Nova Scotia Honours Veterans

first_imgVeterans from Nova Scotia will be honoured with a certificatethat commemorates a tradition of service and sacrifice for theircountry. Premier John Hamm made the announcement at Province House today,April 27, following a special reception for veterans. “During the Year of the Veteran, Nova Scotians will have manyopportunities to commemorate veterans who have honourably servedin the defence of the rights and freedoms of their fellowcitizens. The Certificate of Recognition is one way the people ofthis province can express their appreciation for the sacrificesthese individuals have made,” said Premier Hamm. Nova Scotia veterans, students from Queen Elizabeth II HighSchool and members of the Canadian Youth Remembrance Societyattended the reception hosted by Premier Hamm and Cecil Clarke,Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran. During the event, Premier Hamm presented Colonel Harris Millerwith the first Certificate of Recognition. Colonel Miller, adecorated officer and a member of the Order of Canada, joined theCanadian Armed Forces in 1936. Individuals can request a certificate in the name of any veteran.Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia offices and onthe website at Mr. Clarke said the newly created website also includes a list ofcommunity events and activities taking place around Nova Scotiaalong with news, photos, stories and information on theCertificate of Recognition and a book of remembrance that will beon display in the lobby of Province House. Members of the publicare invited to write their names in the book as a gesture ofappreciation, said Mr. Clarke. Pages from the book will be sentto all schools in the province so that students can participate.Later in the year, the book will be presented to veterans as alegacy commemorating the Year of the Veteran. “It is through the experiences of our veterans that our childrencan learn about honour, duty, valour and the importance oflearning about the past,” said Mr. Clarke. “The announcementstoday are all opportunities for Nova Scotians to become involvedin the Year of the Veteran. I encourage everyone to attend eventsin their communities and to become involved in the life of aveteran.” 2005, the Year of the Veteran, marks the 60th anniversary of theend of the Second World War. The province is working closely withVeterans Affairs Canada and the Nova Scotia standing committee onveterans affairs on a program of events and activities to honourand commemorate veterans. For more information on the Year of the Veteran, visit thewebsite at read more

Conciliator in Contact with Stora Union

first_imgA government conciliator is in regular contact with Stora Enso and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 972, acting Minister of Environment and Labour Michael Baker said today, March 17. “Our services are available at any time should they be requested by the parties,” said Mr. Baker. “The department’s conciliator has logged more than 300 hours of work with the company and the union, and remains in touch with both sides.” The department never comments on the substance or progress of an industrial dispute, he said. Mr. Baker said the Department of Environment and Labour respects the collective bargaining process and the rights of both parties to negotiate as they see fit. “Our services are available but the government can only provide assistance,” said Mr. Baker. “Both parties are experienced in collective bargaining and they are aware of their responsibilities.” The Department of Environment and Labour provides services to parties involved in industrial disputes and therefore remains strictly neutral. The union has been locked out of the Port Hawkesbury paper mill since Jan. 26.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Digby County

first_imgDIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101/Hectanooga Underpass Highway 101, Hectanooga underpass will have a one-lane closure and delays to place bridge girders on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The public is advised to use an alternate route. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 -30-last_img

Acadian Francophone Students Come Together for Youth Parliament

first_img The students will also network at luncheons, a banquet and opening and closing ceremonies. “It is a pleasure to arrive today at Province House,” said Xavier Lord-Giroux, premier of Parlement jeunesse de l’Acadie 2013. “This year, we have widened our boundaries to include participants from the western provinces and from Québec, and we have found a balance between youth newly interested in politics and youth who already have parliamentary experience.” The event is sponsored by the Société nationale de l’Acadie and organized by the Provincial Youth Council of Nova Scotia. Acadian and francophone students from across Canada will experience the business of the House of Assembly in the country’s longest serving legislative building. Seventy-one young people from the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia will take part in the 2013 Acadian Youth Parliament from Friday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Jan. 6 at Province House in Halifax. “It is never too early for students to take an active interest in government,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “The Acadian Youth Parliament is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved and learn first-hand about the political process. “I wish all of the participants great success on their journey to discovering what government is all about.” Fifty-two participants will be members of parliament representing fictitious parties in the nation-state of Acadie. The remaining students will fill other important roles during the proceedings, such as journalists and staff. “Having the Acadian Youth Parliament totally in French will add a unique chapter to the long history of Province House,” said Acadian Affairs Minister David Wilson. “This event began in Nova Scotia in 2004, and I am proud that we are hosting Acadian and francophone youth once again.” Much like a real house of assembly sitting, the members will have caucus meetings, debate bills and elect a cabinet. The four bills are: prohibition of cosmetics and toxic products waste and landfill site management decriminalization of assisted suicide citizenship and immigration in Acadielast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the end of March. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice for repairs. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Riverside Road Sections of Riverside Road are closed for work to improve drainage. The road is closed from about two kilometres north of Route 236, Civic No. 3472 to Civic No. 3608. A detour is available on Route 236 to Princeport Road. Riverside Road will re-open March 31.center_img CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102, about four kilometres north of Exit 10, at Shubenacadie Bridge, is reduced to one lane to haul material to construct a temporary detour until Thursday, April 26. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Action on Initial Recommendations by Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

