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Cracks develop in piers of Ultadanga flyover police bar traffic movement

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first_imgKolkata: A section of the Ultadanga flyover, which had collapsed six years ago, has developed cracks, and has been closed for traffic.According to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) officials, the cracks in pier cap of the flyover were found during a routine check on Tuesday. Urging people not to panic, an official of the KMDA said, “The trouble point has been identified, and will be repaired. Till the repair work is completed, traffic police have shut the flyover for vehicular movement.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “Both the flanks of Ultadanga New Flyover are closed for all vehicular traffic due to some urgent maintenance work as informed by the KMDA Authority. During the closure of the flyover, vehicles availing Ultadanga New Flyover are requested to avail other routes to avoid inconvenience in and around HUDCO crossing,” a Kolkata Traffic Police tweeted on Wednesday. Sources in the city traffic police said that experts have advised them to keep the flyover shut for three days. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) officials, the cracks in pier cap of the flyover were found during a routine check on Tuesday. With the shutdown of the arterial flyover that connect Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and Salt Lake City to VIP Road of the city, commuters had a tough time on Wednesday due to slow traffic movement. “Airport bound vehicles of EM Bypass are requested to take Chingrighata Flyover-New Town road. Airport bound vehicles may avail AJC Bose Road-APC Roy Road-Shyambazar point-RG Kar Road- Jessore Road. City bound vehicles coming from airport are requested to avail Newtown- Chingrighata-EM Bypass,” the Kolkata Traffic Police tweeted. A portion of the flyover had collapsed in 2013. There was no report of casualty as the incident had taken during wee hours (4:30am) of a Sunday morning six years ago. Since the installation of the collapsed section of the flyover, heavy vehicles were barred from using the flyover. An expert on construction of bridges, who inspected Ultadanga flyover on Wednesday, said, “Unlike other bridges, here the issue is not lack of maintenance. It’s not just a crack that has raised an alarm. I feel the construction quality couldn’t match the standard that it should have. We cannot forget that this bridge has already collapsed once, now it’s giving an indication that the entire bridge needs a proper health audit.” After Majerhat bridge collapsed last September, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had set up a bridge inspection and monitoring cell to carry out regular inspections of the bridges in the state. At the same time, the Public Works Department, Irrigation Department and Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority were instructed to have separate Inspection and Monitoring Cells. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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In the news today Feb 4

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first_imgFour stories in the news for Friday, Feb. 4———CANADA AND LIMA GROUP ALLIES TO DISCUSS VENEZUELA CRISIS Canada and its Lima Group allies are meeting in Ottawa today to talk about the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting that comes amid protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency. Canada has contributed $2.2 million to the humanitarian crisis that’s seen three million Venezuelans flee their country, with most of them heading to neighbouring Brazil and Colombia.———SENTENCING HEARING TO BEGIN FOR SERIAL KILLER BRUCE MCARTHURA sentencing hearing for the serial killer who preyed on men in Toronto’s gay village is expected to begin today. Bruce McArthur, who pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder, is slated to hear from victims’ families and friends who will give statements to the court. The prosecution laid out previously unheard details of the case in a synopsis of facts last week that included the 67-year old McArthur admitting he sexually assaulted and forcibly confined many of his victims before murdering them.———STUDY FINDS IVF LINKED TO SLIGHTLY HIGHER RISK OF MATERNAL COMPLICATIONSA new study suggests women who get pregnant using in-vitro fertilization have a slightly higher risk of severe birth-related complications compared to women who conceive naturally. Those complications include post-partum bleeding that may require a blood transfusion, admission to an intensive care unit, and, in extremely rare cases, death. The study found that roughly 31 of every one-thousand women who received a fertility treatment experienced a severe complication, compared to about 22 per one-thousand who conceived naturally.———NORWEGIAN POLITICIAN PROPOSES MOOSE TRUCEThe deputy mayor of a Norwegian town says she may travel to Saskatchewan to discuss a possible truce in the ongoing battle over the world’s tallest moose sculpture. Linda Otnes Henriksen says she’s been following efforts by people in Moose Jaw to raise funds to raise the height of the community’s beloved Mac the Moose. The rivalry started when it was revealed that her town of Stor-Elvdal had a silvery moose sculpture that was 30 centimetres taller than Mac.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Montreal port employers and longshoremen gearing up for a battle over the definition of “essential service” amidst contract talks.— Special Senate committee hearing on the Arctic looking at changes to the region and impacts on its original inhabitants.— An estimated 5,000 students march to Queens Park to protest changes made to OSAP under the Ford government.— Sukhmander Singh, owner of the trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, to appear in Calgary court.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF JUL0717 – LINKS BY DGC

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Railway executive Hunter Harrison dead at 73 CSX Corporation confirms

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first_imgJACKSONVILLE,, Fla. – Hunter Harrison, the plain-spoken, gruff American who rewrote the Canadian railroading book during his years heading both of this country’s largest railways, has died. He was 73.CSX Corp., the American railroad Harrison began leading earlier this year, issued a statement on Saturday announcing his death.The company attributed his death to “unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness,” the same reason offered when Harrison formally went on medical leave earlier this week.“The entire CSX family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Hunter’s family,” CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) said in the statement. “Hunter was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, experience and energy in railroading to CSX.”Ewing Hunter Harrison was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 7, 1944, and began his railroad career in 1964 as a 19-year-old rail car oiler for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway while attending Memphis State University.His modest start gave no hint that he would eventually serve as the CEO of four major railroads: Chicago-based Illinois Central Railroad, Montreal-based Canadian National Railway, Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway and Jacksonville, Fla., railway CSX Corp.Harrison joined the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980 when it purchased the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, and he was eventually promoted to vice-president of transportation and service design.Harrison left Burlington Northern in 1989 to become chief operating officer at Illinois Central Railroad, rising to president and CEO in 1993. There, he was credited with initiating scheduled service for freight, a revolutionary concept for the industry.In 1998, Canadian National bought Illinois Central — considered at the time to be the most efficient railway in North America — and Harrison was appointed CN’s chief operating officer.He became CEO of CN in 2003, succeeding Paul Tellier, and served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2009. He moved to his estate in Connecticut, where he raised and trained horses for show jumping.In the fall of 2011, Harrison was approached by activist investor Bill Ackman, head of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, and enlisted to help with a proxy battle at CP Rail. After winning the crucial vote at the annual shareholder meeting in 2012, Ackman appointed Harrison as CEO, replacing Fred Green.In early 2017, Harrison abruptly resigned from CP, five months earlier than scheduled.He gave up stock options and other compensation worth a total of $122.9 million to become CEO of CSX, a U.S. competitor, although he was later reimbursed by CSX.Throughout his career, Harrison was adored by retail investors who rewarded his cost-cutting and attention to making the trains run as efficiently as possible by bidding higher on the shares of the railroads he headed.As an illustration, CSX shares plunged nearly 10 per cent on Dec. 15, the morning after it announced he was taking medical leave and would be temporarily replaced by chief operating officer Jim Foote.Unions were enraged by the thousands of job reductions he ordered. And they complained safety was compromised when he ordered managers and office workers at CP Rail be trained so that they could drive locomotives if union members went out on strike.Institutional investors complained his compensation and perks were excessive and CP Rail moved to scale them back after he left.“Professionally, Hunter was unmatched in this industry. He will go down as the best railroader ever, plain and simple,” said Keith Creel, Harrison’s hand-picked successor at CP Rail said in a statement released Saturday.“What he has done at multiple railroads and for our industry the last 50-plus years is incredible which includes bringing CP back to its rightful place among leaders in the Class 1 space in what some have called the greatest corporate turnaround in history.”Foote — who worked with Harrison for 11 years at CN Rail and joined him at CSX in mid-2017 — said Harrison’s positive influence on CSX’s performance would continue without him.“I believe that the battleship has turned … Because the team has implemented a foundation consistent with Hunter’s vision, I do not see any reason to diminish our expectations concerning the pace and magnitude of our future progress,” he said in a statement on Dec. 14.Luc Jobin, the current CEO of CN Rail, offered his condolences to Harrison’s family and paid tribute to the railway executive.“Hunter was a giant of the railway industry for decades and a transformative figure at CN,” Jobin said in a statement issued Saturday.— By Dan Healing in Calgarylast_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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Al Akhawayn University to Host Innovative Social Sciences Conference

