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No court relief for Punjab lawmaker

first_imgThe Gurdaspur sessions court on Wednesday refused relief to Lok Insaaf Party chief and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains in a case of altercation with the Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner, terming his behaviour as “irresponsible, threatening and intimidating”.Rejecting the MLA’s anticipatory bail plea, District and Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumari found his custodial investigation necessary for establishing the truth.last_img

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WADA probes possible flaw in test bottles

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Jackson lifts Gamboa-St. Clare to 1st win in PBA D-League LATEST STORIES Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers FILE – World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president Craig Reedie speaks during a press conference after the WADA’s foundation board meeting in Seoul on November 16, 2017. The World Anti-Doping Agency maintained its suspension of Russia on November 16, raising the spectre of a possible ban from February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeThe World Anti-Doping Agency said Sunday it had launched an investigation into a possible glitch in drug-testing kits which could allow sample bottles to be opened manually. WADA said in a statement it had been alerted by an accredited laboratory in Cologne that bottles manufactured by Swiss manufacturer Berlinger could be opened after being frozen. ADVERTISEMENT In the 2014 Sochi Olympics doping scandal detailed in a report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, investigators discovered that Russian staff involved had developed a method being able to open “tamper-proof” sample bottles undetected. MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The glass containers, known as the BEREG-KIT Geneva, were touted as the next generation of sample bottles after being released last year in the wake of the Russian doping scandal that dogged the 2014 Winter Olympics. It was not clear if the new Berlinger bottles were due to be used at next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWADA did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from AFP. In its statement, WADA said it had “initiated an investigation into a potential integrity issue with the new generation BEREG-KIT Geneva security bottles and will recommend appropriate measures, if needed, in order to maintain the integrity of the doping control process.”  Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The agency said it was alerted to the possible flaw by the Cologne laboratory on January 19. The lab had found that the bottle “may potentially be susceptible to manual opening ‘upon freezing’ of a sample.” WADA said it had contacted Berlinger over the issue, and the Swiss company later responded that it had been unable to replicate the flaw found by the German laboratory. “WADA is following up with the Cologne Laboratory and Berlinger to further clarify the testing protocols that have been undertaken to date,” WADA said in a statement.“WADA acknowledges that this situation, if confirmed, will raise concerns and questions. We wish to reassure athletes and other stakeholders that WADA is resolutely committed to following up with Berlinger until the matter is resolved; and that, we will keep stakeholders apprised as the situation evolves,” WADA added.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextlast_img read more

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Third Umpire: Dalmiya is raring to get back to the game

