Congress skips Grand Alliance meeting in Patna

first_imgAmid dissenting voices demanding introspection and accountability over the past few days, the Rashtriya Janata Dal on Wednesday asserted that the party is united and would contest the next State Assembly elections scheduled for 2020 under Tejashwi Yadav’s leadership. RJD leaders also said Mr. Yadav would continue as the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly. Alliance partner Congress, however, was a no-show at a Mahagathbandhan meeting later in the day.“With the [general election] defeat we’re down but not out. A day before the poll, communal forces conspired to rob our vote bank with its money power. We will introspect and do a booth-wise survey of our defeat…we’ve taken the drubbing as a challenge,” State RJD chief Ram Chandra Purve told journalists after the conclusion of the party’s meeting on Wednesday.The RJD had called a two-day meeting of party leaders and legislators to mull over its humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha poll. The party contested 20 of the State’s 40 parliamentary seats as part of a Grand Alliance but couldn’t win any, ally Congress picking up a solitary seat.At the meeting, a three-member panel comprising senior party leaders Jagdanand Singh, Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Alok Mehta was constituted to interact with party workers and leaders to ascertain the reasons behind the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha poll. The panel will submit its report in two weeks.Earlier, senior party leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had said that “delay in seat-sharing arrangement and uneven distribution of tickets” had led to party’s defeat. He also had admitted that the Grand Alliance was not united from the start and existed “only on paper”. Mr. Singh, who lost in Vaishali against Lok Janshakti Party candidate Veena Devi, also held the rift between Mr. Yadav and Tej Pratap, the two sons of party chief Lalu Prasad, as one of the reasons for the party’s drubbing.After the conclusion of the RJD’s two-day meeting, Grand Alliance leaders reached former CM Rabri Devi’s residence for a meeting. Alliance party leaders Sharad Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha and Mukesh Sahni attended the meeting but no leader from the State Congress turned up.“I was not aware of any such meeting,” said State Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha.last_img read more

West Bengal government suspends 2 teachers over midday meal issues

first_imgAfter the shocking incident of boiled rice and salt served to students in midday meal in a school in Hooghly district came to light, the West Bengal government has suspended two teachers of the institute and has also fixed a menu for the midday meal, an official said.‘Punish the guilty’Two teachers of the Chunchura Banimandir Balika Bidyalaya have been suspended after footage of the students being served rice and salt triggered an outrage on Monday last prompting Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to order a departmental probe into the incident and promise strict action.A School Education Department official said on Saturday that the two, one former teacher in-charge and the other present teacher in-charge, were placed under suspension on Tuesday, a day after the incident was reported on TV channels and BJP MP Locket Chatterjee rushed to the school demanding all those found to be guilty be punished. “We will take further action on the basis of probe which is still on,” said the official, but didn’t divulge identify of the two teachers. In the wake of the incident, the School Education Department on Thursday sent notification to all District Magistrates asking them to strictly maintain the menu and also gave a chart which specified on which date which type of food will be served.‘Visit all schools’ A copy of the notification to the DM of East Midnapore district specified — rice, dal, potato, vegetable curry will have to be served on Monday; rice, dal, egg/fish curry will be given on Tuesday; rice, dal, mixed vegetable will be given on Wednesday; rice, fish or egg curry, vegetables will be given on Thursday; rice dal, potato curry (posto) for Friday and rice dal, soyabean and potato curry on Saturday, it said. All officials in-charge of midday meals have been asked “to instruct all local level officers, education supervisors to visit cent per cent schools” (all the schools) from August 24 to August 31 to ensure that the midday meal is provided in a proper manner to the students and to send compiled report everyday to the School Education Department. Copies of the notifications were made available on Saturday.‘Zero tolerance’ The move was preceded by Education Minister Partha Chatterjee earlier asserting that the government will “do everything” to ensure children get the proper kind of midday meal and there will be “zero tolerance” to any attempt to deprive children of their prescribed meal.last_img read more

Titles stay put as Filipino fans get real treat in thrilling WWE Manila return

first_imgView comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architect Thabo Sefolosha signs 1-year deal with Rockets LATEST STORIES MOST READ After a highly-entertaining night, the Filipino fans were the real winners with WWE superstars such as Reigns, Kingston and Owens taking time to sign autographs and pose for pictures especially with the kids at ringside after the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WWE Live returns to Manila with a thrilling card. Photo by Mark GiongcoMANILA, Philippines—The WWE superstars promised to put on a show in WWE’s return to Manila after three years and they delivered a spectacle.Filipino fans many of whom braved the heavy rains and bad traffic on a Friday night did not leave Araneta Coliseum disappointed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Bayley sent Flair crashing head first into a well-placed steel chair in between two turnbuckles off a failed Spear attempt that led to the pinfall.“The Big Dog” Roman Reigns interacting with his Filipino fans after beating Sami Zayn during last night’s WWE Live Manila. Fans certainly got their money’s worth after a thrilling show. pic.twitter.com/RLm4yRxju5— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) September 21, 2019But it was “The Queen” who dealt the final blow.ADVERTISEMENT Four titles were on the line and not one changed hands.Kofi Kingston retained the WWE championship after finishing off Daniel Bryan with a Trouble In Paradise on the counter in the main event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Revival also successfully defended their SmackDown Tag Team titles against The New Day after Scott Dawson had Big E pinned off a hit on an exposed turnbuckle.In a Street Fight, Bayley secured the three-count against Charlotte Flair to keep her SmackDown Women’s belt. Flair tried to put Bayley through a table twice—first via a Frogsplash then a Powerbomb—but on both times the table remained intact and Bayley got the worst of it.The familiar chants of “This is awesome” broke out at the Big Dome when Intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura and Ali squared off in what turned out to be the most exciting match of the night.With the help of Sami Zayn, Nakamura got the better of Ali, who got caught with a Kinshasa, to keep his belt.Zayn, however, couldn’t make it a double celebration after he got more than what he asked for when he spontaneously called out for a challenge just shortly following Nakamura’s victory.Accepting the challenge was no less than Roman Reigns himself, who had Filipino fans into a frenzy.Reigns delivered a Spear to dismantle Zayn, who was down for the count.Kicking off the night was Kevin Owens, who hit Andrade with a Stunner to seal the win.Also victorious were Chad Gable, who submitted EC3 with an Ankle Lock, and Mandy Rose, who defeated Carmella.R-Truth, the reigning 24/7 Champion, served as guest ring announcer during the match between Gable and EC3.Truth briefly lost his belt after he was caught off guard by EC3 before reclaiming less than a minute later with the help of Gable. Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’last_img read more

