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NIA recovers more pistols in Manipur missing arms case

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first_imgThe National Investigation Agency has recovered six more of the 56 pistols that went missing from the armoury of the 2nd Battalion of the Manipur Rifles during 2016-17 only to land in the hands of extremists.The recovery of the pistols on Saturday from a place 20 km from Manipur capital Imphal followed NIA’s arrest of Congress MLA Yamthong Haokip, 72, on charges of illegally “procuring” police weapons and distributing them among militant groups “to wage war against the State”.20 recovered so farThe NIA has so far recovered 20 of the missing pistols since taking over investigation into the missing arms case in May. The trigger for the probe was the recovery of three pistols besides two German-made rifles and a semi-automatic shotgun from an SUV near Manipur’s Ukhrul town on May 21 during a search by the Assam Rifles.An NIA spokesperson said David Hangshing, the chairman of the extremist Kuki Revolutionary Army (KRA) who was arrested on Friday, had provided the address of the place were the six 9mm pistols had been hidden. The KRA is in an agreement of suspension of operations with the government.“During interrogation, he said he had received the police pistols from Saikul (Assembly seat) MLA Haokip,” he said.Matching numbersThe seized pistols were found to be from the lot of missing pistols. The serial numbers of five pistols matched with those of the missing pistols while that of one pistol had been erased, the spokesperson said.Hanshing was on Saturday produced before a magistrate, who remanded him to police custody. He will now be produced before a special NIA court.Mr. Haokip is one of 11 persons arrested in connection with the case of the missing police pistols. One of these pistols, bearing licence number 18506735, was seized from his Imphal residence during a raid on July 30.Two other pistols – a U.S.-made Beretta and an unlicensed 9mm Pietro Beretta Gardone pistol, made in Italy – were also seized from Mr. Haokip’s residence.Investigations revealed that apart from KRA, some of the 9mm police pistols reached United Kuki Liberation Front, another Manipur-based extremist outfit. Nine of these pistols were recovered from the house of this group’s chief Soson Haokip in Imphal on Thursday.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

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first_imgRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.center_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having fun

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Lindelof: We’re having funby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof admits the players are having “fun” after victory over Bournemouth.The Swede was again impressive for yesterday’s win.He said, “We scored four more goals, conceded one but I think we played well today and showed the crowd what we can do on the pitch. It was a fun day for us.”On two-goal Paul Pogba, Lindelof said he has really started to show his qualities in the last few fixtures.”I said it many times he’s an amazing footballer and in the last few games he’s really showed his qualities,” Lindelof said.”He’s been scoring goals and making assists so I’m really happy for him.”He has a bit of a free position on the left to find the good spaces so I think he’s enjoying that position and as you can see he’s doing great.” last_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs win

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first_imgMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics for their win at Tottenham.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal to earn an important 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, by latching onto a magnificent long ball from the talismanic Paul Pogba in midfield. “The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.“We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New York Post Under Scrutiny For Ridiculous Article Title

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first_imgNew York Post article says Johnny Manziel receiver admits to randomly killing jogger.new york post title johnny manzielIt’s become common practice for online publications to beef up article titles in an attempt to lure in readers. What you’ll see below is a little beyond the realm of what’s considered acceptable, however.Monday, reports surfaced that former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson – who played for the Aggies for one year – had admitted to murdering a man in Dallas on a jogging trail. Tuesday morning, the New York Post went with a very questionable title for its version of the story.I mean, come on @nypost. pic.twitter.com/DEsvuU9DyU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 13, 2015Johnny Manziel, obviously, has nothing to do with the story.So far, the publication hasn’t backed down and changed its title. But it hasn’t been getting a very favorable response on social media.last_img read more

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Northeast BC

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first_img“The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.”During a wildfire, Environment Canada says that smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for all of Northeast B.C. today.Officials with the Ministry of Environment say that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon anjd Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia.last_img read more

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Northern Rockies Regional Municipality finalizes 2019 Budget

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first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – On March 30, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality met for the final deliberations of the 2019 Budget.According to the Regional Municipality, the budget was subject to a significant evaluation period where Council had over a month to review the Preliminary Budget that was presented to the public at an Open House on February 13.The Municipality says the budget was formulated to meet several council objectives: Support existing levels of servicesReduce the tax levyMaintain full provincial Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement (IDCA) fundingContinue to focus on efficienciesThe annual property tax levy has been reduced from $24.4 million to $20.2 million since 2015. This reduction equates to a total decrease of 17 percent or three percent per year.Mayor Gary Foster says he is very supportive of this year’s budget process.“Council approved a budget that is the end result of many small economies. It may not be possible to continue to reduce the tax levy each year while maintaining service at existing levels, but I believe this budget illustrates that we are very aware of the need to achieve the best value-for-money in every single municipal function we undertake.”The 2019 Budget can be read on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality’s website.last_img read more

