Odisha is not ready to give up on the rasogolla war yet. Quoting from the State’s folklore and history, prominent intellectuals of Bhubaneswar argued that the Odisha rasogolla is not by any means a copy of Bengal’s, but rather a variant of the sweet delicacy.Citing ancient texts and folklore, they backed the State government’s decision to apply for a GI tag for Odisha’s own version of rasogolla. The GI tag is a process of geographically identifying a place as the origin of a particular product.The West Bengal Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture applied for the GI tag for the rasogolla in September 2015, stating that it was invented in Kolkata. However, Odisha made a counter claim, stating that the rasogolla originated in Puri in the 13th century.West Bengal was granted the GI tag for the ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ last Tuesday.Renowned Odia writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner Asit Mohanty told The Hindu, “In Jagmohan Ramayan, also known as the Dandi Ramayan, [Odia] poet Balaram Das has written about rasagolla in the late 15th century. It shows that there is 500 years of documented history of the rasogolla in Odisha.” Mr. Mohanty also pointed out that there is no “legal obstruction” for Odisha to apply for its own brand of rasogolla. Another commentator on Odia culture and history, Kedar Mishra, also pointed to the long history of the sweet in the State, adding, “Rasogolla is prepared not only in coastal parts of the State but also in the western and southern areas.”Mr. Mishra refuted the argument by a section of Bengali civil society that chhna — made by boiling milk and then curdling it with lemon — was never offered to Lord Jagannath at the temple in Puri. Chhna is the key ingredient for making Rasogolla. “There is an interesting folk lore that Lord Jagannath, while returning to the temple during the Ratha Yatra (the annual chariot festival) offered rasogolla to an angry goddess Lakshmi,” he said.The decision to apply for the GI tag for ‘Odishara rasogolla’ was taken at a meeting of the Odisha government last Wednesday. In a media release, the Odisha government argued that the GI tag awarded to West Bengal was only for “Banglar Rasogolla, specific to West Bengal”.“Registration for GI for Banglar rasogolla in no way affects the claim for GI registration of Odisha’s rasogolla. The Bengal and Odisha variants are different in colour, texture, taste, juice content and method of manufacturing,” an Odisha government statement said. It also said that the Odisha rasogolla is “softer and light brown” whereas the one prepared in Bengal is “white and cream in colour”.It indicates that the State is planning to approach GI Registry and Intellectual Property office with a fresh set of demand to extend approval to Odisha’s Rasogollah.The decision is perhaps driven by the fact that a lot of scholarly articles citing history and folklore is being written on the issue here [Odisha], Mr Mishra said. With plenty of debates and writings on the subject in both Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, it seems that the battle of Rasogollah will now continue. And perhaps it would be fought using ancient texts and local history.However, Mr. Mishra said, “Let us not turn the fight bitter over what is ultimately a sweet.”
