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Push for water projects in Tapan

first_imgBalurghat: The new District Magistrate of South Dinajpur, Nikhil Nirmal, who assumed office earlier this month, is trying to solve the problem of acute drinking water crisis, which is prevalent in many areas of entire Tapan block since the past one month. “The district has been reeling under the crisis of safe drinking water since a very long time. As a part of various development schemes undertaken by state government to mitigate the problem of drinking water scarcity, particularly in drought-prone areas across the state, a pipeline-based water supply project has been taken up by Public Health Engineering department at Tapan in South Dinajpur,” Nirmal said. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaNirmal said he visited the affected areas to inspect the progress of ongoing project with the officials of the Public Health Engineering department. It is difficult to collect drinking water from the tube-wells during the onset of summer days as the water-level is very low. A resident Ratan Mondal said: “With soaring temperatures, the demand for drinking water has been rising. The supply of drinking water for Tapan comes from tube-wells, which fails to cater the extra demand in summer when the level of groundwater goes down.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe villagers said they have tube-wells in houses for drinking water but most of them have dried up. Moreover, the demand has gone up manifold due to intolerable heat. Most of the ponds and tanks have dried up in many areas of Tapan. “Villagers bathe more than once during summer season. As we have limited water resources, so we are cutting down on consumption of water. Women need water for household work as well,” said local resident Jagan Biswas. An administrative official informed the Trinamool-led state government has been keen to resolve the problem. New pipelines have been set up through which fresh drinking water is supplied to the affected villages. “Concrete steps have been taken regarding the matter while drinking water are being supplied through PHE and Mark II deep-well hand pump,” said an official.last_img read more

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Ethiopian army chief regional president killed in unrest PMs office

first_imgAddis Ababa: Ethiopia’s army chief was shot dead by his bodyguard just hours after an attempted coup in Amhara state left the regional president and another top adviser dead, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Sunday. Spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told journalists a “hit squad” led by Amhara’s security chief Asaminew Tsige burst into a meeting on Saturday afternoon and shot regional president Ambachew Mekonnen and another top official. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The men were “gravely injured in the attack and later died of their wounds,” she said. “Several hours later in what seems like a co-ordinated attack, the chief of the staff of the national security forces Seare Mekonnen was killed in his home by his bodyguard.” Also shot dead was a retired general who had been visiting him, Billene added. The bodyguard has been apprehended while Asaminew is still on the loose, sources said. Analysts said the incident showed the seriousness of the political crisis in Ethiopia, where efforts by Abiy to loosen the iron-fisted grip of his predecessors and push through reforms has unleashed a wave of unrest. “These tragic incidents unfortunately demonstrate the depth of Ethiopia’s political crisis,” said International Crisis Group analyst William Davison. “It is now critical that actors across the country do not worsen the instability by reacting violently or trying to exploit this unfolding situation for their own political ends,” the expert said.last_img read more

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Former US president Barack Obama to visit nations capital in May

first_imgOTTAWA — Former U.S. president Barack Obama is set to visit the nation’s capital next month for a question-and-answer session.The event, hosted by the progressive think-tank Canada 2020, will be at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre on May 31.Canada 2020 chairman Tom Pitfield says Obama is a “generation-defining political leader” and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.Tickets for the event start at $75, the think-tank says.Since Obama’s presidency ended in January 2017, he’s become a big name on the paid speaking circuit, and appeared at a similar event in Calgary in March.In 2016, as president, he addressed Canada’s Parliament and received a standing ovation and cheers in the House of Commons.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Malinga likely to play next two matches for Mumbai Indians

first_imgNew Delhi: Lasith Malinga is likely to be available for the next two IPL matches for Mumbai Indians after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) softened its stance on the participation of the veteran pacer in a domestic ODI tournament. SLC had earlier announced that only those players would be eligible for selection in the World Cup squad, who would compete in Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from April 4 to 11. The diktat had forced Malinga to make himself unavailable for Mumbai Indians’ first six matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the SLC has changed its stance after a few calls by BCCI. SLC Chief selector Ashantha de Mel said that Malinga’s place in the World Cup bound squad is guaranteed, so he is free to participate in the IPL. “We have no issues if he goes to IPL – the board had given him a no-objection certificate already, so he’s free to go. Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Anyway he has been one of our best bowlers in one dayers, so there’s no question about his place in the team,” Mel added. The news of Malinga’s participation will boost Mumbai Indians’ confidence as they aim to register their first win of the tournament after losing to Delhi Capitals on Sunday. The three-time winners will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in back-to-back away games on March 28 and 30 respectively.last_img read more