first_imgMinister of Education and Early Childhood Development Karen Casey has received the 18 initial recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions and has directed her department and school boards to act on them. Eight of the recommendations will be immediately implemented and ten are in progress. “From the results of its first meeting, it is clear the council and its members are committed to addressing classroom issues and developing real, sustainable solutions,” said Ms. Casey. “We will implement a number of them right away and work to carry out the remaining recommendations as quickly as possible.” The eight immediate actions include: eliminating three provincially mandated assessments and exams putting in place a five-year moratorium on new school board and provincially initiated assessments maintaining the suspension of Grade 10 exams, which will be available at teachers’ request maintaining the suspension of one provincially mandated assessment issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to marks, which is effective April 3 issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to attendance, which is effective April 3 issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to outcomes, which is effective April 3 preparing and sharing a summary of council discussions and recommendations The province is developing a targeted consultation with teachers and other users on more improvements to PowerSchool and TIENET. This will include observing educators as they use the programs to identify areas where improvements can and should be made. Many of the outstanding recommendations require the department and school boards to present information and options to the council at its next meeting in April. These include giving teachers more time to respond to emails and prepare Individual Program Plans and looking at the timing of pupil evaluation, classification, and administrative days. The council also reviewed a draft attendance policy, which will be discussed further at April’s meeting. The initial report from the council is expected by April 28. A full list of the 18 recommendations, status, and implementation timelines is available online at read more

World Cup exile Hales will still cheer on England

first_imgLondon: Alex Hales insists he will still support England at the upcoming World Cup despite his shock exile from international cricket. The Nottinghamshire batsman was on course to feature for World Cup hosts England until a report in the Guardian newspaper last month revealed he was serving a 21-day ban following a second positive test for recreational drug use. The England and Wales Cricket Board responded to the report by announcing that Hales, a member of the provisional World Cup squad, had been withdrawn from international duty. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunHales, 30, is now turning his attention instead to a stint with the Barbados Tridents in the seventh season of the Caribbean Premier League. The hard-hitting batsman, speaking after being selected as the first pick in the draft for the Twenty20 franchise competition staged in London on Wednesday, said he still wanted England to win the World Cup in his absence. “I’m still a fan and wish all the boys all the best. What we have done over the last few years has been unbelievable,” Hales said in an interview broadcast by Sky Sports. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”I will be (keeping an eye on the World Cup). The guys deserve to win it and I’ll be sat there watching and cheering.” As for his feelings about his World Cup exile, confirmed when Hales was left out of England’s 15-man tournament squad announced Tuesday, he simply added: “I’m not here to talk about that.” The CPL draft saw Hales selected ahead of West Indies captain Jason Holder and star batsman Chris Gayle, with the competition starting on September 4. “I just want to get back playing what I love most and that’s cricket,” Hales, now a white-ball specialist, added. “This is such a good opportunity to go and play at a ground where I have such fond memories of – the Kensington Oval — and play in a big tournament in some different conditions. “I’ve got a few things to do with the ECB, there’s obviously a process to go through and then I start training I guess.”last_img read more