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Gasping for clean air

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first_img“I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” These lines by Evel Knievel describe a feeling of living on love, literally, and nurturing a heart filled with happiness and contentment. However, the reality is a little different from what we actually envisage from these fulfilling words. This “fresh air” is killing seven million people every year and causing irreparable damage to several billion and has been described as the “new tobacco” by none other than the head of the World Health Organisation. India is home to seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world with South Asia battling deteriorating air quality and the economic toll it is expected to take worldwide. According to reports, the life of a South Asian child born today will be shortened by two years and six months growing up in current high levels of air pollution, while the global life expectancy loss is 20 months. What is more alarming is that millions of deaths are taking place from stroke, diabetes, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases. Also Read – A compounding difficultyAnother major concern is that researchers have analysed the experiences of more than 2,000 17-year-olds and found that those in places with higher levels of nitrogen oxides had a 70 per cent higher chance of symptoms such as hearing voices or intense paranoia. People growing up in cities were already known to have more psychotic experiences than those outside urban areas. Toxic air is one potential cause. Also, the disparity between less and more developed countries is very wide and amounts to developing countries suffering PM2.5 exposures that are four to five times those of more-developed countries. It is not just the outdoor air which is the ticking time bomb but the household air pollution is another key issue. Almost 3.6 billion people are estimated to be exposed globally, coupled with the double whammy for the health of those also experiencing high levels of outdoor pollution. Also Read – An askew democracyA recent study titled ‘State of Global Air 2019’ shows the impact of air pollution in the world. More than 90 per cent people worldwide live in areas exceeding WHO guideline for healthy air. More than half live in areas that do not even meet WHO’s least stringent interim target for air quality. Concerted efforts have shown positive results and air pollution has begun to turn a corner in many South Asian countries, especially China. What is needed is a definite and up-scale action plan to urgently respond to this challenge. In a nutshell, the need of the hour is urgent policy formalisation which equitably reduces pollution — both indoor and outdoor, and their strict implementation to make this world a livable place.last_img read more

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Tata Sponge Iron gets board approval for name change, to shift registered office to Bengal

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first_imgKolkata: Tata Sponge Iron, a 54.5 per cent subsidiary company of Tata Steel, said on Thursday that its board has approved shifting of the company’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal and changing its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited”. Incidentally, the company has made this move of shifting its registered office along with changing its name after it had completed acquisition of the steel business of Kolkata-based Usha Martin Ltd (UML) earlier this month with pending transfer some of the assets including mines and certain land parcels. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn a regulatory filing, Tata Sponge Iron said its board on Thursday “approved the shifting of the registered office of the company to West Bengal, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in the Registered Office clause of the Memorandum of Association”. The company’s 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of its members is scheduled to take place on July 15 at Joda in Odisha’s Keonjhar district. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The company, in the filing, also said its board approved the change in its name to “Tata Steel Long Products Limited” or such other name, as may be approved by the Registrar of Companies, subject to the approval of the members of the company and other regulatory authorities, as may be applicable and consequent amendment in name clause of Memorandum of Association. Notably, Tata Sponge Iron completed the acquisition of the steel business of UML on April 9 with payment of cash consideration of Rs 3468.63 crore (after adjustments for negative working capital and hold backs, pending transfer of some assets including mines and certain land parcels). UML’s steel business includes one-million-tonne steel alloy manufacturing plant near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, an operative iron ore mine, a coal mine under development and captive power plants. Shifting of Tata Sponge Iron’s registered office from Odisha to West Bengal would be a significant development for the Trinamool Congress-ruled state. After Tata Global Beverages, Tata Metaliks and Tinplate Company of India (TCIL), it would be a new entrant of the list of Tata companies whose registered office would be in Bengal. Tata Steel, in September last year, had executed definitive agreements with the Kolkata-based UML for the acquisition of the latter’s steel business.Tata Sponge Iron’s net profit for the fourth quarter ended March 31 stood at Rs 24.39 crore, down 47.76 per cent year-on-year and its revenue from operations, during the March quarter this fiscal grew 4.34 per cent year-on-year at Rs 254.07 crore.last_img read more

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Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer

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Over the past 20 years, the EU has expanded, bringing more countries into the “freedom of movement” area. The proportion of U.K. and Irish players in the EPL has continued to decrease: Last season, they accounted for only 41 percent of all EPL players. Players from the rest of the EU accounted for 41 percent, while non-EU players accounted for 18 percent.From the inaugural 1992-93 EPL season to the end of last season, a total of 1,022 players have transferred to an EPL club from an EU club outside of the U.K. and Ireland and played at least one league match for that club. This includes players who played nationally for countries outside the EU but also possessed EU passports (such as André Ayew, who was born in France but plays for Ghana). Of the 1,022 players, we judge that only 431 — or 42 percent — would have qualified for a work permit under the current rules when they first arrived in England. Had they not held an EU passport, the remaining 591 players would not have been permitted to play professional soccer in the U.K.6This analysis used data taken from TransferLeague.co.uk, 11v11.com, transfermarkt.co.uk, futbol24.com, Wikipedia, www.parliament.uk and the Transfer Price Index of Tomkins & Riley.What would be the consequences if, from next season onward, incoming players from the rest of the EU were subject to the same immigration requirements that currently apply only to non-EU players? In the early 1990s, a quota system was enforced for foreign players in English soccer that limited teams to fielding a maximum of three “foreigners” in domestic league and cup matches. A foreign player was defined as someone who held neither a U.K. nor an Irish passport. There was no distinction between players from Belgium and Brazil, even though Belgians had held the right to live and work in the U.K. for several years. Thirteen percent of the players that featured in the 1994-95 season were classified as foreign.In December 1995, after the so-called Bosman ruling, the quota was rescinded, instantly removing all restrictions on fielding players from the rest of the EU.5A new kind of quota would be instituted in 2010, when the EPL introduced a homegrown players rule. This rule requires that at least eight of the 25 players on a Premier League squad were registered with a club in England or Wales for a period of at least 36 months (or three seasons) prior to their 21 birthday. Clubs were still required to obtain work permits for non-EU players — a significant obstruction — but because of freedom of movement, the demand for soccer players with EU passports grew enormously. Cultural barriers aside, there were now no differences between recruiting a player from the Netherlands and one from Newcastle. 21-3060 National team’s FIFA rankingMin. share of matches played in past 24 months As debate has intensified over the plan for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, industries across Britain are preparing for a post-Brexit world. Along with the agriculture, automotive, pharmaceutical and financial services fields, there’s another prosperous British business that could feel the brunt of Brexit: the English Premier League.From March 29 onward, all foreign soccer players — regardless of their origin — could require a work permit to sign for a club in the U.K. This would have enormous consequences for English clubs and the future of the English Premier League.By separating from the EU, the U.K. will aim to end “freedom of movement of people” between the U.K. and EU — one of the four freedoms of the EU’s single market.1The others are freedom of goods, services and capital. For many years, freedom of movement has bestowed on citizens of the European Union (or the wider European Economic Area)2The European Economic Area refers to the countries in which freedom of movement of people (and goods, services and capital) applies. It includes all 28 members of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Switzerland is not a member of the EU or EEA but is a part of the EU’s single market. the right to travel, reside and work in any member state. Because of this, a baker from Nice can open a shop in Manchester, a bond trader from Frankfurt can join a bank in London, and, yes, soccer players from continental Europe can freely transfer to the English league. If the player holds an EU passport, there are no restrictions: From an employment perspective, he is treated the same as a U.K. national.Freedom of movement has had a seismic impact on the demographics of the league — all of which could change with Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that freedom of movement will end when the U.K. leaves the EU, but she has yet to announce the new immigration rules that will replace it. Although EPL clubs will not immediately be required to obtain work permits for their players who aren’t British or Irish (citizens of the Republic of Ireland are likely to retain the rights to live and work in the U.K. post-Brexit), new arrivals from the EU3Along with the EEA and Switzerland. could become subject to the rules that currently apply only to non-EU players. Essentially, all players not eligible for a U.K. (or Irish) passport would have to obtain a work permit.To investigate the potential impact on English soccer, we took a look at the characteristics of European players who have played in the EPL over the past 26 years. What proportion of them would have qualified for a work permit? By answering this question, we can gain an insight into what might happen to the EPL in the future. The figure above shows two future scenarios. The first is the status quo, in which EU passport holders can continue to play in the U.K. without work permits (or any other bureaucratic hurdles). The second explores the end of freedom of movement to the U.K. In this scenario, EU players are subject to the same immigration requirements as players from the rest of the world beginning with the 2019-20 season. That is, they require a work permit and must meet the relevant criteria.In both cases, we assume that the total number of players in the EPL remains constant, as does the inflow and outflow of players from the rest of the world. In the status quo scenario, we assume that the inflow of players from Europe remains at its recent historical average; in the end of freedom of movement scenario, we assume that it drops to 42 percent of the recent average.In the status quo scenario, the percentage of U.K. and Irish players remains close to its present value, gradually declining over the next decade. The proportion of players from the EU increases slightly, eventually exceeding U.K. and Irish players, while those from the rest of the world remains relatively constant.The end of freedom of movement scenario paints a very different picture. The proportion of EU players declines substantially — from 41 percent last season to 20 percent by 2028-29 — while the proportion of British and Irish players increases from 41 percent to 64 percent over the same period. By the end of the next decade, the EPL would begin to resemble its constitution at the end of the 1990s: Nearly two-thirds of all players would be British or Irish.A large drop in the number of EU/EEA players does not necessarily imply a substantial reduction in terms of the quality of players. The money and allure of the Premier League would still entice elite players to come to play in England, at least for a while. The wealthiest clubs would continue to attract the biggest stars; the rest, on the other hand, would be forced to focus more on the domestic market. Teams often scout for potential in soccer leagues across Europe, but many of those players would no longer be allowed to make the leap. Champions League places would move even further beyond the horizons of most clubs, and “near miracles” such as Leicester’s fairytale league win — on the strength of the star turn from Riyad Mahrez,7Despite choosing to play for the Algerian national team, Mahrez was born in France and is a French citizen. who was acquired from Le Havre in France’s second tier — would become even less likely.On the other hand, some will argue that a drop in foreign recruitment would be a positive thing if it affords greater opportunities to British players. While the situation would be unchanged in terms of top-end recruitment at the elite clubs, even they would be forced to review their recruitment of young players from abroad. Homegrown players might have more of a chance of making it at the highest level.There is no doubt that the Premier League has benefited enormously from freedom of movement, with the rapid influx of foreign players helping to drive the league’s huge international popularity. But freedom of movement was also a crucial factor in the opposition to continued U.K. membership in the EU. It could well be that one effect of Brexit would be to diminish, perhaps sharply, the number of highly talented European footballers in the Premier League — which could have huge consequences for the future of the sport. ​Check out our latest soccer predictions. 1-1030% Before we can assess who might be affected, we first need to look at how the system of work permits works in English soccer. To obtain a permit, a foreign player must secure a Governing Body Endorsement from The Football Association (the governing body of English soccer). Each season, the FA publishes guidelines to help clubs determine whether transfer targets would qualify for an endorsement. Players age 21 and younger may meet the senior match threshold in just 12 months.Source: The Football Association Share of senior competitive international matches required to qualify for an English soccer work permit endorsement There are effectively two paths by which a player can qualify. To automatically qualify, a player must have participated in a minimum share of his national team’s senior competitive matches in the preceding two years.4This is reduced to 12 months if the player is 21 years old or younger. The minimum percentage is determined by the FIFA world ranking of that nation.If a player doesn’t qualify automatically, he can appeal. The appeals process is a points-based system that boils down to this: If the transfer fee is above the average amount paid by EPL clubs the previous year, and the club is willing to make him one of its higher earners, the appeals board can recommend that a permit should be approved. 31-5075 11-2045 read more