first_imgWhen someone worried came rushing to Jagmohan Dalmiya, the then president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and said that the Queen was keen to distribute the prizes after the World Cup final at Lord’s, London, in 1999, he deflected the request very cleverly and deftly in a way that would not annoy the Monarch.Dalmiya, much after demitting office in 2000, had revealed in an interview that his answer to the man was that the ceremony could be deferred by a few minutes and the Queen could leave the ground during this time. It happened exactly like that and as per the ICC convention — Dalmiya, being the president — presented the trophy to Aussie captain Steve Waugh.That is Dalmiya for you — sharp, witty, humorous and known for never accepting defeat. And quite characteristically the old fox rallied back again to force his rivals in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to withdraw the case of misappropriation of money and announce the decision at Wednesday’s AGM in Mumbai.The 70-year-old seasoned administrator was facing allegations of misappropriation of Rs 2.90 crore from the 1996 World Cup accounts. Like on several previous occasions he emerged from the abyss. But there is much more to him than that.Dalmiya has an uncanny ability to find a solution to even the most tricky problem. Of course, he has been assisted by a core group of advisors and friends. They include noted advocate Usha Nath Banerjee, National Cricket Club secretary KP Kajaria, Cricket Association of Bengal’s Gautam Dasgupta, former politician and diplomat Siddhartha Shankar Ray and the late Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu.advertisementThat Dalmiya helped raise millions of rupees to the BCCI’s and ICC’s coffers is well known.When he was elected BCCI secretary in 1983 its coffers showed a deficit of Rs 85 lakhs and when his term as board president ended in 2004 the balance had swelled to over Rs 100 crores.One of his former board colleagues recalls how he once surprised former board president AC Muthiah, whom Dalmiya succeeded in 2001, by squeezing an unexpectedly high sponsorship deal with a soft drink firm with his aggressive bargaining style.The Kolkata-based Marwari knows how to deal with people.During the 1996 World Cup at home, he received a request from the then external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee for two match tickets. According to a Dalmiya’s staffer, he took out two from the quota of another Lok Sabha member and gave them to Mukherjee. When his staff told Dalmiya that the affected MP had been pestering for more tickets, he reportedly replied: “I will cross the bridge when I come closer to it.” It’s not that Dalmiya is heartless.He is very compassionate, especially with his personal staff as well as employees of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), of which he is the president, points out a close confidante.”Once he got a BCCI meeting postponed due to ‘personal reasons’. But actually he had to attend the marriage of a CAB clerk,” he disclosed.Dalmiya possesses a good temperament and doesn’t get hassled easily. But after the Pawar- Manohar- Srinivasan trio snatched all his rights and privileges as BCCI administrator in December 2006, it did affect him. ” In the last few years he seems to have aged faster and the effect could be seen on his health,” said another of his close confidantes. ” But in the last year or so, he has looked relaxed as it became increasingly clear that he was on a strong wicket against his BCCI rivals.”Team India still speaks Chappell’s language Greg Chappell’s term as Indian team’s coach ended well over two years ago, with a disastrous outing at the 2007 World Cup. But his legacy is quite evident even now, particularly in the cricketing jargon that he introduced in the country. Some of that may not have been used during the former Australia captain’s twoyear tenure, but almost all players that came in contact with him often use that jargon even now.Even Sourav Ganguly, who had a public spat with Chappell, uses some of that, though probably inadvertently. The other day, at the India Today Youth Summit in Delhi, when he was asked what’s wrong with Yuvraj Singh, whom he had backed so strongly as captain, he replied using a term that Chappell used so often — ‘process’. “You just have to deal with it (ups and downs). That’s why it’s important in life and in sport to keep it simple.Just focus on performance.Once you keep performing, the rest will look after itself,” he said. And then he stressed: “Keep it simple as much as you can. It’s about the process.” Before Chappell, this word was hardly used by Indian cricketers or coaches. The Aussie might have gone, but his legacy remains.advertisementTHE AUSTRALIAN team is playing the first Test in Mohali and its cricketers and the support staff are in great form off the field — on Twitter and blogs. From manager Steve Bernard, who is writing an blog on the official Cricket Australia website, to coach Tim Nielson, several members of the squad are regularly Tweeting or blogging.But the Aussies are mostly focussing on the negative and dark side of India. Both Bernard and Nielson have posted pictures from Mohali that only depict India in poor light — like cows sitting on the middle of the road, a ground staff mopping Chandigarh’s Sector 16 Stadium field with an ordinary sponge with a bucket in tow.Hockey players are literally chilling out It’s blowing hot and cold on the hockey pitches at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Tonnes and tonnes of ice is being used daily by players for post-practice ice bath — a modern way of relaxing their tired bodies, and a part of the cooling down process.After their body temperatures shoot up during intense practice sessions on the energy-sapping artificial pitches, they go through stretching exercises to relax and then they hit the ice cubes. These ice cubes are put in inflatable plastic tubs and players stand waist down in them for a few minutes to cool down completely.This exercise relaxes their bodies, particularly their calf and thigh muscles that bear the brunt on the merciless turf.The demand from the 20 teams in the men’s and women’s competitions varies from 100 kg to 200 kg ice per practice session.There have been well over 100 practice sessions since the stadium was opened for the teams on September 24 and there will be more at the Yamuna Sports Complex once the competition begins on Monday at the National Stadium.Add a total of 54 men’s and women’s competition matches to this and imagine the quantity of ice that would have been used by the time the gold medal winners are decided on October 14. Mind boggling, indeed! Trucks full of ice are delivered to the National Stadium daily and it is kept in huge containers.The demand by the Indian men’s team, for instance, is 150kg for each practice session and another 50kg during matches, disclosed national coach Harendra Singh.”Players need ice bath for refreshing themselves. It also brings down their body temperatures,” Harendra told Mail Today. “Apart from the 150kg for practice, we need 50kg for matches. When players come out of the pitch during substitutions they wear ice jackets for immediate recovery. All the players who are benched during matches compulsorily wear ice jackets as they are sent on to the pitch again. We have 16 ice jackets, imported from Australia by the Sports Authority of India, and each one costs approximately Rs 6,500.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Karbonn Titanium S99 with Kit Kat launched for Rs 5,990

first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Karbonn has launched Kit Kat-powered Titanium S99 for Rs 5,990.The Titanium S99 comes with a 4-inch IPS capacitive touch display and is powered by 512MB RAM and 1.3 GHz Quad core. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a digital front camera for video calling. Its internal storage stands at 4GB and expandable memory up to 32GB. The dual-SIM smartphone supports the 3G connectivity for superior network access and speedy internet connection. It packs a 1400 mAh battery.The Karbonn Titanium S99 offers a range of networking options and utilities like GPS navigation, G-Sensor, Proximity & Wi-Fi and other standard features. Features like touch and customizable widgets and smart notification panel, provides an engaged KitKat experience to the consumers.Available in black and white colours, the Karbonn Titanium S99 comes with an additional protective silicon case to protect it from falls and accidental bumps.last_img read more