Left Front hits historic low all but one of its candidates in

first_imgNew Delhi: Registering its worst poll performance in over six decades, the Left Front was virtually wiped off its bastions with the Lok Sabha poll results showing it managed just five seats across the country.On its erstwhile turf in West Bengal, where it failed to win even one seat, its vote share reduced to a paltry 7 per cent from 23 per cent in 2014. And in Kerala, where it managed only one seat, its vote share was around 32 per cent. In the eastern state it was a debacle wherein all but one Left-wing party candidates lost their security deposits. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThis was also the first time since 1952 that the Left Front did not end up with double digits in the general election. Till now, while it had put up its most dismal show in 2014, winning only 12 seats 12 less than what it had won in 2009 its highest ever tally of 59 seats had come in 2004. “The political ideology of the Left still has relevance, but it is not in tune with electoral politics. We need to do serious introspection, rework strategies, reorganise and reconnect with the masses,” CPI leader D Raja said, adding that young blood had to be infused to resurrect the Left in the country. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsOnce a Left stronghold, the CPI(M) has one seat in Kerala Alappuzha. Another Left party, the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), has won the Kollam seat in Kerala, but it is a part of the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the southern state. In West Bengal, a state ruled by the Left for 34 uninterrupted years, it has drawn a blank, while it had won two seats in the state in 2014. Five years since, it has not even managed to bag the second spot in any of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. “To think that the Left Front has an ideological influence over people is the basic failure of the Left parties. Communities seem to be Left-leaning because of class interests like farmers, who feel their issues will be addressed by these parties. However, I am not sure they vote for the Left as their ideology may be different. “The Left has failed to culturally influence them with its ideology and, thus, it remains confined to their basic class interests,” professor, author and Left ideologue Chaman Lal said. The Left Front, comprising the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), the All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the RSP, enjoyed its golden period in electoral politics in the 1990s and early 2000s. It had governments in three states during this period and held around 55-60 seats in Parliament. It played the role of kingmaker for the Third Front governments during 1996-98 by joining a 13-party coalition and for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in 2004. However, with the loss at the hands of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in 2011, to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tripura in 2018 and staring at a humiliating defeat against the Congress in Kerala in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, its ideological influence seems to be waning. At the same time, BJP’s vote share has gone up to 40.1 per cent from 17.2 per cent. The TMC too has increased its vote share from 39.7 per cent in 2014 to 43.5 per cent. “When we talk of the Left’s relevance, we have to differentiate between the Left ideology and the Left-leaning political parties. The Left ideology is based on equality and the parties have not been able to reach out to the people and explain it. They are in electoral politics, but they never prepared themselves for it. “They have never fought for power at the Centre. They have never contested over 100 seats. So, they are perceived by the voter to be an ally..,” Apoorvanand, a professor of the DU, said.last_img read more

Lotus blooms again in Arunachal

first_imgItanagar: The BJP has won 41 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly after results of all the constituencies were announced, an election official said Saturday.Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh were held for 57 seats as three BJP candidates were earlier declared elected unopposed. The Janata Dal (United) won seven seats, the National People’s Party (NPP) five, the Congress four, the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) one and Independents two. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCCounting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed, the official said. In the Daporijo seat, the result of which was announced early this morning, BJP candidate Taniky Soki won the seat defeating his nearest Congress rival Togam Tamim. BJP candidate Rode Bui bagged the Dumporijo seat defeating his nearest NPP rival Paknga Bage while NPP’s Tarin Dakpe won the Raga seat, the official said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsCounting of votes on Friday for Daporijo, Dumporijo and Raga constituencies in Upper Subansiri district was delayed as the counting officials went away from the counting centre without handing over the results for which counting could not be continued as per the guidelines. However, it started after the polling officials returned and handed over the results, Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang said. Among the prominent BJP winners are Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who won from the Mukto seat, bordering China, for third time in a row. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein won from the Chowkham constituency. In Miao constituency, state Geology and Mining Minister and BJP nominee Kamlung Mossang beat Chatu Longai of the Congress by 3,856 votes to retain the seat. The Namsang seat, which witnessed a multi-cornered contest, voted in favour of PHE minister and BJP nominee Wangki Lowang for the third time in a row. In the prestigious Tawang seat, BJP candidate Tsering Tashi trounced veteran Congress leader Thupten Tempa by a margin of 3,592 votes.last_img read more

Kejriwal calls cabinet meeting reviews ongoing projects

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after the model code of conduct was lifted, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday called a meeting of his cabinet and senior government officials and asked them to speed up ongoing development works in the city. This was his first cabinet meeting after the Lok Sabha elections. According to a senior official, the Chief Minister has directed the departments concerned to hasten the pending works. “The Chief Minister wants that the ongoing development projects in the city should be completed by next few months,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity. Kejriwal’s six cabinet colleagues — Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Satyendar Jain, Imran Hussain, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot — were present at the meeting. Delhi is expected to go for Assembly elections early next year.last_img read more