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Israel demolishes Palestinian community in Jordan Valley

first_imgJERUSALEM– Israeli military forces leave three families without shelter and destroy the only available water pipe to the community in the Jordan Valley.Israeli military forces demolished on Wednesday buildings belonging to the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah in the northern Jordan Valley, rendering homeless the entire population consisting of three families, comprised of 10 adults and 15 minors. The residents have been left without shelter for themselves and their livestock in the harsh winter weather conditions, Israeli Human Rights Network B’Tselem Director Jessica Montell said in a report.   The Israeli military also destroy the only water pipe available to the residents. Stressing that it is unlawful to displace people from their homes and lands under the excuse of Israeli army military training in occupied territories, the report reads: “The Civil Administration determined that the buildings must be demolished, citing the argument that the community is located in a closed military zone used as a firing zone. The expulsion of residents of an occupied territory from their homes for the purpose of military training by the occupying power is unlawful. International Humanitarian Law stipulates that such expulsion is permissible only in the case of imperative military needs or to safeguard the local population.” “The domestic Israeli debates as well as the diplomatic debates are being conducted in complete detachment from the reality on the ground in the Jordan Valley, which is home to thousands of Palestinians. These Palestinian residents live in difficult conditions, subject to harassment and continuous threats from Israeli authorities,” the report added.The demolition of the residential compound in Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah without offering the residents any viable alternative runs contrary to Israel’s obligations and is in blatant violation of the International Humanitarian Law rules which Israel has undertaken to uphold, Montell stated.last_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah

Rabat – Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his next pick for his A Year of Books project. Thirty-one year old Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a New Year’s Resolution to read an important book every two weeks this year and then discuss it online with the Facebook community. His eleventh book is “Muqaddimah” (translated The Introduction) by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun.Ibn Khaldun is considered one of the founding fathers of modern society and historiography. He was well-educated and studied a range of topics including Arab linguistics, law, mathematics, economics, logic, and philosophy. He also memorized the Qur’an by heart. “Muqaddimah” is Ibn Khaldun’s most famous work. Written in 1377, it focuses on classic Islamic history and elements of the early progression of humanity. Zuckerberg says that although most of the book has been disproven since its writing, “Muqaddimah” is still an interesting read.“It’s a history of the world written by an intellectual who lived in the 1300s. It focuses on how society and culture flow, including the creation of cities, politics, commerce and science” he wrote.The book gives a different prospective on worldview and was used by later historians to examine the growth and decline of modern empires. read more

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UN applauds decision of United States to join landmark disability pact

31 July 2009The United Nations has welcomed the signing by the United States of the landmark treaty to protect and promote the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities. Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the world body’s Headquarters in New York yesterday, bringing the total number of signatories to 141. So far the treaty has been ratified by 60 countries.The Convention, which entered into force in May last year, asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons with disabilities. In addition, the Convention’s Optional Protocol allows individuals to petition an international expert body with grievances.By signing, and then ratifying the treaty, States commit themselves to enact laws and other measures to improve disability rights, as well as abolish discriminatory legislation, customs and practices.“We are glad the United States has shown its commitment to be part of the common effort to ensure the full recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities in our societies,” said Akiko Ito, the Chief of the Secretariat of the Convention which is housed in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“We look forward to working with the US and hope to add their strength to our work for persons with disabilities worldwide.” read more

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Opinion The return of LeBron James means everything to Cleveland