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Opinion One and done rule bad for college basketball programs fans

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Kansas Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins dunks the ball during a game against Eastern Kentucky March 21 at the Scottrade Center. Kansas won, 80-69.Courtesy of MCTIt’s almost that time of year again, to say so long to college basketball season until next year … but wait, there’s a few things you won’t exactly be seeing next year. You won’t be seeing some of the country’s top players return for another season.Many, allowed by the “one and done” NBA draft rule, will enter their names into the 2014 NBA Draft. Players like forward Aaron Gordon of Arizona, guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, and forward Jabari Parker of Duke are likely to take their opportunity to abandon the arenas filled with young, hopeful-hearted and spirited university fans to strive toward a game where their wins and successes are no longer a form of mere satisfaction with praise from loyal fans but come in the form of dollar signs and endorsement deals.This rule requiring players to only attend school one year before entering the draft not only lets down fans, but also allows young athletes into the big leagues a few years before their time.While there are many requirements for a player to be eligible for the NBA draft, the specific rule being debated here is this “one and done” rule, implemented in 2006. This rule states that any basketball player — at least 19 years old — is eligible for the draft if he has allowed one year to lapse since his high school graduation. This was set forth to encourage high school basketball stars to not follow in the steps of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett and skip straight to the pros.Many NBA spokesmen have argued against these criteria. Those men only look at the game from a business standpoint and how that rule poses a threat of lost income to them, as the influx of young talent could help boost ticket and apparel sales by helping their teams improve. However, many others feel that requiring players to attend school for at least one year is not nearly enough.Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, suggested that players ought to stay in school for at least three years.I’m going to have to go with Cuban on this one.Speaking from a fan’s perspective, having players leave their beloved sports team after one year is not only upsetting but a let down. It completely discredits the phrase “we’ll get ‘em next year.” Not only will the team not ‘get ‘em next year’ when some of the best players leave and the team has to start back at square one every year to build team chemistry. Fans fall in love with these players. Children develop role models out of these athletes, but are broken-hearted when they can no longer sport the jersey of their favorite player because the player has moved on to bigger and better things.Speaking from a human-interest perspective, one year does not allow these athletes time to fully equip themselves for the real world. With having only one year of college under their belt, this won’t give these players anything to fall back on pending a career-ending injury. College is a self-exploration time that gives adolescents the freedom and time to truly discover who they are and learn life skills. These players won’t develop these characteristics when they skip ahead four years.Call me crazy or an NBA-hater, but imagine what the college ball game would look like if players were required to stay at least three or four years. There would no longer be fear that the best players would not return. These players would have more time to develop their skills, build team chemistry that would lead them to a possible national championship and would establish a stronger and supportive fan base. Not only would these players become better athletically but would be better prepared to handle the professional league and professional world.While Kansas is not as lucky, with many freshmen entering the draft, Ohio State fans are much more fortunate only losing one, likely two, players that stayed for more than one year, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle and junior forward LaQuinton Ross. So while we are saddened to see Ross likely forgo his senior year eligibility, thanks for sticking with the Buckeyes for three years. An even bigger appreciation goes out to Aaron Craft for leading the Buckeyes for four solid years and for truly modeling, in my opinion, what college basketball should look like. read more