(Rpting after correcting month in para 16)

first_img(REOPENS MDS12)Reacting to the development at Delhi, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party did not view the resignation as a setback. “Taking corrective measures is not a setback at all. We are a party of principals and values. The state secretariat has taken a decision and a decision that is good. Correcting mistakes is never a setback. That shows the maturity and different character (of the party)”, he said. “In this case there was a mistake, we corrected it unlike the previous UDF government”, Yechury said. Asked if CPI-M would act against Jayarajan and Sreemathi, he said as they are central committee members, any decision on them will be taken by the party central leadership. Politbureau member S R Pillai said to err is human and there can be mistakes. CPI, the second largest partner in LDF, which had hit out against Jayarajan, stating that nepotism was equivalent to corruption, welcomed the resignation. Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Jayarajan had no other option but to resign. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said the row would not end with Jayarajans resignation. A comprehensive probe was needed and the Chief Ministers office also should be brought under the ambit of investigation. Describing the resignation as a natural action, KPCC President V M Sudheeran said Jayarajan had to face nepotism and corruption charges and he was forced to resign just a few months after the LDF government came to power. BJP leader V Muraleedharan said the Pinarayi Vijayan government had to succumb to pressure due to the feelings of the people towards corruption. “The problems will not end with this resignation.There is a complaint before Vigilance court and a case should be registered against Jayarajan,” he said. Meanwhile,Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau informed a Special Court here today that a preliminary probe into the appointment row against Jayarjan had been initiated. Jayarajan, who also handled the Sports portfolio, had kicked up controversy when he removed Internationally renowned athlete Anju Bobby George as President of Kerala State Sports Council, alleging nepotism by her in appointments in the Body. He had also been trolled in the social media after he described boxer Mohammed Ali as a sports person from Kerala who had brought laurels to the state by winning many medals. He made the comment when his reaction was sought after Alis death. The assembly is scheduled to meet again from October 18 (RPT October 18) after the pooja holidays and the resignation of Jayarajan is expected to blunt the Opposition attack to a certain extent.advertisementThe UDF Opposition had disrupted and boycotted most of the sittings which began on September 26 on the self financing private medical college fees hike issue. PTI UD JRK APR SMJlast_img read more

Liverpool attack runs rampant late to seal win over Cardiff

first_imgLiverpool moved to the top of the Premier League as Sadio Mane scored twice in a routine 4-1 win over Cardiff City.Mohamed Salah gave the Reds an early lead, moving on to seven goals for the season following his midweek brace against Red Star Belgrade.Cardiff showed a touch more ambition after half-time, although Mane finished emphatically in the 65th minute before Callum Paterson became the first visiting player to score at Anfield in the Premier League since February. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Xherdan Shaqiri settled any nerves by crowning a lively cameo with a crisp 84th-minute finish and Mane added further gloss, matching Salah’s haul of seven for the season and putting Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side three points clear of champions Manchester City, who take on Tottenham on Monday.FULL-TIME Liverpool 4-1 CardiffSalah, Mane and Shaqiri find the net to send Liverpool top of the #PL#LIVCAR pic.twitter.com/iNUTk8fFNs— Premier League (@premierleague) October 27, 2018Cardiff’s resistance lasted until the 10th minute, when Salah backheeled to Trent Alexander-Arnold and peeled off on a run into the box. From that point, chaos ensued, with Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba unable to clear the cross before Salah followed up to slam home after Mane’s shot was blocked.Virgil van Dijk’s header bounced to safety off the post as Cardiff continued to wobble but their massed defensive ranks managed to reach the interval with no further damage – Morrison clearing off the line from the recalled Adam Lallana in the half’s final act.Cardiff’s faint threats of revival were snuffed out when Mane, who appeared to have bundled his way down a blind alley, crashed a venomous left-footed strike past Neil Etheridge from 16 yards.Just as the match looked to be meandering to a close, Paterson prodded in Junior Hoilett’s low right-wing cross at the near post.Yet the goal stung Liverpool into life, with Salah laying on Shaqiri’s goal and releasing Mane to dink a cute finish over Etheridge.That feeling when you score your first goal at Anfield! @XS_11official pic.twitter.com/967Plpx54b— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 27, 2018What does it mean? Relentless Reds keep the pressure on their rivalsThe Premier League’s top five is unlikely to remain so congested as England’s winter months begin to bite and Liverpool served further notice of their title ambitions as they were barely required to break sweat. Over to Arsenal and Chelsea on Sunday, before Spurs and City go about taking points off one another.Salah purrs to end productive weekMane will deservedly grab the headlines after his excellent brace but Salah continued a recent upturn that should silence any lingering complaints about form this season. The Egypt star wrecked Cardiff’s gameplan with his early opportunism, while his cool head in assisting Shaqiri and Mane allowed Liverpool to ease over the line.Warnock sealing Cardiff’s fateCardiff manager Neil Warnock has understandably made much of the gulf in class and resources between his own side and Liverpool. Those facts could not excuse a woeful first-half display, where City coughed up a scarcely credible 85.5 per cent possession to Liverpool. The likes of Bournemouth, Burnley, Brighton and Hove Albion and Huddersfield have all thrived on relatively meagre budgets over recent seasons in the Premier League. Surrendering entire halves of football is no way to approach imitating their exploits.Key Opta facts:26 – Liverpool have won 26 points in their opening 10 Premier League games this season (W8 D2 L0) – their joint-best start to a Premier League season after 10 games (also 26 in 2008-09). Threat. pic.twitter.com/4NsID1O9PA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 27, 2018- Cardiff have lost 14 of their last 17 away Premier League games (W1 D2), losing four of their five games on the road this season.- Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been involved in 33 goals in 24 Premier League appearances at Anfield (23 goals, 10 assists).- Cardiff completed 120 passes in this match – just nine more than Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum managed during the game (111).- Salah has scored 33 goals in 35 matches at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions.- Sadio Mane has ended on the winning side in all 19 matches he’s scored for Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions.- Callum Paterson’s goal for Cardiff was the first Liverpool had conceded at Anfield in the Premier League since February – a run of 918 minutes without conceding.What’s nextAn entirely different challenge awaits Liverpool at in-form Arsenal next weekend, while the onus will be on Cardiff to emerge from their own half with greater frequency when they host Leicester City. read morelast_img read more