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 Qatar will now play Japan for the title at 6 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) at Zayed Sports City Stadium.The UAE soccer federation can pursue appeals, potentially to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe UAE, which lost to Qatar 4-0 in the semifinals, had questioned whether Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi meet FIFA’s nationality requirements. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Matthew Wright on Phoenix’s 4-0 start: Nothing to brag about just yet ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Qatari team line up for the anthems before the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday’s Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected.Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary panel without giving reasons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The comparisons with Kapil Dev may be premature only three matches into his Test career but all-rounder Hardik Pandya is already shaping up as a key man in India’s mission to conquer the world.Since the retirement of former captain Dev in 1994, India have been engaged in a perpetual search for an all-rounder who can bowl medium pace and score vital runs down the batting order.While the country has produced a plethora of spin-bowling all-rounders who suit their needs in Asian conditions, tours of Australia, England and South Africa have exposed the need for a batsman who can turn his arm to fast bowling.The likes of Irfan Pathan, who played 29 Tests from 2003 to 2008, and more recently Stuart Binny have auditioned for the role but neither were able to convincingly make it their own.At 23, Pandya is already a regular member of India’s limited-overs sides and eased into the longest format of the game during India’s recent 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka.There were understandable reservations about his red ball credentials given he had just played 17 first-class matches before his Test debut, with one five-wicket haul and no centuries.After his first Test series, though, Pandya was already being compared to some of cricket’s best all-rounders.While India’s head selector MSK Prasad believes Pandya has the talent to match even Dev’s considerable exploits, captain Virat Kohli preferred a comparison with the best fast-bowling all-rounder in the modern game.Reuters Photo “When you play away from home, an (all-rounder) gives you a lot of balance, and I think Hardik can be that guy going ahead, specially playing so much cricket away from home,” Kohli said in Sri Lanka.advertisement”If he grows in confidence – you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England. Brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can’t become that for India.”With India preferring to play five batsmen in recent years, Pandya fulfilling his potential could be crucial to their continued success.While the Test team have been number one in the world rankings for much of the last year on the back of 14 wins in 18 matches, all but two of those have been played on the sub-continent.Next year presents an altogether different challenge with four Tests in January and February on the hard pitches of South Africa, where India have never won a series, followed by a five-match series on England’s greensward.India have had no lack of talented teams in the past but they have been notoriously bad tourists and Kohli is well aware that current crop must win away from home to be remembered as a great rather than a good Test side.The early signs for Pandya were highly promising, even if his first three Tests were played against a shambles of a Sri Lanka side.Batting at number eight in his first Test innings in Galle, Pandya scored 50 off 49 deliveries with five fours and three sixes.One wicket from his medium pace bowling followed in Sri Lanka’s first innings, which he backed up with a particularly hostile spell of short deliveries in the second.In his final innings of the series at Kandy, he struck his maiden Test hundred, going from one to 108 in a single session.The brutality of that 96-ball knock drew a comparison from India batting great Sunil Gavaskar with an Australian player whose suitability for Test cricket was also questioned early in his career.”It’s still early days but Pandya has proven that he has it in himself to succeed in Test cricket,” Gavaskar told the NDTV channel.”He is a bit like David Warner. I believe that Hardik will follow Warner’s footsteps and become a successful player in all three formats of the game.”
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Mignolet reveals Liverpool blocked earlier Club Brugge moveby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet revealed that his path out of the club was blocked by the club in previous transfer windows.The goalkeeper finally got his wish for a move away from the club this summer.But he was denied that request in the 2018 summer transfer window and the 2019 January transfer window.The Belgium international is now at Club Brugge, and he believes they wanted him previously as well.Mignolet lost his place in the Liverpool starting line up to Loris Karius, then went down the pecking order after the signing of Alisson Becker last summer.He told Het Nieuwsblad – via Sport Witness: “That’s possible [Mboyo’s comments], although Bart Verhaeghe [Brugge president] called me last winter.”It was non-negotiable for Liverpool then.”However, with the return of so many Red Devils [Belgium national team players], I think that was set in motion by Kompany.”
The move is designed to more effectively integrate the line’s services to/from the North of England and Ireland with its global network.Evergreen will run its own independent service on a weekly shuttle basis between Rotterdam and Dublin and will also commence a slot exchange arrangement with common carrier X-PRESS feeders on its weekly Dublin service from Rotterdam.As part of the same slot exchange Evergreen will additionally take space on the X-PRESS weekly service to Liverpool, also connecting to deep-sea line-haul service via the line’s Rotterdam hub.Evergreen sees the combination of its own vessel operation together with exclusive use of slots on a well-established feeder service as a significant improvement to the service it can deliver to its customers in two very important regions of trade.The arrangement meets both customer demands for regular and reliable service to Northwest UK and Ireland and cost-effective operational parameters.Overall transit times to and from both ports will be enhanced and there will be an increased ability to coordinate the trans-shipment of cargo at Rotterdam.In addition to allowing its customer base on Merseyside and in the Republic of Ireland greater access to its worldwide service network, Evergreen believes the new initiative will also better serve other regions of the UK, including the North of England, Midlands and Scotland.With road transport becoming increasingly susceptible to unforeseen delays, customers requiring a more carbon-free approach to transport and fuel costs ever a consideration, Evergreen believes the short-sea option to be an important one to develop.The Evergreen operated Vega Stockholm has a capacity of 698 TEU and is due to make the inaugural sailing on the Dublin service from Rotterdam on July 30.The slot arrangement on both X-PRESS services to Dublin and Liverpool will commence in the same week.Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Hamburg Haffen zoom Vega StockholmTaiwanese-based Evergreen Line has revealed enhancements to its services to/from Dublin (Ireland) and Liverpool (Northwest England). From its hub in Rotterdam the line will offer a twice-weekly service to Dublin and dedicated slots on a weekly basis to Liverpool.
