Inquiry finds merit in BJP leaders’ bid to ‘bribe’ Leh scribes

first_imgAn inquiry instituted into the bribe charges, levelled by local scribes of Leh against two top BJP leaders, has found “prima facie merit” in the allegations of attempt to pay money to “swing votes” in the Lok Sabha elections held on May 6.“We approached the district court on Tuesday through the police and sought directions for registration of an FIR in the matter,” Leh District Election Officer (DEO) and Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa said.She said the court is likely to club all three complaints, one from the DEO’s office and two others made by the Press Club Leh (PCL).Several journalists of the PCL in a written complaint against BJP’s state president Ravinder Raina and MLC Vikram Randhawa alleged these leaders tried to “offer bribe in envelops to swing votes”. The incident is also caught on a camera.“After a press conference on May 2, these two leaders tried to bribe the media persons by offering money in envelops in a bid to use our platform to influence the outcome of the elections,” seven journalists of the PCL wrote in the complaint addressed to the Station House Officer (SHO).Seeking First Information Report (FIR) against the BJP leader, the journalists said, “We showed our anguish at their attempt. The press fraternity of Ladakh strongly condemns the violation of the Model Code of Conduct.”The BJP said it will look into such allegations. “Our party has no such tradition. The party will look into it,” BJP state general secretary Ashok Kaul told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Bolick, who once had 50 points just last NCAA season, joins superstar Stanley Pringle at the Batang Pier backcourt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Photo taken from Bonnie Tan’s Facebook accountRobert Bolick is officially part of the NorthPort Batang Pier.Bolick on Tuesday signed a two-year max contract with NorthPort just a couple of days after being selected as the third overall pick by the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Robert Bolick is a great addition to the NorthPort Batang Pier Team. With his positivity and winning attitude, what he did in his collegiate career is something you can expect he’ll bring into our team,” NorthPort manager Bonnie Tan said.The 23-year-old Bolick is a proven winner with three NCAA championships as one of the leaders of the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe 6-foot-1 guard, who was also a member of the De La Salle University team that won the UAAP title in 2013, was taken after CJ Perez and Ray Parks in the draft.Perez, the top overall pick, went to the Columbian Dyip while Parks was selected by the Blackwater Elite.last_img read more

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Isa Molde could return sooner than expected as UP fights for Final 4 spot

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Aetas chase OCR national team dream Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Fears were eased when Isa Molde’s scary-looking injury last Saturday was ruled as just a simple ankle sprain.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The last games of the tournament are the most crucial for us.”UP is in a triple tie with University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University for no. 3 with all teams sharing identical 6-4 records and every move counts with four games left in the standings.READ: Fatherly instinct kicks in as Oliver Almadro rushes to Isa Molde’s side Molde added she’s raring to get back to the court and help the Lady Maroons’ pivotal run in their final games.“Of course I want to play because I see my teammates having fun out there,” said Molde who has a total of 115 points before her injury. “If you love to play and you see your teammates having fun, you also want to share that kind of happiness.”ADVERTISEMENT There may be more good news for University of the Philippines as its top hitter may be back in action sooner than expected as the league enters a crucial stretch for all Final Four hopefuls.Molde, who missed Wednesday’s game against University of the East, said she’s working to return on Saturday when the Lady Maroons face Far Eastern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Sigh of relief: No serious injury for UP hitter Isa Molde“I think I can come back by Saturday against FEU, we’ll prepare hard so I can return and play,” said Molde in Filipino after UP’s 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-11 win. “It’s important that my ankle heals first because we might get to the Final Four.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Rameez Raja questions MS Dhoni’s Grade A contract, urges ICC to create ‘Test window’

