Dec
3

Pune Deputy Mayor Navnath Kamble dies after massive heart attack

first_imgThe newly elected Pune Deputy Mayor and senior Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader, Navnath Kamble, died of a heart attack on Tuesday. The three-time corporator was in his mid-50s.Mr. Kamble was out for a morning walk when he suffered a heart attack at around 8 a.m. in the city’s Mundhwa area. He was rushed to Ruby Hall clinic where he passed away. Mr. Kamble, who began his political career with the Dalit Panthers movement in 1977, was the mainstay of his party’s unit in Pune, winning as a corporator for the first time in 1997. He later won in 2002 and in the recently-concluded elections to the Pune Municipal Corporation. A prominent face of the RPI (A) in Pune district, Mr. Kamble served as its Pune unit president twice: the first time between 1990 and 1996 and then from 2008 to 2009.Mr. Kamble was elected as deputy Mayor in March this year following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s unprecedented win in the PMC poll. Since RPI (A) had supported the BJP in these polls, it had conceded the deputy mayor’s post.Terming his death as an “irreparable loss to the party”, Mr. Athawale cancelled a function in Mumbai and hastened to Pune to attend the last rites of Mr. Kamble.All administrative offices within the PMC remained closed as mark of respect to the leader who was cremated at Koregaon Park crematorium.last_img read more

Dec
3

Mining halted as monsoon approaches Goa

first_imgWith the arrival of pre-monsoon showers in Goa, mining activity in the coastal state will remain suspended for the next four months, an official has said.“The mining season that began in October last year has officially come to an end from yesterday,” director, Directorate of Mines & Geology (DMG), Prasanna Acharya told reporters here last evening.Though Goa received pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday, monsoon is expected to set in within a week.“No activities related to mining, including extraction, transportation, will be permitted during the monsoon season from June 1 to September 30. The department has also issued formal orders to the mining firms asking them to stop the activity,” he said.Another DMG official said around 25 million tonnes of fresh ore was produced during the mining season between October 2016 and May 2017, including the annual production cap of 20 million tonnes for the financial year ending March.A total revenue of ₹400 crore was earned during the season through mining royalty, he said.During the season, a total of 41 mining leases remained operational until April 28 while the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) suspended operation of 12 mines in Sonshi village due to dust pollution, the official said.He said the Board declined to grant ‘consent’ to operate to these 12 mines after they failed to adhere to the conditions laid down “in the consent related to environmental pollution.”As per the information available with DMG, for the mining season 2015-16 (which commenced in November 2015), 33 mining leases resumed operation extracting a fresh ore of 7.30 million tonnes.The state earned revenue of ₹43 crore in the form of royalty from these leases.“As far as e-auction of stacked ore is concerned, it did not receive good response,” he said, adding that for the current season, DMG conducted only three auctions and earned revenue of ₹14.50 crore.After the mining activity resumed in Goa following lifting of a ban by supreme court in 2015, DMG conducted 21 e-auctions under which over 12 million tonnes of ore has been sold so far, he said.There is another three million tonnes of ore stacked at various site, awaiting e-auction, the officer said.Just as the current (2016-17) season was about to conclude, the ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) sought comments from various stake-holders over a proposal mooted by an expert committee of the supreme court seeking to increase the iron ore production cap from 20 million tonnes to 35-38 million tonnes.The state government recently pleaded before the supreme court, seeking rise in annual production cap, the official said, adding that the matter is expected to be heard next month.last_img read more

Dec
3

Mamata announces ₹3 lakh for family of West Bengal man killed in Rajasthan

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a solatium of ₹3 lakh for the family of Afrajul Khan, 50, a migrant worker from Malda district, who was killed in Rajasamand, Rajasthan. She also announced a job for one of his family members. In a tweet, Ms. Banerjee described the incident as a “very sad” one. “Afrajul Khan of Malda of our state was brutally killed. His family is totally helpless. As a small help to the bereaved family, our government has decided to provide Rs 3 lakh to the family and also one job to the eligible person of the victim’s family,” she said.“Other help from the government will also be provided. I am sending our team of Ministers and MPs to visit the family,” she said.A video shows Khan lying on the ground and pleading in Bengali to a man in a red T-shirt to let him go. The man, allegedly one Shambhu Lal Raigar, is seen attacking Khan with an axe and setting him on fire. Later, the man goes on to claim that he will punish all those engaged in “love jihad.” Raigar was arrested later.Many civil society groups organised rallies in Kolkata on Friday to protest the killing of Khan. CPI (M-L) and Young Bengal, a breakaway group of the CPI(M), also held rallies in the city.last_img read more

