to implement the directions given by the state government and report the action taken to state government and the Council accordingly”The council would also act as a watch dog to monitor illegal and unauthorised education institutes imparting fake degrees. It will also make recommendations with regard to funding to universities, scholarship criteria, development of curriculum and courses, etc.The Bill for the establishment of the Council was brought on the recommendation of University Grants Commission (UGC) and Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan in 2013.advertisementRead: Delhi Budget 2016: Key highlights Click here to get the latest updates on education news.last_img read more

Newport back from the brink and ready to give Spurs a rough ride

first_img Pinterest Facebook Read more Facebook There is a wry smile on Joe Day’s face as he reflects on Newport County’s latest setback, in which a tumble‑dryer caught fire and burned down part of the club’s training base only a few days before they turfed Leeds United out of the FA Cup.“It’s classic Newport,” says their goalkeeper, shaking his head. “We always seem to have a bit of bad luck along the way. Half of us have lost our training kit and we can’t get changed there any more. But we just get on with it and make the best of things. You’ve got to laugh it off.”Life in League Two tends to throw up these challenges from time to time, yet no one at Newport is complaining. In a crowded corridor that doubles as a makeshift kit room at Spytty Park, the local athletics stadium where Newport used to play in their non-league days and now train, there is a buzz of excitement before Tottenham Hotspur’s visit in the fourth round on Saturday as staff and players giddily contemplate the prospect of coming up against Harry Kane, Dele Alli et al.“It’s the old cliche, the magic of the Cup,” says Day, his eyes lighting up. “For me personally, as a League Two player, it’s a fantastic opportunity to go and show your own ability against Premier League players. How good am I? It’s a chance to say: ‘Can I maybe play at this level?’ Because it’s the dream of all of us League Two players to play in the Premier League.” Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Twitter FA Cup Michael Flynn, Newport’s manager, is looking forward to welcoming Spurs to Rodney Parade: ‘I’ll be straight with you, they’re not going to like it.’ Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/Guardian Twitter Newport players prepare in the reception area of the stadium where they train. Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/Guardian To put this tie in perspective the last time Newport reached the fourth round was in 1979, the year before Michael Flynn, their manager, was born and a few months before Margaret Thatcher became prime minister. Over the following decade the club badly lost its way – as well as its home – and was wound up with debts of £330,000 in February 1989.Newport reformed, worked their way up from the bottom of the pyramid, and returned to the Football League a quarter of a century later – only for the storm clouds to gather again last year, when they were minutes away from relegation and potential financial oblivion for a second time. Agony, however, turned to ecstasy when Mark O’Brien scored an 89th-minute winner against Notts County on the final day to complete an amazing act of escapology that enabled Newport, who had been 11 points adrift of safety with 12 matches remaining when Flynn took charge in March, to survive at the expense of Hartlepool.Flynn looks drained at the very mention of that dramatic day. “All that was going through my head for six minutes [after Hartlepool took the lead] was: ‘These fans don’t deserve this.’ They’d waited for 25 years to get back in the Football League and it looked like it was going to be over, so the sheer emotion when we scored and we held on and we were safe, and seeing what it meant to everybody … it’s making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up now.” With the vastly experienced Lennie Lawrence to lean on for advice and Wayne Hatswell taking much of the training as his assistant, Flynn has surrounded himself with people who complement his infectious personality and drive to succeed. He has also sought to put together a team in the image of the city.“The people of Newport wear their heart on their sleeve – they’re honest, hardworking people and that’s what I’ve got as players, too,” Flynn says. “I think the fans can relate to that. They see it game in and game out.”Flynn says he would prefer to wait until he sees the Tottenham teamsheet before deciding what chance there is of another FA Cup upset, but after being inundated with text messages and voicemails since the Leeds victory and struggling to find time to keep up with everything, he has a plan in place should the unthinkable happen. “I’ll be throwing my phone in the river Usk if we beat Spurs,” he says, laughing. Pinterest Newport County Eight months later Newport’s story keeps getting better. They are pushing for a play-off place, Leeds were vanquished at Rodney Parade in the previous round of the FA Cup and the stage is set for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham. Temporary stands have been erected at either end of the ground, increasing capacity to around 10,000 for a game that is being televised and, according to Gavin Foxall, the club’s chairman, will take Newport’s earnings from the FA Cup this season to between £400,000 and £500,000.“When you think as a business we turn over £2.2m a year, when you start looking at monies like that, you realise the impact,” Foxall says.Although Rodney Parade has undergone something of a facelift, Flynn pulls no punches when asked what Spurs are likely to make of the surroundings. “I’ll be straight with you, they’re not going to like it. They’ll be thinking: ‘Let’s get the result and get out of here.’ That’s exactly what will be going through their minds. I can’t blame them – it’s an older stadium, the showers won’t be as good as theirs, the pitch has improved a lot but that won’t be as good as what they’re used to, and there definitely won’t be any of those comfy seats in the dugout. Not unless some fans nick some and put them in there before the game.”As someone who had four spells with Newport as a player and was born and raised in the city, Flynn knows the club and the area as well as anyone and his passion for the job shines through. Foxall says that when he phoned Flynn to offer him the position “it was almost as if Barcelona were ringing him” because the 37-year-old was so enthusiastic. “I said to him: ‘All we want you to do is put a bit of pride back in the shirt.’ But he didn’t just galvanise the team – he galvanised the city.” Share via Email League Two Football League Share on Messenger Topics Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Tottenham Hotspur ‘I’m obsessed’: Yeovil manager Darren Way’s big plans for Manchester United Share on WhatsApp features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Van Persie returns to his roots at Feyenoord