Another MLA bats for Pilot as Rajasthan CM

first_imgJAIPUR: Another Congress MLA in Rajasthan, P.R. Meena, has come out in support of making Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot as Chief Minister in the wake of the party’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections. “The biggest reason for the Lok Sabha debacle is that Sachin Pilot was not made the Chief Minister. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot should be held responsible for this defeat. A young face should be made the Chief Minister,” the MLA from Todabheem said. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist Pointing out that Gehlot had led the Congress to defeat in Assembly elections in the past too, he said it was necessary to make Pilot helm the government in Rajasthan. “When I say that Pilot should be made the CM, I am emphasising on his impact due to which we got a majority in the Assembly elections,” Meena said. “Hence I say that Pilot should be made the CM. Out of 46 seats in eastern Rajasthan, the Congress won 43 seats in Assembly elections.” Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France According to Meena, various communities including Jats, Gujjars and Meenas were angry with Gehlot. If Rajasthan had a young Chief Minister, the Lok Sabha results would have been different, he added. Some other MLAs had earlier batted for Pilot, who incidentally was blamed by Gehlot for the defeat of the Chief Minister’s son in the Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, winning 24 seats while an ally won another seat.last_img read more

A Valley unchecked

first_imgKashmir has, in recent years, become the fulcrum not only of India’s internal security but also of India-Pakistan relations and our foreign policy at large. It goes to the credit of the Modi government that the problem of Kashmir was first put in its right perspective ending a whole lot of ambiguities that were allowed to be enmeshed around this important border state of India. The three basics of the ‘issue’ in Kashmir were always clear – the state of Jammu & Kashmir was an integral part of India, the Valley-centric polity could not disregard the reality that the state was a composite territory housing multiple faiths and therefore not open to a communally-oriented solution finding and talks with Pakistan on the unfinished agenda symbolised by the existence of LoC fell squarely within the domain of the Centre permitting no third party intervention, external or internal. The earlier regimes – for reasons of our domestic politics largely – seemed to have compromised on these paradigms in a manner that encouraged the pro-Pak separatists in the Valley on one hand and gave leeway to Pakistan to resort to cross-border terrorism in a bid to destabilise the state, on the other. Also Read – A staunch allyIt was known that the political parties of the Valley – National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party – always kept the separatists represented by the Hurriyat on their side for gaining power and did nothing during their rule to check the growing collusion between Pak ISI and the Hurriyat leadership in spreading subversion in the state. The planned ouster of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley forced by Islamic militants in the early Nineties was an ISI project that aimed at creating a totally Muslim territory for Pakistan to lay claim on. Also Read – Cuban pathosIt will always be a shame for the then government at the Centre as well as the so-called mainstream parties of the Valley that they did not make any effective move to prevent a communal tragedy that had engulfed an important segment of the Kashmiri population. Soon, the Pak army-ISI combine launched its plan of replicating Afghan Jihad in Kashmir by sending in Mujahideen to subdue the Valley by unleashing faith-based terror and managed to create a situation where the leaders of the militant outfits of the indigenous Jamaat-e-Islami – HuM and Dukhtaran-e-Millat – were also taking orders directly from Maulana Hafiz Sayeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief based in Pakistan. It is the spineless approach of the then government towards both Pakistan and the issue of cross-border terrorism that in a way brought about the tragedy of 26/11 – a covert offensive of Pak agencies that has been rightly compared with the 9/11 attack of Islamic radicals on the US. The illogical and supine stand of India on the prime threat to national security continued for many years subsequently till the advent of the Modi regime saw a bold and fruitful course correction. The three-pronged policy of Modi government announced that terrorists in Kashmir or anywhere else will be militarily put down, that there will be no talks with Pakistan till this rogue neighbour gave up on cross-border terrorism and that the pro-Pak agents in the Valley, including the separatists, will be pursued legally in a forceful manner. The success of the Modi regime in securing the world’s support to its stand against cross-border terror, ending the US tilt towards Pakistan by getting President Donald Trump to denounce Pakistan for providing safe havens to Islamic terrorists and pushing Pakistan to a position of isolation in the international community, is remarkable indeed – it deserves to be taken further with vigour. Opposition’s defeat in the 2019 general election is to a great extent the result of their shoddy response to the threat of terrorism emanating from Pakistan. What made things worse for it was the widely shared impression that the opposition was being soft towards a belligerent Pakistan because of its strange calculation that it helped to corner the electoral endorsement of the minority here. In the post-Balakot situation, this even produced a certain degree of Hindu backlash that pushed BJP further ahead. At the core of the BJP victory, of course, was the popular appeal of Prime Minister Modi himself. Kashmir remains a prime challenge for the new Home Minister and it is the internal management of the state that has to be put on track by him, first before any policy package brought into play could be expected to yield quick results. All through these years of turbulence in Kashmir, the political rulers of the state tended to morally disassociate themselves from the counter-terror operations of the Army-Para Military combine even when J&K Police was kept in the loop wherever necessary. They teamed up with the separatists in playing up the ‘alienation’ card to run down the effort to neutralise armed terrorists and did not say a word to denounce Pakistan’s incessant attempts to infiltrate Mujahideen into the Valley. And, this was in spite of the fact that the actions of the army under the AFSPA were subject to monitoring by the Unified Command chaired by the Chief Minister. It is now fairly established that the counter-terror operations of the army in Kashmir are all Intelligence based – which guarantees minimal collateral damage and that the tradition of ‘restraint’ in the exercise of powers under the AFSPA has now become a built-in factor in the Army’s approach. That the state administration had evidently thrown up its hand during the civil disturbances caused by stone pelting groups became clear when the top leaders of the Valley parties made an absurd suggestion that India must talk to Pakistan if stone pelting was to be stopped. They were unwittingly accepting that Pak agents were behind the organised stone pelting – it did not occur to them that it was the primary responsibility of the state administration and police at the ground level to identify the ring leaders in the payroll of Pakistan and take deterrent action against them. The non-performance of the state machinery in producing ‘Intelligence from below’ is a major issue in Kashmir – it suits the rulers there to put the entire onus on the central agencies. There is a need to identify and weed out Pak agents hibernating in the state administration. The state governments run by the Valley parties did not fulfil their responsibilities of promoting development, taking care of family welfare and creating opportunities for aspirational youth in the state – all because of corruption and a desire to maintain captive constituencies for political gain. This vicious cycle of vested interests has to be broken. There is no reason why Collectors and SPs of districts should not be holding weekly meetings with citizens to hear their local demands and to draw up lists of youth who want skill training, financial help for launching a start-up or simply desire to get a job with the state or central government. They should have an outreach to families who want to keep their youngsters from drifting towards militancy. The state government must embrace all the people it is ruling and create an atmosphere of openness. It is hoped that the new Home Minister of India will change the course of administration in Kashmir – he will have to show the hardened separatists their place by pursuing relentless legal action against them. For the period ahead when Pakistan is expected to step up its offensive in Kashmir, it is necessary that during the Centre’s rule, the state is put in the charge of a mature civilian of national security background who understands administration, knows about the working of the armed forces and appreciates Intelligence reports on the plans of the Pak agencies for Kashmir. It is not necessary that only a politician would understand the nuances of electoral politics. Administrative management of elections as an event is what is more important. India’s no-nonsense approach to Pakistan on the issue of terror remains valid. Ways have to be found to restore the socio-cultural milieu in the state that makes people resist the imposition of Salafism and get back to the simple all-inclusive Sufi traditions of Kashmiriyat. (The writer is a former Director Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Books to read this weekend