first_imgIn a bid to preserve Test cricket, former Pakistan batsman Rameez Raja has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set aside a two-month window solely for Test matches.”I feel that the ICC has a decent plan in the shape of the World Test Championship,” Sport24 quoted Raja as saying after a committee meeting at Lord’s on Tuesday.”There should be a window for that and everything else should stop for a period of two months so the best players are available to play Test cricket,” he added.Raja, who is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Committee (MCC), fears that interest for Test cricket in Asia is “dwindling” partly because of the lucrative domestic T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL).”It’s got to get better. In Asia, for example, because of poor Test match scheduling, the interest is dwindling,” said Raja.”When you go back home you are never sure if you are going to have a one-Test series, a two-Test series or whether you are going to have a Test series at all,” he added.The 54-year-old further called on the national governing bodies such as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play their parts in preserving the longest format of the game.”You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically,” said Raja.”For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB. It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues,” he insisted.advertisementMeanwhile, the MCC committee, which comprises of cricket legends like Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, Sourav Ganguly and Kumar Sangakkara, believes that Test matches should be reduced from five days to four days after it was suggested a shorter game might be more fan-friendly.”Last time we met, the committee was split, with some believing we should trial four-day Test matches,” said Mike Brearley, outgoing chairperson former England captain.”This time, most of us thought, looking at the fact that over half the matches that got results last year got results in the fifth day, that we didn’t want Test cricket to become more boring. So from a cricket point of view, we believe they should stay five days,” he added.The committee has also asked the ICC to try and get cricket included for the 2024 Olympics.”It is crucial to have cricket in the Olympics because the game will be introduced to many new parts of the world,” said Raja.”But for that to happen we have to present a unified front from cricket that we want to be included in the Games,” he added.The summer games would be held either in Paris or in Los Angeles,” he added.last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: FIFA probes Shaqiri and Xhaka goal celebrations

first_imgSwitzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka’s goal celebration against Serbia at the FIFA World Cup 2018 has created a storm and FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the duo.Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania’s flag.Serbia refuses to recognise the independence of its former province Kosovo, whose 1.8 million people are mostly ethnic Albanians, which broke away 10 years ago.The players denied that their celebration was political.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”For me it was a really special day,” said Xhaka. “This is a victory for my family, for Switzerland, Albania, Kosovo. The gesture was for everyone who has supported me; it was not aimed at our opponents. It was a really emotional game.”Shaqiri said: “It’s nothing to do with politics, it’s about football.”World Cup: Swiss players’ Albanian eagle celebration stirs controversyFIFA said it had also opened proceedings against the Serbian FA for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans.A preliminary FIFA investigation had been opened against Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic for “alleged statements made in the aftermath of the match”, added the governing body.Media reports quoted Krstajic as telling Serbian reporters that German referee Felix Brych, who denied his team a penalty, should be put on trial in The Hague, home of the United Nations’ war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the Group E match.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumb

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan will undergo precautionary scans on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury on his swollen left thumb.Dhawan, the hero of India’s win over Australia in the World Cup on Sunday, played through pain after being hit on the thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.He looked in considerable pain but carried on to score 117 off 109 balls.However, Dhawan didn’t take the field due to the injury and Ravindra Jadeja fielded in his place for the entire 50 overs.It has been learnt that Dhawan will undergo precautionary tests following which physio Patrick Farhart will take a call on his participation in the next game against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday.The Indian team would be hoping that it is not a fracture and just a bit of swelling that should heal in the next couple of days. As of now, Dhawan has a taping on his thumb.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop AustraliaAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan privileged to debut on Chahal TV after match-winning hundred vs Australialast_img read more

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Vardy records Premier League first