first_imgFeyenoord Former Arsenal and Man Utd striker Van Persie returns to Feyenoord Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:40 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robin van Persie Fenerbahce Getty Images Feyenoord Manchester United Arsenal Fenerbahçe Eredivisie Premier League Transfers The vastly-experienced frontman is heading back to where it all began after seeing Fenerbahce agree to the termination of his contract Robin van Persie is returning to his roots at Feyenoord after negotiating the termination of his contract at Fenerbahce.Now 34 years of age, the move sees the experienced frontman head back to where it all began.Van Persie is a product of the academy system at Feyenoord, with the Rotterdam native having first linked up with the club as a 16-year-old back in 1999. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He would spend just three years as part of the senior fold at his home-town club before securing a switch to Arsenal in 2004.Eight seasons with the Gunners delivered over 130 goals and an FA Cup triumph, but he was lured away to Manchester United in 2012 – in a move similar to that currently being mooted for Alexis Sanchez.Van Persie helped the Red Devils to land the Premier League title in his debut campaign, along with a second Golden Boot of his career, but left for Turkey in 2015.He has remained a regular source of goals while with Fenerbahce, and has also taken his impressive haul of caps with the Netherlands to 102, but has been allowed to head home after slipping down the pecking order.Feyenoord are delighted to have put a deal in place, with terms set to be officially signed on Monday.The reigning Eredivisie champions will be hoping that a familiar face proves to be a talismanic presence, just as Dirk Kuyt was when returning to the club from Fenerbahce.Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side currently sit fifth in the Dutch top-flight, 14 points adrift of leaders PSV.last_img read more

A Top 10 Team Is Being Placed On “Upset Alert” At Halftime

first_imgSix jets flying over Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a stadium flyover before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame looked like one of the best teams in the country in Week 1. The Fighting Irish played like a College Football Playoff contender in the season-opening win over Michigan.Fast forward a week, and things are getting dicey for Brian Kelly’s team.Notre Dame is hosting Ball State. The Fighting Irish are in a dog fight.It’s Notre Dame 14, Ball State 6 after two quarters of play.That’s…not the score anyone expected.“Ball State’s second drive of 10+ drives that ends in a field goal. This one included a 4th-and-7 conversion and 3rd-and-10 conversion. Notre Dame up 14-6 while asking its quarterback to only use two of his four limbs in the game,” Pete Sampson tweeted at halftime.Ball State’s second drive of 10+ drives that ends in a field goal. This one included a 4th-and-7 conversion and 3rd-and-10 conversion. Notre Dame up 14-6 while asking its quarterback to only use two of his four limbs in the game.— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) September 8, 2018ESPN remains confident in Notre Dame’s ability to hold on, at least.The Football Power Index gives Notre Dame a 97 percent chance to win. That seems a little high for an 8-point game at halftime, though.Notre Dame and Ball State are playing on NBC.last_img read more

