Goa cops review Palyekar’s security

first_imgPANAJI: The Goa police will review the security provided to Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, who recently said he was under threat from the drug mafia. Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told The Hindu on Wednesday, “We assess the security needs of various categories of VIPs, and accordingly provide them a particular kind of security. However, if the security concerns seem to have heightened, we review the situation and take appropriate decisions to upgrade security. This review process is on in case of Mr. Palyekar.”Mr. Palyekar, who made drug and narcotics proliferation in his constituency an election plank in the Assembly polls in February, had said on Tuesday, “People are following me. They seem to know exactly where I am going. I have even given up taking my morning walk on beaches. Now I go for a brisk walk on the terrace in my home.” He had said that State Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma had assured to look into upgrading his security.‘Loss of confidence’The Opposition, meanwhile, has said the minister’s admission shows the government has failed to contain anti-social elements. Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik told The Hindu on Wednesday, “The Congress feels that this is a situation where there is loss of confidence in the ability of the Home Minister from within the Cabinet.” He said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who holds the Home portfolio, should hand it over to an independent minister.Threat a perception: CMChief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters on Wednesday, “Threat is his perception. Police has to ensure that there is no threat. There is a special branch, a committee, which analyses this. They will take appropriate action,” Mr. Parrikar said. He said that while the threat was “general and not specific”, it would be unfair to call Mr. Palyekar’s apprehension a speculation.last_img read more

Pakistan’s women boxers look up to Mary Kom as their role model

first_imgThree Pakistani women boxers – Khoushleem Bano, Rukhsana Parveen and Sofia Javed – are on the verge of scripting history on Indian soil, when they step into the ring for the very first time in an international event at the 12th South Asian Games on Saturday.The three pugilists credited the biographical sports film on five-time world champion and Indian boxing icon Mary Kom as the biggest influence which has inspired them to take up a career in boxing.”We have been watching Mary Kom and it (movie) has really influenced us,” the trio, donning their tracksuits with the Pakistani flag embroidered on it, told IANS.However, the young Pakistani boxers admitted that it was not an easy journey for them initially, when they informed their family and friends about their decision to take up boxing.”There are a lot of anti-groups who don’t accept us. Initially, even our family and friends were not happy with us. But now everyone is supporting, be it our government or the boxing federation,” Khoushleem said.In fact, the trio picked up boxing only in the early part of 2015 and were trained by their coach Nauman Karim – a bronze medallist at the 2003 World Boxing Championship – at Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar for the multi-national sports event.”We stepped into the boxing ring just eight months ago. I know it will be tough to fight with an experienced boxer like Mary Kom and others, but our coaches have trained us well to fight in the ring,” Khoushleem said.advertisementBut the 23-year-old, who hails from the scenic valleys of Gilgit-Baltistan, is eagerly looking forward to meeting Mary Kom in the boxing ring.”I know it will be tough to fight with an experienced boxer like Mary Kom. But I am sure I will learn a lot from her in the boxing ring,” Khoushleem who will be competing in the fly-weight (51kg) category, said.Rukhsana, who was member of the Pakistan World Cup Kabaddi team which won a bronze medal in Punjab in 2014, said, “After having learnt that Pakistan has no woman boxer, I took up the challenge to fight in the boxing ring.””The movie Mary Kom has motivated me to take up this challenge. Insha Allah (If God’s willing) you never know we might go back home with a medal from here,” the 60kg category pugilist from Multan said.Sofia Javed, who also made a reference to Mary Kom, said, “I am very happy to be in India and to make our international debut here. We have been practicing hard for more than a year for this event.”Crediting her coach and family members for all their support, the 20-year-old from the Peshawar said, “We are all happy to make our debut here in India. I am mentally prepared for the competition and optimistic to get a medal for our people of Pakistan.”The trio also foresee that women’s boxing will progress in Pakistan with people supporting them for taking up the challenge to wear the gloves which were once only worn by male boxers in their country.”Women’s boxing will surely progress by leaps and bound in Pakistan. A lot of people have helped us. Our government, boxing federation and our coaches have assisted us with an open heart to fulfill our dreams,” Rukhsana said.Appreciating the Pakistani women boxers for being influenced by her biography, Mary Kom asked Khoushleem, Rukhsana, and Sofia to “keep fighting and never give up halfway”. She also hoped that the three Pakistani ladies will do well on their international debut.”They need more motivation. If they need my help they can always come to my (boxing) academy (at Manipur),” the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist said.last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 53) (REOPENS DEL 53) But just then, Mitchell McLenaghan brought New Zealand back by dismissing both Marsh and Agar in the penultimate over, leaving Australia to get 19 from the final over, which proved too much for them in the end. Earlier, Martin Guptill (39 off 27) gave New Zealand a racy start. He hammered pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile for successive fours before smashing left-arm spinner Ashton Agar for three sixes in third over of the innings. The crowd was treated to some crisp hitting from the opener as New Zealand reached 71 for no loss in the first six overs. Guptills departure in the eighth over derailed the innings with wickets falling at regular intervals. Grant Elliott, batting at number six, came up with a valuable 27 off 20 balls to add crucial runs to the total. Captain Kane Williamson and Colin Munro had made 24 and 23 at the top of the order. PTI BS PM PMlast_img read more