zoom California’s public health officials intercepted the Crown Princess cruise ship with at least 172 passengers and crew members suffering from gastrointestinal problems caused by norovirus, on Sunday, November 16, Reuters reports.This is the second outbreak of this highly contagious virus on the Crown Princess, a part of Princess Cruises fleet, in less than a year, with over 100 crew and passengers stricken by the virus in April 2014.“Over the last few days, the ship began seeing an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses, caused by norovirus,” Reuters quoted company spokeswoman Susan Lomax as saying. “In response, we have enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols developed in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The Crown Princess underwent deep cleaning in San Pedro on Sunday, before heading to the Mexican Riviera later that day. The passengers who joined the cruise in San Pedro were notified of the virus outbreak, and a CDC official inspected the vessel prior to departure.Norovirus, also known as stomach flu, is the most common cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the U.S., with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as the symptoms. The outbreaks of the virus on cruise ships are usually caused by insufficient hand-washing and buffet-style dining, according to experts.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Princess Cruises
A dock worker died on Wednesday morning inside the hold of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Hanjin Sines while moored in the outer port of Ferrol, Spain for unloading.The victim is a Spanish 57-year-old man from Ferrol, employed with the stevedore company at the port.According to local newpaper La Voz de Ferrol, the worker was supposed to conduct a cleanup of the vessel.However, the worker entered by mistake a compartment that was not available for cleanup as it had a high concentration of carbon dioxide that proved lethal for the worker.The cause of death, as informed by local medical services, could either be inhalation of carbon dioxide or a fall triggered by the inhalation that resulted in the man’s fainting.Results of the autopsy are pending.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) has signed a Contract of Affreightment (COA) with South Korean S-Oil Corporation on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 for a period of ten years.Under the deal Bahri has been contracted to transport crude oil cargoes on VLCCs from the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea to Onsan, Korea.The commercial operation is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2015 and the financial impact is expected to appear in the third quarter of 2015.According to Bahri, the deal is expected to bring annual revenue of around 250 million Saudi Riyals (around USD 66.6 million).Bahri said that the contract forges a new and increased level of relationship between the two companies, who have had substantial spot voyage charter business together during the past 10 years.The company became the sole provider of VLCC crude oil shipping services to the world’s largest producer and exporter of oil, Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) following the purchase of Vela’s fleet.The deal included shifting the entire Vela whole fleet, crew and employees and part of its business systems to be integrated within Bahri’s structure.