Dec
3

J&K social media gag on employees evokes condemnation

first_imgSeparatists and mainstream leaders on Wednesday condemned the Jammu and Kashmir government move to curtail its employees’ activities on social media through new rules circulated on Tuesday.National Conference spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu said the PDP-BJP government was “portraying hundreds of hardworking government employees of the state as terrorists and anti-social elements to cover its own utter and complete failures on both governance and the political front.”The J&K government on Tuesday directed its employees “not to use their personal social media accounts for any political activity or endorse the posts or tweets or blogs of any political figure.” The rules bar them from adding unknown or anti-social accounts as friends. Any violation will attract punishment, ranging from termination to withholding of increment.The Congress asked for the withdrawal of the directives. “Barring employees to use social media is a direct attack on the freedom of expression and freedom of speech, which is very unfortunate and deserves strong condemnation,” said a Congress spokesman.CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said the circular reflected the “regressive mindset of the BJP-PDP government”.Separatists also attacked the government for the move. “The ban imposed on employees and their family members from expressing their opinion is despotic. It reflects nervousness and desperation to suppress the truth about Kashmir and the aspirations of its people,” said All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.JKLF chief Yasin Malik called the move “a direct attack on the freedom of speech”. “The fascist regime in J&K is setting new records of authoritarianism in the name of democracy,” said Mr. Malik.last_img read more

Dec
3

M.P. seeks revival of cheetah reintroduction project

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh forest department has written to the National Tiger Conservation Authority to revive the plan to reintroduce cheetahs in the State’s Nauradehi sanctuary. The ambitious project, conceived in 2009, had hit a roadblock for want of funds.The country’s last spotted feline died in Chhattisgarh in 1947. Later, the cheetah — which is the fastest land animal — was declared extinct in India in 1952.“We have written a letter to the NTCA seeking revival of the cheetah reintroduction project in Nauradehi sanctuary located in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district. We have sought its stand on the project,” State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife) Shahbaz Ahmad said.Money mattersThe M.P. forest department would need finances from the Centre for the project, he said, adding that the NTCA, a statutory body under the Union Environment Ministry, had committed ₹50 crore to the State for it in 2011.The Wildlife Institute of India at Dehradun had prepared a ₹260-crore cheetah re-introduction project six years ago, wildlife activist Ajay Dubey said. It was estimated that an amount of ₹25 crore to ₹30 crore would be needed to build an enclosure in an area of 150 sq km for the cheetahs in Nauradehi, he said. The proposal was to put the felines in the enclosure with huge boundary walls before being released in the wild, he said.Nauradehi was found to be the most suitable area for the cheetahs as its forests are not very dense to restrict the fast movement of the spotted cat, Mr. Dubey said. Besides, the prey base for cheetahs is also in abundance at the sanctuary, he added.According to the earlier action plan, around 20 cheetahs were to be translocated to Nauradehi from Namibia in Africa. The Namibia Cheetah Conservation Fund had then showed its willingness to donate the felines to India, Mr. Dubey said.However, the State was not ready to finance the plan contending that it was the Centre’s project, officials had said earlier.last_img read more