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Rooney set to meet DC United

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first_imgWayne Rooney is set to travel to Washington this week in order to meet with DC United to discuss his transfer this summer, reports BBCThe 32-year-old has agreed in principle to join the MLS side in America for this summer after growing discontent in his second spell at Everton.The former England captain returned to his beloved boyhood club last summer after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.But he struggled in the second part of this season and grew frustrated at Goodison Park.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…It is understood that Rooney intends to use this trip to the American capital as a fact-finding mission.The England and United record goalscorer has been offered a two-year deal at DC, although he will not be able to officially join the squad until July – when the US transfer window opens.After 13 years away, Rooney returned to Everton last summer and finished as the club’s top goalscorer with 11 goals in his 40 appearances.last_img read more

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Thrifty Thursday Repurposing Vinyl Records

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first_img February 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Re-purposing Vinyl Records is inexpensive way to theme your next party you host or if you’re just feeling crafty with your friends or kids.The Salvation Army of San Diego said people can pick-up these records for only $2 at their thrift stores.Proceeds from Salvation Army thrift stores fund their Adult Rehabilitation Center in San Diego. Posted: February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Thrifty Thursday: Re-purposing Vinyl Records Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Hearst to Launch Delishcom

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first_imgRachael Ray may have popularized the term “delish,” but it appears another magazine publisher bought the domain—and now plans to use it.Today, Hearst announced a partnership with MSN to launch Delish.com, a destination food site, this fall.Under the terms of the deal, Delish.com will exist as its own brand, owned and edited by Hearst’s digital media division and distributed by MSN. Hearst is in charge of the design, development and editorial vision of the site; MSN will be responsible for advertising sales and primary distribution of the site’s content through the MSN network, according to the companies. MSN will also sell targeted advertising on Hearst’s Countryliving.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Redbookmag.com and Quickandsimple.com. (Last week, Hearst said it will shutter Quick and Simple’s print title, but keep its Web site live.)Hearst says that traffic to Delish.com will immediately place it among the top 10 food-related destinations online—that is, above 2.5 million unique visitors a month. Delish.com will be accessible through the MSN home page and in editorial programming across its network, including on the MSN Lifestyle Channel and other relevant channels. (A spokesperson for Hearst says Rachael Ray “is not involved at all andthe name has nothing to do with her”; Ray’s reps were not immediatelyavailable for comment.)“Our goal is to utilize the search box and create an incredible user experience so that people become loyal to the site,” says Chuck Cordray, VP and general manager of Hearst Magazines Digital.One way Delish will differentiate itself from the pack, he says, will be its focus on the “fun and entertaining aspects of food,” including a daily video feature (“Must Eat TV”) and something called “Firehouse Food”—where users can “see great food prepared by hunky firemen.”last_img read more

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Seven Ways to Monetize Marketing Services Online