Stats: India achieve their highest first innings total in Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia had the upper hand at stumps on the second day of the opening Test with Sri Lanka trailing by 446 runs with five wickets in hand in their first innings at Galle International Stadium on Thursday.After losing three wickets in quick succession at the start of the innings, Sri Lanka were 154/5 with middle-order batsman Angelo Mathews (54 batting) and Dilruwan Perera (6 batting) unbeaten at stumps.Mohammed Shami dealt crucial blows to register figures of 2/30 while fellow pacer Umesh Yadav and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a wicket each.In the first innings, Hardik Pandya, playing his first Test match for India, carried on the onslaught started by Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara as India posted a monstrous first inning-score of 600. It was also the time that 350+ runs have been scored on the first two days in a Test match in Sri Lanka.Galle Test:Day 1 : 399/3Day 2 : 355/12First time 350 runs have been scored on the first two days of a Test in Sri Lanka.#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 27, 2017Earlier, starting the day at 399 for 3, India added 201 runs to finish exactly on 600, something which has happened only twice in the history of Test cricket.The previous two times Australia (against England at MCG in January, 1995) and India (against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in April, 2004) ending up on the winning side.Since Dec 2016 there have been six totals of 600 or more in Test cricket. Five of them have been scored by India!#SLvIND #INDvSL- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) July 27, 2017Thursday’s 600 is the highest first innings score by an Indian team in Sri Lanka, topping the 537 that India made in the first Test in August, 1997 at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.advertisementIndia’s highest ever score on Sri Lankan soil would have to be 707, but in the second innings, which they scored in 225.2 overs in July 2010 at Colombo SSC after Sri Lanka declared at 642/4.India’s highest in Sri Lanka?707 in 225.2 overs at ColomboSSC in July 2010 after SL made 642/4d#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 27, 2017All in all, this was India’s 11th 600+ total away from home. Three of which have come in Pakistan and England, twice in Sri Lanka and one in neighbouring Bangladesh.One of the stars of the Indian innings was Cheteshwar Pujara, who fell just after crossing the 150 mark. It was his sixth in International cricket, which includes three double hundreds. In first class cricket though he has scored 19 such 150+ scores.Cheteshwar Pujara 150+ scores…in Tests: 6 (incl 3 200s)in fc cricket: 19 (incl 8 200s, 3 300s)#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 27, 2017last_img read more

Cause Of Death For Former Clemson RB Reportedly Football-Related

first_imgC.J. Fuller scores a touchdown for Clemson against Ohio State.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: C.J. Fuller #27 of the Clemson Tigers hauls in a touchdown pass over C.J. Saunders #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter of the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)At just 22 years old, former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller died in October. We now know more about the cause of death, and surprisingly, it is football related.At the time of death, it was reported that Fuller had complications with a seizure. His aunt speculated that a blood clot might have played a role.It turns out that she was on the right track.C.J. Fuller died from a pulmonary thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis, a condition that stemmed from a football-related knee injury.He was rehabbing the knee when the incident occurred. From The Greenville News:Fuller was doing physical therapy for a knee injury and began to experience chest pains in the moments before his death his aunt, Zola Fuller Beeks, said after his death in an interview with the Independent Mail and The Greenville News.Fuller was a role player for the Tigers from 2014-2017. He had a big kick-off return in the 2016 national championship that helped set up the Tigers’ game-winning drive over Alabama.Fuller was set to be a graduate transfer after finishing his Clemson degree, but had not yet found a new school at the time of his death.[The Greenville News]last_img read more

US Removes Iranian Shipping Companies from Blacklist

first_imgzoom The United States is reported to have removed the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and the country’s ports operator Tidewater Middle East Maritime Company from the US blacklist of companies subject to sanctions and asset freeze, local media reports.The names of 16 shipping executives, including IRISL Managing Director Mohammad Hossein Dajmar, and their companies have been delisted along with the related firms, IRNA added.“From now on, Tidewater is ready to participate with all power and capacity in financing various ports projects along with other Iranian maritime companies,” Tidewater is cited as saying in a statement, adding that all sanctions against the company had been formally abolished.The announcement comes following a final accord between Iran and the P5+1 nuclear deal, the implementation of which is pending approval from the US Congress and the Iranian Majles (parliament), as well as the implementation by Iran of nuclear-related measures described in the deal.The US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to back the deal as it prevents Iran from the ability to develop a nuclear bomb. Obama stressed that the failure to approve the deal would lead to more instability in the Middle East and an unfavorable chain of events.Even if all parties approve the deal, estimates show that the legal process to remove sanctions could take several months.“As a result, we do not expect Iranian crude to flood the market in the near-term,” energy research consultancy Wood Mackenzie said commenting on the deal. “We believe it could take Iran until the end of 2017 to increase production by as much as 600,000 b/d. There is a great deal of uncertainty over whether there has been any degradation of the reservoirs or facilities while production has been shut in.”“Since the increase in Iran’s output will occur steadily rather than one sizeable step change up, we do not see a large-scale downward effect on oil prices. Our oil market view already includes an assumption that Iran’s sanctions would be fully lifted by mid-2016.”As explained by Wood Mackenzie, the country is expected to unveil new upstream fiscal terms in late 2015 and some IOCs and NOCs, including Shell, Total and Eni, are already eyeing opportunities.“Tehran is eagerly poised to attract foreign investment and gain access to modern technologies in the whole energy chain. However, it will take years for IOCs to gain access to projects and start having an impact on production capacity – even if fiscal terms are set at internationally competitive levels.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Anonymous winner claiming 15 billion Mega Millions jackpot