Dec
3

‘Odisha lacks sincerity in monitoring child care homes’

first_imgThe National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Thursday lashed out at the Odisha government for not making sincere efforts to monitor child care institutions.“The State government is not at all sincere about monitoring CCIs. They do not have any screening mechanism for hostels where children are put up. Ironically, they do not have information as to how many residential hostels for children are operating in the State,” said Yashwant Jain, member of NCPCR, who was in the State to inspect different CCIs.In the wake of recent allegations of sexual harassment of children in a shelter home in Dhenkanal district, the NCPCR teams are scrutinising registration of CCIs and facilities available in those care homes.Nine teams comprising of members of NCPCR and the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, District Child Protection Officers and other State government officials will make surprise visit to 56 CCIs in 19 districts. The objective is to get a sense of ground situation so that child abuse could be prevented. Besides, teams would scrutinise if children are provided basic amenities as per the NCPCR guidelines and the Juvenile Justice Act.“Several organisations have come up with hostel accommodations for children to evade stringent monitoring under the Juvenile Justice Act. The State government neither follows the NCPCR guidelines nor has developed its own mechanism to keep a tab on the residential hostels,” said Mr. Jain.He said that it was disappointing that despite the recommendations about monitoring of these care homes given to the State government a year ago, the authorities did not act upon them.“The recommendations include installation of CCTVs in care homes, making inmates of the home aware about the JJ Act and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, functionaries of these homes should be trained to prevent abuse and violation of guidelines should be inquired by senior level officials. But nothing has been done,” said Mr. Jain.last_img read more

Dec
3

MLAs to face heat for anti-party campaigning

first_imgMaharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee’s meeting on Friday is set to decide the fate of five Congress MLAs who campaigned against the party candidate in Lok Sabha polls in the State. “Our meeting is to discuss the drought situation in the State and to plan for the upcoming Assembly polls. The issue of MLAs who worked against the party or allies will [also] be discussed,” said State unit Congress president Ashok Chavan.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Nitesh Rane, Jaikumar Gore, Kalidas Kolambkar and Abdul Sattar have been accused of campaigning against either the Congress or the alliance’s candidate from their constituencies. Mr. Vikhe-Patil’s son Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and contested the polls as their candidate from Ahmednagar South constituency. Thus, the Congress MLA did not campaign anywhere in the State, choosing his son over the party. His resignation from the post of LoP was accepted a day prior to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s public rally in Ahmednagar’s Sangamner and he was not called for the meeting. Mr. Rane’s father and former chief minister Narayan Rane quit the Congress to form his own Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha (MSP) party and was given a Rajya Sabha ticket by the BJP. Mr. Rane’s elder brother Nilesh Rane contested the polls as MSP candidate from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat and despite being the Congress MLA he campaigned for his brother and not the party candidate.Mr. Gore too campaigned for BJP candidate from Madha, instead of NCP’s Sanjay Shinde. Mr. Kolambkar, who is an MLA from Wadala openly participated in Shiv Sena candidate Rahul Shewale’s campaign. Mr. Sattar wanted to contest the elections and when denied a ticket, he rebelled and filed his nomination as an independent candidate. He even held a midnight meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and though he withdrew his nomination, he extended support to another independent candidate.However, party sources say that taking action against the MLAs would mean Congress losing LoP post to the NCP in the Assembly. “The issue will be discussed, but whether they will be thrown out of the party or not needs to decided [by] high command,” said another leader from State Congress.last_img read more