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Rabat – Al Akhawayn University In lfrane is continuing to encourage critical thinking and conceptual development through its multidisciplinary conferences. The School of Humanities and Social Science at the university is hosting the “Social Sciences and Dynamics of Change and Continuity in Morocco” conference on 23-24 May.This will be the second annual Social Sciences Conference held at Al Akhawayn University; the first of which was highly successful. This year, the university hopes to raise new and more sophisticated theoretical questions.Attendees of the conference will discuss the relationships between “change” and “continuity” as well as “modernity” and “tradition.” The goal of the conference is to explore the dichotomy between these phrases through analysis of human development, economic development, information technologies, legal studies, politics, youth and cultural changes, and international politics.The seminar will attempt to explain Morocco’s socio-economic in both youth and culture changes through the exploration of the relationships and differences between conflicting concepts. read more

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HP Incs chief executive to step down in November

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SAN FRANCISCO — HP Inc. is losing the chief executive who has been leading the personal computer maker since it broke off as a separate company four years ago.The Palo Alto, California, company says CEO Dion Weisler will step down from the job Nov. 1 because of an undisclosed family issue. He will be succeeded by Enrique Lores, who currently oversees an HP division that includes its highly profitable business of selling ink for the company’s printers.Weisler joined HP in 2012 and became CEO in 2015 when the company split is PC and printer operations from its businesses specializing in business software. That part is now known as Hewlett Packard Enterprise and was run by former California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman until her departure last year.The Associated Press

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Football wide receiver Binjimen Victors potential and more from Urban Meyers Tuesday

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Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has emerged as one of the top threats for quarterback J.T. Barrett. He has caught six passes for 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the past two games.During Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Victor has plenty of potential still left to reach and the 6-foot-4 wideout is continuing his ascendence.“We’re not even scratching the surface of his ability level. He’s got so much more left,” Meyer said. “We haven’t even seen near the ceiling of what he has, ability-wise. A great young man that’s just working at learning how to work all the time and go all the time. He’s a very talented guy.”Meyer drew comparisons between the jump-ball ability of Victor to a pair of past Ohio State wideouts.“Cris Carter, years and years and years ago, when we were here together,” Meyer said. “You’ve got [Michael] Thomas was good, really good at going up and getting the ball, but [Victor is just] sheer size and wingspan … and he’s got great ball skills.”Nebraska head coach Mike Riley previewed the upcoming matchup against the Buckeyes during his segment during the teleconference. He said his team is ready for the challenge of hosting Ohio State, but he is not sure how much of an impact home-field advantage will have.“It’s good to play at home for us, but you know, this is a team with a veteran quarterback that is hitting on all cylinders, very talented, well-coached and so, it is a particular challenge and it’ll be however good for our team,” Riley said. “We played a good team last week and got beat by Wisconsin and so this will be another step up and another great group of athletes and a great challenge for the Huskers.”Here are some additional notes from the teleconference:Meyer on the kickoff specialist: “We have trouble kicking it through the end zone, too. No, if it was that simple I’d [have them kick touchbacks]. It’s more complicated than that, but absolutely we’re always constantly — you don’t fit a square peg in a round hole, you do what you can do. And we’re still figuring out what we can do.”Meyer on the right guard battle: “It’s wide open. There’s three people right now in the running for it. Malcolm Pridgeon, Matt Burrell and Demetrius Knox.”Meyer on the Big Ten’s targeting call on Denzel Ward: “Well, what you do is you turn [game video] in each week, and I’ll have a guy on our staff call the Big Ten officiating, and then report back was that you know on the field, it’s a snap judgment, but the replay official was in error. And so we’re going to reward Denzel Ward today at practice for a caused fumble and he should not have been ejected. And it was a mistake.”Meyer on if the Ward call had happened in a major game: “Oh concerned, irate, all the above. And it’s not the person on the field. Those are snap judgments, those are, you can’t, I just don’t understand how that happens. But that’s, that’s for the higher-ups to figure out. Yeah, of course. Concern is probably not strong enough.”Meyer on using a tight end as a fullback: “We’re always looking for ways to make things better. And we cited a couple offenses and obviously [offensive coordinators] Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day brought this to my attention of what I thought. We ran it 20 times in the game, so we’re still working on it, it’s a new play. And obviously, once you have a play, you have to build off the play-action pass and et cetera, but it was very effective and we’re going to continue it.” read more

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Body found in Pomeroon River identified as 26yearold labourer

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMissing Buxton fisherman found dead at CharityJanuary 26, 2017In “Local News”Body of Labourer found floating in Pomeroon RiverJuly 21, 2014In “Crime”Logger’s swollen body retrieved from Pomeroon RiverDecember 11, 2014In “Crime” One week after the body of a man was discovered floating in the Pomeroon River, it has been identified as that of Orlando Naughton of Charity Squatting Area, Pomeroon.This publication was informed that , Keith Naughton, father of the now dead man, visited the Charity Police Station, and informed the ranks that the body that was retrieved from the river was suspected to be that of his 26-year-old son.As such, the devastated father was taken to the mortuary where he positively identified the body.INews understands that the deceased man was an alcoholic who worked as a labourer at the Charity Waterfront.The grieving father revealed that his son lived alone at Charity and he was last seen alive two Fridays ago.Reports revealed that the body was seen floating face down next to a boat last Monday by a farmer in the vicinity of Grant Stelling, Hope, Lower Pomeroon.As such, residents were alerted and the Police were summoned. The body was then recovered from the water and taken to the Suddie Mortuary, where a post-mortem examination was scheduled to be performed. There was no identification attached to the body at the time it was found.It was revealed that there were no marks of violence to determine whether foul play was involved in the death of Naughton. read more

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You were in bed with the banks The Dáil has had its

