The province will invest millions of dollars in woodlot silviculture and other forest-related initiatives as part of a new program designed to help the forest industry weather what has been called a “perfect storm” of negative influences. The increasing value of the Canadian dollar, high energy prices, plummeting housing starts in the U.S., and changes in global market conditions have caused problems and mill shutdowns Canada-wide. “We know that the pressures are escalating here in Nova Scotia and that our industry has been hard hit by all these factors,” Natural Resources Minister David Morse said today, Oct. 12. “We also know that steps need to be taken to help ensure the ongoing health of this industry — a key rural employer — as it moves through this difficult time.” As part of the new transition program, the province will invest up to an additional $6 million per year in wood buyers’ silviculture programs for small wood lots for 2007-08 and 2008-09. The investment will be reassessed after the 2008-09 fiscal year and funding will then be based on an index of market conditions. The province will also work over the next several weeks to formalize the tangible capital asset budget and criteria for a land-purchase program that will allow the Crown to continue to acquire some parcels of industrial forest land where appropriate. This has been used previously as a means of providing much-needed working capital for viable mills. “A select committee of cabinet has been struck to deal with this transition program,” Mr. Morse said, “and that committee will work with a task force of industry representatives to help identify innovative new products and markets to transition profitably in to the new market realities.” Other measures in the program include: “These initiatives cannot stem the ongoing conditions being faced by the industry. But forestry in Nova Scotia employs 16,000 Nova Scotians and has export values of nearly $800 million. The new program is a smart investment that acknowledges that economic contribution and recognizes that we must do what we can to help this vital industry remain sustainable during this difficult time,” said Mr. Morse. a one-time payment of up to $2 million to the Maritime Lumber Bureau to cover a portion of legal costs incurred defending the province during the softwood lumber agreement negotiations a total of $900,000 over three years in additional funding for the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia Gas Tax Road program a total of $210,000 over three years for Forest Safety Society programs.
Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 -30- Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Folly Lake Bridge Folly Lake Bridge over the CN rail tracks will be periodically reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Wednesday, Jan. 16. A 25-tonne weight restriction will be in place until repairs are completed. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Sunday, including weekends. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. CONTINUING WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution.
Ground search and rescue teams from southwestern Nova Scotia will hone their skills in finding missing people with a training exercise Sunday, March 22. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is based on the scenario that a young girl is lost and her father has gone missing while looking for her. The exercise, organized by Yarmouth County Ground Search and Rescue, also involves teams from Clare and Barrington. The public is invited to see how searches are conducted and have a look at the equipment teams use. The search will take place in fields and woods behind the Yarmouth Mall, with search headquarters in a command vehicle nearby. “A lot of people don’t realize what we do, so it’s a chance for them to come out, meet us and ask any questions,” said Corey Burke, president of Yarmouth County Ground Search and Rescue. The Emergency Management Office, which helps train and co-ordinate Nova Scotia’s 24 ground search and rescue teams, is sponsoring the exercise. “Ground search and rescue volunteers perform an invaluable service for Nova Scotians, sacrificing time from work and with their families to look for missing persons,” said Emergency Management Minister David Morse. “They save lives and they help their fellow citizens in times of crisis.” An estimated 1,100 Nova Scotians volunteer with search teams, but numbers have declined over the past decade. Teams conduct 55 to 75 searches in an average year. “We hope people who come out to see this exercise will consider taking training to become ground search and rescue volunteers,” said Len Goucher, acting Minister of Volunteerism. “Nova Scotians have a tradition of giving back to their community, and this is a great way to do so.” The Emergency Management Office (EMO) contributes $3,000 to each team. As well, EMO has secured federal funding of more than $650,000 to provide identical GPS units, laptop computers and mapping software to all 24 teams, and to link the teams digitally through a server at EMO’s Dartmouth headquarters. This year marks the 40th anniversary of ground search and rescue in Nova Scotia. In November 1969, more than 100 volunteers searched for Billy Antle, a 39-year-old father of five who had gone missing while hunting with friends near Wreck Cove, Victoria Co. After five days, they found him alive but suffering frostbite.
Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment couper l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 ou 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. Assurez-vous que les égouts pluviaux et les gouttières sont exempts de débris. Ayez une réserve d’eau potable en cas de contamination ou de non-disponibilité de votre source d’approvisionnement régulière. Dans les régions inondées, n’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. Si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable, communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476. Pendant une onde de tempête, tenez-vous à une distance sécuritaire de la côte. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences avise les Néo-Écossais qui habitent dans des régions sujettes aux inondations que les conditions météorologiques cette nuit, vendredi et samedi en matinée pourraient entraîner des inondations à certains endroits. Environnement Canada prévoit des pluies abondantes dans certaines parties de la Nouvelle-Écosse au cours des prochains jours. Les pluies les plus abondantes sont prévues dans certaines régions du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, qui pourraient recevoir de 70 à 100 millimètres de pluie. Le niveau de l’eau dans certaines régions du littoral atlantique sera plus élevé que le niveau normal. Les résidents doivent aussi se préparer en vue de possibilités d’ondes de tempête. « Je recommande vivement aux Néo-Écossais qui se trouvent dans des régions sujettes aux inondations de surveiller attentivement les prévisions météorologiques et de prendre les mesures appropriées pour protéger leur famille et leurs biens, » a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. En cas d’inondation : Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les mesures de préparation en vue d’une inondation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo.
“Water plays a vital role in the lives of Nova Scotians, but not just for our health: it is critically important for our environment and our economy, and contributes in many ways to the quality of life in the province,” said Graham Daborn, emeritus professor, Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research, and chair, Nova Scotia Water Advisory Group. “We have made progress since the water strategy was released over a year ago, and we look forward to even greater steps forward in the coming years.” Nova Scotia is home to more than 13,000 kilometres of coastline, thousands of lakes, numerous river systems, wetlands and groundwater resources. Developing a comprehensive water resources management strategy was a commitment of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Canada Water Week runs until Sunday, March 25. For more information on the water strategy progress report or Water for Life, visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water . The province is making progress in its efforts to ensure water is valued and protected. A progress report released today, March 23, during Canada Water Week, highlights achievements of the first year of Nova Scotia’s water resource management strategy, called Water for Life. The strategy was released in December 2010. “Nova Scotians understand the importance of clean water to our health, our environment and our economy,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Through our water resource management strategy, we’re taking steps to ensure it is carefully managed and protected.” The Water for Life strategy outlined 29 actions to be completed over 10 years. The progress report groups the actions into three categories focusing on understanding the quality and quantity of our water, protecting our water, and engaging others in caring for our water resources. The progress report highlights successes to date, including: the launch of the Nova Scotia Water Portal website enhancing water quality and quantity monitoring networks updating drinking water treatment standards developing the Nova Scotia Watershed Assessment Program, in partnership with Dalhousie University developing a water monitoring field kit and certification program at Saint Mary’s University as part of the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network engaging youth in water stewardship activities around the province
Two Nova Scotian filmmakers are closer to making their first feature film. Announced at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival Awards reception on Thursday, Sept. 20, local producer Rebecca Sharratt and writer/director Greg Jackson have been selected as the recipients of the First Feature Project, a collaboration between Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada. In its second round, the project provides funding to a producer-director-writer team to produce their first feature film. Ms. Sharratt and Mr. Jackson will receive $115,000 in production financing from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film Nova Scotia to produce their feature film Bunker 6. “I am thrilled we will get to make this dramatic film next year,” said Ms. Sharratt. “Greg Jackson is a uniquely talented writer and director and I’m very excited to see his vision come to life on screen. I am extremely fortunate to have the experienced support of Bill Niven as our executive director and with the added experience and creativity of our line producer Jessica Brown, I feel we have an amazing team to tackle all of the challenges of producing a feature film.” Bunker 6 follows the story of 21-year-old Grace, who has lived in nuclear Bunker #6 since she was 9. After the death of Lewis, her mentor, father figure and the bunker’s technician, Grace is left to take charge of the mechanics. As things begin to breakdown all around her, and thoughts of the outside world haunt her, she must continue her struggle not just to survive, but to live. To enhance the project from last year, Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada have each contributed an additional $5,000 to increase program funding. Also new this year, finalists were required to pitch their projects, providing Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada with the opportunity to meet the teams and ask specific questions. “We were pleased with the quality of submissions we received for the project this year,” said Linda Wood, director, business and legal affairs at Film Nova Scotia. “By supporting emerging producers at this level, we are strengthening the industry by fostering and growing talent in the province.” “It is a pleasure to partner with Film Nova Scotia again this year to present this joint initiative,” said Gord Whittaker, regional director at Telefilm Canada. “This year’s team presented a very strong package and a confident, compelling creative vision and we look forward to helping them produce a strong first feature film.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audio-visual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.