Dec
3

DARPA Wants to Fix Broken Brains, Restore Lost Memories

first_imgAt the Society for Neuroscience meeting earlier this month in San Diego, California, Science sat down with Geoffrey Ling, deputy director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to discuss the agency’s plans for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a neuroscience research effort put forth by President Barack Obama earlier this year. So far, DARPA has released two calls for grant applications, with at least one more likely: The first, called SUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies), asks researchers to develop novel, wireless devices, such as deep brain stimulators, that can cure neurological disorders such as posttraumatic stress (PTS), major depression, and chronic pain. The second, RAM (Restoring Active Memory), calls for a separate wireless device that repairs brain damage and restores memory loss. Below is an extended version of a Q&A that appears in the 29 November issue of Science.Q: Why did DARPA get involved in the BRAIN project?G.L.: It’s really focused on our injured warfighters, but it has a use for civilians who have stress disorders and civilians who also have memory disorders from dementia and the like. But at the end of the day, it is still meeting [President Obama’s] directive. Of all the things he could have chosen—global warming, alternative fuels—he chose this, so in my mind the neuroscience community should be as excited as all get-up.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Q: Why does SUBNETS focus on deep brain stimulation (DBS)? G.L.: We’ve opened the possibility of using DBS but we haven’t exclusively said that. We’re challenging people to go after neuropsychiatric disorders like PTS [and] depression. We’re challenging the community to come up with something in 5 years that’s clinically feasible. DBS is an area that has really been traditionally underfunded, so we thought what the heck, let’s give it a go—in this new BRAIN Initiative the whole idea is to go after the things that there aren’t 400 R01 grants for—and let’s be bold, and boy, if it works, fabulous.Q: For RAM, why did DARPA choose to focus on memory, and what kinds of memory do you hope to restore? G.L.: All these [injured] guys and gals want to go back into the service. A lot of them can go back because we’ve got good prosthetic legs, and now we’ve got the prosthetic arm that’s really close to being FDA [Food and Drug Administration] approved. But the thing with brain-injured guys—the thing that really keeps them out—is they can’t remember how to do certain motor tasks like drive a car or operate machinery. Now I don’t know if we are at that point, but if we can fix hearts, and we can fix badly broken bones, why can’t we fix part of the brain? If you had to pick an area of the brain that you can fix, the memory area is the most obvious because motor-task memory is really pretty well-worked out in preclinical models. Declarative memory is very different than associative memory and emotional memory—that stuff, nobody even knows anything about it—but when you look at the work in rodents with memory motor tasks, you say ok, it’s still a big step but it’s rational.Q: Does collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NIH mean overlapping funding priorities?G.L.: No, but we like to think they’re synergistic and complementary. There are scientists—you and I know them—who think big. They think, “I can do this if I only have the means to do it. Where am I going to get the means? Do I go to NIH, do I go to NSF? No.” DARPA is saying, “You want $20-30 million? We’ll give you $20-30 million.” What I’m hoping is that we’ll get two or three teams of really bold leaders who are doing this thing with different approaches. When you do that, you get a real big leader who now, instead of giving me 20% of time on a grant, is going to give 50% time, or 60% time because this is what they’ve lived their career for. You want these guys full of tension because if this is going to cure people, I’d be working on it night and day—I wouldn’t take a damn vacation, would you? What DARPA is saying is here’s your chance. Here’s the golden ring—who’s brave enough to step up and actually grab it?Q: How will DARPA share its data? Will it be public?G.L.: All the data that is gathered will be shared in an open forum—it’s contractually obligated. We have an RFI [request for information] out by Reza Ghanadan to do something called FABRIC. This is potentially the next Broad Agency Announcement—we don’t know yet because he hasn’t gotten it approved—but he’s in the planning stage. Reza is an electrical engineer who built a lot of Boeing’s functional architecture for their data management and also their data analysis. He is trying to create hardware and software architecture in which you can add in different layers of data and different kinds of data. That’s task area one. Task area two is the computational models that will be used across these scales and across these data sets.Q: How will you protect proprietary information if all data is shared?G.L.: There are different approaches—one is that when you go to publish you have to turn over the data at that time, which is reasonable. There’s another one where if you put some [data] in, you get some out. If you don’t put any data in, you have no access. And there’s a third way, our way, which is to use a contractual system. You make it legally binding and if someone says I don’t want to do it, then you say, “But you signed this contract.” End of story. In the grant system that’s a little harder, but that’s how we’re doing it.Q: How should the neuroscience community gear up to meet the challenges DARPA and the wider BRAIN Initiative has set out?G.L.: Now’s the time to say, where does their work have relevance and where is their work stymied? There are so many things that the government can spend its money on and there are so many other constituencies that are totally unrelated to the sciences which would argue, you’ve already put $5.5 billion of NIH money per year into this—why do you need more? That’s a reasonable question. We have to say to these people, “This is why this is a good thing.” We have to share with them what we’re trying to accomplish in a way that is meaningful to them and meaningful to us, and so I challenge the scientific community to help us do that. How does their important work fit into the grand scheme?Q: How will DARPA address ethical issues involved in this research?G.L.: I’m very proud of this. We started this even before we came out of the gate—I talked to Lisa Lee over at the president’s bioethics commission and Ellen Fox, head of ethics for Veterans Affairs, two people I highly respect. What Lisa’s group said, which I thought was very profound, was that the way this is going to work best is that as the programs unroll and we elucidate new information and new capabilities, the discussion has to be ongoing. You can’t a priori think of all the things that will come out so you have to have a process to look at what we call ELSI—ethical, legal, social implications.We have a six-person ELSI panel—right now—we haven’t announced their names and I don’t want to give them up yet because I haven’t asked their permission—but they are incredibly prominent. They’ve already agreed to come on and on 26 November we’re convening our first meeting.last_img read more

