TMC to fight alone, Mamata first to announce candidates

first_imgKolkata, Mar 4 (PTI) Trinamool Congress will go it alone in next months Assembly election in West Bengal, party supremo Mamata Banerjee today said and declared the list of TMC candidates which included sports personalities, actor and journalist.Soon after Election Commission announced the six-phase poll schedule, Banerjee in a press conference made public TMC candidates ahead of BJP, Congress and the Left which were yet to stitch the much-talked about alliance for the election to defeat TMC.Unlike 2011 when TMC had contested the Assembly election in alliance with Congress, the party will go on its own this time, she said.Banerjee will contest from Bhabanipur constituency in the metropolis from where she was elected in 2011.Madan Mitra, former minister and an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam will contest from his old Kamarhati seat in North 24 Paraganas district.Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia, former Bengal cricket captain Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, footballer Rahim Nabi, Bengali cine actor Soham and journalist Prabir Ghosal made it into the TMC list of candidates.Expelled CPI(M) leader and former minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah who had joined the party, will contest from Bhangar constituency on TMC ticket while the name of Baishali Dalmiya, daughter of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya figured in the TMC list.Banerjee expressed her displeasure over the six-phase election saying “CPI(M), Congress and BJP who cant fight us politically always spread canards against Bengal.””Whatever the Election Commission decided we will follow it. But we dont like it that Bengal is always treated in a step-motherly manner.advertisement”We welcome Election Commissions decision to go for six-phase poll. We will fight the battle. But In Bengal, which is a peaceful state, elections are being held in six phases spread out in seven days.”It is the perogative of the Election Commission. I have nothing to say against them as it is a constitutional body. We will fight the battle,” she said when asked to comment on the ECs decision to hold six-phase poll. (MORE) PTI PNT SUN KK IKAlast_img read more

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Nomination papers of all key RS candidates in 15 states okayed

first_imgNew Delhi, June 1 (PTI) Barring eight independents, the nomination papers of all key candidates, including senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, were found valid in scrutiny for the June 11 Rajya Sabha biennial elections across 15 states. The stage is set for a contest in Uttar Pradesh and in Haryana while Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Chidambaram are among those who are set to be elected to the Upper House unopposed. A battle in UP is inevitable unless two candidates, including independent Preeti Mahapatra, a social worker, withdraw their nominations by June 3. There are 12 candidates for 11 vacancies that will entail voting. Several BJP MLAs, members of small parties and independents are backing Mahapatra. Seven candidates of SP and two of BSP, including national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal and BJPs Shiv Pratap Shukla are others who are in the fray. In 403-member UP Assembly ruling SP has 229 MLAs, BSP 80, BJP 41, Congress 29, besides some smaller parties and Independents. Each candidate requires 37 votes for a win. In Maharashtra, papers of all the six candidates, including Chidambaram and Piyush Goyal were found valid, and they are set to be elected unopposed as there are as many vacancies from the state. The others are Praful Patel (NCP), BJPs Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Vikas Mahatme and Shiv Senas Sanjay Raut. In Tamil Nadu, nomination papers of seven independents and of one independent in Karnataka were rejected during scrutiny, paving the way for election of six nominees, four from ruling AIADMK and two belonging to DMK, unopposed to the Rajya Sabha. Nomination papers of R Vaithilingam, A Navaneethakrishnan, A Vijayakumar, former Union Minister SR Balasubramoniyan (all AIADMK), and those of RS Bharathi and TKS Elangovan (DMK) were valid. With the election of four MPs, the strength of ruling AIADMK will go up to 12 from the present 11 in Rajya Sabha. There will be no change in the number of DMK MPs which will continue to be four. From Tamil Nadu, Congress Party will have no representation in the Upper House. In Karnataka, an independent candidates nomination was rejected during scrutiny today for not enclosingproposers names and an additional affidavit, but the papers of three Congress candidates, including former unionministers Jairam Ramesh, Oscar Fernandes, were found valid as was that of union minister Nirmala Seetharaman. Congress decision to field third candidate, Ramamurthy, has given anxious moments to JD-S which needs five additional votes to see its candidate through, as it has 40 members. PTI TEAM PALadvertisementlast_img read more