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina lottery says a single winner has stepped forward to claim the $1.5 billion Jackpot from a drawing last October.A lottery commission statement says the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous.It adds that the winner has chosen the cash option, a one-time payment of nearly $878,000,000. It says that’s the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States history.The winning ticket was sold between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 last year at a convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the South Carolina city of Greenville.For months, South Carolina residents had speculated on why the winner hadn’t stepped forward. The winner had until April 19 to claim the prize.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO chief pays tribute to Congolese Artist for Peace

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Jean Serge Essous, a Congolese musician who served as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova mourned the death of Mr. Essous, who passed away last month in Brazzaville, calling him a “remarkable musician” who defended the agency’s ideals.A leading figure on the Congolese music scene, Mr. Essous was a composer, saxophonist and clarinettist.“His art spread messages promoting intangible cultural heritage, cultural dialogue and exchange between peoples, particularly addressing the young,” Ms. Bokova said.“His death is a great lost to African music and to all those open to the different types of music of the world.”Mr. Essous had originally trained to be an electrician and met the musicians of the Diaboula Ballets on his first job.In 1956, he helped to begin OK Jazz, a group that has left an indelible mark on Congolese and African music. He also directed another major group known as Les Bantous de la capitale, and served as an advisor to the Congolese recording company known as the Société Congolaise du Disque. 8 December 2009The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Jean Serge Essous, a Congolese musician who served as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace. read more

North American stocks pare gains amid China hiatus ECB stimulus moves

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market rose for a second consecutive session Thursday, but was well off highs of the day despite positive economic news at home and abroad.At midafternoon, the S&P/TSX composite was up 28.20 points at 13,573.45 on top of a 63-point gain on Wednesday as Statistics Canada reported that growth in exports helped shrink the country’s trade deficit in July, indicating the economy is on track for growth in the second half of the year.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average also retreated from a big triple-digit advance that came after the European Central Bank said it stands ready to give the eurozone a bigger dose of stimulus should inflation across the 19-country bloc fail to pick up.The Dow, which soared 293 points on Wednesday, was ahead 24.79 points at 16,376.17 at midafternoon, while the broader S&P 500 gained 3.15 points to 1,952.01. The Nasdaq gave back 11.32 points to 4,738.66.The Canadian dollar rose 0.37 of a U.S. cent to 75.72 cents US amid mixed commodity prices.The benchmark October crude oil contract edged three cents lower to US$46.22 a barrel, while October natural gas gained seven cents to US$2.71 per thousand cubic feet and December copper was up four cents at US$2.37 a pound. December gold retreated $10.50 to US$1,123.10 an ounce.Earlier in the day, European markets soared after ECB president Mario Draghi commented on the bank’s stimulus plans at a news conference. Germany’s DAX closed up 2.7 per cent, France’s CAC-40 up 2.2 per cent and Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 1.8 per cent.Along with lower interest rates, the ECB is already pumping 60 billion euros a month into the economy through purchases of government and corporate bonds. The program is slated to run at least through September 2016. U.S. traders remain cautious while they await the results of the next policy rate meeting of the Federal Reserve Board, which begins Sept. 17.Chances of a September interest rate hike have diminished amid reports of an economic slowdown in China and recent volatility on global equity markets. However, Fed officials have refused to completely rule out a hike in rates that have been at historic lows since the Great Recession, citing continuing strength in the U.S. economy.One factor that will weigh on the Fed decision will be the U.S. jobs report out Friday. Consensus estimates call for American employers to have created 220,000 jobs last month, with unemployment rate dropping to 5.2 per cent. read more

Annan urges Iraq to cooperate with his envoy on Kuwaiti missing persons

In a report to the Security Council released today, the Secretary-General says that over the past four months, Iraq has “continued its approach of non-cooperation with the High-level Coordinator” on the issue, Ambassador Yuli M. Vorontsov.”Once again, I strongly urge the Iraqi leadership to reconsider its current policy regarding the Coordinator,” Mr. Annan writes. “As I have stated on a number of occasions, he can only achieve what he is mandated to accomplish if Iraq changes its position.”The Secretary-General rejects the “groundless and inaccurate claims” put forward by Iraq on the matter, most recently by the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Naji Sabri, in a statement annexed to a letter sent to Mr. Annan on 20 August. Among other charges, Mr. Sabri states that the Secretary-General’s previous report on the issue constituted “final proof of selectivity, double standards and deliberate distortions of the facts.” The Foreign Minister also refers to the “tendentious political nature of the mission of the so-called Coordinator.” In response, Mr. Annan writes in his current report that “such claims are counterproductive for the resolution of long-standing humanitarian issues.” Iraq should, he adds, “abandon its stance of declaring no knowledge of the whereabouts and fate of the Kuwaiti and third-country nationals who were arrested and deported more than 11 years ago.” For his part, Mr. Vorontsov remains ready to meet with Iraqi officials at any time and any place, according to the report. “It is my strong conviction that a dialogue between the Government of Iraq and Ambassador Vorontsov would bring positive results in the search for a solution to the humanitarian issues with which he has been entrusted,” the Secretary-General says. read more