first_imgUntangle the origins and ancestry of the Nagas that has been an issue of veritable contestation among historians; thereafter, be inspired by the journey of an entrepreneur who fought-off a heart attack at 38 to rebuild his life; and finally, go through the exhilarating experience of day-to-day transformation to give yourself a vibrant and radiant life. This week’s books provide much food for thought: ‘Walking The Roadless Road –Exploring The Tribes Of Nagaland’ by Easterine Kire Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe book began as an ambitious project of collecting historical and geographical information on Nagaland, which would also include its political and cultural history, a journey that the author began with trepidation, given its scope. As there is a debate on the exact number of tribes who can be described as Naga, Kire chose to steer clear of controversy by focusing only on the tribes who live within the borders of the state of Nagaland. Kire begins with an overview of migration narratives – both mythical and historical – of the various tribes beginning from the 19th century. She then delves deep into the origins of the Nagas, their early history as forest dwellers, how the discrete Naga territories were formed, the various struggles that have convulsed Naga society down the ages and the sweeping changes that have transformed the community in the 21st century. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”The hitherto undocumented information on many of the tribes is a valuable and timely harvest. I hope researchers and students can make good use of it and also the curious traveller will get to understand the Naga tribes a little better by this effort,” Kire says. ‘Myth of the Entrepreneur – A Search For True Value’ by Ravi Kailas with Cathy Guo As an entrepreneur, you learn to master serendipity, says Kailas, who put behind him a heart-attack at 38 to understand how to seize the unexpected in one’s favour. “Each of us holds some set of core beliefs about the world. Often, when we are presented with evidence that contradicts our core beliefs, we refuse to accept the new evidence, to hold the contradiction of our new realisation in our mind. To avoid the discomfort of contradiction and protect our core beliefs, we choose to ignore evidence that forces us to reassess the world,” Kailas writes. Enter the serendipity factor. “Myth of the Entrepreneur” is an intimate exploration of Kailas’s journey to understand what constitutes true value and how each of us can integrate this concept to lead more fruitful, connected and liberated lives. ‘Lose Weight Gain Shape’ by Dr Mickey Mehta Most of the world is now at a stage where comforts and luxuries are more available to the masses than ever before and we have become complete suckers for the luxuries/conveniences that have now become so commonplace and this is where evolution suffers, Mehta says. Life is all about first being intimate with our own being. With our survival needs met, we should now be looking at moving forward on the evolutionray scale towards self-awareness and self-realisation. Towards this end, Mehta has evolved a Yo Workout Plan – yoga in poetry – that will help you lose weight and gain shape. “It is an exercise format based on overall wellness with its core principle being intermittent intensity and submaximal capacity and resistance offered to the body,” Mehta says, noting that this form of training scientifically recruits maximum muscle groups to deliver a superior workout by allowing one muscle group to rest while the other is being worked out. At the bottom line, “It also develops an inner sense of balance, focus and concentration and promotes the idea that renewing ourselves should be part of our daily routine in order to live happy and fruitful lives”, Mehta explains.last_img read more