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Would be very happy to light Olympic cauldron: Pele

first_imgBrazil football legend Pele has expressed his wish to light the cauldron at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The 75-year-old is widely tipped to officially open the Games of the XXXI Olympiad at the Maracana stadium on August 5, reports Xinhua.”I would be very, very happy if that happened,” the 75-year-old said in an NBC television interview on Saturday.”It would be great if I could be there. Maybe I could bring Brazil good luck.”The three-time World Cup winner famously wept in front of television cameras when Rio won the right to host the Games in 2009.He attributed his outpouring of emotion to the fact he never competed at an Olympics due to previous rules which banned the participation of professionals.”I have never played in an Olympics and Brazil has never won an Olympic football gold medal. One of the reasons I cried was because I was never part of an Olympics. I am also a very emotional person and I cry easily.”Pele added that his most pressing concern was that Rio held a successful Games amid an ongoing political and economic crisis.”Unfortunately the political situation in Brazil isn’t great. There is not long left before the Olympics begin. The most important thing is to make sure they are well run so that we can stage a great Olympic Games,” he added.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advance, Leander Paes bows out of US Open

first_imgSania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective women’s doubles and mixed doubles second round matches while veteran Leander Paes crashed out of the mixed doubles event at the US Open.Seventh seeds Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated the Swiss-American pair of Golubic Viktorija and Melichar Nicole 6-2, 7-6 in a fairly comfortable fashion to move into the third round of women’s doubles..@MirzaSania and @BaraStrycova are moving on to the third round after winning their match 6-2, 7-6. #usopen pic.twitter.com/YNMyNlqr7X US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2016In mixed doubles, Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gaby Dabrowski got the better of sixth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 to advance to mixed doubles third round.Good win in the mixed with my partner. Playing on the new Grandstand was fun. @GabyDabrowski @usopen . pic.twitter.com/o60zYNu3Ss Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) September 3, 2016Bopanna and Dabrowski had hit 14 aces as compared to 3 from their opponents.Meanwhile, in a major disappointment, defending champions Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis were ousted by seventh seeds Coco Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram 6-7(1), 6-3, 11-13 in the mixed doubles second round.Tennis: R Ram & C Vandeweghe beat @Leander & @mhingis 7-6, 3-6, 13-11 in 2nd round of #USOpen pic.twitter.com/om1zfMX9LP India@Sports (@IndiaInSports) September 4, 2016Paes’ campaign at the US Open is now over with the loss.Earlier, both Paes and Bopanna failed to progress in men’s doubles event after losing their respective first round matches.advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli reacts to Hardik Pandya’s TV show controversy: We don’t align with those views

first_imgVirat Kohli reacts to Hardik Pandya’s TV show controversy: We don’t align with those viewsVirat Kohli has said that the team management will have to wait on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision on Pandya and Rahul before arriving at a conclusion on their final playing XI for the first match of the three-ODI series.advertisement Rohan Sen SydneyJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:07 IST Team India are yet to finalise its playing XI for the 1st ODI as they wait for BCCI’s decision on Hardik Pandya (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKohli said the team management is waiting on BCCI’s decision on Pandya and RahulBCCI is mulling banning Pandya for 2 matches ahead of the ODI series vs AustraliaPandya and Rahul are both part of the ODI squad for the three-match series starting January 12India captain Virat Kohli on Friday slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul for the sexist and misogynistic comments they made on a TV show.”We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said at a press conference ahead of the first ODI against Australia in Sydney.The 30-year-old further added that the team management will have to wait on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision on Pandya and Rahul before arriving at a conclusion on their final playing XI for the first match of the three-ODI series.”From the Indian cricket team’s point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out,” Kohli said.Virat Kohli on KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya, in Australia: We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made. pic.twitter.com/ECSnmyOegCANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019Virat Kohli on KL Rahul & Hardik Pandya: From the Indian cricket team’s point of view, this changes nothing in our beliefs in the change room, it does nothing to the spirit we have have been able to create. Combinations will have to be thought of once the decision comes out. pic.twitter.com/TDL3FNA4TaadvertisementANI (@ANI) January 11, 2019″Definitely it has to hit anyone hard, they will definitely understand the things that have not gone right. From the combination and team balance point of view, yes, you’ll have to think about the combination you’ll need now,” Kohli said.”You don’t have control over these things so you have to address it the way it unfolds. That’s how we are looking at it, the combinations will have to be looked at when the decision comes out and from there on we’ll see what needs to be done about the whole situation,” he added.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are facing strict action from the Indian cricket board and the Committee of Administrators after their appearance on Karan Johar’s celebrity talk show, Koffee with Karan, created a massive stir.Hardik Pandya along with his good friend and India teammate, KL Rahul made a few borderline racist and sexist comments on the show, hosted by popular filmmaker Karan Johar.Pandya boasted about his dates and hookups with multiple women and also narrated how he informed his parents about losing his virginity.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Mein karke aaya hai aaj (I had sex today)’.” Pandya had said on the show.He added: “At a party, my parents asked me acha tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai, so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like ‘waah proud of u beta’.When asked by Karan Johar why he doesn’t ask women for their names at nightclubs, Pandya replied: “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”HARDIK’S FATHER COMES TO HIS DEFENCEReacting to the criticism, Pandya’s father Himanshu told mid-day: “I don’t think people should read too much into his comments. It was an entertainment show and his comments were made in a light-hearted manner.”He was only looking to entertain the audience. So, it [his comments] should not be viewed very seriously or negatively. He is an innocent boy with a very fun-loving nature.”Pandya conceded that he had gotten carried away by the “nature of the show”, which is notorious for making celebrities open up on their personal lives.Nonetheless, the BCCI is mulling a two-match ban for both Pandya and Rahul after issuing a show cause notice to both players following the apology issued by Pandya on Twitter and to the board.The episode stirred up such a massive controversy in the country that Hotstar, the streaming website, seems to have deleted the particular episode with Pandya and Rahul from its site.The episode was aired this Sunday on Star World and was available on Star’s OTT platform Hotstar. However, currently all the other episodes of Koffee with Karan are available except for one that featured Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.Also Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy won’t affect Indian dressing room: Sunil Gavaskar Also Read | BCCI raises honey trap concerns after Hardik, Rahul boast of night outs on TV showAlso Read | BCCI mulls 2-match suspension for Hardik, KL Rahul after sexist remarks on TV showAlso Read | Hardik Pandya responds to BCCI show-cause notice and apologises to India teammatesadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Men’s Body Spray: The Lighter, Fresher, Alternative to Summer Cologne