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Khalsa college gets Delhi HC approval to start admission process with minority tag

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Monday, June 20, allowed Delhi University’s Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College to begin its admission process under the minority status given to the college in the year 2011.However, regarding fresh appointments of teachers in Khalsa College Justice G.S. Sistani said that it would be subject to the final outcome of the written petition.According to IANS, the high court was hearing the plea of some teachers, who have challenged the order of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions that had granted minority status to the college on the ground that it would affect the interests of SC/ST (reserved) students.Time line:The college got the minority status in 2011. However, the teachers and Delhi University challenged the status and on their plea, the high court granted a stay in the year 2012In last July, DU had withdrawn its petition saying it had no objection to the minority status granted to the collegeLast July, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had assured the court that the admission and appointments of teachers would “continue in the old system” which allows for general admissions and quotas for SC/ST/OBCs. The teachers, however, alleged that the “minority tag” would adversely affect SC/ST/OBC studentsHowever, on April 18 this year, the DSGMC said that since DU and the government had accepted the minority status, it would not continue the interim arrangement and will not be bound by the provisions of the SC/ST Reservation ActThen, the teachers again filed a plea seeking a stay on the order. The High Court on Friday had allowed the college management to “start counselling but not admissions” till the next hearing scheduled for June 20.Read: DU Admissions 2016: St Stephen’s College releases first cut-off list  advertisementClick here for more education news.To get more updates on education related news, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Duleep Trophy scrapped from 2017-18 domestic calendar

first_imgThe Duleep Trophy has been scrapped from the 2017-18 domestic calendar, which will begin with the Ranji Trophy on October 6.The Duleep Trophy, which normally serves as the season-opener, has now been postponed to the beginning of the next season in the wake of tight international calendar which will see India hosting 23 limited-overs matches from September to December.Confirming the news, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said that the Duleep Trophy was conducted in a year-and-a-half cycle and not necessarily on an annual basis.Last year’s Duleep Trophy featured three teams namely India Red, India Blue and India Green, playing with the pink ball under lights.Reflecting on the tournament, the BCCI official said that the domestic first-class cricket competition would continue to be played with the pink ball, before adding that it is best suited to be played at the beginning of the season instead of the middle or the end.”If you remember, ahead of the World T20 year [in 2016], we didn’t have the Duleep Trophy because there was no relevance in holding it when we were looking at selecting a T20 side. Last year, we had a 13-Test season, so starting the Duleep Trophy before the Tests had greater relevance and we had time to do it. The Duleep Trophy takes 24 days [to finish], and with such a long season and with all venues being occupied – obviously we can’t do it in June or July – we had only September,” ESPNcricinfo quoted the BCCI official as saying.advertisement”And, this year we are starting the international season on September 17 which means the team would assemble on September 10 or 11. That’s the reason we decided to defer it to the beginning of next season, which is again a Test season with India playing West Indies and touring Australia and New Zealand. The Duleep will then form the basis for selection in the longer formats,” he added.While the U-19 World Cup being scheduled to be held from January to February next year in New Zealand, the Vijay Hazare 50-overs senior tournament hasn’t been advanced despite India playing a number of limited-overs games in the next few months.”The thing is even if Vijay Hazare starts in October-November, it will spill over into December. However, even the knockouts of Ranji Trophy will be over before India go to South Africa. That way everyone can participate in these games before the South Africa tour begins,” he added.The quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy will be held from December 7 to December 11 while the last-four clash is slated to take place from December 17 to December 21.The finals will be held from December 29 to January 2.last_img read more