School book defines 36-24-36 as best female body shape,

first_imgsparks rowNew Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) Excerpts from a class XII Physical Education textbook defining 36-24-36 as the “best body shape for females” have created an outrage on social media with critics demanding that the text be withdrawn.The incident comes against the backdrop of a raging debate on lack of scrutiny of the curriculum and content taught in schools.The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by Dr VK Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE.While CBSE only recommends books published by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), certain books from private publishers are also taught in schools affiliated to it.”36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration,” read the excerpt from the chapter “Physiology and Sports” which is going viral.Various Twitter users shared picture of the mentioned text and demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.Several calls and text messages to CBSE spokesperson seeking comment on the issue went unanswered.This, however, is not the first incident about improper content being found in textbooks taught in CBSE schools in recent months.Excerpts from a class IV environmental science textbook that suggested students to “kill a kitten” as part of an experiment had gone viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market last month.advertisementIn another recent incident, a class XII Sociology book cited “ugliness” and physical disability of a girl as reasons behind the dowry issue prevalent in the country.The HRD Ministry had last month said that CBSE has no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers.”There is no mechanism to evaluate the quality of textbooks of private publishers. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has no mandate to prescribe or recommend the textbooks of private publishers in its affiliated schools,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha had said in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. PTI GJS KISlast_img read more

Virat Kohli explains why Ishant Sharma was angry despite Adelaide Test victory

first_imgVirat Kohli was happy with India’s 31-run win over Australia in the 1st Test and so was coach Ravi Shastri. But there was someone angry in the Indian camp, not with India’s performance but with their own.The Indian captain revealed at the post-match press conference that Ishant Sharma was not at all happy with the no balls he bowled during the 1st Test.”Ishant was the most pissed off right now. We were all celebrating but he was really, really angry with himself and we asked him why and he said, ‘I cannot afford to bowl a no-ball being a senior guy and having played so much cricket in the crunch situation when the umpire could have given that out’,” Kohli said.”So that could have been the difference at a more important stage in the series.”Ishant was unlucky not to bag a wicket in the very first over of Australia’s chase when he trapped Finch LBW off his second delivery.Umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger but the Australian opener decided to call for a review which revealed that Ishant had overstepped.Ishant bowled another no-ball to Shaun Marsh in the 51st over and another unfortunate no-ball denied him another wicket. He had rapped Nathan Lyon on pads only for Dharmasena to lift one hand halfway and call the delivery unfair. Lyon let sighed relief as the television reviews showed that ball would have gone onto to hit the stumps.Ishant ended the match, with just three wickets, the fewest of the strike bowlers, as Mohammed Shami finished with five wickets from the game, while Jasprit Bumrah and Ashwin both took six wickets.advertisementFormer Australian captain Ricky Ponting had criticised the on-field umpires for not noticing no-balls, saying, “I honestly don’t think the umpires look at the front line anymore.”Ponting also said that the Indian camp would be right to feel disappointed with the umpiring, as if they had pointed out Ishant’s no-balls earlier, it would not have cost them a wicket.Kohli though said he was confident Ishant would come back stronger in the next Test, which starts from December 14 to be played at the new stadium in Perth.”It’s not a school-team environment. So, look, guys take ownership of those things but they can commit mistakes. As long as the attitude is right, we look to correct those mistakes.”So this incident that’s happened, I am sure Ishant is going to be obsessed about not doing it again, just like how we improved our batting straight away in the second innings at the top of the order. Guys want to learn as soon as they can, take responsibility themselves, and they are not hiding from it.”It’s not a case of not wanting to talk about it, but they are unhappy themselves that they made a mistake at a crunch situation and, come that situation again, they don’t want to do it. So that’s the most you can ask from any player playing for their country and that’s certainly the right attitude to have.”Also Read | Kohli sets Asian record, Pant equals world record as India win in AdelaideAlso Read | My dad will be very proud of my Adelaide effort, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | India beat Australia, 1st time in 10 years Down UnderGallery | India overcome gutsy Australian tail to clinch famous Test winlast_img read more