The province is addressing flooding concerns of residents and business owners and re-establishing access to walking trails by fixing a drainage issue on Foord Street in Stellarton. “We listened to concerns in the community and are resolving the situation,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry, on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith. “It did take longer than anticipated, and we appreciate the patience shown by the community. “It took time to come up with a plan to accommodate future development, such as expansion of the Stellarton Business Park. We wanted to do it right.” The drainage issues began after a large sinkhole appeared on Foord Street, one of the town’s main streets. A part of the old culvert became blocked and could not be salvaged. The new underground pipe is designed to by-pass previous drainage. It will be made of pre-cast sections that will last longer, be less expensive, and can be installed more quickly. Its seven-foot diameter is nearly twice the size of the old pipe. “The project will remove all the uncertainty with our reliance on a temporary pumping system and major town businesses will no longer be inconvenienced during times of prolonged rainfall,” said Tony Addis, town engineer, Stellarton. “It’s great news to hear that the contract for this long-awaited project has been awarded.” The $4.3-million contract was awarded to Caldwell and Ross Limited, and includes plans to restore and upgrade a popular town walking trail that was compromised by flooding. Work will begin within weeks and is expected to be finished by summer. The work is part of government’s Capital Plan. This is the third straight year the province will release the plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province. Upgrading and replacing highway infrastructure is the part of the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan that has record-breaking investments in roads, bridges and highways. To view the plan, go to www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan .
Teachers in every Grade Primary classroom are now assessing how their students fare in critical areas like physical well-being, emotional maturity, social skills and language development. All elementary schools in Nova Scotia are using the Early Development Instrument, a measure to help schools understand and support the particular needs of their students. Several school boards, including Tri-County and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, have piloted the instrument. This year marks the first time Primary teachers throughout the province will use it to gather information to help with their students’ learning. “As a province we have committed to improving support for young children and their families,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “Students arrive at school with different levels of readiness. “We have increased help for students who struggle in key subjects like math and reading, and this instrument will help schools identify where students are vulnerable and make long-term plans to address those needs.” The data will give school boards a clearer picture of the strengths and vulnerabilities in their schools and communities. School boards and the province can use this information to match curriculum, programs and resources with areas of greatest need. Meadowfields Community School in Yarmouth used the tool for the first time last year. Principal Linda Gallagher says the results reinforce what teachers are seeing and shows the school is going in the right direction. “It shows us how valuable it is to do things like running a breakfast program, giving Primary students a chance to play in the gym before school, and using the Play-Talk-Learn resources to help parents and children at home.”
Nova Scotia Archives is commemorating the 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion with new digital content added to the existing online exhibit. Personal narratives, first-hand survivor accounts, observations made by visitors in the days following and photographs are included in the updated exhibit. “On Dec. 6 we think of everything that was lost 98 years ago,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “As the survivors of the Halifax Explosion become fewer with each passing year, these first-hand accounts preserved at the Nova Scotia Archives help paint a vivid and very real picture of what people were faced with after that tragic day.” Additions this year include two photographs of vessels burning in the harbor after the explosion, and a letter written ten days later, recounting the devastation and loss on Kaye Street. “As the centenary approaches, families are interested in sharing this very personal material,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “Each year recently, items about the Halifax Explosion have been donated to the Nova Scotia Archives, and in turn we are able to share them with Nova Scotians everywhere via our website.” Nova Scotia Archives will continue to add to the online Halifax Explosion exhibit each year leading up to the 100-year anniversary in 2017. The exhibit can be viewed at http://novascotia.ca/archives/halifax-explosion .