2013 NBA Champion for the Miami Heat and Akron, Ohio native LeBron James stands on the sidelines at the Wisconsin football game Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoI will never forget where I was four years ago, when LeBron James broke the collective hearts in Cleveland by announcing his decision to join the Miami Heat.I sat in a Florida hotel lobby as the “King” made his announcement to take his talents to South Beach, and the lobby let out a collective roar. I sank in my chair knowing that the chances of a championship happening in Cleveland were, once again, dashed.Flash forward to today — I sat in my bedroom. Not my school bedroom but my bedroom back home. The bedroom in which I grew up, and I heard the news that James was returning home.It felt surreal.I ran downstairs to make sure it wasn’t a dream. It wasn’t, and I couldn’t be happier for fellow Cleveland fans and for the King himself.Nothing beats coming home. No matter how far away you are, nothing is better. My favorite place in the world is, and always will be, Columbus, Ohio. However, nothing is better than making the two hour drive up I-71 to come home to Brunswick, Ohio, which is located just 30 minutes south of downtown Cleveland, the place where I have always called home.The same seems to stand true for James. In a letter written to “Sports Illustrated,” James said, “I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there.”Words can’t describe how much those words mean to Clevelanders. No one chooses us. No one seems to want to play in Cleveland. But now, the best player in the world chose us. If you are not from Cleveland, you can’t understand, and we don’t expect you to.Cleveland has endured The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble and even The Decision — but now, we have The Return. We have something to give us hope — something we haven’t had in a long time.I wrote two months ago that the month of May could prove to be the turning point for Cleveland sports, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today is the day.The drafting of Johnny Manziel to the Browns was great and brought some excitement, but nothing compares to this. The Cavaliers winning the draft lottery and ultimately selecting Andrew Wiggins was fun, but again, doesn’t compare.James is an Ohio guy. Manziel and Wiggins, while great players in their own right, are not from here. They don’t know our desperation for a winner. James does, and his return to a city with a 50-year title drought means more than words can describe.Let me be clear: Just because James is back in Cleveland still doesn’t guarantee us a championship, but it doesn’t have to. While we want a title, to see James likely finish his career with his hometown team means a lot.So as I, a 21-year old man, sat in the house I grew up, watching the news on James unfold, I admit tears came into my eyes because nothing has ever meant this much to a generation of Cleveland sports fans.Welcome home, LeBron. We are excited to see you back in the wine and gold. read more

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Adam Scott holds off Cabrera in playoff to win the Masters

first_imgUpdated 1.20amADAM SCOTT MADE history as the first Australian to win the Masters as he held off Angel Cabrera in a thrilling play-off finish at Augusta National.At the end of a pulsating final day which ebbed and flowed, Scott and Cabrera were locked at the top of the leaderboard on nine-under-par.After the first sudden-death hole failed to separate them, Scott drained a birdie putt in the fading light to claim his first Major title.Cabrera, the Masters winner in 2009, embraced Scott as the win sank in.“That’s how golf is,” the Argentinian said. “I came back. I had my chance to win it. Adam is truly a good winner. He’s a great person and a great player and I’m happy for him.”With another of the Australian challengers Jason Day in the clubhouse on seven-under-par, both Scott and Cabrera headed down the 72nd and final hole knowing that a birdie would leave them on the brink of outright victory.Playing first, Scott sank a 20-foot birdie putt for a final round of three-under-par 69.“There was a split second I thought I had won,” he admitted afterwards. “You never count your chickens. It was time to step up and see how much I wanted it.”It left Cabrera needing a birdie of his own to force a two-man playoff and keep his Masters dream alive. The Argentinian stitched his approach to the final hole, leaving himself with a short putt which he held his nerve to make.After a pair of pars on the first hole of the sudden-death shootout, it was Scott who eventually prevailed in a dramatic finish.Day, second here two years ago, finished third after bogeys on 16 and 17 cost him his chance. He had earlier thrust himself into contention with three straight birdies from the 13th to the 15th as the final act played out.Four-time winner Tiger Woods and another Australian, Marc Leishman, finished in a tie for fourth on five-under-par. Thorbjorn Oleson and Brandt Snedeker were tied sixth on four-under.– Additional reporting by AFPCheck out the full leaderboard here >Watching the Masters? Come hang out with the cool kids in our open threadlast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_img Get our daily news round up: Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Here’s what made the headlines today. Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 7:45 PM No Comments Mar 24th 2019, 7:45 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Down Syndrome Ireland’s Purple Run in the Phoenix Park Source: Sasko Lazarov via RollingNews.ieTaoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth is “not something that’s on the agenda”.A motorist has been arrested for driving “erratically” and testing positive for cocaine and cannabis. A murder investigation has been launched after a 23-year-old man died following an assault at a house in Co Derry.Detectives in Co Fermanagh are investigating after an ATM machine was stolen from a filling station in Irvinestown this morning. A loan scheme for first-time home buyers needs another €600 million if it is to continue for the next three years.Locals in Phibsborough say they’re shocked at the level of street crime, as drug dealers openly trade in crack cocaine at the area’s main shopping centre. Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 16-year-old missing from Co Wicklow. Gardaí at Dublin Airport are seeking the public’s help to prevent incidents involving drones like that which brought operations there to a standstill last month.Any tax loopholes identified as being used by vulture funds will not be closed down until at least the autumn, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.INTERNATIONAL People embracing during a vigil in Hagley Park, Christchurch in New Zealand following last week’s mass shooting at two mosques Source: Mark Baker via AP#NORWAY: A cruise ship that experienced engine trouble yesterday off the coast of Norway has reached port after hundreds of passengers were airlifted to safety.#BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May is holding crisis talks today at Chequers with Conservative colleagues amid reports that she is facing a “cabinet coup”.#NEW ZEALAND: A national remembrance service for the victims of the attacks of mosques in New Zealand will be held next Friday.PARTING SHOTWhat can Ireland do about returning members of Islamic State? Well, that’s what we’re looking at in the third episode of our new weekly podcast The Explainer. You can listen wherever you get your podcasts or via SoundCloud below – you can also head straight to iTunes, Spotify, Acast, PodBean, Podcast Republic, and Stitcher. Short URL By Hayley Halpin 14,181 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4558869 Share4 Tweet Email Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudlast_img read more

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Metallicas Momentous One For The Record

first_img Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Prev Next For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Email For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 17, 2018 – 3:14 pm Metallica: “One” | For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Shakira Metallica: “One” | For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Metallica: “One” | For The Record Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record For The Record: B.B. 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With newcomer Jason Newstead taking over bass duties, Metallica’s fourth album arrived on Aug. 25, 1988, a collage of brutal, chugging guitar riffs set to jarring, dark lyrical themes. The album’s centerpiece was undoubtedly the seven-and-a-half minute “One.”An anti-war song at its core, “One” is based off Dalton Trumbo’s 1939 book, Johnny Got His Gun and follows the story of a severely wounded WWI soldier relegated to the confines of a motionless life in a hospital bed.The song builds from its somber, clean guitar opening movement with lyrics recounting the torturous confines of the post-war mind. Then it builds into one of metal’s most iconic and grinding riffs, mimicking machine gun fire with double kick drum blasts and bottom-string guitar shots. James Hetfield’s voice enters to articulate the suffering of the song’s subject, incapacitated by battle, “Darkness imprisoning me / all that I see, absolute horror / I cannot live, I cannot die / trapped in myself, body my holding cell.”The haunting music video for “One” featured audio and video from the film adaptation of Trumbo’s book and was the very first video Metallica ever made. Its rotation on MTV brought the band’s underground thrash metal style to a whole new audience without compromising the band’s artistic principles.In early 1989, Metallica performed “One” at the 31st GRAMMY Awards. One year later at the 32nd GRAMMY Awards, the song earned the band its first ever GRAMMY Award for Best Metal Performance. Three decades later, it remains one of metal’s most idiomatic and imitated songs. Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ News Facebook Return to the “imprisoning” darkness of metal’s biggest band and their most iconic and haunting songNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 17, 2018 – 3:15 pm Emerging from the thrash metal underground to the GRAMMY stage, Metallica broke new ground with the 1988 release of their fourth album, …And Justice For All, expanding their rabid fanbase — known as the “metal militia” — to a whole new level with their crushing opus, “One.” For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ Metallica “One” | For The Record metallicas-momentous-one-record Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record For The Record: B.B. 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Facebook manager exits says she was harassed for prodiversity views

first_imgGetty Images A Facebook engineering manager left the social media giant this month, saying she’d been harassed after criticizing the tech company’s lack of diversity, according to a report Thursday.Sophie Alpert wrote a post on Workplace, Facebook’s internal social network, about the reasons for her departure, CNBC reported. In the post, Alpert, who identifies as transgender, pointed a finger at a co-worker’s remark on Workplace. She also wrote that she was attacked on Blind, a third-party app that lets employees chat anonymously.”Facebook is good for many people, but it’s not the right place for me right now,” Alpert wrote in her Workplace post, according to CNBC. “I want to spend my time at a place willing to push further on diversity and inclusion. One where it’s not OK to write on Workplace that white privilege doesn’t exist. One where if I call out that our board has too many white men, I don’t get harassed by other employees on Blind with transphobic messages saying I should be fired.”Facebook confirmed that Alpert posted internally about why she was leaving the company. “Sophie is very aware of how serious we took her concerns, given she spent significant time with members of our human resources team who worked in earnest to address the issues on Blind,” said Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison. “Because the comments in question were made anonymously there, we weren’t able to find out who posted them.” Facebook doesn’t “tolerate harassment of any kind,” Harrison said, and “has clear policies about how people should communicate with and treat each other at Facebook.”Alpert didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Curie Kim, Blind’s community manager, said in a statement that the company doesn’t condone bullying or harassment and content that goes against their online rules are flagged and removed. Users who get flagged repeatedly are restricted from accessing the app.”Our mission is to bring transparency to the workplace and this will never change,” Kim said. “It’s disheartening to read that a small number of users have used a platform designed to empower employees to do just the opposite.”It isn’t the first time a Facebook employee has complained about the lack of diversity at the world’s largest social network. Mark Luckie, who left his job as Facebook’s strategic partner manager for global influencers, accused the company of failing its black employees and users. Luckie shared his note publicly in November. At the time, Facebook said it was doing all it could to be a “truly inclusive company.”Like other technology companies, Facebook has struggled to diversify a workforce that’s mainly made up of white and Asian men. In July, Facebook reported that about 4 percent of its US workforce was black and 5 percent was Hispanic. About 8 percent of Facebook’s US employees identified as transgender or LGBQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or asexual).Facebook, which was hit by a series of scandals over data privacy and security last year, has also dealt with a string of executive departures. In December, Facebook dropped from No. 1 for 2018 to No. 7 for 2019 in Glassdoor’s list of best places to work. First published Jan. 17, 2:42 p.m. PTUpdate, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. PT: Adds statement from Blind.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Mark Zuckerberg Facebook 3 Comments Tags Culture Tech Industry Share your voicelast_img read more

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2 AAP 1 Congress leader ready to join BJP

first_imgNew Delhi : Impressed by the government’s decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and the BJP’s massive Lok Sabha poll victory, two leaders from the AAP and one from the Congress are “eager” to join the BJP, saffron party sources claimed on Saturday. The three were fielded by their parties from separate Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, but lost to their BJP rivals, they said. “They expressed their eagerness to join the party post Article 370 abrogation by the Modi government,” a top Delhi BJP leader said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “These leaders contested the Lok Sabha polls from separate constituencies in Delhi and lost with big margins. They are now in touch with the BJP showing interest in joining the party,” the BJP leader said. After a failed attempt at stitching a pre-poll alliance for the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress and the AAP fielded candidates on all the seven seats here. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “Apart from their appreciation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the way he ended special status of Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Article 370, these three leaders have also been impressed by BJP’s massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls this year,” said another top BJP leader, who is in touch with the trio. They had contested the Lok Sabha polls from South, North West and West Delhi seats, he said, adding they may join the BJP after its national leadership gives a “green signal”. “Two of them had contested Lok Sabha polls on the AAP ticket while one was fielded by the Congress,” he added Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said many people were interested in joining the party, but did not comment on these specific cases. Advertise With Us “The charisma of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is drawing many people towards the BJP,” he said. The Delhi BJP sources claimed that led by Manoj Tiwari, their national capital unit has managed to make inroads into the Purvanchali and Bihari pockets in Delhi, which were considered AAP bastions. “It also acted as another reason behind the three leaders decision to switch sides and join the BJP,” he said. The AAP had registered a stupendous victory in the 2015 Assembly polls, winning 67 of the 70 Assembly seats in Delhi, with the support of the Bhojpuri-speaking Eastern UP (Purvanchali) and Bihar natives settled in the city. “Tiwari is a well-known Bhojpuri actor-singer from Bihar. He has been able to solidly connect to this community which was evident in BJP’s impressive victories in municipal polls in 2017 and the Lok Sabha polls this year” they said. In the run up to the Assembly polls, scheduled early next year, the Delhi BJP has reportedly added around 17 lakh new members, with its leaders claiming it will be a major strength for the party as it looks to upstage the AAP in the national capital.last_img read more

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PI Industries stocks gave over 120000 returns in 13 years

first_imgAgrochemicals manufacturer PI Industries’ share price went up by over 1,20,000% from 2003 to 15, multiplying investors’ returns by more than 1,200 times.So, if you had invested Rs 1 lakh in the PI Industries shares in the beginning of 2003, the investment would have grown to Rs 12 crore by the end of December last year.Besides, the stock has given positive returns for 13 years in a row since 2003, marking the longest streak in Asia. PI Industries ranks 175 among listed entities in India in terms of market capitalisation.The astonishing rally in the stock comes on the back of transformation of the company into a big enterprise with several manufacturing plants and a research and development facility, with a headcount of 1,600.The company’s Managing Director, Mayank Singhal, plans to take its growth to new heights in the coming years, Bloomberg reported.Singhal said that the company expects to grow its earnings by about 20% annually in the next five years.”We are confident that we will be able to grow our order book from $650 million at a steady clip,” said Singhal, who’s also a member of PI’s controlling shareholder family. “We are focusing on expanding our knowledge and technology capabilities. This will enhance our operating leverage and margins.”PI Industries develops and manufactures pesticides by licensing patents owned by its global partners such as BASF SE, Syngenta AG and Dow Chemical Co.Expanding its product portfolio has enabled PI Industries to grow its order book to $650 million so far this year even as its chemical business fluctuated on agricultural output and weather conditions.PI’s shares rose from a closing price of Rs 0.53 on 31 December, 2012, to Rs 649.05 on 31 December, 2015.”While PI is “one of the best plays” in the agrochemicals industry because of its capital efficiency, a balance sheet with little debt and robust growth outlook, the company is exposed to risks from the vagaries of Indian monsoon rains and a decline in farmers’ incomes,” said Niket Shah, an analyst at Indian brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd.The company posted net income of Rs 246 crore ($37 million) in the last fiscal year ending 31 March, 2015.last_img read more

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Syrian regime advances fast on rebels in south

first_imgSyrian rebels fire rockets and artillery shells during clashes with regime forces advancing toward the town of al-Hara in the southern Syrian Daraa province on 16 July. Photo: AFPSyrian regime forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on Monday against rebels holding out in the country’s vital southern zone.For nearly one month, Syria’s government has worked to capture the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra with a mix of heavy bombardment, ground attacks and surrender deals brokered by Moscow.Despite an international outcry, government forces have retaken swathes of the area including the border with Jordan and are inching closer to the sensitive frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.Regime troops made another “quick advance” against rebels on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor which relies on a network of sources inside the country.“Regime forces took a number of towns in western parts of Daraa province, some through clashes with those refusing to join the handover deals, and others after agreements were reached,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.A string of towns-Al-Hara, Samlin, and Zimrin-had agreed to fall back into regime control, while troops overran Al-Tiha militarily.“With that advance, the regime holds more than 90 per cent of Daraa province,” Abdel Rahman told AFP.Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA also said the army had captured new territory, including Al-Tiha and Zimrin.Key hilltop hitHeavy fighting had been raging over a hilltop known as Tallet Al-Hara and held by Al-Qaeda’s former affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), said the Observatory.HTS had refused a surrender, ushering in a wave of regime and Russian shelling that have killed 30 jihadists since Sunday. An HTS ambush then left 12 regime forces dead, Abdel Rahman said.An AFP photographer there saw a plume of smoke emerging from the sloping hilltop overlooking agricultural plains on Monday.By the afternoon, Syrian state news agency SANA said government forces had captured Tallet Al-Hara.Beyond the hilltop, the sliver of Daraa that still escapes regime control includes the rebel town of Nawa and a small pocket held by an Islamic State group affiliate.Rebels in Nawa, where tens of thousands of people live, are in talks with Russia for a potential handover deal too, according to the Observatory.Moscow has helped the regime secure these negotiated surrenders in several key areas, including second city Aleppo in 2016 and the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus in April.For the south, it pressured rebels to agreed to hand over eastern parts of Daraa province in early July and the provincial capital last week.Opposition forces there handed over territory as well as heavy weapons to government troops, in exchange for a halt to bombing and transfer to rebel territory elsewhere.On Sunday, several hundred rebels and civilians were bussed from Daraa city to opposition-held Idlib in the northwest, paving the way for it to return fully to the government fold.The regime’s recapture of Daraa city would be a huge propaganda win for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the seven-year uprising against him has its roots there.Strikes on QuneitraOn Monday, state news agency SANA reported that journalist Mustafa Salama of pro-regime television channel Sama was killed by rebel shelling in the Masshara area of Quneitra province.Syrian and Russian bombardment battered the province of Quneitra, which remains mostly in rebel hands, for a second day on Monday.Quneitra lies directly west of Daraa and is bordered on the other side by the highly sensitive buffer zone with the Israeli-occupied Golan.Government forces have made a modest ground advance there, the Observatory and state media both said.Israel has been on high alert since hostilities erupted last month in the south.It says its main priority is preventing its archfoe Iran, a key backer of Assad, from building up its military installations in Syria.Late Sunday, suspected Israeli missiles hit a military position in Syria’s northern Aleppo province where the Observatory says elite Iranian forces are stationed.The Britain-based monitor said nine pro-regime fighters were killed in the strikes, at least six of them Syrian.But Syrian state media denied any casualties and said Israel had launched the raids to try to help beleaguered rebels in the south.Israel has refused to comment.last_img read more

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ExMP Rana gets 6month bail in murder case

first_imgAmanur Rahman Khan Rana. File PhotoThe High Court on Wednesday granted bail to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed in connection with the murder of two Jubo League leaders, reports UNB.The High Court bench of justice AKM Asaduzzaman and justice SM Mozibur Rahman passed the order.The court also fixed Monday for hearing on a bail petition in another case filed over the killing of freedom fighter Faruk Ahmed.Deputy attorney general Md Bashir Ullah stood for the state while lawyer Monsurul Haque Chowdhury for the accused at the court.Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in the freedom fighter murder case.The AL leader went into “hiding” after he was accused of killing freedom fighter and member of district unit AL Faruk Ahmed.On 18 January 2013, the Awami League leader was shot dead in front of his residence in the district town.Later, Faruk’s wife Nahar Ahmed filed a case in this connection.Fourteen people, including four brothers of Tangail’s influential Khan family, were made accused in the murder case.Baghil union Jubo League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July 2012 in the district town.The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail sadar police station.Police arrested several suspects in this connection when two of the arrestees — Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 — revealed that both of the Jubo League leaders had been murdered as per the order of Rana.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Lawrence Sanders. (http://nma2014.msm.edu/)The National Medical Association (NMA) recently named medical internist and Morehouse educator Dr. Lawrence Sanders as its 115th president.Sanders was appointed the position during the organization’s 112th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu.According to a statement from the NMA, Sanders’ goals for the coming year include, “ensuring that NMA remains relevant; assuring guidelines account for the disproportionate disease burdens of the select populations because of long-standing disparities in the health and health care; understanding the potential health consequences of climate change; and strengthening NMA at the state of the local level.”A longstanding member of the NMA, Sanders previously served as its speaker of the House of Delegates and as chair of the Committee on Administrative and Financial Affairs in the House of Delegates, according to his biography.  He currently serves as a delegate for the Medical Association of Atlanta to the Medical Association of Georgia House of Delegates.As an educator at Morehouse School of Medicine, Sanders teaches internal medicine, business principles and patient safety/quality improvement. Sanders also serves as the physician advisor for the clinical documentation improvement, care management at Grady Health System in Atlanta.Sanders earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Clemson University and went on to obtain his medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. He also has a masters degree in business and administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.The National Medical Association is the largest and oldest national organization in the United States dedicated to promoting and representing more than 32,000 African American physicians and their patients. A 501(c)3 non-profit, it works to eliminate health disparities in the country while also advocating quality health among minorities.last_img read more

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The young who want to

first_imgTalent knows no age. Shambhavi is an example of this. Shambhavi Chadha a 17 year old art prodigy displayed her prowess in oil colours at Lost in Nature, the solo exhibition by the young talent at Experimental Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, in the Capital. The exhibition began on December 30 and will go on until January 3.Her love for nature depicts in the landscapes and compositions. The lilacs and pinks in one of her works, along with a lily pond are somewhat reflective of Monet’s expressionism. She takes a vantage perspective and sees nature at its best behavior.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The sky, the waters are mostly calm, though their varying moods are quite evident. She has grasped the aesthetics well and doesn’t let monotony set in any of her paintings; she sneaks in a warm color. Her creations are well saturated and retain the freshness and deftness of the natural settings that she takes her inspiration from.The young student of Sanskriti School, New Delhi started painting since the age of 11 and in oil colours over the last 4 years, a medium in which she has acquired deep interest and knowledge.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe response was enormously positive and during the two days long exhibition she received tremendous attention from viewers and critics and they all applauded her with astute comments. In the Lost in Nature series Shambhavi seems heading in the right direction with firm grip on brush and clarity in choosing the colours.Where:  Experimental Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, When:  30 December to 3 Januarylast_img read more

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