first_imgManchester City v Leicester City Vardy records Premier League first with goal against Man City 03:16 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Jamie Vardy Getty Images Manchester City v Leicester City Leicester City Manchester City Premier League The striker became the first player to score against all of the current top six in the same campaign Jamie Vardy certainly has no problem raising his game when he faces tough opposition.The Leicester City striker found the back of the net in the 24th minute against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday to level the score at 1-1.It was Vardy’s 13th strike of the Premier League season and 14th in all competitions. 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 The goal also allowed Vardy to add an impressive note to his resume, as City became the most recent of the Premier League’s top six that he has scored against this season.Vardy bagged a brace against Arsenal on the opening day of the season and has not seen his form drop off against any of the contenders, scoring in each game against Liverpool, his one match against Tottenham, one of his two matches against Chelsea and one of his two matches against Manchester United.He became the first player to score against all six of those teams in a single Premier League season.In total, eight of his 13 goals have come against the top six.Vardy had previously scored against Manchester City this season in the Carabao Cup, but that did not count toward that specific feat. 6 – Jamie Vardy is the first player to ever score against each of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs in the same @premierleague season. Hero. pic.twitter.com/ztjEJtoTrz— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2018The England striker will have the opportunity to continue his impressive scoring rate against the top six when he and the Foxes face Arsenal on March 17, though he’ll have to wait until the last day of the campaign to see if he can add another against Spurs.In the meantime, it caps an impressive run of form for Vardy as he has now scored in each of his last four games.last_img read more

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Fred & Andreas struggles at Man Utd explained

first_imgKleberson knows all about the difficulties of making a positive impression at Manchester United, and he has been trying to explain the struggles endured by Fred and Andreas Pereira.Back in 2003, after seeing the midfielder become a World Cup winner a year earlier, the Red Devils invested £6.5 million ($8m) in the Brazil international.But Sir Alex Ferguson saw little return on that investment, with Kleberson making just 30 appearances across two seasons at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Some 15 years on and United were back in the market for South American talent, with Fred acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52.5m ($66m).He joined fellow Brazil star Andreas in Manchester, but the 26-year-old endured a testing debut campaign in England during 2018-19.Pereira, meanwhile, has been handed fresh terms by United but is yet to fully unlock the potential he is believed to possess.Kleberson has told the us-bookies.com of two Samba stars trying to prove their worth: “Last season for Man United, Fred and Andreas Pereira had come in off the back of a good season.“When you have players from different cultures and Brazil, they play more technical, more balls to feet in a fluid Brazilian style.“When the team is not doing well, it’s tough because they may not be suited to the playing style.“When Man United play two players in the middle, it can be difficult to not see much of the ball, and because of that Brazilian style, these players may struggle. “If the team is doing well and other players are improving, this will give Fred and Pereira the encouragement to come out and play more and we see their improvement in England.”Kleberson feels Fred and Andreas need to work on becoming better suited to English football, with obvious areas of their respective games that need to be worked on by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He added: “It would be good to see them both get on the ball more and be more creative within a game.“They need to become more athletic, and aggressive and hungry to win the ball back.“Players and fans from South America favour the technical and attacking side of the game a lot more.”Fred made just 13 Premier League starts for United last season, while Andreas was included from the off on only six occasions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroics

first_img Next Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroicsSteve Smith top-scored in the 5-match series, amassing 774 runs at a staggering average of 110. Smith played 4 Tests and missed the Leeds encounter with a delayed concussion after blow to neck in the 2nd Test at Lord’s.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 16:50 IST Steve Smith top-scored with 774 runs in Ashes 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith said he is looking forward to a couple of weeks offSmith said he was mentally and physically cooked after the Ashes seriesSmith scored 774 runs at a staggering average of 110Steve Smith single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden on his shoulders and helped his side retain the coveted urn after the Ashes ended in a 2-2 draw. Smith, who amassed 774 runs from seven innings with an impressive average of over 110 in a bowler-dominated series, has described himself as being ‘pretty cooked’ after the series concluded at the Oval on Sunday.Speaking to reporters after the fifth and last Test which England won by 135 runs, Smith said: “I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months, but I didn’t have much more to give today.””I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer,” he added.Smith’s fantastic form in England also restored his place at the top of the ICC test batting rankings. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after he could only manage 23 runs in the second innings in the last Test.Many people expected the 30-year-old to find it difficult to rediscover his form after he was making a comeback in the side following the 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.However, Smith silenced his critics in the first Test itself after smashing a magnificent 144 on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston. He said the century in the first Test boosted his confidence.advertisement”First Test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith concluded.Also Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 774 runs in 4 Tests of a seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019last_img read more