Municipal elections are upon us again. On Oct. 15, Nova Scotians have an opportunity to choose who will sit on municipal councils and lead their communities. Municipalities deal with an increasingly complex set of issues from economic development and aging populations to climate change and aging infrastructure. They make important decisions that affect our daily lives and the future health and sustainability of our communities. Yet voter turnout for municipal elections has been low in recent years. In 2012, only 42.6 per cent of Nova Scotians participated in choosing who would govern their communities. That’s why we’re working in partnership with the Springtide Collective to promote voting this year. At www.localdecisions.ca Nova Scotians can easily find out who is running for council, mayor or warden in their areas. They can make a pledge to vote and get reminders and information via email. People can vote in advance polls or on election day. Some municipalities offer online voting via your computer, tablet or smartphone. With so many options and guidance, it’s easy to exercise your democratic right to choose your local government. I hope you cast your vote to help ensure healthy, sustainable communities across Nova Scotia. -30-
The current storm is expected to affect some government offices opening on Friday, Jan. 5. Decisions will be made early Friday morning based on power outages, public transit and road conditions and communicated broadly to provincial government employees and the public. -30-
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its second quarter results today, Oct. 30, for July 2 to Sept. 30. The growth in local product categories continues to be strong. Nova Scotia spirit sales led this growth with a 34.7 per cent increase in sales to $2.2 million. Nova Scotia craft beer sales were up 32.3 per cent to $5.2 million while Nova Scotia wine sales, using locally grown grapes, grew by 6.7 per cent to $3.8 million. Ready-to-drink products, which are mostly ciders, increased by 26.6 per cent, to $1.8 million. Compared to the same period last year, net income was $70 million, down $800,000, while total sales were up by $5.4 million to $182.2 million. The total volume of alcohol sold was up 2.9 per cent and the average dollar value of each transaction decreased by 3.4 per cent. A detailed new release can be found on the NSLC website at https://www.mynslc.com/en/About-NSLC/Media-Centre/News-Releases/NSLC-Announces-Second-Quarter-Results . -30-
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea by former Union Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti for immediate refund of his deposit of Rs 10 crore, while telling the newly-elected Lok Sabha member to “pay attention” to his constituency. Karti Chidambaram is facing proceedings in cases linked to Aircel-Maxis and money laundering. One of the cases includes the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for Rs 305 crore of foreign funds, when his father was the Finance Minister. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “Everytime you go abroad you deposit Rs 10crore. Ok..we will refund Rs 10 crore but next time you go we will say deposit Rs 20 correct,” a Vacation Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told Karti. Karti’s lawyer had approached the bench saying since he is back in India, the money deposited with the apex court registry should be refunded. The court asked, “Why are you after Rs 10 crore deposited in the court?” Karti Chidambaram had moved the apex court seeking release of Rs 10 crore, deposited with the court’s registry regarding his overseas travel. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He claimed he raised loans to deposit Rs 10 crore and was paying interest on it. His plea was mentioned before the Vacation Bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna. Karti’s counsel also informed the court that his client had returned to India. The bench refused to grant him any relief and instead asked his counsel to mention the matter before the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. His counsel contended that the court’s registry had asked to produce a formal court order regarding the return of the money. “You mention it before the regular Bench,” the Vacation Bench said. Earlier, the bench headed by the CJI allowed Karti to travel to the UK, the US, France, Germany and Spain in May and June this year on condition that he deposit Rs 10 crore with the Secretary General of the apex court. The court had said it would be returned to him upon his return. A similar order was passed by the court in January regarding Karti’s overseas travel. The court had said it would “come down heavily”, if it comes across that he was not cooperating. Karti is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The ED had opposed Karti’s travel request. The court had earlier asked Karti to file an undertaking that upon his return, he will fully cooperate with the investigating agencies. Karti had been out of India for 51 days in the last six months; the probe agency informed the top court.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to question Kashmiri separatist leaders Shabir Shah, Masrat Alam Bhat and Asiya Andrabi till June 14 in connection with a terror funding case. Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Syal sent the three to 10-day NIA custody. Masrat Alam Bhat was brought to Delhi from a prison in Jammu and Kashmir. Their custody was sought for interrogation in connection with a terror funding case which the agency registered in May 2017 after violence erupted in the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC So far, the agency has arrested several separatist leaders including Aftab Hilali Shah alias Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar Khandey, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Nayeem Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal and Bashir Ahmad Bhat alias Peer Saifullah. Altaf Ahmad Shah is the son-in-law of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani, who advocates Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan. Shahid-ul-Islam is Farooq Dar’s aide and Khandey is the spokesperson for the Geelani-led Hurriyat. Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali was arrested in August 2017. The NIA had on January 18, 2018 filed a chargesheet against 12 persons including Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin in connection with the terror funding case.