zoom After final preparations in Australia, two Sea Shepherd vessels are now on their way to the Southern Ocean to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet in a bid stop their slaughter of minke whales, Sea Shepherd Global said.The marine conservation organization’s flagship vessel the Steve Irwin departed for their 11th whale defense campaign, Operation Nemesis, on Saturday from Seaworks, Williamstown in Melbourne, followed by the fast patrol vessel the Ocean Warrior, which departed from Hobart, Tasmania on Sunday.The ships are sailing to the Southern Ocean in an effort to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet, which left Japan on November 18, from killing up to 333 minke whales.“Sea Shepherd shouldn’t have to be taking on the whalers again this summer,” Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Senator, said.“Australia won the International Court of Justice case against Japan, but unfortunately the government put trade deals ahead of whales and removed all diplomatic pressure,” Whish-Wilson added.“It’s time that Japan respected the International Court of Justice, the Australian Federal Court, and the global moratorium on commercial whaling and ended their so-called scientific lethal hunting of whales off the Antarctic coast,” Jeff Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Shepherd Australia, said.Sea Shepherd said that this is the second time the illegal Japanese whaling fleet has returned to the Southern Ocean since the 2014 International Court of Justice ruling. The move comes after 333 minke whales were killed in Japan’s latest Antarctic Ocean “research mission” earlier this year.Prior to the launch of the earlier whaling season, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the country plans to catch up to 333 minke whales on an annual basis in the following 12 years.Japan’s “scientific research” program used to justify the killing of whales has been rejected by the International Court of Justice and the International Whaling Commission’s scientific committee. In 2015 the Australian Federal Court fined the Japanese whalers AUD 1 million for hunting within an Australian whale sanctuary, however it remains unpaid, Sea Shepherd Global informed.
During the weekend, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Cassie Scerbo, AnnaLynne McCord, Renee Olstead, Chloe Flower, Hill Harper and more jumped 18,000 ft. from a plane to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation through an annual campaign called #18for18.Leyla Mcauley, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Chloe Flower, Hill HarperCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyThese stars faced their fear and together have been able to raise over $70,000 for the cause in less than 10 days. That’s $20,000 over the original goal. 18,000 ft. is the highest skydive in North America, in fact when you are in the plane you have to wear oxygen masks.Shay Mitchell, Renee Olstead, Claudia Lee, Serinda Swan, Chloe FlowerCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyImmediately following, everyone headed over to the All Saints/Not For Sale event at a private ranch in Santa Barbara to watch Chloe Flower and Renee Olstead perform.To understand what this campaign has accomplished so far, just take a look at the stats – Over 150,000 tweets generated in less than 10 days. Over $70,000 raised for the cause, our original goal was $50,000. Over 10,000 RT’s within 10 days. Over 300,000 online impressions so far.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A scene from Wintersleep’s video for the song Amerika, one of about 9,000 projects to get MuchFact funding since 1984. Bell Media has confirmed it has ended the program. (Peter Hadfield/Scott Cudmore) Login/Register With: Bell Media has officially killed MuchFact, a small but influential program that was crucial to funding music videos in Canada.The program had been on life-support since May — when the CRTC dropped the requirement for Bell Media to fund it — but the company confirmed it was ended it for good last month. Both MuchFact’s website and Facebook page have disappeared since.MuchFact handed out more than $100 million for around 9,000 projects since it was founded in 1984. In recent years, the program shelled out about $2 million a year, funding videos by Arcade Fire, Carly Rae Jepsen and emerging acts like Halifax psych rock band Walrus and Mississauga, Ont., rapper John River. Advertisement Facebook “The traditional viewing of a music video is … certainly not what it was,” said Randy Lennox, president of Bell Media and former head of Universal Music Canada. He said the funding model was started when music videos were being played on TV stations like Much, something that happens far less now.BravoFact, a similar Bell Media program that funded short-form scripted projects has also been stopped.“We don’t owe anyone an explanation for this after giving $131 million,” he said, the combined total of the contributions to MuchFact and BravoFact. “I think after making hundreds, thousands of music videos and paying for them … I think we’re pretty good guys.”‘There isn’t another option’But that leaves a gap in how Canadian music videos are funded. There are other places to get money, like record labels and the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (Factor). But MuchFact was king.Lennox suggested online video streaming services should be the ones to pay, given that’s where most videos are now watched.READ MORE