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first_imgYouTube: Hugh O’ConnellRead: “There was no sweetheart deal for Apple” in IrelandRead: Turf, arrears and everything else happening in Leinster House today TWO DAYS IN and already TDs are getting a bit tetchy if this afternoon’s debate on mortgage arrears is anything to go by.As Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen spoke on the party’s motion regarding the mortgage arrears crisis, the Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Dinny McGinley got a bit angry.“You have neck to come in here,” the Fine Gael Minister of State shouted at Cowen across the chamber, accusing Cowen of “claptrap”.“It’s no claptrap, it’s no claptrap! Read it!” Cowen shouted back before McGinley accused Cowen and Fianna Fáil of being “in bed with the banks”.Watch the heated exchange here:last_img

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Man charged in relation to murder investigation in Lixnaw

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first_imgGARDAÍ IN LISTOWEL investigating the murder of Susan Dunne at Lixnaw, County Kerry whose remains were found at her house on the 27 November have charged a 19-year-old male in connection with the incident.BodyThe body of Susan Dunne, aged 53, was found in her home at Ballinageragh by a neighbour yesterday morning. She had suffered numerous head injuries.A post-mortem on her remains was completed today but the results have not been made public.It is understood she moved to the area a number of years ago and was heavily involved with Kerry Autism ActionThe man will appear at  Killarney District Court at 10.30am tomorrow morning.Read: Murder inquiry to be launched in Lixnaw>last_img

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French couple sentenced to 30 years over murder of nanny

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first_img Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 1:39 PM Share53 Tweet Email By AFP Jun 26th 2018, 1:39 PM 12 Comments 23,772 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article French couple sentenced to 30 years over murder of nanny The couple were convicted last month of the murder, and of attempting to dispose of Sophie Lionnet’s body by burning it. Sabrina Kouider (left) and Ouissem Medouni Source: Metropolitan PoliceA FRENCH COUPLE living in London who murdered their au pair and tried to dispose of the body by burning it in their back garden have been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years.The Old Bailey court in London sentenced Sabrina Kouider, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, and Ouissem Medouni for the September 2017 killing of 21-year-old Sophie Lionnet.“She died as a result of purposeful and sustained violence, and not by accident,” state prosecutor Aisling Hosein said when they were convicted last month.“They were both jointly involved and came up with a plan to try and destroy her body and escape responsibility for this horrendous crime,” she added.The jurors deliberated for a week before unanimously convicting Kouider and ruling by a majority decision of 10 to 2 on 24 May that her partner Medouni was guilty as well.Both had denied murdering Lionnet, from Troyes in eastern France, although they had admitted during the two-month trial to burning her body. Sophie Lionnet Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe court heard how the couple had interrogated and tortured Lionnet over their belief she was conspiring with one of Kouider’s former boyfriends – Mark Walton, a former member of Irish band Boyzone – who they claimed sexually abused members of their family.Kouider, who has two children, told London’s Old Bailey court that she hit the au pair “really bad” with an electrical cable.The victim’s mother called the guilty pair “monsters” in a statement read to court earlier.Catherine Devallonne said she “fell into shock and was hospitalised” after police broke the news that her daughter, whom she described as a “reserved young girl”, had been killed.“I’ve been living this nightmare ever since,” she added, explaining that the victim’s brother was suffering from “mental trauma”, and had been placed with a foster family.“Those monsters beat her to death,” she said. “They left her hungry. They took away her dignity and eventually her life”.‘Cowardly’ Police described how the victim was subjected to a “series of interrogations… over a 12-day period, in a bid to force Sophie to confess to various false crimes they had accused her of”. Sophie Lionnet, pictured two days before she was found dead Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesKouider filmed some of the sessions, which they planned to hand over to police as evidence of the nanny’s guilt.“We will never know the full extent of the horrors Sophie had to endure,” said Scotland Yard detective Domenica Catino.“Even in death, the torture, abuse and humiliation continued by placing her partially-clothed body into a suitcase with no regard for even a semblance of a burial. Lionnet’s mother, Catherine Devallonne, pictured outside the Old Bailey today Source: Nick Ansell/PA Images“It was clear that together the couple made the decision to torture Sophie and then in a cowardly fashion blamed each other for her death,” added the detective.Firefighters discovered Medouni trying to burn Lionnet’s body on 20 September at the couple’s home in Southfields, south west London.Neighbours alerted the authorities after noticing smoke and a “horrible” smell coming from the property.Firefighter Thomas Hunt told the court that he confronted Medouni after he found human fingers and a nose as he put out the fire.© – AFP, 2018 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4092496 last_img read more

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Bahamas Public Forecast for today and tonight Wednesday March 1st 2017

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first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 1, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO CREATE FRESH BREEZES OVER THE BAHAMAS AS A TROF LIES ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR ROUGH SURF CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ALONG  NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES.FOR NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY WITH THE CHANCE OF A SHOWER; FAIR AND MILD TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET.FOR SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY; FAIR TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT.WINDS: EAST-NORTHEAST TO EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS.SEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET.DAYTIME HIGH TEMP.:     85°F   29°C       OVERNIGHT LOW TEMP.: 74°F   24°CSUNRISE: 06:32AM WED.           SUNSET: 06:12PM WED.MOONRISE: 08:42AM WED.      MOONSET: 9:27PM WED. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo FORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY WITH FEW SHOWERS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET. Recommended for you HIGH TIDE: 09:35AM WED.       LOW TIDE: 3:53PM WED.EXTENDED FORECAST: A COLD FRONT WILL PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY BRINGING MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER. FORECAST FOR FRIDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 3 TO 5 FEET.   ARMSTRONG/tc/sslast_img read more

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Ive achieved nothing yet Marcelo Bielsa plays down plaudits from Leeds

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first_imgLeeds United Coach Marcelo Bielsa claims he has not achieved anything spectacular to deserve the plaudits of the home fans.The Argentine who leads a quiet life has earned cult status for his impact in reawakening the players and a group of fans have released a charity single for Christmas called the Bielsa Rhapsody.Bielsa told Daily Mail:“I am thankful, but they give me importance I think I don’t deserve.“Affection is the maximum aspiration for human beings.“When you receive affection it is something you are very thankful for but we have to be very careful when we see the reasons as to why.Solskjaer reveals he plans to build his team around Pogba Manuel R. Medina – July 17, 2019 The Manchester United manager wants to end the speculation that the Frenchman is leaving the Red Devils.“In this case I don’t think I deserve the recognition I am getting.”Leeds will face promotion rivals Aston Villa on Sunday and Bielsa is hoping to replace Samuel Saiz who is reportedly being chased by Getafe.Bielsa added:“We have fewer players than at the beginning of the season but if new a player arrives he has to be better than what we already have.”last_img read more

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Nkoulou on target as Torino cruise past Empoli