UGC targets 30 pc enrolment in higher education by 2020

first_imgBhopal: The University Grants Commission has set a target to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education to 30 per cent by 2020 from the present 25.4 per cent, UGC Chairman Prof D P Singh said on Wednesday.The UGC has also set certain objectives to improve the quality of higher education in institutions, he said. “The number of students enrolled in higher education system has gone up to about 3.66 crore in 2017-18. The GER rose to 25.4 per cent in 2017-18, while the aim is to increase it to 30 per cent by 2020,” Singh told reporters here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’GER is the ratio of students enrolled in the age group of 18-23 years to the population in that age group. Singh said the UGC has also recently chalked out some objectives for improving the quality of learning in higher education institutions (HEIs). “The objectives include regular revision of curriculum with clearly specified learning outcomes and soft skills, enabling youth to secure access to employment/self-employment, developing social-industry connect, availability of motivated teachers and accreditation to ensure qualitative self- improvement in HEIs,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe also informed that the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) recently organised a three- day national conference in Pune to discuss research and innovation in higher education and adopted 10 resolutions. These include achieving the UGC quality mandate in universities and affiliated institutions by 2020, adopting and implementing learning outcome-based curriculum framework, enhancing research productivity and boosting vocationalisation of higher education by participating in the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS).last_img read more

NL hunter suffers hoofshaped bruise in brawl between man and moose

first_imgGRAND BANK, N.L. – Predator turned into prey during a brawl between man and moose in Newfoundland after a gunned-down bull bounced back with a vengeance, sending its hunter to hospital in a helicopter with a hoof-shaped bruise on his forehead.Rodney Buffett said he set out into the woods near Grand Bank on Newfoundland’s south coast Saturday with his friends and his fiancee in the hopes of getting an early start on moose-hunting season, but wound up being hunted by his game.It all began when Buffett, an avid hunter, spotted a massive bull moose about 200 yards in the distance, he said.Buffett sized up his target and fired two shots. The moose dropped in its tracks, he said, so he ran over to inspect the wounded animal.His fiancee was standing on a hill with his buddies, Buffett said, looking at the scene through a pair of binoculars. He called for them to bring him a knife — then the moose flicked its legs.“I just thought it was the nerves going out of his body,” said Buffett. “When I turned around again, he was on his four legs running with his head down and his antlers coming after me.”Buffett said the moose plowed into him, piercing his skin and thrashing around its 14-point antlers.The bull tossed its head and chucked him into the air, he said. When Buffett hit the ground, he said the moose trampled over him several times, branding him with its hooves.The moose-man tango seemed to go on “forever,” he said, but likely lasted about five minutes.Buffet said he grabbed the animal by the antlers and kicked him in the head and after a struggle, the moose ran off and presumably died.“He was too old to be doing that. He definitely bled out,” said Buffett. “The adrenaline going through him too, I guess.”Buffett’s friends ran to the road to flag down paramedics, who called for a helicopter to airlift the 38-year-old man to a hospital in St. John’s.Buffett said his wounds were stitched and his punctured ribs were stapled, but he managed to escape serious injury.He spent a night at his sister’s house in the city before heading back to his home in Fortune.He was still taking pain medication Monday, but said he’s otherwise been in good spirits, with a slight caveat.Maybe it’s the hoof print on his forehead, but Buffett can’t seem to get his mind off the moose that got away.“I really was disappointed I never got him,” said Buffett. “There’s a lot of meat going to waste there.”Despite the trauma of his last excursion, Buffett said is eager to get another chance to bag a moose this season, hopefully sooner rather than later.“I’d go back hunting tomorrow if they’d let me. Nobody will let me go,” he said. “I’d go this evening, if they let me.”– By Adina Bresge in Halifaxlast_img read more