Sensex, Nifty start on a cautious note ahead of RBI policy outcome Mumbai: Domestic equity benchmarks BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty opened on a cautious note Thursday as investors await RBI’s monetary policy decision. The 30-share index was trading 31.03 points, or 0.08 per cent, lower at 40,052.51, and the broader Nifty slipped 18.20 points, or 0.15 per cent, to 12,003.45. Top losers in the Sensex pack include Yes Bank, SBI, IndusInd Bank, Bharti Airtel, Vedanta, ICICI Bank, RIL, M&M and HDFC, shedding up to 2.91 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents While, PowerGrid, Bajaj Auto, HUL, Coal India, Asian Paints, HDFC Bank and HCL Tech were trading in the green. Bourses were closed Wednesday on account of Eid-ul-Fitr. In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE gauge settled 184.08 points, or 0.46 per cent, lower at 40,083.54. The broader NSE benchmark fell 66.90 points, or 0.55 per cent, to settle at 12,021.65. According to traders, investors were cautious ahead of the Reserve Bank’s policy outcome. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is slated to announce its bi-monthly policy later in the day. The central bank had cut the short-term lending rate (repo rate) by 25 basis points each in its last two policy reviews. Foreign fund outflow too weighed on market mood here, traders said. Foreign institutional investors sold equity worth Rs 416.08 crore on Tuesday, and domestic institutional investors offloaded shares to the tune of Rs 355.42 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in China, Japan and Korea were trading on a mixed note in their respective early sessions. Bourses on Wall Street too ended in the green on Wednesday. On the currency front, the rupee depreciated 13 paise to 69.39 against the US dollar. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were trading 0.23 per cent higher at 60.77 per barrel.
Vijayawada: Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and now leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu had to undergo frisking at Gannavaram Airport here late Friday. Naidu was also denied VIP access to the aircraft and had to travel in the bus along with common passengers. A security guard was seen frisking Naidu at the security entrance. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was also not allowed to reach the aircraft in VIP vehicle. The incident drew strong reaction from TDP, which alleged that BJP and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were resorting to witch-hunting. TDP leader and former state Home Minister Chinna Rajappa said the attitude of authorities was not only insulting but they also compromised on Naidu’s security as he enjoys “Z plus’ category security. He said Naidu never had to face this situation though he was in opposition for many years. He demanded the central and state governments to ensure proper security to Naidu.
San Francisco: Chinese smartphone player OPPO on Tuesday announced that the brand has secured third spot in the most trusted smartphone brand in India, according to a report by Mumbai-based analytics firm Trust Research Advisory (TRA). According to TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2019, OPPO climbed up seven ranks to secure this year’s third spot in the top 10 smartphone brands in India. Incorporating advanced technologies like motorised camera, 10X Hybrid Zoom, fast charging, in-display fingerprint scanner and bezel-less display even in the budget segment, smartphones have helped the company retain its spot in the top brands, the company said in a statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app With one of its biggest Research and Development centres in Hyderabad, OPPO plans to intensify its business in India. The company also houses its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greater Noida. In addition, while Dell has emerged as the most trusted brand in India this year, OPPO has also secured an overall 28th rank in TRA’s Brand Trust Report, 2019. OPPO was recently recognised as the most-preferred innovative handset brand in the premium segment, as per an independent study conducted by the analyst firm CyberMedia Research (CMR), the company added.