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first_img“Beyond the banner” is a term that publishers have kicked around for years in terms of digital marketing opportunities. As the number of different channels grows, so does the opportunity to really go beyond the banner but it often requires a significant commitment.At the American Business Media annual conference last month, Mitch Rouda, president of Farm Journal eMedia, said he didn’t really know what the term “marketing services refers to,” but then proceeded to share several examples of how Farm Journal is monetizing many of its digital products through its digital “AgWeb” offerings. These range from news and analysis to market prices, weather, market guides and more than 60 blogs and social media products. “The Internet is a game of lure and reward,” said Rouda. “We’ve got four assets: our list, our content and design, our tools and our reader’s trust.” At AgWeb, Rouda has four direct reports—one in charge of technology, one in charge of editorial, one in charge of business and finance and one in charge of advertising. “That guy is really in charge of everything that makes money,” says Rouda. “We sell with one team that handles print, TV and digital.” Farm Journal also has two project managers, one that works with AgWeb and one that works for the sales department in general. “That’s a key part of how we work,” said Rouda. “Any time you do anything custom, you need hand-holding. You have to be prepared, like an agency, to have account executives. If it’s a microsite that’s totally paid, our editors won’t touch it, but they may be involved in the beginning on the concept. If it’s advertorial, we use freelancers.”When it comes to pricing, Rouda says to think of it in two ways: cost and time component. “Almost every project has both,” he says. “Just like an agency, we have to come up with a work plan, decide who’s touching it, how much they get paid, what G&A over-ride to put on it, what profit over-ride to put on it, then we stack a media plan on top of that. Almost every project has a media component as well and we give them a unified price that includes all this.”Here, Rouda breaks down some of the AgWeb offerings.Microsites and Sponsored SectionsLike many publishers, Farm Journal builds standalone microsites for advertisers as well as sponsored sections within its own sites. Pricing for microsites typically ranges between $20,000 and $100,000. “Microsite opportunities come from three things we bring to the table,” says Rouda. “Number one is speed. If a client has a great website, they may just want to drive contacts to that site. But often they don’t have one and we can make it happen faster. Number two is content—the client doesn’t always know how to do it. Right now we’re running a Dairy Life photo contest. The advertiser would rather have that on our site than theirs because it feels more official, even though when you get into it, it’s completely advertorial.”The third factor is technology. “We have no problem sharing our tech department with a client—unlike we would with sharing our editors,” says Rouda. AgWeb also features dozens of sponsored sections which range from large to small programs. “Some people buy our corn coverage, so the keyword is tagged and appears any time we talk about corn,” says Rouda. “Others sponsor very little things like polls.”  Sponsored sections typically stay up for one-year contracts. Weed Warriors is a sponsored section dedicated to how farmers are battling weeds (there is a Weed Warriors TV series as well). “We wanted to expand our weed coverage and that’s something driven by editors,” says Rouda.  Social Media: Partner Tweets, Partner Fan PagesAlmost every publisher is doing something with social media, even if it’s as simple as editors tweeting and posting to Facebook pages. However, not many publishers are actively monetizing social media yet. Farm Journal is tapping into social media as a marketing service, including both “Partner Tweets” and Partner Fan Pages. “The Twitter example is maybe the easiest,” says Rouda. “We set up a Twitter widget and we follow people who are sponsors. We set them up in a window and give them a certain number of impressions to start with and then we divide those impressions up among sponsors. Theoretically, they’re each getting a 12th of that inventory and we set a CPM on it. What’s cool about it—first it helps our whole audience understand how social media works with that widget, which isn’t just Farm Journal-focused. All of these guys are busy trying  Twitter; some of our customers haven’t tweeted yet, some of them have decided it’s important, but don’t know how to get an audience. But when they see it on our site and see the four or five big agri companies all chattering together, it grabs their attention. It makes more sense to look at it on our site than get individual followers.”Facebook fan pages operate in a similar manner only you can’t show anybody your feed, according to Rouda. “Facebook is based on privacy settings and we can trade out fan pages,” he says. “If we have say, 200,000 impressions and there are 10 sponsors, each gets 20,000 impressions. Every time you refresh you see a different fan page.” Mobile Text AlertsWhile many b-to-b publishers are taking a wait-and-see approach with tablet apps, the opportunity for mobile apps is huge, particularly with an audience that is not desk-bound every day. Farm Journal offers market updates, industry news and other updates that are often repackaged from the websites.In February, Farm Journal made an equity investment in CommodityUPDATE, a provider of agricultural information to mobile phones that’s delivered through a sponsored subscription model that costs $10 per month or $120 per year. “Farmers harvest once a year but they sell every day,” says Rouda. “The CommodityUPDATE products offer need-to-know information for people in the field. It’s information you can get online for free on AgWeb and several other places if you’re at your computer. We created a way to get alerts sent to the user’s phone on a regular basis while they’re in the field.” With the investment in CommodityUPDATE, Farm Journal decided to let agri-business offer sponsored subscriptions to farmers at steep discounts. “They had thousands of farmers who pay $120 per year but to get it running in hurry, why don’t you give it out for free to the best customers?” says Rouda. “There are a lot of farming companies giving out promotional clothes with their logos. You can give out your logo, or you can give them a subscription to something they really want, and they’ll see it between 8-9 times per day with your name on it. Suddenly there’s 50,000 subscribers at an average of $80.”Mobile Voice AlertsFarm Journal also packages a series of mobile voice alerts for subscribers of its paid newsletter, Pro Farmer. “This is a sponsored product and we’ve already had 5,000 of the 17,000 subscribers to the newsletter say, ‘I want you to call me every morning with your alerts,’” says Rouda. AgWebMedleyRouda refers to the AgWeb Medley—a series of products that include Cash Grain bids, Crop Comments and online polls—as “interactive eyeshiners.” “Some people sponsor littler, but more sexy things,” he says. Crop Comments is a sponsored blog dealing with the age-old topic of “how high is the corn.” “All season long people send in updates and photos on how high the corn is,” says Rouda. “There is a lot of video and audio, and it’s one of the most popular features on the site.” Cash Grain Bids is a sponsored calculator that lets farmers check pricing. “When farmers sell corn, it eventually goes to a grain elevator where prices change every day,” says Rouda. “We license data from a third-party that tracks prices and users can enter their zip code and see prices for all the grain elevators in their neighborhood.” Farm Journal uses CPM as a frame of reference to come up with a flat fee for almost every sponsorship. “In order to come up with a flat fee we’re still thinking in terms of CPM but we’re not taking the risk or reward of over/under,” says Rouda. “In the case of Cash Grain Bids, it’s a six figure sponsorship. We know how much traffic it does. In most of these things there are two elements to the reach the sponsor gets—the reach they get anytime someone sees the ads but also the promotion in e-mail blasts, in print, in our own house ads saying, ‘Come check out Cash Grain Bids, and oh, p.s., it’s sponsored by Bayer.’” Rouda says Farm Journal charges for roadblocking and for targeting. “You figure out your CPM, there’s an upcharge for roadbocking, there’s an upcharge for targeting, and then you add on the value for all the promotion,” he adds. “Maybe it’s only worth $10, but hey, we sent out 3 million of those things. Promotion is at a lower price, while  targeted stuff at is at a higher price.” Targeted PromotionsFarm Journal also works on targeted promotions with advertisers that are embedded into its sites. “101 Ways to Use Your ATV” was a promotion sponsored by Honda that featured video of farmers using ATVs throughout their workday. Entries were given to Honda as lead generation. “It’s kind of on the edge of edit/advertorial,” says Rouda. “It’s advertorial in the sense that it’s sponsored by Honda, if you submit you’re giving your name to Honda. Because of that, we tagged it as a Honda project.”  The Farm Journal Legacy Project Perhaps Farm Journal’s biggest effort is the Farm Journal Legacy Project, a comprehensive effort dedicated to the future transfer of farm ownership (the average age of the American farmer today is 58—in 10 years it will be 40). “The biggest transfer of American wealth will happen on American farms in the next few years,” says Rouda. “Most farmers are unprepared. They need contracts, plans, earn-outs. We decided we had to help farmers realize this is a problem and show them how to deal with it.”The program includes a special annual magazine, a TV show and 60 workshops around country. “This is deep into seven figures to operate,” says Rouda. “It’s like an institute that we created and we did it with generous sponsorship of a single company [seed company Pioneer]—so it’s almost like philanthropy. They have no editorial control or involvement, it’s handled just like a product sponsorship.”last_img read more