Mumbai: The release of “PM Narendra Modi”, a biopic on the prime minister, has been pushed indefinitely, its producer Sandip Singh said on Thursday, a day before the film was scheduled to be screened in theatres across the country.Sources in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) said the film is yet to get a clearance. The film was initially set to release on April 12, but producers had advanced it by a week, claiming “public demand”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”This is to confirm, our film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ is not releasing on 5th April. Will update soon,” Singh posted on Twitter on Thursday. Though he did not clarify further, censor board sources said the process of getting CBFC certification is still underway. “The film has not been granted certification. It is still under process,” a source from the censor board said. The film, fronted by Vivek Oberoi and directed by “Mary Kom” maker Omung Kumar, was in the news with various political parties saying that releasing it less than a week before the general elections begin is a violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Congress made a formal complaint to the Election Commission over the release of the film. Sources in the poll panel said on Wednesday that it is unlikely to prevent the release of the film and may leave it to the CBFC to take a call on the issue. Opposition parties, including the Congress, said the film would give undue advantage to the BJP in electioneering, and its release should be deferred till the elections are over. The project is also facing legal hurdles with a Congress leader filing a PIL in the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on its release. The court will hear the plea on Monday. The biopic ran into trouble over credits as well. Lyricists Javed Akhtar and Sameer said they were credited without contributing to the project. The producer, however, countered their claims, saying their old songs were reworked, so they gave credit where due.
Rabat – The number of international tourists visiting Agadir in April reached 98,683 (21.70 percent) compared to 81,086 during the same period last year, according to Regional Tourism Council of Agadir Souss-Massa-Draa (CRT). The same source explained that 301,171 tourists visited the city in the first four months of 2017, adding that the classified hotels registered a total of 62,570 ( 19,19 percent )overnight stays.“The tourist destination of Agadir is on an upward trend because of the long-term measures undertaken by the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), the CRT of Agadir Souss Massa, tourism experts and the authorities of Agadir,” explaine thed CRT. This increase was underpinned by the surge of French tourists visiting Morocco. About 40,180 French tourists have visited Agadir during the first four months of 2017. The city has also registered 27,441 visitors from England and 46,303 from Germany. Despite the surge of foreign travelers, domestic tourists still top the list of Agadir’s visitors. According to the CRT, Morocco’s tourism domestic market ranked first with 99,030 visitors, having grown by 13.86 percent. The French market continued to grow and ranked second with 21.6 percentand a volume of 49,180 tourists, the German market is ranked third with an increase of 63.5 percent. The Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy said in a communiqué on May 3 that the total number of tourists who visited Morocco in March was 762,562, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to the same.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTallawahs wish Nixon well, begins hunt for new coachOctober 17, 2017In “Sports”Hero CPL: Tallawahs confident ahead of Florida gamesJuly 26, 2016In “latest news”‘We have to be ruthless’ – Tallawahs coach Paul NixonJuly 2, 2016In “‘We have to be ruthless’ – Tallawahs coach Paul Nixon” Paul Nixon (SportsMax image)Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise the Jamaica Tallawahs could be about to launch the search for a new head coach, on the heels of news that their two-time title-winning coach Paul Nixon has signed to become the new head coach of Leicestershire in English County Cricket.The 46-year-old Nixon has replaced Pierre de Bruyn, who left the county in September after one year in the role. Nixon, who won the County Championship twice as a Leicestershire player, appeared in 19 one-day internationals and one T20 game for England.“The club has always been close to my heart and I have lived in the city of Leicester for 30 years, so I know how much it means to everyone here,” Nixon said on his appointment.Leicestershire finished bottom of County Championship Division Two in 2017, failing to win any of their 14 matches.Chief executive Wasim Khan told BBC radio that Nixon was the outstanding candidate.“The time’s right for Paul to return to the club. He’s had success in the Caribbean Premier League and his standing as a coach is improving all of the time.” (SportsMax)