first_img Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Man All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The last thing you want to be wearing on a hot, humid summer night is heavy cologne. Overpowering fragrances can be downright suffocating when the temperature rises and the air is stifling. Of course, many brands offer a summer version of their winter fragrances, which can be a great option. Or you can lighten things up even more, by spritzing a men’s body spray instead. As a bonus, some promise deodorant and wetness protection that will keep you cool and dry. So go ahead and give the under arms a go and feel free to hit the rest of your body as well. Like cologne, body spray is meant for your skin, so avoid spraying it on your clothes. Keep it upscale and fresh this summer with these designer scents.Voyage d’Hermés Deodorant Body Spray – $43File this body spray under best when shared. This skin softening formula offers unisex protection with woody notes that are both fresh and musky. But be careful, this is the body spray your other half will want to steal. Make it last by pairing it with the brand’s Eau de Toilette.Dior Sauvage Very Cool Spray – $79Don’t give up on the power of a wearing a memorable fragrance, try Dior Sauvage Very Cool Spray. It’s a fresh, masculine Eau de Toilette that goes on with the help of Dior’s innovative, environmentally safe air-powered system. It’s fresh and juicy with a woody dry down.Armani Code Deodorant Body Spray – $28You’ll have them falling at your feet with Armani Code Deodorant Body Spray. This sexy fragrance blends fresh Mediterranean citrus aromas like lemon and orange tree blossom with bergamot, warm wood, and Tonka bean. It’s a full body intoxicating spritz.Polo Red Body Spray – $23Get fired up with Polo Red Body Spray. This energizing blend of fragrance notes combines spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit, and deep redwood to awaken your senses. This fiery scent will be the boost you’re looking for to spice up an already hot summer’s day.Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray – $68Who wouldn’t want to experience the Italian Riviera with Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray? Let this vibrant scent transport you to a paradise of crisp clear water, cool breezes, and lush Mediterranean flowers. Grab your swim trunks, we’re spritzed and ready to jet! Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits 8 Best-Smelling Solid Colognes for Men last_img read more

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Drewry Shippers Should Keep an Eye on MA Activity