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TSX nosedives on oil and gold prices Wall St backs off recent

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell sharply in a broad-based decline Monday, led by a slide in oil and gold prices, as U.S. stocks backed away from recent record highs.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 144.50 points to 16,094.72, with the energy, gold and materials sectors among major decliners.“We’re clearly seeming some selling today on the TSX,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis. “The downside pressure in Canada, as compared to that of United States and, really, other global markets, is from the drop in oil and gold prices.”The March crude contract gave back 58 cents to US$65.56 per barrel and the February gold contract fell US$11.80 to US$1,340.30 an ounce.Meanwhile, south of the border, technology companies led Wall Street broadly lower, as shares of Apple slid two per cent amid concerns its new iPhone hasn’t been that big of a hit with customers.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 177.23 points to 26,439.48. The S&P 500 index declined 19.34 points to 2,853.53 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 39.26 points to 7,466.51.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 81.07 cents US, down 0.09 of a U.S. cent.“Probably the biggest headline today is what’s to come the rest of the week,” said Fehr, pointing to a busy week of potential market-moving corporate news and economic data coming out of the U.S..Several big-name companies are due to report quarterly results, including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google’s parent company Alphabet. About a quarter of the companies in the S&P 500 — the American equivalent to the TSX — have reported results so far this earnings season, with some 65 per cent of those exceeding financial analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.The market will also be sizing up new data on U.S. jobs, manufacturing and consumer sentiment. They’ll also be watching Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and listening for any developments out of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee that ends Wednesday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down a cent to US$3.17 per mmBTU and the March copper contract was down a cent at US$3.19 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Noncooperation by SP govt delayed beautification project in Varanasi PM

first_imgVaranasi (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday claimed that “non-cooperation” by the previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh was responsible for the delay in start of a beautification project in his Lok Sabha constituency. He was addressing a gathering here after laying the foundation stone for the Kashi Vishwanath Temple’s approach road and its beautification. “In the first three years there was non-cooperation of the state government. The developmental projects here picked pace after you (people of Uttar Pradesh) made Yogi Adityanath the chief minister,” he said. “Had there been cooperation earlier, we would have launched the project instead of laying the foundation,” Modi said. Attacking previous governments, the prime minister said, “In the past 70 years no government thought of Baba (Lord Shiva) and were silent. They took care of themselves but not of this place.” Noting that it was his “pleasure” to have initiated the work at Kashi Vishwanath, he said, “I have dreamt for a long time to work for this place. When I was not in politics I came here several times and used to think that something should happen here.” “Bhole Baba ney tai kiya hoga baatein bahut karte ho yahan aao kuch karke dikhao,” (Lord Shiva must have decided that you talk much, so now you should come here and do something),” he said, adding that due to the blessings the fulfillment of his dream has started. After offering prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, he said that he was blessed to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. About the beautification project, Modi said this is “mukti (freedom) for Kashi Vishwanath Dham” which was surrounded with encroachment. He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries and praised Queen Ahiyabai Holkar for her work on the shrine over two centuries ago. He said not much thought had been given by those in power to the area around the temple. “For the first time, we acquired nearby buildings, removed encroachments after which 40 ancient temples came to the fore. Many of them were encroached, kitchens were set up and people were living there,” he said. Modi said the entire temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation and the results are becoming visible, with a direct link being established between the Ganga river and Kashi Vishwanath temple. He said this project will become a model for similar projects elsewhere and give a new global identity to Kashi. The prime minister not only complimented the officers involved with the project for performing their task with devotion, but also thanked all the people who had property around the temple and allowed its acquisition for the project. It was difficult to take people into confidence to give their properties and ensure the project does not take political colour, he said. “I thank people of Kashi, who gave their properties for Baba. This is the biggest ‘daan’ they have given for Baba,” the prime minister said. “I have seen a lot of government employees as I was CM for a long time. But I want to say with pride that the team of officers deployed here by Yogi ji is doing work with ‘Bhakti’ (devotion) and ‘sewa bhav’,” Modi said. Stating that the Kashi Vishwanath temple was “targeted by enemies”, he said they tried to destroy it but it again took “rebirth due to the faith” of people. “When Gandhiji came here, he was pained why is this place is like this. In his address in the BHU, he expressed his thoughts,” Modi said, suggesting the university should make a case study of the project so that when it is completed the world can know how it happened. “We will also try to trace the history of the 40 temples discovered here and the government will also take care of them,” the PM said, adding the project will be a model for “protection and preservation” of temples and a combination of modern technology with ancient faith. “It will give new identity to Kashi in the world. Maybe it’s in my fate. In 2014, when I came here I said ‘mai aaya nahi mujhe bulaya hai’ (I did not come here on my own, I was summoned). Maybe I came here for this work,” he said. Earlier, the prime minister visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple and also inspected the project site. During his brief stay in his constituency, Modi attended the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019 at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul and distributed appreciation letters to five Women Self Help Groups, whose members shared their experiences with the prime minister. Women SHGs aided by Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – NRLM, Uttar Pradesh handed over a cheque to the prime minister for contribution to the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ Fund. Addressing a gathering at National Women Livelihood Meet, Modi said he could carry out development projects now that “middleman and corruption have been abolished and every penny is spent on people”. “Now there are no middleman and corruption. Modi did not have to take anything for himself. If he takes, what will he do…125 crore people of the country are my family. Keep trusting me,” he said. Listing the schemes launched by his government for women, Modi said these were playing an important role in the making of a new India.last_img read more

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UN leading international efforts to identify and treat unknown respiratory disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network is coordinating international efforts to identify the causative agent and effective treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The infectious disease, characterized by atypical pneumonia, spreads from person to person through close contact.Through its regional office in Manila, WHO is establishing logistics bases and supply chains to ensure rapid provision of protective equipment and medicines needed to respond to a possible outbreak. Comprising 11 laboratories in 10 countries, the collaborative effort will also improve diagnostic precision and move work forward on the development of a diagnostic test.Little is known about the clinical course and epidemiology of the disease, so WHO is calling on national health authorities to maintain close vigilance for suspected cases. To date, almost all reported cases have occurred in health workers involved in the direct care of reported cases and in family members.Most of these new cases are presently concentrated in Hanoi and Hong Kong, where WHO teams are now assisting health authorities in outbreak management. In addition, they are collaborating on the collection of epidemiological and clinical data that can improve understanding of SARS.Chinese authorities also issued a summary report on an outbreak of what may be the same or a related disease that began in Guangdong province in southern China in November and peaked in mid-February. The report, which includes data on the diagnosis and management of more than 300 cases, is presently undergoing analysis and is expected to further contribute to understanding of the syndrome. read more

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Any acts of terrorism are criminal unjustifiable Security Council reaffirms

Following an open briefing by the Chairmen of its three anti-terrorism committees, the Security Council expressed its “grave concern” at the risks posed by non-State actors who attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery. It also welcomed the General Assembly’s recent adoption of the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.Reading out a statement at the close of the meeting, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which holds the Council’s Presidency for the month of April, stressed the three different mandates of the Committees – dealing with, respectively, sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, counter-terrorism and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) – and reaffirmed the Council’s call for enhanced cooperation between the bodies and their respective experts in monitoring implementation of relevant Council resolutions.Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina, Chairman of the Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions committee, said that since the panel’s creation in 1997, it had accumulated a long and fruitful experience in dealing with its mandate: making the operations of Al-Qaida and the Taliban more difficult worldwide. Today, its sanctions regime was being implemented globally, and thanks in particular to the submissions of Member States, its consolidated list of individuals and entities related to Al-Qaida/Taliban was updated periodically.He stressed that the counter-terrorism sanctions regime was, in the first place, about the accuracy of targeting the right individuals and entities and the political will of all States to make it effective through strict sanctions implementation. It was difficult to envision a world completely free from terrorist threats, but a common mission sought to prevent such threats from materializing. The work of all three Committees on today’s agenda had distinct and crucial roles in that mission.The Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, said that panel had enhanced its dialogue with Member States, including through its first country visit – to Morocco last month – which included participation from the World Customs Organization, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Interpol and the European Union. A key to the success of that, and all other visits, was follow-up, she said, adding that similar trips were planned to Albania, Kenya and Thailand.Recalling that Secretary-General Kofi Annan had referred directly to the central role of the Committee and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in the fight against terrorism, she said that, for technical reasons, the latter had not become fully operational, which had seriously limited the CTC’s ability to sustain the various types of dialogue with Member States on which it had embarked. Many reports from Members, for instance, still required a response from the Committee and a lack of experts had prevented the drafting of such responses.Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Chairman of the Committee dealing with weapons of mass destruction, said that since his last report in December, the panel’s work had been concentrated mainly on shaping its methodology and “tool kit” for considering national reports by States. Committee experts had developed a matrix to be used as an internal tool in the process of examining the national reports. It was a “living document,” built on the provisions of the Committee’s founding Council resolution, 1540.Stressing that the Committee had been given a two-year mandate by the Council, he said the panel would have to consider at least 40 national reports in each remaining trimester programme of work, thereby concluding the reporting review process by the end of this year.To date, 115 States and one organization had submitted reports. He called on countries that had not yet done so to submit their reports, so the Committee could present the Council with an objective picture of what had been achieved in terms of implementation, as well as what should be done going forward. read more

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Canadian dollar at 13month high ahead of expected Fed word on stimulus

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2012 4:26 pm MDT Canadian dollar at 13-month high ahead of expected Fed word on stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed at a 13-month high Tuesday amid expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will launch another round of stimulus to help the American economy.The loonie was off the highs of the session, closing up 0.45 of a cent to 102.75 cents US after going as high as 102.91 cents US as the greenback weakened ahead of the Fed’s two-day meeting on interest rates.The central bank could announce another round of quantitative easing Thursday, which would see the Fed print more money to buy up bonds in order to keep interest rates low and encourage lending.Expectations that the Fed would provide another jolt for the economy increased after jobs data released Friday failed to meet modest expectations of 125,000 new jobs. Instead, the economy cranked out 97,000 jobs and employment numbers for June and July were revised downward.However, there is a degree of uncertainty as to whether the Fed will act now, especially as it may not want to become a key point of debate in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.The American currency weakened further Tuesday morning after Moody’s Investors Service said it would likely cut its “Aaa” rating on U.S. government debt, probably by one notch, if federal budget negotiations fail. If the highly partisan Congress does not reach a budget deal, more than $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases will kick in next year.That scenario has been called the “fiscal cliff” because it is likely to send the U.S. economy back into recession and drive unemployment up.Commodities were higher amid signs that the Chinese government may be moving to provide another round of stimulus measures to help a slowing economy.A day after data showed Chinese imports and factory output continuing to slow, China’s premier Wen Jiabao promised to do more to encourage growth through more tax cuts and measures to boost consumer spending.October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange was ahead 63 cents at US$97.17 a barrel.December copper on the Nymex was up a penny at US$3.70 a pound, adding to a 17-cent gain in the past two sessions.Copper — seen as a global economic barometer as it is used in so many applications — rose following Jiabao’s comments. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal.December bullion gained $3.10 to US$1,734.90 an ounce.Traders also took in a strong housing report as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said housing starts came in at an annual rate of 224,900 during August. The showing was a pleasant surprise as economists had expected a decline to 200,000.“Clearly low interest rates continue to support home construction activity, although signs of deceleration in the secondary market could dampen that momentum,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.“Today’s data suggest residential construction in the third quarter may not be as measurable a drag to activity as previously thought.”Other data showed that Canada’s trade performance hit a new low in July, establishing a record deficit of $2.3 billion as both exports and imports tumbled in the face of the weak global economy. Making matters worse, Statistics Canada revised June’s deficit to $1.93 billion, even deeper than the $1.81 billion deficit originally reported last month. read more