Ozil close to signing Arsenal contract

first_imgTransfers Ozil close to signing Arsenal contract Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:54 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League Mesut Özil The German international will put pen to paper in the coming days after agreeing a new contract with the Gunners Mesut Ozil is set to sign a new contract extension with Arsenal in the coming days, Goal can confirm.The Germany international’s current deal is due to expire at the end of June but he is expected to commit himself to a new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium.Arsene Wenger had previously dropped a hint that the former Werder Bremen man was ready to put pen to paper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Our intention is to keep Ozil at the club. Hopefully, we will manage to do that very soon,” the Frenchman said last Friday. “The vibe I get from his commitment, focus and desire, he behaves like someone who is ready to commit. After that, contract negotiations are what they are.”The situation was very different at the beginning of January, when the player had yet to decide where his future lay and speculation that Manchester United may move for him was abound.Though team-mate Alexis Sanchez ultimately moved to Old Trafford, Ozil will not follow him after deciding to pledge his future to Arsenal.With the Gunners set to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Dortmund, the news of the 29-year-old’s decision will act as a further boost for Arsene Wenger’s side, who lost 3-1 at Swansea on Tuesday – a game in which new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut.Goal understands that Ozil’s decision to sign an extension is not related to the new arrivals of Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He previously revealed his love for London and Arsenal in an interview with Goal last year.Ozil, who has registered 49 assists since his Premier League debut five years ago, joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 for a then club record fee of £42.5 million.last_img read more

Man City vs Burton Albion: City select strong XI

first_imgManchester City remain in the hunt for four titles as they prepare for their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg encounter with League One side Burton.Pep Guardiola’s men swept past Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup on Sunday, four days after closing the gap at the top of the Premier League table with an important 2-1 success over Liverpool.Albion, meanwhile, are simply fighting for a playoff spot in English football’s third tier and could not have dreamed of being in this position when the season began. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Man City vs Burton Date Wednesday, January 9 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and streamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Man City players Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Kompany, Sandler, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernadinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, D. Silva, Diaz, B. Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane Claudio Bravo and Benjamin Mendy both miss out injured, as does Aymeric Laporte.Ederson is rested for cup action, with Aro Muric taking over in goal for this clash.Man City starting XI: Muric, Walker, Otamendi, Garcia, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Silva, Sane, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus Position Burton Albion players Goalkeepers Bywater, Evtimov, Campbell, Collins, Hawkins Defenders Buxton, McFadzean, Turner, McCrory, Wallace, Hutchinson, Brayford Midfielders Quinn, Allen, Sbarra, Fox, Hodge, Fraser, Miller Forwards Akins, Templeton, Harness, Boyce, Cole, Beardsley Burton were boosted by the return of top scorer Liam Boyce to their squad last weekend as the former Ross County ace came off the bench to score against Rochdale. Marvin Sordell and Stephen Quinn are missing due to injury.Possible Burton starting XI: Collins; Brayford, Buxton, Turner, Hutchinson; Fraser, Wallace, Allen; Harness, Boyce, AkinsBetting & Match Odds Man City are incredibly short favourites at a price of 1/25 with bet365. A draw can be backed at 20/1 while the price on Burton winning is 50/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Brian Clough Burton Albion celebrate vs Middlesbrough 181218Burton Albion have undoubtedly been the story of the Carabao Cup this season, having made apparently impossible progress to the semi-final of the competition. They had never been beyond the last-16 of any national knockout tournament previously.However, they are not the only lower-league club in recent years to enjoy such a run and as they prepare for two matches against the millionaires of Manchester City they do so with Bradford City’s exploits in 2013 in mind. That season, Bradford knocked out three Premier League clubs as they reached the final at Wembley.Burton’s run may not have been quite so dazzling, but they have still eliminated Burnley, as well as three Championship sides to reach the final four.“When we saw the draw on Sky and there were four teams in the draw it started with No 1 Burton Albion. Then we looked down and we saw Chelsea, wow! Then we saw Manchester City, wow! Then we saw Tottenham, wow!” chairman Ben Robinson told Sky Sports News.“It is very much a case of pinching ourselves and thinking it is another great occasion to look forward to.“Manchester City are the current Premier League champions, it is over two legs so we will go there on Wednesday and we will enjoy the occasion but I think it is about damage limitation after seeing the demolition of Rotherham in the FA Cup on Sunday.”City had six different scorers at the weekend as they dismantled Rotherham, a side in a higher league than Burton, 7-0 in the FA Cup.Pep Guardiola’s side are unlikely to have little time for romanticism either, as their packed scheduled combined with their position four points behind Liverpool in the league means that they will try to finish this tie off at the first time of asking.Last season he was almost stung by deploying a weakened team at this stage of the competition against Bristol City as they scraped to a 2-1 home win and he will be eager to avoid such an eventuality again.last_img read more

RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai Indians

first_img No data available! commentary view more view less RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai IndiansIPL 2019: Steve Smith and teenager Riyan Parag added 69 runs for the fourth wicket to help Rajasthan Royals successfully gun down a 162-run target vs Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Saturday. Rajasthan remain at the seventh spot with three wins from nine matches. Akshay Ramesh JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 20:01 IST Steve Smith and Riyas Parag added 69 runs for the fourth wicket to help Rajasthan Royals successfully gun down a 162-run target vs Mumbai Indians on Saturday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith hit an unbeaten 59 to help RR pick up their 3rd win of IPL 201917-year-old Riyas Parag took the MI bowlers to the cleaners in their 162-run chaseDespite the loss in Jaipur, Mumbai Indians are on the 2nd spot of IPL 2019 points tableRajasthan Royals rode on Steve Smith’s well-paced half-century and 17-year-old Riyan Parag’s quickfire 43 to thrash Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Saturday.Smith, who had replaced Ajinkya Rahane as the captain of the Royals ahead of the big-ticket clash, played the skipper’s knock to perfection, hitting his second half-century of the season. Rajasthan Royals comfortably gunned down a 162-run target as they got past the finish line with five balls to spare.17-year-old Riyan Parag emerged as the unlikely hero for Rajasthan Royals as the Assam all-rounder took the Mumbai Indians bowlers to the cleaners unperturbed by the size of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Riyan Parag departs after a well-made 43 off 29 deliveries. pic.twitter.com/rqpsUqYsbRIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019Rajasthan Royals got off to a strong start with Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane going after the Mumbai Indians bowlers inside the first three overs.However, in-form leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who was brought into the attack by Rohit Sharma inside the powerplay, put the brakes on Royals’ scoring rate by removing Ajinkya Rahane in his first over. He came back in the 8th over to get the big wicket of Sanju Samson for 35 (19 balls) and Ben Stokes (0) to hand Mumbai the edge.However, Smith batted brilliantly with able support from Parag at the other end as the duo added 69 runs for the fourth wicket and helped Rajasthan register their third win of IPL 2019 season.It is an important win for Rajasthan as Smith’s men stay alive in the race for the playoffs. With six points from 9 matches, the former champions are still at the seventh spot of the eight-team table.advertisementEarlier in the day, Quinton de Kock hit his third fifty of the ongoing IPL season to help Mumbai Indians post 161 for 5 on a two-paced wicket. The South African opener was handed a reprieve as early as the third over as Jofra Archer grassed an easy chance in Shreyas Gopal first over when de Kock was batting on just six.FIFTY!3rd half-century of #VIVOIPL 2019 season for QDK #MI 81/1 after 10 overs pic.twitter.com/OCZs9EmaJCIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019De Kock made Rajasthan pay for the mistake in the following over, smashing Dhawal Kulkarni for a six and a hat-trick of boundaries.De Kock shouldered the burden of keeping the scoreboard moving on a difficult track at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Mumbai Indians were jolted early as Gopal had picked up captain Rohit Sharma for 5 in his first over.De Kock stitched a 97-run stand with Suryakumar Yadav, who took his time early on to settle into the innings, for the second wicket stand.However, Mumbai lost a bit of momentum towards the middle overs as medium pacer Stuart Binny snapped the 97-run stand in the 14th over. After the big stand, one wicket brought a couple more as de Kock and Kieron Pollard followed Suryakumar back to the hut in quick succession.Mumbai went past the 150-run mark despite the dip in momentum in the 19th over as Jaydev Unadkat was taken to the cleaners by Hardik Pandya. Pandya played another important cameo for Mumbai Indians, smashing a 15-ball 23, including a six and two boundaries.Ben Cutting took Mumbai past the 160-run mark with a huge six in the final ball of their innings against Jofra Archer.Also Read | IPL 2019: Steve Smith takes over Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya RahaneAlso Read | Steve Smith on replacing Ajinkya Rahane as RR captain: Owners felt need for changeAlso Read | Rajasthan Royals have to treat every game like final, feels Ben StokesFor 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Steven SmithFollow IPL 2019center_img graphs advertisement Scorecardlast_img read more