London: Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime laid down a marker for Wimbledon as he claimed the scalp of Greek top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Queen’s on Friday with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 victory. At 18, Auger-Aliassime becomes the youngest Queen’s semi-finalist since Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt at the same age in 1999. The Canadian may have been seeded lower, but he owns a perfect record against Tsitsipas with three victories as a junior and now two on the ATP Tour. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevTsitsipas — two years older than his opponent — ruefully admitted he is going to have to find a magic formula to beat Auger-Aliassime. “He’s the most difficult opponent I’ve ever faced, and I think it’s gonna take a couple of tries to beat him,” said Tsitsipas. “It’s upsetting obviously that he’s better than me. “I have to accept that he’s better than me. “I might never beat him, but if I think that way, just need to wait, years maybe, for that chance to come.” Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsTsitsipas, who joked he might donate $10,000 to charity when he does beat the Canadian, was not helped by a painful right shoulder which required on-court treatment — compounded by two falls in the final game of the first set. He said he woke up feeling sore and blamed it on having to play two matches yesterday — an unfinished first-round clash with Kyle Edmund and then a tough three setter with journeyman Frenchman Jeremy Chardy — although it was the same for Auger-Aliassime. “Playing two matches wasn’t easy,” he said. “Playing a three-set match was really difficult, not just for my nerves but also for my body. So that was it.” Auger-Aliassime will play either his more experienced compatriot Milos Raonic or 37-year-old veteran Feliciano Lopez in Saturday’s semi-finals. – ‘Few expectations’ – He laughed when asked if had been thinking about Boris Becker who won Queen’s at 17 in 1985 and then won Wimbledon a few weeks later. “Not really,” the eighth seed said. “Honestly I had few expectations coming here but I have handled my nerves and I don’t want to think too far ahead.” Auger-Aliassime and Tsitsipas contested a hard-fought first set before the young Canadian took it 7-5, breaking the Greek’s serve in a game that saw the top seed hit the grass twice. Auger-Aliassime raced into a 3-0 lead in the second with his opponent unusually listless and struggling at the changeover as he received treatment from a medic. Earlier, Daniil Medvedev became the first Russian to reach the last four at Queen’s in the Open era — where he will play Frenchman Gilles Simon — as he outplayed Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, the fourth seed running out a 6-2, 6-2 winner. Schwartzman’s hopes of repeating his impressive win over defending champion Marin Cilic in the second round were quickly doused by Medvedev, who broke in the first game of the match and then in the fifth and then did the same again in the second.
Mumbai: The Indian rupee pared initial losses and closed 8 paise higher at 69.07 against the US currency on Thursday, supported by easing crude oil prices and weaker greenback. However, the rupee movement was confined to a narrow range as forex traders took a cautious approach ahead of the G20 Summit, which is taking place amidst ongoing US-China trade tiff and rising tensions in the Middle East, according to experts. At the interbank foreign exchange (forex) market, the domestic currency opened at 69.29 a dollar and touched a low of 69.32 and a high of 69.07 during the day. The local unit finally closed at 69.07 against the American currency, up 8 paise over its previous close. On Wednesday, the rupee had settled at 69.15 against the US dollar.”Easing of crude prices and gains in domestic equities markets during the Thursday’s trade helped the rupee to appreciate to the highest level since June 4, 2019,” said V K Sharma, Head PCG & Capital Markets Strategy, HDFC Securities. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.99 per cent to trade at $65.83 per barrel.
New Delhi: As the number of resignations by MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) in Karnataka is continuously increasing, reducing the ruling coalition to a minority, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is scheduled to chair a crucial cabinet meeting Thursday to discuss the political situation and to take decision on future of the coalition government in the state. He held a meeting with senior Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Eshwar Khandre, Siddaramaiah, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dinesh Gundu Rao at Kumara Krupa guesthouse in Bengaluru in the morning. Sixteen MLAs, including Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj, have resigned and two Independent legislators — R Shankar and H Nagesh — have withdrawn support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day On the other hand, Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is yet to accept the resignations of the MLAs. Kumar has said he has to first hear the legislators. He has also pointed out that of the 16 resignations of the MLAs, only five were in the proper format. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker, the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents clearing the way for the BJP to seek a trust vote. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The political crisis also reached New Delhi after 10 Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who quit last week, moved the Supreme Court alleging that Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar is deliberately not accepting their resignations. Hearing the petition, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi allowed the 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs to meet Assembly speaker at 6 pm today and convey the decision of their resignation to him. The Top court also asked the speaker to decide on MLAs’ resignation during the course of the day. Amid all the drama, a BJP delegation led by state party chief B S Yeddyurappa met Governor Vajubhai Vala Wednesday, requesting him to advise the Speaker to expedite the process of accepting the resignations of all MLAs. (With inputs from Indian Express)