UN agency calls for funds to clean up pesticide waste in Latin

“Previous FAO estimates, based on information provided by countries, suggested a total of about 10,000 tonnes of chemicals requiring disposal in the region,” said Mark Davis, coordinator of FAO’s obsolete pesticides programme. He said new data placed that figure at more than three times as much. “Since that time a more frightening picture has begun to emerge indicating that stocks are far higher and are currently estimated to be between 30,000 and 50,000 tonnes,” he added. In northern Colombia, around 200 tonnes of the most toxic pesticides were discovered in a single site in El Copey/César Region. FAO has supported the Government in surveying the site and chemicals were repackaged and destroyed. In Paraguay, urgent efforts are being made to remove 125 tonnes of pesticides and heavily contaminated material that were damaged by fire in the capital Asunción in July 2003, according to the agency. Efforts to extinguish the fire led to heavy contamination of the nearby Paraguay River, which flows into Argentina and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean, as well as an adjacent village where people are now showing various symptoms of chronic intoxication. FAO is assisting Paraguay in quantifying obsolete pesticide stocks in other parts of the country. Funds of approximately $3 million will be needed to remove and destroy this toxic waste before further harm is caused to people and the environment. In Bolivia, old stocks of donated arsenic-based pesticides and volatile fumigants were found in residential areas and close to important water bodies, including Lake Titicaca. Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in the region, has made efforts to take stock and safely secure these toxins by repackaging the waste with the support of FAO. But still Bolivia needs $3 million to remove the chemicals and put in place measures to strengthen chemical management. FAO has organized a regional training programme for nine South American countries. Government regulators, emergency service staff, industry representatives and activists learned how to safely and effectively complete a detailed inventory and environmental risk assessment of obsolete pesticides, and how to design and supervise a clean-up operation. However, the FAO Obsolete Pesticides Programme has no further funds to support such work in the Latin America region, Mr. Davis said. The Organization is therefore now calling for donor funding to build capacity in the region and to ensure that it complies with the highest international standards. read more