Reliance Industries Launches First Two VLECs

first_imgIndian private sector company Reliance Industries Limited (Reliance) has inaugurated its first two very large ethane carriers (VLEC) in a ceremony held in Geoje, South Korea.Constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), the 80,000 cbm vessels Ethane Crystal and Ethane Emerald are said to be the largest VLECs ever built to date.The ships, which feature membrane technology provided by French marine engineering company Gaztransport et Technigaz (GTT), are the first of a series of six vessels ordered by Reliance in 2014, which will be fitted with GTT’s membrane containment systems.With a market value of USD 97.1 million per ship, according to data provided by VesselsValue, the remaining four carriers are scheduled to join their owner in 2017.The VLECs will be used to transport liquid ethane from the United States to India.Earlier this week Reliance said that it signed term loan deals for a total of USD 573 million to partially finance the construction cost of the six vessels.The loans, which have a tenor of 12 years, comprise of a Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure) issued tranche of USD 286.5 million and a commercial tranche of USD 286.5 million.Reliance Industries Limited said that the loans will be secured by collateral of the company’s VLECs, financed at a debt to equity ration of 80:20.last_img read more

Vacant reserved category posts at govt depts show BJPs casteist mindset Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Tuesday accused the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in the state of taking scant interest in filling reserved category posts at government departments, saying it was indicative of the party’s “narrow and casteist mindset”. “Had the BJP governments shown same seriousness in filling the vacant posts meant for the SCs/STs and OBCs that they had shown in giving reservation on economic basis to the Marathas, members of these deprived sections would have benefitted a little,” the BSP chief said. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Addressing her party leaders here, the BSP president said people belonging to the deprived sections of society, who were entitled to get benefits of reservation, continued to be victims of neglect. “This only goes on to prove the narrow thinking and casteist mindset of the BJP governments,” she stressed. Referring to the Uttar Pradesh government’s move of bringing 17 OBC castes under the SC list, the BSP president said this would only increase people’s woes. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Earlier, a similar move was made by the SP government to gain political mileage, she said. The BSP chief said the manner in which the quota limit was being hiked above 50 per cent in some states, the demand for increasing the quota for SCs/STs and other backward sections in proportion to their population would gain ground. The BSP president also reviewed organisational matters of Bundelkhand and western UP and asked her partymen to visit those belonging to the “sarv samaj” to take stock of their problems. Mayawati also expressed concern over the law and order situation. She said not only the poor and deprived sections, those belonging to the “sarv samaj” were also victims of the “poor” law and order situation.last_img read more