iPad : quand Apple s’inspire de Stanley KubrickDans l’affaire qui l’oppose à Apple, Samsung a trouvé une astuce assez incroyable pour prouver que la firme à la pomme n’a pas entièrement créé le design de son iPad.Depuis plusieurs semaines, Apple et Samsung se battent à propos du design de leur tablette tactile. La firme à la pomme accuse en effet le fabricant coréen d’avoir copié son iPad alors qu’elle a déposé plusieurs brevets en Europe et aux Etats-Unis pour éviter cela. Il y a peu, Apple avait réussi à faire interdire la Galaxy Tab en Europe avant que cette interdiction ne soit finalement levée. À lire aussiSamsung Gear S : prix et caractéristiques, la nouvelle montre connectée de Samsung sort en FranceMais la contre-attaque de Samsung ne s’est pas fait attendre et elle a pris une forme assez surprenante, rapporte Le Nouvel Obs. En réalité, le design de l’iPad ne date pas de 2004 mais de 1968 ! Samsung explique ainsi que c’est le chef-d’oeuvre de Stanley Kubrick, 2001, l’Odyssée de l’espace, qui serait à l’origine du concept de la tablette tactile. En effet, on ne peut que constater que dans l’une des scènes du film, les protagonistes utilisent des terminaux mobiles en tout point semblables aux tablettes tactiles.”Comme avec le design réclamé par le brevet D’889, la tablette révélée dans le clip a une forme rectangulaire, une forme dont l’écran est la dominante, des bords réduits, une surface frontale plate, une surface arrière noire, et un form factor fin”, argumente ainsi Samsung qui évoque aussi la série TV anglaise The Tomorrow People. Actuellement devant la justice américaine pour cette question, les deux marques ne semblent donc pas devoir en finir avant longtemps avec ces arguments…Le 26 août 2011 à 10:42 • Maxime Lambert
A motorcyclist was taken to a hospital in critical condition after a crash Sunday night west of the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Emergency personnel were dispatched at 9:39 p.m. to Northwest 179th Street and Northwest 28th Avenue. The crash appeared to involve a deer, and the motorcyclist was unconscious but breathing, according to the scanner.The motorcyclist was placed on a backboard and taken to a hospital, according to the scanner.This post will be updated.
Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong signs a guestbook next to Malaysia’s prime minister Mahathir Mohamad prior to their private meeting at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 19 May. Photo: ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he was scrapping a project to build a high-speed railway to Singapore, in an ominous sign for the neighbours’ famously fractious relationship.Mahathir, who won a surprise election victory this month against Najib Razak’s long-ruling coalition, is seeking to repair the country’s finances which he says deteriorated dramatically after the former government became embroiled in a huge financial scandal.The leader said it was a “final decision” to scrap plans for the bullet-train line between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, which had been agreed on several years ago and was expected to cut travel times to 90 minutes from five hours by road today.”It’s not beneficial. It’s going to cost us a huge sum of money, we’ll make no money at all from this operation,” the 92-year-old said.Mahathir said he was not sure how long his decision would take to implement, adding: “Of course we have to talk to Singapore, we have an agreement with them.”Asked if Singapore had been informed of his decision, he said: “I don’t know.”Malaysia, he said, may have to pay as much as 500 million ringgit ($125.7 million) in compensation.Singapore’s transport ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The development will alarm the Singapore government, which is watching to see whether the return of Mahathir — whose relationship with the city-state was famously prickly during his first stint as premier from 1981-2003 — might cause ties to worsen.The neighbours have had a difficult relationship since Singapore was expelled from the Malaysian Federation in 1965 over ethnic issues, and relations in subsequent decades were punctuated by occasional bickering.When Mahathir was first prime minister, rows blew up frequently over everything from water — Singapore gets its water supply from Malaysia — to the Malaysian leader’s plan to build a bridge connecting the neighbours to replace the current causeway. The project never took off.But under Najib, who was accused of overseeing the plunder of state coffers, relations had been warm. ‘Avoid bankruptcy’Malaysia and Singapore signed a deal in 2016 to build the railway.Companies had started submitting bids for the 350-kilometre (217-mile) line, which was scheduled to be completed by 2026.Currently, most people take a flight of around an hour between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, on what is the world’s busiest international air route.Chinese companies were seen as having a high chance of landing a chunk of the project as ties had warmed with Malaysia under Najib.Others were also keen — in February a powerful European consortium that included Alstom and Siemens announced it had partnered with a Malaysian firm to bid for the project. There was also expected to be interest from Japan.No official assessment of the railway’s cost has been made public but analyst estimates in 2016 were as high as $15 billion.Mahathir has said that Malaysia’s debt had ballooned to more than one trillion ringgit ($251 billion)under Najib, and he would review projects agreed under his predecessor.In a weekend interview he said his government was renegotiating the terms of a Chinese-funded $14 billion rail link traversing peninsular Malaysia.Najib was elected from power by voters disgusted at corruption allegations surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.The ex-leader, his family and cronies are accused of stealing billions of dollars from the fund and using it to buy everything from high-end real estate to artworks.Najib, who has been banned from leaving the country and questioned over the graft allegations since losing power, and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.