Which Players Will Be Most Affected by the Hall of Fames New

As Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas celebrated their inductions in Cooperstown this weekend, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced a change that will make it harder for others to join them. Instead of having 15 years of eligibility for consideration by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), players will now be limited to 10.1A player becomes eligible five years after retirement. If he doesn’t receive at least 5 percent of the votes the first year, he’s excluded from future ballots.One theory is that the change is designed to exclude players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who are known or suspected to have used performance-enhancing drugs.2Retired players such as Alan Trammell who have already appeared on at least 10 ballots will be exempt from the rule. But Bonds and Clemens, who joined the ballot in 2013, won’t be. But an attempt to target Bonds and Clemens could produce collateral damage. Players such as Curt Schilling, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and Larry Walker — who are not strongly associated with PED use — could also be less likely to get in.Take the case of Mussina, who received 20 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, his first year of eligibility. He might seem like a hopeless case — players need 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall of Fame. But players generally gain ground the longer they remain on the ballot. Sometimes they need the full 15 years to get there.Consider other players who received somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of the vote in their first eligible season. There were 16 such players between 1966, when the Hall of Fame began holding elections every year instead of every other one, and 2000, the most recent class of players to have exhausted their 15-year eligibility window:Two of these players, Don Drysdale and Billy Williams, gained ground quickly enough to be elected to the Hall of Fame within their first 10 eligible seasons.Another three — Bruce Sutter, Bert Blyleven and Duke Snider — were elected by the BBWAA at some point between their 11th and 15th eligible seasons.One player, Red Schoendienst, was elected later by the Veterans Committee.The 10 remaining players — Gil Hodges, Jack Morris, Roger Maris, Tommy John, Mickey Lolich, Jim Kaat, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Thurmon Munson and Tony Oliva — have not yet made the Hall of Fame, though some are plausible candidates for election by the Veterans Committee at a later date.So by a quick-and-dirty rendering, Mussina’s chances of getting elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA have been sliced from 5 in 16 (representing the five players who made it within 15 seasons) to 2 in 16 (only Drysdale and Williams made it within their first 10 seasons). He might also have some chances with the Veterans Committee. But the Veterans Committee has been stingy about electing players in recent years. The point is that players like Mussina need all the chances they can get.We can formalize this analysis by running a set of logistic regressions that estimate a player’s likelihood of eventually making the Hall of Fame based on his performance in his first year on the BBWAA ballot. First, I ran a regression to consider whether players were selected by the BBWAA within 15 seasons.3As in the Mussina example, this regression considered all players who first appeared on the ballot between 1966 and 2000. I excluded players who were elected in their first year, or who received less than 5 percent of the vote in the first year, as these players have been automatically dropped from the ballot since 1985. Then I ran another regression to evaluate whether players made it within their first 10 eligible seasons. (Among players who first appeared on the ballot in 1966 or later, those who were elected by the BBWAA somewhere between their 11th and 15th seasons were Snider, Sutter, Blyleven and Jim Rice.)4For this regression, I included players who first appeared on the ballot from 2001 through 2005, in addition to those between 1966 and 2000, since they’ve had 10 years to be elected. Finally, I considered whether players made the Hall of Fame at all — whether through the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.5In this case, I included all players who first appeared on the ballot from 1966 through 1995 — players who began appearing on the ballot after 1995 have not yet been eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee, as best I can tell. For this regression only, I also included players who received less than 5 percent of the vote in their first year on the ballot — a few of these players (Richie Ashburn, Larry Doby and Ron Santo) were eventually elected by the Veterans Committee. The results are represented in the chart below.To read the chart, scan across until you find a player’s vote share in his first year of eligibility — then scan up to see where the various curves intersect it. For instance, for a player like Mussina who got 20 percent of the vote in his first year:There is a 10 percent chance he gets elected within his first 10 years of BBWAA eligibility, according to the regression analysis. (This is the yellow curve.)There is a 23 percent chance he gets elected within the 15-year eligibility window. (The red curve.)There is a 34 percent chance he gets elected by either the BBWAA or eventually by the Veterans Committee. (The blue curve.)These answers aren’t too far from the quick-and-dirty numbers that I came up with before. They suggest that Mussina is an underdog to make the Hall of Fame — but more of an underdog now that he’ll have only 10 years of eligibility to do so.What about a player — such as Bonds — who got 36 percent of the vote in his first season of eligibility?He’d have a 53 percent chance of being elected by the BBWAA within 10 years.His odds of being elected within 15 years are higher — 69 percent.He has an 89 percent chance of being elected by some means — either the BBWAA or the Veterans Committee.So a player like this will also see his chances of being elected by the BBWAA decrease with the rule change. But he has a much better backstop: The Veterans Committee has usually elected players like this even when they were bypassed by the writers. That hasn’t been true for players like Mussina.Of course, Bonds and Clemens are no ordinary cases — and this method may not do a very good job of describing their chances. There are a couple of other objections that we need to consider first, however.One is that the change in rules could affect voter behavior. Players sometimes receive a boost in their vote share in their 15th and final year of eligibility. Now, knowing that it’s their last chance, the writers could rally around a player in his 10th year instead.That might protect a few players — Snider, for instance, got 71 percent of the vote in his 10th year of eligibility and might have made it then if a few more writers thought it was their last opportunity to elect him. But Blyleven had only 48 percent of the vote in his 10th year. His case, which was pushed by stat-savvy baseball fans for years, needed some extra time to marinate.Another consideration is that rotating players off the ballot sooner could clear slots for more recently retired players. BBWAA voters are limited to naming 10 players on their ballots. A few of them might have run out of room for Mussina this year, for instance, because they were reserving space for Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, or other players between their 11th and 15th years of eligibility.Indeed, this could be of some help to players like Mussina. But there would be a more direct means of providing relief — by liberalizing or eliminating the 10-player limit. Players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are badly underrepresented in the Hall of Fame relative to players who had the good fortune to be born earlier.The rule change, in other words, seems designed to make the Hall of Fame more exclusive, not less so. But how might it affect Bonds and Clemens in particular?As I mentioned, they aren’t ordinary cases. For a player like Mussina, a large fraction of the BBWAA electorate might be thought of as “swing voters” — they could live with him in the Hall of Fame or without. Given how strong feelings are on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, the choice is likely to be much more binary for Bonds and Clemens. For that reason, their vote shares might not increase as much in future seasons. (Another PED user, Mark McGwire, has been on the ballot for eight seasons and has seen his vote share decrease in almost every one.) Personally, I’d wager a fair amount of money against Bonds or Clemens ever being elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers, whether in 10 years or 15.Nevertheless, baseball’s hive mind could change its stance on PED use with the benefit of hindsight. It’s not that hard to conceive of alternate realities. NFL players who were suspended for PED use, like the former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, barely seem to suffer any lasting damage to their reputations. (Merriman made the Pro Bowl in 2006, the same year he was suspended for four games.)One scenario could involve a known PED user who is otherwise a more sympathetic case than Bonds or Clemens making the Hall of Fame.6Or a player who is already in the Hall of Fame could disclose his PED use. For instance, Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using human growth hormone, is due to become eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019. Pettitte’s case is not clear-cut on the statistical merits, but suppose he made it in 2023, his fifth year on the ballot. Under the old rules, Bonds and Clemens would have had a few years left on the ballot with that precedent in place. Now, they’ll already have exhausted their eligibility.Bonds and Clemens would still be eligible for consideration by the Veterans Committee. But whatever misgivings you might have about the BBWAA, the Veterans Committee has been far more problematic. Its rules are constantly changing, its process is not very transparent, and it has oscillated from being far too liberal to being very stingy about letting in players. Depending on the rules it drew up, the Hall of Fame could design a Veterans Committee that was relatively sympathetic to Bonds or Clemens — or firmly opposed to their election.Another theory is that the Hall of Fame doesn’t have strong feelings about Bonds and Clemens per se, but implemented the rule change in the hopes of putting the PED issue behind it sooner. It’s certainly not good advertising for Cooperstown when discussions are dominated every year by arguments over steroids.But these cases won’t go away anytime soon. Pettitte will become eligible in a few years — and a few years after him, Alex Rodriguez. Ryan Braun, another known PED user who could eventually build Hall of Fame statistics, is many years from retirement. In the meantime, players like Mussina could be caught in the crossfire. read more

Úna OHagan signed off on her final broadcast on the Six One

first_imgTRIBUTES WERE PAID to RTÉ broadcaster Úna O’Hagan, as she presented the Six One news for the final time last night.Sports presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn said that they “couldn’t let this moment pass without acknowledging and thanking our truly lovely colleague”, and this was followed by a video of O’Hagan throughout the years reporting and presenting on the show.She is stepping down after 34 years at the station where she was co-anchor of the news with Bryan Dobson for many years. Her long-time co-presenter also recently stepped down from the Six One news, with Dobson moving to Morning Ireland.After the video montage, the 55-year-old told Ní Chuilinn that she would be “having words” with her after the broadcast.And, rather than saying goodbye, O’Hagan signed off in usual fashion: “That’s Sunday’s Six One. From all of us, a very good evening.”Read: ‘I hate to go, but I’m afraid I’ll have to leave’: Bryan Dobson signs off on his final Six One 47,690 Views 36 Comments Úna O’Hagan signed off on her final broadcast on the Six One news last night After 34 years at RTÉ, Úna O’Hagan presented the news for the final time last night. Monday 26 Feb 2018, 7:43 AM By Sean Murray After 34 years on air, Una O’Hagan presented her final broadcast on tonight’s Six One news pic.twitter.com/54GoeOr6f7— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 25, 2018center_img Feb 26th 2018, 7:43 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3872358 Share745 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday Why are hundreds of refugee children falling into comas in