Trust fund committee condemns scrapping of Tipu Sultan Jayanti in Ktaka

first_imgKolkata: Mysore Family Fateha Fund Committee Waqf Estate (MFFFCWE) on Thursday condemned the scrapping of Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations in Karnataka. The committee has decided to write to the Central government and protest against the decision of the BJP-ruled Karnataka government in this regard. “We condemn the decision of scrapping Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations in Karnataka. Tipu Sultan is considered as the Tiger of Mysore. This is a direct attack on the communal harmony of the country,” said Sahebzada Md Shahid Alam, secretary, MFFFCWE. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations started under the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in 2016, the B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government on Tuesday cancelled the birth anniversary celebrations of Sultan. The order came barely a day after Yeddyurappa proved his majority in the Legislative Assembly. “Within a month’s time we will write to the Central government mentioning that the Karnataka government’s decision to scrap Tipu Sultan Jayanti celebrations is illogical,” he added.last_img read more

73 polling in AP TDP YSRC claim 3 deaths in poll violence

first_imgAmaravati: Sporadic violence marred the polling to assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh Thursday, reportedly leaving two YSR Congress and one ruling TDP member dead as the state witnessed over 73 per cent voter turnout.Incidents of EVM damage and stone pelting marked the high octane polling that saw a large number out of the over 3.97 crore eligible voters turning up braving the scorching summer heat.1 The election will decide the fate of incumbent chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and main opposition YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Other contenders include the Congress, BJP and the Jana Sena of Pawan Kalyan, who has tied up with BSP. Official sources said clashes between TDP and YSRC workers were reported in Guntur, Anantapuramu, West Godavari, Prakasam, Kurnool and Kadapa districts, but did not specify deaths. The polling was not affected in any place, they said. Police also did not confirm the election-related killings. Telugu Desam and YSR Congress issued statements reporting the deaths of their party members accusing each other of being responsible for the violence. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile about 73 per cent of polling was reported by closing time at 6 pm, authorities expect the final figure likely to cross 80 per cent. The state had recorded 76 per cent polling in 2014. Polling was held Thurday simultaneously for 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, in the first general election after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana in June, 2014. The ruling TDP raised a hue and cry over malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and blamed the Election Commission for failing to conduct the elections properly. Chandrababu Naidu went to the extent of claiming that 30 per cent of the EVMs encountered problems across the state, a charge the EC denied. All allegations against the Election Commission are completely motivated. There was nothing amiss with the electronic gadgets though about 0.3 per cent of EVMs encountered technical glitches, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said. The YSRC said one of its workers was attacked with sickles by the TDP men and killed in Veerapuram village under Tadipatri constituency in Anantapuramu district while another was done to death in Tamballapalle in Chittoor district. The TDP said its worker Sidda Bhaskar Reddy was killed by the opposition party in Veerapuram. Five other people were injured in the violent clash in Veerapuram.last_img read more

Morocco Confirms It Will Privatize La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech

Rabat- Following the weekly government council on Thursday, El Khalfi announced in a news conference that the government approved Draft Law 39-89 permitting the privatization of public institutions and decided to sell La Mamounia.Marrakech Mayor Mohamed Larbi Belkaid previously told Bloomberg that “the hotel had stopped distributing dividends to shareholders for eight to 10 years through 2017, mainly because of the repayment of loans obtained to fund a major overhaul.”Morocco’s state-run rNational Railway Office (ONCF) owns 60 percent of La Mamounia. The state-owned investment management fund Caisse de Depot and Gestion (CDG) and the city council of Marrakech own 20 percent each. The government’s decision came to reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019 and to improve their governance.Read Also: Morocco Considers Selling 51% of La Mamounia Hotel in MarrakechMinister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun declared in October that the Moroccan economy requires measures to mobilize resources, control spending, and reduce the burden on the investment budget. He also noted the impact which the rising prices of oil and gas, which peaked in early October, will have on financial balances.Built in 1923, La Mamounia Hotel is a prestigious hotel known worldwide. It received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009. The hotel has earned many awards since its reopening in 2009.In February, interior design magazine Architectural Digest listed La Mamounia among the “7 Most Historically Significant Hotels in the World.”Rumors had it that the government might privatize ONCF. However, Benchaaboun said that government will not privatize ONCF but may consider selling stakes in Maroc Telecom, the country’s main telecommunication company. read more