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first_imgTorino defender Nicolas N’koulou was on target as his team claimed a 3-0 Boxing Day victory over EmpoliThe Cameroon international who has played in all 18 league games so far this season opened the scoring for Walter Mazzarri’s men in the 44th minute.The goal was the defender’s second of the season, after benefitting from Daniele Baselli’s assist and five minutes later Lorenzo De Silvestri doubled Torino’s lead.Iago Falque scored the II Toro’s third goal in the 75th minute before Empoli were reduced to ten men after Rade Krunic was sent off, according to Goal.My players gave their soul: Torino Manuel R. Medina – September 2, 2019 Torino defeated Atalanta 3-2 in yesterday’s Italian Lega Serie A fixture, and for coach Walter Mazzarri this was a great showcase by his footballers.N’koulou along with on-loan Chelsea full-back Ola Aina played entire 90 minutes as the Turin club picked up their sixth league win of the season and climb to eighth spot on the standings.Torino travel to the Stadio Olimpico to take on Lazio on Saturday and Mazzarri will be hoping his team can put in a repeat of Wednesday’s performance.last_img read more

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Magnitude 31 earthquake felt in San Diego Cathedral City

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first_imgMagnitude 3.1 earthquake felt in San Diego, Cathedral City KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, OCOTILLO WELLS (KUSI) – A shallow, 3.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Ocotillo Wells area of San Diego County but there were no reports of injury or damage, authorities said Monday.The quake, which had a depth of zero miles, was reported at 12:26 a.m. eight miles southwest of Ocotillo Wells, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, based on a computer-generated report.People in the San Diego are and in Cathedral City in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley reported weak shaking but no damage, the USGS said. June 25, 2018 Posted: June 25, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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Union Budget 201314 Full Text of President Pranab Mukherjees Address to Parliament