Terminator 2 will be as timely as it ever was says James

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement “I think that it’s we have to be on guard and constantly aware. So whether it’s climate change, or whether it’s the threat of an AI potentially replacing us or rapidly altering our word in a negative outcome for humans or weather it’s nuclear warfare — these are things we need to be constantly vigilant about.” The 1991 release — a sequel to the 1984 original — starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton and Robert Patrick. It followed Sarah Connor and her 10-year-old son John fleeing an advanced shapeshifting Terminator sent back in time to kill them. Schwarzenegger’s less advanced Terminator was also sent back in time to protect the pair. The film featured a scene in which Sarah Connor imagines a nuclear blast consuming Los Angeles. MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever — “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Twittercenter_img “I tend to be kind of an apocalyptic kind of guy. I look at all the worst case outcomes,” said Cameron, who said he started writing the film before the Berlin Wall came down and the collapse of the Soviet Union. “I think the film is as timely as it ever was, probably more so less on the nuclear side and more on the AI side and dealing with our relationship with our own technology,” Cameron said Thursday. “And how we do really stand the possibility of making ourselves obsolete?” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook As for any film reboot of the series, Cameron said the idea was being discussed but he wanted to make sure it had “fresh imagery, fresh characters” and wasn’t “mired in the past.” The director said any reboot must “feel like a new, 21st-century version of a “Terminator” story but still stay true to what that means.”By: Joseph Longo Cameron converted the 26-year-old film — in which one robot with artificial intelligence battles another to stop nuclear annihilation — into a 3D format that hits movie theatresAug. 25. It arrives just as escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are in the headlines.last_img read more

Mauritania stages vote boycotted by most of opposition

first_imgNouakchott – Mauritania holds nationwide elections next month overshadowed by a boycott of the entire “democratic” opposition — apart from an Islamist party calling its participation a struggle against “dictatorship”.The mainly-Muslim republic, a former French colony on the west coast of the Sahara desert, is seen by Western leaders as strategically important in the fight against Al-Qaeda-linked groups within its own borders, in neighbouring Mali and across Africa’s Sahel region.Around a third of its 3.4 million predominantly Arab-Berber and black African people are eligible to vote in the first parliamentary and local polls since 2006, five years after the coup of junta chiefMohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who was eventually elected in widely-contested polls. At the close of election lists on Friday, around 1,100 candidates were registered to vie for the leadership of 218 local councils dotted across the shifting sands of the vast nation and only 440 for 146 seats up for grabs in parliament.The ruling Union for the Republic is the only party fielding candidates in every constituency, while the next highest representation will be from Islamist group Tewassoul, and then the People’s Progressive Alliance of parliament leader Messaoud Ould Boulkheir.Tewassoul is the only member of the 11-party Coordination of Democratic Opposition (COD) coalition, referred to as the “democratic” opposition, contesting the polls, describing its participation as a form of struggle against the “dictatorship” of Abdel Aziz.The rest of the coalition said it would “boycott this electoral masquerade” after talks on how the vote should be run broke down in early October and it dismissed as insufficient a two-week postponement offered by the government.Ahmed Ould Daddah, the president of the COD and leader of the Rally of Democratic Forces, said on Sunday the coalition was considering an “active boycott” to derail the “illegal and unilateral” elections.He announced a march to the capital Nouakchott on November 6, the eve of the launch of the two-week campaign.Following independence from France and the ensuing one-party government of Moktar Ould Daddah, deposed in 1978, Mauritania had a series of military rulers until its first multi-party election in 1992.Abdel Aziz seized power in a 2008 coup and was elected a year later, but the COD has never accepted his rule as legitimate and demanded he make way for a neutral leader to administer the vote.Another section of the opposition known as the “moderates” has decided not to follow the COD, announcing it would participate in the November 23 polls.Its members include the three-party Coordination for a Peaceful Alternative, a key player in Mauritania’s nascent democratic process responsible for negotiating the establishment of an independent electoral commission.It was also behind a move to increase the number of seats in the National Assembly from 95 to 146 and a change in the law which outlawed coups and punished slavery, which is nevertheless still practised in Mauritania.In the run-up to the opening of the campaign, rumours have circulated in Nouakchott that the elections will be postponed in accordance with the request of the opposition.Local media reported that the election commission would not be able to prepare voter cards in time.“This is untrue. All logistical conditions have been met for the vote on November 23,” said Communication Minister Mohamed Yahya Ould Hormah, confirming that vote would go ahead as planned.last_img read more