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Realme 1 base variant discontinued following launch of Realme 2

first_imgRealme has discontinued its Realme 1 base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in India. This comes after the company launched its successor Realme 2 on Tuesday at Rs 8,990.Realme 1 was launched in May this year. The phone costs the same as the Realme 2 base variant and quietly was removed from Amazon and Realme website after the launch of Realme 2.Realme later confirmed to Gadgets360 that the phone has been discontinued. The 3GB RAM model of Realme1 is now no longer available for buy but you can still get your hands on the 4GB AND 6GB RAM variants of Realme 1 on Amazon India. The phone has been discontinued probably to avoid the price clash between the base variants of the two phones(Realme 1 and Realme 2) as both are priced same and could affect the sales of Realme 2.Realme, once a sub-brand of Oppo, entered in India with budget phone Realme 1. The company has now separated itself from Oppo and is running as an independent brand in India. The Realme 2 is the second device from the company since its debut in the country.Realme 2 price, specs and availabilityRealme 2 sports a 6.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1520 pixels. The phone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core processor and is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.In the camera department, the Realme 2 sports a dual camera set up comprising of a 13MP + 2MP camera sensors on the back and an 8MP camera sensor on the front. The phone is backed by a 4230mAh battery.advertisementThe dual SIM smartphone includes connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, 3G and 4G. Sensors on-board are face unlock, fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, and Accelerometer.One of the major differences between the Realme 1 and Realme 2 is the notch. The Realme 2 comes with a notched display, slimmer bezels and a large screen-to-body ratio. The Realme 2 sell in two variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. The base variant costs Rs 8,990 while the second variant costs Rs 10,990. It is a Flipkart-exclusive device.last_img read more

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India outclass Australia in 3rd Test to retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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Attorney General’s Dept. Prepares for Role in Centralisation of Legal Services

first_img The Attorney General’s Department is far advanced in preparing for its role in the centralisation of legal services, as part of the modernisation of the public sector. Story Highlights The plan places the Department as the hub, which will include the onboarding of managers, legal officers and some employees of government ministries, who will report to the Solicitor General. Head of the Transition Team for Centralisation of Legal Services, Kayla Mills, who was addressing a ceremony at the Attorney General’s Chambers on Wednesday (April 25) to open renovated sections of the Department, noted that the first phase of implementation of centralisation of legal services includes improvement of the facilities at the Chambers. The Attorney General’s Department is far advanced in preparing for its role in the centralisation of legal services, as part of the modernisation of the public sector.Cabinet in 2017 approved recommendations outlined in a framework proposal for the centralisation of legal services to the Government under the Attorney General’s Department.The plan places the Department as the hub, which will include the onboarding of managers, legal officers and some employees of government ministries, who will report to the Solicitor General.Oversight to legal officers located within their respective ministries will also be provided by the Attorney General’s Department.Head of the Transition Team for Centralisation of Legal Services, Kayla Mills, who was addressing a ceremony at the Attorney General’s Chambers on Wednesday (April 25) to open renovated sections of the Department, noted that the first phase of implementation of centralisation of legal services includes improvement of the facilities at the Chambers.This relates to physical infrastructure, as well as implementation of features such as an online library facility, intranet infrastructure and upgraded software.Ms. Mills said funding has been identified through the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Unit, with partial funding from the World Bank, to facilitate the current phase of the centralisation process.In moving forward, the Transition Team Head, who just recently joined the Attorney General’s Department, said she is working closely with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and the Solicitor General.“I will also be meeting with the Attorney General, as well as members of the management team and the rank and file, just to get a feel in terms of what your needs are, moving into modernisation and transformation,” she told a gathering of staff at the ceremony.She said training for persons in the Legal Services Unit (LSU) will also be facilitated ahead of the March 31, 2019 onboarding timeline, which is the point in the project that lawyers in the LSUs of ministries will fall under the aegis of the Attorney General’s Department.“In terms of the process going forward, we want it to be consultative. We will be talking to you, we will be taking your concerns on board,” Ms. Mills assured staff.The Attorney General’s Department was the beneficiary of technical legal assistance through the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme of the Ministry of Justice.This, along with a series of consultations, has prepared the Department for the final stages of the centralisation of legal services process.last_img read more