first_imgzoom With nearly 400 different vessel operators still active, there is plenty of competition and potential for more merger and acquisition activity, shipping consultancy Drewry said.The collapse of freight rates during the second half of 2017, far out of line with the underlying supply and demand fundamentals, suggests that carriers have not yet rid themselves of certain self-sabotaging traits and that talk of a new golden age for carriers was perhaps exaggerated.Despite recent developments, Drewry retains its view that the carriers are heading towards a brighter future, while also acknowledging there are several temporary factors that have created a bump in the road to recovery.One area that might have been expected to have provided a more immediate benefit was the significant consolidation occurring in the market. The latest consolidation wave has barely become operational, with most transactions either just concluded or still pending.Following completion of the outstanding deals, the leading seven carrier groups will control approximately 90% of the active containership fleet as it stood on October 1.Yet, even with such a large swathe of the fleet in the hands of very few lines the industry remains highly competitive by standard measures.Based on the known ship data series, there were 379 different vessel operators, all bar 31 of which garnered less than 0.1% market share. With so many operators on the water “there is clearly a lot of potential for more M&A, but in reality the majors are unlikely to be interested in the small fry.”An analysis conducted by Drewry showed that, even after the latest M&A has concluded, the industry would remain ‘competitive’ or ‘moderately concentrated’ in most of the routes covered.Two of the trades covered, northbound Europe-East Coast South America and westbound Europe-South Asia, do now fit the ‘highly concentrated’ description, but being relatively close to a Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) reading of 2,500, they are at the lower end of the definition.Three trades, the two Asia-Europe headhaul routes and the southbound Asia-East Coast South America trade, moved from ‘competitive’ to ‘moderately concentrated’, where they will likely stay without further consolidation.The Transpacific, Transatlantic and Asia to Middle East and South Asia headhaul trades are all still ‘competitive’ on the HHI scale. The addition of SM Line to Asia-East Coast North America will see the corresponding HHI number come down next year.“The industry is heading towards a scenario whereby a small handful of dominant carriers dictate matters, but there is still healthy competition in most trades for now. Shippers will need to stay watchful for deals that impact their main routes,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

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Himachal Kashmiri porters live in anxiety

first_imgShimla: There are visible signs of anxiety, if not worries, among 8000 Kashmiri porters on Narendra Modi government 2.0 decision to trifurcate Jammu & Kashmir and scrap Article 370, apart from removing Article 35A.”We don’t know how the situation turns. Right now, the worry is how to get connect to families and how their well-being as phones are not working in the valley and life has come to a complete halt,” says Mohammad Yusuf. Yusuf, who had been living in Shimla since 1975, says this this has happened for the first time. The phones have suddenly gone off and there is no other way to speak to the families in the crisis situation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Manzoor Ahmad, who hails from Kashmir and working in Shimla as porter for past 18 years, too has similar complaint. “Abrogation of article is not unexpected thing. We have been hearing these speculations a long time ago in the valley. It’s not fair for me as being a poor wage earner to comment on such an important decision of the India’s government. Yet, the point is it should bring peace in the valley and create jobs. Why are we here away from homes, only to earn livings,” says Ahmad. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShimla, as par official reports has 7000 to 8000 Kashmiri porters. Called as Khans in local parlance they are in fact Shimla’s lifeline. It’s difficult to manage trade, tourism and retail business without their help. They work at LGP agencies to carry cylinders for home deliveries. Help tourists to find hotels, carry their luggage on their backs, do loading and unloading job, and also work at ration/PDS depots. Every time there is trouble in Kashmir, the Kashmiri porters do feel scared though many admits that it’s militancy and lack of job avenues they have chosen Shimla to go the labour jobs. “This is very peaceful state. Shimla suits us climatically also. The place has lots of scope for earning, which helps us to feed the families back home. The developments in Kashmir or any violence sends us to tense moments,” admits Tariq, who is now into shawls business.last_img read more

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Take inspiration from PM Modi MoS Def to children

first_imgNew Delhi: Union minister Shripad Naik on Sunday encouraged children to take inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and contribute towards making a ‘New India’. He was addressing 3,500 children from 41 government schools, who will display ‘Naya Bharat’, as well as 700 NCC cadets who will participate in the Independence Day celebrations at the majestic Red Fort here on August 15, the defence ministry said in a statement. The Minister of State for Defence said children should contribute towards taking India to “newer heights”. Naik called upon the students to imbibe the virtues which will be shared by the Prime Minister during his Independence Day address. Later, he gave away souvenirs to a teacher and a student from each of the participating schools along with the unit-in-charge of the NCC group and a cadet on behalf of all participating children and cadets.last_img read more

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Amtrak didnt wait for system that couldve prevented wreck