FUTA demand ignored in budget

2013 Budget highlights:Government allocates Rs.1000 million for three year housing loan scheme for security forces personnel. In order to popularize the organic fertilizer the government will purchase the from the local producers at Rs 400 per bag and duty on items used for organic fertilizer will be removed.Kelani River and Deduru Oya will diverted to provide irrigation facilities to North Western Province.Rs 126 billion to provide drinking water facilities to1.58 million families in various districts including North and east. Fallow paddy land will not be allowed to be reclaimed and if the owners do not engage in production it will be obtain under anda govi scheme.No permit needed for Kithul and coconut tapping for the purpose of producing jaggery and other products in future.Subsidy o tea small holders will be increased from Rs.300,000 to Rs.350,000 per hectare. Subsidy for New plantation will also be increased.In order to increase the coconut and rubber productivity, plants will be given free of charge for replanting on lands up to 5 acres.The fee on Motor vehicle revenue license will be increased from 2013.Rs 300 million to improve indigenous medicinal systems.Rs 100 million allocated to support media involved in tourism coverage.Selling lands to foreigners will be completely prohibited.All equipment needed by people with special abilities, will be made duty free.Rs 900 million will be allocated for Provincial Teacher Training.Additional allocation of Rs 4000 million will be made to enroll 5000 students additionally to universities as per Supreme Court order.Heavy tax on Imported milk powder.Urban housing allocation increased to Rs 750 million.Allocation for research for university academics and medical professionals increased by Rs 250 million.Nena Sala centres will be set up in every Grama Niladari Division utilizing the buildings of government and religious places.Rs 200 million to implement the interest free loan to journalists and artistes in 2013.Education sector allocated 4.1% of GDP – Rs 306 billion.Sri Lankans working abroad to get Rs 250,000 housing loan at 10 % interest.Supermarkets with revenues of over RS 50 million annually will be imposed NBT and VAT tax.Airport tax and online visa tax will be increased by 10% and 5 % respectively.All financial firms to pay 1% of their profits to National Insurance Fund.Dairy farmers will be paid Rs 50 per litre of milk.Senior citizens over 65 years will be paid livelihood allowance of Rs 5000 per month from January 2013.Taxes on imported liquor will be increased by 25%.Cost of Living allowance for pensioners will be increased by Rs.500/-.Monthly allowance of minimum Rs 1500 will be paid to every public servant, of which Rs 750 will be paid as CoL allowance. The demand by the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) for 6 percent GDP to be allocated in the 2013 budget was ignored by the government in the budget presented today.President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that only 4.1% of the GDP will be allocated for education next year, a move which is bound to draw strong protests from university lecturers over the next few days. Meanwhile the President also said that the tax on imported milk powder, imported liquor, airport and online visa tax and also the tax imposed on supermarkets with higher revenues, had been increased. President Rajapaksa concluded the Budget 2013 speech by extending an invitation to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, and other opposition parties to join hands with him. Interest on loans obtained by farmers in the drought stricken areas will be fully abolished. Government targets a US $ 100 billion GDP by year 2016 to make the country a middle income country.Re-forestation will be carried out to increase the forest coverage up to 35%.Guaranteed price for paddy will be increased to Rs.35 and Rs.37 per kg. read more