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Maersk Line Upgrades Voyage Data Recorders

first_imgzoom Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line has chosen its compatriot Danelec Marine to retrofit 100 vessels with the next-generation Danelec DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) and Simplified Voyage Data Recorders (S-VDRs), to meet the latest IMO standards.The Danelec conversion kits include adapter plates with pre-drilled bolt holes, as well as serial, digital and analog interfaces for most older VDR brands, providing plug-and-play replacement of the existing bridge data units, microphones, memory capsules and other components while reusing all existing interfaces, cabling and adapters.Launched last spring, the Danelec DM100 VDR and S-VDR incorporate Danelec’s SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) technology, which facilitates fast and easy shipboard service, and VDRConnect, which provides selective remote download of VDR datasets at shore offices. The DM100 VDR and S-VDR use the same basic system architecture and share common parts and spares for easy service and repairs worldwide.Installations have begun on the 100 Maersk Line ships and will be completed in 2016.”The fleet retrofit program will take advantage of our newly developed conversion kits, which we designed to facilitate replacement of older models of VDRs and S-VDRs,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. ”Some of these older products are 10 or more years old and are nearing the end of their service life.”last_img read more

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Tsuneishi Mitsui Engineering to Tie Up Their Businesses

first_imgzoom Japanese shipbuilders Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES) have reached an agreement to make a business alliance in the field of the design and construction of merchant ships.The formation of the strategic alliance is aimed at attracting a higher order intake and achieving better cost competitiveness.Under the deal, the duo plans to jointly operate Tsuineishi’s overseas shipyards, according to Nikkei.The two shipbuilders said that they would continue to be managed independently and hold further discussions on the specific conditions of the alliance.Japanese shipbuilders have been joining forces over the recent period as a means of combatting the industry downturn.Namely, low ordering activity has seen many yards idle for quite some time and some of them were even forced to close down their business.The number of active yards (those with at least one vessel of 1,000+ GT on order) fell from 440 at the start of 2017 to 360 as of start 2018, according to Clarksons’ data.The consolidation drive has seen Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launch talks on forming an alliance with compatriot Imabari Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding in the commercial ship business as a way of strengthening their competitiveness on the market.What is more, the country’s shipbuilding enterprises are faced with a very fierce competition from their Korean and Chinese rivals, which are estimated to hold 70 percent of the market.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Searchers Train to Find Missing Child Parent

first_imgGround 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.last_img read more

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Katka Speaker seeks more time SC says orders already passed

first_imgNew 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)last_img read more

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SC to hear after 2 weeks a plea for proper probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear after two weeks the fresh plea alleging that CBI tried to “shield the real perpetrators” in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case by not conducting proper probe on “crucial leads” which are available on record. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said an advance notice has been circulated in the matter by the other side seeking deferment of the hearing on the plea. The fresh interim plea has been filed in a pending PIL of Nivedita Jha in which the apex court had directed CBI to probe the shelter home sexual assault cases. The plea, filed through advocate Fauzia Shakil, has sought a direction to the CBI to carry out a thorough, proper and scientific probe into the case.Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and the issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The probe into the case was transferred to CBI and the agency has chargesheeted 21 people, including prime accused Brajesh Thakur. “It is evident from the statement of victims that a large scale prostitution racket was being run by prime accused Brajesh Thakur.”last_img read more

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Massira II Healthcare Center Opens in Moroccos Temara

Rabat – The healthcare center, Massira II, is part of the Hassanate association’s plan to improve basic health services in addition to the quality of education in the country.Massira II is equipped with a pharmacy, a vaccination room, a section for “high-risk pregnancies and family planning,”  care rooms for children under the age of 5, and a “mother and child” care department.Renovations also included the installation of new electronic equipment, items of furniture, and reorganization of outdoor spaces in the center. On the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony, Lalla Hasna hosted the launching of an awareness-raising documentary that will be played on televisions in the center’s waiting rooms to encourage patients to preserve the renovated center.Read Also: 27,620 Drug Addicts Receive Treatment in Moroccan Rehabilitation CentersIn addition, the ceremony witnessed the signing of two partnership agreements on healthcare projects.The first agreement, signed by Dounia Benyaich, President of the Human Development Association “Hassanate” and Ilias El Fali, Executive Director of OCP Group Industrial Operations, focuses on the renovation of four health centers, including a diagnosis center in the province El Jadida.The second agreement, signed by Dounia Benyaich and Driss El Ouazzani, Director General of Redal, seeks to contribute to the development of health centers under the management of the Hassanate, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Established in 2001, the Hassanate association aims to upgrade the standard in Moroccan healthcare centers. As materialization of the Hassanate’s goal of improving healthcare in Morocco, the newly renovated center includes a room to improve patients reception of a facility for maternal and child health, and a room dedicated to education and prevention workshops. read more