Eight Maruti models among top 10 best selling PVs in May

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India had eight of its models in SIAM’s ten best-selling passenger vehicles list in May, even as the overall automobile market witnessed a sharp decline. The company’s popular hatchback Swift was the best-selling model last month clocking 17,039 units, up from fourth spot in the same month last year when it sold 19,208 units, according to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). Coming in second was entry level model Alto with sale of 16,394 units as against 21,890 units in year-ago month, retaining the same spot. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepMSI’s compact sedan Dzire sold 16,196 units last month, occupying third position, down from the top spot in the same month last year when it clocked 24,365 units. Premium hatchback Baleno sold 15,176 units to be at fourth position, down from third in May last year when it registered 19,398 units. The new WagonR sold 14,561 units retaining the fifth position held by the old WagonR last May with 15,974 units. Making it to the top ten list in a long while was the company’s utility van Eeco with 11,739 units last month at sixth spot. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHyundai Motor India’s SUV Creta retained its seventh spot last month selling 9,054 units as against 11,004 units in May last year. The company’s premium hatchback Elite i20 sold 8,958 units to be in eighth spot, up from ninth in May last year when it clocked 10,664 units. Maruti Suzuki’s multi-purpose vehicle Ertiga was in the ninth position with 8,864 units followed by compact Vitara Brezza with 8,781 units in tenth. Vitara Brezza was the sixth best selling model in May last year with 15,629 units. The overall passenger vehicle wholesales in India had witnessed the steepest decline in nearly 18 years, dropping by over 20 per cent in May to 2,39,347 units against 3,01,238 units in the year-ago month.last_img read more

17km segment of countrys first rapid rail corridor likely to be operational

first_imgNEW DELHI: Commuters will be able to travel on the country’s first rapid rail transit corridor in over three years from now as its 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad is expected to be operational by early 2023, an official said on Wednesday. According to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), the executing agency of the Rail Rapid Transit System (RRTS), the entire Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor, spanning 82 km, will be operational by 2025. The corridor would cut down the travel time between Delhi and Meerut to around 55 minutes from the current three-four hours by road, the official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe NCRTC has already commenced the civil construction work on the 17-km-long Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor. This next-generation regional transit system will not only reduce the travel time, but will also help people get rid of long traffic jams and air pollution, the official said. The Duhai-Sahibabad section of the corridor will have four stations — Duhai, Guldhar, Ghaziabad and Sahibabad — besides a depot at Duhai. “This priority section is expected to become operational by March 2023, while people can avail the benefit of fast and safe commute on the 82-km-long full corridor by 2025,” the Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsofficial said. The opening of the Duhai-Sahibabad section will connect the Ghaziabad RRTS station to Delhi Metro”s Ghaziabad New Bus Adda station, while the Sahibabad RRTS station will integrate with the proposed Vasundhara Sector 2 metro station and bus terminal. The Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor will have a total of 24 stations, including two depot-cum-stations at Duhai and Modipuram. “The RRTS trains will have a design speed of 180 kmph, the operational speed of 160 kmph and the average speed would be 100 kmph. The trains will be three times faster than the Delhi Metro trains in terms of operational speed,” the official added. The distance between the stations will vary from 5 to 10 km.last_img read more