New UN partnership seeks to boost information technology in Arab region

10 August 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with a Jordanian-based business services company to promote information and communication technology (ICT) to support education, science and culture in the Arab region. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with a Jordanian-based business services company to promote information and communication technology (ICT) to support education, science and culture in the Arab region.The agreement signed today in Paris between UNESCO and the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) seeks to increase access to and measure the use of ICT in different sectors of society, enhance teacher training, and promote multilingualism and internationalized Internet Domain Names.“UNESCO relies upon and welcomes partners such as TAG-Org to realize the vision of knowledge societies,” stated Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.The agency and TAG-Org are planning to create a knowledge society portal on which data in Arabic and English on the state of Arab countries on ICT in education, science, culture, communication and commerce – collected through digital surveys, digital reporting, and digital resources – will be made available.Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Founder and Chairman of TAG-Org, said availability of such data will assist local governments, institutions, and international organizations to understand gaps in ICT and to take a leading role in developing ICT infrastructure and building ICT capacity.Under the new agreement, UNESCO and TAG-Org will develop an immediate action plan for that project, prepare a strategy to enhance multilingualism and Internet Domain Names in the Arabic script, and work together to increase the availability of Arabic content on the Internet, among other things. read more

US stock market opens mixed on Wall Street Family Dollar and Trulia

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 7:52 am MDT US stock market opens mixed on Wall Street; Family Dollar and Trulia jump on merger news NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is opening mixed at the start of a busy week as a batch of merger announcements lift shares in Family Dollar and other companies.The Dow Jones industrial average rose six points to 16,964 shortly after the market opened Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased three points to 1,976. The Nasdaq composite gained two points to 4,451.Family Dollar soared 23 per cent after Dollar Tree announced plans to buy the rival discount store. Meanwhile, Trulia jumped 11 per cent after the real-estate listing service Zillow said it plans to buy it for $3.5 billion.With one of trading week left in July, the stock market was on track for another month of solid gains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Two years of conflict leaves 15 million people hungry in eastern Ukraine

“Two years of violence, shelling and fear have left an indelible mark on thousands of people in eastern Ukraine,” said World Food Programme (WFP) Country Representative Giancarlo Stopponi. “As the conflict continues, we need to reach these people urgently. We appeal to all parties of the conflict to facilitate full and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need across the country.” WFP aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance over the first half of this year. Since November 2014, WFP has distributed emergency assistance to over half a million people in need, including 370,000 people who received monthly food packages and 180,000 people who received assistance through cash-based transfers in areas where markets are still functioning.WFP will continue to provide cash-based transfers or food assistance to the most vulnerable among those affected by conflict.People living in the non-government controlled area of Luhansk and near the conflict line are the most affected by food insecurity: over half of the population, in both the government-controlled area and non-government controlled area, experienced a complete loss or a significant reduction of income.With no presence in Ukraine before the crisis, WFP now cooperates with other UN agencies to provide assistance to those who had to leave their homes, people returning home, and people still trapped in conflict hotspots. read more