first_imgThe rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle came at a deadly cost — critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was not active before the train set off on its maiden voyage.Work to install the sophisticated, GPS-based technology known as positive train control isn’t expected to be completed until next spring on the newly opened 15-mile (24-kilometre) span where the train derailed, according to Sound Transit, the public agency that owns the tracks.The train was going 80 mph (129 kph) in a 30 mph (48 kph) zone Monday when it raced off the rails as they curved toward a bridge, hurtling train cars onto a highway below, investigators said. Three people were killed, and dozens were injured. Federal investigators say they are looking into whether the engineer was distracted.A positive train control system could have detected the speeding and automatically applied the brakes to stop the train, said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California professor who has studied the technology for three decades.“It is another layer of safety,” he said.Amtrak and the Washington Department of Transportation started publicizing the switch to the new route in October. Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said that “no one wants PTC more than me” but would not directly answer questions about why it is taking so long to get the speed-control technology up and running across the board.“I’m a huge believer in positive train control,” he said at a news conference Tuesday evening. “It just makes so much scientific sense.”Anderson said the company’s safety culture can continue to improve and said the crash should be seen as a “wake-up call.”“It’s not acceptable that we’re involved in these types of accidents,” he said.Railroads are under government orders to install positive train control by the end of 2018 after the industry lobbied Congress to extend earlier deadlines, citing complexity and cost.Union Pacific, the nation’s largest freight carrier, said it was spending about $2.9 billion on the technology. Industry groups estimate railroads will spend a total of about $10 billion to install and implement the systems.Monday’s wreck is just the latest example of a deadly crash that experts say could have been prevented if the technology were in place to slow down the train when engineers go too fast, get distracted or fall ill.U.S. investigators have listed a lack of such a system as a contributing factor in at least 25 crashes over the last 20 years, including two in the last four years where a train approached sharp curves at more than double the speed limit.A Metro-North train crashed in New York City in 2013, killing four people, when an engineer with sleep apnea dozed off. An Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people, when investigators say the engineer was distracted by radio traffic and lost his bearings.Positive train control was installed on 23 per cent of the nation’s passenger route miles and 37 per cent of freight route miles as of July, the last time the Federal Railroad Administration updated its online tracker for the technology.It is activated on the tracks Amtrak owns along the Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C., and on Amtrak’s Michigan line. Many of its locomotives are equipped for positive train control.Throughout the rest of the country, Amtrak operates on track owned by freight carriers and other entities that have made varying progress on installing the technology.It’s a work in progress on the route where the train derailed Monday. Sensors have been installed, but the system needs to be synchronized, tested and certified before it goes online, Sound Transit spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham said.The new $180.7 million route was designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that’s bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.The National Transportation Safety Board first recommended the use of “automatic train control” in 1970, a year after two Penn Central commuter trains collided, killing four and injuring 43.The railroad industry was opposed for decades until a Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a freight train near Los Angeles in 2008. Investigators said the train’s engineer was texting and ran a stop signal, killing 25 people.“It’s a good fail-safe for human error,” said Fran Kelly, assistant general manager for SEPTA, the Philadelphia-area commuter railroad that was an early adopter of positive train control. “It’s using the best technologies available to complement what the human engineer is doing — the human element of it.”___Sisak reported from Philadelphia, and Balsamo reported from Los Angeles. AP writer Lisa Baumann contributed to this report from Seattle.___Follow Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak and Balsamo at https://twitter.com/mikebalsamo1___For complete coverage of the deadly derailment, click here: https://www.apnews.com/tag/TrainDerailmentlast_img read more

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China does it again: Blocks move to blacklist JeM chief

first_imgUnited Nations: China has placed a hold and blocked the attempt to brand Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The attempt to brand him has as a “global terrorist” by the UN Security Council has failed again. China has shielded Masood Azhar for the fourth time after it blocked action on the JeM chief. It comes as a setback to India’s bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China on Wednesday (March 13) put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban him following the Pulwama terror attack. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThe Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee members had 10 working days to raise any objections to the proposal. The no-objection period deadline was scheduled to end at 3 pm local time (New York) Wednesday (12.30 am IST Thursday). The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. The Committee makes its decisions by consensus of its members. All eyes were on China, which has in the past blocked India’s bids to get Azhar listed as a UN-designated global terrorist thrice.last_img read more

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5 Dead, 21 Injured After Bus Hits Truck in Southern Morocco

Rabat – A truck collided with a bus on a road in Al Kheng, a town and commune in the Errachidia province in Daraa-Tafilalt region, killing five people and injuring 21, with 11 in critical condition.The injured were taken to Errachidia’s Moulay Ali Cherif provincial hospital, while the deceased were taken to the morgue.According to reports, the five killed were passengers of the bus,which was on its way from Fes to Errachidia. An investigation has begun in order to determine the circumstances of the accident. read more

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On Volunteer Day UN officials celebrate great reserve of energy and initiative