Joint UNOPCW mission welcomes mustard gas shipment out of Syria as important

Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the Joint Mission, welcomed the shipment as an “important step” in the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme. “The Joint Mission looks forward to the Syrian Arab Republic continuing its efforts to complete the removal of the remaining chemical materials in a safe, secure and timely manner, through systematic, predictable and high-volume movements,” she added in a statement. The Joint Mission encouraged Syria to maintain momentum in implementing the relevant resolution of the UN Security Council and the decisions of the OPCW Executive Council to rid the country of its chemical weapons programme.According to the plan approved by the OPCW, Syria’s chemical weapons will be transported outside its territory to ensure their destruction in the “safest and soonest manner,” and no later than 30 June 2014. The Joint Mission was set up to oversee the country’s compliance with its obligations.Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons under an agreement brokered last year by Russia and the United States. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue senior linebacker T.J. McCollum (6) attempts a to sack Ohio University running back A.J. Ouellette (45). Credit: Courtesy of Purdue AthleticsLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana2016 Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jeff Brohm2017 record so far: 1-1All time record vs. OSU: 14-39What has happened thus far in 2017:Purdue was defeated 35-28 in its season opener by No. 16 Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Boilermakers were led by their defense, which forced three turnovers in this game, but were ultimately overmatched by the Cardinals’ high-powered offense. They went on to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday, winning 44-21. Running back Tario Fuller led the team to victory with 142 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This marked the first win of the Jeff Brohm era in West Lafayette, Indiana.Impact PlayerRedshirt senior linebacker T.J. McCollum could have a major impact on the Boilermaker defense this season. He had 120 solo tackles — including 16 for a loss — in his three seasons prior to joining Purdue. The linebacker’s 18 tackles in his first two games lead the team. McCollum transferred from Western Kentucky with Brohm.StrengthsPurdue’s strength will be the linebackers. The Boilermakers added McCollum to a linebacker core of sophomore Markus Bailey and senior Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bailey led the team in tackles last season with 97 while Bentley had 50 tackles last season, including seven for loss. Tight end is also emerging as a position of strength for Purdue. Junior Cole Herdman leads the team in receiving yards this season with 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while backup tight end Brycen Hopkins has seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. WeaknessesPurdue’s pass defense must improve if the team is going to contend against some of the better teams in the Big Ten like Michigan and Wisconsin, which it will face on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, respectively. The pass defense has given up 602 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The secondary added transfer safety T.J. Jallow, yet the starters in the secondary only had one interception last season. Overall, the defense looks improved from last season, but its ability to slow down the passing game could determine how far the team will go. read more

Michelin introduces first 3star rigid dump truck tyres

first_imgMichelin North America is introducing the first-ever “3-star” 18.00R33 tyre on the market for rigid dump trucks (RDT). A star rating is the industry’s indicator of load capacity for a given dimension as defined by the Tire and Rim Association. The new MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD GRIP and the MICHELIN® X®TRA LOAD PROTECT will allow users to increase load capacity by 11% or accommodate more distance per hour to maximise productivity.“Quarry managers demand continuity of operations,” said Jake Thompson, Michelin B2B North America mining marketing manager. “Rigid dump trucks are expected to move as much material as possible by moving faster or by carrying more load. This robust Michelin tyre provides a solution that maximises productivity and output of the quarry while delivering traction, damage resistance and increased tyre life.”The new MICHELIN XTRA LOAD tyre is available for two surface RDT applications:MICHELIN XTRA LOAD PROTECT for hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces, where the priority is protection and damage resistance — conditions often found in quarries and construction sites. This application is for customers who want to carry up to 11% more load or increase the distances they carry up to a maximum speed of 21 mph. “With a 7% longer wear life, the revolutionary tread pattern contains a greater volume of tread rubber and has better load distribution across the contact patch. This tyre has interlocking blocks and improved heat dissipation, which reduces the temperature in the tread area by up to 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Corrosion-proof cables within the tyre structure increase aggression resistance.”MICHELIN XTRA LOAD GRIP for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction. A reinforced casing gives the tyre an 11% higher payload, or an increase of 12 tons in load capacity per machine — a huge increase in productivity when multiplied by the number of cycles made daily. The tread comprises 30% more biting lug edges, which improves braking, cornering and accelerating. The tyre has the ability to handle speeds up to 21 mph thanks to cooler internal running temperatures. The tyre also provides 5% longer wear life, with more rubber in the contact patch and improved damage resistance with corrosion-isolating steel cables.Productivity is a function of load and distance covered in an hour, as measured by Ton Miles per Hour (TMPH). For the new XTRA LOAD GRIP, the TMPH is increased by at least 22% and 36% depending on the specific fitment compounding, when compared with previous Michelin ranges. “For the XTRA LOAD PROTECT, the TMPH is increased by at least 15.8% and 13.3% depending on the specific fitment compounding, when compared with previous Michelin ranges. This extended load and speed capability will allow users to optimise machine cycles and increase productivity. Greater volume of tread rubber in contact with the ground contributes to better load distribution, improved wear resistance and increased tyre life.last_img read more