On World Day UN urges rabies control beyond human and animal health

‹ › Evidence suggests that the threat is especially prominent in areas struck by conflict and natural disasters. Experts have warned that unless coordination and awareness-raising go beyond the ministries of health and agriculture, too many animals and humans will continue to die unnecessarily from the disease, according to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a leading organization working for the global prevention of rabies. The organization partners with WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), among others. “People live, work and flee with their dogs. We need to change the way ministries work together to roll out regular mass dog vaccination campaigns, to provide more protection in times of peace, conflict and natural disasters,” said Louis Nel, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. “We have the vaccines and we know they work, so how is it possible that so many people and animals continue to die from this painful, long-known disease?” Though rabies is present in wildlife, more than 95 per cent of the disease is spread via dogs. On the basis of data and evidence collected by the World Organisation for Animal Health, a rise in rabies cases among dogs has been observed in parallel to political instability periods in some North African countries during the past decade. Fact 1: Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear Domestic and wild animals can spread rabies to humans. Transmission occurs through the bites of animals infected with the rabies virus, usually dogs. The incubation period varies but is usually 2–3 months. By the time of clinical onset, the virus is widely disseminated throughout the central nervous system and the infection is invariably fatal. Photo: W Mohd Fact 2: Rabies is present on all continents except Antarctica An estimated 59 000 people die from rabies every year. Up to 99% of human deaths occur in Africa and Asia, 80% of which are in people living in rural, underserved populations. Consequently, rabies deaths are underreported. Photo: WHO/B Abela-Ridder Fact 4: Four out of 10 rabies deaths are in children aged under 15 years Although all age groups are susceptible, children, who due to their playful nature often approach dogs without fear of attack or awareness of the disease, are the most vulnerable. Studies have shown that children tend to conceal their bite wounds from parents for fear of being scolded and therefore may not receive adequate first aid and appropriate healthcare. Photo: K Artor Fact 8: Human rabies is 100% vaccine-preventable While human deaths can be averted by vaccinating people, this intervention alone will never eliminate the disease and costs will only escalate over time. Additionally, for many patients bitten by a rabid animal, post-exposure treatment can cost many times their average daily income – a catastrophic out-of-pocket expense. Photo: G Sampath Fact 3: Apart from dogs, other animals including bats can also transmit rabies Dogs are the main source of up to 95% of human rabies deaths, particularly in Africa and Asia. In the Americas, bats are the main cause of the infection. Human deaths following exposure to foxes, raccoons, skunks, jackals, mongooses, and other carnivore host species are very rare. Photo: Mission Rabies Fact 5: Education and awareness are key to preventing bites from rabid animals Teaching children how to avoid animal bites is an essential component of rabies prevention and control. WHO works with various partners to educate communities by raising awareness of the disease and supporting responsible dog ownership. Photo: A Czupryna Fact 9: Mass dog vaccination breaks the transmission pathway Vaccinating at least 70% of dogs, including strays, prevents rabies being passed to humans and breaks the transmission pathway. Mass dog vaccination campaigns in Bangladesh, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal province), the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania have demonstrated that control of rabies is feasible through mass dog vaccination. Photo: S Cleaveland “Prevention of bites in the first place should be an emphasis of any rabies programme. When a child gets bitten the mother needs to know to wash the wound and to contact a local health worker. Most people who get bitten are too poor to pay for treatment and for transportation to facilities that carry the vaccine. We also need to help countries with forecasting their vaccine needs and building emergency stocks,” said Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Head of Zoonotic Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), in a message to observe the Day. World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating the disease. In addition, 28 September marks the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who developed the first rabies vaccine. The theme for 2016 is ‘Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate,’ which emphasizes the two crucial actions that communities can do to prevent rabies. It also reflects the global target to eliminate all human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030. Fact 10: Better data improve rabies programme Reliable data are essential for implementing efficient programmes to prevent and control diseases, including rabies. WHO and partners have developed technical guidance to support governments in improving laboratory capacity and strengthening human and animal disease surveillance. Photo: D Stewart Fact 7: Wound-washing and prompt treatment after a dog bite are essential for survival The bite wound must be washed immediately and thoroughly with soap and water for about 15 minutes. Bite victims should seek advice at the nearest health facility. Following a dog-bite, more than 15 million people are vaccinated against rabies every year. Photo: A Abdullah Fact 6: Intersectoral collaboration is crucial to controlling rabies WHO collaborates with strategic partners to support country programmes and regional networks to address rabies from the human and animal perspectives. This includes increasing access to affordable, safe and efficacious human and dog vaccines. Photo: OiE/A Poirer read more

Trinity College wants to triple admissions from NI and heres how theyll

first_imgTRINITY COLLEGE HAS launched a new initiative aimed at tripling the number of student admissions from Northern Ireland.The university said there has been a recent drop in numbers coming from the North, in part caused by the fact that only one in eight students there take four A-Levels. It will now be introducing a new feasibility study to find a new way of admitting A-Level applicants from across the EU, which will first be tested with applicants from Northern Ireland.This will mean some students from Northern Ireland will be admitted purely based on their best 3 A-Levels. All courses are included but a maximum of three students per course will be admitted this way.Trinity College said it hopes to reach its target of having 8% of the student body from Northern Ireland.Recently, the provost of Trinity, Dr Patrick Prendergast said that it has always been “an all-island university and that must be maintained”.“Unfortunately in the last few years our numbers from Northern Ireland have been in decline, and this has been a source of deep regret to our alumni, our students, our staff, and to me personally,” he commented. “With this feasibility study Trinity has acted to restore and re-establish a relationship that has done so much to build close links on this island between people from all backgrounds and traditions.”Read: Meet the team who installed the fixed Trinity College Front Gate>last_img read more