Dec
2

Anish Kapoor Joins Global Art Coalition Against Far-right

first_imgRenowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor is among 200 artists, musicians and writers who have joined a global coalition against the rise of right-wing populism around the world. Related Itemslast_img

Dec
2

UK’s Indian tycoons to maintain Ganga banks

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Dec
2

Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna mocked in US over his Indian accent

first_imgHe has been named the “Hottest Chef of America” by People magazine and has won a Michelin star for his restaurant in New York, but there was a time when people made fun of Vikas Khanna’s accent and threatened to chop his fingers just because of his nationality.The Michelin-starred celebrity chef looked back at his journey and recalled his struggles when he became part of “TED Talks India Nayi Soch” for an episode, a statement from the Star Plus channel said.“In 2001, the owner of the hotel where I was working, used to put me down in every way possible by saying that I was good for nothing. At every point in time, he would scare me, insult me and make fun of my accent,” Khanna said.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img read more

Dec
2

India Raises Work Visa Concern With Maldives’ Govt

first_imgIndia is concerned over the alleged discriminatory denial of work visas to Indian nationals by the Maldives and has conveyed its concerns to that country, sources said on Wednesday, adding that India along with other countries has made it clear to the Maldives that such policies may affect tourism there and land that country in “economic difficulties”.Read it at Asian Age Related Itemslast_img

Dec
2

India is Fastest Growing Economy for Coming Decade, Says Harvard Report

first_imgIndia tops the list of fastest growing economies in the world for the coming decade, according to a Harvard University report released on May 3. India, with an annual growth of 7.9 per cent, is ahead of China and the United States on the list, which projects China’s growth at 4.9 per cent annually till 2026, while the respective figures for the United States and France are 3 per cent and 3.5 per cent, respectively.The report puts Uganda on the second spot on the list of the fastest growing economies to 2026, with annual growth of 7.5 per cent, PTI reported.Countries that have diversified their economies into more complex sectors, like India and Vietnam, will grow the fastest in the coming decade, the Centre for International Development at Harvard University, said.“India tops the list as the fastest growing country for the coming decade, at 7.9 per cent annually, in the economic complexity growth projections. India has made inroads in diversifying its export base to include more complex sectors, such as chemicals, vehicles, and certain electronics,” the report stated.India’s productive capabilities far exceed expectations for its current income level, it added, ranking India at No. 1 position on a criteria called Complexity Opportunity Index (COI) that looks into easy redeployment of existing knowhow into new complex products.“India’s existing capabilities have not only diversified its exports, but also allow for easy redeployment into related products that depend on those capabilities, making further diversification relatively easy,” the report said.The top ranking in COI means that India has many “unrealized opportunities” to diversify into related, high-value sectors that will drive productivity growth and job creation. “Up to now, that potential remains unrealized, however, as India’s complexity has not changed over the past decade. The rapid growth that is predicted is effectively capitalizing on previous gains in complexity,” the report added.Southeast Asia remains dominant in the global growth landscape, driven by the diversification of economies into complex manufacturing, Ricardo Hausmann, director of CID, professor at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the leading researcher of the Atlas of Economic Complexity, said. Hausmann observed that the leading countries have shifted within the region, as Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are set to lead growth in the coming decade.In sub-Saharan Africa, growth is moving eastward from West Africa, with Tanzania at the 4th spot and Kenya at the 10th position in the fastest growing economies globally to 2026. Related ItemsEconomyHarvard Universitylast_img read more