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Ohio States Big Ten Champion rowers speed past competition

The Ohio State rowing team secured the its third Big Ten Championship on Sunday in Indianapolis, earning the seniors their first championship rings. “It was our goal from the first practice this year,” senior MacKenzie Pecor said. The team previously won Big Ten Championships in 2002 and 2006, and Pecor said she’s excited about the opportunity to graduate with a championship. “It is honestly so awesome. Last year was the first class from OSU that graduated without ever winning a championship ring, and we did not want to be the second class to do the same thing,” Pecor said. “You row for four years; you want to win at least once.” Senior Jill Mohr agreed. “It was really a dream come true,” Mohr said. “It’s something that we’ve been looking forward to and something we’ve been working toward since I was a freshman.” Coach Andy Teitelbaum said he was proud to watch his players earn a championship for the school. “It’s just gratifying to see the kids hard work pay off with a championship,” Teitelbaum said. “It was really nice to see a group that lived their talk so well to be rewarded.” The team competed against all six other Big Ten schools that field a rowing team: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Big Ten title assures it a spot in the national championships scheduled for May 27–29 in Gold River, Calif. Pecor said she expects a change in training to prepare for the national championship but that she does not know how it will differ. “It’s probably going to be a little bit of different training, but we haven’t really discussed it,” she said. “We’re kind of still on a high from the Big Ten.” Teitelbaum, who has coached the Buckeyes since the program’s inception in 1995, said it’s important to continue to progress and stay in shape leading up to the national championships. This year will be the team’s 12th consecutive national championship appearance. Mohr said the team will have to put in a lot of work to succeed. “Our chances as a team are looking really strong going into the national championships,” Mohr said. “We have a lot to prove on the national level and that’s what we’ve been working toward.” read more

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Linden fire leaves 3 homeless arson suspected

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral homeless following Linden fireOctober 27, 2018In “Crime”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime”Fiery Monday: Houses, Resource Centre gutted by fireJuly 14, 2015In “Crime” Three Linden women are now homeless as a result of a fire which gutted their two-storey home at145 Dageraad Avenue, Mackenzie, Linden in the wee hours of Thursday morning.When the fire started shortly before 2:00hr in the upper storey of the home owned by Sandra and Beverly Kellman, Sandra Kellman’s daughter, the other occupant of the home, was not at home. The fire destroyed both the upper and lower storeys of the home.65-year-old Sandra, who lived in the upper storey, said she was alerted by a loud thud on her roof top in the vicinity of her daughter’s bedroom. Upon investigating, she saw fire emanating from the rooftop, and it quickly spread throughout the building.Fire destroyed both the upper and lower storeys of this house.She said she was told that someone was seen running from the home shortly after the fire started on the rooftop, and at least one other person has informed her that they saw when a burning object landed on the roof. She is adamant that someone had set fire to her home.“Somebody did that!” the sorrowing woman said, as she noted that everything was destroyed in the fire.“She ain’t get to save nothing to wear!” a neighbour told this publication, as he noted that he was awakened by the sounds of people traversing the area. According to him, the Fire Service, which is located a short distance away, did not respond promptly.“They came late…When I opened my door, the whole house was in red (engulfed); from the front to the back was in blazing fire. I go out and help assist right away,” he said. read more