Walk Knock food drive Saturday in Clark County

first_imgFor the 28th year in a row, the first Saturday in December will be Walk & Knock day in Clark County. Walk & Knock is our community’s largest annual food drive, with all donations helping to feed hungry neighbors right here at home. It’s an all-volunteer operation, and it stocks up local food banks and pantries for months.Food donations are needed. A folded bag is included in today’s newspaper; you can fill the bag — or use one of your own — and set it out at your mailbox or doorway by 9 a.m. Saturday. As many as 4,000 volunteers are expected to scour the county for donations, street by street and house by house, and bring them back to central sorting sites where everything is loaded into trucks and delivered to the Clark County Food Bank.The Food Bank will redistribute everything to 32 satellite food pantries and other emergency food sites.Nonperishable donations of canned meats and fish, beans, peanut butter, rice, soup, cereal, elbow macaroni, powdered milk, baby food, diapers and toiletries are all welcome. So are donations by check. No glass containers, please.Despite the name, volunteers try to do as little actual knocking and asking as possible. Please set your donation out so they can collect it and keep moving.If you miss Saturday’s pickup, don’t despair. Numerous local businesses and nonprofit agencies — including all Les Schwab tire and Cost Less Auto Parts stores, all Riverview Community and Umpqua bank locations, all Vancouver Clinic locations, both Vancouver community centers and many Clark County fire stations — are serving as drop-off sites for the stragglers. You can keep filling donation barrels there now through Dec. 9. The whole list of drop-off sites is at http://www.walkandknock.org/one/volunteer_barrels.htm.last_img read more

BNP demands active diplomatic efforts to end Rohingya crisis

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a human chain programme the party organises in front of the National Press Club in the capital Friday morning in protest against ongoing repression on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Photo: Sazid HossainBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday demanded the government make active diplomatic efforts to force Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis.”Our demand is very clear that the government gives food and shelter to Rohingyas and ensures their security and treatment. At the same time the government puts active diplomatic efforts to force the Myanmar government to take back the Rohingyas who fled the country”, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He made the demand while speaking at a human chain program in front of the National Press Club.As part of their countrywide program, BNP arranged the one-hour long human chain programme from 10:00am to 11:00am protesting the repression on Rohingyas in Myanmar.Fakhrul said they don’t want to know whether the Rohingyas are Hindu or Muslim as they are human being.”The Myanmar government has initiated a war against humanity. We have to put a resistance against them. Let us get united and raise our voice against the mass killing of Rohingyas and force Myanmar to take back those fled the country,” he said.Voicing concern over trespassing of Myanmar Air Force helicopter into Bangladesh airspace, he said the Bangladesh government cannot strongly protest at the incident due to its knee-jerk foreign policy.Fakhrul said their party staged the human chain programme to register protests against the persecution on Rohingyas on behalf of the people of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Hungarian folktales on canvas