Kolkata: A garden with a musical fountain has come up on the boulevard situated opposite Lake Kalibari on Southern Avenue in South Kolkata.The Kalibari authorities along with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have developed the boulevard, with financial assistance from Exide under their CSR project. A beautiful garden has come up on the boulevard which serves as the lungs to the people living in the vicinity. A statue of Haripada Chakraborty, founder of Lake Kalibari, has also been installed. A musical fountain has also been installed, which is operated in the evening. KMC has made special arrangements so that there is constant supply of water, which makes the fountain operational throughout the year. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThere is a pedestrian pathway and a butterfly garden. Huge pots filled with water are kept for birds to drink during the summer. Ornamental benches have been installed so that people can sit and enjoy the serene environment. The garden was inaugurated by Gautam Chatterjee, managing director of Exide, in presence of dignitaries on April 10, 2019. Lake Kalibari is a symbol of communal peace and harmony. Hundreds of people from different religions, cult and faith come to the temple everyday to offer puja and prayer. The construction of a huge new temple is being carried out in full swing at the premises of Lake Kalibari. Murals depicting Bhakti movement and gods and goddesses have been put up on the walls. The Kalibari carries out various social services which include helping people coming from economically challenged backgrounds, irrespective of religion.
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Chapter12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of thestudy. Chapter 9introduces the industrial chain of Health And Medical Simulation. Industrialchain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in thischapter. Application 1Application 2Application 3 Majorplayers in the global Health And Medical Simulation market include: Direct: +1-971-202-1575 Type 1Type 2Type 3 Chapter 3provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Health And MedicalSimulation industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles,applications and specifications of products market performance along withBusiness Overview are offered. The Health And Medical Simulation Market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026. Chapter11 prospects the whole Health And Medical Simulation market, including theglobal production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees theHealth And Medical Simulation market by type and application. The reportmainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Health AndMedical Simulation market, as well as investment opportunities, governmentpolicy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain andcompetitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will furtheroptimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used indownstream applications. Moreover, Porter\’s Five Forces Analysis (potentialentrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) providescrucial information for knowing the Health And Medical Simulation market. OR 97220United States Chapter10 provides clear insights into market dynamics. About Us: Chapter 2is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitivesituation and market concentration status along with the basic information ofthese players. Chapter 4gives a worldwide view of Health And Medical Simulation market. It includesproduction, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type. Get Discount on thisReport @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3163822?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SD Yearsconsidered for this report: EstimatedYear: 2019 Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding. Health and Medical Simulation Market report comprises the current size with Assessment. It also provides with different types of segments of the global market. The report offers the global market potential rates of the market along with various product segments. United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain,Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore,Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico,Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UnitedArab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other Regions On thebasis of applications, the market covers: