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December 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe BJP today announced the names of Jaswant Singh Yadav, a minister in the Rajasthan government, and Ramswarup Lamba as its candidates for bypolls to the Lok Sabha seats of Alwar and Ajmer in the state. Yadav will contest from Alwar and Lamba, son of former Union minister Sanwar Lal Jat, from Ajmer, the party said in a statement. The bypoll to be held on January 29 was necessitated by the death of two BJP parliamentarians – Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer and Mahant Chandnath from Alwar. Meanwhile, Shakti Singh Hada and Manju Basu will be the party’s candidates for the assembly bypolls in Mandalgarh and Noapara constituencies in Rajasthan and West Bengal respectively, the statement added.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNetherlands’ Arjen Robben goes down to win a penalty during their round of 16 tie against Mexico Arjen Robben did little to defuse the debate about his reputation for diving.The Netherlands winger earned an injury-time penalty Sunday and then watched as teammate Klaas Jan Huntelaar converted from the spot to give the Dutch a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Mexico in the second round of the World Cup.Robben collapsed theatrically under a challenge from Rafael Marquez, causing emotional Mexico coach Miguel Herrera to blame his team’s loss on referee Pedro Proenca.”We ended up losing because he whistled a penalty that did not exist,” he said, adding that Robben “dived three times. The referee should have cautioned him.”Throughout his career, Robben has had a reputation for frequently falling and looking for a penalty or free kick.But the 30-year-old Bayern Munich star appears to have matured. In recent seasons, it has been his scintillating form rather than theatrical falls that have grabbed headlines.He set up a goal and scored the winner in Bayern Munich’s 2013 Champions League final win and has been in the form of his life in Brazil, scoring three times and providing an inch-perfect assist for a Memphis Depay goal in the three Dutch victories in Group B.In Fortaleza’s Arena Castelao he appeared to be unlucky not to have won a penalty shortly before half time, when Mexico defenders Marquez and Hector Moreno raced back to tackle him after he linked up with Robin van Persie in a fast break.advertisement”If that wasn’t a penalty, I don’t know what is,” Robben said.But he conceded that he had taken one dive earlier in the first half that the referee waved off.”I have to say, in the first half – and right away offer my excuses – I dived. I mustn’t do that. It was another stupid action,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS.Mexico captain Marquez told reporters that Robben conceded he had dived in injury time too – though Robben did not say that on Dutch TV.”I spoke with him (Robben) after the match and he told me that it was not a penalty,” Marquez said. “He said that the first foul was a penalty and that one was not called.”Whatever the debate, one thing is clear – the Netherlands is through to the quarterfinals thanks to the penalty Robben won.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan RMSA, a government of India project, Assam has invited online applications for Graduate Teachers and Staff in Model schools located in 14 educationally backward blocks of Assam. The appointment shall be on contractual basis, initially for a period of 11 months, which may be renewed depending on the satisfactory performance.Vacancies:Post Name    No of Posts    Graduate Teacher (English)    28    Graduate Teachers (Science)    14    Graduate Teachers (Math)    14    Graduate Teachers (Arts)    14    Graduate Teachers (Assamese)    14    Graduate Teachers (Hindi)    14    Graduate Teachers (Bengali)    03    Computer Teachers    14    Music Teachers    14    Librarian    14    Lab Attendant    14    ELIGIBILITYGraduate Teachers (English): Candidates should have a B.A or B.Sc in the relevant subject along a BT/B.Ed degree from any recognised university. Candidates should be TET qualifiedLibrarian: Graduation with one year Diploma in Library Science from a recognised institution.Lab Attendant: 12th standard passed with science stream from a recognised university or board.PAY SCALEGraduate Teachers/Hindi Teacher/Computer Teacher: Rs 5200 to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 3300 Music Teacher: Rs 5200/- to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 2700 Librarian: Rs 5200 to 20200 (PB-2) + Grade Pay Rs 2500 Lab Attendant:  Rs 15000 Age Limit: 38 Years of age as on July 01, 2014 (Relaxation of age will be applicable for SC/ST Applicants up to 5 years as per norms)Selection Procedure:The criteria for selection of Teachers shall be as follows:a) 100 marks on percentage of marks in B.A/B.Com/B.Sc Examination; (In case of Major/Hons, the marks obtained in Major/Hons, shall be taken into consideration);b) 100 marks on percentage of marks in H.S. Final Examination;c) 100 marks on percentage of marks in H.S.L.C Examination;d) 100 marks on percentage of marks in B.T/B.Ed Examination;e) 20 marks for achievement in fine Arts and Cultural Activities/Sports representing the state officially at National Level/ NCC certificate/ participating in recognised sports at national level representing Assamf) Maximum 30 marks for teaching experience @ 2 marks per year of teaching experience in Higher Secondary School/High School having enrollment more than 100.j) 20 marks on Interview.advertisementFor viva-voice the candidate will be called in a ratio of 1:4Application Fee: Rs 200 at any branch of State Bank of India after second working day (48 hours) from the day of the application submit. Payment of application fee can be made at any branch of State Bank of India by cash only. System generated bank e-Challan is a must for depositing the fee. The last date for submission of application is 17/09/2014.How To Apply: Candidates need to apply online through official website Official website: from Important dates: Last date to apply is October 10, 2014last_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter getting the all clear from the doctors post her “little scare at the hospital,” mommy-to-be Brie Bella has thanked her fans for their prayers.The 33-year-old WWE star, who is over nine-months-pregnant with her retired-world champ husband Daniel Bryan, was hospitalised and had to stay overnight for the testing on her unborn child.The good news is that the unborn baby, whom the couple has already decided to name Birdie, is fine.The ‘Total Divas’ star, whose daughter is six days past her due date, took to her Instagram page to update the fans on her current status by posting a picture.She captioned it as, “Oh the things we’ll do to naturally induce ourselves lol…I swear I’ve done ALL of them!! #6dayslate #40weekspregnant And thank you #BellaArmy for all your thoughts and prayers after our little scare at the hospital.”In an update to Brie and Nikki’s YouTube channel, the reality star told the camera, that she and Bryan had quite the scare yesterday and there were some issues with Birdie’s breathing.The doctors had to track her all through the night and now everything is good with her.The duo, who tied the knot in April 2014, started dating when they met in WWE.advertisementlast_img read more

November 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSourav Ganguly said there was no rush to announce the next head coach of the Indian team after the cricket advisory committee (CAC) interviewed five candidates – Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody in Mumbai.WATCH FULL VIDEOFive candidates had been shortlisted after the BCCI had advertised for the post of India coach as Anil Kumble’s one year drew to a close. The Indian board then invited fresh applications after Kumble’s shock resignation as coach following differences with skipper Virat Kohli. On Saturday, India Today was the first to reveal the names of the 10 shortlisted candidates – six of those were set to be interviewed on Monday.However, only five were eventually interviewed as West Indian Phil Simmons was not available.After the interviews were over, the BCCI announced a press conference and the anticipation built up further. However, Ganguly said his committee needed to speak to all the stakeholders, especially skipper Kohli before making the big announcement.Here is what Ganguly said at the press conference:NEED TO SPEAK TO VIRAT KOHLI FIRST”We have interviewed all the possible candidates except Phil Simmons, who was not available for the interview. What we have decided is that we will hold on for the time being for the announcement of the coach. We need a few more days to talk to a few more people, especially the captain before making an announcement.”We feel there’s no hurry at the moment and with the Sri Lankan tour coming up and the board headed by Amitabh Choudhary, Rahul Johri, Vinod Rai and the other concerned persons will probably continue with the same set for the time being.advertisement”We want to speak to Virat once he’s back from America. All three of us along with the respective people concerned will speak to the captain. We will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page before we make the announcement.HOW THE CANDIDATES FARED AT THE INTERVIEW”They have been outstanding. Especially some of the names we’ve been discussing about. We were surprised and happy when we heard of their reading and how they want to go about the job and from that point of view, we’ll have everybody on the same page and take a call in due course of time.”CAC IN NO RUSH TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTWe’re in no hurry. We’re just not looking at the Sri Lanka tour because it’s a long tour. We (CAC and BCCI officials) are not going to play. Amitabh and Rahul (Johri) are not going to play. It’s the coach, the captain and the players who have a more important job. We are just  a part of the system. And we want to make sure that everyone is in synchronization of the way forward and then Indian cricket goes forward.”We shouldn’t be seen six months down the line doing something different. I thought the presentations were outstanding, exactly what the coaches would want to do. We’ve played the game and under different coaches and they all have their different ways of coaching.”The crux of the matter does not change and that’s why we feel Virat — who we respect so much is an important cog of this system. I was captain and Laxman was one of the best in the world. We understand the game and we’ll take a call which will be the best way forward. I won’t say right way because nobody knows what is right ot wrong. We have to look at the best way forward for the team and boys because ultimately they’re going to play and give results to the country. That’s what is most important. PROCESS FOR COACH SELECTION OVER”The process has concluded. As I said, we need to speak to the people who matter. People who will take it away from us. Because once our job finishes, their job starts…which is more important than our job. That’s the way we look at it and that’s the way we’re going to address it.  It’s done and completed and what’s key is how we go forward.RESPECT FOR KOHLI”You got to give credit to Virat that he just stayed completely off it (the coach selection process). He has no inputs…he has not sent any names. But we feel as the advisory committee that he’s the captain, which is the most important thing in cricket. He and everyone of us needs to be on the same page because for us Indian cricket is more important. We’re just a small bit…the main bit is the players who are going to play and the coach. CAC will go out of the picture once Virat, the coach (likely candidate) and the respective members of the board will sit and then the board takes over. nWe’ll make them understand the style of function and then we decide who the coach is.advertisementEVERYONE NEEDS TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE”Virat also needs to understand how the coaches will operate. That’s the best way forward. It has to be decided once and for all because everybody will be different. Everybody has the good of Indian cricket in mind. Be it Virat, Anil, be it us or the five we interviewed today. The best way I feel is for everyone to be on the same page. We synchronize the way forward, we proceed and we go out of the picture. “last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIndia will hope the likes of Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat support Jasprit Bumrah as they seek to extend their domination over Sri Lanka in the T20 International series.You can watch Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Sri Lanka, 1ST T20I, Cuttack on Hotstar from 7:00 PM today:India, who demolished Sri Lanka 9-0 across formats in their own den earlier this year, won the three-Test series and ODI series on the islanders’ return visit. The hosts have rested some of their key players ahead of the tour of South Africa.Consequently, three young pacers along with the likes of Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar have been included in the team.Sundar made his ODI debut during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali last week.India’s batting will heavily rely on skipper Rohit Sharma, who will have KL Rahul for company at the top. Having lost his first match as captain, Sharma’s record double hundred led a 141-run rout in Mohali and he will look to continue that form in the shortest format. A good start will be crucial for India to minimise the workload on the middle and lower order, which will be steered by Dhoni whose ability was doubted in the series against New Zealand.Saurashtra left-arm pacer Unadkat, who last played in a T20I against Zimbabwe in June last year, has been recalled and India have three first-timers in Washington Sundar, Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda. Baroda all-rounder Hooda had scored the fourth fastest Twenty20 century (108) by an Indian during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in February. It remains to be seen, however, if he’s handed his debut cap with India already having two finishers in Dhoni and Hardik Pandya.advertisementIn the pace department, death bowling specialist Bumrah will shoulder the responsibility after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was rested. Kerala pacer Thampi has shown his ability to bowl yorkers.With consistency during his Gujarat Lions stint in the IPL. While India will have a bit of concern in the pace department, Yadav and Chahal are expected to deliver. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have lost five T20Is on the trot, starting from the match against Bangladesh in April.For the visitors, Upul Tharanga was in imperious form during his 95 in the third ODI and he would be the key for Sri Lanka. Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who scored a century in the second ODI, would be the vital cog in Sri Lankan wheel. The islanders would also hope that Niroshan Dickwella strikes form to give some stability to the middle order. Their otherwise ordinary bowling looked exceptional in Dharmasala where they bundled out India for 112 but since then, they have managed to take six wickets in two matches as they have to buck up in all the departments of the game.”We had a good chance to beat India in India, but we couldn’t execute with our middle order. We have to think about the T20Is, everything is past, we have to think about the present,” Sri Lanka captain Perera has said in Visakhapatnam.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (C), K L Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera(C), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera.last_img read more

November 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNEW YORK — It was an exhilarating run with an empty feeling at the finish line.For a team that lost the World Series in five games, the New York Mets came tantalizingly close to winning.They led Kansas City in the eighth inning or later during three gut-wrenching defeats. They played 53 innings and only trailed at the end of 13.Nine more outs spread over those gnawing nights and they’re the ones bouncing in blissful unison at Citi Field, hoisting the championship trophy, soaking each other with champagne.“This hurt,” Captain David Wright said. “There’s no doubt about it.”After locking up leads all season with steady closer Jeurys Familia, the Mets were unable to put away the relentless Royals. Uncharacteristic walks, deficient defense and a couple of questionable decisions by Manager Terry Collins did them in.What follows now is endless second-guessing and a litany of what-ifs. The players, however, will leave all that to everyone else.“That’ll drive you crazy if you start doing that,” Wright said. “When we get a chance a few days from now, a few weeks from now, to sit down and reflect on what we did to get here, I think it’s going to bring a smile to everybody’s face.”Indeed, it was a rollicking and unexpected ride to New York’s first National League pennant in 15 years.Decided underdogs to Washington in the NL East division, Matt Harvey and the Mets re-energized fans at Citi Field during their first winning season since Shea Stadium was still home in 2008.New York ended a nine-year MLB playoff drought and captured its sixth division title. The Mets dispatched the $290 million Los Angeles Dodgers in a tense and testy Division Series, then swept the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series with a dominant display of pitching and power.“Best time I’ve ever had on a baseball field,” said Wright, who returned in late August after missing more than four months due to a hamstring injury and spinal stenosis.Along the way, Jacob deGrom and rookie Noah Syndergaard demonstrated their late-season mettle. Steven Matz more than held his own despite limited experience, and Daniel Murphy morphed into a record-setting playoff star.“I just told the players, ‘I’ve done this for a long, long time and this is the most fun I’ve ever had,’” Collins said early Nov. 2 after his team’s 12-inning loss in the Series finale. “Last March or last June no one would ever have said we were going to be sitting where we are.”Flush with hard-throwing young aces, the Mets could be a force for years to come.Zack Wheeler is expected back from Tommy John surgery by next summer, and New York’s entire projected rotation is under contractual control through 2018.“These guys proved that they can be marquee names, household names, guys that can go out there and compete for the Cy Young year in and year out, and guys that can carry this organization for years to come into the postseason,” Wright said.Two important bats could be gone from the middle of the lineup, though.Murphy and slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who exited the final game of the Series after fouling a ball off his left knee, became free agents Nov. 2.So did four other players included on a postseason roster: Tyler Clippard, Bartolo Colon, Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe.Acquired from Detroit at the July 31 trade deadline, Cespedes will likely seek at least a six-year contract well in excess of $100 million. He said he would like to stay, but those numbers might not fit the Mets’ plans.Another big question: will the 30-year-old Murphy get paid in line with the limited contact hitter he’s been most of his career, or the player who suddenly discovered a dangerous power stroke late in the second half this season and totaled seven homers in nine NL playoff games?But with rookie outfielder Michael Conforto and all those young pitchers on board, there’s good reason to think the 2016 Mets could follow Kansas City’s recent course — lose the World Series one year, win it the next.Next season will mark three decades since New York’s last title in 1986.“Now we’ve got the, we’ve-been-there, done-that kind of feel going on,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “I like our ballclub.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWest Indies’ dim hopes of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals officialy came to an end as they slumped to a 125-run defeat to India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday. West Indies Jason Holder held an uninspiring batting performance for the cause of the massive defeat.West Indies produced a disciplined show with the ball as their seam bowlers picked crucial wickets in the middle overs to give India reality check of existential dread surrounding their middle order. The bowlers were successful in restricting India to an achieveable total of 268.However, chasing the total, the West Indies big-hitters crumbled soon in frustration as a fiery India bowling unit did not give them much chance to score big. As a result, the carribean side were bundled out with more than 15 overs remaining in the game.”Thought the bowlers did a fantastic job on this surface. Just let ourselves down with the bat. In hindsight, Dhoni’s (stumping) miss a crucial moment we didn’t seize. Let ourselves down significantly in this tournament. Missed a few chances in the field which cost us,” Jason Holder said in a post match interview.”Batting was too inconsistent. Can’t fault the bowlers. Need to improve. Probably our weakest format, this. Kemar Roach was outstanding today. Youngsters have chipped in here and there. Bowlers had a reasonable campaign. Can’t fault their efforts. Fielding, definitely has to improve. So does the batting.”Chasing 269 on a tricky pitch, West Indies never found any momentum. Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt. Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran looked to put their team on the road to recovery but Hardik Pandya dismissed Ambris to trigger a typical West Indies collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Tendulkar and Lara record, fastest to 20,000 international runsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Fan edits third umpire’s Wikipedia after controversial Rohit Sharma dismissalAlso Seelast_img read more

October 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Designing a New Halifax High School The province has chosen the design for the future downtownHalifax high school. The winning design was proposed by thearchitectural firm Fowler Bauld and Mitchell, which will alsoadminister the contract for the construction of the school. “It was absolutely critical that the design of the new school fitin with its unique location next to the historic Citadel Hill,”said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works.”We have a first-class design for a building that the students ofcentral Halifax will be calling their own in just two years’time.” The new 1,200-student Halifax high school, which will replaceQueen Elizabeth and St. Patrick’s high schools, will be built atthe current site of the Bell Road campus of the Nova ScotiaCommunity College (NSCC). A new NSCC campus will be built on a25-acre site on the Dartmouth waterfront. The value of the award to Fowler Bauld and Mitchell is $859,000.The firm will continue to work closely with the departments ofEducation and Transportation and Public Works, Halifax RegionalSchool Board, and the school steering team on the design of thenew school. The school is expected to open in September 2006. The totalproject cost is $21 million.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: A booster dose in the form of further rate cut is expected from the Reserve Bank to rekindle economic growth which has been stunted by low demand, receding production and stagnant wages. Economy watchers contend that subdued food prices coupled with growth concerns allows RBI to aggressively cut key lending rate. Market observers have prescribed a range between 25 and 50 basis points to bring down the cost of finance and give impetus to consumption growth. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Overall, the apex bank might cut repo rate by 75-100 basis points throughout this fiscal, if inflation target remains in sight. RBI’s medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation is of “4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent”. “Slower growth and lower inflation has given the RBI room to go in for a repo-rate cut,” Sunil Kumar Sinha, Director — Public Finance and Principal Economist India Ratings and Research (Fitch Group), told IANS. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief “We expect that there might be 25 basis points reduction in the repo rate, but the apex bank can also go in for a larger cut. However, progress of Monsoon and global crude oil prices will be key factors to determine the magnitude of the rate cut.” According to State Bank of India’s Group Chief Economic Adviser Soumya Kanti Ghosh, a large rate cut coupled with specific instructions on liquidity coupled with a budget laying down a manageable fiscal consolidation road map will help rev up the economy. The expected rate cut assumes significance as the overall economic growth rate in Q4, 2018-19 has slowed. In addition, macro economic indicators like core industrial production and automobile sales have slumped. Consequently a monetary policy easing should allow banks to reduce their lending rates and help both consumers and the industry to get cheaper finance. Importantly, a faster transmission of earlier policy easing by lenders is also required, as high interest rates and liquidity constraints have demoralised auto, home and capital goods buyers. As per a Finance Ministry report in March, though easing of monetary policy has the potential to support growth, the recent cuts in repo rate are yet to be transmitted to the weighted average lending rate of banks, thus the effects of the easing on investment activity are yet to manifest. “We expect 25 basis points cut in the June policy, followed by at least another 25 basis points in the following policy meeting,” said Madhavi Arora, Lead Economist, Edelweiss Securities. “However we reckon the focus of RBI will now move to improve the monetary transmission of the past policies.” Currently, the policy repo, or central bank’s short-term lending rate for commercial banks, stands at 6 per cent. The RBI in April lowered its key lending rate by 25 basis points (bps) to 6 per cent. Before that, in February, the MPC had voted to lower the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.25 per cent.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIslamabad/Gurdaspur: Officials from India and Pakistan on Friday discussed in a cordial atmosphere the technical modalities like the level of the roads and the bridge of the proposed Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, the first such meeting after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status leading to fresh tensions between the two countries. The meeting at the Zero point, where the Indian and Pakistani side of the proposed corridor converge, was attended by 10 to 15 officials from each side, an official of the National Highways Authority of India, who attended the meeting, told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The meeting lasted for close to two hours during which various technical aspects pertaining to the corridor were discussed, chief engineer with NHAI, T S Chahal, said. Officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, BSF, Land Port Authority of India, which is constructing a state-of-the-art passenger terminal building, also attended the meeting. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This was the first meeting on the Kartarpur Corridor after India on August 5 revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. Chahal said the technical issues regarding level of roads and bridge of proposed corridor, were also discussed. Medical facilities which would be provided to pilgrims during their visit were also discussed. In the meeting, which was held in makeshift tents at the Zero point, both the sides discussed timing of completion of bridge, alignment of roads and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. “The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere,” said Chahal. He said various works relating to the corridor would be completed well in time before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November. So far, there is no official word from the Pakistani side on Friday’s meeting. The area where the meeting took place was heavily guarded and no media personnel was allowed to go near the venue. However, the devotees and local people were allowed access to a point on the Indian side from where they could see the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib. Pakistan and India have been discussing the modalities regarding the opening of the corridor at Narowal, some 125-km from Lahore, on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November. Over the past few months many rounds of meetings have been held on the corridor during which the experts from the two sides have discussed its alignment, coordinates and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points. In July, delegations of the two countries held a meeting on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor. The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since their independence in 1947. Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of Guru Nanak, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India. India is constructing a bridge at the zero point and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that will provide safe and secure movement of pilgrims and address concerns regarding flooding. The bridge is over a creek of which the majority part falls in Pakistan. Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Canadian Press FIELD, B.C. — Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary.A spokesman with the railway confirms the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C.Salem Woodrow says there will be a full investigation to determine what caused the derailment.British Columbia’s Environment Ministry confirms between 30 and 40 grain cars are off the tracksDavid Karn also says the ministry has been told the locomotive is in the Kicking Horse River.He says the situation is being monitored and there is no immediate word of fuel or other contaminants entering the water.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Canadian Press CALGARY — The National Energy Board is rejecting a call made by an environmental group last month to greatly expand the scope of its reconsideration of the Trans Mountain pipeline filed a motion to the federal regulator on Jan. 21 demanding it add consideration of the project’s upstream and downstream greenhouse gas emissions to its review of project-related marine shipping issues.It asked the board to apply the same standard to the project as it did with the Energy East pipeline before it submits its final report to the federal government, expected this Friday.But the federal regulator says in a ruling on its website that its reconsideration is designed only to address issues arising out of the Federal Court of Appeal ruling in August that set aside its previous approval.It says’s proposal missed its deadlines and repeated requests made by several other parties that had already been denied.In a news release, says the NEB decision breaks an election pledge made in 2015 by the Liberals to give all energy projects a full climate review.“The National Energy Board has denied this motion because the Trudeau government specifically excluded climate change impacts from a full review of this pipeline,” said international program director Tzeporah Berman. read more

October 11, 2019 | | Post a Comment

19 April 2011South Asia continues to have the largest concentrations of poor rural populations despite the fact that the wider Asia-Pacific region has made major strides in combating poverty, a United Nations agency said today, stressing that agriculture is key to poverty alleviation. The study by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), entitled Agriculture – Pathways to Prosperity in Asia and the Pacific, shows that rural poverty rates have dropped only slightly in the last decade in South Asia, which now has the largest number of poor rural people – about half a billion – of any region in the world. Four-fifths of all extremely poor people in South Asia live in rural areas.Overall, extreme poverty in rural areas of developing countries in the region dropped from 48 per cent to 34 per cent over the past decade. Commenting on the report, Thomas Elhaut, the Director of IFAD’s Asia and the Pacific Division, noted that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region had lifted themselves out of poverty over the past 10 years.“There remains an urgent need to invest more and better in agriculture and rural areas in developing countries, based on a new approach to smallholder agriculture that is both market-oriented and sustainable,” said Mr. Elhaut.More than 680 million people in the Asia-Pacific region continue to live on less than $1.25 a day, and 70 per cent are inhabitants of Bangladesh, India, Nepal or Pakistan, according to IFAD.Across the region, 70 per cent of the poor live in rural areas and are generally landless, have large families, lack education and have limited access to markets, credit and technology.Most have a high degree of vulnerability to shocks such as severe illnesses, natural disasters and sudden food price fluctuations. The region is also highly vulnerable to variations in energy prices due to its high dependence on fossil fuels.IFAD stresses that agriculture contributes substantially to growth in gross domestic product (GDP) and poverty reduction.The Asia-Pacific region needs large increases in overseas development assistance, agricultural spending and fertilizer use to achieve Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1), which aims to end extreme poverty and hunger by the target date of 2015. “So the prospects of achieving MDG1 are not so daunting,” said Mr. Elhaut.The IFAD study outlines policy and investment strategies aimed at helping smallholder farmers and other rural people manage the risks they face, as well as enabling them to access emerging agricultural markets and opportunities in the non-farm economy and thus improve their chances of financial success.“Each country must have policies in place to spur growth in the rural sector, enhance food security and overcome poverty,” Mr. Elhaut emphasized. read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

However he said the police were told to ensure Parliamentarians can attend Parliament sittings tomorrow.The joint opposition however said that the Minister was misleading Parliament and that the Police had been ordered to obtain a court order against the protest. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe however insisted that there was no move to stop the protest. Parliament had to be adjourned today after a tense situation arose over the scheduled protest by the joint opposition tomorrow.The tense situation arose after the joint opposition accused the Government of attempting to block a mass protest set to take place in Colombo tomorrow against the Government. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament they had information the Police was to be used to block the peaceful protest. He said that unlike the former Government, the current Government will ensure the public have full freedom like the media.Law and order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara told Parliament the Government had not given the Police any instructions to stop the protest from taking place. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Raising the profile of mountain farmers and supporting them through an enabling policy environment will benefit both mountain people as well as populations living in lowlands that benefit from their products and services,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for Forests Eduardo Rojas-Briales said in Rome in launching a new report to mark International Mountain Day.Around 40 per cent of mountain populations in developing and transition countries – about 300 million people – are food insecure, with half of them suffering from chronic hunger, according the report, Mountain Farming is Family Farming, which cites secure land tenure, improved access to credit, empowering women, and public investment in education, health, transport and research as requirements to promote sustainable family farming in mountain regions. “The report comes out at a time as the post-2015 development agenda is being discussed,” Mr. Rojas-Briales said. “We need to ensure that issues related to sustainable mountain development are adequately reflected in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.”Policies for mountain family farming should promote regional centres and small towns, which provide alternative employment opportunities in the artisanal, industrial and service sectors, stimulate the local economy and reduce migration, according to the report.Sustainable mountain family farming produces ecosystem services that are vital for lowland areas for which farmers should be compensated. Such services include sound watershed management for the provision of freshwater, conservation of biodiversity and attractive cultural landscapes for tourism and recreation.Today, family farming in mountain regions is undergoing rapid transformation, due to population growth, economic globalization, the spread of urban lifestyles and the migration of men and youth to urban areas. It results in increased workloads for women, higher pressure on local resources and the increased vulnerability of mountain farmers to global changes.At the same time, these changes can also provide opportunities for local development. For example, mountain people can diversify their income by engaging in non-farm activities such as tourism and the marketing of local handicrafts.”The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014 presents an opportunity to focus attention on the merits and challenges of family farming in mountain areas,” said Rosalaura Romeo, FAO Programme Officer at Forestry Department. “In mountain areas, family farming has for centuries contributed to sustainable development, thanks to its small-scale character and low carbon footprint.” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Semifinalists are known at the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. In the last Round at the Main Group II, the favorites were secure and took the important points. Sweden won the group, after win over Hungary 24:19 (10:12). With eight points same as Norway, Sweden made one of the best results in their handball history. Norway beats Netherlands 35:13, something what losers done to Ukraine in Preliminary phase (25:13). Late awaken France won match over Ukraine 31:19, but after fourth consecutive win, world’s vice champion deserved just a battle for a fifth place.Standings:Sweden 8Norway 8France 6Netherlands 4Hungary 4Ukraine 0 EHF EURO 2010 ← Previous Story Ugly prejudices about the handball fans from Balkan Next Story → Torsten Laen until 2013 in Fuchse Berlin read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDes universitaires écossais reconstituent le visage d’une femme vikingDes élèves de l’Université britannique de Dundee, en Ecosse, ont réalisé la modélisation du visage d’une femme viking dont le squelette a été découvert en Angleterre il y a plus de trente ans.Parmi les projets du centre d’exposition “Jorvik Viking” de York en Angleterre, la reconstruction numérique du visage d’une femme viking a été confiée aux étudiants de l’Université de Dundee. Pour réaliser cet ambitieux objectif, les élèves ont utilisé comme base l’un des quatre squelettes découverts il y a plus de trente ans dans la ville de York. À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseLe processus de modélisation a tout d’abord consisté à recréer une image numérique du crâne grâce à un balayage laser du squelette. A partir de ce modèle et au moyen d’outils informatiques spécifiques, ils ont pu reconstruire petit à petit les différents muscles du visage, des plus profonds au plus superficiels. Une fois ce travail achevé, Janice Aitken, chercheur à l’Université, a finalisé la conception du modèle. Elle explique cette étape à BBC news : “J’ai utilisé le même type de logiciel que ceux employés pour créer des animations 3D dans l’industrie du film. J’ai ainsi ajouté au modèle des yeux réalistes, des cheveux et un chapeau. J’ai également ajouté l’éclairage pour créer un aspect naturel”.La modélisation finalisée a maintenant intégré la nouvelle exposition du centre de York sur les maladies qui ont affecté le peuple viking, mais aussi sur leurs dernières batailles menées avant la fin de leur ère. Des ossements sont exposés afin de montrer aux visiteurs les traumatismes sévères dus aux violents combats. Pour Janice Aitken, l’exposition de la nouvelle modélisation est extrêmement valorisant pour l’université : “Il est très satisfaisant de savoir que le travail des élèves de l’Université de Dundee sera vu par des milliers de visiteurs”. Selon elle, la reconstitution permettra aux visiteurs de s’identifier plus facilement à leurs ancêtres. Le 15 avril 2011 à 20:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more