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Indias economy big worry for PM Modi needs stimulus FICCI

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first_imgA scrap dealer searches for useful material at a weaving factory, that was shut a year ago, in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana, August 29, 2018.ReutersIndia’s slowing economic growth is of serious concern and the country needs to urgently cut tax and interest rates to revive the economy, a top industrial body said on Monday ahead of the inauguration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term.The economy grew 6.6 per cent in the three months to December – the slowest pace in five quarters – and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) said the bigger worry was that domestic consumption was not growing fast enough to offset a weakening global economic environment.”The recent signs of a slowdown in the economy stem not only from slow growth in investments and subdued exports but also from weakening growth in consumption demand,” FICCI said in a statement suggesting various measures the government could adopt in the next budget expected in a month.”This is a matter of serious concern and if not addressed urgently, the repercussions would be long term.”Narendra Modi – who won a thumping majority in the general election despite the agricultural sector’s economic woes, a shortage of jobs and the stuttering economy – takes the oath of office on Thursday and will need a finance minister who can help navigate through the challenges facing the economy.Some of the issues are slowing industrial output and manufacturing growth, slumping car and two-wheeler sales, and a drop in airline passenger traffic.FICCI said the new government should cut corporate and individual taxes, expand a programme of handing 6,000 rupees ($86) a year to poor farmers to boost consumption demand and consider tax concessions for export-oriented manufacturers.The Confederation of Indian Industry, another industry body, said it was crucial to reduce the income tax burden and expand the scope of investment allowance to all sectors, while higher incentives should be given to exporters.The FICCI also called for an interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), as real interest rates have remained high for a long time with commercial banks reluctant to pass on the benefits of recent cuts.When PM Modi took power for the first time in 2014, global oil prices slumped. But as he gets set for a second term, rising oil prices could push the current account deficit higher.The body also said the trade war between the United States and China could further slow down global trade and hurt India’s already sluggish exports.”Amidst rising uncertainties and economic challenges on both the domestic and global front, there is an urgent need to re-energise the engines of growth and pump prime the economy,” FICCI said.”The upcoming budget…is an opportunity for the government to boost consumption and investments through appropriate fiscal stimulus and policies.”Government bureaucrats have started consultations with industry bodies, such as the FICCI, before the budget.last_img read more

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Apples minor update for iPhones iPads makes a huge difference