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Security Council consults on Georgia resolution

10 February 2009The Security Council today held consultations on a draft resolution on the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) whose mandate expires at the weekend, with the Council president voicing confidence that a new resolution would be adopted by then. “I am very confident that the formal adoption will be taking place before the end of the week,” Ambassador Yukio Takasu of Japan, Council President for February, told reporters afterwards.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council last week that UNOMIG, which has been patrolling both sides of the ceasefire line between the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatists in the country’s north-west since the end of fighting there 15 years ago, is in a “precarious” position which could quickly become untenable.“There have been a considerable number of security incidents involving casualties on both sides and what little communication there was between the sides has largely broken down,” he said in a report, warning that “a further deterioration of the situation cannot be excluded.”On the Abkhaz-controlled side of the ceasefire line, Russian troops have taken over positions previously held by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) peacekeeping forces, on which UNOMIG relied for security. Abkhaz heavy weapons and military personnel have entered the zone of conflict, he wrote. read more

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BOI says Port City still can resume

He said that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority should have heeded the advice of the Attorney General (AG) that the State-owned ports operator cannot enter into commercial operations including the ambitious Port City project without the principal enactment being amended. “The Attorney General referring to the Colombo Port City Project had categorically stated that if the Ports Authority was to engage in a commercial project of this nature, it has to be amended by Parliament,” Jayasuriya told The Sunday Leader on the sidelines of a business partnership matchmaking event titled ‘New Business Silk Road’ organised for the visiting business delegation from Qingdao on Friday. It was pointed out by the AG’s Department that Section 6 of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act (No. 51 of 1979) which contained the ‘Objects and duties of the Ports Authority’, did not confer legal authority for SLPA to engage in land reclamation, property development etc.“We are not against this project. No, we want this to happen. But our government wants to ensure good governance, transparency and rule of law. So like any other project this too has to follow the legal, environmental and other requirements required by the Law. Geological Survey and Mines Bureau had given a one day exemption for the ground breaking ceremony attended by the Chinese President. We understand that thereafter the relevant parties should have obtained necessary approvals from GSMB. The Central Environmental Authority has issued a license for a period of one year and that too had lapsed. We somehow want this project to go ahead after obtaining necessary approvals,” he added. The much talked about Port City Project at Galle Face may resume if the concerns of the Government are addressed.Board of Investment (BoI) of Sri Lanka Chairman Upul Jayasuriya told The Sunday Leader that the Government is not against the project but wants to ensure the project falls in line with the legal, environmental and other requirements. The Government of Sri Lanka wanted to have a proper regulatory framework which ensured consistency and uniformity within its investment climate, Jayasuriya emphasized.“We can’t have two regimes – one under the BoI and the other under the Strategic Development Projects Act. Henceforth, we would not be awarding any concessions under the SDP Act. Whatever concessions awarded will be honoured but no future concessions would be made.”The Strategic Development Projects Act No. 14 of 2008 as amended by the Strategic Development Projects (Amendment) Act No. 12 of 2011created far-reaching consequences which covers full or partial exemptions (depending on the type and the level of investment) of the Value Added Tax (VAT), Income Tax, Economic Service Charge (ESC), Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Nation Building Tax (NBT), Ports and Airports Development Levy (PAL) and taxes introduced under the Finance Acts.He noted that hereafter the Cabinet of Ministers and the Treasury will only be involved in the policy making aspect with regards to investments and not with the evaluation of BoI projects. The entire 230-hectare Port City was projected to bring in a staggering US$ 15 billion worth of investments into the country. One-third of the reclaimed land would be given to the Hong Kong-listed China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) outright whilst another 100 hectares awarded on a 99-year lease agreement with the remaining owned by the SLPA. Following the temporary suspension of the project last March, the Court of Appeal ordered the Attorney General to inform the government’s stance on the Colombo Port City project to court on June 15. read more

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Torontos chief information officer Rob Meikle exits after six years