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first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Parliament during the Budget session 2013-14 which began on Thursday. He touched upon various issues from slow economic growth to insecurity among women in his hour-long speech, and stressed on the need for greater transparency, probity and accountability in governance.The Railway Budget will be presented on 26 February while the Economic Survey of India will be tabled before the parliament on 27 February. The General Budget for the year 2013-14 will be presented on 28 February at 11:00 am.Here is the full text of Pranab’s address to the Parliament:Honourable Members,1. I welcome you to this session as I address this joint sitting of the two Houses for the first time as President. I hope this session will be productive and useful.2. As I speak to you, I am aware that an aspirational India is emerging, an India that demands more opportunities, greater choices, better infrastructure, and enhanced safety and security. Our youth, our greatest national asset, are a confident and courageous lot. I have no doubt that their passion, energy and enterprise will take India to new heights.3. Amidst these aspirations, we are also burdened by gathering anxieties about economic slowdown, job security and employment prospects. People are concerned about the security of our women and children. They are also anxious about timely delivery of their entitlements and about persisting social and economic inequality.4. The past year has been a very difficult one for the global economy. Europe is in recession. Most emerging markets are growing very slowly. It has been a difficult year for India also. Both global and domestic factors have affected our growth. We need to address the impact of both. My Government has responded to the situation by taking several measures to revive investment activity and investor sentiment.5. An important initiative that my Government has taken recently is the rollout of the Direct Benefits Transfer system. This would enable Government sponsored benefits such as scholarships, pensions and maternity benefits to flow directly into the accounts of beneficiaries, who can access them using their Aadhaar number. In due course, the Direct Benefits Transfer System will also cover wages and subsidies on food and LPG. This system will help cut down leakages, bring millions of people into the financial system and lead to better targeting of beneficiaries. It will be a trend-setter in the use of modern technology to bring benefits to our poorest citizens, especially in rural areas. However, the Direct Benefits Transfer System will not be a substitute for public services and will be complementary to the Public Distribution System.Honourable Members,6. The average annual growth rate of GDP in the 11th Plan, which concluded last year, was 8%. A notable feature of the Plan was the progress towards achieving inclusiveness with a faster decline in poverty than in the previous decade. The National Development Council has recently adopted the 12th Five Year Plan, which further sharpens the focus on faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth. The 12th Plan recognises that growth outcomes will depend upon the extent to which we are able to take some difficult decisions. The Plan proposes to consolidate Centrally Sponsored Schemes into a smaller number and increase their flexibility. This will give States the much- needed freedom to experiment and innovate.7. The Indian economy is currently experiencing slower growth. Real GDP grew by 5.4% in the first half of the current fiscal year. This is significantly lower than the average of around 8% in the last decade. Our slower growth is the consequence of a combination of global and domestic factors. My Government is taking steps to deal with the factors responsible for the slowdown. Inflation is easing gradually but is still a problem.8. In recent months, there have been positive developments too. There has been a moderation in core inflation and recovery in growth is likely. Policy measures announced during the year have also restored optimism at home and abroad.9. My Government has announced a roadmap for fiscal consolidation by containing the current year’s fiscal deficit at 5.3% of the GDP. The Government is also working with State Governments to reach a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax.Honourable Members,10. There is reason for cheer on the agricultural front. The growth in agriculture and allied sectors during the 11th plan was 3.7% compared to 2.4% in the 10th Plan.11. I am proud to mention that relentless efforts of farmers coupled with conducive policies of the Government, have resulted in record foodgrain production for two consecutive years with last year achieving a peak of 260 million tons. This year, despite erratic and deficient rainfall, it is projected that we will produce more than 250 million tons of foodgrains.12. Our foodgrains position is, therefore, comfortable. The total stock of foodgrains with the public sector agencies was 662 lakh tons on 1st February 2013, including 307 lakh tons of wheat and over 353 lakh tons of rice. My Government is committed to enacting the National Food Security Bill, having received the recommendations of the Standing Committee.13. Several specific initiatives have been undertaken under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. Sugarcane and cotton production have touched record levels in 2011-12.14. My Government will continue to lay emphasis on the development of rainfed and degraded areas during the 12th Five Year Plan. An outlay of ‘ 29,296 crore has been earmarked under the Integrated Watershed Management Programme during the plan period.15. Horticulture production reached an all-time high of 251 million tons during 2011-12. The year 2012-13 has been declared as the ‘Year of Horticulture’. A National Centre for Cold Chain Development has been constituted to give a fillip to the cold chain sector.16. With 128 million tons of milk production in 2011-12, India continues to be the largest producer of milk in the world. In order to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk, the Government has approved the National Dairy Plan Phase-I, which will help meet the projected national demand of 150 million tons of milk by 2016-17.17. To give a further boost to food processing, my Government has launched the National Mission on Food Processing. Construction of godowns is being promoted under Public Private Partnership mode. Storage capacity of about 181 lakh tons will be created over the next two years across the country with additional storage space of 5.4 lakh tons in the North East.18. The recently approved New Investment Policy for urea is expected to create nearly 100 lakh MT of additional production capacity in urea by 2017, making the country self reliant in urea.19. Around 34 lakh hectares of irrigation potential was created under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme during the 11th Plan. During the 12th Plan, an additional 87 lakh hectares of irrigation potential is planned to be created under the Programme. The New National Water Policy adopted recently by the National Water Resources Council emphasizes efficient use of water and the need to align planning for water resources with the challenges of climate change, equity, social justice and sustainability.Honourable Members,20. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme continues to break new ground in my Government’s effort to provide work to those who seek employment during times of hardship. Around 5 crore households were provided employment under the scheme in 2011-12.21. In order to make available improved housing for the rural poor, the Government has substantially enhanced the assistance under Indira Awas Yojana by increasing it from ‘45,000 to ‘70,000 per unit in plain areas and from ‘48,500 to ‘75,000 per unit in hilly and difficult areas including Left Wing Extremism affected areas.22. My Government has recently introduced important official amendments to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill. I am confident that the law will be enacted.23. The next phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission is being finalized. Meanwhile, the tenure of the current Mission has been extended until March 2014 for completion of ongoing projects and for sanction of new projects so as to maintain the momentum of development of urban infrastructure. In order to give a push to capacity building efforts of Urban Local Bodies, the Government has decided to create a separate fund of ‘ 1,000 crore.24. My Government proposes to extend the Rajiv Awas Yojana to all small and medium towns, with a target of one million houses in the 12th Plan.25. My Government is giving priority to addressing the problem of contamination of sources of drinking water. During 2012-13, 5% of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme Fund has been earmarked for allocation to States facing this problem. A Rural Water Supply & Sanitation Project for Low Income States, estimated at nearly ‘5000 crore, is being developed with the help of the World Bank to assist States that are lagging behind in the coverage of piped water supply.26. Recognising its crucial role in reducing the burden of disease, my Government has accorded increased priority to rural sanitation. The Total Sanitation Campaign has been modified in the form of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan with the goal of providing access to sanitation for all rural households by the year 2022.27. My Government has recently increased the pension for widows and disabled beneficiaries under the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme from ‘200 to ‘300 per month. On attaining the age of 80 years, beneficiaries of both the schemes now migrate to Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme where they get a pension of ‘500 per month.28. With a view to recognizing the contribution of street vendors and ensuring uniformity in the legal framework for street vending across States, the “Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill, 2012” has been introduced in Parliament.29. Under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, more than 32 lakh claims have been filed and nearly 13 lakh titles have been distributed.30. To ensure the educational empowerment of minority communities, my Government is implementing three scholarship schemes, with 30% of the funds in each scheme earmarked for girl students. An amount of over ‘ 880 crore has been disbursed as scholarships to more than 55 lakh students till 31 December in 2012-13. To encourage students belonging to minority communities to take up higher studies, an amount of ’66 crore has been released under the Maulana Azad National Fellowship Scheme. The Wakf Act is being amended and Wakf Development Corporation will be set up for development and protection of Wakf properties.31. Under Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme, the effort is to ensure that 15% of the targets and outlays of the identified schemes benefit the minority communities. For financial inclusion, the flow of priority sector credit to minorities at the national level during 2012-13 reached ‘1,71,960 crore as on 30/9/2012, which was more than 15% of the total priority sector lending.32. As promised by my predecessor last year, a new Bill for the elimination of manual scavenging and rehabilitation of manual scavengers was introduced in the Lok Sabha in September 2012.33. A centrally sponsored scholarship scheme has been introduced for Scheduled Caste students studying in classes IX and X. It is expected to benefit about 40 lakh students.34. My Government has created a separate Department of Disability Affairs. The Government recently launched the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for students with disabilities to enable them to pursue higher education.35. For holistic development of children, the Government has approved the restructuring and strengthening of the Integrated Child Development Scheme during the 12th Plan with a total outlay of ‘1,23,580 crore.36. My Government has enacted a path-breaking legislation, the ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act’, which provides for stringent punishment for persons who commit or abet such offences.37. For ensuring a safe and secure environment for women in work places, the Government introduced the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill, 2012 in Parliament. The Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. My Government is also deeply concerned about incidents of sexual offences against women. After considering the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma Committee, the Government has promulgated an ordinance, amending the criminal law to provide for stringent punishment for heinous sexual offences against women. The Government has also begun to implement a series of administrative measures to improve the safety and security of women in the country.38. The National Mission for Empowerment of Women will implement a pilot project in public hospitals in 100 districts, called “One Stop Crisis Centre”, a specialized facility for providing all necessary services for women subjected to violence.39. The Mid-day Meal Programme today covers around 11 crore children in over 12 lakh schools. Several new initiatives have been taken by the Government to make it more effective. My Government is committed to expanding coverage under this programme to pre-primary schools in a progressive manner.40. My Government is considering a strategic shift in central funding to states for higher education through a new programme called the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. This programme will encourage states to develop comprehensive higher education plans in an integrated manner to address the issues of expansion, equity and excellence.41. My Government has taken major strides in accelerating our skill development efforts. The number of ITIs that stood at 5114 in 2006-07, more than doubled to 10,344 by the end of 2012.Honourable Members,42. In January 2013, we completed two years without detection of even a single case of wild polio-virus. This is the longest polio-free period in the country ever since eradication efforts were launched.43. In health infrastructure, over 43,500 new construction and up-gradation works of health facilities were taken up in the period 2005-06 to 2012-13 and nearly 70,000 additional beds have been added in Government health institutions. During the same period, around 1.45 lakh medicare staff has been added in various States under the National Rural Health Mission.44. To overcome the shortage of nursing staff, Government has sanctioned over 200 nursing schools in remote and under-served districts in the last two years. To increase the availability of doctors and specialists, several reforms were initiated, resulting in a record increase of 46% MBBS seats and 70% Post Graduate seats in the last five years. An overarching National Health Mission, covering both rural and urban areas, is being finalized.45. Over 1.1 crore women benefited from the Janani Suraksha Yojana during 2011-12. Under the Janani Sishu Suraksha Karyakram, pregnant women are entitled to absolutely free care in public health institutions.46. To further improve child health, my Government has launched the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram for screening of children below 18 years for 30 different types of diseases, disorders, deficiencies and disabilities. This national initiative will eventually cover around 270 million children across the country.47. Due to efforts of the Government, there have been significant reductions in Maternal Mortality Rate, Infant Mortality Rate and Total Fertility Rate in recent years. Life expectancy at birth has increased from 61.9 years in the period 1996-2000 to 66.1 years in the period 2006-2010.48. The National AIDS Control Programme has been recognized globally as a success story. The programme has reduced annual new HIV infections by 57% in the last decade. Adult HIV prevalence has decreased from 0.40% in 2000 to 0.27% in 2011.49. Since the launch of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, more than 3.35 crore smart cards have been issued and more than 43.26 lakh persons have availed hospitalization facility under the scheme. This insurance scheme has been extended to building and other construction workers, street vendors, beedi workers and other categories.Honourable Members,50. Lack of adequate and quality infrastructure is a major hurdle in the fast growth of our economy. Therefore, it is imperative that the infrastructure deficit is overcome and adequate investment takes place. Government has taken two major steps to ensure that impediments in this area are eliminated.51. The first is setting up of the Cabinet Committee on Investment to expedite decisions on approvals and clearances for implementation of projects. The second is the creation of Infrastructure Debt Funds to raise low-cost, long-term resources for refinancing infrastructure projects.52. My Government remains committed to increasing the share of manufacturing to 25% of GDP and creating 100 million jobs within a decade. Under the National Manufacturing Policy, 12 National Investment & Manufacturing Zones stand notified, 8 of them along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and 4 others at Nagpur, Tumkur, Chittor and Medak. The Government has also liberalized the FDI policy in single-brand and multi-brand retail trading, air transport services, power exchanges and the broadcasting sector. The E-Biz project has been launched to serve as a 24×7 online single window system for providing services to investors and businesses.53. The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan – 2020 has been prepared. It envisages a roadmap for facilitating manufacture of electric and hybrid vehicles that are environment friendly and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.54. My Government has notified the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy-2012 to ensure availability of essential medicines at affordable prices even while providing sufficient opportunity for innovation and competition to support the growth of the industry. Six new National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education & Research at Hyderabad, Gandhinagar, Hajipur, Kolkata, Guwahati and Raebareli have started functioning.55. My Government has taken effective measures to incentivize exports and provide support to labour intensive sectors. India became the largest exporter of rice in 2012-13.56. With a view to providing further support to handloom weavers, the Government is considering a scheme for concessional credit for the handloom sector to benefit about 10 lakh handloom weavers.57. To promote Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, 20% of all Government procurement is required to be from Micro & Small Enterprises. The Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange launched Small and Medium Enterprises exchange platforms in 2012, making access to capital markets easier.58. As a major step forward in reforming our banking sector, the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 was passed by both the Houses of Parliament in December, 2012. The Government amended the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 for more effective prevention of money laundering.59. Pursuing the Budget announcement of 2012-13, Government has notified the Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme for first-time retail investors. Through the disinvestment policy, we have broad-based people’s ownership of Government enterprises.60. The tourism sector contributes substantially to the country’s foreign exchange earnings, which during 2012 were estimated at ‘94,487 crore, a growth of over 21% over the previous year. Foreign tourist arrivals in India in 2012 were estimated at 6.65 million.61. India is the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world. Kolkata and Chennai Airports now have new terminals. My Government has given ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up a greenfield airport at Aranmula in Kerala, apart from airports at Navi Mumbai, Mopa and Kannur.62. The Dedicated Freight Corridor project is an ambitious mega project connecting our Eastern and Western Coasts with the interiors of the country and will cover 3300 km of railway track. Construction of over 1000 km route length is expected to begin shortly.63. A state of the art Coach Production Facility at Raebareli has been commissioned for producing modern stainless steel coaches. Innovative approaches under the PPP mode are being launched for first- and-last-mile projects and development of railway stations. Construction of the Banihal-Qazigund tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir has been completed and work on starting train services is in progress.64. In 2012-13, 2600 km of roads are expected to be constructed and contracts for 3000 km of new roads are expected to be awarded. A new approach to road construction, the EPC mode, has been put in place. This will ensure significant cost and time savings compared to traditional contracting methods. A length of 2900 km of highways will be put under the Operate, Maintain and Transfer system, which will improve road maintenance. To improve connectivity from Kashmir Valley to Kargil-Ladakh region, a tunnel of 6.5 km has already been approved and another tunnel of 13 km is planned. This would ensure all weather connectivity.65. In 2012-13, 42 PPP port projects have been targeted for award, involving an additional capacity of 251 Million Tonnes Per Annum with an investment of ‘14,770 crore in 2012-13. The Government proposes to establish two new major ports, one at Sagar Island in West Bengal and the other in Andhra Pradesh with a total additional capacity of around 100 Million Tonnes Per Annum.66. A number of steps such as technology development & modernization and development of new coal blocks by engaging Mine Developer and Operator have been taken to improve the productivity of Coal India Limited (CIL). After resolving pending issues, 46 Fuel Supply Agreements were signed by CIL with power utilities. Following the notification of the new Auction by Competitive Bidding Rules, my Government is in the process of allocation of 17 coal blocks to Government companies, as a first step.67. My Government has taken important steps to harness our mineral resources. Geological Survey of India has planned to complete the geophysical and geochemical mapping of highly promising 5.71 lakh square km area during the 12th Plan. For developing deep sea mineral exploration capability, an Ocean Going Research Vessel is likely to be commissioned in 2013.68. In the 11th Plan, 54,964 MW of electricity generation capacity has been added which is about two & half times the capacity added during the 10th Plan. The total installed capacity stood at about 2 lakh MW at the end of the 11th Plan. To meet the projected demand by the end of the 12th Plan, the targeted capacity addition in the Plan is 88,537 MW.69. Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana, more than one lakh un-electrified villages have been electrified. Nearly 2,85,000 villages have been intensively electrified and free electricity connections given to more than 2 crore BPL households.70. A scheme for financial restructuring of state owned distribution companies has been notified by the Government of India to enable their turnaround and long-term viability. This would help settle loans worth more than ‘1.85 lakh crore that the power utilities owe to financial institutions.71. Through suitable policy interventions, my Government is targeting significant reduction of our dependence on imported oil and gas which is presently more than 75% of our requirement.72. Renewable energy has to play an expanding role in achieving energy security in the years ahead. The country has an installed capacity of over 26,400 MW from various renewable energy sources, which is over 12% of the country’s total power generation capacity.73. My Government’s reform measures and proactive policies, as well as active participation by the private sector have resulted in an unprecedented growth of the telecom sector. With more than 935 million telephone connections, the Indian telecom network is the second largest in the world. Tele-density was 76.75% in October, 2012 with rural tele-density crossing 40%. The Government approved the National Telecom Policy-2012 which lays down the vision and strategic direction for the telecom sector. Two and a half lakh Gram Panchayats will be connected with broadband facility under the National Optical Fibre Network project by December 2014.74. The Department of Posts is rolling out a rural ICT programme, through which all post offices will be connected electronically. Computers will be provided to 1,30,000 post offices, which would facilitate both postal and banking services at post offices.75. In 2011-12, the Indian IT and IT Enabled Services industry showed remarkable resilience by earning revenue of US$101 billion. The total employment in IT Software and Services touched 2.8 million in 2011-12, with an annual growth of about 9%.76. My Government has approved the National Electronics Policy, 2012, covering a comprehensive set of schemes with special focus on promoting domestic Electronics System Design and Manufacturing. The National Policy on Information Technology has been approved. It envisions strengthening and enhancing India’s position as a global hub for IT and using IT as an engine for rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth. About 1,00,000 Citizen Service Centres are delivering IT services to the people.77. The Government has successfully completed the first phase of Cable TV digitization in three metro cities. This will be extended to other cities in a phased manner.Honourable Members,78. We are commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema. The first phase of the National Museum of Indian Cinema is proposed to be dedicated to the nation at Gulshan Mahal, Mumbai.79. During 2012, Government commemorated the 150th Birth Anniversaries of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Shri Madan Mohan Malaviya and Shri Motilal Nehru apart from undertaking preparatory work for observing the 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and the Centenary of the Gadar movement. A new International Award, namely the “Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony”, has been instituted. The first award will be given posthumously to late Pandit Ravi Shankar. A National Mission for Libraries commenced its work in 2012.80. The Archaeological Survey of India celebrated 150 years of existence in 2012 and took up important initiatives in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos for restoration of temples there.81. The performance of our athletes at the London Olympics and the Paralympics was encouraging. My Government has decided to put in place a long-term plan for training of sports-persons in select disciplines. My Government also intends to put in place a new system for identification of sports talent from the panchayat to the district level.82. The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development in Tamil Nadu has been accorded the status of an institute of national importance.Honourable Members,83. Some parts of our country have in the recent past witnessed communal incidents. My Government is determined to thwart any attempt at disturbing our communal peace and harmony.84. In July 2012, incidents of violence took place in some districts of Assam, in which about hundred persons were killed. In order to control the violence, adequate army and paramilitary forces were deployed. The State Government set up relief camps and provided basic amenities to the affected people. The Central Government announced a package of ‘300 crore for relief and rehabilitation efforts.85. Incidents of Left Wing extremist violence have shown a declining trend. The number of deaths in naxal violence declined from 611 in 2011 to 414 in 2012.86. My Government is committed to dealing with Left Wing Extremism in a comprehensive manner. It is pursuing a two- pronged approach of conducting proactive and sustained operations against extremists and focussing attention on development and governance issues in extremist affected areas. A new scheme for construction and strengthening of 400 police stations has been started in the affected areas. The first phase of the plan for improving road connectivity in 34 most affected districts at a cost of ‘7,300 crore is likely to be completed by March, 2015.87. The security situation in Jammu & Kashmir and the North East has shown a perceptible improvement. The number of tourists visiting Jammu & Kashmir has increased from 8.99 lakh in 2011 to 12.37 lakh in 2012. Compared with 2011, the number of fatalities in incidents of terrorist violence in 2012 declined by nearly half. Under the placement linked scheme named Udaan, proposals of corporate houses to train nearly 25,000 youth from Jammu & Kashmir have already been approved. Under another placement linked skill development initiative called Himayat, more than 1650 youth from the state have been trained, of which over 650 have been employed.88. My Government has accorded high priority to Border Management. In addition to the work of border fencing, roads and floodlighting along the borders with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar, Government has decided to undertake the construction of 509 additional border outposts along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-Pakistan border. The Integrated Check Post at Attari was operationalised in April, 2012.89. In pursuance of the tri-partite agreement, an autonomous body called the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has been formed in August, 2012 for the Darjeeling Hill Areas. My Government will provide the GTA financial assistance of ‘ 200 crore per annum for 3 years for development of socio-economic infrastructure. This will be over and above the normal plan assistance to the State of West Bengal.Honourable Members,90. My Government remains committed to ushering in reforms for greater transparency, probity, integrity and accountability in governance. To this end, my Government attaches priority to the enactment of legislation proposed in the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Bill, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organizations Bill, Citizens’ Right to Grievance Redress Bill, and The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, which already stand introduced in the Parliament. My Government is also considering amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act to punish the guilty and protect the honest public servants more effectively.91. My Government has taken significant initiatives including enhanced funding of ‘ 4867 crore in the 12th Plan to strengthen the legal and judicial infrastructure in the country. Over 14,000 District and Subordinate Courts are being equipped with the tools of information and communication to provide quality citizen-centric services to litigants. As one of its foremost priorities, Government will endeavour to establish Gram Nyayalayas for ensuring affordable and expeditious justice to the common man. My Government proposes to introduce the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill in this session as a significant initiative towards judicial reforms.Honourable Members,92. The people of India are grateful to our Armed Forces for their exemplary professionalism, commitment and bravery in defending our nation. The country is united in paying tribute to our soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice by laying down their lives for the country.93. Our Armed Forces are fully prepared to defend the country against any threat. My Government will continue to take all necessary steps to modernize and equip our Armed Forces; bolster defence infrastructure, especially in the border areas; encourage indigenous defence R&D; and expand domestic production of defence equipment. The continuing progress in our missile programme has strengthened our deterrence capability. Coastal security has also been further strengthened.94. My Government attaches the highest importance to the welfare of servicemen and ex-servicemen. Significant steps have been taken to enhance the pay and pension of serving and retired Services personnel and to remove disparities. This will benefit over 13 lakh personnel.95. My Government’s foreign policy continues to be driven by the objectives of creating an enabling environment for our national development, ensuring the security of the nation and fulfilling our international responsibilities.96. We continue to seek peace, stability, cooperation and economic development in the sub-continent. We attach the highest priority to relations with our immediate neighbours. With Pakistan, we have made progress towards normalization of relations, strengthening mechanisms for bilateral trade and facilitating greater people-to-people contact. While we remain committed to taking the process forward, it is also important that Pakistan abides by its commitments and desists from acts that contribute to a trust deficit. As Afghanistan prepares for the political and security transition in 2014 and beyond, we will continue to help Afghanistan evolve peacefully and fight terrorism and extremism.97. My Government proposes to introduce a Constitutional Amendment Bill in Parliament to give effect to the provisions of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh and its 2011 Protocol, which will strengthen border management and our security.98. We are making progress in our engagement with Sri Lanka, including in our efforts to resettle and rehabilitate the internally displaced persons there and to ensure a life of peace, dignity and equality for the Tamil people.99. In West Asia and North Africa, my Government supports efforts to promote peaceful settlement of conflicts and resolution of disputes in a manner that accommodates the democratic aspirations of the people. We are also mindful of the fact that the Gulf region is home to nearly six million Indians who live and work there and that we depend on the region for the bulk of our energy requirements. We have further enhanced our political engagement with and economic assistance to countries of Africa.100. At the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in December 2012, which marked the tenth anniversary of the annual ASEAN-India Summits, we elevated our relations with ASEAN to a strategic partnership and concluded negotiations on an ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement on services and investment.101. My Government intends to work with the new Chinese leadership to reinforce the positive direction of our relationship. Our multi-faceted relationship with Japan, which is also a major partner in our infrastructure development efforts, is making good progress. The privileged and strategic partnership we have built with Russia received a further boost during the visit of President Valdimir Putin in December 2012.102. The Strategic Partnership with the United States has deepened, with progress across all areas of our relationship and we look forward to intensifying this engagement during the second term of President Obama. India’s traditionally strong relations with Europe will continue to develop. The visit of President Francois Hollande to Delhi in February 2013, his first Asian destination as President, will further strengthen our friendship and broad-based strategic cooperation with France.103. As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during the last two years, India played an important role in the Council’s efforts to promote international peace and security. We intensified efforts to generate momentum for early reform of the United Nations Security Council. We are also seeking concerted international action against piracy. In addition, a Piracy Bill was introduced in the Parliament last year for prosecution in India of persons committing piracy.104. India also remained constructively engaged in global multilateral diplomacy. We hosted the fourth BRICS Summit in New Delhi in March 2012 and the ministerial meet of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation in October 2012.105. As our development partnership expands and assumes an increasingly vital role in our foreign policy, my Government has established a Development Partnership Administration in the Ministry of External Affairs for more efficient and effective administration of our wide-ranging assistance programme, which covers financial aid, capacity building and training and the sharing of our development experience and expertise.106. My Government has successfully completed the implementation of the Passport Seva Project, one of the mission-mode projects under the National e-Governance Plan, to deliver passport related services to our citizens in a timely, convenient and transparent manner.107. My Government is deeply committed to promoting the interests and welfare of overseas Indians. The Government launched the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana on a pilot basis in May 2012 to provide emigrant Indian workers benefits like life insurance cover, pensions and Return and Resettlement savings. We also signed Social Security Agreements with Finland, Canada, Japan and Sweden. Similar agreements with Austria and Portugal will be signed soon.Honourable Members,108. Our space programme epitomizes India’s scientific achievements and benefits the country in a number of areas. The launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle on 9 September 2012 marked our 100th space mission. India’s first remote sensing satellite RISAT-1, with all-weather imaging capability, was also launched in 2012. Several space missions are planned for 2013, including India’s first mission to Mars and the launch of our first navigational satellite. 109. The country continues to make progress in the field of nuclear energy. Electricity generation from nuclear power plants increased by about 23% in 2011-12 over the previous year. This year, two units of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam, established with Russian collaboration, will be commissioned. My Government attaches the highest priority to the safety of nuclear power plants. A Bill to set up a Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority has been introduced in Parliament. We have also conducted internal technical reviews of all safety systems of nuclear power plants in the country. In addition, we are working with the International Atomic Energy Agency on all nuclear safety issues.110. The Government has unveiled the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2013 to accelerate the pace of discovery, diffusion and delivery of science-led solutions for faster, sustainable and inclusive growth. In order to popularize science education in schools, nearly 7.30 lakh scholarships have been awarded under a scheme called Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research. About 48% of the awardees are girls and 25% belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. A new PPP doctoral fellowship titled ”Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research” has been implemented this year.111. The Government is setting up a dedicated Seismological Research Laboratory and has launched a first-of-its-kind research programme in the earthquake-prone Koyna-Warna region of Maharastra to study precursor changes. The Indian tsunami early warning system was recognized as the Regional Tsunami Service Provider for the Indian Ocean region in October 2012. India’s third permanent station in Antarctica was commissioned in March 2012.112. India successfully hosted the eleventh Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad in October, 2012. The event provided India with an opportunity to consolidate, scale-up and showcase its strengths in the field of biodiversity. One of the most important outcomes of this Conference was the commitment made by the Parties to double the total biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015. At the Conference, the Prime Minister launched the ‘Hyderabad Pledge’, wherein he announced earmarking US $50 million during India’s presidency of the Conference of Parties to strengthen the institutional, technical and human capabilities for biodiversity conservation in India, and to promote similar capacity building in other developing countries.113. At the recently held Doha Conference on Climate Change, India played a lead role in ensuring that the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibility continue to be recognized as the basis of the Parties’ efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Honourable Members,114. India stands tall as a nation because we are seen as a liberal and plural democracy, which has faced and overcome tremendous odds. The world recognizes India’s demonstrable democratic and secular practices as a major achievement. While we should rejoice in the benefits that our plurality brings, the challenge is to relentlessly pursue our efforts to accelerate economic growth and widen opportunities within our democratic framework. It is only if we constantly renew and defend the democratic values that define our nationhood that we will be able to face the great challenges that lie before us. On behalf of my Government, I appeal to all of you to support our endeavours in marching ahead as a proud nation.Jai Hindlast_img read more