“The altruistic spirit of volunteerism is immense and renewable,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message released for International Volunteer Day, which has been observed by the UN and civil society on 5 December every year starting in 1986.Mr. Ban noted that many people have called for extra resources to combat some of the greatest problems facing the world today, such as the turmoil in financial markets, climate change and steeply rising food and fuel prices.“Rarely, however, is volunteerism fully recognized as a potentially vast and powerful resource to engage people in the pursuit of peace and development,” he said, urging “all members of our global community to tap this great reserve of energy and initiative.”UN Volunteers (UNV) deploys about 7,500 people in 140 countries every year to support national development efforts, and the programme”s Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri said the work of volunteers is being increasingly recognized and supported around the world.Today UNV is launching an online volunteering service – which brings together hundreds of development organizations and thousands of volunteers who would otherwise have time or physical constraints from participating – in French and Spanish and re-launching an upgraded version in English.“Online volunteers have contributed to environmental projects in Africa, human rights in Asia, youth education in Latin America, and community work worldwide,” Ms. Pansieri said in a statement.“Online volunteering promotes social inclusion and contributes in a very tangible way to the work of development organizations and communities facing some of the toughest challenges of our time.”UNV volunteers often work closely with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and that agency”s Administrator Kemal Dervis highlighted their joint efforts to improve conditions in countries emerging from disaster or conflict by rebuilding infrastructure, promoting democratic governance and engaging marginalized or vulnerable groups, such as women and youth.“Working with local authorities and communities, UNV volunteers ensure that governance is grounded in the principles of human rights, access to justice, inclusion and gender equality,” he said.Around the world volunteers are holding events this week to mark the Day: in Haiti, a school damaged by hurricanes is being rehabilitated in Sudan, doctors and dentists are providing free medical consultations in Kazakhstan, children in orphanages and hospitals are receiving “clown therapy” and in Indonesia, new mangroves are being planted. 5 December 2008Communities should harness the energy and initiative of the thousands of volunteers who contribute to projects around the world, including critical United Nations activities, senior UN officials said today as they marked the day dedicated to those who give their time and efforts for free to help others. read more

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Warren Buffett says Keystone XL pipeline delay amounts to US thumbing nose

WASHINGTON — The Keystone XL pipeline got an emphatic endorsement Monday from a powerful backer of President Barack Obama who questioned the handling of the file.[np_storybar title=”‘You should take this personally’: Obama’s veto of Keystone bill is a slap in Canada’s face” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/24/obamas-veto-of-keystone-xl-bill-is-a-slap-in-canadas-face/?__lsa=6fd4-6e34″%5D Claudia Cattaneo: Obama’s move is another slap in the face to Canada, which has championed the pipeline for years and did everything by the book to get it approved, only to be led down the garden path, through a maze of roadblocks and traps, by its supposed best friend and ally.Read more [/np_storybar]To billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the delay is a thumbing of the nose at Canada.“I would have passed Keystone,” Buffett said in an interview with CNBC.“I think that we have an enormous interest in working with Canada, as they have in working with us. That oil is going to get sold. If we make it more difficult for them, who knows how they’ll feel about making things more difficult for us someday.”Because Buffett owns interests in the rail industry, in addition to oilsands holdings, there had been some speculation that he might have stood to benefit from a Keystone rejection.But he has expressed support for it in the past, and did so with particular force Monday: “That (oil) is a valuable resource of North America, and Canada has been a terrific partner over the decades, and for us to kind of thumb our nose at them, you know, (that’s) not what I would do.”Buffett has been a donor and occasional political ally of the president, notably on the issue of increasing taxes for the wealthy. As for the pipeline, Obama has vetoed legislation on it and has made increasingly critical remarks about it, prompting widespread speculation that he’s gearing up to reject it.A prominent pipeline opponent in Nebraska said it should now be clear that the opposition movement isn’t being bankrolled by the state’s wealthiest resident, the so-called Oracle of Omaha.“Well, (hope) this puts to bed all of those rumours from the right that Bold is funded by Buffett,” said a tweet from Jane Kleeb, the founder of the group Bold Nebraska, which has organized landowners fighting the project.It wasn’t the only development welcomed Monday by pipeline supporters. The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” feature also tore into Obama’s repeated claims that the pipeline would do nothing but export Canadian oil.The Post pointed out that in addition to Canadian bitumen, the pipeline would also carry oil from North Dakota and Montana to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.It gave the president the worst possible truth-telling score — “Four Pinocchios.” It said Obama’s statements contradicted the findings of his own State Department’s review.“Clearly, the report remains unread,” said the Post piece.“If he disagrees with the State Department’s findings, he should begin to make the case why it is wrong, rather than assert the opposite, without any factual basis.” read more

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More than 11200 Army absentees report during amnesty

A total of 11,232 Army deserters including 15 Officers, 09 Officer Cadets and 11,208 other rank personnel had reported to their respective Regimental Centers seeking legal discharge during the General Amnesty extended to Army absentees which ended at midnight, Wednesday, the army said today.The month long Amnesty period was offered to Sri Lanka Army personnel, who are considered as AWOL (Absent Without Leave) to obtain legal discharge, from 23rd October to 22nd November. Originally the General Amnesty period was scheduled to end on the 15th of November but it was extended till the 22nd of November in response to numerous requests made to the Army. Provision of employment or harbouring any Army absentee or deserter amounts to breach of existing laws of the country and is a punishable offence in Court as per section 133 of the Penal Code. (Colombo Gazette) With the end of the General Amnesty, law enforcement authorities will begin island-wide operations to apprehend absconding deserters. read more

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With West Africa at crossroads UN envoy urges coordinated efforts to tackle