Dec
2

Indian Worker in UAE Jailed for Sending ‘Insulting’ Email to Transport Authority

first_imgA 25-year-old Indian worker in the United Arab Emirate has been jailed for three months for sending a disrespectful e-mail to the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The man is said to have claimed in his email that the RTA was trying to make money at the expense of the poor by intentionally failing them in driving tests.The man was also fined Dh 500,000, and would be deported at the end of his jail term, a Dubai court said on Feb. 6. The RTA said the e-mail was insulting as the man had claimed that the organization was ripping off the poor by failing them deliberately in the driving test, and that forced them to repeat these tests and pay for it again, the Gulf News reported.The man pleaded guilty in the court and said that he was frustrated that he could not pass the driving test. The worker can appeal against the primary judgement within 15 days.The e-mail was sent from the personal e-mail address of the worker. The man reportedly told the prosecutors that he had sent the e-mail from his iPhone. The concerned RTA department then alerted the Dubai Police.According to a RTA official, the police was alerted as the e-mail consisted of words that were insulting and offended the RTA staff, the report added.“The mobile device that was used in the crime will be confiscated. The defendant will be deported following the completion of his punishment,” presiding judge Mohammad Jamal was quoted as saying. The judge fined the worker for being disdainful and ridiculing a government department with his e-mail sent through his smartphone.The charge sheet stated that the man breached the cybercrime law and misused the e-mail, mocking the RTA. The man in his e-mail said that he was one of the victims of the RTA’s ploy to rip off the poor who labored every day. He said that the authority was manipulating the emotions of the poor. He also refused to pay for his retest in the e-mail.According to the amendments introduced to federal traffic laws in the UAE last year, new driving licenses in the country are issued only for two years. The validity for license renewal shall be 10 years for the citizens of UAE and five for non-citizens.To get a driving license or for renewing it, a person has to pass the driving test that is conducted by licensing authority and should pay the stipulated fees, along with fulfilling other criteria like age. Related ItemsGulfUAElast_img read more

Dec
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Indian Onion Faces Foreign Onslaught

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Farmers want plan to procure alternative crops at MSP

first_imgAs the Haryana government plans to discourage planting of the water-guzzling rice (paddy) crop, which threatens to deplete the State’s groundwater — farmers have asked the government to first come out with a mechanism to procure alternative crops at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) so that farmers are not at the receiving end.Water depletion in Haryana over the years has led to 60 dark zones in the State, which include 21 critical ones in 10 districts. Staring at an imminent groundwater crisis, the State government has decided to discourage rice sowing from the upcoming season.“The government wants to save water but it seems to be unaware of the ground realities. If the government wants farmers to give up rice and cultivate some other crop then there needs to be a mechanism to purchase the alternative crop at MSP. The State government should enact a law, which guarantees that the produce of farmer is purchased at MSP,” said Gurnam Singh Chaduni, the Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Haryana chief .“Farmers will only leave rice cultivation if they are sure of reaping more profit with the alternative crop (maize and tuar), which the government is suggesting. During the last season farmers had faced great difficulties in selling their maize produce in mandis (markets), how can a farmer trust them?,” he said.Pilot projectThe Haryana government has decided to start a pilot project from May 27 in seven blocks of Yamunanagar, Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Sonipat district, where sowing of maize and ‘’tuar’ pulse would be promoted by giving incentives to farmers. The government intends to diversify from non-basmati paddy to maize and pulse.“There is hardly any dependable mechanism of government procurement for crops on MSP in the State. Problems like delay in setting up of procurement centres, exploitation at the hands of commission agents (arthiyas), who most of the times buy the produce from farmers below MSP, on one pretext or the other defeats the purpose of MSP. Unless farmers are given an assured market and assured price for their produce, they would continue to suffer,” Mr. Chaduni said.In Haryana, under the new scheme, identified farmers will be provided seed free of cost and given a financial assistance for ₹2000 per acre in two parts. The maize crop insurance premium of ₹766 per hectare will also be borne by the government. Also, maize produce will be procured by government agencies at MSP. Likewise, seeds of ‘tuar’ will also be provided free of cost to farmers and incentives will also be provided on a similar pattern.last_img read more