Delhi Metro employee live streams suicide on Facebook

first_imgNew Delhi: Streaming live on Facebook, a 27-year-old employee of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself at his rented house in Teliwara area of Shahdara district.According to police, on Monday at 09:05 am, a PCR call was received at Farsh Bazar police station that a man has committed suicide at his apartment near Chhota Bazar metro station. One of the friends of the deceased informed the police after he saw the deceased’s live video of committing suicide on Facebook. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderA police team reached the spot at Teliwara area of Shahdara where the caller Suryakant Das, house owner Sanjay Arora and other persons were found. Police further said that Suryakant Das informed that his friend Shubhankar Chakraborty, a native of North 24 Paragana, West Bengal, was living as tenant in Teliwara for last two months. The floor found closed from inside. The door was broken and Shubhankar was found hanging from the ceiling fan hook of the room with a yellow colour plastic rope. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice further added that the crime team was called at the spot. Photographs and inspection were conducted by the crime team. The mobile phone of deceased was found at the window of the room. “The plastic rope has been taken in possession. No suicide note was found at the place of occurrence. No one raised any suspicion on the death of Shubhankar,” police said adding that information has been given to the family of the deceased. According to the police investigation, statements of the caller Suryakant Das has been recorded who stated that today his friend Akash informed him on his mobile phone at about 8 am that he had seen a live video of Shubhankar in which he was seen committing suicide by hanging from the ceiling fan hook of the room. Das informed he with his other friend reached at the deceased accommodation where he noticed that the room of Shubhankar was closed from inside and when he peeped into the room from a window of the room, he noticed that Shubhankar had committed suicide by hanging. Thereafter, Suryakant Das made a PCR call regarding the incident. It came into notice that Shubhankar had been working in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for the last 2-3 months, he was the only son in his family. He has a married sister who resides at West Bengal and his mother has expired 16 years back.last_img read more

Multiple health emergency cases see rapid resolution thanks to Didi Ke Bolo

first_imgKolkata: A number of cases related to health emergencies were addressed with top priority after calls were made to the Didi Ke Bolo helpline that was launched on July 29 by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.The first case refers to a critically-ill patient suffering from liver cancer, whose family members had requested the state government’s assistance for a hospital bed. The patient, hailing from North 24-Parganas, had failed to secure a bed at SSKM, the only place with the facilities needed to treat her. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA call was made to the deputy superintendent of SSKM from the Didi Ke Bolo helpline number, following which the assistant super met the patient’s family and after checking her medical history, arranged for a bed at the female ward, where she is undergoing treatment. Another case from South 24-Parganas refers to a pregnant woman who was admitted in Baruipur Hospital and needed immediate attention. But there were no doctors at the time in the hospital. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe patient party called up the helpline number and the government officials soon alerted the medical superintendent of the hospital. Arrangements were made fast and a doctor soon reached the spot and attended the patient. The patient is in good health at present. The third case refers to the misbehaviour of hospital staff with a man at Polba in Hooghly. The complainant’s father in-law was suffering from a major leg and back injury and had to be admitted to the Chinsurah Imambara Sadar Hospital. He complained that the patient was not getting any treatment and on top of that, hospital staff misbehaved with him. The concerned hospital superintendent was alerted soon after the call was made and then things changed for the better. The patient is now being treated with utmost care as informed by his family members.last_img read more

Honey Grilled Shrimp

first_imgIngredients Garlic Powder½ tsp Ground Black Pepper¼ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce¼ cup Dry White Wine2 tbsp Italian-style salad dressing2 tbsp Shrimp (peeled and deveined)450 g Honey¼ cup Butter (melted)¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce2 tbsp Preparation In a large bowl, mix together garlic powder, black pepper, ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce, wine, and salad dressing; add shrimp, and toss to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Preheat grill for high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade. In a small bowl, stir together honey, melted butter, and remaining 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Set aside for basting. Lightly oil grill grate. Grill shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Baste occasionally with the honey-butter sauce while grilling. (Courtesy: read more