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first_img 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple is constantly rolling out software updates to improve users’ experience in one way or another. The latest update changes the App Download Limit for iPhone and iPad users, which many users are aware of as they constantly need to connect to Wi-Fi to install apps or updates.Looking at Android smartphone users updating their apps even when there’s no Wi-Fi can make iPhone users envious, but the latest change should bring some level of peace.Updating apps more than 150MB on iPhones and iPads is not permitted unless the user connects to Wi-Fi. Originally, the limit was 100MB until 2017 when Apple decided to change it. Now, Apple has once again changed app download limit over cellular data to 200MB, which will allow users to update a wide array of apps while on-the-go, 9to5Mac reported. App Store gets a welcoming changePexelsWith the advances in the smartphone specs, apps are being tailored to utilise the fullest capabilities of the phones and regular software updates help achieve that. Most of the updates, if you’ve noticed, are trailing around 200MB, so Apple might have found a sweet spot in allowing users to update apps up to 200MB without needing Wi-Fi.Users won’t be worried if the increased limit would exhaust the data on their phones as there are unlimited data plans available for users in India. Courtesy of a vigorous fight in the telecom industry, high-speed 4G data has become extremely affordable. Users could, in fact, benefit more if there was no such limit or at least an option for users to choose between Wi-Fi or cellular data for updating or installing apps – just like in Android phones. Apple App storeApple Press KitApple is only days away from WWDC 2019 conference, where it will be introducing refreshed iOS and macOS for the world to see. A lot of software related developments will be showcased at the event, including new undo gesture, ‘read later’ queue in Mail and more. Apple is also expected to unveil the latest high-end Mac Pro, which will be a showstopper at the event. More exciting things are waiting to happen, so stay tuned.center_img Closelast_img read more

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FRDI Bill Online petition to remove controversial clause goes viral as people

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first_imgIndian Parliament. [Representational Image]WikipediaThe controversial Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) bill has been in the news every other day. This time an online petition, demanding the exclusion of the “bail in” provision of the Bill, is doing rounds and has already attracted over 1.3 lakh signatures.Indian middle-class fears the FRDI bill in the current form, because apparently Clause 52 of the draft legislation proposes a “bail-in” provision which would give legal powers to a specially-mandated authority called the “Resolution Corporation” to invoke it. The provision apparently allows the government to use depositors’ money to bail out banks on the verge of bankruptcy.The petition, titled “Do not use innocent depositors”, was floated two weeks ago and aims to gather 1.5 lakh signatures. The face behind the campaign, Shilpa Shree, said: “This bill gives power to a government entity to use depositors’ money to save a bank on the verge of bankruptcy.”The joint committee reviewing the bill sought on Monday, December 18, more time from Parliament to submit its report. Following that, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the lower house has extending the time granted to the joint panel “up to the last day of Budget Session 2018,” news agency PTI reported.According to the government, the bill is aimed to put in place a framework for overseeing financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and stock exchanges in cases of insolvency.The petition has been addressed to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with five members of the Joint Committee of the Bill.The proposed bill provides depositors insurance up to a limit in case of failure. Currently, all deposits up to Rs 1 lakh are protected under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, which is sought to be repealed by the proposed bill.However, the finance minister recently tweeted to assure people that the Bill would not hurt depositors’ interests.”The FRDI Bill will strengthen the system by adding a comprehensive resolution regime that will help ensure that, in the rare event of failure of a financial service provider, there is a system of quick, orderly and efficient resolution in favour of depositors,” he tweeted.The FRDI Bill does not propose in any way to limit the scope of powers for the Government to extend financing and resolution support to banks, including public sector banks. Government’s implicit guarantee for public sector banks remains unaffected.— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) 7 December 2017Recently, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the bill “draconian” and wrote to Jaitley requesting its immediate withdrawal. In a letter, she said people would lose faith in the banking system if the bill was not withdrawn.”I will like to sincerely appeal to the Centre to desist from enacting this Draconian law and withdraw the bill to ensure that the common people in the country are saved from financial ruin,” Mamata wrote in her letter.Bank employee unions had in September urged the finance minister to withdraw the bill after it was tabled in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon session.Speaking recently at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci)’s 90th annual general meeting at in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Rumours regarding FRDI are being spread. The Central government is working towards protecting interest and rights of depositors but the rumours being spread are totally opposite.”Rumors regarding FRDI are being spread. Govt is working towards protecting interest and rights of depositors but rumors being spread are totally opposite. Contribution of institutions like FICCI important to dispel such rumors: PM Modi in Delhi pic.twitter.com/Xpia2Q2UFy— ANI (@ANI) 13 December 2017last_img read more

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DU expels 2 BCL leaders for entry test question leak

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first_imgThe Dhaka University authorities have expelled two BCL leaders for their involvement in fraud related to the admission test of D Unit held on 20 October, reports UNB.The suspended students are Mohiuddun Rana, a second-year student of physics and central assistant secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL); and Abdullah Al Mamun, a first-year student of applied chemistry and theater and debate secretary of DU Amar Ekushey Hall unit of BCL.BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League. DU Syndicate member Lutfur Rahman confirmed this to UNB that the Syndicate took the decision to temporarily expel them from the university on Sunday at a meeting.Bangladesh Chhatra League also expelled Mohiuddun Rana from the organisation on 22 October for same allegations.last_img

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