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Rajasthan Government mulls 75% reservation for locals in private jobs

first_imgThe Rajasthan Government is mulling the possibility of providing 75% reservation to local people in private jobs, an official said here on Monday. He said various Government departments would hold a brainstorming session on it soon. “The proposal is in the initial stage. A brainstorming session will be held with stakeholders in coming days,” said Dr. Samit Sharma, Managing Director, Rajasthan Skill and Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC). He said the Andhra Pradesh Government had recently passed a Bill in the Assembly, giving reservation to locals in private jobs. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath too had said that their Government was mulling a law to ensure 70% jobs to the local youth in the private sector.Dr. Sharma said the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Department of Factories and Boilers, Department of Industries and the Department of Labour besides the RSLDC would give their views on the proposal in the brainstorming session. The session, which was scheduled for September 19, was likely to be postponed due to other important departmental meetings, officials said.last_img read more

Dec
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Ganesha idol removed from Meghalaya NIT campus

first_imgThe National Institute of Technology (NIT), Meghalaya, on Monday removed an idol of Lord Ganesha from the campus following protests from a local organisation in the Christian-majority State. The idol was installed ceremoniously in the premises in Shillong on September 23. Three days later, the Jaintia Students’ Union objected and said the idol could undermine the institute’s secular fabric and “incite communal sentiments” among the students and staff belonging to other faiths.The union suggested that the idol be replaced by the bust of a renowned personality from the field of science, humanities or literature. NIT Meghalaya’s Director B.B. Biswal declined to comment but a faculty member confirmed the removal to “respect local sentiments”.Mr. Biswal had earlier justified the installation of the idol at a common passage of the renovated office rooms of the institute. The spot, he said, had been cleaned and some staff members suggested an idol of a deity would prevent people from making the place dirty again.last_img read more

Nov
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TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import

first_imgGlen Rice Jr. AP FILE PHOTOMotivated to bounce back from its runner-up finish last conference, TNT has brought on former Washington Wizard Glen Rice Jr. as its new import for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-4 forward is set to beef up a depleted KaTropa crew with key players suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas in various international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Rice, 26, is the son of NBA legend Glen Rice and last played in the NBA D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2014-15 season, where he averaged 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals in 23 games.The former Georgia Institute of Technology standout will replace Michael Craig, after the burly import suited up for three games with TNT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCraig averaged 21.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in his time with the team.Rice will suit up for TNT on Sunday when it faces Rain or Shine. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran withstands San Sebastian in OT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nov
30

LeBron misses second straight practice with ankle injury

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Cleveland’s season opener is Oct. 17 against the Boston Celtics and former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, who was traded this summer.Wade was introduced to the media following Friday’s practice, and said James began recruiting him to come to Cleveland months ago.“He knew I could help this team in some way. I appreciated that,” Wade said. “It wasn’t the sole reason, but definitely everyone knows our relationship, and that he’s a huge reason why I decided to come here. But this team is so good, and you just want to be a part of something special like this.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) poses for the twitter mirror as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James missed his second straight practice with a sprained left ankle, an injury that happened on Dwyane Wade’s first day with the Cavaliers.James was at the team’s Cleveland Clinic Courts facility getting treatment Friday, and could be seen in the training and fitness area. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the superstar is day to day, but the team has not said much else about James’ injury.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The three-time NBA champion rolled his ankle on Wednesday night, shortly after his good friend Wade turned down other offers to sign a one-year, $2.3 million contract with Cleveland.It’s not known how James hurt his ankle. The team said X-rays were negative.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames has tweaked his ankles in the past, but the 32-year-old has been incredibly durable throughout his career, playing in at least 75 games in 12 of his 14 regular seasons. He played in 74 games last season.The Cavaliers play an intra-squad scrimmage on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena and their first preseason game is scheduled for Wednesday against Atlanta. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup View commentslast_img read more