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Gandii Baat 3 leaked sex scene Sheeva Rana and Lalit Bisht disturbed

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first_imgGandii Batt 3 sex scene involving Sheeva Rana and Lalit Bisht leaked.Instagram/YouTube screenshotThe makers of Gandii Baat season 3 got a shocker when they realised that a sex scene featuring Sheeva Rana and Lalit Bisht has been leaked online. The two concerned actors have reacted to the unfortunate incident.Both Sheeva and Lalit are extremely disturbed by the sex scene been leaked out of context, but the actress appears to be more upset.”It was really disheartening when I came to know that the video clip of my intimate scene with Sheeva from the series got leaked. I felt bad initially, but now I am fine as it’s not my real-life video that got leaked. It was just a scene from my series Gandii Baat 3 and I am really proud to perform it with ease as our director made us so comfortable during the shoot,” Lalit told Spotboye.Sheeva is much more upset with the incident as the bold scene appeared online without any context.”I was little disappointed that the video has been leaked only because I wanted people to see the whole thing in a proper way. But now when it’s already viral and thousands of people have seen it, nothing can be done. I am disheartened and really sad,” she told the entertainment portal.The concerned leaked scene from Gandii Baat 3 shows Sheeva and Lalit making out inside a running lift. The clip is now all over the internet, and is going viral on social media as well.last_img read more