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John McAreavey offers €50000 reward in Mauritius for information on his wifes

first_img 12 Comments Apr 4th 2017, 12:11 PM Share271 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,471 Views By Cianan Brennan Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 12:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3323242 John McAreavey offers €50,000 reward in Mauritius for information on his wife’s murder McAreavey has travelled to Mauritius in an attempt to kickstart the investigation into his wife’s murder on their honeymoon in 2011. Short URL John McAreavey (r), and Mark Harte at this morning’s news conference in Port Louis, Mauritius Source: PATHE HUSBAND OF murdered Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey has offered a reward in Mauritius for information on his wife’s killer.John McAreavey has travelled to the island off the coast of southern Africa in an attempt to re-ignite the investigation into Michaela’s murder in their hotel room in January 2011.No one has ever been successfully prosecuted for her killing.McAreavey today, at a news conference in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, offered a reward of two million Mauritian rupees (about €53,000) for information on the murder, the BBC reports.The sum equates to roughly twice the average salary of the island nation.“We believe we have given the Mauritian authorities every chance to deliver on their very public promise that justice would be done,” McAreavey said today.“However, until this visit, the reality falls far short of that and as the years have passed, it appears that the unofficial policy has become one of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.But we have no intention of just slipping out of mind or sight.“Mauritius is a country I have absolutely nothing against,” he told the BBC.But the reality is that my deepest darkest fears and nightmares came to reality here, so whenever you’re actually back here, it’s not easy.An anonymous phone service has been established to allow people with information to contact the Mauritian authorities.McAreavey, together with his sister Claire and Michaela’s brother Mark, has already met with the Mauritian prime minister and police chiefs.Yesterday, in advance of meeting McAreavey, the Director of Public Prosecutions of Mauritius stated that the now six-year investigation into the Co Tyrone woman’s 2011 murder remains open.Two hotel workers were charged with the murder of Michaela in her hotel room at the four-star Legends resort in January 2011, but both were acquitted following a subsequent trial by jury in 2012.Since the acquittal of the two hotel workers, there have been a number of developments in the case. Laws have changed in Mauritius which would allow retrials for the men if “compelling” new evidence comes to light. Some of the exhibits of evidence have also been sent to specialist a DNA testing facility in France.Read: Man dies after car collides with teleporter vehicle in KerryRead: Help-to-buy scheme is ‘of course’ pushing up house prices – Central Banklast_img read more

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La nouvelle forme de vie découverte par la Nasa suscite le débat

first_imgLa nouvelle forme de vie découverte par la Nasa suscite le débatLe 2 décembre, une équipe de scientifiques de la Nasa annonçait en grandes pompes sa nouvelle découverte qui venait “bouleverser nos connaissances en biologie” : une bactérie capable d’intégrer de l’arsenic dans son ADN venait d’être observée dans un lac californien. La communauté scientifique critique fortement cette découverte, reprise dans la revue Science, et le débat concernant cet organisme ne fait que commencer.Des scientifiques financés par la Nasa ont récemment annoncé la découverte d’une nouvelle forme de vie (voir notre article). Il s’agirait d’une bactérie capable d’intégrer de l’arsenic à son ADN. Cet organisme qui se trouve au fond d’un lac californien a suscité de violentes critiques de la part de l’ensemble de la communauté scientifique.Une microbiologiste lâche même sur son blog : “Je n’arrive pas à savoir si les auteurs [de cette découverte] sont simplement de piètres scientifiques ou s’ils cherchent à servir un quelconque programme de la Nasa sur la vie dans l’espace !”. La revue scientifique a également reçu une vingtaine de courriers en réponse à cette publication.À lire aussiUne incroyable vidéo montre une bactérie attraper au lasso un morceau d’ADNL’équipe, dirigée par Felisa Wolfe-Simon, a répondu aux principales questions notamment concernant la notion d’intégration de l’arsenic à l’ADN de la bactérie. Elle indique cependant avoir précisé “que beaucoup de travail restait à faire” sur cette bactérie. Par ailleurs l’équipe se dit prête à fournir des échantillons de l’ADN prélevé pour que d’autres scientifiques tirent leurs propres conclusions.Certains d’entre eux affirment en effet qu’un “élément de preuve subtil mais essentiel a été négligé, qui démontre que l’ADN en question contenait une structure en phosphate et non en arsenic”. Rien d’extraordinaire dans ce cas puisque le phosphate est un élément de base nécessaire que tous les scientifiques connaissent pour le rôle qu’il joue dans le développement de la vie.Revivez cette découverte en images sur Maxisciences.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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