first_imgSitdown Sunday: Why are hundreds of refugee children falling into comas in Sweden? Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads Short URL Apr 2nd 2017, 9:00 AM 4. The hedge fund tycoon and Trump Robert Mercer is a reclusive hedge-fund manager – and he happens to have become a major force behind Donald Trump’s presidency. Here’s a juicy longread about the man.(The New Yorker, approx 52 mins reading time)During the past decade, Mercer, who is seventy, has funded an array of political projects that helped pave the way for Trump’s rise. Among these efforts was public-opinion research, conducted by Caddell, showing that political conditions in America were increasingly ripe for an outsider candidate to take the White House. Caddell told me that Mercer “is a libertarian—he despises the Republican establishment,” and added, “He thinks that the leaders are corrupt crooks, and that they’ve ruined the country.”5. The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist Police officers hold flowers on Westminster Bridge during a vigil to remember the victims of last week’s Westminster terrorist attack. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesWe have heard much about ‘lone wolf’ terrorists in recent years, thanks to terrifying attacks across the world. But Jason Burke argues that describing them as such is a lazy way of obscuring “the real nature of the threat against us”.(The Guardian, approx 23 mins reading time)The modern concept of lone-wolf terrorism was developed by rightwing extremists in the US. In 1983, at a time when far-right organisations were coming under immense pressure from the FBI, a white nationalist named Louis Beampublished a manifesto that called for “leaderless resistance” to the US government. Beam, who was a member of both the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nations group, was not the first extremist to elaborate the strategy, but he is one of the best known. He told his followers that only a movement based on “very small or even one-man cells of resistance … could combat the most powerful government on earth”.6. Horseshoe hellYou’re probably reading this at home, somewhere safe and comfortable – so why not have a read about people who rock climb in a place called ‘Horseshoe hell’ for a bit of escapism?(Outside, approx 22 mins reading time)From 10 a.m. today to 10 a.m. tomorrow, two-person teams will climb nonstop—or as close to nonstop as they can manage—­racking up points for each route they complete. To be considered official finishers, each climber will have to send at least one route per hour; to automatically qualify for next year, each will have to do 100. Some teams will climb hundreds of pitches.… AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesThe Anarchist Cookbook, written by William Powell at the age of 19, was born from his frustration towards the US. But with its bomb-making instructions, it led to some dangerous situations.(Harpers, approx 24 mins reading time) What he didn’t know he borrowed from underground publications like the Berkeley Barb, passing on tips that hadn’t been fact-checked. As it turns out, one cannot get high by eating banana peels that have been boiled and baked, or smoking crushed peanut shells. (Powell was right, however, about nutmeg’s hallucinogenic potential.) Nor had the city’s sewer system been taken over by “New York white,” the giant marijuana plants said to be the result of people flushing seeds to avoid arrest. “The sewer plants usually reach a height of between 12 and 15 feet and are bleached white because of the lack of sunlight,” Powell wrote, in the authoritative voice that permeates the book.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> 27,120 Views 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 9:00 AM Share4 Tweet Email4 IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Uppgivenhetssyndrom Source: Shutterstock/GongToHundreds of refugee children in Sweden have fallen into comas after being told their families have to leave the country. Trauma is believed to be behind their illness, which is being termed Uppgivenhetssyndrom, or ‘Resignation Syndrome’.(The New Yorker, approx 35 mins reading time)Georgi read the letter silently, dropped it on the floor, went upstairs to his room, and lay down on the bed. He said that his body began to feel as if it were entirely liquid. His limbs felt soft and porous. All he wanted to do was close his eyes. Even swallowing required an effort that he didn’t feel he could muster. He felt a deep pressure in his brain and in his ears. He turned toward the wall and pounded his fist against it. In the morning, he refused to get out of bed or to eat. Savl poured Coca-Cola into a teaspoon and fed Georgi small sips. The soda dribbled down his chin.2. ‘I adored him’Bill Hayes was the partner of the late Oliver Sacks during the last years of his life. Here, he writes about how they fell in love, and the last months of Sacks’ remarkable life.(The Guardian, approx 33 mins reading time)For me, this was part of the fascination with him. I was seeing a few other men during my first summer in New York, but dates with O were completely different. We didn’t go to movies or to MoMA or to new restaurants or Broadway shows. We took long walks in the botanical garden in the Bronx, where he could expatiate on every species of fern. We visited the Museum of Natural History – not for the dinosaurs or special exhibitions but to spend time in the often empty, chapel-like room of gems, minerals, and, especially, the elements – O knew the stories behind the discoveries of every single one.3. Elon Musk and the future Elon Musk Source: DPA/PA ImagesElon Musk is one fascinating guy – so here’s a nice longread about his work, his fears about artificial intelligence and the world of Silicon Valley.(Vanity Fair, approx 40 mins reading time)In a startling public reproach to his friends and fellow techies, Musk warned that they could be creating the means of their own destruction. He told Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance, the author of the biography Elon Musk, that he was afraid that his friend Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and now the C.E.O. of its parent company, Alphabet, could have perfectly good intentions but still “produce something evil by accident”—including, possibly, “a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.” http://jrnl.ie/3314062 By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