School girl rape case Principal held for hushing up matter

first_imgRaipur: Ten days after a class 1 student of a city-based Central school was allegedly raped by her three senior classmates, its principal has been arrested for trying to “hush up” the matter, police said on Saturday. The alleged incident occurred on August 20 in the bathroom of the school located in Khamtarai police station limits in the Chhattisgarh capital, an official said. “Kendriya Vidyalaya principal B S Ahire was arrested by Khamtarai police on Friday for allegedly not reporting the rape incident to police or any other competent authority even after he came to know about it,” Khamtarai police station SHO Ramakant Sahu told PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ After the parents of the girl approached police on Thursday, the three students were booked under section 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and sections 376 (Punishment for rape) and 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They have been sent to a juvenile home, the SHO added. Meanwhile, on the role of the principal, Sahu said he allegedly did not inform such a serious crime either to police or to the child welfare committee or magistrate, and tried to investigate the case himself. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “The entire act falls in the category of an attempt to hush up the incident. The principal has been booked under section 21 of thePOCSO Actand relevant sections of the IPC,” the SHO said. Ahire was produced in a local court on Friday evening which released him on bail. “The girl had narrated the incident to her parents after returning home from the school, following which they raised the matter with school administration. However, when the authorities failed to take any action, the parents approached police on August 22,” said Sahu.last_img read more

York U loses legal battle over copyright fees after court rejects fair

first_imgTORONTO – One of Canada’s largest universities will have to pay for copyrighted materials distributed to students after a federal court ruling that some intellectual property experts say will affect schools throughout the country.The Federal Court of Canada has ruled against Toronto’s York University in its legal dispute with Access Copyright, a collective that has provided institutions access to a pool of protected intellectual work for more than two decades while distributing royalties to the writers, artists and publishers it represents.The university cut ties with Access Copyright in 2011 over rising tariffs, saying it was opting out and would navigate the world of intellectual property rights on its own.The school also implemented guidelines meant to ensure materials copied for course packs and online class supports included a portion of any protected work small enough to be considered “fair dealing” and thus exempt from copyright fees.The clash led Access Copyright to sue the school, alleging it had been improperly reproducing and authorizing the copying of protected works. York then filed a countersuit, seeking to have its actions declared fair dealing.In a decision released Wednesday, the court found York didn’t have the right to opt out of the tariff and that its guidelines — which permitted copying up to 10 per cent of a protected work for course materials — were anything but fair.“The fact that the guidelines could allow for copying of up to 100 per cent of the work of a particular author, so long as the copying was divided up between courses, indicates that the guidelines are arbitrary and are not soundly based in principle,” Justice Michael L. Phelan wrote.“York has not satisfied the fairness aspect of the quantitative amount of the dealing. There is no explanation why 10 per cent or a single article or any other limitation is fair,” he wrote.“It is evident that York created the guidelines and operated under them primarily to obtain for free that which they had previously paid for.”Several other universities use guidelines similar to those established by York, the judge noted in his decision.Spokeswoman Barbara Joy said the university is disappointed with the outcome and will review the decision to determine its next steps.“York University takes matters of copyright law and licensed usage very seriously,” Joy said in an email. “We believed York’s Fair Dealing Guidelines reflected a balance between the interests of creators and of users and functioned within a system that includes spending millions of dollars per year on licenses and acquisitions.”The ruling will have wide-reaching consequences throughout the post-secondary system, said Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa law professor who is an expert on intellectual property.“The issue of fair dealing and copyright within education has an enormous impact on the rights of students and teachers,” he said in an email.“The Supreme Court has emphasized that all students are entitled to exercise their fair dealing but this ruling seriously undermines those rights, potentially leading to huge new costs for students and lost flexibility for teachers,” he said.“I think the judge’s interpretation of fair dealing run counter to multiple Supreme Court of Canada decisions on the issue and the case is certain to be appealed.”Trent Horne, a copyright lawyer in Toronto, said the ruling is likely to affect universities’ bottom line.“I think there’s a lot of money at stake,” he said.The legal battle began as part of a broader dispute over tariffs between Access Copyright and a group of universities represented by the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada.In 2010, Access Copyright asked the Copyright Board of Canada to impose on universities a tariff of $45 per full-time student annually, rather than a lower tariff combined with a per-page royalty for copying protected works.At the time, York — whose licence with the collective was set to end that year — was paying an annual rate of $3.38 per full-time equivalent student plus a 10 cents per page royalty, according to the federal court, which noted the per-page fee was typically passed on to students.While the debate over the proposed tariff continued, the board agreed to an interim tariff for schools and universities that didn’t have a deal with the collective but used works the agency handled the rights for.Eight months later, York declared it was opting out of the interim tariff.“York took the position that the interim tariff was a voluntary matter as was the payment of copyright fees,” Phelan said. “I find that the interim tariff is mandatory, not voluntary.”The following year, Access Copyright and the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada reached a deal requiring institutions to pay the collective $26 per full-time equivalent student annually, but York did not sign on.Access Copyright did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more