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Stevenson Middle School Placed On Lockdown Over Social Media Threat

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first_img Share The school lockdown at #StevensonMiddle has been lifted after a social media threat, but look how many parents decided to pick up their kids anyway… #abc13. pic.twitter.com/nOgd8XPJCU— Pooja Lodhia (@PoojaOnTV) February 19, 2018 Photo via HISDStevenson Middle School.The Houston Independent School District said a social media threat caused a lockdown at Stevenson Middle School in southeast Houston early Monday, February 19. According to click2houston.com, Tracy Clemmens, a spokesman for the HISD, said authorities were made aware of the threat in the morning and the school was placed on lockdown. That lockdown was lifted about a half-hour later.Clemmens said that officials want to assure parents that everyone at the school is safe and there is no need to pick up their children. HISD identified the student believed to be responsible, and he was not on campus at the time. HISD said he will now face “appropriate disciplinary action.”Last Friday, February 16, Fort Bent County Sheriff’s Office said two teenagers accused in separate incidents of making threats through social media to harm people at two Fort Bend County Schools have been arrested.center_img #BREAKING parents pulling their kids from #StevensonMS, parents say they were notified about a threat made to #HISD campus this AM, after #Parkland, families say they aren’t taking any chances. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/l9oVqZfXHv— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) February 19, 2018last_img read more

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Play PacMan in your neighborhood on Google Maps right now

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first_imgSometimes it’s nice to take a day and not think about Google as a massive information gathering company in an age when personal privacy is up for political debate and information is power. I call those days “weekdays,” and today is one of them. Luckily, the massive conglomerate that is most likely to become Skynet is helping me forget my woes by programming browser-based fun into its Google Maps web app.Head on over to Google Maps and search for your home town. Or, if you happen to be located somewhere that wouldn’t make for a good Pac-Man map — like a lone country road, private luxury island, mountain apocalypse shelter, are constantly in motion, or are chasing the sunset on wax wings your father made you — you can start with somewhere like Manhattan.Google has provided a Pac-Man icon to mark a good location to try this out.To start the game on your current map, click on the box in the lower left hand corner with a Pac-Man screenshot on it .The app will flash through a quick control tutorial on the left.Now, whatever map you were looking at has been transformed into a level of Pac-Man!Get ready for a showdown.Use your keyboard’s arrow keys to turn Pac-Man around tricky corners and move through diagonal streets. The map doesn’t scroll, so if you reach the edge, Pac-Man will reappear at a street on the opposite side of the screen, just like the arcade game.Now you can gobble up yellow bubbles on the streets of your hometown while avoiding Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. Get the big yellow bubble and turn the tables on them for extra points (I know, I’m just explaining Pac-Man, but I have no idea how old you are).This isn’t the first time Google used Pac-Man to distract you from work you should be doing (or general fear of the omnipotent Google). On May 21, 2010, the company made its Google Doodle a playable game of Pac-Man — which ended up costing businesses 4.8 million lost work hours This is something they remind you of every time you search for Pac-Man, like it was a landmark event in the history internet:Never forget.last_img read more

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