Gareth Bale nowhere near being a Real Madrid leader – Mijatovic

first_imgFormer Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic is saddened by Gareth Bale’s injury problems and feels he is not a player the club can rely onGareth Bale lacks the qualities to be the leader Real Madrid need now that Cristiano Ronaldo is not at the club, according to former forward Predrag Mijatovic.Gareth Bale was injured during Madrid’s away fixture against Villareal on Thursday. He was taken off at half-time when Madrid were leading 2-1.Mijatovic questioned the possibility of Bale filling the vacuum left by Portuguese Captain Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club in July.“It’s a shame about Bale,” Mijatovic told El Larguero as quoted in AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I like him, but he is nowhere near being a leader at a team like Real Madrid after Cristiano’s exit. It is worrying that he injures himself so often.”Mijatovic was also uncomfortable with the substitutions made by head coach Santiago Solari in the draw against Villareal.“If a player starts the game and feels good, [let him continue],” said Mijatovic. “If he asks to be substituted, then that is one thing, but if not, I do not understand.“The substitution of Modric was wrong. I don’t understand Kroos’ substitution, either.”last_img read more

Far apart politically and geographically lawmakers talk oil and gas taxes

first_imgRep. David Talerico, R-Anchorage, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, listen to Democratic lawmakers in Anchorage. The two sides don’t agree on reducing the ability of oil companies to use losses to lower their taxes. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)The first substantial day of legislative meetings in 20 days occurred Wednesday, but the two majorities in the Legislature were far apart — and not just politically.Listen nowMost senators met in Juneau for a floor session for the first time since the Legislature passed the budget June 22. But most House majority members were out of town.Both bodies agree that the state should stop paying cash for oil tax credits. But the House also wants to reduce companies’ ability to use losses to lower their future taxes. The Senate wants to allow this to continue.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr said tax reductions should be stopped along with cash credits.“The reason our cash credit system is not working right now is because we can’t afford it,” Tarr said. “We think it’s an unreasonable move to put in place a system that we also cannot afford going forward.”While both sides offered up what they described as compromises on House Bill 111, the oil and gas tax legislation, neither appeared ready to move on the issue of allowing companies to use losses to reduce taxes.Anchorage Republican Sen. Cathy Giessel said the two sides should move forward with what they agree on: eliminating cash credits. She said using losses to offset taxes is important to attract new oil and gas companies to the state.“We’re certainly willing to look at simplifying [the tax system],” Giessel said. “It would help our Tax Division. It would help citizens. It would help legislators, if it were a simpler system. But that’s not something that happens at 3 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon four days before a special session ends.”Senators said they returned to Juneau to follow legislative rules that allow them to consider the oil tax bill. But House members said they didn’t want to waste money on travel if the two sides can’t reach an agreement.The special session must end by Saturday.last_img read more

BSNL privatisation Salary delay worsening fiscal crisis intensify speculation

first_imgA woman walks past a logo of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) painted on a wall outside its office in Kolkata, India. A delay in payment of July salaries to BSNL staff has intensified speculation about the timing of the public sector telecom player’s privatization.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriThe failure to pay the staff of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) their salaries for July has triggered fresh speculation about the privatisation of the public sector telecom providers.Industry observers claim the government’s focus shifted to BSNL and MTNL after speeding up the privatisation procedures of national carrier Air India. The government has ordered Air India to freeze all appointments and promotions, setting the field for the privatization process.For the first time after Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept back to power, BSNL reportedly failed to pay its 1.76 lakh employees on time. The two public sector units (PSUs) had delayed salaries for February until mid-March due to a financial crisis. The BSNL had then said that it used its internal accruals to clear the pending salaries.The government, during its earlier stint, had held back sanction to the public sector telecom player for introducing 4G services, handing a major advantage to private-sector competitors. The government has also dithered on a decision to allow its participation in the imminent 5G trials.While BSNL chairman and managing director PK Purwar said that employees will get the July salary this week, an employees’ union leader said that no information had been shared by the management about early salary payment, according to PTI. “Salary for the month of July has not come. There is also no information when will it be credited,” the report quoted the All India Unions and Associations of BSNL (AUAB) convenor, P Abhimanyu, as saying. BSNL has continued to lose customers to private-sector competition as delayed government decisions have blocked the updating of its services.Facebook/ ReutersPurwar told the news agency that employees would get the salary in this week. “Funds are being arranged through internal accruals,” Purwar said. BSNL has 1.76 lakh employees across the country and MTNL about 22,000 employees.This is for the first time that the two public sector companies have defaulted on paying the staff on time after the new government took charge. The BSNL needs Rs 750 crore to Rs 850 crore for salaries while the MTNL needs around Rs 160 crore. The report said the MTNL Human Resource and Enterprise Business director Sunil Kumar said the company was in the process of collecting some dues after which the salary would be paid on a priority basis “very soon”.last_img read more

Khadi to be themeline in LFW

first_imgFor the first time, the core principle of the signature fabric of India Khadi – sustainable development – will be at the centre-stage during the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on August 23 in St Regis Hotel, Mumbai.Incidentally, it is also the first occasion that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would be collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena – who would also deliver a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ in the inaugural session, said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class.”Khadi is a perfect example of sustainable development as it comes from humble processes of hand cropping, hand spinning, and hand weaving, which are completely sustainable because they are based on individual level competencies and skills. Similarly, the market process generates employment and income for the rural masses as it is not machine intensive or technology intensive,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The products are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Khadi represents a new model of self-reliance, where the artisans depend completely on an indigenously produced resource, avoiding imports and generating sustainability of the individual as well as the society and nation as a whole,” he added.Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for catching Khadi’s latent potential, Saxena said, “With its diversified canvass, Khadi’s principles of sustainable development reverberate from all directions: from helping terrorism affected families to find life support to giving economic freedom to tiger attack victim families and from rehabilitating poaching affected communities to self-employing displaced people the Narmada valley.”The season’s most coveted designers would come under one roof and work their magic with styles and trends that make the fashion and beauty nothing less than a splendour.Many facets of Khadi will be showcased by renowned fashion designer at the LFW.last_img read more