first_imgA collection of paintings sketched by a handful of students from different schools across the National Capital Region are being showcased at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC).The paintings based on folktales from Hungary and being showcased in the art gallery is a compilation of those who won the first three prizes in the on-the-spot children’s painting competition hosted by the centre.The competition held last February was the 36th edition of the contest organised by HICC and was based on the theme Hungarian folktales. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’About 120 students aged between 6 years and 16 years from 11 city-based schools took part in the contest.“We use to conduct this painting competition every year, this time the theme of competition was Hungarian folk tales,” Johanna Balchandani, senior cultural advisor at the centre said. “We had prepared a special book in Hindi based on three Hungarian folktales. We distributed the book among the candidates and told them to draw a picture about any characters, plots or any parts of the story, we left the choice to them,” she said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThree different prizes were given for each category, and one Director’s special prize was given to the best painting among all the different sections.The winners of the children’s painting competition were felicitated by Szilveszter Bus, ambassador of Hungary to India and Subir Roy, Art Executive at Shankar international Children’s painting competition on a function held at Janpath premises of HICC . Roy had himself selected the winners of the competition. The theme of last year’s painting competition was gypsies in Hungary. Meanwhile the present exhibition that began on May 26 is scheduled to continue till August 28.last_img read more

Delhi Tourism upgrades its website

first_imgDelhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) on Thursday announced the launch of a revamped version of its official website www.delhitourism.gov.in in the national Capital. The ‘New Look’ for DTTDC website was launched by Padmini Singla, MD and CEO, DTTDC, along with other senior officials of DTTDC at their headquarters.Padmini Singla said: “Dotted with historical monuments and ruins, there is a lot that Delhi can boast about. The ‘New Look’ for Delhi Tourism official website will not only provide ease of access but will encourage tourists to plan their trip as per their preference.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The website represents the vital role DTTDC has been playing since its inception in the field of Tourism promotion in Capital through its dedicated and transparent services.Visitors can also see how it strives to develop Tourism and how it works to improve the image of the city so as to increase and facilitate tourism within the city. The website has been planned and designed in such a manner that it provides an easy user interface for mobile/tablet users and also answers the queries which visitors may sought to ask. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The website features options such as ‘about the city’, ‘how to travel’, ‘modes of transportation available’, ‘best season to visit’, ‘hangout zones’, ‘cuisines’, ‘events’, ‘accommodations’, ‘planning itinerary’, ‘packages’, ‘HO-HO bus service’, ‘historic and heritage places to visit’, ‘regular walks & tours’, museums and Dilli Haats, besides various other properties of Delhi Tourism like Garden of Five Senses, Azad Hind gram, GTB Memorial, etc. The e-commerce based booking services for the national and international packages offered by DTTDC and its travel partner provides various services like booking of air fare, booking of accommodation, booking of car/coaches, booking of tour packages and travel insurance. People can download Tourist Literature and information about the city and photo galleries can enable visitors to become acquainted with the city.The site will also provide the web links for its official pages at Facebook, YouTube to make it easy for visitors to follow DTTDC and retrieve latest contents including photos, videos, newsletters, itineraries and various tourist packages to choose from.last_img read more

Salary negotiations for privatesector workers resume this week

first_imgSalary negotiations for private-sector workers are set to resume Monday at 4 p.m. between unions, employers and government authorities.Unions are proposing 4.96-5.96 percent biannual raises, while employers want 2.47 percent raises and the government is seeking 3 percent.Union representative Edgar Morales said President Laura Chinchilla’s administration promised last year to add 1.46 percent of accumulative inflation from October, November and December to this year’s raise rates.Labor Minister Sandra Piszk said the government never promised to include the inflation rate in this period’s hike, and they would use the adjustment formula approved last year. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

See captain Bryan Ruiz score Costa Ricas lone goal in its 31

first_imgRelated posts:Defense falls apart as Japan pounds Costa Rica 3-1 in World Cup warm-up Monday night Costa Rica takes on Nicaragua on Wednesday afternoon in Ticos’ first match since World Cup Football: Spain comes from behind to hand Costa Rica its third consecutive loss Costa Rica ties Paraguay in Copa América opener Relive the one bright moment for Costa Rica’s offense during the team’s 3-1 defeat to Japan on Monday night in Tampa. The Ticos took the 1-0 lead against Japan after Junior Diaz’s fine pass to Bryan Ruiz at the 31st minute. Watch the sequence again above and try not to remember what happened to Costa Rica in the second half. Facebook Commentslast_img read more