“The West African sub-region continues to face multiple political and security challenges mainly linked to transnational organized crime, piracy and terrorist activities as well as election-related tensions in some countries,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, adding that commitment from Governments, regional organizations and the international community as a whole is needed to tackle these challenges. In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Djinnit pointed to three main zones where there is instability: the Sahel region, the Gulf of Guinea and the Mano River. In the Sahel, Mr. Djinnit said the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) has been working closely with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN Office in Mali and the now defunct African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), to promote political dialogue to resolve the conflict in the northern part of the country, where a rebellion of ethnic Tuareg groups in early 2012 displaced hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Government to request assistance from France to halt the southward march of extremists. Mr. Djinnit underlined that in addition to the crisis in Mali, the Sahel is suffering from serious environmental degradation, desertification, food insecurity and drug trafficking and terrorism. “This vulnerability of the Sahel underscores the need for a UN integrated strategy for the Sahel which shall complement efforts by countries of the region and regional organization to address the root causes of instability in the Sahel-Sahara belt, and its consequences,” he said. Turning to the Gulf of Guinea, Mr. Djinnit said piracy continues to be a threat, negatively affecting international maritime trade routes and taking a toll on economic progress in both coastal and landlocked countries. However, he said he was encouraged by the resolve of West African leaders during the Summit of the Gulf of Guinea Heads of State and Government on maritime safety and security held last month in Cameroon, to establish an effective framework to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea. Mr. Djinnit noted that election-related tensions also continue to affect the region, and said UNOWA remains committed to promote common grounds and understandings through its good offices, as in the case of Guinea in the Manor River region, where earlier this month the Government and opposition parties – with the support of the UN – agreed to hold legislative elections in late September. The agreement “has paved the way for the holding of free and transparent and inclusive legislative elections that will allow, at last, all the energies of the Government and the people of that country to be geared towards socio-economic transformation and development,” Mr. Djinnit said. “While the situation in West Africa remains at a crossroads, I am committed to building on the excellent cooperation and partnership forged with the UN entities in West Africa, the ECOWAS, other regional organizations including the African Union and the Mano River Union as well as other stakeholders,” he added. read more

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Greek FM to visit UN Cyprus next week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Droutsas is due to meet with the UN chief on Friday, February 18, for talks focusing on the Cyprus issue ahead of Ban’s submission of his report to the UN Security Council later in the month.The foreign minister will meet earlier Friday with Archbishop Demetrios of America.Earlier in the week, Droutsas will arrive in Cyprus on Monday for a two-day visit to Cyprus, on the heels of a scheduled meeting on Thursday in Athens with the UN secretary general’s special advisor on the Cyprus issue, Alexander Downer.In Nicosia, Cyprus government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said the visit is in the context of the contacts and coordination between Athens and Nicosia, adding that developments in the Cyprus issue will be discussed, while views will be exchanged on the next steps.Developments in the Cyprus issue and the imminent report by the UNSG to be submitted in late February will be the main issues in a series of contacts Droutsas will have in Cyprus and New York, foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said on Thursday.“We want Greece to be able to have its positions expressed clearly in order to be as helpful as possible,” he stressed.Droutsas will be in Nicosia on Feb. 14 for meetings with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou. The next day will be in London for contacts with his British counterpart and David Miliband, the leader of the opposition. On Friday he will travel to New York, where he will meet with the UN secretary general, Archbishop Demetrios of America and representatives of the Greek-American community.Referring to the meeting with the UN secretary general, Delavekouras stressed that the UN and the international community play a “decisive” role in the Cyprus issue and that the process should be assisted in an objective manner to ensure that the necessary steps will be made.As regards the course of the process, the pace of which is not satisfactory, he said the responsibility lies with the Turkish Cypriot side, which “reverts to older positions”. The spokesman also called for “a clear commitment by Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on everything that has already been agreed upon”.Finally, he called on the Turkish Cypriot side to “enter negotiations with willingness for progress”. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Tacoma teachers reach deal with district schools to open Monday

first_imgTACOMA — Educators in Tacoma overwhelmingly approved a new contract Friday that includes an average 14.4 percent raise for teachers in Tacoma Public Schools.A video from a general membership meeting of the Tacoma Education Association, which represents educators there, showed teachers cheering after a vote in which 99 percent of members in attendance approved the contract deal, which the union and school district had announced late Thursday.Effective Sept. 1, the tentative agreement would raise the starting pay for teachers in Tacoma from $45,500 to $54,308. The maximum salary would top $108,520, up from about $90,900 currently.After a weeklong strike, teachers in Tacoma reached a tentative contract agreement with Tacoma Public Schools, the union and district announced Thursday evening.Teachers voted on the deal Friday morning.A joint statement from the school district and union before the vote said the new contract “will allow us to recruit and retain strong professionals.”last_img read more

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