IT World Canada has learned that the City of Toronto’s chief information officer is no longer Rob Meikle.In a phone interview, Meikle confirmed his departure, indicating he was looking to pursue other opportunities and projects in the city, something that was difficult to do as Toronto’s CIO.“I’m involved in several other projects in communities across the city,” he told the publication. “It was good timing for me to put a little bit more emphasis on that side of my life and career.”A spokesperson from Toronto’s information and technology division confirmed the news in an email, writing “Rob Meikle is no longer the CIO. Lawrence Eta has been acting as chief information officer since June 25.”Eta, who the publication has requested an interview with, was the city’s deputy CIO since September 2017.Meikle served as the Toronto’s CIO since 2013. Prior to his tenure in Toronto, Meikle served as Brampton’s CIO for eight years. He also sits on The Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management’s advisory council. The school is part of Ryerson University’s urban campus in downtown Toronto.Additionally, Meikle took over all smart city initiatives for the city after the departure of Toronto’s chief transformation officer Michael Kolm in April. read more

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New toolkit launched by UN agency to help in fight against human

The new toolkit from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) contains a mixture of practical tools for police officers – such as a checklist on how to identify trafficking victims and tips on how to interview and protect them – and broader, more theoretical guidance, such as suggestions on how to increase international cooperation and how to harmonize national laws in this area.There is information on medical, legal and psychological protection for victims, as well as material on how to deal with the immigration status of victims and their possible repatriation and resettlement.Speaking at today’s launch in Vienna, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said the toolkit has been created as governments the world over struggle to cope with human trafficking.“Although the evidence suggests that trafficking in people is increasing everywhere, few traffickers are behind bars,” noting that virtually every nation on Earth is affected by the problem. read more

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Anglos Los Bronces to recycle water sucked from the bottom of the

first_imgAnglo American’s Los Bronces copper mine in Chile has an ambitious plan to recycle more water by sucking it from the bottom of a tailings dam. More than 200 million m3 of waste water are retained in the fine tailings of Las Tórtolas dam, which is currently up to 100 m deep. Retained water will increase to more than 750 million m3 during the life of the mine. Water retention in the tailings is the biggest part of water consumption at Los Bronces and many other mines. The proposed water-recovery scheme aims to increase water re-use efficiency by extracting some of this water and pumping it back to the Los Bronces processing plant at Las Tórtolas.The plan is for 29 mm horizontal wells to be drilled through the permeable weathered bedrock along the bottom of the dam and then lined with a 19 mm perforated steel pipe into which water will drain. It could improve Los Bronces’ water efficiency by reducing water consumption by up to 20%, contributing to meeting our sustainability targets. “If this works, it will be a revolution in mining that helps to solve a lot of water challenges,” says Christian Cintolesi, Water Lead for the Americas. A trial well is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, with monitoring and evaluation of results due by mid-2020. Current estimates put the overall project cost at $30-$75 million.last_img read more

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Ridgefield School District acquires site for school

first_imgThe Ridgefield School District has acquired the site for its next school.At Tuesday’s school board meeting, board members approved the district’s purchase of 27 acres that will most likely be used for a new elementary school.The property is located in the Claiborne Acres section of the city, south of Northeast 279th Street and east of North 65th Avenue. The property is on the northeast side of the city, just east of Clark County Fire & Rescue’s Station 21, 911 N. 65th Ave.“There’s residential going in on that side of the city,” Superintendent Nathan McCann said. “Of available land in Ridgefield, we feel it’s some of the best available land in a part of the city we’re interested in.”The district purchased the property for $2.2 million from the Gerald and Beverly Jones Trust. McCann said the property is currently an empty field.The district plans to build a K-4 school, which is currently being designed, McCann said. The district plans to run a bond vote in the February 2019 election to pay for the school, with hopes of opening it in August 2020.The district recently had a similar fast turnaround with the combined Sunset Ridge Intermediate School and replacement View Ridge Middle School 5-8 campus. Design work on the school started before the district ran a bond vote. When the $78 million bond vote was passed in February 2017, constructions started soon after. The new 5-8 campus opened for the start of this school year.last_img read more

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